• Comfy but stylish winter fashion staples we love

    Feb 07, 2019

    Say what you will about Canadian winters, they come with pretty amazing winter fashion! Timbercreek Communities wants to help you look great and stay warm with these comfy but stylish winter fashion staples we love.          

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    Bomber Jackets

    The warm and rugged look of a classic Bomber Jacket is timeless. These short, waist-length coats feature a fitted waist, zippered front, and often a fleece or pile collar. They can be designed with or without hoods and come in styles for both men and women. These cool and classic coats pair perfectly with t-shirts, sweaters, or collared shirts and look great with jeans or chinos. If you choose to make a statement with your bomber, go for a bold colour, then tone it down with neutral color pieces to complete your chic winter look.

    Cozy Knit Sweaters

    There may be nothing more cozy and satisfying than layering up for a chilly winter day with a cozy knit sweater. They’re warm, they’re roomy, and wearing one is almost like giving yourself a big warm hug all day long. Whether you choose a pullover or cozy cardigan, the right knit sweater makes winter worth it! No matter what style you choose, this is the time of year to hunt for the sweater of your dreams.

    Oversized Scarves

    Big Oversized Scarves are your best winter accessory. Choose bold, colourful patterns that will brighten your mood on dreary days, or go for more subtle and subdued solids that will compliment your coat. Wrap yourself in warmth this winter.

    Chic Wool Capes

    Capes aren’t just for superheroes and magicians. A Chic Wool Cape will make you feel protected this winter, without sacrificing style. A good cape will keep you warm, cozy and dry. What could be more perfect?

    Trendy Parkas

    Simply put, Parkas are perfect. They’re long, warm and ready for anything winter can throw at you. We wouldn’t want to have a snowball fight or take a long winter walk in anything else.

    The Timbercreek blog team hopes you love these comfy and stylish winter fashion staples as much as we do. Bring it on, winter!

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

  • Must have winter coats that combine fashion and function

    Dec 11, 2018

    It’s no secret that Canadian winters can be harsh. Staying warm shouldn’t mean sacrificing your sense of style. Timbercreek Communities has some must-have winter coats to share with you that combine fashion and function.

    Winter Coat Styles

    Faux Fur Trimmed ¾ Length Coat

    This Faux Fur Trimmed ¾ Length Coat from Calvin Klein will keep you warm and looking exceptionally chic this season. The wool blend will block out the wind, the standing collar eliminates the need for a scarf, while the attached drawstring faux fur trimmed hood is handy when the wind starts to howl or snow starts to fly.

    Wool Skirted Coat with Shawl Collar

    This Wool Skirted Coat with Shawl Collar is stylish and functional. The skirted bottom is great for keeping the Canadian winter chill at bay and looks great with tights, leggings, pants, skirts and high boots.This lightweight but sturdy coat is perfect when paired with the right cozy scarf. The boiled wool, shawl collar and side entry pockets will ensure you stay toasty and look great this winter.

    Peacoat

    The classic look of a Peacoat is perfect for both men and women. The sturdy style and classic cut, paired with a warm scarf, will make you feel like winter can’t push you around. You can also opt for an updated look with this women’s Double Breasted Wool Pea Coat with Notched Lapel. It looks elegant in dark colours, but brilliantly bold in red.

    Duffle Coats

    Full length Duffle Coats are hot this season. They are a timeless trend for men or women so don’t worry about splurging. Look for coats with large loop robe closures with wooden toggles -- it’s a classic and functional look that’s easy to open and close, even with mittens on. This men’s Duffle in camel is sure to turn heads while keeping your head warm, thanks to the attached pancake hood.

    Puffer Parka

    This elegant women’s full length High Belted Puffer Parka is proof that puffy and warm can still be stylish. It features a detachable faux fur collar and ribbed windproof cuffs to keep the cold out. For men, a waist length puffer coat is the perfect grab-and-go winter coat. It’s perfectly suited to any outdoor activity (like skiing, hiking, and skating etc.).

    Timberceek hopes these must-have winter coats keep you warm and stylish all winter long.

  • The best winter 2018 decor trends

    Dec 03, 2018

    Don’t settle for ordinary, go for extraordinary! If your apartment is in need of a seasonal refresh, Timbercreek Communities wants to help. Here are some of the best winter 2018 decor trends to try.

