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Heartland Builders- A New Home With Contemporary Details

Village Home Stores has the great privilege to design so many incredible kitchens in a year. Lifestyle magazines, the internet, and apps like Pinterest and Houzz have revolutionized how our customers are able to narrow down their own personal styles. Because these platforms can showcase that every project can be different from the next, our own clients are beginning to embrace a very important revelation in 2017: you don’t have to do whatever your neighbor is doing. It is your home, make it reflect you! Even in the category of New Construction homes we still can say that every single home is different from the next. Take for example, this new Colona, IL home completed by Heartland Builders:
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including black painted Koch cabinets and quartz counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

We have shared countless white painted kitchens here on the blog but this space is a refreshing contrast. Black painted cabinetry from our Koch Classic line has been installed in the full-overlay “Savannah” door. An L-shaped layout is met in the corner with a pantry and a bat-wing shaped kitchen island angles in towards the kitchen. Seating for 4 surrounds the kitchen island.
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including Stainless Maytag Appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

The kitchen sink is in the very center of the island and a bar-height top blocks view into the sink from the Living Room area. Quartz tops in the “Fossil Grey” color are installed in a standard Eased edge profile. This new Maytag® french door refrigerator includes the easy-to-clean, Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel finish. The refrigerator caps the end of the kitchen area and in a small niche for the Great Room a bar area has been installed.
Bar area in kitchen including Danby glass-front beverage cooler. | VillageHomeStores.com

This space is stylish and convenient when entertaining. A glass-front beverage cooler from our Danby® line frees up space in the main refrigerator and allows hosts and guest easy access to beverages. Our Diode LED undercabinet lighting perfectly illuminates the American Olean “Appeal” glass mosaic backsplash.  This bar area has been tiled completely in the “Transcendent” mosaic. As mentioned before, the appliance package in this new home is by Maytag®.  Maytag is dependable and has the warranty to back that statement up! Each of the new Maytag® appliances in this space comes with a 10 year limited parts warranty on the main components of the unit. Stop by or call our expert appliance team at (309) 944-1344 to learn more about this warranty exclusive to Maytag®.
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including Stainless Maytag Appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

The appliances include the french door refrigerator, top-control dishwasher, microwave hood, and convection gas range. Each with their own 10 year limited parts warranty and in the Fingerprint Resistant Stainless finish. We love the look of the commercial-style hardware on the handles and knobs in this sleek space.
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including Stainless Maytag Appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

This kitchen has been installed within a great room that includes a living room area and dining space. The same Luxury Vinyl Tile has been installed throughout the foyer, great room, kitchen, pantry, dinette, hall, mud room, and laundry. This LVT is the “Meridain” series from our Adura click-together line in the “Steel” color. The perfect neutral sleek and stylish platform for this Contemporary styled space.
Luxury Vinyl Tile flooring by Adura in a home by Heartland Builders. | VillageHomeStores.com

The lighting selections for this home are fantastic and each can stand alone as a very unique art piece! Four elongated LED pendants hang above the kitchen island. These pendants from our Kuzco line are in the Satin Nickel finish. Sometimes a big design impact can be made with a low-profile item. These long, narrow fixtures are a great example. They almost create columns to the island but are easy to see past and around in the open space.
Modern and Contemporary lighting by Village Home Stores in a Heartland Builders kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

A 4-light chandelier hangs in the dinette area. This light is named “Coddington” and is from our Feiss line. Talk about sculptural! We are reminded of the balance and shapes of an Alexander Calder mobile when seeing this light.
4 light Coddington chandelier by Feiss in a home by Heartland Builders. | VillageHomeStores.com

In the great room space a large 60″ ceiling fan is stunning! This fan is named “Proxima” and is from our Quorum line. The Satin Nickel finish is a perfect choice in this completed space. When turned on, it provides a lot of air flow and when the fan is turned off, it has an almost sculptural look.
Modern ceiling fan in a home by Heartland Builders including Quorum Proxima 60" ceiling fan. | VillageHomeStores.com

That corner pantry may look large enough, but open the doors and you will find that this is just a pantry front. This cabinet walk-through pantry front leads to a large walk-in pantry area. There is plenty of style AND storage in this space. New homes like this tend to have an “Open Concept” to the spaces but you need to plan for including plenty of storage options concealed from that “open” area. This walk-in pantry if perfect for food storage but also can be great for  other bulk household items.
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including a walk-through pantry front. | VillageHomeStores.com

Are you planing on building a new home soon? Perhaps considering remodeling the one that you are in? No matter what your project or budget is, we are excited to hear about it! Our award-winning team will help you determine your own personal style and create a complete design with you that reflects you and your tastes. Learn more about Heartland Builders here and be sure to reach out to us with any questions about what you have seen or read here. See the full album of photos from this project over on our award-winning Houzz page here.
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Hazelwood Homes- An Inset Instant Classic in Geneseo, IL

How can something so new already be an instant classic? Even though this Geneseo, IL home built recently by Hazelwood Homes is brand new, the look is classic. How do you achieve classic status right away? By selecting details and materials that all lend themselves to a polished, classic look without a date or trend attached to it. Take a look and see what we mean:
Kitchen in a home built by Hazelwood Homes including Dura Supreme inset cabinets and Cambria counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

Nothing about this finished space waves a flag with a year or a single trend on it. There is nothing more universally classic than a clean, white painted kitchen. With tastes and trends varying all across the country a white painted kitchen remains something we can all agree on. This Geneseo, IL family takes the look to the next level by selecting added details you will love.
White inset doors and subway tile for a classic modern farmhouse look. Expert design and material selection for your new home. | VillageHomeStores.com

