Hi, I'm a complete noob at customization, but here's my first attempt. I kept things minimalistic.
This is Windows 8.1 Pro...
-Start8 with transparency active.
-Aero glass effect on Windows 8.1 (Glass8)
-3 docks with ObjectDock (one is the start button, the other one the tray icons and the third one the apps dock, displaying app shortcuts and running apps)
Completely replaced the Windows taskbar. My only problem was the lack of a language bar as I work with multiple input languages, but I found a languagebar replacement that has an actual tray icon I also have a completely working "Show Desktop" docklet. All docks auto-hide on maximized/fullscreen apps but show once the mouse touches one of the three corners.