• Decorating For The Holidays ​

    Dec 12, 2019

    The Holidays are just around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited! Get into the holiday spirit with Timbercreek Communities and deck out your apartment in festive decor -- no matter which holiday you celebrate.

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    Choose A Few Larger Pieces

    If you’re not someone who likes to go all out on decorations, consider picking a few large items to display in your home. You could have a big snowman or a large Christmas tree in a corner, or a beautiful centerpiece on your table. This is a great way to create a point of focus in a room and also avoid clutter.

    Decorate For The Season

    If you’re not sure where to start, don’t focus too much on holiday-specific decor. Think about the winter season and you will have more options to work with. For example, twinkle lights always look great on a wall -- whether it’s a holiday or not. Pinecones, a wintery wreath, white winter signs and ribbons are a great way to decorate without putting too much focus on the holidays.

    Anchor Smaller Decor Items

    If you have a bunch of small decor items to display, find a placemat or tray to put them on. This is a great way to have everything anchored in one place and a good way to keep things organized. A beautiful gold tray with several festive decor pieces will look better on a table than random items scattered on the table. With a tray, basket or placemat, all the pieces will look like they belong together.

    Pick An Area To Decorate

    Designate an area of your apartment that you want to decorate -- preferably a spot that’s very visible. Whether you decide to go with your front hallway, living room or dining table, selecting one area will be easier to manage. Plus, you won’t have to worry about spending extra money on decorating another area of your home.

    When it comes to holiday season decorating, we’ve got you covered! We hope these tips from Timbercreek help you set the perfect mood for the holidays in your home! 

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

  • Top Tips For Decorating On A Student Budget

    Nov 14, 2019

    Buying decor for your apartment can be expensive and less than ideal for someone on a student budget. Before you start shopping, check out these tips from Timbercreek Communities on how you can decorate your place without breaking the bank.

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    Can’t Go Wrong With Ikea Furniture

    When it comes to stylish furniture and décor at affordable prices, you can always count on Ikea. You can find everything you need there -- from bathroom and kitchen supplies to bed frames and wall décor. It’s a great one-stop shop and you don’t have to spend a fortune. You can get a new couch for $429 or a bed frame for $129. Also, if you’re stuck and not sure how you want to decorate your place, you can also get a lot of inspiration just by walking through Ikea.

    Repurpose Furniture

    Whether you’re on a super tight budget or just feeling creative, repurposing hand-me-down furniture is always a good idea. A simple but great project to try is painting an old piece of furniture. By choosing a new colour to match your existing décor you can transform the piece. You'll also give that piece of furniture a second life. For example, you can take an old dresser and make it into a beautiful kitchen island with lots of space for plates and utensils, or make the dresser into a chic, new-and-improved entertainment centre where you can put your TV and speakers.

    Get Creative And Organized 

    Save yourself the stress of living in a mess by organizing your apartment and getting rid of stuff you don’t use or need. For wardrobe storage, get drawer dividers to organize your stuff. Add a hook board to your door where you can hang your favourite jackets and hats. Don’t forget to use the space under your bed, or consider purchasing a bed frame with drawers

    Temporary Wallpaper and Flooring

    Instead of expensive hardwood flooring, look into temporary solutions like vinyl flooring.

    You can get also get really creative with wallpaper, which is affordable and looks great! It’s a really simple way to give any room in your apartment a mini-makeover without having to spend too much money. 

     

    With these awesome decorating and budget-saving tips, your apartment decor will be ready in no time, thanks to Timbercreek! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • How To Make Your Apartment More Dog-Friendly

    Nov 12, 2019

    Most dogs can do just fine in a small apartment -- especially if they get enough exercise. But making your place dog-friendly will make both of your lives easier. Timbercreek Communities has a list of helpful suggestions for making your apartment an oasis for you and your pooch.

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    Doggy Nook

    Set up a special corner for your dog in your apartment. This will be their place to sleep, rest and chew on their favourite bone. Make it extra cozy with a soft dog bed and a few plush toys. You can also use this nook to store your dog’s toys. Find a nice basket or two that matches your home decor and use them for storage as well as a decorative piece.

    Leave Something For Them While You’re Away

    Our puppies can get attached to us and sometimes leaving them in the house can make them anxious. This can lead to chewed up furniture and a big mess. You can avoid this by leaving them with a bone to chew on. It will keep them entertained for some time. Leaving the radio on can help as well. This will trick them into thinking someone is at home and generally help with loneliness.

    Consistent Bathroom Schedule

    Another important thing to consider is having a consistent potty schedule. They will know exactly when they get to go outside, preventing them from having an accident indoors -- especially on your new rug. Walk time is the perfect opportunity for your pup to run around, burn off energy and relax when you get home.

