I would like to start by making the site look like the one on the demo (including the slider) but I am finding it impossible. Is it possible to have the data and layout in a download so I can change it from there because I really like how the demo is set out.
Currently there is no dummy data available. So you can assign widgets in the widgets area. There are number of widgets that the theme offers which you can use to make the theme look like on the demo. For that go to, Appearance > Widgets. For further assistance, check out the theme documentation