• 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.

  • Most-Pinned Homemade Holiday Gifts

    Dec 11, 2017

    The Holiday season is here! Show the people you love that you care, and avoid the stress of holiday shopping, by creating a few thoughtful DIY gifts. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you light up someone’s holiday with these most-pinned homemade holiday gifts.

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    Body Scrub

    This thoughtful and simple to make Body Scrub requires only 4 ingredients to prepare. Mix together Epsom salts (or organic cane sugar) and your chosen carrier oil. Add one drop at a time of essential oil, and a drop of food colouring. Stir until the colour is uniform and spoon the contents into your canning jar. You can even download clip art labels to give your gift a professional look.

    Fleece Blankets

    This easy tutorial will walk you through how to make beautiful Fleece Blankets for your loved ones. A cozy blanket is the perfect DIY gift for friends and family members, and hard-to-buy-for folks on your list. It’s also perfect for a first time sewing project. You’ll need a large piece of fleece (about 2 yards), decorative trim to protect and decorate the edges, a needle and thread or a sewing machine -- which is ideal so that you can complete this project quickly and seamlessly.  If you can do a basic straight stitch, you can do this DIY!

    Microwaveable Heat Packs

    Give the gift of soothing comfort this season with these Microwaveable Heat Packs. All you’ll need is some fabric, sewing supplies and corn kernels or grains of rice to fill the packs. Cut your fabric to size. Sew the pieces together inside out (the outsides facing each other). Leave enough of an opening to turn the bag right-side out. Fill the bag ¾ full with corn or rice. Sew the final seam closed. To use it, heat the bag in the microwave and apply to achey areas of the body.

    DIY Lip Balm

    Don't let your loved ones endure dry, cracked lips this season. This DIY Lip Balm requires only 3 ingredients: coconut oil, beeswax and peppermint essential oil. In a glass measuring cup in the microwave, melt together coconut oil and beeswax. Stir in the essential oil and pour into decorative containers.

    Homemade Coffee Scrub Soap

    This DIY couldn't be more simple. This Homemade Coffee Scrub Soap can be made in less than 10 minutes with easy-to-find ingredients. Coffee is a great scent loved equally by men and women, so this is a great gift for anyone on your list. It's also incredibly affordable to make at home.

    Happy Holidays from Timbercreek! We hope you love these most-pinned homemad holiday gifts as much as we do! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • 5 Apartment Decorating Ideas for Summer

    Jul 06, 2017

    Summer is finally here and it’s time to get your apartment into shape for the season. Timbercreek Communities has some simple and beautiful apartment decorating ideas for summer. Let’s let the sun shine in!

    Lighten Up

    Think of your apartment as a summer rental and see it in a whole new light. Pull back the curtains and let the light in. Replace heavy curtains with something light, sheer and breezy.  In fact, stow away anything that makes your space feel heavy or dark. This includes thick throw rugs that may be cozy in winter but feel hot and oppressive during the summer months. It’s summer - let your floors go naked!

    Bring the Beach Home

    You may not be able to spend every summer day at the beach, but you can give your Timbercreek home a beachy feel by displaying sea shells in a small pail or by planting small succulents in a larger shell.

    DSC_6083_4_5_6_7Set a Summer Table

    Add a splash of summer colour to your table by setting out some colourful flatware. Mix and match bright tropical, floral or nautical-themed dishes and towels with your everyday plates and bowls for a fun and seasonal setting. For a simple summer centrepiece, fill a bowl with fresh, bright fruits - like oranges and lemons.

    Flower Power

    One of the easiest and most effective ways to add some colour and elevate the mood of any room in your home is with flowers. Fresh cut or potted flowers add a simple summertime feeling and have been proven to enhance positive emotions!

    Seasonal Slipcovers

    It may not be practical to have a separate set of furniture for summer and winter, but you can make if feel like you do. You can instantly change the look and feel of your living room by slipping on some striped or colourful summertime slipcovers.