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    1. Big Florals

    Floral prints are back in a big way this winter, and we mean that literally. Oversized floral prints on blankets and pillows, as well as oversized floral artwork adorning the walls, are in. The bigger and bolder the better.

    If you give the look a try in your home, consider complementing it with a dried flower arrangement on your table. This trend is rising on Pinterest, with searches up 345 percent over last year. It’s a great way to bring a touch of nature home with you, without worrying about having to water anything.

    2. Navy

    Dark colours can definitely feel a bit gloomy, but Navy Blue seems to be the exception to this rule. A rich, dark Navy can make a room feel stable, and at the same time, mysterious. The classic-feeling deep colour is reminiscent of the ocean, so it can create a calm atmosphere in almost any room. And the feeling of staring off into the infinite blue yonder can be great for creativity. Navy Blue is a timeless trend.

    3. Modern Neutrals

    The last few years have seen lots of darker wood tones. This year, the trend is pointing toward modern neutral tones. That means more blonde wood and simple, natural patinas. This look pairs perfectly with Navy Blue as well as soft greys.

    4. Mixed metals

    Luxe is making a comeback this year. Rich and sumptuous materials like velvet, accented with shiny gold and silver metallics are big. This trend includes brass accents, especially in the kitchen. The mixed metallics trend is easy to incorporate with a simple and stunning brass bowl or pitcher.

    5. Statement Rugs

    A bold and bright area rug is an on-trend way to bring some colour, creativity and artistry into your home. Why should walls have all the fun? Depending on what other choices you’ve made, a patterned or solid colour rug can really tie your look together. A rug with gold or metallic elements can check a couple of boxes on the hot winter trends list.

    We hope you incorporate these fabulous winter decor trends into your apartment. Don’t wait too long or they might go out of style!

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

  • 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.

  • How to layer like a pro

    Nov 20, 2018

    Layering. We’ve all heard that it’s the best way to get and stay warm during the colder months. Too cold? Add a layer. Too hot? Lose a layer. Simple. But how do you layer effectively and still look fashionable? Timbercreek Communities has some tips for how to layer like a pro.

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    Double Coated

    Just like with paint, two layers are often better than one. If you want to paint a fashionable picture this winter, add a thick liner coat beneath a puffy coat to add much-needed warmth without adding bulk. Reverse layering works well, too. This is when you layer the longer, thinner coat underneath a short coat.

    Suits Under an Overcoat

    The classics never go out of style. A men’s or women’s suit coat under an elegant overcoat is a simple way to stay stylish and warm this winter.

    Battle the Bulk with a Belt

    If you’re concerned that your layers are going to look too bulky on you, or ruin the lines of your long coat, wrapping yourself in a simple and stylish belt is a great way to bring it all in at the waist for a nice silhouette.

    The Power of the Hoodie

    The hooded sweatshirt is a classic cozy style staple, and a must-have garment for fall and winter. It looks great when a hood pops out above both casual coats, bomber jackets and more formal overcoats. Plus, when it’s really cold, you can pull the hood up and stay stylishly toasty.

    Stock up on Socks

    If your feet are cold, you will be cold. Don’t be afraid to layer up those thin, indoor socks with a pair of thick, warm wool socks. Strip off the excess layer once you get indoors.

    Timbercreek hopes you stay toasty and stylish all the way through to next spring!

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

  • Asparagus Recipes We Love

    Mar 26, 2018

    Asparagus can look a little intimidating if you don't know what to do with it, but it's actually a totally non-threatening and delicious spring vegetable that you should stock up on. It’s a surprisingly versatile ingredient that lends itself well to many dishes.  It’s best bought when in season, from February to June. Timbercreek has some tasty ideas for how to use this crisp veg.

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    Orzo Pasta with Grilled Asparagus

    Try two new-to-you ingredients in one recipe! Have you ever tried orzo? It's a delicious rice shaped pasta that pairs brilliantly with asparagus. Boil your pasta until al dente, drain, and leave on low heat. Add olive oil and one chopped onion, cook for 2 minutes, add 2-3 cloves of garlic and continue to cook for 2 minutes stirring occasionally. Drop in halved snap peas and asparagus cut into 1” pieces, and cook until soft but crisp. Remove from heat, add lemon juice, zest, mint, and ¼ cup of feta cheese. Stir well, season with salt and pepper, and top with another ¼ cup cheese. Get the full recipe here.

