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Vail Valley: Slifer Designs joins with Bright Future Foundation

Daily staff report
Vail, CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyYvonne Jacobs, left, and Patti Biggs of Slifer Designs help pack up items from a local kitchen that are being donated to the Bright Future Foundation, which runs a Vail Valley safehouse for victims of domestic violence.

Slifer Designs, a Vail Valley-based interior design company, recently announced a new partnership with the Bright Future Foundation of Eagle County. The foundation is a nonprofit organization whose main mission is to prevent and intervene in domestic violence cases.

“Our involvement has been both a fun and rewarding experience to greatly improve Freedom Ranch, (the foundation’s) safe house,” said Marilyn Smith Heaney, a project manager and interior designer for Slifer Designs for more than 20 years. “Our philosophy that good design brings happiness to those living in that environment was something that we really wanted to bring to Freedom Ranch. Our hope is that the new interiors we are providing, all through private donations, will help individuals in need during a time of crisis.”

Smith Heaney has a friend of a friend who donated most of the furniture from a home in Singletree. “They gave almost everything including a sofa, chairs, beds, sheets, towels, dishes and silverware,” Smith Heaney said. “Everything was gently used, but much newer than what existed in Freedom Ranch.”

The company’s distribution team and many staff members from the Slifer Designs office volunteered for a day of packing, and all the items were moved into the company’s warehouse in Eagle. The new items are now being moved, bit by bit, to Freedom Ranch.

Before moving furniture, though, Smith Heaney looked for a donor for new carpet for the safehouse.

“Ruggs Benedict donated brand new carpet, padding and installation time for the seven-bedroom house,” Bright Future Foundation director Sheri Mintz said. “The generosity associated with improving Freedom Ranch is contagious.”

With new carpet in place, the Slifer Designs team moved much of the donated furniture into Freedom Ranch.

“The dining room has now been transformed with a beautiful new table, chairs and artwork,” Smith Heaney said.

A portion of the living room furniture has also been replaced as well as chairs, dressers, mattress sets for the bedrooms, and outdoor furniture. In addition, several lamps have been replaced and new art has been hung.

Smith Heaney also contacted Thurston Kitchen and Bath, which donated a brand-new refrigerator/freezer. Smith Heaney has more plans for the kitchen as more donations become available.

“We are thrilled to partner with Slifer Designs. The reaction from our individuals and families who stay at Freedom Ranch has been overwhelmingly positive. It’s amazing how a beautiful interior and comfortable surroundings can help one feel better,” Mintz said.

Members of the Slifer Designs distribution team, led by Eric Pence, have also been mowing Freedom Ranch’s lawn, pulling weeds, hauling away old items, and helping with yard work.

To learn more about the Bright Future Foundation donation wish list, go to For more information about Slifer Designs, go to

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