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Lighting in Your Business Space!

From all the recommendations on how to update your business space or your home, one of the most dramatic and quickest techniques would be to update your lighting fixtures. Lighting fixtures actually are not as hard to replace as you may think and they can add a distinctive character to your space instantly. Besides, most […]

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Bring the Fun with Halloween Decor!

Have you ever considered decorating your home for Halloween? On this controversial Holiday it is a great opportunity to go crazy and bring some joy and fun to your neighborhood! It doesn’t matter if it’s your home or your business location, on this holiday any outrageous idea can be forgiven! Halloween doesn’t have to be […]

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An Amazing Art of Water

As a commercial interior designer I often get a number of interesting e-mail offers from various artists and vendors.  But this is something I would definitely like to share with all of you.  It’s a company that designs and installs water art pieces.  These images are really inspiring and make you believe that we are […]

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Many Inspiring Sides of Eureka Tower – Creative Parking Design

Check out this really creative paint job in the parking garage of the Eureka Tower in Melbourne, Australia.  This work was inspired by Swiss artist Felice Varini and created using a projection technique to apply the words on walls. Only when you are at the correct vantage point do the words snap into alignment and become […]

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Interactive Architecture

Review By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting It is really exciting to see more architectural projects creating interactive spaces. These projects react to surrounding sounds, touch and temperature changes around them.  I truthfully think that interaction will become one of the widely used aspects for future architecture.  Right now these types of projects reach […]

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Can Sounds Boost Your Business?

Many store’s sound consultants suggest creating a “permanent party atmosphere” to attract younger crowds to shop. Now you can learn about some sounds that have been proven to affect us in certain ways and can be used by you in your business as desired. Read more in this article.

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How Safe Are Our Buildings In Earthquakes?

By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting When another earthquake hit San Diego last month, it was an unforgettable experience. It was not just because some members of my family were helplessly screaming in horror and dropping to the floor. What was more shocking to me was my calm reaction and my absence of fear. […]

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San Diego in Need of Improvement

By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting How many of you would love to see some changes done to the building you live in or to the inside of your favorite coffee shop or a hair salon? There are a few businesses in town that grab my attention because of their bad design. Today I […]

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Cafe Studio Car Wash in LA – III

We’ve been approved by the Health Department and are ready to submit drawings for the Building Permit. We are also in a process of selecting colors and materials. This project is coming to life! To see this project from the beginning click HERE and HERE.

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Recycled Cardboard Furniture

Who said there is no life after death? UK-based Lazerian Studio transforms simple sheets of recycled cardboard into beautiful furnishings, giving the material a new lease of life. A collaboration between furniture designer Liam Hopkins and artist Richard Sweeney, the duo showcased several stunning projects at Milan Design Week, including their Radioleria sofa, which is […]

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Latest Trends in Architecture

Last month several people have asked me to define the latest trends in architectural design. I am not an expert on architecture history or on different movements in architecture, but I do practice design on ongoing bases. Constant research on the world’s greatest projects is a must for me while working on my projects. It’s […]

Take Control Over Your Comfort!

See full version is at: Mindful Design Consulting When designers think about a comfortable office environment, we usually take into consideration such elements as: 1) Physical comfort – the quality of light, temperature, sound and ergonomics; 2) Functional comfort – the ability of workers to interact effectively with the environment they are in; 3) Psychological […]

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Cafe Studio Car Wash in LA – II

We’ve measured the space and I finished some preliminary studies. To see progress of this project click HERE.

Choose the Right Colors in Your Commercial Interior!

“Seldom, surely, is the psychological part of an appearance in nature so great as it is in the case of color.  No one can encounter it and stay neutral.  We are immediately, instinctively, and emotionally moved.  We have sympathy or antipathy, pleasure or disapproval within us as soon as we perceive colors.” by Beer Colors […]

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Cafe Studio Car Wash in LA – I

I recently started this project in Los Angeles, CA.  It’s an existing Car Wash and the owner wants to add a cafe shop into the existing small shop space.  Let’s see how we can spice it up!  The building is older than I am and is in pretty bad shape.  The client is on a […]

