works for us. we're fine with small logo. everyone likes the grey bar with dropshadow and white links with nice rollovers. in fact this is very popular with everyone. there's a subtlelty that everyone finds appealling. so leave.
footer is good - laura says we can do more with the footer - would like help on waht we can do. like the grey, gradient. green stands out beautifully from it. house sketch looks great. maybe we can add some of trucie's monsters in there? like the social media icons there too.
TTT site by laura - very popular. b/ground too granola for TN, but in our ballpark; think a bit more contemporary and we're on the way. note shadow around main content block. and note her use of nav. similar nav b/ground to site b/ground. simple links. lots here to like :)