Pretty pictures

We’re thinking you might like to see some pretty vignettes at MAI these days… and all are waiting for you to discover!

Beautiful French antiques are enhanced here with fresh pillows, mid-century grape clusters and painted furniture. Du dernier chic!

Speaking of pretty pictures all in a row… and notice the Murano pendants that are lighting up this gallery in Building 1.

Slipcovered vintage arm chairs welcome you into a Building 2 booth that offers antique shutters, screens and a fun European water bird.

                         

Other booths feature different decor styles that you may be looking for.

Looking for color? No problem. With 17,000 square feet and 50+ dealers, MAI has much to offer. Come see what you can find!

Big sale, one day only!

Stay in town this Thursday, because you will want to come to MAI. One day each year we tempt you with 25% off…

GREAT SALES are waiting just for you! MAI will have French lemonades, white wine, and tempting treats. An added bonus is a coupon to come back for more during the month of August. Bring your friends… it’s an occasion!

 

Take them out!

Who knew how inspiring it can be just to move an antique or two outside?
One of MAI’s designer/dealers recently had some fun-in-the-sun taking a few antiques from the inside out to her back yard. She shared her outdoor creativity with us, and we thought you would enjoy her garden tour, too.
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A traditional garden seating arrangement above is enhanced by matching bistro tables – we love using those indoors, right? – and iron planters. Note the deer, shells, and confit pots, too.
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Photos above show a plain wood fence taking on new interest with vintage iron work-turned-trellises and an antique French cross. On another section of the fence are rusty containers used now as planters. Exposure to the elements is no problem here!

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For contrast to the iron work, a “real” bois bench — faux bois would work too, of course.

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Placing an antique garden statue on a table rather than on the ground elevates visual interest, and the weathered driftwood makes it stand out. In another area, an old iron washstand, a Round Top find, makes a fun planter.

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Vintage garden deer are grouped in a corner, and long zinc-topped tables await guests. Galvanized boxes serve as great planters/centerpieces. Ready for a delightful garden party!

More about mixing styles today…

MAI is mixing it up, and thanks to the latest issue of magazine Houston Design Resources, it’s easy to learn how!

   

Their article “Antiques Today: It’s All in the Mix!” gives information and how-to’s on mixing decorating styles, quoting numerous MAI dealers and designers. Below are a few excerpts.

Mixing decorating styles and periods is a trend that’s here to stay. Rooms that include a mix of styles – for example, one or two antique pieces along with a few vintage, mid-century and contemporary pieces – are most pleasing to the eye. Mixing antique, modern, and traditional design together creates a look that appears to have evolved over time. These are the rooms with the most personality and are never predictable or expected.” – Sally Wheat, Sally Wheat Interiors, dealer/designer at MAI

Courtesy Sally Wheat Interiors

When mixing a new piece or style into existing décor, the key is balance. A room’s pieces should be in proportion, the lines should flow together, and the color should blend in or repeat another piece in the room. Color used in the right balance can unify a space. Texture is important for visual interest especially when working with very little color. My favorite mix right now is adding contemporary to key antique pieces.” – Tamara Moore, Tamara Moore Interiors, dealer/designer at MAI 

Contemporary pieces with clean lines mix beautifully with French antiques and chinoiserie. For example, pair a white lacquer Parsons console with a Louis Philippe mirror, or place a ceramic bright colored gourd lamp on a Louis Philippe chest. The key to blending styles or colors is layering. You can’t add just one thing or it will look out of place; you have to introduce multiple pieces. For example, if you are adding a new style of chair, also add a lamp and an accessory of a similar style. If you add a piece of blue and white pottery, add another blue shade in art or in a fabric.” – Meg Lonergan, LeSueur Interiors, dealer/designer at MAI

Celebrating the rollout of the article at Houston Design Center’s Cruise Party last week are MAI general manager Kathy Swartzfager, Siri Roark of Houston Design Resources, and MAI promotions manager Marilyn Maddox.

Want to read more of the article? Complimentary copies of this issue of the magazine are available at MAI. Come get yours today!

We’re mixing it up at MAI…

Looking for fresh design inspiration? Cruising the aisles at MAI shows how our designers and dealers are mixing it up these days.

Love how the contemporary,  patterned pillows add a little sofa pop here!

A reclaimed barn wood mirror accented with gilding provides texture and contrast… and a little bit of fun.

           

These two vignettes, from the same space at Building 2, illustrate how subtly contrasting styles and textures easily work together.

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So much to see! And, as our customers tell us that they LOVE, things are always changing at MAI. Come see what’s in – and in the mix – today! We are open 7 days a week just for you.

Look who won!

Thanks to all of our great customers and friends for visiting MAI yesterday! Our annual spring Temptations Market was a fun day for all, including the happy winners of gift certificates to use at the store…MAI temptations market winners

Temptations Market will have so much more!

