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Myakka Blog

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

India Visit - new furniture designs

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Georgie and Simon, Myakka's founders, have recently been out to India to visit our suppliers and SKSN School which we have been supporting since 2008.

As well as working on new designs for our spring range, the trip allowed Georgie & Simon time to meet the people behind our products and see the production techniques.  We are also able to check on the quality, develop new packaging ideas and ensure that fair trade standards are being maintained. During the visit, Simon and Georgie attended a tree planting ceremony where they planted sheesham trees that will be used for furniture in the years to come.

Some of the new samples that were signed off during the trip were a selection of new lines from over ever popular sheesham wood Mallani, Thakat and Hathi ranges as well as some new lines from our new painted mango Maison  range that was launched this autumn. After only a few month since launch, the Maison range has been very well received and we are looking forward to adding further lime washed pieces to the growing selection. 

As well as meeting with our furniture supplier, Simon & Georgie also visited our dedicated textile supplier who we have been working with the two years now. We are working to develop new Kilim designs and ranges as well as developing our ever popular and constantly growing soft furnishing range to include more quilts, throws, cushions and wall hangings.

No trip to India would be complete without visiting SKSN School who we have been working with for the last five years. We have been working to develop trade links with the Vocational Training Centre (VTC) at the school that provides training and work for pupils who have finished their formal education with the school. Whilst visiting the VTC Simon & Georgie worked on assisting with costing, production methods and sourcing of raw materials, mainly fabric to help develop the centres capabilities. During their visit, they both took some time out for the children ayt the school to henna their hands which is always one of the highlights of a trip to SKSN. As well as visiting SKSN School, Georgie and Simon got to see some of the work that the IMAGE (India mix ability group events) is doing with people around Rajasthan, challenging the way they think about disability through sport.

Keep a look out for our spring catalogue that will feature lots of the new lines that Simon & Georgie have been developing with our suppliers in India. We are always looking for new ideas for new products to develop and we welcome any requests from customers for new furniture designs. If you have a great idea please do share it with us, email hello@myakka.co.uk or let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

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Valentine's Gifts full of love

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Giving Fair Trade at Valentine's is a Win/Win for your loved one and the artisans who made our beautiful gift ideas.
keen to help you, here's some of our favourite Myakka gifts that will show your better half how special they really are…

1. Surin Love Heart Table
This is the perfect piece of furniture for Valentine ’s Day. The top is carved into a romantic heart shape with a spiralling base.

2. Red Sari Brocade Footstool
Get your loved ones to put their feet up with this pretty and practical footstool. A perfect gift, with harmonising red patchwork detail on a solid wood frame.

3. Asian Spice Cotton Quilt
Add a touch of warmth and colour to your home with this spicy coloured quilt. With warm aubergine and terracotta colours this quilt will add a touch of the east to your bedroom or sofa.

4. Velvet Embroidered Cushions
These pretty velvet cushions will add a touch of luxury to your home and make the perfect gift in four luxurious colours including plum and red.

5.Tendril Photo Frame
This photo frame has pretty swirling leaf detail carved into the frame. Simply add your favourite picture to frame and display your most treasured memories.

6. Scented Large Candles
Made from organic plant wax candles are an ideal gift for your valentines. In relaxing scents such as Jasmine & Orange and Lavender & Sandalwood these candles smell amazing.

7. Wooden Paisley Heart
Share the love with this pretty and detailed heart carving. Hand carved in Thailand and painted in gold and red these hearts will bring love to any room of your home.

8. Heart Driftwood Mirror
This pretty mirror will show your loved one how loved they are every time they look in the mirror. Made from  driftwood shaped into a heart this is a pretty and practical gift.

9. Wooden Heart Tealight Holder
This pretty tealight holder will help create the perfect atmosphere with for your home. With a wooden frame with a heart cut out this makes the ideal gift for your loved one.

10. Contemporary Nest of Tables
The perfect Myakka gift. These three nesting tables are perfect for a glass of bubbly and some chocolates. They arrive fully assembled and ready to use.

