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

Our Top 10 Christmas Gifts!

Thursday, 25 November 2010

There was an article in the newspaper a few weeks a go suggesting that giving gifts to others make us happier than receiving gifts ourselves. With this is mind we have come up with a list of our favourite gifts that will put a smile on the face of even the most tricky person this Christmas.  All these gifts are will arrive with you in time for Christmas as long as they are ordered by Tuesday 21st December.

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1. Contemporary Nest of Tables

The Myakka favourite! These tables are naturally neat and space efficient so will store neatly when not in use, they are solid Sheesham wood and  arrive fully assembled and ready to use. And of course they are great value at only £99 for the nest of three.

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2. Four Leg Twist Stool

This beautiful hand carved Monkey pod wood table is a work of art as well as a useful piece of furniture. Whether being used as a stool, lamp stand or simply to look at this versatile table is the perfect gift for some one who appreciates beautiful things.

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3. Moti Ari Cushions

If you’re buying a gift for someone who loves a bit of sparkle, these cushions are the ideal present. Available in five colours to suit any décor these cushions are are all hand finished so no two are ever the same. At only £16.95 each and are 3 for 2 these make a great value gift.

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4. Wooden A –Z  Dragon or A-B Dinosaur

These brightly coloured fair trade rubber wood puzzles are the perfect gift for any child. They are made under fair trade conditions in Sri Lanka from sustainable rubber wood.  

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5. Hammered Photo Frames

These nickel photo frames are an ideal gift, simply add one of their favourite photos and you have a truly personal gift. Available on a 3 for 2 offer and in two sizes these are a great value gift.

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6. Dotty Storage Chest

This pretty little chest is perfect for any one who needs to store lots of little nick-naks and bits of pieces such as jewellery. This versatile chest can be used in to brighten up any room in the house!  

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7. Glass Tile Box

Always a favourite with Myakka customers the glass tile box is both excellent value for a solid Sheesham wood box with glass tile details but is also an excellent quality gift which can be used for just about anything.

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8. Aluminium Heart Tealight Holder

This beautiful heart shaped tea light holder can create a beautiful ambience in any room and make the perfect Christmas gift for anybody who is impossible to buy for!

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9. Decorative Lantern

These beautiful lanterns are great for both indoor and out door use, the set the scenes at parties. This lantern is hand made in India and can be hanging of free standing.

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10 . Wooden Elephant Table

This makes the perfect gift for any animal lover. The carved elephants trunk holds the round table top and is carved from monkey pod wood and will create a showpiece in any house especially on Christmas day!

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The Myakka Furniture Design Process

Monday, 22 November 2010

It's a long journey from tree to furniture and we thought we'd share with you just how it's done!

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It all starts with an idea, whether it's a customer request or an idea from our in-house design team.  Once initial drawings have been finalised, they are shared with our manufacturers in India who make up samples. Our bi-annual visits to our suppliers are timed to collaborate with them to finalise these designs and ensure we are 100% happy with the final piece. It's also at these visits when we monitor the quality of existing products and team working conditions too.

It's a short wait, while samples are shipped over by sea, before arrival at our Somerset HQ. And it's at this time that a final decision is made as to whether a piece makes it into the next season's selection or not. For those successful items it is over to our suppliers for the next 10-12 weeks as they put them into production. 

Our wood is sourced from government-managed plantations ensuring its sustainability. Sheesham is a fast growing hardwood - trees mature within 10-15 years, making it authentically sustainable. It's  processed into timber, kiln dried and treated with insecticides, before being transformed into the furniture we know and love by skilled carpenters.  Hand carved features, such as our Hathi range, are outsourced to a specialist craftsman.

Once final approved samples are in production we have fun at photography, taking the very best images of the furniture we can for our website and catalogue. From start to finish, the whole process takes about six months, from product design to the catalogue delivery to you.

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A Christmas Treat for You!

Thursday, 18 November 2010



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*We have a great Christmas treat for you this November with up to an amazing 12% off your order. Simply enter the promotion code YIPPEE at the basket page to claim your discount.  

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The discount works on a sliding scale so the larger your order the larger your discount. Simply spend over £100 to receive an 8% discount, £250 and over  for a 10% or £500 and over for a 12% discount on your order. The order value excludes the delivery charge. This is a great opportunity to get your home ready with hard wood furniture for the festive season or to make a start on your Christmas shopping with fair trade gifts for friends and family.

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The special offer expires on the 30th November so shop now to save and for guaranteed Christmas delivery on all items (stock permitting).

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The offer is only available to use once per person and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.

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Get Your Home Ready for Christmas

Thursday, 11 November 2010

As Christmas fast approaches this is the ideal time to start getting your home ready for the big day. With the whole family coming for Christmas dinner and inviting your friends round for Boxing Day drinks, your home needs to be in tip top condition to receive the increased number of people heading through your front door. With this in mind we have the ideal solutions to your many Christmas quandaries.

