About Nadja Maril

Nadja Maril is a writer, editor, and author. She is also Director of Nadja Maril Media, providing writing services and marketing strategy  to nonprofits and small businesses.

Former editor of Chesapeake Taste magazine and the former Editor-in-Chief of What’s Up? Publishing Group, Maril  has launched a number of publications that include What’s Up? Eastern Shore, and What’s Up? Weddings as well as the content of the WhatsUpMag.com website.   While at the helm of What’s Up Annapolis she increased the frequency of the publishing schedule from 10 times a year to 12 times a year. Prior  to working full-time in the editorial department of What’s Up?, she was the Lighting Editor for Victorian Homes Magazine and columnist for Washington Women Magazine and the Annapolis Capital newspaper.

Always a writer, Maril was also owner of an antiques business “Rare and Beautiful Things” that specialized in 19th and early 20th century antiques. Her love of old glass and lamps, inspired Nadja to research the history of American lighting and to collect old catalogues and books on the subject. An antiques dealer, with an extensive collection of lighting, she was asked to pen a reference book on the subject in the mid 1980’s. After several years of research, her first book , published by Schiffer publishers, “American Lighting 1840-1940″ was released in 1989 and several years later another book ‘Antique Lamp Buyer’s Guide,” followed, also published by Schiffer. American Lighting is in its second printing and Antique Lamp Buyer’s Guide is in its third printing. Nadja has lectured on antiques and antique lighting and done appraisals. She continues to write personal essays, non-fiction, and fiction. The daughter of the late Herman Maril– a nationally renowned painter, she collaborated with her father on her two Molly Midnight children’s books. Ms. Maril’s four books can be purchased online at www. Amazon.com.


14 thoughts on “About Nadja Maril”

  1. Love the blog and the magazine! I have an idea that may appeal to you. We have been looking for “A Place on the Water” for four years (from DC). Why is it taking so long, you may ask. Are we too picky, or is the under-one-million-dollar budget holding us back? I propose a humorous monthly column that describes the arduous and often hilarious activity called House Hunting. While my husband and I agree on many things, we do not see eye to eye on several critical issues. For example, no matter how gravely discounted the price, I will not consider a house that smells like mold or cats while he has trouble envisioning life without palladium windows.

    As the search continued, we began naming houses according to their most astounding and marvelous feature. The Airie had bird’s nests inside the master bedroom via a large hole in the wall, previously housing an air conditioner. House of Mold is self explanatory. The House of Usher had dormers that hung precariously and at an odd angle to the wall. The Meteor house had a hole transsecting the interior, from roof to foundation, as if a projectile had ejected from space and pierced straight through the inside. You could see the second floor from the basement. Noah’s Ark was partially under water. The list goes on. And, we add more every weekend.

    Does this interest you? My essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine and Newspaper, and many other venues. You can read more on my website: http://www.lkfriedman.com. I’d love to work with you at What’s Up Annapolis.

    Lisa Friedman

    1. Lisa–I just happened on your comments here while searching information about Nadja Maril-don’t know if you would be interested, but our Eastern Shore 1883 Victorian is on the market–in Royal Oak, 2 miles from St. Michaels–the house of course figures in my wife, Carol’s recent book The House at Royal Oak. We are represented by Chesapeake Bay Properties–broker is Kurt Petzold-all listing data and pictures are online. Having read your piece here, the house may interest you. all best, Hugo Rizzoli

  2. I have a pair of vintage contact lenses, probably early 40’s, they are in the original case and are in perfect condition. Are they worth anything and if so how do I go about selling them.

    1. Geri-
      While the frames of antique glasses can be used again with new lenses, what can you do with a pair of vintage contact lenses? They could be displayed in an eye-wear museum, but they aren’t that rare at the moment. I found a complete contact lens case with tweezers and mirror plus the vial for lubricant selling on the website Edsy for a mere $2 to $4, depending on the country. So sorry, but I don’t think your vintage contact lens have much resale value.

  3. How wonderful to see you here–and in control of your own element! I am such a HUGE fan–having had the privilege of working with you. This is SO very exciting-and I for one could not be more thrilled. I will work with you anywhere. Love it, Love it!!!

  4. Have had the pleasure of meeting and having dinner with your mother Esta a number of years ago while in Baltimore attending the ACC show with my daughter Amy Maril Brown. My mother and your father were cousins and we decided to look up your mom while we were there. Would love to contact you for sharing family history. Did speak to your brother on one occasion. My grandchildren have enjoyed Runaway Molly Midnight. You can email me at gagirljoan@aol.com Hope to hear from you. joan

  5. Nadja,
    I was wondering if you could tell me where you got your labradoodle My wife and i have been looking, but have not had any luck. Please feel free to call me or email

  6. I just bought you book, “Antique Lamp Buyer’s Guide: Identifying Late 19th and Early 20th Century American Lighting” from Amazon. I am very interested to discover if can discover the maker of a lamp shade I just purchased of eBay. (Shade is pictured in icon.) It looks exactly like the lamp shade used in opening credits of Antique Roadshow. The seller did not know the shade’s origin and I cannot find another version of it on-line. Hopefully, your book will give me some clues. Thanks, Jim

  7. Ugh, 4 typos – just bought your book, learn if I can discover, on eBay, Antiques . I should really slow down and read before I post. This is new for me.

  8. Do you know who manufactured the lamp shade used as a prop in the attic during the opening credits of Antiques Roadshow? I am impatiently waiting for your book “Antique Lamp Buyer’s Guide: Identifying Late 19th and Early 20th Century American Lighting” to arrive from Amazon. I have one just like it and cannot find any thing else like on-line. Thanks, Jim

    1. Jim –
      there were a number of companies that made lamps of this type that include: Moran & Hastings Manufacturing Company, Edward Miller, & Company, Crest & Co. and the U.S. Art Bent Glass Company. I cannot find am exact match up to verify which company.

      1. Thanks for looking into this for me. I cannot find it anywhere else myself. I received your book last week. It is a great resource. I will update you if I find any more information. Thanks for the leads. Jim

  9. Hello! Discovered your blogs and books as I have been researching a lamp I found while clearing out my great aunt’s storage unit – it’s an electric brass floor lamp marked ‘6708 Miller Co’ on the bottom of the base. I would like to know what it is worth and was hoping you may be able to help. I’m happy to send photos – I have been searching for a way to contact you, but could only find this comment section, my apologies if I’ve overlooked it! Thank you!

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