Better Together! What We Saw At Convention This Week

Did you know that Village Home Stores was part of a member-owned buying group with 17 BILLION DOLLAR buying power? Being a member of this buying group gives our small, independent businesses buying power to compete with the “Box” stores. They also provide access to training opportunities and resources to offer our customers the best web and in-store experience that we know a “Box” store could never come near. It was great to see so many BrandSource stores represented at convention this week in Dallas, TX!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of AVB/BrandSource since it began as an idea on a fishing boat in southern California (it’s a great story). It has grown and grown over the years and Village Home Stores is proud to be included in a buying group that treats each other like family and gives our small business a chance to compete with (and buy like) the “Big Box” stores. We can do this while remaining an independent business with a focus on our customers. This week members of our team received in-depth product training from our Whirlpool, Maytag, and KitchenAid brands. We attended amazing sales and business training sessions and there was also an EXPO floor packed with exciting new product to see and experience. Here is a peek at some of what we saw on the show floor.

The Whirlpool Corp. booth at the BrandSource Convention in Dallas, TX August of 2019.
The Whirlpool Corp. booth at the BrandSource Convention in Dallas, TX August of 2019.

Could your kitchen use a little punch up of color? Can we please help you with that!?! KitchenAid is launching a whole new lineup of curated colors for their commercial cooking appliances. Passion Red, Misty Blue, Stainless Steel, Ink Blue, Milkshake, Scorched Orange, Yellow Pepper, Imperal Black, and even (drum roll please)… Avocado Cream!

Cook colorfully with this curated palette of colors for KitchenAid’s commercial style ranges.

Yes you read that right, Avocado appliances are back… sort of. This new spin on the groovy color is a more pastel and muted version complimentary of a more sea-foam green. Avocado Cream makes a great statement color! Really all of these curated options would make a fun impact in any kitchen design.

Meet Avocado Cream, one of the curated colors for KitchenAid's commercial style ranges.
Meet Avocado Cream, one of the curated colors for KitchenAid’s commercial style ranges.

If you weren’t aware of the changes with our brands over the past handful of years, the Whirlpool Corporation now includes our Maytag, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, and Amana brands. With 9 manufacturing facilities in the U.S. the Whirlpool Corp. provides more U.S. jobs than all other appliances brands combined. They are the #1 selling appliance brand in the U.S.A. and continue to build innovative and reliable products for our customers.

Cook colorfully with this curated palette of colors for KitchenAid's commercial style ranges. Shown in Yellow Pepper and Passion Red.
Cook colorfully with this curated palette of colors for KitchenAid’s commercial style ranges. Shown in Yellow Pepper and Passion Red.

Speaking of fun colors and finishes, have you stopped in our showroom yet to see and feel the new Cast Iron finish from Maytag? It is a durable, textured black finish that really has the look and feel of cast iron. This new finish comes in a number of models available including a new 400 CFM microwave hood with a crisp element. Your nacho time and pizza time are about to level up friends! Crisp, brown, and keep items warm with this model.

Maytag’s new Cast Iron Black finish is a strong, durable, black textured appliance finish.

Our favorite new feature in the Cast Iron finish side-by-side is the soft freeze bin. This compartment keeps your ice cream 2-3 degrees warmer that the rest of the freezer. No more waiting for your ice cream to soften, or over-softening it in the microwave.

The soft freeze bin in this new Maytag side-by-side refrigerator allows you to keep your ice cream 2-3 degrees warmer than the rest of the freezer space.
The soft freeze bin in this new Maytag side-by-side refrigerator allows you to keep your ice cream 2-3 degrees warmer than the rest of the freezer space.

We have sang the praises for the new KitchenAid Smart Oven plus Powered Attachments before on the blog and of course they had one hooked up and rocking the KitchenAid booth! If you are curious about this innovative new cooking system then be sure to catch this week’s new episode of the Village Home Show. We will take an in-depth look at this product and each of the attachments. Watch Sunday mornings at 10am on WQAD News 8 ABC Quad Cities.

KitchenAid's Smart Oven Plus wall oven grill with chorizo burgers being prepared.
KitchenAid’s Smart Oven Plus with powered attachments. Shown is the wall oven grill with chorizo burgers being prepared.

There are pre-programed recipes set to help you explore the attachments and get used to the recipe guides. You can even monitor and control the oven from your smartphone or tablet. This connected appliance from KitchenAid will continue to be updated from within your app as more recipes become available.

