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Out with the old, in with the white

It’s about time, I think. We all need a spiff-up every now and then, and my little Orangette, love her though I do, is no exception. I hope you like her new look.

I was awfully fond of that old, familiar, black background, but it didn’t quite fit anymore. A clean, white page feels much better. Maybe this white wedding stuff is getting to me; that could be the culprit. Whatever the reason, I love the way that white looks on almost anything these days, from the painted metal top of our kitchen table to the dishes that sit atop it. To my mind, food looks best on a plain white plate. It looks graceful and unfussy and good. The same goes, I hope, for a plain white food blog.

Have a great weekend, everyone.


Anonymous peabody said...

Oh much better, my eyes thank you. Looks great.

2:51 PM, September 29, 2006  
Blogger Julia said...

Looks great, I love the new header.

2:53 PM, September 29, 2006  
Anonymous LPC said...

The old black background had the mysterious and alluring character about it... but I do think with the white background it's easy to read the entries. Look forward to the new look and new recipe index.

3:05 PM, September 29, 2006  
Anonymous Aoife said...

And the colors are so appropriate for the upcoming Halloween!

3:55 PM, September 29, 2006  
Blogger Kalyn said...

I think the white is really nice. Much easier to read for those of us who are a bit (ahem) older.

4:48 PM, September 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, yes! the white background is such a treat. I'm usually reading Orangette in the early (dark) morning hours so the change is appreciated for practical reasons, but I also prefer the aesthetics of crisp text on a spare, clean background. Now I can't wait for the new recipe index - how DO you find time to do this AND have a life too?!

5:39 PM, September 29, 2006  
Blogger Catherine said...

looks great! very elegant and inviting. I tried revamping my blog, but all brown doesn't look as nice as all white or all black. happy blogging!

5:50 PM, September 29, 2006  
Anonymous anna maria said...

I like it both ways, but it feels good to change it, doesn't it? I feel like changing the blog, the colors of my house, my whole wardrobe, every day....but that's a bit excessive.
I love the orange and the chocolate coming right at you, makes you just want to open your mouth and take a big bite!

6:13 PM, September 29, 2006  
Anonymous maryeats said...

I was so fond of the boack, but the white does look tres chic. Very nice.

7:05 PM, September 29, 2006  
Anonymous TheBon said...

Huzzah! I hated the black, it made my eyes wig out. Now I can read orangette pain free!

7:24 PM, September 29, 2006  
Anonymous ann said...

I adore the new header.... nice work Molly!

6:57 AM, September 30, 2006  
Blogger lucette said...

I love it, although I was freaked out at first--I thought the computer was being peculiar.

7:11 AM, September 30, 2006  
Blogger Shari said...

hi molly!
love the new look so fresh and crisp. your new header is gorgeous, too.

i owe you an email. soon! xox shari

7:33 AM, September 30, 2006  
Blogger Lia said...

I love it and the new header is beautiful too! Can't wait to see the recipe index.

8:50 AM, September 30, 2006  
Blogger Acme Instant Food said...

I think the new look is great! Just go a'changin your content because that's what makes us all return again and again.

9:37 AM, September 30, 2006  
Blogger Nicola said...

Hi Molly...liking the new header. Let us know how the wedding plans are going - especially the food plans. Celebrating year 2 tomorrow and I blogged yesterday on it. Best...


10:33 AM, September 30, 2006  
Blogger Boring said...

I agree that food looks best on a white plate but for some reason I always loved the colors in the food in your pics looked against the black background. Still, your blog is just as yummy looking white as it was in black.

11:38 AM, September 30, 2006  
Blogger Molly said...

Oh good! So glad to hear that the new look passes inspection. It sure does feel good to me.

Peabody, Kalyn, Anonymous, and TheBon, we aim to please your eyes around here! I had gotten some comments and e-mails about the readability (or lack thereof) of the black, and although it took me a while to finally make the change, I'm happy to have a solution that makes Orangette more pleasant to read. That's what I want you to come here for, anyway - to read!

LPC, maryeats, and boring, I hear you - I too miss the intensity and intrigue of the black background, and the way that it made my photographs really pop. But the clean, stripped-down white feels more in keeping with my style - of writing and otherwise - these days. Thanks for rolling with me through these changes.

Oh, and Anonymous, re: "how DO you find time to do this AND have a life too?!", I have two little secrets: a very understanding and likewise busy fiance, and the fact that I have cut back to posting once a week. (Shhh, don't tell!)

You guys are great. Hope you're having a delicious weekend.

2:02 PM, September 30, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Molly,

The new header: very sexy! I really like it! The white makes sense for your current state of mind...and it all works together quite nicely. Yay, You!


