• 2019 winter decor trends to try

    Jan 17, 2019

    With the arrival of the new year and the winter season comes the arrival of new decor trends for your home. If you feel like your space is in need of a seasonal refresh, Timbercreek Communities wants to help with these 2019 winter decor trends to try.

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    Natural Wood and Handmade Pieces

    This season seems to be all about the return of natural pieces and details. Styles and colour schemes that evoke the forest and the sea are what’s trending. Reclaimed wood, especially stripped down, or natural light-coloured wood, is what to look for. This style is perfect for winter, as natural wood brings warmth to any space and goes with practically any colour. The Nordic or Scandinavian style of light wood furniture combined with lacquered white is a winning combination. If feels both comfortable and fresh, and is the perfect way to warm up a room this winter. Look for handmade pieces made with natural wood, with an artisanal feel.

    Edgy Jewel Tones

    A little splash of colour can go a long way. When choosing fabrics and accessories, look for jewel tones like ruby red and emerald green. These bold colours create contrast against white and natural wood elements for a whimsical and elegant look.

    Copper Accents

    The mixed metal accent pieces that were big last fall will continue into this year, particularly copper. Brass is being left behind. Copper brings vivid warmth and elegance to any room and its illuminating sheen is a welcome sight during a dark Canadian winter. Look for copper when choosing lamps, vases, decorative bowls and more.

    Rich Textures

    This year is all about the rich, luxurious feel of things. Rich velvet in bold colours will be seen everywhere from throw pillows to statement sofas. This trend toward the unapologetically bold, rich and sumptuous is called Maximalism. It's in stark contrast to Minimalism. This year, more is more.

    Industrial Pieces

    Industrial pieces, made mainly of iron and steel, can lend themselves to a minimalist or maximalist look. Minimalist industrial may feel a little cold for winter, but when you combine it with rich and luxurious textures and natural wood it can work very well.

    Timbercreek hopes these 2019 winter decor trends help you create the perfect look for your home this season.

     

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

  • How to help your pet feel at home in a new apartment

    Jan 15, 2019

    Moving can be a stressful experience for people and their pets. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you make the transition a smooth one for your furry family members. Here are some tips for how to help your pet feel at home in a new apartment.

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    Same Old Routine

    Consistency is key when helping your pal cope with big change. Make sure you keep as many of their old routines intact as possible. This means everything from their feeding schedule, location of food dishes and litter box, walks, playtime and cuddling schedule. You may want to add in a few extra cuddle sessions, just to keep them from feeling anxious.

    Pack Their Bags, Too

    Moving is difficult enough, so it may be tempting to toss your best friend's stuff and buy them a brand new bed and new toys once you get to the new place. With so much change going on all around them, your pet may crave their comfy old stuff (and the aroma of the old place) more than the excitement of new things. Too much change can be confusing and stressful. Having some of their familiar stuff around can make them feel more comfortable in the new space.

    Plan For Your Pet

    Every pet has their own personality and will deal with the big change of moving differently. Some pets may love all the new things they have to explore. Others won’t feel like they’re on solid ground. They will look to you for support. This may mean they need to be around you more, or it could mean they would prefer the confined space of their crate, or even a leftover moving box. Make sure they have a safe spot, away from precarious packed and stacked boxes and suitcases. Particularly sensitive pets may be better off staying at a familiar friend’s place until you’ve unpacked and things have settled down a bit.

    Get Help

    If your pet is having trouble adjusting, it doesn’t mean they are badly behaved or that the situation won’t work. They may need more time to explore and settle in before they feel comfortable. If unwanted behaviour persists, give them more love, and seek assistance from a professional trainer or a veterinarian. Getting down on the floor with them to play can help get your familiar scent down on their level and spread it around the house quickly.

    Moving can be tricky for everyone. With a little planning, patience and a lot of love, you can help make their transition to a new home a smooth one.

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

  • The top five places to go snowshoeing

    Jan 10, 2019

    Winter in Canada is what you make of it. There's no doubt about it, it’s cold. The secret to beating the cold is to keep moving. When the snow is too deep to walk in, it’s time to strap on a pair of snowshoes and trek on! Timbercreek Communities has rounded up the top five places to go snowshoeing in Canada.     

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    Alberta

    There's no shortage of snowshoe hotspots in Alberta. In Edmonton, you can head to Terwillegar Park, if you don’t have much time to travel. Just outside of the city, at Elk Island National Park, you can explore some world-class space and tons of fresh snow. The Amisk Wuche and Lakeview trails are not to be missed.

    In Calgary, in addition to city parks and golf courses, you can head to Bow Habitat Station in the southeast area of the city. Explore the Pearce Estate Park’s Interpretive Wetlands on site. Best of all, they offer snowshoe rentals, so it’s a great way to get into the sport, without spending a bundle.

