Applestone Homes- An Urban Farmstead in the Iowa QC

The Modern Farmhouse style has taken the ENTIRE country by storm. Of course the Midwest Region has embraced this style because… well we were all already on board! We are so lucky to partner with a local builder that masters this look in a refined and stylish way. Take a look at the kitchen in an urban farmstead recently built by Applestone Homes in the heart of the Iowa Quad Cities.

Urban Farmstead Kitchen Cabinetry by Village Home Stores for Applestone Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo provided by Applestone Homes

The Modern Farmhouse style is about large, airy, and spacious spaces full of character and texture. Kitchen designs including islands and casual dining spaces built for gathering. Finding new ways to style a space with antiques and unique pieces. Nothing new to our Quad Cities market! The perimeter of this kitchen design includes cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the “Prairie” door and painted “Pearl” finish.

Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Cabinetry by Village Home Stores for Applestone Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo provided by Applestone Homes

If large spaces for gathering to prepare, eat, and enjoy means Modern Farmhouse… this island is expert-level farmhouse! Just look at that huge, open counter perfect for so many functions. Large drawer stacks face the cooking zone of the kitchen for pots, pans, and serving dishes. The island and pantry cabinets are in the “Hastings” door and a Rustic Beech wood stained the “Stone” finish.

Cabinetry by Village Home Stores for Applestone Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo provided by Applestone Homes

One huge advantage to embracing the Modern Farmhouse style in the Quad Cities vs. anywhere else… the views out of the window. An apron-front sink that looks out to watch the Midwest seasons change is one of the best gifts you can give any new home owner.

Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Cabinetry by Village Home Stores for Applestone Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo provided by Applestone Homes

We love the back panel design selected for the kitchen island. The “X” style is a nod to barn doors and also helps to break up the smooth paneled surface. We didn’t just provide the kitchen cabinetry design for this home. We also provided a bar area and bath cabinetry.

Cabinetry by Village Home Stores for Applestone Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo provided by Applestone Homes

This Master Bathroom is so gorgeous. The same “Stone” stain in a Rustic Beech wood has been applied to the “Vicksburg” doorstyle. We love the break in the heights and depths of the cabinetry. It creates interest and helps to divide the two sink areas.Vanity tops with integrated sinks make for easy cleanup. A two-toned color selection from The Onyx Collection gives the illusion of an under-mounted vanity bowl.

Cabinetry by Village Home Stores for Applestone Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo provided by Applestone Homes

In the Powder Room is a furniture-style vanity. Some hidden storage beneath the sink and an open shelf below. This entire home is Modern Farmhouse perfection! We are always so happen when our products can be installed expertly and then styled tastefully. Applestone Homes masters both of these key elements in creating a comfortable but impressive new home for their clients.

Cabinetry from Village Home Stores for Applestone Homes.

Photo provided by Applestone Homes.

Want to learn more about Applestone Homes? Check them out on facebook here or follow them on Instagram here. This featured home is not for sale but the look and feel can be recreated for you by the team at Applestone. Did we mention that this farmstead isn’t set out in the rural rolling hills of the Iowa countryside…. it’s right in the middle of town! All of the vibes of a rural retreat but the perfect lot and builder combination has made it work hidden away right in Bettendorf. Want to capture this look for your own kitchen? Your first step is to reach out. Call us at (309) 944-1344 or email us at info@villagehomestores.com. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on! 

2018 Q.C.B.R. Home Show Recap

Well we have officially finished unpacking everything and almost have our showroom back together again after another fun and successful Q.C.B.R. Home Show at the Rock Island Q.C.C.A. Expo Center. From Thursday evening through late Sunday afternoon, we greeted hundreds of guests in our booth space.

QCBR 2018 Home Show booth. #TagTheQC #QuadCities | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo by qconline.com

In years past we have installed entire kitchen displays the week leading up to the big show. This year we chose to install a large, eye-catching kitchen island and allow plenty of space to meet and greet visitors to chat about their own projects. The island this year made a BIG impact! We took a few risks and your response was so great. Blue cabinetry, wood details, golden accents, and purple?! Painted blue cabinetry with Acacia wood detail and Cambria Annicca quartz in the 2018 QCBR Home Show booth by Village Home Stores. | Village Home Stores

At the very center of our booth was a giant island constructed of cabinetry and panels in our new Charcoal Blue painted finish. The island was accented with sections of Acacia hardwood. We have already installed many projects throughout the Quad Cities region in this new blue cabinet color and the look is great. We also wanted an opportunity to showcase the “X” style of glass door mullions that is available. Painted blue cabinetry with doors cut for glass but instead backed with Acacia wood planks. | Village Home Stores

Mirror and glass just didn’t stand out enough against the “X” detail so we thought a bit out of the box. The same Acacia wood from our back paneling was used as an “insert” attached to the inside of the doors. This contrast in color and pattern made for a bold but amazing look that could be seen from all the way down the Home Show aisle. An open bookshelf cabinet is found on the opposite side and more Acacia hardwood is installed in combination with the Charcoal Blue paneling and trim.
Painted blue island with Acacia wood details by Village Home Stores. | Village Home Stores

