When customizing/working on a new WordPress layout – it’s better if you don’t do it on your live blog. Instead, install XAMPP
You can then set up the database and install WordPress in the httpdocs/ directory – but that’s not a straightforward/easy process.
Instead of all the extra setup, you can also use Bitnami’s WordPress application that installs WordPress for you and takes care of a lot of the annoying database and other setup bits. They have versions for Windows, OS X, and Linux to make your life easier.
After setup, instead of the WordPress files being in the normal httpdocs\ directory, Bitnami’s WordPress on top of XAMPP puts the WordPress files in