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Simple and stylish curtains for your Waterloo apartment

apartments for rent in Waterloo, decorating, DIY, Waterloo Apartments, Apartments Waterloo, Apartments for Rent in Waterloo, Waterloo apartment rentals, Apartments in Waterloo, Apartment rentals in Waterloo, Waterloo Apartments for RentLiven up the windows in your Waterloo apartment by accenting them with homemade curtains. Window treatments are an excellent option that will help residents achieve privacy and additional decor in their rental space. To inspire residents of the Pinegrove Apartments to create their own curtains, our preferred property management company, Williams and McDaniel, has put together a few creative DIY ideas to test out.


No-Sew Curtains

Shanty 2 Chic’s No-Sew Curtains tutorial proves that you don’t need to know how to sew to create DIY window treatments. Simply bond the fabrics together using specialty tape and make them whatever length and style. These curtains can easily be modified and changed up to fit your updated look, making them perfect for rental apartments.


Easy-Sew Curtains

Once you’ve mastered sewing, why not try your hand at Hey Let’s Make Stuff’s Easy-Sew Ikea Curtains. This DIY is an ideal beginner project as each curtain only requires five straight lines of sewing. You don’t have to worry about making them perfectly straight and they will last longer than curtains secured by tape. Pick up your fabrics and additional supplies at Creative Sisters Quilt Studio located at 321 Lancaster Street West. The studio is a six-minute drive and 34-minute walk from the apartments.


Two-Tone Curtains

Two-tone DIYs are all the rage and can be incorporated into every aspect of your decor, including your curtains. Style Me Pretty’s DIY will teach you how to create these stylish curtains in seven easy steps using fabric tape, an iron, two yards of coloured fabric and white curtains. Fabricland at 1352 Weber Street East has a large selection of fabrics available for purchase. The Pinegrove Apartments are a 12-minute drive from the store.


Lace Curtains

Make your curtains look high design without breaking the bank with Upcycled Treasures’ Anthropologie-Inspired Lace Curtains. Purchase doilies or search around at local thrift stores to find an even cheaper variety. These curtains offer a delicate accent of lace on the outer edges and will definitely have guests asking where you got them. Drop by Len’s Mill Store and peruse their large selection of reasonably priced fabrics. Located at 130 Moore Avenue South, the store is a one-minute drive and a two-minute walk from the apartments.
Get creative with your curtains by hand making stylish options in your Waterloo apartment. Located at 145 Lucan Avenue, Williams and McDaniel’s Pinegrove Apartments offer residents rental options a short distance from banks, grocery stores and medical facilities.



How to make a photo collage wall

apartments for rent in waterloo, decorating, DIYThere’s nothing that says home like photographs of your loved ones. Pictures have the ability to capture our treasured moments and will do wonders to enhance the character and personality of your Waterloo apartment. Today, our preferred property management company, Williams and McDaniel, has compiled a how-to guide to get you started on creating your own photo wall collage.

Gather Your Tools

Before you get started on your collage make sure you have all the necessary tools. You will need frames, twine, wooden clothespins, scissors and a hammer and nails. It is also worthwhile to have pliers, a small staple gun, T21 staples and a tape measure on hand. If you’re missing a few of these items, drop by Michaels located on 50 Westmount Road North, which is only an eight-minute drive or 35-minute walk from the Pinegrove apartments, to pick up the items you need.

Determine Frames and Space

Next, determine where you want to put the frames(s) and measure this space. You can choose to hang frames vertically or horizontally and to use single frames or a series of them. For examples of collages with and without frames, check out this DIY Instagram Wall Collage by ‘Persnickety Prints’ and the ‘WallFry’ DIY Photo Frame Collage.

Order Prints

It is now time to select which photos or objects you want to display. Shoppers Drug Mart located on 75 King Street South not only develops photos, but also offers a complete list of services including collage, poster and canvas creation. The store is a mere three-minute drive and 14-minute walk from the apartments at 145 Lucan Avenue. Another convenient option is Walmart’s Photo Centre located on 70 Bridgeport East, which is a five-minute drive and 12-minute walk from the apartments.

