Sometimes making a house a home takes a little creative courage. This prowess in style and design may range from a radical metamorphosis to a subtle transition, an addition or adjustment of a few details that helps a home or business owner create a sense of comfort and peace for themselves, their family or customers and employees.
Interior designer Shari Saiki, owner of retail furniture store mesh by Shari Saiki, thrives on assisting clients who desire a change in atmosphere but may have a hard time envisioning or accelerating toward a promising revitalization.
“I have such a close relationship with my clients,” says Saiki, who appeared on MidWeek’s cover Dec. 18, 2002. “We’re doing something for the environment in which they live. It is rewarding to see them happy at the end of a project, in love with their new environment.”
As the green movement has become not only necessary but also popular, the concept has infused itself into the interior design and furniture industry.
“When this green movement began there were not a lot of materials available for homes, and what was available wasn’t very pretty looking,” Saiki says. “Now there are so many manufacturers who are committed to going green, offering beautiful products. I don’t think the natural, organic style of design is a trend. It is here to stay and is blossoming.”
With the saturation of the do-it-yourself craze on TV, Saiki finds it important to inform and educate her clients and the public about the intricate processes involved in interior design to help ensure the health, safety and overall quality of each project.
“Right now you can buy furniture, building material and everything online. Everything is cheap and inexpensive, but what I have learned over and over is that you always get what you pay for - always,” says Saiki, who has incorporated Shari Saiki Design Studio Inc. into the retail store.
Saiki has a keen eye for what she is looking for when ordering from manufacturers. “I’m usually looking for modern styles, a clean line with some relation to Hawaii. We do not necessarily do the tropical theme, but we do clean, organic and modern, which can certainly be accented with tropical art and accessories,” she says.
She also feeds creatively from her travel experiences with husband Bryan and their 9-year-old son Lucca, who have ventured as a family to France, Italy, Spain, Japan, China and Thailand.
“It is all about travel,” Saiki says. “Travel is education and inspiration.”
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