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The Village Home Show Season One: Episode Guide

Well one episode turned into three…then eventually ELEVEN EPISODES of our TV Show! Your response and interest in seeing what we are working on in and around the Quad Cities has pushed us forward to begin a second season of the show! Before we launch new episodes beginning October 2nd at 9am, take a moment to watch the clip below of some of the before and after stories we shared in season one:

If you missed any of these 11 episodes you can watch them all online! Below you will find a complete list of episodes each with a brief description and a link to see the full story online.

  • Episode 1: Our very first episode of the Village Home Show! Tour two beautiful remodeled kitchens in Geneseo, IL. A visit from an expert on Cambria Quartz shares a lot of great information about this must-have product. Click here to watch.
  • Episode 2: Tour two kitchens in Bettendorf, IA that each include some wonderful appliances features. An expert from Maytag visits the studio set to share a bit about the suite of brand new Maytag appliances we installed there. You will love the hidden commander center and charging station included in one of these spaces! Click here to watch.
  • Episode 3: A before and after story of kitchen in Rock Island and a trip to Lynn Center to see a brand new home and the kitchen inside. Storage cabinetry is featured and an expert from Dura Supreme stops by to take us on a tour of our set kitchen at WQAD. Click here to watch.
  • Episode 4: Two absolutely amazing kitchens, each showcasing wonderful island designs plus see many more examples of great kitchen islands. A lighting expert joins us to show us some great ways to shed some light above your kitchen island as well! Click here to watch.
  • Episode 5: A wonderful before and after story of a kitchen we remodeled in Rock Island, Illinois. Plus we take a trip to Epic Stone in Davenport, IA to give you a tour of their location and all the wonderful options they have for natural stone countertops. A lighting expert stops by to teach us about the L.E.D. lighting system featured in many of our kitchens. Click here to watch.
  • Episode 6: Kitchen remodel stories from Rock Island and Geneseo in this episode, each with tiled backsplashes and our LED undercabinet lighting system.  A tile expert visits to discuss options and the latest trends in kitchen tile.  Click here to watch.
  • Episode 7: On this episode we share two remodeling stories of local bathrooms that each get a whole new look and layout. Plus see a wonderful system of light switches, controls, and outlets from our LeGrande line. Click here to watch.
  • Episode 8: See a kitchen remodel that is SO incredible that we use our whole episode to show you the project from beginning to end! The new kitchen features gray cabinetry from Dura Supreme, Cambria Quartz Countertops, and a stainless steel appliance package from KitchenAid. Plus and lighting and tile that will knock your socks off (which is fine because the new hardwood floors in the home are bare-feet friendly). All this plus a visit to the kitchen from two Dura Supreme experts.  Click here to watch.
  • Episode 9: A fantastic example of what “New Traditional” style looks like. Walls are removed to open up and make room for a beautiful new kitchen and a bathroom is reworked to include laundry in this Taylor Ridge home. Plus learn about new features in front-load laundry. Click here to watch.
  • Episode 10: We have a visit from a kitchen expert to discuss the different types of countertop materials to fit your lifestyle and taste. Then take a tour to one of our stone fabrication shops to see the customization process. Then watch a before and after kitchen story that includes Formica’s 180FX series with the look of a true marble counter look at a fraction of the cost. Click here to watch.
  • Episode 11: Two beautifully remodeled kitchens each featuring wonderful storage solutions and fantastic kitchen countertop selections. Tour a Geneseo kitchen remodeled to accommodate entertaining grandchildren and guests plus a Bettendorf kitchen full of angles. Click here to watch.

Thank you again and again for watching and of course to all of our amazing customers who participated in this first season. We can’t wait to share new episodes with you Sundays at 9am on WQAD News 8 beginning October 2,2016. If you have any questions about something you have seen in one of these episodes do reach out and we will be happy to chat. Call us at (309) 944-1344 or fill out our contact form here at this link.
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Trending: Kitchen and Bath Trends For 2016/2017

A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of getting an invite to a Tastemakers Tea to meet, mingle and discuss trends throughout the Home Decor, Fashion, and Floral industries. These industries are closely knit when it comes to trend and color forecasting. Materials, color palettes, and details all pour over into the Kitchen and Bath industry.  Village Home Stores offers expert design and material selection for your new or remodeled home. We strive to be thought-leaders in out industry and always keep our eyes and ears on what is trending so that we can keep the perfect products available for our customers.

Summer into Fall Floral from Designs on the Boulevard | photo by Sarah Sunstrom Photography

Summer into Fall floral by Designs on the Boulevard. Photo by Sarah Sunstrom Photography

We understand that a kitchen design is far more permanent of a decision than purchasing a statement necklace or floral arrangements for your next event but each of these purchases reflect your personal taste. Your personal taste is such an important thing and every bit of your home should reflect it. So much of what we learned at this Tastemakers Tea translates directly into what we are seeing in the Kitchen & Bath industry! Here are 5 trends that we know you can put into play right now for your kitchen or bath design in 2016/2017:

Include Natural Items:

Natural items such as marble, granite, or woodgrain are not just limited to the “permanent” items in your kitchen.

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Natural Stone Canisters and Horn Decor from Katsch. Photo by Sarah Sunstrom Photography

Fall is the perfect time to begin to bring the outdoors in with your home accents. The canisters shown above are made from a gorgeous marble and that horn? it’s a bottle opener that you will never have to go searching for because it is cool enough to leave out layered as part of your look. As you prepare to entertain for these Autumn weeks ahead consider giving your kitchen a whole new look by swapping out that accessories layer in the space. If your kitchen is looking tired, clear everything off of the counters and shelves and challenge yourself to try a new look. You will be amazing at what a new rug or set of canisters can do to jump-start this process.

Mix Metals:

Nervous about this trend of mixing metals? Kitchen accessories and wall art are the perfect way to dip your toe in and test the waters.

