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Showroom Updates 2017: New Flooring Showroom

Just a few short years ago we expanded our showroom to accommodate the return of a floor covering department to Village Home Stores. We have already outgrown that space and saw a need to do some re-arranging with our products as a part of our 2017 showroom updates. We now have a much larger space to accommodate all of the samples and product displays needed. Many of our customers are still learning that we offer a full floorcovering and tile department. From hardwoods to backsplash tile, we have it all:
Your local low price guarantee on carpet, hardwood, luxury vinyls, tile, and more. | VillageHomeStores.com

Not just beautiful flooring, but a full tile showroom too! Tile for your kitchen backsplash, a sunroom, or an entire bathroom. Custom tiled showers have become very popular in both new and remodeled homes. Since we have introduced this department to our store we have installed many gorgeous custom tiled showers. See some of them here on our award-winning Houzz page. As you may have read in a previous post, our lighting showroom has now been moved to the first level of our showroom. That freed up a lot of space upstairs to use four areas for the new flooring department. Press play below to tour our new showroom space now located upstairs at 105 S State in Downtown Geneseo, IL.

Our best compliments come from the referrals and requests from our customers. We saw the need to include floor covering in our showroom from those active customers. Having flooring and tile available helps the selection and installation process become easier for those already working with us on a project. We also love being available to those who have worked with us before on an area of their home. No matter if you have been a customer of our for years or a brand new customer seeking out flooring for your home, we are excited to work with you. When you shop with Village Home Stores for your flooring and tile needs you can know that you will receive our Local Low Price Guarantee plus many added perks you may pay extra for someplace else:Your local low price guarantee paired with an award-winning customer experience. | VillageHomeStores.com

At Village Home Stores we strive to showcase quality products at competitive prices. Having multiple departments allows us to be a one-stop-shop but still pair that convenience with the great service our customers have come to expect since 1984. Stop in and see all of the chanegs we have made in 2017. No matter the size or budget of your project, we can’t wait to hear about it. Contact us today to start the conversation about your own project! (309) 944-1344footer

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Product Profile- Self-Stick Wallplanks

We are thrilled to introduce this new product to our customers! While we have built the reputation for being your main source for complete remodels, we also provide quality products and expert design to empower our customers to do the work themselves. At Village Home Stores we value a customer who wants to invest their own time into a project that they will enjoy for years to come. It is not breaking news that shiplap, barnwood, and reclaimed woods of all styles and finishes have become very popular in kitchen and bath design. That is why we are very excited to launch this new self-stick wall plank product that is easy to install for an incredible impact! It truly is a DIY project that is NOT intimidating to take on.

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What do we mean by a DIY project that is not intimidating to take on? The day our new display arrived for the showroom our owner Jim decided to just install it right away in between appointments. He had it finished well before lunch! Take a look at this video of some of that installation (we admit that did speed it up just a bit for your own sake).

This product is meant to be installed by the homeowner. So much so that you can install it using just a measuring tape, pencil, and utility knife. Much like many of our other products at Village Home Stores, these wall planks are made in the U.S.A. The 1/4″ thick panels are sustainably sourced and processed with real North American hardwood. keypoints

The boards are stained using a patent pending process of infusing stain pigments into the veneering process. The result is the illusion of exotic hardwoods and rustic and reclaimed characteristics on a smooth, easy to clean surface.  A UV cured low-gloss finish is applied on the top of the planks and is wiped clean with water and a damp cloth. Let us walk you through the process step by step:

Plan & Measure Space:

Before installing it is recommended that you allow the wood planks to acclimate to the climate on the interior of your home. This helps to prevent any gapping or cracking in the planks if the humidity changes once installed. Carefully plan your space before you make your first cut. When this product says “industrial-strength adhesive” that translates to “once I’m stuck on the wall I won’t come off without a fight” adhesive.

