New Home With Gray and Black Painted Kitchen and Farmhouse Inspiration in Every Room

This Spring we have just felt so overwhelmed with appreciation for our customers and our builder relationships. Your support of Village Home Stores has kept our hearts so darn full while our showroom has had to be more empty. There are still so many new homes going up throughout the Quad Cities region. It is such an honor to work with so many area builders to put our design and products into their work. Our new home customers find that an appointment and the short drive to our one-stop-shop saves them time and money. Much of the process can even be done online through our login system. Together we can build a team of experts from each department for new home clients to help to create fully realized finished spaces. A great example is this Kerkhoff Homes property that just finished up in Bettendorf Iowa. Check out this dream kitchen!

Bettendorf new home kitchen with light gray and black painted cabinets. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities
Bettendorf new home kitchen with light gray and black painted cabinets. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities

We wanted to take some time to show you around the many highlights from this project beginning with a tour of the open-concept great room kitchen. The element that is first to grab your attention in the kitchen is the tiled backsplash area on the range wall. The main backsplash tile throughout the kitchen and dry bar area is a 1″x4″ Tundra Gray by Epic Stone. It is accented with a shimmering wide stripe of metal mosaic that cascades from ceiling to cooktop. This Falling Stars Aluminum Mix series in the Platinum Moon color is from our Glazzio Tile line. It blends mixed metallic finishes in grays and silvers.

Metal mosaic wall tile above cooktop in kitchen with large range and stainless steel hood
Metal mosaic wall tile above cooktop in kitchen with large range and stainless steel hood

This tile looks so perfectly at home surrounded by the “Fog” painted Koch cabinetry and Stainless Steel appliance package. A pot filler faucet in matte black has also been installed on the accent tile. This adds function and style to the cooking zone. The star of the kitchen appliances in this new home is the 48″ wide KitchenAid commercial style range. For serious home chefs, curious future home chefs, or households who entertain large groups, this range is a dream! 4′ wide with two oven cavities, this is a dual fuel model range. That means that you get the accuracy and constancy of an electric bake or broil in the ovens and the immediate control of a gas cooktop. Shop dual fuel ranges here at villagehomestores.com

Large 48 inch wide Kitchen Aid Commercial dual fuel range with two ovens, 6 burners, and griddle
Large 48 inch wide Kitchen Aid Commercial dual fuel range with two ovens, 6 burners, and griddle

Atop that double oven is 4′ of exceptional cooktop surface. A combined 6 gas burners and an integrated griddle. A continuous grate system over the burners allow a user to move pans of all sizes from one location to another. It also makes a great wide surface for cooling items from the oven. This is illustrated below by “Lord Stanley” who is monitoring the status of some cookies cooling.

Large 48 inch wide Kitchen Aid Commercial dual fuel range with two ovens, 6 burners, and griddle in a kitchen by Village Home Stores
Large 48 inch wide Kitchen Aid Commercial dual fuel range with two ovens, 6 burners, and griddle in a kitchen by Village Home Stores

The cabinetry in this Bettendorf kitchen is from our Koch Classic line in the best-selling Savannah doorstyle. This flat-panel door is the perfect Transitional selection that can work for many tastes. It can be ordered in painted and stained finishes. Shown here with the painted light gray “Fog” finish on the perimeter and “Black” paint on the kitchen island. The Fog paint is a wonderful neutral finish option for spaces that have a lot of whites and want a subtle compliment.

Bettendorf new home kitchen with light gray and black painted cabinets. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities
Light gray and black painted cabinets and materials by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities

Our most requested feature for new home kitchen designs is a hidden pantry (also modeled here by Lord Stanley who just wanted to make sure we weren’t after his treats). We are able to order a matching tall cabinet front with no bottom rail from our cabinet companies. This allows you to create an entrance that looks like a normal pantry, but opens to reveal a hidden walk-in space. Want to see more examples of hidden pantries? Check out this storage solutions board on our Pinterest page!

Hidden walk in pantry behind tall doors in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes
Hidden walk in pantry behind tall doors in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home.

Fresh and frozen food storage is found on the other wall of the kitchen design. We surrounded a counter-depth French Door refrigerator with a deep upper cabinet and tall end panels. This gives a built in and clean finished look. Concerned about losing storage space with a counter depth model? You no longer have to be! This counter-depth KitchenAid model is the largest capacity counter-depth refrigerator in its class! It has a slide-away split shelf, self-close crispers, and a custom temperature pantry drawer.