Painted white cabinetry from our Dura Supreme line in the “Arcadia” door and inset construction is paired with a classic white 3″ x 6″ subway tile backsplash. The tile is from our Rittenhouse line and the “Arctic White” color is in a soft matte finish. The hardwood flooring in this great room space is gorgeous. Casa Bella’s “Baroque Oak” series in the “Marche” finish has such a depth of colors and the look is beautiful. Two countertop materials have been included in this kitchen design. The main perimeter of the kitchen has Cambria Quartz counters in the Torquay design. The polished quartz tops are a great contrast to the matte finish wall tiles. A Stainless Steel appliance suite from our KitchenAid® line looks right at home in the space. This 36″ KitchenAid® Dual Fuel 6-burner range is a hard-working investment for this kitchen.
Kitchen in a home built by Hazelwood Homes including KitchenAid appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

With 5.1 cu. ft. total capacity and EasyConvect™ Conversion features, this range is commercial in style but easy to use. The immediate control of a gas cooktop and the consistent and efficient use of convection cooking. This range is enviable to any serious home chef but not intimidating to frozen pizza connoisseurs. Two pendants from the Feiss “Harrow” series hang above the large kitchen island. The Oil Rubbed Bronze finish is a great compliment to the dark granite top below and seeded glass gives a New Traditional look to a classic style.
Large kitchen island with brushed granite counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

The main focal point of this kitchen is the island itself. In a close second for your attention is the range and hood wall of cabinetry. A wood hood has been ordered from Dura Supreme to match the surrounding cabinetry. A beautiful mantle shelf has been applied for a classic detail and location for seasonal decor, leaning artwork, or left clear as shown.
Kitchen in a home built by Hazelwood Homes including Dura Supreme cabinets. | VillageHomeStores.com

A bold eye-catching contrast to the white kitchen is found in the large island counter. A “Black Pearl” granite top is large in size and includes an undermounted farm sink. This dark top is a bold statement but take note of another material selection detail in the granite’s finish… it isn’t polished! In place of a dark, high-gloss polished granite top the “brushed” finish has been selected. This allows the natural stone to give the look of a soapstone or slate style and texture. The installed look is softer and less formal in appearance. A slight arc has been included on the overhang of the island. This end is now ready to accommodate counter-height stools for seating in the new kitchen.
Kitchen in a home built by Hazelwood Homes including Dura Supreme inset cabinets and brushed finish granite. | VilageHomeStores.com

A detail that may go unnoticed at first glance is the style of cabinetry in this kitchen. The doors themselves are a very transitional flat-panel construction.  The detail we are speaking of is how they are not resting atop of the cabinet face frame. Instead these cabinets have been ordered in an “inset” construction. This look has been around as long as cabinet furniture-making has been. Many old homes include built-in cabinets with this same inset door concept. The next time you are near an antique piece of furniture there is a very high chance that you will find the doors are also inset. The cabinet and door all sits flush with the frame of the cabinet and this design choice takes a basic white kitchen and transforms it into an instant classic! Inset cabinetry can be ordered with a hidden hinge (like shown here) or an exposed barrel hinge. Click here to see a past kitchen feature on the blog that showcases the exposed hinge look on an inset door.
Kitchen island detail. | VillageHomeStores.com

Did you know that according to a recent Houzz survey on 2017 trends in the industry we spend nearly 3 hours a day on average in our kitchens? Yes we are socializing and entertaining but we are also many times reading, working from home, or even just watching TV. In a kitchen this stunning it would be a shame to clutter up the countertops with a TV. That is why a space was designated for a small television right above the refrigerator. With this kitchen already including inset doors, adding pocket door hardware that allows the doors to roll into the cabinet box makes the screen visible from anywhere in the kitchen without a door to block the view.
TV hidden in kitchen above refrigerator. | VillageHomeStores.com

See the full album of photos from this completed kitchen here on our award-winning Houzz page. There you can save inspiring images and collaborate with your Village Home Stores team in ideabooks using this beautiful new kitchen as inspiration. Be sure to check out Hazelwood Homes who have provided a quality building experience to fit into any budget since 1971. Don’t forget that our New Construction customers can take advantage of our Exclusive Bundle Program. On top of our Low Price Guarantee, your purchases throughout our store bundle together to get you free lighting for your new home! Find out more about this program here. Planning on building soon? Contact us today or stop in to learn more about our process. (309) 944-1344.
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East Moline, IL- Wall Removed to Create Multiple Dining Options

We were so thrilled to begin this kitchen remodel in East Moline while we were filming a season of our TV show. It allowed us the opportunity to go beyond just showing you some before photos and then tour the finished space. Instead we were able to really show you the entire process! Here is the finished space including Birch cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the “Vicksburg” doorstyle. Vicksburg is a full-overlay door with a solid-wood center panel.
Remodeled kitchen with wall removed. | VillageHomeStores.com

The original kitchen (shown below) included dark stained cabinetry in a U-shape layout with a peninsula area of base cabinets and wall cabinetry suspended above. This created a very crowded feel to the kitchen when in it working or entering it from the front door. Laminate countertops with a drop-in sink and white appliances were all a part of the old kitchen that was ready for an update.
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Now the new kitchen is open and incredibly stylish! The back wall of the kitchen has been removed and in its place is a bar-height knee wall with an overhang for seating. These 4 barstools are just the beginning of the many dining options this entire open concept now has. Outside of the new kitchen are two front rooms, each ready to be considered a formal Dining Room space. Why designate one room as a dining room when the crowd you entertain changes over time? Now that this couple has children and grandchildren coming for meals, they can fill the entire space with tables and seating if needed!
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Want a better idea of what a jobsite looks like between the before photos and all the beautiful after photos we share here on the blog? Press play below to watch the episode of the Village Home Show including the entire remodel story from this East Moline, IL kitchen. Tour this kitchen with the before and after story plus everything in between.

