• DIY: Alternative Storage Hacks

    Mar 29, 2019

    Storage space is an issue for most people today, but it can be especially problematic if you live in an apartment or a condo. If you’re looking for ways to organize your home, Timbercreek Communities has the best DIY storage hacks to try.

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    Clothing Rack or Hanging Closet

    If you’re someone who has very little closet space, a clothing rack might be the solution. It’s a simple way to keep your clothes tidy, without actually installing a new closet. Plus it looks sleek and stylish, too. Buy a clothing rack to hang your clothes and add a bottom shelf or bins to store your shoes or purses. Another option would be to create a hanging closet. Something like a wooden or copper pipe works well and looks stylish. Check out this DIY Hanging Copper Pipe Clothing Rack tutorial for a list of supplies and instructions to make one yourself.

    Headboards and Bed Frames with Storage

    A headboard doesn’t have to be just a decor element. If you’re in need of storage, you can create a headboard to store all kinds of stuff. Add wooden shelves to store books, plants, electronics and even baskets filled with other items. You can also invest in a bedframe with drawers -- which is an excellent way to store out-of-season clothes, linens and blankets.

    Cork Wall for Jewellery

    Keeping jewellery in boxes can be a bit of a nightmare. Everything sticks together, leaving you frustrated. A simple solution to this problem is a cork wall. It's a great way to display your accessories in a neat and organized way. Grab the size that fits your wall and add hooked tacks or push pins to hang all your jewellery. Organize everything by length, keeping earrings at the top, bracelets in the middle and necklaces at the bottom.

    Drawer Organizers

    An easy way to keep your drawers organized is with drawer inserts. Not only are they great for organizing cutlery, but they can be even better for organizing and storing random items like hair ties, sunglasses and pens. To sort and store things like socks and underwear, try fabric dividers which will keep everything neat and tidy and require no assembling.

    Shelf As A Nightstand

    Installing a shelf beside your bed is a great alternative to a traditional nightstand. It doesn’t require much work and it’s the perfect place to keep your book, phone and lamp. The best part is that you can use the space underneath it for other things, such as baskets or even a plant.

    There’s no need to struggle to stay organized anymore. Timbercreek Communities hopes these DIY storage hacks help you create a cleaner and more spacious home.

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

    Sources:

    https://homemadely.com/organization/diy-clothing-rack/

    https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/hanging-closet-organizer-options-to-buy-or-diy-237304

    https://abeautifulmess.com/2015/01/hanging-copper-pipe-clothing-rack-diy.html

    https://www.thechillydog.com/2016/05/diy-cork-board-jewelry-organizer.html

    https://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/organizing/organizing-ideas-drawers?slide=82335#82335

     

  • Property Highlight - Le 2050

    Mar 22, 2019

    Le 2050 (2050 Boul. de Maisonneuve O) is the ideal rental property for Montreal residents who want a comfortable, chic and affordable home. Its downtown location is great for anyone who wants to be walking distance to all the action that Montreal has to offer.

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    Your Home

    Located in the heart of downtown Montreal, this exciting neighbourhood has it all. You’ll fall in love with the two-bedroom, open concept suites at Le 2050. They are spacious and offer roomy living areas. It's easy to enjoy the large kitchen and dining area – perfect for hosting dinner parties! If you’re looking for a place to relax, check out the indoor swimming pool and sauna which you can use all year round. Living at Le 2050, you also have access to your own private balcony, plenty of storage, plus access to the rooftop terrace which boasts spectacular panoramic views of the city!

    Your Neighbourhood

    Le 2050 is located right in downtown Montreal. It's just steps away from St.Catherine’s Street, which is packed with chic shops and a wide variety of restaurants. Getting around town is easy as you'll be located right by Atwater metro station. In a quick 10-minute drive you can visit The Atwater Market which boasts a diverse mix of specialty shops and lots of fresh produce from local vendors. If you’re looking for a good place to eat out, look no further. This neighbourhood has a great selection of sit-down and fast-food restaurants. Check out Kampai Garden for a good meal and fancy cocktails, or go for something more low-key like Three Amigos or Granadara. From easy transportation access to cool bars and top-notch restaurants, you’ll love calling Le 2050 your new home.

     

    What are you waiting for? Le 2050 is calling your name! For more information, please visit our website or call 587.355.9273 to request a viewing appointment.

  • Quick and Easy Meal Prep Ideas for One Week

    Mar 18, 2019

    Meal prepping is a great way to save time on cooking and commit to eating healthier. To help you get started, Timbercreek Communities has some delicious and easy meal prep ideas for one week.

