• 5 Ways to Keep Your Decor Cozy and Beautiful in January

    Jan 09, 2018

    There’s nothing like a warm and cozy space to come home to on a cold winter’s night. Your decor choices can go a long way. Accents, colors, blankets, and decor all contribute to the perceived warmth of a space. To help outfit your home or apartment with seasonal yet cozy accents, Timbercreek brings you this list of ways to keep your decor cozy and beautiful in January.

    Greenery

    One of the best things about Christmas is the abundance of greenery. While trees dry out, pine and cedar boughs tend to last. Leave them up on the mantle after the holidays, or make an arrangement in a vase. Try tying a few boughs together into a bouquet and hang it on the wall or place it decoratively on a coffee or side table.

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    White

    White instills a clean, fresh look that while reminiscent of winter, actually does a lot to bring not only warmth but fashionable, bright, monochromatic accents to a space. It just so happens that white is Benjamin Moore’s colour of the year.

    Birch and Wood Accents

    Another fantastic Christmas carryover is wood. Whether birch, pine, or cedar, wood accents are always a cozy addition to a room and normally available well past the holidays. Toss some birch logs into a basket, make a faux fire by piling logs into a pyramid, or get a birch candle for the mantel.

    Area Rug

    Say no to cold floors. It doesn’t matter how thick your socks are, cold hardwood is cold hardwood. Warm up your floors, be they linoleum or brushed concrete, with an area rug. It doesn’t have to be Persian or monstrous. A square of plush softness can do wonders for not only your feet, but the appearance of coziness.

    Lighting

    Another constant key to keeping a space warm and inviting is lighting. Avoid harsh fluorescents and make sure your bulbs are the proper wattage for every fixture. Even the eco-bulbs can be warm with the right lamp shade. Pick up some full-spectrum bulbs to combat the darkness, or try the clear, exposed filament style ones to add ambiance and that cozy orange glow.

    Timbercreek hopes that this article helps you keep your decor cozy this January. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Top Holiday Events in Canada

    Dec 18, 2017

    The holiday season is here again. It’s time to dust off the decorations, put up the stockings, and whip out your ugliest Christmas sweater.  From hot chocolate to festivals, mall Santas to apple cider, there’s no shortage of seasonal events to tuck into this year. To help you celebrate the holidays, Timbercreek has put together a shortlist of events happening in your area this fall.

    Distillery District: Toronto Christmas Market

    Perhaps the best holiday event of the season, The Distillery District has once again transformed into the luminous Toronto Christmas Market. The popular event is on now until December 23rd.  Don’t miss the glowing sights, the merry sounds, and the decadent tastes of this annual holiday market. A monstrous Christmas tree dots the center of the action, while kiosks selling everything from chocolate covered bacon to St. Nick knick knacks, litter the Distillery’s brick streets. The market is free during the week and just $6 on weekends. Get more info here.

    Blue Mountain: Christmas Gift Show

    Blue mountain comes alive this season with a Christmas Gift Show. This vibrant, fun marketplace celebrates the holiday season in style. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas with over 100 vendors including artisans, crafters, jewelry makers, décor vendors, body and wellness brands, tasty treat makers and more. Learn all about it here.

    Edmonton: Singing Christmas Tree

    Running from December 14th through 17th, don’t miss the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree. Imagine a stage decorated with whimsy, a 35-foot singing Christmas tree, and an audience in wonder. With dancing Santas, stunning ballerinas, amazing acrobats, and 150 phenomenal singers accompanied by a live orchestra, this performance is a seasonal sensation.  Get more info here.

    Quebec: German Christmas Market

    Celebrating 10 years of magic, Quebec’s German Christmas Market is “Exquisitely European” and “Exquisitely FREE”!  On now until December 23rd, 2017, this magical holiday wonderland never ceases to amaze. Featuring one-of-a-kind gifts, the market has a festive atmosphere with wooden kiosks and scintillating lights.

