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Myakka Blog

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

Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

With our houses getting smaller and what seems to be an ever-growing mountain of ‘stuff’, having the right storage can make all the difference to a happy home. Here at Myakka we design all our furniture ourselves so it means we are able to create pieces that suit our customers’ homes. This means that Myakka furniture will not only look great in your home and will last a lifetime but will also take up as little floor space as possible.

Here are a few of our favourite storage solutions that have maximum storage space with minimum footprint…

New Mallani Dining Butler
This small but perfectly formed storage unit is perfect for you dining room. The moment we saw it we knew it would be the ideal cocktail cabinet, great for storing all kinds of bottles and glasses but would be equally as good in the kitchen storing jars and cookbooks.

Gypsy Petite Storage Seat
This little storage seat has been designed to fit neatly into any size hallway or smaller room. With a useful storage space below the seat for shoes and boots, this attractive seat really is the best of both worlds – practical and pretty!

New Hathi Linen Press
This cupboard with drawers is, as the name suggests, perfect for storing linens and towels with two deep shelves and a useful drawer. The linen press would work equally as well in a living room filled with board games or a bedroom for clothes storage – think of all the jumpers you could store on the deep shelves.

Coast Seat and Store
Another piece of furniture which is perfect for the hallway. Simply take a seat whilst you take your shoes off and then store them neatly beneath the hinged seat. Or fill the storage space with hats, scarves and gloves or use at the end of your bed and fill it with spare linens or out of season clothes.

Mallani Space-Saver Bookcase
The name of the bookcase says it all. Designed for maximum storage but without taking up a lot of floor space. This bookcase stores plenty of paperback books, DVDs and CDs with ease and the strong sheesham shelves can be loaded up without bowing or worrying about weight restrictions.

New Maison Petite Seven Drawer Chest
Bijou in its proportions but big on the storage space, this chest of drawers is deceptively roomy. With four half-width drawers and three full-width drawers this is perfect for storing everything from CDs to make up.

Thakat Blanket Boxes
These useful boxes are a Myakka classic. Time and time again customers comment that these blanket boxes hold more than expected. Rosamund from Devizes sums it up perfectly with her review ‘‘Tardis Box - Quality product. Doesn't look very large, but strangely seems to hold a lot!’’

New Stonemill Crate Storage
This new addition to the Myakka range is full of storage possibilities. It has an open back which makes it incredibly versatile for storing anything from books, to home entertainment systems  or your favourite collectables.

Mallani Asymmetric Drawer & Store Cupboard
This unit has a depth of only 30cm that makes it perfect for a narrow hallway or landing, or for a room that needs some extra storage but doesn’t have a lot of space. With a cupboard, 2 smaller drawers along with a deep full width drawer, this unit is full of storage potential.

New Lyme Space-maker Sideboard
This sideboard has a cupboard with a mid height shelf and two good size drawers to help you store everything from cutlery and china to DVDs and CDs. Put in any room of your home and you will wonder how you survived without it!

Whatever the problem area is in your home, we  are sure to have the perfect solution for you. If you think we are missing something that would make our range perfect, please let us know – some of our most popular designs have come from customer suggestions and requests. Email us or let us know in Facebook or Twitter.

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Support International Women's Day

Thursday, 5 March 2015

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future and is this year being held on Sunday 8th March.

According to the UN, women do around 67% of the work in the world, but receive 30-40% less than men for comparable work, and many in developing countries receive no remuneration at all.   Although, here in the UK we have come a long way since the time of the suffragettes and achieved political, social and economic equality, in many countries this in not the case. To improve this, the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) is urging governments to make changes to stop this inequality and embrace an agenda for change.

So, to show the world how fair trade can make a difference to everyone’s lives, WFTO is celebrating the inspiring women who participate in fair trade enterprise across the world.  Fair Trade helps improve the lives of women globally by promoting sustainable livelihoods and development opportunities, and by ensuring those who do the work reap the reward of their efforts.

Here at Myakka, we would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the women of SKSN School for physically challenged children who attend the vocational training centre (VTC) to learn seamstress skills.  Once their studies are complete, the young women use their developed skills to produce cushions, throws, bags and clothing providing an income and independence for them and their families.

Myakka has worked closely with SKSN School since 2009 providing regular annual donations towards both the school requirements and the VTC project specifically.  We have developed a range of soft furnishing products hand produced by SKSN for sale here at Myakka.  Not a charitable purchase, these products are the very essence of our passion for fair trade. The materials are locally sourced, the work is done with enthusiasm and there's no compromise on quality, giving simply beautiful results. 

Currently we have a range four products we have developed with SKSN. Our original Pure Silk Cushions were the first design and are an evergreen favourite. Our Sari Patchwork Cushions and Sari Patchwork Bedspread are a popular addition to the range and look great on a bed together. The final addition to the range is the Sari Patchwork Shoulder Bag, the perfect accessory for any outfit!

Discrimination, inequality and injustice against females continue to be global problems that call for more action.  Grassroots fair trade projects across the world can help improve the lives of women and their families, providing education and training for a better future.  By supporting fair trade and International Women’s Day, we can each help to recognise and promote these steps towards equality.  

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