What’s a Winter Elephant?

Winter Elephant = SALE! You’ll love hunting for treasures at MAI’s third annual clearance – “junk in the trunk” – event held each January!

The sale starts this week…

And when you come to MAI this week, be sure to check out the newly designed windows – always inspiring!


From MAI to you…

From all of us at MAI to all of you… Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a wonderful new year!

MAI will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, reopening on Wednesday, December 26. We will also be closed on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, reopening on Wednesday, January 2.

Thanks for your business and continued loyalty, as always, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!


Holiday tradition at MAI

Just in time for holiday gifting! MAI’s annual paperwhite tradition is back. Now through the holiday season!

Freshly planted paperwhites are now available at MAI, planted in vintage containers (think silver, copper, brass) with pricing starting around $15. You can also bring in your own favorite containers for the Paperwhite Ladies to plant for you!

Holiday paperwhites at MAI

These make great hostess gifts and they add holiday freshness to your home, too.

Now through the holidays, and ONLY at MAI. Come in soon, or call 713-827-8087 for more information.FacebookpinterestinstagramFacebookpinterestinstagram

Delightful shopping event

Tho’ the weather outside was frightful (hot and humid!), the shopping inside was delightful at yesterday’s Holiday Market. Over twenty trunk show vendors greeted MAI’s many customers with great gifts for unique holiday gifting.

MAI Holiday Market   

Jewelry and luxury wearables like these cannot be found at the malls – and who would want to fight those holiday crowds? 

Holiday Market at MAI   Holiday Market at MAI

Holiday Market at MAI   Holiday Market at MAI

Textiles, candles, vintage clothing, wine tastings, holiday treats, paperwhite plantings and more rounded out the gift offerings. 

Holiday Market at MAI   Holiday Market at MAI   Holiday Market at MAI

The crowd at the store enjoyed lunching and munching, while they cruised the 19,000+ square feet of trunk shows and MAI inventory (which was offered at a great discount, too).

MAI loves seeing our customers having fun! Even more holiday enjoyment is coming up, so stay in the know by following MAI on Instagram and Facebook!FacebookpinterestinstagramFacebookpinterestinstagram

Free admission, free parking, great gifting!

Which Houston holiday market has great gifts, free admission and free parking?

MAI’s annual Holiday Market is a gifting tradition that Houstonians look forward to every year, for good reason!

MAI Holiday Market 2018

MAI’s Holiday Market also features a customer favorite that can’t be found elsewhere: beautiful paperwhites planted in vintage containers, such as antique silver cache pots.

Paperwhites at MAI

Freshly planted by the Paperwhite Ladies, and VERY reasonably priced whatever size you choose, these make holiday gifting easy and unforgettable. For decorating your home, you can also bring in your own special containers, and the ladies will plant them for you. How nice! 

If you are looking for lots of unique gifts for others (and yourself!), our 20+ hand-picked trunk shows offer unique options.

MAI Holiday Market 2018

Store-wide discounts and gift card drawings throughout the day are also great reasons to visit MAI on November 6. Again this year, MAI will offer lite bites and libations, so there is no need to go out for lunch!

Bring a friend and have a jingle-worthy day at MAI!


Ready for holiday shopping?

Just in time to kick off your holiday shopping!

Join us this Thursday for an Open House, store-wide discounts, pop up shopping and more!

MAI open house 2018

In addition to 20% off store-wide, you will love the pop up shops that will be here… one day only. Each pop up vendor is back by demand. Come see them, and you’ll see why they are always some of our customers’ favorites!

MAI fall pop ups 2018

Join us on Thursday for lite bites and libations (think champagne and charcuterie), AND for the chance to win MAI gift card(s). 

MAI gift card

What a great way to kick off the holiday shopping season! We’ll see you at MAI this Thursday!FacebookpinterestinstagramFacebookpinterestinstagram

Dreamin’ design

MAI is thrilled to join an impressive list of sponsors for Julie Dodson’s third annual Designer Dream Spree. 


Designer Dream Spree is fast approaching, scheduled for next Monday – Wednesday, September 24 – 26, at The Compound in Round Top. Created by Houston’s well-known Julie Dodson, this event brings together nationally recognized A-list designers on Tuesday for an inspiring panel discussion titled “Exceptional Discoveries.” Panel members include Jeffrey Bilhuber, Michelle Nussbaumer, Thom Filicia, and Susan Ferrier. The discussion will be moderated by Carson Kressley and Carolyn Englefield. Can we say WOW?

Already an award-winning event, we think this will be the best spree ever! Click here for more information and to see about last-minute tickets. 

Recognize the entrance to The Compound? For directions and more about this premier venue in Round Top, click here.

See YOU at Designer Dream Spree next week! FacebookpinterestinstagramFacebookpinterestinstagram

What a busy month!

So much is happening this month at MAI! 

Join us on Wednesday, September 19, from 11 – 5, for a jewelry pop shop! Fresh from Istanbul’s Arasta Bazaar, custom jewelry presented by Ibrahim Eke will be here for one day only. Before you enter our showroom at 164, you’ll be wowed by our newly staged windows thanks to Emily Kelley.

