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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Get comfy with these colourful cushions!

This is the season for getting comfy on the sofa and getting stuck into a new box set. To help you get as comfortable as possible we have lots of lovely new cushions that will also look great when not in use and add an extra layer of comfort to your sofa when they are.

We love the new Global Fusion Cushions which is made of a total of six cushions in two collection of either stripe or patch. These cushions are made form 100% cotton exclusive of trimmings with handmade tassels and pompoms trims. As these cushions are all hand finished, each cushion will be a design original with no two being a like. Best of all the cushions are on special offer with three for the price of two; just choose your favourite three! Coordinating rugs are also available.

Another favourite is the Mela Elephant Cushion. Available in two shapes, square and rectangle, these cushions have a fun and colourful patchwork elephant detail on the front and a lovely silky turquoise backing. They look great displayed together on a sofa or create a fun focal point with a single cushions.

Add some colour to your living room with our new Crewel Ikat Cushions. Inspired by the ikat pattern from the Spice Islands of eastern Indonesia, the pattern is in rich jewel colours on a natural background finished off with delicate beading detail. Available in two sizes these cushions are sure to brighten up your sofa.

The new Sari Peacock Patch Cushion is made by our friends at the Vocational Training Centre in India. This amazing project trains young people, who have finished with their studies at the SKSN school, in tailoring and seamstress skills. These cushions are made from a mix of cotton and silk and have a pretty peacock pattern in dark greens, rich reds and royal blues.

The new Luxe Velvet Cushions are available in three rich colours; green, black and teal. Each cushion has opulent gold and tonal coloured hand printed detail. These rectangular cushions have a plain cotton backing and will add a real touch of luxury to you sitting room.

Whatever your style, cushions are and easy way to add colour and warmth to your home. Use them in the bedroom, living room or on any chair in your home to add real character.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Celebrate Curry Week

Celebrate Curry Week with a Dalit Spice Gift Set and make yourself a delicious curry. Here’s a recipe for a Chicken Tikka Masala from Jamie Oliver which we have adapted slightly. It does take a little bit of time, but trust us when we say it is completely worth it!

For the Chicken:
1 level teaspoon ground cloves (go easy on the cloves as they are very strong!)
1 level teaspoon ground cumin
1 heaped teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
1 heaped teaspoon garam masala
3 lemons
6 cloves of garlic
1 thumb-sized piece of ginger
6 heaped tablespoons natural yoghurt
800g skinless boneless chicken breasts (I used thighs instead)
3 fresh green or yellow chillies
For the sauce:
2 onions
4 cloves of garlic
1–2 fresh red chillies (I left the seeds in for extra heat)
30g fresh coriander
olive oil
1 level tablespoon ground coriander
2 level teaspoons turmeric
1 heaped teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
1 heaped teaspoon garam masala
6 tablespoons ground almonds
2 x 400g tins of plum tomatoes
1 chicken stock cube
2 x 400g tins of light coconut milk
2 heaped tablespoons natural yoghurt (I didn't add any of this, as I like it quite hot)
Bunch of spring onions sliced into chunks (this is an addition of mine)


  • Cut chicken into 5cm chunks and put into a large bowl
  • Toast the ground cloves, cumin, paprika and garam masala in a dry pan for a minute, then mix with the yogurt
  • Grate the zest of 1 lemon and add the juice to the yogurt mix
  • Crush the garlic and grate the ginger into the yogurt mix and add a pinch of salt. 
  • Mix together well with the chicken so the meat is well covered. 
  • Skewer the chicken along with the cut up green/yellow chillies and wedges of the lemon making sure not to pack to tightly together. Leave to marinate for at least two hours in the fridge – the longer the better. 
  • For the sauce, in a food processor, combine the garlic, chillies and onions with the stalks of the coriander. This can be chopped by hand but I think it works better as finely chopped as possible
  • Add this to a warm pan, on a low heat, along with a glug of olive oil and gently fry for 20mins until soft and golden. The longer you fry this for the better the flavour.
  • Add the powdered spices; turmeric, paprika, coriander and garam masala and cook for a minute
  • Toast the ground almond in a dry pan for a minute or two taking care not to burn  and then add to the pan combining everything well.
  • Add in the tinned tomatoes, followed by a stock cube and 300ml of boiling water. Bring to the simmer for five minutes.
  • Add in the two tins of coconut milk and stir everything well into nice and combined.
  • Leave to simmer for about 40 minutes stirring occasionally until sauce is nicely thickened then season to taste. 
  • Stir in the spring onion just before you add the chicken so they keep the crunch 
  • When it is time to cook the chicken, heat the grill up to high and put the chicken under turning regular so it goes very golden and brown around the edges. 
  • Take the chicken & chillies off the skewers and add into the sauce. Squeeze the lemon wedges into the sauce, but don’t add to the sauce! 
  • Simmer for 2 minutes and then you can stir though some yogurt (I didn’t add any as it wasn’t too hot and was already quite creamy.)
  • Add the chopped coriander and serve. 

I served this curry with boiled basmati rice and naan breads. Jamie’s original recipe served it with homemade paratha bread, but this was a little much for a Monday night supper!
A Dalit Spice Gift Set is a great gift for someone or is perfect for your own kitchen. With six spices including the coriander, turmeric and cumin needed for this recipe. Perfect!

