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


Sneak peekers alert!

It’s official! As of today, MAI has relocated to The Houston Design Center, 7026 Old Katy Road, #166 (77024). Sneak peekers will very S-O-O-N be welcome – retail and trade, of course. And check the bottom of this post for a “set your calendar” alert!

Our new location is just a few miles up I-10, and you’ll love our new digs! See below, click here for directions, or call us at 713-827-8087.


MAI new location at the Houston Design Center

Did we mention the Grand Opening Celebration coming soon? Tuesday, November 7, from 10 – 5. Add THIS to your calendar, and check back soon for much more info!


Relocation is around the corner!

The clock is ticking and the doors are closing soon at MAI’s location on the Katy Freeway. But wait! Our MOVING SALE CONTINUES with NEW MARKDOWNS on dealers’ discounts that were already up to 50% off – or more – in dealers’ spaces. 

Below are some views yesterday afternoon around closing time, to whet your appetite.



You can see that some booths still have a lot to choose from, while some have already begun the move over to our new location. (The eight-chair set above was marked an unbelievable $300 yesterday. Wow!)

MAI’s doors close officially at 3:00 P.M. on Tuesday, October 31… just in time to get home, put on the costumes, and have some fun. Check back soon to learn more about our greatly-anticipated opening at The Houston Design Center, 7026 Old Katy Road, #166 (77024). Maps with directions are available at the store, by the way.

See you soon!


Crazy Moving Sale!

You’ll want to shop us over and over, until it’s over! MAI’s hotly anticipated moving sale starts Monday, October 9, and ends October 31 when doors close at our current location.

MAI Moving Sale

MAI’s doors will remain open at our current location until October 31. Deals can be found – we don’t want to pack all this stuff! Our new location will be in the Houston Design Center, just 10 minutes away off of I-10. See below.

MAI new location at the Houston Design Center

You can start shopping our new location on Monday, October 16. The Design Center welcomes both retail and trade customers, and here is a map, showing where you can find us.

MAI new location map

Come see us soon… your treasures are waiting!



Designer Dream Spree

Round Top and design – what a great combination, especially at this time of year!

Designer Dream Spree in Round Top

MAI is pleased to join a great list of sponsors for Julie Dodson’s second annual Designer Dream Spree.

Designer Dream Spree in Round Top

Designer Dream Spree’s activities include more than the panel discussion, too. Click here to see all that you can enjoy.

Some of MAI’s dealers are selling at various venues in Round Top this time of year, too. Round Top, here we come!