Design inspiration

For design inspiration, what better place to start than seeking the advice of designers? And what better place to find your inspiring pieces than MAI?

Abstract art at MAI Houston   Artful mirrors at MAI Houston

In the words of designer Jonathan Adler, “Life should be chic, glamorous, and colorful – and so should your home.” Your walls at home will shine with the addition of a new colorful piece of art or a new mirror. Pieces above are on our aisles now.

      Gustavian secretary at MAI Houston

Texas designer Jan Showers tells us,”Every room needs a touch of black just as it needs at least one antique piece.” At MAI, you can find touches of black and wonderful antique pieces like this Gustavian secretary in suite 166. 

Mid-century modern chairs at MAI Houston

“Texture is the thing that makes a room pop,” advises design site The mid-century arm chairs above feature wonderfully textured leather upholstery. For pricing information, click here.

“Decorating is really about creating a quality of life, a beauty that nourishes the soul.” Albert Hadley, we couldn’t agree more!

Find your soul’s inspiration at MAI, open to public and trade every Monday – Saturday.



Update: Designing Windows Series

MAI’s Designing Windows Series welcomes spring this month, thanks to the colorfully creative work of local designer Patti Perrier, ASID.

Patti Perrier window staging at MAI Houston

Each month, customers enter MAI’s doors freshly inspired by the Designing Windows Series, which features local top designers’ finds and creativity. We’re loving the color and bright, fresh feeling that Perrier has brought to the windows at suite 164. Her mixing of antiques with modern touches – and of course color – says now, don’t you think?

Patti Perrier window staging at MAI Houston   Patti Perrier window staging at MAI Houston  

Patti Perrier’s residential and commercial design firm, founded in 1992, is known for fresh perspective and creative composition. Her work has been seen locally, nationally and internationally. Regardless of a project’s size or locale, Perrier works closely with her clients, from the first days of design to completion. 

Patti Perrier, ASID

For more information about the range of Perrier Design, visit the designer’s website at

And be sure to come see MAI’s windows soon!


New month, new look?

March has just blown in, and spring is right around the corner… If this means it’s time for some new looks at home, MAI has endless options!

French day bed at MAI in Houston   MCM upholstered chair at MAI in Houston

From antique French day beds to newly upholstered mid-century modern chairs, MAI has a wide range of seating options in store.

Style mix at MAI in Houston   Sectional dining table at MAI in Houston

Above, a Swedish bench mixes beautifully with a glass topped coffee table. Another table, the dining table above, features two ends that can be used separately as demilunes. Talk about versatility!

   Abstract painting in purple at MAI in Houston   Asian screens at MAI in Houston

Sometimes a new statement piece of art, such as the large original abstract or the Asian panels above, can be just what you need to freshen up a space. These colors just say spring!

Colorful accents at MAI in Houston   

Pops of green say spring, too. For color, neutrals, style mixes and more, visit MAI for inspiration.

What are you waiting for?


Pssst! You’re the first to know…

You’re the first to know about lots of fun being planned for next week at MAI. . . 

MAI shopping round up

Before you head on over to the Houston Rodeo that’s coming up soon, you can round up some great treasures at MAI. We will also be hosting our first-ever Instagram contest. (You will love the prizes!)

See you on Wednesday, February 21. Bring a friend, too!


Pretty in . . .

We’re pretty in pink these days at MAI, and customers are loving it! 

Pops of pink at MAI Houston   Pops of pink at MAI Houston

From the front windows on inside, pops of pink can help you get ready for Valentine’s Day this week. As part of MAI’s continuing series, Designing Windows, the front windows have been staged by local designer Donna Lewis of Les Petites Lapins.

Pops of pink at MAI Houston   Pops of pink at MAI Houston   

It’s just the right time to find fun gifts for the Valentines on your list, at all price points. Prices for the items above range from $24 to $50. For the truly special on your list…

Pops of pink at MAI Houston   Pops of pink at MAI Houston   Pops of pink at MAI Houston   

The large original art above, in a vintage French frame, is priced at $2,300. For $995 this tall iron candelabra will make a statement, while the pillows can brighten any space for $195 each.

Dorothy Draper chests at MAI Houston

While not-quite-pink, we can’t resist these coral beauties! The vintage Dorothy Draper lacquered chests are tagged $3,400 for the pair.

You can find inspiring gifts and beautiful furnishings at MAI. MAI always welcomes public and trade, Monday – Saturday. What’s not to love about that?


Got the winter blahs?

Nothing like color to brighten those winter blahs… and the easiest way to brighten your space is to change out your pillows. 

Pops of color at MAI

Great new pillows can be found around every corner of the store right now! Check out the custom pillows below.

Pops of color at MAI     Pops of color at MAI

If orange tones are more your style, MAI has you covered…

Pops of color at MAI     Pops of color at MAI

Multi colored pillows are in stock, too. We can’t get enough of these mid-century looks, below.

Mid-century pops of color at MAI

Whatever color you are looking for can be found at MAI. We love welcoming the public and trade to our showrooms, so come see us soon!



