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Friday, 12 April 2013

Will it fit? Our tips for measuring up for furniture


Making sure your new furniture will both fit into your home and look great once there is a really important part of deciding which furniture is for you. Spending a little time measuring up and thinking about the practicalities of the furniture will help ensure that you make the correct decision.

When measuring space for Myakka furniture please make sure that you take into consideration the hand made nature of the furniture. We always recommend that you allows +/- 2cm. We always use centimetres to measure our items and all measurements within our catalogue and online are cm.
It is really important to consider how the furniture will sit in your space – it needs to both look great and be functional. It is also important to consider how your new furniture will look with any of your existing furniture. 

A top tip for making sure it all fits is to make a template of the furniture from newspaper. Using dimensions given simply stick pieces of newspaper together to make a 2D template which will allow you to move it around to consider different positions (it is a lot easier to move newspaper than a heavy piece of furniture!) If you don’t have any newspaper you can also use masking tape to mark out the size of the furniture.  (This is also particularly useful when buying a new sofa or any other large piece of furniture!)

 If you are left with lots of space it may be worth going bigger or adding another piece of furniture conversely you may be left with little space in which case you may want to reconsider size, design or number of furniture items. 

With your newspaper templates it is also worth considering how much free space you will have. As a general rule you need to allow space between one piece of furniture to the next, it can often look smarter if there is a space of around 30cm between one piece of furniture to the next. Chairs placed around a dining table need 50-70cm of space between the back of the chair and any walls or other items of furniture. The larger the chair the more room you will need. 

Other considerations include allowing enough room for cupboard doors and drawers to open. Allow at least 80cm of space between furniture and opposite walls for walkways such as hallways and landings, this will ensure that walkways are clear and won’t appear too cluttered. Ceiling height is also an important consideration; anything too tall will make your room look squashed.  Allow for some space, about 20cm, above any tall items of furniture to ensure your room looks spacious.

One of the most important parts of measuring up is ensuring that your new furniture will fit comfortably through doorways, up any stairs and through hallways.  If you have had any major building work since you last moved furniture please measure again to ensure that the proposed furniture will fit. A return delivery charged may be levied for furniture that is not able to be delivered.

We know buying furniture is a big decision and often you may need further advice, our friendly Customer Service Team or always on hand to offer advice and have extensive range of product knowledge as well as further product dimensions and other information. Give them a call between 9am-5.30pm Monday to Friday on 0845 460 3122 or email sales@myakka.co.uk and we will get back to as soon as we can.

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Our Valentine's Gift Guide


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and chances are your other half will be expecting a little something. To make the gift buying a little easier we have put together a useful list of our favourite valentine’s pressies. Just remember it is the thought that counts so why not buy something a little different from the normal flowers and chocolate.

Here is the list of our favourite Myakka gifts perfect for your better half…

1. Contemporary Nest of Tables
These are a Myakka favourite and are always a winner. These tables are naturally neat and always on hand with an extra surface - perfect for a glass of wine and some chocolates! And of course they are great value at only £119 for the nest of three.

2. Pink Patchwork Footstool
Get your loved ones to put their feet up with one of our pretty and practical footstools. This footstool makes the perfect gift and is only £49.95 and available in 4 attractive colours.
 
3. Carved Heart Photo Frame
Some say an image speaks a thousand words so if you have the perfect image give it the perfect frame with one of these a pretty photo frames with hand carved heart detail. Not only do these frames look great they are also great value at only £12.95.

4. Red Sari and Brocade Quilt
Add a touch of the east to the bedroom this Valentine’s Day with the pretty and practical quilt. The deep red is perfect for Valentine’s Day and matching cushions are also available. Make a statement with the Quilt only £129.95 add the cushions for only £15.95 each.

5. Brass Heart Boxes- - Set of 2
These pretty and practical boxes make an ideal gift for your significant other. Decorated with an etched heart on brass on the lid and beautiful trim around the bottom of each box these functional and beautiful boxes are great value at only £49.95

6. Surin Infinity Table
If you’re looking for something which is both practical and beautiful the Surin Infinity Table is just that at only £109. Hand carved from a single piece of Monkey Pod Wood these tables make the perfect perch for a glass of bubbly or even a person.

7. Cream Heart Tealight Holder with Stars
Set the atmosphere this valentines with this pretty heart shaped tealight holder with cut out stars, it is designed with a heart shaped opening at the back for easy access. At only £7.47 this attractive lantern is both pretty and practical.

