The Dessert Kitchen, Chengdu, China, by Towodesign. Photo via worldarchitecture.org Combining the appeal of sweet treats with the advantages of a usually small space, dessert stores are excellent opportunities for interior designers to use their creativity and bold ideas. Some dream up and bring to life interiors that turn these stores into veritable places of […]

Whether you are working on a commercial or a residential design project, you will at some point have to answer the question “What is better for my space? A tank storage or a tankless water heater?” For the unsuspecting business owner that already has more than enough to think about, facing yet another problem, and […]

If you need a budget-friendly way to give your restaurant, bar or dessert shop a quick facelift, consider updating your chairs. Simply because of their number, new chairs can completely change the look of your interior. Whatever other decorative tricks you may try, such as great wall colors or a wonderful countertop, they can never […]

Maybe no other element of interior design has the potential to change the mood of your commercial space the way that lighting can. Do it right, and your modest interior can be visually transformed with a turn of a switch. Do it wrong, and your expensive decor falls – literally – in the shadows. As […]

Have you ever had the feeling that your business, while fairly successful, it’s still not where it should be? You work hard, you invest in a wonderful interior design and an excellent branding strategy, you do everything right – yet your customers don’t seem to share your enthusiasm. You cannot put your finger on it. […]

Kung Fu Boba Tea Cafe, a successful New York business, is expanding into San Diego territory, and we are only too happy to help them achieve their goal. This is how we ended up creating a modern tea shop interior design for their new, high-end location at Carmel Mountain Gateway Plaza Shopping Center (11491 Carmel […]

Can’t Top This Boba Tea and Frozen Yogurt Store interior design by Mindful Design Consulting Few things in interior design are as important in creating moods and triggering emotions as color. The calming effect of cold colors and the stimulating qualities of warm shades are well known, but the effect depends on dosage, tones and […]

If you have been dreaming of opening a new restaurant and are finally ready to put your plans into motion, congratulations! You are about to embark on a great adventure that will most likely bring you lots of satisfaction. However, there is a lot to do before opening your doors to the public. The list […]

Have you ever noticed how some slick and modern restaurant sometimes opens in a historical area of your city, just to close within a few months because of a lack of customers? What causes a restaurant with beautiful interior design, great customer service and an excellent menu to fail so fast? The answer is simple. […]

Via Green Pear Diaries Designer: id 12° 77° All photos via Green Pear Diaries There is nothing more fitting for an ice cream shop interior design than to play on the idea of coldness. It is what id 12 ° 77 °, a Lima-based architecture and design firm, did with Madness Creamery, an ice cream […]

Via contemporist.com Designer: Supermachine Studio and Sansiri Photos: Wison Tungthunya via contemporist.com One of the best qualities of excellent designers is the ability to change structural shortcomings into desirable features. It is exactly what happened with the creative ceiling decor of the Hubba-to co-working and artisan space in Bangkok, Thailand, where designers from Supermachine Studio […]

Via contemporist.com Designer:YAMO Design Studio All photos via contemporist.com While bringing the outdoors inside is nothing new when it comes to interior design, the ways to do it are endless and sometimes surprising. The charming Kale Cafe in Hangzhou, China, dreamed up by the Shanghai-based YAMO Design Studio, uses made-up trees and ingenious space dividers […]

Via contemporist.com Designer: id inc All photos: Yamauchi Norito via contemporist.com Minimalist design is not only used in creating residential spaces for those who choose to live a simple life. We have also seen it in practice in other areas such as modern office design. It is less common, however, when it comes to restaurants, […]

Via dezeen.com Designer: Gundry & Ducker Graphics and branding: Ico Design All photos: Hufton & Crow via dezeen.com  Designed by London-based studio Gundry & Ducker, the interior of the Biju Bubble Tea Rooms in Soho is an ingenious example of using cork in commercial design. Cork comes with definite advantages as an environmentally-friendly, fire-resistant material […]

Grease trap types in restaurants

Installing grease traps is a must for most restaurants, and a topic you have to be aware of when planning for your plumbing system. In another article, we have already answered the question “Does my small food-related business need a grease trap?” and many others related to this subject. There, we explained that it is […]

Photo via flipoutwindows.com If your business is a restaurant, a cafe or a kiosk, flip-out windows are a feature you might want to consider. Unlike bi-fold windows that obstruct the view with their frame structure, the flip-out version truly opens your interior to the outside and creates the feeling of a single flowing space. When […]

Designer: Mindful Design Consulting Another fun project with lots of opportunities for using vibrant colors and pretty patterns was the Scoops N Smiles ice cream store in Florida. With red, yellow and blue as the brand colors, this ice cream store interior design concept was meant to turn out happy and cheerful. The space was […]

Commercial Interior and Branding Designer: Mindful Design Consulting A new boba tea and frozen yogurt store interior design came to life, courtesy of Mindful Design Consulting, together with the necessary collection of marketing and brand essentials, from the store’s logo to the design of its loyalty cards. Playing with the idea of sweet and fresh […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ice-Cream Shop 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, […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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. […]