    Ottawa: Vintage Christmas Village of Lights

    Come out to the Cumberland Heritage Museum for some holiday celebration this Christmas. Make an ornament for your own Christmas tree, decorate gingerbread men, or take a nostalgic horse-drawn wagon ride through the illuminated village (lit by 5pm every evening). None other than Santa Claus himself will be there! Find out more here.

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    Timbercreek hopes this list of the best holiday events in Canada inspires you to get out there and celebrate the holiday season in style this year. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • 5 Apartment Decorating Ideas for Summer

    Jul 06, 2017

    Summer is finally here and it’s time to get your apartment into shape for the season. Timbercreek Communities has some simple and beautiful apartment decorating ideas for summer. Let’s let the sun shine in!

    Lighten Up

    Think of your apartment as a summer rental and see it in a whole new light. Pull back the curtains and let the light in. Replace heavy curtains with something light, sheer and breezy.  In fact, stow away anything that makes your space feel heavy or dark. This includes thick throw rugs that may be cozy in winter but feel hot and oppressive during the summer months. It’s summer - let your floors go naked!

    Bring the Beach Home

    You may not be able to spend every summer day at the beach, but you can give your Timbercreek home a beachy feel by displaying sea shells in a small pail or by planting small succulents in a larger shell.

    DSC_6083_4_5_6_7Set a Summer Table

    Add a splash of summer colour to your table by setting out some colourful flatware. Mix and match bright tropical, floral or nautical-themed dishes and towels with your everyday plates and bowls for a fun and seasonal setting. For a simple summer centrepiece, fill a bowl with fresh, bright fruits - like oranges and lemons.

    Flower Power

    One of the easiest and most effective ways to add some colour and elevate the mood of any room in your home is with flowers. Fresh cut or potted flowers add a simple summertime feeling and have been proven to enhance positive emotions!

    Seasonal Slipcovers

    It may not be practical to have a separate set of furniture for summer and winter, but you can make if feel like you do. You can instantly change the look and feel of your living room by slipping on some striped or colourful summertime slipcovers.

    Summer can feel short lived. Timbercreek hopes these simple apartment decorating ideas help you make the most of the season and keep the summer feeling going for as long it can. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities please visit our website.

  • 10 Ideas For Creating A More Masculine Bathroom

    Jun 12, 2017

    We spend roughly 1.5 years in the bathroom in our lifetime. While it may seem like a chore to most men, personalizing your bathroom can go a long way. From hardware to software, it doesn’t take much to make your bathroom both more civilized and more masculine. To help you get started, Timbercreek has a few ways to create a more masculine bathroom.

    iStock-498190954Dark Tones: Navy, Grey, Taupe.

    Try incorporating a dark-toned colour palette into the space (think navy, grey, olive and taupe) through standard bathroom items like new towels, a shower curtain, a bath mat, etc. These small changes can make a big impact and totally revamp the look of the space.

    Incorporate Metals Into Finishes: Chrome, Pewter, Copper, Brushed Steel

    Nothing says masculine like a little metal. Whether you are renovating or renting, incorporating metal finishes and accents can make any bathroom more masculine. Easy bathroom features to swap out include towel racks, toilet paper holders, garbage cans, and soap dishes and dispensers.

    Better Towels

    Ditch your stack of ratty, musty, thin, washed-too-many-times towels and invest in some new plush, high quality towels.  Nice towels make bathroom time more enjoyable. To keep the look masculine stick to dark tones or white.

    Non-Traditional Objects: Repurposed Items

    If you’re on a budget, thinking beyond the bathroom aisle never hurts. Try a tin pail for a garbage can or a pencil holder for toothbrushes. Use a small area rug instead of a bathmat -- the sky’s the limit! While Bed Bath and Beyond would have us believe otherwise, bath furnishings can come from anywhere.

