Rosewalker Arts is Nashville's premier decorative arts studio, specializing in the restoration and creation of decorative art objects, and antique furniture.
Rosewalker's approach to decorative art restoration involves many disciplines and applied arts. We have developed a reputation for exacting technical expertise in the areas of color, detailing, and construction methods. We combine modern technological advances with time-tested applications to achieve our goal of stabilizing our clients' precious heirlooms.
We apply the techniques, materials, and approaches we use in restoration to the creation of a wide array of decorative arts ranging from wall decor to tabletop pieces to specialty tables. Many of our products are informed by elements from nature.
has been involved with new product development, sales, and marketing for over 30 years. In 2007 she officially joined Rosewalker Arts as Director of Marketing and Operations.
has been a professional restorer of decorative arts and antiques for over 50 years. After operating in Boston for over 25 years, the business moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1997.
joined Rosewalker Arts way back in 2010. After finding her affinity for the Restoration of Decorative Art she learned and learned. Her BA in Studio Art from MTSU certainly gave her a fine base to build on. She has a passion for this work and is currently the chief technician here. Tara is also a licensed appraiser of Decorative Art.
We're happy to be associated with ASID and its design professionals.
We've been a supporting member of our local Cumberland Furniture Guild for 10 years.
We are a member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works since 2015.
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Q. What do you mean by the name "Rosewalker"?
A. A Rosewalker is one who steps lightly from blossom to blossom, in spite of the thorns below!
Q. Doesn't restoration ruin the value of a piece?
A. Actually, fewer than 1% of decorative art pieces have earned "collectible" or museum status. These are the pieces to which this adage applies. If you have a piece that's badly broken, or whose finish is so damaged that it sits under a blanket, then its value is negligible. Restoration can only enhance the value of a piece such as this.
Q. Is there anything you can't restore?
A. We do not restore houses, cars, or reputations...! We restore decorative art objects and antiques. This classification includes several different types of media such as wood, plaster, metals, paints and finishes.
Q. How much does it cost, for instance, to restore a typical dining room table?
A. The price range is wide, and that's why we offer to come to you and give you an estimate at no cost. Once we've seen the piece, we will recommend several different approaches and can often (though not always) accommodate particular financial constraints.
Q. What you quoted me for restoration is more than I paid for the piece! What sense does that make?
A. The decision to restore and/or repurpose a piece is, much like the decision to renovate a home, based on an expectation of increased enjoyment. Future enjoyment and happiness are your only criteria. Words like "worth," "value," and "investment" really only come into play in a re-sale situation. To the average owner, we say "We are in the happiness business. If seeing a treasured piece get a new lease on life will make you happy, we think that makes all the sense in the world."
Q. Do you work on-site? I'd hate to be without the piece for a long time...
A. Our years of experience and dedicated staff make it possible for us to offer average lead times of 2-4 weeks. While we pride ourselves on our whimsical nature, we're serious about customer service and quality execution.