• Most-Pinned Homemade Holiday Gifts

    Dec 11, 2017

    The Holiday season is here! Show the people you love that you care, and avoid the stress of holiday shopping, by creating a few thoughtful DIY gifts. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you light up someone’s holiday with these most-pinned homemade holiday gifts.

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    Body Scrub

    This thoughtful and simple to make Body Scrub requires only 4 ingredients to prepare. Mix together Epsom salts (or organic cane sugar) and your chosen carrier oil. Add one drop at a time of essential oil, and a drop of food colouring. Stir until the colour is uniform and spoon the contents into your canning jar. You can even download clip art labels to give your gift a professional look.

    Fleece Blankets

    This easy tutorial will walk you through how to make beautiful Fleece Blankets for your loved ones. A cozy blanket is the perfect DIY gift for friends and family members, and hard-to-buy-for folks on your list. It’s also perfect for a first time sewing project. You’ll need a large piece of fleece (about 2 yards), decorative trim to protect and decorate the edges, a needle and thread or a sewing machine -- which is ideal so that you can complete this project quickly and seamlessly.  If you can do a basic straight stitch, you can do this DIY!

    Microwaveable Heat Packs

    Give the gift of soothing comfort this season with these Microwaveable Heat Packs. All you’ll need is some fabric, sewing supplies and corn kernels or grains of rice to fill the packs. Cut your fabric to size. Sew the pieces together inside out (the outsides facing each other). Leave enough of an opening to turn the bag right-side out. Fill the bag ¾ full with corn or rice. Sew the final seam closed. To use it, heat the bag in the microwave and apply to achey areas of the body.

    DIY Lip Balm

    Don't let your loved ones endure dry, cracked lips this season. This DIY Lip Balm requires only 3 ingredients: coconut oil, beeswax and peppermint essential oil. In a glass measuring cup in the microwave, melt together coconut oil and beeswax. Stir in the essential oil and pour into decorative containers.

    Homemade Coffee Scrub Soap

    This DIY couldn't be more simple. This Homemade Coffee Scrub Soap can be made in less than 10 minutes with easy-to-find ingredients. Coffee is a great scent loved equally by men and women, so this is a great gift for anyone on your list. It's also incredibly affordable to make at home.

    Happy Holidays from Timbercreek! We hope you love these most-pinned homemad holiday gifts as much as we do! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • All About Lagom

    May 16, 2017

    Some of the best design trends come from Scandinavia. 2016 was the year of Hygge (pronounced “hue-guh”) a Danish concept which had us hanging string lights and embracing firelight, knit slippers and hot drinks, dip dyed tassels and gold garlands all in the name of feeling cosy. Hygge is really more of a mood than an actual style motif, and it’s easy to love and make your own. While we think hygge is wonderful, as we roll into 2017 this comfort-seeking style is being replaced by another trend known as Lagom. Similarly tongue-twisting (the la is pronounced “bar”, and gom sounds like “prom”), Lagom is all about monochrome and minimalism. The look involves stark contrast, an abundance of white, and elegant simplicity. Already taking over Pinterest and instagram, you’ve probably encountered examples of Lagom online. To help you get on trend, Timbercreek Communities presents Lagom, the philosophy of stylish simplicity taking the design world by storm.

    iStock-620740620IKEA’s Live Lagom Collection

    A simple Swedish philosophy for everyday life, Lagom means ‘just the right amount’. According to IKEA, “It’s based on the idea that we can strike a healthy balance with the world around us without having to make extreme changes, and without denying ourselves anything. With LAGOM in mind, we think you can live a more sustainable, healthy and cost-conscious life at home, without any dramatic upheaval.” More than an effort to sell, IKEA’s Live LAGOM project is an active community aiming to help save energy and water, reduce waste and promote a healthy lifestyle. Check out more here.

    Lagom Magazine

    A style mag founded in 2014 by Bristol-based husband-and-wife team Elliot and Samantha Stocks, Lagom “is a celebration of innovation and creativity — a lifestyle magazine showcasing those who achieve a sense of balance between work and play.” Exhibiting the Lagom philosophy, the magazine prides itself on a grounded, humble aesthetic, showcasing three distinct areas: Spaces & Places, Craft & Create, and Escape & Recharge. Check out Lagom magazine’s website for more info on Lagom and style inspiration.

