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The benefits of green alleys: Why reclaim these city spaces?

Once dark and neglected, the alleys of big cities are more and more developed to create a healthy living environment conducive to good relationships between neighbors. We will tell you all about the benefits of green alleys.

Green alleys have been popular for the last fifteen years. They are growing in number in big cities around the world. The project is simple: To remove some of the concrete and asphalt in order to introduce flowers, plants, vegetables, plant walls and green roofs, but also make it possible to decorate the area with a few seats and picnic tables. In Montreal alone, there are over 400 Green Alleys! The borough that has the most green alleys is Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie, followed closely by Le Plateau-Mont-Royal. Let us shed light on their many benefits.

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Hygge Philosophy: For a comfortable home

We know that happiness is found in small things. The Danish have clearly understood this. In Europe, they are considered to be the happiest people on the continent. Their secret? Hygge philosophy!

Pronounced “hoo-ga”, Hygge is an Art of Living Developed in Denmark at the end of the nineteenth century. At that time, the Danish population made a significant change; The inhabitants of this country began focusing on their families and social activities and put aside more common and costly outings.

Today, the Danish are known to be arrogant, despite the fact that their weather is so gloomy. The Principle of Hygge Simple: you must simply create happiness in your everyday life. Here are some suggestions for applying it to your home.

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Soundproofing a room without using a hammer: mission possible

It is not always easy to enjoy a moment of tranquility in one’s home; whether it be due to the sound of a lawn-mower, a neighbor’s music, passing cars, children’s cries… Unless you live in the woods, you won’t be able to escape the noise! Fortunately, there are a few tips for soundproofing a room to be able to enjoy a moment of peace.

Certain techniques for soundproofing a home are effective, but they are not always an option. These techniques can include acoustic panels or the addition of insulating wool In the walls of the house. But these are solutions that require lots of work. Do you want to improve your quality of life by reducing noise, without rethinking your property? Here are some tips and tricks that will help you achieve this. 

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Chickens in the urban environment: the pleasure of reconnecting with nature

Several Quebec municipalities have changed their regulations to allow their citizens to have some chickens in urbans areas.

And if your enthusiasm for chickens in urban areas does not comply with the regulations of your municipality… Is that good or bad news? 

Drummondville, Mascouche, Sorel-Tracy, Chambly, Carignan, Terrebonne, Gatineau, and the list continues. Chickens are truly back in town all over Quebec!

To be able to form an opinion, let us demystify the subject of chickens in urban areas.

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2019 trend to discover: Japandi

If you enjoyed learning more about the beauty of imperfection, the wabi-sabiand you already have a penchant for Scandinavian interior design, you will surely want to discover Japandi, an interesting yet harmonious style.

For several months, interior designers have been exploring Japandi. It combines the simplicity and irresistible warmth of northern interiors with the sleek and zen side of japanese style. Japandi Allows us to transform our home into a place where well-being reigns. Let us shed light on this new interior design trend!

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