Copper Canisters from mabel. in Geneseo, IL. | photo by Sarah Sunstrom Photography

Copper Canisters from mabel. in Geneseo, IL. Photo by Sarah Sunstrom Photography

Copper is a fantastic Fall color and it happens to look right “at home” in the kitchen. These vintage canisters from mabel. in Geneseo, IL would pair up quite nicely with the marble set shown above. Mixing metals with other textures can be fun. If you are ready to dive into a more exciting look in mixed metals, your designer at Village Home Stores is ready to help you balance and visualize the finished space. Take a look at this kitchen featured recently on the blog. Black Stainless Steel mixed with Stainless and Copper finishes. | VillageHomeStores.com

This completed look is polished and complete and includes 4 metals finishes in the design! KitchenAid’s Black Stainless and Standard Stainless Steel appliances are paired with Hammered Copper sinks and Oil -Rubbed Bronze faucets. See the complete album of photos from this project here on our Houzz.com page.

Go Gray:

Gray continues to become the new neutral choice all across the board. We were gracious to attend Dura Supreme’s Design Symposium again this year and many of the trends they spoke of last year were still atop the list for 2016/2017.  Last year we blogged on how Gray is here to stay. Take note that this “trend” is one worth your consideration for your kitchen or bath project because it is forecasted to stay on point for the next 5-8 years.Decorative end panel on the end of a kitchen peninsula. | VillageHomeStores.com

At Dura Supreme’s Design Symposium we were shown a beautiful new finish combination that really reflects the direction of the Modern Farmhouse look that is evolving into a very polished concept. The “Farmhouse” look is no longer limited to a barn door and an apron-front sink. The polished Modern Farmhouse look has evolved to include many of the trends we are touching on in this post including warmer grays, natural details, and mixed metals.

Dura Supreme Hickory Morel finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

Dura Supreme Hickory Morel finish available at Village Home Stores.

The “Morel” stain shown here on a Hickory door is a Gray/Brown Undertone finish that allows the natural characteristics of the woodgrain to show. With so many of our projects now including an accent island or cabinet in some area of the design, this wood finish is a great option. If you are considering including a “cool” or a “warm” painted finish to combine with your wood cabinetry, “Morel” pairs perfectly with each concept.

Turn Up The Heat:

So if Gray is the new neutral, what should I pair it with? Our short answer… all the things! An important point we want to make is that because we are seeing Gray used throughout the home, the “cold” and “drab” gray you are picturing is not the Gray you are after. Warmer tones of Gray are most commonly found in cabinet finishes, paint colors and home decor items. These warm Grays pair amazingly with woods ranging from light to dark.

Leather woven run from Katsch in Geneseo, IL. | VillageHomeStores.com

Desmond the Dachshund models a leather woven rug from Katsch.

Selecting warmer Grays and pairing with a rich woodtone also lends itself to including many of the other design trends we are suggesting. Including natural items (see our first suggestion in this post) is easy when a warm Gray is in the mix. Natural fibers and materials include a variety of colors in a piece. We snagged this great rug the day of the event from Katsch and it makes for a perfect kitchen sink rug. Natural rope is woven with Gray leather strips. It is unique, comfortable, and stylish. See more great examples of Gray used in beautiful spaces on this Pinterest Board we have curated.

Include Mirror & Glass:

Adding mirror to your space can be a real game-changer when you are looking for a whole new look. A quick change can be to swap out one piece of wall decor for a framed mirror. If your kitchen sink is not beneath a window add a mirror above your sink! This can also be a great way to play around with mixing metal finishes. Challenge yourself to choose a framed mirror different from your faucet or cabinet hardware and repeat this new metal finish someplace else in the space. We carry many framed mirror options in a variety of styles.

Swap out some artwork for a mirror in your kitchen or bath.

Swap out some artwork for a mirror in your kitchen or bath.

At the Tastemakers event we saw antique mirrors used as trays and clear glass accessories were proven to be versatile pieces you can use all year round. We recently blogged about a kitchen that included mirror inserts in place of glass and it bounced light and beautiful countryside views all around the space. A creative surface to play around with mirror is in your kitchen or bathroom tile. Stop by our showroom to see some of the many fun options we have that include mirrored accents in a variety of colors and styles.

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Mirrored tile for your kitchen or bath from Village Home Stores.

If you are wanting to give your kitchen or bath and update consider one or more of these suggestions. Many of them can be done right now possibly with items you have already! If you need some new pieces to use, shop Geneseo, IL for these great looks! If you are wanting to start completely fresh and create a space in your home on trend and complimentary of your own personal style we want to help make that happen! Contact Village Home Stores today to start the conversation about your own project. Our thanks to Katsch, Designs on the Boulevard, and mabel, for hosting the Tastemakers Tea event. The setting, the conversation, and the company was all inspiring! What a great way to kickoff this beautiful Midwest Fall Season! Village_Home_Stores

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Geneseo, IL- 5 Design Upgrades For Your Kitchen

This beautiful Geneseo, IL remodel has a lot to offer in terms of style and impact. As we take a look around we want to share with you 5 great design upgrades included in this tour that helped take this finished space to the next level. Perhaps one of these details might be right for your own kitchen remodel project.
Kitchen before and after. | VillageHomeStores.com

White painted cabinetry from our Dura Supreme line is paired with “Silver Cloud” granite tops. The cabinetry is from Dura Supreme’s  Bria series of construction. This is a full-access or a “frameless” series of cabinetry. The painted white cabinetry is such a bright and updated change from the original Oak kitchen. The ceramic tile from the original kitchen was able to stay in place because the new kitchen design worked with it.
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#1: A Full-Height Backsplash

