Welcome to the New Creature Comforts

creaturecomfortswelcomeFriends, I’ve been keeping a little secret from you! For many months I’ve been working with several talented designers to fully overhaul Creature Comforts, with the goal of offering you better functionality, enhanced community features, and an experience that is more inspiring for you overall. And now, after such a long wait and a lot of hard work I am beyond thrilled to finally be able to share the brand new home of Creature Comforts with you! I’ll be outlining a few of the key features of the new site below, so feel free to read through them or just make yourself right at home and venture off to discover new things to love about Creature Comforts. I’m so glad you’re here!

Before I dive in, I want to quickly share the two teams behind the new Creature Comforts design with you. Please say hello to: Jo Klima of The Darling Tree, and Donaville and Steven of Hello Hello Hi. Jo hand-lettered our new logo (we’re in love) and designed the site’s beautiful new look from the ground up. Donaville and Steven headed up the coding and developing side of things (such a tough job), and are responsible for making all the pretty details function properly for us. I couldn’t have done it without them!

Now onto new features! Woohoo! To keep things simple, I’ll start with items found toward to top of the site and work my way down.

USER ACCOUNTS have been given an overhaul, and the old system had to be left behind in the process. This means that if you had an account on the old site, or would like one now, you will need to set up a new account (you can access the login features in the pink bar near the top of the site). The great news is that this step has been made easier than ever…just use one of your social media accounts to connect. There are two great benefits to creating an account:

  1. The ability to participate more easily in comments/conversations on posts.
  2. The exciting new ability for logged-in users to add posts to a personal list of favorites! No more need to search or scroll for hours to find that post that you really wanted to read again. Once logged in, just click the “ADD TO FAVORITES” link at the bottom of any post and it will be instantly added to your personal favorites page. Any time that you are logged in, you can access these favorites in the right-hand column, directly beneath the “Visit the DIY Gallery” button. Click on individual post titles that you’ve saved to access them, or select “All your favorite posts” to view all of your saved posts in a linked gallery view…like so:

ccfavoritepostsIsn’t that exciting!

FEED SUBSCRIPTIONS were another thing that needed a complete makeover. Since the old feed is no longer active if you previously subscribed you will now need to subscribe to the new site in order to continue receiving updates. I truly apologize for the hassle. You can find the Creature Comforts’ Feed here. I recommend using Feedly (since Google Reader is shutting down). For easy access you can also find feed subscription buttons near the top of the page.

ccnewcategoriesNext we have the new CATEGORIES section: Live | Shop | Make | Inspire. If you click on one of these main themes you will be presented with sub-categories featuring posts that fall under the main category. Open one or all four main categories at once…whatever works best for you! Choose something that catches your eye beneath a section and click to view all posts within that category.

ccnewdiygalleryOur DIY GALLERY has been given a makeover too! You can now easily scroll down the page to see all the DIY categories that are available. Underneath each title bar you will see three sample posts to pique your curiosity. To view more posts within any category, simply click “view all” (found in the category title bar), and you will see all the projects posted within that category. If you want to close a DIY category, simply click “view less” and you will be shown only the three main images for that category again. I hope you’ll have a lot of fun exploring this new feature!

THREADED COMMENTING at last! I am so excited for this feature because I believe that the ability to reply directly to one another in a comment section truly enhances the community aspect of a site. Now we get to use it here on Creature Comforts! If you’d like to reply to a comment left by another Creature Comforts’ member, simply click “reply” within their comment field. This will drop your comment down directly beneath theirs and enable actual conversations within the comments section!

As with any new site, there are bound to be little glitches here and there. We’ve done our best to iron most of them out, but if you do catch anything at all, please feel free to let me know. I’d also love to hear any constructive feedback that you might have about the new design. Is there anything you would like to see added that we don’t currently have? Anything that would make your visit better? I truly value your opinion!

And finally before I dash, I just want to thank each one of you for being a part of what makes Creature Comforts so wonderful! This space wouldn’t be even half of what it is without you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. xo Ez

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  1. Laura / / Reply

    I love it..!

    I’ve been reading your blog since the one way back in ’07 and I look forward to your posts every day!

    Thank you! :)

    • Ez
      Ez / / Reply

      Thank you so much for being a faithful reader for all these years! xo Ez

  2. Ann Louise Santos / / Reply

    The redesign is lovely and classy—I look forward to your posts every day!

  3. Caroline Landon / / Reply

    I love the new look! It’s beautiful and was worth waiting for!
    Since you said we could tell you of any glitches….there are a couple spots on the page where I believe a picture or an ad is supposed to show up, but I get that little red x inside a couple boxes – you know what I’m talking about? One of them is at the very top immediately to the right of the Creature Comforts logo, and the other one is also at the top, directly under the words “Subscribe in a Reader.” Maybe it’s my monitor. It’s a wide-screen one, but maybe it’s not wide enough. The ads on the right side of the screen are partially cut off, but there’s no navigation bar to allow me to go over any further. These things don’t affect my ability to read your posts, and I’m sure all the little details will be worked out shortly! Love you!

    • Ez
      Ez / / Reply

      Thank you so much for taking the time to share the glitches that you came across Caroline! I see from your most recent comment that they’ve disappeared. Hooray! xo

  4. Kate / / Reply

    Eek! It looks amazing! Congrats to everyone involved!

    I tried to click on the “more links” button in your sidebar under Link Love, but it didn’t appear to be clickable… just a heads up!

