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

We're at Grand Designs Live!

Wednesday, 28 March 2012


We are once again exhibiting at Grand Designs Live from the Saturday 5th May to Sunday 13th May.

This year you can save up to £9* off the door rate for tickets when ordered in advance. Meaning each ticket will cost you just £10. Simply visit www.granddesignslive.com or call 0844 854 1348 and quote the promotion code EXHIB12 when prompted to receive your discount. Remember children aged 15 and under do FREE when accompanied by an adult.

This year will be our fourth year exhibiting at Grand Design s LIVE and to make it easier for all our visitors our stand will be in the same place this year as it was last year. You can find us in the Interiors section on Stand L93, where we will be displaying a selection of our best selling pieces including furniture from our brand new Orissa Range and a selection of our new accessories. New items on display will include our new Mallani Easy View TV Unit, Hathi Carved Coffee Tables and Hathi Corner Cupboard as well as a number of old favourites.

We will also be running a competition throughout the period of grand designs Live to give away one of our best selling Surin Infinity Tables every day of the show!  There will also be exclusive show discounts available for all visitors to our stand. This is a great opportunity to come and experience our furniture and meet some of the team behind Myakka…we’d love to see you!

*Saving indicated based on the standard door rate. Advanced booking offer expires 5th May 2012. Subject to £1.60 transaction fee. Kids under 15 enter free when accompanied by a paying adult.

We have seven pairs of ticket to Grand Designs LIVE to give away for this year show worth £38!

To enter, simply click here to send us your name and address details, and tell us where in the UK you would build your dream house, and we’d LOVE you to scoot over to our to like our facebook too so you can tell us your dream UK house location.

Good Luck!

****And the winners are***
  1. Jill Ireland
  2. Margaret Farmer
  3. Petra Hora
  4. Sarah Addison
  5. Steve Knight
  6. Jill Barker
  7. Karen Hadley
Tickets are on their way to you, watch out for your post! 

Terms & Conditions
Prize draw is open to UK residents only. Entries must be submitted by 12pm Monday  30th April 2012. No purchase necessary.

Prize is a pair of tickets to Grand Designs LIVE at Excel, London valid from 5th-13th May 2012.

You will be notified by email if you have won. Seven 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 Tuesday 1st May.

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Myakka’s on Telly!

Tuesday, 27 March 2012


Some of our furniture is appearing in the new Channel 4 TV decorating programme ‘You Deserve This House’. The new programme gives deserving people a surprise home make over and is presented by Amanda Lamb. Myakka will feature in the 16th episode of this new series and after the success of this one we have already been asked to donate some more furniture!

For this episode on Channel 4, we have donated a Chandra Sideboard, Mallani Large Coffee Table and a Mallani Large Console Table. The programme was aired at 11am on Tuesday 27th March, but don’t worry if you missed it, you can catch up by clicking here

We love watching the makeover unfold as the team work hard to complete it on time. We love watching the big reveal at the end when the person finally gets to see what the team of volunteers have achieved.

To let us know what you think of the makeover leave a comment here....

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Furniture delivery service with Yodel

Friday, 23 March 2012

On Thursday Yodel, the courier company we use for larger furniture items was featured on Watchdog. Although like every delivery company, occasionally Yodel makes mistakes and deliveries don’t go to plan, the majority of our customers are very happy with the service they receive from Yodel.

The service we use from Yodel is the Yodel XL service which deals with heavier, bulkier items requiring a 2 man service rather than the quicker, one man normal Yodel service which was the main focus of the complaints on Watchdog.

Following the airing of Watchdog, Yodel has released the following statement. 


"Yodel successfully delivers approximately 170 million parcels a year on behalf of many of the UK’s top retailers.

The overwhelming majority of these deliveries run smoothly however occasionally we face challenges, some of which are beyond our control, and we have worked closely with Watchdog to investigate and address the customer issues raised on the programme.

We set ourselves high standards.  Good customer service is a priority for Yodel and we always aim to achieve best service."

We have been working with Yodel for over three years and continually receive positive reviews from our customers about the level of service they have received from both Myakka and Yodel. An overwhelming majority of deliveries Yodel make on our behalf are completed without a hitch with satisfied customers.  Here are a small selection of reviews from happy Myakka and Yodel customers…

This really was worth the wait, it is stunning, well made and fits perfectly in the corner of the room. everyone has commented how amazing it looks The delivery men were very helpful and friendly, placed it room of choice, unpacked it, asked me to check it over took rubbish away...will be using Myakka again... Karen from Kent

This is an excellent piece of furniture. Delivery men friendly and efficient, installing it for me and taking away packaging - 10 out of 10! Wish all orgs would have this customer service! Gillian from Herfordshire

The Mallani office desk is a great product, it is a very good size and came incredible well packed. I buy a lot online and this was the best delivery of furniture ever. Gill from Essex.

