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Myakka Blog

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

Brand New Website!

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

We have just launched our brand new website and we would love to know what you think! We have listened to lots of feedback from our loyal customers and made changes that we think you will love. We wanted to make your shopping experience with Myakka more enjoyable and simpler so have made changes to help achieve this. But don’t worry if you were a fan of the old site, we have kept all the best bits, added new bits and just improved anything that we thought wasn't quite up to scratch.

We know a particular favourite of many of our customer is our meet the team section. It is always great to put a  face to a name, so here is your chance, even if it is a very youg face!. It has just been updated with some of our newer members of the team so take a look and have a giggle at some of our photos and “interesting” facts.

As always when working on these things, the site will never be completely finished so please let us know what you think - or drop us a line on Facebook or Twitter. Your feedback is always important to us as it is how we learn and get better so please do let us know what you think.

Happy browsing!

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Take a step for Fair Trade this fair trade fortnight

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Fair trade fortnight is quickly approaching and this year’s theme is ‘Take a step’.  This year’s fortnight will run from the 27th February until the 1st March.  Over the last few years we have supported fair trade fortnight with fair trade tea parties, our big bag swap and eating a lot of fair trade bananas.

Taking a step for fair trade is all about making little steps to promote, use and support fair trade. Whether it means you buy some fair trade roses for your loved one this valentines or asking a shop to stock your favourite fair trade product or even encouraging your workplace to only buy fair trade tea and coffee. There are lots of little things you can do to take a step towards supporting fair trade.

The Fair Trade Foundation is asking for people to register their steps to foundations website. The aim is to record 1,500,000 steps this year, so if you make a step make sure that you register to show everyone the support that fair trade has in the UK. So even if you have chosen to buy a fair trade cotton tea shirt or just tried to persuade someone you know to swap their normal tea for fair trade tea, make sure you register your contribution.

What many steps will you take…? Need some inspiration...take a look at the Fair Trade Foundations Facebook and Twitter pages for lots of ideas and to read others success stories.

Dont forget to let us know what steps you have taken on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Keep your furniture looking great!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

As the days are getting longer and the snowdrops have started to appear it can only mean one thing…Spring is in the air! As spring begins to force its way through the cold and dark its time to open the windows to let the fresh air in and start the spring clean!

To help you clean and care for your Myakka furniture our Furniture Care Expert Paul has come up with these useful suggestions on just that. 

Waxing your furniture
To keep the lustre of the wood and to feed the timber, your furniture should be waxed at least once a year but I recommend it is done twice and sometimes more if it is used a lot. To wax your furniture I recommend you use a natural bees wax polish such as Mylands Antique Mahogany Wax, this helps keep the colour rich as well as feeding the wood and giving the furniture a lovely sheen.

To get the best finish from your wax follow these easy steps
  • Apply the wax with a soft cloth in a circular motion
  • Make sure that there is enough wax on the wood but not too much that it leaves streaks – this is really important
  • Leave the wax for 20 to 30 minutes so it hardens off
  • Finally buff off -  first with a shoe brush going with the grain and then with a soft cloth again going with the grain
To get into hard to reach places like in the elephant carvings –  I use an inch thick disposable paint brush and cut the bristle length down by about a third, this makes the bristle stiffer and easier to use. Then you can apply the wax into hard to reach places with the cut off brush.

Sticking Drawers
If you find that your drawers are beginning to get a little stuck when you open and close them try using a clear candle to rub along the runner of the unit and the grove of the drawer where it is sticking as this lubricates the runner and stops its from sticking.

Day to Day Cleaning
I don’t recommend you use too many silicone based spray polishes as these can block the wood and stop it from breathing. However spray polishes can be used infrequently to remove dust from the surface of your furniture. Simply spray onto a soft cloth first and then use to remove dust, do not spray onto the furniture itself.

Removing Ring Marks
Because Myakka furniture isn’t sealed, simply waxed, it is a common problem for the surface of the furniture to get damaged by hot and wet things. We recommend you always use coasters but if accidents do happen, it isn’t the end of the world. We have a video showing how to remove ring marks, to watch simply click here

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Make your garden rocket!