What a difference a fresh new layout can make for the entire main level of this home! As youi saw in the episode, we installed new wood floors throughout. Depending on the flooring material and the project itself, your floors may need an extra layer of protection during the remodel process. In the case of this East Moline home a heavy-duty temporary floor protection is used named Ram Board. The Paramount Acacia hardwood flooring is installed and almost immediately after installation the durable floor protecting paper goes over it. kitchen-during-east-moline

The next few weeks of this kitchen floor’s installed lifespan will be it’s most challenged. That is why we take no risks of a scratch or a dent as crews work atop the new floors. We even left this Ram Board in place while filming the kitchen for the show. Once everything is finished and the appliances have been delivered and installed, the Ram Board is removed to reveal your new flooring. Acacia wood flooring from the Quad Cities flooring experts at Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

This Acacia is from the Bucks Country series in the “Teak” finish. The flooring finish is a great compliment to the kitchen cabinetry. The darkest areas of the flooring color are a great match to the Birch “Brandy” stain on the cabinets. Our favorite corner of the new kitchen is this lighted glass-door cabinet with wine storage. Remodeled East Moline, IL kitchen including a wine display cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

Glass shelves allow the LED lighting to wash the interior of the cabinet with light. A decorative winerack below can house plenty of bottles. Grecian white interlocking marble mosaic tile reflects on the new polished “Black Pearl” granite counters.
east-moline-tileThere are many who think selecting a dark granite top for their project might make a room seem very small when paired with dark cabinetry. In this East Moline, IL kitchen, the finished combination if gorgeous! Rich, polished stone and a Birch wood with a rich Cherry look. The finishes in this now opened space are perfection. East Moline kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.comWith the wall removed and the kitchen opened up into the nearby Dining Room area, the space has plenty of light within it. Opposite the peninsula wall is a large window (show in image above) This natural light teams up with our Diode LED undercabinet lighting system and plenty of new can lights for a bright space day and night. There is plenty of storage in the new kitchen including a tall pantry cabinet next to the refrigerator.Pantry cabinet near refrigerator. | VillageHomeStores.com

A brand new suite of Whirlpool® appliances in Stainless Steel have been installed in the newly remodeled kitchen. The standard-depth refrigerator includes a full-width temperature controlled wide pantry area behind the french doors. A new freestanding electric range boasts 6.4 cu. ft. of capacity and Convection features.
Remodeled East Moline, IL kitchen including new Whirlpool appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

Skip preheating for items like pizza, lasagna, or chicken nuggets! Yes you read that correctly: SKIP THE PREHEATING! This model includes Frozen Bake™ Technology. Just put the items in and then start the oven’s pre-programmed Frozen Bake™ settings. The electric cooktop on this range is very versatile. It includes one front burner with 3 burners-in-one! This FlexHeat™ triple-radiant burner can adjust to a 6″, 9″ or 12″ radius depending on your cookware sizes.3

See the full album of photos from this East Moline, IL kitchen remodel here on our award-winning Houzz page. Is there something about this new kitchen that you would like to include in your own project? Feel free to save any of these images to your Pinterest page or start and ideabook using our Houzz images. We want to keep you informed with what projects we are completing in the area and give you ideas to save for your own project with our store in the future.
East Moline Kitchen remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Are you ready to start the conversation about your own kitchen remodel? We can’t wait to walk you through our proven remodel process. We have a unique system that is constantly changing and adapting from project to project to get you the best customer experience paired with quality products. Our team is ready to go to work for you! Your first step is to reach out for an in-store complimentary consultation. Contact us by completing this online form or calling us at (309) 944-1344.
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Trending in 2017: Tiny Dinosaur Decor?!?

Village Home Stores has always been known for being thought-leaders in our field. We attend product training and trade show events so that we can always stay at the very forefront of anything new an exciting for our customers. That is why we are thrilled to be the first to introduce you a new trend we are seeing in home decor in 2017: tiny dinosaurs!

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In the age of Pinterest, it can be difficult to set yourself apart as a hostess when you begin to prepare for entertaining guests. Pinterest gives us all kinds of expectations and sets high standards for decorating any event. Everyone has to “one-up” their neighbors, friends, or family with the next big thing. Well take it from us, you should be the first in your book club to have tiny dinosaur decor sprinkled throughout your home in 2017. Just listen to this testimonial:

“I arranged a tablescape for a fundraiser luncheon I was hosting at my home. I chose to include tiny dinosaurs within the florals and votive candles of my centerpiece. There is something empowering about dinosaur decor that gives a commanding advantage to me as a hostess. I let the tiny dinosaurs speak for me. They said, ‘Cheryl, I know you borrowed that Pyrex from me and never returned it. Now you have the nerve to bring your potato salad in it to my luncheon? Stare at this T-Rex and think about what you have done.’ And you know what, Cheryl left that Pyrex in my kitchen sink after lunch.”

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When staging up a little vignette in your home have you ever taken a step back and asked to yourself, “what is this missing?” It’s missing a tiny dinosaur that’s what. Take a chance with this trend and take your drab decor up to the next level of Prehistoric perfection!
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The Kitchen & Bath Industry is not just limited to cabinets and appliances. Decorative lighting can play a key part in the overall look of a successful design. There is a reason why we are  one of Lighting & Decor Magazine’s finalists for Showroom of the Year, we know and embrace current trends. Some of our thought-leading lighting vendors have introduced tiny dinosaur details into fixtures. Take a look at this Dining Room light we installed recently in Moline, IL. aprilfools7

You are not just limited to trying out the tiny dinosaur trend in your kitchen or home bar. Try this trend out in your bathroom accessories! This Moline, IL custom tiled shower installed by Village Home Stores includes a tiled niche area perfect to showcase tiny dinosaur decor!
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By now we pray that you can tell this is in no way an actual 2017 decor trend and instead our way of wishing our followers a joyous APRIL FOOLS DAY! We spend so much time on the blog focusing on showing you our portfolio of work we realize you must think we are pretty serious and boring bunch. Spend a few minutes in the showroom and you will quickly realize that is NOT the case. Building a new home or remodeling the one you are in should be a fun experience! Our team does great work and has a great time while doing it. Have a fantastic weekend and come visit us this April!

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Blue Grass, IA- Go Brighter For Big Results!

