The Design Side

Long-time design editor Susan Bady blogs on the latest trends, ideas, and innovations in residential design



August 25, 2014

A recent blog post on the Estes Builders website got me thinking about what my ultimate home office would look like.  I’ve been working from home for a l

July 21, 2014

Back to the Cabin: More Inspiration for the Classic American Getaway.

July 16, 2014

I’ve been talking to builders lately about coping with tight lot setbacks. Some build in the city, where it’s commonplace to see a new home shoehorned on a lot with 2- or 3-foot side yards.

June 05, 2014

Remember when interior designer Carole Eichen coined the term “merchandising” to describe her approach to model homes?

April 29, 2014

Where do you stand on mid-century modern design? Do you love it or hate it?

March 24, 2014

As regular readers know, I rarely miss an opportunity to mention Frank Lloyd Wright in my blog. That goes for his descendants, too.

February 26, 2014

Maybe you saw the New York Times article “In Housing, Big is Back (Not Cou

January 20, 2014

If you’ve never been to Savannah, Ga., by all means go, especially if you love 18th and 19th century architecture.

December 19, 2013

I’ve come to the conclusion that American residential architecture, like America itself, is a melting pot. I would even argue that the true American house style is eclectic.

November 21, 2013

I’m looking forward to the new movies being released in December, particularly the next installment of “The Hobbit.” One film I doubt will be coming to a theater near you, though, is about urban pl

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