I really liked this blog and thought you pointed out a lot of things that I didn’t even notice. I was going to ask why don’t you develop a mockup, and then I thought I’d just go ahead and try out a mockup of your suggestions and maybe later go on to develop a theme that’s close to it (if I have the time.) The main thing I tried to do was reduce the number of oranges and opted for ‘lighter’ elements such as minimizing the bevels and depth. Check it out and let me know what you think: http://members.shaw.ca/alamir_novin/mockup2.jpg