With an island that large, we need a great looking countertop. We wanted the impact to be striking but not completely over the top. We selected a new quartz design by Cambria® curious to see what your response would be. This marbled look includes details of gold and purple iridescent stone.
Cambria Annicca quartz in the 2018 QCBR Home Show booth by Village Home Stores. | Village Home Stores

Wait, what? Did we say purple?! YOU BET WE DID! This stunning new Anniccadesign from Cambria® Quartz is part of their Marble Collection™ and when viewed from afar, the striking veining of shimmering flecks is beautiful. Take a closer look and the top reveals flecks of gold and a regal purple. It was pretty fun to watch our guests say how much they loved the top and then notice the purple seconds later. Get ready to see more purple as Ultra Violet has been named Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2018. Cambria Annicca quartz in the 2018 QCBR Home Show booth by Village Home Stores. | Village Home Stores

Another popular product in the booth was something we have never brought to showcase at the show, our custom window blinds and shades. This year we brought an example of our Transitions Shades for our visitors to try out and see. Press play below to see these unique blinds in action (and see Seth peek around the corner to say hello).

We have examples of this style of shade in our showroom in downtown Geneseo, IL. The look is truly unique. Of course we brought with us this year some examples of the many options for lighting available at Village Home Stores. It is already impossible to showcase all of the hundreds of thousands of fixtures in our showroom, so to select just a handful to bring for our booth is always challenging. We think our lighting team picked the perfect fixtures this year because our guests loved them!Lighting in the 2018 Quad Cities Home Show booth by Village Home Stores. | Village Home Stores

The largest and most noticeable was the geometric cluster fixture (shown center above) from our Hinkley line. This display of lighting was our more Modern grouping. It showcased the trend of gold and also mixed materials. On the opposite side of the booth we went with a more Farmhouse Rustic grouping of fixtures. The award for most reached at and touched light fixture certainly would go to this chained light (shown center below) by Sea Gull. Lighting in the 2018 QCBR Home Show booth by Village Home Stores. | Village Home Stores

This year there were just as many bath remodel customers we spoke to as kitchen customers. The last few years have been trending this direction for our remodel business. This year we brought a bath vanity display and our Kohler®  Choreographshower system to showcase. This collection of shower walls and adjustable accessory options is fantastic. Stylish options for an easy-to-clean shower look plus the ability to customize the space even after it is installed. Ask a member of our design team with any questions about this great system. Shower panel display in the 2018 Quad Cities Home Show booth by Village Home Stores. | Village Home Stores

Our booth was busy this year and we hope f you were at the show that you were able to get your questions answered. If not you can always reach out  It was so great to meet potential new clients and of course we love it when past clients stop by to say hello too! Your response and feedback for our TV Show has also been such an encouragement. We hope to get four new episodes of the show coming your way in 2018.

We were honored a few weeks ago by being named the Q.C.B.R. Business of the Year for 2017. We value the opinions our customers have for our staff and our store very highly. To also be recognized among peers and colleagues is truly and honor.
Our Business of the Year award from the Quad Cities Builders and Remodelers Association rests on Cambria Annicca quartz in our 2018 QCBR Home Show booth. | Village Home Stores

The Quad Cities Builders and Remodelers Association puts on this incredible Home Show event every February in the Quad Cities. It is the place to be for remodeling customers and those planning to build a new home. To learn more about the Q.C.B.R. and see upcoming event information visit their website here. If you found this post online to learn about an upcoming Quad Cities Home Show we hope you will come find us this year and say hello! We can’t wait to hear what you are working on! Have any questions for our team? Contact us today at (309) 944-1344.

 

Kitchen with combination Charcoal Blue and Oyster painted cabinets with White Wave granite. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes.

Hazelwood Homes- Kitchen With Blue Island and Schoolhouse Lights

If you have been looking at any kitchens within the past few years the terms reclaimed, restored, re-purposed, farmhouse, or salvaged may have appeared more than once to describe a space. With the rise and continued interest in Modern Farmhouse style, this week’s featured kitchen may be right in your wheelhouse! Because of our location, kitchens we have designed in our area of the Midwest have many times included Modern Farmhouse details. With more access to images of finished spaces, our customers feel they have more license to take chances and have fun with it! Like these salvaged red schoolhouse lights for instance…
A Coal Valley, IL kitchen with Charcoal Blue painted cabinets. Design by Chris Robinson for Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Have you started to see more blue and green painted cabinetry online and in magazines? Yes you read that question right! Blue and green are both trending heavily in our industry! It may seem like a bold choice to include a painted blue island in your kitchen design but this look is actually very classic. Our Koch Cabinetry line has recently launched a great cabinet finish named “Charcoal Blue” and we have already installed it in many Quad City area homes!
The Charcoal Blue painted finish from Koch Cabinetry. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Paired with this blue painted cabinet is a subtle painted finish named “Oyster” also from Koch. The “Oyster” color bridges the gap between white and gray. It is a soft, dove-gray color that suits many styles of spaces. The doorstyle in this kitchen is the “Prairie” door and a slab drawer front has been applied.
Kitchen with combination Charcoal Blue and Oyster painted cabinets with White Wave granite. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Two large schoolhouse-style pendant lights hang as a statement above the kitchen island. This look is so on-trend right now but these lights don’t just give that restoration and re-purposed look, they really have a history with the family! They were originally salvaged from an old schoolhouse, then used in a family business before being installed here in Coal Valley, IL.
A Coal Valley, IL kitchen with Charcoal Blue painted cabinets. Design by Chris Robinson for Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes.

