Monday, September 26, 2011


Last week I had the amazing opportunity of being one of the New York Design Center's Blogger Ambassadors for What's New What's Next. All of the showrooms at the NYDC came out to play to show us what's new and what's next, and very well-attended with the biggest names in design mingling and signing books, and spilling the beans on their latest projects. 


That's me with Eleanor McKay, who is the wife of Joe Niermann heading up the Niermann Weeks team :) 

I was the blogger at the Niermann Weeks showroom which was celebrating a Grand Opening at the event in conjunction with a book signing by Matthew Patrick Smyth of his new book Living Traditions and introduced by TradHome's Editor in Chief Ann Omvig Maine. 

I met the daughters of Joe Niermann and Eleanor McKay who were demonstrating their beading technique for the Niermann Weeks chandeliers. They told me that they started at 5 years old earning a quarter for every strand they finished!

Such nice and down to earth people, I am so happy to have gotten to know them.

They business is 100% family run and based down in Annapolis. Everything is made here in the US of A and they employ about 70 people.

Bloggers Tamara Stephenson of nestnestnest, me, Lydia of,  Michelle Varian of and Raina Kattelson - a great group!!

An amazing time was had by all, and I'm so honored to have been the Blogger Ambassador for the timelessly chic brand that is Niermann Weeks

Side Note: I lost my iphone right after the event which had all my photos from the event on it! Long story short, I left it in the cab on my way to Grand Central, spoke to the driver on Brian's phone shortly after, driver said he would come meet us, driver turned off phone and never showed up, I tracked him down days later after finding out the cab # from my credit card statement, threatened to get the police involved, and I'm getting my phone back this week!!!! Gotta love NYC.

because I lost photos these people were generous enough to let me use theirs:
Darren Ornitz © Darren Ornitz Photography
Matthew Carasella © Social Shutterbug
Shaun Mader ©


  1. What a wonderful experience to be part of this. (sorry to hear you lost your phone its like having your right hand chopped off isnt it)

  2. Sounds like a great night, minus the phone.

  3. It was great to meet you and I had a great time too. There was a fun vibe a 200 Lex and it seemed like everyone was having a good time.

  4. Thanks for your kind words and images. I live in dread of losing my phone, so back it up every day. That wouldn't help, however, if I were in your situation. Glad you tracked down that tacky cab driver.

  5. Liz, you missed the washboard band and finger-licking BBQ (I'm serious, ask Michele, it was THAT good) to go and get your phone stolen?;) Next time you come to the city, come on Thursday night when we go to Chelsea's art openings!