• 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.

    Sources:

    https://homemadely.com/organization/diy-clothing-rack/

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

    https://abeautifulmess.com/2015/01/hanging-copper-pipe-clothing-rack-diy.html

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

    https://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/organizing/organizing-ideas-drawers?slide=82335#82335

     

  • Office-Friendly Summer Fashion

    Jul 24, 2018

    Without serious AC, traditional office wear can feel suffocating. And while office dress codes are slowly loosening, there are thankfully many fashion trends that work well in the summer office setting. If you want to look chic and stay cool at work this season, Timbercreek has some on-trend suggestions for your summer wardrobe.

    Summer Office Attire

    Billowy Blouses

    White is in, light, reflective, and airy, white helps hide sweat, and keep you cool. Billowy blouses with puff-sleeve trim are a hip and practical option, while classic button downs are cooling and look killer. Going big helps allow for plenty of airflow on humid summer days. Learn more.

    Wide Leg Pants

    Cropped wide-leg pants are an easy, trendy, and practical answer to both looking sophisticated and professional in summer. Go for whites, tans, and neutrals to stave off sun and heat. Read more.

    Pastels and Neutrals

    From pencil skirts to capris, blouses, and button-ups -- neutrals are big this summer. Look for lightweight cotton and polyester, tans, light blues, mustards, and seafoams -- they all have cooling qualities. Learn more.

    Short Sleeves

    For men a women alike, short sleeve button ups are priceless in summer. Both patterned and plain variants are popular, and offer much needed cooling qualities in the heat of summer at work. See more.

    Chinos and Paratroopers

    For men we're seeing all kinds of chino and paratrooper styles for pants this summer.  From standard cuffs to stretchy ankle bands, and a swath of colors from tan to mustard and beyond. Chinos offer a cool alternative to jeans and standard suit pants. Check it out.

    Linen suits

    This summer is seeing an explosion of lightweight linen suits and pant and jacket ensembles for men. Potentially the perfect mix of fashion and function, linen is lightweight and breathes well in heat. It also looks and feels formal yet relaxed,and making it the perfect fabric for a hot summer. Learn more.

    Timbercreek hopes this post helps you build a fashionable, yet functional, work wardrobe for summer! For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • How To Match Clothing Well: 5 Easy Tips For Matching Colours In Your Outfit

    Jun 26, 2018

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    Monochromes

    Monochrome technically means shades of the same colour: white-grey, light-grey, grey, dark-grey, charcoal, etc. But it can also mean dressing all in the same hue. While the latter tends to be trickier to pull off, it definitely works in an all-grey suit for example. Monochromes are both easy and chic, in style in 2018, and can be matched in practically any way. Check it out.

    Earthtones

    A solid, tried and true colour approach, especially for men, is matching a variety of earth tones, or “neutrals”. While this can include a big range of colours, it generally encompasses tans and browns, dark greens and olives, greys, blacks, and water tones. They all go well together making for a quick, easy, and fashionable outfit.  Find out more.

    Analogous vs. Complementary

    Most people think complementary colours “complement” one another. In art, where the term originates, it means opposite. Complementary colours are directly opposite one another on the colour wheel. Red → Green. Blue → Orange, etc. Analogous colours are beside each other; red → orange → yellow. In clothing, analogous tends to mix better because you get shades of similar colours. Complementaries are highly contrasting and can quickly get circus-like in a single outfit.

    One colour accent

    A great style approach is to wear an outfit of similar, monochromatic shades, and add a single pop of colour. A tie, a blazer, or a killer pair of bright Vans against a muted backdrop makes an outfit really sing without needing to put in a lot of effort.

    Timbercreek hopes this list helps you match your outfit colours and define your own personal style. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • 5 Accessories Everyone Should Have In Their Wardrobe

    May 31, 2018

    Accessories can make take an outfit to new heights. To make sure you look chic, Timbercreek brings you this list of 5 accessories everyone should have in their wardrobe.

    Belts

    Belts are back, in a big way. A major Spring 2018 fashion trend, this season features a host of vibrant options for both men and women. Made from a variety of materials like leather and velour, and available in a ton of styles, there’s a belt out there for everyone. Be daring and express yourself, it’s all good – from super-wide to super-narrow, to patterned and bowed, to crazy colors. Learn more.

