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How to Turn Your Restaurant Wall Decor into a Work of Art

Photo via yatzer.com Too many times restaurants lack personality and spark. Food can be delicious, the service prompt and delightful, yet the interior is generic and uninspiring. Considering how many options you have in turning your restaurant into a unique space, allowing it to fade into the background is a missed opportunity. Visual clues paired […]

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5 Trends you Shouldn’t Ignore if Opening a Coffee Shop in 2018

Cafe Design and Trends

Guest Post by McDonald Paper Restaurant Supplies Company Description: Popular trends in coffee shop interior design and restaurant supplies for 2018 will help you create a unique business among the most competitive type of establishments. All current coffee making trends and helpful recommendations in one article. The first two coffee houses in the world were opened […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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?

Photo: Beary Bliss frozen yogurt shop design in Big Bear Lake, California, by Mindful Design Consulting Another one of the most common questions we hear 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 be released into […]

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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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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 […]

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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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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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Mouth-Watering Interior Design Turns Dessert Store Into a Stunner

Via chuknum.com Designer: Savvy Studio All photos via chuknum.com A pastry boutique in Monterrey, Mexico, is proving that good interior design can go a long way to opening an appetite. Designed by Savvy Studio, Cioccolato is a veritable place of culinary temptation for those with a sweet tooth – and a store difficult to leave empty-handed. […]

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New Olala Crepes Kiosk is coming to San Diego Liberty Public Market

Olala Crepes Branding and Kiosk Design, Liberty Public Market

Interior Designer: Mindful Design Consulting, LLC Branding Designer: Mindful Design Consulting, LLC Photos by Olala Crepes, graphics by Mindful design Consulting We have recently added a new branding and interior design project to our (already hefty) portfolio. This time, it is the Olala Crepes kiosk in the heart of San Diego Liberty Public Market. A […]

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Parisian Coffee Shop Design Takes a Minimalistic Approach to Elegance

Minimalistic Coffee Kiosk Design

Via retaildesignblog.net Designer: Studio Dessuant Bone All photos via retaildesignblog.net Located in a cozy Parisian courtyard on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, the Honor café bears the clean and ingenious design touch of Studio Dessuant Bone. It is a place where coffee lovers can enjoy a cup of their favorite beverage, while witnessing the coffee making […]

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Clean Geometric Structures Play Double Role in Patisserie Store Design

Via worldarchitecturenews.com Designers: atelie*r + Bereal All photos © JULIEN FERNANDEZ – Courtesy of atelie*r + bereal via worldarchitecturenews.com Excellent design turns challenges into opportunities. In order to deal with the irregular geometry of the space, the designers of Pâtisserie Antoine in Bordeaux, France, created an interior whose lines not only mask the inconvenient structural and mechanical elements, but are […]

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2016 Retail Trends That Will Bring More Business

2016 Retail Trends

Businesses must periodically update themselves to keep up with the market and changes in customers’ expectations.  Today we will share a few new trends that you will see showing up this year in retail and the restaurant industry. There are ideas for every type of business here, from combining different functions into one space, adding […]

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Trendy Desserts that Bring Customers to Your Door

Chocolate kiwi popsicle photo source: ShowFood Chef The world of desserts is no exception when it comes to the need to change with the times. While in the eyes of some sweet-toothed customers everything filled with sugar qualifies as a major attraction, dessert shops need to be inventive in order to attract new clients. As […]

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Old and New Meet in Contemporary Bakery Interior Design

Via retaildesignblog.net Designer: Stone Design All photos: www.stone-dsgns.com When it comes to commercial venues, small spaces are a challenge. However, the right design decisions may turn this space shortage into an opportunity to create a warm and intimate place. This is the case of Maxibread, a bakery that doubles as a café, located in St. Petersburg, […]

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Sugar Mama’s Interior is as Sweet as a Cupcake – Commercial Interior Design News

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Via retaildesignblog.net Designer: Allison Burke Interior Design All photos: Hannah Berryhill As sweet and fresh as the treats served at its counters, Austin-based Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop is a lovely display of white and pastels. The bakery is well-known for its cakes and cupcakes, tested in battles during a televised Cupcake War, which it won. It […]

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Energy-Efficient Solutions for Restaurants and Businesses – Commercial Interior Design News