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 If you are expecting a large number of people around for Christmas dinner then the Mallani Extending Dining Table may be the ideal solution. With two leaves which slot on either end of the table this table grows to comfortably seat eight to ten for dinner.  For every day use the table seats four to six and the leaves can be stored separately. If your large family dinners are the norm for you and your dining room is proportioned to fit,  then the Mallani Large Dining Table may suit. This table accommodates eight comfortably so is ideal for that big Christmas day celebration as well as every day dinners. Some may prefer a more intimate dining experience and the Mallani Small Dining Table would be the perfect solution. Seating four to six people this table is excellent for everyday family dining and welcoming friends for more formal occasions.

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If you are looking for some clever storage to tidy away some of your prized possessions,  then we have a number of solutions which might  help. If you are overrun with books then we have a variety of different sized units which will sit comfortably in any room of the house.   Our Mallani Mini Bookcase is a popular bookcase with lots of room for all your books as well as a handy drawer which makes ideal storage when space is limited.  If you have a little more space as well as an abundance of  books then the Mallani Large Bookcase or Mallani Tall Bookcase may be the perfect library solution.  With capacity to take more books then we can imagine this is ideal for even the most prolific book lover.

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First impressions are always important so with this in mind your hallway needs to be in tip top condition. The Mallani Storage Seat is the ideal piece to tidy your hall and create a welcoming entrance. This popular item is now available in a smaller size for more petite rooms as the Mallani Single Storage Seat.  If you are looking for somewhere to store your house keys so they can always be found then a console table may be just what you are looking for.  Narrow enough to sit in the hall without taking too much space but with enough storage to ensure that everything is in its place, we have a number of options including a Mallani Large Console with three drawers and two slated shelves, a Mallani Petite Console as well as a Khimsar Console Table and the classic Thakat Console Table which are all smaller two drawer versions.

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Having somewhere for guests to put their drinks or having a table to place a bowl of nibbles on is essential over the busy festive period.  We have a selection of  nests of tables or occasional tables which might be the perfect solution. Nests of tables are as versatile as they are handy as they neatly store away when not in use.  An occasional table provides a great option for a more permanent solution and can be used for anything from holding a lamp or plant, to perfectly presenting a bowl of nibbles.

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Don’t forget to finish your home off with cushions , kilims and accessories to create the ideal look.

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Myakka’s continued support for Somerset Community Foundation

Thursday, 4 November 2010

We have recently made our next donation of £5,000 the Somerset Community Foundation. This will be matched by the government to take the Myakka Grass Root Fund up to £20,000. Community Foundations are charities dedicated to strengthening local communities and tackling issues of disadvantage and exclusion.  The Somerset Community Foundation was set up in 2002 to provide an independent funding body to tackle poverty and disadvantage throughout Somerset.

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We have always supported our suppliers and their local communities in northern India following the principles of fair trade. Earlier this year, we donated a proportion of our profits to SKSN School as well as developing further community projects to help empower older children with the ability to support themselves and their families.

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Georgie and Simon, our founders recently visited the Penselwood Community Allotment Scheme which has received vital support from the Somerset Community Foundation . The aim was to create a successful productive allotment producing fresh, affordable food for the community and the grant from Somerset Community Foundation enabled the group to install an essential waster supply to 12 allotment patches.

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Somerset Community Foundation provides grants to local small, voluntary and community groups at the grassroots level.  We have been based in Wincanton, Somerset since we were founded eleven years ago and we all feel it is important to support our local community ad we would like to encourage groups who may benefit from a grant to visit www.somersetcf.org.uk for more information. Applying is kept as simple as possible with the minimal amount of paperwork possible. The board consider applications every 6 – 8 weeks; the next deadline for applications is the 16th November.

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Christmas Delivery Deadlines

Tuesday, 2 November 2010



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Halloween has been and gone and with Bonfire night fast approaching and soon to be over this can only mean one thing…Christmas!

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Now it is the time to get organised and ready for Christmas. Whether it’s getting the house ready for the onslaught of family and friends or starting on the never ending list of Christmas presents- now is the time to get shopping.  Get organised and ahead of the crowds by shopping early and getting your furniture, gifts and accessories well in time for Christmas.

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Most of our gifts, accessories, textiles and smaller items of furniture will reach you in time for Christmas if ordered no later than the 21st December. This includes our famous Contemporary Nest of Tables, Elephant Cupboard and our Thakat 3 and 4 Drawer Columns. Any item that does not incur an additional delivery charge above £4.95 is included in our standard delivery.

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Any larger furniture which has either the £10 or £30 delivery lorry symbol will take slightly longer to arrive. The last order date for delivery for Christmas is the 15th December but of course you will get a first class service with a two man delivery service,  your furniture is placed in the room of your choice and the packaging is taken away by the crew to be recycled.

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Whatever your Christmas conundrum make sure you’re organised by starting your shopping early. Simply order online and sit back and wait for your delivery to arrive.

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