Plan Out Your Collage

Use the measurements of the frame to determine how many “lines” you can hang pictures from. It is also important to decide how you want to space the lines by clearly measuring and marking them. Cut the twine for each line, making sure that there are about two extra inches on both sides, pull it taut and staple first toward the outer edge of the frame. For the remaining twine, loop it over the first staple and staple again. If you’d prefer pictures that hang in a straight line make sure the twine is taut and if you’d prefer more curved lines make it a little bit looser. For those who are looking for some creative collage inspiration, the ‘Picklee’ blog has compiled photos of 35 DIY Wall Collages that you can create. Once you have planned out what you want to display and where you want to display it, it is important to select how you want to lay out your collection. For some guidance when it comes to frame placement, the ‘Picklee’ blog features a Frame Composition Manual that will clear up any confusion you may have.

Hang and Enjoy

Now it’s time to hang your frames and use the wooden clothespins to hang the prints. You can decide whether to hang the pictures higher or lower, depending on whether or not you want to hide the twine. Stand back and look at the beautiful photos and cherished memories you’ve captured.

Situated on a quiet residential street complete with beautiful views and convenient city access, the Pinegrove apartments are a perfect option for those who are currently looking to rent in Waterloo. Williams and McDaniel offers one bedroom, two bedroom and studio suites that are sure to be a perfect fit for both current and prospective tenants.



Grow your own indoor herb garden



Having fresh herbhttp://www.williamsandmcdaniel.com/apartments/waterloo/apartments-for-rent/145lucanavenues and spices on hand can do wonders to liven up and enhance the flavors of homemade dishes. Creating your own indoor herb garden in your Waterloo apartment is easier than you think and is a great way to save money. With a little instruction and some helpful tips, you’ll be on your way to enjoying a meal garnished and prepared with herbs like rosemary, basil and oregano. If you’re looking for ways to grow your own fresh garden, our preferred property management company, Williams and McDaniel Property Management has compiled some tips to achieve flourishing and flavorful garden produce.


When it comes to gardening it is important to know what plants you want to grow, what kind of care they need and the most appropriate place in your Pinegrove apartment for them. While some plants like a lot of sun and warmth others may prefer a cool and less sunny location. Sarah’s Kitchen Gardens located on 136 Ann Street has a vast selection of stock in their 2013 catalogue and their site offers advice pamphlets for growing basil, strawberries and parsley. The apartments are only eight minutes away by car and are 28 minutes away for those who prefer to take Grand River Transit’s 15 Frederick bus.


You can research plants that are best suited for indoor living by consulting ‘Organic Gardening’s’ Best Herbs For Growing Indoors article. The ‘Canadian Gardening’ Indoor Gardening section features a variety of articles on how to grow, care for and achieve healthy and happy plants. Certain herbs like basil, sage, rosemary and tarragon are all plants that prefer to have a lot of sun and warmth and should be placed by a south-facing window. Other plants grow faster when they are given sunlight in moderation.  These include bay leaves, chives, parsley and thyme. Some plants work best when they are grown straight from seeds and others when they have grown outside and are then transferred to a new pot indoors. Each plant is different when it comes to its needs and it is important to take this into consideration before you get started with your garden.


For those individuals who prefer step-by-step instructions and need a little more guidance when it comes to their green thumb, Canadian Tire sells an herb kit that includes self-contained growing containers and seed packets. With two convenient locations at 400 Weber Street North and 1080 Victoria Street North, both of these stores are less than 10 minutes away from the apartments and offer the perfect place to pick up your gardening goodies.


Enjoy a vast selection of herbs for all your culinary needs and for a tasty addition to soups, salads and teas at Garden Valley Garden Village. Established in 1986, this store located on 3763 King Street East offers individual or mixed planters and baskets. Look through their product listing and load up on basil, chives, coriander, dill, fennel and lemon balm that are perfect for salads and marinades. For more information on pricing, visit the store which is only a 16-minute drive from the Pinegrove apartments.


Providing a peaceful and tranquil living space, Williams and McDaniel’s Waterloo apartments offer an escape to nature and access to major highways including the 401. The Pinegrove apartments located at 145 Lucan Avenue are situated on a quiet residential street and are surrounded by beautiful pine trees and luscious green spaces to explore.