Tired of the same old, same old in your home? Learn the basics of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) design so you can easily refresh and reinvigorate any room in your home. Bella Pietra, Hawaii’s premier natural stone company, and Shari Saiki Design Studio Inc. will host a free workshop called Do-It-Yourself Design at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 28 at Bella Pietra, located at 701 N. Nimitz Hwy.

“Good design, including proper lighting, colors and layout, can positively affect a person’s sense of well-being, not to mention make a space more functional,” said Shari Saiki, American Society of Interior Designers member and principal interior designer at Shari Saiki Design Studio Inc. “Good design is tailored to the people using the space and can be changed as needed.”

This seminar will give people the tools they need to change one room or their whole living space. Attendees will learn simple tips to recreate their own space by:


• Use of color

• Creating a design theme

• Mixing patterns and textures

• Creating a focal point for maximum drama


“If your furniture pieces are fairly neutral, I encourage people to refresh their space seasonally with small accessories and textiles,” Saiki said. “For a larger DIY project, moving furniture around or painting walls are simple things that make a huge difference in the feel and ambiance of the room. It’s also relatively quick and affordable.”

Saiki recommends updating a child’s room yearly to reflect their changing tastes and interests. This annual project is also a good way to organize the mounds of schoolwork, souvenirs, clothing and toys that are jammed into their rooms on a daily basis.

“Most children love looking through items in their room that bring back memories. It’s a nice time of reflection that you can share with your child, while at the same time decide on which items they can let go of. By involving your child, you can do this as a project together that is fun and relationship-building,” Saiki said.

Seminars are free, but very popular. To ensure your seat, register at www.bellapietra.com.


Bella Pietra, which means “beautiful stone” in Italian, is Hawaii’s premier natural stone company offering the state’s best selection and quality of natural stone materials. Locally owned and operated since 2001, Bella Pietra specializes in natural products including marble, granite, slate, quartzite, travertine, limestone, glass tile and basalt lava stone from around the world. Bella Pietra offers old-world stone with contemporary elegance and Hawaiiana for projects ranging from remodels and apartments to luxury island homes, department stores and hotels.

contact // 587-7779
address // 701 N. Nimitz Hwy.
web // bellapietra.com