Circle of Excellence: Interior Designer Yvonne Jacobs

Colorado's vast array of innovative architecture and design didn't just happen on its own. What began as a wild settlement for fortune-seeking adventurers has become a state that calls out to creative minds. Our inaugural Circle of Excellence awards pay tribute to five pioneering professionals who have paved the way for Colorado's design evolution. 

Yvonne Jacobs
Interior Designer; President, Slifer Designs

Why she was selected:

With a true gift for listening to and understanding her clients’ wants and needs, Jacobs creates warm, comfortable environments, no matter the size of the project. A 24-year design veteran, Jacobs’ work has taken her all over the United States, Canada and Mexico, designing a diverse array of spaces, from posh hotel lobbies in Aspen and Beaver Creek to penthouses on New York’s Fifth Avenue.

Awards & Accolades:

Jacobs has received numerous ARDA and ASID awards. She’s also involved in multiple national and local charitable organizations that strive to better the lives of women and girls, such as the Bright Future Foundation, Vail Valley Foundation, and Buddy Mentor Program.

Why interior design? What was it that drew you to this profession?

I am intrigued with the science behind interior design; how a space makes its inhabitants feel and how it can improve lives is something that continually draws me in. My artistic side is also fed—working with beautiful fabrics and furniture and putting together a room that works on all levels is like creating a work of art. My mind is always racing as soon as I walk into a space—either appreciating its beauty or thinking of ways to improve it Home is a sacred place for me. I want to create that for others.

What is it about Colorado that inspires you?

I worked in New York City for awhile, but I always longed to be back in the West. I was born and raised in Colorado, so it was an easy decision to come back home. I am always seeking time outdoors; I feel inspired in the mountains and gain great clarity being in nature. I love the West’s adventurous spirit—it is a creative state of mind.

What are your predictions or expectations for the future of interior design?

I predict interior design will have a huge impact on building future cities. More and more people appreciate the powers of good interior design, and true professionals will propel the field forward and build for the future. True talent will reign and make a big impact on our future.

“A great design starts with a deep understanding of my clients,” says interior designer and president of Vail-based Slifer Designs, Yvonne Jacobs. “I find inspiration in their lifestyle and interests. I am always looking to the natural environment, the architecture and the home’s setting to be inspired to create a timeless setting for my clients.”

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An older home in La Quinta, Calif., received a Jacobs-style renovation: understated elegance that highlights the golf course and mountains that are just steps away

David Patterson


This 8,000-square-foot, four-level home was featured in CH&L’s September/October 2012 issue. Mixing a soft palette of lighter wood and stone than a typical mountain home, Jacobs redefines the idea of “mountain style.” 

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Jacobs designed this open-plan Snowmass home for a young, active family. With the natural environment in mind, the home combines rustic and modern with the use of wood, metal, glass and stone.

Other Circle of Excellence Winners:

Architect Don Ruggles
Architect David Barrett
Landscape Architects Kurt Culbertson and Richard Shaw

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