• Turn Your Balcony Into An Urban Oasis

    May 29, 2019

    For those living the urban life, a balcony is the perfect place to carve out your own little piece of nature. It can serve as a cozy place to enjoy your morning coffee, or a stunning spot to sip a glass of wine after a long day’s work. Timbercreek Communities has a few ideas for transforming your balcony into an urban oasis.

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    Flooring

    A concrete floor is not very pretty or inviting, but it's easy to transform! Explore teak flooring from Ikea or Canadian Tire, which is affordable and easy to install. It also looks fabulous! You also don’t need to spend a fortune to makea big difference. Another option is an outdoor rug. They come in all shapes, sizes and colours, so you can pick one to match your style. Now you’ll actually want to spend time on your balcony!

    Plants

    Bring life to your balcony with living plants! By adding some greenery, you can instantly create a more welcoming and cozy space. Just make sure to observe the light on your balcony first to determine if you have partial shade or full sun. This will be a major factor when deciding what plants to purchase. And if taking care of them sounds like too much work, there are some beautiful artificial plants worth considering as well. Plus, plants are a great way to add some privacy on a balcony.

    Bamboo privacy screen

    To fully enjoy your urban oasis, you’ll want to create a bit of privacy. You can do so with a bamboo privacy screen. With just some rope, zip ties and bamboo poles, you can do it yourself! The end result is a beautiful screen that adds privacy and shade.

    Furniture

    Brighten up your space with interesting furniture. From wicker chairs and coffee tables to cozy and colourful floor cushions, your options are endless. Just keep weather-resistant pieces in mind so you don’t have to worry about anything being ruined on those rainy days. Look out for foldable furniture as well. It's always a good idea for really small and awkward spaces. You can bring out what you need when you need it or put it all away if it's not being used. To complete the look, throw on some blankets, cushions and other small details. Light candles or hang fairy lights to create an enchanting ambience.

    Timbercreek hopes these suggestions help you get your balcony summer-ready in no time. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Spring And Summer Outfits Perfect For the Office

    May 23, 2019

    Working in an office means that you need to dress appropriately, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t be stylish. Timbercreek Communities has a few ideas for spring and summer outfits that are perfect for the office. Try them for yourself to cultivate a look that's both professional and chic.

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    Shirt Dresses

    A shirt dress is one of the most comfortable and stylish things you can wear to the office or out on the town. This no-hassle outfit idea is easy to dress up or dress down, so you can make it work for your office according to the dress code. Check out Zara or Gap for spring and summer tunics and shirt dresses.

    Loose Fabrics

    Dressing for the office can be a hassle -- especially when summer temperatures soar. Choosing loose fabrics can be the perfect solution for keeping cool, while also looking professional. Linen is a great choice for summer. It's low maintenance and is probably the only acceptable fabric to wear when wrinkled. Pair a loose linen shirt with capri dress pants and dress your outfit up or down with a pair or heels or ballet flats. You can also choose natural and breathable fabrics, like cotton and rayon, to keep you cool. Pair a cotton blouse with a wide leg dress pant for a super comfortable, yet professional, look.

    Pencil Skirts

    Pencil skirts are a wardrobe must-have. Not only are they versatile, but they always make an outfit look more polished. The best part is that they come in all colours, fabrics and styles – from form-fitting with slits to more forgiving fabrics with ruffles and prints. You can pair them with anything including a turtleneck, blouse or a simple t-shirt. Be sure to check out Le Chateau and H&M for some of the latest and greatest affordable styles.

    High Waisted Pants

    High waisted pants can be flattering and professional looking, and they will never go out of style! If you haven’t added a pair or two to your office wardrobe selection, it’s time to do so. If you like the fitted high-waisted look, pick a loose or fitted shirt and top it off with a nice blazer or a long jacket. Another option is to choose a loose fitting pant, which works with any top and with every body shape.

    Layers

    By layering your outfits, you can add a lot of variety to your style. The key is to pick lightweight fabrics that don’t end up looking bulky when you add a few layers. Another tip is to incorporate shades of the same colour -- which works really well for this particular style. Some looks to try might include a camisole with a blazer and high-waisted pants, a summer dress with a blazer, or a tunic with leggings.

    Timbercreek Communities hopes these fashion ideas help you find the perfect outfit for the office. These are just a few tips on how you can show off your personal style while still looking professional.

  • Top Five Bike Trails Across Canada

    May 21, 2019

    Biking is a great low-impact way to exercise and enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you’re up for a leisurely bike ride or something more intense, there are numerous trails to explore in Canada. Timbercreek Communities has a list of the top 5 biking trails across Canada.

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    Toronto Waterfront Trail

    For a nice leisurely ride, the Toronto Waterfront Trail is amazing. The trail is mostly asphalt and it extends from Etobicoke all the way to Scarborough. If you’re feeling energetic, you can bike from one end to the other. The great thing about this trail is that it’s adjacent to the lake pretty much the entire time, making it one of the most scenic rides in the country. You can find parking along the way, too, which is nice if you are driving to the trail. And if you don’t own a bike, you can use Bixi, a bike share service with pick-up/drop-off points along the trail.

    Edmonton River Valley

    The River Valley is the largest urban park in Canada. It features numerous bike trails and is a beautiful place to be in the summer. It boasts gorgeous views of the North Saskatchewan River. The River Valley has over 150 km of trails scattered throughout the city, so don’t worry about getting bored! You can cycle on the paved roads or go off the beaten path if you’re looking for something more challenging.

