Dreamin’ design

MAI is thrilled to join an impressive list of sponsors for Julie Dodson’s third annual Designer Dream Spree. 


Designer Dream Spree is fast approaching, scheduled for next Monday – Wednesday, September 24 – 26, at The Compound in Round Top. Created by Houston’s well-known Julie Dodson, this event brings together nationally recognized A-list designers on Tuesday for an inspiring panel discussion titled “Exceptional Discoveries.” Panel members include Jeffrey Bilhuber, Michelle Nussbaumer, Thom Filicia, and Susan Ferrier. The discussion will be moderated by Carson Kressley and Carolyn Englefield. Can we say WOW?

Already an award-winning event, we think this will be the best spree ever! Click here for more information and to see about last-minute tickets. 

Recognize the entrance to The Compound? For directions and more about this premier venue in Round Top, click here.

See YOU at Designer Dream Spree next week! 


What a busy month!

So much is happening this month at MAI! 

Join us on Wednesday, September 19, from 11 – 5, for a jewelry pop shop! Fresh from Istanbul’s Arasta Bazaar, custom jewelry presented by Ibrahim Eke will be here for one day only. Before you enter our showroom at 164, you’ll be wowed by our newly staged windows thanks to Emily Kelley.

MAI DIVANART pop up shop   MAI designing windows 2018

This month, the store is holding a contest that customers will love: MAI CARES! Customers have two options to help others and win rewards at MAI. Details below:

MAI CARES contest Sept. 2018

  • Inspire others with your own Before & After experience and WIN a $100 or $50 MAI gift card. Send a photo of your home showing Hurricane Harvey’s effects last year, plus a photo of ANY item from MAI that is now in your updated home. Email to [email protected] Winners will be announced and ALL entries will be mentioned in social media.
  • Donate to a relief effort for Florence’s victims. Donate $25 or more to a recognized Florence relief effort of your choice. Show us your receipt (printed or on your phone) and receive 20% OFF all items priced $100 & up NOW through 9/30/18. We cannot recommend efforts, but here are some links to get you started: American Red CrossGoFundMe, or North Carolina Community Foundation. Houstonians were helped by so many last year; let’s pay it forward!

At MAI, we always appreciate our customers and friends. We invite YOU to come see us soon! Always open to public and trade, Monday through Saturday, 11 to 5.


September longings

Happy September! With the arrival of long-anticipated cool breezes comes our longing to cozy up our homes.

Vignette at MAI in Houston   Designer pillows at MAI in Houston

For many of us, our September updates will include rich earth tones like these spotted recently on our aisles.

Rustic mix at MAI in Houston   Rustic mix at MAI in Houston

A rustic mix of styles and textures works so well, especially in the cooler months, don’t you think?

Rustic mix at MAI in Houston   Rug selection at MAI in Houston

Accents in autumnal tones certainly add to the coziness of our fall homes. 

Inventory above is available at MAI, open to public and trade Monday – Saturday. Drop by to find just the right pieces for your September updates. You know you want to! 


Designing windows update!

If you are familiar with MAI, you already know how much customers L-O-V-E our windows. Check out these newly designed inspirations!

Window designs at MAI 

This month’s Designing Windows series at Suite 164 features the design work of Sherry Millien. Sherry, who has 20 years of experience, is an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers. A graduate of Oklahoma State University, she earned a degree in design, housing and merchandising.

While expanding nationally, Millien and her Terravista Interior Design Group (terravistaidg.com) specialize in serving homeowners in The Woodlands, Bellaire, Kemah, Katy, Cypress, Tanglewood, West University and other area communities. The group provides everything from project management and remodeling to space planning and furniture selection. They help clients save time, update and upgrade their spaces, and overcome design challenges. Clients include Fortune 500 executives, oil company representatives, professional athletes, physicians, business owners and other successful professionals. 

Window designs at MAI   Window designs at MAI

If you are looking for inspiration in green and white, check out the windows next door. Designed by MAI’s own Oscar Zuniga, items from our middle suite come together beautifully.

Window designs at MAI

Nedra Hawks, a well-known Houston artist – and window stager extraordinaire – pulls together inspiring pieces from Suite 166 to create a look that just about anyone would love.

See these windows at MAI. They are just the start to a fun cruising of our aisles. Come visit us soon!


