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Meet Arlene

Shopping in Paris

Arlene in Paris shopping for art for a client.

Living In Europe

Arlene and Ed took some time to travel while living in Europe. Rome Italy was one of the stops.

On the Radio

Arlene was invited to be on a radio show to give interior design tips to callers.

Meeting the Mayor

Arlene opens up her home several times a year to co-host networking events. At this Leawood Chamber of Commerce event, Peggy Dunn, the Mayor of Leawood, KS came to mingle.

Kansas City Family

We celebrated a joyful family event when our granddaughter was married last June. We are so proud of her!

California Family

Arlene grew up in California and enjoys going back to visit her family. Here is a great recent shot of the family clan including kids and grandkids.

20th Anniversary of the Leawood Rotary Club

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Leawood Rotary Club at the beautiful Venue enjoying food, wine and great friendships.

Friends

The Design Connection, Inc. team works together at the office, and we are all friends outside the office. Here is our group with our supportive hubbies.

Rotary Club

Being an active member of Rotary has been a part of Arlene’s life. For many years she was a member of Overland Park Rotary Club and later Leawood Rotary Club.

Arlene’s Life Story…

  • Born and raised in Los Angeles, California (San Fernando Valley)
  • Stevens College in Columbia, Missouri
  • University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Started Design Connection, Inc. in Calabases, CA specializing in residential interior design
  • Lived and worked in the French speaking part of Switzerland
  • Membership in IIDA (International Interior Design Association), London UK Chapter
  • Continuing education Study of Architecture in Paris, France
  • Attained California Certification in Interior Design (CCIDC) while living abroad
  • Relocated to Kansas City and re-established Design Connection, Inc.
  • Became member and Board Member of American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
  • Active member of Leawood Chamber of Commerce for 13 years
  • Active member of Leawood Rotary Club, and later Overland Park Rotary Club
  • Member of Central Exchange
  • Member of National Association for the Remodeling Industry (NARI)
Hobbies

Arlene loves to garden, go boating, and spend time with her 2 Cocker Spaniels, and her husband Ed, and grandkids.

Favorite Music

Beatles, Beach Boys, James Taylor and Carole King, Whitney Houston

Favorite Reads

Sue Grafton, Joel Goldman, historical biography, Architectural Digest, Economist, Newsweek.

Favorite Eats

Axouis, American Restaurant, Lidia’s, Arthur Bryants

Favorite Movies

Dirty Dancing, Devil Wears Prada, anything with Michael Douglas

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