The first design detail that truly makes a big impact in this kitchen is the installation of a full-height backsplash instead of a tiled space. With a character stone like this “Silver Cloud” granite, a full-height splash gives the opportunity to really showcase the natural veining in the slab. Shifting the beautiful pattern up to a visible, vertical plane also gives a really high-end look.
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#2: Mirrored Cabinets

The second design detail that you can include in your space is the use of mirror in place of textured glass in the upper cabinetry. This may even be an upgrade you can make in your existing cabinetry. At first glance, you may have thought these cabinets had glass in them. Take a closer look and you see reflections of the scenic views outside of the new kitchen. Including mirror in kitchens and bathrooms was an up-and-coming trend in 2015 and has been predicted to be a big trend in 2016 and beyond. The look is great but think about how clever this concept is. Nothing is visible behind the mirror! That frees up “display” type cabinets to be used for any and all categories of storage. China hutches, Master Bath linen cabinets, the list goes on of great locations that can benefit by including mirror inserts.
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#3: Designate a Drop Zone

The original kitchen footprint has been extended slightly into the casual dining area. A double wall oven from KitchenAid® has been installed for ease of use on the customer’s back. Now loading and unloading items is easy and the tall cabinet includes storage above and below the wall ovens. The double ovens are also perfect for preparing large meals during Holidays and special events. The end of this tall section of cabinetry is capped off with a tall angled end cabinet pantry. With shelving and outlets within this cabinet it is now the perfect space for a drop zone cabinet. Hidden out of sight is a charging station, calendars, mail and all kinds of items that would normally clutter up a countertop.
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#4: Upgrade A Busy Appliance

If you don’t drink coffee, why buy a french press? If you don’t bake or use your oven often, maybe pass on convection features. Our point is that you should choose areas of your kitchen to upgrade that you can continue to thank yourself for over and over. A great example is upgrading your cooktop to induction if you cook often and want the best results. This may look like a standard electric cooktop but it is actually an Induction cooktop from KitchenAid®. Induction works using electromagnetic technology. It heats the cooking vessel instead of the surface. This allows you the immediate temperature control of a gas cooktop but in a smooth electric look. The Performance Boost feature allows you to exceed the maximum heat-level setting for up to 10 minutes, perfect for rapid boiling. 
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#5 Upgrade Access

The Dura Supreme’s Bria series a frameless construction is inspired by European Cabinetry. This allows you full access to the cabinet box. No matter what cabinet line or construction your design includes, you always have the option to place drawered cabinets where doors and slideouts can also be located. Even though the footprint of this island remained the same that upgrade was made with the new island cabinetry.before after island

Now it is easy to access pots and pans and all kinds of added items within the drawers. Cabinet hardware was carefully selected to match the scale of the drawers the handles were placed on. The back of the kitchen island was also upgraded from smooth panels to custom wainscot panels. This upgrade makes a world of a difference in the finished look especially in a great room setting where the island back is highly visible.
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This new space is now bright, stylish, and makes a big impact because of the upgrades included. The full-height granite backsplash is breathtaking and including mirrors in the upper cabinets is a gorgeous look. Extending the cabinetry to include wall ovens and a pantry/drop zone allowed an easier oven experience and the new cooking zone has an incredible Induction cooktop. Specialty cabinet inserts were also included and an appliance garage in the kitchen corner keeps the counter from small appliance clutter. There is so much to love about this space.
White painted kitchen with full height granite backsplash. | VillageHomeStores.com

houzzIf you would like to see the full album of photos from this remodel be sure to check out our portfolio of work over on Houzz.com. Access the project album here at this link. Houzz is a fantastic way to organize your ideas when researching for your kitchen or bath project with Village Home Stores. Any inspiration you can share with our team helps us get you your dream space. Ready to start the conversation about your own project? Your first step is reach out for an appointment. Give us a call at (309) 944-1344 or contact us online here on our website. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on. We were thrilled to include this kitchen in the second season of our TV Show The Village Home Show and thank these Geneseo, IL customers for their business and for inviting you in to see the finished space.
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Moline, IL- A Fully-Managed Kitchen Remodel

This Moline, IL kitchen is a tale that we are sure many can relate to. The original kitchen cabinets were in a very functional layout but beginning to show the wear and tear of years of use. After years and years of “maybe someday I’ll replace them”… this Spring “someday” had finally come. beforeNow the kitchen is updated with new cabinetry plus we removed an entire wall to make room for an island in the new design. The original kitchen shared the same L-shaped layout but the opposite end had a corner of walls with just enough room for a small table and two chairs. Kitchen remodel in Moline, IL managed from start to finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

Now with one of those back walls removed, the kitchen is open and bright. Birch wood Cabinetry from our Koch classic line has been installed in the “Westbrook” door style. A “Chestnut” stain has been applied and a “Black” accent glaze highlights the door and trim details. Engineered Quartz countertops in the “Chakra Beige” design is a neutral tone-on-tone look.

Crown molding on kitchen cabinets. | VillageHomeStores.comThe spindle rail crown has been removed from the original kitchen. The new kitchen look is updated with “cove” crown molding. This crown is the perfect style and scale for the project. It even includes an area for the accent glaze to catch. With plenty of cabinet space within reach on each wall, an area above the cabinets is left to display items.

