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

Spring 2018 Interior Design Trends – Velvet

Friday, 13 April 2018

Luxe velvet has been in style for a while now. But according to Homewings, Houzz and countless others, that’s not going to change any time soon. Treat your home to this plush spring trend with our tips below.

Velvet Upholstery

The Evening Standard says that velvet upholstery is the best way to adopt the velvet spring trend, and who are we to argue? Embrace the velvet upholstery trend in style with our joyful Fandango Armchair. One of our bestselling chairs, it’s just the kind of imaginative, original and colourful furniture that gives a home its unique edge. For the ultimate in feet-up comfort, pair it with our Fandango Velvet Footstool. Not only will you save £100 when you buy the set, but you’ll be doubling up on interior style points with this knockout pair!

Fandango armchair spring trend

Also ticking the velvet upholstery box is our Velvet Patchwork Bench. Slender and space-saving, this padded velvet bench packs a colourful and characterful punch. Brimming with eclecticism, it will, of course, become a statement piece in any room. We think it looks great at the end of the bed, in that awkward space in the hallway that’s crying out to be filled, or simply in front of a window.

velvet patchwork bench - velvet spring trend

Velvet Accessories – Spring Trend on a Smaller Scale

If you’re looking to incorporate the velvet trend on a smaller budget, velvet accessories are the way to go. Our Teal Velvet & Brocade Cushion is a beautiful addition to your sofa or favourite armchair. Handmade and fair trade; just how we like our cushions. Alternatively, pair it with the coordinating quilt to make a bright statement in the bedroom. Our customers continually praise the quality workmanship, jewel-like vibrancy and the shimmering opulence of the patterned brocades and velvets used in this duo. On the other hand, if you prefer earthy colours then this style is also available in Maroon.

teal velvet & brocade cushion & quilt


New for Spring 2018 is our Hadlee collection. With 3 colours to choose from in both the cushion and quilt, there’s bound to be a style to complement your home. Featuring supremely soft velvet with a screen-printed Marroc tile pattern on the woven cotton reverse, the Hadlee style brings both on-trend style and comfort to your home.

And finally, velvet also works perfectly with another Spring trend – artisan texture. The smoothness of velvet combined with the rough natural textures of woven items is an interior dream. And we’ve got you covered for artisan textures, too!

You can read our previous posts on the artisan textures trend and others below:
Artisan Textures
Metallic Accents
Our New Dark Wood Collection

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Spring 2018 Interior Design Trends – Artisan Textures

Friday, 6 April 2018

Continuing our spring trend series, today we’re looking at artisan textures. According to Ideal Home, textures are set to be big this season. Luckily, we’ve got a range of affordable and on-trend textured products which will easily weave their way into your home.

Noodles with Oodles of Artisan Texture

We’ve sung the praises of our Noodle family many times before on our blog, and for good reason. They make the perfect companions and don’t need feeding, or ‘walkies’, in the case of Noodle Dog, Noodle Pup and Seagrass Sausage Dog. This canine trio were recently joined by their new pals Noodle Elephant and Noodle Piglet. Hand woven from seagrass with beady button eyes and noses, they inject both spring trend style and fun to your home.

Noodle dogs

Kaisa Berbers & Hogla Baskets

Handwoven by artisans in Bangladesh from kaisa grass, our Kaisa range will add subtle yet colourful artisan texture to any room. We particularly love the Lidded Berber Basket, an attractive and wonderful home for everything – from dirty laundry to craft supplies and children’s toys. Equally, the Set of 2 Kaisa Jute Baskets are perfect for holding all those bits & bobs which tend to go missing around the house. Use them for your keys in the hallway, or as a fruit basket in the kitchen.

For a more muted tone, look no further than our Hogla Baskets. Available as a magazine rack or in a classic rectangular shape, these endlessly useful baskets are hand-woven from natural seagrass and are true storage saviours for small spaces.

Kaisa Lidded Berber Basket and Small Waste Basket

Sophisticated Seagrass

As you can tell, we’re big fans of seagrass at Myakka; it’s a sustainable marine flowering plant that helps prevent land erosion and provides an important habitat for many animal species! With our Java Large Seagrass Lamp, you can put a sophisticated spin on the natural, artisan texture look. Ideal for any room, it’s sure to make a statement wherever it lives – even when unlit.

Java Large Seagrass Lamp

Spring Trend Underfoot

Add some additional comfort underfoot whilst bringing the latest trend to your home with our textured rugs. Our Border Jute Rug boasts a chunky style that sits wonderfully on any flooring. Made from 100% natural, heavy-weight jute, it’s ideal for high traffic areas such as a hallway or landing. Alternatively, if you love the textured look but want a bit more colour, what about our Rainbow Braided Round Rugs? Braided by hand from fabric remnants, the hardwearing circular rugs are such a practical, affordable way to add a splash of warmth and colour to any room. Plus, we love the fact that no two are exactly alike due to their handmade nature.

