As a Greater Kansas City interior designer, I am so honored to have one of my recent projects showcased on SIX PAGES of the September 2016 publication of Johnson County Lifestyle Magazine! The team at Design Connection, Inc. would like to share our feature story with you:


A Home for all Ages

Arlene Ladegaard, an award-winning interior designer and her design team at Design Connection, Inc. brought this 1970s-Overland Park home up to date with an open floor plan and transitional furnishings that capitalized the existing features of the home such as large windows and the beautiful scenery of the backyard.


“The client told us, ‘Just do it, I trust you,’” said Arlene. “That makes such a difference in the result. My team and I were able to implement everything from the biggest decision to the smallest detail – from the initial plan to the last accessory in place.” Often times, homeowners who attempt to get remodeling projects on their own get bogged down, frustrated, and overwhelmed, and “it’s important to hire someone you trust who can see the whole vision,” Arlene added.

Although the client had lost his wife, he wanted to stay in his home. “It was a beautiful space on five acres, but his house was outdated with a typical 70’s style. He had always wanted to remove the interior wall and open up the space, but he quickly realized he needed help. We gave him a home he could enjoy and age in.”

Arlene carefully balanced the client’s active lifestyle and his needs, while bearing in mind that this was the house that he would call his forever home. His home now showcases transitional furnishings with sleek lines in classic silhouettes in masculine and crisp color palette of gray and navy.

A load-bearing wall that once divided the kitchen and the great room was removed to allow the main floor to flow seamlessly and accommodate entertaining family and friends for the holidays.

The new open space also capitalizes on the abundant natural light coming through the large windows in the living space and a skylight in the master bathroom, as chrome and crystal fixtures reflect off the light. Safety elements such as chrome grab bars and a zero-entry shower in the master bathroom impeccably blended with the rest of the space to enhance the safety measures without an institutional look.


The aging in place trend is expected to grow in the next decade according to housing industry experts, as more baby boomers choose to stay in home rather than selling. The trend appeals to the homeowners who love the location of their homes, the extra bedrooms for the grandchildren and all the memories they made in the house.

You may reach Arlene Ladegaard principal designer of Design
Connection, Inc. at 913 851-8776 or online


With the original wall removed, the kitchen, breakfast area, and the great room became one open space. New hardwood flooring with dark stain replaced the old flooring to create a natural flow. The new space now has transitional furnishings in an updated color palette of gray and navy and a brand new fireplace in pale gray ceramic tiles.


The gorgeous custom dining table in a light gray finish, arm chairs in a navy linen, and tailored window treatments unify the breakfast area with the great room and the kitchen.


The powder room used to be a dimly lit space with old oak cabinetry. Today, a gray graphic wallpaper,  chrome fixtures, and a new gray cabinet with a marble counter top make this stunning powder room.


The new white custom cabinets, chrome plumbing fixtures, and custom mirrors reflect the natural light pouring through the skylight. The marble-like gray and white floor tiles and backsplash tiles surrounding the stand-alone tub add a hint of elegance to the bathroom.


The old master shower with a white prefabricated base was replaced with a beautiful zero entry shower in gray tiles. The custom roman shade, chrome plumbing fixtures, and frameless euro glass shower enclosure complete the tailored master bath shower.