Gray and black painted kitchen with counter depth french door refrigerator from Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities
Gray and black painted kitchen with Kitchen Aid counter depth french door refrigerator from Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities

Selecting lighting for an entire new home can be overwhelming to do on your own. Thank goodness we have a lighting expert on staff who is dedicated to working for all of our new home customers! Setting up an appointment with our lighting department allows us to sit down with you, your plan, and your budget. In that first appointment we can help determine your personal style and tastes and begin to curate an estimate for you through our online login program. Don’t forget that our new home customers can also qualify for our Lighting Bundle Program at Village.

Jar shaped pendant lights above kitchen island in Bettendorf Iowa. Lighting and kitchen by Village Home Stores
Jar shaped pendant lights above kitchen island in Bettendorf Iowa. Lighting and kitchen by Village Home Stores

In this great room we provided three medium-sized pendants for above the kitchen island, a dinette light, and ceiling fans. Working with a lighting expert allows you to create a lighting plan using multiple brands and styles that compliment each other. This is so much better for a finished result than just buying a whole series of the same lighting in varied sizes. We love the jar shape of the Uttermost “Lansing” island pendants and the complimenting finishes in a difference shape and style for the dinette area just beyond the kitchen.

Three jar shaped pendant lights hang above kitchen island with dinette light and fan within view. Lighting and kitchen by Village Home Stores
Three jar shaped pendant lights hang above kitchen island with dinette light and fan within view. Lighting and kitchen by Village Home Stores

Below the pendant lights and right at the center of all kitchen activity is the kitchen sink. A farmhouse style apron sink has become another staple feature for many styles of homes. Here we have created the perfect prep and cleanup space by including a pull out waste basket to the right of the sink, and a KitchenAid dishwasher to the left. Quiet at just 39 decibels (normal conversation is about 50), you can run this dishwasher any time of day or night without disrupting music or television use in the great room.

White farm sink in black painted kitchen island. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores
White farm sink in black painted kitchen island. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores

The countertop surfaces in this kitchen are a marble-look engineered quartz surface called “Calacatta Laza”. This color is a fantastic marble fake-out in a durable and foodsafe surface. We are learning now more that ever that it is important to help reduce the spread of germs and bacteria within your home. Quartz countertop surfaces are non-porous so they will not absorb stains, cleaners, or any other “ickies” that may be on these cute paws below. Quartz surfaces can be cleaned with any non-abrasive cleaners and many times our customers just use mild soap and water.

Tabby cat on kitchen island quartz surfaces. Engineered quartz is a great surface for your kitchen during this coronavirus time and at all times.
Tabby cat on kitchen island quartz surfaces. Engineered quartz is a great surface for your kitchen during this coronavirus time and at all times.

Let’s head to the bar to celebrate and toast this new home! The same quartz surface and “Fog” painted cabinetry was installed as an extension to the kitchen in a dry bar area. Here we included a finished cabinet interior and glass doors for the upper cabinets and a built-in space below for beverage coolers. The result is a large built in bar area that keeps a light, airy, and inviting feel for use.

Home bar in kitchen with Kitchen Aid undercounter glass door refrigerators from Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities
Home bar in kitchen with Kitchen Aid undercounter glass door refrigerators from Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities

The two under counter appliances built in are stylish and super functional. With a counter-depth refrigerator as the main kitchen fridge, these glass-front models allow for added beverage storage outside of needing to use the main fridge. On the left is a wine cellar unit with two temperature zones within. On the right is a glass-front undercounter refrigerator. Glass-front bar fridges are fantastic for households who entertain because you have a clear way-finding clue day and night for guests to serve themselves without feeling sneaky trying to find the drinks.

Kitchen Aid undercounter glass door refrigerator and wine cooler from Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities
Kitchen Aid undercounter glass door refrigerator and wine cooler from Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes of the Quad Cities

And while “Lord Stanley” is the guardian of the pantry in this house, it looks like “Cy” here is the bouncer for this bar! This entire new home is stunning and fit with many high end products. We wanted to take a moment to point out the flooring in these spaces. Would you believe this ISN’T real hardwood? In photos and even in person it will fool you! This is actually a floating luxury vinyl plank floor. We wanted to point out that many of our new home customers are selecting luxury vinyl planks and tiles and the look and performance is still high end!

