Vail’s Beth Slifer honored by Mountain Living magazine |

Vail’s Beth Slifer honored by Mountain Living magazine

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To celebrate its  25th anniversary, Mountain Living magazine has announced the “Legacy Award” honoring an exclusive group of design professionals who have had a significant impact on residential design in the Rocky Mountain region through 15-plus years of proven innovation and excellence. Vail’s Beth Slifer, founder of Slifer Designs, was among those honored.

The list includes 15 career professionals from resort towns in the West and Southwest in the fields of architecture, interior design, and other residential design industries.

Slifer founded Slifer Designs 35 years ago, establishing what would become one of the largest and most influential interior design firms in the West. Under her direction, Slifer Designs has become synonymous with resort design, and has helped forge the now well-known “mountain aesthetic.”

All 15 Legacy Award winners were picked by a panel of judges, based on the significance of their contributions to residential design through their work, community involvement, and role in mentoring the next generation of professionals.

Many of the Legacy Award recipients started out as entrepreneurs and pioneers in their respective fields, and through their design work contributed to the heritage of towns that are now renowned for design including Vail, Aspen, Jackson Hole, Bozeman and Sun Valley.

For Beth, the award represents the trust she has built with her clientele, not just to design their living spaces but to help them identify how they want to live. “This is a business, and people entrust us with their hopes, dreams and their money. It is our job to create a home that exceeds their expectations,” she said.

Slifer Designs has won numerous awards over the years. Slifer has also been recognized for her contributions to the Vail community — she was inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame and serves as a member of several local nonprofit and government organizations, including the Vail Valley Partnership, Vail Local Marketing District Advisory Council and Roundup River Ranch.

Slifer’s commitment to community carries through to the work culture at Slifer Designs, where she has instilled a tradition of charitable giving and volunteerism. She is proudest of her work with local nonprofits. The company routinely stores clients’ past furnishings to donate to Bright Future Foundation and Habitat for Humanity.

“Being able to make a space for a family, when maybe they have not had a safe place go, is one of my greatest achievements. ‘Transitional housing’ should be as well designed as any other space. I love when we can give back to this community, and really make a difference in even just one person’s life,” she said.

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