• 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.

  • How to help your pet feel at home in a new apartment

    Jan 15, 2019

    Moving can be a stressful experience for people and their pets. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you make the transition a smooth one for your furry family members. Here are some tips for how to help your pet feel at home in a new apartment.

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    Same Old Routine

    Consistency is key when helping your pal cope with big change. Make sure you keep as many of their old routines intact as possible. This means everything from their feeding schedule, location of food dishes and litter box, walks, playtime and cuddling schedule. You may want to add in a few extra cuddle sessions, just to keep them from feeling anxious.

    Pack Their Bags, Too

    Moving is difficult enough, so it may be tempting to toss your best friend's stuff and buy them a brand new bed and new toys once you get to the new place. With so much change going on all around them, your pet may crave their comfy old stuff (and the aroma of the old place) more than the excitement of new things. Too much change can be confusing and stressful. Having some of their familiar stuff around can make them feel more comfortable in the new space.

    Plan For Your Pet

    Every pet has their own personality and will deal with the big change of moving differently. Some pets may love all the new things they have to explore. Others won’t feel like they’re on solid ground. They will look to you for support. This may mean they need to be around you more, or it could mean they would prefer the confined space of their crate, or even a leftover moving box. Make sure they have a safe spot, away from precarious packed and stacked boxes and suitcases. Particularly sensitive pets may be better off staying at a familiar friend’s place until you’ve unpacked and things have settled down a bit.

    Get Help

    If your pet is having trouble adjusting, it doesn’t mean they are badly behaved or that the situation won’t work. They may need more time to explore and settle in before they feel comfortable. If unwanted behaviour persists, give them more love, and seek assistance from a professional trainer or a veterinarian. Getting down on the floor with them to play can help get your familiar scent down on their level and spread it around the house quickly.

    Moving can be tricky for everyone. With a little planning, patience and a lot of love, you can help make their transition to a new home a smooth one.

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

  • How to keep your dog away from your Christmas presents

    Dec 24, 2018

    The Holidays are an exciting time for the whole family, including your pets. Timbercreek Communities wants to help make sure every member of the family has a happy holiday. Here are some tips for how to keep your dog away from your Christmas presents, and your tree.

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    Go Bare and Artificial

    Pine needles may not be toxic to you pet, but they are sharp and can cause discomfort if ingested. An artificial tree may be less interesting to your pet. When you first set up your tree, leave it bare for a few days. This will give you pet time to investigate this curious addition to home and quickly lose interest in it, even when it becomes adorned with lights and bobbles.

    No Low Lights

    Once your dog has lost interest in your bare, artificial tree, it’s time to decorate it. To help your furry friend avoid temptation, and possible electric shock, make sure not to string any lights on the lower branches. Keeping things out of sight will help keep them out of mind for your pet. Hide any electrical cords running to or from the tree under a tree skirt, or use adhesive-backed cord clips to keep them out of reach of curious snouts.

    Christmas Tree Security

    To make sure your tree is secure, invest in a sturdy tree stand. For a second layer of tree security, you may want to rig up a homemade low-tech Xmas tree security system. Simply place aluminum cans filled with some dry beans, or noisy metal bolts, on the bottom limbs of the tree. If your pooch starts nosing around the bottom of the tree, they’ll sound the rattle-y alarm. Remember to keep fragile ornaments up in the higher branches.

    Take a Pass on Edible Ornaments

    Strings of popcorn, candy canes or anything else that can be seen as an enticing and tasty treat should be left off of your tree. Also, don’t store gifts of chocolate, even when it is wrapped, under your tree. If a brightly coloured tree that grew treats on and under its branches suddenly appeared in your living room, you’d probably want to investigate too!

    Pretty Plants can be Poison

    Mistletoe, Holly and Poinsettias are all potentially poison to your pets. If you decorate with these plants, make sure to keep them well out of reach of your four-legged friend. Nobody likes to be sick during the Holidays.

    Happy Holidays from Timbercreek Communities! We hope these tips and tricks protect your pet, presents, and tree this Christmas. 

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

  • Property Highlight -- The Gate at 508 Main Street, Saskatoon

    Dec 13, 2018

    If you’re on the hunt for an apartment to call home in the heart of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Timbercreek Communities would love to welcome you to The Gate at 508 Main Street East. This fabulous community has a lot to offer and is walking distance from many of the city’s best attractions.

