• How To Create More Living Spaces For Your Cat

    Jul 23, 2019

    Whether you live in a big house or a small apartment, your cat will want to run around and explore. Timbercreek Communities has a few suggestions for how you can make more living spaces for your cat.

    Cat sleeping

    Hammock

    You probably already know that hammocks are the ultimate relaxation items -- it’s no wonder people love them. But did you know that cats love them, too?! Create the perfect cat hammock to spoil your feline friend. By adding a piece of fabric underneath a side table or coffee table, you can make a hanging hammock and the perfect little nook for your cat. Another option is to use an old chair or table, flip it upside down and make a free standing hammock using the table as the base. Your cat will love their new lounge area!

    Window Seat

    Almost every cat loves hanging out by a window and with just a few shelves, shelf brackets and screws, you can build the perfect window seat for them. Pick a window that has wall space underneath it and screw the shelves to the wall. Another great option is to buy a sunny seat for your cat. All you have to do is mount it to the window. Now sit back, relax and let your cat enjoy the view.

    Screens

    Cats are very curious animals and sometimes they’ll find the most random things to play with. Curtains are a perfect example. They like to hide behind them, run through them and even take a nap underneath them. You can make screens with a couple of pieces of fabric and a small rod, which can serve as a quiet spot for your kitty as well as a way to hide clutter. Consider adding the curtains to a small bookshelf or open shelving unit.

    Wall Shelves

    Another way to spoil your feline friend is to create a few wall shelves specifically for your cat. Instead of a traditional cat tree, which can be bulky, a couple of shelves can be a better option -- especially in a small space. Try the Cat Cloud. It’s a good option if you want something minimal, heavy duty and easy to install. The design works with any decor style and we know your cat will love it.

    Timbercreek hopes these suggestions inspired you to create a better living space for your cat. From hammocks to wall shelves, there’s at least one option your cat will love. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Fun Summer Staycation Ideas

    Jul 19, 2019

    You don’t have to travel somewhere exotic to have an amazing vacation. There’s plenty of things you can do in your hometown and you won’t have to spend all that money on travelling to a faraway place. Timbercreek Communities has four great staycation ideas for summer.

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    Set Up Your Own Water Park

    Why go to a water park when you can set up your own in your backyard or in a park? All you need is squirt guns, water balloons and maybe some buckets of water. You can set up teams and add a little bit of friendly competition and play water balloon dodgeball or freeze water gun tag. You can also grab a Bunch o Balloons - a pack of 100 balloons that you can fill with water in 60 seconds.

    Neighbourhood BBQ

    Planning or attending a neighbourhood BBQ is another great way to enjoy your time off. If you’re the one organizing it, be sure to bring lots of food to the event. Pick up some food items that are easy to grill (burgers and hot dogs are a safe bet), condiments, and whatever else you might need. Invite your neighbours and some close friends and enjoy a relaxing summer day. A neighbourhood BBQ is a great opportunity to kick back and socialize with your friends and meet new people in your area. Plus, if you have kids, they’ll love being outside. If you’re an apartment dweller, you could potentially host a resident BBQ party in the BBQ area of your complex.

    Be a Hometown Tourist

    This is your chance to rediscover your hometown! Most people don’t spend much time exploring their own city, so this is the perfect opportunity to do so. Plus, it won’t cost you very much. Pick five spots in your city that you’ve never been to before and start exploring. Visit a new-to-you neighbourhood and see what it has to offer. Another idea is to check out a museum or an art gallery, or simply try a new restaurant. The options are endless!

    Get active

    A staycation is about more than just staying at home. It’s an opportunity to get out, get active and enjoy the great outdoors. There are so many things you can do -- including playing sports in a nearby park. Whether you love to play baseball, soccer or basketball, you can play almost anywhere. You’ll just need some equipment, if you don’t already have it. The other option is to try something new. How about rock climbing, kayaking or yoga in the park?

    Camp Out

    Camping is always fun, but who said you have to drive to a campsite? You can set up your camp right in your backyard or even in your apartment’s living room. If you have a firepit, roast some marshmallows and make smores, or melt them in the microwave if you’re camping out indoors. Grab a flashlight and tell scary stories in your tent or stargaze at night. This is a great bonding activity for the whole family and you don’t have to go anywhere!

    Timbercreek hopes these fun summer staycation suggestions have inspired you to take your next vacation right here at home. We hope you have a great staycation with your family! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.
  • Our Favourite IKEA DIY Hacks

    Jul 17, 2019

    Sometimes we need a bit of inspiration when it comes to DIY projects. Timbercreek Communities has a few amazing IKEA hacks that will save you money and make your home look even more beautiful and stylish.

    Man Building Furniture

    Kitchen Island

    Installing a kitchen island can be really expensive, but there’s a way around it. All you need is a shelf unit, two bamboo cutting boards and four castors. Just attach the castors to the bottom of the shelf, then glue the boards on the opposite side. It’s really that simple. If you want to add rails to the side to hold kitchen towels, you can do so. You’ll love this DIY kitchen island project especially if you have a small space. The finished product won’t take up a lot of space but will still serve its purpose.

    Shoe Storage

    When’s the last time you organized your shoes neatly together in one place? Build functional shoe storage with this Ikea shoe cabinet without spending a fortune. To begin your project you’re going to need cabinet faces (without the hardware), spray adhesive, spray mod podge, decorative paper, drawer knobs and some scissors. Use the spray adhesive to cover the cabinets and drape the decorative paper on top and cut off any extra paper. To protect the surface, and seal the paper, spray on some modge podge. Attach the hardware and put your shoe cabinet together!