A white Whirlpool® range and microwave hood are also part of the new kitchen. Microwave hoods can save counterspace and be installed to vent out of the home or re-circulate the air. The original kitchen had just a range hood installed, now the microwave is off the counter.
Whirlpool appliances white finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

The new electric range includes an easy-wipe ceramic glass cooktop. The most dramatic difference in the new kitchen came when we removed a wall that divided the kitchen from the dining room. Removing this one wall has helps this kitchen seem to grow in space even though it hasn’t extended any further into the dining room than before. The small table and chairs is now replaced with a large single-level kitchen island with seating for two comfortably.
Removing a wall in a kitchen can free up so much space! | VillageHomeStores.com

With open shelves installed on each end of the island, the largest base cabinet included faces in toward the kitchen sink. Behind the double doors of this cabinet are two slide-out shelves. The “ends” to each open shelf cabinets have been treated with “applied doors” on each side. This gives the illusion of doors and helps complete the look instead of just a smooth panel. The back of the island includes three applied doors and two wood decorative supports for the overhang.
Hallmark hardwood flooring. | Village Home Stores

The island is really the focal point of this new kitchen and the accent glaze highlights all of the details perfectly. While the island steal the show in the kitchen, the new hardwood Walnut flooring is now showcased through the entire upper level of this home. The Walnut hardwood in the “Saddle” finish is from our Hallmark Hardwood line. Read more about Hallmark and some of our other projects here at this link.

Flooring and remodel work in Moline, IL | VillageHomeStores.comThe hardwood flooring was not the only new flooring installed at this remodeled home. The split-foyer layout was given a whole new look right at the stairway leading up into the new hardwood open-concept. A new stair rail and banister were installed and carpeting from our Dixie Home line was put in on both sets of stairs. This carpet is from the “Rock Creek” series in the “Ginger color. It is a 100% Stainmaster® carpet that resists stains, abrasive wear over time, and even has anti-static protection. That means you reduce your chances of static shock. This textured carpet also includes Dixie Home’s texture retention technology meaning your texture/pattern will bounce back and keep it’s hold for a long time. Village Home Stores sells carpeting to both remodel and New Construction customers. So if you need a single room of carpet or a whole home, we have quality products and quality installation crews ready for the job! Village Home Stores is your expert choice of carpeting in the extended Quad Cities region. That is why our projects always include the following:Carpeting in the Quad Cities. | VillageHomeStores.com

This homeowner knew that she wanted to be sure to include our LED undercabinet lighting in her new kitchen. She had seen this system in our previous projects and on our TV show so it was at the top of her wish list for the new kitchen. That lighting was a great investment to help showcase her new subway tile backsplash in the kitchen. 3″ x 6″ glass tiles from our Jeffrey Court line in the “Buff” color are the perfect choice and pair perfectly with the countertops selected. All of the permanent areas of the kitchen remain neutral in color and the same space cane now be accessorized in a number of ways without making any major changes. See the entire album of photos from this kitchen over on our Houzz portfolioGlass subway tile. | VillageHomeStores.comPart of the obstacle for many homeowners in the area is finding a contractor who can handle the entire remodel project from start to finish. Village Home Stores offers a unique Project Management experience to our customers to do just that. From collecting the estimates to that final knob being installed, we can manage it all.  Access to your project information and schedule is available 24 hours a day through our unique and secure login system on your desktop or mobile device. Are you ready for your own before and after story? If you have been delaying a remodel project because the thought of estimating, scheduling, and coordinating everything makes you dizzy… we are here to help you! Give us a call or contact us online to set up an appointment and get started!
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Cordova, IL- Rustic Transitional Kitchen Remodel

This Cordova, IL kitchen is a sophisticated approach to the Rustic Transitional style. Rustic Beech cabinetry from our Koch line includes knots and other rustic features and a rich “Chestnut” stain dresses up the space. Solid gray quartz countertops and Stainless Steel appliances complete the look…. and that look is breathtakingly gorgeous! hidden_drawer_cabinet (1)

The “Vicksburg” doorstyle selected is a full-overlay style. This means that the doors and drawer fronts span as far across the cabinet face frames as possible leaving little gap between each cabinet. A great example of this seamless full-overlay style is the pantry area that surrounds the new double drawer refrigerator.
whirlpool 5 door french door refrigerator. | VillageHomeStores.com

Staggered heights and depths were used to add interest to the large L-shaped layout of wall cabinetry. There are many excellent cabinet storage solutions in this kitchen design. The image below showcases the “X” shaped wine cubbies included. Wine storage and display in the perfect location at the end of the kitchen. The cubbies cap off the wall cabinetry and when entertaining, this leg of the design is perfect to set up as the beverage center.
Wine cubby cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

Many of the specialty storage cabinets are hidden from first glance. You don’t need a pull-out cabinet or borrow space in your pantry cabinet for spices, spice racks can be added to your wall cabinetry. Click the thumbnail below to watch this wall cabinet open up to reveal spice racks installed on the interior of each door.

Of course the best way to optimized the corner of your kitchen is to include a lazy susan cabinet. This kitchen has an all wood susan cabinet in an angled front layout. Replacing the L-shaped susan cabinet with space for a full radius of shelf to turn within.  This is an alternative to the traditional susan shelves that form a “Pac Man” shaped shelf. The same angled front door is repeated in the wall cabinetry above.
Base lazy susan cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

You also gain added counter space in the corner when using the angled front style of corner cabinet. Ans speaking of counter space, there is plenty with the new dual-height island design. The built-in cooking center is on the interior side facing the kitchen sink. Tall cabinets form the bar-height side of the island. A overhang on the tops stretches in toward the great room and provide seating for 4 guests.
Two height island in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Instead of simply adding a panel that looks like finished cabinet doors, why not make them real doors? At 12″ deep, these full-height door cabinets give a polished look to the back of the island plus add a lot of storage. Extra dishes, bulk items, small appliances, even board games and remotes can all be stored here out of sight but right within reach.
Storage on back of kitchen island. | VillageHomeStores.com

