• 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 holiday markets in Canada

    Dec 07, 2018

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Timbercreek Communities wants to help you get into the holiday spirit, while helping you get your holiday shopping out of the way. Here are some of the best holiday markets in Canada to visit this year.

    Toronto Christmas Market

    Calgary: Calgary Expo Holiday Market

    ‘Tis the season to geek-out! The Calgary Expo Holiday Market is part pop-culture comic show and part holiday market. The result is an incredibly festive shopping extravaganza. Whether you’re a self-proclaimed nerd looking to treat yourself to the best comics and collectibles, or you’ve got some self-proclaimed geeks on your shopping list, the Expo Holiday Market is where to go to shop for the geek who has everything.

    Edmonton: St Albert Indoor Christmas Market

    The Indoor Christmas Market is a fun and festive way to find gifts for everyone on your list this year. It takes place every Saturday from November 24th to December 15th, from 10 am to 3 pm, at St. Albert Place (71 St. Albert Trail, St. Albert). Find everything from crafts and clothes, to artwork, home décor and more!

    Toronto: Toronto Christmas Market

    The Toronto Christmas Market is back from November 15th to December 23rd. It's a great way to fill yourself with the warmth of the holidays while getting your shopping done. There will be daily carolers and entertainment, great food vendors selling holiday delicacies like enormous smoked turkey legs, warm lounge areas and firepits, luminous light displays and much more along the quaint and beautiful cobblestone streets of the Distillery Historic District (1 Mill Street). Admission is free on weekdays and $6 on weekends.

    Ottawa: Christmas Craft Market

    Get crafty this Christmas at the Originals Ottawa Christmas Craft Market. It's on from December 6th to 16th at the EY Centre. You’ll find one-of-a-kind handmade crafts from over 200 of the most talented artists and artisans in the nation. Perfect for those one-of-a-kind, but hard-to-shop-for folks on your list.

    Montréal: Le Grand Marche de Noel

    Le Grand Marche de Noel is a must-see event in Montréal. The magical setting is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Shop for gifts and treats in traditional log cabins. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a magical little village tucked away in the heart of bustling Montréal.

    Halifax: Halifax Lights Festival

    Your heart will light up at the Halifax Lights Festival and holiday market. Find gifts for everyone on your list, enjoy warm drinks and tasty treats while you soak up the warm glow of the holiday season and the stunning display of lights.

    Happy Holidays from Timbercreek! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • DIY Christmas decorations to make with your kids

    Dec 05, 2018

    ‘Tis the season to get crafty and spend some quality creative time with your family. Timbercreek Communities has some fun and easy DIY Christmas decoration projects to share with you. We hope you get the chance to make them with your kids this December.

    Kids & Christmas decorated crafts

    Magical Macaroni

    Grab some pasta and create some Christmas magic with these Magical Macaroni decorations. If you don’t have elbow noodles, don’t worry! Pretty much every pasta shape will work for this project -- from penne to farfalle, and everything in between. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. All you need is glue and paint and you can create stars and snowflakes. Click here to learn more.

    Thumbprint Reindeer Ornaments

    These Thumbprint Reindeer Ornaments are a great way for kids to put their fingerprints on some keepsake ornaments and really make their mark. Choose plain matte coloured ornament balls as the thumbprints will show up better on them than on the shiny ones. Your kids will love that they can do this project almost entirely by themselves. Dip a thumb in brown paint and make your mark -- this will serve as the reindeer face. Add eyes, nose and antlers with a permanent marker. Make sure to do at least one red-nosed reindeer! Click here to learn more.

    Cupcake Liner Christmas Trees

    If you over estimated how many cupcakes you’d be baking this season, these Cupcake Liner Christmas Trees can put your materials to good use. Start by making a cone shape out of cardstock, then add ruffled cupcake liners to the cardstock cone base to make brances. You may need to use more than one liner to get all the way around. Before you reach to top of the tree, cover the tip with the centre of a liner and continue to add ruffles all the way to the top. Click here to learn more.