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Measure & Mark Your Cut Lines:

Be sure to measure your planks and mark on both sides of the material before scoring. Double check your wall dimension and your marked material one last time before scoring the plank.
Wallplank installation- Measure your cut line on both side of plank. | VillageHomeStores.com

Score the Planks:

Using a straight edge firmly placed along the marked lines, score the planks with a utility knife. You will want to do this on both side of the plank to achieve the cleanest break in the product.
Wallplank installation- Using straightedge score your cut line on both side of plank. | VillageHomeStores.com

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Once both sides have been scored successfully, snap at the line firmly securing each side of the plank. Keep your hands close to the line to get the cleanest break.snap

Clean Up Edges:

Using your knife or a sanding block, clean up the splintered edges from your snapped planks.Wallplank installation- clean up the edges of your cut boards to remove any splintering. Use sanding block if needed. | VillageHomeStores.com

RECOMMENDED CUT METHOD:

It only took a few rows of the utility knife method for Jim to switch to using a saw for the rest of the cuts. This made for quicker and cleaner cuts of the material. If you have access to a saw for use you will be thankful for this option. For areas like outlets and airvents, you can make these cuts using a drill first as a starter hole. Then use a jigsaw or scroll saw to complete the cuts. Always use eye protection when cutting materials with a saw.
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Peel, Place, THEN Stick:

Remove the adhesive tape backing from the plank and place your first plank. Using your marked guidelines on the wall place your first plank. As your move along with the installation you will want to but the seams of materials together at a slight angle first before allowing adhesive to touch the surface. Wallplank installation- slide ridged edge into seam area before allowing adhesive touch wall surface. | VillageHomeStores.com

Press Firmly:

Once in place, press firmly to allow the adhesive to make as much contact with the surface as possible.  If you have one, A “J-Roller” helps with this task. Trim pieces are available if the look of the cut edges isn’t desired. Ask a salesperson about these trim options. Wallplank installation- Press adhesive into place firmly. - | VillageHomeStores.com

For Ceiling Application:

Yes you can absolutely use this wall plank system on your ceiling! It is recommended that once installed, you add small 18 gauge finish nails to help secure to the ceiling and take some strain off the adhesive being pulled by gravity.

Where can you use these wall planks? They can be installed on any structurally sound, clean, dry, and flat surface. Accent walls, decorative headboards, adding style to the back of an open shelf, the possibilities are endless and we can;t wait to see where our customers use it! It should be noted that this product is NOT recommended to install planks in any high moisture areas such as bathrooms or steam rooms. If you want this wood plank look in these areas ask us about the wood look tile options available from Village Home Stores.

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This self-stick wall plank system is available in 9 different finishes all of which you can see on display in our Geneseo, IL showroom. Because this product can be installed by you without any added labor charges it is sold by the square foot and our sales team can help you estimate how much you will need for your project. We are offering this product at an introductory sale price! wall plank price

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Wood Builder Ltd.- Modern Farmhouse Style in Bettendorf, IA

Village Home Stores is known for beautiful remodels but did you know that we also work with many area builders to provide expert design and material selection for their homes?  This stunning kitchen in a Wood Builder Ltd. home is a fantastic example.  Modern Farmhouse style in the new Spencer Hollow in Bettendorf, IA. Let’s take a look around this beautiful new space.
Light gray painted kitchen with gray stained island. Kitchen by Village Home Stores for Wood Builder Ltd. | VillageHomeStores.com

Painted cabinets from our Koch Express line are installed throughout the perimeter of the kitchen. The Windsor doorstyle in a birch wood has been painted with a soft, light-gray color named “Oyster” by Koch.  The cabinetry includes soft-close drawers and classic, slab drawer fronts. A suite of Stainless Steel appliances from our Whirlpool® line complete the look with style and function. This 30″ wide front-control gas range is packed with great features including the innovative new Frozen Bake™ feature by Whirlpool®.
Whirlpool slide in range and chimney style hood. | VillageHomeStores.com

What does Frozen Bake™ mean? It means a meal is as simple as loading in select frozen items like pizza or a lasagna and beginning the baking process without preheating. Skip preheating alltogether and let this range modify cook times and temperatures for you. As a compliment to the soft painted “Oyster” finish on the perimeter, a stain has been applied to the kitchen island. The Lexington doorstyle from our Koch Classic line has been installed in a birch wood with the “Stone” stain applied.

Kitchen island in Birch Stone gray stain by Koch Cabinetry. Kitchen by Village Home Stores for Wood Builder Ltd. | VillageHomeStores.com

This medium gray tone allows the natural wood grain of the cabinets come through but doesn’t conflict with the other wood tones in the space. The wood flooring and furnishing in the great room all pair well with the gray stain. The best ways to “dress up” an island design without adding legs or decorative details is to just be certain that the exposed ends look great. A smooth, flat panel or finished end look alright on an island but adding elements like applied doors (shown above) help to customize and elevate the design. Furniture baseboard completes the look.
Light gray painted kitchen with gray stained island and Whirlpool appliances. Kitchen by Village Home Stores for Wood Builder Ltd. | VillageHomeStores.com

