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Our Process- Wait, What Do We Mean Free Lighting?!

Did you know that when you shop with Village Home Stores for your new home project you can earn FREE lighting for that home? It’s true! Our locally-owned business since 1984 has grown and expanded to help provide you with the best experience possible for your project. Our showroom and selections now include Appliances, Cabinetry, Countertops, Interior and Exterior Lighting, Floorcovering, and even Custom Blind and Shades. Everything your home needs, all in one convenient location with a team of experts waiting to help your dream project take shape. 2017-STORE-EXTERIORIn addition to expert staff and an easy-to-shop process we also offer an exclusive bundle program for our customers who are building a new home with product from our store. This bundle program will be presented to you in the beginnings of your first consultation with our New Construction team. The program is truly as simple as this: buy all of the products for your new home from our store and earn $200 for every $5,000 spent.Bundle your purchases of products for your new home throughout Village Home Stores and earn FREE lighting credit for your home. | VillageHomeStores.com

By providing you and your builder with a one-stop-shop experience, we are making the process easier for all parties involved. Imagine how much time and money you will save by not having to run around to multiple showrooms to collect bids, review samples, and manage material orders. With a team of experts working TOGETHER on your new home project, you now can always reach someone at our store to answer questions about your project.
Custom built-in cabinetry with a bench seat area. | VillageHomeStores.com

We offer a store-wide Local Low Price Guarantee plus this Bundle Program for FREE Lighting credit. Customers building a new home in the extended Quad Cities Region can spend more time enjoying the building process and less time running around and staying on top of everything. Put our proven process to work for you and your builder.
Quality hardwood floors for your home at competitive prices. | VillageHomeStores.com

It may sounds like a simple thing, but there is so much value to having access to all of the finishes in a single showroom when you are finalizing details before purchases. Seeing all of the finishes together in person is the best way to get a hands-on approval of everything. Our team will work with your building schedule to make sure we have product on order and arriving when needed during the process.
Quality lighting for your home plus our unique bundle discount for new home customers. | VillageHomeStores.com

Speaking of what you need, that clear communication is also a huge advantage to our customers. Building a home and selecting every finish can be an overwhelming task. We will help keep you on task and on budget. We will be working with you from estimating and designing stages on through installation. Your lighting expert for example, will sit down with your plan and make a complete lighting list of what is needed. You will even have this same expert visit the home in progress for a final walk-through once the lighting is ready to be ordered. Just in case any changes have been made. Here is a handout explaining our Bundle Program:2017 Bundle Page

Learn more bundle program details and print out a purchase/credit guideline here in this handout. Purchasing everything from one location can be helpful to all parties involved. Having access to the appliance specifications for instance, can help eliminate design issues within a kitchen design. This way we can catch any dimension issues or restrictions before any product is ordered. You also receive piece of mind that once you have moved into your new home we are just a phone call away. Need service or have a question about one of the features on an appliance? Just give us a call.
Quality appliances for your home at our Local Low Price Guarantee. | VillageHomeStores.com

We work closely with you and your builder to get you the best pricing and experience for your building process. Your first step is to have one of our New Construction team members walk you through that process. You or your builder can reach us by completing this short online form or calling us at (309) 944-1344. We can’t wait to see the plans you have in place for your new home and to find out how we can help!
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Hazelwood Homes- A “Brewtiful” Home Bar in Coal Valley, IL

We have product in many many homes throughout the Quad Cities Region. Village doesn’t just design beautiful kitchen spaces. We can help you turn any room in your home into an inspired and unique space. The areas in your home where you entertain guests and spend time together as a family should reflect your own personal tastes and make your feel at ease. This Lower Level home bar is a wonderful example of a unique space we know you will love! We have declared it downright Brewtiful!
Unique home bar design with floating counter look in a Coal Valley, IL home by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

We all know that the bar top is where everyone is going to congregate when you have people over. This unique home bar design takes that knowledge to the next level and creates the perfect top to do just that! The countertop gives the illusion of almost floating between supporting bases.
Unique floating bar top in a Coal Valley, IL home by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

How can an engineered quartz top this thick look so airy and lightweight? The short answer: teamwork. This customer found a suspended bar design online that they loved the look of. They shared that photo with their designer from Village Home Stores and we went to work with the “Fossil Grey” quartz fabricators. Our team came up with a safe, functional bracket design and install that would give them the look they wanted with the piece of mind needed for this family room area.
Unique home bar design in a Coal Valley, IL with suspended bar top look. | VillageHomeStores.com

Now the bar area can be accessed from either side of the top and TVs can be placed above the bar sink AND across the room in the other direction if needed. This extra thick looking top is actually another design illusion. The look is achieved by fabricating the edges of the top with a “laminated” edge. This means that just the edges of the top have this thickness. If you were to reach underneath a few inches you will feel the reveal of the true thickness of the slab. We included a magazine in the image below to help showcase the scale of the top thickness.
Unique floating stone bar top with laminated thick edge in a Coal Valley, IL home by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Of course no great bar design is complete without stylish lighting. Three pendants lights from our Kichler line illuminate the bar top. They have been installed on the opposite side of the needed header above. The look is customized and stylish. Recess can lighting on the other side of the header help to light the back bar area.
Kichler pendant lights hang in a home bar in a Coal Valley, IL built by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

An on-trend wood-look tile has been installed as the bar flooring AND the backsplash. This Florim tile is from the Charleston series in the “Timber” color. The variety of the colors in this collection allow for so many decor options. There are plenty of real barnwood materials available for your space but consider a surface like this tile. Now the floors and the backsplash are a perfect match plus an easy-to-clean surface.
Wood look tile backsplash in a Coal Valley, IL home by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Of course having a bar sink in this lower level will save these clients many trips up and down the stairs while entertaining. The cabinetry in this bar area is from our Koch Classic line. The door is named “Ridgegate” and the finish is a Birch wood with a “Java” stain. See the beautiful painted white kitchen upstairs in this home here in a previous feature post.
Home bar in a Coal Valley, IL home by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Love this look? See the full album of photos from this bar over here on our Houzz page. Have an idea for your home that may seem “different” that some showrooms might have even rolled their eyes at? We want to see it! Every single project we work on is different from the next and that makes what we do even more exciting to us! Let’s get to work making your inspiration a reality. The first step is reaching out to our team. Call us at (309) 944-1344 or by completing this short online form. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on.
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Hazelwood Homes- Coal Valley, IL Kitchen With Family Friendly Farmhouse Style

We are so blessed to be able to become a part of the building process for our customers. Anything we can do to make that process more easy and of course exciting is such a great part of our work. This new home built in Coal Valley, IL by Hazelwood Homes is one of our favorite recently completely projects. This busy family wanted a stylish space but one that can be enjoyed and lived in as well.
White painted kitchen and nearby dining room in farmhouse style. New home in Coal Valley, IL built by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