Hot town! Hot sale!

Spending summer in the city? Then think of THIS SALE as your little reward for enduring Houston’s heat!

Hot town, hot sale at MAI

All three showrooms at MAI are on sale. It’s cool inside and the sales are great. Come in this week!


Got rugs? Need rugs?

YES, we have rugs! If you are looking for a special rug – think Oushak, Persian, and more – we know you will love what MAI has to offer.

Rug selection at MAI

What a great selection! You can find rugs of all sizes, colors and price points in MAI’s middle showroom. 

Rug selection at MAI   

In the middle showroom, look for John Bayat, owner of Bayat Oriental Rugs. John is knowledgeable, experienced, patient, and always ready to help you with your rug needs. From expert cleaning and repair to new purchase, he is the one to turn to, and he is always happy to work with you.

Rug selection at MAI   

Floors needing covering? Where else can you purchase furnishings AND the perfect rug to go with?


Finding your inspiration

If you are loving your neutrals and looking for a few pops of color to add  interest, look to MAI. You’ll find inspiration around every corner.

 Color with pillows at MAI  Blue and white decor at MAI   

New pillows = instant refresh! MAI has so many to choose from.

Colorful artwork at MAI   Playful color at MAI

These accent pieces say F-U-N, don’t they?

Artwork accent for neutral decor   Artwork accent for neutral decor

Original artwork, like the examples seen here, makes a beautiful statement in your home. Colorful abstracts work beautifully with antique pieces, and all price points and sizes are offered at MAI. Be sure to check out our Art Gallery page on this site.

Set aside some time to cruise MAI’s aisles. With 19,000+ square feet in three showrooms, you’ll find your inspiration!



Flash sale this week!

Just in time for first-of-summer updates and Father’s Day, too… You’ll love this flash sale!

Flash sale at MAI

Hurry in this Thursday through Saturday. Your home will be happy, and Dad will be too.


So nice to be noticed!

MAI always appreciates kind words and positive recognition (who doesn’t?). Thanks to The Houston Chronicle for listing MAI in its Summer 2018 Explore magazine.

MAI listed in magazine   

The Explore magazine was included in a recent Sunday issue of the newspaper, dated May 13, and it is their 2018 “Ultimate Guide to Houston & Beyond.” With summer right around the corner, what perfect timing!  

We love being listed in this guide that details “Where to eat, drink and shop in the city now.”

We hope that you will visit MAI’s three showrooms soon to see what The Houston Chronicle is talking about.


Sunday Funday!

Sunday, May 6, was a fun day at MAI! MAI’s first-ever Outdoor Market welcomed 60+ premier vendors to the parking lot outside our store in The Houston Design Center.

MAI Outdoor Market   MAI Outdoor Market

MAI Outdoor Market   MAI Outdoor Market   MAI Outdoor Market

So much to see, shop, enjoy! From antiques and designer excesses to jewelry, clothing and treats, great items were snapped up.

MAI Outdoor Market   MAI Outdoor Market

Some 600+ customers enjoyed the wonderful spring sunshine, four tasty food trucks, friendly face painters and more.

  MAI Outdoor Market   MAI Outdoor Market

When customers were not trying on designer fashion, they were visiting the pet adoption tents of Almost Home Pet Rescue. MAI opened its doors, too, so customers could come in, cool off… and shop some more. What a fun day!

Who would want to miss events like this? Sign up for our email list by clicking here. Follow MAI on Facebook and Instagram, too. More fun is being scheduled for the near future. 



Look who will be here this Sunday, May 6

This Sunday, May 6, will see us having fun at MAI’s biggest day ever! We hope you will join us…

MAI Outdoor Market

MAI will be open on Sunday, too, and we are honoring the American Heart Association’s Shop with Heart Card.

MAI 2018 shop with heart card

What’s not to love about this? See you on Sunday!


First time ever at MAI !

It’s our first.time.ever! MAI’s new location in The Houston Design Center is the perfect venue for something we have wanted to host for years…

MAI Outdoor Market 2018

This outdoor event promises to be fun for everyone! Our parking lot will be packed with all kinds of finds, and our store will be open as well. If you want, you can register in advance at Event Brite: https://maioutdoormarket.eventbrite.com too. Come join us on Sunday, May 6.


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 freshome.com. 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.