Storage is great but many will also appreciate the construction of these Koch Cabinets. This Cordova, IL kitchen has been ordered from Koch’s Imperial Series of construction. This plywood construction series includes upgraded materials as well as upgraded assembly processes that add to the integrity and longevity of your investment. Koch Imperial Series Cabinetry. | VillageHomeStores.comAll of these upgrades plus option to upgrade your drawer box construction and guides as well as your door hinges to a soft-close option. The 1/2″ plywood sides may also be ordered with applied 1/4″ veneered skins for finished ends. Talk with your designer at Village Home Stores about the cabinet construction upgrades that are available for you and your project. This customer upgraded to full-extension, soft-close drawer guides and soft-close hinges on the doors. A clean built-in look was achieved in the island by including a wall oven with cooktop installed above in place of a slide-in or freestanding unit. This can be done with a gas, electric or induction cooktop. The appliance package selected for this remodel is from the Whirlpool line available at Village Home Stores.
Wall oven with cooktop above. | VillageHomeStores.com

Surrounding the built-in oven are two tray divider cabinets. To the left of the new oven and tray divider cabinets is a large stack of drawers. This unit looks like a two drawer cabinet but behind the top drawer is a hidden third drawer perfect for utensils, lids, or potholders. Click the thumbnail below to see this hidden third drawer cabinet.

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We have a full album of photos from this project uploaded to our Houzz.com portfolio. See these images and save some to your own ideabooks by clicking here. Houzz is a fantastic way to organize your project inspiration and even communicate with your designer at Village Home Stores. If you are building or remodeling anytime soon you will want to download this app to your tablet and phone. The adjacent front sitting room area of the home was also given a whole new look. Two sections of wall surrounding the fireplace now have built-in cabinetry that matches the style and finish of the kitchen. Wood countertops in the same “Chestnut” stain help give the units a custom look but set them apart from the kitchen while keeping everything coordinated.  Another detail is the addition of textured water glass inserts inside of the cabinet doors. The freedom to display items within without the exposed shelves to gather dust.
fireplace cabinetry to match new kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

This home has been updated and is almost unrecognizable from where it began. Step in from the front door and the new open kitchen and living spaces looks like a brand new home worthy of a magazine cover feature! Our thanks to this Cordova, IL family for their business and our hats off to the homeowner who completed his own installation of the kitchen design. Are you ready to start your own remodel story with us?  Your first step is to make an appointment with a member of our team. Contact us online at this link or give us a call at (309) 944-1344. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on.
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Erie, IL – The 4 Cabinet Laundry Room

To many, one cabinet in the laundry would seem like a luxury. Any storage you can get is much appreciated. If you have a large space and want a complete look but don’t want to fill it completely with cabinetry, you have some creative options. Spread out and use your space strategically. This laundry room tour shows us that just four cabinets and some trim can create a fully finished off laundry space worthy of your Pinterest envy.
A four cabinet laundry room layout. | VillageHomeStores.com

Cherry cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the “Prairie” door and Cherry “Briarwood” finish paired with laminate countertops in the “Parquet Latte” color. This cabinet doorstyle and finish seem familiar? It might be because we shared a tour of the kitchen in the same home a few weeks back. See that tour here. This new laundry space is located right off the newly remodeled kitchen area:laundry off kitchen

This laundry room looks complete and well thought out. Our designer at Village Home Stores was able to fill the space with a functional layout using only 4 cabinets and some trim. A tall linen cabinet and single wall cabinet have been installed on each end of the wall that greets you upon entering. That leaves the perfect void of space between them to add a tension rod for hanging items to dry.
Linen cabinet in laundry room. | VillageHomeStores.com

Including a hanging rod in the design frees up space elsewhere that a drying rack might have needed on the floor or countertop. Now the entire countertop space can be used as a folding and sorting center in the laundry room.
Hanging rod in laundry room. | VillageHomeStores.com

Even that countertop looks like a customized area because a cherry filler strip has been added below the laminate as an apron valance. The laminate top itself is supported by cleats along the wall. There is plenty of space below for the Maytag front-load washer and dryer. This same counter and apron application can be used in a desk area or craft room space.
Filler as apron under countertop in laundry room. | VillageHomeStores.com

The third cabinet included is a sinkbase. A laminate top with drop-in deep single-well sink is perfect for this multi-purpose space. The function of a utility sink, but also a nice look when this space is used as a guest powder room. The soft blue paint color selected is a great look and the perfect choice for this laundry space.
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There is a toilet located to the right of this sinkbase and above that, another wall cabinet. Plenty of areas to store items out of sight. This is a great option to have in such a versatile space like this room. See more images (including before photos)  from this laundry space and the kitchen just outside here on our houzz page. Are you looking to remodel your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry area? We would love to help you make the most of that space. Call or click today to make an appointment and get started. (309) 944-1344.
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Port Byron, IL- Bath Remodel Plays With Size and Pattern

Have you fallen in love with one tile….but then struggled to complete the look? Maybe that one tile is all you need! You don’t have to include a flashy mosaic accent, or mix multiple textures together to get a complete look. This Port Byron bath remodel is a wonderful example of how you can use the same tile but play with size and installation for a great look. Paramount’s “Urban Stone” series is used throughout the bathroom. Instead of covering the entire bath with the exact same tile, variations of sizes of tile are used but all in the “Cognac” color. The flooring, tub deck, threshold, shower base and walls are all tiled but with sizes varying from 1″ x 2″ to 12″ x 24″. Let our tile experts help you find the perfect material and install concept for your space. tile

When entering the new bathroom, you are greeted by a beautiful new bath vanity. This Furniture style sinktable is from our Bertch Bath line and is made not that far away from us in Waterloo, Iowa. The “Interlude” sinktable can be ordered in a variety of sizes, wood species, and finishes. A 30″ wide sinktable is installed here in a Hickory wood with “Brindle” stain applied. We love how this Brindle stain highlights the Hickory wood grain on the cabinet. An open shelf below can be left empty or used for linens or baskets of toiletries.
Bertch Bath vanities Quad Cities Region. | VillageHomeStores.com

Bertch Bath wave bowl style. | VillageHomeStores.comBertch Bath also fabricates cultured marble vanity tops. This bathroom includes one from their faux granite series. The color is called “Concrete” and has been ordered in the Gloss finish. An integrated vanity sink is included in the mold used to form this top. The “Wave” bowl style is an updated new bowl option that looks stylish and sophisticated in this space.

