Design School: Our favorite online resources

Neither Adam nor I went to design school, but we are both very passionate about design and have tried to soak up everything we can. Fortunately, today’s world makes this much easier and more accessible. There are certain things like hanging curtains the correct way or picking out a rug to the proper scale of the room that can make or break a space, but once you have them down, it makes pulling together a room a much smoother and more rewarding process. Today we’re sharing some of the online resources that have taught us the most and that we find ourselves coming back to time and time again.

Style by Emily Henderson- Videos

Who doesn’t love learning via a quick video? The video section of this site is a goldmine. Emily is a great, energetic teacher, and her videos are extremely useful. Some of our favorites are: How to Mix Patterns, Styling an Indoor Garden, and Choosing the Right Size Rug. Her Design Mistake’s series is also extremely helpful. Like this post on hanging art correctly.

Style by Emily Henderson- Resources

Sometimes the hardest thing is knowing where to look for that exact item you have in mind. The Resource List in Emily Henderson’s site is a great place to turn. It covers everything from wallpaper to furniture. Pencil and Paper Company also has a great compilation of products in their Favorite Finds section of their site


Studio McGee- Design Tips

Studio McGee has such a distinct, well pulled together design style. Their Design Tips are not to be missed. They cover everything from how to choose window treatments to bathroom sink styles.


Schoolhouse 101: Hanging Pendants & Chandeliers

It’s a lot of effort to pick out just the right lighting for a room, and the last thing you want to do is hang it incorrectly. Schoolhouse makes some of the most beautiful lighting around, and they also have a wonderful guide to hanging pendants and chandeliers. Whether you’d like guidance on spacing over an island or height above a dining table, they’ve got you covered.


The Jungalow- Learn

Justina Blakeney is the queen of bohemian style, and you can learn a lot from the Learn section of her site, including just about anything you’d ever want to know about any houseplant out there.


Architectural Digest’s Guide to Interior Decorating

AD works with a lot big name designers and stylists. In their online guide, they highlight tips and tricks from a number top designers.


Apartment Therapy- Design 101

Apartment Therapy is known for their approachable, practical advice. You could browse for hours through their Design 101 section and learn just about anything you wanted or didn’t know you wanted to know.


Drapery Guides

I find that I check myself about 10 times before finalizing a drapery order. Between all of the measuring, rod placement, and other things to consider, you just don’t want to get it wrong, especially because drapes can be a big investment. We consistently use Restoration Hardware’s Drapery Guide to remind ourselves of all of the little things to keep in mind like multiplication factors for drapery fullness. We also like this visual from Tonic Living to jot down measurements.


How about you? What are your go-to resources?


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