8. Heart Driftwood Mirror
Displaying beautiful grain and intricate detail, this attractive heart shaped driftwood mirror is perfect for smaller spaces. A useful and attractive present this mirror makes an ideal gift for your special person, only £39.95.

9. Glass Tile Box
A Myakka favourite, this beautiful box with inset glass tiles is deep enough to hold all your keepsakes!  The fair trade box has proven to be one our most popular gifts at great value for an unique and solid piece at only £29.95

10. Heat Candle Holder
Hand crafted in shimmering antique nickel, this attractive candle holder accommodates four tea-lights or pillar candles. The hanging hearts reflect light beautifully making this an eye-catching arrangement for your mantle-piece or table centre. A prefect present now only £19.95.

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

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

More Snow!

What a lot of snow! Down in Somerset, we were hit on Friday with a great deal of snow and then we had some more on Tuesday night which is taking its time to melt and has left us with some slippery ice to contend with. Although the snow is a lot of fun to play in, it isn’t fun to drive or make deliveries in. Our delivery partners are working hard to ensure deliveries arrive on time but inevitably there are going to be some delays.

We have had updates today from our deliver partners who are all working as hard as possible to make deliveries where it is safe to do so. Our updates from this morning state that most routes are good, if a bit slower than normal, but untreated side roads and lanes are a little more difficult. Deliveries will always be attempted but sometimes, if it is deemed not safe, the delivery might not make it.

The advice and information we can give you depends on which delivery partner your parcel is on its way with. If you have any questions or concerns please contact our lovely Customer Service Team on 0845 460 3122 who will be happy to advice.

Parcelforce
Parcelforce have issued the below statement as of the morning of Wednesday 23rd January. If you are still unsure about your delivery please give our friendly Customer Service Team a call who will be happy to help.

‘The severe weather again in many areas across the UK today is continuing to make deliveries and collections extremely difficult in the affected areas. We do anticipate some delays to deliveries particularly in rural areas, on higher ground and on side roads where access is either very difficult or not possible because of the severe conditions, but the overall position across the UK continues to improve. There has been further snow overnight and this morning in North East, South West England and South Wales which, on top of the snow and ice already laying, is causing particular difficulties with deliveries in the following postcode areas – BA, BS, CF, GL, HD, HX, NP, SN and SY.
We would like to thank you for your continued patience and understanding during these difficult conditions and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.’

Interlink
Interlink have a useful postcode search which will let you know if there are any delays in your area, simply type in your postcode click submit and it will update you   http://www.interlinkexpress.com/content/product-services/uk_issues.jsp#issue3

Two Man Service
No delays have been reported but please call us at the office if you have any concerns and we can look into it for you. We normally suggest allowing 10 working days for delivery once the order has left us, during this snowy time we are advising that orders may take slightly longer.

We will update our blog with more information as and when we get it. Fingers crossed some for some sunnier weather soon so we can say goodbye to the icy slush we have at the moment! The Myakka team have all managed the trek into HQ and we are always happy to help so please do contact us if you have any questions.



Friday, 3 August 2012

Fancy a holiday? Make it an ethical one!


Going on holiday is normally the highlight of most people's year. And now we are well and truly in holiday season we thought it would be great to take a look at some of the more ethical an green holidays out there for anyone who wants something a little different or even just to lie on a sunny beach, here are our top 10…


1.    A Tour of Rajasthan, India
We have a soft spot for Rajasthan as it is where most of our furniture is made. Take this guided trip around this beautiful state with a local guide who will teach you the customs and traditions. At the end of your trip donate your unwanted clothing, medicine and bandages to a charity that help distribute it across to the most remote parts of India.  http://www.responsibletravel.com/holiday/1764/rajasthan-tours-india



2.    Stay in a Tree House in France
Stay on some fabulous campsites around France and stay in some amazing tree house built around the trees.  Keep your holiday green by catching the ferry over to France  and enjoying staying way up high in the trees! http://www.keycamp.co.uk/holiday-homes/tree-houses.html 

3.    Timber Lodge in Mid Wales
Stay in one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of the UK in a purpose built timber lodge. Sustainably built using local timber and local craftsmen. Once there take a walking tour of the area or visit the famous Red Kite feeding station to experience some of the wildlife fist hand.  http://greenholidaysinwales.co.uk/Self-Catering/lon-lodges
 

4.    Stay on in Yurt on the Isle of Wight
The closer we stay to home the lower our carbon footprint, so why not visit the Isle of Wight. Yurts are the perfect compromise between camping and hotels with all the creature comforts we are used to but with the feeling of being under canvas. To reduce your carbon footprint you can even plant an apple tree or other native tree. http://www.thereallygreenholidaycompany.com/


