We won BEST OF HOUZZ! A huge THANK YOU to my amazing design team, to our incredible clients and to the professionals in the Houzz community for helping us win BEST OF HOUZZ for the 5th consecutive year! Keep reading to see what the buzz is about!

What is Houzz, you say? See the press release below, as well as some of our client reviews that played a huge role in securing our Houzz Client Satisfaction award. We were also presented with the highly coveted Houzz Design Award! Keep reading for pics of some of our latest interior design projects.



Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017


Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,

Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World


January 17, 2017DESIGN CONNECTION, INC. of Overland Park, KS has won “Best Of Design” and “Best of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The The 30+ year-old full-service interior design firm, Design Connection, Inc., under the direction of Arlene Ladegaard, was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of  their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“Your home should be tailored to your needs and infused with your personal style… a design that is timeless. My passion is creating stunning interiors that are sophisticated, elegant, comfortable and functional, and unique to each one of our clients.” –Arlene Ladegaard

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Design Connection, Inc.,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

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Here’s what our clients had to say:

“Arlene and the team came up with a design to make better use of our kitchen space, add storage for kids’ toys and games and to update all of the fixtures and flooring. The entire process was simple for us, Arlene’s team came up with materials, drawings and designs and we approved the approach…

…The contractors that Design Connection used are some of the best I have ever encountered. They were all experienced craftsmen who arrived on time and did not leave a mess. This is important when you have people in your house every day for two to three months! The entire project finished on-time and on-budget…   …When we originally built our house, the punch list seemed to be a long and drawn out process. The small list we had was completed before furniture was delivered! I can’t stress enough how easy this part was.” Read more about this project here.


“Arlene, my husband and I would like to thank you for all your time, knowledge and generosity with our kitchen remodel.

Everything looks great! We are very happy! You have an exceptional team. Bailey was so nice to get to know and did an expert job working with all the subs and keeping everything on schedule. It was a pleasure to work with all your team, Pam Shane and Courtney.” Read more about this project here.


“I recently worked with Arlene and her team on a whole house renovation. She listened and was quick to pick up on exactly my taste, wants and needs. The finished product is stunning and a total transformation of a house stuck in the 70’s to a sophisticated open floor plan reflecting today’s beautiful finishes and design.

… Her scope of work ranged from removal of walls, total kitchen, powder room, master bedroom and en-suite, furniture, rugs, etc. down to napkin rings! Beautiful. So very much fun working with Design Connection and their strong leader, Arlene Ladegaard. Bravo.” See more rooms from this whole home project here.


“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!” Read more about this project here.


“Arlene Ladegaard absolutely excels at interior design. She really listens to her clients as to their goals, lifestyles, tastes, preferences, and budget. She’s not a designer who has to have it her way, or else. She is at once collaborative, professional, and instructive. All of her design team members are a pleasure to work with, and are extremely responsive and helpful…

… I had never worked with an interior designer for a complete project before hiring Arlene. She completely transformed my living room from a mismatched hodgepodge of furniture to a coordinated, balanced, “grown up” room that both respects and accentuates the architecture of my home. I can now entertain friends, family, and clients in both style and comfort. I will, without hesitation, recommend her to friends, colleagues, and clients whenever the opportunity arises. Thank you Arlene!” Read more about this project here.

See our favorite Before & After interior design transformations from 2016 here!