The counters in this kitchen are from our Klondike quartz line. The neutral faux-marble look is named “Calacatta Gold” in the standard “Eased” edge.  Many times when we have a two-toned cabinet layout, the island is a second color of counter material. Here using the same quartz throughout is a clean and classic look. The island top overhangs on two sides to offer seating for three guests.
Kitchen island with Sharp microwave drawer. Kitchen by Village Home Stores for Wood Builder Ltd. | VillageHomeStores.com

A centrally-located kitchen island can be a wonderful location for a microwave drawer. Access to the microwave is available to any user without being in the way of any other prep or cooking. In this kitchen layout a user can be at the main cooktop/range area and someone else can still easily access the microwave or refrigerator. This microwave drawer model from our Sharp® line measures 24″ wide and has been installed in a cabinet including a storage drawer below. You can see in the background of the above image, that a sliding barn door is located in the kitchen. This door installed by Wood Builder Ltd. opens to access a pantry area. There is also a secondary pantry located in the kitchen design. It is a tall cabinet to the left of the refrigerator.
Kitchen with side-by-side Whirlpool refrigerator. Kitchen by Village Home Stores for Wood Builder Ltd. | VillageHomeStores.com
Next to the tall pantry is a 21 cu. ft. side-by-side refrigerator by Whirlpool®.  This counter-depth model is installed back flush with the cabinets and gives a more customized look without much upcharge. It is important to mention also that 21 cu. ft. of storage is a wonderful number for a counter depth model. Freezer storage in a side-by-side refrigerator can already be a bit limited but this counter-depth model includes In-Door-Ice® Storage. This means that the icemaker and bin have been moved to the door to make more usable shelf space available.
Gray stained square shaped island by Koch Cabinetry. Kitchen by Village Home Stores for Wood Builder Ltd. | VillageHomeStores.com
See the full album of images from this home here on our Houzz page. As we mentioned, this home was built by Wood Builder Ltd. in Spencer Hollow. It includes cabinetry, counters, and appliances from our store. Our new construction customers are able to take advantage of our exclusive bundle program when purchasing products throughout our store. Learn more about this bundle program here. Learn more about the Wood Builder Ltd. team and this property by visiting their website at this link. The Great Room was furnished by Elements Home Furnishings & Interior Design. If you are planning on building a new home in the Quad Cities Region we can’t wait to show you our showroom and walk you through our proven process to help make the building process easier and enjoyable! Call or contact us today with any questions!
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Geneseo, IL- White Kitchen With Matte Black Granite Tops

We are so excited to share this kitchen feature with you because we know that this finished space is a perfect match to many of our reader’s own taste. When the term “Farmhouse” or “Modern Farmhouse” gets used that can truly mean a number of things. Just like any style term, it can mean something different to each person. But when your home has panoramic views of the Midwest countryside plus all of these great farmhouse details we think Modern Farmhouse is just the right fit.
Modern farmhouse style in a remodeled Geneseo, IL kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

We hope to be able to share this full kitchen story on the Village Home Show sometime soon. And who are we kidding? You came here to see the finished kitchen! For the sake of this blog feature we do want to give you some sense of how far this space has come during the transformation. The original kitchen and dining room spaces were divided by a center wall. The cramped kitchen had cabinetry in a medium wood with dated countertops. Bottom line: the busiest room of the house did not match this family’s lifestyle or reflect their personal tastes. beforesThe complete Project Management program at Village Home Stores is available for those who are ready for not just the expert design and material selection, but our entire proven process. We coordinate everything from the very beginning until the final walk-through. Estimates are prepared in detail based on meetings involving ALL PARTIES. That helps to keep the scheduling and communication as seamless as possible once work begins. This kitchen remodel involved a full team of experts from Village Home Stores along with carpenters, electricians, plumbers, plasterworkers, flooring, and tile installers.duringThe end result is a show-stopping take on the Modern Farmhouse style. Now the kitchen has opened up into a large great room space including a dining room, a desk/bar area, and nearby family room. A long kitchen island provides a versatile space for storage, worksurface, and even dining. Farmhouse painted white kitchen remodeled by Quad Cities kitchen experts Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Natural light pours into the space from the sliding glass doors facing the back of the property. New light oak hardwood flooring has been installed throughout and it is the perfect platform to showcase the new kitchen and furnishings. The floor is from Hallmark Floors in their “Novella” series and “Twain” finish.
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The hardwood gives a natural look and feel to the room but without too much wild variation in color from plank to plank. Bright white painted cabinetry from our Koch Classic line has been installed in the “Savannah” doorstyle. The classic, flat-panel door is the perfect choice for any Transitional kitchen space. This door is considered a “reversed center panel” door. That means that this center (flat) section is not thin or flimsy. Instead it is a thick, raised panel reverse-installed to make a very solid, sturdy door. An over-the-counter microwave by Sharp® includes 1100 watts and 1.5 cu. ft. capacity.
Sharp's over the counter microwave in a remodeled Geneseo, IL kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Would you believe that a kitchen we are calling “Modern Farmhouse” doesn’t have a farm sink!?! It’s true! We think this kitchen checks all the right boxes without needing one! A Stainless Steel sink has been undermounted to the granite tops and a single drill kitchen faucet with pull-out sprayer has been installed.
A Geneseo, IL kitchen with brushed Black Pearl granite counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