Energy Officient Design of Restaurants

Via sustainablefoodservice.com and nolo.comPhotos via sustainablefoodservice.com A brick-and-mortar business generally implies consistent energy expenses. Restaurants are notoriously energy-intensive, topping the chart of the most expensive businesses from an energy consumption standpoint, closely followed by food stores. Finding ways to save on energy bills can result in a sizeable increase in profit margin. A comprehensive energy-saving plan should start with […]

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Airy Restaurant Interior Design at Spring – Commercial Interior Design News

Airy Restaurant Interior Design at Spring Via remodelista.com Designer: Briony Fitzgerald Photos via remodelista.com Spring is a London establishment that boasts fine restaurant design, complete with historic flair. The eatery is part of the arts facility Somerset House, which was constructed all the way back in 1856. Founded by prominent Australian foodie Skye Gyngell, the […]

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Eco-Friendly Food Containers are Great for a Restaurant Branding – Commercial Interior Design News

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Photos via Kavis News, PacknWood Beginning with the summer of 2015, New York restaurant businesses will be banned from using plastic foam food containers, cups and plates. New York is not the first city to adopt such a measure. San Francisco, Seattle and Minneapolis among others already have such laws in place. More cities are likely […]

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Solartube in Commercial Interior – Commercial Interior Design News

Via www.solatube.com Solartube lighting at Mod Market – Boulder, CO If you’re looking to save money on an electric bill of your store or your restaurant using Solartube could be a great solution. You’ll find dazzling variations of the designs and applications of this green product. Solartube lighting at Allegheny College – Richard J. Cook […]

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Commercial Interior Design Trends of 2015 – Commercial Interior Design News

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Learn about emerging trends in commercial interior design HERE. To ask us questions about your commercial interior design project or to get a free consultation from Mindful Design Consulting, click HERE. Also, take a look at “Branding By Interior” e-book, the only book written on this subject at this time. It brings insight on how […]

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Phone Shop, Cafe and Co-working in One – Commercial Interior Design News

BASE Camp Phone Shop, Cafe and Co-working space in one room! Designed by NEST ONE, via http://retaildesignblog.net Located in the heart of Berlin, BASE Camp is a combination of a mobile phone shop, a café, a co-working space, and a venue for workshops and events. To achieve this, the space utilizes mobile and flexible furniture […]

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Recycled Glass Countertops and Floors – Commercial Interior Design News

Recycled Glass Countertops and Floors — the Most Beautiful Echo-friendly Choice! Recycled glass collection from Glass Recycled Surfaces (http://glassrecycled.com/) are an elegant element of green design that easily blends with virtually any business’s aesthetic and design plan. Crafted from sustainable material, such as readily-available recycled glass and porcelain that would otherwise end up in a […]

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Oceanside Glass Tile Made From Your Recycled Bottles – Commercial Interior Design News

Oceanside Glass Tile Made From Your Recycled Bottles. Oceanside Glass Tiles are a beautiful way to add sustainable material into your commercial interior design. Oceanside Glass Tiles are handcrafted using recycled post-consumer glass bottles and silica sand, an abundant natural resource, making for a true green design. The results of this mix are amazing!  See for […]

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Maisquepan Bakery Uses Function And Simplicity – Commercial Interior Design News

MAISQUEPAN Bakery Uses Function And Simplicity To Emphasize Its Branding. Designed by NAN Architects, via retaildesignblog.net For a bakery interior, Maisquepan took the road less traveled and came away with an interior that combines modern lines and traditional warmth. With open spaces and floor-length windows to highlight the activity within, NAN Architects have created an […]

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The Cupcake Boutique New Look – Commercial Interior Design News

The Cupcake Boutique recently unveiled its newly renovated interior design in Stuttgart City Centre. Architect designers, DITTEL/ARCHITEKTEN expanded the sales space by 80 square meters, creating an open and equally inviting atmosphere. The cohesiveness of the minimalist color scheme draws the patron’s attention to the artful display of cupcakes. These treats add a sweet note […]

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Gourmet Dessert Bar Interior Design – Commercial Interior Design News

Dessance Gourmet Dessert Bar Interior Design. This restaurant is located in the historic district of Paris, the Marais. Customers enter through a ground level door of an old, stone mansion. Though artificial lighting is in place, large windows allow natural light to stream into the the restaurant from the courtyard outside. The interior designer, Joseph […]