    Add Personal Touches:

    Photos from trips or special interests are always nice accents.  Race cars, beach tanning, travel pics, even a 50s era pinup poster can add warmth and personality to a bathroom space. 

    Have Fun With Shower Curtains

    If you don’t care about quality, shower curtains can be really inexpensive. They come in a myriad of colours, shapes, textures and opacity and are easy to replace when you get bored. There may be no easier, faster, or cheaper way to give your bathroom a macho makeover than a new masculine shower curtain. Stick to dark colours, simple patterns, or no pattern at all.

    Aftershave

    A bottle of your favourite aftershave, or even classic Old Spice or Aqua Velva, will make your bathroom smell more masculine. While it’s easy to overdo cologne, a nice traditional aftershave (applied sparingly) will give you and your bathroom a masculine scent that’s not overpowering.

    Well Placed Magazines

    Bathroom reading is a thing for a reason. There’s nothing more manly than a selection of fishing, hunting, or video game magazines to help pass the time.  A dash of Scientific American or The Economist can help up the class factor and keep you informed. 

    Air Freshener

    A good air freshener can make a big impact.  Be careful to choose a good quality brand and a relatively subtle scent. Cheap air fresheners are semi toxic and stick to nasal passages, while good quality air fresheners cover odors but aren’t harmful.

    A Good Stock of TP

    It’s safe to say most men usually keep the bare minimum of toilet paper on hand. Having a fresh well stocked supply of toilet paper is nice for guests and will ensure you are prepared for anything that comes your way.

    Timbercreek hopes this list helps make your bathroom more masculine.  For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Colour Trends to Take Advantage of This Spring

    May 24, 2017

    Spring is the perfect time of year to embrace colour. From the new bright flowers popping up everywhere to incredible spring fashion, colour is all around us and is something to celebrate. There are a ton of colour trends to love in 2017, including Pantone’s choice for colour of the year.

    2017 in Colour

    Direct from Pantone’s website, 2017’s colour future holds “A Mixture of Vitality, Relaxation and the Great Outdoors” in store. “From colours that are bright and vivid to those that convey a sense of earthiness, our top 10 colours for spring 2017 are reminiscent of the hues that surround us in nature.” Read more here.

    Pantone Colour of the Year

    Pantone selects a colour to represent each year, described as “a symbolic colour selection; a colour snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.” For 2017, Pantone has selected “Greenery”, a “zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.” Read the full Greenery description here.

    Grey

    More poetically named “sharkskin”, grey has a prominent place in 2017’s fashion palette according to Fashionisers.

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    Taupes

    Ralph Lauren’s RTW collection combines shades of taupe for a monochromatic semi-Saharan themed spring and summer 2017. See images here.

    Bold Magenta

    Lipstick, hairstyles, even Benjamin Moore is on top of Bold Magenta this year. Check out more here.

    White and Woods

    The combination of white and wood-based tones are gaining popularity this year, both in architecture, jewelry, and fashion design. See examples here.

    Aqua

    From the Trend Council to People magazine, aqua is on deck to be a popular 2017 colour, both in fashion and interior design style. Get the skinny here.

    Take advantage of these colour trends this Spring! Incorporate these hues into your wardrobe and home decor for a fresh look.

    For more information on Timbercreek Rental Communities across Canada, 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.

  • 5 Ways to Get the Minimalist Living Room

    Mar 27, 2017

    Simply put, minimalism is about doing more with less. Minimalist design and decor in your home can open up a room and make if feel more spacious by using clean lines, and carefully selected colours and pieces. Timbercreek Communities has 5 ways to get the minimalist living room you want.

    Limit Your Choices

    Minimalism doesn’t mean stark white and sterile. Choose a base colour and a few accent colours. Stick to this palette when choosing paint, furniture and decor for your space. If you choose neutral colours for walls and furniture, choose some warmer colours for pillows, rugs and decorations to soften the feeling of the room.