    Candy Cane Christmas Trees

    You and your kids will love making these Candy Cane Christmas Trees. All you need is some green felt, glue and various buttons and beads to use as ornaments. Cut a piece of felt to size (you’ll want the candy cane ‘trunk’ to show). Cut slits in the felt to insert the candy cane. Glue on buttons, beads and whatever other ornaments you like. Click here to learn more.

    Terra Cotta Pot Snowmen

    Turn old terracotta pots in cute Terracotta Pot Snowmen. In addition to the pots you’ll need acrylic paint (white, black, and various other colours), scissors, paper and glue. Paint the pots white, then paint on some snowman faces and decorate them however you like. Click here to learn more.

    Timbercreek hopes these simple craft projects help you carve out some quality time with your kids, and leave you with sentimental souvenirs this season.

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

  • 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.

    White bed in Winter interior

    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.

  • Ways to give back this holiday season

    Nov 30, 2018

    ‘Tis the season for giving. As much as the holidays are about giving and sharing your time with family and friends, it’s also a time to give back to your community and to those who are having a more difficult time at this time of year. Timbercreek Communities wants to share some simple ways to give back this holiday season.

    Glove holding Label says Volunteer

    Give your time

    Check out local food banks and shelters in your area. Chances are they are hungry for help in their efforts to feed the hungry. Carve out some time from your busy schedule to give to those less fortunate than yourself. This could mean washing dishes, serving meals, or anything else that is most needed. It’s not easy work, but it’s a simple way to feel good and do some good. 

    Positive change

    It may be sitting in drawer, on top of the fridge, or even taking up space on your table -- the spare change jar. Convert that heavy jar of coins into cash and donate it to a local community charity to help lighten someone’s load this holiday season.

    Text your help

    Maybe you don’t have any time or change to spare. Modern technology makes is easier than ever to make a difference. Many charities have set up text-to-donate programs. You simply send a text to a certain number and send some holiday help to someone who needs it while you’re waiting in line at the coffee shop.

    Stock up to give

    In the weeks leading up to the holidays, whenever you go grocery shopping, purchase a few extra non-perishable food items. There are always food drives looking for canned goods at this time of year. There may even be a donation box set up at the store you’re shopping at.

    Think beyond food

    Beyond the need for food, homeless shelters are in need of simple, everyday items. New socks, shampoo, toiletries and toilet paper are actually highly-sought-after commodities. Grab some extra containers and rolls the next time you’re shopping for supplies.

    Timbercreek wishes you and your family a happy holiday season.

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities across Canada, 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.

    Green Houseplant on window sill

    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.

    man wearing green winter coat

    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.

  • Property HIghlight -- 345 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest

    Nov 15, 2018

    Montréal is not only one of the most vibrant, beautiful and exciting cities in Canada -- but anywhere. We dare you to find a more dynamic area than the downtown core. Timbercreek Communities wants to give you a taste of life at 345 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest.

    Living room Montreal

    Your Building

    Beyond the controlled-access lobby doors of 345 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest, you’ll find the concierge, as well as some of the most sought-after amenities anywhere. Take advantage of the fully-equipped fitness centre. Indoor parking is available and professional building management is on site to handle any questions or concerns you may have. There are stores and restaurants conveniently located on the street level of the building -- perfect for cold winter nights when you don’t want to stray far from home.

    Inside Your Suite

    The condo-style rental suites at 345 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest are loaded with high end features and fixtures. You’ll know that you’ve arrived somewhere special as soon as you set foot on the gleaming hardwood floors or the sparkling ceramic tile of the well-appointed kitchen. The contemporary granite countertops and stainless steel appliances provide a luxurious, stylish yet practical space to create your favourite meal. The luxury continues as you step into updated bathrooms. Ensuite laundry is also included. Relax in comfort and style in your climate-controlled suite as you enjoy the panoramic views of your city.

    Outside Your Home

    Located near the intersection of Viger Avenue West and Bleury Street, 345 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest is the definition of “in the heart of it all”. Step outside the peaceful sanctuary of your front door and you’re right in the middle of the action. The complex is located near Victoria Square, Old Port, Chinatown, Concordia University, McGill University and much more. All of the shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife Montréal has to offer is easily available to you. When you don’t want to walk, Place-d'Armes metro station is minutes away, connecting you to all parts of the city.

