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


We Are Getting An Award!

Niya and I are excited and honoured to be one of the awardees for the first ever Business Innovators and Game Changers™ (B.I.G.) Awards, created by WhereItzAt magazine, a New York City leader in Caribbean entertainment and culture.
Source: www.goWhereItzAt.com
"The Business Innovators and Game-Changers™ (B.I.G.) Awards was created to honor the achievements of established women and minority owned small businesses and business leaders and also recognize the accomplishments of young entrepreneurs in the New York Metropolitan Area. Slated to be an annual event, the B.I.G. Awards is also focused on recognizing the pioneers or “Trailblazers” who paved the way for other generations to follow."  We are among a really amazing group of individuals receiving an award, including our favourite rug designer, Malene Barnett of Malene B Carpets.

The awards Gala event will be held next month, June 28 at the Adria Hotel & Conference Center, and all are invited to attend.  It promises to be a night of great fun and entertainment.  For details about WhereItzAt and this amazing Awards event, please visit here.  



Our Client Appreciation Event was a success!

Photo Credits: (L top and bottom) Kimneak Arnold; (Right) Niya Bascom Photography
Well what an evening it was!  We spent this past Tuesday with most of our clients celebrating their amazing support over the past 5.5 years of Ishka Designs.  The intimate group consisted of folks that had the belief in us before Ishka Designs was a reality, those that have entrusted us with their homes and businesses over the years, a few of the most recent additions to our client family and the small niche of friends and colleagues that have been our background supporters over the years.
Good times! Photo Credit: Kimneak Arnold
We owe the event's success to some stand out folks/businesses including:
* Dr. Saka Kazeem of ELK Medical for his incredible generosity, hosting our event at his space.  Though our project is an on-going affair at ELK, the place was sweetly transformed for the evening!  Click here to find out more about ELK.
* Terry Bethel and Kimneak Arnold of Uzuri Naturals, who provided us with their amazing beauty products for our IDI gift box.  Kim is also responsible for the photography for the evening.  To buy any of their amazing products go here.
* Karen Young of Hammocks and High Tea for her beautiful home decor additions to the gift box, as well as her tireless help on the days leading up to the event.  To purchase Karen's awesome textiles go here.
Our gift box sponsored by Uzuri Naturals and Hammocks & High Tea.  Sources: Uzurinaturals.com, hammocksandhightea.com
* Michael Campbell of 65 Fen for the lovely wines of the evening.  Your support was tremendous, the wines were delicious and we definitely need you all to visit his expertly curated selections in his shop in Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn.
Wines and wine tasting sponsored by 65 Fen.  Photo Credit: Kimneak Arnold
* Chef Jeremie Tomczak (pictured below) and Chef Kingsley John for the scrumptious gourmet appetizers and on-site prep.  Looking forward to future collaborations with you both.
Chef Jeremie Tomczak at center; Photo Credit: Kimneak Arnold
Finally, special mention to Wesley Daniels of 33 Woodwork, Stacy Burke and Tatiana Benton! For more images of our event, see our facebook page here!



Happy Sofa For Sale!

Refurbished antique settee for sale. 
We had fun putting this sofa together, hence our new name for it, the "Happy Sofa".  What was once a shell of something beautiful, has been transformed into a striking settee with a great sense of humor.  We used rich chenille Kravet fabrics to make a statement from any angle and the convenient double sided seat cushion gives it a new personality everytime it is flipped over.  The best part is that the sofa is for sale and we can't imagine why you or someone you know would not be happy to make this the statement in their home.  For further information contact us here.
Dimensions: 78"L x 36"D x 34"H