Product Profile- Craft Art Wood Surfaces

There has been a lot of anticipation in the showroom this week as we had a mysterious new countertop arrive carefully packaged and wrapped. And now… the reveal of a brand new product available to our customers: Craft Art Wood Surfaces for your home! These wood tops are absolutely stunning in person and nearly impossible not to walk up and touch. When we say you need to come in to see and feel this product we mean it. Just a reminder that you never have to have an appointment to wander out showroom. We love it when downtown shoppers come in just to browse the displays. Craft Art wood tops available to the Quad Cities Region from Village Home Stores. |

We couldn’t wait to pair our new “Charcoal Blue” Koch painted island with this perfect farmhouse-inspired product for the display. Available in  variety of woods, finishes, and edge profiles (1/2″ bevel shown below). These striking wood countertops warm any space up!Wood butcherblock tops available to the Quad Cities Region from Village Home Stores. |

Our display is a warm, rich walnut wood in it’s natural finish. But how does it get that luster? A crosslinked Tung Oil finish is applied. This is how your tops get the look of furniture but the performance you need for countertops. The Tung Oil penetrates the wood so that moisture can’t. The finish in the wood prevents moisture from getting underneath the surface. This makes your wood tops more durable, more resistant to household chemicals, and easier to clean. Craft Art wood surfaces available to the Quad Cities Region from Village Home Stores. |

Something you will notice right away if you have been shopping for wood tops is that the boards in your top are not broken up or scrapped together. Craft Art uses full length boards for their wood islands and butcherblock tops. Never remnants. These tops are also food safe because of the finish process. That makes them safe to use as a food prep area. Need an expert endorsement? Rachel Ray has had Craft Art wood tops in her set kitchens and she uses them to cut, prep, and serve her dishes. She certainly isn’t gong to have time on her show to be worried about spills, stains, or messes. And you know it still looks camera ready after an oiling.  Any surface imperfections or scratches from use can be easily sanded out. Wood countertop surfaces for your home from the kitchen and bath experts at Village Home Stores. |

How much maintenance does “Low Maintenance” mean? All that is required for upkeep of these heirloom-quality tops is to re-oil them monthly. No more work that wiping them clean after use really. Dozens of woods to choose from including Black Walnut, Sapele Mahogany, Zebrawood, Reclaimed Chestnut, Wenge, and many more.  

There are many woods, finishes and even edges to choose from for your project and imagine how much texture and variety this project can bring to a complete kitchen design. This product is a wonderful addition to two-tone designs and kitchen islands lending themselves to a more furniture look. A smooth, rounded bullnose edge, or choose from a variety of ogee edges and even an on-trend faux live edge option (shown below on Driftwood Walnut). Wood countertop surface with faux raw edge available in a variety of woods and finishes from Village Home Stores. |

Not limited to just kitchens, consider this product for your home office, bar, or other spaces. At Village Home Stores we work hard to curate a list of products and services that match the quality our customers have come to expect from us. We have had many requests for a wood top product like this and are thrilled it is now available for our projects. This product also has many sustainable/green options available. Many are even LEED certified materials.
Wood butcherblock tops available in a variety of woods and finishes from Village Home Stores. |

While we mentioned before you don’t need an appointment to browse, if you are wanting a quote or any questions answered, we do recommend that you call ahead to be sure we have a design available for you. You can find our store downtown Geneseo, IL at 105 S State Street Monday-Fridays from 9am-5pm and Saturdays from 9am-noon. Call us at 309-944-1344 or email us at with any questions for our Kitchen Design team.

Quad Cities, IL- A Lower Level Library Full of Details

Village Home Stores doesn’t just design beautiful kitchen and bathroom spaces for your home. Think of ALL of the areas that we can help to make beautiful and customized to your own personal tastes and styles. Take this home study/library for example:
Custom Cherry inset cabinetry by DuraSupreme in a Quad Cities Area home Library. Design and material by Village Home Stores. |

This beautiful customized space is hidden behind a sliding barn door adjacent to our last featured project. Nothing says sophisticated and studious for a space quite like a rich, cherry woodgrain and custom details. The DuraSupreme cabinetry consists mainly of paneling, trim and shelving but the base cabinets behind the desk are an inset style.
Custom Cherry inset cabinetry by DuraSupreme in a Quad Cities Area home Library. Chapel Hill door and Chestnut stain. Design and material by Village Home Stores. |