KitchenAid's Smart Oven Plus with recipe guide walks you through step by step.
KitchenAid’s Smart Oven Plus with recipe guide walks you through step by step.

If you find yourself needing small space appliances, be sure to contact Village. We have access to stylish options including a combination washer/dryer, compact ranges and dishwashers, and a new counter-depth refrigerator that can fit within a 24″ width!

Have a need for a small space appliance? Ask our expert team about the latest models available from Whirlpool.
Have a need for a small space appliance? Ask our expert team about the latest models available from Whirlpool.

We want to thank AVB / BrandSource for hosting such a wonderful convention and congratulate them again for 50 years of success! It was so great to see familiar friends from other stores and meet more new ones in Dallas. Thank you to all of our customers who continue to support small and independent business. Because you value great products and services, your support of our store goes to help all of the families represented in the Village Home Stores staff.

Oh yeah, that work hard/play hard thing? You know we managed to have a little bit of fun between classes, training, meetings, and the EXPO floor. Since we were in Dallas, we had to hit up some pit BBQ on our way to catch our flight. We even threw some axes so we can practice “chopping” prices for our upcoming sales. #WeMakeAVillage , and every village needs some expert lumberjacks after all.

Have any questions about Village Home Stores or our variety of product categories? Or have a questions about something you have seen here on the blog?Just reach out to us we would love to help answer your questions. You can contact our team at (309) 944-1344 M-F from 9am-5pm and Saturdays from 9am-noon. You may also complete this short online form and a member of our staff will be in touch. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on in your home!

Custom Amish-Built Rustic Alder Kitchen With Painted Island and Hutch

This Coal Valley Illinois kitchen just got a whole new look and layout! We made functional changes (like that new view and access to the pool shown below) and updated the look and style of the entire main level of this home. Custom Rustic Alder cabinetry from our Four Acre Amish cabinetry line is stained in a “Saddle” finish and accented kitchen island and hutch are finished with a “Light Pewter” paint. Accents of brushed gold metals, an incredible KitchenAid appliance package, and gorgeous Cambria countertops complete the look.

Quad Cities area kitchen with custom Amish cabinetry and Cambria quartz counters. Kitchen designed by Rachel Tingley at Village Home Stores.
Quad Cities area kitchen with custom Amish cabinetry and Cambria quartz counters.

We moved the walk-out access to the backyard down closer to the pool view, and replaced the original window with a new wet bar. Two original peninsulas were replaced with a new custom hutch section. The new look is open, bright, and very stylish! Work was needed in this kitchen, the adjacent dining and living rooms, and entire back area of the home. That is a lot to tackle when you are also living in the home. These amazing customers called us and the complete start-to-finish Project Management team at Village Home Stores got to work for them.

Kitchen design with large island, hutch, and wetbar area. Kitchen design by Rachel Tingley with product and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.
Kitchen design with large island, hutch, and wetbar area.

There is such a transformation to the entire main level of this home that there is no way we could walk you through everything here on the blog… so instead we taped a full 1/2 hr. episode of our weekly TV show about this remodel story! Stay tuned for it to air very soon at our new time Sunday mornings at 10am on WQAD News Channel 8 ABC. In the meantime, check out this short video we made documenting some of the process. Press play below to see this kitchen and back door area transform!

Now that you have seen what it took to get to this stunning space, let’s take a closer look around at the details, materials, and design that give us this amazing end result. We replaced the U-shaped island obstacle with a long, rectangle island design with overhang on the back for counter-height stools. The refrigerator moved to a new location and the long, range wall became the featured focal point in the kitchen section of this design.

Kitchen with island and hidden pantry.
Kitchen with island and hidden pantry. Custom Amish cabinetry and Cambria Quartz counters featured.

The large scale of the KitchenAid commercial 48″ wide dual fuel range is repeated with a custom wood hood above it. The cabinetry surrounding the range is symmetrical with staggered depths and heights in the upper cabinets. What a dream space to get to work preparing a meal! Concealed within that large mantle hood cabinet is a Broan blower insert so that there is proper ventilation when the cooktop or griddle is in use.

48 inch KitchenAid Dual Fuel range with gas cooktop with custom wood hood cabinet above.
48 inch KitchenAid Dual Fuel range with gas cooktop with custom wood hood cabinet above. Kitchen design and appliances by Village Home Stores.

