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

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

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

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

Essential Services of Delivery and Appliance Service Are Still Opperating!

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

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

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

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

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

Get Inspired By Following Us:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top 5 Appliances on The Village Floor Right Now With a Sanitize Feature

Yesterday one of our appliance experts Rachele and I had a little mom-to-mom conversation (spoiler alert: it’s a mom who writes these blogs) about how we have been keeping our households and our kiddos clean over the past few weeks. We both mentioned how we love our large capacity Maytag washers during any flu season because we have the added piece-of-mind of the sanitize cycle. That conversation inspires us to come up with a list of the top 5 appliances we have on the floor right now that include a sanitize feature. So without further delay, we give you…

Rachele’s Top 5 Appliances on The Village Floor Right Now With a Sanitize Feature:

1 + 2: The 8630 Series Maytag Washer and Dryer

Appliance Expert Rachele showcases her top pick for appliances including a sanitize feature at Village Home Stores
Appliance Expert Rachele showcases her top pick for appliances including a sanitize feature in the Village Home Stores showroom.

Topping the list is of course the laundry that inspired it. Our 8630 series front loaders from Maytag. It boasts the Most Powerful Cleaning in the industry driven by the Heavy Duty cycle with Extra Power button. It includes all of the best features you have come to expect in a dependable front load machine. Customer favorites like Overnight Wash & Dry, a Quick Wash Cycle, Sanitize, and the late add feature. All backed by a 10-Year Limited Parts Warranty on the Direct Drive Motor and Stainless Steel Wash Basket. A large capacity (so you can literally strip your whole kids bedding and throw it all in one load) of 5.0 cu. ft. makes it a winning investment for any household.

  • Sanitize cycle– This cycle removes 99.9% of household bacteria with the hottest water temperature available in a Maytag, delivering thorough cleaning and peace of mind.
Milan, IL laundry room with smart connected Maytag laundry pair in Metallic Slate finish.
Milan, IL laundry room with smart connected Maytag laundry pair in Metallic Slate finish.

Guess what? This washer is also a smart capable appliance. For those who think “I don’t need a smart appliance in my laundry room” we ask, do any of these features seem appealing?

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

3: The 704 Series KitchenAid Dishwasher With FreeFlex 3rd Rack

KitchenAid third rack dishwasher interior layout with sani-rinse feature in the Village Home Stores showroom.
KitchenAid third rack dishwasher interior layout with sani-rinse feature in the Village Home Stores showroom.

Check out the all new interior of the KitchenAid Dishwasher line! A totally redesigned tub with an extremely usable top rack. An advanced clean water wash system inside of it allows a micro-filtration filter that continues to remove food particles so clean water circulates around all three racks during wash and rinse. A fan-enabled drying system circulates hot air around dishes while warm, humid air is cooled and drawn out of a vent. When we say extremely usable… we mean it! I don’t know about your household, but in mine our top rack is always full of lightweight cups, mugs, and as many bowls as I can fit. This new lineup of KitchenAid dishwashers gives you so much loading capacity! Press play below to check out this video we made of what fits:

And of course this dishwasher made this top 5 list because it also includes a sanitize cycle. Be sure that your dishes, waterbottles, lunchbox containers, and utensils are getting as clean as possible by selecting the Sani-Rinse option.

  • Sani-Rinse Option – Eliminates 99.999% of food soil bacteria by adding a high-heat final rinse to sanitize dishes.

4 + 5: The 6120 Series Whirlpool Washer and Dryer

New Whirlpool top load laundry with pretreat station plus. Available at Village Home Stores and villagehomestores.com
New Whirlpool top load laundry with pretreat station plus. Available at Village Home Stores and villagehomestores.com

This 6120 series we now showcase on our sales floor is an amazing laundry pair for any household looking for a top load option. If you are looking for a washer that will allow you a deep fill and soak settings this is your dream pair! It even includes a new Pretreat Station Plus to soak, scrub and wash all in one spot with a built-in, dual temperature faucet and pretreat brush for quick, easy access to tools that help you get it all done at once. Check out the image below that shows you the built-in detergent brush you can store right in the washer lid.

New Whirlpool top load laundry with pretreat station plus. Available at Village Home Stores and villagehomestores.com
New Whirlpool top load laundry with pretreat station plus. Available at Village Home Stores and villagehomestores.com
  • Sanitize With Oxi- This Whirlpool washer allows you to select this option so that you can get optimal results with using Oxi clean products.

The next few weeks may look different for our small business amid developing COVID 19 news, but our staff still remains committed to helping you to receive the best customer experience and products out there. You can shop our appliances online, anytime at villagehomestores.com. If you are needing guidance as you shop, you can actually text with a member of our team right from the site. So as you are browsing, feel free to send us a message with your info and we will help you find what is right for your household. This weekend is a great time to also check your existing appliances to see if you have sanitize cycles and features on your control boards. And as a final thought from the moms behind this blog post, wash your hands!