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    Your Home

    When you arrive at The Gate, you’ll know you’re home. You and your pets are more than welcome at this ideal location in the heart of the city’s cultural scene. You’re only steps from all the action, but when you get home, you’ll be safe and sound in a quiet oasis. From the controlled access lobby to the 24/7 Professional Building Management, your safety, security and comfort are our top priority.

    Your bright and spacious contemporary suite will be your own personal sanctuary. The property also features a new fully equipped gym and on site laundry facilities, to make your day-to-day life a little easier.

    Your Neighbourhood

    Taking full advantage of everything your city has to offer is easy to do when you call The Gate home. Located in the sought-after Broadway District, you are walking distance from all the cafes, restaurants, boutiques, and exciting nightlife that Broadway has to offer. The Broadway Theatre is your source for arthouse film screenings, live musical performances and events.

    The Gate is only minutes from the downtown core and central business district, the 8th Street corridor and the world-class arts and culture scene of the Remai Arts Centre, and the Mendel Art Gallery. It’s easy for students to get to class on time as The Gate is also located near the University of Saskatchewan.

    When you need a bit of a break from the fun and excitement of urban life, The Gate is also a dream come true for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The Meewasin Trail, Saskatchewan River and the The Louis Riel Trail are all close by. Whether you love horseback riding, cycling, snowmobiling, hiking or picnicking, it’s easy to enjoy outdoor fun all year round. The kids will love spending time at Kinsmen Park, too.

    Timbercreek Communities hopes that you’ll choose to call The Gate (508 Main Street East) your home one day.

    For more information or to find a home with Timbercreek Communities near you, please visit our website.

  • Property HIghlight -- 345 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest

    Nov 15, 2018

    Montréal is not only one of the most vibrant, beautiful and exciting cities in Canada -- but anywhere. We dare you to find a more dynamic area than the downtown core. Timbercreek Communities wants to give you a taste of life at 345 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest.

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    Your Building

    Beyond the controlled-access lobby doors of 345 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest, you’ll find the concierge, as well as some of the most sought-after amenities anywhere. Take advantage of the fully-equipped fitness centre. Indoor parking is available and professional building management is on site to handle any questions or concerns you may have. There are stores and restaurants conveniently located on the street level of the building -- perfect for cold winter nights when you don’t want to stray far from home.

    Inside Your Suite

    The condo-style rental suites at 345 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest are loaded with high end features and fixtures. You’ll know that you’ve arrived somewhere special as soon as you set foot on the gleaming hardwood floors or the sparkling ceramic tile of the well-appointed kitchen. The contemporary granite countertops and stainless steel appliances provide a luxurious, stylish yet practical space to create your favourite meal. The luxury continues as you step into updated bathrooms. Ensuite laundry is also included. Relax in comfort and style in your climate-controlled suite as you enjoy the panoramic views of your city.

    Outside Your Home

    Located near the intersection of Viger Avenue West and Bleury Street, 345 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest is the definition of “in the heart of it all”. Step outside the peaceful sanctuary of your front door and you’re right in the middle of the action. The complex is located near Victoria Square, Old Port, Chinatown, Concordia University, McGill University and much more. All of the shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife Montréal has to offer is easily available to you. When you don’t want to walk, Place-d'Armes metro station is minutes away, connecting you to all parts of the city.

    Why settle for an ordinary apartment when you can live the upscale life at 345 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest?

     

    For more information on Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • 7 Elegant Halloween Decor Ideas

    Oct 01, 2018

    All Hallows Eve doesn’t have to be all about orange and black decor and blood and gore. Timbercreek Communities wants to share some elegant Halloween decor ideas for your home.

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    The Magic of Monochrome

    Embrace the magic of monochrome. Pick up white pumpkins and gourds and cluster them together. Add a little elegance by adding some white chrysanthemums in white baskets into the mix.

    Elegant Mini-Ghosts

    Greet your guests with elegant mini-ghost lollipops arranged in a white pumpkin. Simply cover round lollipops with tissue paper and add ghost eyes and mouths with a black marker.

    Painted Pumpkins

    Let your creativity run wild and paint your pumpkins any way you want. Go beyond spooky faces, think Gingham, white with copper stripes, leaf prints and more!

    Twinkle Lights

    A string or two of twinkle lights, or Harvest String Lights, can transform the atmosphere of any space.