The Chapel Hill door in a Cherry wood stained a “Chestnut” finish, details like a furniture base and added feet to the toespace create interest. The term inset means that the doors sit inside of the cabinet frame instead of overlaying and resting outside of it. This inset style is considered “beaded” inset because of the routed detail around the cabinet frame which houses the doors and drawer fronts.
Seagrove Cambria Quartz and schoohouse decor in a Quad Cities Area home Library. Design and material by Village Home Stores. |

A Cambria Quartz counter in the “Seagrove” design caps off the back of the desk area. We love the added detail of selecting the Seagrove design that adds the natural-stone look with a veined pattern. A vintage chalkboard adds an upscale schoolhouse style to the space. A touch of old, surrounded by new. The secondary wall of shelving not shown is home to many books and personal items for display (respectfully omitted from this public post). A home library should provide practical storage but also plenty of display space for the user. Two glass-door wall cabinets flank the chalkboard area for more dust-free display space.
Chalkboard in home office. #schoolhouse #decor Design and materials by Village Home Stores. |

Of course baseboards and crown molding can take any project to a more polished and complete look. This library takes it one step further by adding details like decorative wood feet, fluted columns, and carved wooden corbels at the corners (shown below at left). Any added layer allows the light one more edge or curve to catch and highlight the space. Many times customers are concerned so much wood will make a room seem very dark. Layering depths and textures like this helps to keep the look dimensional and highlighted instead of a solid, flat panel of dark wood. Seagrove Cambria Quartz, cherry inset cabinetry and schoohouse decor in a Quad Cities Area home Library. Design and material by Village Home Stores. |

Any completed study space needs wood paneled walls to get the look right. This space includes custom wainscot paneling installed at a chair rail height with a baseboard below. The paint color for the room mimics the chalkboard color and a wingback chair with nailheads completes the look. The only thing missing from the perfect home study space is a roaring fireplace, which because of the rooms location, wasn’t an option. The space still inspires!
Custom Cherry trim and paneling by DuraSupreme in a Quad Cities Area home Library. Design and material by Village Home Stores. |

Our unique series of adorne lightswitches and outlets give a modern update to an otherwise distracting break in the custom wall paneling. Imagine if bright white plastic outlets were cut into these custom wainscot panels. Wouldn’t that distract from the look? Instead, sleek metallic-look plates frame square outlets.
Sliding barn door entrance to a Quad Cities Area home Library. Design and material by Village Home Stores. |

The same polished “Silver Springs” 12″ x 36″ River Marble floors continue from the kitchenette into the library area. Polished marble and floor-to-ceiling custom cherry shelving give this library a look like no other. This space would look right at home in a well-kept historic estate but we love knowing it is getting great use for this family in the Midwest countryside.

Have a unique space in your home that needs our expert design help? We can custom-build offices, home theaters, bar areas, and so much more! Your first step is to reach out to a member of our design team to get started. Call us at 309-944-1344 or email us at to start the conversation.

AVBSummit Recap: What is New and Exciting From Our Brands

We just got back from the BrandSource annual Summit event in Nashville, TN. Before we brush the dirt off our cowboy boots, we must tell you about what we saw! This event is our opportunity to learn about industry news and projections as well as see new product in action. You are going to LOVE some of the new features rolling out from our brands. Some have already launched and are available to ship now. Like the new low-profile microwave hood from Whirlpool® (shown below on right).The new low-profile microwave hood available from Whirlpool at Village Home Stores. |

Do you have a venthood beneath a cabinet now and wish you could fit a microwave hood there instead? This model allows you to do that without replacing the cabinet above with a shorter cabinet! A 1.1 cu. ft. microwave hood designed to still accommodate tall mugs, wide plates, even a fully popped bag of popcorn. Fitting in the same space as an undercabinet hood, now you can get your microwave off the counter to add space to your kitchen. The unit measures 10 1/4″ H x 30″ W x 18″ D (finished sides) and has 400 CFMs of vent power. The new low-profile microwave hood (shown in Black Stainless) available from Whirlpool at Village Home Stores. |

We saw a ton of great new product on the Expo floor and during our product training sessions. Unique new finishes, innovative new laundry features and WiFi enabled appliances with features we fell in love with quickly. Press play below to see some of the great new products and features we saw from the Whirlpool® family of products in their Expo booth.