    Create Focal Points

    A well designed minimalist living room will offer an open, relaxing and calm atmosphere. You don’t want things to feel scattered or cluttered. Choose focal points to make the room feel centered and balanced. Place items such as rugs, pillows and carefully selected decorations together around big furniture. Also, limit the pieces of furniture to only what you need to feel comfortable. Place all your picture frames on a single table or shelf, rather than on any and all surfaces. If the room is feeling sparse, use single pieces of art or fabric on the walls to create and airy balance.

    iStock-504527246Balance

    Minimalist design needs balance. This can mean arranging selected items symmetrically,   or asymmetrically. For example, you can flank a sofa with lamps and end tables on both sides, or guide the eye by placing items to one side, to lead the eye along and connect the room. It’s all about filling the space with care. 

    Behind Closed Doors

    Your living room will feel calmer when there is a place for everything and everything is in its place. Everything that you don’t love looking at should be hidden cleanly away inside cabinets or behind closet doors, in drawers or inside other storage space.

    Clear Out the Clutter

    When embarking on a minimalist lifestyle, it's a good idea to go through your possessions and decide what you really want to own. Clutter is the enemy of clean, minimalist design. Items that are out in the open should be arranged intentionally. For example, try to place books in order of size or colour -- this will create a harmonious feel throughout your space.

    For information on Timbercreek Communities throughout Canada, please see our website.

  • Top 5 Best Sofas for Apartment Living

    Feb 21, 2017

    Choosing the right sofa for your apartment can be tricky. A home theatre-style sectional is a little impractical, and that second-hand chesterfield isn’t going to fit in with your decor. In the hopes of helping you choose the perfect piece for your apartment, and maximize space, Timbercreek Communities has put together a list of the top 5 best sofas for apartment living.1010_first_street_sw_calgary_MLS_HID838558_ROOMlivingroom4

    1. Loveseat 

    Like a bicycle built for two, a loveseat is the perfect perch for any twosome — and it doesn’t take up too much room in your rental unit! Just be sure to remember the cozy closeness of this type of sofa. This kind of togetherness can be ideal for a couple, but not optimal for roommates. Loveseats are available in many styles and sizes. If you don’t know where to start, check out these Pinterest pins about loveseats.

    2. Pull-out couch 

    The pull-out couch is the Swiss Army knife of sofas. It's a brilliant choice because it adapts easily to your needs. Whether you have to host unexpected company, are preparing a spare room for your parents, or are just really feeling a mid-Netflix-binge nap, the pull-out couch is the perfect pick. Check out this list of the best sleeper sofas and sofa beds from Apartment Therapy.

    3. Chaise lounge

    Comfy, casual and sleek, chaise lounges are a great option for your apartment, and are usually more compact than a couch. Our favourite picks? Ikea’s lineup -- check it out here.

    4. Sofa bunk bed

    Asking friends and family to sleep on the floor when they come to visit can lead to a lonely home away from home. Host friends and family in your small space with ease with a super practical sofa bunk bed! A single sofa converts easily into two completely separate beds -- so no one has to sleep next to uncle Larry.

    5. 3-seat L-shaped sofa

    L-shaped sofas are great when you live with a roommate or a partner. They allow you both to stretch out on the sofa without getting in each other's way. They also fit beautifully into the corner of a room, leaving you with a lot of open space to put to good use. If you have the space to spare, a 3-seat L-shaped sofa is a great option. Stay on budget with one of these affordable sectional sofas from Ikea.

    For more information on Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.
  • Easy & Reversible Ways to Add Style to Your Bathroom...This Weekend!

    Jan 11, 2017

    Your bathroom is one of the most regularly used rooms in your apartment so why not make it your own? Adding a touch of style to your bathroom can be easy to do and completely reversible (in case you want to switch things up in the future). Get started this weekend with one of these creative bathroom decorating hacks.

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    Put Up a Stylish Shower Curtain

    A new shower curtain can add a little personality to any bathroom, no hard hat or tools required. Pick up an affordable curtain from your local department store, or go big with a unique curtain created by an independent artist on Etsy.