Rain Forest Adventure II series floating vinyl plank floor in a Bettendorf quad cities home. LVP by Village Home Stores
Rain Forest Adventure II series floating vinyl plank floor in a Bettendorf quad cities home. LVP by Village Home Stores

The great room, kitchen, foyer, study, dining room, sunroom, and stairway landings are all installed in the Adventure II series “Rain Forest” vinyl plank from our Engineered Floors line. Vinyl planks come in such a wide variety of sizes, colors, and even textures. Village Home Stores has a lot of options for your new or existing home in this flooring category. You will also be delighted for the added piece of mind with the warranties on many of these vinyl planks. Looking for a flooring surface for your active household that is pet-friendly, durable, and even waterproof? Then reach out to us for a quote today. We also provided wall tile for this home in the showers, mentioned kitchen, and the two textured statement walls shown below.

Fireplace surround and accent wall of powder room in siberian white ledger tile. Materials by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes
Fireplace surround and accent wall of powder room in siberian white ledger tile. Materials by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes

The fireplace wall and powder room vanity wall each are fit with a ledger tile. This same “Siberian White Honed Ledger” is installed horizontally as a fireplace surround and then vertically in the powder room. A pair of a smaller version of the kitchen island pendants are hung in the powder room. The light cast onto this tile looks so amazing! Texture and dimension in a neutral and classic material. And speaking of texture, check out this stunning tray ceiling in the master bedroom!

Barnwood ceiling with Galveston farmhouse style fan. Quorum lighting and Dream Weaver Pearl Slate carpeting available at Village Home Stores
Barnwood ceiling with Galveston farmhouse style fan. Quorum lighting and Dream Weaver Pearl Slate carpeting available at Village Home Stores

There is something to love in every room of this new home. The laundry room in this Kerkhoff Homes new build is large and perfectly located in the plan. Near the active great room space but out of sight, it is easy to stay on task with laundry throughout the day. And with the connected features of this smart Maytag front load laundry pair, it is even easier to stay on task. You can use the app to monitor and control features when you’re away from home or just in another room. The connected laundry allows you to receive notifications and alerts when the load is done. And any Maytag customer can appreciate that you can even avoid some service calls by connecting your appliance to the app.

Koch Express cabinetry and Maytag front load laundry in a Bettendorf Quad Cities laundry room. Design and materials from Village Home Stores
Koch Express cabinetry and Maytag front load laundry in a Bettendorf Quad Cities laundry room.

Want to see more from this beautiful new home? We have uploaded a whole album of photos as a project to our Best of Houzz-winning profile. Find that project here and save some of these images to your own ideabooks for a project with Village Home Stores. Are your ready to start that project with us? Your first step is to just reach out. We can answer any questions you have about our new home or remodel design process. Our expert team is just a message or a phone call away. You can reach us at (309) 944-1344 or by dropping your information in the webchat right here on the blog.

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Custom Amish Cabinets In a High-Style Rustic Display

This Spring during our showroom closure, we found ourselves with some areas of an available schedule and staff carpenters to finally get around to some projects under our own roof. Our remodel team has been very busy in homes around the region as the year began, so it has been nearly impossible to fit our own projects into the mix. But during the weeks when we didn’t have crews inside of our customer homes, instead our team was able to stay busy and safe in our own controlled and sanitized jobsite: the store! We tore into three displays to give them a fresh new update. The Village Home Stores showroom is now OPEN (by appointment only as of this post May 2020) and many of these projects are wrapping up just in time! We thought we would share with you some of the finished looks here on the blog beginning with this custom Amish-built cabinetry TV surround.

Sample Center Custom Amish Cabinet Display in Village Home Stores Showroom Geneseo, IL
Sample Center Custom Amish Cabinet Display in the Village Home Stores Showroom, Downtown Geneseo, IL

The cabinets may look familiar if you visited us at the 2020 QCBR Home Show this past Winter. There they had a whole different look! Check out the same base and wall cabinet combo with a wood wall treatment instead of the bold tile. We loved how that looked but wanted to tell a different surface story back at the showroom. Bold color is not for everyone (or everywhere), but smaller cabinet spaces can be perfect for it. Powder rooms, kitchen islands, and shown here in a TV surround. This area will be used as another presentation space for our design team to present and select finishes with their clients. The cabinets may be “rustic” but the details truly elevate the look!