    Asparagus Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette and Poached Egg

    This delicious salad is perfect for lunch or a light dinner. Best of all it can be made super quickly! Whisk together 1 tbsp grainy mustard, 1 tbsp sherry vinegar, 4 tbsp grapeseed oil, salt and pepper until smooth.  Blanch asparagus in boiling water, then toss in salt, curry powder, and olive oil, and grill (or pan sear) until lightly charred. Next it's time to perfectly poach an egg -- boil water, stir vigorously, and crack in the egg. Cook for 3 minutes, remove, and place carefully in a bowl of ice water. Remove, and trim off any white edges. Plate 6 or more asparagus spears, drizzle with vinaigrette, top with the poached egg, and fresh parmesan reggiano cheese. Get the recipe here.

    Asparagus and Panko Crusted Salmon

    Asparagus and salmon are an elegant and classic pairing. If you want to impress a date, make this Asparagus and Panko Crusted Salmon recipe! Blanch asparagus then place in a blender with garlic, dill, salt and pepper, a touch of cream, and puree. Lightly season salmon filets with salt and pepper, then coat top and bottom with asparagus puree. Dab the filet in panko breadcrumbs until coated (top and bottom). Sear in olive oil over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes, until edges are white and the middle is slightly pink. Plate over a smear of puree with potato or salad side. Get the recipe.

    Oven roasted Asparagus with Cheese Sauce

    This one’s an easy and healthy game-day classic. Trim asparagus stalks and toss in olive oil, sea salt, pepper, and a touch of garlic powder. Heat oven to 350F, place asparagus on a baking tray, and cook until lightly browned. Meanwhile, make a cheese sauce by whisking cream or milk and shredded cheese together in a small pot over medium heat until soft. Plate asparagus, drizzle with the cheese sauce, and sprinkle a pinch of chili spice or cayenne over top.

    Asparagus and Prosciutto

    Looking for a great spring appetizer? Asparagus wrapped in prosciutto with apple slices and boursin is a killer offering. Blanch asparagus for 1-2 minutes.While blanching, slice aged cheddar and green apples as thinly as possible (i.e. use a mandoline). Once cooked, remove the asparagus, dry and cut into 2” pieces. Lay out prosciutto slices on a cutting board, spread a layer of boursin, and lay apple slices on top. Add asparagus pieces near one end, and roll until covered. Place onto a baking tray, and roast at 375 F until cheese is melted and/or the prosciutto is starting to crisp up. Get the recipe here.

    Timbercreek hopes that these recipes inspire you to take advantage of asparagus season. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • For Cold Winter Days: Sew a DIY Teepee Play Tent

    Mar 07, 2018

    Kids love enclosed play spaces like tents, forts, boxes -- anything that’s cozy, compact, and good for private play time. If you want to raise the bar on playtime, sew a DIY Teepee Play Tent! To help you craft your own teepee, Timbercreek brings you this how-to guide.

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    Before You Begin

    Before you buy your materials, it's good to know what you're getting yourself into. For a toddler-sized teepee, the dimensions will be roughly 36″ x 36″ and 5′ tall. For a larger size, you just have to buy longer dowels and account for the added fabric. The project requires a bit of sewing, but it’s easy to do both by hand, or with a regular sewing machine.

    Materials

    You don’t need a lot for this badboy. Just four lightweight wooden dowels (easy to find at Home Depot),  a painter’s cotton canvas drop cloth, 1 1/2 yards of printed cotton fabric (for the entrance), and either a needle and thread, sewing machine, or staple gun.

    Frame Set Up

    Get your dowels (get 6 foot lengths of ¾” width dowel from Home Depot), and tie them together about 9” to a foot from what would be the top. Spread out the bases evenly to get the proper width for the interior.

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    From here, there are two ways to go:

    Method #1

    Drape the drop cloth around the dowel frame. With a pencil, mark lines along the outer edge of the dowels. You can use just the one side of the frame as a mold for the other 3 sides.  After marking, cut the four triangles from the drop cloth.