An “open concept” layout is certainly the direction most new home plans are going. This home includes a great room that opens up into a dining space and then the kitchen. Now casual family moments and even more formal meals can all be shared within this family-friendly space. Having the kitchen within reach of the play areas and main social spaces of a home can be so helpful for families with younger children. Even though we are calling this kitchen “family friendly” we still believe it still could grace the cover of a glossy magazine don’t you?
White painted cabinets in a farmhouse style kitchen in the Quad Cities. Home built by Hazelwood Homes | VillageHomeStores.com

Flat-panel, “Ridgegate” cabinets in a “White” paint are a classic choice from our Koch line. Modern Farmhouse details like Hickory hand-scraped wood floors and a farm sink help to nudge this Transitional style kitchen into the Farmhouse Transitional style category. Wall cabinets stretch just shy of the ceilings leaving enough room for a stacked crown molding detail. So much storage throughout plus a glass-door corner pantry area (shown below with someone sneaking a snack).
Transitional farmhouse kitchen in a Coal Valley, IL with glass door corner pantry. | VillageHomeStores.com

“Fossil Grey” quartz counters mimic an almost cement slab look on the perimeter of the kitchen and Cambria® Quartz “Brittanicca” graces the center of the kitchen on the island. This beautiful look of natural stone suggests marble with the no-maintenance appeal of Cambria®! This non-porous, durable product is a fantastic choice for counters in this busy family hub!
White painted transitional farmhouse style kitchen in a Coal Valley, IL. home built by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

With the wall cabinets so tall, a stacked look to the doors was desired to avoid long, exaggerated doors to open and close. Many kitchens with this look include floating shelves. The look can be great, but difficult to keep clean. You also become limited to weight the floating shelves may hold. Consider glass-front cabinets as an option to still give an open look. One section of this kitchen design has been arranged as a built-in hutch area (see above).
Kitchen in Coal Valley, IL with glass door cabinets. | VillageHomeStores.com

The main kitchen perimeter includes just glass inserts in the top section for a “clerestory” effect. This hutch area section includes glass door inserts entirely. The finished look is clean and stylish. We love how the dishes and glassware are able to be displayed but kept from dust. The kitchen backsplash adds to the white-on-white space a new texture and design detail. An “Arabesque” shape tile in a glossy “Coronado” color  helps add curvy intertwining lines to soften the look of the kitchen. Of course we can never mention a stunning backsplash without also reminding you it is being washed with light by our Diode undercabinet lighting system. There is no better way to showcase your new kitchen investments than with this low-voltage lighting.
Arabesque backsplash tile in a white painted kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

The refrigerator for this kitchen is located right at the entrance from the Dining area. A KitchenAid® 20 cu. ft. counter-depth model has a deep cabinet above and a refrigerator end panel on the right side of the unit for a built in look. A “family-friendly” kitchen without water in the door?!? Well, this French Door unit may be shallower to allow maximum walkway throughout the kitchen…but it does still have water and ice!
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The filtered water is just inside of the door and an icemaker is located down in the freezer drawer. Including the icemaker and ice storage down below frees up more space in the fresh food storage area that can become quickly crowded in a counter-depth model. Cooking and baking just got a lot more stylish and easier for this family as well!
White painted kitchen in a Coal Valley, IL with 48 inch KitchenAid gas range. Home by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

A 48″ wide commercial-style KitchenAid®  gas range is the focal point of the entire kitchen. With two ovens and 6 burners this duel fuel range can prepare a meal for the smallest or largest of crowds! The ovens include Convection baking, roasting, and broiling settings plus the KitchenAid® EasyConvect™ takes the intimidation and guesswork out of convection.
White painted kitchen in a Coal Valley, IL with 48 inch KitchenAid gas range. Home by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

An easy-to-clean electric chrome griddle is also a part of this 48″ wide unit. What an all-star appliance choice! Village Home Stores isn’t just Cabinetry and Counters. We also offer Appliance Sales and Service, Lighting, Flooring, and Blinds and Shades. Did you know that when you are building a home you can purchase the products you need from all departments of our store and end up receiving credit for free lighting because of it!? We offer a Local Low Price Guarantee plus a Lighting Bundle Program that can save you a significant amount of money!
White painted kitchen in a Coal Valley, IL with farmsink and KitchenAid appliances. Home by Hazelwood Homes. -VillageHomeStores.com

We love the lighting that was selected throughout this entire home. The kitchen lighting is so perfectly paired with the style of the space. It keeps the space feeling light and bright and doesn’t distract from the other focal areas of the kitchen. Above the farmhouse style kitchen sink is a white and chrome pendant light by Golden Lighting.
Kitchen in Coal Valley, IL with white metal pendant lighting from Village Home Stores. Home by Hazelwood Homes. |

Working with an expert lighting staff when building makes the designing and selection process easier on you. Don’t spend months and months driving all around the area to handfuls of specialty shops. Come to the experts at Village Home Stores. Above the kitchen island hang two “Tabby” glass mini pendants from our Feiss line.
Kitchen in Coal Valley, IL with glass island pendant lighting from Village Home Stores. Home by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

We love how the clear glass keeps the space feeling bright and open. The kitchen island includes a microwave drawer from Sharp®. This microwave option is wonderful for busy families. Easy to reach and plenty of counter space above it, microwave drawers can be a wonderful option for your kitchen design. The microwave controls for this unit can be found on the tilt-out panel on the top frame of the unit. This sleek new design allows for the Sharp® unit to pair well with many appliance styles and brands.
Kitchen island with Sharp microwave drawer. Home by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

See the full album of photos from this new home in Coal Valley, IL over on our award-winning Houzz page right here. There you will also see some of the other spaces, materials, and lighting in the new home. To learn more about Hazelwood Homes visit their website here. We work in-depth with all of our new home customers and their contractors to help the end result be a finished home everyone is happy with. Village Home Stores is your locally-owned one-stop shop for everything for your home. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our New Home team (309) 944-1344 or by completing this online form. We can’t wait to see the plans for your new home come to life!

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Rock Island, IL- A Kitchen Customized But Not Resized!