    Lagom and Minimalism

    According to Wikipedia, Lagom, “is said to describe the basis of the Swedish national psyche, one of consensus and equality (where) it is still widely considered ideal to be modest and avoid extremes.” Lagom is embodied by the value of "just enough".  It can be compared to the "less is more" western idiom, and stands in contrast to the value of "more is better". It is viewed favorably as a sustainable alternative to the hoarding extremes of consumerism.” If you enjoy the concept and want to bring it into your life and home, minimalism is a good place to start. To create a Lagom inspired space, look for well designed and functional pieces and keep your rooms sparse -- do not overcrowd them with furniture and knick knacks. Less is infinitely more.

    Read more on Hygge here, and Lagom here.

    We could all benefit from embracing a philosophy like Lagom. We hope this guide to Lagom inspires you to redefine your space and embrace simplicity.

    For more information on Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • Gardening Without a Garden: 4 Ideas for Your Own Apartment Garden

    Mar 28, 2017

    Spring is just around the corner! If you’ve ever wanted to get into gardening but thought you didn’t have the space, we have some tips on gardening without a garden. 

     

    iStock-532303411Windowsill Garden

    A Windowsill Garden is an easy way to add a lot of life to your apartment. All you need are a few containers, some living herbs or flowers, and a few minutes of your time to transfer them into the containers. Be sure to keep your curtains open for good light exposure.

    Mason Jar Herb Garden

    A Mason Jar Herb Garden is an incredibly easy space saving gardening option -- and it will make your apartment smell amazing! All you need is soil, some easy-to-care-for living herbs, and a few large mason jars.

    Shoe Organizer Planter

    This one is super easy. Simply repurpose (or purchase) a hanging shoe organizer to create a hanging garden. This garden project will also help keep your cats from messing with your plants. Find detailed instructions here.

    Tiered Herb Garden

    Create your very own Tiered Herb Garden using galvanized containers stacked in order of size. They work together -- drill a hole a few inches from the bottom of one container and the water will trickle to the next one below, and so on. Leave the bottom container intact.

    Timbercreek hopes these ideas help you give a green-thumbs-up to gardening this season.

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe

    Mar 20, 2017

    An effective way to simplify your life is to start with your closet by building a capsule wardrobe. It’s not a physical structure -- you won’t need any tools, other than some organizational skills and the ability to let go. Building a capsule wardrobe is a way of living and dressing with less. Getting rid of everything that you don’t need can help you see what you actually do need. Timbercreek Communities is here to guide you as you build a capsule wardrobe.

    iStock-531071598Take Inventory

    Before you can simplify and reorganize your wardrobe into a streamlined capsule, you’ll have to take stock of what you have. This means everything -- clothing, shoes, jewellery and accessories.  It may get a little messy, or a lot messy, but don’t worry, this is only step one. Place all of it on your bed, pile it up, if it’s all on your bed you will be motivated to get through it and when it’s all over, it's over. Really look at all of it, all that you have spent and acquired.

    Sorting

    The next step is to sort everything you have into categories. It may feel overwhelming but you’ll feel better once it’s done. Go through everything, piece by piece, and place it into one of four categories: love; maybe; donate and trash. The love pile is for items that fit you well and you wear frequently, because you love them! Maybe is for items you want to hold onto, even if you don’t know why. Donate is for items that you don’t wear -- they don’t fit you or your life. Trash is for items that are in poor condition and have simply run their course.

    Second glance

    After you have bagged up the ‘donate’ and ‘trash’ piles, it’s time to take a second pass. Go through the ‘love’ and ‘maybe’ piles again, and try on some of the remaining items. Have you worn any of these items in the last six months? Can you see yourself wearing any of them in the next 6 months? Would you buy this item today? If the answer is “no”, add these items to your ‘donate’ bag.

    Choose your capsule

    It’s time to choose the 30 items or so that will make it into your capsule (33 if you want to follow the Project 333 protocol). You can make a capsule for each season, and some of your favourite items may overlap across several of your seasonal capsules. Use this collection of your favourite go-to items to mix and match all season long and seriously declutter your closet. Box up the remaining items that you have decided to keep until it’s time to create the capsule for next season.