5.    The perfect Caribbean Eco hotel
The Caribbean has been a holiday hotspot for many years and now you can stay at a number of eco hotels. One of the best we have found is the Hix Island House in Vieques, Puerto Rico. This purpose built eco hotel collects rain water which is heated by solar power for your shower. Most imporatnatly there are no phones or TVs in any of the rooms for perfect peace and quiet! http://www.hixislandhouse.com/

6.    Whale Watching in New Zealand
Owned and operated by the indigenous Maori community, this sustainable company was founded to find jobs for the indigenous community and use environmentally friendly vessels. This is now one of new Zealand’s South islands biggest tourist attractions and has won conutless international awards. http://www.whalewatch.co.nz/ 


7.    Malaysian Mountain Side Lodge
If your idea of the perfect holiday is a tropical island with turquoise sea and white sand then this may be the place for you. Situated on a remote beach in Malaysia this resort hotel has been built using mostly recycled materials with minimal effect on the local environment, the lodge also employs people from the local village.  http://www.bagusplace.com/home

 

8.    2 week Loop around Turkey
Starting and ending in Istanbul this unique holiday lets you see the cultural side to Turkey. The most green way to get to Turkey is to get the train from London to Istanbul via Paris, Munich,  and Bucharest and surprisingly only takes 2 days.  http://www.greentraveller.co.uk/content/turkish-delights-2-week-loop-istanbul

9.    Cycling Holiday  in Norway
Using the most green form of transport this holiday provides beautiful sights at a gentle paced road tour exploring Norway’s beautiful Lofoten Islands. Why not avoid flying by catching the ferry via.  Harwich, Esbjerg and Copenhagen http://www.greentraveller.co.uk/content/cycling-lofoten-islands-norway

10.    Escape to Cornwall’s Luxury Eco Hotel
Cornwall is one of the most popular stops for holidays in the UK and the Scarlet Hotel provides the perfect eco place to stay. With grey water recycling, solar panels  they work to reduce their carbon footprint by 10% every year and aim to source 90% of consumables from the south west.  http://www.scarlethotel.co.uk/index.asp



Tuesday, 5 June 2012

On your bike!

The sport of choice here at Myakka is cycling. One of our founders Simon is always on his bike along with Peter and Elaine in accounts and James out in the warehouse. Not only is cycling a great sport (fingers crossed for the Olympics) but it is also a healthy and green mode of transport.

Next week sees the start of Samsung Bike Week which is the biggest nationwide cycling event in the UK. The aim of this event is to encourage us all to join in events and to simply rethink everyday journeys and switch to cycling as the most convenient way to get around.

Samsung are running a Hope Relay and for every mile cycled in a cycle week event, Samsung will donate £1 to charity. To be a part of this, all you need to do is go to the Samsung website and follow the instructions to download the Hope Relay app.

There are hundreds of events being run all over the UK from Charity Rides, Dr Bike/ Cycle Safety Checks, Commuter challenges, guided rides and time trials. Simply visit the Bike Week website to find your local event.

The Bike Week website also includes a great blog all about cycling and the different events being held. It is a great way to learn more about bike week and cycling. Whilst you are there you can also sign up to a Bike Week newsletter and use the Cycling Calculator to work out how many calories your cycle ride had burnt off or how much cycling could save you on your daily commute.

Why not check out the website to find your local event or to find out how cycling could make you fitter, happier and healthier!

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Celebrate the Jubilee in style – FREE bunting


To celebrate the Jubilee, Myakka is giving away pack of Union Jack Bunting with orders over £50 for FREE. All you have to do to claim your free bunting is quote the promotion code ‘DIAMONDQUEEN’  at the checkout to claim your free gift.  This pretty Union Jack Bunting is worth £9.95 and would add a touch of fun to any celebration throughout the year. We love the bunting here at Myakka so much, we even have some up in the Warehouse Shop and office!

This offer is only valid for orders placed between Thursday 24th May and Sunday 27th May, so make sure you’re quick. Remember you have to spend £50 which doesn’t include any delivery charges. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer of promotion and it can only be redeemed once per customer. This offer is only valid for Bunting Union Jack C7712 £9.95 and we can’t swap it for anything else. For any more information about T&Cs please visit http://www.myakka.co.uk/help/terms_and_conditions

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Celebrate with Cake!

Here at Myakka when we aren’t talking about furniture, we are talking about and making (and of course eating) cakes. With the Jubilee fast approaching, we thought we could share some of our favourite cake recipes with you in preparation for any street parties and events you may have coming up.