Many times it is the changes in finishes that can make the largest impact on a space. Combine that with a few layout adjustments and additions and you get this week’s featured kitchen remodel tour in Blue Grass, IA. A U-shaped kitchen with a peninsula is extended and made brighter and for big results! Let’s begin with how we “extended” the space and still kept the kitchen footprint the same. A section of wall between the kitchen and the casual dining area was previously used to house a china hutch area.
Kitchen before and after. | VillageHomeStores.com

The available hutch area wall has become absorbed into the cabinetry footprint in the new layout. This change plus a shift from medium oak cabinets to a bright, painted look has resulted in a larger look and a bright new space. A peninsula has been installed again to divide the kitchen from the casual dining table but no upper peninsula cabinets were included.
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New cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the Legacy doorstyle and Birch wood finished with the “Oyster” paint. The Legacy door is one of our most popular styles from this cabinetry line. It is such a great detailed door without being ornate or over-the-top. The details are found in the rails and stiles of the door and a flat-panel center keeps the look from becoming heavy or overly Traditional.
Ogee edge profile on quartz counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

Engineered Quartz counters from our Klondike line in a color called “Tundra” have been installed. The decorative “Ogee” edge profile on the tops add an extra detail as the light highlights the waterfalling polished stone edge. This color is a fantastic neutral choice for quartz counters. It combines bright whites, soft grays, and the perfect mix of charcoal and black to blend the cabinets, hardware, and even Stainless Steel appliances together perfectly. Let’s take a look around the entire new kitchen:
A Blue Grass, IA kitchen remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

New Hickory hardwood from our Somerset line has been installed throughout. The light wood tone is named “Moonlight” and it is the perfect finish to be paired with the soft, warm grays included throughout the new kitchen. As mentioned before, a new hutch area has been installed in the same doorstyle as the kitchen cabinetry. Including details like an arched toespace valance and adding interior lighting with glass doors to the cabinet help achieve a furniture look. The wall cabinetry in this section also extends all the way down to the quartz tops.
Custom kitchen hutch. | VillageHomeStores.com

Our low-voltage Diode LED lighting system is the perfect choice for an area like this. These lights can be dimmed and left on as much as desired using minimal energy. Learn more about this system in a previous post here on the blog. The perfect ambient light when entertaining and even a nightlight in the evening. A new appliance package from KitchenAid® has been included in the new kitchen. KitchenAid® offers appliances with professional-inspired styles including incredible features and function.
Kitchenaid combination wall oven and microwave. | VillageHomeStores.com

A 30″ wide Combination Microwave and Wall Oven is full of incredible features like Even-Heat™ True Convection in the lower oven for consistent baking temperatures and faster preheat times. The Microwave above also includes convection features allowing a secondary baking/cooking option and qualifying this model as a double oven. Next to that wall oven unit is a tall pantry cabinet fit with 5 adjustable slide-out shelves. Slide-out shelves from Koch Cabinetry are able to be adjusted in location to fit your own storage needs.
A Blue Grass, IA kitchen remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Turning the corner in the new kitchen we find the new cooktop area. Cooktops can be installed in a number of different cabinets. This kitchen includes a “reversed drawer” cabinet that moves the shallow top drawer down to the bottom of the cabinet. That leaves the top section of the cabinet available for the cooktop components and power source connections. The bottom drawer here is perfect for bakeware or pots and pans lids.
Cooktop cabinet with 30" electric cooktop. | VillageHomeStores.com

The new 30″ electric cooktop includes tap-touch controls and a very versatile 4-element layout. One of the cooking elements is a triple-ring space offering a 12″, 9″, and 6″ element all in one convenient front  location. This gives you many options for cookware all in the same location. Stainless Steel trim helps compliment the cooktop with the rest of the new appliance package.
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The backsplash tile is one of our favorite parts of the new kitchen! This glass 3″ x 6″ subway tile from our Florstar Interceramic line has been installed in a herringbone pattern. The tile color is named “Shimmer Storm” and the finished look is perfect with the quartz counters.
Glass subway tile backsplash in herringbone pattern. | VillageHomeStores.comHardware and lighting have been installed in a Pewter finish. Pewter is a wonderful finish to pair with Stainless appliances in a Traditional style kitchen. The look of these “Merrick” style handles is just as though a highlight of black accent has been applied to a Stainless finish. In place of a Stainless sink, a granite composite sink in a “Metallic Gray” color has been undermounted to the tops.
Granite composite undermount sink. | VillageHomeStores.com

You can watch a full video tour of this remodel project on a recent episode of our show the Village Home Show. In this episode we also share how using apps like Pinterest and Houzz can help get you and your designer from Village Home Stores organized. See the full album of photos from this project here on our award-winning Houzz page. Press play below to see this kitchen plus another local kitchen transform!

What a transformation! From dark and crowded to bright and spacious! Are you ready to make the most of your own kitchen space? Village Home Stores is ready to partner with you on that project. Your first step is to reach out for that first appointment with our team. Contact us anytime during store hours at (309) 944-1344 or by completing this short online form. We will then work with you to walk you through our process. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on! blue-grass-kitchen-remodeler

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Moline, IL- Clear The Table From Your Family Clutter

It is no news that we believe the kitchen is the “hub” of the home. For many busy families that translates to the “hub” of all clutter! Bookbags, luchboxes, mail, schoolwork, the dog leash, the sports equipment… you see where we are headed with this. This Moline family of 5 (plus pets) was ready  for a kitchen remodel. When their designer asked what they really wanted to see with a new layout, their response was this: some way to keep the kitchen table clear. Before we share that solution, let’s start the tour with the familiar kitchen areas. This L-shape sink section includes a very common and functional layout. A range and microwave hood on one end, turn the corner with a base lazy susan cabinet to a sink beneath a window and dishwasher beside it.
A Moline, IL kitchen remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

The original kitchen layout included a peninsula on this wall extending into the kitchen. The new layout opens up the space by eliminating that peninsula and making room for a large kitchen table. Koch cabinetry in the Seneca doorstyle is installed in a Birch wood and “Mocha” stain. Glass 3″ x 6″ subway-style tiles have been installed in a herringbone design for the kitchen backsplash.A Moline, IL kitchen remodel including Hanstone Quartz and glass subway tile. | VillageHomeStores.com

