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

Our guide to choosing the perfect piece of hall furniture

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

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Hallways are one of the most commonly overlooked rooms in the house. With first impressions crucial and the need to find your keys on the way out essential, hall furniture has to be both functional and decorative. With this is mind we have come up with our favourite pieces for the hall.

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The Mallani Storage Seat has been designed specifically for the hallway with a depth of only 35cm it is perfect for narrow spaces. The storage seat includes a 100% natural cotton seat pad as well as four good sized storage compartments, ideal for shoes. 

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If you are looking for somewhere safe for you to store your keys in the hall then a console table may be the ideal solution. The Petite Console is ideal for smaller spaces with two handy drawers to stow away your keys and a useful slatted shelf for shoes and bags, this unit is available as both a Mallani Petite Console  and Khimsar Petite Console. The Thakat range also features a Console Table in the same proportions  without the shelf but with classic turned legs, a feature of the this range.

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If the Petite Consoles aren’t quite right, then the Mallani Large Console table may be your ideal solution.  With an extra drawer and shelf this piece oozes storage space. It is both taller and longer but still maintains the useful depth of 35cm so it won’t consume too much floor space. 

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If you are looking for something to hide away some of your belongings then the Elephant Cupboard may be right up your street. With six intricately hand carved elephant panels this has been a favourite with customers for years. It has a useful fixed shelf for storage and is beautifully proportioned to fit neatly into any space.

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If you want something with a cupboard and drawers then the Mallani Hallway Cupboard fits the bill. This unit has a tall cupboard and three drawers to keep all your belongings close to hand.

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If you need somewhere specific to place your telephone then this Mallani Step Telephone table is ideal. This ‘L’ shaped unit is ideal for smaller spaces but doesn’t lack in storage capacity. A cupboard with a removable mid height shelf and an open shelf ideal for storing your telephone directories, this little unit has big potential.

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If you are looking for something to display some precious possessions, the Mallani Mini Corner Bookcase could be your ideal solution. With two deep shelves and a useful cupboard this piece will fit snugly into the corner and hold all of your most prized belongings.

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If you want a real show stopper in your hallway then the Portcullis Hall Cupboard may suit. With hand crafted portcullis carvings this is a real eye catcher. This classic Indian piece with decorative iron work and made of solid Sheesham wood it is sure to add a touch a drama to any hallway.

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Whatever piece you want for your hall,  make sure it is going to fit and not take up too much space and there is enough room to allow people to make their way in and out of the house easily. Hall furniture needs to be strong and long lasting as it will get used everyday and in every way, so make sure it is hardwood and hardwearing.

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Let’s Waste Less! Support National Recycle Week

Wednesday, 16 June 2010


 

Here ay Myakka we are always looking at new ways to improve our environmental impact and reduce our waste.  For this reason we are supporting national recycle week running from 21st – 27th June.

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This year the theme is ‘Love your electrics – set them free’. Three in four of us have unused or unwanted electrical items around the home.  Now’s a great time to take these to your local recycling centre or use one of the many recycling schemes such as Royal Mails Simply Drop’  service where recycling can earn money for charity - simply go online to register your item and get a free post envelope.

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Any working electrical items can be taken to your local British Heart Foundation shop  where they are able to sell it on to help others.  As long as it is in good working order and there are no signs of damage (except normal wear and tear!) they will be able to accept it. It really is worth recycling your unwanted electrical items as many items contain valuable parts that can be used again and help save precious resources.  For example one toaster can contain enough steel to make 20 cans!

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The whole Myakka team are looking for those unwanted electrical items and recycling them.  Make sure you get involved and make a difference!

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Fancy a Holiday – our top 10 guide to ethical breaks...

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

As we move deeper into summer and we all start to take our holidays we thought it would be interesting to look at 10 of the best ethical and green holidays around the world.  There was such a large variety of different holidays that we have tried to choose a great selection to suit every taste and budget.