You’re invited to MAI’s annual spring splurge!  

Enjoy 20% off store-wide on all items regularly priced at $100 and over… and there’s so much more!

Out and about…

You can find MAI dealers in so many places these days. Look who is selling on One Kings Lane this week.

Linda Gale White of LGW Antiques, shown here in her space at MAI, offers a large collection of antiques varying from classic elegance to country charm. With over 15 years of experience, she is always looking for just the right piece with great scale, superior carving and precise detailing. “My first thought is how will this fit into someone’s home?,” she says. “With that answer and if the price is right, I am confident in my purchase. When it sells, I consider it a huge compliment.”

     

Customers in Houston enjoy browsing LGW Antiques’ lovely space at MAI (images above), and those who are not in the area can now shop selected items on One Kings Lane. For more information, click here.

Designing windows refresh!

Our guest designers are wow-ing us again! MAI’s Designing Windows series continues with fresh new looks at Building 2 this week… before we even walk through the doors.

          

Feathering the Nest’s designers Kathe Baker and Jimmye Green have just updated Building 2′s windows with an eclectic look that will surely appeal to everyone. With over 50 years of combined experience, Kathe and Jimmye have worked on projects ranging from a 4,000 square foot hunting lodge to a traditional Memorial cottage and everything in between. With a keen eye for beauty, these two appreciate all forms of true style. Their goal is to perfect each client’s taste within the home so that the result is not just magazine worthy but actually feels like home.

“The top priority with creating fabulous home environments is to make your home feel like an extension of you, not just the latest trend.” ~ Kathe Baker

Color, casual and fun are words that can be used to describe these windows. There are other great words, too, and they all end with “- wonderful!” Learn more about Feathering the Nest by clicking here.

 

 

Shopping Round Top

Planning to shop Round Top this week?

       

 

We hope you’ll visit MAI dealers who have set up in Round Top. Here is where you can find them:

MARBURGER FARM - Deborah Jensen, Kimberly Williams, and Parkhouse Antiques are located in Tent C. Kelley Zelesky can be found in Legler House, and Mary Sue Key is in Tent D. For more information on this show, click here.

BLUE HILLS – Reworks and Brocante French Antiques are in Tent A, close to the highway. Learn more about this show by clicking here.

ARBOR INTERNATIONAL SHOW – Patrice Watine/Jardin de France is in one of the long tents. Click here to read more about Arbor.

 

When Round Top is over, remember that MAI/Memorial Antiques & Interiors is ALWAYS OPEN! See you soon…

Decor “In the Mix”

“You never know what you’re going to find at MAI.”

We love hearing our customers’ comments, and this one we hear often. Our dealers work hard to bring in new inventory all the time, and what they’re bringing in is just what YOU are seeing in the magazines, on blogs and Pinterest, etc.

Seeing a lot lately about Style Mix or In the Mix? Check out these vignettes at MAI and see how beautiful this decorating style can be!

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Antique French chairs, modern art, geometric pillows. . . a lovely mix that says today!

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A floor-to-ceiling antique gold mirror serves as an eye-catching backdrop for an Art Deco console and art.

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Mid-century Italian alabaster grapes are framed by an antique religious architectural piece atop a French chest. Nice!

MAI is more than country French and neutral decor. Our store also carries Mid-Century Modern, contemporary and antique original art, custom lighting, and so much more. Come in and be inspired!

 

Designing windows series continues…

 

Building 2′s front windows just got a fresh and fabulous re-do by local designers and business partners Genna Weidner and Deborah Hasou. Weidner and Hasou, our latest guest designers, are known for their beautiful and functional designs that are loaded with personality. We can see why!

Genna Weidner is a graduate of Bauder College of Design with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design and brings over 25 years of experience to each project. Genna has designed interiors in Texas, California, New York, and throughout the Midwest. She is an Allied member of American Society of InteriorDesigners (ASID).

Deborah Hasou is a graduate of The University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering. Deborah is a Certified Professional Building Designer and Certified Kitchen & Bath Designer, and holds memberships in the Texas Institute of Building Designers (TIBD) and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).

          

No wonder we spotted someone taking a selfie in front of our windows! Come see!

 

Finding treasure, part 2

A while ago we posted about finding little treasures at MAI. Of course, you can find those really special treasures at the store, too.

Take a look at this treasure…

Murat Chateau mirror at MAI

 

This trumeau from the Murat Chateau in Murat, France, c. 1750, was brought to the U.S. in the mid-1900s to be used in the landmark Warwick Hotel in Houston, Texas. Original in its entirety – distressed wood, ornamentation, paint, and the mirror itself – the trumeau has been carefully stored since the demise of the grand old hotel and is now offered at MAI. More details can be seen on The HighBoy, and a complete provenance is available at our store. 

What a beautiful example of chateau life in 18th c. France, and it’s here at MAI!