Trend Spotting at ABC Kids Expo 2010: Walnut Finish

We’ve seen lots of two tone finishes, white is always popular and dark espresso or ebony finishes are still very hot, but from my observations on the floor at ABC Kids Expo 2010, walnut is the next big thing and I’ve loving it.

One of the first things that caught my attention on the floor of ABC Kids Expo was this nursery set from Westwood Design.  It’s got great clean lines with a retro vibe that I’m probably getting just because of the color.  I could see this fitting perfectly in a mid-century modern home.

One of these Bungalow rockers from Nurseryworks wouldn’t be out of place with that set either.  The tone of the wood is beautiful and warm, while the lines of the chair are clean and bold.

as seen at ABC Kids Expo 2010

The Svan Scooter is newly available in walnut finish…

… and you may have seen Oeuf has many pieces in its nursery collections that are now available in a walnut finish including the Sparrow Collection.  As if it didn’t look good enough in the original colors, the Sparrow looks so chic in walnut.  I may have to use it in my next nursery design board.

I love this wood tone as a new modern option alongside white, light wood and super dark wood.  I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of it as the trend catches on!

ABC Kids Expo 2010: Hot Furniture Finds

I will get to these products in more detail when they become available for purchase and I add them to the guide at, but I want to give you a look at my favorite furniture finds from ABC Kids Expo 2010.  These are the new nursery furniture pieces that really jumped out at me.  Let me know what you think.

First, I am absolutely in LOVE with this gorgeous table and chair set from Svan.

Table and Chair set from Scandinavian Child at ABC Kids Expo 2010

It’s so new that the designer only saw the actual prototype when it arrived in Vegas on Sunday night.  The chairs are super sturdy, light and stackable.  Don’t hold your breath for this set because we’ll have to wait another year before we can get our hands on it.  I’d love to be first in line to order one.

Another great new furniture set that will be getting a lot of attention is the Overachiever from Q Collection Jr.  They have some new bedding (which I will show you more of later), a larger version of their Stella Stackable storage, a twin bed with trundle and this amazing furniture set made to grow and last.  Look carefully and you will see the bassinet is made up of the ends of the crib and the changing platform.  Then you re-use the ends and the crib base for the toddler bed.  This whole system takes you from newborn up until you’re ready to put your child into a twin bed.

Bassinet, crib and twin bed

Speaking of twin beds, Q Collection has this beautiful option with optional storage drawer/trundle (which was a requirement for me when I was looking for a bed for my oldest).

at Abc Kids Expo 2010

I was really excited to see some new items from Nurseryworks at the show  They showed a new rocker and a new glider (with a base like the Goodnight Glider they used to have, but with a different seat) as well as the Hollis Crib and Changing Table made from clear acrylic.  This see-thru crib has me scratching my head.  I’m not quite sold on this idea but I’m glad they are thinking outside the box and coming out with new and different things!

as seen at ABC Kids Expo 2010 as seen at ABC Kids Expo 2010

seen at ABC Kids Expo 2010

Finally, my last favorite furniture find from the ABC Kids Expo this year is the Bamboo series crib and changing table from Seed Organic.  This is a bamboo version of their Leaf Series, which I hate to say I had actually never seen before!  Both the Bamboo Series and the Leaf Series feature a unique swivel top changing table and safety drawer retractor that automatically closes one drawer when another is opened.

Seed Organic crib

Seed Organic Changing Table

What do you think of these finds?  Do you have a favorite?

Etsy Find: Handcrafted Rocking Chair Would Be A Family Heirloom

Craftsman Bob’s etsy shop features this unbelievable rocking chair.  It’s the first and last rocker you’ll ever need and would certainly become a prized family heirloom.  Each chair is built to your specifications and can be made of cherry, walnut, maple or mahogany. Imagine the nursery you could build around this piece!

CfratsmanBob's etsy shop

Birdseye Maple Handcrafted Rocking Chair, Modern, Sam Maloof inspiredBirdseye Maple Handcrafted Rocking Chair, Modern, Sam Maloof inspiredBirdseye Maple Handcrafted Rocking Chair, Modern, Sam Maloof inspired

I know most of us are searching for more affordable rockers or gliders so visit buymodernbabyseats to browse other options.

New Addition: Rapid Rocker by Ralph Rapson

This stylish chair was first built in 1939 for the museum of Modern art.  In 1948 knoll produced a similar chair as part of their ‘Rapson Line’.  Today the chair is back in production and you can be the proud owner of this modern, timeless rocker.

Read more about the history of this chair at KCMODERN.  It is now featured at buymodernbabyseats where you can find a great variety of gliders and rockers to choose from for your nursery.


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