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Indian furniture, Dining Table, Nest of Tables, Cushions and Accessories

The Latte Levy – Save With a Reusable Coffee Cup

Monday, 8 January 2018

Sometimes there’s nothing better than popping into your local coffee shop and picking up your favourite hot beverage. It might be an Americano for the caffeine-fiend, or a marshmallow and whipped cream-topped hot chocolate for those with a sweet tooth. Some people opt to take away our drink in a reusable coffee cup. Others are happy to make use of the disposable coffee cups provided by the baristas.

But how many of us have given a second thought to where the disposable cups actually end up? Unfortunately, there is a common misconception over just how recyclable these takeaway coffee cups are. Although the majority of disposable coffee cups are made from recyclable paper, they are in fact also lined with plastic polyethylene. This makes the cups waterproof and enables them to hold liquid, but also makes them increasingly difficult to recycle.

According to Greenpeace, there are currently only three recycling facilities in the UK which have the means to split the paper from the plastic polyethylene. Hence, less than 1% of the 2.5 billion disposable cups distributed yearly are actually recycled.

Latte Levy

In a report released on Friday, the government’s environmental watchdog, the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), recommends a ‘latte levy’; a 25p charge that is added to all hot drinks that are served in disposable coffee cups. It's a similar concept to the plastic bag 5p tax, which saw an incredible 85% reduction in the use of single-use plastic bags in its first year. The ECA hopes that this will encourage us to ditch the takeaway coffee cup and instead opt for a reusable alternative.

The EAC also recommends that by 2023, all coffee cups should be fully recyclable. Furthermore, if they aren’t, then they should be banned.

Myakka's Reusable Coffee Cup

The best way to ensure that you’re being as environmentally friendly as possible when getting your coffee fix (and saving yourself 25p every time!) is to purchase a reusable coffee cup. It's a great alternative to the disposable cups provided in coffee shops. At Myakka, we love our environmentally-responsible Reusable Ecoffee Cups. Made from natural bamboo fibre, one of the world's most sustainable resources, they’re BPA and phthalate free.

Deceptively sturdy at just 135g each, they’re light and fully dishwasher safe. Plus, they have a resealable 'no-drip' lid for drinks on the go. Available in 11 styles and colours, there’s a design for everyone. Furthermore, they’re currently only £6.70 in our Winter Sale. There's really no excuse not to grab your very own reusable coffee cup!
Myakka Reusable Ecoffee Cups
If you’re looking for other ways to be environmentally responsible, why not purchase one of our Myakka Jute Shoppers? Beat the 5p carrier bag charge with this stylish, practical and reusable shopper. Originally sourced as an alternative to plastic bags, they have more uses than we could possibly list. And they’re fair trade too!

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Myakka Winter Sale - Our Top Picks

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Myakka Winter Sale

Christmas may now be over, but don’t despair, as our Winter Sale is here! With savings of up to 50%, you could bag a real bargain across our range of furniture, lighting, rugs and accessories. The sale runs online from the 22nd December until the 28th January 2018, and from the 27th December instore. However, some of our best deals have very limited stock and once they’re gone, they’re gone for good, so don’t miss out! Here are our top picks from our Winter Sale…

Furniture Winter Sale

We’ve got some great savings across our best-selling Mallani collection. The Mallani Asymmetric Sideboard has a saving of 50%, now only £299. Offering an unusual take on a traditional sideboard, this really substantial piece has the offbeat charm we know you love. Or if you’re short on space, our popular Contemporary Nest of Tables, naturally neat and space-efficient, are now only £89!

Our Milborne collection, crafted from solid reclaimed pine, also boasts some fantastic savings, including the Milborne Bed with 50% off, now only £399 for the double. Sturdy, honest and appealing, it’s just the sort of place you’d want to sleep. Alternatively, the Milborne Glazed Dresser has a saving of £500, making it just £499 during the Winter Sale period.

Milborne Double Bed

Lighting Winter Sale

Our Lighting Sale includes savings on table lamps, floor lamps and unique feature lamps. Our Siam Driftwood Rectangular Lamp is now only £74, thanks to a saving of 50%. Handmade in Thailand by our fair trade friends and made from ethically sourced natural driftwood. It's ideal for a table top, bedside or as a hallway feature.

Or if you’re after a statement floor lamp, look no further than our Copse Floor Lamp, which is a study in elegant naturalism. And with a saving of £150, it’s now only £149!

Siam Driftwood Rectangular Lamp

Rugs Winter Sale

Looking to add some colour to your flooring at home? Our wide selection of rugs has something for everyone. Our Marroc Kilim Rug will make your visitors green with envy, especially when they find out it was 50% off in the sale! The combination of 80% wool and 20% cotton gives these fair trade rugs an incredibly hard-wearing yet yielding texture. Thus, perfect for the living room, hallway or bedroom.

