It’s such an honor have my latest project featured in the “Ask the Designer” article in this month’s issues of Leawood Lifestyle Magazine and Johnson County Lifestyle Magazines! Check it out!  

Ask the Designer

Photography by Paul Versluis

Question:  Homeowners are often unsure if they should move or spend money to update their current home. “Will renovating my home be worth the money,” they ask?  “Will updating to today’s styles increase the value of my home enough?”


The truth is that it all depends on the updates you choose. Paint, flooring, countertops and cabinets that reflect the current trends are a must when marketing your home for resale. However, depending on your area and the current housing market, a major renovation may not bring you an immediate return on your efforts.

This featured home was built 12 years ago by a family who has since grown out of their home’s Tuscan-style design. They longed for a more transitional style with a design that made better use of their first floor. They contemplated selling and moving into a new home, but they love the friends they’ve made and the schools that are in their current neighborhood. After much consideration, they decided to stay in their existing home even though the updates they desire may not bring an immediate return if they were to sell today.

Their design of choice includes an updated kitchen with a new island, countertops, backsplash and stunning new pendants. Transforming the existing cabinets with a fresh coat of paint yielded a cost-effective solution while providing the sleek gray and white colors they desired.

The fireplace was gutted, redesigned and stacked with real stone, a new mantel was installed and the new television was positioned above for comfortable viewing throughout the living room. The home was painted in a warm gray, and the floors were refinished with a dark brown coffee stain, setting the standard for today’s sophisticated styles.

At the end of the day, the new design, furnishings and accessories gave this family their dream home all in the comfort of the neighborhood they love, which is an option you too should consider when ready for a new style.

Content for this article was provided by Arlene Ladegaard, principal designer of Design Connection, Inc. Design Connection, Inc. is an award-winning design studio located in Overland Park, Kan. Arlene can be reached at 913-851-8776.