Nice design, although all these people saying it would be easy to code obviously have no idea what they're talking about. Those rounded corners and glows against patterned backgrounds are pretty much impossible without 1) Flash, or 2) full browser PNG support, which many browsers do not support.
Well I’d love for you to show me how. To get those curved corners to display OVER the patterned background, as well as the ambient glows (again, OVER the patterned background), seems pretty impossible to me unless you are using Flash or PNGs. Prove me wrong.
Yea well, that was my whole point. PNGs aren't universally supported. In fact, if you use PNGs, about half of all people won't seem them, and your layout will look like crap. That's why you don't see layouts like that
I think you should have the content area with a more subtle texture. It will take away from the bare text on top of it, and if it were more clear, your eye would be directed towards the content. It would also make this much easier to code, heh.