Matte black subway tile with accent blue mosaic tile strip.
Matte black subway tile with accent blue mosaic tile strip and Kichler arm wall sconce in the Village Home Stores Showroom, Downtown Geneseo, IL

We flanked the TV area with a statement wall of tile. Matte black glass subway tiles from the Chapter 1 suite by Jeffery Court is installed in the “Silhouette” color and satin finish. Two blue mosaic strips accent the wall in the “Berrrmos” series and “Beryl” color by Original Style UK tile. Arm style sconces from our Kichler line have been installed near the top of each water-falling blue accent. The countertop surface for this TV area is an Engineered Quartz named “Marquina Midnight”. Black with an organic white veining pattern, this durable and glossy surface looks regal and rustic at the same time.

MSI Marquina Midnight Quartz
MSI Marquina Midnight Quartz countertops in display in the Village Home Stores showroom in Geneseo, IL.

What is the easiest way to level up any look? Accessorize of course! In the world of fashion we add jewelry. In the kitchen and bath industry we add lighting and hardware! These handles and knobs are from the Chrysalis series by Belwith Keeler. Brushed golden brass is paired with opaque black glass inserts. Contact a designer at Village Home Stores to see some of the other amazing finish combinations in this series and the many other hardware options from this line.

Belwith Keeler Chrysalis Series handle and knob hardware in Brushed Golden Brass with Black Opaque Glass
Belwith Keeler Chrysalis Series handle and knob hardware in Brushed Golden Brass with Black Opaque Glass

But of course we have to mention the cabinetry in this display! We offer a wide variety of cabinets in terms of finish, customization, and craftsmanship. Atop that list in all categories is our custom Amish cabinetry. This Amish-built cabinet line is crafted with extreme care for our customers by a shop located in Southern Illinois. Your access to wood species and finishes with this line are honestly near limitless. We received questions about these cabinets right away when we posted a preview of them. The bases are a Rustic Hard Maple in a custom finish. What do we mean custom finish? The rustic finish applied to the bases in this display doesn’t have a name technically. In fact, many of our finishes sold from this line are customized to the point they are just named after your jobname. That’s custom! You work with our designers and can even call out how heavily your distressing or finish accents are handled.

Custom Amish Cabinets With Wood Tray Divider and Utensil Organizer Inserts.
Custom Amish Cabinets With Wood Tray Divider and Utensil Organizer Inserts.

The painted cabinets are “Phillipsburg Blue” in an inset doorstyle. We have designed this display to showcase to styles of cabinet overlays and also many options for construction and custom inserts. Unfortunately two of the best ways to explore this cabinet line and how incredible it is just don’t translate well into a blog post. The next time you find yourself in our showroom please touch this finish and open the cabinetry to see what we mean when we describe this line as heirloom quality. The items created for your home are done so with incredible respect for the materials and the process of creating them.

Custom Amish Cabinet Display With Wood Tray Divider and Utensil Organizer Inserts in the Village Home Stores Showroom, Downtown Geneseo, IL.
Custom Amish Cabinet Display With Wood Tray Divider and Utensil Organizer Inserts.

There are many inserts and specialty options that can be included in your design. We love the solid wood options shown above for tray dividers and spice/utensil organizers. Below you see a variation of a double waste basket that includes a lid. These lidded options can be wonderful for storing pet food or recycling items that may not be taken out of the kitchen as often as trash. Ask a designer at Village about your options or show us anything you find online you would like to include in your design.

Custom Amish Cabinets With Rev a Shelf Lidded Waste Basket Pullouts.
Custom Amish Cabinets With Rev a Shelf Lidded Waste Basket Pullouts.

A custom designed space can be easily disrupted visually by appliances. But in many areas, appliances are absolutely needed to build the best use of an area for you. For example, this corner of the showroom is ideal for a beverage cooler. That way we can offer water or refreshments to our guests without traveling rooms away to another refrigerator. But a big panel of stainless steel or glass would disrupt the finished look of the cabinet design. So we chose to include a Kitchen Aid panel-ready beverage cooler model to hide it in plain sight.