YES! It's been snowing, however, we definitely spotted some snowdrops earlier in the week.... This inspired us to think of planting up ready for our Spring Gardens, and we thought you might like to share one of Cornwall's treasures - Rocket Gardens. We're giving you the chance to win one of their signature Rocket Garden spring garden boxes brimming full of baby organic vegetable plants packed in golden straw and delivered direct to your door. All you have to do is pop your baby plants into their new home to begin growing your own vegetables. 

Simply register by emailing your name, address and telephone number to: to be entered into the prize draw and to receive our email newsletter featuring special offers, new product releases and exclusive discount events. You can ask us to stop mailing you at any time.

*This competition has now closed, many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to enter...... the lucky winner is Rosemary from Nottingham.*

Terms & Conditions
Prize draw is open to UK residents only. Entries must be submitted by 4pm 23rd February 2012. No purchase necessary.

Prize is a Rocket Gardens Spring Garden Box worth £39.99.

You will be notified by email if you have won and your details will be passed on to Rocket Gardens so they can dispatch your prize. One winner will be chosen at random. The draw is open to residents of the UK. Only one entry per person is permitted via email. There is no alternative prize and the prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

If you were not a member of the mailing list for the monthly Myakka Furniture update via email, by entering the competition, you are agreeing to be added to Myakka Furniture's newsletter.
The winner will be drawn on the 28th February 2012.

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Our Valentines Gift Guide

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

You either love it or hate it but chances are your significant other will be expecting a gift on February 14th. To make the shopping process a little easier we have come up with our best valentines gifts.

1. Contemporary Nest of Tables

These are a Myakka favourite and are always a winner. These tables are naturally neat and always on hand with an extra surface - perfect for a glass of wine and some chocolates! And of course they are great value at only £119 for the nest of three.

2. Scented Large Candles

These organic plant wax candles are an ideal gift for your valentines. In relaxing scents such as Jasmine & Orange and Lavender & Sandalwood these candles not only smell and look great they are also incredible value at 2 for £15. Also available in Small at 2 for £10

3. Pink Patchwork Footstool
Get your loved ones to put their feet up with one of our pretty and practical footstools. This footstool makes the perfect gift and is only £44.95 and available in attractive 4 colours.

4. Surin Infinity Table

If you’re looking for something which is both practical and beautiful the Surin Infinity Table is just that at only £99. Hand carved from a single piece of Monkey Pod Wood these tables make the perfect perch for a glass of bubbly or even a person.

5. Moroccan Cream Lantern

This pretty and useful lantern will help create a lovely romantic atmosphere both indoors and out, either hanging or free standing. This lantern makes the perfect gift at any time of year and is great value at only £16.95

6. Pink Rose String of Lights

Roses are the traditional gift on Valentine ’s Day but why not give something with a little more longevity. These pretty pink flower lights cast a warm glow around any room and make the perfect gift at only £24.95

7. Sheesham Photo Frames

Some say an image speaks a thousand words so if you have the perfect image give it the perfect frame with one of these a Sheesham Photo Frames. Not only do these frames look great they are also great value and on a 3 for 2 offer, starting from only £12.95 they make the perfect gift.

8. Set of 3 Painted Boxes

These pretty and practical boxes make an ideal gift for your significant other. Decorated in rich and varying colours these functional and beautiful boxes are great value at only £89.95

9 .Barmeri Deep Red Throw

Add a touch of the east to the bedroom this Valentine’s Day with the pretty and practical quilt. The deep red is perfect for Valentine’s Day but is also available in Sage Green and Natural colours with matching cushions. Make a statement with the Quilt only £129.95 add the cushions for only £12.95 each.

10. Carved Spiral Kiss

Carved from a single piece of wood this spiral kiss carving conveys so much! This perfect gift says everything without you having to say a word. At only £18.95 this keep sake will look beautiful wherever it is displayed.

The classics of flowers (fair trade roses of course!), chocolates and a lovely dinner will always be a winner but why not put some thought into it and get them something that they can treasure for a little longer.

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