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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Make the perfect entrance

First impressions count so make sure your hallway always looks its best. We have a great section of furniture and accessories which will give your hallway the help it needs to transform from a cluttered corridor into the perfect, clutter free welcome.

Console tables are the perfect solution for a cluttered hallway. All of our consoles are designed to be narrow enough so as not to take up too much room in your hallway but offer the most amount of storage capabiMallani Organiser Console is perfect for small hallways and includes a useful slatted shelf for shoes and four drawers for all the essentials like keys and pens. If you need something a little larger than the Mallani Large Console Table maybe just what you are looking for, the same depth as the smaller version but includes a slightly larger drawers an
lity. Our
d an extra slatted shelf which are perfect for shoes, or why not add some pretty baskets so you can store all the kids outdoor paraphernalia.

Our range of console tables also includes the Hathi Console Table with hand carved elephant detail, the Vandara Two Drawer Hall Stand which has hand carved detail on the drawers, the Bayford Hallway Table  has an funky iron frame work with three mango wood shelves and the smaller Thakat Hall Valet which is only 55cm wide but has lots of storage capabilities.

A storage seat is the perfect solution if shoes are your clutter conundrum. They offer lots of roomy storage for all the families shoes and a useful to seat to so you can tie your laces. We have storage seats in lots of different styles including the original Mallani Storage Seat which is open fronted,  the new Mallani Enclosed Storage Seat which includes double doors to hide away your clutter and the Hathi Storage Seat which has double doors decorated with hand carved elephants. We even have half sized designs, Mallani Single Storage Seat and the Vandara Petite Storage Seat are  designed specifically for smaller hallways.

Mirrors are the perfect accessory for the hallway. They create the feeling of more space and light which can be essential for small, dark and narrow hallways. We have a great selection of mirrors that coordinate with our other furniture such as console tables and storage seats. Our Mallani Hallway Mirror can be hung either vertically or horizontally and makes a roomy addition to your hallway.

A runner or rug is the perfect addition to your home as it both adds colour and protects your flooring. We have a great selection of Kilim runners which are very hardwearing and will bring a touch of the East to your home. The Ooty Stripe Wool Kilim rug is one of our best selling Kilims thanks to its lovely welcoming colours and friendly stripe pattern. If you are looking for something a little more traditional then the Kashi Wool Kilim Rug is perfect, it has soft warm colours and is made using traditional techniques. If you are looking for something a little more natural but want something really hard wearing then the Border Jute Runner may be perfect. Made from tough jute it is perfect for high traffic areas such as hallways.

We have a designed our furniture to fit into any size home. We also have a great selection of accessories to make sure your hallway gives a great first impression.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Indian Spring

Simon, one of our directors, has just returned from an exciting trip to India visiting our current suppliers and meeting some new ones. These overseas visits are an important part of our fair trade ethos that we make regular visits to our suppliers so we can ensure that products are being made correctly and that fair trade conditions are being maintained.

Simon goes out to India twice a year to visit our suppliers and potential new suppliers. During the visit Simon works with our suppliers to sign off new designs for the autumn catalogue and to start working on new designs ready for spring 2018 and beyond.

Lots of new furniture designs were checked and signed off ready for the autumn 2017 catalogue. We are adding lots of new pieces to our existing collections including Mallani, Thakat, Jasmeen and Milborne. As well as additions to our furniture collections there will also be lots of new soft furnishings, accessories and textiles that Simon and Georgie have picked out.

We can’t wait for the next few months as all the new samples arrive into Myakka HQ and we all try and sneak a peek at the new bits and pieces before it heads off for lifestyle photography in June ready to be put in the catalogue and made live online ready for autumn.

Here at Myakka we are very lucky to be able to design all of our furniture ourselves and see if through from the design process, to first sample and then through to the finished pieces. If we’re really lucky, some of our customers send us pictures of their new furniture looking great in their homes.

Keep a look out for our autumn catalogue that will feature lots of the new lines that Simon & Georgie have been developing with our suppliers in India. We are always looking for new ideas for new products to develop and we welcome any requests from customers for new furniture designs. If you have a great idea for a new piece of furniture, please do share it with us, email hello@myakka.co.uk or let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Light Up!

Lamps can help create the perfect ambience for your home. Whether you need to light a dark corner, or create a more restful atmosphere in your living room, the right lighting can make a room both look and feel different.

Here at Myakka we have a great range of lighting including table lamps, floor lamps, strings of lights and fun and quirky feature lamps. In typical Myakka style we have put together a collection of lamps and lighting tha
t it just a bit different to what you can find on the high street, full of character and charm.

A standard of floor lamp is the perfect way to brighten up a dark corner. The Isra Driftwood Floor Lamp has been crafted from a reclaimed branch to create an unique and attractive floor lamp that would look great with both modern and more traditional design. The best selling Eastern Flare Lamps are available in two sizes making them a great option for a difficult space and they look great!