Cabinet panel ready beverage cooler by Kitchen Aid in the Village Home Stores Showroom, Downtown Geneseo, IL
Cabinet panel ready beverage cooler by Kitchen Aid in the Village Home Stores Showroom, Downtown Geneseo, IL

To keep the cabinet configuration symmetrical we even created a false drawer stack look to the panel of the cooler. Panel ready models are available in many categories of appliances. Our cabinet designers can partner with your appliance expert from Village to be sure to build a custom panel designed specifically for the model you have selected. We can also create a finished look that best replicates the cabinet overlay surrounding it. Take a look at the image above and notice that aside from the toespace below, it’s pretty hard to notice the cooler at all. Press play below to see it open.

See more from this finished display at the full album we just posted to our Houzz profile. We created this space in the showroom to be used as another casual presentation area. Our formal conference room is available when a more private conversation is needed. But we have many other presentations spaces/displays in the Village showroom that include a screen where we can mirror your design drawings onto it. Having samples within arms reach can be so helpful as we work closely with you to create an accurate estimate. We have added some seating and a table to the space and the carpeting we selected makes such a fun statement. This is “Bespoke” from our Phenix Carpet Modern Contours series. We have installed it is a wall-to-wall application here. Don’t forget. Any of the carpets we carry can be bound into custom sized area rugs for your home. This series would be perfect for that!

Modern pattern carpeting with a mix of black and gray neutrals in the Village Home Stores showroom.
Modern pattern carpeting with a mix of black and gray neutrals in the Village Home Stores showroom.

Would you like to make an appointment to start the conversation about our process at Village Home Stores and receiving a bid on our design and products for your home? Just reach out! Our team is just a phone call or a message away. We can’t wait to hear what you have dreamed up for your home and how we can make it come to life! You can call us at (309) 944-1344 or email our team at info@villagehomestores.com. You can also send us a message right here from the chat on our blog and a member of our team will be in touch. Thank you so much to our incredible team of in-house staff who worked hard to get these displays in place.

Mothers Day Brunch Board Ideas

We know shopping for this upcoming Mothers Day holiday is a little challenging this year. It is kind of hard to not be hyper-aware of every shopping trip and item that is arriving in the mail. Still want to plan something special for the mother of your household? How about building her portable platter full of goodies for all of you to share? Don’t have a platter or a tray for this task? Perhaps your should GIFT her one for Mother’s Day? Can’t do that in time? Just use a large cookie sheet. The goal is to cover the whole surface with grab-able goodies. Do you have a great outdoor dining space, a sun room that is extra perfect in the mornings, or how about a backyard picnic? Treat mom to a special brunch, lunch, or plan an snack and game night that you can all enjoy together.

Build a Brunch Board

Pancake breakfast brunch board platter
Breakfast in bed or out on the patio? Make your pancake breakfast feast portable on a tray.

Pile up some pancakes or waffles, surround them with yummy fruits and other toppings and don’t forget the bacon! Brunch boards like this are a great family effort for mom because you can delegate tasks separately to many kids and then get everything prepped and piled as a group. TIP: mom won’t care if this spread has homemade or frozen waffles or pancakes so don’t stress.

Brunch idea with serving items like pitchers or bud vases for syrups
Use fun serving items like pitchers or bud vases for syrups

Get creative by including fun pancake or waffle “toppings” you may have in the pantry like sprinkles or chocolate chips. Another fun idea is to fill up some individual syrup servings using small jars, pitchers, or jars you have.

Let’s Taco ‘Bout How Awesome Mom Is

Taco night grazing board with toppings, shells, and chips
A twist on taco night! Fill a grazing board with toppings, shells, and chips for a build-your-own plate station.

What’s better than Taco Night? How about Taco Day? Start building your taco grazing board by including a dish of your prepared meat. Then spread out your shells and/or tortillas and add toppings in small piles. Leave a corner of your grazing board for dishes or containers for messier toppings like salsa and sour cream and save some space for jars of hot sauces. End up with some empty spaces on this board? Grab some tortilla chips and fill in your gaps because taco and nachos are always a good idea! Want to add a breakfast twist to this idea? How about adding some eggs into the mix and assembling a build-a-breakfast burrito board?

Make your grazing board easy to clean up so you can get back to the party
Prep your boards ahead of time and make perishables easy to cover and clean up so you can get back to the party.

Building a large board packed with yummy food can help make everything portable for setting up and cleaning up. Many of this work can be prepped ahead of time and stored in the fridge until it is taco time! If you bring your board outside to snack on, be sure to cover and clean up your perishable items so they arent left out too long. Trays make great grazing boards because you can pile your messy dishes right on them for easier clean up. Meals like this are meant to be casual and fun so paper plates are fine (and make for even easier cleanup).

