This Shawnee, KS home just got a massive design update. Check out these amazing Before & After photos!

Most of our interior design projects are a combination of updating the décor and redesigning the floor plan. An open-concept floorplan and hardwood floors that flow throughout the home are among our most requested design elements. This Shawnee, KS home already had an attractive, functional, flowing floor plan, but it also had a combination of carpet and light hardwood floors with TONS of trim throughout. The honey-colored oak floors, trim, and cabinetry dominated the entire first floor and held this home in a perpetual design state of Throwback Thursdays-1990’s edition.


My clients enlisted Design Connection, Inc. to revamp their dated first floor, which includes the family room, powder room, kitchen and dining area, laundry room, and formal dining room.

Because the rooms on the first floor flowed from one space to the next, we tackled my clients’ all-too-common design dilemma with the careful selection of paint colors. We used beautiful shades of grays with white trim throughout, ensuring that each room effortlessly blended into the next and maintained the style and flow that our clients desired.


One of the first steps in our design process is to determine not only what changes you would like to make, but how you currently use your space. How do you live and move throughout your home on a daily basis? What will your future needs be? With insight into how you will be utilizing your space going forward, we create a space plan. This allows us to account for every inch and guarantees that the new furnishings are sized perfectly for each unique space.

floor-plan-dciThis floor plan was created and all of the furnishings were selected with the homeowners’ ideals in mind. Comfortable seating that focused on the fireplace and television were skillfully positioned. We installed the television above the mantle, ensuring easy viewing from every angle in the room. Upholstered pieces with well-wearing fabrics were wisely chosen to marry the older traditional pieces with the new end tables and contemporary lighting.


When our clients receive a drastic design change complete with new furnishings, many times there is an accessory or painting or a special piece of furniture that they would love to see incorporated into their new design. These treasured pieces tend to serve as a jumping point in our designs; colors are pulled from a painting and used to tie a color scheme together, or, as in this case, their mid-century wood pieces anchors the new furniture selections and balances the re-design of this newly remodeled transitional great room.


The new area rug grounds the room and the gold and warm gray tones add richness and comfort to the new color scheme. Hunter Douglas wood blinds finished in white compliment the new trim color and complete the look of this beautiful and updated transitional space.


Grays are HUGE right now and they are still gaining momentum, proving to be a design trend with staying power. Classic yet fresh, grays are the perfect neutral with personality. By using a darker gray on the fireplace and behind the shelves on the build-in, we were able to add visual interest to this space by drawing the eye in and highlighting the beautiful craftsmanship and stunning fireplace surround.


The bar area in the great room was also re-vamped. The awkward and chunky honey-oak double door cabinet was replaced with a separate lower cabinet and a lighted glass paneled upper cabinet. The Cambria quartz counter top adds class  and clean lines to this new great room showpiece.


The original kitchen was dated by the style of the oak cabinets and the aged appearance of the appliances and countertops. The old honey-colored cabinets were in great condition and the storage capacity was thoughtfully designed, so we  refinished them in a crisp and classic, timeless white. The custom designed cabinet was the perfect choice to unify the contrast of the white cabinets with the newly darkened wood floors and the new table and chairs. This cabinet was designed and created for my clients’ specific storage needs in mind and included custom features like a hidden charging compartment for their wireless devices.


The Cambria quartz countertops and the new stainless steel appliances combined with the glazed gray subway tile backsplash gives this kitchen a new contemporary feel, yet blends perfectly with the traditional look of the white cabinetry and the dark flooring and warm wood pieces.


This new wood floors continue throughout the main floor and the warm gray wall color flows effortlessly into the dining room. This space was also updated by replacing the brass chandelier with a brushed nickel finish and adding gorgeous new custom window treatments.



The first floor powder room was a complete remodel, updating everything from the floor to ceiling. The light oak wood was refinished and the powder room was brought up-to-date and on-trend with the new mirror, the custom vanity, and the smooth Cambria quartz counter top. The patterned wallpaper creates visual interest and ties the colors in with the rest of the updated first floor.


Design Connection Inc. of Overland Park provided space planning, remodeling, painting, furniture, area rugs, accessories, project management and paint and stain selections.


Here is what our client had to say:

Arlene is a creative designer who listened to our ideas of what we wanted and came up with plans to make the outcome lovely. She let us know what the design cost would be as soon as she had a developed design. Design Connection is organized into a team of people who divided up supervision of the tasks involved in the remodeling project to insure its successful and on-time completion. She brought quality contractors into the project who delivered good results. Before any work began, we were given a day-by-day calendar that indicated who would be in our house and what they would be doing during the 3-month project. We are enjoying the final product!


Is your home in need of a design update? We are here to help! We know that figuring out where to start can be the hardest part of a home decor update or remodel. We make your tough design decisions easy–Contact us for a complimentary design consultation!