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Autumn Storage Solutions

The change in seasons means cooler weather and out come the boots, hats, scarves and gloves, ready for autumnal walks and forest foraging. At Myakka, we offer some smart storage solutions to help make sure you don't suffocate under a pile of extra clothing and footwear!

Our Thakat 2 Drawer Settle is perfect in a hallway with its two deep drawers ideal for everything from shoes to blankets.  It's the perfect perch to tie shoelaces. If you have a little more space, there is a three drawer version too.

If a slim footprint is essential for your hallway storage then our Mallani Asymmetric Drawer and Store Cupboard offers maximum storage in its slender 30cm depth frame. With a useful cupboard, one full-width drawer and two smaller drawers, there is enough room to organise the whole family's scarves, gloves and hats.

A console table is a real hallway hero, a great focal feature designed to offer essential storage without dominating the room.  Our ivory painted Milborne Hallway Table has two useful drawers, a base shelf and a natural pine top. Alternatively, make a greater impact wiith our Mallani Large Console Table, it has three drawers and two useful slatted shelves to help store anything and everything from pairs of shoes to bottles of wine.

If a comfy upholstered seat is what you're after to sit on to remove your muddy boots, then our Leather Topped Bench is the perfect choice. Adding burnished comfort to a porch or boot-room, its slatted shelf makes a neat home for shoes and boots.

Take a look at all our hallway storage ideas here.

Here at Myakka, we love any excuse for an autumnal ramble or winter walk and in Somerset we are spoilt for choice with beautiful countryside and coast in which to do it (as well as great pubs in which to take refreshment). If you're in our local area then check our Walks & Walking Routes in Somerset where you can downloads routes and maps. If you are based elsewhere in the UK, the National Trust website is a great place to start to look too.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Vandara & Milborne - new for autumn

This autumn we introduced two new furniture collections, Vandara and Milborne. The ranges have been designed based on customer feedback we have received.  When looking to develop a new collection we work very closely with our suppliers to make sure every detail is right.

Vandara - hand carved flowers & flourishes
Our new Vandara range celebrates intricate hand carving with beautiful lotus flower inspired carvings on drawer and door fronts surrounded by gently whitewashed mango wood. To complete the look, drawers and doors are finished with a delicate brass dropper handle which complements the delicate floral carvings.

This delicate, feminine collection has been hand crafted in India by skilled artisans who take their time to create the hand carved leaves and lotus blossom from solid wood. Due to the hand carved nature, each piece will be a true artistic original. Exclusive to Myakka, responsibly sourced and fairly traded, each piece has a hand-rubbed whitewash finish to highlight the elaborate carving and lend a soft sophistication. Mango wood is a very sustainable hardwood as the fast growing trees are first grown for fruit, and then used for timber once they stop fruiting.  Take a look at the complete Vandara collection here.

Milborne - characterful country furniture
Milborne is the second new furniture collection this autumn. Made by craftsmen in Vietnam from solid reclaimed pine, the furniture is hand painted in ivory with a warm, natural waxed top. Nail holes and wood knots from the timber’s previous life lend individuality to each piece: this range is as far from mass-produced as you could hope.

Hand crafted by skilled artisans in Vietnam, this country style range will look great with any home. As each piece is crafted from ethically reclaimed solid pine wood, each piece is slightly different, with hand-sawn texture, previous nail holes and knot details -  it really is unique. Take a look at the complete Milborne collection here.

Take a look at all our new additions this autumn here.

Don’t forget, we always like to hear customer suggestions and requests, some of our most popular furniture has been suggested by customers who needed something a bit different. Let us know at or on Facebook or Twitter.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Lamps & Lighting

This autumn we welcome lots of lovely new lamps and lights to the Myakka collection. With new floor lamps, table lamps and ceiling pendants, there will be something to help every home welcome the longer nights. So close the curtains, relax on the sofa with your favourite throw and chose the perfect lighting to create a cosy atmosphere.

The Celestial Lamp collection has five lamp designs all with pretty shell detailing.  Hand finished in Indonesia using shells that are left over from the food industry, these lamps are both attractive and practical, casting a glow around your room. The Celestial Column Floor Lamp and the Celestial Torus Lamp both use whole shells, whereas the Celestial Globe Lamp, Celestial Convex Floor Lamp and The Celestial Gold Globe Lamp all use pieces of shell to create a stunning mosaic effect.  

If you’re after a new ceiling light, the Honeycomb Ceramic Pendant Lamp is a great choice. Available in two colours (truffle and blue), these lamps would look great hung in the centre of your room or hung low in a group over a dining table. The Joel Rattan Pendant Lamp is a take on Skandi style which as a spherical shaped rattan shade woven around a sturdy wire frame. It would look great in any room of your home but try it hung in your bedroom or living room.

A table lamp is the perfect addition to a dark corner in your living room or dining room. We have a number of new designs this season including the Mercury Glass Lamp, the Lustre Glass Table Lamp and the Jute Wrapped Bottle Lamp. These three lamps have been hand styled from glass bottles to create attractive and individual lamps that will add style to your home.

Our favourite new lamp this autumn has to be the Surin Elephant Lamp. Carved from a single piece of monkey pod wood by the same skilled artisans as the rest of our Surin range, this elephant lamp is sure to be a talking point in your home.

With the clocks about to go back and the nights drawing in, make sure your home is cosy and comfy by creating the perfect atmosphere with lighting.