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Light Fixtures Made from Surprising Materials

Photo: Urban Industrial Craft on Etsy.com There is no better way to prove that function is only limited by imagination than perusing the field of objects made of recycled materials. When it comes to light fixtures, the visual appeal of such objects is doubled by the warming presence of light. Here are just a few […]

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Simple Halloween Decorating Ideas for Your Home or Office

Photo above: The Parties that Pop on Etsy With Halloween just a few weeks away, this is a good time to start planning your decor. Whether you intend to give your home a few spooky touches or you are planning an office party and need a few fast decor ideas, here are some options.  If you […]

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Can Your Business Be Environmentally Friendly?

Photo above: Vetrazzo Cobalt Sky recycled glass mix countertop via vetrazzo.com If you want to create a “green” interior for your business or use sustainable products that attract more customers, you have an abundance of options. From furniture and carpets to stunning 3-D printed objects, today’s eco-friendly interior design products won’t leave you disappointed… Click HERE to see our SEPTEMBER newsletter. If you are […]

Beyond Plastic – New Materials for “Green” 3-D Printing

Via treehugger.com Photo above: © Emerging Objects  Beyond its “cool” factor, 3-D printing is not only a convenient way to create objects like simple toys or beautiful furniture on the spot, but also one with great environmental implications. By using 3-D printers to circumvent mass production and manufacture products on demand, the technology greatly reduces material […]

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Wool, Hemp and Recyclable Materials – Carpet Options for Green Interior Designs

Photo above: Natures Craft from Philadelphia Commercial Living a green life can mean different things to different people. When it comes to your carpet, “going green” may mean choosing natural materials that do not release toxins into the air, opting for carpets made of recycled or recyclable materials, or going for products that are the results […]

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From Recycled Milk Jugs to Woven Cotton – Eco-Friendly Furniture Ideas for Your Interior Design

Photo above: © Peg Woodworking via treehugger.com Today’s opportunities to create an interior using sustainable, renewable or recycled materials are abundant. From choosing furniture made of reclaimed wood or logs already discarded by nature to taking a completely different path and opting for man-made materials in order to save a few trees, the alternatives are embraced […]

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Eco-Friendly Materials for Green Interior Design

Photo above: Bretagne Blue Vetrazzo slab via vetrazzo.com Aside from adopting certain lifestyle changes in order to help the environment, there is another field in which you can exercise your environmentally-minded attitude on an equally large scale: in the interior design of your home or business. Today, the options in eco-friendly materials are multiplying fast, […]

Eco-Friendly Containers for Your Restaurant

Photo above: TreeVive by EcoChoice palm leaf salad tray, via webstaurantstore.com Keeping your business green has more benefits than those related to the health of the planet. As a business, it can give you an advantage and attract a whole new class of clients – the environmentally-minded crowd. While better managing your use of water and electricity […]

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Ordinary Objects Turn into Extraordinary Elements of Interior Design

Photo above via gizmodo.com The best things in interior (or exterior) design happen when creative minds turn the ordinary into extraordinary by reinventing an everyday object or element of design. Other times, a certain material is used in unexpected ways or a piece of furniture takes surprising (and sometimes amusing) shapes. Here are just a […]

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Floors With Character for Unique Interior Designs

Photo above: materials-inc.com Floors have a big impact on the overall look of an interior space, yet they are often restricted to typical neutral materials with little character and no special visual appeal. While neutral materials are the tried-and-true solution for creating versatile spaces, more daring solutions can take an interior from shy to spectacular. […]

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What Makes Great Interior Design – Walls with Personality

Photo above: Mantzalin via contemporist.com Far from being only a background for other elements of decor, sometimes walls become the story. Reinventing the concept by using unexpected materials, shapes or details, designers can turn walls into more than just functional architectural components.  Here are, for instance, the walls designed by Presledek, a Ljubljana-based Slovenian architecture and […]

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Unique Lighting Solutions Take Interior Designs from Good to Great

Photo above: Stéphane Brugger  via contemporist.com  If good design is functional and visually appealing, great design is also ingenious and unexpected. Especially when it comes to ceilings – often overlooked and impersonal – choosing unique solutions has a powerful impact. In fact, when treated with the attention they deserve, ceilings can turn into the focal […]

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New McDonald’s Restaurant Interior Design Is Part of a Smart Rebranding Strategy

Via dezeen.com and businessinsider.com Designer: Landini Associates All photos: Ross Honeysett via dezeen.com In the last decade and a half, McDonald’s faced a lot of scrutiny about the effect of its products on its customers’ health. However, the American icon fast food chain has proved that it can reinvent itself and survive harsh times through smart rebranding. In […]

Company Rebranding Campaigns that Worked

Via Business Insider and insightrixcommunities.com Photo above by Mike Mozart A good, well-designed rebranding strategy can change a way a company is perceived and save it from disaster or mediocrity. There are companies that have reinvented themselves and received a new breath of life due to a smart marketing campaign. Here are only three examples that used, […]

Logos, Customers and Brand Awareness – When Retail Rebranding Doesn’t Work

Via Business Insider Photo above: JCPenney – Valley View Mall, by Mike Kalasnic Working on a branding or rebranding strategy for a major retailer is a fine game of science and flair. Never is this more obvious than when a rebranding strategy fails, despite good intentions, ample experience and novel ideas. Case in point – JCPenney’s […]