    Door

    For the door piece, take one of the precut sides. From the bottom to about 1 foot from the top, cut a line right down the middle. This will be the entrance. Cut a section from the printed cotton fabric that’s the same length as the door slit, and cut in the same length door line to match. Sew this piece onto the panel, and along the entrance slit as decoration.

    Sides

    Sew together the 4 sides leaving space at the top for the dowels to pop through. It doesn’t have to be super pretty. Remember, that A) it’s for an infant, and B) the sewing will be hidden on the inside of the structure. Still, use light thread color for max finish value.

    Method #2

    Instead of cutting or sewing at all, go old school. Wrap/drape the entire length of drop cloth around the dowel skeleton. With the right amount of material, as long as you place the folds over the door area, the entrance almost makes itself. If too tight, you can do the same as #1, cutting a hole or slit in the doorway to create the entrance. Use a staple gun to attach the canvas together (in a circle around the top, with a few well placed staples along the bottom, or in a line up the doorway-front side of the teepee).  And voila. Teepee. Read more.

    Timbercreek hopes this helps you build the perfect DIY teepee for your little munchkin. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Fun Family Day Ideas

    Feb 13, 2018

    Family Day, a day for the little things, like hanging out with parents and grandparents, playing with your kids, seeing cousins, and otherwise making time for those most important people in your life. It’s also a small miracle during February, the “cruelest” month of the year, when Easter break is still months away. With this in mind, Timbercreek brings you a list of ideas for things to do on Family Day weekend this year.

    Snowsports

    Whether it’s skiing or snowboarding, snowshoeing or tobogganing, skating or snowmobiling, there’s a winter activity out there to suit every locale and taste.  And yes, snowman making and snowball fights count too.

    A Walk in the Park

    Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t get outside. Every city in Canada has a quality park (or collection of them) worth strolling through on family day. Lace up your boots, throw on a parka, and get outside.

    See a Movie

    Perhaps #1 in the collective mind for a family day event, going to the movies is the perfect holiday hang. Get a jump on this popular activity by buying tickets online. Click here to find out what’s premiering in February.

    Art for Art’s Sake

    Whether you hate art or love it, galleries are guaranteed at the very least to be cool buildings to explore. They generally boast interesting architecture, history, art, fun and often free activities for kids, and a restaurant or cafe where you can grab breakfast, lunch or dinner.

    Concert

    While tricky to find genres and bands that satisfy the entire family’s musical tastes, a concert is a great way to enjoy some culture with the family. The symphony, an opera, or a ballet performance are also good options.

    See a Play

    From indie theatre to Fringe festivals, musicals to mainstage productions, a theatrical performance can be a fun way to spend an afternoon on family day.

    Movie Marathon

    Whether you’re a Trekkie, prefer The Wars, love the Matrix, or Finding Nemo, a movie trilogy is a killer way to entertain the entire family in one room.

    Family Cook-a-thon

    From smoking to grilling, braising to brining, there’s nothing more satisfying, time consuming, or fun for the whole family than cooking. Don’t just pick something easy -- explore slow cooking, making something from scratch, baking, or a new-to-you cuisine.

    Do Absolutely Nothing

    Family Day is a great opportunity to rest, enjoy the little things, and spend some time together. You don’t have to do anything special to make the most of the long weekend. Sometimes a quiet chill-out day is all it takes.

    Timbercreek hopes that this article gives you some ideas for how to spend your Family Day this year. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • February Home Checklist

    Feb 12, 2018

    February is a good time to get your home in order and tackle tasks and chores that will help you keep your life and space running smoothly. To help you keep your home fresh and tidy, Timbercreek brings you this February home checklist.

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    Clean Up Your Entryway

    This time of year, the front door is a magnet for mess. Salt, snow, mud, dirt, wet, and grime all converge like the plague. Get a wet weather mat for your dirty boots, and make space in your closet for snowsuits, heavy jackets, and accessories. Then give the floor and walls in the area a decent scrub. These are the first (and last) things you see in the house, so a tidy area makes a huge difference to the feel of your space.

