• 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.

  • Freshen Up Your Apartment For Spring

    Mar 14, 2019

    Winter is almost behind us and with spring just around the corner, it’s time to think about giving your space a new look and feel. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you fall in love with your home all over again.  Here are a few quick and easy ways to freshen up your apartment.

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    Greenery

    Adding lush green plants is one of the easiest ways to get your space ready for spring. It will not only brighten up your apartment, but your mood as well. Ikea sells a good selection of indoor plants -- including the majesty palm, aloe vera and the snake plant -- at affordable prices. In addition to their visual appeal, plants have health benefits too such as purifying the air and reducing stress.

    Coral

    Coral is a great and refreshing colour for Spring.  Adding it to your home is a simple way to add warmth and comfort, while keeping it stylish and modern. Think about adding a coral accent rug or throw to brighten up a room, or incorporate a corap coloured piece of furniture for a statement piece. Another option is to add coral artwork to your home. Check out Wayfair for some beautiful prints and paintings.

    Sunbaked Colours

    Adding warm, summer colours is a great idea for the spring season. Think pinks, oranges and reds -- colours that remind you of sunsets and the desert. Terracotta is one way to make your space feel cozy and warm. Whether you decide to add a few terracotta plant pots or terracotta-toned accent furniture or home accessories, terracotta shades will always look modern and elegant. Try incorporating items that are blue, grey and muted pink as they'll complement terracotta well.

    Art Deco

    With subtle hints of Mediterranean and African culture, mixed with geometric patterns and bright colours, it’s no wonder why Art Deco has never gone out of style. To get this look, think of African prints, ornate furniture and geometric shapes. You can also incorporate high contrast colours and interesting wall art to really get that Art Deco appeal.

    Monochrome

    The black-and-white trend never gets old. It’s classic and sophisticated. While back and white always looks right, it can get a little overwhelming. If your space is filled with it, you can make it look more interesting by incorporating tones and shades of the same colour, plus different textures and metallics. Add some accent colours, like yellow or green to really make everything pop. Throw in some wooden elements or antique furniture to add warmth.

    Timbercreek hopes these spring home decor suggestions will help you freshen up your home for the coming season.

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

  • Elegant Fall decor to add to your home

    Sep 24, 2018

    Fall is the most naturally beautiful season of them all. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you bring a little of that autumn beauty into your apartment with some elegant fall decor to add to your home.

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    Foraged Fall Tableau

    Add some fall to your foyer with a foraged fall tableau. Look for autumn textures and colours. Colourful leaves, pumpkins and gourds in various colours and sizes, and pinecones are a good place to start. You can bleach the pinecones and arrange them in a basket for an elegant look. Whether you forage for them out in nature or online, it’s amazing how a well-chosen bell jar or glass vase can elevate anything from ‘simple’ to ‘elegant’. You can also hollow out a pumpkin and use it as a vase.

    Warm It Up

    A simple, effective, and inexpensive way to change the look and feel of a room is by tossing in a throw blanket and pillows. Elegant autumn decor should feel warm, cozy and inviting. A plaid blanket in colourful fall hues of red, orange and gold will do the trick. Drape it across the foot of you bed for chilly fall nights, or brighten up your living room sofa.

    Wreath It Up

    Adding a simple Grapevine Wreath to a window, door or empty nook can be an easy and elegant way to celebrate the season. You can customize and enhance the look by adding real or faux gourds. Don’t overdo it -- understated and elegant is the way to go.

    Chalk It Up

    Give any space an air of country charm with Chalkboard Art. Inspire yourself with a quote, draw a picture, or do anything you like. All you need is a chalkboard, chalk, and a wooden frame to give it that down-home elegance. Or, you can print this chalkboard art from Lolly Jane and create your own woodland frame.

    Leaf Art

    Hold onto a little piece of autumn by creating some wall-worthy Leaf Art. No artistic ability is required! Simply glue brightly coloured leaves to card stock with a spray mount and arrange accordingly.

    Timbercreek hopes these decor ideas help you bring the beauty of autumn into your apartment.

    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.

