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


Backyard Quickie

Take your mind out of the gutter! Or at least the french drain. We just wanted to give you a quick glimpse of the before and after pics of the backyard landscape design we completed a few weeks ago.

Views from the deck...

A much better view from the deck!

These were taken with a point & shoot and the iphone. So we definitely cannot wait to have Niya B. shoot it for real in the next couple of weeks or so...giving the plantings time to truly fill out :)

For those of you who like hearing about our process, we will be posting a 4-part series on this project, from concept to fruition, complete with images, etc. Interested?

Let us know what you think...!



IDI's Summer Contradictions. What are yours?

Taking a quick break from design to talk about the weather :)  We love the summer for many reasons but they all come with compromise.  Here are a few of those contradictions that baffle us:

1. We love open windows for the breeze, cross-ventilation, etc.  Even the cat loves to sunbather on the sill and happily chases the occasional bug that flies in.  But are the mosquitoes and the extra dust and dirt that creeps up faster than we can say "design" worth it?

2. We love to wear pretty sandals and slippers to show off pedicured feet, but is the end of day grime that cakes on and the hours of nail cleaning worth it?

3.  We love working minutes from the beach but not being able to spend time on the sand is a bummer (and we don't mean the sand that they are digging out of the basement either) :(

4.  We love to ride our bicycles for the fitness factor and the killer tans, but not so happy to walk with extra clothes cause the cute outfits we donned earlier are now glued to our bodies.

5.  It's so hot we have to wear barely there clothes, but how do we look "professional" without sweating like pigs in the professional attire?  Not even linen works these days...

Don't get it twisted though, we LOVE summertime especially in NY.  The free concerts, the skimpily clad hot body people, the cultural explosions, and the great number of beautiful people that come out of hibernation.  The downside is that we have to work and waste a way a lot of the beautiful weather working in doors most of the day.

Summer is really full of contradictions.  What are yours?

idi team


World Cup Focus: German teamwork + harmony


If you read our Brazil post, then you know Germany should've been post #2 of the world cup focus. But alas, we got carried away with the South American excitement. Ah well! Anyhow, as the dust settles on what can only be described as the most dramatic quarter-finals ever, we return our attention to the Allemania boys with their totally unselfish teamwork and amazingly tight short game (sorry ladies, I really didn't mean to say tight shorts, but those hot to death black jerseys designed by German company, Adidas, are a different matter altogether though). Watching them play is like watching superior German design at work, i.e. BMW and Mercedes Benz.
Image Sources: oleole.com | zimbia.com

While searching for interesting German interiors, I definitely wanted to find fluidity, harmony, and precision in keeping with the German's 2010 football style of play. However, what I found and fell in love with is the Das Kranzbach, a wildly eclectic spa-hotel in the Bavarian Alps, that has a strangely harmonious feel to it and a definite sense of fluidity.  The design kudos belong to London-based designer Ilse Crawford.

Das Kranzbach images sourced from: remodelista.com

**My favourite parts are the tufted seats, which look a lot like a recent find (below) at a vintage warehouse in Brooklyn.  Pity we had to walk away from it.**
awesome find!
Not sure when we'll make it to Germany, much less the Bavarian Alps, but we are close to 100% sure that when we get there we'll be doing some post celebrations for the 2010 world cup champs! :)