Find that special gift at MAI

Mall shopping may be fine for some holiday gifts, but when you want something special… count on MAI!

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Come in for the pop up shopping (always fun!) and stay for the unique inventory on every aisle. You’ll find something special, and it may be discounted too!

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Check the galleries on this website for extra-special gift suggestions, and come to MAI soon.

You’ll find that special gift and you can give back to the community, too! 



So nice to be noticed!

MAI continues to hear compliments from our friends and customers who attended the recent anniversary festivities. Paper City Houston recently posted some great photos taken during the events.

Who could resist such cute puppies? Annie and Flower posed, representing Citizens for Animal Protection, a leading animal shelter in Houston and charity beneficiary.



Trunk show customers and vendors enjoyed cruising the aisles in all three MAI buildings.

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News you will love!

Just in case you want more enticement to visit MAI for our 10th anniversary events this week…

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Plus, you’ll L-O-V-E our popular annual Holiday Market tomorrow! See the preview below.


MAI’s new shop AXELLE is opening, too! AXELLE shares Building 3 space with freshly re-vamped Consigned.

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And for more about a runway-style vintage fashion show and Segreto Vignettes book signing, check out our posts below.

We hope to see YOU soon!



Anniversary Event Calendar

Mark YOUR calendars for all the events MAI has planned just for YOU!

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Previously posted, below, are a few event preview pics to whet your appetite. But these are just the beginning… check back soon for more details. Note: You can follow us on Facebook and Instagram for up-to-the-minute news and more preview shots!



Event preview! Save these dates…

MAI turns 10 this month! To celebrate – and to thank our many customers and friends – we are planning special events just for you. 


Can’t wait to see what’s in the works? Here is a preview:

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MAI’s oh-so-popular Holiday Market will be a big part of the three-day celebration.

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Leslie Sinclair will be dropping by to sign her newly published book Segreto Vignettes. You’ll love Leslie’s new book AND each day’s lite bites and libations, too!

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A new venture and a redesigned Building 3 will be unveiled, a runway-style fashion show will inspire you, and Houston’s Citizens for Animal Protection will benefit.


MAI’s customers have always enjoyed our event door prizes, raffles and special dealer discounts… check back soon for more details.

You’ll be thrilled you did!



Nowhere else but MAI…

To quote a popular designer here in Houston, “Nowhere else can you walk into one large store and find fine antiques side-by-side with great contemporary furnishings.” We think you’ll agree!


This picture says it all: an antique French settee is updated with a zebra pillow and flanked by mid-century arm chairs that pop. And what about that artwork, much less the gilded and marble-topped table?


We’re loving this rustic sideboard (great storage!) topped with a pair of Louis Philippe mirrors and custom lamps made from architectural fragments and fresh rectangular shades. The antique cherub newly framed in acrylic says, “I’m special.”

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Color, clean lines, lucite, drum shades and more beautifully update pieces that are already fabulous. Timeless!

Looking for that special piece, or wondering how to arrange what you have in a new way? MAI’s 17,000 square feet of beautiful vignettes will inspire you. Come see us today!


Designing windows – the inspiration continues!

MAI Houston front window design by Cindy Witmer Designs

Transitioning into the cooler months is beautifully achieved in Building 2’s September windows, thanks to the inspiration of Cindy Witmer Designs. Since 1998 this Houston design firm has enjoyed working with clients, builders and architects in Texas, Colorado and throughout the country. Steeped in classic sensibilities, their design is for those who appreciate fine antiques, fine art, architecture, reclaimed and authentic materials and cool, peaceful environs incorporated into a busy, modern lifestyle.

MAI Houston front windows designed by Cindy Witmer Designs

Warm and inviting interiors – with a glamorous twist where you least expect it –  plus a desire to connect with the South of France, Italy and Florence drive Cindy Witmer Designs’ aesthetic. They are big believers in well loved, well lived interiors that are timeless and wear well with the years.

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A graduate of the University of Texas, Cindy Witmer (pictured right, in the photo) is the creative and passionate force behind Cindy Witmer Designs. Cindy listens carefully to each client’s needs and collaborates closely with her team. Associate Designer Laura Benes (pictured left) is also a graduate of the University of Texas and has been with the firm for eight years.

Learn more about this well respected interior design firm by clicking here, or by calling them at 713-278-1919.



What’s your look?

Looking for a specific style of interiors and decor? If you are seeking something special, something new for your space… here are some of the looks at MAI right now.

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French, fabulous, gilded with a little rustic or abstract mixed in… if you’re into mixing styles, or staying true to purely European decor, MAI has it!

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Updated industrial decor and mid-century modern looks can be found in our buildings, too.

Asian decor   Murano lanterns and neutral decor

Above, these vignettes give you an example of the color – or the neutral tones – ready to inspire you at the store.

Whatever style of interiors is your favorite, walk the aisles of MAI for some up-to-date inspiration. Hope to see you soon!



Midsummer color

Midsummer heat forces Texans inside more often, and that can bring about longings to refresh our spaces. What’s better than a few new pops of color to freshen up our homes?

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From the traditional blue and white decor, above, to bright greens and pinks, a piece or two in a new color can make a big change in a room.

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Speaking of pink, the mid-century tufted velvet chairs above make a beautiful statement. This original art, more subtly colored, does as well.

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Custom pillows or succulent wreaths in new colors can brighten up a space as well.

All of the inventory seen above can be found today at MAI Houston. MAI has just what you’ll love for refreshing your home – midsummer or any time!



So nice to be noticed…

Thanks to designer Lauren Haskett for mentioning MAI recently! Lauren listed MAI as a resource in Houston House & Home magazine’s colorful and fun June 2016 article.

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Want to read the article and view the magazine, e-style? Find it by clicking here.


No ties for Dad this year!

Father’s Day is June 19, and MAI has wonderful gift ideas – at all price points – that he will love…

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If Dad takes pride in his culinary skills, we think he will appreciate the selections above. Vintage cutlery under $200. Vintage champagne bucket, $95. Antique European fish mold, $95.

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Does Dad love art? Above are just a few of the countless styles and sizes available at MAI. Original contemporary oil, 36″ x 48″, $1,395. Framed Texas art, 12.5″ x 14.5″, $500. Antique hunting scene, 24.5″ x 28″, $875.

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Is your special someone a collector? Antique eagle weather vane on custom stand, $950. Antique scales, $110. English match strikes at various prices.

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One-of-a-kinds can be found on MAI’s aisles, too. Ice bucket made from a boat port hole, $345. Industrial objects on stands, under $100. Carved vintage bulldog, $45. Insect collections at different prices depending on size.

Forget the malls this Father’s Day and find something unexpected for Dad at MAI. We will be glad to help you find just the right thing!