The main focal point of the back wall is the new chimney hood area. This 30″ wide Stainless hood extends all the way to the ceiling and so does the beautiful new tile. “Glossy White” Subway Tile from our Soho series in a classic 3″ x 6″ size has been installed throughout the kitchen. Installing the tile within this entire hood area creates a bright, glossy texture and the shape of the tile helps to draw your eye.
A Geneseo, IL kitchen with stainless hood and subway tile all the way to ceiling. | VillageHomeStores.com

As a contrast to the white glossy tile, a matte finished granite has been selected for the kitchen counters. “Black Pearl” granite in the “Brushed” finish almost gives a leather look to the tops. Matte black accents are a huge trend moving into 2017 and in this kitchen that trend is made classic. A standard “Eased” edge has been applied to the granite slabs. Brushed finished granite add a touchable texture and help to soften the look of stone counters.
Brushed Black Pearl granite counters in a Modern Farmhouse style kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

The center island in the new space boasts a large countertop surface but also a lot of great storage below. Located at the very center of all activity it is the perfect place for pots and pans storage as well as small appliances and items for food prep. The top center drawer has been ordered to include a divided top drawer for flatware and cutlery.
A Geneseo, IL kitchen with Koch cabinets and divided top drawer. | VillageHomeStores.com

The base cabinets with doors have been fit with adjustable slide-out shelves. These are ideal for storing pots and pans or keeping other containers and dishes with lids organized. Having this kitchen island directly behind the range area creates a wonderful available surface for prep as well as unloading the double oven when needed.
A Geneseo, IL kitchen with Koch cabinets and slideout shelves. | VillageHomeStores.com

Outlets have also been installed on the end of the kitchen island for easy access for small appliances. These outlets aren’t only there for a mixer or blender…consider this island in your own home. Would you mind setting up your work-from-home office here or a homework station? If you need a device charged or a laptop plugged in the outlet is right there. It is important to note that many kitchen islands have become the center of ALL activity. That includes working for many people. If the island isn’t the right space to work at there is a desk area designated just across the room.
A Geneseo, IL kitchen with desk and bar area. | VillageHomeStores.com

A stack of drawers and counter surface has been dropped down to “desk height” and this workspace is still within eyesight or earshot of anyone working in the kitchen. Two full-height door cabinets and a glass-front beverage cooler complete this wall of cabinetry with a versatile location perfect for entertaining. Setting up this counter as a beverage station will be perfect when guests are over. It will not be in the way of anyone working in the kitchen.  Now a cold drink is just a few steps inside from the patio doors.
Reclaimed barnwood floating shelves by collaboration from Reclaimed Salvage and Durian Builders. | VillageHomeStores.com

The carpentry work for this remodel was completed by the crew at Durian Builders. They teamed up with  Reclaimed Salvage who provided the reclaimed barnwood for these awesome floating shelves. We want to give a special shout out to the homeowner who also took on some projects for this remodel. The family room was given a new wall treatment and the pantry barn doors turned out amazing! We were so thrilled to help make this space better fit this family in function and style. They were wonderful to work with.farm-kitchen-style

See something in this kitchen that would be on your own dream kitchen wishlist? View the full album of over 50 photos from the kitchen remodel here on our award-winning Houzz page. Do you love something special about this kitchen feature? Be sure to save any of these ideas to your own Pinterest boards or Houzz ideabooks. When you are ready to start the conversation about your own project give us a call at (309) 944-1344 or complete this online contact form and someone from our team will be in touch. footer

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Moline, IL- White Painted Kitchen With Red Accents