    Summer can feel short lived. Timbercreek hopes these simple apartment decorating ideas help you make the most of the season and keep the summer feeling going for as long it can. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities please visit our website.

  • All About Lagom

    May 16, 2017

    Some of the best design trends come from Scandinavia. 2016 was the year of Hygge (pronounced “hue-guh”) a Danish concept which had us hanging string lights and embracing firelight, knit slippers and hot drinks, dip dyed tassels and gold garlands all in the name of feeling cosy. Hygge is really more of a mood than an actual style motif, and it’s easy to love and make your own. While we think hygge is wonderful, as we roll into 2017 this comfort-seeking style is being replaced by another trend known as Lagom. Similarly tongue-twisting (the la is pronounced “bar”, and gom sounds like “prom”), Lagom is all about monochrome and minimalism. The look involves stark contrast, an abundance of white, and elegant simplicity. Already taking over Pinterest and instagram, you’ve probably encountered examples of Lagom online. To help you get on trend, Timbercreek Communities presents Lagom, the philosophy of stylish simplicity taking the design world by storm.

    iStock-620740620IKEA’s Live Lagom Collection

    A simple Swedish philosophy for everyday life, Lagom means ‘just the right amount’. According to IKEA, “It’s based on the idea that we can strike a healthy balance with the world around us without having to make extreme changes, and without denying ourselves anything. With LAGOM in mind, we think you can live a more sustainable, healthy and cost-conscious life at home, without any dramatic upheaval.” More than an effort to sell, IKEA’s Live LAGOM project is an active community aiming to help save energy and water, reduce waste and promote a healthy lifestyle. Check out more here.

    Lagom Magazine

    A style mag founded in 2014 by Bristol-based husband-and-wife team Elliot and Samantha Stocks, Lagom “is a celebration of innovation and creativity — a lifestyle magazine showcasing those who achieve a sense of balance between work and play.” Exhibiting the Lagom philosophy, the magazine prides itself on a grounded, humble aesthetic, showcasing three distinct areas: Spaces & Places, Craft & Create, and Escape & Recharge. Check out Lagom magazine’s website for more info on Lagom and style inspiration.

    Lagom and Minimalism

    According to Wikipedia, Lagom, “is said to describe the basis of the Swedish national psyche, one of consensus and equality (where) it is still widely considered ideal to be modest and avoid extremes.” Lagom is embodied by the value of "just enough".  It can be compared to the "less is more" western idiom, and stands in contrast to the value of "more is better". It is viewed favorably as a sustainable alternative to the hoarding extremes of consumerism.” If you enjoy the concept and want to bring it into your life and home, minimalism is a good place to start. To create a Lagom inspired space, look for well designed and functional pieces and keep your rooms sparse -- do not overcrowd them with furniture and knick knacks. Less is infinitely more.

    Read more on Hygge here, and Lagom here.

    We could all benefit from embracing a philosophy like Lagom. We hope this guide to Lagom inspires you to redefine your space and embrace simplicity.

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

  • Holiday Cat - Proofing For Your Home

    Dec 14, 2016

    The holidays are a busy and exciting time. What’s fun for some can be overwhelming for others. The abundant decorations and lights can be very distracting and enticing for your cat. From tipping over the tree in an attempt to climb to the summit, to sniffing and scratching toxic plants and decorations, there is much that you need to deter you curious cat from exploring this holiday season. Timbercreek Communities has some great tips to help you cat-proof your home for the holidays.