There were other lights from the same schoolhouse that have now been sent over to France for a project. We love it when little pieces of family history can be included in a kitchen design!  While we didn’t provide these pendant lights for this home, we do have access to very similar pendants! Schoolhouse style lighting can be ordered in a number of styles, sizes, and finishes. Since the lights make a big statement on their own, the back wall with the hood is subtle. Two glass door cabinets flank a microwave hood area.
Painted Oyster finish from Koch Cabinetry in a Coal Valley, IL kitchen. Design and Materials by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

A single-well undermount sink has been installed in the kitchen island. The countertops in this kitchen space are a natural stone named “White Wave”. Within the slabs there are a number of neutral colors. Whites and grays dance around but so do muted blues. There are even a few flecks of a cranberry color which is a nice detail with the statement red pendants above.
White Wave granite counters in a painted white and blue kitchen. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

There is an overhang on the back of the kitchen island that has been curved with a radius to soften the shape. Beneath the top, flat-stock steel support brackets have been notched into and installed in the cabinetry. This allows the granite tops more points of contact to balance the weight of the counter safely.
Granite support brackets installed beneath an island counter overhang. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

What would a red, white and blue kitchen be without a star? Well this space has one! Village Home Stores also provided some of the lighting for this home including this unique brass star fixture from our ELK line. The shadows it casts on the ceiling are so amazing!
Unique brass star light from ELK hangs in an entryway. Lighting by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Shop our wide selection of lighting for your home here online. See the full album of photos from this project here on our award-winning Houzz page. Are you planning on building a new home? Want to remodel the one you are to be able to stay there? If you answered yes to either of these questions then Village Home Stores can help! Your first step is to reach out for an appointment. You can contact us today by emailing info@villagehomestores.com or calling (309) 944-1344. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on.number

Geneseo, IL- Historic Home Remodeled and Updated With Nods to History.

When you remodel a home you are writing a part of its history. Every renovation, small or large, becomes an entry into the timeline of that property. Many times our client’s personal style choices drive the selections and design decisions entirely. In a historic home the home itself also influences decisions. When our expert kitchen remodeling team takes on a project in a Historical property, we are so honored to become a part of that history.Historic home deserve expert design and craftsmanship. Kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

This historic home in Geneseo, IL has seen many changes to the property over time including kitchen renovations. The most recent remodel we just completed at the home allowed the owners to update the layout, function, and working elements of the kitchen without losing the historic character that the space deserves. Allow us to show you around this beautiful new space…Kitchen remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores in a Historic Geneseo, IL home. Painted white cabinets, marble look quartz, and brick tiled flooring. | VillageHomeStores.com

True of many older homes, there are doorways and unique wall spaces to consider when laying out the new design. The completed new layout now includes a back wall with the cooking center, refrigerator wall with pantry area, single-level island with sink, and a new hutch area. The contrast from before to after below showcases that a shift in material selection alone can make any space seem brighter and larger.

Before and after from a Historic homes remodel. Kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

The new kitchen seems much larger than the original but no walls were removed. In fact we ADDED many cabinets to this kitchen. Including a new lighting plan and selecting brighter finishes help to make the space seem spacious and timeless. As you can see in the image below, the cabinetry now also extends all the way to the ceiling for a more customized and built-in look.
Appliances by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

A flat-panel white kitchen cabinet remains the most classic of choices for all tastes and styles. Here in a historic property it looks right at home. This kitchen includes cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the Prairie Door and Shaker edge profile. The main kitchen cabinets are in the painted “White” finish by Koch. Because of other molding details in the home, a traditional crown molding profile was used where the cabinets meet the ceiling.

Project Management kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

A custom wood hood is installed above the range and the addition of a mantle area/shelf allows for decor to be added.Just beyond the main cooking center wall is an area of the kitchen that has been transformed completely. So long alcove with open shelves…. and hello gorgeous new built-in hutch! This little corner of the kitchen may be our favorite part of the new design. A combination of glass doors and open shelves, all illuminated by our Diode LED lighting system.
Before and after from a Historic homes remodel. New hutch area installed as part of kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

