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How Long Does It Take to Design and Get Permits for Your Restaurant or Store?

If you are planning to open a restaurant or store and you wonder what it takes to turn your dream into reality, reality is exactly what you should always keep in mind. Becoming a restaurant owner is an adventure that will test you more than you have ever thought. Negotiate, design, draw plans, get permits […]

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How to Feng Shui Your Office

If there is one room where it’s essential to use some feng shui wisdom, it’s your office. Since this is where you spend most of your waking hours, your office is a space that has a great effect on your well-being, balance and inner peace. It’s also the place where most of your life is […]

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How to Use Feng Shui Cures in Your Home or Office

So you defined the bagua of your house or office by using a traditional or Western map. What’s next? Once you know what area of your house channels a certain type of energy, you can improve on the latter by changing your environment. Or, in feng shui jargon, by using feng shui cures. It is […]

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Bagua Map Basics the Easy Way

So you want to use the feng shui principles in your space, and make your interior the home of a healthy, good energy flow. How do you do it? As you might expect from a philosophy that has been fine tuned for thousands of years, there is a science to it. In short, you have […]

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LiteZilla Partners with Macy’s to create the largest light wall in the company’s history

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LiteZilla, LLC has recently installed their largest-ever interactive light board at Macy’s flagship store in Manhattan.  The 16-foot long x 7-foot tall LiteZilla was installed in connection with Macy’s purchase of startup Story, the LiteZilla was unveiled as part of Story’s first curated theme called Color. Inspired by the popular children’s toy Lite-Brite, LiteZilla is […]

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Basic Feng Shui Principles – Understanding Feng Shui Philosophy

The feng shui philosophy and art has its deep roots in the ancient Chinese attempt to observe nature and achieve well-being by living in harmony with it. Beyond the minutiae of designing a kitchen, bathroom or an entryway according to detailed feng shui rules, there are some ancient basic feng shui principles from which all […]

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Easing into Feng Shui Interior Design – 7 Tips to Spark Your Interest

If you have ever made some research when attempting to design or decorate your home or business, you have most likely come across the concept of feng shui. The subject may have sparked your interest, or you may have dismissed it as unimportant – a passing trend, a whim, an imported philosophy. In the Western […]

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How to Choose Lighting for Your Commercial Space

Kartell FLY Pendant Light by Ferruccio Laviani

As one of the most important aspects of interior design, good lighting can make the difference between a warm, inviting place and one that misses the spot. When light fixtures are not in the right place, do not agree with the general vibe or are just an afterthought, even a well-designed commercial space can look […]

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Going Natural with Moss Walls in Commercial Interior Design

Photo via materials-inc.com Despite the heavy presence of synthetic materials in our buildings and interiors, there is an undeniable need for nature in every human being. In interior design, it is easy to notice the calming effect of the occasional natural material or the fact than no interior seems complete without a plant or two. […]

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Flooring Options on a Budget for Your Commercial Space

Photo: Scoops N Smiles ice cream store by Mindful Design Consulting As a background for your entire interior decor, the type of flooring you use in your store or restaurant is a defining part of your design. While you may want to use it to make a statement, you must remember that this is the […]

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From Acoustic Wood Systems to Brandy Bottles – New Ceiling Design Trends

Photo: Slatted Wood Ceiling Design Trends via Woodfit Acoustics In interior design, ceilings are not always treated with the respect they deserve. It is not surprising. After all, the eye rarely travels upwards, and other elements of design seem more likely to capture one’s attention. However, this is exactly why a well-thought ceiling treatment is […]

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Commercial Interior Wall Finishes Trends in 2019

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What are the biggest wall finishes trends can we expect to see in 2019?  Wall finishes are one of the most important design elements in any commercial or residential interior environment.  Those days are gone when a commercial interior designer would put together a color pallet based simply on looks and a style.  A large […]

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2019 Lighting Trends in Interior Design

Felt Shade Pendants and Floor Lamps by Tom Dixon, via madeindesign.co.uk There is nothing shy about what we perceive to be the 2019 lighting trends in interior design and the designers’ current choices in both shape and materials. While the traditional lamp, sconce or chandelier have a permanent place in the heart of those who […]