One of the benefits to purchasing from our custom Amish-built cabinetry lines is the ability to build sections of cabinets as one unit. Instead of this hood arriving at the jobsite as many cabinets and a lot of trim pieces, it arrives already assembled and finished just as you see it here. Our carpenters just had to install it and trim off the top with crown molding. The end result for you is a custom, seamless look and feel.

Wood Hood Custom cabinet with broan blower insert
Custom wood hood cabinet with Broan insert concealed within. Kitchen design and remodel in Coal Valley, IL by Village Home Stores.

This range will certainly be the envy of any serious home chef! A dual fuel KitchenAid range with combined oven capacity of 6.3 cu.ft. and a 6-burner gas cooktop and chrome electric griddle on top. Dual fuel means you get the benefits of electric baking in the oven cavities and the immediate control of a gas cooktop above. Shop all of our incredible cooking appliances with our Local Low Price Guarantee at villagehomestores.com

48 inch KitchenAid Dual Fuel range with two ovens gas cooktop and chrome griddle.
48 inch KitchenAid Dual Fuel range with two ovens gas cooktop and chrome griddle. Kitchen design and appliances by Village Home Stores.

Who wouldn’t love to have a griddle integrated into a cooking zone like this?This even-heat chrome griddle offers a great cooking performance for this household and has an easy-to-clean surface. That means pancakes on a Sunday morning doesn’t mean cleaning up after pancakes all Sunday afternoon. There is no seasoning required for the griddle, and the chrome allows you to never have any flavor transfers from meal to meal. If you were able to contain your envy about the range, cover your eyes and ears when we point out the pot-filler faucet right above the cooktop.

48 inch KitchenAid Dual Fuel range with two ovens gas cooktop and chrome griddle.
48 inch KitchenAid Dual Fuel range with two ovens gas cooktop and chrome griddle. Kitchen design and appliances by Village Home Stores.

Many magazine-cover kitchens include this wall faucet feature. For those who truly use their kitchens, this decorative feature is also highly functional! Imagine filling a pasta pot with water right at the cooktop. Or adding water to used pots and pans to soak for a bit before washing. We also designed this cooking zone to be functional during the cooking process with amazing storage surrounding it. Large pots and pans drawers are found on this wall as well as two pullout cabinets surrounding the range.

Pullout storage cabinets surround a large KitchenAid range in a Quad Cities area kitchen.
Pullout storage cabinets surround a large KitchenAid range in a Quad Cities area kitchen. Kitchen design, products, and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.

A 12″ pullout spice rack on the left side of the range and a 12″ pullout utensil storage cabinet on the right. We have installed many of these utensil cabinets this year and they are such a great specialty cabinet! Instead of mining through a wide or deep drawer of utensils, see everything in these organized bins and grab what you need. We also love that the lower shelf in this cabinet can be used for large containers and bottles.

Utensil pullout cabinet in a Quad Cities area kitchen design. Kitchen design and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.
Utensil pullout cabinet in a Quad Cities area kitchen design. Kitchen design and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.

Of course in any busy kitchen the island becomes the place to gather. With a new flow to this kitchen layout, the new island offers a space to casually eat, clean up, and even prepare foods. The island has a furniture style look with an accented “Light Pewter” painted finish and legs at each corner.

Kitchen island with legs custom designed by the kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.
Kitchen island with legs custom designed by the kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.

The backside of the island appears to be a custom wainscot panel… but there is storage hidden under that overhang! Each cabinet opens to reveal shelf storage for small appliances, serving trays, and seasonal items. We have found that some customers prefer storage hidden beneath an area like this, instead of an extra shelf on top of the wall cabinets that require a stepstool or ladder to reach.

Kitchen island design with usable back storage. Kitchen cabinetry, counters, appliances, and surfaces by Village Home Stores.
Kitchen island design with usable back storage. Kitchen cabinetry, counters, appliances, and surfaces by Village Home Stores.

The kitchen island countertop surface is the best place to showcase the Cambria Quartz that was selected for this new kitchen. The Brittanicca Warm design gives a warm white background and dove grays vein through it for a marble look. The look of marble with the worry-free piece of mind that this surface can hold up to these kids and adults using the kitchen.

White marble look Cambria Quartz in the Brittancca Warm design installed in a Quad Cities area kitchen.
Cambria Quartz in the Brittancca Warm design installed in a Quad Cities area kitchen. Design, product, and kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores.

