works he joins wood, metal, paint, glass, or marble with repurposed architectural cornices, period hardware, car ved moldings, printer ’s blocks, cast-iron ornaments, and other surprises. One massive shelf unit combines the top of an antique organ with decorative wooden elements and vintage coat hooks, which make it a perfect choice for the entrance of a home, office, or restaurant. A carved walnut box is beautifully restored and outfitted with velvet-lined trays, transformed into a conversation starter as well as an ideal home for a collection of watches, jewelry, or classic fountain pens. Oversized, it is large enough for a couple to share. “We go everywhere in search of things,” Wolfe said. They recently purchased “fourteen truckloads of everything from furniture to paperwork” from the estate of an antique dealer. A selection of lighting s o u rc e s i n c l u d e s f u t u r i s t i c - l o ok i n g floor lamps as well as vintage tabletop silhouettes that seem to reflect every decade since light bulbs were invented. “We have tried very hard to find extremely rare and interesting pieces rather than have just another roomful of antiques.” Not everything echoes or celebrates the past though—a sleek, contemporary dresser made of light ash hardwood features Rusty’s abstract paintings on the front of its chrome-rimmed drawers. There are modern end tables made of steel and glass as well as a rectangular, honey-colored, cherry-wood dining table elegant enough to command respect in any environment.
usty has gone out of his way to make sure every object is ready to install. Looking for an antique saddle to function as a centerpiece in your office conference room? You will find it here already mounted on an elegant base. If stained-glass windows and curved or angular architectural forms draw your attention, they are all either securely framed or fitted with strong wooden brackets to make showing them off an effortless task. Are you intrigued by cast-iron arrows harvested from antique weathervanes? One pair is already arranged on a maple-wood rack as if displayed in a fine museum. That isn’t strange at all, because Rusty Wolfe has been prepping gallery spaces at the Frist Center since the building reopened as a Music City showcase for art and design of all genres. For those of you who never have enough storage, Rusty has an unquenched love of antique trunks. “The more wear, patina, and character the better,” he believes. You will find a variety of shapes, sizes, and details throughout this collection. All are historic pieces ready to house your grandmother’s quilt, warm winter sweaters, or even a child’s favorite toys. If these handsome trunks could only talk, imagine the tales they might tell! Finer Things also includes a “boutique space” that should prove to be a great resource for gift-giving any time of the year. Shelves and
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