Alexandra’s Flapjack recipe has proven to be really popular in the office and the recipe has been passed around to lots of people here. If you like a nice gooey and chewy flapjack, this is the recipe for you…

      • 500g porridge Oats
      • 250g butter
      • 250g  fair trade brown Sugar
      • 4-6 tablespoons golden syrup
      Melt together the butter, sugar and golden syrup. Add the porridge oats along with any extra ingredients you may want to add such as sultanas, raisins, pine nuts, sesame seeds, pumpkin seed, or nuts….anything you fancy really. Press it down into a shallow tin and bake at 180°C for approximately 20 minutes until golden brown. Delicious!

      If pretty cupcakes are more your thing, then why not try Natalie’s Jubilee Cupcakes. Decorated with red, white and blue butter icing, these cupcakes are a fun way to celebrate the Queen’s 60 Years.

      For the cupcakes-

      • 200g soft butter
      • 200g fair trade caster sugar
      • A couple of drops of vanilla extract
      • 4 free range eggs
      • 200g plain flour
      • 10g baking powder
      • Pinch of salt

      For the butter icing – (this makes more than enough for the 12 cupcakes)

      • 200g very soft butter
      • 400g fair trade icing sugar
      • A couple of drops of vanilla extract
      • Red and blue food colouring, I always use gel food colouring.
      Beat together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and beat. One at a time beat in the eggs. If the mixture begins to curdle add in a table spoon of flour. Then fold in the remaining flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt. If the mixture is very stiff, you can add some milk to loosen it. Put into cupcake cases (I have used special union jack cupcake cases which are everywhere at the moment), about 12 or so and bake in the centre of the oven at 170°C for about 25 minutes until golden and cooked all the way through.  Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes then move to wire rack to cool completely.

      For the icing beat the butter until completely smooth with no lumps, a bit at the time add the icing sugar and beat hard, keep going until the mixture is pale and fluffy. The more you beat the mixture, the lighter in colour it will become making it better for the ‘white’ part of the icing. Separate the mixture into three bowls, of roughly equal amounts of icing. Add red food colouring to one bowl and blue food colouring to the other, as per instructions on the pack and beat well to ensure the colour is even throughout. Next use a piping bag fitted with a medium star nozzle and fill with alternate spoonful’s of the three different colour icing. Then decorate the cooled cupcakes with the piping bag and you should get a pretty marbled, 3 colour effect.

      If you have a go at making any of these recipes, please do let us know how it goes on Facebook and Twitter. Here at Myakka headquarters we are holding a Jubilee Tea Party to celebrate where we will hopefully be eating lots of delicious cakes and sandwiches made by the Myakka team. Finger crossed the sunny weather continues so we can make it a picnic! Watch this space for pictures of our yummy homemade treats.


      Tuesday, 22 May 2012

      The Wedding Season! - Gift Accounts at Myakka

      As wedding season fast approaches, we thought we would let you know about the Gift List service we offer.  This service is especially great if you are both getting married or have a special occasion coming up and love Myakka furniture and accessories. It is simple to set up and easy for your friends and relatives to contribute to.

      A Myakka gift account is simple to set up and allows your friends and family to make additions to your account with any amount over £10 and they can leave you a special personal message.  Simply contact us and we will set you up an account and provide you with printed cards with details of how to make contributions.

      After your special occasion we will contact you and pass on your personal messages and let you know your account balance. Now it is the fun part, deciding on what you would like to order from Myakka!

      Currently this service in not available online so simply give us a call and we will happily set you up with your own account. Call us on 0845 460 3122 (local rate) Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm and get you started. We’re a friendly bunch and enjoy a chat so please give us a call and talk through your requirements and we will be happy to help.

      Thursday, 3 May 2012

      Go green and take part in the Great British Walking Challenge




      Here at Myakka when we aren’t packing furniture, chatting to our customers or designing new furniture we like to stay fit and healthy by walking as much as possible. But walking is a great way of getting around. The charity Living Streets has research to show that if we all swapped 5 short car journeys under 2km in to walks we could reduce our personal carbon footprint by 86kg per year.

      To encourage us all to do a little more walking and a little less driving Living Streets hold the Great British Walking Challenge which takes place this month in May as part of the charities National Walking Month. The aim is to get people walking across the country and see how many times we can collectively walk form Land’s End to John O’Groats .

      To help and encourage us on our way, Living Streets have lots of tools to calculate how far you have walked, how much CO2 you have saved and record the steps you have taken.  The Great British Walking Week is open to everyone regardless of fitness levels and age. Every walk counts, whether it is to pop down to your local shop, a quick walk to school or work in the morning, of just a leisurely stroll around your neighbourhood.

