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Revitalizing Your Interior Design with Hand-Painted and 3-D Tiles

Via dexiner.com and interiordesign.net  Photos via dexiner.com and interiordesign.net  There are many ways tiles can stand out in an interior design, from color and texture to sheen and pattern. Two companies, however, decided that this can be achieved by other means – one, by turning them into 3-D tiles; the other, by hand-painting them. The Monterrey-based company SHIFT, […]

Metal Finishes that Glam Up Your Interior Design

All photos: specifiedmetals.com While metal finishes in interior design call to mind images of industrial spaces, they are more versatile than they appear. Metal finishes can give a space an unexpected glamour through their light-reflective qualities and sleek appearance. Furthermore, when metal meets creativity, the results can be spectacular. The North Carolina-based company Specified Metals […]

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Dessert Kiosk Design Makes Excellent Use of Small Space

Dessert Kiosk Design Via retaildesignblog.net Designer: Atelier TAO + C All photos: Guan Li via retaildesignblog.net When trying to fit a kitchen, a bar and a seating area into a small 215-square foot area, the solution seems to be a combination of simple lines, minimalist design and glass. Atelier TAO + C has achieved this impressive […]

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Coffee Shop Design Uses Chocolate Bars and Cocoa Beans as Inspiration

Via retaildesignblog.net Designer: party/space/design All photos: FarHed & party/space/design via retaildesignblog.net For the interior designer who also happens to be a passionate chocolate lover, there are few things more inspiring than the texture, color and aroma of this fabulous sweet treat. These combined passions can lead to beautiful results, as in the case of this coffee […]

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Mixing Old and New in Frozen Yogurt Shop Interior Design

We completed another project in Liberty Station, this time a frozen yogurt and ice-cream shop interior design that we seasoned with a pinch of mid-century nostalgia. The store name, Besties Cool Treats, evokes images of lasting friendships and stories shared across the dessert table. We kept the design of the store in step with this […]

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How to Attract Customers to Your New Business

New business, Counsin’s Candy Shop design and branding by Mindful Design Consulting When opening a new business, you have to prove not only what you can do, but, most importantly, what you can do better than your competitors. Getting ahead of the competition is a monumental and never-ending task that requires you to employ every […]

How to Choose your Next Restaurant Location

Sheesha Lounge Interior Design by Mindful Design Consulting Location, location, location… You know the old adage, chanted by both real estate professional and business owners with an eye on profits. They preach it because it’s true. No matter how fabulous your menu or how unique your interior design, if the location is poorly selected, your […]

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How to Use Decorative Screens in Commercial Interior Design

All photos via interlam-design.com Have you ever seen decorative screens in a restaurant interior? As one of the most versatile elements of decor, decorative screens can answer many interior design problems in restaurants or any other commercial space. From serving as space dividers to simple decorative solutions for interiors that need some spark, they can […]

Restaurant Designs That Tell a Story

Photo via thecoolhunter.net Via thecoolhunter.net and restaurantandbardesignawards.com One way to create an unforgettable dining experience is telling a story through a restaurant’s interior design. Stories create memories, and good memories bring customers back. When it comes to a space that targets both kids and adults, the story become even more important. The Neobio restaurant in […]

Theme and Repetition in Restaurant Design

Photo via restaurantandbardesignawards.com Via restaurantandbardesignawards.com and thecoolhunter.net Nothing gives a restaurant design a more cohesive look than a clearly defined theme. Sometimes, the theme can be as simple as choosing a shape and use it repeatedly across the interior space. Whether this shape appears in the structural details of the interior or in accent pieces such […]

How to Make a Monochromatic Restaurant Design Work

Via thecoolhunter.net All photos via thecoolhunter.net Designing a restaurant interior around one color does not necessarily take much courage. When the color is pink, however, the decision may be risky. An interior designed in hues that are typically associated with babies, bubble gum and cotton candy may be too much for a considerable segment of your […]

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How to Use Lighting as the Main Element in Restaurant Design

How to Use Lighting as the Main Element in Restaurant Design.  One bold, unique and eye-catching element of design may be just enough to define the interior of a commercial space and turn it into a veritable public attraction. Melbourne’s Doot Doot Doot restaurant located in the trendy Willow Creek Vineyard development on Mornington Peninsula […]

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Does My Small Food-related Business Need a Grease Trap?