Then again, if you’re looking for something a little more muted, our Natural Woven Round Rugs are durable enough for use in even the most high-traffic areas of your home. Plus, with 50% off, you can get your hands on one for as little as £49.

Marroc Kilim Rug

Accessories Winter Sale

Our collection of soft furnishings and home accessories are sure to complement your home. Get ahead with your spring cleaning and organise any post-Christmas clutter with our Hogla Rectangular Baskets. These good-looking, endlessly useful baskets are hand woven from natural seagrass on strong wire frames with cutout handles. Furthermore, they're available in two sizes, and you can save up to £12 on these storage marvels in our Winter Sale.

Finally, selected styles of our trusted Moti Ari Cushions are 50% off! Crafted from recycled wedding saris, these cushions are such wondrous creations of beguiling beads and dewy-eyed decoration.

Moti Ari Cushions Small

Of course, this is only a small selection of all the offers to be had in the sale. To see all the products in our sale, just click here.

Many of the items in our Winter Sale are discontinued, with limited stock remaining. So don’t delay and shop our sale today!

Plus, if you are lucky enough to live close to our Wincanton Warehouse Outlet, then be sure to check out our Exclusive Warehouse Clearance! With up to 70% off one-off items, end of lines and customer returns, there are lots of bargains to be had. Find out more on our website.

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Myakka's 2017 Christmas Gift Guide

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Welcome to the Myakka Christmas Gift Guide! Some of you may have already begun (and in some cases have even finished!) your Christmas shopping. However, we imagine that lots of you, like us, are still desperately trying to decide what to buy your family members and friends for Christmas. Luckily, we’re here to help…

For the animal lover

Here at Myakka, we love animals. And we think this comes across in our products! Whatever their favourite animal, we have something for everyone. For example, our Surin Bruno the Bear Table wins the hearts of everyone who meets him. He’s handcrafted from one piece of monkey pod wood. Practical and adorable, Bruno helpfully presents you with a chunky nature table for living room picnics and playful pastimes.

If you’re looking for a present for a dog lover, there’s no better gift than our Noodle Seagrass Dog. He’s been so admired since he arrived in the office. In fact, Dave, our lovable German Short-haired Pointer, gets jealous of all the compliments Noodle receives!

Alternatively, for a vibrant present with added comfort, how about our Indian Brocade Elephant Cushion? Colourful and stylish, these cushions will add lots of character and a touch of eastern indulgence to any home. Plus, they’re available in 3 different colours, so you can mix & match or simply choose one colour to match any home décor.

Surin Bruno The Bear Table

For the organised one

We all know someone who loves nothing more than everything being in its place. We have a whole host of storage solutions, to help with muddled shoes, piles of children’s toys and paperwork and magazines.

Our Vandara Petite Storage Seat can hold an array of items, including books, shoes and umbrellas. It’s a perfect addition to a hallway as it provides somewhere to perch while putting on your favourite pair of shoes.

The perfect gift with a range of uses, our Floral Storage Chests make a wonderful centre piece with wooden frame and hand painted ceramic drawers.  The lucky recipient can use them to store spices in the kitchen, or even as a jewellery chest on the dressing table.

Floral Storage Chests

For the bookworm

Surprise the book-lover in your life with a practical present that will become a real talking point in their home. Our Surin Painted Library Table is expertly carved to resemble a stack of beautifully bound library books. Children and grandparents alike will love this unusual occasional table. Perfect for holding TV remotes, a laptop and of course their favourite book.

For a bookworm who loves elephants, look no further than our Soapstone Hand Carved Elephant Bookends. Carved from solid soapstone, each elephant has a carving of another elephant inside it! They look great on any bookshelf and give the perfect excuse for the recipient to put their favourite books on display.

Surin Painted Library Table

For the little ones

Finding the ideal gift for the little ones needn’t be difficult. Especially not with our range of children’s toys! From the Crochet Octopus Rattle, which is perfect for babies, to the Knitted Large Diplodocus and Crochet Large Giraffe, we have the perfect companion for any child. Colourful and stimulating, they’re sure to become a cuddly friend for life.

If you haven't yet found the perfect gift in our Christmas Gift Guide...

...then why not check out the gift ideas on our website? We've got lots of ideas for any taste. Plus, don't miss out on our 3 for 2 on selected gifts & accessories offer*. Many of the gifts featured here in our Christmas Gift Guide are available in the 3 for 2 offer. But hurry, this offer ends midnight 19th December!

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Christmas Dining Room Tips - Our Festive Furniture Guide

Monday, 20 November 2017

Jasmeen Dining Set

Don't panic! There's still enough time to get your Christmas dining room prepared for all your festive entertaining. Just follow our simple checklist...

