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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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Our New Boba Tea and Frozen Yogurt Store Interior Design Plays with Colors and Shapes

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 […]

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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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Dessert Kiosk Design Makes Excellent Use of Small Space

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 feat with the […]

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Coffee Shop Design Uses Chocolate Bars and Cocoa Beans as Inspiration

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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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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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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Cosmopolitan Kiosk Design Brings Together Belgian Food and New York Culture

Subway Inspired Dessert Kiosk Design

Via retaildesignblog.net Designer: Estúdio Jacarandá All photos: Cezar Kirizawa via retaildesignblog.net With the CrepeTown kiosk in Sorocaba, Belgian waffles meet New York culture, and they coexist happily in a Brazilian location. This cosmopolitan blend may be the source of success for the kiosk’s owner, who is equally passionate about the Belgian signature treat and everything […]

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Modular Cupcake Kiosk Brings Victorian Design to the Mall

Via trendhunter.com Designer: Carbon All photos: trendhunter.com The only thing better than eating dessert is eating dessert in an opulent Victorian decor. Carbon, a London-based design studio, goes even further. It creates this opportunity in the form of a cupcake kiosk in the middle of the Al Wahda Mall in Abu Dhabi. As the first […]

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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 […]

Pink Cafe Interior Design Makes Patrons Feel at Home

Via worldarchitecturenews.com Designer: mode:lina All photos: Marcin Ratajczak via worldarchitecturenews.com Designing a double-duty interior that would serve both as a cafe and a boutique – on just 45 square meters (or 485 square feet) – is not an easy task. However, small places have one advantage: the space limitations give them an intimate feel. This is the […]

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2016 Interior Design Trends – How to Bring Plants Into Interior Spaces

Fabric planter photo: worldarchitecturenews.com Plants instantly change a space and make it warm and welcoming. While the traditional ceramic pot is always an option, there are many other ways to incorporate plants into interior spaces and, at the same time, turn planters into elements of decor. Here are a few ingenious ways to bring in the […]

Multifunctional Interior Design – Learning and Eating at the Science Café Library

Via knstrct.com Designer: Anna Wigandt All photos courtesy of Anna Wigandt Satisfying its patrons’ appetite for science and that for delicious treats at the same time, the Science Café Library from Chișinău, Moldova, seems to prove that multifunctional public spaces are the way of the future. Located within a science and engineering museum, the café […]

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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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Before and After Images of 2015 Interior Design and Branding Projects

Before and After Images of 2015 Interior Design and Branding Projects

Another year has ended and by our tradition we are sharing a small selection of exciting projects we had the pleasure to work on in 2015! As you may have noticed Mindful Design Consulting brand also had a complete makeover this year.  We’ve had the same look since 2008 and it became outdated and stagnant […]

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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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Contemporary Café Attracts the Coffee Culture Crowd – Commercial Interior Design News

Via retaildesignblog.net Designer: Lefteris Tsikandilakis All photos: retaildesignblog.net Combining contemporary and tradition-inspired elements, Café Mirabilis in Heraklion Crete, Greece, tends to the young, active crowd while remaining true to local influences. The café was designed by Lefteris Tsikandilakis, with the declared purpose of creating a place inspired by the coffee culture in Greece and perfectly adapted […]

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Dutch Restaurant Flaunts Industrial Design with Rails – Commercial Interior Design News

Via retaildesignblog.net Designers: Framework Studios All photos courtesy of Peter Tijhuis Large spaces are always a challenge when trying to design a restaurant interior with an intimate atmosphere. Add to this the need to balance an industrial environment, and you face a real test of creativity. A test that the designers of Framework Studio, an Amsterdam-based […]

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Why Pop-Up Bars Are a Good Idea – Commercial Interior Design News

pop up tea bar design

Via trendhunter.com All photos courtesy of trendhunter.com If location is a critical part in the success of a pub or restaurant, committing to a specific operating place is a hard decision to make. However, there is a way to test a certain location before making it permanent, and that is the idea behind the pop-up bar […]