Spring alert: Bluebonnets and Round Top

Hodges farm bluebonnets capture3   34th round top sign

If you love antiques, bluebonnets, and the Texas countryside, you probably already know about Round Top! Some of MAI’s dealers will be selling at these spring shows, and they would love to see you:

BLUE HILLS ANTIQUE SHOW, March 21 – April 4 - Click here for more information.

Reworks (Chotsie Gregson and Willem Stypesin) – Near the back

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

ARBOR ANTIQUE SHOW, March 25 – April 4 - Click here for information on this show.

Renouveau Antiques (Ashley Radack)

Art and Antique Hunter (Mitra Kilburn)

Tres Bien Antiques (Betsy Austin)

Susan Horne Antiques (Susan Horne)

MARBURGER FARM ANTIQUE SHOW, March 31 – April 4 – Click here for show information.

Faded Rose Antiques (Deborah Jensen) – Tent Cb9

Art and Antique Hunter (Mitra Kilburn) – Tent Cd6

J. Nash Antiques (Jodi Nash) – Tent Ab6

MAI dealers at Blue Hills

MAI dealers at Blue Hills

So nice to be noticed!

It’s so nice to be noticed, especially when it’s based on readers’ votes. MAI just received “Best Antique Store of 2015″ status, voted by readers of the Memorial Examiner, Houston Community Newspapers & Media Group.

MAI Mem Examiner best picks 2015

MAI appreciates the community’s support! Our store is included in a very impressive list, by the way. Part of it is below, and you can see the full list by clicking here.

MAI mem examiner best picks 2015 a

Where do great bloggers shop?

We know where one nationally recognized blogger S-E-L-L-S! Houston’s own Paloma Contreras of hot blog La Dolce Vita sells from a space at MAI’s Building 1. Just in the past few months, Paloma was featured in the magazines below (that’s Paloma on the Domino cover).

MAI dealer Paloma Contreras in Domino magazine     MAI dealer Paloma Contreras in House Beautiful

Paloma is known in design circles for her innovative and beautiful style. A recent look at her space at MAI reveals…

MAI space of Paloma Contreras     MAI space of Paloma Contreras

We love the look that Paloma brings to MAI – and we love reading her blog! Here it is, just for you: http://www.ladolcevitablog.com/.

So nice to be noticed!

It’s always so nice to be noticed! Houstonia magazine’s March 2015 issue lists MAI in the feature article, “101 Great Little Shops.”

MAI listed in "101 Great Little Shops" in Houston     MAI listed in Houstonia's top shops list

The list is divided into sections – Women, Jewelry, etc. – and MAI is included in the Home list of 32 stores in the Houston area. Thanks, Houstonia!

Looking for ideas?

Customers often tell us that they love cruising MAI’s aisles for decorating ideas. We appreciate hearing that, and we hope you’ll like some inspiration that we found on the aisles this week!

Antiques with abstract art     Antiques and art     Mid-century modern art

With fresh artwork, accessories, and greenery popping up everywhere at MAI, spring MUST be right around the corner.

Upholstered seating with antiques   Antique French day bed

New seating and fresh pillows may be what you’re looking for, and MAI’s buildings are full of inventory and ideas.

Mid-century lucite bar cart     Mid-century lucite bar cart

Lucite is H-O-T now, and so are bar carts. Here are two mid-century modern bar carts that are currently available in Building 1. They are listed with pricing on our site’s Mid-Century Modern page, by the way.

So much is available in MAI’s two main buildings, and it’s always changing. Come in for some inspiration today! 


What’s your passion?

Happy Valentine’s week from MAI! Indulge yourself and your loved ones with some “sweet temptations” on the aisles at MAI. Check out these gift suggestions…

18th c. French crown          Hearts on stands

Antique French books     Antique French iron piece     Framed European oil painting

Pair of custom pillows in velvet   Large animal print pillows

Whatever your passion, you know you can find it at MAI. Come see us this week!

We’re loving these windows!

MAI designing windows series

Each month, Building 2 features designer-designed front windows as part of a continuing series. This post shows February’s creation. Want to receive an email with next month’s inspiration? Then sign up via the form on our Contact page. You’ll only hear from us when we have notice-worthy updates.

It’s a thrill to be noticed!

How nice! We’re excited to see MAI inventory splashed across the pages of Houston Lifestyles & Homes’ February issue.

Their article “Thrill of the Hunt” on page 46 includes images of a French library table, Belgian table, settee and more from MAI.


Design duo Dot & Dana Designs headed up the extensive remodel that is featured in the article. Kudos!

Winter. Need inspiration. Now.

Wanting a little decor inspiration to brighten up your winter days? Look no further than the aisles of MAI for antiques, decor and design ideas.

Butterfly and antiques and decor at MAI

Oh my! With butterflies like this, can spring not be far behind?

MAI antiques and decor vignette     

Loving just about everything in this vignette? And if agates are your special crush, MAI has custom framed specimens of all sizes and price points.

Interior decor style mix at MAI     Interior decor style mix at MAI

Pops of color and fun can be found on the aisles at MAI, too.

If you see something you like, call the store or email us and we’ll hold it for you. Better yet, come see our two buildings packed with new inventory. Winter days need some inspiration, right?

Look who’s new here!

We hope you will join MAI in welcoming our newest dealer, Ashley Radack. 

MAI new dealer ashley radack

As owner of Renouveau Antiques and with past experience at Neiman Marcus and Segreto Finishes, Ashley is no novice when it comes to gorgeous antiques.

037aa     Inventory in Ashley Radack's space at MAI

Check out Ashley’s space in Building 1 at MAI, and view some of her inventory on this site, as well. You’ll be amazed!

New year’s refresh

Ready to refresh your home for the new year? Before 2015 gets too old, check out the inspiration on MAI’s aisles…

Style mix in decor at MAI Houston

If you love STYLE MIX, you’ll love the look above, from richly painted walls to an elegant antique trumeau, contemporary white console, and more.

Rustic shutters and gilded mirror at MAI Houston.     Gilded decor at MAI Houston.     Rustic modern mirror and lamps at MAI Houston

So many mirrors to choose from at MAI! All sizes, too, to open up a space or change a wall.

Carving out a new nook? Try chairs like these. Or these!

Updated antique French chair at MAI Houston          Updated antique French chairs at MAI Houston

Whatever your style, whatever your plans for the home or office in 2015, you’ll love the inspiration at MAI. Come see us soon!

The holidays will be brighter…

… brighter for local needy children, because of our wonderful customers. Thanks for donating to MAI’s Christmas Share drive! Toys, blankets, and sacks of food were collected at MAI this past week and dropped off yesterday at Memorial Assistance Ministries.

Promotions manager Marilyn Maddox shows contents of a box of goodies from MAI customers.