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Houston Design Center's Sidewalk Sample Sale Is Back

Furnish your home with some of the best deals of the year.

By Desiree Cantu September 18, 2020

A woman shops for furniture.

By this point in the pandemic, cabin fever has fully set in, and to keep from going too stir-crazy, many have taken to revamping and redecorating their homes.

If you've been debating hopping on the home renovation bandwagon or just need some styling inspo, you’re in luck: The Houston Design Center’s Annual Sidewalk Sample Sale begins Monday, September 21. The indoor/outdoor event will showcase seven* of the 45 showrooms and design firms and offer exclusive sales.

"Today everyone is spending more time than ever fixing up their homes,” MAI Houston general manager Kathy Swartzfager says. “At this sale, showrooms will offer a wide assortment of deeply discounted showroom samples, art, antiques, accessories, and more.”

Participating showrooms include Design House, James Craig Furnishings, Johnson Simon Resources, MAI Houston, RR Home, Scene One Interiors, and Stites Gorman Associates.

Each showroom is implementing its own set of preventative measures to ensure a safe shopping environment. 

Here is a quick preview of some of our favorite sales:

MAI Houston

Memorial Antiques and Interiors, which opened in 2006, is known for having unique and HGTV-worthy window displays that demonstrate how to design with a wide range of styles. During Houston Design Center’s sale, they will have over 40 merchants, who will offer their deepest price cuts of the year. You are bound to find amazing antiques, as well as brand-new decor and furniture, marked down more than 75 percent-off retail price at showroom #166.

James Craig Furnishings

Also founded in 2006, this shop is your go-to for whole-home furnishings. Native Houstonian and founder James Keathley regularly attends the High Point Furnishing Market in North Carolina— one of the largest furniture trade shows in the world with 2,000-plus exhibitors and 12 million square feet of showrooms—bringing the best back to Houston. The store offers an expansive collection of modern, traditional, rustic, and transitional styles. The sale will offer 60-70 percent-off select floor items. Check it out for yourself at showroom #298.

Design House

Find luxe brands like Hickory White, Sherrill, Taylor King, Bernhardt, Hooker, and Modern History in Design House’s award-winning showroom. This spot touts timeless designs and a “curated selection of well-made and uncommon furniture, art, and accessories.” Find 40 percent-off discounts on furniture, home goods, and more at showroom #115.

Scene One Interiors

At Scene One Interiors, they believe "every home, every room has its own story to tell,” according to the website. One of Houston’s top home furnishing spots for 38 years, the store will help you create a home out of your house with luxury furnishings. The showroom will be discounted 40 percent-off, plus clearance is an additional 25 percent-off, during the Sample Sale. You can find Scene One Interiors at showroom #109.

Sept 21–26. Houston Design Center, 7026 Old Katy Rd. For more information visit

*The number of showrooms featured in this sale has been corrected.

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