A Chair Made Of 100% Recycled Materials

A Chair Made Of 100{7f6b511118f3db1a05f160455b7bc2b69710387d1f828e7e1b6a763a6e34bbc4} Recycled Materials Including the Screws. I found this amazing chair for all you Green Fans out there! The chair’s seat and back are made from 100{7f6b511118f3db1a05f160455b7bc2b69710387d1f828e7e1b6a763a6e34bbc4} recycled newspapers and corrugated cardboard. The frame is cast aluminum made of 100{7f6b511118f3db1a05f160455b7bc2b69710387d1f828e7e1b6a763a6e34bbc4} recycled automotive rims. The screws came from a project site. (I […]

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Decorative String Solar Lights

Explore new and fresh garden solar light designs and save on electricity! Today we are featuring: Butterfly String Solar Lights. After a busy and stressful day is over, we all have that special place in our home to take a break, or maybe to have a carefree party. It could be a garden, patio, yard […]

Get Help With Interior Design Decisions!

Take advantage of our hourly consultations! We can help you with small but important design decisions such as: wall colors selection, furniture selection, custom cabinetry drawings, materials, finishes and more. Just ask! This is a great way to test how you will like to work with us before getting into larger projects. Read more on […]

Get Your Building Permit

Did you know that it is a misdemeanor violation to begin operation without obtaining a valid Public Health or a Building Permit for your business? If you open your business prior to obtaining all the required permits, you will be subject to closure and other legal actions. Even though you’ll be eager to get on […]

House Plants Connect You to Nature

Healthy potted plants are not just a good decoration touch. Plants clean our air and connect us to nature, providing a nourishing feeling and thus relaxing us. Here are some psychological benefits of having plants in your house or office noted by professionals: • Instill a feeling of well being • Help to reduce stress […]

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Before and After – Hair Salon Design

By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting This small salon needed not only a new facelift, it desperately needed a business identity! The salon’s overall floor plan was unnecessarily divided into a few small rooms, making the space look small. The walls were painted into a wild pallet of colors. The salon’s space was not […]

Law Of Attraction – Art On Your Walls

Most of us have become quite familiar with the Law of Attraction or “The Secret” (book and movie.) The theory of creating a “visualization board” which will bring all your wishes to life has become almost a well-known and accepted fact. It’s as simple as this: whatever you place in front of you every day […]

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Lower Your Electric Bill By Up To $300 A Year! Go Solar!

Every month there is a new reason for energy companies to increase their prices, but how much longer can we sustain these increases? How can we beat this increase in a simple way without spending too much right now? You can look around your house and take simple steps. There are other ways to reduce […]

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John Dufficy – Furniture Designer And Builder

Original Interview by Ekaterina Kohlwes with John Dufficy is HERE. How many of you have a piece of furniture in your house that you absolutely love? And how many times have you tried to find something to match it or to even get close to its quality and were not able to? Well, maybe it’s […]

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Interior is Your Branding Element

Interior design elements are the strongest influential aspect of any business after the exterior representation. Your interior will become your branding element if your services bring customers inside on regular bases. Did you ever think what feelings you would like to suggest to your customers as they enter your space? Elements We Can Control: Furniture! […]

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Do Not Underestimate Your Company’s Signage!

The predominant pattern of many cities makes it harder to create an identifiable business on the exterior. The possibilities to personalize become limited to the main entrance and largely to the signage on the outside of the main building. Do not underestimate the importance of your business signage! A professionally made sign easily seen from […]

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Design Of Business’s Environment

Have you ever thought about what kind of message your business space is sending to your clients? Most of our services are to some degree relatively intangible, therefore their quality can be difficult to evaluate by clients and therefore building a strong brand image based exclusively on quality of service is a challenging task. Services […]

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Residential Houses of Today

What do YOU think today’s residential houses should be like? I truly believe our home should: • Safeguard the mental and physical well-being of humans. • Produce enough energy to operate ALL needed equipment. • Convert human waste into useful resources. • Be easily expanded or downsized. • Be maintained with minimum effort. Did you […]

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Mindful Design Consulting – Commercial Interior Design and Branding

Great Branding

Great space is not branding – great feeling is! We don’t just design your space, we make you feel good! We believe that the built environment (your business interior design) greatly affects human behavior, emotional and physical health, and our overall well-being. It is our responsibility to work together with our client (you) on creating […]