A New Backyard Oasis Helps a Military Lawyer Cope With Her PTSD

A New Backyard Oasis Helps a Military Lawyer Cope With Her PTSD

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A New Backyard Oasis Helps a Military Lawyer Cope With Her PTSD

A lot of things can trigger April Inglis’ post-traumatic stress disorder. As a military lawyer of 20 years who spent a good amount of time in places like Afghanistan, she confronts triggers throughout her daily life in Ottawa, Ontario. But there’s one place she doesn’t have to worry about any of it: her new backyard.

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Muskokatana
How lovely! the matching toepolish is a lark. I wish them many happy years in the garden and thank her for her service!
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April Inglis
Totally by accident!
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Liza Hermandez
Thank you for your service! Your backyard is beautiful and so is your dog. I hope the rest of your life is filled with peace and happiness.
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Erika Ellis
Beautiful
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mykidshavetails Dallas
What a peaceful , relaxing , gorgeous space to de stress . Your dog is lovely !
As someone who has PTSD and crippling anxiety EMDR therapy has helped .
I’m so sorry . Sending you healing vibes and positive thoughts .
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Hélène Boisvert
Very inspiring.
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Amal H.d
nice
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debbduda
She awesome..I too thank you for your service..you certainly set bar high for backyard renovation
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Hrgomez Improvements
Piece of Heaven..
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Remax Affiliates Realty Ltd. Brokerage

Beautiful Backyard! Your landscape ideas were perfect for this location and your lifestyle. My husband was the lead landscaper on this project and each day would share how it was progressing, thank you for sharing your story!

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yat4x4
I wish I can have this here... But our rain is just going to ruin the furniture & bed.
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Sarah
Beautiful backyard- lots of great spaces to relax and heal. Congratulations on a well thought out space you can enjoy for years!
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Faustina Ncheye
a nice backyard garden
   
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Blu Studio S.A.

Beautiful project, feel so happy for her, blessings

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Instyle interior consultants
excellent work.....it is always good to have a sanctuary within your home where you can feel yourself....that is brilliant.
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Nardous Los
Beautiful Love it your garden. strong woman. from Holland
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msmaggie38654

What a lovely space you created. I love the lights especially behind the curtains.

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methodical4444
Just beautiful, thank you for your service, god bless
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Christiane Corriveau
Very nice and peaceful!
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brownem

First of all Thank You For Your Service. You have the most precious dog and the most beautiful yard I have seen. I am in Afghanistan right now and I understand how important it is coming home to a safe and wonderful environment. You have given me the inspiration of one day having an oasis when I purchase my own home. God Bless and enjoy your oasis.

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002806
Beautiful
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Deborah Bell
Beautiful and thank you for your service
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Roger Dodger

I've always wanted a bed-type feature in my backyard, but how does something like that handle the elements?

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vetvett
You did a really good job on this project. I really like it a lot.
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Jm Princewell

Thank you for sharing your fulfilled inspiration for a beautiful backyard. So enjoyed seeing your design. Enjoy!

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Shoshana Bloom

Beautiful and comfy. Enjoy

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adeleandjim
Lovely
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terrisuzanne

You are amazing - I think you have a new career! Your taste is exquisite!

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normpo

Beautiful story along with the beautiful yard!

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April Inglis
Brownem! Stay safe my friend! You will have a place like this some day! In the meantime find calm and peaceful moments wherever you can! Come home soon! Hugs
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April Inglis
Thank you all for your kind words and support!
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Patty Aleman
Nice
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Theresa Wells

April, I so enjoyed meeting you & Toffee! I wish you continued healing in your beautiful oasis!

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Paula Barlow
Thank you for your service! You have a beautiful sanctuary; hoping it brings the peace you deserve.
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stacy hoover
Love this!
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whollyfool

So beautiful. Hoping April finds the peace she deserves.

Does anyone have a link for the outdoor lounge bed?

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@brownem

Hang in there and come back to us safe. Best wishes to you.

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tmmurphy

This is such a gorgeous back yard. I love what you've done - so inspiring. And little Toffee is so adorable. All the best!

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Theresa Schmieder
What an amazing retreat! You have inspired me .
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prayer121
April,
First, Thank You for your service. I love your beautiful backyard design. You have some really great ideas that came together nicely. Blessings!
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saffronwellsley

It looks wonderful April. I've often wondered how fabrics used outdoors last with weather conditions relating to UV rays and rain …. sometimes being wet for days. I imagine waterproof fabric well sealed to protect cushion fillers and also the actual mattress .... What kind of fabric please? Do you need to take some things indoors when it rains? I would love to do the same but don't have any storage space indoors. Thank you very much for sharing. Best wishes to you always!