This Diode system has been installed throughout the kitchen as undercabinet lighting. The same low-profile, low-voltage lighting is also installed in the glass-door and open shelf cabinets! We realize we sound like a broken record in every feature when we talk about this lighting but trust us it is a key player in why projects like these look so great! Including this lighting is such an important part of showcasing the investments you have made into your home.
Diode LED undercabinet lighting in a hutch area of remodeled kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Once installed, the lighting becomes the perfect task or ambient light. It uses very little energy and the look is great day or night. For instance, these images were taken during the day and the lighting STILL makes a big difference even with daylight coming in the windows. Another design detail that gives a historic look are the “clerestory” glass cabinet doors. The cabinets surrounding the hood have the top section cut for glass and become a great space for display without distracting from the hood itself.
Painted white cabinets with a wood hood design. Kitchen remodeled in historic Geneseo home by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Of course classic white subway tile is always a great material for any historic home. Another nod to the history of the home is the use of moldings and decorative detail. This kitchen is a very bright and clean look. The look can be achieved and still include details like supports or corbels. Not all of these details are heavy carved or scrolled wooden elements. In this case, a subtle style of mantle bracket was selected that complements the cabinet doorstyle.
Wood hood mantle corbel detail in painted white finish. Kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com
A large single-level island is in the center of the kitchen and is now home to the kitchen sink and dishwasher. There is a curved overhang area for seating on the back side. Modern upgrades and updates should always be considered when remodeling. Ask yourself what suits your lifestyle and could make your enjoyment of the space even better? An upgrade as simple as this garbage disposal button may be something your become thankful for daily.
White painted kitchen with gray stained island. Historic home remodeled by Village Home Stores in Geneseo, IL. | VillageHomeStores.com

The low-profile of the button helps to keep it from being noticed unless you are really a user at the sink. The apron farmsink has found its way to be included in many styles of kitchen spaces within the past few years. Where it began it’s demand and influence is from projects just like this one. An old-world look inspired by large cast-iron farmsinks. We love the look of this Kohler Whitehaven sink.
Gray stained kitchen island on brick tiled floor. Love the look of two medium pendants above this island. | VillageHomeStores.com

The Vicksburg Door with Shaker edge is installed in a Rustic Hickory wood and “Driftwood” finish. This soft gray stain looks great and allows the Hickory grain to be highlighted. The lighting above the kitchen island also helps to keep the kitchen feeling open and bright. Two pendants hang above the island in a polished nickel finish.
Kichler pendant lighting in remodeled kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

These Kichler lights are perfect. The finish of the lights allow light to bounce off of them and the open frame style of the lights allow your eye to look right through them. Polished chrome and nickel finishes blend very well with Stainless elements. Using a brushed light fixture may have suggested a more modern style for the space. Stainless Steel appliances in a white painted kitchen. Sharp microwave drawer and KitchenAid pro gas range. | VillageHomeStores.com

Of course many upgrades were brought in by replacing the appliances with a brand new KitchenAid suite with Sharp microwave drawer. The 36″ wide dual-fuel commercial style range is stunning in appearance and top-notch in features. KitchenAid does a fantastic job of bringing professional-level features and benefits to you at a fraction of the price of other 36″ wide range options. Dual fuel gives you the precise control of a as cooktop with the consistent temperature control of an electric oven below.  Stainless Steel appliances in a white painted kitchen. Sharp microwave drawer. | VillageHomeStores.com

Microwave drawers can really be the unsung heroes in spaces like this. Could you imagine this same wall of cabinetry with a microwave hood? Even a countertop microwave would distract from the finished look. Microwave drawers give a clean look and a functional upgrade. This 24″ wide flat-panel model blends really well with any Stainless Appliance suite. We managed this remodel from start to finish. Walking our clients through every step of our process to keep everything on track for time and budget. We hope to get so show you more of that full process in an episode of our TV show very soon.start to finish

Until then you can see some great images from the whole process on our award-winning Houzz portfolio. See the full album of images from this project including many before and during photos here on our Houzz page. There you can save the ideas you love from this project into your own ideabooks or even write on and message your team at Village what you love about this product.
Brick tiled flooring installed in a remodeled historic kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Don’t forget that we also carry floorcovering and tile at Village Home Stores! This kitchen includes a brick tile by Chicago Brick in the “Southside” color. This tile gives the look of an old brick floor but is durable and easy to clean. We have this same tile installed in our Geneseo showroom so do stop out to see it in person. Do you own a property that is in need of an expert remodel team that will respect your home, your budget and your own ideas? Village Home Stores is the right choice for you. Have your own crew or contractor to use? No problem at all! We can provide an expert design and material selection for you and your contractor. Want us to handle it all but don’t know where to start? No problem at all! Your first step is to reach out to us for an appointment. We will walk you through our process and answer any questions you may have. Call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this short online form and a member of our team will be in touch. We can’t wait to see what you are working on!
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Geneseo, IL- High School Life Skills Lab

We feature nearly a project-a-week all year on our blog. With the amount of designers on staff and the variety of sizes, styles, and budgets for these projects it’s impossible to pick our favorite every year. In 2017, that decision was very easy. We were honored to help with one special kitchen that has earned the title of our favorite project of 2017: the new Life Skills Lab at the High School in Geneseo, IL.
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This kitchen may not seem like much to you, but to the students and teachers it is a game-changing new space that will help our community long term! Students with varied levels of abilities use this classroom every day during the school year. It was a privilege to partner with other local businesses on this new lab. Take a look at the kitchen area from the old classroom:
before-picNot only is it limited in space, but also limited in access! For example, it was not even a possibility to teach any student in a chair how to rinse or wash their dishes. The need for a new updated and accessible classroom has been present for quite some time. Last year the amazing people at Good Samaritan wanted to come up with a way they could give back to these students. You see, the kids love visiting the residents at Good Samaritan Village and the feeling is mutual! So much so that Good Samaritan raised money and wrote for a grant to help and make the new lab project happen. team

