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


More Pillow Talk

If you saw our previous post "my pretties", you would realize that we are currently in accessory mode.  We have been amassing ideas for on-going projects these past few weeks while simultaneously prepping for an upcoming photoshoot.  I tend to default to the tear sheets and cards hanging around on my desk, and I remember these beautiful pillows by Brooklyn based textile company, Aviva Stanoff, on our walk-through of the Architectural Digest Show last month.  I am really drawn to the technique and the beauty of these textured textiles.  The company employs an interesting process by pressing real materials (feathers, leaves, etc.) into the fabrics, each done individually by hand using beautiful silks as the base.  I remember running my hand over the impressions on the pillows and was sold.  Click here for more images from the wonderful Aviva Stanoff.

All images from avivastanoff.com
Thought the styling of the pillows to be quite beautiful too.  Can't wait to see these in person again.  I love Brooklyn!


My pretties!

Just happened upon these GAWJUSS [gorgeous] pillows over at Sylvester & Co.  So many I want for projects and self...sigh!  Check out these few in gold:


and silvers & greys:

All images sourced from sylvesterathome.com
Aren't they a pretty bunch?



Tell Your Story

Anishka & mom. Photo by Niya Bascom Photography
Yesterday was a long day, less about work for a change and more focused on family.  I spent most of it in Long Island, half the day killing time at the immigration office and the other half trying not to get lost amongst the gorgeous homes in the suburbs.  Eventually made it back to Brooklyn in time for drinks in Tribeca at the stylishly simplistic bar, Weather Up, joined by mom, NB and our new friend, colleague and excellent personal stylist, Kalyn Johnson.  Check out her site when you have a chance, we have a lot in common!
Weather Up. Not pictured here but had me very intrigued was the ram's head taxidermy juxtaposed against the clean white walls of the restaurant. Photo source: nybarfly.com; Credit: The Gothamist
Starved, we eventually wandered past the beautiful court houses of downtown Manhattan to grab a late night meal at our favourite Chinatown restaurant nestled comfortably between several bail bond offices.  Yes, with all the excursions around NY and the glaring differences of our destinations, the irony of ending up at our guilty indulgence in gritty Chinatown was quite interesting.
Chinatown. Niya Bascom Photography
Even more interesting was happening upon this pop-up booth sitting quietly in the middle of Foley Square, opposite the Supreme Court building.  Besides my ongoing fascination with pop-up shops and booths, the words sprawled across its glass walls really spoke to me...

love this.
write our own history.
So powerful!  The booth belongs to the Story Corps organization, and was originally located at the WTC path station in 2005.  Ok...so why am I only now seeing this???  Anyhow, the organization is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of their lives.  Such a great idea to have the actual people record their own history as opposed to someone else's interpretation of it.  Even more interesting is that our day began and ended with the same context in mind...from the journey to the Long Island immigration office and ending up in one of the largest ethnic neighbourhoods in New York City.  Beyond that my journey really began in India and Africa, through the Caribbean and ending up here.  We all have a story to tell about who we are and where we came from...
Photo: Niya Bascom Photography
anishka for idi