Family Game Night Grazing

Mom always up ahead of everyone else in the house? Then she will see that brunch prep coming won’t she? How about instead you invite her to a family game night and prep an amazing grazing board of snacks to share while she picks out some games? Grazing boards and charcuterie plates are meant for snacking and ideal for sharing. These are a great way to clean out some of the almost-finished packages from your pantry or fridge. Plating one up may seem intimidating on your first try. But once you understand that all you are doing is arranging small piles of items together, it’s easier to be successful. Take a look at this example:

Meats, treats, cheeses, crackers, and other snacks all ready for grazing during your next movie or game night.
Meats, treats, cheeses, crackers, and other snacks all ready for grazing during your next movie or game night.

Looks ready for snacking even though it is kind of a mess. As long as you have a fun variety of sweet, salty and savory items you will end up with a successful mix of plenty of interesting colors, shapes, and textures. All I did to dress up the meats in the tray above was change them a little as I unpacked them. One style I shaped into little rolls, and the other is just folded in half once, then again a second time. Meats and cheeses are always great to have on a snack board but don’t forget about some sweets! Here I included some dried pineapple and licorice bites. The truth is, everything looks prettier plated up. You can do this! Have you ever brought home your Big Mac and fries and ditched the drive through packaging for a real plate? Instant upgrade! If you need some added inspiration just check out this board we started on our Pinterest page. Tons of ideas and arrangements to scroll through like S’mores and french fries boards! If you make one be sure to tag us on social media so we can see your creations. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, grandmas, aunties, pet-moms, and female role-models out there!

COVID19 Update 4/24/2020: Village Showroom Re-opens By Appointment Only

The Village Home Stores showroom is now open by appointment.  We are all adjusting. The Village team is taking safe steps to become available for our customers. Like many of you, our work/home balance looks very different than it did months ago. We hope your households are all adjusting as best as you can. Our thanks to everyone working hard to keep us safe and healthy currently. On that note, we are happy to tell you that Village Home Stores is open for business following the CDC guidelines and the most recent executive order by the governor.  The Village showroom is now open by appointment only.  We will be keeping available appointment slots limited to keep the number of people in our showroom down to allow for better distancing.  These appointment slots and steps are to protect our customers and our staff.

When attending your appointment, please be prepared and wear a mask to follow the latest requirements in public places, including stores like ours.  Our staff will also be wearing a mask as they meet with you.  We also will ask you to sanitize your hands and wear gloves that we will provide should you want to touch samples or products. Don’t have a mask? No worries! We will provide a brand-new mask for you to keep made by hand from one of our own Village staff members Kelly (Yay! Kelly you are amazing!)

Still not comfortable visiting the showroom? That is okay as we are still open online and available via webchat, email or phone M-F 9am – 5pm.  At this time, our showroom will be closed on Saturdays.  Our customers have chosen to work with us over the years because of our exceptional customer service and our always-evolving process. Recently that process looks more different than we could have ever expected. In the past few weeks we have found that our designers are able to complete a lot of our design and estimating steps for you without or with limited face-to-face contact. Now is still a great time to start your project with us. Our team is just a message away if you need us. Appointments with any member of our appliance, cabinetry, flooring or lighting team can be made by calling the store, via web chat here on the blog, or emailing info@villagehomestores.com

Essential Services of Delivery and Appliance Service Are Still Opperating!

Per instruction from the executive order, we will continue to provide essential services such as product delivery and appliance service to homes that are following CDC guidelines for sanitation.   Our service and delivery staff will sanitize both themselves and their tools before entry and upon leaving each home.   Our team will wear masks, maintain a 6-foot distance from all customers and request that customers respect the safe social distance as well.  A detailed explanation of some of the questions our service dispatch team will be asking for the protection of our staff and other customers can be found here in the public published notes of our Facebook page. We appreciate the strong support that the community has shown our business and look forward to getting past this challenging time and serving your home improvement needs in the months and years ahead.   We pray that each of you remains healthy and safe.  Our team is just a message away.

small business village home stores suggests connecting with team via the webchat service online during COVID 19
You can connect with our team at a very safe social distance by just opening up our webchat feature. Add your email or phone number and we can connect with you.

