Our design philosophy is simple: It’s your home so it should reflect your style, taste, wants and needs. Our job is to help you create and achieve your vision.
Sarah Kidder Design is a 7-times consecutive winner of the HomeStars “Best Of” Award, an award based on stellar customer service. We are also winners of the 2015 HomeStars “Giving Back” award for our charity work. Most recently, our designs have won 3 National Kitchen and Bath Association Design Excellence Awards.
Meet the Team
Principal, Senior Designer
I’m the mother of three messy children (two human, one canine) and wife to a maddeningly neat husband, so I understand the challenges of designing a space that is practical, durable and that, of course, looks great too!
I’m an 80’s child with a love of music, from classical to metal, horror films, tattoo culture, saturated colours, and the unexpected. My haircut and colour change constantly and I always have coffee with me.
By my appearance, most people assume my design style is modern and although I really like that style, I’m a traditionalist at heart. I love history, bird iconography, Victorian & Edwardian architecture, and antiques. When it comes to your home, however, you dictate the style, not me.
I graduated with a diploma from the Interior Decorating program at Algonquin College in 2005 and have been a guest expert many times at the variety of Ottawa Home Shows, an instructor in the Res. Décor program and guest speaker in the Interior Decorating program at Algonquin College.
After more than 13 years in the design industry I can confidently say that my training and experience ensure that the job is done right, to your tastes, every time.
Cynthia (Cyndi) Marleau-Ryder
Junior Designer, Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer
Cyndi has been a valuable member of the SKD Team since January 2014 when she started her co-op from the Interior Decorating program at Algonquin College.
After graduating in April 2014, she enrolled in the Kitchen and Bath Design program, also at Algonquin and graduated in April 2015.
Cyndi provides colour consultations, works hands on with SKD’s projects by preparing working drawings, 3D renderings, sourcing products, materials and finishes and organizing and preparing client files.
She is the NKBA 2015 Design Excellence 2nd place award winner in the ‘Best New Designer’ category, and the 2014/2015 2nd place winner nationally of the NKBA/GE Charette award for Kitchen Design.
I come to SKD with 35 years experience in office administration and a wealth of knowledge in everything from accounting to order management to shipping and receiving. The organizational guru of the company, you can often find me sorting through the piles of paper Sarah leaves in her wake.
Mostly, I manage the day to day operations of the office, but from the background; you’ll usually be dealing with Sarah directly, but can reach out to me in a pinch.
I’m an introvert who loves reading, spending time with my dog, Blazer (who’s almost bigger than I am!), and with my family and friends. I’m a horror movie lover – my birthday is on Halloween, after all – and I’d live on the beach if I could.
SKD works with and recommends Irish Renovations for all types of renovations, from powder rooms to entire home or condo renovations. Irish Renovations is a family owned business with over 70 years of qualified experience over 2 generations. SKD has been working with the Irish Renovations team for over 5 years.
Vala Home Improvements
SKD works with and recommends Vala Home Improvements for large, complex projects such as those requiring structural changes, full working drawings, small additions and turnkey solutions. SKD has been working with Richard and the Vala Home team for 2 years on large and small projects.
National Kitchen and Bath Association
Sarah Kidder Design is a member in good standing of the National Kitchen and Bath Association.