    Add a Statement Rug/Bath Mat

    You’ll thank yourself for finally adding some style to your bathroom each and every time you walk into the room or step out of your shower. Save yourself a trip to the store, and a few extra dollars, with a fun and affordable DIY bath mat project.

    Arrange Some Art

    Sometimes it’s more about the arrangement than the art. Just about anything can look stylish when arranged and hung creatively. Consider a cool gallery-style display using ceramics you already have on hand, or mimic this creative arrangement made with postcards

    Get a Plant

    We recommend plants that are happy in humidity and fine without direct sunlight. Favourites include the Boston Fern, a Spider Plant or bamboo, each of which offer their own unique aesthetic and air-freshening capabilities.

    Store Things in Style

    What’s better than functional decor, especially in the bathroom? Create a stylish storage box that’s both full of character and completely practical, or try one of these witty ways of storing toilet paper.

    Give your bathroom the love it deserves with a mini makeover. Start this weekend with one of today’s home styling tips that are easy and reversible. For more information about spacious Timbercreek Communities apartments, please visit our website

  • Holiday Cat - Proofing For Your Home

    Dec 14, 2016

    The holidays are a busy and exciting time. What’s fun for some can be overwhelming for others. The abundant decorations and lights can be very distracting and enticing for your cat. From tipping over the tree in an attempt to climb to the summit, to sniffing and scratching toxic plants and decorations, there is much that you need to deter you curious cat from exploring this holiday season. Timbercreek Communities has some great tips to help you cat-proof your home for the holidays.

    Hang your mistletoe and holly high (it can be poisonous)

    Hanging mistletoe and holly can be a happy holiday tradition (and a great way to get some free kisses) but did you know that the mistletoe berries contain polysaccharides and alkaloids that can be poisonous to your pets? To keep this tradition a happy one, make sure that these plants are kept well out of your cat’s reach.

    iStock-530405527Use cat-safe tree decorations and avoid tinsel

    You may have noticed that your cat loves your Christmas tree, maybe even more than you do. What cat wouldn’t be happy to have a tree arrive, indoors, and then to have that tree adorned with all sorts of hanging ornaments to bat around?  Knowing this, it’s important to cat-proof your tree. You may want to choose ornaments that are less shiny, less dangly and therefore, less attractive to your kitty. You can also make your own cat-friendly decorations for your tree. There are some decorations out there that simply are not conducive to keeping your cat safe that should be avoided. Tinsel can be a choking hazard and even cause intestinal blockages, as can dangly ribbons. Fake snow can be toxic, and of course, real candles should not go anywhere near your tree.

    Keep orange peels under your tree to repel your cat

    The smell of orange peels and citrus can be delightful during the holidays, but it’s not something cats enjoy. If you are having trouble keeping kitty from climbing the tree, placing some chopped orange peels under there may be enough to keep your cat at bay. Replace the peels about once a week to keep the citrus oil scent strong.

    Mist citronella on plastic trees

    A citronella solution may be just the solution you need to keep your cat away from your artificial tree. Since there is no pine smell from a plastic tree, the citronella scent will be a strong deterrent for your cat. It’s important to make your solution strong enough, so be sure to use a ratio of 1 part citronella oil to 4 parts water.

    Avoid poinsettias

    Poinsettias, with their festive red and green colour, are a popular plant to buy and give during the holidays. Many people mistakenly believe they are poisonous for pets. The truth is they are only mildly toxic, so if someone shows up with one as a gift, there is no need to panic, but you should keep them well out of reach of your cat. Even a mildly toxic effect can cause discomfort and distress for your pet for which there is no effective treatment. Keep the plant high up and away from things your cat can climb easily.

    Timbercreek wishes you a happy holiday season! We hope these tips help you cat-proof your holiday decorations this year. For information on Timbercreek Communities near you, please visit our website.

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