The tile is from our American Olean line in the Color Appeal series and “Plaza Taupe” color. No backsplash was installed with these tops so the glass tile backsplash had more room for a statement with the pattern.The refrigerator wall now includes so much amazing storage!
A Moline, IL kitchen remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

A tall pantry cabinet fit with sliding shelves and a refrigerator end panel surround the refrigerator for a great look. The section of cabinetry on this same wall creates a great work surface that also serves as a coffee station. The wall cabinetry above is staggered in height and depth to add interest to this wall. Soffits have been removed from this kitchen so that the new cabinetry can reach to the ceiling. To compliment the deeper center cabinet above, the large stack of drawers in the base cabinetry is pulled forward. A Moline, IL kitchen remodel including Hanstone Quartz in the Victorian Sands design. | VillageHomeStores.com

This gives the opportunity to add interest and a furniture-style look with an arched toespace on the drawer cabinet. The Quartz kitchen counters mimic the creative shape of these cabinets and follow the in-out-in detail with soft radius corners on this bump-out area.A Moline, IL kitchen remodel including Hanstone Quartz in the Victorian Sands design. | VillageHomeStores.com

Hanstone Quartz countertops in the Victorian Sands color are a stunning choice for this Moline, IL home. Victorian Sands is a wonderful blend of neutral colors. It is one of those successful colors over the years in that it works with so many wood tones and pairs with just about any tile or paint selections. A standard “Eased” edge profile  is a classic choice. But what about that whole new area designed to somehow solve the clutter table issue? With the mission to control family clutter in mind, our designer went to work to create a new kitchen layout including a whole new third section of cabinetry across from the original kitchen.
A Moline, IL kitchen remodel including custom locker area. | VillageHomeStores.com

What an amazing brand new custom drop-zone area fit with a bench seat and coathooks! A place for everything and everything in its place…and guess what?! The kitchen table (and even the kitchen countertops) are now all clear! By creating this designated “drop zone” area on the back wall of the kitchen, there is no excuse for anything to end up on the table at all. A bench seat built from functioning drawers is capped with a matching wood top. This offers a stylish surface for seating. Designing the drop zone into 4 sections helps to contain the clutter to each child’s area. Drop zones like this work best when located near the main entrance home for the users (i.e. back garage door entry).
A Moline, IL kitchen remodel including custom storage bench area. | VillageHomeStores.com

This busy family is so happy with their new kitchen. We love any opportunity we can get to help improve any living space to become more function and beautiful!  To see the full album of photos from this kitchen visit our award-winning Houzz page here. Are you curious what an expert kitchen designer might have to suggest for your own busy space? We are ready to hear about your space! Contact our store to start the conversation about working with our store. You can reach us at (309) 944-1344 or by completing this form online.
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Aspen Homes- Tastefully On Trend Meets Timeless

Many times customers are hesitant to embrace something labeled as a “trend” because they fear the look will be dated so quickly. The truth is in our industry…trends aren’t just a flash in the pan. Ever. For design choices like Gray Stains or Black Accents, these “trends” are long-term. Once you begin to see certain trends appear on magazine covers and in spaces on your favorite TV shows, the industry has committed to the concept. This latest project we completed with Aspen Homes LLC is so gorgeous we barely know where to begin the tour!  As we show you around the space we will pay attention to key trends at work in the kitchen:

Black Details And Accents In The Kitchen:

Kitchen with black window accent. Design and materials from Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

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We love the black trim detail added to this Bettendorf, IA home. A farmhouse sink sits beneath three windows on one wall of the kitchen design. These three black windows add style and visual rhythm to the space. The two “Wadsworth” pendants that hang above the kitchen island are from our Hudson Valley line. Selecting the perfect lighting for your overall look is so important. The kitchen island pendants in this home are the perfect example of what we mean.

“Both the sconces and the island pendants get a lot of attention. I’m glad I took a risk with those pendants because they seem to tie it all together and ground a space filled with so much white.” -homeowner

That quote from the homeowner says it all! They truly do complete the entire design. The black accent, the shape, the brass, the circle element (see the barn door below), it is all perfection! A pendant like that in a catalog or our showroom may seem like a bold statement but our lighting team works hard with our clients to select fixtures perfect for their space. A statement may seem a bit out of your comfort level at the time but the impact will be great!

Introduce Gold Accents:

Between the windows hang “Margeaux” wall sconces from our Hinkley line. The “Vintage Brass” finish on the sconces is repeated in the kitchen cabinet hardware and accents on the island pendant lights. You do not have to go “all in” on this Gold Accent trend. Just introducing a few locations for it is great! New Traditional style is all about balancing old looks with new materials. In some cases New Traditional blends old finishes with new shapes and styles. Mixing metal finishes can look great when executed correctly and our team is here to help you find the perfect balance.

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Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

Soften The Look With Matte Finishes:

A great way to make a space more welcoming and less “cold” is to use softer, more matte finishes. Even a cold, hard material like granite can seem more approachable. In this case, a Granite named “Black Pearl” has been installed as the perimeter countertop material. Instead of a high-polished and reflective finish, the “Brushed” finish is used. The result: and Old World look almost like that of a soapstone countertop. The island countertop is from our Cambria Quartz line in their “Summerhill” design. Summerhill blends all of the surrounding colors together perfectly and offers up a natural stone veining look that adds character to the island.
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Want a cabinet style and finish that is truly timeless? If you look at some of your own favorite kitchen spaces saved to your Pinterest or Houzz accounts is the common denominator perhaps a white painted cabinet? A flat-panel doorstyle in a white paint is as timeless of a cabinet commitment you can make. This kitchen has been installed in the “Savannah” door from our Koch Classic line. Chances are if you are drawn to the look of a white painted cabinet, you are also looking at Subway tile. This kitchen takes that classic subway tile and installs it all the way to the ceiling:

Subway tile all the way to the ceiling in a Bettendorf, IA kitchen designed by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

“It’s funny how many people love that the subway tile is taken to the ceiling. It was a simple addition that makes it all feel more special.” -homeowner

White painted flat-panel cabinetry and subway tile. We are giving you the definite green light for that winning combination! Again, these are classic and timeless selections you can make for your overall permanent investment. If 15 years from now you wanted to give this kitchen a new look, the entire kitchen may not need to come out to get that “new” update.

