Google and Yahoo both offer features to help you create your own homepage, with a broad choice of possibilities that you can customize to your needs.
MyYahoo offers a number of options for the look for the page--you can express yourself with a group of colors and textures. It can be set up to display the last several emails in your Yahoo mail account, calendar, dictionary, map links, weather, news headlines, a Word of the Day, and other customizable details.
Google Homepage doesn't offer a choice of background colors but it is ad-free and has the clean Google look. It allows you to choose from among features to display--news headlines from a number of sources, financial information, sports news, local weather, alerts for your Gmail account, bookmarks, and more.
You can set either up as your homepage and use it as a one-stop springboard to begin your day informed and in touch.
With a nod to blogwithoutalibrary, a good source of techy little ideas.