Village Home Stores is completely capable of having a wall removed or opened up to create a beautiful new space for your kitchen. Many of our full project management remodel projects involve some kind of wall work like that….but not every project. This Rock Island, IL kitchen remodel is a wonderful example of how you do not need to make drastic changes to the room to still get a winning result!
Pearl painted cabinetry in a remodeled Rock Island Kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

This kitchen was remodeled and only the soffits above the cabinetry were removed. But seeing the before and after transformation you would think this was an entirely different home! The original kitchen was a medium tone wood and crowded by a small peninsula area.
Before and after of a remodeled kitchen in Rock Island, IL. | VillageHomeStores.com

The new kitchen is bright and beautiful. Painted cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the “Prairie” door and “Pearl” finish is paired with “Chakra Beige” quartz counters. Not only is the kitchen light and bright, its packed with smart storage solutions!
A Rock Island, IL kitchen with beige finishes and Koch Cabinetry in "Pearl" paint. | VillageHomeStores.com

Behind any of the base cabinet doors you can find adjustable slide-out shelving to help easily utilize every inch of cabinet space. Of course the corner cabinet includes a lazy susan for the best way to access the corner. This style of susan is called an “all wood susan” or “super susan” style. A fixed center shelf with a susan tray attached allows a sturdy construction.
A Rock Island, IL kitchen with corner lazy susan. | VillageHomeStores.com
Not only are there special inserts in the cabinetry, there are some custom additions. The stack of drawers to the left of the dishwasher includes a pullout cutting board. This option is a wonderful feature to add to your kitchen space. The cutting board can be removed completely for use or cleaning.
A Rock Island, IL kitchen with cutting board in cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

We love the coffee station in the new kitchen. This area near the refrigerator is the perfect breakfast station including coffee and the toaster. Below the counter is a Stainless Steel microwave drawer. This 24″ wide unit from Sharp has a flip out front control and blends well with many appliance brands and styles.
A Rock Island, IL kitchen with microwave drawer below coffee station. | VillageHomeStores.com

Of course a tall and wide pantry is the fastest way to add great storage to a kitchen. This new layout includes a large pantry with slide-out shelves. Now pantry storage items are within reach of fresh food storage. Keeping this tall pantry next to the refrigerator helps to keep the rest of the kitchen seem less crowded and more open.

A Rock Island, IL kitchen with tall pantry cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

Not every kitchen design includes the kitchen sink beneath a window. In this case, the sink area has been accented with a lighted glass-front cabinet above and a tile accent. The Soho 3′ x 6″ Subway Tile in “Linen” color and glossy finish is accented with a strip of glass mosaic.
A Rock Island, IL kitchen with tiled space above sink. | VillageHomeStores.com

Adding a lighting plan to this new kitchen also help brighten the space dramatically! Not only are there recess cans throughout, but also a lighted ceiling fan. Our Diode LED undercabinet lighting system is installed underneath the cabinetry and also inside the glass-front cabinets. This low-profile and low-voltage light system is always a favorite feature for those that have it!A Rock Island, IL kitchen with Diode lighting underneath the cabinets and inside of glass-front cabinets. | VillageHomeStores.com

The casual dine-in area on the end of the kitchen has just enough room for a small round table and chairs. Instead of a shallow tv stand, this client asked to have a custom hutch area created to match the new kitchen. Not only is there plenty of space for a TV but also display space, storage below and even wine cubbies on each end!
A Rock Island, IL wine storage and tv area in a remodeled kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

This beautiful new bright kitchen all sits atop a new Luxury Vinyl Floor from the Tarkett Permastone series in Travertine “Weathered Beach” color. LVT is a durable product with many benefits for kitchen applications. Call or stop by today to speak to one of our flooring experts about LVT in your home.
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Curious what potential your current kitchen space may have? We can’t wait to help show you! Contact us today to start the conversation about your project. Complete this short online form or call us at (309) 944-1344. See the full album of photos from this kitchen remodel project over on our award-wining Houzz page here.
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Bob Walter Homes- Stunning New Home in Rural Iowa

This week’s featured project is a brand new home built by Bob Walter Homes in rural Iowa. Bob Walter, known for a tradition of excellence, has truly built a gorgeous home! It was a huge pleasure to work with him and these clients to design and provide the cabinetry and lighting for these spaces.  We hope you enjoy taking a look around this stunning new home.

Custom kitchen cabinetry in a new home built by Bob Walter Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com | Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

A non-beaded inset cabinet with 5-piece drawer fronts in the “Fairfield” door style lines the perimeter of the kitchen in a Maple wood custom painted with a Sherwin Williams color named “Balanced Beige”. Dovetailed drawers throughout with undermounted full-extension solt-close drawer guides. The inset doors have concealed inset hinges with soft-close feature.

Custom kitchen cabinetry in a new home built by Bob Walter Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com | Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

The kitchen island is constructed of a doorstyle named “American” also inset into the faceframe. A Maple wood has been stained in a medium gray “Tarragon” finish. We love the pairing of the cabinet finishes with the varied wood tones in the floors.

Custom kitchen cabinetry in a new home built by Bob Walter Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com | Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

The kitchen is from our Custom Amish-made line of cabinetry Das Holz Haus. Located out in the beautiful plains of Illinois, this custom cabinet line is our finest available. From our designs DHH is able to create a superior product with attention every single detail. We take great pride in providing this line to our customers. Knowing they are investing in the very best available and their cabinetry is constructed as an entire project, not piece by piece. While our clients may be investing in this line for construction, what’s outside is not to go unnoticed.

Custom kitchen in Iowa in a new home built by Bob Walter Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com | Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

With DHH feeling is believing. What we mean by this is the finish of this product is something that you truly must experience in our showroom. We believe the finish of the product DHH provides for our customers is unmatched by anyone else in our region. That is why we have selected them to be a part of our product lineup at Village Home Stores. Working with a completely custom line makes spaces like this Laundry Room far easier to achieve:

Custom laundry room cabinetry in a new home built by Bob Walter Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com | Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

The same “Fairfield” doorstyle from the kitchen is repeated in the Laundry Room but this time a paint named “Knitting Needles” is applied. This space is ready to not just act as a laundry room but so much more. An incredible amount of storage throughout including a bench area with storage drawers below.

Custom laundry room cabinetry and barn doors in a new home built by Bob Walter Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com | Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

We would guess you aren’t looking at the storage drawers below now though…. how about those custom barn doors!?! If including a barn door in your space is on your wish list then don’t hesitate to discuss it with your designer at Village Home Stores. We can make your dream space a reality! We didn’t just provide expert design and custom cabinetry for this home we also provided the lighting.
Great Room lighting selections with Rustic details in a Quad Cities Area home. | VillageHomeStores.com

Including open concept layouts into new homes has made a big impact on the importance of creating a cohesive style to your home. Our new home lighting specialist works closely with you and your budget to help determine your own personal style and tastes. We carefully consider location, scale and how well fixtures near each other can compliment the overall look. The images above represent what fixtures were selected for the lighting visible throughout the Great Room space. (left) The Foyer light by DVI Lighting is in Oil Rubbed Bronze and the Dining Room lighting (center) is a series from our Kichler line that includes rustic wood details. A 15-light chandelier (right) hangs in the center of the Great Room by Feiss.

Rec Room in Iowa in a new home built by Bob Walter Homes. Pool table light with pulley. | VillageHomeStores.com | Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

In the lower level of the home we provided lighting and custom cabinetry. How amazing does this farmhouse style billiard fixture look above the table!?! This 3-light fixture from our ELK line includes a centered pulley to raise and lower the unit if needed.