  • Bachelor Space Planning, Separating Your Room From Living Area

    Apr 17, 2018

    When it comes to apartment decor, working with a small space can be a challenge. When there's only so much space to fill, its best to combine design and functionality, and to carve out distinct areas of the space for different uses. If you want to plan out a beautiful bachelor apartment space, Timbercreek has some ideas that will help you divide and conquer small apartment.

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    Bookcases

    The #1 choice for dividing a room into sections creatively is bookcases. There are myriad styles and options to choose from -- from see-through to solid, half height to full ceiling. They can be modular and mobile, or custom built for your apartment.  Learn more.

    IKEA Wardrobe

    A see-through IKEA wardrobe works nicely as a room divider. Look for one that has a few bells and whistles like drawers and shelves and levels so it looks a little less like a rolling hanger and more like a dream organizer. Overall it’s a great divider, and functional too.

    Paper Screen

    While at first glance, a paper screen is a student-like answer to adding size and separation to a room, its actually a great option for anyone in a small space. They come in a huge variety of styles, colors, and price points. Generally at the lower end (especially in comparison to shelving and custom installations), they’re a quick and easy fix for separating rooms in a bachelor layout.

    Steel Mesh Wall Garden

    A bit more permanent, this option entails wall mesh which is essentially a metal grid of squares, mounted 90 degrees from a wall, about 1-2 feet out from it. Be careful to attach it either to the ceiling or floor. The mesh provides a visual separation in a small space and when combined with hanging plants it offers some eye (and air) pleasing greenery.

    Hanging Garden

    A more DIY green wall approach is a garment rack garden. Grab one from Walmart, and instead of using it for clothes, outfit it with hanging plants. It adds division, lets light through, and offers a “living wall” vibe, bringing a splash of green to your space. Learn more.

    Couch

    An efficient and budget conscious option is using your couch and/or TV as a room divider. While not all apartment layouts allow for it, placing your couch between your bedroom and TV gives a bit of separation, especially when combined with a bookshelf, screen, or other aforementioned divider. Read more.

    Timbercreek hopes these ideas help you carve out your space without breaking the bank. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • In Between Seasons Décor, From Winter To Spring!

    Feb 21, 2018

    Post-Christmas winter is a bit of a grey area for decor. You still want to be cozy and warm, but Spring is on the horizon so you don’t want to feel, well, too hot and boxed in come April. February is a fantastic time to embrace the Danish design concept of Hygge! It translates as a feeling of contentment and coziness, and it’s a great source of inspiration for between-seasons decor. Hygge style can bring warmth to your home in the darkest months of the year, without being overbearing or inappropriate for Spring. Timbercreek brings you this simple list of ways to keep your space cozy and delightful as the seasons change.


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    Bask in the Glow

    The lighting in your home can make a huge difference in the intimacy and warmth of the space. Natural light is ideal for daytime, while adding a cozy glow at night can be very comforting. Try to have multiple light sources in every room -- aim for a handful. Use a mix of table lamps, floor lamps, task lamps, and overhead lighting. Warmer light bulbs offer the coziest ambience.

    Comforting Mementos

    Increase the comfort factor in your space with your favorite photos of loved ones, antiques, or art that inspires you. Everything from special mementos to simple things that make you smile add charm.

    Textures

    One of the best ways to warm up a space is by incorporating a variety of different textures. Incorporate different touch-worthy materials like pillows, drapery, throw blankets, rugs, lamps, and furniture. Velvet, woven, knit, embroidered, grain sack, faux fur, tweed: the sky’s the limit. If you want to easily transition the look from winter to spring, stick mainly to neutrals but add a touch of bright colour here and there.

    A Cozy Nook

    Make yourself a special cozy place to relax in your space. Couches and sofa chairs can be tucked into an inviting corner, alongside some good books in a basket, a warm lamp, a footstool, side table, and a soft blanket. A space like this is great to retreat to year-round.

    Add Some Life

    A room comes to life with the addition of an organic element. Every room can benefit from a plant, bouquet of flowers, or even a sprig of greenery like eucalyptus. Read more here.

    Timbercreek hopes that this list helps you keep your home warm and cozy through the remainder of the winter months, and easy to transition to Spring. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • 5 Ways to Keep Your Decor Cozy and Beautiful in January

    Jan 09, 2018

    There’s nothing like a warm and cozy space to come home to on a cold winter’s night. Your decor choices can go a long way. Accents, colors, blankets, and decor all contribute to the perceived warmth of a space. To help outfit your home or apartment with seasonal yet cozy accents, Timbercreek brings you this list of ways to keep your decor cozy and beautiful in January.