Initially, three local kitchen companies including ourselves were invited to a meeting to discuss bidding the project. A very long story short…. all parties at that meeting agreed very quickly that if we each chip in what we were able to, then the overall project would have the best result. Once we heard the needs of the students and visited the existing classroom…. the term “competitor” went out the window. Village Home Stores, Chicago Street Decorating Center, and Alexander Lumber were now all partners for this important and impactful project for our community.
Village Home Stores installing new appliances in the Geneseo High School Lifeskills Lab. | VillageHomeStores.com

Village Home Stores was able to provide a brand new wall oven, cooktop, microwave, and range hood. We also provided some cabinetry and countertop for the “shop” area of the lab. The photo  below was taken before some final areas were completed (i.e. concealing plumbing, paneling toespaces and island legs) but just look at the difference from the old space!almostfinished

This new Life Styles class helps to empower and challenge the students to learn and practice skills with their teachers. The addition of the accessible island now makes it possible for all students to access the large kitchen island space to learn and practice. And now for our favorite photo of the project. Here are just some of the happy students and parents from our community that will get to use this new space.
Geneseo High School Lifeskills Lab. A community effort by many Geneseo, IL businesses. Geneseo, Illinois is where the future grows. | VillageHomeStores.com

You can barely see the kitchen yet it showcases exactly what this project was about perfectly. We can’t think of a better way to capture the new Life Skills Lab than with this single photo. This new lab space is an investment into the future of each of the students that uses it. We were invited to an open house to celebrate all involved and seeing the kids in the lab was so incredible!
Geneseo High School Lifeskills Lab. A community effort by many Geneseo, IL businesses. Geneseo, Illinois is where the future grows. -VillageHomeStores.com

Geneseo, IL is “Where the Future Grows” and that slogan isn’t just for business. It means growth all across our community. It means growing and preparing for our future and cultivating and enabling our residents as best we can.
ADA island in a classroom in Geneseo High School Lifeskills Lab. | VillageHomeStores.com

An ADA accessible classroom space allows the students the space, surfaces, and accessibility to try and practice skills that help them be independent! An area of the classroom was also installed as a “shop” for the lab. This shop area is used for activities such as sorting, and other household skills.
Geneseo High School Lifeskills Lab. A community effort by many Geneseo, IL businesses. Geneseo, Illinois is where the future grows. | VillageHomeStores.com

There are currently many students that use this lab at the High School and they come from many surrounding communities. Knowing the upcoming amount of students that will be entering the High School grade level made it important to take action now. The new lab is now finished and has been in use for the 2017 school year.
Geneseo High School Lifeskills Lab. A community effort by many Geneseo, IL businesses. Geneseo, Illinois is where the future grows. | VillageHomeStores.com

With local businesses teaming up to help provide products and services, that allowed Good Samaritan the ability to help these kids out even more. The funding from the Good Samaritan team and the grant that was received was able to be used to cover added costs outside of the materials and labor and also to purchase needed supplies for “kits” used every school year.
Geneseo High School Lifeskills Lab. A community effort by many Geneseo, IL businesses. Geneseo, Illinois is where the future grows. | VillageHomeStores.com

A special thanks to our competitors at Chicago Street and Alexander Lumber for making this project fun and exiting to see completed. An added thanks to the team at Durian Builders for their expert craftsmanship and installation. Thank you also to Wirth Plumbing for providing an accessible and safe sink and faucet for the lab. The school district, staff, and Geneseo Board of Education were helpful and enthusiastic to help make this lab happen. Our thanks again to Good Samaritan for including us in that initial bid meeting. We were honored to be included in this opportunity to give back to these important members of the Henry County community.

Image via QcOnline.com

Image via QcOnline.com

Of course, thank you to these enthusiastic and happy students. We absolutely love it when you come visit us at the store. You are incredible and we know each of you can do great things! Now you have the perfect space to practice and learn new skills. Thank you for being our favorite clients of 2017!geneseo-schools

Hazelwood Homes: Taupe Painted Cabinets and Marble Look Quartz

This week’s featured project is located at a new home built in Andalusia, IL by Hazelwood Homes. Kitchen design in the Midwest is trending toward open, airy, and inviting spaces. This layout and selection of materials is a perfect way to showcase a Transitional style with some farmhouse details.
An Andalusia, IL kitchen with painted Taupe cabinets and Carrara Grigio quartz tops. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

A U-shape layout with a large single-level island. The walls are open and airy with just windows, a wood hood, and floating shelves. The other wall is home to the taller elements. A double-oven cabinet, refrigerator, and pantry area complete the U-shape. But that’s not just a pantry cabinet…
A walkin pantry front in an Andalusia, IL kitchen with painted Taupe cabinets and Carrara Grigio quartz tops. | VillageHomeStores.com

…it’s a walk-through pantry front! This design gives the solid look of a cabinet custom fit to the wall in the kitchen. When the doors open, it reveal a walk-in pantry area that turns back behind the refrigerator space. So when seeing this beautiful open and airy look, don’t worry about the lack of wall cabinet storage. The huge pantry area provides so much shelf space!
An Andalusia, IL kitchen with painted Taupe cabinets and Carrara Grigio quartz tops. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