3:05 PM, September 30, 2006  
Anonymous mav said...

oh i simply LOVE it!! xx, mav

7:02 PM, September 30, 2006  
Blogger hannah said...

clean and lovely. good font too, hooray for the white!

8:33 PM, September 30, 2006  
Blogger indigo said...

oh thank you, thank you! my eyes thank you! that black background was the only thing i didn't like about the old orangette.

9:02 PM, September 30, 2006  
Blogger Guru said...

I like it very much! The header is so elegant ... and delicious!

1:10 AM, October 01, 2006  
Blogger Pille said...

Hi Molly, I like the new look, too - so much fresher! I started off with a black background, too, and changed it to the white a few months ago. It's kinder to my eyes, for sure:)

3:47 AM, October 01, 2006  
Blogger Callipygia said...

I must say your blog was one of the first that I looked at and I really liked the graphic-y look of it. And this completely suits where you are now- it is so radically different. It makes so much sense that who you are is going through such a major transformation, wonderfully exciting.

12:32 PM, October 01, 2006  
Anonymous joseph said...

Thanks for the beutiful white background. So much more elegant, readable, and inviting than the black.

4:25 PM, October 01, 2006  
Blogger kickpleat said...

i'm a sucker for good ol' white backgrounds. everything is so fresh, so clean!

4:51 PM, October 01, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's lovely! So much easier to read. Thanks from a pair of tired eyes.

5:49 PM, October 01, 2006  
Blogger lobstersquad said...

I loved your blog but it was the only one with black background I read. I hate reading on black. This is excellent news!

12:37 AM, October 02, 2006  
Anonymous Luisa said...

What a nice change- not that I didn't like it before, but you know...chaange is fun! And the header? Fantastic!

1:31 AM, October 02, 2006  
Blogger wheresmymind said...

Awww...no more punk rock black!! But you are in the land of pertutual grey skies ;)

6:31 AM, October 02, 2006  
Blogger Alanna said...

Lots of eyes saying, Thank You! Add mine to the list ...

7:04 AM, October 02, 2006  
Blogger Julie said...

Looks lovely! I have to agree with you about food on white plates. It looks beautiful and makes for the best photos. I keep wanting to buy a few odd, colored plates for the sake of variety, but I just can't quite do it.

7:20 AM, October 02, 2006  
Blogger Anali said...

It looks beautiful and is much easier to read. Love the picture too!

9:38 AM, October 02, 2006  
Blogger s'kat said...

I was all set to be upset, until I clicked open the window. Nicely done! I feel like you just popped open all the windows in the house for the first time, post-summer, and everything is alive with scented breezes.

10:13 AM, October 02, 2006  
Blogger Vanessa said...

Wonderful header, fresh looking revamp. Love that your style still shines through. Great job.

10:15 AM, October 02, 2006  
Blogger Carol said...

lovely. clean and white.

12:04 PM, October 02, 2006  
Anonymous Kitarra said...

Thank you thank you thank you. My eyes thank you, my brain thanks you. Thank you!

I love your blog but white on black is hard to read when you switch screens all the time and read in snippets. The new look is beautiful!

12:28 PM, October 02, 2006  
Blogger foodiechickie said...

Very very nice.

4:34 PM, October 02, 2006  
Blogger Lisa said...

The new look is fabulous! I liked the old look, too, but I'm another one of those (older) people who found the white-on-black scheme hard to read. I still read your blog, of course (one must!), but this is definitely a change I'll enjoy. Not just for easier reading but also because it's so overall new and pretty. The photo in the banner is lovely.

6:03 PM, October 02, 2006  
Blogger Tea said...

I loved old Orangette and I love new Orangette too. So classy looking! I find my favorite blogs are white--not mine, mind you (at least not yet).

Congrats on your new digs. Feels very conducive to creativity--I'm looking forward to seeing what you create in this beautiful, clean new world.

6:59 PM, October 02, 2006  
Blogger Molly said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the positive feedback, friends. I'm so glad that we're all agreement. Onward we go, with white!

10:34 PM, October 02, 2006  
Anonymous Brett said...

I love the white background! It's especially flattering to your photos. I'm considering tinkering with my own site, but I don't know when I'll ever find the time. Congrats on the new look.

11:40 AM, October 05, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new photo is awesome, but I miss the black. Oh well. I'm glad the white makes you happy dear- thats what's important! ;)

7:09 AM, October 06, 2006  
Blogger Elise said...

Oh Molly,
Thank you! I love reading your blog, but the black background made it really hard on my eyes. Love the new look. Merci!

2:05 PM, October 24, 2006  
Blogger The G Manifesto said...

great photo, great contrast

5:27 PM, November 29, 2006  

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