    Hang your mistletoe and holly high (it can be poisonous)

    Hanging mistletoe and holly can be a happy holiday tradition (and a great way to get some free kisses) but did you know that the mistletoe berries contain polysaccharides and alkaloids that can be poisonous to your pets? To keep this tradition a happy one, make sure that these plants are kept well out of your cat’s reach.

    iStock-530405527Use cat-safe tree decorations and avoid tinsel

    You may have noticed that your cat loves your Christmas tree, maybe even more than you do. What cat wouldn’t be happy to have a tree arrive, indoors, and then to have that tree adorned with all sorts of hanging ornaments to bat around?  Knowing this, it’s important to cat-proof your tree. You may want to choose ornaments that are less shiny, less dangly and therefore, less attractive to your kitty. You can also make your own cat-friendly decorations for your tree. There are some decorations out there that simply are not conducive to keeping your cat safe that should be avoided. Tinsel can be a choking hazard and even cause intestinal blockages, as can dangly ribbons. Fake snow can be toxic, and of course, real candles should not go anywhere near your tree.

    Keep orange peels under your tree to repel your cat

    The smell of orange peels and citrus can be delightful during the holidays, but it’s not something cats enjoy. If you are having trouble keeping kitty from climbing the tree, placing some chopped orange peels under there may be enough to keep your cat at bay. Replace the peels about once a week to keep the citrus oil scent strong.

    Mist citronella on plastic trees

    A citronella solution may be just the solution you need to keep your cat away from your artificial tree. Since there is no pine smell from a plastic tree, the citronella scent will be a strong deterrent for your cat. It’s important to make your solution strong enough, so be sure to use a ratio of 1 part citronella oil to 4 parts water.

    Avoid poinsettias

    Poinsettias, with their festive red and green colour, are a popular plant to buy and give during the holidays. Many people mistakenly believe they are poisonous for pets. The truth is they are only mildly toxic, so if someone shows up with one as a gift, there is no need to panic, but you should keep them well out of reach of your cat. Even a mildly toxic effect can cause discomfort and distress for your pet for which there is no effective treatment. Keep the plant high up and away from things your cat can climb easily.

    Timbercreek wishes you a happy holiday season! We hope these tips help you cat-proof your holiday decorations this year. For information on Timbercreek Communities near you, please visit our website.

  • Don't miss the Toronto Santa Claus Parade

    Nov 04, 2015

    The Santa Claus Parade is coming to Toronto on November 15th and will take over the downtown core of the city and Christie Pits Park. In today’s article we’ll talk about the upcoming Santa Claus Parade and how you can make the TC Toronto Santamost of this event.

    The Santa Claus Parade is a 110-year-old tradition that is made possible by thousands of volunteers and sponsors every year. It is a non-profit organization that aims to bring and keep the spirit of Christmas alive for the Toronto community and beyond. Today the celebration consists of more than 25 themed floats, 22 bands, 100 celebrity clowns, more than 1,500 volunteers and of course the big man himself, Santa Claus.

    Route and Transit

    The Parade starts at 12:30 p.m. at Christie Pits and ends at St. Lawrence Market after going along Bloor Street, down University Avenue and finally along Front Street. We recommend taking public transit to and from this event, as many of Toronto’s streets will be closed and traffic will be slow. GO Transit is selling special priced passes for travel on November 16th, which we recommend checking out. TTC stops along the route include Christie, Bathurst, Spadina/St. George, Museum, Queen's Park, St. Patrick, Osgoode, Queen and King Stations. To find public parking lots near the parade route, check the Green P parking site.

    Santa’s ETA

    You and your family can track Santa’s ETA with the new Track Santa App. This app will allow you to know where Santa is and how long it will take him and his reindeer to pull up to your section of the parade. It’s a free app available for iOS and Android.

    New Floats

    This year the Santa Claus parade has partnered with the MLSE Foundation, which has created three new and exciting floats especially for the event. They will be a soccer, hockey and basketball float.

    Be a Part of the Parade

    If you don’t want to just watch from the sidelines, you might be able to take part in the parade. So many volunteers help create the parade annually, with some getting to help out on the actual floats. Children on floats must be between eight and 10 years old and those marching in the six kilometer route must be at least 11 years old.

    Make the most of the Santa Claus Parade in Toronto this year as it’s destined to be the most vibrant and bustling parade yet.