    Scarves

    Whether it’s the dead of winter or the middle of summer, a beautiful scarf is always a great accessory. From hefty tartans to delicate silks, muted greys and violets to raucous pinks and mustards, a scarf can add flair to any outfit, in almost any season. Learn more.

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    Sunglasses

    Sunglasses are fashionable and functional. This season you can expect to see a lot of 80s March Break and styles reminiscent of the Matrix. There will be a lot of almond-shaped lenses, wire frames, vintage Oakley wraparounds, and reflective iridium on offer.

    A Great Bag

    Spring 2018 features a ton of chic bag styles to choose from. You’ll notice a lot of faux snake and gator skin, lunch box style, leather fringe, oversized, and tiny options. Even fanny packs are in, with runways showcasing a ton of haute versions of the 80s style pouch. Learn more.

    Footwear

    Practical shoe styles are big this season, with “platform” sneakers, multicolour runners, wingtips and brogue mens footwear, flats, and even some bedazzled birkenstocks dominating the scene. Your feet will be so happy. Read more.

    Timbercreek hopes this list of must-have accessories helps you navigate what’s in fashion this Spring. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Spring 2018 Runway Trends We Love

    Apr 09, 2018

    Spring (and summer) 2018 fashion trends are bright, bold and beautiful. While Pantone’s ultraviolet is already a force in fashion, this season is all about rubber, ruching, lavender, rainbows, asymmetrical necklines, and shockingly the return of the fanny pack. To guide you through the hot new trends of the season, Timbercreek brings you a list of top fashion trends to check out for Spring 2018.

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    1. Bold floral prints

    Spring/Summer 2018 fashion is flush with bold prints that are both cool and inspiring. Florals are all the rage in oversized designs. Get the jump on Spring and pick up some standout prints. Read more here.

    2. Dark denim

    Denim is always present and always in style. And if the runways of Versace, Max Mara, Tibi, Tom Ford, Fendi, Adam Selman, Chloé, and Derek Lam are an indication, it's going to be everywhere this spring. Look for inky indigo washes and raw denim, in everything from skirts to jackets, even boots. Read more here.

    3. Lavender

    “Millennial pink” had its moment. The runways of Spring 2018 are pointing to the next big color thing: fifty shades of soft lavender. You'll see it on everything from sequined dresses to oversized knits and sharp suit sets. It looks great on everything.  Find out more.

    4. Plaid

    Plaid never goes out of style -- it just gets appropriated by one social group after another: hippies, punks, lumbersexuals, Dads, hipsters, and on and on. This season, to keep the look fresh, mix and match plaid with purple (pantone color of the year is ultraviolet), oversized earrings, and white boots. You can always contrast plaid with a bold bag as well. Learn more.

    5. Workout wear

    This season, performance athletic gear is colliding with fierce fashion on Paris runways. In a mix of style-meets-function, we’re seeing all manner of haute-inspired crop-top cut-offs, soccer jerseys, nylon zip-ups, old school sweatshirts, and flip-flops. Check it out.

    Timbercreek hopes our tips help you stay on trend this spring. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • 5 Ways to Wear a Blanket Scarf

    Mar 12, 2018

    The blanket scarf isn’t just a scarf. It’s a blanket and a scarf. A fashionable and surprisingly versatile item, the blanket scarf opens up a world of outfit possibilities. From draping to caping, there’s a ton of potential options. If you're clueless about how to style one, Timbercreek has broken down the best ways to rock the coolest and coziest accessory of the season.

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    #1: Cape It and Drape It

    Spread out your blanket scarf full width like a cape, then drape it over one shoulder for a look that's functional and chic. Read more.

    #2: Westernize It

    For a bit of warmth and a country-chic look, go for the “bandana”: fold the scarf into a triangle and tie the ends behind your neck. Read more here.

    #3: Belt It

    The belted or “poncho” style starts with caping the scarf around your neck and shoulders, then tying it together with the addition of a standard belt. It transforms the blanket scarf into a cozy-chic poncho, perfect for chilly nights.

    #4: Loop It

    It's easy to create the look of an infinity scarf with a blanket scarf. Put the scarf around your neck and throw the ends over your opposite shoulders. Read more here.

    #5: Knot It

    Knotting is probably the easiest and most creative of blanket scarf styling options. You can braid it, roll it, double loop it, do a pull through, or go for the bandito. Fast and easy, knotting your scarf is where it’s at. Check it out.

