April 29, 2016

Maximize Your Storage Space with These 3 Kitchen Corner Solutions

Kitchen corner cabinets are the Bermuda Triangle of your kitchen. Over time, items you place at the front of the cabinet slowly make their way into the back, never to be seen again.

Often one of the trickiest areas in the kitchen to figure out, corner cabinets either go underused or turn into a virtual Neverland of odds and ends. Thankfully, cabinet manufacturers have found creative and innovative ways to make use of the space. Below are three of our favourites.

The LeMans II System

Ideal for blind corners, the LeMans pullout systems help you keep items organized. This means no more getting on your hands and knees to access the back of the cabinet.




Rondo Cleaning and Recycling Centre

Underneath a corner sink doesn't have to be a lost space! And a corner recycling unit is a great way to keep your wasting sorting needs out of the way.



 


Pie-cut Lazy Susan

A deep lazy susan can keep your pantry items organized and prevent items from falling off into the depths of your cabinet.

In this revolutionary design from Cornerstone, the patented die-cast aluminum bearing makes this unique wood super susan the absolute workhorse of the industry.

Designed for pots, pans and kitchen appliances, this wood susan also works great for dry goods, bulk storage or convenience items.

 

Are you ready to make your kitchen design dreams a reality?

Call Monarch Kitchen and Bath Centre today at 905-686-2001, or drop by our showroom for some design inspiration.

April 21, 2016

A Design That Helps Keep the Party in the Kitchen

Design by Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre

A few weeks ago, we discussed what was on the "new kitchen wish list" of designer Kevin Samson's clients and why they decided to remodel.

Their biggest complaint was the lack of adequate food preparation counter space, and the inability for two people to work in the kitchen at the same time.  

"Comfortably socializing with family and friends in the kitchen was also high on their wish list," says Kevin. "There was already a table and chairs in the room, but it left the cooks feeling too far removed from the fun."
 
Design by Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre
"To solve the issue, we removed the table altogether. The design now incorporates a spacious countertop eating area as an extension of the peninsula. The area comfortably seats five to six, and everyone can now be a part of the fun. For larger groups, the formal dining room is steps from the kitchen." 

As everyone knows, the party always ends up in the kitchen!

April 13, 2016

Hot Trend Alert: TORLYS Smart EverWood and EverTile Overcomes the Limitations of Wood and Laminate

Introducing the TORLYS EverWood & EverTile Collection: beautiful, durable, waterproof flooring for every room of your home.

From Torlys.com:
Comfortable and beautiful for living rooms and bedrooms.

Your feet will thank you – even when it’s cold, your EverWood or EverTile floor will stay warm to the touch. And don’t worry about waking up the baby: our floors are quiet, in the room and below, thanks to TORLYS CorkPlus™ Underlay.
Your stunning low-gloss floor with realistic wood and tile textures are the perfect match for any decor. EverWood & EverTile floors are hypoallergenic, making it perfect for important allergen-free rooms like bedrooms, family and living rooms.

Built tough for kitchens, bathrooms and basements.

EverWood & EverTile is well-equipped to conquer damp basements, kitchen spills and bathtub run-off. EverWood & EverTile are 100% waterproof from top to bottom.
Maintenance is always easy with an ultra-thick, stain-resistant wear layer. Spills wipe up quicker and easier than hardwood.
Photo: Torlys.com

 
“This is an amazing new floor product that overcomes the limitations of wood and laminate," says Monarch designer Janet Dawson. "It is waterproof, mould resistant and can go in every room of the house. It comes in great colours and emulates both wood and tiles. It is commercially rated so it can definitely stand up to the wear and tear of everyday life.”

Photo: Torlys.com
Elegant and contemporary, TORLYS EverWood and EverTile is the flooring product you've been waiting for. Drop by the Monarch Kitchen and Bath Centre showroom to see samples of TORLYS products today.

April 7, 2016

4 Ways to Make Your Cottage Kitchen Design More Efficient


Even though we've seen more cold and snow this spring than we have all winter, summer fun at the cottage really is just a few months away. In fact, it won’t be long until you open the cottage for another season of relaxation and good times with friends and family.

Is your cottage kitchen up for all that entertaining?
If you’re thinking of re-designing your cottage kitchen before the summertime fun begins, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind.

Open Concept Works Best
If visiting friends and family are helping with meal preparation, a small kitchen can seem even smaller when there are six hands trying to prep a meal for hungry guests. An open concept kitchen design will not only feel bigger, but it can become a bigger kitchen by incorporating eating areas into its space.

Lots of Drawers
In order to act as an effective multi-functioning space, the cottage should have an allocated storage spot for everything. And what better way to organize your expanding and unmatched containers than in a nice deep drawer? Maybe even an easy-to-reach drawer to store the kid-friendly plates so your little helpers can help set the table!

Quick Cleanup Means More Time to Relax
Life at the cottage is about fun, relaxation and enjoying the company of others -- it's not somewhere you need to keep spotless 24/7. When selecting the finishes for your kitchen cabinets, floors and counter tops, remember to select surfaces that are easy to clean.

A Wet Bar Where You Need It
If you like to kick back, relax and enjoy some drinks on the deck, consider keeping a wet bar with a small fridge outside of the kitchen space to avoid congestion in the kitchen at meal times. It will draw those in need of refreshment away from the workspace, and ensure a safe and uncluttered prep area.

Are you ready to renovate your cottage kitchen?
The design team at Monarch is ready to help you create the cottage kitchen of your dreams! Call us at 905-686-2001 or drop by our showroom today.