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Wild West Designs

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Owner Linda Rumsey’s Jackson roots run deep—her grandfather was a blackjack dealer at the historic Wort Hotel just a block away from her current store location. During the heyday of the rough-and-tumble cowboy lifestyle of the 1930s, he made the journey every summer from Cheyenne, Wyoming, and fly fished along the way.
The family—and shop—represent the Old West well.

140 W Broadway
PO Box 2726
Jackson, WY 83001

Wild West Designs Inc. owners Ryan and Linda Rumsey own two stores in Idaho Falls and opened their gallery and shop in Jackson Hole 10 years ago. The pair also does a brisk trade in their immensely popular, handcrafted antler chandeliers. Gary Joslin, of the Jackson store, works hand-in-hand with local homeowners and interior designers to fully furnish homes with cohesive, high-quality furnishings. With a convenient location near Jackson’s Town Square, Wild West Designs is the perfect destination for furnishing an entire home or finding the right gift.


What do you feature in your retail space and where are you located?

Joslin: Wild West Designs is located at 140 W Broadway, just a block and a half from the Town Square. In our retail space, we feature everything from unique gifts and souvenirs to high-end décor items. We also carry antler chandeliers, which we make in-house, various other lighting, artwork, a large taxidermy collection, and unique furniture. It’s almost like a museum here and just so fun to browse; that brings us a lot of repeat customers—they love to see our memorabilia and collectors’ items.

What’s the range of furnishings and home décor you offer, and how does it set you apart?

Joslin: In everything we carry, we strive to be unique, from our old barnwood furniture to our all-U.S.-made leather and upholstered pieces. We also display a large number of custom and one-of-a-kind pieces. It’s possible to furnish and decorate an entire home entirely from the diverse inventory we have in stock. For anyone hoping to find something a little different, this is the place to come. We service a wide spectrum of people who live in homes of varying sizes.

How do you work together with clients or interior designers to furnish their interior spaces and trade ideas with them?

Joslin: I think the biggest thing that I personally enjoy is finding out something about the client when they come in, doing more listening than talking—that kind of lends itself to learning the kind of décor they’re going to like. A lot of people prefer a “Jackson” look—they like the uniqueness of our handcrafted items. We do a lot of research with the client before we even try and sell them anything. You have to know the customers individually or you cannot please them with the end result. I also frequently make home visits to help devise a furnishing and décor plan that works for both the homeowner and the home interior.

“We stand behind what we sell.”

Tell us more about the handcrafted décor and furnishings you carry, and how they are fashioned from local materials.

Joslin: We work with over 100 artists, both local and from around the United States. The products that we sell are crafted from indigenous woods of the region and are one-of-a-kind pieces. We have relationships with so many artists because we want a big variety in the products we sell—when guests visit these decorated homes, they won’t see any of these items elsewhere. That’s what has made us who we are. Our owner, Linda Rumsey, has a great eye and buys most of the goods for the store—she comes from an artist’s and antiquing background and uses her excellent ideas to make innovative combinations of old and new.

What can your shop and staff offer for people who are new to the area, or visiting?

Joslin: You can shop here for everything from really nice fountain pens to completely original bar sets; what we can offer is variety and always quality. We service every item that we sell, and look for quality before anything else. We can ship anything in the store across the country and internationally. We’re right downtown and hold a variety for the home that no one can surpass in this area. We can also take requests and deliver and assemble with full service offered afterwards. We all have a passion for everything that we do here.