Business Rebranding – New Sears Canada Logo is Simple and Contemporary

Via Financial Post Photo above: Sears – West Town Center, by Mike Kalasnik Trying to reinvent itself as a business with a stronger online presence and a smaller physical footprint, Sears Canada redesigned its logo last year. Replacing the stocky blue-and-white logo with a simpler, yet more elegant black one, Sears hopes to adapt to the fluid […]

Target Is Upgrading Its Store Design to Attract New Customers

Via yahoo.com Photo above: Target Trying to attract new, young customers, Target announced in March that it will redesign 600 of its stores by 2019. The chain will dip its toes into the water with a prototype store that will open in October in metro Houston, followed by a wave of 40 others to be […]

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How to Create the Perfect Window Display

Creating window displays is not a new art. However, it has nowadays reached new levels of creativity. Good designers turn store windows into their artistic canvas and create spectacular displays regardless of budget limitations. When the budget allows it, windows can become veritable fairy tales that lure customers in. When not, ingenuity more than makes […]

Retail Design – How Not to Break the Bank When Designing a Window Display

Photo above: the bwd.com Just because store windows are your face to the world doesn’t mean that designing one has to break the bank. In fact, there is a certain charm, much appreciated by onlookers, in the ingenuity that goes into creating something spectacular out of something cheap. Below, there are a few examples of […]

Retail Design – Ingenious Displays Put Shoes in a New Light

Photo above: Jonathan Leijonhufvud via retaildesignblog.net Shoes and good design is a combination difficult to resist. Putting the two together is a feast for the eyes, as in the case of the shoe displays below. From “floating” shoes to shoe forests, these displays show the artistic potential of these prosaic functional items and the visual impact […]

Retail Interior Design – How to Create the Perfect Window Display for a Clothing Store

Photo above: Wang Gen via retaildesignblog.net Window displays are the first contact customers have with a store’s products and the main opportunity to lure them in. When it comes to clothing stores, the possibilities of creating dramatic backgrounds for a few representative pieces are endless. From using this opportunity to give recycled materials a new life […]

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Cosmetics Storefront and Window Display Designs Go from Dramatic to Subtle

Via thebwd.com and retaildesignblog.net Photo above: StudioXAG via thebwd.com With today’s image overload shaping the way customers react to what they see, just a pretty window may not get the attention of passers-by and convince them to enter a store. More than beautiful and attractive, storefronts and window displays have to be ingenious and surprising. To […]

Office Interior Design – When Low Budget Meets Creativity

Via officesnapshots.com Designer: Ilana Moskovitz Design Studio All photos: Dude Moskovitz via officesnapshots.com An inspiring office design does not necessarily have to be backed up by a high budget. In fact, the best displays of creativity often come from budget limitations. The Genband office in Petah Tikva, Israel, is a great example. Genband is a communication company […]

Office Interior Design – Taking a Space From Neutral to Inspiring Through the Power of Details

Via officesnapshots.com Designer: Blitz Architecture + Interiors All photos by Jasper Sanidad via officesnapshots.com Details make the design, but when it comes to office spaces, they are even more important. Design details may make the difference between an energized team of employees and one whose mental focus is lost in a nondescript and impersonal office […]

Chicago Office Interior Design Adapts to Different Work Styles

Via officesnapshots.com Designer: Eastlake Studio All photos via officesnapshots.com The design of an office speaks volumes about the culture of a company. If there is an emerging trend in the corporate world to acknowledge the realities of human nature and use them rather than ignore them, the Chicago-based public relation software development company Cision has definitely […]

Office Interior Design Encourages Employees to Move, Socialize and Relax

Via officesnapshot.com Designer: Evolution Design All photos: Peter Wuermli via officesnapshot.com The fact that employee satisfaction is critical to the success of any company hardly qualifies as news. However, the consulting and legal firm PwC from Basel, Switzerland, took this concern to a whole new level. As the result of its collaboration with the Swiss […]

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Homemade Ice Cream Shop in Encinitas, California, Gets the Mindful Design Treatment

Jojos Creamery Ice-Cream Shop Interior Design

Designer: Mindful Design Consulting A mother-and-daughter team of dessert aficionadas from Encinitas, California, has opened a homemade ice cream store whose interior design bears our signature. Jami and Emily, the owners of JoJo’s Creamery, make their ice cream, sauces and waffle cones from scratch using only simple ingredients, such as organic milk, sugar, flour and eggs. […]

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Bold Curves and Colors in Food Court Interior Design

Via designboom.com Designer: Karim Rashid All photos: Lee Gyeon Bae The interior design of a food court in Seoul, South Korea has received the stamp of Karim Rashid, the New York-based designer with a penchant for color and bold designs. Under his magic wand, Amoje Food Capital, a cafeteria for the Lotte Department Store, has […]

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Dessert Store Uses Brick and Wood for a Minimalist Interior Design

Via dezeen.com Designer: Matt Woods All photos via dezeen.com While the use of vibrant colors and daring chromatic combinations works in raising the appeal of desserts stores, so does a minimalist approach or a drastically reduced color palette. A great example is The Dessert Kitchen store in Sydney, the creation of Australian designer Matt Woods. […]

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Scrumptious Interior Designs: Two-Story Candy Store is a Sweets Wonderland

Via retaildesignblog.net Designer: Redesign Group All photos via retaildesignblog.net As one of the largest candy stores in the world, Candylawa has an interior design that matches its magnitude in ingenuity. Located in the Panorama Mall in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the store is a veritable wonderland where the exuberant flavors of sweet treats are masterly translated […]