      Why not get a group of friends together and go for a long walk in the country, or how about getting off the bus a stop  early so you can walk and prepare yourself for the day, one of the easiest way to increase your walking is taking a lunch hour stroll, a great way to clear your mind before the afternoon and you get a break from your computer screen! Don’t forget to register you steps online, just click here to let Living Streets know how far you have walked and make your steps count towards the challenge.

      This year Living Streets are asking us to go on Twitter and Facebook and share our walking images and sounds. If using Twitter then simply use the hashtag #gbwalk. There is also a challenge on Pinterest to try and get as many Mums as possible to share unique images from their walking with the hastag #mumswalk. So why not share some of things that you love about walking. Whether it is an unusal shaped tree and pretty coloured sky, share your images on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

      The best pins will be added to the Living Streets Pinterest board and their favourite images will be used  for a real life walking photography exhibition planned for June.

      To sign up for the challenge this month click here

      Thursday, 5 April 2012

      As seen on 60 Minute Make Over!


      Once again some of our furniture has appeared on 60 Minute Make Over. This is the 10th 60 Minute make Over show which we have donated some of our furniture to, and what a worthy cause! This make over was completed by designer Derek Taylor for Mother and Grandmother Sue who lost her husband to cancer and is now going through chemotherapy herself.

      For those of you who aren’t familiar with the show. 60 Minute make Over, has a time limit of 60 minutes to completely make over a selection of rooms in someone deserving home. Once again the team did a great job and we love seeing the end result. We especially love seeing our furniture look so good in someone’s home.

      This episode aired on the 2nd April featured our Mallani Triple Sideboard, Mallani Small Bedside Cabinet and Mallani Dressing Table. To watch the episode for yourself simply click here

      Don’t forget to tell us what you think on Facebook and Twitter!

      Tuesday, 27 March 2012

      Myakka’s on Telly!


      Some of our furniture is appearing in the new Channel 4 TV decorating programme ‘You Deserve This House’. The new programme gives deserving people a surprise home make over and is presented by Amanda Lamb. Myakka will feature in the 16th episode of this new series and after the success of this one we have already been asked to donate some more furniture!

      For this episode on Channel 4, we have donated a Chandra Sideboard, Mallani Large Coffee Table and a Mallani Large Console Table. The programme was aired at 11am on Tuesday 27th March, but don’t worry if you missed it, you can catch up by clicking here

      We love watching the makeover unfold as the team work hard to complete it on time. We love watching the big reveal at the end when the person finally gets to see what the team of volunteers have achieved.

      To let us know what you think of the makeover leave a comment here....

      Friday, 23 March 2012

      Furniture delivery service with Yodel

      On Thursday Yodel, the courier company we use for larger furniture items was featured on Watchdog. Although like every delivery company, occasionally Yodel makes mistakes and deliveries don’t go to plan, the majority of our customers are very happy with the service they receive from Yodel.

      The service we use from Yodel is the Yodel XL service which deals with heavier, bulkier items requiring a 2 man service rather than the quicker, one man normal Yodel service which was the main focus of the complaints on Watchdog.

      Following the airing of Watchdog, Yodel has released the following statement. 


      "Yodel successfully delivers approximately 170 million parcels a year on behalf of many of the UK’s top retailers.

      The overwhelming majority of these deliveries run smoothly however occasionally we face challenges, some of which are beyond our control, and we have worked closely with Watchdog to investigate and address the customer issues raised on the programme.

      We set ourselves high standards.  Good customer service is a priority for Yodel and we always aim to achieve best service."

      We have been working with Yodel for over three years and continually receive positive reviews from our customers about the level of service they have received from both Myakka and Yodel. An overwhelming majority of deliveries Yodel make on our behalf are completed without a hitch with satisfied customers.  Here are a small selection of reviews from happy Myakka and Yodel customers…

      This really was worth the wait, it is stunning, well made and fits perfectly in the corner of the room. everyone has commented how amazing it looks The delivery men were very helpful and friendly, placed it room of choice, unpacked it, asked me to check it over took rubbish away...will be using Myakka again... Karen from Kent

      This is an excellent piece of furniture. Delivery men friendly and efficient, installing it for me and taking away packaging - 10 out of 10! Wish all orgs would have this customer service! Gillian from Herfordshire

      The Mallani office desk is a great product, it is a very good size and came incredible well packed. I buy a lot online and this was the best delivery of furniture ever. Gill from Essex.

