Interior Design & Architecture Resources

Did you know that I have an Interior Design Resources board on Pinterest? In addition to these posts on how high and wide to hang window treatments, I collect other great tips sheets in one place for easy reference. I wanted to be sure you had access to these as well!

Here’s a sample of what I have pinned:

The architecture and timeline of American houses from Colonial to McMansion, and everything in the between. A little bit of the good, the bad and the ugly!

Architecture of American Houses interior design resources

From Janet Lorusso / JRL Interiors:

Janet Lorusso Interiors JRL Interiors bed under a window

This Old House put together this illustration of important and standard dimensions that every homeowner should know. Getting dimensions right is one of the most important aspects of designing a home or merely just know how to place furniture. It’s the place where our physical needs and comfort meets brick and mortar. Get it wrong and it not only looks wrong, but feels wrong as well.

This Old House Dimensions Interior Design resources

This is a classic chart that has been around for a million years. But, if you want a quick way of knowing and understanding how much fabric it takes to re-upholster a piece of furniture, this is the best one out there. And hint: it’s always more that you might think.

Upholstery Fabric yardage chart interior design resources

My friends Sally Wilson and John Kelsey of Wilson Kelsey Design have been putting together tutorials and blog posts about trim proportions, based on classic architectural rules. A column is not just a column and all those old Greek and Roman building – which have been standing for thousands of years – don’t look right just by chance.

Wilson Kelsey architecture chart interior design resources


Wilson Kelsey How to Select Interior trim proportions interior design resources
Wilson Kelsey Design


Any my Antiques Glossary:

Linda Merrill Antiques Glossary

Don’t forget to follow my Interior Design Resources board on Pinterest and let me know if there are any other topics you’d like me to create or find cheat sheets for.

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13 thoughts on “Interior Design & Architecture Resources”

  1. What a great resource! Thanks so much for sharing. Linda, I love seeing your blogs–please keep them coming! You are just a very “real” person and I wish you were closer as I definitely would want your help. Your ideas seem so liveable!

  2. Hi Linda, What a great collection of resources to have at your fingertips! …and by the way, thank for including us on your list! I just love to slow down and illustrate. It can really help to visualize a result. What a terrific post!


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