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

Our Fair Trade Christmas Gift Guide

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Here's our gift guide for those people we all find it difficult to buy for... the man who has everything,  the Mother in Law or your nephew with so many toys already! Here's some lists, for Him, Her and For Children...

For Her
1. Spot Scarf only £29.95
A pretty and practical present  available in three colours. Perfect for adding a splash of cheerful colour to any outfit. 

Show her how much she means to you with this fascinating heart shaped stool, hand carved from solid Monkey Pod wood

Encourage her to put her feet up with this colourful footstool. The perfect height for tired feet whilst sitting on the sofa watching the Queens speech. 

Fill this pretty triple photo frame with three photos she loves, the perfect present both sentimental and attractive.

Give her somewhere lovely to keep all of her jewellery and bits and pieces with this pretty box with an attractive embroidered peacock with a little sparkle. 

For Him
1. Glass Tile Box only £34.95
The perfect present for the man who has everything, this glass tile box is both attractive and practical and makes the perfect store for anything from Playstation controllers to cuff links and tie pins. 

2. Laughing Buddha from only £79.95
This friendly Buddha will bring a smile to anyone’s face and rubbing his tummy should bring you some good luck. 

3. Sheesham Photo Frame from only £14.95 Buy 3 for 2
Put his favourite image in one of these smart photo frames, available in two sizes and are great value at 3 for 2

4. Rustic Triple Garden Hook only £12.95
For all the gardeners out there, give him somewhere to hang his coat with this useful hook, complete with four gardening features.  

5. Surin Library Table from only £109
If you know a bookworm than this Surin Library Table is the perfect present to accompany their growing book collection.

For Children
1. Ladybird Stool only £19.95
This cute stool is makes a lovely gift for little boy and girls, if a ladybird isn’t for you there are lots of other designs including flowers, planes, trains and cars. 

2. Wooden Elephant Bookends only £29.95
These fun bookends would look great in a child’s bedrooms and are the perfect gift for any young budding readers.
3. Fairy or Football String of Lights from only £22.95
These fun lights would add a touch if fun and colour to any kids bedroom or playroom, the footballs are red, blue and white so will fit in with most team kit colours!

Little girls love little boxes and drawers to store their worldly treasures and this pretty and colourful painted chest is perfect. 

5. Surin Bear Stool only £149
This friendly bear stool is the perfect accessory for any child’s bedroom. Hand carved from solid wood this stool also makes the perfect bedside table. 

why not take advantage of our free standard delivery offer, saving you £4.95 until 22nd December, delivered in time for Christmas (subject to stock availability). 

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6 Steps to the Perfect Guest Bedroom

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

One of the best things about Christmas is meeting up with all your friends and family. This can mean that the spare room gets a little more use than normal and may need a little bit of TLC to make it a home from home for your guests. We have come up with 6 easy steps to make sure your spare room is inviting and comfortable for all your guests.

Step 1 – A comfy bed
After a long day travelling, eating and socialising there is nothing better than getting into a comfy bed for a lovely long sleep. This Mallani Classic Bed is made from solid wood designed to last a lifetime, will suit any decor and provide the perfect rest for a sleepy visitor.

Step 2 – Warm and Cosy
Make your guests as comfy as possible by adding coordinating cushions and bedspread to the bed. Choose warm, comfortable fabrics such as velvet to make their stay super luxurious and cosy. Our Floral Quilt and matching Floral Cushions are the perfect choice for both comfort and style.

Step 3 – Create a calming atmosphere 
Everyone can feel a little frazzled over the Christmas period so choose some clever lighting to make you guest room a restful retreat. A bedside lamp can also make a room feel more cosy, with the addition of some of your favourite books will help your visitors feel right at home. We have a great selection of lamps and lighting but one of our favourites is the White Poppy Lamp, the perfect addition to any bedside table.

Step 4 – Storage
Having somewhere for your visitors to unpack their bits and pieces is a really easy way to make your guests feel more at home. With space for storage at a premium, a bedside cabinet with drawers won’t take up too much floor space but provides useful drawers for storage. The Mallani Drawer Cabinet is the perfect height for a bedside and provides three useful drawers for storage.

