Nowhere else but MAI…

To quote a popular designer here in Houston, “Nowhere else can you walk into one large store and find fine antiques side-by-side with great contemporary furnishings.” We think you’ll agree!

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This picture says it all: an antique French settee is updated with a zebra pillow and flanked by mid-century arm chairs that pop. And what about that artwork, much less the gilded and marble-topped table?

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We’re loving this rustic sideboard (great storage!) topped with a pair of Louis Philippe mirrors and custom lamps made from architectural fragments and fresh rectangular shades. The antique cherub newly framed in acrylic says, “I’m special.”

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Color, clean lines, lucite, drum shades and more beautifully update pieces that are already fabulous. Timeless!

Looking for that special piece, or wondering how to arrange what you have in a new way? MAI’s 17,000 square feet of beautiful vignettes will inspire you. Come see us today!

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Designing windows – the inspiration continues!

MAI Houston front window design by Cindy Witmer Designs

Transitioning into the cooler months is beautifully achieved in Building 2’s September windows, thanks to the inspiration of Cindy Witmer Designs. Since 1998 this Houston design firm has enjoyed working with clients, builders and architects in Texas, Colorado and throughout the country. Steeped in classic sensibilities, their design is for those who appreciate fine antiques, fine art, architecture, reclaimed and authentic materials and cool, peaceful environs incorporated into a busy, modern lifestyle.

MAI Houston front windows designed by Cindy Witmer Designs

Warm and inviting interiors – with a glamorous twist where you least expect it –  plus a desire to connect with the South of France, Italy and Florence drive Cindy Witmer Designs’ aesthetic. They are big believers in well loved, well lived interiors that are timeless and wear well with the years.

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A graduate of the University of Texas, Cindy Witmer (pictured right, in the photo) is the creative and passionate force behind Cindy Witmer Designs. Cindy listens carefully to each client’s needs and collaborates closely with her team. Associate Designer Laura Benes (pictured left) is also a graduate of the University of Texas and has been with the firm for eight years.

Learn more about this well respected interior design firm by clicking here, or by calling them at 713-278-1919.

 

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What’s your look?

Looking for a specific style of interiors and decor? If you are seeking something special, something new for your space… here are some of the looks at MAI right now.

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French, fabulous, gilded with a little rustic or abstract mixed in… if you’re into mixing styles, or staying true to purely European decor, MAI has it!

Updated industrial decor    Mid-century modern interiors

Updated industrial decor and mid-century modern looks can be found in our buildings, too.

Asian decor   Murano lanterns and neutral decor

Above, these vignettes give you an example of the color – or the neutral tones – ready to inspire you at the store.

Whatever style of interiors is your favorite, walk the aisles of MAI for some up-to-date inspiration. Hope to see you soon!

 

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Midsummer color

Midsummer heat forces Texans inside more often, and that can bring about longings to refresh our spaces. What’s better than a few new pops of color to freshen up our homes?

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From the traditional blue and white decor, above, to bright greens and pinks, a piece or two in a new color can make a big change in a room.

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Speaking of pink, the mid-century tufted velvet chairs above make a beautiful statement. This original art, more subtly colored, does as well.

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Custom pillows or succulent wreaths in new colors can brighten up a space as well.

All of the inventory seen above can be found today at MAI Houston. MAI has just what you’ll love for refreshing your home – midsummer or any time!

 

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So nice to be noticed…

Thanks to designer Lauren Haskett for mentioning MAI recently! Lauren listed MAI as a resource in Houston House & Home magazine’s colorful and fun June 2016 article.

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Want to read the article and view the magazine, e-style? Find it by clicking here.

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No ties for Dad this year!

Father’s Day is June 19, and MAI has wonderful gift ideas – at all price points – that he will love…

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If Dad takes pride in his culinary skills, we think he will appreciate the selections above. Vintage cutlery under $200. Vintage champagne bucket, $95. Antique European fish mold, $95.

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Does Dad love art? Above are just a few of the countless styles and sizes available at MAI. Original contemporary oil, 36″ x 48″, $1,395. Framed Texas art, 12.5″ x 14.5″, $500. Antique hunting scene, 24.5″ x 28″, $875.

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Is your special someone a collector? Antique eagle weather vane on custom stand, $950. Antique scales, $110. English match strikes at various prices.

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One-of-a-kinds can be found on MAI’s aisles, too. Ice bucket made from a boat port hole, $345. Industrial objects on stands, under $100. Carved vintage bulldog, $45. Insect collections at different prices depending on size.

Forget the malls this Father’s Day and find something unexpected for Dad at MAI. We will be glad to help you find just the right thing!

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You’ll love these possibilities!

In keeping with MAI’s monthly festivities during this 10th year in business, we are having a special event this week.

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We think the possibilities are endless! Just look at some of the accessories and giftables below…

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Come see us this week and enjoy 22% off all accessories and gifts priced $100 or over. Shopping fun!

 

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Looking for a little inspiration?

It’s fun just strolling the aisles at MAI. Inspiration is around every corner! Below are just a few inspiring views awaiting you at MAI…

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The two Building 2 vignettes above, decidedly French, look lovely and updated with art and greenery.

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Loving rustic elegance or seeking a great doorway embellishment? Find all this in Building 1.

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Inventory in the Asian motif is available, too, as are numerous coffee table books for design inspiration …

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Looking for a little – or a lot of – design inspiration? You can find it at MAI.

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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.

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

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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).

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

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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!

 

 

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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

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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!

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