    Why settle for an ordinary apartment when you can live the upscale life at 345 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest?

     

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

  • How to make your apartment more fun for your cat

    Nov 13, 2018

    Cats are often thought of as low-maintenance pets. This can be true if all their needs are being met. Cats are also often thought of as, well, jerks. This reputation may or may not be deserved. The truth is, a cat that is under-stimulated may act out, become aggressive, or obsessed with food. To help keep your cat (and you) happy, Timbercreek Communities wants to share some ideas for how to make your apartment more fun for your cat.

    Cat playing in apartment

    Rise Up

    To help prevent your feline friend from rising up in revolt against the tyranny of boredom, you need to get on their level. A cat’s need to be up high is instinctual. This is where they can best survey their territory and improve their chances of survival in the wild. At home, in your apartment, their urge to climb remains. Cat trees and towers are available, but if you think they will clash with your aesthetic, try a simpler solution -- shelves. Strategically-placed shelves will allow your kitty to keep watch on their kingdom and cut down on their anxiety. If you don’t have room for shelving, try keeping the top of the fridge free and clear. They will love their designated cat cliff, especially when you’re in there cooking.

    State of the Art Entertainment Centre

    You don’t need any electronics to create a state-of-the-art cat entertainment centre. The window is their favourite high definition screen. What you can do is make the seating (window sill) comfy and stimulating. In the cooler months, your kitty may like the window sill decked out with a cozy blanket. If you don’t have a suitable window sill, you can try a DIY hanging cat basket. Hanging a toy or two from the curtain rod won’t hurt, either. Make sure the rod is firmly anchored to the wall, though.

    King of the Jungle

    Let your kitty feel like the king or queen of the jungle by adding a cat-friendly plant or two for them to hide behind, or even munch on. Choose your plants carefully. Some plants can be toxic to cats, causing indigestion or serious illness. Check out this petsafe plant list from the ASPCA. Growing a small container of catnip is always a welcome addition to your cat’s world.

    Break out the Toys

    Cats love their toys. You don’t have to spoil them, but keeping a few of their favourite toys around will keep your kitty-cat entertained, even when you can’t be there to play with him/her.

    Timbercreek hopes these tips help improve the day-to-day lives of your cat, and you.

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

  • Apps that make meditation easier

    Nov 06, 2018

    Meditation has been shown to have real scientific benefits. It can help you sleep better and even become a kinder person. Sounds great, right? But then you sit down, close your eyes and you’re lost. How do you even know if you’re doing it ‘right’? Timbercreek Communities wants to help you calm your mind and focus on the present with these apps that make meditation easier.

    Woman doing yoga at home

    The Mindfulness App

    To help keep you on track, The Mindfulness App includes a five-day guided meditation practice, as well as reminders to relax, and other features based on your individual meditation habits. This free trial app offers more features with a premium subscription. It's available for iPhone and Android.

    Headspace

    If you are brand new to meditation, Headspace can help you work it into your routine and guide you along the path. The free trial offers 10 exercises to help newbies learn the ropes and how to incorporate it into your life. There’s even a reward system for continued practice. The interface is light-hearted and accessible. Additional features are available with a premium subscription for iPhone or Android.

    Calm

    Calm offers guided meditations ranging from 3 to 25 minutes sessions, including one called Daily Calm. This 10-minute practice can be worked into the beginning or end of your day to get you into the habit. The free app includes breathing exercises, sleep stories, and soothing sounds to help you relax and sleep. A premium subscription is available for iPhone and Android.

    Insight Timer

    You can check out thousands of free guided meditations, and hundreds of meditation music tracks, with Insight Timer. The app is free, but to listen offline you’ll need a subscription. It's available for iPhone or Android devices.

    Smiling Mind

    Smiling mind can be custom tailored to different age groups, including kids as young as 7. Every member of the family can create their own account. It's available for iPhone or Android.

    Timbercreek Communities hopes this post helps you experience all the benefits of meditation, easily.

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

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