    For information on Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • 4 Ways to Ease Yourself Back into Budget Mode

    Feb 06, 2017

    Did the holidays break the bank this year? There’s no need to panic! Now that life is getting back to normal, Timbercreek Communities has you covered with 5 ways to ease back into frugal living after the Holidays.

    iStock-483783492Plan and Prepare Your Meals

    Waiting until you are hungry is not the healthiest or most cost effective way to eat. You will likely grab fast food you’re craving instead of preparing a healthy well-balanced meal. Preparing meals at home is healthier and less expensive than eating out often, especially when you plan ahead. This can mean anything from making a grocery or meal list and sticking to it, to cooking a week’s worth of meals and keeping them in the fridge or freezer. Here are some helpful tips to get started with meal planning.

    Use the 30 Day Rule

    A very effective way to curb impulse purchases is to apply the 30 Day Rule. It’s very simple, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. Whenever you feel the impulse to splurge on anything from new shoes to a new car, don’t. At least, not yet. Write down the item you think you want and the date on your phone, piece of paper etc. After 30 days, if you still want that item and can pay cash for it, consider purchasing it.

    Have Friends Over for a Potluck Rather Than Going Out for Dinner

    Spending time with friends and breaking bread (or whatever you like to eat) is one of life’s greatest simple pleasures. Unfortunately, it can also be very expensive. You don’t have to become a hermit to save money. You can continue to enjoy the company of good friends and good food by hosting a potluck dinner party at your Timbercreek home.

    Drink More Water

    It may seem strange that something as simple as drinking more water could help you save money -- until you think about it for a minute or two. Drinking more water means you won’t need to purchase other liquids like coffee, soda or tea. Take a refillable water bottle with you when you leave your apartment to avoid buying drinks during the day. Drinking water before a meal can also help you stay fuller longer, which means you will spend less money on food.

    We hope that these suggestions will help you ease back into frugal living fast.

    For more information of Timbercreek Rental Communities near you, please visit our website.

  • Weatherizing For Your Rental: Keeping Warm In The Winter Months

    Oct 26, 2016

    Timbercreek Communities wants you to enjoy a warm and comforting winter in your apartment. These simple hacks for weatherizing your rental will keep you comfortable when the weather is unbearable. Get ready to get cozy.

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    Draft blockers

    Even top-quality windows and doors can’t always prevent the worst winter winds from sneaking into your apartment. Stop unwanted drafts with draft blockers. Blockers are readily available online for all types of doors and windows.

    Insulate your windows 

    While a draft blocker will cover the bottom of your windows, completely stopping cold air from entering your apartment might involve another level of insulation that covers the entire window. Bubble wrap to the rescue! Start by cutting some bubble wrap to the size of your windowpane. Next, use a spray bottle to spray a layer of water on the glass. Press the bubble wrap onto the glass, bubble side first, and you’re done. The best part of this insulation hack is that it can be easily removed and rehung, without damaging your windows. 

    Flannel sheets

    Flannel sheets are a lifesaver when it comes to keeping warm during the fall and winter months. The fibers that comprise flannel are littered with small air pockets that trap the warmth from your body. Flannel is also a very soft fabric, so you can count on being comfortable and warm through the night. Swap out your synthetic sheets for a layer or two of flannel this winter and thank us later.

    Fuzzy rugs

    If you tend to get cold feet in the winter, a fuzzy rug might be just what the doctor ordered. Save money and stay busy with a fun DIY fuzzy rug project. This pom pom rug project requires a little bit of patience to make, but the result is well worth the effort. If you don’t want to spend much time on a rug project, this braided t-shirt rug is pretty much a no-brainer.

    Electric blankets

    Electric blankets may be the best option for people who get cold easily. Grab a cup of tea, a good book and your electric blanket, and hibernate until warmer days’ return!

    Stay cozy and warm this fall and winter with these great apartment hacks from Timbercreek Communities. For more information about Timbercreek Communities and our rental properties, please visit our website.

  • 7 Pies to Bake this Fall

    Oct 20, 2016
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    The days are getting shorter, the leaves are changing colour and there is a cool bite to the morning air. Weather like this that makes you want to dig into a warm piece of homemade pie. You don’t need an excuse like Thanksgiving to bake a pie, all you need are some fresh ingredients and a little quality time in your kitchen in your Timbercreek Community.

    Let’s dig in, shall we?!


