I was trying to implement some of the suggested changes around clutter on the homepage – but when this widget is set in the wider Second Homepage Area the alignment is all wonky. If you want me to send you a pic, I can do that, but basically the icon images are not scaled consistently, as in the less wide Third Homepage Area and the title formatting seems to become askew with a larger Post Title. Does this help? Make sense?
I thought it might be helpful to share that when you use the resize aspect of the window the disparity between the default icon and a set featured image skews the text formatting. Let me know if the image of the screen is useful.