The Festive Dining Room Table

As Nigella has been telling us, those wooden tables are more than just a piece of furniture - they are for a family to live around. Think about how much time you might potentially spend around your dining table for 3 meals a day! For this reason, it's worth the investment. Depending on your available space, and whether your dining table lives in a dedicated dining room or in a kitchen area, you might need a round, square or extending dining table. Our collection of dining tables and chairs is so varied that you're sure to find one right for your family.

Enough Chairs?

It's quite usual to find that any old makeshift stool or perch becomes an impromptu seat around the festive table in an emergency. (Remember The Royal family Christmas?) But what a difference it would make to invest in a full complement of solid, reliable dining chairs! At Myakka, we have an excellent range to choose from that each coordinate with our dining tables. How about our Mallani Upholstered Dining Chairs with their simple elegance in solid sheesham hardwood? Or, perhaps you'd prefer our Fernley Dining Chairs, with their sculpted seats handcrafted from sustainably sourced reclaimed pine. If you are seeking a sheesham carver chair, then our Katina Chair would make a classic choice.

Sideboard Space

Clearing away the clutter from show and providing extra table surface at the critical service time, our sideboards are ready for duty. Specifically, where else do you put all those extra veggie bowls, endless types of stuffing and selection of sauces & condiments? Find the right size and combination of cupboards and drawers for your needs; from our Mallani Petite Sideboard with its slim double door cupboard and two drawers, to our generously sized Mallani Partner Sideboard or Milborne Large Sideboard, both with a versatile combination of drawer and cupboard storage.

Mallani petite sideboard

Placemats and Coasters

And finally, don't forget to protect the surfaces from heat and spills (inevitable at family festive times!), with coasters & table protectors. Discover our selection of tableware, with ceramic coasters and handcrafted table runners. All our styles are sure to bring the bling to your Christmas dining table.

Moti Ari placemats

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Tips for a Welcoming Guest Bedroom

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Expecting visitors this festive season? Time to tackle the guest bedroom and get it ticked off your list early and feel great! In order to help you prepare, here’s a handy checklist to help you and your guests sleep easy…

The Right Bed & Mattress 

To begin with, make sure the bed frame or divan, and mattress, are in a good state and can offer your guests comfort. Often our guest rooms can become dumping grounds, so start to clear away the clutter. Then take a good look at the bedstead, headboard, and mattress and check they are in a good state. Our solid wood bed frames and headboards are sturdily constructed from ethically sourced hardwoods. Plus, they'll last a lifetime with good care.

New Natural Mattresses

Our new mattress collection makes the perfect addition to any bedroom. Covered in Egyptian cotton and constructed with hand nested pocket springs, there are three levels of comfort for your perfect night’s sleep. Handcrafted in the UK exclusively for Myakka using sustainable materials, our natural mattresses coordinate perfectly with our selection of UK sized bed frames. Your ideal choice for a guest bedroom, our Comfort Mattress has 1400 individual pocket springs each hand nested within soft cotton, finished with side-stitching. Additionally, they're available in Double (135x190cm) or King Size (150x200cm).

20% Off Myakka’s Natural Mattresses*

For a limited time, we’re offering Myakka customers 20% off any natural mattress when they order a bed, headboard or bedroom bundle. Offer expires midnight on 15th November 2017. The 20% discount will be applied at the checkout.

Plenty of Drawer & Wardrobe Space

No-one wants to live out of a suitcase! Create some hanging and drawer space to allow your visitors to really get settled in. Not only handsome looking, our wardrobes are versatile too. The Milborne Wardrobe with its movable shelves makes for versatile hanging and shelf space. However, if you prefer darker wood, opt for our Mallani Two Piece Wardrobe with full width hanging and double drawers.

Relaxing Lighting

A guest bedroom can have all the home comforts you like but with harsh lighting, it’s just not inviting. Our unique collection of table lamps, floor lamps and feature lamps offers a variety of ways to light a sleep space creating a glowing ambience.

Mirror, Mirror, On The Guest Bedroom Wall

The addition of a mirror can give your visitors somewhere to check their special Christmas outfit! Similarly, it also has the potential to perform visual trickery and make the guest room look bigger. Our Mallani Table Top Mirror can be placed on a table or chest of drawers and can be angled to suit.

Scentsational Room Fragrance

Fragrance can influence how your guests experience their temporary home. With this in mind, why not try room diffusers or scented candles to add a subtle scent to this guest space? Our collection of candles and scents includes some seasonal fragrances such as Mulled Pear & Spices, or Orange, Clove & Cinnamon, each adding a hint of Christmas spice to the atmosphere.

Finally, a tip for being a great host...

Depending on how much celebrating you do, it’s also a good idea to get in the hangover remedies too.  Plenty of water, effervescent powders, paracetamol & slap up Boxing Day fry-up should see you and your guests right the next day!

Enjoy your celebrations with your family & friends!

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