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How to Talk to a Designer – A Five-point Guide

Once you decided to hire a designer for your store or restaurant project, it is time to have a serious talk about your vision. However, you may be a little confused when it comes to what such communication entails. You may wonder what is expected of you and how you can help the process. In […]

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Our New Pet Store Interior Redesign is Part of a Big Branding Strategy

Pet Store Interior Redesign by Mindful Design Consulting We have always believed that the interior design is an important part of a restaurant or store’s brand image. With this in mind, we recently recreated the interior of a pet store bought by a new owner who was ready to give it a second life. Completed […]

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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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Why You Need Branding for Your Store or Restaurant

To the budget-minded owner of a new store or restaurant, it may seem that putting money and effort into branding is not a high priority. At most, branding is the cherry on the top – it makes for a good impression, but is of secondary importance. After all, a quality product is all you need. […]

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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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How Retailers Use Suggestive Selling to Maximize their Sales

If you have ever wondered why you should hire a professional when designing the interior space for your business, the response is, among others, suggestive selling. Suggestive selling is a concept that all successful companies use, and that has to do with the image they try to project in order to maximize their sales. Employing […]

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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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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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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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Our New Dogs Grooming Store Interior Design Is Cozy and Playful

Pet store interior design

Designed by Mindful Design Consulting A fun project that we recently completed in San Diego is Ted’s Grooming Emporium, a pet store plus dogs grooming salon, all in one. Designed for dogs only, the store has a clean, playful interior, where cold tones mix with the warmth of wood. The name of the store comes […]

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Our New Vape Shop Design Uses Color to Make Information Easily Accessible

Vape Shop Interior Design

Designer: Mindful Design Consulting For the Vape Round shop in Canada, one of our new store designs, we envisioned a modern space, closer to one fit for a technology retailer. That meant clean lines, yet plenty of display cases and shelves, plus a well-organized vape shop design and well-thought layout that would allow the customers […]

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Our New Boba Tea and Frozen Yogurt Store Interior Design Plays with Colors and Shapes

Commercial Interior and Branding Designer: Mindful Design Consulting A new boba tea and frozen yogurt store interior design came to life, courtesy of Mindful Design Consulting, together with the necessary collection of marketing and brand essentials, from the store’s logo to the design of its loyalty cards. Playing with the idea of sweet and fresh […]

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Mixing Old and New in Frozen Yogurt Shop Interior Design

Designer: Mindful Design Consulting We completed another project in Liberty Station, this time a frozen yogurt shop interior design that we seasoned with a pinch of mid-century nostalgia. The store name, Besties Cool Treats, evokes images of lasting friendships and stories shared across the dessert table. We kept the design of the store in step […]

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How to Attract Customers to Your New Business

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 […]

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How to Use Decorative Screens in Commercial Interior Design

All photos via interlam-design.com Have you ever seen decorative screens in a restaurant interior? As one of the most versatile elements of decor, decorative screens can answer many interior design problems in restaurants or any other commercial space. From serving as space dividers to simple decorative solutions for interiors that need some spark, they can […]

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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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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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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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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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Unique Lighting Solutions Take Interior Designs from Good to Great

Photo above: Stéphane Brugger  via contemporist.com  If good design is functional and visually appealing, great design is also ingenious and unexpected. Especially when it comes to ceilings – often overlooked and impersonal – choosing unique solutions has a powerful impact. In fact, when treated with the attention they deserve, ceilings can turn into the focal […]

Target Is Upgrading Its Store Design to Attract New Customers

Via yahoo.com Photo above: Target Trying to attract new, young customers, Target announced in March that it will redesign 600 of its stores by 2019. The chain will dip its toes into the water with a prototype store that will open in October in metro Houston, followed by a wave of 40 others to be […]

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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 […]

Retail Design – How Not to Break the Bank When Designing a Window Display

Photo above: the bwd.com Just because store windows are your face to the world doesn’t mean that designing one has to break the bank. In fact, there is a certain charm, much appreciated by onlookers, in the ingenuity that goes into creating something spectacular out of something cheap. Below, there are a few examples of […]

Retail Design – Ingenious Displays Put Shoes in a New Light

Photo above: Jonathan Leijonhufvud via retaildesignblog.net Shoes and good design is a combination difficult to resist. Putting the two together is a feast for the eyes, as in the case of the shoe displays below. From “floating” shoes to shoe forests, these displays show the artistic potential of these prosaic functional items and the visual impact […]

Retail Interior Design – How to Create the Perfect Window Display for a Clothing Store

Photo above: Wang Gen via retaildesignblog.net Window displays are the first contact customers have with a store’s products and the main opportunity to lure them in. When it comes to clothing stores, the possibilities of creating dramatic backgrounds for a few representative pieces are endless. From using this opportunity to give recycled materials a new life […]

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Cosmetics Storefront and Window Display Designs Go from Dramatic to Subtle

Via thebwd.com and retaildesignblog.net Photo above: StudioXAG via thebwd.com With today’s image overload shaping the way customers react to what they see, just a pretty window may not get the attention of passers-by and convince them to enter a store. More than beautiful and attractive, storefronts and window displays have to be ingenious and surprising. To […]

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Bold Curves and Colors in Food Court Interior Design

Via designboom.com Designer: Karim Rashid All photos: Lee Gyeon Bae The interior design of a food court in Seoul, South Korea has received the stamp of Karim Rashid, the New York-based designer with a penchant for color and bold designs. Under his magic wand, Amoje Food Capital, a cafeteria for the Lotte Department Store, has […]

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Beauty Bakerie Cosmetics Store to Open in San Diego

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Designer: Mindful Design Consulting Store photos courtesy of Beauty Bakerie A San Diego store found a way to mix the fascinating worlds of cosmetics and desserts, and we are the ones behind its interior design. Opening in April this year in Westfield Mission Valley, the Beauty Bakerie cosmetics store has a mouth-watering interior reminiscent of scrumptious dessert […]

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Using Brass to Achieve Transparency in Commercial Interior Design

Via wallpaper.com Designer: Neri & Hu All images: wallpaper.com “Brass decor” usually calls to mind images of solid metal items. However, a Shanghai-based design office managed to use brass to create the feeling of transparency and give a five-story space the vibe of a delicate Oriental lantern. Designed by Neri & Hu, the project was completed […]