Above: Beary Bliss frozen yogurt shop design in Big Bear Lake, California, by Mindful Design Consulting Another one of the most common questions we hear from potential clients is: does my small food-related business need a grease trap?  In San Diego, as in many other cities, there are strict regulations regarding how much grease can […]

How Many Restrooms Does My Business Need?

Photo: Hiroshi Endo via officesnapshots.com How many restrooms does my business need?  It is a question that all business owners have to face when planning the layout of their stores or restaurants. Unfortunately, the answer is not as simple as we’d like. In California, the number of required restrooms is dictated by the California Plumbing Code, […]

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How to Create the Perfect Open Ceiling Interior Design

Photo of  the open ceiling design via retaildesignblog.net The open ceiling space concept in interior design responds to people’s natural need for space and freedom. When this concept is also extended on a vertical plane, the effect is greatly amplified. In fact, high ceilings are on the wish list of many house hunters and store […]

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Embracing Concrete Walls and Furniture in Interior Design

Photo: pfeiferstudio.com Concrete walls may not be your idea of elegant decor, but embracing them comes with definite advantages. They are durable, fireproof, resistant to moisture, and make for excellent heat and sound insulators. But how about their aesthetic appeal? If you are stuck with concrete block walls or are considering concrete wall finishes, here […]

2018 Light Fixture Trends in Interior Design

Photo: ylighting.com When it comes to light fixtures, 2018 starts as a far-from-monotonous year. Whether working on contemporary, industrial, mid-century or organic-inspired interiors, designers seem to prefer pieces with unique shapes, that work as artistic as well as functional design elements. Here are a few light fixtures that are representative for what we should expect in […]

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Ice Cream Store Interior Translates the Beauty of the Ocean into Elements of Design

Scoop La Jolla Ice Cream Store Interior Design and Branding.  La Jolla Shores in San Diego is a sought-after community and a favorite beach for kayakers, swimmers and snorkelers. With the ocean on one side and a neighborhood with ocean-view villas, charming cottages and a shopping district with a small town vibe on the other, […]

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The New Olala Crepes Restaurant in San Diego Boasts a Hipster-Style Design with a French Vibe

Interior Designer: Mindful Design Consulting, LLC When designing a new space for Olala Crepes in San Diego, we had the chance to develop even further the concept of a crafty hipster-style dessert store infused with Parisian flair. Mindful Design Consulting has already worked on the Olala Crepes kiosk located in the heart of the Liberty […]

Restaurant Interior Design Mixes Light and Wood Panels for a Serene Atmosphere

Via contemporist.com Designer: Studio Hekla Photos: Julien Fernandez via contemporist.com When one element of design is repeated throughout an entire interior space, it brings a relaxing feel of unity and cohesiveness. This is exactly what the design of the Indonesian restaurant djawa in Paris achieves by using CNC cut panels to line up its walls […]

Curved Wood Structures Create a Feeling of Intimacy in Restaurant Interior Design

Via contemporist.com Designer: Sameep Padora & Associates (sP+a) All photos: Kunal Bhatia via contemporist.com Asking to be seated in a booth when patronizing a typical restaurant does not usually lead to an artistic experience. This is not the case when it comes to the Craft restaurant located in the Phoenix Market City shopping center in Mumbai, […]

Wood Shingles as Wall Treatment Make for Unique Restaurant Interior Design

Via contemporist.com Designer: Francesc Rifé Studio All photos: David Zarzoso via contemporist.com One original idea, even when applied only at the level of a singular element of design, can make an interior unique and unforgettable. Barcelona-based Francesc Rifé Studio came up with such a winning idea when designing the Canalla Bistro restaurant in Mexico City. Wood shingles […]

Restaurant Interior Design Creates Intimate Dining Atmosphere with Separate Rooms

Via retaildesignblog.net Designer: Golucci International Design All photos: retaildesignblog.net Next to having a picnic in the woods, dining at the Si-Pu Nabe restaurant in Shanghai is the best way to enjoy an intimate meal in a nature-inspired background. This hotpot restaurant was created by Golucci International Design as a space for small family and friends gatherings, where […]

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From Rough Materials to Beautiful Light Fixtures – Creating Unique Interior Designs

Photo above: MoonStoneFox on Etsy.com There are few things as fascinating in interior decorating as watching rough materials such as wood, metal and concrete being used in creating graceful design elements. The transition from coarse to beautiful is the best metaphor for the imaginative power that can transform the most unlikely materials into gorgeous functional or […]