Showcase Your Workspace:

If you are going to invest in a great space to prepare meals, why not shine the spotlight on your busiest area? Cooking zones are where all the activity happens so why not make them the focal point of the space? Kitchens are no longer hidden in the back corner of a home. They have become the very center of all activity throughout your day. In this kitchen a unique hood design makes a statement of its own on the range wall. This custom wood hood aligns with the angle of the kitchen ceiling. A custom hood insert and 1200 CFM blower are fit on the interior of the hood. A clean hood design with a contrasting band of wood at the base completes the look. Below that hood is an envy-worthy 48″ wide range:

48 inch KitchenAid dual fuel range. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

This KitchenAid® Dual Fuel, commercial-style range has 6 gas burners and a chrome electric griddle. The griddle provides exceptional cooking performance and features an easy-to-clean surface. Why Dual Fuel? This range combines the precise control of a gas cooking surface with an electric oven. In the culinary world even the most demanding of cooks can agree that dual fuel is the “best of both worlds” situation for a range. Immediate control for the cooktop and consistent baking, roasting, and broiling in the oven.

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Photo courtesy of KitchenAid®

EvenHeat™ True Convection in the ovens provide consistent heating and even cooking on all racks. Convection helps ensure no burnt edges or undercooked centers and with EasyConvect™ Conversion, it is so easy to use these features. This range combines two ovens for a total of 6.3 cu. ft. of capacity. Shop appliances here or visit our store for an award-winning customer experience and a Low Price Guarantee on home appliances!

Warm Gray Stains:

Gray stains aren’t just still “in style”, they are growing and growing in popularity! Each of our cabinet lines have invested in continuing to add gray stains to their finish options. Grays have started to trend toward the warmer look. Warm grays blend well with other wood finishes and paints.

Kitchen with design and materials from Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

In this kitchen a tall pantry cabinet with drawers is finished in a contrasting gray stain named “Stone”. The same Savannah Doorstyle used in the main kitchen is a Cherry wood on the pantry cabinet. Cherry offers a warm and rich woodgrain for the “Stone” stain. We love the use of a contrasting cabinet finish in an unexpected application. We have come to expect the kitchen island, or perhaps a hood to have a contrast finish. Here the location gives the tall cabinet almost the look of a freestanding furniture piece.

Kitchen with design and materials from Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

This layout also provides the illusion of two kitchen islands. A peninsula runs parallel to the kitchen island. It is always exciting to work with Aspen Homes on a project because they come to us with so many great ideas and enthusiastic clients. Looking to build a new home or remodel the one your are in? Village Home Stores is your expert Kitchen and Bath destination. We build a team specific to your project’s needs and help make the process as easy and as fun as possible for you.

Kitchen with design and materials from Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

You can find out more information on what you can expect when working with Aspen Homes and Village Home Stores here on a previous post. We are thrilled to welcome Aspen to Instagram in 2017! Give their page a follow to see the beautiful spaces they are working on in the Quad Cities Region. While you are there, find the Village Home Stores Instagram page as well. We love sharing beautiful spaces and behind-the-scenes coverage of what our store is working on day to day. Ready to start the conversation about your own project? Contact us today to get started. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!
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Prophetstown, IL Remodel – Pearl Painted Cabinets and Quartz Counters

We recently remodeled a Prophetstown, IL kitchen to bring the finishes and the layout up to date. Sometime the basic footprint of a kitchen design is a usable amount of space, but a few location adjustments can make a huge difference on the function of that space.
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The “Before” of this project included medium stained cabinetry, soffits, and laminate counters with a drop in sink. The new look is bright and airy. Painted cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the Prairie doorstyle has been painted in the Pearl finish with an Umber highlight applied to accent the edges. The kitchen sink has been moved to the window wall to allow the range and hood to be the focal point of the new layout.
A Prophetstown, IL kitchen with materials, install and full remodel by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Soffits were removed and the new wall cabinetry stretched all the way to the ceiling. If you think that “floating shelves” is a term reserved for Modern or Contemporary styled spaces, think again! Two floating shelves cap off the end of this run of wall cabinets. Hanging above the peninsula top below, these shelves are a fantastic updated look. They can be styled all through the year just as you would a glass-door cabinet.
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Gorgeous glass subway tile from our Interceramic line has been installed from their Interglass Shimmer series in the “Bronze” color. A standard brick lay pattern for the main backsplash is highlighted above the range with a decorative area of the same tile installed in a herringbone pattern.
Unique glass subway tile installation. | VillageHomeStores.com

This shimmering backsplash tile sits atop new Engineered Quartz counters from Cambria. The Lincolnshire design offers rich earthtones in a pattern that resembles a natural granite look. The look of a natural stone with all of the benefits of choosing Quartz counters. Quartz is heat resistant, scratch resistant, and maintenance free. These tops will look exactly like this decades from now.
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The kitchen peninsula offers an overhang area of Cambria with seating for two. We love the woven counter-height stools selected for the space. Decorative corbels and custom applied-panels complete the peninsula design.
Koch cabinetry in the Pearl finish with Umber highlight. | VillageHomeStores.com

A counter-depth french door refrigerator by Whirlpool® is given a true built-in look with surrounding 24″ deep pantry cabinets. A standard-depth model would project out into this high-traffic area of the layout. This counter-depth model sits back more flush with the surrounding cabinets and looks great!
Tall pantries surround a refrigerator. | VillageHomeStores.com