    Deep Dish Apple Pie

    Apples are in season right now. Grab a few at your local market and try your hand at baking a classic Deep Dish Apple Pie. Use a combination of tart apples like Granny Smith and sweet apples like Braeburn, or Golden Delicious for best results. Using pre-cooked apples allows you to get twice as many apples stuffed into the deep dish crust.

    Pumpkin pie may just be the perfect fall pie. When prepared well, a pumpkin pie is rich and lightly spiced with a creamy, custard texture. This video will show you how to bake a perfect pumpkin pie, every time. You’ll even learn how to prevent your pie from cracking while cooking.Pumpkin Pie

    Quebec Sugar Pie

    If you haven’t tasted a piece of Quebec Sugar Pie, you need to get on it. In Quebec, it’s called Tarte au Sucre, which means sugar pie. This super sweet treat will satisfy your sweet craving, but enjoy responsibly -- it has a lot of sugar in it!

    Caramel Pecan Pie

    Pecan pie is pretty close to perfection on a plate, but it gets better! Improve on the classic with the addition of gooey salted caramel. This Caramel Pecan Pie is rich, sweet, indulgent and bold. Enjoy a warm slice of this nutty pie with some whipped cream or ice cream and a cup of bold black coffee.

    Butternut Squash Pie

    Many people think pumpkin pie is the best fall pie around. We disagree! We love Butternut Squash Pie because it’s even smoother and creamier than pumpkin pie. It’s simple to make and tastes great on a cool fall day. It only takes about 10 minutes of prep time and about an hour in the oven and a then a few more hours in the fridge to cool.

    Southern Sweet Potato Pie

    Sweet Potato Pie is another close relative to pumpkin pie. Whipped sweet potatoes and sweetened condensed milk combine to create a decadent tasting filling. This pie is a smooth and creamy treat without any of the sharpness or bitterness of pumpkin pie. Serve it warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top.

    Apple Crisp

    The cool, crisp days of fall are perfect for Apple Crisp. If you love pie but are a little indifferent to crust, or you don’t have the time to bake a full pie, then crisp may be for you. All you have to do is mix sweetened apples and cinnamon in a bowl and then prepare a simple streusel topping of oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter and bake it all for about an hour.

    There’s almost nothing more satisfying than a warm piece of pie in the fall. Pre-heat the oven and put the kettle on. Timbercreek hopes these recipes inspire you to bake some spectacular fall pies.

    For more information on Timbercreek Rental Communities across Canada, please visit our website, today.

  • Clever & Cheap Ways To Make Your Apartment Look Nice

    Sep 27, 2016

    Your home isn’t simply a place to sleep and store your things. Your home should reflect who you are and what you love. Timbercreek Communities understands that you want your home to look nice, but you may not want to spend a lot of money (or have a lot of time) to make your home, feel like home. To help, here a few clever and cheap ways to make your apartment look nice.

    Well Organized Mudroom

    You don’t actually need an entire room to devote to muddy shoes and hanging coats.  A wall by the doorway will do just fine. A well organized mudroom or wall is the perfect location in your home for muddy boots, hooks for your keys and coats, and a shelf for papers or mail that you need to organize. When the entrance way to your Timbercreek home is neat and organized, it sets the right tone for the whole space.

    Temporary Rustic Deck Tiles

    An easy way to refresh and add a touch of warmth and refinement to your balcony is with these temporary rustic deck tiles. These tiles are pre-stained and removable (so you can clean the floor underneath). They can even be cut to fit around corners or poles. These tiles are meant for outdoor use only and will help you transform the balcony at your Timbercreek home into a rustic deck for just $3.44 per square foot!

    Hexagon Mirror Wall

    You can arrange these two-toned hexagon wall mirrors any way you like. You can cluster them together to create a mirror wall, or get creative with your own design. They come in packages of 10 (5 pieces in 2 tones). The double sided tape to hang them is included.

    Wooden Blanket Ladder

    You can re-purpose an old ladder into a functional, organized, display and storage rack for your blankets (or towels). It looks great in the living room, by the bed for those cold winter nights when you need an extra blanket, or in the bathroom as a towel rack. You may want to stain the ladder (in a well ventilated area) to a shade that best suits your space.