Custom bar area cabinetry in a new home built by Bob Walter Homes. Styled by Elements Interior Design QC | VillageHomeStores.com | Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

Just beyond the billiard table is a stunning new home bar area. The “Athena” door is inset and stain in the same Maple “Tarragon” finish from the upstairs kitchen island. With closed storage and plenty of open shelves this home bar is gorgeous!

Custom bar area cabinetry in a new home built by Bob Walter Homes. Styled by Elements Interior Design QC | VillageHomeStores.com | Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

This space would make even a stylish NYC bar owner jealous. The layout, the details, and the lighting all make the space so polished. Pendant lighting from our ELK line and wall sconces by Feiss complete the look. We are certainly ready to pull up a barstool.

Custom wine bar area cabinetry in a new home built by Bob Walter Homes. Styled by Elements Interior Design QC | VillageHomeStores.com | Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

But if sitting at the bar isn’t your thing perhaps visiting this Wine Cellar area is? The “Leland” 3-light metal drum pendant by Uttermost is a great centerpiece to the space.

Bedroom lighting in a new home built by Bob Walter Homes. Lighting by Village Home Stores Styled by Elements Interior Design QC | VillageHomeStores.com | Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

Of course all of the bedrooms need to have a stylish lighting plan in place as well. Our favorite is the Master Bedroom which includes the “Aveline” mini chandelier by Feiss. Elements Home Furnishings and Interior Design did an incredible job stylish this home. We are in awe of this completed Master Suite.

Bedroom wall sconces in a new home built by Bob Walter Homes. Lighting by Village Home Stores Styled by Elements Interior Design QC | VillageHomeStores.com | Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

Two wall sconces flank a built-in bench area in the Master Bedroom. The 1-light sconces are from the same series of lighting named “Aveline” by Feiss. In fact a third light from that series is repeated above the tub in the Master Bath. Wall sconces by DVI Lighting flank the framed mirrors.

Custom Master Bath cabinetry in a new home built by Bob Walter Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com | Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

The Master Bathroom vanity area is designed using DHH’s “Villa” door in a Cherry wood. The rich, warm stain is named “Amber” and includes some distressing for added detail. There were a number of other bathrooms in this home but we did want to share some of them to give you an idea of the variety of styles we can and do see in new homes today.

Custom bathroom cabinetry in a new home built by Bob Walter Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com | Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

Gone are the days of ordering one door and finish for an entire home of cabinetry. Instead, we are excited that every space in a home is now treated as it’s own concept. The main Guest Bathroom cabinetry (above) is the same doorstyle as the kitchen. Knotty Alder wood has been stained in an “Anise” stain. A new detail to note is look closely at the corners of the cabinet doors. These doors are still inset in the faceframe but raised pegs have been added for an extra detail.

Custom bathroom cabinetry in a new home built by Bob Walter Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com | Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

That same Knotty Alder wood is repeated in the main floor hall bathroom. This time the alder is stained in a color called “Sand Keepsake” with a heavy distressing applied. Open shelves give a more furniture look to the vanities and the copper bowls on top are beautiful.

Great Room styled by Elements Interior Design QC. Lighting from Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com | Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

The lighting you select for your home becomes the “jewelry” of the entire finished look. Our lighting experts will help guide you and keep you on track for what is needed and what will work best for the space and your project’s budget. This home also includes a relaxing Outdoor Living Room space we provided lighting and fans for. These lanterns are from our Minka-Lavery line.

Inviting outdoor living room with wall sconces by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com | Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

Photo by Andy Laake, Chipshot Media

To learn more about Bob Walter Homes and see an up to date listing of properties and communities available visit their website here at this link. We are so thankful that Bob Walter Homes partners with Village Home Stores on projects like this home. It was an absolute pleasure to design this home and all of the spaces within it. Our thanks to Elements Home Furnishings & Interior Design for doing an outstanding job of styling this home. Find out more about Elements here on their site and be sure to follow them on their Social Media sites for great style inspiration. If you are ready to start the conversation about your project with Village Home Stores contact us today by completing this short online form or calling us at (309) 944-1344. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on.
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Product Profile: Our Trip To Visit Cambria Quartz

At Village Home Stores we are proud to seek out and offer as many American-made products as possible to our customers. A perk of making this decision comes with the access to visit these brands and see who is behind the name. Over the past year, our design staff has been invited a handful of times to visit Cambria® Quartz. Last week we documented our trip to visit Cambria® so you can see for yourself why we are excited about offering this brand to you.Read about our trip to Minnesota to visit the Cambria gallery on 7th at the Village Home Stores blog. | VillageHomeStores.comIf you have been considering your countertop options you certainly know by now that there are countless brands of quartz options available for your home. One of the things we have learned in the Kitchen and Bath industry since we opened our doors in 1984 is that people buy from people. Our customers choose us not because of what we carry, but the service they have come to expect from our store. So in that same spirit, allow us to share with you why we are proud to offer Cambria® to our customers.cambria-gallery

The staff is enthusiastic and passionate at every level:

We witnessed this from the gallery to the office and all the way through the fabrication process. Everyone involved in the product truly believes it is the best available. We were allowed to toured the factory and watch the manufacturing of the slabs. Not only were the facilities impeccable clean, the employees were genuinely happy. At one point we were up above the running line and we could look down at the process but also across the room to a training room. Staff (who were not aware we could see them) were engaged in the training, laughing and seemed to be enjoying whatever it was they were learning about.  Everyone at work  we met greeted us with a smile.Read about our trip to Minnesota to visit the Cambria Quartz facilities on the Village Home Stores blog. | VillageHomeStores.com

Cambria® Quartz truly are thought leaders in this industry:

A portion of the manufacturing process was not a part of our factory tour. This is completely understandable as Cambria® has always been on the very pulse of what is new and exciting the their industry. From on-trend colors and finishes (yay! matte finish), to pattern applications that could fool even mother nature herself. We always look forward to seeing what new launches they have available once they are ready.Cambria Quartz Crystal | VillageHomeStores.com

A hands-on approach means a Limited Lifetime Guarantee for our customers:

Product is tested and inspected the entire process. This begins even when materials arrive. While we walked through one of the labs a delivery truck of quartz had arrived and quartz crystals and dust were being prepared for a rigorous amount of tests. These tests are completed before product was even accepted and the driver could leave. The entire innovative process from the craftsmen and women at Cambria® allows them to proudly offer a Lifetime Limited Warranty to our customers. Touring the manufacturing and fabrication facilities were truly a highlight of our trip. We also visited the Cambria® Gallery on 7th in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Cambria gallery on 7th Minneapolis, MN | VillageHomeStores.com
The gallery includes a large showroom space featuring full slabs of the current Cambria® designs as well as installed product displays. It was a dream to walk the aisles of full-scale designs and see some of the newest options available in person.

