• 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 Host A Dinner Party In A Small Space

    Aug 08, 2019

    Just because you have a small apartment doesn’t mean you can’t throw a great party. Timbercreek Communities has a few suggestions for how to host a successful dinner party in a small space.

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    Use Floor Cushions Instead of Chairs

    Who said you need a dining room set for a great dinner party? You can have an informal, Asian-themed dinner party with pillows. Instead of using chairs, have everyone sit on floor cushions around a coffee table. You can also buy a couple of wooden crates and use them as tables where you can place decorations, food and drinks.

    Choose Buffet Style Over Sit-Down

    When space is limited, a buffet style dinner is a better option than a sit-down dinner. Some people can stand, while others can stand and mingle -- which means that you won’t need a seat for everyone. Use your coffee table, side table and kitchen counter to display the food and drinks and maybe throw a few floor pillows on the ground for extra seating if you think you’ll need it.

    Have A Dedicated Glass For Everyone

    Dirty cups and glasses can really add up at a party. They either end up filling up your sink or wind up in the garbage. To minimize this, you can dedicate a glass for each person. This will save a ton of space, cleaning and waste (if you’re using paper or plastic cups). You can do so by using wine glass charms or a metallic pen.

    Prepare Food Ahead of Time

    If you want your dinner party to go smoothly in your small apartment, you have to be organized and plan ahead. The easiest way to do this is to prepare all your food ahead of time. Make a few things the night before or the morning of, but don’t leave anything for when you’re guests arrive. The last thing you want is the hot oven to be on, with a bunch of people in your living room, dying of heat! This is why finger food is the best option. You could make anything from pizza to sliders, or countess other things!

    Don’t let your small apartment discourage you from hosting a great dinner party. It’s totally doable! Timbercreek hopes you found these tips helpful and that you enjoy planning your first party in your small space!

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

  • 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://www.apartmenttherapy.com/hanging-closet-organizer-options-to-buy-or-diy-237304

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    https://www.thechillydog.com/2016/05/diy-cork-board-jewelry-organizer.html

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  • 5 beautiful houseplants that will survive winter in Canada

    Nov 27, 2018

    Plants can bring some much-needed life and colour into our living spaces. But finding houseplants hearty enough to handle dark and dreary Canadian winters can be tricky. Timbercreek Communities wants to share 5 beautiful houseplants that will survive winter in Canada.

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    ZZ Plant

    The ZZ Plant  (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) thrives in neglectful circumstances. These plants do better when you leave them alone. They can survive for months without water. Pretty much the only way you can kill your ZZ plant is to over-water it. Let the soil dry out completely before watering. These plants will also thrive in windowless rooms with only a little fluorescent light. If you notice the plant yellowing, it’s getting too much light. Move it to a dimmer location, or diffuse the light with curtains or blinds.

    Chinese Evergreen

    Caring for a Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema) is simple. These plants thrive in low light or indirect sunlight. Room temperature, between 21-22 C, is ideal, but these plants are famous for thriving in less than ideal conditions. Just remember not to over-water them and keep them away from drafts which can cause browning of the leaves. They are also very good air cleaning plants.

    Clivia

    The Clivia can survive well in chilly rooms with low light. They do best with bright, but indirect light. The soil should ideally be kept a little moist, allow it to dry slightly between waterings and fertilize them about once a month. They will reward your care with bright, fragrant blooms.

    Jade

    Don’t water your Jade plant too often, but don’t let the soil dry out either. When the top of the soil is dry to the touch, it’s time for some water (once every 2 or three weeks). If it starts to lose leaves, it’s not getting enough water.

    Christmas Cactus

    Bring a little colour to a cold, dark winter with a Christmas Cactus. This festive-looking plant provides pretty pink and red blooms and is extremely low maintenance. Place them in bright, but indirect light. Use a container and soil with good drainage. Don’t give it too much or too little water. Let the top of the soil dry out a little between waterings, then water thoroughly. Mist the leaves between waterings.

    Timbercreek hopes these tips help you develop a green thumb and add life and beauty to your space.

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

  • Decorating your Home for the Holidays

    Nov 21, 2017

    The holidays are fast approaching! Deck the halls, the walls and the table with festive holiday decor that is easy and cheap to create yourself. Timbercreek Communities wants to help put you in the Holiday spirit with some ideas for decorating your home for the Holidays.

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    Peppermint Twist

    Adorn your door or any wall in your apartment with this festive and easy-to-make Peppermint Wreath! All you’ll need is some red or white duct tape, a Styrofoam wreath form, floral wire, a few bags of peppermint candies, ribbon, tape and glue.

