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A Local Lasting Legacy

Natural materials abound in Wild West’s product line: Leather furniture, cowhide rugs and tanned lampshades complement any home’s Western design.


FURNISHINGS
WILD WEST DESIGNS
NEWWESTFURNITURE.COM

Story By
DAVID PORTER
Photos By
LATHAM JENKINS

While home decorating trends come and go, Wild West Designs of Jackson Hole keeps true to its vision of offering authentic, Western- design furniture crafted in shops throughout the U.S. Owner Linda Rumsey says, “Jackson Hole has always been the destination for traditional Western furniture, and it remains one of the last places where a buyer can find this style. At Wild West Designs we offer unsurpassed customer service that keeps our clients coming back for more.”

The Jackson showroom on West Broadway has been open for almost 20 of Rumsey’s 50 years in the furniture business. Her family has deep roots in Wyoming and the surrounding region, and Rumsey knows traditional Jackson Hole. Born in Ogden, Utah, she regularly visited Yellowstone as a child with her father, an avid fisherman. Her grandfather, who owned a cigar shop in Cheyenne, came to Jackson in the summers of the 1930s and ’40s to deal blackjack at the Wort Hotel.

Wild West’s flagship product: chandelier made out of antlers collected locally from the National Elk Refuge. Chandeliers can be custom made to order.

Today, Rumsey says she owes much of the success of her Jackson store to her manager, Gary Joslin. Joslin, who has been with Wild West for close to a decade, “really takes over,” she says. “He hand-delivers furniture before and after work. Gary exemplifies our commitment to the finest customer service. He goes above and beyond every day.”

Rumsey says that Wild West is known not only for its furniture but also for its custom-designed elk antler chandeliers, the company’s flagship product. “We source our antlers locally,” she says. “Every year we buy antlers that the local Boy Scout troop collects from the National Elk Refuge. We use a local product, and we support a great local organization too.”

Rustic yet elegant, this wooden dining set emulates the quintessential dining rooms of lodges from the American frontier.

You won’t find a better selection of traditional Western furniture and antler chandeliers than what is on display at Wild West Designs—and Rumsey is here to stay. “We’ll keep going,” she says. “I think Jackson Hole needs us.”

Leather armchairs and a distressed wood end table give a home library or living room both ultimate comfort and an authentic Western touch.