      2nd item I bought. Again beautiful and very practical. Delivery excellent with plenty of courteous fore warning. Even changed date to accommodate us. Very impressive service and quality. Kay from West Midlands

      This is a first rate product with first rate delivery service. If only every internet company provided such a service shopping on the internet would be a more pleasant experience. Joseph from South Glamorgan

      I bought this a couple of weeks ago and needed to have it delivered on a specific day of the week. I received a call from Myakka and the delivery was arranged perfectly. The guys unpacked it and placed it in the room I wanted, took away all the packaging too. Very efficient. Completely hassle free and I will definitely be buying more from Myakka. Diane from Edinburgh

      A 'cracker' of a prize for you!



      Inspired by last week's Climate Week recipe which featured our neighbours Wyke Farms cheeses. We have rustled up a 'cracker' of a prize draw for you, some Wyke Farms cheddar cheese and delicious butter all made here is sunny Somerset, the home of the humble cheddar.

      Wyke Farms have 150 years of family farming experience, and continue to use Grandmother Ivy’s celebrated recipe for turning their fresh milk into award-winning cheese with perfect texture and exquisite taste. 

      We have a selection of Wyke Farms cheese & butter to give away!!

      To enter, click here to send us your name and address details, and your favourite cheesy dish, and we'd LOVE you to scoot over to our to like our facebook too so you can tell us your favourite cheesy dish there too.


      For twitter bonus points, give us a hashtag tweet #MyakkaCheesyTweets on Twitter 

      *This competition has now closed, many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to enter, and the lucky winner is Lin from Wednesbury.*

      Terms & Conditions
      Prize draw is open to UK residents only. Entries must be submitted by 13th April 2012. No purchase necessary.

      Prize is a selection of Wyke Farms cheeses and butter worth £25.00.

      You will be notified by email if you have won and your details will be passed on to Wyke Farms so they can dispatch your prize. One winner will be chosen at random. The draw is open to residents of the UK. Only one entry per person is permitted via email. There is no alternative prize and the prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

      If you were not a member of the mailing list for the monthly Myakka Furniture update via email, by entering the competition, you are agreeing to be added to Myakka Furniture’s newsletter.

      The winner will be drawn on the 16th April 2012.


      Tuesday, 20 March 2012

      Turn your lights off for Earth Hour!


      Earth Hour
      This year we will once again be supporting Earth Hour. This is an annual, worldwide event, organised by WWF to help draw attention to climate change and how everyone can reduce their impact on the world. At 8.30pm on Saturday 31st March hundreds of lights will be turned off around the world for one hour.

      Taking part is really simple; all you have to do is turn your lights of for one hour- Easy! Then simply register your event online so you can help your country have the most lights turned off! Or if you wanted to go a step further why not hold an event such as a candle lit dinner party. The Earth Hour website has lots of recipe ideas perfect for candle lit suppers. If cooking is not your strong point, why not  invite your friends around for a candle lit board game and a chat. If you would like more ideas on how to support Earth Hour, why not visit the Earth Hour website to see how other people are celebrating earth hour and to find local events.

      Remember taking part in earth hour is just the start we can all do little things every day to help minimise the effect we have on the environment. What will you do? To find out more click here

      Tuesday, 13 March 2012

      Climate Week!

      This week we are supporting Climate Week, running form Monday 12th March – Sunday 18th March. Climate Week is all about finding simple ways that we can all benefit the environment in small and manageable ways which are easy to build into our everyday lives.

      There are hundreds of events around the country that are being held to try and encourage people to live more sustainably. This year Climate Week are encouraging us all to try and eat low carbon meals.  By eating locally produced, seasonal foods we can lower our carbon footprint. Also by eating less meat and dairy foods, as these have very high carbon footprints, we can help reduce our environmental impact.  And of course one of the easiest ways we can help is by using our leftovers and making sure we don’t waste any food. Each year around 18million tonnes of edible food ends up in landfill. Around 1/3 of this waste is made by households so if everyone made the effort to use their leftovers we could help reduce the waste!

      Here is a recipe for a delicious Rich Leek Tart from Christine Mosler, a local food writer based in Frome, Somerset,?  who has lots of yummy recipes. Why not visit your local market or farm shop to get the most local ingredients possible.  The cheddar we used is from a lovely local dairy, Wyke Farms which is about 10 minutes away from us here at Myakka.

