It is a proud day for us at Design Connection, Inc.! Arlene Ladegaard has been honored by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), winning 4 awards for her interior designs! Check out the Before & After pictures of her award-winning transformations here!

Last week, I was honored to have my work as an interior designer acknowledged at The 2018 ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) Awards.

The ASID awards are quite the honor to receive; winners are chosen by our industry peers and are judged by another chapter in different state. In addition to being recognized for 20 years of service, I also won four awards! Special thanks are due to my talented Design Team for all of your hard work and dedication!

To see more Before & After pics and to read the design stories for each of these unique spaces, click on the pics for more details. Here’s a look at our 2018 ASID award winning projects:


The challenges in this project were to brighten up the space, make the kitchen and the hearth room into one cohesive space, to provide more storage within the same square footage, and to create a functional design where my client will be able to age in place.

Before Kitchen Remodel Kansas City

Kitchen Remodel Design Connection Inc Kansas City

In order to visually open up the space and eliminate the disconnection between the hearth room and the kitchen, the cathedral ceiling was extended throughout the kitchen. In the process, additional can lights were installed to provide much needed light. The dark wood paneling was eliminated and the walls received a lighter color treatment, allowing this space to look much brighter and open.

The original kitchen layout was flipped in order to provide a better traffic flow into and out of the space.

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Kitchen Remodel After Kansas CIty Design Connection

The relocation of the peninsula allowed for deeper base cabinets for more storage, as well as a more spacious seating area. The full-height wall cabinet next to the peninsula features hidden storage spaces for the client’s crystals, while visually balancing out the refrigerator wall on the other side.

Hidden Storage Kitchen Remodel

Other amenities like spice pull-outs flanking the cooktop and electrical outlet strips concealed underneath the countertop add to the functionality of the kitchen.

Hidden Kitchen Storage Arlene Ladegaard

All of the customized features of this kitchen, such as lower wall oven height, considerable hidden storage, all-drawer base cabinets, and wheelchair accessibility make this home into the perfect space to age in place.

Kitchen Remodel Design Connection Inc Kansas City

The new kitchen is now brighter, visually larger, and full of amenities that will allow my client to easily and comfortably use this space for years to come.


Master Bathroom

The second 2018 ASID award I received was for the master bathroom design in this home.

Bathroom Remodel Before 1

Bathroom Remodel After DCI

The entire bathroom layout was redesigned with the clients’ current and future needs in mind. The old double vanity was removed and a new vanity was designed with a custom handicap accessible make-up area.

ADA Shower Kansas City Interior Designer

By removing the two walk-in closets located on either side of the bathroom entrance, I was able to design a zero-entry shower that is large enough to comfortably accommodate and easily maneuver a wheelchair.

ADA Shower Wheelchair Kansas CIty Interior Designer

In addition to the existing large walk-in closet in the master bedroom area, large linen closets were installed in the master bathroom for the clients’ specific storage needs.

Bathroom Wardrobe Arlene Ladegaard DCI

Bathroom Storage Aelene Ladegaard DCI

Dining Room

My clients decided that the formal dining room could use a facelift for it to become an aesthetically pleasing and usable space.

Dining Room Before 2

Dining Room After 2

The table needed to be the centerpiece of the room in terms of both physical and visual scale. Because the limited room space didn’t allow for anything larger than 72 inches in width, a beautiful round dining table with a slimmer pedestal base was selected to allow for more leg room. The new velvet chairs are perfect in scale and style, as my clients can now seat up to eight comfortably.The walls are now covered in a beautiful gray wallpaper with a subtle texture to bring the space up to date. The unimpressive back wall received three large mirrors with beveled and gold faceted accents.


The existing built-in china cabinets on either side of the French doors were also out of date with a dark granite countertop and older style of cabinet doors.


Dining Room After 1

Updating the cabinet doors and drawer fronts to freshen up the built-in units, as well as changing out the countertops to 2-centimeter Carrera marble with mitered sides added an elegant touch. The insides of the cabinets were painted in a silver color that added a patina and sparkle, showcasing the crystal goblets that have been treasured for generations. The formal dining room is now a bright and elegant space the clients enjoy seeing every day, and a comfortable and beautiful space to entertain family and friends.



Because this entire kitchen needed to be reconfigured, this was the perfect opportunity to give my clients their dream kitchen, with attention to the smallest of details.

Kitchen Before Remodel

Kitchen Remodel DCI Arlene Ladegaard

The new cabinets’ inset doors with bead molding made the kitchen visually uncluttered and streamlined.  The new built-in Sub-Zero refrigerator also received inset face panels in order to prevent it from visually overcrowding the space. To give the clients the high-end kitchen they wanted, new Wolf gas cooktop, microwave, and wall ovens were specified.

Kitchen Remodel Arlene Ladegaard Kansas City Design Connection

The new kitchen is now brighter and visually larger, making it the focal point of the living space that it deserves to be. New inset cabinets with increased storage space and new appliance placements transformed the kitchen from an overcrowded and dysfunctional afterthought to the perfect space to both sit and relax every day and to entertain family and friends. The new kitchen is now a luxurious and high-end space my clients had been dreaming of.


Check out the other ares of this home that have also received an update here:

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