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

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Shabby Chic Style

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

If you’re a fan of the shabby chic style for your home, then we have a great selection of furniture and accessories that will really help you achieve this stylish look. Both our Gypsy and Maison ranges are mango wood finished with a painted, slightly distressed finish. The Coast range would also really suit a shabby chic style with a whitewash finish combined with a natural waxed finish to draw fronts and table tops.  The shabby chic style looks can create a really relaxed and romantic look with lightly distressed furniture

These three ranges are all crafted from mango hardwood  and so are truly sustainable as the mango tree is first grown for fruit production.  At around 6 to 8 years, when it is past its commercial life for mango production, the tree is felled and the timber is crafted into furniture.

Gypsy Range – Aqua Shades of mango
Our Gypsy range has been going from strength to strength since it was launched 18 months ago. Mango hardwood is hand-painted in a mellow aqua wash and then hand distressed to create a lovely shabby chic look and feel. The aqua colour of the gypsy range lends itself perfectly to the bevelled tops, wavy plinths and antiqued metal knobs which characterise the range and give a subtle shabby chic feel.

Maison Range - French Styling in lime-washed mango

The Maison range was introduced autumn 2014 and has been a great success with new products being added this spring to add to the range. Inspired by French style and features cabriole legs and carved detailing finished with a lime-washed effect for a soft appearance. This romantic range includes renaissance styling with a gentle lime wash finish to create the perfect shabby chic finish.

Coast Range – Whitewash mango with hand waxed warmth
Along with the Maison range, the Coast range was introduced Spring 2014 and has so far proven to be very popular. With contrasting warm wax and weathered whitewash finishes, this range is quintessentially country in styling. Made in Rajasthan, India from mango wood the coast range features antiqued cup handles and sleek hand waxed tops and drawer fronts. The Coast range would sit perfectly in any shabby chic styled home.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match your furniture. Part of the shabby chic charm is that the different styles and  pieces of furniture look great together. So team your favourite antique side table with a shabby chic styled coffee table and TV unit to create a relaxed, eclectic look. However you style you shabby chic home, it will create a relaxed and comfortable feel that is perfect for a busy home.

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Easy Furniture Care

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Now the festive season is over it is often the case that our homes need a little extra TLCand it can be a great time to give your furniture a little care to bring it back to its best. The last few weeks have probably brought extra visitors and guests to your home this means lots of cups of tea and coffee which can lead to the dreaded ring mark!  We always recommend using coasters but sometimes accidents happen! No need to fear though - ring marks can be easily removed from your Myakka furniture with our simple guide, some beeswax polish, wire wool and a soft cloth.

We recommend using Mylands Traditional Wax Polish for keeping your Myakka furniture looking its best. The Antique Mahogany wax is perfect for our Sheesham ranges as well as the top of our Coast range as the slight colour in the wax will maintain the colour and finish of the Mallani, Thakat, and Hathi ranges. The clear wax is perfect for the Surin range as it will maintain the finish but won’t add to the colour at all. As well as helping to remove ring marks, Mylands Wax is perfect for the general care of your furniture. It feeds the wood and gives your furniture a lovely natural lustre.

If you have any ring marks or any other marks caused by liquid then follow these steps and it should disappear!
  1.  Start with a very fine grade wire wool, we recommend a 0000 grade.
  2. Using the wire wool, rub the ring mark and surrounding area down, rubbing the furniture in the same direction as the grain of the wood.
  3.   Once the ring mark has been removed, use a soft cloth to apply some Mylands Wax to the area, rubbing in a circular motion.
  4. Leave for as long as possible, ideally for 20-30 minutes to really sink in and then buff off with a soft cloth. This step is really important and this will remove any residue and will give your furniture a lovely lustre.
If you would like to see a short video of Simon showing you how it's done or to see how to polish your Myakka furniture click here and then click on the video you would like to watch.

Our very knowledgeable and friendly Customer Service Team are full of useful tips and information, if you ever have any questions about your furniture please give them a call on 0345 460 3122 or email sales@myakka.co.uk  and they will do what they can to help. 

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