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October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween! Looking for Scary Kitchen Renovation Stories? You Won't Find Any at Monarch.
A review from Laura in Uxbridge, posted March 11, 2011, on HomeStars:

Finally moved into my dream home, and had quite a bit of renovations to do to bring it up to date. I used Monarch Kitchen and Bath for my kitchen and 3 bathrooms. From the start, I felt good about my decisions. I knew exactly what I wanted and they had all the products and the skill. Their staff is fully knowledgeable and they covered all the details, so I didn't have to worry about a thing. They even come back later to give you a complimentary "tune-up". They made sure I was completely satisfied, and now I get tons of compliments on my kitchen and bathrooms and I recommend them to everyone!! Thanks Monarch!

October 25, 2011

Coming in April 2012: Five New Decorative Hardware Collections from Berenson Hardware

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Canada. Monarch Kitchen and Bath Centre is proud to support Berenson Hardware in their mission to increase breast cancer awareness and pay tribute to those affected by the disease.

Berenson Hardware's five new decorative hardware collections -- inspired by and named after breast cancer survivors -- will be available in the spring of 2012. 

To learn more, visit

A portion of the proceeds from these collections will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

From the Susan G. Komen for the Cure website:

Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about her own situation. That concern for others continued even as Susan neared the end of her fight. Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and committed to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever.
That promise is now Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1.9 billion since inception in 1982. As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, we’re working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® and the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure®, and generous contributions from our partners, sponsors and fellow supporters, we have become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.

October 24, 2011

Athena Electric Helps Monarch Designers Stay Up-To-Date

Vicky Campbell
Master Electrician
When it comes to renovating, Monarch Kitchen and Bath Centre's team of designers always put their clients' safety first. With this in mind, Monarch invited electrician Vicky Campbell to their Pickering showroom recently to give designers a refresher course on what to plan for when working on a kitchen or bath design.

Vicky Camlbell is a fully insured and licensed electrical contractor registered with the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA). Vicky is a Master Electrician with a Construction and Maintenance licence: this certifies her for any kind of residential or commercial electrical work throughout Canada.

"We use her on all our jobs that require an electrician," says Amanda Willson-Suppa. "She visits Monarch from time to time to make sure our team has a clear understanding of the building code and how it applies to electrical items in kitchens and bathrooms."

Vicky's 10 years of experience as an electrician include control wiring, knob and tube removal, aluminum removal and reconditioning, and any kind of power and distribution in a residential or commercial setting.

October 19, 2011

Reduce Your Ecological Footprint During Waste Reduction Week, October 17th to 23rd

As an active member and proud supporter of Durham Sustain Ability's initiative EcoBusiness, Monarch Kitchen and Bath Centre encourages you to take the first step in reducing your ecological footprint during Waste Reduction Week (WRW).

"We buy a wastebasket and take it home in a plastic bag. Then we take the wastebasket out of the bag and put the bag in the wastebasket."
                                                                  ~ Lily Tomlin

Organized in Canada by a coalition of non-government and not-for-profit environment groups from each of the 13 participating provincial and territorial jurisdictions, Waste Reduction Week is intended to raise public consciousness about waste and its environmental and social ramifications. The goal of the week-long program encourages people to get involved and act now to sustain our planet for future generations. 

From WRW's Business Resource Kit (downloadable here):
What can you do? Everything! Waste reduction starts with every individual, every business, taking responsibility for their consumption and waste. By following the hierarchy of the three Rs (Reduce-Reuse-Recycle) you can make a significant impact.
Visit the Waste Reduction Week website at for a list of resources that can help you perform a business waste audit, assessment of your community and more!

October 14, 2011

What Will Our Homes Look Like in 2020?
According to a survey released by the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA), the American home of 2020 will have bigger kitchens and family rooms, with dining rooms morphing into multi-purpose spaces.

The information in the report "20/20: IFDA's Vision for the Future" comes from a survey of IFDA's almost 2,000 members worldwide. The report offers both similarities and discrepancies to an earlier survey taken at the beginning of the millennium.
Canadian Interiors magazine recently summed up the IFDA report and the full article can be found here.

Here are some excerpts from Canadian Interiors' article "How we'll live in 2020":
  • Americans will be living in smaller spaces and with fewer rooms by the year 2020, say more than 76 percent of IFDA members. Ten years ago, only 49 percent foresaw less living space in our future.
  • Formal living rooms are going extinct, according to an increasing majority of the design professionals (64+ percent, up from 51 percent in 2000).
  • Kiss your dining room goodbye, too: nearly three-quarters of the respondents (71 percent) doubt that there will even be a separate dining room in most homes by 2020. The space will be put to multiple other uses instead because....
  • Separate rooms are disappearing; they are blending into spaces that serve many different purposes, believe 91.5 percent of the design experts - which is exactly what they foresaw back in 2000.
  • Eat-in kitchens are voted most likely to succeed in 2020. More than half IFDA's members said it is "likely or very likely" that eat-in kitchens would replace dining rooms, and nearly 65 percent believe future kitchens will grow larger, thanks to Americans' escalating interest in home cooking.
  • Master bedroom suites won't be bigger, just busier. Although 52.2 percent of the surveyed members think the master suite will stay about the same size as now, they see it sharing space with the home office, media center, and exercise room.
  • Everyone's working at home. A home office is a given, say more than three-quarters of the respondents, but here's the news: nearly 40 percent (37.3) of the forecasters see more than one home office under every roof.

October 7, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from Monarch Kitchen and Bath Centre

The holiday weekend forecast for Southern Ontario includes sunny skies and warmer than usual temperatures. We hope you have the opportunity to enjoy some time outside with close friends and family over the next few days. For those of you inside cooking up a storm, here are a few videos we thought you might find useful.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Monarch Kitchen and Bath Centre team

October 6, 2011

Finish with Flair: Introducing Berenson Hardware

Although a great deal of time and effort goes into the planning, design, tear down and renovation of your kitchen or bathroom, it's important to pay attention to the little details. Often overlooked, hardware such as knobs, handles and drawer pulls play a significant role in the final look and feel of your new space.

Berenson Hardware is now on display at Monarch's Pickering showroom. Stop by and take a look and talk to one of our designers about ways you can incorporate their Berenson's hardware into your new kitchen or bathroom.

"I was excited to see the arrival of the Berenson Hardware samples," says Monarch designer Marion Cuddie. "They round out our selections beautifully by adding some great craftsman styled pieces in burnished copper and steel, as well as adding to our options for polished nickel."

With five lifestyle collections to choose from, you're sure to find the look that fits your home. Berenson Hardware also offers over 70 finishes to choose from. Click here for their complete guide to hardware finishes.

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a reflection of sleek and sophisticated family life

a warm, welcoming blend of traditional and contemporary

a bold and passionate point of view rich in colour and design

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