I like good design.  Modern, clean, lots of white space.  From Bauhaus through to the young modern Greek architects, who blend old stone and wood, glass and steel most harmoniously.  I’m currently obsessed with and also LOCI Architects, and would love nothing more than to get a local architect like Etsi Design to redesign and renovate my future home in Stoupa.  They've done some lovely work there.

I also enjoy beauty, so I enjoy most of the art and architecture from the Renaissance times onwards. Old castles are my favourites and I often think I must have lived in some great houses in previous lives. I would dearly love to own a Tudor or Arts & Crafts house although the eight-legged inhabitants would be rather alarming, as they always are in old houses.

We once went to stay in an old, very grand, but run-down Chateau in France (before it was renovated) and if it weren't for the fact that the wooden sleigh-style bed was pulled well away from the walls, I wouldn’t have slept a wink.  The webs in the corners looked hundreds of years old.

My oldest friend was married to a graphic designer, a top flight excellent graphic designer.  So I was further exposed to good design for over those twenty years.  Towards the middle of his career, his freelance jobs included designing four album covers for Irving and my record label, Esoteric Records.

You may notice I always wear black.  That’s because I used to be a fashion designer, a little-known fact.  Fashion designers most often wear a lot of black, so that they can put all their design energy into the clothes they design, not the ones they wear. 

When I became a Mum, I realised that black and barfing babies was not the best combo, so I did try and branch out into other colours, like white or, most practical of all, stone, but these adventures rarely lasted. When Steve died, I breathed a sigh of relief and went straight into black again and haven’t looked back since. 

So I’m not a complete dunce when it comes to design, but perhaps this explains my pain when it comes to designing my websites.  I just can’t leave it to the professionals.

When I start a project, I’m always drawn first to clean, modern design with lots of white space. Then, after a few iterations, I always go back to a dark moody design, with lots of darks and inevitable highlights of white and orange.  Quite rock’n’roll looking even though I’m not and have never been at all rock’n’roll myself. 

I’ve tried working with designers and their output always feels a bit disappointing and lacklustre to me.  The last time coincided with a horrible drop off in traffic and optins and I’ve never got over it.

I’m obsessed with orange.  My first grownup bedroom was painted a burnt terracotta kind of orange. Apart from the fact it’s a nice cheery colour, with lots of energy, you don’t see it around much.  

Perhaps that should be telling me something?

But the best thing about everyone looking at websites on mobile phones is that as long as the design still allows the visitor to do what they came to your site to do, you are golden.

Another favourite colour of mine.

Is gold a colour?

The colour of real money perhaps.

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