      Ingredients

      1 pack fresh short crust pastry

      500g trimmed leeks, sliced

      50g butter

      75ml single cream

      75ml semi-skimmed milk

      3 eggs

      75g grated cheddar (we use Wyke Farms Mature by Nature Organic Cheese)

      1 tsp Dijon mustard

      salt and pepper

      Method

      1. Lightly grease a 23cm flan dish (a bit bigger is fine but you’ll have filling left over if you go any smaller). Roll out the pastry to fit, don’t trim the edges yet. Fork the case all over. Chill for 20 mins.

      2. Preheat oven to 180c.

      3. While the oven is heating and the pastry case is chilling. Make the filling. Melt the butter and olive oil gently over a low heat. Add the chopped leeks and cover. Cook gently for 20 mins – half an hour until leeks are soft and buttery. Try not to brown too much. Avoid taking the lid off and allow the leeks to steam and sizzle at the same time.

      4. Whisk the eggs in a bowl then whisk in the cream, milk, Dijon and salt and pepper. Add 3/4 of the grated cheese.

      5. Line the pastry case with baking parchment and baking beans (I use dried chick peas which I keep for this purpose) and pop into the oven for 15 minutes. Remove the baking parchment and beans and cook for a further 5 mins to cook the base.

      6. Cover the pastry case with the leeks. Pour in the egg/cream/cheese mixture. Top with the remaining cheese. Trim the edges. (I forgot this bit and trimmed before I blind baked the case this time and, as you can see from the photo below, it shrank!)

      7. Cook for 20 mins at 180c then turn the oven up to 200c and cook for a further 10 -20 mins until beautifully golden brown on top and smelling gorgeous!

      Serve with new potatoes and French beans or salad.

      If you would like to see anymore of Christine's delicious recipes please visit her blog by clicking here. To find out more about Climate Week and to find an event near you please click here.

      Friday, 9 March 2012

      Get your Mum the perfect Mothering Sunday Gift

      Starting to think about what to get your Mum for Mothering Sunday? Here is out list of top 10 gifts for the best Mum in the world! 

      Contemporary Nest of Tables
      These cute tables are the ultimate Myakka gift. Loved by many and are always one of our best sellers. Your Mum will love the curvy legs and how they store neatly together. At only £119 for three solid wood tables these tables are great value for money.

      Sari Brocade Footstool
      Help your Mum put her feet up with these pretty but decorative footstools. A perfectly practical gift that will add a touch of the east to any room of the house. At only £44.95 these pretty footstools make a lovely gift. 

      Gudri Flower Throw
      This is a new addition to our range of throws and quilts and is so far proving very popular. With subtle colours of natural, sage and terracotta, this throw will give your Mum a taste of India. With hand stitched applique detail this throw is only £149.95.

      Elephant Candle Holder
      Your mum will love this cute and colourful Elephant Candle Holder. Finished by hand with a rural traditional design this elephant is a makes a lovely gift at only £22.95.

      Antique Sari Chair Pad
      If you would like to get your mother something unique then an Antique Sari Seat Pad may be the perfect solution. Made from recycled saris no two chair pads are ever the same and are great value at only £16.95 each or buy a set of 4 for only £60.

      Floral Storage Chest
      If your Mum has plenty of knick-knacks or lots of treasured jewellery then give her something beautiful to keep it in. These pretty Floral Storage chest make an ideal gift and are available in two sizes 6 Drawer for only £29.95 or a 16 Drawer for only £64.95

      Surin Infinity Table
      Give your Mum something that she can treasure and use for years. The Surin Infinity table is a work of art in itself, carved by hand from a single piece of monkey pod wood. These tables are perfect for next to the sofa, for a lovely plant or even as a stool and are only £99.


      Silken Nature Scarf
      Give your Mother a something a little glamorous as a gift. Made from a wool/silk mix these scarves are available in three pretty colours and are sure to bring a smile to your Mum’s face at only £24.95.


      Mallani Storage Seat
      This is one of our most popular pieces of furniture because it is both practical and pretty. A cushioned top for sitting on a four useful storage shelves below for items such as shoes and scarves, this will help keep even the busiest hallway looking ship shape for only £289

      Wooden Tulip Vase
      A brand new item to the Myakka range this unusual vase makes a lovely gift, just add a single stem flower! At only £29.95 this vase is made from a single piece of solid wood.

      As well as a lovely gift don’t forget to spend some time with your Mum this Mothering Sunday!

      Thursday, 1 March 2012

      A brand new range!

      This spring we are proud to launch our brand new range, Orissa. This new range is hand crafted from solid Mango hardwood with intricate carvings worked into the frames of the furniture. Flowers and chevrons are patiently hand carved into the wood to offer a touch of Eastern artistry to every item.