  • Where to celebrate Halloween in Montreal

    Oct 22, 2015

    With Halloween just around the corner, Timbercreek Communities has put together our top selections for spooky local events and activities in the Greater Montreal Area. Our Downtown Montreal apartments are located in the best areas of the city including minutes from McGill University, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the historic Old Port of Montreal.

    Fright Fest

    Fright Fest is back for another terrifying year of thrills, chills and excitement. La Ronde Amusement Park will be transformed into a Halloween haven with haunted houses, spooky live creatures and a Little Pumpkin Patch for smaller kids. Every weekend from October 3rd until November 1st, La Ronde will be hosting its terrifying Fright Fest. Fright Fest is a family-friendly event that everyone will enjoy. La Ronde is a ten-minute drive (or 40-minute transit ride) from Timbercreek’s 450 Rue Sherbrooke apartments.

    Montreal Halloween Club Crawl

    For adults looking to have some Halloween fun, be sure to check out the annual Montreal Halloween Club Crawl. This event is one of the city’s bTC Montreal Halloweeniggest and best Halloween parties that hosts thousands of people from across both Montreal and Canada. This event is geared towards students (19+) and provides access to four of the city’s best Halloween parties at various bars and clubs around the downtown Montreal core. The Montreal Halloween Club Crawl starts at Gerts at McGill, which is only a 15-minute walk from Timbercreek’s 105 Rue Milton apartments.

    Zombie Walk

    The Montreal Zombie Walk is back for another year of post-apocalyptic zombie fun. This event started as a grassroots flash mob featuring a handful of people dressed as zombies walking the streets of Montreal and is now a huge annual event. On October 31st be sure to join the Montreal Zombie Walk by showing up at the Place des Festivals in your best zombie attire and makeup.

    The Great Pumpkin Ball

    Every year, Esmerelda the friendly Witch appears at the Montreal Botanical Gardens for the city’s largest pumpkin decorating competition and friendly costume contest. There will be kid-friendly activities running at the Montreal Botanical Gardens from October 2nd until November 1st, the day of the Great Pumpkin Ball.

    Get into the Halloween Spirit this October with fun Halloween events for every age group in Downtown Montreal.
  • Seasonal Centrepieces for Thanksgiving Dinner

    Oct 06, 2015

    Get ready for your Thanksgiving dinner this year with the following fun, easy-to-make and inexpensive centrepiece ideas and inspiration. Timbercreek’s London communities are located throughout the city, in some of the best and brightest locations.

    Thanksgiving Roses Centrepiece

    This Thanksgiving why not try making your very own DIY centrepiece? This TC London CentrepieceThanksgiving Roses Centrepiece is essentially a floral centrepiece placed into a festive pumpkin. Simply select the flowers and colours of plants you are after, then hollow out a pumpkin (or two) of your choosing and use as a practical vase for your flowers. It’s simple, affordable and can be done in under 30 minutes.

    Fall Table Centrepiece

    Our next fall-inspired centrepiece can be easily done in under an hour and on your table ready for your guests to arrive. For this tutorial you will need a selection of little pumpkins or gourds, mason jars, candles and materials to create a wood box if desired. If creating your own wooden box is too time consuming or a little too advanced, you can repurpose an old one or purchase one new from your local hardware store.

    Pumpkin Candle Holders

    Add a little glamour to your autumn decorations with these Fancy Pumpkin Candle Holders. These candle holders take regular pumpkins and turn them into glitzy ones with the addition of Mod Podge and glitter. Our tip is to line ten to 15 of these up in a row for a stunning Thanksgiving centrepiece. Michael’s Craft Store is only a 35-minute transit ride from Timbercreek’s 650 Waterloo Street Community in London.

    Twig Votives

    Another easy and seasonally inspired Thanksgiving centrepiece idea is to create these Twig Votives. These candle holders/jars are easy to create and will add a rustic, autumn feeling to any table. They are also incredibly affordable and fun to make. All you need for this tutorial are some branches from the yard or park, hot glue and a clear vase. This project can be easily made for under $5.