    Timbercreek hopes this list gives you some creative ideas for styling your blanket scarf this season. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Winter Fashion Trends 2018

    Jan 08, 2018

    With everything from colour to fur, boots to plastic, it’s an eclectic season with all kinds of surprises and throwbacks. To help sift through the options, Timbercreek brings you a list of the hottest trends to keep your style on point in 2018.

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    Red

    Stand out this winter with the it-color of the season: fire engine red. This warm, exciting hue will be a cheery pick-me-up on snowy days. Wear it as a pop of color, or go full-on head-to-toe. Check out more.

    The Beret

    Who doesn’t like a good beret? With Christian Dior models burning down the catwalk as a beret-wearing army, the masses are following suit. Lean into this headgear for winter. It’s a great alternative to your worn-out toque.

    Slouchy Boots

    For a perfect shoe for both day and night, try slouchy boots. Part '70s hippie, part Kate Moss-era '00s, and 100% what’s in this season. Check out more.

    Vintage-Inspired (Faux) Fur

    This trend is already on high display from catwalks to sidewalks. Dig through your local thrift store for this throwback-inspired trend or buy some new (fake) pelts. Get more.

    Office wear

    Not the first place you’d think of for high fashion, but the new trend for gray business suits is on the rise. Styled-up tailoring for business girls straight from the office, or on their way out. See more.

    Volume on the Sleeves

    An ‘80s throwback, voluminous sleeves are a standalone fall/winter 2017 fashion trend. They’re incredibly popular, growing more so by the season, and seen in everything from blouses to hoodies. Find out more.

    Cozy knits

    This isn’t your Grandmother’s knitting. A modern twist on the cozy classic, this trend sees wool broken down and reinterpreted: look for fringing and stretched knits. Learn more.

    Plastic chic

    Plastic is fantastic this season. Re-worked rain coats, clear plastic boots, hats, and gloves are on the rise this year. Learn more.

    Sterling silver

    From pants to prints, silver is big for 2018. Seen at so many shows this season, the shiny classic is showing up in shoes, belts, glasses and hats. Find out more.

    Folk


    Mixing and matching what may first seem at odds, designers this season are satisfying their thirst for folk, mixing and matching unexpected pairings of prints, materials and tones.

    Timbercreek hopes that this article helps you look amazing this winter. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Where to Buy a Winter Coat Suited for Canadian Winters

    Nov 13, 2017

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    Canada may be best known internationally for brutal winter weather, and it’s not a misconception. It gets super cold here! Even though temperatures across the country often dip below zero in winter months, many Canadians choose fashion over function and find themselves freezing on blustery days. Timbercreek wants you to stay warm and stylish this winter so here are a few places to score a great winter coat suited for Canadian winters this year.

    MEC

    A Canadian retail icon for outdoor wear (and much more), Mountain Equipment Co-op is unsurpassed in the country for quality and selection when it comes to winter coats and apparel. If you visit their website you will find a ton of winter coat styles, weights, colours, sizes, materials, and functions.  Their coats are made beautifully to endure all that winter throws at us. With customer-owned structure, eco-friendly buildings, and ethical practices, it also feels good shopping there.

    SportChek

    A bit of a sporting goods underdog, SportChek offers more than just running shoes and salespeople with ear pieces. Depending on the location, SportChek offers everything from boxing and MMA gear to snowboards -- not to mention a quality selection of winter coats. With all major brands represented, SportChek also does a decent job with prices, especially in pre and off-season times. It is definitely worth a look.

    The Bay

    In the spirit of Canada’s 150th, the Hudson’s Bay Company deserves a spot on our list. Almost all major brands are available at The Bay, with regular and significant sale prices and specials offered every season. Coats are no exception. Check out great coat options for men and women here.

    Roots

    Another tried and true icon of Canadian retail is Roots. They do more than just sweatshirts. From packable down jackets to cotton zip ups, leather coats, composite shells, and more, Roots is a great retailer to consider when shopping for winter wear. While their prices can be in the higher range, their products don’t skimp on quality. Learn more here.

    Winter is coming and Timbercreek hopes that this article helps you find your perfect winter coat this season. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Fall Boot Trends We Love

    Oct 23, 2017

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    There are a ton of fall boot trends for 2017 and we love them all. From a resurgence in 90s styles, to bold colours, and new takes on timeless classics, fall’s here and boots are hot. If you’re ready to find your perfect pair, Timbercreek has put together this list of what’s trending in boots this fall.