Step 5 – Keeping Hydrated
It’s the little touches that make the difference. No one likes to have to go down to the kitchen in the middle of the night for a drink so why not provide a carafe or bottle of water and some glasses? Our recycled glass range has all you need for your guests, the Authentic Clear Glass Bottle and Authentic Set of 3 Clear Glass Tumblers to help keep your visitor hydrated and fresh.

Step 6 – Relaxing Scent
To help create a lovely ambience, a Scented Reed Diffuser or scented candle is the perfect way to make your spare room feel fresh and welcoming. A reed diffuser lets scented oils diffuse gently in to your room for a constant and subtle scent, we have a range of 6 different scents such as Bluebell and Citrus & Lemongrass, all available in both small and large. A scented candle is the perfect way to give a room a lovely scent and looks so pretty when lit. Our Large Scented Candles are available in fragrances and you can buy 2 for only £17 – the Orange, Clove and Cinnamon smells just like Christmas!

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News from our Suppliers

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Twice a year every year we make the trip over to Asia to meet with our suppliers. In October, Simon one of our Directors flew over to India, Thailand and Indonesia to meet with our suppliers and sign off lots of new lovely designs.
Working with our suppliers

These trips allow Simon to catch up with suppliers and talk through new product designs, discuss quality control, ensure fair trade standards are always being maintained and to build and develop a strong working relationship.

During this visit lots of exciting new lines were signed off and samples are now on the way over ready for photography. This is spring we welcome lots of new pieces to both the Kediri Teak range and the Surin range as well as other additions to the Myakka range.
Ready for sign off
The Kediri Teak range which was launched this autumn has so far proved to be very popular. This range is made in Indonesia and during this visit Simon worked with our suppliers signing off new samples and working with our suppliers to ensure that every detail is perfect with the current products and the new.
Before carving

Simon also visited Thailand to see more of our Surin range being made. The carving of these unusual pieces are done by family units in their villages before being finished at production units. This visit gave Simon the opportunity to visit these some of these family units and the production facilities where they are bought together and dried in out in the Thai sunshine.  Being able to see the very skilled carvers work is always a wonder and a treat to see. Keep your eyes peeled for new additions to our Surin range in spring 2014.
Ready to be finished

We are always working to develop lots of new and exciting new products to fill our catalogues and give our customers what they want and need.. Some of our most popular products have been designed based on customer requests and suggestions. If there is a piece of furniture that you think would be perfect we are always keen to here suggestions, email us or let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Google+. If you are feeling very creative, why not pin a picture of your idea on Pinterest.

Keep your eyes peeled for the new additions to the Myakka range arriving from spring 2014!

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Keep ahead of the crowd…order early for guaranteed pre-Christmas delivery

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

As we move further into November with both Halloween and Bonfire night behind us, it is now time to focus on Christmas and all the excitement that it brings, from making sure there is enough room around the dining table to ensuring that everybody gets the right present, we can help with you Christmas preparations. The good news is shopping with Myakka is really easy. Just place your order online or give our friendly customer service team a call on 0845 460 3122 and then sit back and relax and we will deliver your order straight to your door.

So why not keep ahead of the crowds and place your orders for Christmas now. Our website features up to date stock availability and we can get all products in stock out to you in time for Christmas, if your order in advance of our cut off dates shown below.

Delivery+ service – order by Sunday 15th December
Larger furniture items displaying the £10, £20 or £40 lorry symbol take a little longer; order no later than Sunday 15th December for delivery before Christmas (Wednesday 11th December for Northern Island, Highlands and Isle of Wight or Wednesday 4th December for Scottish Islands, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and Eire). It’s a first-class two man service where the furniture is placed in the room of your choice and the packaging is taken away by the crew to be recycled.

Standard Delivery – order by Sunday 22nd December
All of our gifts, accessories and smaller items of furniture will reach you in time for Christmas if ordered no later than Sunday 22nd December. This includes our famous Contemporary Nest of Tables, Surin Infinity Table 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.

If you have any questions about delivery or stock availability please let us know, our Customer Service Team are available from 9am-5.30pm Monday to Friday or 10am – 4.30 Saturday and Sunday.  Give them a call on 0845 460 3122  or email, they love a chat!

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