HELLO NEW WEBSITE
Kelli Murray kelli murray_ kelli murray_draw

It’s here, you guys, it’s here!  As one reader put it, it’s the end of an era!!  My site has been the same since when I started it way back in 2009, and Lord knows a lot has changed since then in my style, my career, and my over all aesthetic.  This re-design was long overdue….but here we are, finally on the other side.  I don’t know how many of you who read my blog are designers yourselves, but if you are, you know how hard it is to design for yourself.  Give me someone else’s vision and I can nail it on the head…..but tell me what I want, and I am left floundering.  I designed this new site myself (with the help of my talented, left-brained developer friend Jordan).  I reworked it about a thousand times, adding all sorts of jazz to the edges and art elements to my sidebar….and at the end of the day I just kept coming back to nothing.  Nothing but a simple header and a functional navigation.  Rather than focus on a complex design, I wanted the focus to be on my art and photography.  I love that it feels like a clean slate.  I know I can always add to it in the future if I feel like it needs more “pop”, but for now,  I am digging the minimalism.  I have a whole new portfolio layout with lots of work you’ve probably never seen.  I’ll be adding / organizing this more over the next few weeks.  And we also created a DIY gallery where you can easily browse through all of my tutorials.  I love this part and I’m excited to start adding more to it!  I also created a “wishlist” page  (you can link to it on the sidebar) where I’ll constantly be posting my most loved items found online!

And last but not least, I’ll finally be accepting sponsors!  This was a big decision for me because for so long I have consciously not touched this piece of the blogging.  But I’m at a point in my journey that it only feels right to take the leap and see how it goes.  I’ve always really loved helping to promote other artists and small businesses, so I am looking forward to doing that here through sponsorship.  Taking this step will help justify the amount of time I spend here and insure that I will be able to continue for years to come!  Thanks again for sticking with me on this journey and for being such a great community of friends who are constantly encouraging and inspiring me!

Above photos by Jackie Wonders

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  1. Anna

    It’s pretty amazing! I just know you from your posts and photos, but it’s like … it’s so you now! hahaha Congrats! Loved it!

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  2. Kelly

    Love the simplicity of the new design and can’t wait for all the new portfolio updates!

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    • kelli

      Aw thanks girl! Maybe one day I will take on blog design for clients! It’s so fun but takes SO much time! haha. xo!

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  3. lia

    The site ist really great and pretty! The only problem is the font, its too small. A little bit bigger and reading the blog posts would be a lot easier. congrats to your new site

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  4. Courtney

    It looks so you now! I love it, you did a fantastic job.

    I’d love to hear more about the design process.. Did you use a free template or paid template, how long it took, the set backs, etc.

    Also, the photos look great as well!
    -Courtney

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    • kelli

      No template Courtney! Built it from the ground up with my web developer. I don’t know a thing about coding, so I focused on the design and functionality, and I had a lot of help making it all “work”. It took me a pretty long time, almost 2 months since the time I was done designing it to the time of my actual launch date (today). Just so much back and forth and fine tuning. The hardest part was actually just pushing the “go” button on the design. But I made it so simple that I can always add to it in the future! You can email me if you have any specific questions! (adore your blog by the way)

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  5. Liz

    This is PERFECT. And so you. I’m in the process of re-designing my site as well and am also going for that minimal look. Your content definitely speaks for itself!

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  6. Kyla

    I’ve been following your blog probably since you first started it, and I absolutely love the new look!

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  7. JP

    Oh my gosh, I just discovered you because of Liz, and your redesign is absolutely gorgeous. Clean and modern but still charming. I love it.

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  8. kate

    I think it’s perfect!!!! It’s so hard to edit yourself, but I think this is the perfect compliment to your beautiful art and images. Job well done!

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  9. nia

    Love the new site. & I also really enjoy seeing your workspace and you in it! Would love to see more posts about your process when creating.

    xx

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  10. Femke

    Kelli, I LOVE the design!!! Idd, for us designers… it’s really difficult to design our on stuff. Now you remind me that I’ve got to work on my new website as well! Hopefully I’ll get it done by winter! ;)

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  11. Aly

    Oh my gosh its absolutely beautiful! I’m a sucker for greys and pale colors in site design.

    Congrats on the new layout girly!

    xo

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  12. kelly ann

    So, so beautiful – it showcases your work and photos and life so wonderfully. I dig it, my friend! And I feel you, designing for ourselves is HARD. I was designing something for my blog the other day and ended up staring at my screen for a good 10 minutes. Totally lost. haha!

    big hugs, xo.

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    • kelli

      Right!!? Uh! I could have fiddled with it forever. I just had to finally step back and push go! haha!
      Thanks sweet friend.

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  13. Mara Dawn

    The new site looks fantastic! I’m such a sucker for branding: I love how cohesive it now is with your illustration, photography and personal style. Very nice.

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  14. Vicky

    I love it! So fresh and minimal yet so cozy and inviting! And I don’t want to sound too cheesy here, but you’re such an inspiration! I keep dabbling with design and illustration because it’s what I REALLY want to do but I have so much to learn it scares me a little. Boo!

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  15. Jessica Wray

    I’m currently thanking the heavens for the internet because it allows me to discover amazing artists like you. my word, your work is beautiful and I will be buying a piece ASAP!

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  16. Cordelia

    You never cease to amaze me. You are so talented and so inspiring. I LOVE the new look, its fabulous. Keep up the great work, I can’t wait to see where this blog takes you!

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  17. Tasha

    Love the re-design Kelli! I think it was well worth all the time, effort and the wait! I know your blog will keep growing in the way you hope because you are simply amazing! xo

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    • kelli

      You’ve always been such a gem Tasha!! Thanks for all your encouragement over the years. I sure do appreciate you!

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  18. Lacqueerisa

    Totally loving minimalism myself too! And love what you did with the blog! So fresh and clean :) Love that kind of feeling! I absolutely love your work space! Especially the black triangles on the wall! ?

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  19. angel swanson

    Oh Kelli it is BEAUTIFUL! You are exactly right: the clean, minimalist look really makes your art + photos shine. I love it and it was well worth all your hard work & time put into it. Excited to see the next chapter unfold for you. Much love!! xo

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  20. Mnêmosunê

    The new design is amazing, I love it !
    I’m totally in love with the photos of your workspace, so inspiring. As Nia, I would love to see more posts about your process when creating.

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  21. Sara

    The site looks so great Kelli! Excited about the “wishlist” area! Can you come do the home decor for my apartment?? :)
    Xoxo
    Sara

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  22. Sara Elizabeth

    Love love love!! I also love your desk! You’re so talented and so inspirational. As with others, I’d love to see more about your desk area!

    x Sara from tinysugarbee.blogspot.com

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  23. Mariah Flores

    Just discovered your blog and I am in love! The perfect mix of fashion and lifestyle, completely inspired!
    xx

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