Slifer Designs celebrates 35 years in 2019 – a milestone, especially in a young town like Vail. Beth Slifer, and her husband Rod, are considered founders of Vail, and both of their companies are cornerstones in the history here. Slifer Designs grew from a company of more than 100 by the early 2000s – it was – one of the largest interior designs firms in the United States. It continues to uphold its nationally known reputation for resort residential interior design, regularly winning awards and accolades for its innovative.
Here is our story.
Rewind 35 years
Beth and Rod Slifer were a newly married couple starting their life in Vail. Beth, a marketing executive from publicly traded companies to high-level government positions, came from Chicago to the very small town of Vail. Beth embraced life in Vail but knew she needed to keep her mind busy.
A friend who owned the penthouse at the Lodge at Vail asked Beth, who was known for her taste in fashion and furnishings, to help him decorate in order to expedite the sale of it. Beth jumped in. Once the project was completed it sold in two weeks.
That’s how this auspicious career started: a favor asked by a friend and talent discovered by a new audience.
For the next 12 years, Slifer Designs added staff and quickly grew to be the best interior design company in the Vail Valley. News quickly spread of the firms’s professionalism and talent. However, due to the rural location, delivery of furnishings and accessories was sporadic at best, so final installation dates were a challenge.
Being forward thinking and innovative, Slifer Designs bought a warehouse in Avon. This had, perhaps, the greatest impact on customer service – with this new ability to store furnishings for clients for weeks or months at a time, everything for a project could be received, checked, and prepped for installation.
The warehouse and the trained professionals remain the most important element in the on-time delivery of the product to our clients.
In conjunction with the acquisition of the warehouse came expansion of the retail showroom, which also moved from Bridge Street in Vail Village to Avon at the base of Beaver Creek Resort.
With a pumping economy and an explosive construction industry, the Vail Valley flourished in the early 2000s. And Slifer Designs exploded right along with it.
With projects coast to coast and internationally, Slifer Designs became one of the largest and most reputable interior design firms in the nation. By 2004, Slifer employed nearly 100 people and experienced revenue in excess of $30 million. Corporate offices and the retail showroom moved west to Edwards, – the new center of the Vail Valley.
The world economy crashed in 2008, but The Vail Valley was immune until early 2010. With low real estate sales and a near halt in the construction industry, fewer projects were available for designers in our area. Like any savvy company, Slifer Designs downsized.
Slifer Designs Today
As the economy rebounded, so did the business of interior design. Through perseverance and strong business acumen, Slifer Designs continues to thrive through the quality of services and products, creativity, and care for our esteemed, treasured customers.
Today, Slifer Designs are 30+ employees strong, still offering all of the services for clients.
- Residential Interior Design
- Commercial & Hospitality Interior Design
- In-house Storage
- Quick, Efficient Installation
- Retail Showroom with Custom Furniture, Art, and Home Accessories
Slifer Designs is held to a higher standard. We expect manners, detail, open communication, authenticity, creativity, and teamwork from our employees, our partners, and our customers. We make a pledge to our clients, we will continue to provide the highest level of service and quality of products from Hawaii to Boston, Montana to Texas. Our clients believe in us – 70 percent repeat business doesn’t lie.
So come on in to Slifer Designs