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 of the town. Slifer Designs grew to a company of more than 100 employees by the early 2000s – it was one of the largest and best known interior designs firms in the United States. Today, Slifer Designs continues to uphold its nationally held reputation for resort residential interior design, regularly winning awards and accolades for its innovation and excellence.
Here is our story.
Rewind 35 years
In 1984, 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 deep in the Colorado Rockies. 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 its sale. Beth jumped in, and once the project was completed it sold in two weeks.
That’s how this auspicious business started: a favor asked by a friend and true talent discovered.
For the next 12 years, Slifer Designs added staff and quickly grew to be the preeminent interior design company in the Vail Valley. News quickly spread of the firms’s professionalism and talent. However, due to its 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 purchased a warehouse in Avon. This had perhaps the greatest impact on customer service – with the new ability to store furnishings for clients for weeks or months at a time, every item for a project could be received, checked, and prepped for installation by the local Slifer Designs warehouse team.
The warehouse and the trained white glove professionals who work there remain the most important element in the on-time delivery and seamless installation of products for our clients.
In conjunction with the development of the warehouse came an expansion of the retail showroom, which relocated from Bridge Street in Vail Village to Avon at the base of Beaver Creek Resort.
With a thriving economy and a booming construction industry, the Vail Valley flourished in the early 2000s. And Slifer Designs expanded 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 complete 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 of the design team, and care for our esteemed, treasured customers.
Today, Slifer Designs is 30+ employees strong, and still offering full service design for clients, including:
- Residential Interior Design
- Commercial & Hospitality Interior Design
- Interior Architecture
- In-house Storage
- Quick, Efficient Installation
- Retail Showroom with Custom Furniture, Art, and Home Accessories
Slifer Designs holds itself to the highest standards in the industry. We expect open communication, authenticity, creativity, and teamwork from our employees, our partners, and our customers. We make a pledge to our clients that we will continue to provide the highest level of service and quality of products regardless of location – from Hawaii to Boston, Montana to Texas. Our clients believe in us – 70 percent repeat business doesn’t lie.
So start your next project with Slifer Designs, and experience first hand what makes us different.