Where Function Meets Aesthetics 5

What began with a desire to update a family room turned into an entire first-floor remodeling project. After Arlene Ladegaarrd, owner and principal designer of Design Connection Inc., met with the owners of this Leawood home to discuss the project, she assessed the family’s needs were not being effectively met with the current first floor plan and came up with a design to fully maximize the living room, kitchen and hearth room areas while harmoniously partnering it with eye-catching aesthetics. As a result, the family enjoys several inviting living spaces that previously were rarely used and are now the focus of family and fun.

Known for her logistical prowess when designing a space, Ladegaard functionally and aesthetically solved the limited storage and seating issues as she and her team reconfigured the kitchen to include an eat-in island that comfortably seats six, allowing for additional storage and seating around the perimeter of the space. Upgraded cabinetry built to last and appliances update the look while simultaneously providing balance to the space.

Originally too dominating for its location, the former brick fireplace in the living room was replaced with stacked stone and scaled to a more accommodating size, while the previous furnishings were replaced with a large sectional and extra lounge chair just for dad! Instead of being used as simply a pass-through to the kitchen area, this is now a popular gathering spot for this active family of six, swinging the pendulum back to its original intention. Additionally, the hearth room fireplace was given a facelift to brighten the space.

“We are so appreciative to Arlene and all her staff for their dedication and professionalism they displayed while working on the project,” the homeowner says. “As Arlene predicted, we are using rooms we never had spent time in.”

For more information on Arlene Ladegaard and Design Connection Inc., visit DesignConnectionInc.com or call 913.851.8776.