Step by Step Instructions – How to Replace Your Recessed Light with a Chandelier

Recessed light into Chandelier converter

How do you Replace Your Recessed Light with a Chandelier? Chandelier’s look cool in any home, but we generally associate them with more upmarket properties. Perhaps that is why many people think that a chandelier couldn’t possibly work in their house. However, with TheCanConverter.com recessed light conversion kit, it’s easy to replace a recessed light […]

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How Much Does a Store or Restaurant Construction Cost?

One of the first questions you’ll want to answer when planning to open a store or a restaurant business is “How much will the construction of my space cost?” The answer depends on your particular space – its current state and where you want to take it from there. However, a rough estimate of your […]

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Eyeglasses Store Interior Gets the Mindful Design Consulting Color Treatment

Designer: Mindful Design Consulting If you think eyeglasses stores are fated to be boring and uninspiring, think again. An optometry store in San Francisco is determined to prove that, if you’re coming in to get your glasses, you should also have something worth seeing. Eyewear Envy started with the typical design of this type of […]

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Road Map to Opening a New Restaurant

If you have been dreaming of opening a new restaurant and are finally ready to put your plans into motion, congratulations! You are about to embark on a great adventure that will most likely bring you lots of satisfaction. However, there is a lot to do before opening your doors to the public. The list […]

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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 Use Sound to Boost Your Business

When designing a commercial space, sound may not be one of your priorities. However, this apparently secondary detail has an important role in the way your customers and employees behave. Here is a piece of information to reflect upon: Studies show that loud music, while irritating to some noise-sensitive customers, make many others succumb to […]

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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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Integrating OLED Technology in Commercial Spaces

OLED Screen Technology

This article is sponsored by: www.procore.com Integrating OLED Technology in Commercial Spaces.  Television has come a long way from its invention in 1927. The first television was small, chunky, and was solely in black and white. Less than 100 years after the first TV was invented, it has seen a rapid evolution. We’ve seen 4K […]

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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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How to Design an Outdoor Living Space Your Customers Can Use All Year Round

Sponsored by Home Tip Adviser How to Design an Outdoor Living Space Your Customers Can Use All Year Round?  Outdoor living has become a big part of modern life. Hospitality businesses have sought to take advantage of this in a big way, by extending their usable space outdoors. Bi-folding doors are a contemporary way of blurring […]

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Creating a Visual Impact with Wall Treatments for Kids

Photo: segd.org Some of the most exciting interior design projects are the ones that involve creating spaces for children. Loud graphics, bursts of color, oversize patterns are all fair game when decorating for kids. Even more, when it comes to wall treatments, the interior designer with artistic gifts is given the perfect canvas to put […]

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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 […]

Fun but Tasteful Halloween Decor Ideas for Your Business

Photo: Aimee Marie Art on Etsy Fall is upon us, and with it all the opportunities for decorating your business in autumnal colors. For those who love all things decor, this is the beginning of the major decorating season that only ends with Christmas. And while Thanksgiving and all the preceding fall months are heavy […]

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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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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?

Above: Beary Bliss frozen yogurt shop design in Big Bear Lake, California, by Mindful Design Consulting Another one of the most common questions we hear from potential clients 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 […]

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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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Modern Car Wash Design Attracts Customers with Attention to Detail

Designer: Mindful Design Consulting, LLC Architect: Karnak Development, Inc.  From a design point of view, car washes are rarely inspiring places. Yet this is the exact reason why excellent design can make them stand out. It is the case of the new My Express Car Wash concept in the Los Angeles area (800 W. Alondra […]

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Happy Halloween! The Rough and the Beautiful – Light Fixtures Trends

Light is an essential design element and a fantastic opportunity to make a statement. While traditional elegance is always a winner, today’s trends in light fixtures take braver and more ingenious twists. In our October newsletter you will see a few lamps and pendants that use unexpected, sometimes rough materials – from concrete and steel […]

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Simple Halloween Decorating Ideas for Your Home or Office

Photo above: The Parties that Pop on Etsy With Halloween just a few weeks away, this is a good time to start planning your decor. Whether you intend to give your home a few spooky touches or you are planning an office party and need a few fast decor ideas, here are some options.  If you […]

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Can Your Business Be Environmentally Friendly?

Photo above: Vetrazzo Cobalt Sky recycled glass mix countertop via vetrazzo.com If you want to create a “green” interior for your business or use sustainable products that attract more customers, you have an abundance of options. From furniture and carpets to stunning 3-D printed objects, today’s eco-friendly interior design products won’t leave you disappointed… Click HERE to see our SEPTEMBER newsletter. If you are […]

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What Makes Great Interior Design – Walls with Personality

Photo above: Mantzalin via contemporist.com Far from being only a background for other elements of decor, sometimes walls become the story. Reinventing the concept by using unexpected materials, shapes or details, designers can turn walls into more than just functional architectural components.  Here are, for instance, the walls designed by Presledek, a Ljubljana-based Slovenian architecture and […]

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How to Create the Perfect Window Display

Creating window displays is not a new art. However, it has nowadays reached new levels of creativity. Good designers turn store windows into their artistic canvas and create spectacular displays regardless of budget limitations. When the budget allows it, windows can become veritable fairy tales that lure customers in. When not, ingenuity more than makes […]

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2017 Pantone Color of the Year Suggests Fresh Hope and a Return to Nature

Photo : Pantone.com Back in 2013, green was being crowned as the color of the year by Pantone. It was a dark green, however, of a nuance that inspired opulence rather than a return to the simple joys of nature. In 2017, green makes a comeback, as Pantone chooses it again as the color of […]