You’re invited! Save 20%+ and look who will be here!

Look who will be bringing the BEST trunk shows to MAI on April 28! Plan to come see, and plan to save 20%+ on all regularly priced items of $100 or more, storewide.

MAI Temptations Market 2015

MAI looks forward to seeing YOU on April 28. Our annual event is always F-U-N… bring your friends, too!

French, fabulous, and freshly unloaded!

Fresh from France, some beautiful antiques have just been unloaded at MAI! You can find these and so much more in Betsy Austin’s space at the back of Building 1. Betsy traveled to France recently and has some fabulous finds just for YOU. What would you just L-O-V-E to take home?

French antiques at MAI     Mirrored chateau windows at MAI

A French carved marble milkmaid named Madeleine gazes over the wonderful mix of antiques and modern in the space. These large chateau windows with mirrored inserts make the space seem so open, and they will do that for your home, too.

18th c. gilt French mirror at MAI     Bar cart for celebrations at MAI

The beautiful French gilt mirror above will open up your spaces at home, too. And just look at the lamps, swan, bar cart, and more that will freshen your home for spring.

Antique marble sink at MAI     Painted and gilded architectural fragment at MAI

This freshly unloaded marble sink and painted, gilded architectural fragment may be just the decorative items that YOU have been looking for. Come see what MAI dealer Betsy Austin has picked for you, and it’s here now – fresh from France!

Two weeks and counting!

MAI’s annual spring fling, Temptations Market, is scheduled for two weeks from today. Mark your calendars for great fun!

Annual Temptations Market at MAI

Save big. Save lives. Shop with heart!

Shop with Heart card available at MAI

Ready for discounts and great eats at 400+ leading Houston retailers and restaurants? On sale now at MAI are the American Heart Association’s Shop with Heart cards. When you donate $40 or more, you’ll receive a Shop with Heart card that opens the doors at 400+ participating retailers and restaurants in the Houston area. The brochure you’ll receive lists each retailer and restaurant for you (including MAI, of course).

You can use your Shop with Card any time starting Friday, April 24, through Sunday, May 3. Save big. Save lives. Shop with heart!

Lots of new inventory just in!

Cruising the aisles today turned up lots of fresh new inventory in MAI’s buildings! For starters, just unloaded from France and other parts of the Continent…

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:

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.