    You’ll have your home and your table looking Thanksgiving ready in no time with these easy Thanksgiving centrepiece ideas and DIY projects.

  • DIY projects to savour summer

    Aug 11, 2015

    Add a touch of the season to your London apartment. The blog team at Timbercreek Communities has been on the lookout for do-it-yourself summer projects to help you savour the warmer weather while it lasts. Check out what the team has found so far in today’s blog post.

    Display a bouquet

    One of the loveliest parts of summer is the abundant greenery. A bouquet can add colour and a pleasant fragrance to your London apartment. Brighten the room and create space for your new bouquet with this painted bottle tutorial or make hanging mason jars as a unique way to display your summer flowers. 

    Flowers to last

    Want your flowers to last longer? Preserve the season’s colourful foliTC London DIYage by creating artwork that uses and saves summer flowers. Press wildflowers and place inside of a white frame then display this simple do-it-yourself project in any room in your London apartment.

    String art

    This summer, set aside an afternoon to create your very own string art. This Hello Sunshine project is cute and playful, sure to add a little summertime cheer to any room.

    Big bow pillowcases

    Instead of buying something new for your apartment or starting a project from square one, opt instead to upgrade or improve household items that you already have. For example, turn dull wintery throw pillows into colorful summertime accents. This fun project is for true crafters, as it requires a little sewing. It will only take you 20 minutes to have fun summer pillows for your living room sofa.

    Find your supplies

    Ready to start on your DIY project? Begin with a visit to Bijan’s Art Studio (673 Richmond Street), less than a ten-minute walk from 565 Talbot Street Apartments. This local arts and crafts store has the supplies you need to start working on your craft. Summer hours are on weekdays from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday until 5:00 p.m.

    Use today's post from Timbercreek Communities to brainstorm a fun project that celebrates and savours the summer season. For more information about any of our unique London apartments, simply visit our website.
  • 5 Small changes for a greener life in your Oakville apartment

    Apr 16, 2015

    Become more eco-friendly this springtime with the following five simple yet effective tips for a greener lifestyle in your Oakville apartment. Timbercreek offers beautiful rentals located in the heart of Kerr Village, which overlooks scenic Lake Ontario.

    Get rid of junk mail

    Get off junk mail lists today as this direct mail creates unnecessary paper waste. To start cutting down, clearly indicate on your mailbox that you do not want to receive junk mail and begin contacting organizations to ask to be removed from their mailing and traded lists.

    Reusable BagsTD Oakville Green Living

    Easily reduce landfill waste by incorporating reusable bags into your shopping routine. Plastic bags take a huge toll on the environment and landfill waste can be reduced in a big way by using an eco-friendly reusable bag instead. These bags come in a variety of sizes, prints and patterns and can be crafted from numerous materials and fabrics. Homesense is a 30-minute transit ride from Timbercreek’s 75 Stewart Street apartments and is a great place to pick up your stylish reusable shopping bags.





    Laundry time

    When using the washing machine it’s always best to use cold water and to try and wash your laundry at non-peak hours. In the warmer months you can also try using a drying rack or clothesline whenever possible to dry your laundry.

    Eco-friendly eating

    Make it a rule to try and shop only for grocery items that you know you will use to reduce food waste. Other eco-friendly eating principles include eating less meat, consuming more greens, eating less packaged food items and buying from local suppliers and producers wherever possible. Did you know that if every Canadian replaced one meal of chicken per week with a vegetarian option, the carbon dioxide savings would be almost equal to taking more than 250,000 cars off the road? Try incorporating meatless Mondays into your weekly routine.

    Use less water

    There are many ways to cut your water consumption, decrease the cost of your water bill and ultimately help out the environment. Easy ways to cut down on water consumption include turning the water off while you brush your teeth and shortening the length of your daily shower by two minutes.

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