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