This kitchen in Moline, IL is classic in the permanent elements and fun and playful in the accents! We love how this customer has accented this finished space with red! Let’s take a look around the newly remodeled space!
A Moline, IL kitchen remodel with red accents remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

White painted cabinetry from our Koch Classic line is arranged in an L-shape layout with a built-in look for the refrigerator across from it. The flat-panel “Prairie” door style is a classic and Transitional choice.  The drawers are a smooth, slab style perfect for the bin-pull hardware. A modern twist on a classic concept is the use of a Stainless Steel farmhouse sink. This single-well model is a sleek looking detail.
Stainless Steel farmsink in a Moline, IL kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

The new wall cabinets stretch all the way to the ceiling with a stacked crown molding application. Stacking a crown molding atop a riser or valance allows a very forgiving application for your trim carpenter if the home is older and may have a varied ceiling height. The range wall of cabinetry includes a corner susan cabinet and two angled cabinets to cap off the end. A wide window above the sink provides a lot of great light and plenty of space for two pendant lights.
A Moline, IL kitchen remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

There are glass door cabinet included in the new kitchen. A white painted finished interior and clear glass inserts provide a great space for displaying items and help to give the kitchen even more of an open look. Don;t forget that our Diode LED undercabinet lighting system can be installed inside of a cabinet too.  Lighting your glass-door cabinets help showcase you displayed items and the overall kitchen perfectly.
Cabinet with glass doors in Moline, IL kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.comThis Diode lighting is our best recommendation for any kitchen that has invested in a tiled backsplash. Why tile a surface if you can;t show it off? We love the glass subway tile here with a red accent strip. The main 3″ x 6″ subway tile is by Jeffrey Court in the “Haze” color. The red 1″ x 3″ accent tile is from the “Crystile” series by Glazzio in the “Ruby Red” color.
A Moline, IL kitchen remodel including Hanstone Concord quartz. | VillageHomeStores.com

The engineered quartz counters are from our Hanstone Quartz line. The color is named “Concord” and the standard “Eased” edge profile has been applied. Across from the L-shape of kitchen cabinetry is a tall pantry cabinet. This cabinet offers 24″ depth of great storage and a stack of deep drawers below.
Pantry cabinet with drawers in a kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

This kitchen was remodeled using the complete Project Management program at Village Home Stores. We managed it all from start to finish.Reach out to us today to learn more about our proven process for kitchen remodeling in the Quad Cities region. Call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this online form and we will be in touch as soon as possible to get started.
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Tim Dolan Development- Spring Parade Home 2017

This Spring we have the great pleasure to have our designs and products included in a number of homes included in the Quad Cities Builders & Remodelers Association Spring Parade of Homes. This home built by Tim Dolan Development includes all cabinetry, counters, appliances, lighting, and floorcovering from our store. Just in case you can’t make it to the parade, we wanted to take the opportunity to show you around this beautiful kitchen design.
White painted kitchen with gray stained island by Koch Cabinetry. Kitchen design by Village Home Stores for Tim Dolan Development. | VillageHomeStores.com

Painted white cabinetry from our Koch Classic line has been installed in the “Savannah” doorstyle along the kitchen perimeter. Gray “Stone” stained Birch cabinets in the same doorstyle create a unique island design. The L-shape of the layout includes a focal wall with a gas cooktop from KitchenAid® and a decorative wood hood above.
White painted kitchen with Hallmark Hickory flooring. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Tim Dolan Development. | VillageHomeStores.com

Surrounding the gas cooktop area is a stunning hood design including carved brackets, glass-door cabinets and a section of cabinets that extend all the way down to the counters. These two narrow cabinets that frame in the cooktop area are actually pullout spice racks:
White painted kitchen with spice rack pull-out. Kitchen design by Rachel Tingley at Village Home Stores for Tim Dolan Development. | VillageHomeStores.com

Pullout cabinetry can be used in a number of locations and for a number of tasks. Consider a deeper pullout option as a base cabinet. Bathroom vanity areas can also be wonderful locations for pullout storage for cosmetics or hair appliances. Press play below to see these pullout spice racks transform from accessibly and convenient to completely concealed

The 30″ gas cooktop by KitchenAid® is a 5-burner layout with full-width cast iron grates. The tile backsplash throughout the kitchen is a stylish elongated tile with texture. The tile is from the Artigiano series in the “Venice Statue” color. This backsplash tile is a perfect compliment to the gray quartz counters.
KitchenAid Appliances by Village Home Stores for Tim Dolan Development. | VillageHomeStores.com