From YouTube-curious slime-making kids, to red-wine spilling guests, it’s no problem! We also installed outlets on each end of the kitchen island because kitchen islands are also multi-tasking spaces like home offices, homework stations, as well as food prep areas. In this kitchen, the island is also home to the microwave drawer, sink, and dishwasher.

Kitchen sinkbase cabinet with lower drawer. Kitchen design and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.
Kitchen sinkbase cabinet with lower drawer. Kitchen design and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.

Our designer at Village Home Stores included a lower drawer sink base cabinet. This gives plenty of space in the cabinet for plumbing and also a shallow drawer for cleaning supplies below. The undermounted sink in this kitchen is an e-granite composite material with a low center divider. Why a low divider? When was the last time you actually filled up your entire sink with water?

Low divider Gray undermount kitchen sink with Delta faucet in Cambria Brittanicca Warm quartz counters.
Low divider Gray undermount kitchen sink with Delta faucet in Cambria Brittanicca Warm quartz counters.

This alternative low-divider sink layout allows those who don’t soak dishes a wider space for washing larger items and pans with handles. Even with all of these new cabinets, you can never have enough pantry space when you have lots of kids and entertain large groups. We moved the refrigerator from its original location and added a pantry area to the main range wall of the kitchen design.

Walk in pantry front matches the kitchen and offered a hidden pantry entrance from the main kitchen. Kitchen design and remodel by Village Home Stores.
Walk in pantry front matches the kitchen and offered a hidden pantry entrance from the main kitchen. Kitchen design and remodel by Village Home Stores.

But that’s not just a 24″ deep pantry cabinet… its a pantry front that opens up to access a walk-in hidden pantry. We framed in an entire new pantry area for this household borrowing space from the laundry room right behind the kitchen. We cut out an opening so it could be accessed from the kitchen and voila! As these kids call it, a “secret room” pantry!

Hidden pantry entrance opens to reveal new walled in area with borrowed space from laundry room behind the kitchen. Complete remodel and wall rework by Village Home Stores.
Hidden pantry entrance opens to reveal new walled in area with borrowed space from laundry room behind the kitchen. Complete remodel and wall rework by Village Home Stores.

Speaking of the kids, a household with active kids… means piles and clutter right? Not on our watch! We partnered with this couple to design drop zones and storage solutions that these kids can use and grow along with. We will show you the amazing mudroom bench area just around the corner in a future blog feature. In the meantime, check out this kitchen drop zone!

Magnet wall kitchen dropzone for kids scheduling supplies and water bottles. Kitchen cabinetry, counters, appliances, and surfaces by Village Home Stores.
Magnet wall kitchen dropzone for kids scheduling supplies and water bottles. Kitchen cabinetry, counters, appliances, and surfaces by Village Home Stores.

Base cabinet storage designated for school papers and all those water bottles and snack food containers! There is even a way to keep school papers sorted and out of sight. Did you notice the wall here? What’s one way to avoid papers piling up on a counter? Just give the option of a way to pop them up on the wall! We installed a magnetic wall surface here that can help display artwork, calendars, notes, reminders, and more!

Wall with magnetic panel installed in a kitchen design for a busy household dropzone. Kitchen design and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.
Wall with magnetic panel installed in a kitchen design for a busy household dropzone. Kitchen design and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.

The stainless magnetic wall surface nearby keeps the built in refrigerator front looking clean. A dual compressor, French Door layout with Platinum finished interior keep the fresh and frozen foods organized and fresh. Ask an appliance expert at Village Home Stores about the Preserva food system available in most of our refrigerator options.

Interior of KitchenAid built in French Door refrigerator in Stainless Steel finish.
Interior of KitchenAid built in French Door refrigerator in Stainless Steel finish. Kitchen design and appliances by Village Home Stores.

With a pool just outside of the new kitchen, and a great open concept layout like this of course you are going to find yourself entertaining from time to time. With three kids, even dinner at home as a family is a large crowd. There is a casual kitchen dining table within the new kitchen and a stylish wet bar area right next to it. This bar area allows for a great location for serving drinks or snacks away from the kitchen itself.

Rustic Alder wet bar area in kitchen design with paneled appliances. Cabinetry, surfaces, appliances, and installation by Village Home Stores.
Rustic Alder wet bar area in kitchen design with paneled appliances. Cabinetry, surfaces, appliances, and installation by Village Home Stores.

A section of glass-door cabinetry offers display for bar ware and glasses and a stacked stone wall surface compliments the stone of the fireplace just around the corner. This bar also includes a customer favorite (and all these kids admitted their favorite) built-in icemaker from KitchenAid.

