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 […]

FontanaArte is an Italian lighting design company founded in 1932. The company was started by an architect and maybe that’s why the quality of the design is strong. FontanaArte company has always retained a strong link with some of the best Italian and international architects and lighting designers. The result of this collaboration was the […]

Last week I had a great pleasure meeting Serguei Iourov – a renown Russian artist living and working here in San Diego.  Serguei Iourov graduated from one of the most prestigious art schools in the world (the Academy of Fine Arts in St.Petersburg) and was invited to live in the US because of his incredible […]

  How would you like your outdoor chairs to act and to looks as something else while not in use? Take a look at the Bounce chair by Véronique Baer. These chairs are foam sculptures which transforms into soft and comfortable seating with one move. When a person stands up, it gets restored to it’s […]

  By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting Are you mindful looking for a designer to get a good quality set of drawings for your new business space?  After all you probably want a space that is created perfectly for your business: an office, a restaurant or a salon.  It will be a space that […]

  By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting There are different symptoms of poor indoor air quality inside of our buildings, from temporary, minor irritations to serious, life-threatening illnesses. They’ve been grouped into three classifications: sick building syndrome, building-related illnesses, and multiple chemical sensitivities.  Just for the note: problems with asbestos, lead, and radon are […]

  Half of our lives we spend inside of our business space walls.  It is hard to argue that the space should probably be a pleasant place to be in. No wonder elevating our mood has become a new trend on the market of commercial interior design.  Take a look at all the new trendy […]

  Review By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting Designing commercial interiors that improve our mood and health has always been my goal.  But how do you design something to correct violent behavior in children? Take a look at this fascinating project by Ricci Greene Associates.  It’s a Union County Juvenile Detention Centre in New […]

  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 […]

  Selecting colors for your interior can be a difficult task and that is why I see some of my clients being stuck with the same old colors (or white) of their interior spaces for years! They just feel safe.  But with modern technology it’s actually becoming much easier and even fun!  Today I will […]

Review By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting This colorful interactive wall mapping caught my attention because of the possibilities of its application.  This is the latest product from Strukt Design Studio, an Austrian company. The main idea is to map the architecture of walls in a space by lighting them up with  projected images […]

Review By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting With the appearance of touch screens, IPhones and IPads what else can we get excited about?  I am always fascinated by futuristic movies showing holographic projections of control screens in a thin air floating over work stations.  Today I want to talk about similar interactive technology – […]

The original text of the interview came from HERE. I found The Franchise Maker company when I was trying to learn more about Franchising. Dave Waldman and I became good friends and referral partners as I started learning more about what it really takes to franchise a business. Now I help Dave’s clients to brand […]

  Review By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting Last night I had the pleasure of attending an event organized by Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture. If you have not heard the latest research happening in the area of how architecture affects our subconscious mind, you better tune-in because you will be missing out on […]

Picture yourself walking in to a huge hotel lobby in Dubai and your first impression is a 4,000 s.f.  crop circle carpet! CROP creates amazingly creative large and smaller scale carpets for commercial or residential application. The name CROP Carpets is associated with the enormous potential the concept has and the desire of the company […]

Read the original text HERE. Hotel La Quinta’s logo on the hotels’ website. Design Elements to Make Hotel La Quinta Shine! Hotel La Quinta in San Diego, CA is one of those buildings that cannot go unnoticed simply because of its color scheme on top of not such a bad-looking (cross of craftsman and Spanish […]

One-way vision graphics have been used as vehicle wraps for years.  We see it all around us on buses or cars. Using the same graphic film on buildings is becoming something very trendy in resent years. On this image you can see one-way vision window graphic film.  Left side is the view from the inside […]

By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting Have you ever walked into a business space and were shocked by the gloomy, uninviting surrounding created by bad lighting, crazy colors or even smell? What about those times you entered a business and felt like your mood improved, as if you were uplifted and inspired?  Consider the […]

Have you ever considered decorating your home for Halloween? On this controversial Holiday it is a great opportunity to go crazy and bring some joy and fun to your neighborhood! It doesn’t matter if it’s your home or your business location, on this holiday any outrageous idea can be forgiven! Halloween doesn’t have to be […]

As a commercial interior designer I often get a number of interesting e-mail offers from various artists and vendors.  But this is something I would definitely like to share with all of you.  It’s a company that designs and installs water art pieces.  These images are really inspiring and make you believe that we are […]

Check out this really creative paint job in the parking garage of the Eureka Tower in Melbourne, Australia.  This work was inspired by Swiss artist Felice Varini and created using a projection technique to apply the words on walls. Only when you are at the correct vantage point do the words snap into alignment and become […]

Review By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting It is really exciting to see more architectural projects creating interactive spaces. These projects react to surrounding sounds, touch and temperature changes around them.  I truthfully think that interaction will become one of the widely used aspects for future architecture.  Right now these types of projects reach […]

By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting When another earthquake hit San Diego last month, it was an unforgettable experience. It was not just because some members of my family were helplessly screaming in horror and dropping to the floor. What was more shocking to me was my calm reaction and my absence of fear. […]

By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting How many of you would love to see some changes done to the building you live in or to the inside of your favorite coffee shop or a hair salon? There are a few businesses in town that grab my attention because of their bad design. Today I […]

Last month several people have asked me to define the latest trends in architectural design. I am not an expert on architecture history or on different movements in architecture, but I do practice design on ongoing bases. Constant research on the world’s greatest projects is a must for me while working on my projects. It’s […]

Take advantage of our hourly consultations! We can help you with small but important design decisions such as: wall colors selection, furniture selection, custom cabinetry drawings, materials, finishes and more. Just ask! This is a great way to test how you will like to work with us before getting into larger projects. Read more on […]

Did you know that it is a misdemeanor violation to begin operation without obtaining a valid Public Health or a Building Permit for your business? If you open your business prior to obtaining all the required permits, you will be subject to closure and other legal actions. Even though you’ll be eager to get on […]

By Ekaterina Kohlwes – Mindful Design Consulting This small salon needed not only a new facelift, it desperately needed a business identity! The salon’s overall floor plan was unnecessarily divided into a few small rooms, making the space look small. The walls were painted into a wild pallet of colors. The salon’s space was not […]

Custom Furniture Design

Original Interview by Ekaterina Kohlwes with John Dufficy Custom Furniture Designer And Builder is HERE. How many of you have a piece of furniture in your house that you absolutely love? And how many times have you tried to find something to match it or to even get close to its quality and were not […]