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    Gallery Wall

    A great way to personalize your apartment is to hang things on the walls. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on artwork to create and curate your own gallery wall. All you need are few inexpensive frames (or create your own frames using your choice of washi tape). What you choose to put in the frames is up to you! It can be photos, images from magazines, a colourful abstract painting you make yourself -- even old greeting cards or wrapping paper remnants can become a work of art!

    We hope you give some of these cheap tips and tricks a try. If you’re willing to put in just a small amount of time and money, you can make your apartment look nice and feel like home. For more information on Timbercreek Communities for rent across Canada, please visit our website.


  • 4 Ikea Living Room Hacks

    Sep 12, 2016
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    Beautifully furnishing your home may seem like an impossible task when you’re on a budget. These 4 Ikea living room hacks help you do just that by showing you how to take functional furniture from Ikea and transform it into fabulous pieces that you’ll be proud of. Timbercreek Communities offers many rental properties in London and Waterloo that cater to students (The Dorchester, The Whitehall and Broughdale Arms). We know that even though money is tight during this exciting time in your life, amazing things are possible with a little ingenuity.

    White and Gold Bar Cart

    Impress your guests with a beautiful DIY rolling bar cart. It re-purposes an Ikea bookshelf by adding brass handles and rolling castors. You can complete this project for around $100. That’s a small price to pay to add a touch of class to your next cocktail party.

    Gilded Bar Stools

    Using basic black DALFRED bar stools from Ikea and a little gold metallic rust paint and sealer, you can create your own gilded bar stools for under $100, total. These classic yet contemporary bar stools look great in the kitchen, to create a counter breakfast bar, or as companion pieces to the White and Gold Bar Cart above.

    ‘Marble’ Coffee Table

    Transform a basic Ikea coffee table into a DIY marble masterpiece with ease! This Marble Coffee Table hack can be customized with your choice of marble contact paper and takes almost no time to produce.

    Wood and Metal Industrial Shelf

    With just a $15 HYLLIS shelf from Ikea, a little black matte spray paint (use in a well ventilated area) and some wood planks, you can create a wood and metal industrial shelf that you will be proud to display. Getting wood cut to fit is easy too. Many stores, like Home Depot, offer one free cut on their in-store saw for every piece of wood that you purchase.

    Living on a student budget doesn’t have to mean basic and boring decor. Get crafty with these amazing Ikea hacks. For more information on Timbercreek Communities for rent, including Avenue Apartments or Metropolitan Towers which are under 1km from The University of Waterloo, please visit our website, today!

  • 4 Cheap and Easy Decorating Tricks for Renters

    Aug 25, 2016

    With IKEA at your doorstep and a big, beautiful London apartment just waiting to be transformed into your personal retreat, it’s time to start decorating. Timbercreek Communities features cheap and easy tricks to add character and charm to your space.

    DIY Ottoman

    As all IKEA hackers know, the place to start is the as-is section, where you can find great deals on gently-used furniture. With a cheap and easy decorating trip or two, these pieces can be masterfully transformed. For example, replace the legs and add your fabric of choice to turn an ordinary ottoman into the fantastic footrest your living space craves, no sewing required.

    NightstandIKEA Hack Nightstand

    After picking the perfect—yet completely average and affordable—nightstand from IKEA, a five-minute drive from Canterbury Towers Apartments (760 & 770 Wonderland Road South) or The Boardwalk Apartments (725, 735 & 745 Wonderland Road South), it’s time to get busy. Upgrade your buy into an elegant bedside table. For the price of spray paint and contact paper, this project can be completed in one of four different ways, depending on your style.

    DIY Lantern Terrarium

    The lovely thing about this DIY Lantern Terrarium is that it looks great in any room in your London Apartment, making it an extra smart purchase for your dollar. Besides the basic lantern from IKEA, you will need a handful of arts and crafts supplies. For whatever you do not have on hand, check out the nearest Michael’s (3080 Wonderland Road South), a five-minute drive from Westmount Suites (750 Wonderland Road South).

    Storage and Decor in One

    You will never regret decor that doubles as storage, especially when it costs so little. A cart at IKEA can look pretty basic, but with a touch of creative lettering and a few utensil containers mounted with zip-ties, it becomes a very functional yet very chic decorative piece.

    Have fun decorating your apartment with today’s tricks for renters from Timbercreek Communities. For more information about London apartments, visit our website today.


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