Remodel Removes Jacuzzi Tub and Adds Huge Tiled Shower

The remodel team at Village Home Stores has done it again! We have removed yet another (rarely-used) gigantic 90’s Jacuzzi tub and replaced it with a large custom tiled shower. We completely reworked the master bath in this Bettendorf Quad Cities home to become more spacious, practical, and of course gorgeous. Don’t forget that our project management remodel process is not just for kitchen remodels. Village Home Stores can definitely help to transform your bathroom too!

Charcoal blue painted vanity cabinets with Cambria Summerhill quartz counters in a Bettendorf Master Bath.
Charcoal blue painted vanity cabinets with Cambria Summerhill quartz counters in a Bettendorf Master Bath.

The best-selling “Charcoal Blue” painted finish from our Koch Classic line is shown here on the Prairie doorstyle with Atherly series hardware from Amerock. This cabinet finish is perfect as an accent color on a kitchen island, and we use it a lot in bathroom and home bar cabinetry as well. Many people pause for a moment when we suggest a blue painted finish for their home. But just look at it, this color is great! Charcoal Blue can truly become a neutral finish when part of a great overall design concept like this.

Side by side of an old shower area transformed into a second bathroom vanity in Bettendorf, Iowa
Side by side of an old shower area transformed into a second bathroom vanity in Bettendorf, Iowa by the remodel team at Village Home Stores

In this Bettendorf home we were able to transform the original shower area into a second vanity space (see above). This added even more storage and a second sink area separate from the other across the room. A feature we love (that you can’t see in a photo) is the voice-controlled medicine cabinet above this sink. You can control lighting and even ask for some tunes all hands free. There is so much to love about this new master bath. Press play below to see a short video tour of the finished space.

Many of the builders we partner with in the Quad Cities area are installing tilled accent rug areas into bathroom spaces. We love that this remodel customer wanted to do the same in their home. With this room being very wide, including the accented tile area at the center takes that large tiled space and adds such a sophisticated look. Too much surfaces covered in one tile can start to look cold and institutional. This accented tile area gives us 5 star hotel vibes and it’s far from cold!

Master bathroom with tiled inlay rug at center
Master bathroom with tiled inlay rug at center in a Quad Cities home. Complete bathroom remodel from Village Home Stores.

In fact this floor tile is not cold at all… it’s heated! Installing heated floors in a master bath is a feature that you will never regret investing in. Currently it’s Winter in the Midwest, so we don’t even have to sell you on the idea that exiting the shower onto cold tile floors can snatch that zen feeling from you in just a second. And how about a warm towel? Yes please! Just outside of the shower is a heated towel rack waiting for you as you exit.

tiled walk in shower with mirror accent tile stripe
Large custom tiled walk in shower with grab bars and mirror tile accent.

We created a custom tiled shower design for this home that requires no door. Just a short step over a threshold and inside you have access to grab bars and a shower bench. A half wall near the toilet conceals a tiled niche for toiletries and a tiled bench. A row of Glazzio Mystique Series mirrored tile is a perfect compliment to the blue vanity cabinets.

Custom tiled walk in shower with bench and niche shelf in a remodeled Bettendorf bathroom.
Custom tiled walk in shower with bench and niche shelf in a remodeled Bettendorf bathroom by Village Home Stores

The main tile in this master bath is from our Florida Tile line in the Ainslee Park series. In this room we used many sizes of “Calacatta Gold” tile. A 12×24″ size is used as the main floor, shower walls, and bench. 2×2″ tiles in the same color are used as the shower floor. A Hexagon mixed mosaic from the same Ainslee Park series is installed as that gorgeous tiled rug area.

Custom tiled shower and inlay tile rug in a master bathroom with blue cabinets
Custom tiled shower and inlay tile rug in a remodeled master bathroom with blue cabinets in Bettendorf, Iowa

Where the half wall meets a panel of fixed glass, we installed a slab of Cambria Quartz to match the vanity tops. The “Summerhill” design by Cambria is one of our favorite neutrals from their line. Warm grays and taupes are blended in a pattern that looks so much like a natural stone. Cambria has so many amazing designs available for the surfaces in your home (and we can get you this color at a great price). Did you you know that with the Cambria AR app you can even “try on” colors with a photo of your existing kitchen or bath? It is so fun to do!

Cambria quartz in the Summerhill design paired with blue painted cabinets
Cambria quartz in the Summerhill design paired with blue painted cabinets in a remodeled Bettendorf, Iowa bathroom from Village Home Stores.

Want to see more from this project? We have a full album of photos posted to our Houzz portfolio here. There you can see more images and side by side before and after comparisons. Ready for your own transformation story with our team? So are we! Reach out to our team to learn about our remodel process. You can visit the showroom M-F from 9am-5pm at 105 S State in Geneseo, IL or Saturdays from 9am-noon. Call us at 309 944 1344 or message us right from our website here. We can’t wait to hear about your project and how we can help.