    Greenery

    One of the best things about Christmas is the abundance of greenery. While trees dry out, pine and cedar boughs tend to last. Leave them up on the mantle after the holidays, or make an arrangement in a vase. Try tying a few boughs together into a bouquet and hang it on the wall or place it decoratively on a coffee or side table.

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    White

    White instills a clean, fresh look that while reminiscent of winter, actually does a lot to bring not only warmth but fashionable, bright, monochromatic accents to a space. It just so happens that white is Benjamin Moore’s colour of the year.

    Birch and Wood Accents

    Another fantastic Christmas carryover is wood. Whether birch, pine, or cedar, wood accents are always a cozy addition to a room and normally available well past the holidays. Toss some birch logs into a basket, make a faux fire by piling logs into a pyramid, or get a birch candle for the mantel.

    Area Rug

    Say no to cold floors. It doesn’t matter how thick your socks are, cold hardwood is cold hardwood. Warm up your floors, be they linoleum or brushed concrete, with an area rug. It doesn’t have to be Persian or monstrous. A square of plush softness can do wonders for not only your feet, but the appearance of coziness.

    Lighting

    Another constant key to keeping a space warm and inviting is lighting. Avoid harsh fluorescents and make sure your bulbs are the proper wattage for every fixture. Even the eco-bulbs can be warm with the right lamp shade. Pick up some full-spectrum bulbs to combat the darkness, or try the clear, exposed filament style ones to add ambiance and that cozy orange glow.

    Timbercreek hopes that this article helps you keep your decor cozy this January. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Top Holiday Events in Canada

    Dec 18, 2017

    The holiday season is here again. It’s time to dust off the decorations, put up the stockings, and whip out your ugliest Christmas sweater.  From hot chocolate to festivals, mall Santas to apple cider, there’s no shortage of seasonal events to tuck into this year. To help you celebrate the holidays, Timbercreek has put together a shortlist of events happening in your area this fall.

    Distillery District: Toronto Christmas Market

    Perhaps the best holiday event of the season, The Distillery District has once again transformed into the luminous Toronto Christmas Market. The popular event is on now until December 23rd.  Don’t miss the glowing sights, the merry sounds, and the decadent tastes of this annual holiday market. A monstrous Christmas tree dots the center of the action, while kiosks selling everything from chocolate covered bacon to St. Nick knick knacks, litter the Distillery’s brick streets. The market is free during the week and just $6 on weekends. Get more info here.

    Blue Mountain: Christmas Gift Show

    Blue mountain comes alive this season with a Christmas Gift Show. This vibrant, fun marketplace celebrates the holiday season in style. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas with over 100 vendors including artisans, crafters, jewelry makers, décor vendors, body and wellness brands, tasty treat makers and more. Learn all about it here.

    Edmonton: Singing Christmas Tree

    Running from December 14th through 17th, don’t miss the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree. Imagine a stage decorated with whimsy, a 35-foot singing Christmas tree, and an audience in wonder. With dancing Santas, stunning ballerinas, amazing acrobats, and 150 phenomenal singers accompanied by a live orchestra, this performance is a seasonal sensation.  Get more info here.

    Quebec: German Christmas Market

    Celebrating 10 years of magic, Quebec’s German Christmas Market is “Exquisitely European” and “Exquisitely FREE”!  On now until December 23rd, 2017, this magical holiday wonderland never ceases to amaze. Featuring one-of-a-kind gifts, the market has a festive atmosphere with wooden kiosks and scintillating lights.

    Ottawa: Vintage Christmas Village of Lights

    Come out to the Cumberland Heritage Museum for some holiday celebration this Christmas. Make an ornament for your own Christmas tree, decorate gingerbread men, or take a nostalgic horse-drawn wagon ride through the illuminated village (lit by 5pm every evening). None other than Santa Claus himself will be there! Find out more here.

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    Timbercreek hopes this list of the best holiday events in Canada inspires you to get out there and celebrate the holiday season in style this year. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

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