Walnut & West is a small family-owned business launched in 2013. We assemble a curated collection of interesting furniture – vintage and antique, modern and traditional, rustic and refined. Great pieces with strong graphic lines, gorgeous old wood or sleek contemporary surfaces, sometimes classic and sometimes a quirky presence. It’s all about the mix and contrast that will make a difference in your space.
We believe a well decorated home brings joy to daily life. Yet it all has to work easily and comfortably. No one should live in a showroom, afraid to sit in a chair or use a table. We enjoy recycling well-made and well-designed pieces, giving them new life. We temper the artistic with the practical.
The collecting eye behind our offerings belongs to Wendy Nelson, an artist and designer. Wendy grew up among traditional furnishings in New England, went to Stanford, studied fine art, and spent years absorbing the warm modern style of Northern California. A series of job related moves over the next 20 years brought us a variety of homes around the country: an Eichler contemporary in California, to a center hall colonial in NJ. Then a woodsy new home in NC. A cool angular contemporary in NY and now a 1920’s French traditional in PA. Like any family, certain pieces of furniture hold a place in our memories, so we didn’t want to jettison everything when we moved. Combining modern with traditional in each new locale has formed our eclectic sensibility. Mix styles, find resonance in similarities or contrast, pay attention to scale, and you can make the décor work.
As the trend in furnishings has moved strongly toward modern, there are many great values in antiques. We look for clean-lined pieces that are useful and easy to live with. Nothing too formal, but not grannyish country either. At the same time, vintage modern pieces look crisp and current today. They can inject a fresh note to a room full of traditional furniture. And if someone prefers a purity of style, we are happy to supply great examples of either traditional or modern.
Wendy is joined in this business by her daughter, Claire, a writer and world traveler who injects a little levity in Wendy’s scholarly descriptions. Bob Nelson handles the bookkeeping, logistics, and personnel – which is actually the family collie, Layla.
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