      Made from mango wood with the same finish as our Pali range, Orissa offers the same subtle and harmonious grain that will sit well with your existing furniture pieces. Mango is one of the most sustainable hardwoods as the tree is first grown for fruit and then used for timber. When the tree reaches its full height after about 20 years, it stops producing fruit, or produces a lot less, so it is then used for timber.  After the trees have been felled new trees are planted to continue the cycle.

      Currently the Orissa range has two practical pieces, a bookcase and a sideboard. We are currently working with our manufacturers in India to make more new pieces in this new range which will be available from Autumn 2012.

      Wednesday, 22 February 2012

      Brand New Website!

      We have just launched our brand new website and we would love to know what you think! We have listened to lots of feedback from our loyal customers and made changes that we think you will love. We wanted to make your shopping experience with Myakka more enjoyable and simpler so have made changes to help achieve this. But don’t worry if you were a fan of the old site, we have kept all the best bits, added new bits and just improved anything that we thought wasn't quite up to scratch.




      We know a particular favourite of many of our customer is our meet the team section. It is always great to put a  face to a name, so here is your chance, even if it is a very youg face!. It has just been updated with some of our newer members of the team so take a look and have a giggle at some of our photos and “interesting” facts.

      As always when working on these things, the site will never be completely finished so please let us know what you think -  hello@myakka.co.uk or drop us a line on Facebook or Twitter. Your feedback is always important to us as it is how we learn and get better so please do let us know what you think.

      Happy browsing!

      Wednesday, 8 February 2012

      Keep your furniture looking great!

      As the days are getting longer and the snowdrops have started to appear it can only mean one thing…Spring is in the air! As spring begins to force its way through the cold and dark its time to open the windows to let the fresh air in and start the spring clean!

      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 the 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. Then you can 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 runner of the unit and the grove of the drawer where it is sticking as this lubricates the runner and stops its from sticking.

      Day to Day Cleaning
      I 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. We have a video showing how to remove ring marks, to watch simply click here

      Wednesday, 1 February 2012

      Our Valentines Gift Guide

      You either love it or hate it but chances are your significant other will be expecting a gift on February 14th. To make the shopping process a little easier we have come up with our best valentines gifts.


      1. Contemporary Nest of Tables

      These are a Myakka favourite and are always a winner. These tables are naturally neat and always on hand with an extra surface - perfect for a glass of wine and some chocolates! And of course they are great value at only £119 for the nest of three.

      2. Scented Large Candles

      These organic plant wax candles are an ideal gift for your valentines. In relaxing scents such as Jasmine & Orange and Lavender & Sandalwood these candles not only smell and look great they are also incredible value at 2 for £15. Also available in Small at 2 for £10

      3. Pink Patchwork Footstool
      Get your loved ones to put their feet up with one of our pretty and practical footstools. This footstool makes the perfect gift and is only £44.95 and available in attractive 4 colours.

      4. Surin Infinity Table

      If you’re looking for something which is both practical and beautiful the Surin Infinity Table is just that at only £99. Hand carved from a single piece of Monkey Pod Wood these tables make the perfect perch for a glass of bubbly or even a person.

      5. Moroccan Cream Lantern

      This pretty and useful lantern will help create a lovely romantic atmosphere both indoors and out, either hanging or free standing. This lantern makes the perfect gift at any time of year and is great value at only £16.95

      6. Pink Rose String of Lights

      Roses are the traditional gift on Valentine ’s Day but why not give something with a little more longevity. These pretty pink flower lights cast a warm glow around any room and make the perfect gift at only £24.95


      7. Sheesham Photo Frames

      Some say an image speaks a thousand words so if you have the perfect image give it the perfect frame with one of these a Sheesham Photo Frames. Not only do these frames look great they are also great value and on a 3 for 2 offer, starting from only £12.95 they make the perfect gift.

      8. Set of 3 Painted Boxes

      These pretty and practical boxes make an ideal gift for your significant other. Decorated in rich and varying colours these functional and beautiful boxes are great value at only £89.95

      9 .Barmeri Deep Red Throw

      Add a touch of the east to the bedroom this Valentine’s Day with the pretty and practical quilt. The deep red is perfect for Valentine’s Day but is also available in Sage Green and Natural colours with matching cushions. Make a statement with the Quilt only £129.95 add the cushions for only £12.95 each.

      10. Carved Spiral Kiss

      Carved from a single piece of wood this spiral kiss carving conveys so much! This perfect gift says everything without you having to say a word. At only £18.95 this keep sake will look beautiful wherever it is displayed.

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