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Mixing Old and New in Frozen Yogurt Shop Interior Design

Designer: Mindful Design Consulting We completed another project in Liberty Station, this time a frozen yogurt 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 […]

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Ice Cream Store Design Makes Chemistry Fun

Via retaildesignblog.net Designer: Nir Portal Architects All images: Shai Ben-Efraim via retaildesignblog.net If you are an ice cream lover with a secret passion for chemistry, the Glidium ice cream store design in Haifa, Israel, may be just the thing for you. Created (with a sense of humor) by Nir Portal Architects, this unique store is a sweet […]

Yogurt Store Interior Design Recreates Mountainous Landscape

Via dexigner.com Designer: Triad China All photos via dexigner.com A unique yogurt store interior design in Mainland China proves that this healthy treat can successfully serve as muse for interior design work. Inspired by the shape of cupped yogurt, the Shanghai-based design company Triad created the branding and interior space for Stone Fresh, an American […]

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How to Attract Customers to Your 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 available tool. […]

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 […]

How to Use Lighting as the Main Element in Restaurant Design

Via goodfood.com.au Designer: Fabio Ongarato Design All photos via restaurantandbardesignawards.com 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 finds its […]

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What Does the Health Department Want to See on Your Plans?

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How does Health Department review a restaurant design?  If you are opening a restaurant, a café, a yogurt or ice-cream shop or any other food-related facility, there are a few things you need to know about Health Department requirements. In order to put your building plans into motion, you need, among other things, the approval […]

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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 […]

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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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What Mindful Design Consulting Can Do for Your Business – And a Word about Our Prices

Coffee Icon interior branding by Mindful Design Consulting

Photo above: Coffee Icon interior branding by Mindful Design Consulting team We are often asked for more details regarding our work and how we can help business owners. Even though our Services page offers you a great summary of what we are all about, here are a few more answers to some of the most […]

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How to Create the Perfect Open Ceiling Interior Design

Photo 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 owners. When these are not […]

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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 […]

2018 Pantone Color of the Year is for Risk Takers and Creative Spirits

While in the last two years, the Pantone chosen colors were all about serenity and relaxation, this year, Ultra Violet is given the coveted title of Color of the Year. This time, the Pantone chromatic choice seems to suggest that modern tastes are happy to embrace the daring nature of unconventional spirits, a trait captured […]

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Modern Car Wash Design Attracts Customers with Attention to Detail

Designer: Mindful Design Consulting, LLC Architect: Karnak Development, Inc.  From a design point of view, car washes are rarely inspiring places. Yet this is the exact reason why excellent design can make them stand out. It is the case of the new My Express Car Wash concept in the Los Angeles area (800 W. Alondra […]

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

Interior Designer: Mindful Design Consulting, LLC 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, La Jolla offered us […]

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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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Happy Halloween! The Rough and the Beautiful – Light Fixtures Trends

Light is an essential design element and a fantastic opportunity to make a statement. While traditional elegance is always a winner, today’s trends in light fixtures take braver and more ingenious twists. In our October newsletter you will see a few lamps and pendants that use unexpected, sometimes rough materials – from concrete and steel […]

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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 […]

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Elegance and Grace – Minimalist Light Fixtures for Modern Interiors

Photo above: miliashop.com Elegance and grace in design is not synonym with an abundance of detail. In fact, modern minimalist design finds beauty in simplicity, as it is the case with the graceful light fixtures below. With a singular light source encircled by a ring of brass or copper, the Aura Pendant Light designed by […]

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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 […]