A renovated home is so much more than beautiful – it’s a style evolution that  transforms both your home and your lifestyle! At Design Connection, Inc., we pride ourselves on listening to our clients and developing well thought-out plans that address every detail of a remodel.

In this blog, we’ll explore Part Two of a recently completed home transformation. It all started with the laundry room!

Laundry Room

When our client decided to remodel, an upstairs laundry room was a must-have. The downstairs location was dingy, cramped and inefficient, and our client’s wish list included ample space to hang-dry, plenty of storage and lots of light.

Laundry Room Before

Design Connection, Inc. moved the laundry room upstairs and gave our client exactly what they wanted – a light, airy space with great cabinetry, fantastic pullout drawers for storing supplies and stacking shelves.

Laundry Room After
Laundry Room After


When we first started working with our client, we had no idea they had so many books! Our client wanted to display their books and have a functional office in a space with a traditional library look and feel.

Library Before

Our careful space planning delivered stunning results! Design Connection, Inc. added custom-built bookcases in a deep brown finish and coordinating hardwood floors. We covered the walls in a soft grass cloth wallpaper. The desk is perfectly sized for the library, and features a rich leather desk top. The cabinetry was specially designed to keep document files organized, accessible and out of sight.

Library After


The kitchen transformation was dramatic! The faux-painted cabinetry made the space feel small and dark. The desk area didn’t function well and looked cluttered.

Kitchen Before

Our client dreamed of a kitchen with dining space for their entire family – and we made that dream a reality. We replaced the faux painted cabinetry with white cabinetry and infused the space with a color palette of whites and creams. A wet bar with richly-toned cabinetry added beauty and function. A mix of metals, including the oil-rubbed bronze light fixtures, adds to the ambiance. Best of all, we added a dining room table that can seat 14-16 people – more than enough for family gatherings!

Kitchen After

Kitchen Seating Area

The beauty of any renovation is the flow of the design from space to space. We continued the light and airy feel into a small seating area in the kitchen. We gave chairs that had been in the living room were reupholstered them in a tailored blue, and paired with ottomans to create a cozy and stylish seating area.

Kitchen Seating Area Before
Kitchen Seating Area After

Dining Room

An experienced designer can spot opportunities to re-purpose a client’s furnishings. In the dining room, we used several pieces from the client’s existing furniture.

Dining Room Before

We replaced the seating with chairs that had previously been used in the kitchen. Updated wallpaper and an oil-rubbed bronze lighting fixture refreshed the space. Replacing the carpeting with wood floors added warmth without weight.

Dining Room After

It’s All in the Planning

Style evolution like this doesn’t happen by accident. Every Design Connection, Inc. project is the result of careful planning. That’s what sets us apart, and how we make our client’s dream a reality!

When you’re ready for a remodel, I can help you find the perfect design for your space and just the right touches to transform your home. It’s what I do, and I love what I do! Contact me to set up a consultation! Call me at (913) 851-8776 or email me at Arlene@DesignConnectionInc.com.


Arlene Ladegaard and the Design Connection Team