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

Autumn Catalogue is under production!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

It is that time of year again when new furniture samples arrive into the Myakka warehouse and the whole team sneaks a peek at the new lines that will make it into the autumn catalogue. Photography of these great new pieces took place last week to for their debut in September.

This photography took place in three locations all of which we had used before and loved so much we went back for more! We started in Belmont House near Salisbury which has fabulous rooms and a very friendly dog (below enjoying lunch with us). Our second location was in Sherborne, Dorset just down the road from Myakka HQ in Wincanton. This is an unusual house with tongue and grove walls and made of corrugated iron. Our third and final location was Bazeley House in Micheldever; set in the beautiful Hampshire countryside and has some interesting angles to make use of, as well as a very photogenic hairy lurcher, Monty. All three houses have lovely gardens that we really tried to make use of whenever the sun was shining!

The team worked hard over six days to take as many photographs as possible capturing the natural grain detail and colour of the wood of our furniture as well as taking pictures of some new accessories. The new catalogue will be ready in September and will feature additional pieces in our Mallani, Hathi, Thakat and Surin ranges and great new accessories too. There will also be two exclusive new ranges making their first appearance in September… watch this space for more details!

Once again, we worked with the very talented photographer David McDowall who we have worked with now for a number of shoots. We always try hard to capture the detail of the furniture in a real setting so it can take more time to capture the perfect image, with lots of prop swapping in the process!

The design and creative team are now busy working hard to turn all their lovely images into a beautiful catalogue full of exciting new pieces designed especially for you. Don’t miss out… if you’re not already on the Myakka mailing list, make sure you sign up so you’re included in the first mailing of the new catalogue hot off the press in September. 

Simply click here to get yours.

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Gypsy - Calming Aqua Mango

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

With its signature wave patterned plinth, bevelled top with antiqued metal knobs, all finished off with a softening aqua wash, our exclusive Gypsy Range is something a little different from the norm. Made from solid mango wood our Gypsy Range would look great in any room of your home with its sturdy storage pieces and practical coffee and side tables.

One of our most popular pieces is the pretty Gypsy Petite Storage Seat. Finished with a natural cotton cover this is the perfect perch for sitting and taking your shoes off and then storing them underneath to keep your hallway or conservatory looking neat and tidy.

 The Gypsy Glazed Cabinet makes an ideal bookshelf or display cabinet and would look lovely in a kitchen, dining room or hallway.  Perfect for both storing or showing off your favourite crockery or tea set this unit is as pretty as a vintage teacup!

One of our most popular storage ideas is the Gypsy Petite Six Drawer Chest. Designed to take up as little floor space as possible but offers lots of storage with its six useful drawers perfect for clothes in the bedroom or bits and pieces in the hallway.

The Gypsy Artisan Tables are available in two sizes both with the same intricate detailing on the legs. Both the side table and the coffee table arrive ready assembled and ready to use with hexagonal table tops and minaret style patterned legs.

The Gypsy Range is perfect for a standalone statement piece or works equally well with a group with other Gypsy pieces in a room. This range is perfect for your hallway, bedroom, living room or any room of your home.

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Aping About!

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Once a year the whole of the Myakka teams leaves HQ and heads out for a day of fun staff training. This year we visited Go Ape at Moors Valley Country Park in Dorset for a day of fun aping about and swinging through the trees.

Despite the ridiculous heavy rain on Wednesday, twenty five members of the Myakka team put on a rather unflattering safety harness and a rain coat and made our way to a safety briefing – the most important lesson being always stay attached! This is easier said than done as there was a lot of clipping, unclipping, other ropes and wires to deal with.

Once we were suitably briefed we started the first stage of the five stage course with an easy going course to ease us into the techniques and to make sure we had all listened to the safety briefing.  Once we had all completed that and answered some safety questions we were let loose on the rest of the four stages of the course.  After each course there was a long zip wire that was for most of us the highlight of each stage, especially the wire on stage three that was the longest and the fastest. This was the hardest wire to reach, as an extra ladder had to be climbed to get enough height to make the zip wire as long as possible.

After we had all come down from the trees having completing five challenging courses which included crawling through barrels, climbing up numerous rope ladders and cargo nets, balancing across rope bridges as well an extreme rated Tarzan, swing which was particularly scary, we sat down to a delicious BBQ -  despite the chilly weather.

A great day was had by all, not even the rain, try as it might, could dampen our spirits! A big thank you goes to the Go Ape team who made the day a real success! To find out more about Go Ape and to find a course near you, click here. Or to find out more about spending a day outside at the lovely Moors Valley Country park, click here.

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Myakka winners again!

Last week, at the annual ECMOD Direct Commerce Awards ceremony, Myakka were the proud winners of the ‘Best multi-channel business’ award (in the Business to Consumer category for businesses with turnover under £5m). This is the second time Myakka has been recognised in this category, the first time being in 2008.

"We’re delighted to receive the ECMOD award.  It really is testament to the continued effort that the whole team puts in over the entire year," commented Georgie Hopkins, Director.  "We’re continuously working hard to offer our customers affordable, desirable products, as well as developing new product lines to increase opportunities for new customers to discover Myakka.  Direct commerce is a huge part of this strategy."

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Recycle Week – Recycle More!

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

This is Myakka's sixth year supporting Recycle Week and we are once again doing our bit to encourage everyone to recycle just a little bit more. This year Recycle Week starts on Monday 16th June and will run until Sunday 22nd June with the theme ‘Recycling at Home and Away’. We should all be recycling at home and work, and when we are out and about.

Here at Myakka HQ we like to think we are very good at recycling as much as possible. All our plastic wrap and bottles are recycled, along with paper and cardboard as well as all of our cans. Our suppliers in India use a lot of raffia strapping which we then donated to our local Scrap Store who use it for activities that they run throughout the year for children.We are always looking at ways we can recycle even more and work with our suppliers to make sure that we use recyclable materials wherever possible.

In the UK, we are getting better at recycling and more of us are doing it than ever. The problem that many people have is that it is difficult to know what can be recycled and what can't. The Recycle Now website is full of information to help you find out what can be recycled in your area and what the different recycling symbols mean. It is also full of practical tips such as you don’t need to remove the labels from your recycling and bottle tops can be recycled too if they are still on the bottle - make sure you rinse them out first though! As a nation, we are now recycling 50% of plastic bottles which means over the last 10 years we have recycled over £339 billion worth of plastic!

Metal drinks cans are 100% recyclable. A single metal drinks can could be recycled eight times in the space of a year, saving enough energy to make 160 new cans. Recycled plastic bottles can be turned into lots of different things such as home insulation, water butts and garden sheds. For example, a fleece jacket can be made from only 25 recycle plastic bottles.

To find out what YOU can recycle in your local area, what happens to your recycling and for more information on what the different recycling symbols mean, take a look at the Recycle Now website which is full of helpful information.

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