Most of our rugs are GoodWeave certified and we are proud to support this pioneering charity. GoodWeave works to stop child labour in the carpet and rug industry in countries such as India and Nepal. You can find out more about GoodWeave on their website.

Border Jute Rug


Finally, have you read our previous 2018 spring trend posts? Find them at the links below:
Metallic Accents
Our New Dark Wood Collection


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Spring 2018 Interior Design Trends – Metallic Accents

Friday, 23 March 2018

Spring Trends

Following on from our post about Spring Trends last week, today we’re exploring another of those trends; metallic accents.

Metallic accents are a great way of mixing up your home style and adding a luxurious finish to any room. Whilst copper and rose gold have been in the interior limelight for a while, this year brass joins the trend family. From bold pieces of furniture to more subtle accessories, we have plenty of choices to help you recreate this new trend at home.

Myakka’s Favourite Metallic Accents

Peetal

New for Spring 2018 collection are our Peetal Drum Side Table and Coffee Table. Handmade using traditional Indian techniques, with bases cut with lacy circular patterns, decoratively etched and finished in an antique brass effect. Equally at home in a conservatory living room, study or even a bedroom, and perfect for adding a gorgeously exotic look to any room and displaying your treasures from around the world.

Peetal Drum Side Table and Coffee Table

On-Trend Accessories

A reflection of style, our Hexagonal Brass Mirror is handcrafted in Honduras. With a lightness of form thanks to its slender hand forged brass frame and delicate chain hanger, the mirror is actually quite large - giving a room extra dimension and impact as it bounces light around. We love it hung alone or as part of a grouping of mirrors, pictures or other wall décor.

Another new-for-Spring product that’s bang on trend is our Tappa Table Lamp. With a high-end designer look, it’s hand-formed from metal wire with a hand-turned mango wood based. Made for Myakka by a fair trade lighting supplier based in Delhi, who distributes work to small artisan groups. Stylish accessories with a feel-good factor? Yes please!

Bee on Trend with Hyve

Of course, we couldn’t forget to mention our brand new Hyve Collection. Featuring hand carved honeycomb details, light-reflecting brass foil accents, round drawer knobs and on-trend hairpin legs, Hyve combines brass with another Spring trend; dark wood. With 7 pieces in the range to choose from, you can mix & match the range or choose one stand-out product. Though our Hyve Collection is new to Myakka, our fair trade working relationship with this north Indian supplier is not; we have been working with the team who handcraft the range for almost two decades.

Hyve Tall Display Unit

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Spring 2018 Interior Design Trends – Our New Dark Wood Collection

Friday, 16 March 2018


Myakka 2018 Spring Trends

Following key interior design trends for 2018 as shared by Ideal Home and Homewings to name just a few, both glam dark wood furniture and brass accents are really hot property, replacing a focus on white gloss and copper detail. With this in mind, we are delighted to introduce our new furniture collection; Hyve.

Hyve's Dark Wood & Brass Features - Key 2018 Interior Design Trends

Focussing on a number of key spring 2018 interior design trends, Hyve features hand carved honeycomb details, light-reflecting brass foil accents, round drawer knobs and on-trend hairpin legs, both in a brass effect finish. Crafted from mango wood and stained to a warm, dark brown with a light lacquered finish.

Hyve captures so many current trend-setting features for Spring 2018: stylish dark wood; brass detailing; retro glamour; and a sense of fun. There are seven pieces in the collection perfect for your hallway and living room. Group for a complete look or in contrast, use any one as a statement piece to complement your existing furniture for a more eclectic style.

As ever, you can buy in confidence with Myakka’s ethical credentials which are always on trend. Hyve is made from sustainably sourced mango hardwood and created exclusively for us by artisan craftspeople in India, through a fair trade relationship spanning almost two decades.

Hyve Display Unit, £499

In a hallway, as a debonair cocktail cabinet, or equally as a living room sideboard…our Hyve Display Unit invites so many uses. A wonderfully original cabinet offering a combination of open display and closed storage in two shelves, two cupboards and a single drawer.

Hyve Display Unit

Hyve Side Table, £199

Characterful and the perfect ‘accent’ table for use anywhere in the home. A real all-rounder that would be especially welcome at your sofa-side for refreshments, reading materials and other essentials.

Hyve Side Table

Hyve Media Unit, £499

Wondering how to make modern technology look good in an eclectic home? Then the Hyve Media Unit is for you. This unique unit accommodates a widescreen TV on top and has two shelves for the digital receiver and other media devices. Furthermore, on either side, two drawers and a cupboard will help keep handsets and remotes organised.

