Read At Home in Turkey

Read At Home in Turkey

Turkey is a country undergoing spectacular transformation. But unlike many other such modernizing processes, this one does not involve the destruction of its rich and varied traditions of design and decoration. Nowhere is this better seen than in the pages of this book, in which the celebrated photographer Solvi dos Santos has traveled throughout Turkey during all four seasons to capture the soul of the contemporary Turkish home.

Here are the intense charm of the minimalist, pine-scented interiors of the Black Sea; the historic details of an antique monastery hidden in the Aegean; the élan of whitewashed Mediterranean courtyards fragrant with jasmine; the elegance of the Ottoman seaside mansions of the Bosphorus; the stark beauty of medieval, sun-baked, stone houses in the deep southeast; and the intimacy of a pied-à-terre in Istanbul’s shady backstreets.

Berrin Torolsan’s text provides a look inside these homes, and into the different worlds of their inhabitants, from hip designers, poets, and artists to teachers, farmers, and country gentlemen, from household names to unknown aesthetes. She uncovers the stories of each house and gives a sense of the geography and history of its location. 250 color illustrations.

A wide selection of homes, though unfortunately mostly of very wealthy people (common in interior design 🤷‍♀️) with luxurious homes laden with crown moldings. I mostly read the captions, which were generally thorough, and skimmed bits and pieces of the articles for each home.

A few things I took away: using unique textiles like suzani as window and door hangings, some masonry patterns I liked — a lot of rockwork throughout these samples, an appreciation for wood paneling and the art of the alcove. I learned a number of terms for textiles and other Turkish and Middle Eastern textiles.

I would say a little too much of the photography focused on surface details, and some of the images presenting a larger space were kind of hard to see (I imagine the photographer didn’t have enough room to work with). They were organized by season, but without reading the section dividers I couldn’t really discern why. As a westerner who only loosely knows Turkish geography, I would have appreciated a map of the homes. Istanbul itself is so large, it would have been neat to see the neighborhoods highlighted.


Read Jungalow

Read Jungalow

From Justina Blakeney, the ultimate guide to designing wildly creative interiors that are free-spirited, layered, and deeply personal Jus…

I dug a lot of her example rooms. I especially liked the first section of the book where she created mashups of two cultures. It also resonated with her sharing her family heritage and personal feeling of being mixed culture being an important part of her. The pattern and materials section was usefully presented. The DIY section was quite short and didn’t add much, I would have dropped that and expanded the first section or dug into color more. I appreciated the variety of plant metaphors they used throughout 😉

Succulents spill out of drawers in a tall chest of drawers
I love the casual spillover of plants though wonder if that’s a nightmare to water – and also makes the rest of the drawers harder to use


A bureau is decorated with white varied patterns, a light yellow wall and gold framed mirror behind
This gold toned vignette feels so warm and fun without being overwhelming


Pink bedroom with hot pink walls and lamp, patterned pink headboard, pink art, and a pretty calathea with pink stripes
😍 I love love love this pink immersion – my office wall is a similar hot pink and I’ve contrasted against it but this is spectacular
Pale pink walls and copper scalloped tile bathroom with scallops extending over the vanity as a backdrop
I really like the scallops as a backdrop on the vanity, adding an elegant feminine detailing against the dusky pink – I like the sheen of the dark copper with the pink
Art and Design

List of Brazilian graphic designers and illustrators

Bookmarked Brazilians Who Design (

A repository to celebrate the work of talented Brazilian designers and showcase it to the world.

Art and Design History Resources and Reference

Publicly curated history of graphic design

Bookmarked The People’s Graphic Design Archive (

The People’s Graphic Design Archive is a crowd-sourced virtual archive that aims to expand, diversify, and preserve graphic design history. It includes finished projects, process, correspondence, oral histories, articles, and other material in the form of images, documents, videos, audio, as well as links to other relevant archives and websites.

Art and Design Science Fiction

Science fiction visual worldbuilding with AI

Liked THE VESARION-3 AI PROJECT by Jesse Rockwell (


Being that the Neo-Texzalius civilization is at least a thousand years more advanced than the human race, there is much we can learn from their technological, and spacefaring achievements. Earth Scientists aim to forge a working relationship to acquire these advanced and extremely capable technologies, which will serve a huge benefit to humanity.

