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Auction House Experience August 2011




This was a really fun, educational day. We had lunch at one of the well known auction houses in Chicago while one of their staff shared a lot of helpful information and did some impromptu casual appraisals of items some of the group had brought along, in addition to a tour of the facility and the opportunity to place bids on lots in the upcoming auction. At another prominent house, we had a tour and more helpful information from several staff members, including another impromptu casual appraisal (which agreed quite closely with the first house’s appraisal). Their jewelry specialist shared some amazing jewelry that would be auctioned soon. A couple of the rings ended up selling for hundred’s of thousands of dollars. Fun to have on one’s finger even if for a moment!





Merchandise Mart Experience August 2011



A great time was had by all. The only complaint was that the day ended too soon! From the limo ride there and back, to amazingly hospitable showrooms, to the great camaraderie of the group, it was a wonderful, if tiring, day. The wine in the limo on the way home was most welcome! It is such a treat to see so much really beautiful, high quality merchandise in one day. We will do this again.





Thursday June 9th, 2011 at 4:30

Marc t. Nielsen Interiors hosted the local chapters of Business Women United, a local networking organization. Everyone enjoyed wine and refreshments in the Antique Shop.



Go to www.business-women-united.com for more information about the group.





Hope you saw us at the upcoming
Porter County Home & Garden Show!
11:00am Saturday, March 12th
Our Presentation: Comfort, Beauty and Economy: Wise and meaningful ways to improve your home.

Porter County Home & Garden Show




Holiday Open House!
And annual clearance sale!
Saturday December 12th 11:00-4:00
In addition to our treasures in the Antique Shop...

Despite practically blizzard conditions, we had about 40 hearty souls come out to see the newly arranged antique shop, share some delicious sweets and hot coffee and tea, and make some fabulous holiday discoveries. It was really festive, warm, and cozy inside the shop.

Meet Elena and Paige, the dynamic mother daughter duo, with their locally made candles, jewelry, and more! They are delightful as are their products. Perfect for gifts.

And featuring delicious truffles by Brad Hindsley, owner of Spire Catering, for the chocolate lovers on your list. Brad is charming and gracious in addition to being very talented in the kitchen. Order now for Christmas!

(and you’ll see our new veranda outside the Antique Shop)

We look forward to seeing you!
Valerie, Virginia, Dot, and the rest of the team.

As usual, a percentage of the days sales will go to
our local Salvation Army.


Marc t. Nielsen Interiors
734 Old Suman Road
Valparaiso, IN 46383
(219) 462-9812









Dave Smith, of Smith Ready Mix, won our recent drawing. Here, Susan Turek presents Dave with his pair of stoneware mugs, Tea Forte teas, and a certificate for a Shiatsu massage from Anne Marie Marti of Valparaiso (annemariemarti@yahoo.com). Congratulations Dave!





Marc t. Nielsen Interiors honored with Half Century Business Award

On November 4, 2009 Valerie Steil received the Governor's Half Century Business Award for Marc t. Nielsen Interiors from Governor Mitch Daniels at the annual awards ceremony held at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Nominated by individuals or organizations within the same community, the Governor's Century and Half Century Awards honor Indiana's well-established companies and their outstanding contributions to the economic growth and prosperity of the state. Since 1924, Marc t. Nielsen Interiors has provided professional design expertise to help clients plan interior spaces, select structural and decorative materials, and choose colors and furnishings. The Valparaiso interior design firm offers customers its custom drapery, upholstery, custom furnishings, light fixtures, picture-framing workshops, fabrics, wall coverings, furniture and antique furnishings. For more information about Marc t. Nielsen Interiors and the services they offer, visit www.marctnielseninteriors.com or call (219) 462-9812.





Kathy Luken, of Home Helpers, won our recent drawing. Here, Valerie Steil presents Kathy with her beautiful vintage wine glasses and a bottle of wine, and a certificate for dinner for 2 at dish restaurant in Valparaiso. Congratulations Kathy!





Valerie recently attended the annual Best Practices Network Conference in Las Vegas. It's a small conference, attended by approximately 100 design firms from all over the country. After full days in very informative sessions, most of the designers continued sharing ideas and thoughts over dinner in the evenings, often about specific topics chosen beforehand. It's a very motivating conference, especially so in this challenging economy. Valerie is shown 2nd from the left below the crystal dragon at one of the restaurants at The Wynn.





