Slifer Designs

Slifer Designs: Kellye O’Kelly

By Dana R. Butler


O'Kelly recently completed this project - with mentor Andrea Georgopolis - in Boston. The old brownstone had good bones, and the designers transformed the space into a contemporary masterpiece, from the fixed finishes to furnishings and fabrics. Photo Courtsey Andy Caulfield


Kellye O’Kelly has spent her 11-year design career at Slifer Designs, arriving in Edwards fresh from the interior design program at The University of Texas. She has since thrived in an environment in which each designer has her own clients and projects but where collaboration and interaction is encouraged. “I think it makes you more well-rounded to see how other people work and interact with clients,” she says.



O’Kelly has always had a passion for design, fueled by her mother bringing her along on Dallas home tours from a young age—“I was one of the youngest spectators on the tour,” she says, “and people were amazed at how interested I was in the design of the homes at such a young age”—and taking her to visit Louisiana plantations when the movie “Gone with the Wind” sparked a fascination with antebellum architecture. “I became obsessed with the history of the plantations,” she says, “the beautiful furnishings, the architecture and secret passages for the servants.”


This Beaver Creek project is home to a family with five boys. As a mother herself, O'Kelly knew that fabrics and furnishings had to be kid-proof, yet still look upscale and comfortable. Photo Courtesy Kimberly Gavin


One might expect this Southern focus to seep into her work today, but in fact, her work encompasses traditional, mountain rustic, beach, eclectic and modern styles. “I like to think that I don’t have a specific design aesthetic,” she says. “Instead I like to start by asking the clients what their vision is for the home and then guide them through the process. Each client is different, and I want the end product to reflect their specific lifestyle and needs.”


The client wanted to accent the main spaces (dining and living rooms) of the home with warm orange and navy fabrics to play off the gray barn wood accent walls and complement the views of Beaver Creek Mountain. Photo Courtesy Kimberly Gavin


O’Kelly’s recent projects have spanned the country from renovations of homes in Beaver Creek and Bachelor Gulch, one for a growing family and another for a couple relocating to the mountains, to modernizing a Boston Brownstone, a two-year project, in collaboration with her mentor, Andrea Georgopolis. “I love designing in the mountains,” she says, “but it’s always fun to travel and do different styles.”


For some feminine touches in the master bedroom, O'Kelly selected white furniture to contrast the gray wood and an upholstered wing bed. The soft blue, gray and ivory color palette - accented with fur pillows - softens the room and gives it a calming feel. Photo Courtesy Kimberly Gavin


Kellye O’Kelly

Slifer Designs

216 Main St. Ste C-100, Edwards