What a stunning look! The customer arranged to have rustic wood surround the back of the kitchen island and the floating shelves in the same wood look perfect! We love the pairing of a smooth, solid finish painted cabinet with rustic details. The knotty wood adds character and texture to the space.
An Andalusia, IL kitchen with floating rustic shelves. | VillageHomeStores.com

There is so much to be said about being able to design a single-level kitchen island without a sink or cooktop in it. Just think of how many times in the last few Holiday weeks that you wished you had a large surface for working on. Cookie decorating, gift-wrapping, and serving food would all be amazing on this large island surface. There is even an overhang for counter-height seating.
An Andalusia, IL kitchen with Carrara Grigio quartz counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

Engineered Quartz in the “Carrara Grigio” color gives the look of a marble with the maintenance-free appeal. A classic and durable choice. The floating shelves and clear glass island pendants help keep the kitchen walls feeling open and airy. Another player in this is the custom wood hood above the cooktop.
An Andalusia, IL kitchen with painted Taupe cabinets and wood hood. | VillageHomeStores.com

We can create wood hoods to pair with any kitchen style. From simple and clean-lined looks like this, to ornate and decorative options. We have them all! Plus you can fit the interior of these hood with blower inserts of many types. You can customize your power and exhaust options all concealed within and the look is great!
Painted light gray / taupe cabinets by Koch Cabinetry. | VillageHomeStores.com

The cabinets in this kitchen are a great new neutral option from our Koch line of cabinetry. The “Taupe” painted finish has been applied to a paint-grade maple in the Seneca door. The flooring this this kitchen is from our LW Mountain line. It is an Acacia handscraped engineered wood in a “Natural” finish. Ready to get started on your own dream kitchen like this? Your first step is to reach out. Our staff can walk you through the Village Home Stores process. Building a new home, or remodeling the one you are in? Either way we are your expert team! Contact us today by calling (309) 944-1344 or submit a message to us here online. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!
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Davenport, IA- Home Gym and Dream Craft Space

The past two tours here on the blog have been from a home in Davenport, Iowa we just completed a remodel at. This is a beautiful home that is still fairly new. The lower level of the home however, was ready for the final touches to customize the spaces perfectly for the owner’s lifestyle. We now wrap up our features with two spaces in the lower level that are unique and amazing! Take a look at this before and after of a storage room turned craft space. What a dream area for any creative!
DuraSupreme cabinetry in painted "Storm" finish and Cambria Berwyn Quartz in a remodeled Davenport Craft Room. | VillageHomeStores.com

Tons of added storage space in tall pantry cabinets that can accommodate boxes, bins and containers of all sizes. All of that tall, deep storage space plus an island area for a worksurface. This space will be used for crafting and sewing projects. We honestly wouldn’t mind any task as long as it can be done in this gorgeous room.
DuraSupreme cabinetry in painted "Storm" finish and Cambria Berwyn Quartz in a remodeled Davenport Craft Room. | VillageHomeStores.com

One side of the island has an overhang of countertop so a stool can be pulled up beneath it when seated to sew or work. A second “floating stool” can be pull up on any other edge of the island if needed. Cambria Quartz in the “Berwyn” design is truly the very best surface you can ask for as a craft table! Quartz will not get damaged if your hot glue gun happens to drip down, it is nonporous, and you can even cut directly on it.
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The island is built from a single drawer base cabinet including a total of 6 drawers to help sort and organize tools and supplies. The cabinetry in this Craft Space is from our Dura Supreme line. The Shaker door is painted in a gray “Storm” finish. We love how it pairs with the counters and flooring.
DuraSupreme cabinetry in painted "Storm" finish and Cambria Berwyn Quartz in a remodeled Davenport Craft Room. | VillageHomeStores.com

All of those specialized “extra” spaces of a home is what makes it a home after all. For instance, why get a gym membership if you have this space downstairs?!?  Home Gyms are a great investment an can be placed in sometimes previously-unused spaces. This room was just a storage alcove a few months ago.
Basement remodel including new Home Gym with Luxury Vinyl Plan floors in a remodeled Davenport home. | VillageHomeStores.com

Now it is a perfect Home Gym escape! A Luxury Vinyl Plank floor from our Adura line is installed here and all through the hall and Craft Room as well. Adura Distinctive planks that are 6″ x 48″ in size in the Seaport Wharf color. Vinyl plank floors are great for spaces like this. They are durable and more warm on bare feet that ceramic tile.
Basement remodel including new Home Gym with Luxury Vinyl Plan floors in a remodeled Davenport home. | VillageHomeStores.com

See the stunning spa-like bathroom here in a past blog feature. Plus don’t miss the Bar area we also featured here. See the full album of photos from the entire remodel here on our Houzz page. If you have a space in your home that isn’t a kitchen or a bathroom don’t forget we are still here to help! We have surface, storage, and decorative products for all around of your home! Contact us today to tell us what you are working on! Reach us by calling (309) 944-1344 or by completing this show online contact us form. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!
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Davenport IA- Basement Bathroom Gets the 5 Star Treatment

