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Our Interior Design Awards


Design Connection, Inc. has been the recipient of numerous interior design awards and recognitions from our professional colleagues and best of Houzz 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017. While this professional recognition is always very gratifying, our greater satisfaction comes from the pleasure these clients/homeowners receive from their finished projects.

Our goal is always to deliver for them a one-of-a-kind space or home that flows seamlessly and reflects their unique lifestyles. You may view our award winning Kansas City interior design projects below.

Shawnee First Floor Remodel and Furniture


Gold Winner – American Society of Interior Designers ASID for Living Area

Arlene Ladegaard of Design Connection, Inc. received the 2017 ASID GOLD Award for Living Area for this remarkable space. This floor plan was created and all of the furnishings were selected with the homeowners’ ideals in mind. The bar area was completely updated, and comfortable seating that focused on the fireplace and television were skillfully positioned, ensuring easy viewing from every angle in the room. Upholstered pieces with well-wearing fabrics were wisely chosen to marry the older traditional pieces with the new end tables and contemporary lighting.

Design Connection Inc. of Overland Park provided space planning, remodeling, painting, furniture, area rugs, accessories, project management and paint and stain colors.

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Master Bedroom in Overland Park, KS


Gold Winner – American Society of Interior Designers ASID for Master Bedroom

Arlene Ladegaard of Design Connection, Inc. received the 2017 ASID GOLD Award for Master Bedroom for this striking space. Space planning and furniture dimensions scaled perfectly are key to award winning interior designs, like this custom bedroom by Arlene Ladegaard. This bedroom was designed in harmony with the house as a whole. The client said, “ 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.”

Design Connection, Inc. provided space plans for the kitchen, master bathroom and bar, material selections for the contractor, furniture, window treatments, accessories and project management.

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Kitchen in Leawood, KS


Gold Winner – American Society of Interior Designers ASID for Residential Kitchen

Arlene Ladegaard of Design Connection, Inc. received the 2017 ASID GOLD Award for Residential Kitchen
with this stunning transformation. Storage and seating was scarce for this family of six, who entrusted Arlene to
help solve their design dilemmas. With an abundance of customized storage, the new T-shaped island not only
brings the hearth room and the kitchen together, it brings the entire family together as well, providing
comfortable seating for eight.

Design Connection, Inc. provided: space planning, countertops, tile and stone, custom cabinets, light fixtures,
custom furniture, project management and all other installations.

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Lower Level Wine Cellar in Leawood, KS


Gold Winner – American Society of Interior Designers ASID for Specialty Entertaining

Arlene Ladegaard of Design Connection, Inc. received the 2017 ASID GOLD Award for Specialty Entertaining
for this gorgeous wine cellar and tasting area. Arlene specified every detail, from accommodating the clients’
1,200+ bottle collection with a moveable rack system, to the weathered oak gray finishes and Cambria Quartz
countertops that flow throughout this stunning space.

Design Connection Inc. provided- Space planning with intricate design elements, color selections, countertop
selections, lighting design and selection. Project management was also provided throughout this complex
transformation.

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Kitchen Renovation in Overland Park, KS


Silver Winner – American Society of Interior Designers ASID for Residential Kitchen

Arlene Ladegaard of Design Connection, Inc. received the 2017 ASID SILVER Award for Residential Kitchen
for creating this captivating space. Crisp and bright, and classic, yet current, with an abundance of custom
storage; this new kitchen hit every item on the clients’ wish list. They said, “Everything looks great! We are
very happy! You have an exceptional team.”

Design Connection, Inc. provided- Kitchen design, space planning, elevations, tile, plumbing, cabinet design,
counter top selections, bar stools, and installation of all products including project management

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Music Room in Overland Park, KS


Silver Winner – American Society of Interior Designers ASID for Specialty Entertaining

Arlene Ladegaard of Design Connection, Inc. received the 2017 ASID SILVER Award for Specialty
Entertaining for this enchanting music room. Once dark and dated, this elegant space now boasts a rich floor-to-
ceiling palette of custom-dyed neutral colors as well as a new, unique, beautifully crafted fireplace.