    Flower Petals

    A scant scattering of colourful foliage or flower petals can bring a touch of evening elegance to your table.

    Linen Pumpkin Centrepiece

    This Linen Pumpkin set instantly creates a rustic and elegant centrepiece.

    Understated Spider Web

    A black spider web tablecloth provides the perfect place to display the treats at your elegantly spooky soiree.

    Timbercreek hopes these decor ideas help you have an elegantly adult Halloween.

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

  • Wonderful Ways to Use Those Magical String Lights

    Sep 10, 2018

    Adding a splash of illumination with a simple string of lights can make a space feel inviting and even a little magical. Timbercreek Communities has a few wonderful ways to use those magical string lights.

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    Don’t Darken Your Door

    A string of lights around a doorway can be a simple solution to shed some light on a dim passageway. Opting for industrial drop lights over twinkling fairy lights will keep your space from feeling like a college dorm room.

    Magical Play Space

    Kids will love to hang out in their very own twinkle light tent. Adding a string of lights to the opening of a play tent, and adding some cozy blankets and pillows inside will a create a magical place for them to dream in.

    Illuminate Your Accent Wall

    If your space has a deep hued accent wall, you can easily add a little shimmer of string lights to really make the colour pop.

    Make Windows Bright at Night

    A tasteful string of lights is the modern day (and much safer) equivalent of candles in the window. The glow creates a warm atmosphere without adding clutter.

    Brighten Your Bedside

    If you don’t have room for a bedside table and lamp, dangling a string of lights down the wall can be a great space-saving substitute.

    Fun and Bright Bunk Beds

    Kids will love having their bunk beds adorned with magical twinkling lights. And they won’t be afraid of the dark anymore!

    Lighten the Load on Your Shelf Space

    Adding a string of lights to your shelves is a great way to add ambiance, make a workspace more inviting, or highlight what you have on display.

    Timbercreek hopes these tips helped shed some light on some great home decor ideas.

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

  • Masculine Decor For Your Home

    Jun 18, 2018

    Manly decor goes way beyond posters and aftershave. And while classics like chrome, exposed pipes, bearskin rugs, and muted monochromes may always fit the bill, what's thought of as manly decor is changing, fast. For some ideas on how to outfit your pad with some manly decor, Timbercreek brings you this list of tips and tricks.

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    Rustic Loft Look

    We love the look of this rustic loft. In particular we love its mix of masculine decor and vibrant colour. Bright colours tend to not be thought of as manly. But why not? While monochrome has been thought of as a manly palette forever, incorporating a bold accent colour can brighten up a space in a manly way. Pantone’s color of the year is pretty bold, yet gender neutral. Give it a try in your space by incorporating some ultraviolet throw pillows, curtains or furniture into the mix. Balanced with a hefty dose of white, grey, black or brown, a pop of colour can add amazing character to your space. Check out the loft we love here.

    Brewery Home

    We’re swooning for this masculine home that’s located in an old brewery. Complete with high ceilings, brick walls, and concrete flooring, it has good bones. It also has a lot of great style that anyone can work into any space. Leather furniture (the more vintage the better) in combination with some well-scavenged furniture items (that mix styles and eras) work well here to create that perfect mix of chic, masculine, and eclectic. One of the rooms features a well-balanced cluster of black framed paintings and posters on the wall, as well as lots of rustic reclaimed wood pieces like coffee tables and shelves that add to the manly feel. See it for yourself and read more.

    Industrial Chic

    This industrial style condo is deceptively simple and chic. Abundant use of greys and monochrome make it feel very masculine. If you want to achieve a similar look, you can’t go wrong by incorporating grey into your paint, linens, or furniture. Grey is also a major decor trend in 2018 and there’s a good reason for it: it allows for a mix of light reflectivity and blends well with practically every other color. We also love this condo’s use of artwork, in particular how they chose to hang their artwork above their TV to make the TV less of a focal point. They used art sparingly throughout, careful not to overcrowd the walls. See it for yourself here.

    Eclectic

    Eclectic decor is basically defined as not sticking to one style or color scheme. It can be super freeing, and can lend major originality to a space. But it has to be handled with care as it’s easy to go from eclectic to kitchy. For a masculine eclectic look, most pieces in the home (furniture, throw rugs, etc.) should be dark or light -- from dark mauve to black or from white to grey. This creates the opportunity for your artwork and small accent pieces to tastefully steal the show. Look for abstract art pieces, bold flowers, and brightly coloured or patterned accent pillows. Check out a great example of a chic eclectic space here.

