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

Myakka's autumn catalogue on the way!

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

It is that time of year again when new furniture samples arrive into the Myakka warehouse and the whole team starts trying to sneak a peek at the new lines that will make it into the new catalogue. Photography of these new samples took place during the last week of June and we got lots of lovely images to fill the new autumn catalogue with.

The new catalogue which will be ready for early September and will feature new lines in the Mallani, Thakat, Hathi, Chandra and Surin ranges as well as more lines for our new for 2012 Orissa range.  As well as the 30 new furniture lines we also have lots of new soft furnishings and accessories that will appear in the catalogue.

This year the photography took place in a lovely and unusual house in Sherborne, Dorset not far from us here in Wincanton.  The house has original tongue and grove walls and ceilings all painted in pastel colours and a beautiful veranda that wraps right around the house that shows off the beautiful garden.

The shoot took place over five days with four of them in Sherborne and the final day here in the Myakka warehouse in Wincanton. For the second time we worked with photographer David McDowall who took some amazing pictures. Every photo shoot we do poses many difficulties such as trying to make it look like autumn in June, trying to show the grain and the detail of the wood and to reflect the true nature of the furniture as accurately as possible - this shoot was no different! Despite the difficulties and some rather fluctuating weather, we took some really good images that will look lovely in the new catalogue.  As well as all the new furniture lines we also took photographs of many of our new soft furnishings and accessory ranges. All the images needed to be propped and dressed which made for one of our busiest photography weeks we have ever had, but one of our most successful.

The design and creative teams are now busy putting the autumn catalogue together, making it look as beautiful as possible  ready for it to be posted out in September. If you’re not already on our mailing list and would like to receive a copy of our current catalogue, please click here


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Beautiful flowers for a beautiful photo shoot!

Tuesday, 24 July 2012


 A few weeks ago, as we went through the list of things to do before photography started, we realised that one of the sticking points with styling our shoots is always the flowers. We wanted something that was colourful and pretty and really complimented our furniture. Thankfully Common Farm Flowers came to the rescue!

Run by husband and wife team Georgie and Fabrizio, this small holding (just down the road from us here at Myakka) grows the most amazing flowers ready to be cut and tied into unique and seasonal bouquets and posies.  www.commonfarmflowers.com.  None of the flowers at their farm have ever been treated with chemicals and wildlife is encouraged and thrives there.

Following a brief phone call to Georgie Newbery the flowers were organised and collection was set for the Sunday before the shoot. In total we ordered four bunches of flowers in varying styles and colours. Each one was a beautiful selection of hand cut and tied flowers, the perfect accompaniment for our Sheesham wood furniture.  The flowers were used in a number of images for the new autumn catalogue including for our new round dining table (keep your eyes peeled for September!) and our ever popular Mallani Petite Console Table.


Not only is Georgie busy growing, cutting and preparing bouquets for posting out and collection, but the farm also plays hosts to a number of courses, not only in gardening and flower growing but also things like cooking and social media for Business.  The autumn term list includes compost making, photography, growing your own wedding flowers and Pasta Making. All workshop days at Common Farm include a delicious homemade lunch, lots of tea and cake - and an amazing amount of networking always goes on, so if you book yourself onto a day at Common Farm don’t forget to bring business cards with you!



If you’re interested in ordering a bouquet of hand-tied flowers designed especially for you from Common Farm Flowers or for more information simply go to www.commonfarmflowers.com.  And have a look at the blog too: it’s full of interesting posts, not only about the flowers and gardening, but things such as Bee keeping and marmalade making!

The flowers were perfect for adding a touch of glam to our week long photography session. They were the perfect prop on many occasions and were some of the most beautiful flowers we have ever had the pleasure of working with. A big Myakka thank you to Georgie and Fabrizio for making the bouquets for us from their gardens at Common Farm.


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Find the perfect TV Unit for watching the games!

Wednesday, 18 July 2012



If you are like most of us here in the Myakka office and unsuccessful with getting any Olympic tickets you may well be watching the games from the comfort of your own home. Well how about upgrading you television unit to make that viewing experience a little more enjoyable?

Finding the right TV Caninet can make your TV look more at home and with televisions becoming more and more technical and clever having a solid wood TV Unit can make your TV and all its added extras, less invasive. Myakka has a great selection of TV Units including Corner TV Units perfect where space is tight, as well as a great selection of TV Units that can be used flat against the wall. So whether you are looking for a unit to for your 50” Smart 3D screen or for something a little more modest we have the perfect unit for you!

For the widescreen fans!

We have an ever growing selection of TV units especially designed for widescreen Televisions including the Mallani Easy View Corner TV Unit which has been designed using  our popular Mallani Corner TV Cabinet as a guide, but for room to accommodate a larger screen and includes an extra shelf for DVD players, digiboxes and games consoles as well as a large cupboard for storing all the DVDs and games you need.

The Mallani Widescreen TV Unit is, as the name suggests, perfect from widescreens, it is a practical 140cm wide so can hold the widest screen with ease. It comes complete with two roomy cupboards, 3 shelves for the necessary accessories and an expansive top surface. 