I like the consistent style throughout the project, the old book/journal look with ink illustrations somewhat a la Leonardo da Vinci. The organic art nouveau inspired drawings suit AI generation, as does the alien civilization theme, which can both probably be visually more forgiving of weirdness in rendering. The muted color palette with mostly blue and red/orange looks good. Reminds me a bit of Dinotopia in approach. A hint of Shaun Tan in the dreamlike world vibe? The architecture is at once grandiose, classic, and confusing without seeming threatening. Kinda like the statue world in Piranesi, wings and wings of ever so slightly different style and layout.

Art by Jesse Rockwell
Art and Design

Surrealist zebra art

Liked Morris Hirshfield (1872–1946) (Design is fine. History is mine.)

Zebras, 1942. An immigrant tailor, slipper manufacturer in Brooklyn and self-taught artist who took up painting at the age of 65, Hirshfield attracted a great degree of attention during his brief career as an artist (1937-1946). His pictures were embraced by the Surrealists, collected by Peggy Guggenheim, and featured in a highly publicized one-man show at the Museum of Modern Art in 1943. Via American Folk Art Museum

Art and Design Comics Mental Health

Read Camouflage

Read Camouflage

Autism in women and girls is still not widely understood, and is often misrepresented or even overlooked. This graphic novel offers an engaging and accessible insight into the lives and minds of autistic women, using real-life case studies.

The charming illustrations lead readers on a visual journey of how women on the spectrum experience everyday life, from metaphors and masking in social situations, to friendships and relationships and the role of special interests.

Fun, sensitive and informative, this is a fantastic resource for anyone who wishes to understand how gender affects autism, and how to create safer supportive and more accessible environments for women on the spectrum.

Like the color palette with teals and pinks. The cover illustration is especially nice. I liked the use of textures though text didn’t read well over halftones.

Very slender volume with simple explanations, suitable for teens and pre-teens. Mostly info I knew already. I did like how they broke down the main elements of the autistic experience for women:

  1. “You’re not autistic”
  2. Pretending to be normal
  3. Growing from passive to assertive
  4. Special interest based identity

Art and Design Resources and Reference Websites

Website roundups

Httpster – Httpster is an inspiration resource showcasing totally rocking websites made by people from all over the world.

Admire the Web

Typewolf site of the day – typography focused collection of websites

Art and Design

Book cover collage design

Bookmarked Book Covers of Note, July 2022 by Dan (

I’m even later than usual this month and everyone else posted their selections days ago, so you must really like book covers if you’re still jonesing for more!

Really like this collage cover for Carnality designed by Tyler Comrie. I like the soft buttery background with the bright coral sans serif type, and the profusion of coral dots over the nun’s face is intriguing. The same designer also created the covers for There There and Interior Chinatown, which I find striking.

In that collection, I also thought the cover for The Status Game designed by Steve Leard was clever (who also created the cool type-centric cover for The Hype Machine), and admired the cover for The Wine-Dark Sea Within designed by Rebecca Lown.

Art and Design House

Read Living with Pattern

Read Living with Pattern

If you focus on pattern, from texture and color to furniture and textiles, everything else will fall into place.

Pattern is the strongest element in any room. In Living with Pattern, Rebecca Atwood demystifies how to use that element, a design concept that often confounds and confuses, demonstrating how to seamlessly mix and layer prints throughout a house. She covers pattern usage you probably already have, such as on your duvet cover or in the living room rug, and she also reveals the unexpected places you might not have thought to add it: bathroom tiles, an arrangement of book spines in a reading nook, or windowpane gridding in your entryway. In this stunning book, beautiful photography showcases distinct uses of pattern in homes all over the country to inspire you to realize that an injection of pattern can enliven any space, helping to make it uniquely yours.

Not to my taste visually, and the opening chapters were pretty vague and generic if you know anything about color theory. The type was also unhelpfully small for my bad eyes.


  • Use large scale pattern for focal points to draw the eye
  • Use small scale pattern to recede or hide
  • Larger spaces can handle larger patterns
  • Pattern 40-60% of a room: three patterns at 60/30/10 or five patterns at 40/30/20/5/5 (one large hero pattern)
  • Foundation patterns = stripes, dots, geos, “no print”
  • Vary finishes and scales
  • Scale = physical size of pattern
  • Proportion = how much of a pattern is used
  • Texture is a monochromatic pattern


Spread from book with instructions and sample of India ink monotone prints

Overdying old napkins or shibori dying them