So what do we mean WiFi enabled features? Why would you want a “connected” appliance? Do you already use your phone, tablet or voice-command device while working in the kitchen? Then you will love connected appliances. Wish you could check the status of your laundry load or start the dishwasher right as you remember it before you fall asleep? How about simply scanning a microwave dinner box and getting the perfect power level and time entered for you? With Whirlpool®’s new Scan-to-Cook you can do that! Scan-to-Cook also translates into the connected ranges for the perfect cooktimes and many time avoiding the need to even preheat the oven. Scan to cook connected features with new Whirlpool connected products. |

Are you already looking up recipes and setting timers in the kitchen? Access those features directly in the connected ranges. The most exciting partnership with this product launch is the integration of Yummly to the product. The Yummly app is known worldwide as an award-winning recipe app with the tech to help you find a recipe using the ingredients you have on hand. There is even image recognition within the app. What does that mean? It means you scan the ingredients on your counter, pantry, or refrigerator and Yummly suggests recipes you can make with what you have. Then just send the recipe to your range and the step-by-step guide will be right on the touchscreen for you.
Yummly connected features with new Whirlpool connected products. |

It sounds like a scene from Star Trek but we promise we saw it with our own eyes! Many of these products are already ready to ship this Spring/Summer. We can’t wait to get our showroom set up to show you how easy this tech is to use. Of course the range also still can operate as a non-connected appliances as well. All standard baking and broiling feature can be entered by any user. We also saw new features added all across the cooking, refrigeration, and laundry categories. Great options like “vacation mode” in refrigeration or even “party mode” for ice production. Too many to name but so many we are wiling to show you when you stop by our store! New features we saw at AVBSummit18 in Nashville including Vacation mode. |

Some other exciting new products include a new Commercial series of Maytag® Laundry that our traditional laundry customers will be very happy with. We even saw a water dispenser that can be attached to the front or side of your existing refrigerator to give you filtered water! It attaches with a high power magnet and hooks up to your water line.Water filtration for refrigerator without ice and water in the door. |

KitchenAid®’s new built-in cooking is absolutely stunning. For those who are looking for professional features and the look of a chef’s kitchen, you will love these models. New cooktop layouts and features (like top-lift hinged grates for easy cleaning) and sleek wall oven designs. We even saw the new KitchenAid® microwave drawer (shown below).The new KitchenAid microwave drawer available at Village Home Stores. |

We also got to watch Rob film some welcome videos for our AVBtv showroom experience coming this Summer. So many new and exciting things to showcase and with tools like videos and easy-to-use apps, we promise you all of these “tech” changes and updates are for the better an will help you get the best results in cleaning and cooking. Rob Ries, co-owner of Village Home Stores filming for AVBTV at Summit 2018 |

We we able to take in many great training sessions as well as learn about new trends in our industry. We are excited to launch our brand new website very soon and think you will love the new mobile experience while working with our store. Working with our buying group allows us to offer you not only competitive prices but and even better value for the shopping experience with us. Our customers get to receive our Local Low Price Guarantee PLUS the very best customer experience before, during, and after the sale. Taking steps toward the future with new products and web features will continue to help keep our small business successful and ahead of its class.
AVBSummit event in Nashville, TN #AVBSummit18 |

If you have questions about any of what you have seen here in this post please don’t hesitate to call our team. Better yet, stop by the store! There are many great features we can already show you in the showroom and product arriving every week as a part of these new launches. Don’t believe the new Black Stainless Steel is fingerprint resistant? Come test it out yourself! Want to see how easy connected appliances can be to use? We will show you! Stop by today at 105 S State in downtown Geneseo, IL or give us a call at 309-944-1344. 

Quad Cities Remodel- The Lower Level Kitchenette of Your Dreams

Perhaps “Kitchenette” isn’t the right term for this feature. It seems so backwards to add “-ette” to a word and somehow make it sound small and adorable… when in fact this is a fully functioning kitchen. If you had a busy Lower Level including a large game room and walkout access to a pool wouldn’t you dream of a kitchen space like this for entertaining? DuraSupreme Cabinetry and Cambria Quartz counters featured in this Quad Cities area kitchen remodel from Village Home Stores. |

With home library hidden behind a sliding barn door (more on that in a future post), this kitchen includes a full wall of cabinetry and appliances and a large single-level island. Cabinetry from our DuraSupreme line has been installed in two finishes of the same “Chapel Hill” doorstyle. Take a closer look at the doors and drawers to see that this is an inset cabinet design.  DuraSupreme Cabinetry in inset cherry wood and Chestnut stain featured in this Quad Cities area kitchen remodel from Village Home Stores. |

This means that the cabinet doors and drawerfronts have been “inset” into the cabinet faceframe instead of hinged to set in front of the frame. The island is a Cherry wood in the rich, warm Chestnut stain. The kitchen wall of cabinetry is a painted Maple wood in the “Graphite” color. A barn door with glass inserts rolls away to reveal a home office next to this Quad Cities area kitchen remodel from Village Home Stores. |