Design Connection, Inc. Interior Designers of Overland Park provided; Space plans, furniture, trim carpenter for
the mantel, painter, carpet and installation, window treatments and installation, tile and installation and lighting
fixtures and installation.

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Whole Home Remodel Overland Park, Kan.


Winner – 2016 The National Association of the Remodeling Industry REMY Remodel of the Year – Gold Design & Plans

Arlene Ladegaard, certified interior designer and principal at Design Connection, Inc., was awarded gold for her Design and Plans in conjunction with Brackman Construction. The client was a widower who wanted to breathe new life into his old and tired home so that he could stay there as he aged. Arlene began the daunting task of designing and making necessary selections for the kitchen, master bedroom and en-suite bathroom and bar area, including flooring, paint colors, custom furnishings, lighting, kitchen cabinet design and layout, and all the soft and hard goods for the project. The client loves all the new changes and has since entertained for friends many times.

Design Connection, Inc. provided cabinet designs, elevations and specifications for the contractor, tile and fireplace selections, furniture space plans, lighting selections, paint, wall coverings, plumbing fixtures, hard wood floors, window treatments and project management.

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Kitchen Remodel in Leawood, KS


Winner – 2015 American Society of Interior Designers ASID for Residential Kitchen

Arlene Ladegaard of Design Connection, Inc. received the Heartland Design gold Award for this beautiful kitchen transformation in Leawood. She is the only interior designer in the Missouri West / Kansas chapter of ASID American Society of Interior Designers to have won design excellence awards for ninth consecutive years. The new luxury kitchen is bright, functional and meets the clients’ contemporary aesthetics. The clients said that they “are thrilled with the new kitchen and it was well worth the time and money”.

Design Connection, Inc. provided kitchen design, countertops, cabinets, tile, hardwood floor, electrical and plumbing fixtures, installation and project management. This was a turnkey project from design concept to completion.

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European Whole Home in Shoal Creek, MO


Winner – 2015 American Society of Interior Designers ASID for Large Single Family Residence

Arlene Ladegaard, certified interior designer and owner of Design Connection, Inc. received the Heartland Design gold Award for this grand and luxurious residence in Shoal Creek. The clients had a dream of designing and building their last and final home. Arlene specified each and every detail from the wrought iron staircase spindles to furniture and tile layouts of this new residence. Arlene and her talented team worked on the project closely with the client and contractor to create the clients’ European-inspired traditional dream home.

Design Connection, Inc. provided cabinet designs and elevations, tile design, selections, layouts and elevations, paint selections, stairway design and elevations, lighting selections, custom furniture and window treatments, faux painting, labor and project management.

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Master Bathroom in Leawood, KS


Winner – 2015 American Society of Interior Designers ASID for Residential Bathroom

Arlene Ladegaard of Design Connection, Inc. received the Heartland Design silver Award for this pristine and airy bathroom remodel in Leawood. The clients’ wish list had Arlene’s design philosophy: elegant and spacious, with a timeless, classic style. Aside from the stunning tiles and custom cabinetry, the crowning jewel of this space is the dramatic brushed nickel draping chain chandelier.

Design Connection, Inc. provided bathroom design, cabinet design, plumbing selections, tile selections, lighting selections, project management and installation of all materials.

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Great Room Leawood, KS


Winner – 2014 American Society of Interior Design ASID for Single Space

Arlene Ladegaard, certified interior designer of Design Connection, Inc. has been awarded for her continued design excellence for this beautiful Leawood Great Room transformation. She is the only interior designer in the Missouri West/Kansas chapter of ASID American Society of Interior Designers to have won awards for eight consecutive years. Her clients love the new design and look forward to entertaining friends and family and creating new memories in their award winning space for many years to come.

Design Connection, Inc. provided architectural drawings, tile design and installation, faux painting, furniture, accessories, spindle design and installation.