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A stage at the center of the gallery is used for trade events as well as concerts aired locally to the community. We recognized a lot of names on the walls of musicians who have paid a visit including Aledo-native Margo Price!

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Of course Cambria® was so kind to us throughout our trip showing us the very best Minneapolis has to offer in food and activities. Because…. well, SUMMER, we wrapped up our trip with a networking event at a  Minnesota Twins game at Target Field. The Cambria® Design Center at Target Field was the perfect setting to chat with all of the other visiting Kitchen and Bath designers, fabricators, and installers also in town to visit with us. Did you just have had an “a-ha moment” when we mentioned baseball and Cambria® together? You may have noticed over the past few years ads for Cambria® Quartz behind home plate during many MLB games. twins-game

An American-made product + the “great American pastime” = a home run indeed! Of course because Cambria® is durable, maintenance free, and 100% nonporous it has many commercial applications as well. The same color quartz you may select for your bathroom vanity may be installed in a Harley showroom, a dental office, or perhaps the clubhouse of a sporting team facility.twins-v-tigers

Unfortunately the Twins lost to the Tigers 3 – 6 but we still had such a great time. On a positive note, we were able to stay after the game and watch fireworks! A pretty fantastic Friday evening if you ask us! Cambria® is everywhere. Of course the Design Center at Target Field was no exception. Read about our trip to Minnesota to visit the Cambria Quartz facilities and Design Center at Target Field. | VillageHomeStores.com

So why in the world did we also tour a dairy farm?!

Believe it or not, Cambria® began there! In 1936 Stan Davis began an apprenticeship at a butter creamery. By 1943 Stan purchased a creamery and until the year 2000 the Davis family was focused solely on the Dairy business. In 2000 family entered the quartz business after being presented with the opportunity to buy quartz processing equipment. With the success an innovation they put into their dairies, Cambria® Quartz has now evolved into becoming the brand we know and love today. new-sweden-dairy

Touring the Dairy farm and seeing the entire cycle of the process really reflected some of the parts we saw when touring the quartz facilities. Happy and enthusiastic employees and  an innovative process. Read more about this journey from this dairy farm to where Cambria® is now here on their website. Cambria® is passionate about getting involved in the community and in addition to their own Camp Cambria program and Team Cambria youth sports teams, they are also involved in the Veterans Fund and Big Brothers Big Sisters to name a few others. camp-cambria

Learn more about these programs here on their website. Cambria® is also passionate about acquiring materials in a sustainable way and putting sustainable processes in place during manufacturing and fabrication. For example, 100% of the water used in manufacturing is recycled back into the process. They also provide wonderful tools to our designers AND customers. Be sure to check out the following if you are interested in investing in Cambria® Quartz for your home:check out

If you are ready to start the conversation about Cambria® Quartz for your project we are too! Our award-winning showroom includes lots of installed product as well as all up to date samples of designs to select from. Contact our team today by completing this contact us form online or calling (309) 944-1344.
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Coal Valley, IL- A Master Bathroom Takes “Shape”

In our last feature post we shared a tour of a stylish and sophisticated kitchen remodel. That same home in Coal Valley, IL also includes a remodeled Master Suite area just as stunning! A sliding barn door in the Master Bath opens to reveal a walk-in closet, makeup vanity room, and a beautiful bathroom space.
Remodeled Quad Cities Master Suite with barn door entry to bathroom and closet area. | VillageHomeStores.com

Just like the kitchen, this bathroom began in a beige setting with a medium Oak vanity. A wall-to-wall installation of vanity and top included a cultured marble vanity top with two integrated bowls.
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The new vanity area now includes an inset White painted vanity from our Dura Supreme line. The “Highland” doorstyle is inset into the vanity face frame for a classic and stylish look. White wall paneling has been installed throughout the new bathroom and is divided up to create shapely pattern.
Remodeled Quad Cities bathroom with inset cabinetry by Dura Supreme. | VillageHomeStores.comShapes and shadows are truly the centerpiece to the details in this Master Bath. From the inset door edges, to the unique wall sconces, everything makes a statement. We love that the accents of gold from the other areas of the home have made it into this Master Suite.
Remodeled Quad Cities bathroom with painted white cabinets and black and gold accents. |VillageHomeStores.com

The wall sconces are mounted directly through the wall-to-wall mirror. This helps keep the bathroom space seem more open and airy by having the maximum amount of mirror available to bounce and reflect light around.
Remodeled Quad Cities bathroom with inset cabinetry by Dura Supreme and Cambria Quartz counters. | VillageHomeStores.comThese 2-light fixtures are from the George Kovacs collection by Minka. The Honey Gold finish and white fabric shade are right in place with the rest of the materials selected. The squared off corners of the gold frame reflect and create an almost greek key design.
Remodeled Quad Cities bathroom with sconces by George Kovacs mounted through mirror. | VillageHomeStores.com

Beneath the mirror and sconces sits a gorgeous new vanity top. Instead of a double bowl vanity, a single offset layout has been installed. This allows for more countertop space and allows the pattern of Cambria® Quartz “Brittanicca” to take center stage. A clean and stylish blend of whites and grays, this quartz has a natural marble look with the maintenance-free perks Cambria® offers. The vanity top has a “Large Ogee Edge” applied.
Remodeled Quad Cities bathroom with offset bowl in Brittanicca Cambria Quartz counter. | VillageHomeStores.com

With a vanity area that stunning how could a shower still grab your attention? Well… we removed the shower curtain to take a few photos so you can get the full wow-factor!
Remodeled Quad Cities bathroom with custom tiled shower including modern shapes and a dark gray grout. | VillageHomeStores.com

We were correct about that wow-factor weren’t we? Using a dark gray grout here helps to enhance the geometric pattern of the tile installation. This tile by Florida Tile is appropriately named “Hex” is a glossy white hexagon pattern.
Remodeled Quad Cities bathroom with custom tiled shower including modern shapes and a dark gray grout. | VillageHomeStores.com

Proof that you do not  need a mosaic of colors to make a bold statement with tile, this shower is amazing! A mix of two shapes of the same colored tile installed in a modern look. We love the stacked install on these long, horizontal tiles.
Remodeled Quad Cities bathroom with custom tiled shower including modern shapes and a dark gray grout. | VillageHomeStores.com

One the wall opposite the shower head is a custom tiled niche area. Inside of that niche the same “Hex” tile has been used and glass shelves allow light to pass through. Including a custom shelf or niche is always helpful when planning a tiled shower.
Remodeled Quad Cities bathroom with custom tiled shower and foot rest bar. | VillageHomeStores.com

Many times custom tiled showers include a tiled base for the floor. This customer wanted to avoid grout lines to be cleans on the floor and instead chose a stylish shower base custom made for her by the Onyx Collection. This base is poured in Kansas and available in many colors and can be customized to even the strangest of shapes. A textured pattern is included in the base for added traction. The color selected for this bathroom is named “Constellation” and it is a great compliment to the dark gray grout.
Remodeled Quad Cities bathroom with custom cultured marble shower base from the Onyx Collection. | VillageHomeStores.com