Another updated detail is the use of a large-format tile in a newer size and shape. 12″ x 24″ sized tiles truly are pacing themselves to become “the new” 12″ x 12″ tile. Installed as the floor tile and horizontally for the wall of the new shower, the look is great! This Port Byron bathroom began as a large space, but was not using that space as smart as it could have been. There was a separate tub and shower area in the original bathroom, but that left a lot of open space in the center of the room. That suggested that there was plenty of space for something to be larger in the new design. Now the custom tiled shower is nearly three times the size of the original:
Custom tiled walk in shower. | VillageHomeStores.com

Did you notice that with the new layout a shower door isn’t needed? Step over the tiled threshold into the shower and the showerhead and controls all splash and spray into the back of the space. To help light pour into the shower, fixed panels of glass have been installed on the wall dividing the tub and shower and also the new wall on entry into the bathroom. These help create a “clerestory” window effect and brighten the space naturally while adding a custom look. glass_areasTiled shower niche. | VillageHomeStores.comDon’t forget to discuss with your designer at Village Home Stores where you will be keeping things in the new shower. Chances are your designer, tile salesperson, and even tile installer will suggest a tiled shelf or wall niche. It would be a shame to have a gorgeous new tiled shower customized to fit in your space and not include an option like this to customize your use of the space. Who wants to have to keep soaps and shampoos on the floor of the shower?! Be sure to check out this ideabook on our Houzz page showcasing other tiled showers. This ideabook includes shower niches, tiled shelves, and custom tiled benches we have posted from our past projects.

The tub area is no longer dark and crowded. Instead, a tiled tub deck seems to just be an extension of the custom shower. The same small-scale tile used as the shower floor is repeated as an accent surrounding the tub surround. Even with all of this medium-dark tile throughout, the bathroom layout keeps the space bright and feeling open.
Bathroom tile. | VillageHomeStores.com

Didn’t the bathroom turn out great? We have also featured the kitchen remodel from this same home here on the blog. Be sure to check out the entire album (including before photos) of images from this remodel story here over on our Houzz page. Tired of reading before and after stories of other customers? Are you ready to start your own before and after story? Contact us today to take that first step! (309) 944-1344.
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Erie, IL- Kitchen Remodel Updated and Upgraded

This Erie, IL kitchen has been updated and upgraded. A similar footprint to the original kitchen, but using beautiful new materials and upgraded features throughout. Oak cabinetry and laminate tops have been removed and a new Cherry kitchen from our Koch Classic line has been installed. The Cherry “Prairie” doorstyle in a medium “Briarwood” finish compliments the existing Oak trim and doors in the space. The Cherry selection is an updated look and the rich wood grain of the wood is a major upgrade from the Oak.
Cherry kitchen cabinets in remodeled space by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.co,

All of the kitchen appliances remain in roughly the same locations. The original kitchen single-height peninsula has been replaced with a dual-height design and the kitchen sink has been shifted from the center of the peninsula to the corner. With the new layout, the largest transformation happened on the wall opposite the original kitchen L-shape layout:
Kitchen before and after photo. | VillageHomeStores.com

So much of that original wall was getting no storage use. The new design now includes that whole wall into the kitchen. That tall pantry cabinet space is now fit with two 12″ deep tall pantries, each 24″ wide with a single door. Installed side by side, this gives the finished look of a 48″ wide cabinet and leave a large part of that wall available for more cabinetry. Because of a casual dining area on that end of the kitchen, the new base cabinets transition back at an angle to meet the shallow pantries. This new design now provides a large countertop that cab be used to load and unload the pantry or refrigerator or set up as a coffee station or work surface. At this location, the space is very versatile.
Shallow pantry cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

A 12″ deep pantry can store quite a bit within, especially when it is four feet wide! Other specialty upgrades include the addition of a pull-out cutting board concealed above the top drawer of a base cabinet. A great feature in just the right location. When selecting specialty items like tray dividers, cutting boards, or spice cabinets, be sure they are located in the area you plan to reach for them.
cutting board cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

On each side of the new Whirlpool range are base cabinets fit with sliding shelves. These cabinets are perfect for keeping pots and pans sorted. By keeping this look symmetrical on each side of the range, a comfortable landing space of counter is available for the user on both sides.
Sliding shelves in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Moving the kitchen sink to the corner frees up the entire peninsula for a worksurface. A corner sink also adds interest to the layout. Our Diode LED undercabinet lighting system spotlights a beautiful new tiled backsplash along both walls of cabinetry. The main field tile is a 3 x 6″ polished Travertine. The decoline of accent tile is from our Glazzio line and is named “Tranquil”.
Cambria Quartz in Hampshire design. | VillageHomeStores.com

Cambria Hampshire. | VillageHomeStores.comThe short area of backsplash on the peninsula has been given a different treatment from the tiled walls. This jump from counter height to bar height (shown in profile on right) is only a few inches. Instead of creating a bright contrast of travertine tiles, a splash has been installed of the same Cambria Quartz material from the countertop. The “Hampshire” Cambria Quartz has been given the “Full Bullnose” edge profile.

The peninsula side facing toward the Great Room has been fit with a wainscot panel and trim for a customized look. A four-panel wainscot design and furniture base completes the look. On the end of the peninsula that meets the wall, a full-height door cabinet opens into the Great Room. This becomes a great place to store items that might normally pile up on end tables or countertops. The cabinet helps finish off the peninsula and provide a space to hide these items out of sight. Speaking of hiding things out of sight, notice with the dual-height peninsula design that you can’t see into the kitchen sink?