2019 Pantone Color of the Year Brings the Beauty of the Undersea Into Your Interior Designs

Photo: Pantone Color of the Year 2019 via pantone.com Following trends in fashion and decor, as well as industrial, product and graphic design, Pantone chose Living Coral as the 2019 Color of the Year. Happy and vibrant, this sunny hue borrows from the hidden beauty of the undersea, bringing into human spaces a beauty that […]

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3D Printed Furniture – The Way of the Future in Interior Design

Rex Axon conference table by Patech and Wolf.  Photo: Tomasz Kret, via yankodesign.com There isn’t a better time to discuss the future than at the beginning of a new year. And while at it, it’s worth to take a look at the furniture of tomorrow and the process that is slowly but decisively trying to establish […]

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Why a Restaurant Ordering System Is a Powerful Business Tool

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If you are a restaurant or bar owner trying to improve your services and rise above the competition, turning digital may just be the detail that does it. While the typical restaurant offers printed menus to their patrons, you can take a step into the future and replace them with an ordering system that changes […]

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Flip-out Windows Take Advantage of the Views in Commercial Spaces

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 […]

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Warm Up Your Space with a Bamboo Pendant Light

Photo: Bruce Workshop on Etsy Bamboo is not only for floors, walls, furniture or bathroom accessories. In the last years, this highly renewable, sustainable material has made successful advances into areas less often associated with it. For instance, light fixtures use bamboo to create an exotic look, a clean, relaxing ambiance, and to keep a […]

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Concrete Light Fixtures for Contemporary Spaces

Lucifero’s ZERO51 Pendant Light from archiproducts.com In contemporary interior designs, concrete is no longer relegated to floors, walls and ceilings, but has already made the transition to countertops and furniture. It also crossed with confidence into the realm of accent pieces, with the surprising effect of warming up the space, despite its coarse appearance. It’s […]

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Bohemian Light Fixtures Use Mesh to Create Character

Photo: eBay If there is a type of decor that doesn’t shy away from showing character, it’s the Boho decor, with its relaxed and colorful look. A close second must be the industrial type, full of unusual materials and rough edges, or the rustic decor with its charming rugged simplicity. In each case, light fixtures […]

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Rustic and Modern Meet in Our San Diego Restaurant Interior Design

Designer: Mindful Design Consulting A new restaurant interior design and branding effort took us into a different direction than the one we usually take. As a rule, we love colors and enjoy the visuals of bright tones and sharp contrasts. However, for the Two Blue Ducks restaurant in San Diego (located at 2835 University Drive), […]

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3-D Printed Furniture Continues to Evolve

Photo: Sofa So Good by Janne Kyttanen via contemporist.com Via 3ders.org Across industries, 3-D printing has stopped being a novelty a while ago. The technique has developed dramatically in the last years, with tremendous improvements in both quality and speed. In the world of interior design, 3-D printed furniture accommodates the designers’ creativity by avoiding the limits […]

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Minimalist Furniture Design for Contemporary Spaces

Chair from Michael Wolk Design Every good designer knows that simplicity in design is hard to achieve. Getting rid of the superfluous and retaining the essential without sacrificing character and style is an art in itself. When it comes to furniture, achieving simplicity is even more difficult, since the objects must also serve a functional […]

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Using Metal Mesh in Interior Design

Trama metal mesh from Materials Inc. When designing a commercial interior, do not miss on the great opportunity to use metal mesh. While the concept does not initially call to mind images of artistic interiors, the designing world has been slowly woken up to the wonders of this underrated material. It turns out that using […]

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New Bamboo Wall Coverings for Interior Design

Bloom and Diamond 3-D Wall Decor by J.W. Leeuwenburg. Photos via interiordesign.net Bamboo wall coverings usually call to mind images of rooms dressed in neutral colors and reminiscent of spas. However, bamboo is more than just that. You can enjoy the benefits of this natural and sustainable material without defaulting to any type of overused decorative […]

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Revitalizing Your Interior Design with Hand-Painted and 3-D Tiles

Via dexiner.com and interiordesign.net  Photos via dexiner.com and interiordesign.net  There are many ways tiles can stand out in an interior design, from color and texture to sheen and pattern. Two companies, however, decided that this can be achieved by other means – one, by turning them into 3-D tiles; the other, by hand-painting them. The Monterrey-based company SHIFT, […]

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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 […]