You asked for it… Winter Elephant Sale!

Customers and friends, you asked for it! MAI’s second annual Winter Elephant Sale is next week.

MAI winter elephant sale 2018 (1)

The Winter Elephant Sale is the winter version of our ever-popular, end-of-summer Anything Goes Sale. MAI’s vendors will be bringing in designer leftovers, warehouse inventory, and more. Plus, MAI will offer 20% off (or more) all regular priced items of $100 or more. Store-wide! How can you miss on great looks like these:

We hope to see you at the sale. As always, public (retail) and trade ALWAYS welcome, and here is the map to find us:


Hello 2018

Hello 2018! A bright new year has arrived, and great things are in store…

mai hello 2018

Lots of new looks are in store right now – starting with newly staged windows, thanks to the talents of our own Oscar Zuniga.


Inventory above can be found in Suite 164. Remember that MAI is open to the public as well as the trade, and our happy staff is always ready to help you find just what you need. Come see us soon!



So nice to be noticed…

It’s so nice to be noticed… Thanks to Paper City Houston!

MAI article in Paper City Houston

Paper City is online, too. Check it out by clicking here, and come see our store soon!


All decked out. . .

MAI is all decked out this week! The Houston Design Center’s 10th annual Deck the Tables competition is in full swing, and five MAI vendors are participating. Participants in this event compete for several awards, and judges include notables from several esteemed magazines, including Luxe and Houston Design Resources. You are invited to vote for a very special award, too.

MAI’s fab tables below need YOUR vote for the “People’s Choice” award, to be announced tomorrow. Please click here to visit the design center’s page and vote – for one of MAI’s tables, of course!  

Deck the tables at MAI   Deck the tables at MAI

Above, two of MAI’s award-worthy tables are “Tied Up Tartan” by Dana Boyd (in suite 166) and “White Christmas” by Katie Galliano (suite 164).  

Deck the tables at MAI    Deck the tables at MAI

 You’ll also love “Dinner at Versailles” by Bert Melnick and Gretchen Gardener and Jack Watson’s “All about the Beasts.” Both tables can be found in suite 166.

 Deck the tables at MAI

Not to be outdone in this year’s competition is Oscar Zuniga’s creation, “Four Calling Birds.” This table is located just a short elevator ride upstairs, in suite 260.

These images do not do justice to the wondrous beauty of MAI’s tables. The details just beg to be seen up close, so come view their holiday splendor at MAI.


Popular Holiday Market is this week!

Back by customer demand is MAI’s annual Holiday Market. This Wednesday, December 6, is YOUR day to shop for one-of-a-kind gifts!

MAI Holiday Market 2017

Bring a friend and have fun shopping our 12 hand-picked vendors: Page Gregory Matthews, Frippery, Susan McVicker Jewelry, Pearls and Provisions, Maria Victoria, Kay Gilbreath Designs,  Emilia Collection, Vinglace, Jan Mclaughlin/KTC, Pain Train Salsa & Chips, Memorial Assistance Ministries. Below are a few pictures to tempt you.

MAI Holiday Market 2017   MAI Holiday Market 2017 

 MAI Holiday Market 2017   MAI Holiday Market 2017 

 MAI Holiday Market 2017   MAI Holiday Market 2017

And of course, always-popular fresh paperwhites planted in vintage planters by Kathy Rock!

MAI Holiday Market 2017

Did you also notice above that MAI will offer 20% off all store inventory regularly priced $100 and up? You can treat yourself too.

See you this Wednesday!


Home for the holidays?

You’ve heard it said, “There’s no place like home.” Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving at your home, or traveling somewhere to celebrate, we think you’ll love some fresh pictures of OUR home. . . MAI.

MAI style mix

Home inspiration abounds here! Think how a “new” (mid-century) pair of lamps could light up your entry, or a new-to-you antique French buffet could beautifully serve your dinner. Below are a few more vignettes now at MAI.

MAI style mix

MAI style mix   MAI style mix

Imagine this chandelier – or this mirror – lighting up your dining room, not to mention the glass and lucite table!

All of the dealers, designers and staff at MAI wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving, wherever you will be celebrating. MAI will be celebrating and relaxing, too, closing at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22, and reopening at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 27. Happy Thanksgiving!


Preview what’s inside our new location!

Retail and trade are welcome to sneak peek this week, and you may get to help us unpack in our new digs at The Houston Design Center! Here is just a sampling of what you’ll see…

(BTW, your invitation to the Grand Opening Celebration is below, too.)

Style mix at MAI

MAI is now housed in three spacious suites, all located at the back left side of The Houston Design Center.  And whether you love color or not, MAI has what you are looking for (always!).

Style mix at MAI

Style mix at MAI

Style mix at MAI

Style mix at MAI

Style mix at MAI   Style mix at MAI

YOU have inspired us to be the place we are, since 2006. We sincerely hope you will join us next Tuesday at our Grand Opening Celebration. Come celebrate with us!

MAI Grand Opening Invitation