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Lower Level North Kansas City, MO


Winner – 2013 The National Association of the Remodeling Industry REMY Remodel of the Year Award – Best of Show

Winner – 2013 National Association of the Remodeling Industry REMY Remodel of the Year – All Star Winner Gold

Design Connection, Inc. Arlene Ladegaard provided architectural plans and space planning for this stunning lower level. The clients requested a functional kitchen, large comfortable seating area, playroom for their young child, and exercise space that was to be used daily. Along with the architectural plans, Arlene was asked to select all the finishes and colors, tiles and furniture. This beautiful lower level has won the 2 top awards in the NARI AWARD competition.

Design Connection, Inc. provided, architectural and lighting plans, tile design and selection, paint colors, carpet, furniture, wallpaper, countertops, and design consultation.

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Lower Level – Blue Springs, MO


Winner – 2013 American Society Of Interior Design ASID Gold For A Lower Level

Arlene Ladegaard certified interior designer was showered with 2 Gold Awards for projects that she designed and decorated in 2013. She is the only interior designer in the Missouri West/Kansas chapter of ASID American Society of Interior Designers to have won awards for the seventh consecutive year in a row. The awards are judged by another by their peers from another chapter in another state. It was a great event and quite an honor.

Design Connection, Inc. supplied space planning, faux painting design and labor, furniture, accessories, paint colors, area rugs, hardwood floor selection, lighting selections, and project management.

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Whole House Remodel – Overland Park, KS


Winner – 2013 American Society Of Interior Design ASID Gold For A Lower Level

This 25-year-old villa had been badly neglected. We put a plan in place after careful consideration of budget and lifestyle. We painted the entire home with a warm neutral gray. The kitchen cabinets were painted along with new Cambria countertops, appliances, kitchen table and chairs. The chandelier over the table was custom designed and made to blend with the walls. The woven wood window treatments were selected for the color, style and the amount of light that was let in.

Design Connection, Inc. interior design Overland Park provided space planning, painting, kitchen and bath design, furniture, window treatments, plumbing fixtures, accessories, remodeling and project management.

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Kitchen and Hearth Room – Leawood, KS


Winner – 2012 American Society of Interior Design ASID Gold in the Residential Kitchen

The kitchen hearth room had not been updated in twenty years and our client was ready for the space to reflect her personal style. She worked with us previously to transform her master bedroom suite and was now ready to address other areas of her home. We created a cohesive and contemporary design that carried from the kitchen into the hearth room and dining room. The client feels comfortable and happy in her gorgeous new space.
Design Connection, Inc. provided space planning, cabinet faux painting and glaze, furniture, window treatments, accessories, lighting and area rugs.

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Kitchen Remodel – Kansas City, MO


Winner – 2011 ASID Heartland Design Awards

Winner- 2011 KC Magazine Design Excellence Awards (Interior Kitchens)

Winner- 2010 National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Remy Honorable Mention ALL STAR Category (Plans and Spaces)

Our team was selected to create an updated, functional kitchen and hearth room in this circa 1926 home. We took the project from design concept and space planning, through material, cabinet and fixture selections and purchasing. In addition, we managed the overall project to ensure that all aspects met with our clients’ satisfaction. Throughout the project, we made all of our decisions and selections with an absolute commitment to respecting the original style of the home. The end result was a stunning integration of contemporary style within a traditional home.

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Master Bedroom Suite – Leawood, KS


Winner – 2011 The National Association of the Remodeling Industry REMY Remodel of the Year Award – Best of Show

Winner – 2011 National Association of the Remodeling Industry REMY Remodel of the Year – All Star Winner

Winner – 2011 American Society of Interior Design ASID Heartland Design Award – Gold Award.

Our client came to us in need of a new master bathroom, bedroom and closet suite. She was tired of the outdated look in need of a new and organized closet and her traditional furniture, accessories and wall treatments that were in dire need of a new face lift. What we created for her was a new Zen-like space that was up-to-date, functional and absolutely stunning.