Review Us (and Your Other Favorite Small Businesses) Online:

So how can you help us AND your favorite small businesses during this time? One of the very best things you can do costs you no money but means the world to us. Taking the time to write a review helps small businesses like Village Home Stores stand out online when our current and potential customers are searching for a store that provides services or products we offer. It has become habit for most consumers to read reviews for goods and services no matter what the cost of the need is. Our customers reading about your positive experience with Village is such a powerful endorsement. We encourage you to carve out a little time in your at home schedules to spread some happy gossip online about your favorite small businesses. Recommend us on Facebook or review us on Google.

What is a way you can help ours and all of your favorite small business during these next few weeks? Review Village Home Stores online.
What is a way you can help ours and all of your favorite small business during these next few weeks? Review us online.

Get Inspired By Following Us:

At home dreaming of your next project for your home? Get inspired by our past projects and find us online! Spend a lot of time on Instagram? Did you know you can follow us there? Scrolling Pinterest a lot these days? Follow us there as well. Already sick of every episode you can stream on HGTV? Did you know you can watch full episodes of our own local remodel TV show here on Youtube? Plus so many other social sites.

Follow Village Home Stores on Pinterest, Houzz, and other social sites online.
Get inspired with us. We will be here when you are ready. Follow Village Home Stores on Pinterest, Houzz, and other social sites online.

To those who are working tirelessly in necessary areas to keep our community safe, nourished, and healthy, we honestly have no words. Thank you is not enough. So much of our extended family (hey, that’s you) is now at home adapting to a new balance of work from home and educate from home households. To those staying home we thank you so much. Don’t forget we will remain open online at www.villagehomestores.com for online shopping for your appliance and other home improvement needs.  In addition, you may reach us for any questions by utilizing our website chat feature, leaving a voicemail message at 309-944-1344, email info@villagehomestores.com or by Facebook Messenger.  We just can’t wait to see each of you again really soon. From all of our homes to yours, we thank you for your support.

New Home Built in Milan, IL With White and Gray Kitchen

We know that your attention is elsewhere online right now, but we wanted to offer you a bit of an escape from COVID 19 updates. Take a break, wash your hands, and tour this inspiring space we finished recently in Milan, IL. The start of Spring means we can look forward to seeing green things sprouting up outside soon and more and more new homes being built in the Quad Cities area! We love sharing remodel stories with you here on the blog, but we also love featuring stylish new homes we have contributed to. This Milan, IL home was built by Hazelwood Homes and includes design and select materials from Village Home Stores. Take a look at this dream kitchen!

Kitchen with wood beam and painted and glazed cabinetry.
Milan, IL kitchen with wood beam and painted and glazed cabinetry. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes.

A classic kitchen layout and material selections make this kitchen design both stylish and timeless. Kitchen cabinets from our Koch Express line are installed in the “Lexington” door and a “White” paint is applied to the main cabinetry. The bestselling light gray “Fog” paint is applied to the island cabinetry. To draw attention to the routed details of the cabinet doors and drawer-fronts, a “Black Trace” line is applied at all edges to really make the details of the doors stand out.

Whirlpool gas range and chimney hood with tile backsplash behind.
Milan, IL kitchen with Whirlpool front control gas range and chimney style hood. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes.

A Stainless Steel appliance suite from Village Home Stores is ready to get this kitchen ready for meals of any size. The all star of this appliance lineup is the Front Control Gas Range at the center of the kitchen layout. This range includes a gas cooktop with 5 burners and EZ-2-Lift™ Hinged Cast-Iron Grates for quick clean up. Speaking of cleanup, the 5.8 cu.ft. capacity convection oven cleans up odor-free without using harsh chemicals in only 50 minutes. AquaLift® self-cleaning technology uses only water and low heat to help remove baked-on foods from the bottom of the oven. To ventilate this cooking hub, we have specified a 400 CFM wall mount range hood.

Milan, IL kitchen with Whirlpool appliances and painted and glazed Koch cabinetry.
Milan, IL kitchen with Whirlpool appliances and painted and glazed Koch cabinetry. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes.

With a decorative hood above the cooktop, we needed a secondary location for a microwave. Most of our customer prefer to keep their microwave off of the kitchen countertop and Sharp has a wonderful solution for that! The Over-the Counter microwave has a 1.5 cu.ft. capacity and the design provides a wide range of options for placement. It works with standard cabinet sizes and does not require a built-in kit or shelf for installation. Perfect above a coffee station, it even has task lighting underneath.