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    DIY Starbucks Protein Bistro Box

    Instead of spending too much money on food from Starbucks, make copycat versions of your favourite Starbucks meals yourself at home. This Protein Bistro Box is super easy to make and it’s great for breakfast or lunch. Start by boiling 8 eggs and washing 2 cups of apples and grapes. Slice the apples and brush them with lemon juice to prevent browning. When the eggs are finished boiling, cut them into pieces and sprinkle some salt and pepper on them. Organize all your ingredients (4 reduced-fat Mini Babybel cheeses, Honey-Roasted Peanut Butter and 2 multigrain flatbread sandwich thins cut into quarters) into 4 Meal Prep Containers and refrigerate. There’s no need to heat it up, so it’s perfect to take with you to school or work, or to eat on the go.

    Breakfast Egg McMuffins

    With this amazing breakfast recipe, you’ll never have to wait in a drive-through line again. To make the Egg Mcmuffins, you’ll need 6 eggs, half a cup of chopped spinach, one third of a cup of crumbled cooked bacon, one third of a cup of shredded cheddar cheese, a little cooking spray and salt and pepper. Begin by setting the oven to 375F. Spray the muffin trays with cooking spray. Crack the eggs into a blender and blend until smooth. Add the spinach, bacon and cheese to the mixture and divide it evenly between the muffin cups. Bake the egg McMuffins for 15 to 18 minutes and serve immediately. This protein-packed meal is full of flavour and ideal for busy mornings.

    Pad Thai

    If you love Pad Thai, but want to make it healthier, this is the perfect recipe for you. This Spiralized Chicken Pad Thai dish is low-carb, noodle-free and super easy to make. Start with the sauce. You’ll need one quarter cup of tamarind paste, 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce or tamari, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 2 cloves garlic minced, 2 tsp fish sauce and 2 tsp lime juice. Whisk all the ingredients in a bowl and set aside. For the meal, you will need need 4 chicken breasts, 4 spiralized zucchinis, 1 small yellow onion, 1 pack of carrot matchsticks, ½ red cabbage, 2-3 scallions, one quarter cup chopped peanuts, coconut or olive oil and one third of a cup of finely chopped cilantro. In a large pan, heat the oil and add the onions. Cook them for a few minutes and add the chicken with three quarters of the pad thai sauce. Keep stirring for 8 to 10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked. Next, you’ll want to remove the pan from the heat, add the zucchini noodles and stir in the remainder of the sauce. Sautee for 30 seconds, then move the noodles to a meal prep container. Top it all off with chicken, cabbage and carrots and garnish with scallions, peanuts and cilantro.

    Baked Lime Chicken Bowls

    Stay on track with this delicious Baked Lime Chicken Bowl. It’s super healthy and tastes amazing. This meal makes a great lunch or dinner dish. Before you start cooking, you’ll want to cut the chicken into cubes and marinate it in a chilli lime sauce. In a large bag, combine vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika and lime juice. Add the chicken and marinate anywhere from 2 hours to overnight. When you’re ready to cook, heat the oven to 400F,  arrange the chicken on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Enjoy!

    Honey BBQ Salmon Bowls

    Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring. This Honey BBQ Salmon Bowl is a perfect example of a healthy meal that is full of flavour and ready in 30 minutes. Not only is it protein packed, but it’s gluten free and dairy free as well. Begin by heating the oven to 400F and lining a tray with a baking sheet and oil. In a separate bowl, combine the BBQ sauce, 1/2 to 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 2 cloves of garlic and salt. Spread the sauce over the salmon and bake for 10-12 minutes. You’ll want to broil for 1-2 minutes -- until the BBQ sauce browns at the edge of the salmon. Be sure to keep an eye on it so it doesn’t overcook! Next, you’ll want to cook 1 cup of quinoa in 2 cups of water. When that’s ready and fluffy, set it aside. Cut the zucchini into thin strips, or use a spiralizer, and start preparing each bowl. To do so, start by adding one third of a cup of quinoa, 3 ounces of salmon, 3-4 pieces of avocado, 1 cup of zoodles, red pepper, BBQ sauce, a handful of cilantro, a splash of lemon and 1 to 2 tbsps of pumpkin seeds. Voila! You have 3 to 4 prepared bowls to enjoy for lunch and dinner!

    Timbercreek hopes you enjoyed these 5 easy meal prep ideas. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Freshen Up Your Apartment For Spring

    Mar 14, 2019

    Winter is almost behind us and with spring just around the corner, it’s time to think about giving your space a new look and feel. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you fall in love with your home all over again.  Here are a few quick and easy ways to freshen up your apartment.