Custom wainscot panel. | VillageHomeStores.com

crown molding on cabinetNow that the soffits have been removed, there is room for the new cabinetry to reach higher and still have space for a more appropriate crown molding to be applied. Crown molding may not seem like a significant detail but it is this final “trimming out” phase that helps complete any finished kitchen. Including crown and undercabinet molding help polish off the look. On the back of the peninsula area a furniture baseboard molding was applied where the panel meets the new flooring. A polished and customized look. Don’t miss out on the opportunities in your own design to help your space look carefully planned out and customized specially for your home.

The new flooring in the kitchen is from our Tarkett line. It is a Luxury Vinyl Tile, or “LVT” floor and looks perfect in this new kitchen. LVT can be installed grouted with a special form of grout or groutless (shown in this home). Read more about LVT and how it is installed here on a past blog post. A rolled edge treatment on these tiles help this groutless look to be forgiving of subfloor imperfections and best of all, no grout to clean!
An Erie, IL kitchen remodel including luxury vinyl tile by Tarkett. | VillageHomeStores.com

Be sure to check out all of the images from this remodel over here on our Houzz page. Are you interested in starting the process for your own kitchen remodel? We can’t wait to hear about it! Give us a call at (309) 944-1344 or contact us online today to set up an appointment to get started. Be sure to click here to read more blog posts about other before and after stories we have shared from right here in the area.
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Partial Remodel- How To “Pull Off” Mixing Metals

Three wood finishes, two granite colors, AND four metal finishes? Yes that is correct! Take a look at how amazing everything looks together! Proof that with the right guidance and vision, you can pull off mixing materials like this. The perimeter oak cabinetry is actually original to the kitchen. A peninsula was removed and now a large painted island sits in the center of the kitchen.
A blend of finishes in a Prophetstown, IL kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

A brand new appliance package was purchased from Village Home Stores including A counter-depth refrigerator and dishwasher in KitchenAid’s first-in-the-industry Black Stainless Steel. This uniquely tinted Stainless Steel is sophisticated, stylish, and striking in person. The true Stainless Steel finish wipes clean in seconds and the tinted color even helps reduce the appearance of fingerprints on the panels.
Black Stainless Steel from KitchenAid. | VillageHomeStores.com

The new kitchen island top is a granite named “Desert Dream” and on perimeter of the kitchen “Astoria” granite has been installed. Both of these natural stones are in a “brushed” finish. Instead of the expected high-polished look granite normally has, the brushed finish gives a unique and warm texture while enhancing the look and feel of the stone. Two stones and two appliance finishes. The refrigerator and range wall is the best example of showcasing the two finishes side-by-side that work perfectly together in the finished look.
Mixing appliance finishes in the kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

A Stainless Steel 30″ wide, front-control slide-in electric range is just inches from the Black Stainless refrigerator. The new distressed painted wood hood above the range and accent tile ties everything together, the look is perfect. A Stainless Steel microwave drawer in the new kitchen island is right across from a Black Stainless dishwasher. That is not all for metal finishes in the new space. Oil-Rubbed Bronze faucets have been paired with Hammered Copper undermount sinks.
Black Stainless Steel mixed with Stainless and Copper finishes. | VillageHomeStores.com

The Hammered Copper is not only a great color to add to the mix, the texture is incredible. With views of the countryside out every window, this Hammered Copper adds a rustic touch to the space while the shape and setting keep it formal. The use of a deep farmhouse apron-front model sink is the right choice for this Rustic Traditional look and offers even more of that Hammered surface to show.
Hammered copper farm sink. | VillageHomeStores.com

An updated look to an existing Oak kitchen. The finishes aren’t the only upgrades included. The appliances selected for this project represent some of the best features available in appliances today. The slide-in range includes convection and steam features in the oven and 5 elements including a warming zone. An internal water dispenser, versatile shelving, plus a three-tiered freezer drawer make this one of the most spacious counter-depth refrigerators you will ever use. This 24″ wide microwave drawer by Sharp has been redesigned to pair more seamlessly with all of our brands. With a tilt-out control panel, there are no handles to match up. Perfect for including in islands or even built-in to a custom bar area, this microwave is one of our top-selling models for both remodels and new homes. View our full catalog of appliances here on the website and contact anyone from our expert appliance sales team with any questions you have on these products.
Sharp Microwave Drawer. | VillageHomeStores.com

Oak crown molding and refrigerator panels were ordered to adapt the existing kitchen to the new design. The new black-painted cabinetry is from our DuraSupreme line and showcases their Heritage paint series. A wood hood above the new range and a large kitchen island are each finished in the “B” color from this series. An “X” back panel design is paired with a beadboard end panel treatment. There is now space for four barstools plus plenty of space for a large dining table area right next to the island.
Black distressed kitchen island. | VillageHomeStores.com

DuraSupreme’s Heritage paint finishes come in a wide range of color options. From a bright antique white to this black painted look there are so many possibilities. Heritage painted finishes all include distressed features like chipped corners, worn edges, and even “bird-pecking” which are perfect old-world characteristics for the furniture-look island and wood hood installed.
Painted wood hood. | VillageHomeStores.com

This new kitchen sits on the perfect platform to showcase the complete look. Beautiful new Hickory hardwood floors have been installed throughout the entire great room all the way to the front entrance of the home. This warm Hickory “Tackroom” finished hardwood is from the Chaparal Collection. “Annie” (see below) just loves laying in the sunlight on her new Hallmark floors.
Hallmark hickory hardwood flooring. | VillageHomeStores.com

Annie is now pretty much internet-famous thanks to this feature Hallmark Flooring wrote up on her (new floors). All of these finishes together in one space and does it work? ABSOLUTELY! Having a designer on hand to help you select and place your selections keeps your project vision on track and well executed. Your designer at Village Home Stores will have a firm grasp on the overall vision for the finished look and that is a valuable asset.