    Recycle E-waste

    Collect all your old devices and accessories -- phones, ipads/tablets, TVs, DVD players, cables, batteries, headphones, and adapters -- and take them to your locale e-recycling depot. While not yet a mainstream part of regular city recycling pick up, it will be soon.

    Declutter your e-self

    While not specifically a home cleaning event, everyone has a pile of digital waste. Files, emails, notes, reminders, calendars, images, documents, old receipts -- it’s endless. With no real pressure to backup aside from losing all your data, it’s a clutter-creating epidemic. Take a couple hours to delete and back stuff up.

    Clean Out Your Freezer

    Cleaning out your freezer can seem like a thankless task. While annoying to do, cleaning out and even defrosting your freezer has multiple benefits. Unused frozen food takes up tons of space. Freezer burn is real and tastes bad. Freezer frost builds up over time and can cause odors and fridge leaking, not to mention reducing freezer space. The best way to clean out this often neglected part of the fridge is to take everything out, discarding anything you won’t use, unplug, toss in a pot of boiled water, steam, defrost, wipe or scrub, and voila.

    Paint an Accent Wall

    Winter blues got you down? Inject some colour into your space and your life with an accent wall. It’s an easy way to make a big impact. It might not seem like it, but winter is the perfect time to paint. Best part is, painting such a small area allows for experimenting with wild colors. And if you don’t like what you did, it’s just as easy to repaint.

    Book Summer Activities

    From campsites to resorts, flights to hotels -- stuff books up fast. Get ahead of the curve by diving into your summer vacation plans early. You’ll save on cash too. Check out more here.

    Timbercreek hopes that this list helps you reinvigorate your indoor space this winter. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Winterlicious

    Jan 29, 2018

    From January 26th to February 8th, 2018 more than 200 of Toronto’s top restaurants will offer incredible three-course prix fixe menus in one of three affordable price categories. It’s a time when the city comes alive to light up the dark winter nights and celebrate the winter season. Partake in an array of innovative cuisine from all around the world for low prices only available at this time of year. To help sort through the options, Timbercreek brings you a list of top spots to hit this year for Winterlicious.

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    7 Numbers

    Just east of Broadview on Danforth, 7 Numbers is a “fun and lively neighbourhood restaurant” specializing in Southern Italian food. With fresh ingredients and a warm, unpretentious atmosphere, you’ll get a family-feel in this east end go-to. Enjoy their $33 Prix Fixe menu and try the Truffle oil and Mushroom Risotto or homemade Lasagne. See more.

    Cluny

    There’s lots going on at the Distillery this season. While the famed Christmas Market dominates the holiday event list, French Bistro “Cluny” is an elegant Distillery mainstay regardless of season. With a neo-Parisian, marble-infused interior, and French inspired cuisine, it’s Winterlicious menu is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.  Try the Gruyere French Onion Soup, Steak Frites, or Bourguignon Braised Beef Short Rib. $23 Lunch, $43 Dinner. Find out more here.

    Auberge de Pommier

    With renewed notoriety after being featured on Master Chef Canada, Michael Bonacini’s Auberge de Pomier was the original jewel in the Oliver & Bonacini crown. Serving Toronto diners since 1987, this exquisite French restaurant offers modern French cuisine, a wood burning fireplace, professional and personal service, and a 500 label wine selection. They will offer a $33 lunch, and a $53 dinner during Winterlicious. See more.

    Valens

    Located in the heart of downtown in beautiful Baldwin Village, Valens serves a wide variety of fusion foods including salads, seafood, aged steaks, grilled sandwiches and homemade desserts. With excellent service, a deep wine selection, and a warm atmosphere, it’s a great choice. $23 Lunch, $33 Dinner.

    Fonda Lola

    Located in the heart of Queen West, Fonda Lola focuses on fresh local ingredients and inventive tequila based cocktails. The menu features elevated Mexican food with an authentic, rustic atmosphere, offering a casual dining experience with friendly and professional staff. Try the Pico de Gallo, Chicken Mole Tacos, and don’t miss the Churros. They will offer a $23 lunch, and a $33 dinner.

    Timbercreek hopes this list of amazing restaurants to visit during Winterlicious gets you out and leaves you satisfied. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

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