    • Ez
      Ez / / Reply

      Thank you Kate! That’s odd about the “more links” button not functioning. It seems to be working on my end, but I’ll have the designers see what they can find. Thanks again!

  5. Kateri / / Reply

    Oh wow! I love this new version of your blog! The logo, the choice of soft colors, the new features…Congratulations to everyone involved in this makeover.

  6. Diana / / Reply

    IT’S SO LOVELY!!!! (all caps for emphasis haha) It gives me the warm and fuzzy feeling! Stay awesome, Miss Ez!

  7. Rena / / Reply

    I love it! Congratulations to you and your team. You’ve all done an awesome job. I’ve been reading your blog for quite some time and I love new exciting changes. Beautiful!

  8. Emily K. / / Reply

    Ez, your new site is stunning! Congrats to you and your amazing team! I’ve been reading for years, and you just keep raising the bar and delighting your readers with more loveliness!

  9. Beatrice Clay / / Reply

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! The site is SWOONIFUL! I love the colors and all of the organic hand-lettering and painting adds a nice personal touch….of course the colors are so soothing. Jo’s work is oh so pretty….I love the Darling Tree!

  10. Carrie / / Reply

    Congrats to you and the whole team! I absolutely love the new look. You continue to be a daily read for so many reasons. Best to you!

  11. sarah jane / / Reply

    Oh my goodness! I’m in LOVE! I’ve ALWAYS loved your site EZ, but this is amazing. Good for you, and best with the new space! It’s so so so lovely!

  12. Melanie Burk / / Reply

    OH ez!! this looks awesome! I am so happy to see the updates, and see how you have taken it to the next level. You and all of your team deserve a big round of applause. it is LOVELY!!!

  13. Alison / / Reply

    I’m so so so excited for you! You have so much amazing content and I feel like it has been unlocked! I love your new DIY search, in fact I’ll probably copy it in a bit! ha, but seriously looks amazing. love you, love the site! xo

  14. Yelena B. / / Reply

    One word – gorgeous! I like that it’s uncluttered, elegant, warm and user friendly. Congratulations!

  15. Esther / / Reply

    Wow!! I actually said that out loud when this brand new look showed up on my screen… I love it!! Congrats!

  16. Chelsey / / Reply

    Wow, absolutely love it! So clean yet so much information. You definitely grew out of the last look – this one is so much stronger. Congrats.

  17. Danielle Brand / / Reply

    I absolutely love the new layout! It seems so user friendly and I can’t wait to add things to my list of favorites!

  18. Amanda / / Reply

    Love the new look! Is there still a way to search posts by color?

  19. susy / / Reply

    HOLY MOLY. This is cool~!!!!! I love the new design, I love the new features! I love that the blog looks more edgy now – it’s very you. The whole picture! I am so happy for you!!!

    I think I may be overusing the exclamation point key. At risk of things getting to crazy, I will leave it there. : )
    xoxo Susy

  20. jenny // the jeneral store / / Reply

    congratulations, your blog is beautiful. it has been a source of inspiration to me for a long time. inspiring to see your continued drive toward creativity, functionality and pure loveliness! kudos

  21. Andrea Dozier / / Reply

    What a task! You pulled it off beautifully! Love the colors & typography, excited about the new features too! Hope this is a bright day for you!

  22. Xenia / / Reply

    Wow! This is all truly amazing. Off to play and check out all the new features! Congratulations!

  23. Erin / / Reply

    HUGE congrats Ez. A) the site is GORGE. I adore it. And B) having just launched this week too I know how good it feels to look at something you love everyday! Here’s to who knows how many more years of amazing things to come from this crazy blog world. You’re certainly a huge inspiration to me! xx Erin

  24. christelle is flabbergasting / / Reply

    I really really REALLY love the redesign! Everything seems great and organized and the overall design looks so sweet (love the touch of pastel colors) Congrats EZ and the team!

  25. Kylie @ All Things Lovely / / Reply

    Oh Ez! it’s just gorgeous. I’m in love with your logo, have been since you gave the sneak peak of your business cards a month or so back. :)

    And, wonderful news all your precious belongings arrived! Can’t imagine how you made it through that ordeal!

    Kylie xx

  26. Dee Wilcox / / Reply

    So exciting! I love the new look, and especially the DIY gallery. It’s lovely! Nice work, everybody!

  27. Val / / Reply

    i LOVE it Ez! It’s modern, edgy, but also soft and comforting :) A beautiful site.

  28. Melissa de la Fuente / / Reply

    It looks absolutely GORGEOUS hunnie! I don’t know how you managed all this with your stuff missing & all the worry and angst that brings with it….and I am SO happy for you, that your stuff finally arrived! Yippee! Happy spring hunnie. :)

  29. Ali Anders / / Reply

    Beautiful update! And thanks for the suggestion on feedly.com! I’ve been trying to find a way to read all my favorite blogs ever since iMail stopped supporting feeds…I hope feedly is my solution :)

  30. Mei / / Reply

    Hello! I checked Pugly Pixel’s Launched No. 3 and your blog is included so I came to visit. :)

    I totally like your new design as well as the added features! I am browsing through your pages and I am enjoying my stay here. I can’t help but say wow to every detail of your blog. :)

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  32. Sarah / / Reply

    I’m obviously a bit behind on my blog reading… It was pure beauty coming back to Creature Comforts and seeing the new design. Love it! I love how interactive the new site is. And such a perfect paring between CC and The Darling Tree! Off to explore! Sx

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