Hyve Media Unit

Hyve Coffee Table, £349

A conversation piece for the living room which sets the scene for a comfortable yet quirky living space. This mid-size coffee table has an open storage shelf and single drawer.

Hyve Coffee Table

Explore the full Hyve collection on our website.


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National Bed Month – Sleep and Save with Myakka

Friday, 9 March 2018

National Bed Month is here! At Myakka, we know the importance of a good night’s sleep. In fact, we spend a third of our lives in bed. That’s why we offer a fabulous range of fair trade beds, headboards and mattresses, so that you can pick a style that suits you and your home. And even better, we’re currently offering you 20% off the cost of a mattress when you buy any fair trade bed or headboard.

Solid Wood Bed Frames

From the solid sheesham Mallani and Jasmeen collections to the French carved elegance of our Maison collection, you’re sure to find a Myakka bed that you love. Plus, the fact that they’re all ethically sourced and fairly traded will only help you sleep better at night.

A true Myakka stalwart, the Mallani Curved Bed is a real masterpiece, handcrafted in solid sheesham hardwood. With a softly curving pillared headboard and a supportive slatted base, this classic design is easy to assemble and will serve you well for many years to come.

If you love the Mallani look but are looking for smart storage solutions, look no further than our new Mallani Storage Bed. Available in both double and king size, the storage base frees up valuable wardrobe space with two generous drawers which glide out on castors.

Mallani Storage Bed

Fair Trade Headboards

A new headboard is a simple and affordable way of updating your bedroom décor and is ideal for people who already own a standard bed frame. Last year we introduced two new headboards to our bedroom furniture collection; one in our classic sheesham Mallani design and one in our intricately hand carved mango wood Vandara style.

Both headboards are extra tall, to ensure that their beautiful design is visible above a generous and cosy arrangement of pillows and cushions. There is no fixing required – simply stand the solid wood frame between the head of your bed and wall, and voila! A good way to celebrate National Bed Month in style...


Vandara Headboard


Handcrafted Mattresses

Last year we launched our very own range of mattresses. Handcrafted in the UK using natural, sustainable materials and covered in luxurious Egyptian cotton, they are the key to the perfect night’s sleep. All of our mattresses coordinate perfectly with our selection of UK sized bed frames, and offer three levels of superior comfort for all preferences and budgets; the Comfort, the Snuggle and the Super-Snooze.

The Comfort is the ideal choice for a guest bedroom, with 1400 individual pocket springs, each hand nested within soft cotton and finished with side-stitching. The perfect everyday mattress, the Snuggle boasts 1700 individual pocket springs. Lastly, the Super-Snooze is our deluxe option, with 2000 pocket springs hand nested within British wool, cashmere and soft cotton – the ultimate luxury for your bed. Additionally, with our Sleep & Save offer, you can save 20% on our natural mattresses when you purchase any bed or headboard.

Myakka Natural Mattresses

Finishing Touches for National Bed Month

Finally, there are many ways to give your bedroom a Spring refresh this National Bed Month. From a new statement chair to an inviting display of cushions, a cosy quilt to a stylish mirror. Here are some of our favourite fair trade pieces to enhance your sleeping space.

Global Fusion Stripe Ottoman, £349

The perfect hideaway for sheets and blankets at the end of your bed, this ottoman makes an eclectic statement as it gobbles up a welter of household items. Crafted from solid mango wood and woven kilim upholstery, featuring rich patterns, colours and textures.

Global Fusion Stripe Ottoman

Peacock Cushion, from £9

Looking to add a pop of colour and character to your bedroom? We have just the thing! This soft furnishing with soul is hand printed by our fair trade friends in India. Peacocks are the national bird of India; keeping their feathers in the hold is believed to bring good luck and prosperity.

Peacock Cushion

Orrin Rug, £169

Rugs are an easy way of changing the entire feel of a room for a relatively low cost. The Orrin Kilim Rug is filled with stunning Apache motifs and rich yet muted earth-tone colours. Made from a combination of 80% wool and 20% cotton and available in two designs.

Orrin Rug

Rani Mirror, £79

Mirrors can create the feeling of space and light in a room of any size. A real striking take on the classic sunburst mirror, the Rani Iron Mirror is handcrafted from recycled iron.

Rani Mirror

Teal Velvet & Brocade Quilt, £139

Bring jewel-like magic to the bedroom with our Teal Velvet & Brocade Quilt. Exotic, opulent and transforming, it’ll add warmth and colour to the bedroom. Complete the look with the equally beautiful matching cushions.

Teal Velvet & Brocade Quilt

Crazy Daisy Armchair, £699

Give your bedroom a unique edge with any one of our upholstered chairs. The Crazy Daisy Embroidered Armchair is a particular favourite; we just love the burst of groovy flower power that it injects into any room.

Crazy Daisy Armchair

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