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Lower Level – Kearney, MO


Winner – 2011 National Association of the Remodeling Industry NARI REMY Remodel of the Year for Design & Plans

Winner – 2011 American Society of Interior Design ASID Heartland Design Awards – Gold Award

This small family, wanted to create a space in their unfinished basement that every member would enjoy. Their basement went from concrete walls to a warm, old world feel. We used natural elements, mixed with a Tuscan countryside color palette and dark accents, as well as some curves to keep it modern and interesting.

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Master Bedroom Update – Leawood, KS


1st Place Winner-2010 American Society of Interior Design (ASID) Design Excellence Award – Master Bedroom

Tasked with updating and transforming this master bedroom, we initially began with our space plan to ensure that the room could be used to its fullest potential. The clients wanted a dramatic, dark and elegant space – a cozy retreat from their busy lives. We designed this room with rich silk and mohair fabrics, bronze and black furniture and worn leather walls. The judges thought this space was beautiful and so did our clients.

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Home Design, Furnishing and Accessory, Kansas City, MO


1st Place Winner – 2009 American Society of Interior Design (ASID) Design Excellence Award – Residence under 3000 square feet

The client came to us to design and completely furnish an upscale condo at The Ravello in Briarcliff, MO. Utilizing the C3 design process, the team provided space planning and architectural detailing, as well as the complete customized design, and furniture selection and purchasing. To achieve the custom look our client wanted, we made trips to outside markets to select and purchase the pieces we knew would be optimum in the space. Our selections included all of the furnishings, window treatments, accessories and even beautiful dishes and flatware to stock the kitchen. The client moved in with just his clothes, ready to make Kansas City his home.

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Lower Level – Leawood, KS


1st Place Winner – 2009 American Society of Interior Design (ASID) Design Excellence Award

The client came to us wanting to update their 12-year-old lower level that had previously been set up to accommodate their children. The children were grown and the client wanted to use the space for entertaining friends and family, and for viewing a large screen television with surround sound. A fully equipped kitchen was planned and a bar that could accommodate a caterer. Mission accomplished – the clients have been entertaining and enjoying their new space. This space has won an award for the Best of Show for the NARI National Association for the Remodeling Industry 2008 and the COTY National Award as well.

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Home Remodel – Overland Park, KS


1st Place Winner – 2008 American Society of Interior Design (ASID) Design Excellence Award – Total Home Remodel

Our client was a long-time Overland Park resident who wanted to update her home – something she hadn’t done in 20 years. Using our unique C3 Design process, we provided custom plans for each room in the house along with a budget for achieving the designed look. In addition to providing complete project management services, we also selected and purchased carpet, painting and faux painting, window treatments, accessories, custom furniture and one-of-a-kind art pieces which gave her home a truly different look. By totally partnering with our client, we created a beautiful home that flows from space to space and that she will enjoy for years to come.

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New Home Construction – Kansas City, MO


1st Place Winner – 2007 American Association of Interior Design (ASID) Award of Excellence for Residence over 3000 square feet

Our client expressed the desire for a unique and custom home, totally unlike any others in the area. In response, our team put the C3 Design process fully to work to create this high-end home beautifully situated on a scenic bluff. We provided an end-to-end design solution – from initial space and architectural plans to full kitchen and bath design, to the final selection and purchasing of all furniture and materials. Given our client’s request for a one-of-a-kind look and ambiance, we traveled to other markets to select and purchase just the right elegant window treatments, wallpaper, furniture, lighting, kitchen and bath fixtures and accessories. The home was developed in total collaboration with the client, resulting in a showplace reflective of her tastes and lifestyle.

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Hearth Room Remodel – Leawood, KS


Honorable Mention All Star – 2007 National Institute of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Remodel of the Year –Interior Specialty

As part of an overall home remodel project for our client, the Design Connection, Inc. team completely transformed an outdated hearth room and created a seamless flow into the home’s contemporary kitchen. Updating the woodwork, replacing brick with black granite, placing contemporary furniture and fabrics and other steps resulted in a seamless blend of traditional and contemporary and timeless style. This whole house remodel, update and furnish was well received by the NARI Tour.

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