I’m currently at work so I don’t have time to go through the code right now but in IE7 the website needs some work. There are two buttons that aren’t showing up at all at the end of nav bar, one being “pic” and the other being “laptop”. Just wanted to let you know of a few things that instantly stood out. Do you have Windows? If so I would get IE tester to verify your code works in all browsers.
I have always been more keen to simple designs for the designers portfolio, your trying to attract attention to sites you’ve created for other people, while under a budget, time constraints, etc.
As for the site, I am not to thrilled with the background either; however, i noticed you had some glow around your logo, i would put some on the bottom of your navigation as well to break up the edge of it a little. Finish it up and let me know then :P.