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suze166

I truly love what you did with your backyard, it compliments your beautiful personality !!! Thank you so very much for your service . Enjoy your gorgeous retreat and adorable dog for many, many years to come.

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lesleycurl

It's beautiful and enjoy your peaceful new retreat!

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ashat93

April,

This is a beautiful and serene oasis. You have a natural talent for design...just lovely...love, love, love it!!!! (Thank you for your service!).

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missmaki7

It's a beautiful spot you've created. May the two of you spend many well- deserved peaceful days there. Thank you

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Diane DiPiero Rodio

Beautiful. Thank you for your service.

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Zami r

OMG! such a calm and beautiful space , love it !!! But Please gimme tips who do you tackle the winter, should move all these lovely furniture and day bed in ?? just curious

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Bless you, April! It's astounding at how beautiful outdoor spaces created with Mother Nature can heal our inner most Being in such a passive and digestible way.

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Beth Holmberg
I love your yard! I’ll be using some of these ideas in my own yard.
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April Inglis
Hi SaffronWellsley
Thanks for your lovely compliments! Outdoor fabrics do very well outdoors. I leave them outside all summer. There are two indoor pillow types in my garden, the blue back rest pillow, which is made for indoor beds, and the two solid lime green cushions on the daybed. I bring those in when it rains. The most important quality of outdoor pillows is that they have zipper covers so you can take them off and toss them in the wash! I also used inexpensive ikea curtain panels for the curtain wall and they just go right in the wash if they get dirty and when I bring them in for the winter. Also sew Velcro at the bottom in both corners and in the middle of each panel and glue and staple the other side to the fence or bottom rail of the privacy screen so they don’t fly around in the wind. The wicker ottoman needs to be covered in the rain. I put two of the blue chairs on my front porch for the winter and the others in the basement. The dining benches fit under the daybed platform and the table upside down on top of the daybed platform. The canopy came in for a wash and I put an outdoor furniture cover over the daybed to keep the bulk of the weather off them all. The chairs could also go in there on top of the upturned table and under the cover if u have no place inside. I wash the pillows and store them in space bags to minimize the bulk so they take up less space inside and fit under beds or in closets. Hope that helps.
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meaghan_71
God Bless you and Toffi and thank you kindly for your service to the free world and democracy!
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christinelukasik

Did you have the planters built strictly with wood? Or are they block and covered with wood? I am looking to build planters in my yard.

   
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Lynn B

Your yard is beautiful and calming just to look at. The love you put into your design shines through. What a lovely space to use day or night and share with friends. The space is divided into usable areas that flow together well. What pretty plantings and colors you chose. Thank you so much for sharing.

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DeShawn Moore
Very nice
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Éva Rozsa

Her home is very friendly and comfortable.


   
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hawkb

Beautiful place, beautiful lady, beautiful pup! Thank you Ms. Inglis for sharing your wonderful space!

   
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camille

Nice job, very relaxing, you should be proud : )


   
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April Inglis
Yes the planters are built with 6x6 pressure treated posts simply spiked together (each course of 4x4 is spiked in the corners at the joints and a couple of places in between). Long spikes
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Lisa

Every element is beautiful - the planters, the hardscape, the furniture, all of it. Great job.


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redoredone

I also thank you for your service. You deserve this serene and beautiful spot to call your own. Very well done. May you and sweet Toffi spend many happy years here.

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Trevor Wall
Wow awesome backyard looks like a lot of thought put into it. I have P.T.S.D TOO:)
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Daneen

What is the brand name of the outdoor heater?

   
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dannielleb

This is a beautiful backyard and your dog is adorable. I hope that your space brings you joy and peace.

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Nancy Mckenna
You are an impressive woman. Thank you for sharing.
Nancy
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April Inglis
Daneen the heater is Muskoka lifestyle. It is available in the Houzz marketplace and is tagged in one of the pics.
   
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Bobby D Trujillo

Beautiful area love that BBQs are good anytime... Thank you for your service.

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nanaob
Thank you for your service! Your backyard is beautiful, calm and peaceful.
I really like the unifying effect & definition of the black fence. Could you share the stain or paint colour you used ?
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April Inglis
Hi nanob

This was Stormguard stain in Carbon it coloured both the cedar and the pressure treated fence panels equally well. I sprayed it on and brushed it in as i went. But i would brush it onto the top rails as the spray didn’t last well over the summer with the squirrels running on it with their little claws! The rest is doing really well.