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    Greenery

    Adding lush green plants is one of the easiest ways to get your space ready for spring. It will not only brighten up your apartment, but your mood as well. Ikea sells a good selection of indoor plants -- including the majesty palm, aloe vera and the snake plant -- at affordable prices. In addition to their visual appeal, plants have health benefits too such as purifying the air and reducing stress.

    Coral

    Coral is a great and refreshing colour for Spring.  Adding it to your home is a simple way to add warmth and comfort, while keeping it stylish and modern. Think about adding a coral accent rug or throw to brighten up a room, or incorporate a corap coloured piece of furniture for a statement piece. Another option is to add coral artwork to your home. Check out Wayfair for some beautiful prints and paintings.

    Sunbaked Colours

    Adding warm, summer colours is a great idea for the spring season. Think pinks, oranges and reds -- colours that remind you of sunsets and the desert. Terracotta is one way to make your space feel cozy and warm. Whether you decide to add a few terracotta plant pots or terracotta-toned accent furniture or home accessories, terracotta shades will always look modern and elegant. Try incorporating items that are blue, grey and muted pink as they'll complement terracotta well.

    Art Deco

    With subtle hints of Mediterranean and African culture, mixed with geometric patterns and bright colours, it’s no wonder why Art Deco has never gone out of style. To get this look, think of African prints, ornate furniture and geometric shapes. You can also incorporate high contrast colours and interesting wall art to really get that Art Deco appeal.

    Monochrome

    The black-and-white trend never gets old. It’s classic and sophisticated. While back and white always looks right, it can get a little overwhelming. If your space is filled with it, you can make it look more interesting by incorporating tones and shades of the same colour, plus different textures and metallics. Add some accent colours, like yellow or green to really make everything pop. Throw in some wooden elements or antique furniture to add warmth.

    Timbercreek hopes these spring home decor suggestions will help you freshen up your home for the coming season.

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

  • Spring Fashion Trends

    Mar 12, 2019

    A new year means new fashion trends and this spring there's virtually a trend for everyone. From crochet and feathers to low-key outfits, you’re going to see a wide range of diverse looks everywhere. Timbercreek Communities wants you to look your best in 2019 with these exciting new fashion trends.

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    Crochet

    Crochet is making a big comeback this Spring. Get ready to see crochet purses, dresses, tops, bathing suits and even crochet shoes. It might be an intimidating look for some, but if you pair the right items together, you can be comfortable and look trendy. Make a statement with a wide-leg pant and a fitted crochet top, or add a funky crochet bag to a simple jeans and t-shirt outfit. If you’re feeling really adventurous, try crochet from head to toe!

    Cycling Shorts

    It’s hard to believe that skin-tight, spandex shorts would ever be a hit, but they seem to be the hottest new trend for 2019. They can look great with a t-shirt for a more casual look or with a fitted high-waisted shirt for a night out. The best part is that they are comfortable. If you’d like to incorporate them into your work wardrobe, opt out for longer shorts and try pairing them with a nice blazer for a more polished look.

    Fringe and faux feathers

    There’s no better way to reveal your inner hippie than with some faux feathers and fringe! Feathers have been used in fashion for hundreds of years, so it’s no surprise that they’re back as one of the hottest trends in 2019. Whether you like over-the-top eclectic feathery outfits or subtle feather accessories, there’s something feathery for everyone to wear. Pair your feathery pieces with fringe moccasins, a fringe purse or a kimono for the perfect bohemian look

    Neon

    Whether you like it or not, neon colours are in. From fashion designers to celebrities, it seems that everyone is experimenting with bold colours -- especially in colours like tangerine, lime and lemon. Maybe you’re intimidated by neon anything, and can’t get yourself to wear such vibrant colours. Why not start small and add neon accessories such as scarfs, purses or jewellery to your wardrobe. You can also tone down a bright piece with colours such as beige and cream. When you start feeling a little more confident in bold colours, go for a neon dress or even combine two neon colours to really stand out in the crowd! Keep in mind that bright colours are not just for events and parties -- they can be great looks for the office too!

    Low Key

    Don’t dismiss earth tones just because fashionistas are embracing colour overload this season. Sometimes less is more! Top designers are using toned down, muted colours on the runways, so why shouldn’t you? The nice thing about neutral and earthy colours (such as beige, olive and brown) is that they go with everything including patterns and bright colours. Plus, these shades

    are ideal for a low-key, casual look. You can try pairing a beige top with olive green pants for a classic, laid-back look that’s absolutely effortless.

    Timbercreek hopes these hot fashion trends inspire you to look your best and try wearing something really stylish this spring. You don’t necessarily have to shop for new clothes and accessories to try these looks. Sometimes it’s just about recycling old items from your closet!

     

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

     

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