I love discovering traditional companies making more modern styles of nursery furniture. As the market for modern nurseries continues to grow and the taste of the general public shifts even slightly toward more modern design, companies outside the “Modern Child” arena are increasingly catering to those tastes. This is good for several reasons:
1) Those companies are more widely available at local furniture stores, where people who aren’t shopping at special modern baby boutiques or online typically shop for their nursery furniture. If five years ago I had to purchase a crib at a store within a 50 mile radius of my home, I would never have found anything I liked.
2) The price point of their furniture is generally at a reasonable level. Most of the modern furniture design brands are very expensive. Not everyone is willing to make that financial sacrifice for furniture that is somewhat temporary, so when a more mainstream furniture brand develops a modern product, it’s usually much more affordable than the alternatives.
Okay, now that I’ve talked your ear off (I could go on but I’ll spare you), let me show you some exciting examples of furniture that would work perfectly in a modern nursery.
My first example is The Park West Collection from Westwood Design. I already showed you this beautiful set, but it’s worth another look. The crib is made from rubberwood with American Black Walnut veneer. I don’t typically like cribs that turn into full beds, but I’m making an exception for this one because of the great lines, and you can see that the bed would be very nice as well. The crib will retail for about $460.
It can be very difficult to find an affordable rocker or glider. The glider shown on the left from Newco is very clean and simple. On the right is a glider with ottoman from Little Castle. Little Castle has several styles that would be great options.
Dutalier is best known for their gliders (which I’m not a big fan of), but they also have a few nursery sets and their new Illusion 160 collection really jumped out at me.
Young America from Stanley Furniture is known as a high quality, American made brand of kid’s furniture (the bookshelf in our nursery is actually from one of their collections– I picked it up secondhand). Young America was showing some beautiful modern cribs at ABC Kids and I hope they are available soon. These are so different from their current offerings, that it really demonstrates how tastes are changing.
Finally, these nursery sets from Eden Baby Furniture are relatively affordable and available right now (at csn- a buymodernbaby affiliate).
Let me know what you think of my picks and whether you think tastes are changing and favoring more modern design.