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

Time for a Spring Clean - Storage Ideas

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Bayford Storage Bench
There's spring in the air and it's time to tidy your nest!  

This season we’re delighted to introduce more than ten brand new storage solutions that will help you do just that.

In the hallway our Bayford Storage Bench and Jasmeen Storage Bench each offer sit-upon storage to hideaway your shoes and offer a perch where you can put them on!

Dining, living room or office storage, would appreciate stylish shelving in the form of two new bookcases in our new Jasmeen collection (Large Bookcase and Compact Bookcase), a new tall Stonemill Shelf Unit or for Myakka elephant fans, the new Hathi Midi Bookcase.

In the dining room new sideboards abound in the form of our new quirky Thakat Hi-Lo Sideboard, a new bigger Mallani Asymmetric Sideboard, a Jasmeen Petite Sideboard, and for wine buffs, the elegant new Thakat WineStore Cabinet that will hold up to 20 wine or champagne bottles and offers bookshelf storage up top too.

Whatever your storage needs this spring, take a look at our new additions, there's sure to be a  solution for you.

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It’s our 1st Birthday!

Monday, 22 February 2016

It's our first birthday! Our Guildford Shop has been open for a whole year. To help us celebrate we have an EXCLUSIVE offer running for our birthday weekend from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February, so why not pop into the Guildford store to find out more?

We have had a great year in our Guildford store and have met so many lovely customers; some who are Myakka-faithfuls and some new to Myakka. We love to meet our customers face to face - there's no better way to find out exactly what you really want.

We have a good selection of our hardwood furniture on display in Guildford as well as a large range of soft furnishings and accessories and a huge selection of gifts & cards. We know that choosing furniture for your home is a big decision so being able to see, touch and feel the furniture is really important. The Myakka team is always on hand with some useful advice and knowledge and there is always a handy tape measure ready to aid you with your decision making!

Our shop in Guildford is on the high street and couldn’t be easier to find. Guildford is a popular shopping town so if you’re near pop and say hello to Bryony and the team. It is full of design inspiration for your home with unique home accessories, lighting & soft furnishings.

We hope to see you in the shop soon. Don't forget to come in and see us from Friday 26th - Sunday 28th February to get your EXCLUSIVE offer!

The Guildford shop has a good range of our solid, hardwood furniture on display, but space is limited so if there is something particular that you would like to see, please call us on 01483 370740 to check if it is on display. For directions to help you find us please click here.

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Sit down for Breakfast...stand UP for Farmers!

Monday, 15 February 2016

‘Sit down for breakfast, stand up for farmers’ is the theme for this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight. This year the Fairtrade Foundation aim to raise awareness of the thousands of farmers across the world making a loss on selling their crop. This year Fairtrade Fortnightruns from 29th February – 13th March and is encouraging us all to think about the farmers who male our breakfast.

Martin Luther King said famously ‘Before you finish eating your breakfast, you’ve depended on more than half the world’. Despite our dependence on the world’s farmers, they often aren’t paid a fair amount. About 795 million people around the world are undernourished, often as a result of
poverty and fluctuating prices.

So to show our support for the farmers around the world we thought we would share with you some of our favourite Fairtrade breakfast recipes and ideas, starting with the basics – tea and coffee.  All the tea and coffee we drink here at Myakka (and we drink quite a bit!) is Fairtrade, not only does it help farmers across the world, it also taste great and makes us feel good whenever we drink it.

Our second fair trade breakfast tip is Fairtrade Banana Pancakes. Not only do these taste great, but they are quick and easy to make and are pretty healthy, perfect. Just mash up one fair trade banana and whisk in two free range eggs, pour into a small non stick frying pan with a knob of butter and fry on each side until firm and golden. Perfect with some homemade raspberry jam, traditional lemon and sugar or some Fairtrade chocolate spread.
Our third Fairtrade breakfast idea is making your own Fairtrade granola. Make you perfect batch by missing oats, fair trade nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts and pecans or add a your favourite nut mix such as Liberation Fair Trade Cocktail of Nuts.. Mix with some Fairtrade or local honey and sunflower oil along with some sesame seeds. Roast in the oven at 150˚ for 45minutes, to an hour, stirring every 15 minutes.  Once out of the oven,  immediately mix in some Fairtrade dried fruits such as apricots, pineapple, raisins and mangos. Allow to cool then pour the mixture into an airtight container for storing. Perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

So throughout the fortnight make sure you only drink Fairtrade tea & coffee, only add Fairtrade sugar, and make sure your bananas, nuts and any other ingredients are Fairtrade (or produced by local farmers). By making these simple, small changes you will be helping farmers across the world ensure they are able to ensure they get the basics they and their families need. 

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A Special Myakka Valentines…

Friday, 12 February 2016

It is not often the Myakka Warehouse Outlet is a place of romance but for one couple it was the venue where their story began and took a big step. Four years ago our furniture care expert Paul, gave some advice to a customer on how to remove a ring mark on her table, now four years later, they are engaged!

To celebrate their three year anniversary, Paul arranged a surprise for his partner Maxine that she will never forget! Stringing her along with an ‘I’m taking you out for dinner’ line, he made a quick detour via Myakka HQ because he had ‘forgotten his wallet’. Little did she know that he had sneakily invited a group of close friends and family for a small celebration and a big surprise… he proposed! Thankfully she accepted and they are now busy planning the wedding.

We would like to wish Paul and Maxine lots of luck with the wedding plans  and we hope they are very happy together.

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New Recycled Aluminium Range!

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

If you know Myakka you’ll know that wherever possible we like to reduce, reuse and recycle. So it was a no-brainer when we were introduced to this new Recycled Aluminium range of colourful tableware.

Recycled aluminium saves up to 90% carbon emissions compared to the production of new aluminium from bauxite AND it saves on landfill too!

Our beautiful new range includes pieces suitable for any season. A large Salad Bowl which might double as a bread basket or fruit bowl, Salad Servers, a triple Dips and Nibbles Set, which we would serve our chutneys and pickles in, and a choice of two sizes of Heart shaped dishes perfect for your Bombay mix, but equally at home on your dressing table for your jewellery!

The manufacture of these striking pieces involves the aluminium being recast then highly polished to a smooth finish. The red ombré colour is applied and allowed to dry before being hand finished with a clear enamel and then a final polish.  All items are food safe.

Our Northern Indian supplier is a family run business with a workforce of over 150 skilled artisans.

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