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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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!

Easy-to-keep resolutions

Happy 2016! Trying to make those resolutions that you have made LAST – at least – until February? Try the resolutions below, guaranteed easy to keep!

#1 Reflect the beauty that is all around you (and within, too).

Starburst mirror at MAI Houston    Antique Italian fragment mirror at MAI Houston    Mirror vignette at MAI Houston

What’s better than a large mirror to reflect the beauty in your home? These large beauties at MAI can be just what you’ll love. In the middle, for example, the antique Italian fragment mirror is available for $5,500.

#2 Find time to relax (say ahhh).

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Sink into inviting pieces like these! Slip covered arm chairs are frequently seen in both Buildings 1 and 2, and this fully restored French settee in Building 1 is priced at $5,850.

#3 Read more books (or decorate with them).

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Whatever your style, MAI has the books for your bookshelves. The decorator books at the left are varying prices, and the antique books from Paris are bundled at $90 per bundle.

#4 Keep calm (and shop!).

Plaster bust, antique, MAI Houston

This late 19th century French bust in plaster is tagged at $1,700. Forgive our bit of humor here, and do plan to stop by MAI soon. Happy New Year!

Festive New Year’s suggestions

MAI has just what you will need for a festive New Year’s celebration…

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Whether you are hosting a crowd or serving a few close friends, these antique and vintage pieces will brighten your New Year’s table. The vintage wine glasses above are priced at $55 for a set of eight.

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Silver = festive! Prices vary on these pieces, and you can make a statement with the vintage French wine glass chiller at the right. Two are available at $195 each.

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Feel like dancing? These original contemporary French oil paintings are priced at $1,600 each.

However you choose to welcome in the New Year, MAI wishes you and yours a safe and happy celebration.



Top 10 Gifts under $100

Just in time for the holidays, here is MAI’s Top 10 List of gifts under $100… perfect for hostesses, teachers or anyone on your list!

MAI Paperwhites

Back again this year are our customer favorites, planted and ready to bloom paperwhites! Find these in vintage silver containers, starting at $19. Now in Building 2. Below are other great gift ideas, all priced under $100.

MAI gifts under $100

#2 Nickel trays, footed and handled, starting at $85.

#3 Horn barware, $49 each.

#4 German made holiday birds on lucite stands, $32.50 each.

#5 Large executive tumblers, $12 each.

#6 Mid-century Murano flowers on lucite bases, $88 each.

#7 Antique leather-bound books, starting at $20 each.

#8 Lucite reindeer, $34 each.

#9 Candles, bath products, etc., starting at $29.

#10 Marble cheese boards, $52 each.

These are just a few of the many items at MAI that make perfect “under $100” gifts. Come in soon!


Thanksgiving Sale just for you!

MAI is thankful for our great customers and friends! To show our gratitude, how about a sale?

MAI Thanksgiving sale


Company coming soon?

How time flies! With the holidays fast approaching, you may be looking for a few new pieces to welcome all that company…

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Mirrors like these above will greet your guests with a little dazzle.

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If a new buffet or sideboard is on your wish list, MAI has so many just waiting for you to choose.

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Holiday meals will be easy to serve at dining tables like these. The French table at the right is 10’6″.

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A new chest will spiff up your hallway or guest room, too.

So much to choose, so little time until the company comes… you are invited to visit MAI today!


It’s about time!

The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and that means it’s time for MAI’s annual holiday market…

MAI annual holiday market

This is the market that you love… come enjoy your favorite vendors and some fabulous new ones, holiday decorations, gift certificate drawings, lite bites and libations. See YOU on Wednesday, October 28!

You’re invited!

MAI hopes to see YOU at “Entertaining with Style” on Thursday, October 15. Here’s the scoop…

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This will be such a fun event… Here’s more!

MAI entertaining with style

We hope to see you. Come by, be inspired and be entertained!