Hi and welcome to the creative mind of Brooklyn-based interior design firm, Ishka Designs.
This blog allows you to peek behind the scenes of our design process; see the images, products, and events that inspire and motivate us. We are happily biased towards interior design topics with a sustainable undertone. With our international backgrounds, we definitely embrace a global perspective and influence. We hope you are inspired and sometimes provoked by our postings and we look forward to reading and responding to your comments!

One love, idi


Colours of Dusk

...quite possibly my next project's inspiration.


And you thought I did all the work?


16.4 miles...

to Brighton Beach and back.  My personal best is 45 minutes in one direction.  My personal goal is 30 mins in both directions.  Hahaha...but really, maybe by the end of the summer?

In the meantime, I am feeling my connections man!!!  Congrats to C-P Design Group...the Bed-Stuy brownstone is fabu!  Love, love, love the daylighting solution.  You've given me inspiration to want brownstone living...again.  Funny enough, while the mouldings, wainscotting, and banisters are being fancied up off-site I kinda like it that way: BARE | NaKED.  

History and all its ornamentation and ostentation is a beautiful thing, but not for me on a personal level.  Clean lines, open space, and nothingness is what I personally strive for.  For my clients, sometimes a different story.

...didn't I say to "create beauty from nothing..."?  Well I would like to add to that "...to see beauty in nothingness".

The projects are adding up as are the miles.  Personal and corporate goals are continually being set and re-set.  What's up with you?



who knew?

I sure didn't.  Was I just in denial? too lazy? too Caribbean (will follow up on this statement shortly)? For those who don't know, Prospect Park is absolutely beautiful.  While I've been privy to this well known fact, I've been a terrible at taking full advantage.  What's really terrible is that it is my back yard.  And while I do take comfort in the fact that at least once a year I set up festivities in honor of my birthday, I really must hold my head in shame that that's the extent of my Prospect Park excursions...until of course, the bike!  

I love my bike.  It is opening up my eyes to a different kind of Brooklyn.  Only today I discovered Nellie's lawn on the way to measure a new client site in Park Slope.  I had to return to eat lunch there with the eagle, squirrel, kids and nannies....where do I fit in you ask?  You tell me.

See for yourself how beautiful it is...

Great, right!?!  Please note "wonderful" bike in the forefront.  Needless to say, I am charging up the laptop as we speak and dusting off the sketch books, as I intend to extend my office all the way to Nellie's lawn.  Meetings in Prospect Park anyone???

Oh, before I forget, let me speak to my comment on being too Caribbean to appreciate parks.  Growing up near beaches, and more importantly with a backyard, a front yard and in a cul-de-sac really was more than a blessing for me.  It meant I didn't have to leave the confines of my home/street to appreciate nature.  So the thought of going to a park to sit with several hundred strangers to enjoy the great outdoors was lost on me...it was more of a good real estate choice than anything else.  But now...!!!! And btw, did I mention that half the people I zipped past in the park had heavy Caribbean accents?  Clearly this is just a personal thang!!! 

A quick note on design: I am feeling India these days.  Will the client is the question!?!  Anyhow planning to get to the MET soon for further research and inspiration.  

Separately, I  am seriously thinking of heading to Florida in Sept for the Hospitality Expo.  Should definitely be fun...will you be there?



props to my peeps

i am very impressed by the latest addition to my vendor list.  a corian and solid surfaces specialist located in downtown brooklyn (yay brooklyn!).  its run by various island people and came highly recommended by corian!  to make a long story short, an issue with the client's counter top got handled in a VERY professional and prompt manner and I must say I am very impressed with the service.  so much so that i did not mind the two days of running around to make sure this got resolved FAST.  kudos to Marsha, Arthur, and Eton!

that aside I just want to state that one of my business goal's is to seek out local business and those run by people of colour in and around Brooklyn.  aside from supporting my "neighbours" i do say its very environmentally and socially conscious.  yes!  ishka designs has more than just a beautiful slogan.

now all i need to do is to remember to drive less, ride the bicycle more and to not shy away from public transportation.  that said, tomorrow i am off to LI on the LIRR, park slope on the bike and hopefully by the end of the week to cycle all the way to the beach...without stopping...care to join???


Giving it a whirl!

i suppose this will become musings from my desk, or rather the file cabinet that is currently my desk as my actual desk is full of STUFF...client related stuff, non-client..., a cat, a mask, a lamp, some invoices... anyhow, i always find amusement in the "not so amusing" behind the scenes on projects or entrepeneurship or life in general and now I've decided to share...hope you are as amused/bemused as I am.


i am whirling a lot these days with all sorts of ideas in my head...ikebana, cushions, furniture, web design, galleries, networks...ARGHHHH...slow-down, the studio wasn't built in a day. or was that rome? regardless, like the wheels on my newly purchased second-hand bicycle, my head seems to be spinning with all sorts of thoughts on how to get to that next level. and while my brain struggles to process all these ideas all the time, i manage to only get about 1% accomplished or about a centimeter closer to my goal. hmph!!! well... not really. i really am not discouraged. i know everything will EVENTUALLY happen exactly how i envision it...look at the new website (ishkadesigns.com) as an e.g.: i started out last year introducing myself to you on the www and i pretty much just threw everything plus the kitchen sink at you to get myself noticed. and it worked. but it wasn't quite how i envisioned it. but NOW i feel more streamlined (again maybe its the influence of the bicycle)...and i believe it shows in the site. and this i believe is how i will get all my ideas accomplished...after lots of whirling...and EVENTUALLY.

in the meantime i will continue to whirl...i suggest you do the same.