Switching Out: Slifer Designs’ Edwards showroom gets a weekly makeover
IF YOU WONDER HOW TO KEEP your space fresh, take a tip from Slifer: Switch it up.
This talented team changes the look of their design showroom in Edwards every Wednesday, so the space never gets stale.
“The key is variety,” explains Lisa Mikels, showroom manager for Slifer Designs. “We strive to keep various looks and styles on the floor at all times so that we have something for everyone.”
The “Wednesday transfer” is mostly in the hands of Addie Lagace, visual merchandiser, and Tara Klaers, buyer and visual merchandiser.
“Addie and I walk the floor on Monday afternoon,” Klaers explains. “We look at what is sold and what needs to be replaced; we look at vignettes that have been on the floor longest, and what we would like to change up.”
Then, the design divas head to Slifer’s 25,000-square-foot warehouse in Eagle to see what has been delivered. From there, they formulate the update.
“We sketch a general floor plan while we are at the warehouse so we can get a visual of what we are pulling,” says Lagace. “Until the end of the day, we pull art and accessories that will complement and complete the furniture that we pulled for our new vignettes.”
The new floor plan always keeps trends and holidays in mind, says Lagace, which helps with the overall theme of the layout. Also, lighting is key to bring it all together.
“Lighting has everything to do to with making the showroom floor look inviting,” she adds. “And adding throw pillows and color with accessories helps to pull the different vignettes together and create a cohesive feel within each different room.”
The texture from fabrics, like soft pillows and sofas, also helps to make each room more inviting. The team always showcases a living room, a dining room and a bedroom, and they have started to get creative with an office/study space, inspired by new desks they have been ordering.
“I think the showroom needs to feel cozy and comfortable, Mikels says, “a place where someone feels like they can come in and sit down and put their feet up.”
The vignettes are made to look “lived in,” she says, by laying, not folding, a throw on a sofa or by leaving a book open on the coffee table.
“Making a space feel ‘lived in’ helps a client to envision themselves and our furniture in their space,” says Mikels.
You can reinvent your own rooms by changing out décor items, or simply rearranging things in various rooms. Making it fresh doesn’t always mean making it “new.”
DESIGN TRENDS FROM THE EXPERTS
“Blue has made a huge comeback and is around in various shades. I’m loving the deep, rich shade of blue — it’s calming and moody all at the same time,” says Lisa Mikels, Slifer showroom manager
“An overall monochromatic color scheme with a bright pop of color,” says Addie Lagace, Slifer visual merchandiser, of a recent design trend.
Tara Klaers, buyer and visual merchandiser for Slifer, says oversized art is getting a lot of love. Anything that makes a statement, she explains.
The Slifer showroom has a spot for special orders, so people who are hesitant to hire an interior designer can come in and utilize the staff’s expertise in style, costs, how fabrics wear and more. “They can come in, sit down, and go through fabrics and schemes right in the showroom,” says Heather Hower, marketing manager. “The staff often works off photos the client brings in. They can, of course, also order furnishings in the fabric of their choice here.”