MAI DIVANART pop up shop   MAI designing windows 2018

This month, the store is holding a contest that customers will love: MAI CARES! Customers have two options to help others and win rewards at MAI. Details below:

MAI CARES contest Sept. 2018

  • Inspire others with your own Before & After experience and WIN a $100 or $50 MAI gift card. Send a photo of your home showing Hurricane Harvey’s effects last year, plus a photo of ANY item from MAI that is now in your updated home. Email to info@maihouston.com. Winners will be announced and ALL entries will be mentioned in social media.
  • Donate to a relief effort for Florence’s victims. Donate $25 or more to a recognized Florence relief effort of your choice. Show us your receipt (printed or on your phone) and receive 20% OFF all items priced $100 & up NOW through 9/30/18. We cannot recommend efforts, but here are some links to get you started: American Red CrossGoFundMe, or North Carolina Community Foundation. Houstonians were helped by so many last year; let’s pay it forward!

At MAI, we always appreciate our customers and friends. We invite YOU to come see us soon! Always open to public and trade, Monday through Saturday, 11 to 5.FacebookpinterestinstagramFacebookpinterestinstagram

September longings

Happy September! With the arrival of long-anticipated cool breezes comes our longing to cozy up our homes.

Vignette at MAI in Houston   Designer pillows at MAI in Houston

For many of us, our September updates will include rich earth tones like these spotted recently on our aisles.

Rustic mix at MAI in Houston   Rustic mix at MAI in Houston

A rustic mix of styles and textures works so well, especially in the cooler months, don’t you think?

Rustic mix at MAI in Houston   Rug selection at MAI in Houston

Accents in autumnal tones certainly add to the coziness of our fall homes. 

Inventory above is available at MAI, open to public and trade Monday – Saturday. Drop by to find just the right pieces for your September updates. You know you want to! 


Designing windows update!

If you are familiar with MAI, you already know how much customers L-O-V-E our windows. Check out these newly designed inspirations!

Window designs at MAI 

This month’s Designing Windows series at Suite 164 features the design work of Sherry Millien. Sherry, who has 20 years of experience, is an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers. A graduate of Oklahoma State University, she earned a degree in design, housing and merchandising.

While expanding nationally, Millien and her Terravista Interior Design Group (terravistaidg.com) specialize in serving homeowners in The Woodlands, Bellaire, Kemah, Katy, Cypress, Tanglewood, West University and other area communities. The group provides everything from project management and remodeling to space planning and furniture selection. They help clients save time, update and upgrade their spaces, and overcome design challenges. Clients include Fortune 500 executives, oil company representatives, professional athletes, physicians, business owners and other successful professionals. 

Window designs at MAI   Window designs at MAI

If you are looking for inspiration in green and white, check out the windows next door. Designed by MAI’s own Oscar Zuniga, items from our middle suite come together beautifully.

Window designs at MAI

Nedra Hawks, a well-known Houston artist – and window stager extraordinaire – pulls together inspiring pieces from Suite 166 to create a look that just about anyone would love.

See these windows at MAI. They are just the start to a fun cruising of our aisles. Come visit us soon!FacebookpinterestinstagramFacebookpinterestinstagram

Hot town! Hot sale!

Spending summer in the city? Then think of THIS SALE as your little reward for enduring Houston’s heat!

Hot town, hot sale at MAI

All three showrooms at MAI are on sale. It’s cool inside and the sales are great. Come in this week!


Got rugs? Need rugs?

YES, we have rugs! If you are looking for a special rug – think Oushak, Persian, and more – we know you will love what MAI has to offer.

Rug selection at MAI

What a great selection! You can find rugs of all sizes, colors and price points in MAI’s middle showroom. 

Rug selection at MAI   

In the middle showroom, look for John Bayat, owner of Bayat Oriental Rugs. John is knowledgeable, experienced, patient, and always ready to help you with your rug needs. From expert cleaning and repair to new purchase, he is the one to turn to, and he is always happy to work with you.

Rug selection at MAI   

Floors needing covering? Where else can you purchase furnishings AND the perfect rug to go with?


Finding your inspiration

If you are loving your neutrals and looking for a few pops of color to add  interest, look to MAI. You’ll find inspiration around every corner.

 Color with pillows at MAI  Blue and white decor at MAI   

New pillows = instant refresh! MAI has so many to choose from.

Colorful artwork at MAI   Playful color at MAI

These accent pieces say F-U-N, don’t they?

Artwork accent for neutral decor   Artwork accent for neutral decor

Original artwork, like the examples seen here, makes a beautiful statement in your home. Colorful abstracts work beautifully with antique pieces, and all price points and sizes are offered at MAI. Be sure to check out our Art Gallery page on this site.

Set aside some time to cruise MAI’s aisles. With 19,000+ square feet in three showrooms, you’ll find your inspiration!