    Choose Machine-Washable Furniture

    The truth is, when you have a dog you can’t afford to have expensive furniture. Avoid leather, high quality wood and white or light colours -- unless, you want to invest in sofa covers. There are some nice options available which are machine-washable. This is key since you might need to wash them often. You might also want to consider machine-washable pillows, blankets and easy-to-wash rugs.

    Get A Good Vacuum Cleaner

    A good vacuum cleaner can be a lifesaver -- especially if you have a dog that sheds. Cleaning will be much easier and less stressful, which means you probably won’t mind vacuuming more frequently. Your place will be sparkling clean and perfect for you and your dog to enjoy.

    We hope you can create a perfect, pet-friendly apartment with these suggestions from Timbercreek! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Property Highlight - Les Tours d'Auteuil

    Nov 07, 2019

    Les Tours d'Auteuil (2166 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest) is the ideal property for anyone looking to be in the centre of Montreal. It's perfect for those in search of convenience, comfort and a great location.

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    Your Home

    Located in Shaughnessy Village, this beautiful high-rise building has something for everyone. Enjoy spacious suites with large living areas, bedrooms, baths and plenty of storage. The building offers on-site management, parking, laundry facilities and it’s pet friendly!

    Your Neighbourhood

    Les Tours d'Auteuil is located in downtown Montreal, in Shaughnessy Village, which is part of the Ville-Marie borough. Here you’ll find Concordia University, Dawson and Lasalle Colleges and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. 

    If you enjoy being close to transit, you’ll be happy to know that the building is close to Atwater and Guy-Concordia Metro stations. 

    If you enjoy a vibrant neighbourhood,  look no further. There’s a variety of pubs, cafes and restaurants nearby including Café Shaughnessy, Restaurany Mon Ami and Cock N’ Bull Pub. No matter where you want to go, Les Tours d'Auteuil is a great, eclectic neighbourhood that’s close to everything. If you’re looking for a nearby grocery store there are several located within a 5-minute walk from home including Supermarché PA du Fort. You’re also less than a 15-minute drive from Mont-Royal and a few other parks, such as Cabot Square and Summit Woods.

    So what are you waiting for? Be sure to check out Les Tours d'Auteuil! For more information, please visit our website or call 587.355.9273 to request a viewing appointment.

  • Property Highlight |Your home awaits you at First On Tenth

    Oct 29, 2019

    First On Tenth (123 10th Avenue South West) is the ultimate downtown rental community in Calgary. Are you ready to start your new life here? 

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    Your Home

    Located in the Beltline district, First on Tenth has a bit of everything. It's ideal for those who appreciate everything Calgary has to offer as well as spectacular views. The units face The Calgary Tower and the Rocky Mountains! 

    Everything you need is at your fingertips here. There is underground and outdoor parking, on-site security, and restaurants and shops on the lower floor of the building. We also have a fully equipped fitness facility, a fun games room, a basketball court, a rooftop lounge and a BBQ patio! First On Tenth has absolutely everything you need, so be sure to take advantage of our current fall deals -- for a limited time only!

    Your Neighbourhood

    First On Tenth is located in downtown Calgary. If you’re looking for easy access to transit, entertainment and shopping, this is the place you’ve been searching for! The LRT is just a short walk away, as is Stephen Avenue, City Hall and Glenbow Museum. For a great place to eat out, check out Koi and Foreign Concept. Both restaurants are less than a 2-minute walk away. You’re also close to the University and numerous parks and trails, including Macleod Trail and Beltline Park. There are a ton of cafes and bars around too, so you’ll never run out of things to do!

    Don’t wait! Check out First On Tenth before it’s too late. For more information, please visit our website or call 587.355.9273 to request a viewing appointment.

  • DIY Living Room Upgrades On A Budget ​

    Oct 24, 2019

    Giving your living room a makeover doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Timbercreek Communities has some great tips for how you can upgrade your living room on a budget.

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    Update your couch cushions

    New cushions will give your living room an instant makeover. This is a simple and inexpensive way to switch things up. Depending on the look you're going for, choose from different colours, patterns and textures. For a fresh and sophisticated look, try pairing navy blues with different shades of grey or geometric patterns and textured cushions for a more eclectic and chic vibe. Check out Ikea or Structube for some great options!

    Create a gallery wall

    Creating a gallery wall is another fantastic way to upgrade your living room. There are so many ways to do it. You can make a mini gallery wall and just put up a handful of pictures, or dedicate an entire wall to your favourite art. Before you put anything up, make sure to figure out the layout. Place your artwork on the floor and arrange everything in the order you want. Are you going to have a centerpiece? How much space do you want between each piece? Once you have this figured out, it’s time to hang everything up!

