• 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.

  • 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.

  • How to Make Pet Food

    Oct 22, 2019

    Your pet can thrive eating homemade food like you do. If you're up for whipping up something special for him or her, Timbercreek Communities has a few ideas for how to make pet food that’s delicious, nutritious and cheaper than store-bought.

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    Use Meat and Other Animal Products

    When it comes to making a balanced meal for your pet, you should always make sure that at least half of their diet is meat. Try to use lean meat as much as possible, or dark, fatty meat if your dog or cat is very active.  You can use eggs and fish as well, just make sure to remove the bones.

    Use Veggies and Fruit

    Just like humans, your pets will benefit from certain fruits and veggies. Mix together things such as potatoes, beans and squash -- a great mix for energy! Just make sure everything is cooked, otherwise your pet might not be able to digest everything. You can also use a variety of fruits, including apples and blueberries, which are packed with antioxidants. And if you’re not sure about something, just ask your vet!

    Recipe: Dog’s Breath Biscuits

    Need to get rid of your dog’s bad breath? Then give these homemade Dog’s Breath Biscuits a try. To make this delicious treat, start by mixing the following items in a bowl: whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, rolled oats, cornmeal, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Set that aside and mix eggs, butter and peanut butter in a different bowl. Now mix everything together and add in fresh parsley and mint. These two ingredients are key for fighting bad breath! Divide the mixture in half and refrigerate for an hour. While the oven heats up to 325F, place the dough on parchment paper and roll it out. Make cute shapes using a bone-shaped cookie cutter and bake for 40 minutes. 

    Recipe: Fresh Veggies and Ground Turkey

    Your pets will love this recipe -- especially your pup! To make this yummy Veggie and Ground Turkey dish, you’re going to need some ground turkey, veggies, rice and fat. First, cook some rice and set it aside. Place some olive oil in a pan and fry the ground turkey until golden brown. Now add in a bunch of veggies. We recommend using carrots, zucchini and spinach. Add the cooked rice. Mix everything together and cook for 5 minutes. Make sure the dish has completely cooled before you serve it to your dog.

    Your pet will love their new homemade meals! Timbercreek hopes you find these suggestions helpful and start to make your own pet food. 

    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 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.

     

  • Five Ways To Fill Your Bathroom With Hygge

    Jun 12, 2019

    Hygge, pronounced ‘hoo-gah’, is a Danish way of living which usually refers to a warm and cozy lifestyle. It's a huge decor trend, too -- think candles, chunky throw blankets and glowing fireplaces. Sounds pretty amazing! Everyone can use a bit of hygge in their life. Timbercreek Communities has five tips on how you can fill your bathroom with hygge.

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    Matching Shampoo Containers

    Hygge is all about creating the perfect cozy ambiance. A simple hygge-inspired bathroom upgrade could be to switch your shampoo and conditioner containers for matching dispensers. Etsy has some good options and you can pick between glass, plastic or ceramic -- depending on your style. It might not seem like much, but it’s all about the little details when it comes to hygge.

    Add Teak To Your Shower Floor

    Simplicity is vital for a hygge lifestyle. Something as simple as adding a teak shower floor can add some texture and luxury to your bathroom. Consider getting a wood or bamboo floor. They look stylish and are often very affordable. By using rustic and natural materials you can create a very serene space.

    Reading Space In Your Bathtub

    Another way to add hygge to your bathroom is to create a relaxing reading space in your bathtub. Add a wooden bath rack -- it’s a great place to rest your cup of tea, a book and a few candles while you bathe. It’s the perfect set-up for at-home relaxation after a long day.

    Add Fragrance Or Make A Small Home Garden

    A pleasant scent is key to creating a relaxing ambiance. By adding some essential oils or scented candles, you can set a calm mood and make your bathroom a more comfortable and pleasant place to be. Try the reed diffuser by Saje -- it'll have your bathroom smelling like a spa! You can also add plants -- an easy way to make your space feel fresh and inviting.

    Incorporate Dreamy Towels and Furniture

    If you want to create a cozy and welcoming bathroom, add fluffy textures. Touch is an important sense to stimulate in the hygge lifestyle. Look for thick and high quality towels and a soft bathrobe -- pick neutral colours that are easy on the eyes. Keep a warm pair of slippers in your bathroom -- they will come in handy after a long, hot bath. If you have the space, you can even add a stool or bench and cover it with sheepskin for ultimate comfort. The goal is to make your space a place that you never want to leave!

    FIlling your bathroom with hygge can instantly improve your sense of wellbeing. Timbercreek hopes these suggestions help you create a relaxing bathroom space that makes you feel relaxed and happy. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • 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.

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