Find more inspiration for custom tiled showers over on our award-winning Houzz page. There you can browse ideabooks on tiled showers and see more custom niches and benches to help you get inspired for your own project. You can even find the album of photos from the kitchen in this same home.
Remodeled Quad Cities bathroom with 12" x 24" floor tiles. | VillageHomeStores.com

The flooring throughout the Master Bath and dressing areas is a 12″ x 24″ tile. This “Loppato Calacutta” tile is from our Florim line. Love the look of this space?  See the full album of photos from this Master Suite remodel here on our Houzz page. This bathroom also included our stylish square-shaped switches from the adorne series by legrand®.
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Remodeling your Master Bathroom is a decision you will thank yourself for every day! You deserve your own Master Suite retreat that suites your own style. If you are you ready to see what your dream bathroom can look like we are here. Contact us today by completing this online form or call us to set up an appointment to walk through our process at (309) 944-1344.
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Coal Valley, IL- Black, White, and Gold Kitchen Remodel

So what is black and white and gold all over? This perfectly on-trend kitchen remodel in Coal Valley, IL. A Transitional style space that is tasteful and right on trend! We originally met with this customer about estimating design and materials for her brand new home. Instead she ended up finding a great existing home opportunity in Coal Valley, IL. She then began working with us to remodel this home completely to now reflect her own taste and personality.
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The home was in great shape and already had a very functional layout to work with. The 1990’s finishes however, were ready for an update. Medium Oak cabinetry, laminate counters, and beige paint graces every room. Here is a peek at the original kitchen that included a peninsula and white appliances. There was already a space adjacent to the kitchen for a dining area.
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This customer worked closely with a team from Village Home Stores and her own contractors to take the 90’s property not only up to date… but magazine cover worthy! When you work with Village Home Stores, part of our process is to present you with full color renderings of your designs. This is our process whether you are building or remodeling. In a remodel of this size, the renderings help to visualize the shift of the entire style of a home. Seeing the vision in a rendering helps out so much! Our experts work with you to make sure the complete design and all the selections within it will work perfectly AND reflect your own tastes. In this case, the tastes of our client were sophisticated and stylish!
Full color rendering of custom kitchen design from the expert team at Village Home Stores

Two-tone kitchen design has seen some major shifts over the past few years. Originally, the most comfortable way to two-tone a kitchen design has been to add a second finish to a freestanding kitchen island. A refreshing new approach has been to install a dark base cabinet and a lighter upper cabinet in a design. We see this with darker graphite grays, blacks, and even navy blue.
Black base cabinets and White upper cabinets paired with quartz counters. | VillageHomeStores.comPainted black and white cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the “Savannah” door is complimented with a Cararra Marble backsplash in a herringbone pattern. A single-level island in the center of the design seemed to almost appear to be wrapped in ribbon. That ribboned look is a waterfalling quartz installation. Hanstone quartz “Tranquility” is installed as the island countertop and the perimeter is a solid white “Royale Blanc” design.
Black and White painted kitchen with Black Stainless Steel appliances by KitchenAid and Hanstone Quartz. | VillageHomeStores.com

With the peninsula now removed, that left plenty of room for a large island to stretch the full length of the kitchen. A Microwave drawer by Sharp® is at the center with a large drawer below. The microwave is surrounded by wide drawer stacks and added storage and a pullout waste basket on the end near the sink.
Black and White painted kitchen with waterfalling Hanstone Quartz counters. | VillageHomeStores.com
Cascading/waterfalling your countertops could become the jaw-dropping statement-maker you are looking for! We recently installed our new front desk area to include multiple waterfall counters and all of our showroom guest love the look. See those tops here in a past blog post.
Hanstone quartz counters in the Tranquility design in a remodeled Coal Valley, IL kitchen. VillageHomeStores.com

With the quartz counters “wrapping” each end of the island, that doesn’t leave a great space to include an outlet. A large island like this in a great room space demands entertaining guest. Can’t you just picture this place full for a Holiday get-together? Power is needed for small appliances or even charging electronics when working from the island seating. We concealed the outlet right on the end beneath the decorative corner detail. The matte black outlet and cover blend perfectly. The kitchen island seats four and the nearby Dining area can accommodate more formal Dining guests. A 6-light gold orb fixture by Quorum hangs above the large dining table.
Black painted kitchen island with waterfalling Hanstone quartz counters and concealed outlet. | VillageHomeStores.com

Not only did this client have a very clear idea of her own personal style, she was incredibly organized with her inspirations! If you are dreaming of a new kitchen but know it will be a few years down the road, start honing your own tastes and inspirations now! Not only did this client come to us with a contagious enthusiasm, she also came with binders full of ripped out magazine photos, Pinterest boards, and even Houzz ideabooks. The open shelf wall of her design came inspired by an instagram post by Kristin on the Bliss at Home blog.
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We think this corner of the kitchen design is such a beautiful way to add a space to personalize and customize the kitchen throughout the year. The Cararra Marble herringbone backsplash tile is installed from countertop to ceiling. This tile from Epic Stone adds texture and detail without being a distraction or too busy. Marble cut into small tiles provides a timeless tone-on-tone look.
Black painted cabinets, Black Stainless steel, and stylish open shelving. | VillageHomeStores.com

The gold shelf brackets are just one of the many gold accents throughout the space. The custom shelves are an Oak wood that has been charred. Charred or blackened wood accents are beginning to become a huge home accessories trend and we love introducing this look into the kitchen. The Japanese charred wood technique is called Shou Sugi Ban or Yakisugi.
Gold brackets and charred black shelves in a black and white kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

The charred wood compliments the Black painted base cabinets so well and adds another unique texture to the design. The finishes are not the only thing that saw an update. Our adorne® collection of outlets and switches from legrand® add fuction and style to the space. Take a look at this great pop-out outlet below the open shelves.
Pop-out outlet by legrand. | VillageHomeStores.com

Power when needed and concealed and stylish when not in use. Plus this single outlet packs a lot of power. This single pop-out includes 4 outlets! A brushed gold kitchen faucet adds another place for that pop of gold accent. This faucet also has a pull-out spray wand.
Brushed Gold Kohler kitchen faucet. | VillageHomeStores.com

Selecting a accent color is only half of the process of executing it well. Accenting is all about balancing scale and locations of your colors. This kitchen includes pops of gold found in the lighting, hardware, and accessories. The underside of the kitchen island pendants give a peek-a-boo approach to the accent. These pendants are named “Placuna” and come from our Uttermost line.
Gold kitchen lighting by Uttermost and Kichler. | VillageHomeStores.com

