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Myakka Blog

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

Walk this way...

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

May is National Walking Month and here at Myakka we love to get out and about on our own two feet. This year the aim is to get us all out and about walking for 20 minutes a day.

This is the perfect opportunity to stretch your legs and give walking a try. Whether it is a walk around the park during your lunch break or a walk to and from the shop, walking will burn calories, improve your heart health and blood pressure, make your feel brighter and lift your mood. So why not give 20 minutes of walking a every day in May a go?

During the month of May, Living Streets will show you 20 fun and easy ways to fit walking into your everyday life. Simply sign up and pledge on the Living Streets website and they will help keep you motivated and walking throughout the month. On top of that, all pledgers who sign up will be entered into a draw to win £50 of shopping vouchers.

Living Streets campaigns to make our streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists which in turn makes our environment a safer, cleaner and more social place. They are running a number of campaigns including ‘Show your love for 20mph’ encouraging councils to make residential and shopping areas a 20mph limit; a campaign to stop pavement parking which causes pedestrians to walk on the road and a campaign to remove ice from pavements as well as roads, to make it safer for pedestrians during the winter months. Their website is full of hints and ideas on steps we can take to improve our streets, as well and tips on how to campaign for safer streets in your area.

Take a look at Living Streets website to pledge, or to find out more about Living Streets and how to help their campaigns.

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Easy Breezy Lime

Thursday, 14 April 2016

We introduced a capsule collection of Lyme in Spring 2015 and since then the range has been going from strength to strength.  On Lyme's 1st birthday we thought we would tell you a little more about this Myakka exclusive collection.

The  Lyme collection  builds on the trend for painted and shabby chic style  furniture.  It has a comfortably worn and relaxed driftwood design finished with a soft limewash – bringing a touch of coastal decor into your home.

The Lyme range is hand crafted in India from mango wood, a truly sustainable hardwood: the mango tree is first grown for fruit production.  At around eight years, when it is past its commercial life for mango production, the tree is felled and the timber is crafted into furniture.

Alison from Boston sums up the style of the Lyme collection perfectly with her review for the Lyme Blanket Box...

''It looks exactly as in the picture. The quality is superb, very solid with all joints immaculate and hinges well aligned. The wood has a nice weathered appearance and looks quite rough but is actually planed very smooth. The look is carried through to the ironmongery which is unpolished. I was looking for something different, informal and quirky and this really fits the bill. I'm looking forward to showing it off.''

Peter from Newton Abbot explains the Lyme handles perfectly with his review of the Lyme Small Cabinet...

''The cabinet certainly blends in well. We were particularly enamoured with the drawer whose the handle is held on by rope and it pushes stows almost flush. The base of the drawer is surprisingly sturdy and it has an intriguing stop fitted to prevent it being pulled right out by accident. It was well packed for its long journey from the Indian subcontinent and it arrived on the day that was promised.''

Some of our favourite pieces from the Lyme collection include the Lyme Nest of 3 Tables which are perfect for your sofa side. The Lyme Blanket Box is perfect for the end of your bed thanks to it narrow proportions but generous storage capabilities. The Lyme Console Table would look great in the hallway providing useful and stylish storage.

Take a look at the complete Lyme Collection here...

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Simple steps to Furniture Care

Thursday, 7 April 2016

A little bit of easy care of your Myakka furniture will help keep it looking great and ensure that it is in perfect working condition for years to come. We recommend treating your sheesham furniture to a little beeswax to help keep it looking its best.

To help you clean and care for your Myakka furniture our Furniture Care Expert Paul has come up with these useful suggestions on just that.

Waxing your furniture
To keep the lustre of the wood and to feed the timber, your furniture should be waxed at least once a year but I recommend it is done twice and sometimes more if it is used a lot. To wax your furniture I recommend you use a natural bees wax polish such as Mylands Antique Mahogany Wax, this helps keep the colour rich as well as feeding the wood and giving the furniture a lovely sheen.

To get the best finish from your wax follow these easy steps

  • Apply wax with a soft cloth in a circular motion
  • Make sure that there is enough wax on the wood but not too much that it leaves streaks – this is really important
  • Leave the wax for 20 to 30 minutes so it hardens off
  • Finally buff off -  first with a shoe brush going with the grain and then with a soft cloth again going with the grain

To get into hard to reach places like in the elephant carvings –  I use an inch thick disposable paint brush and cut the bristle length down by about a third, this makes the bristle stiffer and easier to use. You can then apply the wax into hard to reach places with the cut off brush.

Sticking Drawers
If you find that your drawers are beginning to get a little stuck when you open and close them try using a clear candle to rub along the grove of the unit and the runner of the drawer where it is sticking as this lubricates the runner and stops its from sticking.

Day to Day Cleaning
We don’t recommend you use too many silicone based spray polishes as these can block the wood and stop it from breathing. However spray polishes can be used infrequently to remove dust from the surface of your furniture. Simply spray onto a soft cloth first and then use to remove dust, do not spray onto the furniture itself.

Removing Ring Marks
Because Myakka furniture isn’t sealed, simply waxed, it is a common problem for the surface of the furniture to get damaged by hot and wet things. We recommend you always use coasters but if accidents do happen, it isn’t the end of the world. Take a read of this blog, which explains step by step how to remove ring marks.

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