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 […]

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 […]

Via architecturaldigest.com Designer: Rafael de Cárdenas Ltd./Architecture at Large A façade that sets the mood and tells a story is an important part in building brand awareness. Before entering the Baccarat crystal flagship store in Manhattan, customers get a sense of the luxury and craftsmanship inside with a single glance at the exquisite store front.   […]

Via dezeen.com Designer: Tokujin Yoshioka All photos courtesy of dezeen.com Those who are looking for some sparkle in the Swarovski store of Ginza, Tokyo, get it even before they set foot in the building. The store welcomes its patrons with a cascade of “crystals” right above the entrance, a perfect introduction to a place that sells […]

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 […]

The Poiray Jewelry Store’s Simple yet Sophisticated Interior Design. The interior design of this Place Vendome store has a bold, fresh look. This boutique, under new management, features an inviting entrance area that brings the Paris boutiques of old to mind. Once shoppers step inside the doors, they’ll be treated to a unique mixture of […]

Patrons are beckoned in this elegant store by the use of light and the its grace. Experts of store branding, Prototype Design Lab, have skillfully created a jewelry store design that is magnificent, airy and spacious. There is an intimate atmosphere throughout the space as you walk around. Gleaming white marble floors right off suggest […]

In July 2013 newsletter I would like to share some of the most interesting emerging trends I see from different designers around the world. Looking at what other designers have done is very educational and fun at the same time. It saves me the time of trial and error to see how certain materials will […]

This beautiful jewelry store designed by Atelier Du Pont is located on Rue de Paix in Paris.  The store is a perfect example of luxury interpreted with minimalistic approach. The suspended oval display shelves in the store front windows resemble hand held mirrors. Neutral colors and the contrast of matte and glossy textures create a […]

These unique and elegant pendants takes their unusual names and beautiful organic shape from one of mother nature’s own: the seed! Seed pendant lamp was designed by Joeri Claeys. The Seed lamp provides diffused glow to achieve a relaxing mood at your  dining table of home or in a restaurant’s lounge. The pendant appears to […]

Summer time is so close!  How can we brighten up our interiors?  I think bringing some colorful accessories into your house or business will do the job.  Today I would like to introduce this very unique, quality Mexican folk art shop located in Minneapolis, MN and also online! I personally have always been fascinated by […]

emerald color of 2013

The Pantone Institute has announced its 2013 color of the year.  It’s Emerald! They simply put is this way: “Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.” We can expect to see emerald color being used in fashion, furniture upholstery, and new interiors. Learn more about […]

One of Mindful Design Consulting most exciting projects in Sausalito CA has finally been complete.  Daniel Merriam’s Gallery has been opened officially since September 2012, even though the occupants moved in much earlier and continued decorating this dreamy gallery all in Merriam style. This 3-story mixed-use building for a world renowned artist Daniel Merriam was […]

Trendy light fixtures 2012

Lighting is one of the most important design elements of interior design for our businesses as well as our homes. Bad lighting can give us headaches, strain our eyes and make us feel fatigued. Good lighting can improve our mood, inspire us or simply complement our cozy interior. Read more about new and exciting lighting […]

Four Seasons, Beverly Hill Hotel Lobby. We are so used to seeing most of the most amazing handmade glass fixtures being made in Italy or anywhere overseas that this was a pleasant surprise! These charming crystal chandeliers are actually hand made in Seattle, Washington by a talented international glass artist Robert Kaindl. House in Las […]

This futuristic lighting system called Bolla was designed by an Italian company Incontroardito. The company started by specializing in production of ceramics.  After achieving international success with their products Incontroardito branched into selling other products such as stone tiles untill Dominico De Palo transformed the company by creating something this unique and exciting! Bolla system […]

Traditional Egyptian lighting design

These gorgeous and elegant light fixtures were inspired by traditional Egyptian designs. Zenza has brought this traditional lamp collection to designers and decorators all around the world. Zenza light fixtures bring amazing craftsmanship and exotic charm of Arabic decor into modern interior design. These handmade Egyptian wonders seem to have souls.  They will make any […]

Mercury glass items have a very distinctive character and can complement your interior not only during Christmas. The roughness and some reflective qualities of mercury glass add somewhat Mid-evil character to the items and when used strategically create a certain charm. Did you know that “Mercury Glass” was invented in the nineteenth century as a […]

By Ekaterina Kohlwes From Mindful Design Consulting See full text of February Newsletter HERE. 2012 is a Chinese year of a Black Dragon which brings new energy and action into our interiors. So what can you use to achieve positive movement in your interior? See what industry leaders are doing this year. 1. Rebranding Rebranding […]

2012 is a Chinese year of a Black Dragon which brings new energy and action into our interiors.  I would like to introduce a few design finishes, colors and products which I believe will become trendy this year to use to achieve positive emotions in any interior. Get this Chinese Dragon Stencil HERE. 1. Colors […]

Sand Blasted or Stained Glass Art always fascinates me as an interior designer.  Colored glass can create mystical spaces by redirecting sunlight and reflecting its colors onto walls, ceiling and floor of your space.  Today I’d love to introduce Ernie Orfila, a local San Diego glass artist.  Below he talks about his art and some […]

Technology can be negative for some businesses or to be specific, some retailers (the ability to check prices online while shopping at a store) or it can be helpful. Either you are ready or not, IPad menus, interactive displays, and other innovative technological advancements are coming your way.  You can get a discount at some […]

This Freudenhaus Eyewear Store was designed by Aigner Architecture. The overall design follows the idea of simplicity and high quality of the product itself.  Clear lines, simple forms and high-quality materials provide a superior stage for displaying the designer glasses. The futuristic interior concept was developed to trigger interest and curiosity of a younger target group. […]

Your image is your brand which also provides a glimpse of the quality of services you are offering. Tired of the same boring interiors all around you? Today let’s take a small virtual tour around the world and see how some really whimsical business interiors created fantastic brands for their businesses! If you missed our […]

AVMazzega is one of my favorite lighting design companies. It was established in 1946 by Gianni Bruno Mazzega and now one of the largest and oldest glasswork studios on the famous island of Murano in the Venice lagoon. I love the combination of traditional elements and shapes with very contemporary materials and finishes in these […]

Lzf lamps started as a small company making creative lights practically in their garage. The company was founded at the end of 1994 and ever since it has grown to a well known brand. All lights are handmade exclusively out of wood veneer right from the start. The unusual material for lamps creates spectacular lighting […]

  See original text HERE, by Ekaterina Kohlwes. Why would you want to hire a professional interior designer instead of decorating your store or your business yourself in your own style? Today I will give you some examples of what a professional designer can do for you. Everything we create around ourselves will affect us […]

  This sophisticated jewelry store was opened in Paris by the Podium Fashion Group from Moscow. (at 334, rue St.-Honore, Paris 1er, right across from Colette.) The 538 s.f. of Podium 1 Jewelry Store project glamor and luxury. Designers from Artbureau 1/1 recreated neogothic interior by using aged textured wallpaper, antique wood furniture and aged […]

  Tumi Store Photo Credit. This information would be interesting if you own a retail business and are looking for a more manageable, easy to use, and almost intuitive point of sale system.  One Step Retail Solutions is a world leader of POS systems and have been around for over 25 years.  The providers of […]

  When we go shopping and get emerged into stunning commercial interiors of famous designer stores, we never get to hear the names of architects or designers behind them. One of my goals with this blog is to uncover these names and to show you the incredible work they produce. One of such designers is […]