An annual Office Exhibition took place in the Middle East at the Dubai World Trade Center in May 2012.  Over 130 companies were exhibiting the latest office interior design solutions and new styles for 11th year now. The exhibition was officially opened by H.E. Humaid Mohamed Obaid Al Qutami, the United Arab Emirates Minister of […]

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 […]

Nature inspired furniture

Guest blogger Sam Marquit The elements of rustic design appeal to many people at first sight as well as on a deep, subconscious level. I find that earthy spaces with natural decor materials draw folks in, whether it’s into a lodge in the mountains or into bustling new york city apartments or hotels. The visual qualities […]

Vertical gardens or Green Walls have become a very popular way to bring nature into any interior. It looks fantastic but the energy and the cost of upkeep the plants may leave skeptics out of this design feature. The Live Screen tries to address this issue with this green wall. This Live Screen vertical garden […]

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 […]

Selecting planters to complement your newly finished interior (or exterior) design is fun but can become time consuming.  Today I would like to share a few creative designs of contemporary planters I have found while searching for something different for one of my projects. Kornegay Design offers the most creative cast concrete planters available on […]

If you see any beautiful backlit walls, desks or any other surfaces in a contemporary slick interior, you are probably looking at chroma – one of the coolest materials on the market from 3FORM. I would like to share a few images from 3FORM’s projects to show you the capabilities of this simple material.  I […]

Yogurt Shop Design

By Ekaterina Kohlwes from Mindful Design Consulting Yolick Yogurt Shop is an existing store located in Shanghai which lacked identity in its interior. Today I would like to share what was the inspiration behind this fun yogurt shop design and to maybe show you some of the process we go through during design. We were […]

Stained Glass Art

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 […]

If you have never heard about Suggestive Selling, you probably don’t know how big brands companies have been using the latest Neuroscience research to improve their marketing and selling techniques. This seductively lighted Abercrombie & Fitch’s  store is attempting to lure in older shoppers. I am predicting that the use of Neuroscience research is going to […]

This multifunctional streetlight plus a bench combination harnesses solar energy to power its LED lamp. Solar panels built into the roof of the bench case make it possible to place this bench unit in any location independent of a local power supply. The bench unit was designed by Voda Design. Integrated into the bench outlets […]

Fusion is not just a nice concept: we have fusion of generations, fusion of cultures, fusion of cuisines, fusion music. Now we finally have the Fusion table!  How would you like to have a beautiful dining table for lunch or dinner and an entertaining pool table when your friends come over or when you are […]

In resent years we may encounter a simple dilemma during remodel: to go with painting our space or to apply wallpaper. You have to consider a few things about paint and  wallpaper to make your final decision: 1. Location.  Paint is more practical in high humidity rooms, such as your kitchen, bathrooms or any other […]

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Original text came from HERE. 3-Story Mixed Use Building Remodel in Sausalito Daniel Merriam’s New Gallery One of the most incredible projects we had a chance to work on this year is the remodel of this 3-story mixed use building for the new owner, a world renowned artist Daniel Merriam. It was an exciting opportunity […]

What would you get for a friend who is in a process of renovating their new house or a business space?  Take a look at these fun and a bit corky presents I found.  Maybe one of these will fit your friend’s personality and bring a few laughs at the next party. If someone loves […]

A color of 2012 year has finally been revealed by the Pantone Color Institute! Tangerine Tango – an electric orange red color is warm, uplifting, and energizing! It’s also been noted to look great with almost every skin tone. Today I would like to point out a few simple example of how this new color […]

Article by a guest blogger: One Step Retail Solutions In the past few years we have seen hardware transform – touch screen phones, lighter than a book personal laptops, virtual changing rooms and cars that look like they belong in a Tom Cruise movie.  It is certain that the future is here and it is […]

Michael Sussna – Math Art Mage Today I would like to introduce one of the most fascinating contemporary types of art – Fractal Imagery. Fractal imagery is a relatively young yet already rich field.  Though different from traditional artmaking, this digital approach still accommodates a well-developed esthetic sense.  Mastery of this new toolset permits results […]

To have a decorated tree in your house will bring lots of joy for your eyes and heart.  Today I would love to share some tree decor ideas.  Which one will you choose? Make this year’s tree as individual as you are! Forget old style decorations!  Try something new!  It can be going in one […]

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 […]

Living in San Diego you get to see mainly the same colors and styles in architecture.  Most of these colors remind me of our local Hotel La Quinta. This is why I would like to show you how a color can be used to brighten up any building’s exterior and to bring energy to any […]

by Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting Have you ever tried to start your own coffee shop?  I have!  How do you start?  It’s countless hours of research at the local library and online for any information available.  Now, after working with a few clients on their cafes, I’ve decided to share all my personal […]

Commercial spaces are often designed with practicality in mind for business efficiency. This often leads to an interior spaces that are void of warmth and life.  A perfect fix for cold industrial spaces is to add life energy with the use of  live plants.  It has also been proven that interior plants clean and filter […]

by Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting If you have not painted your home for over 6 years, it would be a good idea to freshen up the look.  Painting the exterior of your house is not only pleasing esthetically, it protects surfaces from deterioration and helps avoid more costly repairs later.  Since I was […]

Business plan for new business

Exclusive interview about Business Plan for Your New Business with Tyler Jensen, by Katerina Kohlwes. Because having a business plan is a must in any business, I decided to interview a Business Plan specialist and my old friend Tyler Jensen.  Please enjoy some of the insides on writing a business plan from an expert in […]

Feeling overwhelmed this year and have no time to decorate? No problem, I picked these ideas specifically for such busy people as us: entrepreneurs and business owners. If you missed our last newsletter on Suggestive Selling in Retail Environment, look HERE. Photo Credit. Interior Decor One of the fastest, simplest and cheapest ways to decorate […]

If you are running out of ideas for this Halloween, take a look at this wicked elevator design in New York!  Unsuspecting visitors of the building have no idea when they look at these innocent white doors before entering. Every wall and the ceiling are covered with old salvaged pieces of metal, painted in bright […]

Wall Finishes rends

Today I would like to share some of my favorite Latest Design Trends which came from the 2011 design award by Interior Design Magazine. Now you can vote for your favorite design products on the market as well, simply go HERE. Text and Photos are from Interior Design Magazine. Creative Rock Vases Kathryn Scott Design […]

  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 […]

Yesterday I visited an excellent showroom in Miramar area, San Diego, called Fixtures Living and I would love to share some of my findings in the latest kitchen design trends.  I snapped these photos with my Iphone, so please excuse the quality. The latest trend in kitchen design is combining two different tones of wood […]