Milan, IL kitchen with Stainless Steel Sharp over the counter microwave.
Milan, IL kitchen with Sharp over the counter microwave. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes.

Not sure what style of microwave or hood is right for your home? No problem! Our team at Village Home Stores is ready to assist you in space planning your kitchen layout and can even introduce you to an appliance expert in our showroom who can help find the perfect kitchen appliances to fit you layout, lifestyle, and budget. We also can introduce you to experts in all of the departments in our store. We are your locally-owned one stop shop for all things home. Bring in a print for your new home and a member of our expert lighting team will sit down with you to build a light list of what is needed for your project. We can help you determine your personal style and how we can create a whole home lighting order that suits your style and budget.

Kichler Brinley pendant jar light in a Milan, IL new build home.
Kichler Brinley pendant jar light in a Milan, IL new build home. Lighting by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes.

Lighting for your new home isn’t just a dining room chandelier and fun kitchen pendants. Our customers find that we offer a wide selection of all categories of products at competitive lighting prices. That means we can also provide you with exterior lighting, closet and utility lights, undercabinet lighting products, ceiling fans, and more. Mixing woods, finishes, and metals is the new normal and our expert lighting team is here to help you put together a collective plan for your home that compliments your style. We love the look of this 60″ Kichler Ashbyn ceiling fan used the the great room of this home (see below). A stained wooden beam and gray weathered finish blades. Two rustic-inspired finishes paired together and it works so well.

Kichler Ashbyrn ceiling fan on a beam in Milan, IL new build home.
Kichler Ashbyrn ceiling fan on a beam in Milan, IL new build home. Lighting by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes.

Of course the more you purchase from Village Home Stores, the more you can bundle together and earn FREE lighting for your home. Find more info about our lighting department, a link to shop online, and details on this bundle program here on the Village Home Stores website. We also offer flooring and wall tile surfaces at Village. This Milan, IL home includes multiple rooms with our bestselling “LVP” (Luxury Vinyl Plank) flooring product COREtec. This is the Contempo Oak series of COREtec HD Plus in the “Dusk” color. This floating floor product is so incredible. A perfect choice for households with heavy traffic, pets, kids, everyone! If you want a durable a stylish surface for your home flooring you need to come in and see the many options you have with our COREtec products.

Milan, IL home with COREtec LVP in the warm gray Contempo Oak Dusk color.
Milan, IL home with COREtec LVP in the Contempo Oak Dusk color. Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes.

The laundry in this home was featured last week in our blog of Top 5 Appliances on the Showroom Floor With Sanitize Features. It boasts a large capacity and the mentioned sanitize features but also so much more! You can learn more about and even purchase this laundry pair here on our website. There you can get a full product tour including videos. 5.0 cu. ft. of space in a washer is a game changer for many households. That’s enough space to clean 31 towels at once!

Milan, IL laundry room with smart connected Maytag laundry pair in Metallic Slate finish.
Milan, IL laundry room with smart connected Maytag laundry pair in Metallic Slate finish.

This laundry pair s also a Smart Capable appliance. For those who think “I don’t need a smart appliance in my laundry room” we ask, do any of these features seem appealing?

  • Assign a Task- You can handle laundry day as a household from anywhere by assigning tasks to family members (like transferring a load to the dryer) through customized text messages.
  • Troubleshoot An Issue- Don’t tell Jeff or David on our service team this, but you can troubleshoot select issues without a service call. The app can send notifications of appliance error codes and help you diagnose the error and even send you videos of select issues to walk you through steps to solve the problem.
  • Schedule You Wash Cycle – Don’t wait around to transfer your clothes from the washer to the dryer. If you know when you will be ready to switch from the washer to the dryer, schedule a start time so your clothes are ready for the dryer on your terms.
Milan, IL laundry room with drop zone bench.
Milan, IL laundry room with drop zone bench. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes.

Ready to start designing your own dream home spaces with us? We are too! No matter if you are just replacing your countertops, want a full remodel, or building a new home, you first step is the same. Just reach out to our team. We have a process in place for projects of all sizes. Did you know that you can text with Village staff through our website? Just head here to villagehomestores.com and enter your contact info to be able to connect with our team. From our homes to yours, we hope that everyone is safe and healthy. Since 1984, our business will be here for you.