I have been working on a weblog recently, trying to nail that sweet spot between a functional theme and a minimal lay-out. I tried to remove all clutter, whilst still being able to use it with any preferred lay-out style. The main content area is moved up a bit, to give the whole a more dynamic feel.
2016 update: the Dutch version has been taken down. The old post with considerations and design decision is still available on this page.
As of today I have a renewed website! I created the whole look and feel you see, built on AnchorCMS. It's a great lightweight cms. If you know what you're doing you have complete control over all elements, very customisable.