Both the Chandra TV Console and the Mallani TV Console are both made from solid Sheesham wood and make a perfect home for you TV. With either metal handles that complement the geometric lines of Mallani or the curved cut out handles with contoured plinth and smooth edges of the Chandra TV Console. Both these units have a large top surface, open shelf and two roomy drawers perfect for DVD storage.

If the two TV consoles above aren’t quite tall enough then the Mallani Clear View TV Console may be the perfect alternative, taller than our other two consoles this unit provides a roomy cupboard instead of drawers as well as offering a large top surface and an open shelf.

For the corner devotees!

Corner TV units are becoming more and more popular as they fit efficiently into the corner of your room which may otherwise go unused. Our most popular corner unit is the Mallani Corner TV Cabinet. Made from solid Sheesham wood this unit provides a neat solution with a sizeable cupboard and open shelf as well a good size top surface.

The Pali Corner TV Unit offers a slightly larger width of corner unit which makes it perfect for the slightly wider TV screen. Made from solid Mango wood with its naturally soft grain this unit offers a wide shelf and a generous cupboard.

If you want something with a little more eastern style then the Hathi Corner TV Unit features four hand carved elephants motifs.  The design of this unit is based on the best selling Mallani Corner TV Cabinet so the dimensions are very similar making it the perfect alternative.

Another couple of options in Sheesham wood is both the Chandra Corner TV Unit and Thakat Corner TV Unit. Both offer a shelf for peripherals and an open top for your TV. The Chandra Corner TV Unit has a useful cupboard for storage while the Thakat Corner TV Unit offers a convenient drawer perfect for DVD storage. The Thakat Corner TV Unit is slightly more petite in proportions making in perfect for smaller spaces.

If you are looking for a lighter wood then the Khimsar Corner TV Unit may be the answer. Made from solid acacia wood this lighter wood has a lovely warm honey colour which makes it the perfect alternative to sheesham.

For the smaller TV enthusiasts!

As well as offering a large range of corner TVs units and units suitable for the widest screen we also have a great range of flat backed TV units. One of the customer favourites is the Mallani Tall TV Unit although it isn’t as wide as some it will still accommodate a good size TV and has lots of room for storage.

Two TV units that are similar in size and design are the Mallani Low Level TV Unit and the Chandra TV Unit. Both these units offer a good open space for the TV a large, deep shelf for all the necessary peripherals and two good sized drawers.

If you are looking for something more decorative then the Portcullis TV Unit may be the answer, offering warmly grained Sheesham wood with traditional Indian iron work pattern.  This more compact unit offers a shelf for your digibox and a cupboard for storage.  Another more decorative option is the Hathi TV Unit. This unit includes four hand carved elephant panels and offers a good amount of storage with a cupboard and 2 shelves.

If Sheesham isn’t the wood for you then we have options in both subtle grained Mango wood and golden hued Acacia wood. The Pali TV Unit is made from solid mango and will accommodate a widescreen easily. With both a shelf and a cupboard this unit is a little taller than some so gives great viewing height.

The Khimsar TV Unit is made from solid acacia wood which is slightly lighter in colour. It comes complete with an open shelf and cupboard with the Khimsar antique style handles. This unit is a slightly more petite option perfect for smaller TVs or smaller rooms.

However you are watching the Olympics and Paralympics we hope they are a success. We always find ourselves watching new sports we wouldn’t normally watch during the games. We are hoping to discover a whole new sport to follow or even play… maybe we could have a go at handball? 



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Myakka Day out with the Birds!

Friday, 13 July 2012




Once a year the whole Myakka team downs tools and takes a day out of the office, warehouse and shop and take part in the Myakka team day out. So on Tuesday 3rd July we all set out on a grey summers day to the Hawk Conservancy Trust to say hello to some really rather majestic birds of prey.

After arriving and having a necessary cup of tea we set off to meet our first bird of prey Phoebe the Harris Hawk. The whole team got to have a go with her flying back and forth and landing on our arms, for a treat each time of course!

We next went on the separate into two groups, one to fly Owls and the other to fly Vultures and feed the kites in mid-flight.  The two groups met a variety of different owls, Troy the Tawny Owl, Gucci and then most peoples favourite little Nigel who came complete with a fluffy moustache and who growled when he wanted to be fed.

The two Hooded Vultures the group had were Fagin and Jack Sparrow. Having one of these land on your arm was a little different to having a little owl land, they were a lot heavier and their wing span was a lot larger which they didn’t mind hitting you round the head with! Part of the work the Hawk Conservancy trust dose is to try and raise awareness and vultures need a little help. The vultures don’t seem to have many fans despite the critical role they play in the wild. Many species are under threat and are some are close to extinction, unfortunately their seems to be little awareness from the general public about their plight which means little is being done to help them.

The whole team then joined together and watched a display of birds including Barn Owls Test and Avon, Madeline the Secretary Bird, who gave a wonderful display of kicking a plastic snake, and some Indian Runner Ducks who were involved in both a thrilling and tense race!