Black and true stainless steel in a Prophetstown, IL kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

A new tile backsplash ties all of these selections together perfectly. Matte finish subway tile in a color called “Elemental Tan” plus a Glazzio accent tile from their “Corrugated Scapes” series in the “Ginger Clove” color. A bold band of accent tile spans the entire L-shape and a square field installed above the range completes the look.
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This partial kitchen remodel was not all we completed at this home. New flooring was installed in many rooms and two bathrooms were completely made over. See the full album of over 70 photos from these projects here on our houzz page. We also are happy to announce that this kitchen and both bathrooms will be included in an upcoming episode of the Village Home Show. Do you have a project in mind? Need our expert help to make that dream a reality? We are excited to hear about what you are working on. Give us a call or contact us online to set up an appointment today!
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Prophetstown, IL- Master Suite Remodel

Join us as we tour this beautifully remodeled Master Suite in Prophetstown, IL. Rustic materials with a refined look, it looks amazing! A set of French doors with textured glass open up to reveal a new space including a custom tiled shower, large soaking tub, a private watercloset area, and a stunning vanity area.
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This Master Suite in the countryside is a rural retreat with earth tones and flowing organic lines in the mirrors and lighting selections. Neutral colors were selected as a backdrop to help showcase details like rustic knotty wood cabinets and some of the most interesting vanity sinks we have ever installed!
vanity with two unique vessel sinks. | VillageHomeStores.com

Two vessel sink areas are divided by a wall cabinet that meets the countertop in the center. A stack of drawers in brought out deeper to create a divided look and add interest to the shape of the vanity top. Koch Cabinetry in the “Vicksburg” doorstyle has been installed in a Rustic Beech wood species. This rustic wood is dressed up in a “Mocha” stain.
rustic beech mocha cabinetry. | VillageHomeStores.com

We love how the bright polished chrome hardware stands out on this rich “Mocha” finish. Speaking of standing out, how fun are the vessel sinks and faucets!?! These unique faucets seem to “sprout” out from the countertops. When turned on, the smooth glass design waterfalls down into the matching vessel sink. What a great look!
Unique vessel sink. | VillageHomeStores.com

These unique sinks rest on a beautiful piece of maintenance-free quartz. Quartz is a fantastic material to use in a bathroom because it is durable and non-porous. This means that spilling any products onto the top will not cause damage to it. There is no risk of scratching or scorching the tops either. Cambria Quartz in the “Fairbourne” design is a great subtle choice as a base to showcase these unique sinks. The look is beautiful and this customer selected a great edge profile to showcase the unique custom shape of their vanity design as well. The “Waterfall” edge from Cambria catches the light and adds a great detail to the look.
Cambria quartz in Fairbourne design and waterfall edge. | VillageHomeStores.com

Other details include the addition of furniture style feet in the toespace of the sink cabinets. This helps give a more convincing furniture-style look and adds a formal feel to the rustic materials. Adding feet may seem like a small detail, but it is these small details that work together to give a truly customized end result.
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In this Master Bathroom the shower has been separated from the tub area. Visible right upon entry into the Master Bath, this shower is eye-catching but not to be upstaged by the beautiful tiled tub area in front of it.
Tiled walk in shower and tub in remodeled master bathroom. | VillageHomeStores.com

There is plenty of space for a large “drop-in” soaking tub. A tiled deck surrounds it and the accent tile from the shower is carried over into the front apron area of the tub plus the back of a custom tiled niche.
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Consider ever bit of space as a chance to love your finished design. This wall niche is in the perfect location for soaps and toiletries to be stowed away. The niche also gave a great opportunity to repeat the accent mosaic tile.
Tiled wall shelf in bathroom. | VillageHomeStores.com

Speaking of customizing every corner of your design, why not add a bench in your shower. This tiled corner bench area might not seem like a large feature but it can be a place to rest a leg when shaving, or even set down toiletries within reach. benchSo many of the bathrooms we remodel now include a custom tiled shower instead of a standard unit. Custom showers like this allow us to add the shower to whatever unique location you may have. Many times this means you may end up with a larger and more open shower look. Tiled showers commonly receive a custom glass entry of some sort. In this case, a short threshold of tile was installed and an glass door hinges out into the Bathroom.
tiled shower entrance. | VillageHomeStores.com

To help let in as much natural light as possible, a fixed pane of glass is installed from the kneewall behind the tub to meet the top of the custom door. The finished look is great and the end result is a more open and bright shower space.
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There is plenty of storage in this new Master Bath. Whatever will not fit in the vanity area can certainly find a home in this built-in linen cabinet. A tall cabinet front was ordered to match the vanity area and now this corner of the bath has a customized look.
linen cabinet up to angled ceiling. | VillageHomeStores.com

In the opposite corner of the bath from the linen cabinet is the stool. A private “water closet” space can be a wonderful layout choice when planning a large bathroom like this. The light oak trim and doors are a great contrast to the dark Rustic Beech wood of the cabinetry.
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This same light wood finish is found on the set of French Doors that lead out from the Bath into the Master Bedroom. In place of a clear glass or even mullioned wood and glass doors, textured inserts were selected. We love the way this allows light in and out of the Bathroom while also giving privacy with the heavy texture. Village Home Stores has a wide selection of doors and millwork that we can provide during a project like this.
French doors in master bath. | VillageHomeStores.com

Do you have a bathroom project you would like us to work on with you? We would love to hear about it! Building a new home, or choosing to remodel the one you are in, we can help make it a beautiful and functional space. Be sure to check out the full album of photos from this entire remodel including another bathroom down the hall and a kitchen made over with mixed materials. See the full album on our Houzz page here. Then give us a call to schedule an appointment to start the conversation about the space you want to work on. (309) 944-1344 or contact us online at this link and one of our designers will get in touch.
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