Each pantry is fit with full-depth shelving. The right pantry includes slideout shelves. This shelving system is adjustable so that you can arrange to store any height of items within. Discuss with your kitchen designer at Village Home Stores early on if there are any uniquely sized items or small appliances you wish you had a designated location for. Better to designate the perfect space for an item ahead of time than to clutter up your brand new kitchen counters!
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Microwave hoods are great, but did you know that microwaves can be off the counter without needing to be located above a range? This kitchen includes Sharp® ‘s over-the-counter microwave model. This unit is designed to be installed below a wall cabinet but above a countertop space:
Sharp over the counter microwave available at Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Believe it or not, Lazy Susan cabinets come in a wide variety of options. This kitchen includes a Lazy Susan cabinet configuration that offers you the most shelf space possible. The spinning wood trays are attached to a fixed shelf. This replaces the older “pole” style susan that sometimes came unattached or caused items to fall off in the back of the cabinet to be lost. Now the shelf and floor of the cabinet help keep items undercontrol if they were to fall.
Angled base corner cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

This base cabinet option is known as an Angled Base Corner Cabinet. That means that instead of an L-shaped cabinet with two hinged doors, a single door angles across the front corner. This gives you a full circle susan shelf (and plus more counter space above). We also gave a built-in hutch an update to match the new kitchen:
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This hutch area is located on the wall between the kitchen and casual dining area. Now it looks right at home in the new space. See the entire album of images from this project here over on our award-winning Houzz.com portfolio. Are you ready to give your kitchen an update? Village Home Stores can help as little or as much as you want. We can work with you to provide an expert design and material selection for your own installation, or choose our Project Management option and we will handle it all from start to finish! Either way, your first step is to reach out to us. Call or click for an appointment today. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on! (309) 944-1344
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Showroom Updates 2017: New Lighting Showroom

As we mentioned in our previous post, Village Home Stores is growing. In 2017 we have invested in a larger and revised showroom to offer our customers the best customer experience possible for their project with us. Village Home Stores has become the expert destination for Kitchen & Bath design in our region. Now our new showroom space makes it even more fun and exciting to shop for Appliances, Cabinetry, Lighting, and Floorcovering all in one location. Lighting showroom Geneseo, IL | VillageHomeStores.comOur store is committed to being a family-owned and locally-owned business. Our customers have a great appreciation that they can pair our expert service with competitive prices to box stores. That means our customers get competitive prices but don’t sacrifice service before or after the sale. Exterior lighting displays in Village Home Stores showroom. | VillageHomeStores.com

This expansion was extensive! We will be posting a full album of photos from the process to our Facebook page over the next few days. We expanded into another storefront adjacent to our current two showroom locations. The first new space happened within our existing cabinetry entrance. That door is now the main door of our showroom. See the tour of that space here on a previous blog post. We have opened up the connecting walls into it and invested in a stylish and welcoming new lighting showroom space of over 1,200 sq. ft. before_and_after_showroom

What a transformation! With the opportunity to make the space one large design concept, we were able to select materials and products that compliment each other. Textures vary throughout from smooth marble-like quartz to rustic brick-look floor tile. Even our staff is still adjusting to coming around the corner to see this beautiful space. We have already hosted our first team meeting in the new showroom and it was nearly impossible to get over 30 of us to not be distracted by looking around. We were also thrilled that we finally have a space open enough in our store to fit all of our employees at once comfortably. Creative pendant lighting display wall in Village Home Stores showroom. | VillageHomeStores.com

We don’t just open an account with any lighting vendor. The products we sell must represent Village Home Stores as much as the brand name on the box. We view our showroom as a way to showcase the quality products that are available from our vendors. Curious about the Diode LED lighting we alwasy share on the blog and on our TV show? Come see it in person and ask questions. Didn’t think selecting the right light switches was important in a space? Notice our Adorne series installed throughout the new space to see for yourself just how important it can be.Adorne light switches and outlet systems available and on display in Geneseo, IL showroom. | VillageHomeStores.com

Our new lighting showroom was designed to make it easy to see a fixture and not have it get lost within a group of 30 other similar fixtures. Our vendors and product catalogs represent hundreds of thousands of available fixtures, It is more important to us that you don’t get overwhelmed when selecting. That is why our staff is there to help guide you through what is available for you specific needs. Creative wall-mount lighting display in Village Home Stores showroom. | VillageHomeStores.com

We hope this clean and clear display approach paired with our expert staff can make for an easy and fun lighting selection process for any area of your home. We take first impressions very seriously and we value your time. If you haven’t been in to the store for awhile, or if you have just been researching us online, consider this an open invitation to stop by!

Koch Cabinetry Hickory Stone finish kitchen display with antiqued mirror backsplash tile. | VillageHomeStores.com

Along with lighting, we have installed a full kitchen display and a Master Bath vanity display. We hope these spaces help you to visualize lighting and the full range of products we have available at Village. Our Koch kitchen is a Hickory wood with a Stone stain applied. Viking appliances complete the kitchen. We may be located in a small town but Village Home Stores is home to the largest Viking Range appliance display in the region. Village Home Stores is home fo the largest Viking Raneg appliance showroom in the Quad Cities region. | VillageHomeStores.com

This same kitchen display includes our Legrand undercabinet system fit with speakers, outlets, iPad, and phone docks. Be sure to stop in to see this interchangeable and fun system in action. We are pretty much in love with the antiqued backsplash tile in this kitchen display as well. No judgement from our staff, artistic mirror tile selfies welcome and encouraged. Legrand undrcabinet lighting system available and on display in Geneseo, IL showroom. | VillageHomeStores.com

You don’t need to be working on a project to visit our showroom. You may see staff and customers meeting throughout our showroom when you visit. We often set up to meet outside of our private conference areas when discussing finishes or involving multiple departments on a project. We have included a few areas in this new showroom for our builders and customers to meet with our lighting staff comfortably. We love the rustic table base that our friends at Reclaimed Salvage built for our large meeting table with a Cambria Quartz top.New lighting showroom at Village Home Stores in downtown Geneseo. - VillageHomeStores.com

