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About Design Connection, Inc.


Design Connection, Inc. has successfully completed 27 years of creating beautiful interiors as a leading design firm in Southern California and Kansas City.

Whether you are looking to redecorate one room, remodel or build new, the team of professionals at Design Connection, Inc. will oversee every detail of your project. Design Connection, Inc. provides its own in-house architect, project manager and a team of design experts grounded in education and years of experience in their professions.

Our Design Team can envision, then execute every phase of the design process from blue prints to the last accessory in place. We specialize in new construction, home remodeling, updates, furniture, accessories, custom cabinets, countertops, tile and installations of all materials and much more. Our team also works with continuity and harmony to capture clients’ stories and translate them into timeless, elegant designs that provide order, comfort, beauty and function.

Design Connection, Inc. takes a portfolio approach to our work, where our clients’ projects maintain individual, separate identities. No two Design Connection Inc. projects look alike – they are distinct and specific to each client’s needs.

The firm’s founder and lead designer, Arlene Ladegaard, oversees each detail from the first meeting to the final day of the project.

Our clients say we “create beautiful spaces that function and fit their lifestyles”, spaces that hold great meaning for them, homes with rooms that are so inviting they just want to stay, relax and enjoy.

Arlene Ladegaard, IIDA | E-Mail Arlene >


Owner, Principal Interior Designer

Arlene Ladegaard is an award-winning, certified interior designer with more than 30 years’ experience, providing innovative residential design services to more than 500 satisfied clients in Kansas City and nationwide.

As an interior designer, she is known for creating spaces that are classic, timeless and create a unique sense of style and sophistication with the utmost sense of personal comfort and taste.

Arlene’s beautiful designs are showcased in some of the finest homes of Kansas City. She has had the wonderful opportunity to live in the French-speaking part of Switzerland and hails from Southern California, where she had her own interior design business and taught interior design in Santa Monica for many years.

She has been the proud recipient of numerous, prestigious interior design and remodeling awards. Arlene is the only interior designer to have won the Heartland Design Award for the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) for the gold placement eight consecutive years in a row.

Arlene loves to travel and this has honed her designer’s eye. Whether in Paris (where she studied design), London (where she was a member of the local chapter of the International Interior Design Association), New York or Chicago or scores of other places, Arlene finds herself being pulled to design centers where she indulges her passion for all-things-design.

Alongside her love of design, she is also deeply committed to her family, which includes two delightful dogs, her interdependent design team and all her clients. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, relaxing in her boat, or simply being outdoors where she draws inspiration from nature’s beauty.

Arlene studied interior design at universities in Missouri and California. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Interior Design where she served as a board member.

Professional Organizations

  • Certified Interior Designer California Council Interior Design Certification (CCIDC)
  • American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
  • International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
  • National Association for the Remodeling Industry (NARI)
  • Member of the Leawood Rotary Club
  • Member of the Central Exchange
  • Member of the Leawood Chamber of Commerce

Design Connection, Inc. Team

Dana Winley

Dana Winley

Project Manager and Interior Designer

Dana brings 40 years of Interior Design experience to our team. She studied in Lucerne Switzerland and completed her Graduate Degree with a private Design School in Kansas City. She has worked on projects internationally as well as across the United States. She has extensive experience in space planning, Kitchen and Bath design, construction Project Management and has worked in the furniture industry.
Dana is no stranger to Design Connection. She has returned to resume her position as Project Manager and Interior Designer. She has worked in every aspect of the Design business and is always ready for the challenge of the next project. E-Mail Dana >

Bailey Amtower

Bailey Amtower

Project Manager

Bailey has extensive architectural design and space planning experience ranging from commercial projects to residential design. She brings a high level of professionalism and creativity to our design team. She consistently demonstrates flexibility and possibility while embracing the virtues of practicality and solutions. This successful collaboration ensures the perfect balance between our aesthetics and functionality to all of our projects. Bailey earned her bachelor’s degree in Interior Architecture and Product Design from Kansas State University in 2004. She is actively involved in the community and enjoys spending time with her family, running, graduate school and a good book. She joined the Design Connection, Inc. team in January of 2014 and has been a valued addition to our firm. E-Mail Bailey >

Pam Tolbert

Pam Tolbert

Project Administrator

Pam joined Design Connection, Inc. in the winter of 2015. During the course of her 20 year professional career, Pam has owned a family business and been providing organization, bookkeeping and customer service to the corporate world. Here at Design Connection, Inc. as she is our wonderful office manager; maintaining our daily workload and communications. She ensures that all clients are informed of what is going on with each of their projects and her calm and balance demeanor provide guidance for the client’s needs. Pam skills and gifts are an added bonus to the Design Connection, Inc. team. E-Mail Pam >

Ed Ladegaard

Ed Ladegaard

Co-owner, Director of Marketing and Design Administration

Ed brings his considerable business experience and acumen to the strategic planning, marketing and administrative oversight role at Design Connection, Inc. Prior to forming Design Connection, Inc. with Arlene, Ed spent nearly 35 years as a senior manufacturing executive with the Friskies Petcare division of Nestlé. His international assignments, which resulted in the family relocating to Switzerland, helped formulate the lifestyle tastes and ideas which permeate Design Connection, Inc. today. E-Mail Ed >

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