Due to the large size of the new kitchen window, a single light wouldn’t seem appropriate. Two 10″ wide Kichler “Maclain” pendants hang framing in the sink area. The same legrand series that makes the pop-out outlet mentioned above also offers a modular undercabinet system. This unique system of lighting, outlets, and electronic docking accessories can be customized and changed to accommodate the kitchen needs.
Modular undercabinet lighting and outlet system by legrand. | VillageHomeStores.com

All of the outlet and USB boxes can be pulled and moved to other locations. There are also bluetooth speaker inserts and accessories like this tablet dock. The look is sleek and best of all?, it allows your backsplash tile to spread the full height without being disrupted or distracted by an outlet. For kitchens including a full-height stone or quartz backsplash this system can really be a fantastic solution!
Modular undercabinet lighting system with outlets. | VillageHomeStores.com

The painted black cabinets from the bases of the kitchen design are repeated in the taller elements of the kitchen. This looks especially stunning because of the new appliances included from KitchenAid®. A french door counter-depth refrigerator and double wall oven have been built-in to a painted black cabinet surround. The appliances are in the innovative and stylish Black Stainless Steel finish by KitchenAid®. This finish is a true Stainless Steel and the fingerprint-resistant finish creates a matte black look that pairs perfectly with this cabinet choice.
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Black Stainless appliances are accented with chrome and Stainless details. This makes them pair well with other metal finishes in a complete design. This kitchen includes a Stainless cooktop and microwave drawer. The kitchen faucet and lighting above the sink are also a brushed golden finish that helps to compliment the stainless texture of the appliances. See another great example of mixed metals including Black Stainless here in a past blog post.
Black Stainless Steel appliances by KitchenAid available from the Quad Cities KitchenAid experts at Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Of course any dream kitchen must include storage wish-list cabinets. Slide-out shelves, post and pans drawers, and a pull-out spice rack are among some of the inserts included in the design. We love how keeping the darker finish on the base cabinets helps to keep the overall space light and airy.
Black and White painted kitchen with pullout spice rack. | VillageHomeStores.com

Village Home Stores also offers a full line of custom blinds and shades for your home. This wide new kitchen window has been fit with our Oxford House® “Transitions” shade.  While being operated the wide, horizontal stripes overlap to offer an open or closed look even when the shade is down. The shade is the “Dixie White” finish.
Custom Window Shades and Blinds by Oxford House. Shown: Transistions shades. | VillageHomeStores.com

All of this rests on a stunning new Luxury Vinyl Tile (or L.V.T.) from our Fusion Hybrid collection. The gray woodgrain pattern is named “Dutch Pine”. This LVT is installed throughout the great room. See more detailed photos of this kitchen plus some of the other space in this remodeled home here over on our award-winning Houzz page.

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When we went to visit this finished kitchen to photograph it we noticed a little dish by the kitchen sink. It has a gold-winged flying pig attached to it. The client quickly said “Oh that? My friends and I always joked I would get the dream kitchen I had been planning in my head for year when pigs fly” Well don’t look now but there is a flying pig in her kitchen because it has happened! Have you seen your dream kitchen on Instagram or Pinterest? How about the cover of a magazine while waiting in a grocery line? Even television shows and movies can provide us inspiration for our own dream spaces. Start collecting your ideas now and contact us as soon as you are ready to start the conversation about your own dream kitchen. Simply complete this online form or call us at (309) 944-1344 to schedule an appointment. We think we see a pig flying outside your current kitchen window. It’s time.
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Product Profile: An All Star Lineup!

In honor of the MLB All-Star Game this week, we thought we would share our own All-Star Accessories lineup! We are aware that investing in brand new cabinetry as a part of your project can be overwhelming and come with many style and construction decisions to be made. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make the most of the storage that these cabinets can offer. After all… isn’t that the whole reason they have been called up to bat? So why upgrade to specialty cabinets? Using your space effectively is our goal. Helping you invest in smart storage solutions right away is a part of our responsibility as kitchen experts.  Get it right the first time, not after trying over and over to retro-fit a “universal” item into your expertly designed space. Let’s begin with our “Ace” All-Star: shelving.

Slide-Out Shelves: shelf-pullout2

Consider what your storage solutions may be once you begin to “move into” your new kitchen without slide-out shelves? There is no better way to use the entire interior space better than with slide-outs. Each cabinet line varies, but typically a standard base cabinets comes with just a single, half-depth flat shelf. Shopping for ways to find inserts, bins and shelves to organize your items can end up costing you added money and a lot of time. Instead, have your designer from Village Home Stores deliver your new cabinets with adjustable slide-out shelves (or even deep slide-out bins). Al moved in and still see space that could be used? No problem! We can even short-order added shelves that will easily fit on the existing brackets if you find you could use more of them.

Corner Cabinets:Base lazy susan cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

Corner cabinets are such unusually-shaped items that it is always assumed some sort of insert should be included. “Lazy Susan” cabinets can be in the bases and wall cabinets of your design. We offer many different versions of Lazy Susan constructions and shapes. Typically a base Lazy Susan cabinet is an L-shaped unit that measures 36″ from each corner. There are also smaller 33″ models available or even asymmetrical corner cabinets (i.e. 33″ on one end, and 36″ on the other). What if you don’t have the minimum 33″ in a corner? A Blind Corner Cabinet may be the best solution for you. Did you know there are special inserts to help you access even that awkward space?
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The Blind Corner Cabinet above has been fit with two crescent-moon shaped shelves that swivel out, then even pull forward for a way to reach the very back corner of this “blind” space. This cabinet can be perfect for remodel designs that may be trying to add a dishwasher into the new design or add a larger sinkbase cabinet. No matter what space you end up with in your corner, we can make the most of it.  Sometimes the tiniest things start to collect and take over a cabinet space. Spices and cooking oils are definitely guilty of that!

Spice Storage:
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Including an area for storing spices and cooking oils may seem like a luxury wish-list item… but think of how much space these small containers can take up if you DON’T plan ahead. By designating just a narrow pull-out cabinet in your bases or walls, you can free up a lot of space elsewhere for other items. Spice storage can be added in a pullout, a drawer or a shelf attached to a wall cabinet interior.spicedrawer

If a pull-out spice rack isn’t something you can work into your cabinet design, do you have an extra drawer? We love this tiered spice rack option that can be added to a drawer. You can see all of the labels clearly without removing or bending down to read them. It is alwasy best to keep spice storage near the cooking zone of a kitchen design if you are able to. That way you have access to what you need while cooking without stepping away from the activity.