    Saskatchewan

    Saskatchewan is home to some great snowshoeing. In Saskatoon, there are several spots along the banks of the Meewasin, and most golf courses provide a convenient and open space as well. If you’re willing to travel a little outside of the city, your options open up even more. Little Red River Park in Prince Albert offers some beautiful scenery, including aspen and jackpine woods, in its 1200 acres. There are designated snowshoe trails which are also dog-friendly.

    Manitoba

    There are lots of great trails to explore in Manitoba. There are over 850 public parks in Winnipeg alone! A short drive north of Winnipeg will lead you to Birds Hill Provincial Park. This is one of the few spots in the province that provides designated snowshoe trails -- no more competing with cross-country skiers!

    Québec

    The Québec City Area is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream come true! There are hundreds of kilometres of marked trails to enjoy and explore. Vallée Bras-du-Nord, alone, offers over 80 kilometres of marked trails, including some with cozy cabins and yurts to camp in.

    Timbercreek hopes this post helps you enjoy every step you take this winter.

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

  • Property Highlight - Premier Place

    Jan 07, 2019

    Premier Place (1122 15th Ave SW) is the premium rental community for Calgary residents who want it all. The renovated suites and common areas of Premier Place are ready to welcome you home with comfort and style. All that the city has to offer is only steps away. Why settle for less when can have urban Beltline living at its best?

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    Your Home

    Surrounded by trees and walking paths, with public transit at your doorstep and a WalkScore of 98, getting where you want to go is easy here. The downtown core is only minutes away, but once you call Premier Place home, you may never want to leave! You can socialize in the Party Room, work up a sweat in our fully equipped Fitness Facilities and Yoga Room, or just kick back and relax in your renovated one or two-bedroom suite. Enclosed parking (with plug ins) is available onsite, as well as visitors’ parking. Laundry facilities are also located onsite, and yes, your pets are welcome at Premier Place

    Your Neighbourhood

    With its bustling and eclectic mix of great shopping, restaurants, cafes and nightlife, it’s no wonder The Beltline has been ranked as The Best Neighbourhood in Calgary in 2018. Foodies will never grow tired of the food scene here. In fact, 14 of the top 25 spots on the list of Calgary’s Top Restaurants call The Beltline home. This community encompasses the revitalized Rivers District, 17th Avenue, Lower Mount Royal and adjacent to Connaught and Victoria Park.

    But the Beltline isn’t all about the convenience of the city, it’s also a nature lover’s paradise. It boasts easy access to The Bow River, Shaw Millenium Park, Connaught Off-Leash Dog Park and Tomkins Park.

    What are you waiting for? It’s time to live your best life at Premier Place. For more information, please visit our website or call 587.355.9273 to request a viewing appointment.

  • Eat for health in 2019

    Jan 02, 2019

    It’s a brand new year, why not start it off on the right foot? Eating well is always among the top New Year’s Resolutions, and often one of the first resolutions to be broken. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you eat for health in 2019, and stick to it.

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    Eat Well Plate

    Build healthy meals with the Eat Well Plate. This handy trick will help you follow Canada’s food guide. The basic rule to follow for building healthy meals is to fill half of your plate with vegetables and fruit. Once you have a 50% balance of veggies and fruits, fill the other half with about 30% whole grains and 20% protein from meat or meat alternatives.

    Healthy Recipes for Each Meal

    Breakfast: Eat Your Greens Frittata

    Eggs and veggies are a great start to the day, but can be enjoyed any time! To make this recipe, wilt spinach in a skillet over medium heat, add diced peppers, minced garlic and hot pepper flakes (optional). Cook for three minutes. Whisk eggs with Parmesan cheese. Add this to the skillet and stir to combine. When it begins to set, place the skillet under the broiler for 2 or 3 minutes until golden. Breakfast is ready!

    Lunch: Colourful Quinoa Salad

    Quinoa is a delicious alternative to couscous that's packed with protein. It makes an excellent meatless meal suitable for vegetarians and vegans. To make this plant-based recipe, toast some quinoa in a medium hot skillet until it begins to pop. Add in vegetable broth, garlic and thyme. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the broth is absorbed. Heat chopped and seeded bell peppers, peeled and sliced carrot and zucchini, olive oil, lemon rind and pepper over medium-high heat. Stir as needed, until golden and tender crisp. Combine your cooked vegetables with your fluffed, cooked quinoa. Mix in basil, vinegar and lemon juice and enjoy!

    Dinner: Tomato Spinach Shrimp Pasta

    This easy and healthy pasta dish is perfect winter comfort food. Add peeled and deveined shrimp and olive oil to a skillet over medium-low heat. Add red pepper flakes, paprika, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper. When the shrimp is cooked through, remove from the heat and set aside. Add chopped tomato, fresh spinach, fresh basil and chopped garlic to the skillet. Heat until the spinach wilts. Remove from the heat and cover as you cook your favourite pasta according to the package directions. Add the cooked pasta and shrimp to the skillet, reheat on low and serve!

    Timbercreek hopes these healthy eating tips and recipes help you make this your best year yet! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

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