1. Rail and Ride in Amsterdam



With a new high speed link from Brussels to Amsterdam it now only takes four hours to get to the Dutch capital from London.  Hire a bike once your there and stay in a barge along the river for a truly unique trip.  uk.voyages-sncf.com



2. Yurt Camping in France



If you enjoy camping but appreciate a few luxuries then camping in a yurt may be your ideal solution. With proper beds and furniture, this really is posh camping and you can chose your location to be as isolated or as central as you like. The choice is yours! www.lecamp.co.uk



3. Luxury Hide Away in The Bahamas



If you are looking for something a little more luxurious then this green hotel in the Bahamas should be perfect.  Set next to the third largest barrier reef in the world this is the ideal place to truly relax and get a way from it all. Everything about this hotel is green from the biodegradable soap to the solar power. www.tiamoresorts.com





4. Bio Hotel in Turkey



If it is a truly restful and healthy holiday that you are after then this is the holiday for you.  Set in the hills of Bodrum, this hotel is a real gem. The Antik Zeytin Hotel is built from entirely natural materials, produces it own olive oil and serves local organic food.  www.organicholidays.co.uk



5. Eco Barns in Pembrokeshire



If you are looking for something a little closer to home then these Asheston eco barns in Wales may be perfect.  Using a combination of renewable energy sources; solar heated water, ground source heating, wind turbines and water harvesting systems, these barns are only 4 miles away from one of Britain’s best beaches.  www.ecobarns.co.uk



6. Eco Barge Holiday in France



Fancy a more adventurous holiday then take a trip down the Canal Du Midi in an Eco Friendly barge. You can either captain the boat yourself of hire a crew member for a truly memorable holiday.  With a solar heated shower and hot water this is a real winner in environmental terms.  www.greentraveller.co.uk





7. Community Owned and Run Safari Lodges in Kenya



This is the ideal way to gain the knowledge of the locals by going on Safari to a community run lodge.  These lodges benefit the local community by offering long term employment opportunities while allowing you as the visitor to enjoy gain local knowledge and give something back to the community you’re visiting.  www.ilngwesi.com



8. Take the train to Marrakech



Take the leisurely way down and see some sites on route.  Plan your trip to stay at any number of European cities such as Paris and Madrid, catch the ferry over to Morocco and then train the rest of the way to Marrakech.  This is not only a very civilised way to travel but also saves your carbon footprint. Visit www.seat61.com for information



9. Organic Farm B&B in Somerset



Stay at a real working farm in Somerset and enjoy all the hospitality and a local breakfast with fresh from the farm organic eggs.  And if you get really inspired, you can even take a bee keeping lesson in the village.  Huntstile Organic Farm offers B&B, self catering and camping so all options are covered.  www.huntstileorganicfarm.co.uk



10. Ski Holiday in The USA

  

If you’re planning further ahead and skiing is your thing, then look into Hotel Terra is Jackson Hole.  This is a truly green hotel - building materials are all recycled and the hotel’s energy is provided through a mixture of solar power, micro hydro power and wind power.  www.hotelterrajacksonhole.com

Whatever your ideal holiday, it is now easy to be ethical with a selection of different options to suit every taste and budget.  Remember that if your flying you can easily offset your carbon footprint using a number of schemes (most airlines offer their own schemes) or you can plant your own trees!  When away ensure you carry out your usual practices – don’t leave lights on, use as little water as possible and only use the air conditioning when really needed.  The most important aspect of a holiday is to enjoy it so whatever your style, make sure you have as much fun as possible!

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De-clutter with clever storage solutions

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

We all have the constant problem of where to store all of our bits and pieces. Fortunately we have come up with a list of our top ten space saving storage solutions. For any room in the house and for storing anything form keys to blankets we have the perfect storage solution for your home and all is fair trade, hardwood sheesham or acacia and all made to the highest standard in India you really cant go wrong.

 

 1. Mallani Large Console Table –perfect for the hallway, always a place to put your house keys

 

 2. Khimsar Stoarge Coffee Table – for all your TV paraphernalia and lounge goodies

 

3. Thakat Blanket Boxes – for anything and everything!

 

4. Mallani Glazed Dresser – perfect for displaying and hiding bits away

 

5. Elephant Cupboard – as decorative and it is useful

 

 6. Khimsar Corner TV Unit – for your TV, digi box, DVDs…

 

7. Binary Box – with a deep box and useful drawer

 

8. Thakat Trunk Table – Can store a massive amount and it’s a coffee table

 

9. Mallani Corner Bookcase tucks neatly in the corner to store your books and ornaments

 

 10. Mallani Storage Seat – take a seat in your hall and tuck your shoes away

 

 With all these ideas and many more clever ways of tidying your clutter away you can create the perfect sanctuary in your home.

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