Our collection of table lamps offers a number of different options and styles to help you create the perfect ambience. The Mercury Glass Lamp looks great when un-lit with mercury effect glass bottle base but lit looks even better. The Natural Shell Lamp would make a great focal point in any room. The lamp has been cleverly styled to resemble a shell or a fossil finished with a plain natural coloured shade.

A feature lamp is the perfect focal point of point of interest for any room. Designed to great un-lit, these lights looks even better lit. Everyone wants to touch the Rattan Anemone Table Lamp, made from pieces of rattan woven into the shape of a sea anemone; this lamp casts beautiful patterns across your walls when in use.The Bodhi Flower Lights look like a beautiful vase of flowers but when lit they are transformed into a magical bunch of flowers with 20 small lights, available in five colour options.

The right lighting can help transform a room from drab to stylish. Take a look at all of lighting here. We are always busy creating new designs and coming up with new ideas for our lamps and lighting. If there is something that you would like to see, let us know by emailing hello@myakka.co.uk.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Somerset Day


Thursday 11th May is Somerset Day and as a proud Somerset Business we wanted to share with you some of our favourite things about living and working in sunny Somerset.

We have been based in Wincanton, Somerset since Myakka was founded in 1999. There are so many amazing things to do here: it’s not all cider, cheese and festivals!

  • Exploring Ham Hill – this hill and surrounding Country Park is a great walk. Walk up the hill to see the war memorial and then back down to get a Sunday roast in the pub. There's a stone circle, iron age ramparts and time stones.
  • Over 60km of Somerset coast line - and lots of towns and villages along the way making exploring the coastline great fun. Who could resist an ice cream or fish and chips from Burnham-on-Sea or Minehead?
  • Explore beautiful Wells Cathedral – considered to be one of the most beautiful of England’s gothic cathedrals, this is really worth a visit. Wells is England smallest city and well worth a walk around once you have finished admiring the amazing stain glass windows of the Cathedral. 
  • Bath’s Roman Baths  - a visit to Bath is often high on the list of priorities when visiting Somerset and the Roman Baths are well worth the trip. No visit is complete without trying some of the interesting tasting spa water itself. 
  • Cheddar Gorge – This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is well worth a visit along with the village of Cheddar itself. You can even take a tour of a cheese company which still uses Cheddar caves to age its cheese. 
  • Hauser & Wirth Bruton – this unique art gallery is on a restored 18th century farm. With different contemporary artist shows and exhibits, this gallery in the pretty village of Bruton is great for a stroll – best of all, its free to browse. 
  • The Frome Independent Market – Frome is a lovely town to visit without the market but the monthly market makes it a great day out. Filled with local and artisan stall holders you can buy anything from locally produced cheese and charcuterie to a one-of-a-kind lampshade or clothing. 
  • Montacute House – This National Trust property is a great family day out. An amazing Elizabethan house (where lots of films and dramas have been filmed) and beautiful grounds make a fun trip for both old and young. The Long Gallery in the house also features an exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery of Elizabethan & Jacobean portraits. 

Whether or not any of these attractions appeal, there is something for everyone in Somerset. Stuffed full of history and culture it is a great place to visit, live or work.

We will leave you with our favourite Somerset fact – There are over 400 different varieties of cider apple grown in Somerset!

To find out more about visiting Someset here. And if you're in the area - pop in for some Myakka shopping! We're waiting to welcome you, just 2 minutes off the A303, turn off at Wincanton.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

National Walking Month - Let's get walking!

May is National Walking Month and here at Myakka we love to get out and about on our own two feet. This year the aim is to get us all out and about walking for 20 minutes a day.

This is the perfect opportunity to stretch your legs and give walking a try. Whether it is a walk around the park during your lunch break or a walk to and from the shop, walking will burn calories, improve your heart health and blood pressure, make your feel brighter and lift your mood. So why not give 20 minutes of walking every day in May a go?

During the month of May, Living Streets will show you 20 fun and easy tips to help fit a 20 minute walk into your everyday life. Take a look on the Living Streets website for all the helpful tips and advice to fit that all important 20mins into your day. They also have a rate your walk tool which will aim to help Living Streets gather information on the quality of walks in your local area. To rate your walk, simply click here.

Living Streets campaigns to make our streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists which in turn makes our environment a safer, cleaner and more social place. They are running a number of campaigns including ‘Show your love for 20mph’ encouraging councils to make residential and shopping areas a 20mph limit; a campaign to stop pavement parking which causes pedestrians to walk on the road and a campaign to remove ice from pavements as well as roads, to make it safer for pedestrians during the winter months. Their website is full of hints and ideas on steps we can take to improve our streets, as well and tips on how to campaign for safer streets in your area.

Take a look at Living Streets website to pledge, or to find out more about Living Streets and how to help their campaigns.