Knife Blocks:
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Think of all of the items you end up having on your countertop that could possibly find a home in your cabinet design? A designated knife storage area can help de-clutter your counters and keep from messing up utensil drawers. Clearly this base-cabinet access to your sharp knives doesn’t fit every lifestyle (we never recommend it for families with young children), but for some kitchens it is perfect! Many times kitchens include a knife block and still require a second drawer for all of the “other” knives. Why not just designate one zone for all of them?
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This pull-out knifeblock from DuraSupreme is a brilliant use of just a 3″ wide space. It even includes a slot for your knife sharpener and a shallow shelf above to lay any smaller knives flat. The list of pull-out storage solutions goes on and on. Your Designer at Village Home Stores will work closely with you to help decide if there is one available that may work great for your own lifestyle. What about cleaning supplies?

Clean Up Zone:
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Batting “clean up”…. well that’s YOU every day! Keeping cleaning supplies handy can help keep your kitchen looking amazing. If the basics are all within reach, you are more likely to use them. It alwasy seems odd to store some of these cleaning agents and items near your food. Separating them is always recommended. Inserts underneath the kitchen sink can be added, or even better a tall utility cabinet can house supplies and tools like brooms and mops. Designating a zone for clean-up supplies is an All-Star move and access to the garbage is a part of that!

Pull-Out Waste Baskets:
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Speaking of cleaning up, the wastebasket is always a busy place in a busy kitchen. Pull-out waste baskets have become so common because they check all of the right boxes when redesigning your kitchen: You can include the wastebeasket right in the busy areas of the kitchen instead of hidden in a corner by the door and even add a second bin for recycling. Or take it one step further and add another pull-out for pet food. We can even get a sealed container option for this. dog_food_storage

Apologies in advance but we have one more baseball pun to make. There is no other way to describe this last item on our list other than the “MVP”.

LED Undercabinet Lighting:
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We know, we know, technically this can’t count because it isn’t a cabinet item but can we please let it be the mascot? We have to at least give it a proper mention because this Diode LED lighting system is sincerely the best addition to any kitchen design. There is no better way to show off your space while giving yourself a low-voltage task lighting system to use the new space. Sometimes seeing these cabinets in use is the best way to visualize them in your own design. If you are interested in looking at specialty cabinets to include in your new kitchen from Village Home Stores be sure to check out some of our cabinet animations we have captured over the years. Press play below to see an example.

Find all of them here on this “See Our Cabinets in Action” board on our Pinterest page. Browse all of our boards in Pinterest for more ideas and also check out our ideabooks over on our award-winning Houzz page. Have your own idea you have seen that you want to include in your design? Show us! We want you to get the kitchen you have been dreaming of. cuttingboard-above-trash

So let’s get started on building you a winning team of experts at Village Home Stores for your own All-Star lineup! Contact us today for an appointment. We can’t wait to hear what your dream kitchen is like! Call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this online form and a member of our team will be in touch soon.
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Aspen Homes- Baths, Laundry and Lighting Complete The Home

Village Home Stores isn’t just beautiful kitchen designs. We also have products and services for the rest of the rooms throughout your home. Today let’s take a tour of some of the other areas of this Apsen Homes LLC parade home beginning in the Master Bathroom.
Master Bathroom cabinetry in a Bettendorf, IA home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

Far atop the wishlists of most of our clients… storage! This is the case in a kitchen and especially in a bathroom. With medicine cabinets becoming a thing of the past, framed mirrors offer style but no storage. The vanity area in a bathroom is where a designer must get creative to add as much storage as possible without overcrowding the area.
Master Bathroom cabinetry in a Bettendorf, IA home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

Dividing the space between the two vanity sinks is a tall wall cabinet with a single drawer. These 12″ deep cabinets can accommodate a LOT of items within. Plenty of counter space is still surrounding the area and now storage is right within reach without even bending down to reach it!
Master Bathroom cabinetry in a Bettendorf, IA home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

The vanity includes two sink base cabinets and a large stack of drawers at the center. Cabinetry in the Master Bath is from our Koch Classic line in the “Legacy” door and Cherry wood stained the same “Stone” stain as the kitchen.  A Black accent glaze has been applied to highlight the details of the doors and drawerfronts.  The double-bowl vanity top is an Engineered Quartz.
Master Bathroom quartz top in a Bettendorf, IA home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

Klondike’s “Calcutta Gold” quartz spreads the full width of the vanity with a backsplash and end splashes applied. Rectangle vanity sinks have been undermounted to the quartz and 8″ cc faucets in a bright polished chrome complete the look.  Two of the other bathrooms include a cultured marble vanity top. Cultured marble is a term for a molded top that includes an integrated vanity sink when it is made.
Onyx Collection vanity top with integrated bowl in a Bettendorf, IA home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

These tops are made in the U.S.A. from our Onyx Collection line. Standard sizes or custom, Onyx can make a top for your project. The look of cultured marble has changed dramatically over the years. What used to be a glossy, marbled look is now sleek and modern. Faux granites have replaced marbles and solid, matte finish tops like these are a classic choice.
Onyx Collection vanity top with integrated bowl in a Bettendorf, IA home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

The “Matte White” finish from the Onyx Collection with wave bowls look classic and are a fantastic value for the price. The Matte finish from Onyx is also repairable if scratched! Contact our store for a quote on this wonderful product for your bathroom vanity or shower. Laundry in this new home is located right off of the kitchen.
Whirlpool front-load laundry pair in a Bettendorf, IA home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

A new Whirlpool® front-load washer and dryer include convienent features for a busy family like the 12 hour FanFresh® option. This option keeps items fresh in the washer for up to 12 hours after the wash cycle has ended. A built-in fan begins after the wash cycle is over, tumbling clothes so you can move them over to the dryer whenever you are ready.Minka fan in a Bettendorf, IA great room. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.comAlso within reach of the kitchen is a living room space as part of the great room. The ceiling treatment in this room is breathtaking. A large fan from our Minka Aire line is a rich contrast to the white on white grid pattern of the ceiling. Our best selling fan for new homes is our “Mojo” fan from the same brand. Here it is in an adorably staged bedroom in this parade home.Minka Mojo fan in a Bettendorf, IA home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.comWe blogged a few days ago with the tour of the kitchen in this same home. See this blog tour here at this link. The lantern-style lights that hang above the island are gorgeous. They are typically the style and size you may see in hung in the foyer of a home. The foyer light that was selected for this home also has a lantern shape and it is a knockout! Capital light fixture in a Bettendorf, IL home. Lighting by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

This 6-light fixture from Capital Lighting has style and sophistication. An oval within a rectangle  box and a 6-light candelabra in the center. The ovals seem to be “fastened” with a gold band to the rectangles. We also love the seeded glass Kichler light fixture selected for the home office. Seeded glass detail of Kichler fixture in a Bettendorf, IA home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

What a stunning home included in the QCBR Parade of Homes this past Spring! See the full album of photos from this home here over on our Houzz page. There you will also find images from the gorgeous kitchen. Learn more about Aspen Homes LLC here at their website. Plus be sure to follow them on Instagram for updates and project behind-the-scenes. Ready to start the conversation about your own project? Contact us today to get started. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on! 3099441344 (2)