Just beyond the bedroom door of the Home Bar we shared in the last post, is a bedroom suite with a stunning new bathroom. This space immediately fools you into believing you have just checked into a 5-star Spa. A warm-gray palette and a jaw-dropping lighting statement make this one of our favorite projects of 2017! We think after you take a look around you will agree.
DuraSupreme cabinetry and custom backlit mirrors in Davenport bathroom. Remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

DuraSupreme cabinetry in the Shaker door and painted “Pearl” finish have been designed to offer as much storage as possible for the space. Stacked crown molding reaches all the way to the ceiling and plenty of drawer storage is within reach of either sink.
DuraSupreme cabinetry and custom backlit mirrors on tiled wall. Remodeled Davenport bathroom by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Two tall cabinets in the corner offer linen storage on shelves. The best way to get a feel for the layout and space is to look around! Press play below to take a look around this spa-like getaway complete with a custom tiled shower area:

The most remarkable elements in this finished design are the lighted mirrors. These back-lit mirrors were an idea our client had hoped we could ingrate into the design. Custom mirrors mounted with our Diode LED lighting behind them turns out to be a match made in heaven!
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Behind the custom mirrors from Steve’s Mirror and Glass we mounted to LED tape to back-light them. This Diode tape is low-voltage AND low-profile. That makes it perfect for unique custom projects like this. This same back-lighting look can be used in any area of your home. Imagine an entryway mirror, artwork, or a long mirror in a walk-in closet space. Press play below to peek behind the mirrors:

Proof that if you have an idea for your dream space… just ask! We have the resources to try our very best to make it happen. Clear communication of your budget and timeline is always key. Your team at Village Home Stores can help you decide what elements of you “dream” spaces are a must-have items for the overall look and budget or if there are alternatives. We want to keep you on track AND on budget.
DuraSupreme cabinetry in Shaker door and painted Pearl finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

The cabinetry in this bathroom was ordered with what is called “five-piece drawer fronts” to give each drawer the added detail of rails and stiles. Of course what you can’t see in these photos are other features like dovetailed drawerboxes, self-closing drawers, and soft-close doors. The area shown below is installed at a lowered height and now is fit for a seated makeup vanity area.
Davenport bathroom remodel with DuraSupreme cabinetry in painted Pearl finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

Bathrooms can be such a unique canvas for a stylish space. There are so many surfaces and fixtures that can add to an overall finished design. The Kohler “Symbol” faucets are absolutely gorgeous in this bathroom. They are mounted aside a Demi-Lav sink perfectly named “Wading Pool”.
Davenport bathroom remodel with Kohler Symbol faucet. | VillageHomeStores.com

The vanity areas have Cambria quartz counters in the “Berwyn” design and standard Eased edge profile. Quartz is a fantastic choice for a bathroom counter because it is stylish and extremely durable. Heat from hair appliances and makeup solutions and removers are no threat to the sparkling surface. Read more about the quartz investment in this previous post about our recent trip to Cambria.
Davenport bathroom remodel with Cambria Berwyn quartz tops. | VillageHomeStores.com

Berwyn includes so many colors that are right on target for trends in the Kitchen & Bath industry. It pairs so well with bright whites and nearly all varieties of grays. A large walk-in tiled shower is always at the top of many bathroom wishlists. Take a look at the finished shower in this bathroom!
Davenport bathroom remodel with custom tiled shower with pebbled tile floor. | VillageHomeStores.com

Because of the layout, a shower door isn’t needed. In fact there is even a turn in the shape to offer the user privacy. Right at the entry is a towel bar that warms your towel as you shower. The Jeeves E curved towel warmer is the perfect treat-yourself detail for a shower like this.
Davenport bathroom remodel with custom tiled shower, pebbled tile floor, and heated towel rack. | VillageHomeStores.com

8″ x 32″ woodlook tile from the Woodland series in “Rectified Maple” is paired with accents of a Pebble mosaic tile in the Fiji Cream color. The tile from Sunderland Brothers looks perfectly on-trend and unique while still remaining neutral. Woodgrain tile gives you a unique look in an easy-toclean surface.
Davenport bathroom remodel with custom tiled shower with pebbled tile floor. | VillageHomeStores.com

That same accent pebbled tile is used as the shower floor. By using this textured pebble tile as the shower floor, you are treated to a foot massage every time you use it!  Plus if the warm towel waiting for you isn’t enough pampering, just turn on the heated floors for you once you exit the shower.
Davenport bathroom remodel with custom tiled shower with pebbled tile floor. | VillageHomeStores.com

It is no mystery why we are so in love with how this bathroom turned out. It checks all the right boxes: stylish, inviting, unique… oh and did we mention the client was just the bee’s knees?!?!  We love it when a customer is just as enthusiastic about the process and the project as we are. She was wonderful to work with on the whole project. This Lower Level remodel project includes this bath, a basement bar area, craft room and home gym space. See the full project here on our Houzz page. We hope to very soon feature it on an upcoming episode of the Village Home Show. Are you ready to talk about your OWN project with our store? Your first step is to reach out. Call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this show online form and we will walk you through our process. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!
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Davenport, IA- A Basement Bar Gains “Top Shelf” Status

