“Creating efficiently beautiful spaces is what we do and we believe this apartment is as efficient as it gets. We design spaces that function with little room for excess fluff…everything has a purpose.”
-Anishka Clarke tS member & co-owner of Ishka Designs
The owner of this bright, 750sqft 1-bed in Park Slope works for one of the top 3 consulting firms in the US which means she works long hours and weekends, and travels a ridiculous amount for work — then, when she gets a break, she’s back out the door, traveling for leisure. Though she spends so much of her time away from home, she still finds time to “live” in each room and entertain regularly. When she first purchased her apartment a couple years ago, however, its vibe wasn’t right for her lifestyle, and she contacted tS member Ishka Designs, co-owned by Anishka Clarke & Niya Bascom, to help make it her own. The Ishka team transformed the dark, cramped apartment into a relaxing oasis where this homeowner can unwind after her usual busy day or weeklong work trip, and likewise, its sophisticated, urban character makes it a perfect place to entertain high-level clients & colleagues.
Before the renovation — the apartment was painted in various colors from room to room which made the spaces feel disjointed, and in general, many of the existing finishes weren’t aligned with the homeowner’s tastes. The furniture around the home was also clunky and needed updating.
The renovated bedroom is bright and tranquil. Anishka & Niya chose to use a soft white paint, BM Grey Mist, throughout the apartment’s walls to amplify natural daylight and continuity between spaces. The bed was designed custom by Ishka Designs; we love how they’ve created the illusion that it’s actually floating in the space, without any legs or structure.
Rather than using more traditional nightstands, the designers chose acrylic nesting tables from CB2 which add to the weightlessness of the space.
For the new bathroom design, they created a relaxing, Zen-like spa atmosphere, using subtle textures, a neutral color palette, and clean lines. The vanity is a custom unit made of walnut with marine-grade sealant; it was built by our friends at Nick Knacks Creative Interiors who were the contractors for the bathroom.
The design team also created a custom media unit for the living room. The unit was designed not only to fit the space and character of the new home, but to perform specific functions for the client and keep the decor uncluttered. They also incorporated the room’s non-functional chimney as an extension of the media unit. It took a little convincing to get the homeowner onboard with painting the exposed brick, but it was definitely worthwhile, as the result really helps brighten the space and fits much better with the decor’s clean and pure aesthetic. The designers purchased the Portica coffee table and Loring sofa from Room & Board.
Anishka & Niya sourced all of the artwork in the space from local, Brooklyn artists. The painting featured here in the dining space is by artist Jamal Ince; the vibrant piece makes a great compliment to the dining chairs by Robert Allen. The dining table is by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.
Flowers and houseplants are the perfect accessory for the nature-inspired interior.
This thoughtful interior puts us right at ease, it’s truly sublime. Awesome work and many thanks to Ishka Designs!
Special thanks also to Niya Bascom, Photographer & Executive Director of Ishka Designs, for sharing these beautiful photos.
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