    Add lots of greenery with house plants

    When in doubt, add plants! Not only can they lift your mood, but they make beautiful decor and they don’t have to be expensive. A majesty palm or a yucca tree look great in a corner because they are often very big. You can also add smaller plants on shelves and stands including succulents, cacti and ivy.

    Paint your furniture

    If you’re tempted to replace your furniture, think again. Instead of getting rid of your old desks and dressers why not paint them to make them look brand new? You can do the same for mirror frames, shelves and pretty much anything else. Just make sure to clean and sand your furniture beforehand to create an even surface. This will help the paint stay on longer and look better. Latex or oil-based paint works best in most cases, but if you’re going for the distressed look, the best option is water-based paint.

    Invest in a new rug

    Since rugs take up a lot of space, they are often seen as a centerpiece in your living room. Changing your rug might just be the mini makeover you’ve been looking for. Whether you’re looking to add a splash of colour or change the pattern, you can do so very easily. Pick a vibrant colour with interesting patterns to make your rug really stand out. This is great if you want it to be the focal point of the room. Alternatively you can pick a colour that blends in with your couch or other elements to make the space feel more cohesive.  Another option is to choose a rug in a different shape or one with a lot of texture. This will make your space feel more cozy and warm!

    Timbercreek hopes you use these tips to transform your living your living room on a budget. 

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

  • 5 Easy Ways To Decorate Your Rental Bathroom On A Budget

    Sep 25, 2019

    If you’d like to give your bathroom a mini makeover, but you don’t want to spend a lot of money, we have some suggestions for you! Give these 5 easy tips a try.

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    Update your walls

    If you want to make a big change in your bathroom, start by updating your walls. A bold shower curtain can make a statement. Choose wisely and it might become the centerpiece of the room. Another great idea is to add temporary wallpaper. This is such an easy way to give your bathroom a new look, plus it’s affordable and easy to stick on. Plus, if you get bored of it quickly, you can take it off just as easily.

    Update ugly flooring with a rug or peel-and-stick tiles

    It’s not so easy to change the floor in your rental unit. So instead of dreaming of a brand new floor, you can get an awesome rug! Check out Wayfair or Ikea for a great selection. You can also try peel and stick tiles to give your floor a quick update. This is yet another easy way to craft a new bathroom without any gutting. We love it because it’s inexpensive and isn't permanent.

    Maximize Space with Shelving

    If you don’t have a lot of counter space or storage in your bathroom, you might want to install a couple of shelves. Examine the space and look for an empty spot. Above the toilet usually works. A three tier wall shelf might fit perfectly. You can also try an over-the-toilet shelf which looks stylish and gives you more storage space.

    Frame your mirror

    Give your boring bathroom mirror a facelift by adding a nice frame. Since most rental units have plain mirrors that look cheap, this is the best trick which you can do on your own. With a handful of supplies and a few easy steps, you can make a beautiful frame. This will not only make your washroom feel new, but also more luxurious and inviting.

    Update the lighting

    Lighting in any room is key, especially in the bathroom. If you don’t have any natural light, you should invest in good lighting which will make the space feel bigger and brighter. If you plan on applying your makeup in the bathroom, this is yet another good reason to invest in bright lights. If you want to go the extra mile, consider light dimmers. They let you adjust the lighting to your needs and create your desired ambiance. If you like to unwind in a relaxing bath, light dimmers can set the perfect mood.

    Decorating your bathroom has never been so easy or affordable! We hope these tips help you with your bathroom makeover.

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

  • How To Repair and Store Your Seasonal Clothing

    Sep 09, 2019

    It's time to welcome fall into your closet! Unless you have a ton of storage space, most Canadians enjoy swapping summer clothes for fall and winter wear by mid-September. In the age of fast fashion, it's easy to forget about certain items that you've taken out of your rotation and throw away damaged ones altogether. Timbercreek Communities has some tips for how to repair and store your seasonal clothing this year -- so you can get more use out of it for years to come.

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    Repair Your Clothes Before Storing

    When the time comes to put away your summer clothes, think about repairing items that are damaged or slightly worn out before you store them. If you fix them and they appear brand new again, you’ll be more likely to wear them when you pull them out of storage next year. It’s also a good idea to wash everything before storing -- especially if you want to get rid of any stains, odours or perfumes. When storing wool garments, use Woodlore’s Instant Cedar Chest which is filled with cedar shavings to keep the dreaded smell of mothballs away.

    Use Proper Storage Containers

    When it comes to choosing storage containers, it’s best to use plastic ones. They are affordable and work better than plastic bags or cardboard boxes. Check out Canadian Tire for different options and sizes. Try not to stuff the containers to the brim and leave some room for air circulation. This will also help prevent wrinkles.

