• 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.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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.

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    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.

     

  • Property Highlight - 930-15th Ave SW - Centennial House

    Jun 04, 2019

    Centennial House (930-15th Ave SW) is the ideal rental property for Calgary residents who are looking for comfort and convenience. Its location is perfect for anyone who enjoys bustling city life as well as well as peaceful nature.

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    Your Home

    Located in downtown Calgary, this neighbourhood has a bit of everything. You’ll love the newly refreshed exterior, as well as the floor-to-ceiling windows and large balconies. You have access to a brand new fitness facility, which is only an elevator ride away, so there’s no need for a gym membership! And if you love entertaining, the modern lounge is the perfect place to host parties. Living at Centennial House, you also have access to laundry facilities and parking. Plus, it’s pet friendly!

    Your Neighbourhood

    Centennial House is located right in downtown Calgary, in a quiet, park-like setting. It's also a short walk away from the Retail and Entertainment District. The neighbourhood is considered one of the city’s hottest areas with trendy shops, gastro pubs and spas. In addition, it’s close to schools and a number of parks including Tompkins Park, Shaw Millenium Park, as well as the Beltline neighbourhood. Getting around town is easy as you'll be within short walking distance from public transit. If you’re looking for a good place to eat out, there is a great selection of sit-down and fast-food restaurants in the area. Check out Cibo for Italian, The Coup for Vegetarian or Kanpai Sushi on 8th for Japanese. There are also numerous independent cafes -- perfect for coffee lovers. From easy transportation access to parks and quality restaurants, you’ll love calling Centennial House your new home.

    Don’t wait any longer! Centennial House is waiting for you. For more information, please visit our website or call 587.355.9273 to request a viewing appointment.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Property Highlight - 235 Willis Crescent - Cielo

    May 09, 2019

    Cielo (235 Willis Crescent) is the perfect rental property for anyone in Saskatoon searching for an open concept living space. Its location is ideal for anyone who appreciates being close to the city, but also removed from the hustle and bustle of downtown.

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    Your Home

    Cielo is located in the south-central part of Saskatoon and has everything you need to live comfortably. The suites are spacious and bright and you can choose between 1 and 2 bedroom units. There is plenty of storage as well as parking, a fitness facility and it’s pet friendly. The building also has elevators for easy access for individuals with disabilities and on-site professional management. If this sounds like the place for you, check out the hot specials -- you can get $100 off monthly!

    Your Neighbourhood

    Cielo is located right in the Stonebridge neighbourhood, which is home to Stonegate Shopping Center. Here you can find many restaurants, stores and a Wal-mart. It’s only a short walk from a popular Dim Sum restaurant, Rock Creek Tap and Grill and the Canadian Brewhouse. In addition, it’s close to public transit and HWY 11,  so you won’t have any trouble getting around. The neighbourhood is also close to a number of parks including The Louis Riel Trail and Peter Zakreski Regional Park. And if you’re in need of a relaxing day, you can always spend a day at the Damara Day Spa. From easy transportation access to parks and a variety of restaurants, you’ll fall in love with Cielo.

    So what are you waiting for? Cielo could be your new home! For more information, please visit our website or call 587.355.9273 to request a viewing appointment.

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