    Modern Terrarium

    Add some life to your apartment with a terrarium. Not only are they stylish, but these mini greenhouses are low maintenance and easy to make. You’ll need potting soil, charcoal and a container to keep the plants in. An Ikea lantern works perfectly because it’s mostly glass and it’s only $7! Succulents, cacti and air plants are the best plants to use since they have similar light and water requirements.

    Chic Vanity

    When it comes to building your own vanity, you just need the right tools. For a very minimal look, use a EKBY Alex shelf from Ikea and a pair of wooden legs. Once you attach them together and to the wall, you can complete the look with a small bench or chair and a mirror. If you want to go a step further, add a chic throw on the bench to make it feel extra cozy.

    Timbercreek hopes you enjoyed these easy and wonderful Ikea hacks! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

     

  • Cottage clothing essentials | What to pack this summer

    Jul 12, 2019

    Packing for the cottage can be a daunting process. You don’t want to overpack or underpack. Timbercreek Communities has a few suggestions for which clothing items you absolutely want to bring with you this summer.

    Couple Packing

    Chic and Practical Pair of Sandals

    There’s nothing worse than forgetting to bring something when you’re on vacation -- especially shoes! It’s safe to say that when you’re at a cottage, you’re going to want a pair of casual sandals. You'll spend most of your time in them, after all. Having something a little more chic is a good idea, too -- especially if you’re thinking about going out for a nice dinner. Also, keep in mind that you probably won’t need more than two pairs -- unless you are staying for an extended period of time -- so don’t overpack!

    Sunglasses

    Make sure you don’t forget your sunglasses! Sure, you can probably pick up a cheap pair somewhere if you're desperate, but why spend money when you don’t have to? By planning ahead, you can avoid situations like this. Keep your favourite pair of sunglasses in your purse and pack a second pair in your luggage. This way, if you happen to lose or break one pair, you always have a backup.

    Long Sleeve Shirt Or A Light Jacket

    Don’t be fooled by warm summer nights in the city -- a cottage is usually much cooler at night, so having a long sleeve shirt or light jacket is essential. Plus, if you are on a lake, the temperatures can drop significantly in the evening and stay cool until the late morning. One long-sleeved shirt or jacket should be enough to get you through.

    Slippers Or Outdoor Moccasins

    No matter the season, a good pair of slippers or moccasins is always a good idea at the cottage. They’ll keep your feet warm in the chilly evenings, plus they can be stylish and very cozy.

    Maxi Dress

    Just because you are at the cottage doesn’t mean you don’t want to look cute. Packing a maxi dress or two is perfect for a few reasons. They are comfortable, versatile and look great! You can also dress them up or down, so they are perfect for any occasion! Check out Gap or Old Navy for some great maxi dress selections.

    Happy cottaging from Timbercreek! We hope these suggestions help you with your packing this summer!

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

  • Top Investment Pieces To Buy In Your 20's

    Jul 09, 2019

    When you’re young, it often feels like you can’t splurge on everything, or nearly anything for that matter. That being said, there are a few great pieces that are worth spending a few extra bucks on. Timbercreek Communities has a few suggestions for the top investment pieces to buy in your 20’s.

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    Neutral Wool Coat

    A neutral wool coat is an essential wardrobe staple that everyone should invest in. It’s classic, stylish and goes well with just about any outfit. Stick with colours like black, grey, navy or camel since they match with pretty much everything. You can also choose a style that’s form-fitting or oversized. If you plan on layering underneath, you might want to choose an oversized coat which will be more comfortable with all those extra pieces. It’s a wise investment because a wool coat will keep you warm and chic!

    Professional Bag For Work

    When it comes to a professional work bag, there’s a few things to consider. First of all, it should be practical. It should have enough space for everything you need without looking completely stuffed. A simple tote is often the best way to go. Second of all, look for a bag that has different compartments and a few extra pockets. This will come in very handy when you want to separate your laptop from your gym clothes. Ideally, the perfect work bag is versatile and can be worn in multiple ways -- as a tote, over-the-shoulder, etc. And if you can get your hands on a water-resistant bag, even better!

    A rainy day trench coat

    Invest in a good trench coat that’s useful and attractive. It will come in handy often --  especially on rainy days. Is there anything worse than being stuck somewhere in a wet coat without an umbrella? Probably not. The next time you get caught in the rain, you’ll be glad you chose to spend a few extra dollars on a trench coat that’s waterproof. Look for coats that fit well, are flattering, and ideally for something that has a hood. J.Crew and Lolë have some great, stylish and functional options. You also want the coat to be warm, so a fleece-lined coat might be a good option. This raincoat from Mark’s is another good choice. Not only does it look cute and feminine with the string around the waist, but it will keep you dry and looking chic as well.

    A timeless watch

    Whether you’re male or female, a timeless watch is the perfect accessory. It’s worth paying a little more for a quality watch to get something that you absolutely love. Not only will you use it to tell time, but a watch makes a great fashion accessory. If you pick something neutral you can wear it with anything. For a minimal and classic design, Cluse or Fossil watches are perfect and they carry pieces for men and women.

    An Understated Heel for Black-Tie events

    Whether you’re going to a wedding or a work event, having a classic pair of understated heals in your closet is crucial. You’ll be glad to have a pair on hand -- especially when a last-minute event comes up. A kitten heel is a great option if you really don’t like anything high, plus they are comfortable enough for a casual outing or a fancy wedding. A sandal heel is another alternative. Think of them as a slightly dressier version of a regular sandal with a bit of a heel. They are also perfect for dressing up any outfit, like a t-shirt and jeans or a summer dress.

    Happy shopping from Timbercreek! We hope you found these investment suggestions helpful. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

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