So nice to be noticed…

It’s always so nice to be noticed for our special inventory! Today’s Houston Chronicle featured an item from our aisles in a Mother’s Day article giving gift suggestions with a floral motif. It is in the Zest section, and you can see it by clicking here or below.

MAI mother's day featured item

This great gift idea – and many others – can be found in Building 2. We think you’ll love it!

Events and sales this week!

This week is just for YOU! Check out the events, fun and sales planned for this week at MAI… just in time for Mother’s Day, graduations, bridal showers, end-of-school teacher gifts (and you, too).

Temptations Market at MAI

The vendor list contains your favorites plus some new artisans – and features Brookwood Community!

Temptations Market at MAI

Also, garden-related items will be specially discounted for several days: 

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MAI supports the American Heart Association by honoring the 2016 Shop with Heart Card. NOW through Sunday, May 1, you can use the card for 20% off all inventory regularly priced $100 or more. You can purchase the card at MAI for a minimum donation of $50, and you can use your card at hundreds of other Houston-area businesses too!

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MAI is the place to be… JOIN US THIS WEEK!

 

 

Save this date!

MAI’s popular spring event, Temptations Market, is just around the corner… MAI will be alive with activity on Thursday, April 28! Mark your calendars!

Temptations Market spring event at MAI Houston

What’s a Round Top shopper to do?

So many new venues! All the tried-and-true favorite stops! What’s a Round Top shopper to do***?

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It can be time-consuming – yes, exhausting – just navigating the fields, tents and towns in search of treasures. Knowing where to shop at Round Top is half the battle won, and MAI’s dealers consistently show at some of the top spots. Here’s where you can find them, and you can check the complete list of show dates here.

Blue Hills Antique Show

Brocante French Antiques (Martha and David Parnell) – Barn A

Reworks (Chotsie Gregson and Willem Sypestin) – Back Barn

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The Book Lady (Kay Gilbreath)

Arbor Antique Show

Antiquaire de France (Henri Delclaux) – Tent D-1

Tres Bien Antiques (Betsy Austin) – Tent D-1

Susan Horne Antiques (Susan Horne) – Tent D-1

Renouveaux (Ashley Radack) – Tent D-1

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MAI dealers Ashley Radack, Susan Horne and Betsy Austin at Arbor Antique Show

The Compound

Reworks (Chotsie Gregson and Willem Sypestin)

Warrenton

Olde Good Things

Marburger Farm

The Art and Antique Hunter (Mitra Kilburn) – Tents Cd6 and Fc1

The Mustard Seed Antiques (Mary Sue Key) – Tent Dd2

J Nash Antiques (Jodi Nash) – Tent Dc9-10

Maison Pernoud (Kate Pernoud) – Tent Fb2

Antiquaire de France (Henri Delclaux) – The Farm House

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Enjoy the bluebonnets, of course, but you can avoid the drive time and long lines by shopping these fabulous dealers and many more at MAI. Seven days a week, all year long!

Style turns 10 this year!

MAI turns 10 this year! To thank our friends and customers for supporting us these 10 years in business, MAI will host special promotions each month and a grand event in the fall. These events, along with our always-popular sales and trunk shows, will make MAI a fun place to be in 2016. Join in the fun, won’t you?

MAI Style turns 10!

March promotion: Reflecting your style!

22% OFF

all mirrors & mirrored furnishings regularly priced $100 or over

Wednesday, March 16 only!

My, how MAI has changed. MAI opened in mid-October 2006 with one building and 20+ dealers. To quote general manager Kathy Swartzfager, “Through the years, styles have changed and MAI has too. We now have 17,000 square feet and 50+ dealers offering a unique mix of inventory. ‘Modern’ looks fabulous when mixed with fine old pieces. ‘Old’ look fabulous when given a modern facelift. This is MAI today!”

Just for fun, take a look at inventory from days gone by at MAI…

MAI 2010 collage for Style turns 10!

 

Look what you’re missing!

MAI sends out up-to-the-minute info that you’ll love… Here’s what you might be missing (we hope you’ll follow and like us today):

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Follow us on Instagram for once-a-day news. Think flash sales and more! Another option follows…

MAI Houston on Facebook

For twice-a-week peeks at what’s on our aisles, be sure to like MAI on Facebook. It’s easy!

Top Pinterest pin on MAI Houston

Above is one of MAI’s top re-pinned and saved pins on Pinterest. Check out our inspiration on 18 Pinterest boards (and growing)!

If you can’t come in to the shop, you can still be inspired by liking and following us. If you see something you’re interested in, contact us. We’re here for YOU.

How does YOUR garden grow?

Green thumb or not, inside or out, we think you can find the perfect place for such beautiful garden decor!

Antique cast iron urns at MAI Houston   Large antique urn at MAI Houston

Planters and urns such as these can work inside OR outside, don’t you think?

Antique stone garden swan at MAI Houston   Masonry basket at MAI Houston   Antique Corinthian column at MAI Houston

Centerpiece-making or each-end-of-the-table… beautiful.