2nd item I bought. Again beautiful and very practical. Delivery excellent with plenty of courteous fore warning. Even changed date to accommodate us. Very impressive service and quality. Kay from West Midlands

This is a first rate product with first rate delivery service. If only every internet company provided such a service shopping on the internet would be a more pleasant experience. Joseph from South Glamorgan

I bought this a couple of weeks ago and needed to have it delivered on a specific day of the week. I received a call from Myakka and the delivery was arranged perfectly. The guys unpacked it and placed it in the room I wanted, took away all the packaging too. Very efficient. Completely hassle free and I will definitely be buying more from Myakka. Diane from Edinburgh

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A 'cracker' of a prize for you!



Inspired by last week's Climate Week recipe which featured our neighbours Wyke Farms cheeses. We have rustled up a 'cracker' of a prize draw for you, some Wyke Farms cheddar cheese and delicious butter all made here is sunny Somerset, the home of the humble cheddar.

Wyke Farms have 150 years of family farming experience, and continue to use Grandmother Ivy’s celebrated recipe for turning their fresh milk into award-winning cheese with perfect texture and exquisite taste. 

We have a selection of Wyke Farms cheese & butter to give away!!

To enter, click here to send us your name and address details, and your favourite cheesy dish, and we'd LOVE you to scoot over to our to like our facebook too so you can tell us your favourite cheesy dish there too.


For twitter bonus points, give us a hashtag tweet #MyakkaCheesyTweets on Twitter 

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

Terms & Conditions
Prize draw is open to UK residents only. Entries must be submitted by 13th April 2012. No purchase necessary.

Prize is a selection of Wyke Farms cheeses and butter worth £25.00.

You will be notified by email if you have won and your details will be passed on to Wyke Farms 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 16th April 2012.


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Turn your lights off for Earth Hour!

Tuesday, 20 March 2012


Earth Hour
This year we will once again be supporting Earth Hour. This is an annual, worldwide event, organised by WWF to help draw attention to climate change and how everyone can reduce their impact on the world. At 8.30pm on Saturday 31st March hundreds of lights will be turned off around the world for one hour.

Taking part is really simple; all you have to do is turn your lights of for one hour- Easy! Then simply register your event online so you can help your country have the most lights turned off! Or if you wanted to go a step further why not hold an event such as a candle lit dinner party. The Earth Hour website has lots of recipe ideas perfect for candle lit suppers. If cooking is not your strong point, why not  invite your friends around for a candle lit board game and a chat. If you would like more ideas on how to support Earth Hour, why not visit the Earth Hour website to see how other people are celebrating earth hour and to find local events.

Remember taking part in earth hour is just the start we can all do little things every day to help minimise the effect we have on the environment. What will you do? To find out more click here

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Climate Week!

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

This week we are supporting Climate Week, running form Monday 12th March – Sunday 18th March. Climate Week is all about finding simple ways that we can all benefit the environment in small and manageable ways which are easy to build into our everyday lives.

There are hundreds of events around the country that are being held to try and encourage people to live more sustainably. This year Climate Week are encouraging us all to try and eat low carbon meals.  By eating locally produced, seasonal foods we can lower our carbon footprint. Also by eating less meat and dairy foods, as these have very high carbon footprints, we can help reduce our environmental impact.  And of course one of the easiest ways we can help is by using our leftovers and making sure we don’t waste any food. Each year around 18million tonnes of edible food ends up in landfill. Around 1/3 of this waste is made by households so if everyone made the effort to use their leftovers we could help reduce the waste!

Here is a recipe for a delicious Rich Leek Tart from Christine Mosler, a local food writer based in Frome, Somerset,?  who has lots of yummy recipes. Why not visit your local market or farm shop to get the most local ingredients possible.  The cheddar we used is from a lovely local dairy, Wyke Farms which is about 10 minutes away from us here at Myakka.

Ingredients

1 pack fresh short crust pastry

500g trimmed leeks, sliced

50g butter

75ml single cream

75ml semi-skimmed milk

3 eggs

75g grated cheddar (we use Wyke Farms Mature by Nature Organic Cheese)

1 tsp Dijon mustard

salt and pepper

Method

1. Lightly grease a 23cm flan dish (a bit bigger is fine but you’ll have filling left over if you go any smaller). Roll out the pastry to fit, don’t trim the edges yet. Fork the case all over. Chill for 20 mins.

2. Preheat oven to 180c.

3. While the oven is heating and the pastry case is chilling. Make the filling. Melt the butter and olive oil gently over a low heat. Add the chopped leeks and cover. Cook gently for 20 mins – half an hour until leeks are soft and buttery. Try not to brown too much. Avoid taking the lid off and allow the leeks to steam and sizzle at the same time.

4. Whisk the eggs in a bowl then whisk in the cream, milk, Dijon and salt and pepper. Add 3/4 of the grated cheese.

5. Line the pastry case with baking parchment and baking beans (I use dried chick peas which I keep for this purpose) and pop into the oven for 15 minutes. Remove the baking parchment and beans and cook for a further 5 mins to cook the base.