    Timbercreek hopes these ideas for creating a more manly and stylish space help you design the home of your dreams. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Balcony Decor Ideas For Summer

    Jun 13, 2018

    Summer is just around the corner, so it’s time to make the most of your balcony. Timbercreek is here to help with some great balcony decor ideas. Your refreshed outdoor space will be so nice you'll want to sleep on it!

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    Cushioned Bench

    Many apartment balconies are small, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be royally adorned. While there may not be room for full size Muskoka chairs, a good bench, complete with outdoor-ready cushions, can be the perfect fit. A two seater will provide all the deck lounging you’ll need. Check it out.

    Flowers and Veggies

    Balconies are ideal for growing flowers and veggies. While exposure to sun is generally preferred, as long as there isn’t all-day shade you should be able to grow flowers and plants including edibles like herbs, tomatoes, cucumber, and hot peppers. With a little TLC they will blossom. Even the most space-limited patio can be turned into a micro-garden of eden. Read more.

    Twinkle Lights

    Despite the name, twinkle lights (better known as string or rope lights) are both hip and functional. Don’t be fooled, they’re not just for Christmas. A small balcony can get a lot of mileage out of just one string, adding atmosphere and a welcoming nighttime glow. The price is definitely right as well. Find out more.

    Table for Two

    Patios of any size, especially the small ones, should still be functional. While entertaining a host of friends might be tough, a table for two should be doable. A plethora of styes and options abound. Opt for options that are easy to store like folding, collapsible, and hanging versions. These are excellent for odd angled, small sized balconies that don’t have room for furniture to be out 24/7. Read more.

    Outdoor rug

    The majority of urban balconies are made of concrete, so it’s essential to warm them up a bit. Thankfully there’s a big range of sturdy yet fashionable outdoor rugs and carpeting that can make your balcony space feel more cozy and liveable. If you want to go vintage, don’t forget the old-school Florida-style throw-back, astroturf!

    Timbercreek hopes this list has given you some fresh decor ideas for decking out your balcony this season. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Life at The Lofts On First

    Apr 30, 2018

    An exciting residential building in the heart of downtown Calgary, Timbercreek’s Lofts on First brings fresh energy, stunning architecture, and the best of luxury living to Cowtown. With an array of amazing amenities and building features, plus unparalleled neighbourhood access and exquisite loft-style suite construction, Lofts on First is a renters dream.

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    First Impressions

    Converted from a commercial tower into a residential community, Lofts on First offers luxury loft-style rental living in the heart of Calgary. The complex features a sophisticated lobby where residents and guests are greeted with an elegant sitting area and designer decor.

    Perks You'll Love

    Residents of Lofts on First can enjoy privileged access to a host of club-style amenities including: a multimedia party room, a state-of-the-art fitness centre, a multipurpose space that is half basketball and half volleyball court, a billiards room, and an internet lounge that features free wifi.

    Sweet Suites

    Every suite at Lofts On First is the ultimate expression of luxury living.  With modern quality finishes and the most detailed craftsmanship, every corner is a haven of privacy and comfort. Each suite includes a gourmet kitchen (complete with a quartz countertop and Energy Star stainless steel appliances), a stacked full-size washer and dryer, plus luxe plank flooring, an exposed concrete ceiling, designer lighting, low-flow shower heads and toilets.

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    Killer Neighbourhood

    Being a resident of Lofts on First puts you in the centre of the vibrant Beltline district. Arguably Calgary’s hippest area, it offers the best of everything -- from fashionable shopping and dining to culture, entertainment, recreation and transit options. As a new and exciting building in the area, Lofts on First will add to the revitalization of the entire neighbourhood.

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    Location Envy

    Your friends will be jealous of your address. Smack dab in the middle of downtown, Lofts on First is close to pretty much everything. Steps from the Calgary Stampede grounds, the Calgary Tower, public transit, restaurants and bars, the Core shopping center, Studio Bell/The National Music Centre, a host of public parks and outdoor greenspace, and only a short distance away from Eau Claire and Kensington, Lofts on First is perfectly situated.

    Timbercreek wants you to make Lofts on First your new home. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

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