A 30″ wide combination microwave and wall oven is built-in to this wall of the kitchen design. This versatile appliance by KitchenAid® allows the use of the microwave cavity to be used as a secondary oven when needed. A French Door counter-depth refrigerator is a stunning investment in this appliance package.
KitchenAid Appliances by Village Home Stores for Tim Dolan Development. | VillageHomeStores.com

This new model by KitchenAid® includes features like a Platinum interior and Panoramic LED interior lighting. The Preserva® foodcare system provides the very best in food preservation so your fresh foods stay that way longer. Metal and wood accents help to make this refrigerator really gorgeous! Gorgeous? You better believe it! This refrigerator looks incredible in the new kitchen…but open up the doors and the real showcase begins!
KitchenAid Appliances by Village Home Stores for Tim Dolan Development. | VillageHomeStores

Other features include KitchenAid®’s PrintSheild™ finish to help resist smudges and fingerprinting and a 3-tier self-closing freezer drawer. There are so many incredible other features that you just have to see in person to experience. One of our favorites is a small removable prep zone tray that can be used for all kinds of prep including marinating meats or taken directly from the refrigerator to the oven.
White painted kitchen with gray stained island by Koch Cabinetry. Kitchen design by Village Home Stores for Tim Dolan Development. | VillageHomeStores.com

A large, single-level island sits at the very center of the kitchen design. The quartz counters on the island and perimeter are a color named “Fossil Gray”. The island includes an undermounted sink with dishwasher within reach. There are outlets on each end of the kitchen island.
Koch stone stain on Birch wood in Savannah doorstyle. | VillageHomeStores.com

Stained panels and trim have been applied to the back of the island and two newel posts have been includes as “legs” for the island. These legs and contrasting finish to the kitchen perimeter help to give the kitchen island a furniture look. A wide plank of trim spreads from leg-to-leg as an apron to help give the island a more solid look.
Hallmark hickory flooring in a kitchen including gray stained cabinetry. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Tim Dolan Development. | VillageHomeStores.com

All of this rests atop a stunning engineered Hickory floor from our Hallmark Floors line. Varied widths of 4″,6″,and 8″ from Hallmark’s Monterey Collection in the “Gaucho” color. These Hickory floors are installed throughout the Great Room, down the hall, and as the stair landing. The lighting for this kitchen is a great example of scale and style. The Kichler “Larkin” is a 3-light pendant and the traditional lantern shape is updated with a modern finish and exposed bulbs without glass.
Kichler Larkin 3-light pendant lights hand above a kitchen island. Lighting selections by Keri Swanberg at Village Home Stores for Tim Dolan Development. | VillageHomeStores.com

One pendant hangs in the Dinette. Instead of selecting a complimenting island light, the same light is used. This helps create a great rhythm to the finished design. The scale of two pendants above this island is perfect and these fixtures can be looked at or through to help showcase the overall space.
Kichler Larkin 3-light pendant lights hand above a kitchen island and a nearby dinette area. Lighting selections by Village Home Stores for Tim Dolan Development. | VillageHomeStores.com

See the full album of images from this parade home here on our award-winning Houzz page. As we mentioned, this home was built by Tim Dolan Development and includes all cabinetry, counters, appliances, lighting, and floorcovering from our store. Our new construction customers are able to take advantage of our exclusive bundle program when purchasing products throughout our store. Learn more about this bundle program here. Learn about Tim Dolan Development and this home by visiting their website at this link. If you are planning on building a new home in the Quad Cities Region we can’t wait to show you our showroom and walk you through our proven process to help make the building process easier and enjoyable! Call or contact us today with any questions!
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Heartland Builders- A New Home With Contemporary Details

Village Home Stores has the great privilege to design so many incredible kitchens in a year. Lifestyle magazines, the internet, and apps like Pinterest and Houzz have revolutionized how our customers are able to narrow down their own personal styles. Because these platforms can showcase that every project can be different from the next, our own clients are beginning to embrace a very important revelation in 2017: you don’t have to do whatever your neighbor is doing. It is your home, make it reflect you! Even in the category of New Construction homes we still can say that every single home is different from the next. Take for example, this new Colona, IL home completed by Heartland Builders:
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including black painted Koch cabinets and quartz counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

We have shared countless white painted kitchens here on the blog but this space is a refreshing contrast. Black painted cabinetry from our Koch Classic line has been installed in the full-overlay “Savannah” door. An L-shaped layout is met in the corner with a pantry and a bat-wing shaped kitchen island angles in towards the kitchen. Seating for 4 surrounds the kitchen island.
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including Stainless Maytag Appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