    Combat

    Badass 80s and 90s boots styles are back. Combat boots or army boots, in particular Doc Martens, are lining shelves this fall for women and men alike. Marc Jacobs, Frye Veronica, Alexander Wang, Dr. Martens, Timberlands, and good old legit army surplus boots are all the rage. Best part is: they’re comfortable and they kickass. Learn more about the trend here.

    Sparkle

    Sparkly, glittering boot styles appeared six separate times on Fall 2017 runways throughout New York, Milan and Paris. They came in all manner of colors, heel heights, lengths and silhouettes. Some were '80s-infused, while others came with patent leather toe-caps or dainty bows and detailing. Sparkle is definitely in this fall. Learn more about the trend here.

    Heel Art

    Big heels are hot this fall and they’re available in a range of styles. You can find something unique you love -- like wood or block heels, colored, and even snakeskin-covered (faux, of course) heels. Everything from glitter to velour and custom artwork is making its way onto boot heels in 2017.  Learn more about this trend here.

    Red

    Red is one of the biggest color trends for the year. It has dominated fashion shows this fall, especially when it comes to boots. From high to low, leather to velvet, boots are blazing red this season. Learn more.

    Urban Cowboy

    This iconic fashion (and lifestyle) theme never seems to get old. And for 2017, cowboy boots take on a fresh look with a combination of different variations. From ankle boots to mid-thigh high strutters, vivid colors, and exotic needlework -- urban cowboy is where it’s at this fall. Explore the trend here.

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    Great boots can make a statement. Stay on trend with these fall boot trends Timbercreek loves. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.
  • Canadian Brands We Love

    Aug 21, 2017

    Canadian style is not just flannels and parkas (not that there’s anything wrong with those). We’re pretty chic, despite the stereotypes. Timbercreek wants to help you show your national pride, and look good doing it, with some Canadian brands we love.

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    Peace Collective

    Peace Collective has a flagship store for their clothing brand on Ossington Avenue in Toronto. Known mostly for their minimalist black and white graphic tees, they are an offshoot of the Peace Foundation.

    East Coast Lifestyle

    East Coast Lifestyle is about being proud of where you’re from. They give people the opportunity to wear their East Coast heart on their sleeve.  Created in 2013 as an undergrad venture-creation class at Acadia University, the brand has moved into the real world in a real way.

    Lululemon

    Since its inception in 1998 (by the now infamous Chip Wilson) Lululemon has seen exponential growth. The athletic apparel company best known for their amazing leggings (and perhaps second best known for its strange and sordid history) has legions of loyal customers. Their flagship store is located on Robson Street in Vancouver.

    Hudson’s Bay Company

    The history of the Hudson’s Bay Company dates back to 1670! It is the oldest incorporated merchandising company in the English-speaking world. Today, HBC is a premium brand and retailer with a flagship store at 160 Yonge Street in Toronto and retail locations across the country.

    Herschel Supply Co.

    Named after the founder’s grandparents hometown of Herschel, Saskatchewan, The Herschel Supply Co. was established in 2009 and is based in Vancouver B.C. Today they are one of the most popular accessory brands in the country.

    Livestock

    Livestock first opened its doors in Vancouver’s Gastown neighbourhood in 2004. It began as a popular footwear store. With four brick and mortar locations from Toronto to Vancouver, it has become one of Canada’s top apparel and footwear destinations.

    Roots

    The Roots beaver logo is as Canadian as it gets. The company has designed and produced high quality clothing and accessories in Toronto since first opening their doors in 1973. Their stores can now be found in most major cities across the country, including Roots Central in The Eaton Centre.

    Sorel

    Now headquartered in London, Ontario, Sorel was originally headquartered in Quebec and made in Canada. Founded by the Kaufman Rubber Company in 1962 they have become a staple brand of quality footwear for Canadians.

    MEC

    Canada’s largest supplier of outdoor equipment, MEC, has 16 stores across the country. They originally catered only to mountaineers but have since broadened their appeal to include outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. Their original store is on Broadway Street in Vancouver, B.C.

    Timbercreek hopes that these brands help you show off your Canadian style. To find your home in one of Timbercreek’s Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

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