The client was still not happy with the layout and so asked me to design a website for them. Here is a first mockup before I decided to go in a totally different direction. This is when I first started thinking about the paper textured background (used in the banner only in this image). This design was not shown to the client because I was not happy with the result. It was too dark and not very inviting but is the layout was simpler.
Not happy with this design I pressed on with a new approach. I decided to spread the background image across the whole browser window while keeping the content in the centre of the screen. This opened up the design and made it feel less clostrophobic. I added some custom navigation with a natural feel while keeping the simple comtent layout.
I sent some page mock-ups to the client who was very happy with the design. From there I went ahead to finish the site.