    Don’t Hang Everything

    Some clothing items are delicate and should not be hung. Knit items, sweaters and other delicates should be folded and placed in a drawer because they tend to lose their shape after a while. You can hang items like jackets, pants, skirts and dresses and keep the rest in a drawer or on a shelf. When it comes to hangers, they are not all the same. Use slim hangers or padded hangers for better support and more space.

    Use Vacuum Seal Bags

    To save space, use vacuum seal bags. They are great for flattening big clothing items which is perfect if you don’t have a lot of storage space. However, you should be careful not to vacuum seal everything. Avoid wool, cashmere, silk and leather as it might take these items a while to come back to their regular shape -- especially after being stored away for a long time.

    Storing seasonal items doesn’t have to be a pain. Timbercreek Communities hopes you found these storage tips helpful!

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

  • Top Pet Accessories For Apartment Dwellers

    Aug 20, 2019

    Living with pets often means having a bunch of accessories and toys laying around. Some items work well with your home decor and others do not. To help you strike a balance of practical and stylish, Timbercreek Communities has narrowed down this list of the top pet accessories for every apartment dweller.

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    Get Creative And Create A Comfortable Space

    Your home should be a comfortable space for you and your pet. By incorporating some of your pet’s accessories into your furniture, you can achieve that comfort. You can create a pet bed underneath your coffee table or side table, which works perfectly because it doesn’t take up any extra room. Another great idea is to incorporate a bed underneath your kitchen island. This would also work well if you have a bigger dog. When it comes to food and water bowls, consider creating a water bowl planter. This is a nice way to add some greenery to your space and also make your cat happy!

    A Lint Roller

    No one wants to find pet hair all over the house. To make your life a little easier, invest in a good lint roller. They are great for removing hair from clothes and furniture and should be a staple item in every pet owners’ home. Try the Evercare Pet Extreme Stick  or the Evercare Mega Cleaning Roller which is perfect for large surfaces.

    Furniture Protectant

    If you have pets, try to avoid any light-coloured furniture. Stains will show up easily and will likely be a pain to clean. If you can’t part with your beige sofa, consider buying a sofa cover. This way, you don’t have to worry about scratches, hair and spills because you can wash it in the machine anytime. Go a step further and buy a furniture spray! This will help block stains and works on most fabrics.

    Food and toy storage

    One of the best ways to store your pet’s food and toys is to get a bin or basket that works well with your home decor. If you’re style is laid-back and rustic, a wooden basket will fit in perfectly. For a more modern look, a fabric basket or a metallic bin are great options. They tend to be relatively inexpensive and available almost anywhere.

    Having these items in your home will not only make your life easier, but it will make both you and your pets happy! Timbercreek hopes you found these suggestions helpful.

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

  • How To Host A Dinner Party In A Small Space

    Aug 08, 2019

    Just because you have a small apartment doesn’t mean you can’t throw a great party. Timbercreek Communities has a few suggestions for how to host a successful dinner party in a small space.

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    Use Floor Cushions Instead of Chairs

    Who said you need a dining room set for a great dinner party? You can have an informal, Asian-themed dinner party with pillows. Instead of using chairs, have everyone sit on floor cushions around a coffee table. You can also buy a couple of wooden crates and use them as tables where you can place decorations, food and drinks.

    Choose Buffet Style Over Sit-Down

    When space is limited, a buffet style dinner is a better option than a sit-down dinner. Some people can stand, while others can stand and mingle -- which means that you won’t need a seat for everyone. Use your coffee table, side table and kitchen counter to display the food and drinks and maybe throw a few floor pillows on the ground for extra seating if you think you’ll need it.

    Have A Dedicated Glass For Everyone

    Dirty cups and glasses can really add up at a party. They either end up filling up your sink or wind up in the garbage. To minimize this, you can dedicate a glass for each person. This will save a ton of space, cleaning and waste (if you’re using paper or plastic cups). You can do so by using wine glass charms or a metallic pen.

    Prepare Food Ahead of Time

    If you want your dinner party to go smoothly in your small apartment, you have to be organized and plan ahead. The easiest way to do this is to prepare all your food ahead of time. Make a few things the night before or the morning of, but don’t leave anything for when you’re guests arrive. The last thing you want is the hot oven to be on, with a bunch of people in your living room, dying of heat! This is why finger food is the best option. You could make anything from pizza to sliders, or countess other things!

    Don’t let your small apartment discourage you from hosting a great dinner party. It’s totally doable! Timbercreek hopes you found these tips helpful and that you enjoy planning your first party in your small space!

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

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