Fred Grady was the winner of the drawing for the chair at our Recession Defying Trunk Show May 30! Since he didn't have a place for the chair, Valerie and Fred decided the Horton VNA Hospice Center would be a wonderful recipient for it. The Center was very pleased and have the perfect spot for the chair in their Family Room, which is used by families visiting a patient. This photo shows Valerie with Fred, in this very comfy chair, in the lobby at the center. For additional information on the Horton Hospice Center call 462-5195, or go to www.vnaa.org.





I met Bill Cook and his brother (who now run William Cook Antiques, in Malborough, England, started by their father) at the International Antiques Fair at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. I (along with 9 other designers) had been asked by ASID and the Merchandise Mart to come and select our "favorite piece". A monumental task, as there was a "favorite piece" every 20 feet! I settled on a fabulous marquetry table at William Cook. It was sold that night at the fundraiser. The ticket price was $36,000.00. It was an amazing piece.


(Here's Bill with the table).
A Rare William & Mary Side Table, Circa 1695

Height 29” Width 40” Depth 24”

Veneered in figured English walnut, the top is decorated with superb quality, floral themed marquetry that is itself inset into an ebony background. The drawer front and shaped stretcher are further enhanced with marquetry panels and the table stands on barley twist column legs. It is of a superb color and patination throughout.

The use of English marquetry, during the late 17th century was one of the rarest periods in the development of English furniture. During the third quarter of the 17th century marquetry was not uncommon in the finest European houses although it’s influence did not travel across the English Channel until the arrival of William of Orange in 1689 when he became King of England. With the influx of his accompanying Huguenot craftsmen, English art, architecture and design begun to be heavily influenced by the fashions of the continent. The use of marquetry however remained reserved for only the finest households and it is interesting that English marquetry remained markedly different from that of the rest of the continent with it being more formal in appearance and often set into panels of walnut, box or ebony. Of all the types of marquetry by far the rarest is that inset into an ebony background.

This example, dating circa 1695, is of exceptional quality and over the past two hundred years has developed a wonderful color and leather like surface that is often sought in such pieces but rarely found. It would have been originally commissioned by a wealthy patron for an important English Manor House.


Isn't it beautiful? It was far more magical in person.... warmer, more visually textural, it literally caught my eye from across the room, over someone's shoulder...


Holiday Saturdays at Marc t. Nielsen Interiors!

Our shop was open four Saturdays before Christmas in 2008: November 22, December 6, 13, and 20 from 10:00-5:00.

We had World Class Stash! Special Discounts! Music and Refreshments! And as usual, a percentage of sales was donated to local charity. This year they were DuneBrook and The Salvation Army.

Thank you!




Marc t. Nielsen Interiors has the most comfy furniture!
(Our first Holiday Saturday was quite successful.
One of our first shoppers, Cally, snuck onto this loveseat,
and before shooing her off we had to get a photo.)



Cally also recommends fabulous wool area carpets.
She is very fond of natural fibers, particularly wool.





"Recession Defying Trunk Show"

Treasure Hunt! Marc t. Nielsen Interiors Featured in Lake Magazine

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New Hours

Naturally Clean Seminar - 2008

2007 Holiday Open House

2007 Spring Open House

2007 Atlanta Conference

2006 Christmas Party

2006 Fall Open House



Debbie Lambert receiving check from Valerie
On the 19th of May this year we held our annual open house. Each year we donate 10% of the day's sales to a local charitable organization. This year Hilltop House was the recipient. These funds will be used to help with some much needed playground equipment upgrades.

Shown here is Debbie Lambert, Executive Director of Hilltop House, receiving the check from Valerie Steil ASID, president of Marc T. Nielsen Interiors. Hilltop House currently cares for over 70 children 5 days a week. They provide about $2500/week in child care scholarships for low income families. For further information, or to make a contribution to the playground equipment or the scholarship fund, please call Debbie Lambert at 477-4222.






Here is Virginia Phillips, interior designer at Marc T. Nielsen Interiors since 1953 and former owner, shown with her self portrait. The photo was taken at her one woman show "50 Years of Painting" at the South Shore Arts in Munster, IN.



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