Working with the team at Fine Design was a fantastic experience. Diane Bobek is an amazing and talented designer. She listened to our dreams and made them a reality. The project ended up being quite an undertaking: turning a neglected dud of a 1980’s house into our dream vacation home. It is now beyond what we had dreamed — exquisitely beautiful without being stuffy, finely appointed with the natural elements of Hawaii that we love so much, and a perfect fit for our lifestyle.
From the floor layout to the colors to the fixtures to the extra touches, we couldn’t ask for more. Diane and the team at Fine Design made the entire process easy and fun. They also have an extensive network of contacts both on the Big Island and across the state. Their knowledge of suppliers, craftsmen, and artists was an extra benefit. We will be using Fine Design for all of our future design projects!
Kona Renewal – Vacation Home
Project Date: June 2017
This is our third project with Fine Design Interiors. We thought it would be a tough job for them to top with what they had already done for us in Hawaii and the remodel of our home on the mainland, but they took our mountain dream home from the foundation to the last piece of furniture placed, WOW!!!
In our initial conversation with Shirley and Kiana, we told them that we wanted our home to blend in with the beauty of the surrounding mountains an that we wanted a look of “Rustic Elegance”. Shirley and Kiana made 4 trips to Washington. They interviewed vendors over the phone, thus when they arrived the appointments were made and off we went. They were tireless in their pursuit in getting everything done and in meeting the contractor’s deadlines.They were great in working with our Contractor and in answering any and all questions that the subcontractors had, distance did not make a difference! Again Shirley, Kiana and the rest of their support staff were the best!
My husband and I see another project down the way and they will be our first call.
Rustically Refined – Residential
Project Date: June 2015
Design Interiors, Inc. operated and owned by Shirley Wagner is one of the finest design companies on the Kohala Coast. I manage and operate luxury vacation rentals in Hawaii and Shirley’s team of professionals is the first call I make when my clients start a new project on their homes.Their professionalism and attention to details is what I have learned to count on. Their longevity in the islands as well as their many resources to get things accomplished in a timely manner are what is important to me. The Fine Design team has a high level of personal responsibility, are creative in meeting the desires and tastes of each client, and, they are fun to work with!
Hawaii Vacation Rentals – Colleague
Project Date: January 2015
My husband and I have lived at the Mauna Kea Beach Resort for almost 25 years. We have known Shirley Wagner for most of that time. She is an extraordinary person and a wonderful decorator. Over the years she has worked with us so many times it would be hard to count them and we have always been totally satisfied with the results. She is tireless and creative but most importantly she listens so you end up living in a home that reflects you and your family. We are so happy with all we have done together on our last project.We recommend her to everyone we know and are always confident that they will be very happy with the end result.
Project Date: November 2014
We could not have been happier with our design team who created a beautiful, functional and inviting vacation rental home for us. Our lead designer Diane Bobek did an outstanding job for us and we couldn’t be happier with the final project. From supervising the extensive renovation work, to working with us and advising the best selections for paint colors, decor, furnishings, linens and dishes to communicating with us through the entire project from a long distance, we felt always that we were in good hands. Our home underwent extensive renovations and Diane and the Fine Design team worked with us and our general contractor for the entire project, selecting the construction finishes for tile, paint and trim materials, along with new furnishings and new paint colors, and communicated with us from a long distance as we weren’t able to be on the island during the project. We were extremely impressed with the resources at the team’s disposal for finding the perfect light fixtures, artwork, furnishings, accent pieces, rugs, linens and dishes.
This firm has vast resources to complete every aspect of the job, and our expectations were exceeded at every turn. Essentially they took an empty house and created a warm, captivating and inviting home with the island feel we mainlanders seek, which we’ve enjoyed great success with as a vacation rental as well. The team was very enjoyable and professional to work with and we are extremely grateful for all their hard work and help along the way. Our thanks go to all the staff of Fine Design, and to Diane Bobek our lead designer. They’re the best and we would highly recommend them to anyone for any size of project.
Island Elegance – Residential
Project Date: October 2013
Shirley Wagner and Diane Bobek did a complete remodel for me on a condo unit in 2010, and Shirley continues to help me with my on going remodel of our home in Kona! They are both just delightful; professional, efficient, extremely talented, and fun designers to work with. I love how quickly they can help you resolve problems or answer questions, and come up with so many creative ideas. I also really appreciate the ease at which they allow you to research and handle certain parts of your project, yet they are always there to guide you, and support you with what ever you need. Shirley has suggested carpets that are beautiful and bullet proof, stunning hard wood floors, a pit sofa that just made our son’s room, wallpapers, lamps, fabrics other furnishings that are amazing. She has also remodeled two bathrooms for us which are just gorgeous. I enjoy every meeting that we have together, as Shirley and her entire staff are truly a pleasure to work with.Residential Project
Project Date: June 2010
Shirley has STUNNING talent! I found her charming and very easy to work with. I am all about color and Shirley went along with nearly all of my choices, allowing me the independence I like. She has great sources for materials and knows the islands and where to get just about anything. She also sources out of California and Colorado.
I greatly enjoyed working with Shirley. I encourage anyone wanting a Hawaiian design to speak with Shirley at Fine Design Interiors.
Hawaiian Cottage Style – (Waipio Mauka Cottage) – Residential
Project Date: June 2007
From 1998 to 2007, my husband and I worked with Shirley Wagner on four custom residential projects in Hawai’i. As a team, we designed, built, and completely furnished each one. There were thousands of decisions to make, and Shirley masterfully guided us through the entire process. She was always resourceful, creative, passionate, energetic, versatile, and a pleasure. As a result, it was a very positive and gratifying experience.