    Non-Electric Light Garland

    Capture the festive glow of holiday lights without electricity with this Vintage-Look Holiday Light Garland. It’s made by dipping inexpensive bulbs in craft paint to create the illusion of illumination! Wait until the paint dries, glue the bulbs to tinsel, and string it up wherever you like!

    Snow Terrarium

    In just a few minutes you can create your own Holiday Snow Terrarium! This lovely display is made by filling old Apothecary Jars with faux snow, mini-lights and decorative pieces of your choice! You’ll love the warm and festival glow they create in any room, and the glow they give to others when you give them as gifts!

    Put On a Pot of Potpourri

    This recipe for potpourri isn’t a decoration, exactly - although it’s beautiful and full of colour! Decorating your home for the holidays is all about creating a warm, cozy and inviting atmosphere. A big part of creating that atmosphere is the aroma. The smell of cinnamon and spices, vanilla, cranberry, tangerine, and pine gently warming on the stove will tie together the overall feeling you’ve created with the decor!

    Happy Holidays from Timbercreek! To find your home on one of Timbercreek’s Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • 5 Ideas for Small Living Spaces

    Feb 28, 2017

    We could all use a little more space. When you don’t have any extra square footage to work with in your home, it’s important to use the space you have to the fullest. Timbercreek Communities has 5 ideas for small living spaces that will make you feel like you’re living large(r)!

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    Choose Simple Furniture

    Furniture with simple lines makes a small apartment feel cozier. These sofas are great options for small spaces.

    Add Hidden Storage

    One of the most effective ways to maximize your space is to add hidden storage. Your Timbercreek apartment is your place for your everything and it is important to make sure everything in it has it’s own place. Even large spaces can feel cramped and cluttered when they are not well organized. Get creative and declutter your space this weekend.

    “Invisible” Pieces

    It’s not magic, it’s lucite. Lucite is a clear, acrylic material that is strong and transparent. Lucite furniture creates the illusion of more space in a tight space because it feels like it’s barely there at all. A lucite coffee table and/or lucite chairs can make your small space feel more open. Light will pass right through the pieces and make the whole room feel less cramped.

    Plants Add Depth

    Liven up a small space by adding some life to it. The right plants can add depth to tiny spaces. Peace Lilies, Spider Plants and Aloe Vera thrive in high or low light conditions and even clean the air.

    Add Mirrors

    Well placed mirrors are one of the easiest ways to make a small space feel larger. They trick the mind and make small spaces feel less cramped. Try adding them to areas like your hallway or your bedroom, you’ll be amazed by the new dimension they add.

    Timbercreek Communities hope that this post helps to put you in the proper headspace to make the most of your space.

    For more information on Timbercreek Rental Communities, please see our website.

  • Top 5 Best Sofas for Apartment Living

    Feb 21, 2017

    Choosing the right sofa for your apartment can be tricky. A home theatre-style sectional is a little impractical, and that second-hand chesterfield isn’t going to fit in with your decor. In the hopes of helping you choose the perfect piece for your apartment, and maximize space, Timbercreek Communities has put together a list of the top 5 best sofas for apartment living.1010_first_street_sw_calgary_MLS_HID838558_ROOMlivingroom4

    1. Loveseat 

    Like a bicycle built for two, a loveseat is the perfect perch for any twosome — and it doesn’t take up too much room in your rental unit! Just be sure to remember the cozy closeness of this type of sofa. This kind of togetherness can be ideal for a couple, but not optimal for roommates. Loveseats are available in many styles and sizes. If you don’t know where to start, check out these Pinterest pins about loveseats.

    2. Pull-out couch 

    The pull-out couch is the Swiss Army knife of sofas. It's a brilliant choice because it adapts easily to your needs. Whether you have to host unexpected company, are preparing a spare room for your parents, or are just really feeling a mid-Netflix-binge nap, the pull-out couch is the perfect pick. Check out this list of the best sleeper sofas and sofa beds from Apartment Therapy.

    3. Chaise lounge

    Comfy, casual and sleek, chaise lounges are a great option for your apartment, and are usually more compact than a couch. Our favourite picks? Ikea’s lineup -- check it out here.

    4. Sofa bunk bed

    Asking friends and family to sleep on the floor when they come to visit can lead to a lonely home away from home. Host friends and family in your small space with ease with a super practical sofa bunk bed! A single sofa converts easily into two completely separate beds -- so no one has to sleep next to uncle Larry.

    5. 3-seat L-shaped sofa

    L-shaped sofas are great when you live with a roommate or a partner. They allow you both to stretch out on the sofa without getting in each other's way. They also fit beautifully into the corner of a room, leaving you with a lot of open space to put to good use. If you have the space to spare, a 3-seat L-shaped sofa is a great option. Stay on budget with one of these affordable sectional sofas from Ikea.

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

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