    Saskatchewan's Battleford Trails

    If you’re a beginner or intermediate cyclist, the Saskatchewan Battleford Trails are for you! With over 40 km of grassy and paved trails, you can spend your entire summer here. Don’t forget to check out Finlayson Island, located between Battleford and North Battleford. Here you’ll find a variety of flora and fauna and a beautiful place to take a break.

    Corridor de la Rivière-Saint-Charles

    Enjoy gorgeous views of the Saint-Charles River as you bike along this beautiful path. Located in Quebec city, the trail extends from the Scott Bridge to the Samson Bridge and is about 9 km long. When you’re in need of a break, there are a few places to stop along the way including Cartier-Brébeuf Park and Victoria Park, as well as a few historical sites.

    Duck Mountain Provincial Park

    This stunning park is a wilderness lovers’ paradise. Duck Mountain Provincial Park is located approximately 450 km from Winnipeg near the Saskatchewan border. The park has well-groomed trails with some beautiful views and areas to take a break by the lake. It’s also good for kids as most of the trail is easy-to-moderate difficulty.

    Timbercreek Communities wants you to enjoy the great outdoors this summer by exploring one of these amazing Canadian bike trails. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • DIY Cat Toys

    May 16, 2019

    Sometimes all we want to do is spoil our pets. Whether it’s with treats or expensive toys, the costs can add up quickly! Timbercreek Communities has some creative and affordable ideas for making your own cat toys.

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    Cork Cat Toys

    Next time you open that bottle of wine, remember to save the wine corks. Who would have thought you could make a toy with them? For this fun cork cat toy you’re going to need some corks, glue and trimmings like jute and feathers. First, you’ll need to steam the corks to soften them up and then you can poke a hole through the middle with your scissors. Bunch together the trimmings and use some glue to secure them together. Next, pour the glue inside the cork and insert the trimming. Once it’s completely dry, give it to your cat and let them run wild!

    Scratching Post

    Cats love scratching things, especially new and expensive furniture. A scratching post is a great way to prevent your furniture from being ruined, but it’s also good for your cat’s health. It’s a great way for them to get exercise and keep their claws in good shape. Instead of spending a fortune on one, try to make your own. This DIY Scratching Post requires some extra effort and quite a few items, but it’s worth it -- especially if your cat is going to love its new toy.

    Felt Mouse Toys

    Surprise your kitty with a new handmade felt mouse! This is your chance to get crafty and really spoil your furry friend. All you need is wool felt, cat nip, embroidery thread, stuffing and twine for the tail. The instructions are simple, but you’ll need to download the PDF for step-by-step instructions.

    Pom Pom Wand

    To make a Pom Pom Wand, all you really need is a wooden rod, yarn, glue, scissors, string and pom-poms. The idea is simple: attach hanging yarn and pom-poms to a rod and have your cat go nuts chasing it. You can make it as simple or as elaborate as you want. For detailed instructions, check out this tutorial for a DIY Pom Pom Cat Wand.

    With these new DIY cat toys, Timbercreek hopes your furry friends will love you even more. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Top 5 Dog-Friendly Ideas for Apartment Balconies

    May 14, 2019

    Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s almost time to start enjoying your balcony with you pooch again. Timbercreek Communities has a few ideas for how you can make your apartment balcony a dog-friendly space.

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    Puppy Playpen

    Set up a puppy playpen on your balcony. You’ll be happy to see your dog enjoy the space and they will love it too. You can start by laying down some grass, which can be artificial or real. Fresh Patch is hydroponically-grown, dirt-free grass that’s a great option -- especially for training your dogs. Adding fencing is a good idea if you want a confined space where your puppy can relax, sleep and play with its toys.

    Grow Dog-Friendly Plants

    Some plants can be poisonous to pets, so be careful what you buy. To prevent serious accidents, stay away from plants such as daffodils, dieffenbachia, tulips, amaryllis and aloe. But don’t worry -- you can still make your balcony look lush and inviting with safer plants. A few safe plants and flowers for your dogs include Christmas cactus, boston fern, baby rubber plant, baby’s tears, prayer plant and spider plant.

    Dog-Friendly Furniture

    There’s nothing worse than having your favourite furniture ruined by your dog. That’s why investing in pet-friendly pieces is worth it. Joybird has fantastic outdoor furniture that uses fabrics that are safe for your dogs without sacrificing style. Just look for the ‘pet-friendly’ symbol. If you’re looking for dog-specific furniture, Ikea has a variety of dog beds and blankets to keep your furry friend comfy and cozy.

    Dog-proof Railings

    We don’t always feel safe having our dogs out on the balcony -- especially when you’re on a high floor. Installing dog-proof railings is sometimes necessary to protect them. To keep your dog from squeezing through any tight spaces, consider your dog’s size and personality. If they like to chew on everything, pick a fence that’s made of plexiglass or heavy duty netting. Otherwise, you can pick something with mesh which is a little more fragile but still sturdy enough.

    Portable Dog Pool

    On a hot summer’s day, your dog will love to cool off in a pool. Who wouldn’t? A portable pool is a great idea because it’s lightweight and travel-friendly. You can keep it on your balcony when it needs to be used and fold it up and put it away and out of sight when it’s not. Bring it with you to the park -- especially on those scorching hot days -- your dog will love you for it.  You can also use it as a tub to bathe your pet.

    Timbercreek Communities hopes these five tips help you create a pet-friendly balcony which you can enjoy together. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

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