• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    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

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  • DIY Valentine's Day gifts we love

    Jan 31, 2019

    It may be a bit of a “Hallmark holiday”, but it’s nice to have Valentine’s Day on the calendar to remind us all to show some love to the people we love. The gifts that tend to make the biggest impact are the ones we make ourselves, by hand. To help you make a lasting impression, Timbercreek Communities has some DIY Valentine’s Day gift tutorials to share with you. We hope your love loves them, too!

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    Valentine Bath Bombs

    Give your love the gift of these soothing and sensual DIY Valentine Bath Bombs. All you need is baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, coconut butter, red food colouring, an essential oil of your choice and a spray bottle of Witch Hazel. Combine the cornstarch, citric acid and baking soda in a mixing bowl. Add red food colouring, a few drops of essential oil and melted coconut oil. Spray the mixture with Witch Hazel, and continue to spray until the mixture holds its shape when squeezed. Press the mix into a heart-shaped silicone mold. They will need about 36 hours to dry out completely, giving you plenty of time to download a printable label and find a mason jar to put them in. To use simply break the bath bomb under running water.

    DIY Romantic Dinner

    If you want to make a sweet and romantic gift for your sweetheart, but you don’t feel like you have the chops to create a crafty gift, this one is for you. Start by downloading a free printable PDF wine label that you can use to wrap a loving message around your bottle. Pair that wine with one of these easy-to-make romantic recipes, or share the wine while you cook together.

    Melting Heart Love Slime

    Your kids will love giving this Melting Heart Love Slime, and your partner will love that they aren’t bringing home more candy! You’ll need red glitter glue, liquid starch and optional additions like confetti, essential oils and a heart-shaped box. The slime is simply red glitter glue mixed slowly with liquid starch. Add more glitter, confetti or essential oil if desired. Cut it with a heart-shaped cookie cutter.

    Valentine’s Pom Pom Bouquet

    A Valentine’s Pom Pom Bouquet is a cute and cuddly way for you or your kids to give a bouquet of flowers that won’t wilt or die. All you need is scissors, green felt, ribbon, twine, assorted colours of yarn, twigs, white spray paint and glue.

    Sweetheart Vase

    You’ll need somewhere to put those real or Pom Pom flowers. This Sweetheart Vase is a fun, easy and sweet storage solution. Cut heart shapes from red felt, thread them onto twine and wrap it around a mason jar.

    Happy Valentine’s Day from Timbercreek!

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

     

  • DIY Christmas decorations to make with your kids

    Dec 05, 2018

    ‘Tis the season to get crafty and spend some quality creative time with your family. Timbercreek Communities has some fun and easy DIY Christmas decoration projects to share with you. We hope you get the chance to make them with your kids this December.

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    Magical Macaroni

    Grab some pasta and create some Christmas magic with these Magical Macaroni decorations. If you don’t have elbow noodles, don’t worry! Pretty much every pasta shape will work for this project -- from penne to farfalle, and everything in between. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. All you need is glue and paint and you can create stars and snowflakes. Click here to learn more.

    Thumbprint Reindeer Ornaments

    These Thumbprint Reindeer Ornaments are a great way for kids to put their fingerprints on some keepsake ornaments and really make their mark. Choose plain matte coloured ornament balls as the thumbprints will show up better on them than on the shiny ones. Your kids will love that they can do this project almost entirely by themselves. Dip a thumb in brown paint and make your mark -- this will serve as the reindeer face. Add eyes, nose and antlers with a permanent marker. Make sure to do at least one red-nosed reindeer! Click here to learn more.

    Cupcake Liner Christmas Trees

    If you over estimated how many cupcakes you’d be baking this season, these Cupcake Liner Christmas Trees can put your materials to good use. Start by making a cone shape out of cardstock, then add ruffled cupcake liners to the cardstock cone base to make brances. You may need to use more than one liner to get all the way around. Before you reach to top of the tree, cover the tip with the centre of a liner and continue to add ruffles all the way to the top. Click here to learn more.

    Candy Cane Christmas Trees

    You and your kids will love making these Candy Cane Christmas Trees. All you need is some green felt, glue and various buttons and beads to use as ornaments. Cut a piece of felt to size (you’ll want the candy cane ‘trunk’ to show). Cut slits in the felt to insert the candy cane. Glue on buttons, beads and whatever other ornaments you like. Click here to learn more.

    Terra Cotta Pot Snowmen

    Turn old terracotta pots in cute Terracotta Pot Snowmen. In addition to the pots you’ll need acrylic paint (white, black, and various other colours), scissors, paper and glue. Paint the pots white, then paint on some snowman faces and decorate them however you like. Click here to learn more.

    Timbercreek hopes these simple craft projects help you carve out some quality time with your kids, and leave you with sentimental souvenirs this season.

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

  • How to make your apartment more fun for your cat

    Nov 13, 2018

    Cats are often thought of as low-maintenance pets. This can be true if all their needs are being met. Cats are also often thought of as, well, jerks. This reputation may or may not be deserved. The truth is, a cat that is under-stimulated may act out, become aggressive, or obsessed with food. To help keep your cat (and you) happy, Timbercreek Communities wants to share some ideas for how to make your apartment more fun for your cat.

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    Rise Up

    To help prevent your feline friend from rising up in revolt against the tyranny of boredom, you need to get on their level. A cat’s need to be up high is instinctual. This is where they can best survey their territory and improve their chances of survival in the wild. At home, in your apartment, their urge to climb remains. Cat trees and towers are available, but if you think they will clash with your aesthetic, try a simpler solution -- shelves. Strategically-placed shelves will allow your kitty to keep watch on their kingdom and cut down on their anxiety. If you don’t have room for shelving, try keeping the top of the fridge free and clear. They will love their designated cat cliff, especially when you’re in there cooking.

    State of the Art Entertainment Centre

    You don’t need any electronics to create a state-of-the-art cat entertainment centre. The window is their favourite high definition screen. What you can do is make the seating (window sill) comfy and stimulating. In the cooler months, your kitty may like the window sill decked out with a cozy blanket. If you don’t have a suitable window sill, you can try a DIY hanging cat basket. Hanging a toy or two from the curtain rod won’t hurt, either. Make sure the rod is firmly anchored to the wall, though.

    King of the Jungle

    Let your kitty feel like the king or queen of the jungle by adding a cat-friendly plant or two for them to hide behind, or even munch on. Choose your plants carefully. Some plants can be toxic to cats, causing indigestion or serious illness. Check out this petsafe plant list from the ASPCA. Growing a small container of catnip is always a welcome addition to your cat’s world.

    Break out the Toys

    Cats love their toys. You don’t have to spoil them, but keeping a few of their favourite toys around will keep your kitty-cat entertained, even when you can’t be there to play with him/her.

    Timbercreek hopes these tips help improve the day-to-day lives of your cat, and you.

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

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