A job half done is well…. is exactly that. Many times when a new home is built, spaces are completed with the intention to sometime revisit them. We often refer to this as another “phase” of a project. The lower level of this Davenport, Iowa home is a wonderful example of taking that final phase to the next level! There was home bar installed when the home was completed. A bar kneewall and granite top installed plus a lower base cabinets to form a bar area with a bar sink. We have added to the space t make it stand out. The new finished bar are is now complete and very cool!
Koch Cabinets in Davenport Home Bar. Basement remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

A whole row of upper cabinetry has been added to match as best we could with the existing base cabinets. The cabinet line is named Koch and a “Brandy” stain has been applied to a Rustic Beech wood. But who are we kidding right? It’s most important what is INSIDE the cabinets in a home bar. Because of this focus, the interiors have been finished so the shelves can be used to display glassware, accessories, and bottles.
Koch Cabinets in Davenport Home Bar. Basement remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Each of the doors has been fit for glass inserts. Including glass in cabinetry can be a great way to add interest to an accent cabinet, or entire section of cabinets like we have showcased here. And speaking of showcased, the best way anything can be spotlighted is with our Diode LED lighting. Here we have installed in inside of the cabinetry including the option of a dimmer.
Koch Cabinets with lighted interior and glass inserts in Davenport Home Bar. | VillageHomeStores.com

This low-voltage, low-profile lighting makes it an easy choice to always leave on when ever needed. Useful for task lighting at the bar when entertaining, or used as an ambient light during movie night in the family room.  The same lighting system has been installed underneath the wall cabinets to help showcase the stunning slate and copper mosaic tile.
Koch Cabinets and beautiful wall tile in Davenport Home Bar. | VillageHomeStores.com

This tile is by Questech in Twill Mosaic: Antique Bronze Blend. It is a gorgeous blend of metals and textures. This tile selection truly sets off the whole space adding style, sparkle, and a toast-worthy look. New carpeting was installed throughout the space and on into the nearby suite area bedroom. The carpeting is from our Phenix line in the Alpine Lake series and Doe Skin color.
Phenix carpeting in a Davenport, IA home. Basement remodel by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

When you purchase carpet from Village Home Stores you always receive:

  • FREE basic tear-out and haul away
  • FREE basic furniture moving
  • FREE measure & estimate
  • Lifetime re-stretching

We also completed some other areas of the home during this next “phase” process. New wall sconces were added to the space. We love the farmhouse-inspired look of these Kichler wall sconces.
Kichler farmhouse style sconces in a Davenport, IA family room. Basement remodel by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

A stylish new ceiling fan was also installed upstairs during the process. This 62″ wide Minka Koa fan is almost an art piece in the great room. So unique and functional. Keep in mind that small projects can also be knocked off your list as we are scheduling crews to work on a space in your home.  Why not have the electrician bid the project plus any other areas you could spruce up while they are in the home.
Unique modern ceiling fan from Minka in a Davenport, IA home. Lighting by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

This home bar area and the other areas of the project are just the tip of the iceberg! Wait until you see the new suite area just beyond the bar. The bathroom sincerely is one of the most beautiful projects we have ever installed. Stay tuned here to the next blog post to see that plus a craft room and home gym from the same lower level. A special shout-out to the crews at Durian Builders (see below) who we caught going above and beyond the day we were taking our final photos. Basement remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores with work by Durian Builders. | VillageHomeStores.com

We hope to share this entire project very soon on a new episode of the Village Home Show sometime in 2018. Ready to start the conversation about your own remodel with our team? Your first step is to reach out. We will help guide you through the rest of our process. You can reach us by calling (309) 944-1344 or by completing this short online form. We are excited to hear what you are working on!
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Calling All Elves: We Need Your Help on a Giveaway!

This year has been such an encouraging year for us as a small business. We continue to add to our growing customer list and promise to keep earning the trust of all of you on that list. We are a small business located in a small town but we are blessed to service such a large area of the Midwest. The team at Village Home Stores is so thankful that you see a value in a great price paired with great service. We would love to brighten someone’s Holiday this year but we need your help. We are calling on all of you to be our elves. We need your “nice list” because someone is getting this Whirlpool® laundry pair under their tree!
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This 85 series Duet Front-Load laundry pair has a large capacity AND when working as a team, they are efficient with your time, water, AND energy use. Know someone who could use a “load” of help this Holiday? Please let us know who! Who should be nominated? Nominate someone who is in need of laundry without the finances to purchase new. Or nominate someone who is doing good and could use the pair to keep helping others.
Help Village Home Stores find a deserving home for this laundry pair. See store for details. | VillageHomeStores.com

Return THIS NOMINATION FORM to Village Home Stores in person or by mail at 105 S State St. Geneseo, IL 61254 or email completed for to info@villagehomestores.com all entries must be received by Friday December 22nd at 5pm. Winner will be contacted for delivery the week following Christmas. Name of winner will not be announced publicly unless the winning party agrees to it. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or Instagram. See store for details.
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