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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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Travels in India to Create New Collections

Friday, 3 November 2017

In search of new collections, this August Myakka’s founders Simon & Georgie made the annual summer trip to India. They travelled the breadth of the continent to make visits to our long-standing suppliers and to meet some interesting new ones.

New Collections for Spring 2018

Our supplier visits are essential to working with our trusted partners on new product developments for the next season. Further to this trip, we are busy preparing for some brand new collections, including furniture, lighting and accessories, to be introduced in early 2018. Although we can’t give you specifics just yet (you’ll have to wait a teeny bit longer!) we can reveal that there will be exciting additions to some of our existing sheesham wood collections, new exciting lighting and lamps and fabulous colourful rugs and accessories. We’ll also be making new additions to our popular upholstered armchairs to add to our new collection introduced this Autumn.

Maintaining Special Supplier Relationships

Another very important part of our regular trips is to keep up to date with our Indian colleagues. We’ve been working together for so long now that our visits are rarely just business. It’s an opportunity to catch up with old friends and to make introductions with new ones. Community involvement is at the heart of Myakka and as part of our trading commitment, we collaborate to make a positive difference in our supplier’s local communities. In particular during this visit, we initiated meetings between SKSN School for physically challenged children and our main supplier. We’re working together exploring the opportunity for a vocational training project whereby a selection of children from the school can learn more about the skills of carpentry and the opportunities that can provide for their future.

Indiability

Our Replanting Scheme is Flourishing and so are Communities

Keeping up to date with planting progress in Haryana was also important to Simon & Georgie during this trip. We launched our Replanting Scheme in 2014 working with a small group of farmers in Hisar. Our regular visits allow us to track the developments being made by the local farmers and work through improvements. By helping to replant Sheesham wood as a boundary crop, we are able to offer both environmental benefits and future income for farmers. It’s a developing project and really fantastic to see the difference this is making to community adoption and awareness.

Replanting scheme

Our Holistic Approach

So from planting new trees to developing new collections with trusted and skilled craftspeople, all at source in India, it really feels like the whole process comes full-circle – and this holistic approach is what’s important to us at Myakka.

Keep posted for new product developments coming soon. To be first in the know about all things Myakka – special offers, prizes and surprises, subscribe to our newsletter here.

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Myakka's Spooktacular Halloween Savings!

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Save up to 20% with our Spooktacular Halloween Savings!

It’s no TRICK...

…TREAT yourself to our Spooktacular Halloween Savings this Autumn with up to 20% off! We’re offering 10% off any order, 15% off orders of £150 and over and 20% off orders of £250 and over!
Of course, we've put together our pick of the top Halloween deals to help you decide…

Top 10% off Spooktacular Halloween Savings

Add some colour to your home with our Rainbow Braided Round Rugs. Available in four sizes, these handmade, fair trade rugs feature a mix of vibrant colours and textures for a beautifully individual and eclectic look. Alternatively, give your home a colour fix with one of our Vintage Fabric Patchwork Pouffes, handmade from vintage Indian fabrics.


Noodle family- Halloween Savings


On the other hand, if you're looking for some Christmas gift inspiration, our Seagrass Noodle Family make the perfect companions for any home. Not only do we have our original Noodle Dog, but he's now joined by his friends Noodle Pup and Seagrass Sausage. Or how about surprising someone this Christmas with our Contemporary Nest of Tables? Made from solid sheesham hardwood, the tables simply slide away into the space of one neat showpiece. Particularly neat and space-efficient, these tables are a real Myakka classic and are only £134.10 with our Spooktacular Halloween Savings!

Top 15% off Spooktacular Halloween Savings


Due to the earlier nights drawing in, you may be looking for something stylish to brighten your home. Our utterly unique Branch Floor Lamp is made from lengths of reclaimed branches. During our Spooktacular Halloween Savings, the Branch Floor Lamp is only £211.65!

However, if you’re looking for some smart storage solutions, our Mallani range has a whole host of space-saving options. For instance, the Mallani Space-Saver Bookshelf will make neat work of your book, CD and DVD library. Equally, it will lend an air of elegance that enhances your room décor. Alternatively, stow away your everyday clutter in the Thakat Blanket Boxes. Available in two sizes, these fair trade blanket boxes are indispensable storage marvels. Not to mention the fact that they are priced from only £143.65 with our Spooktacular Halloween Savings!

Milborne Bed - Halloween Savings

Top 20% off Spooktacular Halloween Savings

The Radial Coffee Table is one of our newest additions to our Savari range, and it makes a fabulous focal point for your living room. With our Spooktacular Halloween Savings, it can be yours for only £263.20! On the other hand, if you’re looking for something a little more traditional, check out the popular Mallani Drawer & Store Coffee Table. It will ultimately become the first port of call for everything you’re prone to misplace.

Finally, if you're playing host this Christmas, take advantage of our Spooktacular Halloween Savings by preparing your spare room for those extra guests. We’ve got plenty of bedroom furniture to keep your guests happy for the festive season and beyond. As well as our Milborne Bed, which comes in Double and King Size, we’ve recently introduced our new range of Natural Mattresses. Truly the perfect pairing for a good night’s sleep!

Obviously, this is just a small selection of the terrifyingly good deals to be had this Halloween. Check out our website for more inspiration. Nevertheless, these deals won't be here for long!

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Lighting Offers - Let it Shine This Diwali!

Monday, 16 October 2017

Celebrate Diwali with our lighting offers...

This year, on 19th October, Hindus will be lighting up the world to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights, associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity. Diwali coincides in the UK with a shortening of daylight and the clocks going back. Therefore this celebration of light is the ideal time to think about creating the perfect ambience in our own homes with creative lighting ideas. To make it sweeter, we are offering some fantastic lighting offers! These include savings of 15% and more on lighting, lamps and lanterns until 2nd November.

Celestial Collection


Add a naturalistic air

Each of our Isra Driftwood Floor Lamps are handmade in Thailand from ethically sourced natural driftwood. Therfore, each one is totally unique! Perfect for your sofaside or as a hallway feature. Why not pair with our Siam Driftwood Rectangular Lamp? As a result, you'll get double the wow-factor.

Glow for something completely different! 

The Aztec Table Lamp jazzy stripes printed on a canvas column shade and dark-stained and waxed mango wood base. Emitting a warm ambient glow, even unlit it is wonderfully colourful and eye-catching. Looks great in a pair on either side of a bed or sideboard.

On the other hand, our Celestial Collection is made from hundreds of whole oyster shells and shell fragments. This process creates astonishingly beautiful, utterly unique lamps. All equally stunning in any location – just choose which one would best suit your home. Personally, we'd have one in each room!

A design masterpiece

The beautiful Large Eastern Flare Lamp is made using the natural resources of rattan and seashells. The shells create delicate leaves with a simple flower as the centrepiece. When lit the design comes alive exaggerating the design, and when not in use a piece of art which would adorn any room in the home.

Starry skies

We're a big fan of lanterns. In particular, one of our favourites is the Multi-coloured Glass Star Lantern. A really unusual lantern, it has multi-coloured glass panels cleverly formed into the metal star frame. A small clasp allows one of the star’s seven points to hinge open, therefore giving access to the tea light holder within. Not only providing atmospheric lighting indoors, but outdoors too!



Whatever your style, take a look at our lighting offers, you’re sure to find something you love. Moreover, with up to 15% off lighting, lamps and lanterns, there's something for everyone. Hurry, offer ends 2nd November! To find out more about Diwali, check out this useful article from the Metro, which tells you the story behind it.

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