6. Cover the pastry case with the leeks. Pour in the egg/cream/cheese mixture. Top with the remaining cheese. Trim the edges. (I forgot this bit and trimmed before I blind baked the case this time and, as you can see from the photo below, it shrank!)

7. Cook for 20 mins at 180c then turn the oven up to 200c and cook for a further 10 -20 mins until beautifully golden brown on top and smelling gorgeous!

Serve with new potatoes and French beans or salad.

If you would like to see anymore of Christine's delicious recipes please visit her blog by clicking here. To find out more about Climate Week and to find an event near you please click here.

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Get your Mum the perfect Mothering Sunday Gift

Friday, 9 March 2012

Starting to think about what to get your Mum for Mothering Sunday? Here is out list of top 10 gifts for the best Mum in the world! 

Contemporary Nest of Tables
These cute tables are the ultimate Myakka gift. Loved by many and are always one of our best sellers. Your Mum will love the curvy legs and how they store neatly together. At only £119 for three solid wood tables these tables are great value for money.

Sari Brocade Footstool
Help your Mum put her feet up with these pretty but decorative footstools. A perfectly practical gift that will add a touch of the east to any room of the house. At only £44.95 these pretty footstools make a lovely gift. 

Gudri Flower Throw
This is a new addition to our range of throws and quilts and is so far proving very popular. With subtle colours of natural, sage and terracotta, this throw will give your Mum a taste of India. With hand stitched applique detail this throw is only £149.95.

Elephant Candle Holder
Your mum will love this cute and colourful Elephant Candle Holder. Finished by hand with a rural traditional design this elephant is a makes a lovely gift at only £22.95.

Antique Sari Chair Pad
If you would like to get your mother something unique then an Antique Sari Seat Pad may be the perfect solution. Made from recycled saris no two chair pads are ever the same and are great value at only £16.95 each or buy a set of 4 for only £60.

Floral Storage Chest
If your Mum has plenty of knick-knacks or lots of treasured jewellery then give her something beautiful to keep it in. These pretty Floral Storage chest make an ideal gift and are available in two sizes 6 Drawer for only £29.95 or a 16 Drawer for only £64.95

Surin Infinity Table
Give your Mum something that she can treasure and use for years. The Surin Infinity table is a work of art in itself, carved by hand from a single piece of monkey pod wood. These tables are perfect for next to the sofa, for a lovely plant or even as a stool and are only £99.


Silken Nature Scarf
Give your Mother a something a little glamorous as a gift. Made from a wool/silk mix these scarves are available in three pretty colours and are sure to bring a smile to your Mum’s face at only £24.95.


Mallani Storage Seat
This is one of our most popular pieces of furniture because it is both practical and pretty. A cushioned top for sitting on a four useful storage shelves below for items such as shoes and scarves, this will help keep even the busiest hallway looking ship shape for only £289

Wooden Tulip Vase
A brand new item to the Myakka range this unusual vase makes a lovely gift, just add a single stem flower! At only £29.95 this vase is made from a single piece of solid wood.

As well as a lovely gift don’t forget to spend some time with your Mum this Mothering Sunday!

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Take a step, or two, for Fairtrade Fortnight!

Friday, 2 March 2012


Extended until Midnight 15th!

The weather here is positively radiant at the moment. The sky is blue and the evenings are getting lighter and lighter which puts all of us here at Myakka in a good mood. As the spring (and then summer!)  gets closer it makes us feel that we should increase or the amount of exercise we do and what better way to inspire us all than winning a pair of brand new trainers. What could be better than that?? Well how about winning a pair of brand new Fairtrade trainers. Made from Fairtrade cotton and rubber, ETHLETIC trainers from www.thefaircorp.com are the perfect way to enjoy the improving weather and celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight.

HOW TO ENTER:

Simply register by emailing your name, address and telephone number to: hello@myakka.co.uk 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 Melissa from Braintree.*

Terms & Conditions
Prize draw is open to UK residents only. Entries must be submitted by extended TO MIDNIGHT! 15th March 2012. No purchase necessary.

Prize is a pair of ETHLETIC Trainers worth £48.00

You will be notified by email if you have won and your details will be passed on to ETHLETIC thefaircorp.com 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 20th March 2012.

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A brand new range!

Thursday, 1 March 2012

This spring we are proud to launch our brand new range, Orissa. This new range is hand crafted from solid Mango hardwood with intricate carvings worked into the frames of the furniture. Flowers and chevrons are patiently hand carved into the wood to offer a touch of Eastern artistry to every item.

Made from mango wood with the same finish as our Pali range, Orissa offers the same subtle and harmonious grain that will sit well with your existing furniture pieces. Mango is one of the most sustainable hardwoods as the tree is first grown for fruit and then used for timber. When the tree reaches its full height after about 20 years, it stops producing fruit, or produces a lot less, so it is then used for timber.  After the trees have been felled new trees are planted to continue the cycle.

Currently the Orissa range has two practical pieces, a bookcase and a sideboard. We are currently working with our manufacturers in India to make more new pieces in this new range which will be available from Autumn 2012.

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