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 Dear Friends,

First off, let me wish you a very happy Canada Day!

I hope your celebrations of our beautiful nation were filled with family, friends and fun. If you are looking for more events and celebrations for this month, look no further than our guide for the best things to do around the city in July.

For those of you who prefer to relax at home, taking in the summer sun from your home, we have some advice on how to best maximize that space that you have — whether that is a large back garden, an apartment balcony or a cute patio.

And if you, or someone you know, is looking for a new outdoors space (and the indoor space that comes with it!) please keep me in mind. It would be my pleasure to help guide you in the right direction of your new home.
Park after Dark (June – September)
Edmonton’s biggest patio party is the best way to start your weekend off on the right foot. Best part, it is every Friday night this summer.   
Historic Edmonton and Doors Open Festival (July 1 – 9)
Ever wanted to know more about Edmonton’s history and heritage? This week long event explores behind the scenes of the city with tours, exhibits, workshops, horse-drawn wagon rides and bloc parties. All in celebration of the city and it’s community.
Whyte Avenue Art Walk (July 7-9)
The street is lined with nearly 500 artists for three days of art-making and art-watching of all kinds. It’s the perfect chance to pick up a unique piece of Edmonton art.
Street Performers Festival (July 7 -16)
Watch an eclectic mix of street performers from unicyclists to puppeteers to tightrope walkers and acrobats during ten lively days of events. There is even a Be Your Own Busker workshop to learn tricks of the trade.
Taste of Edmonton (July 20-29)
Get a taste of Edmonton’s amazing food scene at this glorious celebration of all things food-related. More than 60 local restaurants come out for the festival and this is hands-down the city’s tastiest event.
Interstellar Rodeo (July 21-23)
This groovy summer rodeo has dancing, great street food and music performances. Bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket to take in the sights! 
K-Days (July 21 – 30)
This extravaganza of rides and games, also know as the Klondike Days, will leave you in wonder with all the colour, energy and excitement. It’s the perfect place to take kids who can run off steam while also learning about the history of the Metis people at the education booths, participate in parades and spike their sugar levels with the famous fried donuts.

Small garden? No problem — here’s how to maximize your outdoor space


Summer barbeque season and outdoor patio gatherings are upon us. Whether you have an expansive garden, a cute nook patio or an overhanging balcony, there are always ways to make the most out of what you have.

Hidden storage
There is no getting around it — you need space to keep items you are not using but, in limited areas, that can be tricky. One of the best ways around storage issues is to have hidden places to keep things that are out of the way but easily accessible. One of the most common ways is to have a bench that can lift up to reveal storage underneath for blankets, cushions and whatever else you need to hide away.

Double-duty furniture
Always keep in mind, when you are buying furniture, the versatility factor — one item that can be used twice saves space in the long run! A low table with strong legs can hold your drinks when it’s just you or double as a stool when guests are visiting. Sturdy cushions plush out your seats or can be arranged in a circle for extra seating.

Fake it till you make it
If you don’t have a garden, consider putting down fake grass to brighten up an otherwise bare ground. The grass may be greener on the other side but, when it’s on your side, it can make your space seem that much bigger.

Take your gardening to new heights
If you can’t expand out, then move up. Hanging plants, creeping vines along a wall and shelves of pots can give you all the benefits of a larger yard in a smaller space.
Multiple small spaces
If you have a larger area, make it more user-friendly by setting up multiple small spaces: one corner as a bar, another for gardening, a few chairs for taking in the sun. If your space is more limited, such as one small apartment balcony, consider using it for one specific designated space. Put down a huge cushion and use it as a hanging area for reading, attach a table top to your balcony railing and use it as a bar with a skyline view, the options are endless.

Simple and elegant
Be intentional in how you use your space and how you decorate. Clean lines and minimal colours will make it seem less cluttered and, therefore, bigger. Don’t give up on the essentials but use only what you really need.

Acknowledgments

We want to send a special thank you to Leo Orellana for his recent referral. Our business depends on people just like him and it is extremely appreciated!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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