Antique French garden bench at MAI Houston   Rustic Austrian stool at MAI Houston   French children's bistro chairs at MAI Houston

Garden seating options can be found at MAI as well. Find all of these items and more on our site’s Shop Antiques page… and in the store, of course! Come shop MAI soon.

Designer quotes on your next favorite thing

Just for your inspiration, we’ve collected a few quotes from well-known designers and paired them with what you can find on MAI’s aisles right now. Can you find a favorite below?

Interior decor at MAI Houston

Designer Suzanne Kasler puts it so well: “…when you’re designing your own house, one of the hardest things to do is finish it. Because you’re always finding and adding your next favorite thing.” Whether you’re into art, looking for a new mirror or pair of lamps, you know where you can find your next favorite thing!

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“A room should never allow the eye to settle in one place. It should smile at you and create fantasy.” So says designer Juan Montoya, and these examples of art at MAI can bring a smile.

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Jan Showers suggests, “Every room needs a touch of black, just as it needs at least one antique piece.” See some black and white art to love?

Gilded mirrors at MAI Houston     Interior decor at MAI Houston

“Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love.” So much to see, so much to collect at MAI! We think Nate Berkus would agree.

Come find your next favorite thing at MAI.

Arts & Hearts Event: help MAI share some love!

MAI’s Arts & Hearts event will be two special days of art, sales and sweetness all around (see previous post, below).

What makes this event extra special? MAI will share part of the event’s proceeds with Team Rubicon USA, a national organization that unites military veterans with first responders to deploy emergency response teams. There’s a strong Houston- and Memorial-area connection to Team Rubicon, too. One of Team Rubicon’s projects is the Clay Hunt Fellowship Program, named after Stratford High School graduate and Marine veteran Clay Hunt. Last year the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act was passed into law, and Clay’s mom was an important part in its passing. Susan Hunt Selke will be present at MAI on Wednesday afternoon, and we hope you will join us in applauding her efforts – and Team Rubicon’s – in providing for America’s veterans.

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MAI team rubicon white house photo

Want more information about Team Rubicon USA? Please click here.

On Wednesday and Thursday, February 10 – 11, we hope to see you! Come for the art, shop the sales, enjoy the treats, and help us support America’s vets!

 

Coming up: art stroll and sweet delights!

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, the timing couldn’t be better. MAI is planning a sweet two-day event with YOU in mind! 

MAI Arts & Hearts event

For two days you can stroll the aisles in search of fabulous treasures, and if you see MAI inventory priced over $100, it’s on sale!

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Special art vendors will be represented, too, during the Art Stroll: Houston loves these artists, and you can see why. Above are just a few samples of their styles.

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Valentine gift suggestions and luscious chocolate and nut treats will be available from Brenham Kitchens, Walla Walla Texas Toffee, and Chocolate Pizazz.

MAI will offer sweet lite bites and libations, too. What’s not to love about this event?

Winter blahs?

Got the decorating blahs and can’t wait until spring? MAI has just what you need now for a winter refresh… COLOR!

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Adding subtle pops of color to your decor may be all you’ll need to lift the spirits. 

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It’s easy to freshen up your surroundings with a few hints of color. The items above are available now at MAI, by the way.

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Go subtle, or go bold, with color. The decorating options are endless and inspiring at MAI.

We have several buildings full of color, and new items are arriving daily. Come see!

“Out with the old…”

You know the saying, “Out with the old, in with the new.” That’s what some of MAI’s dealers are saying this week, with sales in their booths. Come check out these sales!

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Dealer #67MAP – 30% off furniture, original prices; 20% off accessories of $100 & over
Dealer #KLF – 40% off all hanging Murano fixtures
Dealer #115 – 25% off originally priced furniture over $100
Dealer #151 – 25% off lighting originally priced $100 & over
Dealer #79 – 25% off all furniture; 25% off all mirrors
Dealer #JB – 20% off all items originally priced $100 & over
Dealer #VEST – 20% off all items originally priced $100 & over
Dealer #MSD – 20% off all items originally priced $100 & over

Loving the new classic?

We’re loving the “new” classic these days, and we think you will too!

For MAI’s continuing series at Building 2, Designing Windows, Lynn Holender kicked off the new year with fresh blue and white windows.

MAI Designing Windows series

Lynn Holender, owner of Cathedra Antiques & Interiors, gave the windows a look that is anything BUT “stuffy” with the addition of contemporary art, new lamps and LOTS + OF + GOLD! The fresh blue walls serve as the perfect backdrop.

Lynn’s design style blends tradition, trends and one-of-a-kind treasures to create a timeless look that’s classic, fresh and full of character. Lynn started her business CAI in 2014 after years of designing and collecting antiques here and abroad. Her love of old chairs (“cathedra” means chair in Latin) inspired much of her early treasure hunting. “Every chair has a story,” is one of her favorite sayings. You can see her collection at Building 2.

Of course you can find fresh takes on the classic blue and white at MAI. Come see what’s new… soon!