A Stunning Brooklyn Heights Interior

In this historic Brooklyn Heights home there are tons of beautiful things to behold – Berber rugs, modern art, African furnishings.

A Parisian Pied-à-Terre by Ishka Designs

Anishka Clarke and Niya Bascom of Ishka Designs have an eye for blending art and culture into contemporary spaces.  In one of the City of Light they have designed a gorgeous Parisian pied-à-terre filled with unexpected pops of color, a fabulous art collection, and global furnishings and textiles (like the many colorful kilims that can be spotted throughout the apartment). The bright yellow staircase in the hallway is one of our favorite moments in this open and airy space.  Your eye just follows the shade up the curvy design of the staircase.  In the living room you can see the diverse collection of pieces that had to be incorporated into the design.  In the corner sits a wine barrel that looks like a hand-crafted sculpture from afar. Chairs from India sit on the other side of the living area. They are the foundation for a cozy lounge area. There is a wonderful blend of the old and the new in this apartment.  A pair of Louis chairs was a family heirloom, left untouched in the original fabric.  A brightly colored kilim adds even more color to this bright vignette. To keep the attention on the various art and sculptures in the space, a neutral backdrop was used.  It was a smart way to create an uncluttered look that let’s the focus rest on the homeowner’s extensive collection.

Photographer: Niya Bascom Photography

Alicia Keys’ Manhattan Penthouse

Earlier this year Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz sold their fabulous Soho penthouse.  While the couple may have left this amazing Manhattan home for the suburbs of New Jersey, it’s still worth a look inside this incredible interior. Surrounded by glass, one of the most beautiful things about this space is how natural light just streams in. Around every corner you are met with interesting pieces, like the Muhammad Ali photograph in the pool room and a graffiti covered pool table. The dining room has the best views, overlooking Soho.  The dining chairs look custom made with unique Greek key details on the arm. The use of rich materials is what makes this space truly luxurious. In the kitchen and living room, an expanse of marble is used as an eye-catching feature. Particularly the marble surrounded fireplace. What could be more glamorous?