The kitchen sink is in the very center of the island and a bar-height top blocks view into the sink from the Living Room area. Quartz tops in the “Fossil Grey” color are installed in a standard Eased edge profile. This new Maytag® french door refrigerator includes the easy-to-clean, Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel finish. The refrigerator caps the end of the kitchen area and in a small niche for the Great Room a bar area has been installed.
Bar area in kitchen including Danby glass-front beverage cooler. | VillageHomeStores.com

This space is stylish and convenient when entertaining. A glass-front beverage cooler from our Danby® line frees up space in the main refrigerator and allows hosts and guest easy access to beverages. Our Diode LED undercabinet lighting perfectly illuminates the American Olean “Appeal” glass mosaic backsplash.  This bar area has been tiled completely in the “Transcendent” mosaic. As mentioned before, the appliance package in this new home is by Maytag®.  Maytag is dependable and has the warranty to back that statement up! Each of the new Maytag® appliances in this space comes with a 10 year limited parts warranty on the main components of the unit. Stop by or call our expert appliance team at (309) 944-1344 to learn more about this warranty exclusive to Maytag®.
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including Stainless Maytag Appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

The appliances include the french door refrigerator, top-control dishwasher, microwave hood, and convection gas range. Each with their own 10 year limited parts warranty and in the Fingerprint Resistant Stainless finish. We love the look of the commercial-style hardware on the handles and knobs in this sleek space.
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including Stainless Maytag Appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

This kitchen has been installed within a great room that includes a living room area and dining space. The same Luxury Vinyl Tile has been installed throughout the foyer, great room, kitchen, pantry, dinette, hall, mud room, and laundry. This LVT is the “Meridain” series from our Adura click-together line in the “Steel” color. The perfect neutral sleek and stylish platform for this Contemporary styled space.
Luxury Vinyl Tile flooring by Adura in a home by Heartland Builders. | VillageHomeStores.com

The lighting selections for this home are fantastic and each can stand alone as a very unique art piece! Four elongated LED pendants hang above the kitchen island. These pendants from our Kuzco line are in the Satin Nickel finish. Sometimes a big design impact can be made with a low-profile item. These long, narrow fixtures are a great example. They almost create columns to the island but are easy to see past and around in the open space.
Modern and Contemporary lighting by Village Home Stores in a Heartland Builders kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

A 4-light chandelier hangs in the dinette area. This light is named “Coddington” and is from our Feiss line. Talk about sculptural! We are reminded of the balance and shapes of an Alexander Calder mobile when seeing this light.
4 light Coddington chandelier by Feiss in a home by Heartland Builders. | VillageHomeStores.com

In the great room space a large 60″ ceiling fan is stunning! This fan is named “Proxima” and is from our Quorum line. The Satin Nickel finish is a perfect choice in this completed space. When turned on, it provides a lot of air flow and when the fan is turned off, it has an almost sculptural look.
Modern ceiling fan in a home by Heartland Builders including Quorum Proxima 60" ceiling fan. | VillageHomeStores.com

That corner pantry may look large enough, but open the doors and you will find that this is just a pantry front. This cabinet walk-through pantry front leads to a large walk-in pantry area. There is plenty of style AND storage in this space. New homes like this tend to have an “Open Concept” to the spaces but you need to plan for including plenty of storage options concealed from that “open” area. This walk-in pantry if perfect for food storage but also can be great for  other bulk household items.
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including a walk-through pantry front. | VillageHomeStores.com

Are you planing on building a new home soon? Perhaps considering remodeling the one that you are in? No matter what your project or budget is, we are excited to hear about it! Our award-winning team will help you determine your own personal style and create a complete design with you that reflects you and your tastes. Learn more about Heartland Builders here and be sure to reach out to us with any questions about what you have seen or read here. See the full album of photos from this project over on our award-winning Houzz page here.
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Hazelwood Homes- An Inset Instant Classic in Geneseo, IL

How can something so new already be an instant classic? Even though this Geneseo, IL home built recently by Hazelwood Homes is brand new, the look is classic. How do you achieve classic status right away? By selecting details and materials that all lend themselves to a polished, classic look without a date or trend attached to it. Take a look and see what we mean:
Kitchen in a home built by Hazelwood Homes including Dura Supreme inset cabinets and Cambria counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