The cabinets reach all the way to the ceiling with the help of a stacked crown molding application. Glass inserts and open shelves help to keep the back wall feeling open and interesting. A tall oven cabinet is home to a KitchenAid wall oven and microwave. The wall oven includes convection features for a faster preheat and a more consistent interior temperature. An induction cooktop is centered in the island countertop.DuraSupreme Cabinetry and KitchenAid appliances featured in this Quad Cities area kitchen remodel from Village Home Stores. |

The sink wall also includes a bottom freezer refrigerator also from KitchenAid and a farmsink by Kohler. A rich glossy 12″ x 36″ marble tile floor in the “River Marble” color looks stunning at all times of day. Cambria Quartz counters in the Ella design have been installed for a classic touch. Ella offers the look of a marble counter with all of the no-maintenance and durability benefits of a Quartz counter.
DuraSupreme cabinetry in Quad Cities area kitchen by Village Home Stores. |

The sink base has been pulled forward and furniture style legs have been added for a great finished look. This sink from Kohler is a large, single-well style with an offset drain. A narrow sill piece of Cambria has been installed on the window ledge to offer a durable and stylish shelf area for plants or display. Glossy “Arctic White” 3″ x 6″ Subway Tile has been installed as a backsplash and behind the floating shelf areas of the main kitchen wall.
DuraSupreme Cabinetry island in cherry wood and Chestnut stain featured in this Quad Cities area kitchen remodel from Village Home Stores. |

The back treatment of the island gives a customized wainscot look but also includes an angled panel area that accents the support bracket and wood apron for the countertop overhang. Our unique series of switches and outlets named Adorne adds interest and an updated look to the wall outlets. With a variety of options and many colors to choose from, there is no reason why you wall outlets ad switches can’t be just as stylish as your tile selections!
Unique Adorne switches and outlets and White subway tile featured in this Quad Cities area kitchen remodel from Village Home Stores. |

See the full album of photos from this finished kitchen here on our award-winning Houzz page. Of course keep your eyes right here on the block for more great project features. We look forward to sharing future features on the home library/office (behind this barn door) and a stunning bathroom down the hall.
A lower level kitchen installed in a recreation room featuring DuraSupreme cabinetry and Cambria Quartz tops. |

Are you ready to take your own Lower Level space to the next level? Do you love some of these ideas for your own main kitchen? Give us a call! We cant wait to hear what you are working on and how we can help. Your first step is to reach out to our team so we can walk you through our process. Call us at 309-944-1344 or email us at Or stop by anytime during showroom hours Monday-Fridays 9am-5pm and Saturdays from 9am-noon. We are located at 105 S State in Downtown Geneseo, IL 61254

Applestone Homes- An Urban Farmstead in the Iowa QC

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

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

Photo provided by Applestone Homes

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

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

Photo provided by Applestone Homes

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

Cabinetry by Village Home Stores for Applestone Homes. |

Photo provided by Applestone Homes

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

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

Photo provided by Applestone Homes

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

Cabinetry by Village Home Stores for Applestone Homes. |

Photo provided by Applestone Homes

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

Cabinetry by Village Home Stores for Applestone Homes. |

Photo provided by Applestone Homes

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

Cabinetry from Village Home Stores for Applestone Homes.

Photo provided by Applestone Homes.

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

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

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

QCBR 2018 Home Show booth. #TagTheQC #QuadCities |

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Hazelwood Homes- Kitchen With Blue Island and Schoolhouse Lights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Geneseo, IL- High School Life Skills Lab

We feature nearly a project-a-week all year on our blog. With the amount of designers on staff and the variety of sizes, styles, and budgets for these projects it’s impossible to pick our favorite every year. In 2017, that decision was very easy. We were honored to help with one special kitchen that has earned the title of our favorite project of 2017: the new Life Skills Lab at the High School in Geneseo, IL.

This kitchen may not seem like much to you, but to the students and teachers it is a game-changing new space that will help our community long term! Students with varied levels of abilities use this classroom every day during the school year. It was a privilege to partner with other local businesses on this new lab. Take a look at the kitchen area from the old classroom:
before-picNot only is it limited in space, but also limited in access! For example, it was not even a possibility to teach any student in a chair how to rinse or wash their dishes. The need for a new updated and accessible classroom has been present for quite some time. Last year the amazing people at Good Samaritan wanted to come up with a way they could give back to these students. You see, the kids love visiting the residents at Good Samaritan Village and the feeling is mutual! So much so that Good Samaritan raised money and wrote for a grant to help and make the new lab project happen. team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hazelwood Homes: Taupe Painted Cabinets and Marble Look Quartz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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