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

Taking a break for Fairtrade Fortnight

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Fair trade fortnight is quickly approaching and this year’s theme is put fair trade in your break.  This year’s fortnight will run from the 27th February until the 12th March.  Over the last few years we have supported fair trade fortnight with fair trade tea parties, our big bag swap and eating a lot of fair trade bananas. This year we are getting together and putting Fairtrade into our break.

Having the perfect cuppa or a snack is an important part of our daily routine, yet millions of farmers who produce the treats we enjoy during our breaks are struggling to make a living. However hard they work to provide the products we depend on, they still aren’t paid what they deserve.

In Kenya’s coffee and tea-growing regions one in three people live in poverty, while tea pickers in Malawi earn less than £1.46 a day. This is not enough to provide decent food, education or healthcare for their families or invest in better farming.

Here at Myakka we are careful to use Fairtrade products wherever we can. All the tea, coffee and sugar we have here at the office is Fairtrade. By making small changes like buying Fairtrade tea and coffee we can all help to make big changes to producers around the world.

So throughout the fortnight (and beyond) 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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Spring Clean Storage

Monday, 13 February 2017

You try and fight the feeling, but odds are that around this time of year, you'll be looking for ways to (spring) clean up your act.

All those clothes, shoes, odd bits of paperwork and books you've accumulated need a place to live. And these days as our homes become even more multi-functional, we need clever ideas to free up space where we need it most.

We have lots of storage solutions that are perfect for any room of your home.

In the hallway a console or a storage seat provides lots of storage. The Hathi Storage Seat offers sit-upon storage to hideaway your shoes and offer a perch where you can put them on! The Milborne Hallway Table has two drawers for keys and bits of paperwork and a useful shelf for bags and shoes.

A bookcase helps organise not only your favourite novels and reference books but also as a way to show off your favourite items. We have a large selection of bookcases that would look great in a study, living room or dining room. The Jasmeen Collection has three bookcase in its range ranging from the more petite Compact Bookcase to the grand Jasmeen Large Bookcase, smaller in preoporting to the large but with a useful cupboard the Jasmeen Midi Bookcase is the perfect size in between.

A blanket box is perfect for storing anything from toys to bedding in any room of your home. The Vandara Blanket Box is both pretty and practical with hand carved lotus leaf pattern and a soft whitewashed finish. If your looking for something with more of an industrial look, the Bayford Storage Bench is a great option. With a lift up top and an under box shoe rail, this box is perfect for the hallway of bedroom.

Whatever your storage needs this spring, there's sure to be a  solution for you.

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Spend More, Save More, Love More!

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Have you had your eye on something for a while? Well why not treat yourself this valentine's day with up to 20% off*! 

Spend more, save more, love more is your chance to get 10% off orders over £100, 15% off orders over £250 and get a massive 20% off orders over £500. So why not treat yourself to the new living room furniture you have been coveting or that new bed that you have had you eye on? 

Simply quote the code LOVE2SAVE to activate your special offer - but be quick this special offer expires on Valentine's Day, Tuesday 14th February 2017. Terms and conditions apply. 

*Please quote LOVE2SAVE at the checkout to claim 10% off purchases £100 and over, 15% off purchases £250 and over, or 20% off purchases £500 and over. Discount level is calculated on a single transaction. Offer excludes delivery charges, can only be redeemed once and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion, special offer or bundle deal. For full Terms & Conditions, please visit Offer valid until midnight 14-02-2017.

Valentine's gifts for Fair Trade lovers

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Sometimes some (fair trade) chocolates isn't enough! So to help you find the right gift for that special person in your life, here's a guide to our favourite Myakka gifts that will show them how special they really are to you…

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. Pink Velvet & Brocade Quilt
Add a touch of warmth and colour to your home with this velvet pink coloured quilt. Each one is slightly different thanks to the hand stitched finish.

3. Wooden Quintuple Photo Frame
Show off your most precious of memories with this pretty frame with apertures for your favourite five pictures. Available in a natural and a whitewashed finish.

4. Zanzibar Kilim Footstool
Get your loved ones to put their feet up with this pretty and practical footstool. A perfect gift, with an attractive cobalt blue and natural pattern in a hardwearing kilim fabric on a solid wood frame.

5. Scented 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.

6. Painted Heart Box
Give your loved one this pretty box with two carved hearts, perfect for storing lots of sentimental bits & pieces.

7. Luxe Velvet Cushions
These pretty cotton cushions will add a touch of luxury to your home and make the perfect gift in three pretty colours including teal & green.

8. Mehandi Arched painted Mirror
This pretty mirror will show your loved one how loved they are every time they look in the mirror. Hand painted with pretty mehindi designs in turquoise pinks and blues.

9. Pair of Copper Glow Tealight Holders
These pretty tealight holders will help create the perfect atmosphere with for your home. Crafted from terracotta and finished with a white outer and copper inner to create a perfect glow.

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.

Show them some love!

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Natural Sustainability

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Last autumn we started working with a new supplier based in Vietnam who specialises in woven products such as our Natural Hand Woven Pouffes. Weaving baskets, rugs and pouffes from sustainable, locally available materials such as sea grass water-hyacinth and corn husk, they work with groups of local women, paying them a fair wage and ensuring that traditional crafts and techniques are still widely used today.

An initiative, founded by a woman from a traditional crafting village, the cooperative provides local women with steady and reliable income to help support their families. Using techniques that have passed down through generations, the team creates eye catching yet functional pieces that look great modern and traditional homes.

Some of our favourite pieces include our best selling Natural Woven Round Rugs that have been crafted from rattan, cornhusk and water-hyacinth to help create rugs with a tonal circle pattern. The Natural Woven Baskets Set of 2 have again been woven from water-hyacinth and sea grass to create an attractive striped pattern. – perfect as laundry baskets or to keep the toys tidy.

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