Since 1984, you have shown us that people choose to buy from people. We would love for you to be able to see some of our staff at work so you can have a familiar face once you are ready to work with us. You may overhear Pat bribing a hardware company with homemade cookies for a rushed delivery, or glance at some project renderings over Therese’s shoulder on her monitor. Stop in soon and you will even see some of our flooring showroom renovations getting completed upstairs.lights

At Village Home Stores we strive to make our customers feel welcome when they enter our showroom no matter the size of their project or budget. You may need a replacement bulb today but if you end up building a home ten years from now, we are here for you. Our best compliments come from the referrals from our customers. We have clients who drive an hour or more just based on a referral from a friend or relative about their experience at Village Home Stores. When they arrive, our goal is to make our customers relaxed and inspired.Rustic Cherry Master Bath vanity display in the newly remodeled Village Home Stores showroom. | VillageHomeStores.com

Village Home Stores offers lighting, cabinetry, appliances, and flooring all in one location. We treat lighting selection as an important part of the overall design of a space, not just a final thought or selection. We want to make our customers feel welcome in our store whether they are looking to purchase one light or a whole home of lighting.  We listen in detail and are trained to ask the right questions to help our clients narrow down their needs and their own personal tastes.  We assist the client in pulling their ideas they see on Pinterest and Houzz into their own home by guiding them through the many lighting options available today.Lighting experts Keri Swanberg and Mary Beth Farber review catalogs in the new Village Home Stores lighting showroom. | VillageHomeStores.com

Not only do you get an expert team compiled for your exact project needs, but we genuinely try to make your purchase as fun and as great as possible. Looking for a single light or an entire home of lighting for a project? We are excited to hear about what you need. Our showroom is open Monday-Fridays from 9am-5pm and Saturdays from 9am-noon or by appointment. You are always welcome to stop in to look around but your best shopping experience begins with an appointment. that way we can be sure you can get the help you need. Call (309) 944-1344 or complete this short online form to let us know when you plan on stopping by. Of course you can always shop online anytime here on our lighting website. We have loved showing you this new space and can’t wait for you to see it in person!lighting showroom quad cities area

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Showroom Updates 2017: First Impressions

We are beyond thrilled to share our 2017 showroom updates with you here on the blog! Village Home Stores has a lot of great things planned as we move into 2017. This showroom update is a significant start! We have purchased a third storefront and added 1,200 sq. ft. of space for a brand new lighting showroom. We will show you are that complete lighting space and our remodel process later this week. Let’s begin today with a tour of our brand new front reception area:
New front desk area at Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

As our business continues to grow, we have changed and adapted our customer experience so that every person that visits our store leaves feeling glad they came. Our entire showroom now is over 9,000 sq. ft. that’s a lot of product and space all in one location! You will now enter the center door off of State Street and be greeted and guided by Therese. That’s Therese in the photo above, look how happy she looks in her new desk area! She creates all of our beautiful full-color renderings for our Kitchen & Bath Design customers. She will now be the first smiling face you see whether you are shopping for a single lightbulb, a full appliances package, or an entire home of products. The back wall of this new reception area is easily one of our favorite new areas of our entire showroom. Layers of texture and a variety of materials make a big first impression.
DuChateau Wood panels in the Kaudra style and Brown Ask finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

Have you seen our new signage inside the store? It looks so amazing day and night! We gave the folks at ItsaSchmollworld our logo and they gave us this incredible metal sign! We installed it over a Dahltile Limestone named Martinique Arctic Gray. The logo is back-lit with our Diode LED lighting system.
New Village Home Stores sign made by itsaschmollworld lit with our low-voltage Diode LED lighting system. | VillageHomeStores.comOne of best benefits of using our Diode LED lighting to back-light this sign is the fact that it is low-voltage. That means we can leave this sign lit all day and all night and use very little energy for the bold statement it makes. See for yourself how amazing this back wall looks in the evening when you are passing the store. The pendant lighting flanking the logo is another  great element to the finished design.
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These pendants are from our ELK Lighting line. The series is named Gramercy. We love the schoolhouse shape to the glass and the brushed finish pairs perfect with the metal logo sign on the same wall. The wood panels behind each pendant are a unique new product we have just launched, DuChateau wall coverings. These panels are from the Kaudra series in the Brown Ash finish. We are so excited to has access to this great new product! Consider these wall coverings for a fireplace wall or as an accent wall in a Master Bedroom. Below is a moodboard of the variety of finishes included in this new front desk:
Front reception desk finishes at Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Brushed Bronze handles from our Top Knobs line add a warm matte-finish gold look which is right on trend for our industry. Two finishes and styles of DuraSupreme Cabinetry have been included in this desk design. Gray Painted cabinets in the Middleton doorstyle and paint called Moonstone. The warm gray/bronze laminated cabinets are the Talia Horizontal style in a finish named Wired Bronze. Many times the countertops selected can easily become overpowered by everything else in a complete look. These Cambria Quartz tops in the Seagrove design wrap just about every available remaining surface and command your attention!
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This installation technique is called a “Waterfall” edge. Cambria seems to spring up from the floor, wrap the cabinets and desk surfaces and cascade back down again seamlessly. The front face of the desk includes a recessed area of paneling that repeats the Wired Bronze finish from the back wall of cabinetry.
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All of this sits atop a new floor from our Marazzi line. This is a wood-look porcelain tile that will be a durable and stylish choice to hold up to the high-traffic area of the showroom. This 6″ x 36″ tile is from the American Estates series in the Natural color. If you want the look of wood but a durable and easy to clean surface, ask one of our flooring experts at Village about a wood-look tile.
Wood look Marazzi tile from American Estates series an Natural color. | VillageHomeStores.comWe have loved showing you around this beautiful new space online but as you can imagine, it makes an even better first impression in person! Your best experience with our store if you are working on a project begins with an appointment. That being said, you do not need an appointment or and excuse to stop by, look around and say hello! Consider this your open invitation. If you are ready to get started on a project with us contact us online by completing the short form at this link or call us at (309) 944-1344. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!
Phone number for Village Home Stores in downtown Geneseo, IL (309) 944-1344