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!

Style mix and MAI

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

Art Deco console at MAI

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

Style mix at MAI

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!

We’re all about YOU…

We’re all about YOU at Memorial Antiques & Interiors, especially around Valentine’s Day!

 

We’re not waiting for spring!

Why. wait. for. spring . . . when we’re wanting to renew our interiors now? Look what’s just in at MAI…

Designer Dana Boyd – aka Golden Monkey Antiques & Interiors – has just unloaded containerS of fresh and antique decor straight from Paris. You won’t want to miss this…

This antique garden planter awaits the fresh greenery you’ll add, don’t you think?

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This wonderful clock face seems to tell us to hurry in… With all the furniture, lighting, and accessories that Dana has unloaded from France, there’s plenty to please, BUT the hold tags are flying!

Over at Building 2, our Designing Windows series continues. This month’s windows have been designed by Tamara Moore, of Tamara Moore Interiors. With over 12 years in the business, Tamara’s custom artwork and interior designs are seen in NYC, Santa Fe, Alabama, Kansas, Houston (of course!), and elsewhere. We think you’ll love her windows and her booths at MAI.

What color is HOT for spring 2014? Pantone says it is Radiant Orchid. Regardless, MAI has color, too!

MAI dealers are busy NOW bringing in fresh new inventory to all of our buildings. Come check us out soon . . . who waits for spring, anyway?

 

Holiday Gift Guide (for the last-minute shopper)

Avoid mall panic by shopping at MAI this week. We offer quick and complimentary gift bagging, too!

     

Holiday-wrapped candles in urns, $32 and up. Vintage French champagne buckets, $98.


     
Small old pate terrines, $50 and up. Lavender sachets, $15. Antique Florentine trays, lamps, etc., pricing varies.

     
 
Candy Maley dog prints in hand-painted frames (many breeds to choose from), $250. Vintage red papier mache coaster, $98, antique Imari, old blue and white, pricing varies.

     

Antique boxes, tea caddies, etc., offered by numerous dealers. Pricing varies. Vintage Euro antlers, $138. Old hotel silver trays, $90.

With easy-to-find gifts like these and complimentary gift bagging while you check out, what have you got to lose (other than mall panic, of course)! 

Holiday Gift Guide (for the Modernist)

Mid-century modern is hot, and not just at holiday time! MAI has great selections for the Mid-Century Modernist on your list!

Mid-century modern Italian art glass bowl signed by artist.

Mid-century modern bowl signed by artist, with original tags and box. Shown with mid-century glass grapes.

          

Vintage bronze and marble sculpture. Mid-century framed French advertisements and bar signs.

           

Vintage Murano lamps with new shades on lucite bases. Artist-signed mid-century modern lucite accessories.

These are just a few of the mid-century modern gift ideas at Memorial Antiques & Interiors. Come see what else is in store for you and yours!  Happy holiday shopping!

Designing windows…

Looking in at MAI

We think you’ll be inspired by the front windows at MAI, and Building 2 is especially pleased with their windows’ new looks this week!

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Lucky us! Building 2′s windows have been designed by Julie Dodson, lead designer  for Dodson Interiors here in Houston.

Classic and glamorous designs evoking comfort

while remaining fresh and sophisticated.”

Known for her style, Julie was named “Star on the Rise” by the Decorative Center Houston in 2012. She made headlines too when Traditional Home magazine named her “One of 20 Young Designers in the US to Watch” in 2010. Her work has been featured in media such as Beautiful Homes, Papercity, Kitchen & Bath Ideas, Traditional Home, Cote De Texas, and elsewhere. She has worked on the past three Pink Ribbon Houses as well.

We love Julie’s work, and we think you will too! Come see!

 

Holiday Gift Guide (for the Collector)

Looking to gift someone special? Try MAI’s suggestions for that special collector on your list . . . 

Always popular mid-century alabaster grape clusters – always available at MAI.

This exceptional armorial shield banner from France, c. 1726, will impress a very special collector.

                                                                                                                            

The box collector will appreciate the large French bank box, c. 1890 – 1910, or this 18th c. Italian miniature chest.

                                  

Antique carved puttis, cherubs, angels and children (such as the ones you see here) are currently available at MAI. 

Throughout this holiday season, we’ll be posting gift guides to please the enthusiasts on your list – even YOU! Check back soon. Happy shopping!

 

 

A great day at MAI…

Thanks to our wonderful customers and trunk show vendors, our annual Gifts & Guilty Little Treasures Market was great fun yesterday!

With 15+ trunk show vendors, seven gift certificates to win, and MAI’s three buildings packed with fabulous inventory, customers had the perfect opportunity for holiday shopping. And fun.

Custom men's items, too   Crowd pleaser! One of many trunk show vendors Just try it on! Gifts for the college fans $400 gift certificate winner Ikats here and custom order, too. What's not to love about our trunk shows? Which one to choose? Shopping fun in Building 2 Which bracelet to pick? Decisions, decisions...

 Did you miss this event? No worries… something exciting is always in the works at MAI. Hope to see YOU soon!