Our next port of call was to meet some very fluffy owl babies, Jonathan and Paula (named after the Olympians) and a young vulture with attitude, Parsnip.  Parsnip is an Oriental White Back Vulture (like the ones in the Jungle Book!), this breed of vultures is incredibly endangered as medicine that cattle are given kills the birds.

Our final destination, after a filling lunch, was to watch the amazing hawk display. This included a display from a Peregrine Falcon named Lark, who was a little reluctant to fly in the wet weather. An amazing display from a group of very low flying vultures, who were flying a little too close for comfort at times and a display from a large group of Black Kites who are able to catch food thrown up to them mid-flight. The grand finale was watching Cheyenne the Bold Eagle fly from trees miles away over to the display area. This bird is so large it needed more room to fly than the rest of the birds so had to fly from outside the conservancy.

After a look round the conservancy and a browse in the shop the Myakka team left the day feeling refreshed and a little soggy complete with a new found love of Vultures! We had a brilliant day and would like to thank the Hawk Conservancy Trust for the excellent hospitality, for looking after us so well and for putting on an excellent show.



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Summer Sale Now on... Save up to 40%!

Thursday, 5 July 2012




The Summer Sale has now started at Myakka and will end on Sunday 29th July. There is an amazing 40% off a selection of our best selling furniture, Kilim rugs and accessories, all of which is available online, through our mail order catalogue and at the Warehouse Outlet in Wincanton, Somerset. 

To help you find a great deal we have put together a list of the best sale bargains. Whether you are looking for a coffee table, sideboard or cushion here are 10 of our favourite deals…

1. Pali Low Boy - A favourite from the Pali range this useful chest of drawers was £449, save £150 now             only £299

2. Chandra Corner Bookcase – this bookcase has both useful shelves and a roomy cupboard was £429     save £150 now only £279

3. Mallani Partner Sideboard  - With three roomy cupboards and three useful drawers this sideboard was £599 save £100 now only £499

4. Folkwork Embroidered Cushion – These hand stitched cushions are available in four colours, were £39.95 save £15.98 now only £23.97

5. Mallani Clear View TV Console – this is the perfect size for widescreen televisions was £449 save £70 now only £379

6. Surin Round Spiral Table – this table is perfect as a side table, lamp stand or as an extra perch was £119 save £30 now only £89

7. Mallani Storage Seat  - One of our best sellers because it is so versatile was £299 save £40 now only £259

8. Khimsar Storage Coffee Table  - perfect as a coffee table or a TV unit with four useful drawers was £329 save £60 now only £269

9. Bundi Kilim Rug – available in three sizes this richly coloured rug brings a touch of the east to your home Square Bundi Rug was £149.95 save £29.99 now only £119.96

10. Hathi Tall Bookcase -  This slim line bookcase is perfect for smaller spaces was £449 save £120 now only £329

Some of our sale lines will be discontinued so once they’re gone they’re gone! For any questions please give us a call on 0845 460 3122, we always love a chat! 

Happy Sale Shopping!


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Olympic Delivery Delay

Wednesday, 4 July 2012



While we celebrate hosting the Olympics in London this summer, there will be inevitable knock-on effects on the UK transport system. We have been working with our couriers to ensure that deliveries remain as seamless as possible. Inevitably there may be some delays around any areas near Olympic events, including those outside London such as Weymouth and Coventry.  Please be assured that both Myakka and our selected couriers are working hard to minimise this disruption and would ask for your understanding should there be any minor delays during this time.

The busiest periods will be during the actual Olypmic Games from 27th July to 12th August and the Paralympic Games from 29th August to 9th September.  However due to the flurry of activity aroun the Olympic set up and break-down, there is a possiblity that delays could happen anytime between 15th July and 15th September.

We use various different couriers depending on the products in your order. Our dedicated Myakka customer service team will let you know which courier company your order will arrive by. All of our couriers have invested time and resources over the last couple of years to prepare for the Olympics and ensure that deliveries run as smoothly as possible during this period.

For many small items of furniture and accessories with a £4.95 delivery charge, these will be despatched with either Parcel Force or Interlink depending on the size of the order. Both these couriers are running extra staff and vehicles within affected areas in an effort to maintain standard delviery services.

For large or bulky furniture which incur a £10 or £30 delivery charge, these items will be delivered with our courier Yodel. Again they are executing plans to minimize disruption but they do predict there will be a delay in any areas in or around Olympics events.  

There will be certain areas of London and other venues where there will be a complete lock down on deliveries at certain addresses for security reasons. If this is the case for your order we will of course discuss the best possible actions to make sure your delivery arrives with you in the best possible condition and in the timeliest manner, this may involve delaying despatch until after the Olympics or having delivery made to a different address.

We will of course try to keep you informed with the most up to date information and the Myakka Customer Service team will be working hard to help sort any queries that may arise. If you have any time constraint on your order please let us know as soon as possible so we can confirm if we can meet your needs.

We would like to thank you for your patience during the exciting Olympic time!

For more information about areas that will be affected by the Olympics and advice please visit www.getaheadofthegames.com



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