Don’t take no for an an­swer — with any­thing in life!

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - HOME RENOVATION -

— Joanne Tré­panier dec­o­ra­tor Sarah Kid­der of Sarah Kid­der De­signs. She saw the po­ten­tial of the project im­me­di­ately and was up for the chal­lenge, work­ing closely with the con­trac­tor Gerry Brazeau Con­struc­tion and cabi­net maker Sébo Wood­work.

The end re­sult was not only a kitchen with high-func­tion­ing space and up-to-date style, but a trib­ute to all in­volved. The client, con­trac­tor and de­signer worked through the ups and downs of a com­plex ren­o­va­tion and had noth­ing but good words to say about each other. Joanne, Sarah and Bob also gained more than just an ex­cel­lent client/ dec­o­ra­tor re­la­tion­ship; they formed a firm friend­ship dur­ing a dif­fi­cult time.

Mid­way through the ren­o­va­tion, Joanne was di­ag­nosed with Myelodys­plas­tic Syn­drome (MDS), a se­ri­ous and life-threat­en­ing ill­ness. Sarah praised Joanne for her pos­i­tive and de­ter­mined out­look dur­ing the project and also for the tena­cious per­se­ver­ance she ap­plied to get­ting her con­di­tion di­ag­nosed.

Par­al­lels can def­i­nitely be drawn be­tween Joanne’s per­sis­tence at find­ing a de­signer who could make her kitchen dreams come true and her in­sis­tence that there was some­thing phys­i­cally wrong with her, even though med­i­cal tests re­peat­edly came back clear. Both ex­pe­ri­ences prompted Joanne to of­fer the sim­ple ad­vice: “Don’t take no for an an­swer – with any­thing in life.”

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