About Us

J. Powell Interior Design was established in the Vail Valley in 1989. Principal and lead designer Jim Powell has spent his entire career working in the interior design industry, including forays into architecture and engineering which have shaped his design practice.

Architects appreciate Jim’s ability to accurately read floor plans, understand spatial relationships and make meaningful contributions to interior space design. With remodels, clients often credit Jim with being able to see past existing walls and room configurations to unlock the full potential of a space.

Jim’s expertise also includes furniture design and specification, lighting design and consultation, and materials selection. He has been going to market in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Dallas since the age of 16, when he assisted his parents with their retail and restaurant businesses. He learned early on how to keep a sharp eye and not get overwhelmed.

The firm’s primary focus has been resort residences throughout Colorado, but it is not unusual for resort clients to take J. Powell back with them to the city for primary residences, and in some cases, commercial projects. His portfolio includes projects in Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Houston.

Jim is a graduate of Oklahoma State University where he earned his Bachelor in Interior Design and where he met his wife Anne. After moving to Vail, Anne established the Vail Valley Academy of Dance while Jim built his design firm. Together they have raised two children and have run two successful businesses.