KitchenAid panel-ready built in icemaker in a custom wet bar area.
KitchenAid panel-ready built in icemaker in a custom wet bar area. Design, remodel, and appliances by Village Home Stores.

Uniformly shaped ice cubes ideal for everyday applications. Clear Ice technology allows for a more attractive drink presentation and a slower melt rate! So that means less watered-down drinks for you! This panel-ready model and nearby paneled drawer appliances give the clean look of a row of cabinets, with great appliance features hidden in plain sight.

KitchenAid panel-ready refrigerator and freezer drawers and built in icemaker in a custom wet bar area.
KitchenAid panel-ready refrigerator and freezer drawers and built in icemaker in a custom wet bar area. Design, remodel, and appliances by Village Home Stores.

Those two drawers on the end are actually an appliance as well! The top is a refrigerator drawer full of snack items and kids beverages. The bottom drawer is a freezer full of popsicles and frosty mugs! Just steps from the pool, this bar area is a favorite for all ages!

KitchenAid panel-ready refrigerator and freezer drawers in a custom wet bar area.
KitchenAid panel-ready refrigerator and freezer drawers in a custom wet bar area. Design, remodel, and appliances by Village Home Stores.

A single well bar sink is also located in this bar area. The sink is the same material and color as the kitchen island sink and another Delta faucet is installed in a brushed brass/gold finish. That same gold accent is found in the home decor, lighting, and cabinet hardware of this design.

Undermount bar sink with Delta faucet in Cambria Brittanicca Warm quartz counters.
Undermount bar sink with Delta faucet in Cambria Brittanicca Warm quartz counters.

That same champagne brushed brass accent is repeated in the cabinet hardware. “Merrick” handles from our Hardware Resources line look great against the painted finishes and the woodgrain of the Rustic Alder cabinets.

The same Merrick handle was used throughout the home remodel. This soft brushed gold finish looks great against woodgrain or painted white.
The same Merrick handle was used throughout the home remodel. This soft brushed gold finish looks great against woodgrain or painted white.

The area that used to be two awkward peninsulas, is now a gorgeous hutch in a painted accent finish. Glass-front cabinets with X-mullions are lighted from within as well as an open shelf section in the center. These shelves will be so much fun to decorate throughout the year! Each glass-door cabinet stretches down to the countertop surface and a drawer allows another place to stash items away and out of sight.

Quad Cities area kitchen with custom painted white hutch area cabinets. Designed by Rachel Tingley at Village Home Stores.
Quad Cities area kitchen with custom painted white hutch area cabinets.

Speaking of away and out of sight, how about this peninsula section packed with the kids crafting, coloring, and homework supplies! There is also an outlet (see below) with USB charging hubs right here for phone, tablet, and laptop access.

Kitchen storage area for kids craft supplies. Kitchen cabinetry, counters, appliances, and surfaces by Village Home Stores.
Kitchen storage area for kids craft supplies. Kitchen cabinetry, counters, appliances, and surfaces by Village Home Stores.

This custom hutch will also be available when entertaining as another area to gather or even serve food and beverages from. Our Diode LED tape lighting helps this kitchen design look great day and night. This low-voltage system is a customer favorite. Imagine how warm and inviting this hutch must look glowing at night!

Custom hutch area with peninsula base cabinets, glass door cabinets, and open shelves.
Custom hutch area with peninsula base cabinets, glass door cabinets, and open shelves. Kitchen design, products, and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.

Our designers can work with you to create a display and storage space perfect for your home and needs. Have a closet you wish was a built-in? Want to update the look of a dated cabinet section in your home? Contact the expert cabinet team at Village and let us know what you are working on. We have the material and carpenters who can make that happen for you.

Custom hutch area with glass door cabinets and open shelves.
Custom hutch area with glass door cabinets and open shelves. Kitchen design, products, and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.

There is so much to this remodel story and we truly can’t wait to share an entire Village Home Show episode with you about it! There are also many other rooms we worked on in this home that we will give some proper blog time to in the upcoming weeks. Did something in this kitchen feature check off a box on your own dream kitchen wishlist? Don’t miss out on a chance to see all of the finished photos from this remodel over here on our Houzz page. Have some questions about our remodel process and want to know how to get started? Your first step is to just reach out to our team. You can call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this short online message form. A Village Home Stores team member is excited to get to work for you.