Nothing about this finished space waves a flag with a year or a single trend on it. There is nothing more universally classic than a clean, white painted kitchen. With tastes and trends varying all across the country a white painted kitchen remains something we can all agree on. This Geneseo, IL family takes the look to the next level by selecting added details you will love.
White inset doors and subway tile for a classic modern farmhouse look. Expert design and material selection for your new home. | VillageHomeStores.com

Painted white cabinetry from our Dura Supreme line in the “Arcadia” door and inset construction is paired with a classic white 3″ x 6″ subway tile backsplash. The tile is from our Rittenhouse line and the “Arctic White” color is in a soft matte finish. The hardwood flooring in this great room space is gorgeous. Casa Bella’s “Baroque Oak” series in the “Marche” finish has such a depth of colors and the look is beautiful. Two countertop materials have been included in this kitchen design. The main perimeter of the kitchen has Cambria Quartz counters in the Torquay design. The polished quartz tops are a great contrast to the matte finish wall tiles. A Stainless Steel appliance suite from our KitchenAid® line looks right at home in the space. This 36″ KitchenAid® Dual Fuel 6-burner range is a hard-working investment for this kitchen.
Kitchen in a home built by Hazelwood Homes including KitchenAid appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

With 5.1 cu. ft. total capacity and EasyConvect™ Conversion features, this range is commercial in style but easy to use. The immediate control of a gas cooktop and the consistent and efficient use of convection cooking. This range is enviable to any serious home chef but not intimidating to frozen pizza connoisseurs. Two pendants from the Feiss “Harrow” series hang above the large kitchen island. The Oil Rubbed Bronze finish is a great compliment to the dark granite top below and seeded glass gives a New Traditional look to a classic style.
Large kitchen island with brushed granite counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

The main focal point of this kitchen is the island itself. In a close second for your attention is the range and hood wall of cabinetry. A wood hood has been ordered from Dura Supreme to match the surrounding cabinetry. A beautiful mantle shelf has been applied for a classic detail and location for seasonal decor, leaning artwork, or left clear as shown.
Kitchen in a home built by Hazelwood Homes including Dura Supreme cabinets. | VillageHomeStores.com

A bold eye-catching contrast to the white kitchen is found in the large island counter. A “Black Pearl” granite top is large in size and includes an undermounted farm sink. This dark top is a bold statement but take note of another material selection detail in the granite’s finish… it isn’t polished! In place of a dark, high-gloss polished granite top the “brushed” finish has been selected. This allows the natural stone to give the look of a soapstone or slate style and texture. The installed look is softer and less formal in appearance. A slight arc has been included on the overhang of the island. This end is now ready to accommodate counter-height stools for seating in the new kitchen.
Kitchen in a home built by Hazelwood Homes including Dura Supreme inset cabinets and brushed finish granite. | VilageHomeStores.com

A detail that may go unnoticed at first glance is the style of cabinetry in this kitchen. The doors themselves are a very transitional flat-panel construction.  The detail we are speaking of is how they are not resting atop of the cabinet face frame. Instead these cabinets have been ordered in an “inset” construction. This look has been around as long as cabinet furniture-making has been. Many old homes include built-in cabinets with this same inset door concept. The next time you are near an antique piece of furniture there is a very high chance that you will find the doors are also inset. The cabinet and door all sits flush with the frame of the cabinet and this design choice takes a basic white kitchen and transforms it into an instant classic! Inset cabinetry can be ordered with a hidden hinge (like shown here) or an exposed barrel hinge. Click here to see a past kitchen feature on the blog that showcases the exposed hinge look on an inset door.
Kitchen island detail. | VillageHomeStores.com

Did you know that according to a recent Houzz survey on 2017 trends in the industry we spend nearly 3 hours a day on average in our kitchens? Yes we are socializing and entertaining but we are also many times reading, working from home, or even just watching TV. In a kitchen this stunning it would be a shame to clutter up the countertops with a TV. That is why a space was designated for a small television right above the refrigerator. With this kitchen already including inset doors, adding pocket door hardware that allows the doors to roll into the cabinet box makes the screen visible from anywhere in the kitchen without a door to block the view.
TV hidden in kitchen above refrigerator. | VillageHomeStores.com

See the full album of photos from this completed kitchen here on our award-winning Houzz page. There you can save inspiring images and collaborate with your Village Home Stores team in ideabooks using this beautiful new kitchen as inspiration. Be sure to check out Hazelwood Homes who have provided a quality building experience to fit into any budget since 1971. Don’t forget that our New Construction customers can take advantage of our Exclusive Bundle Program. On top of our Low Price Guarantee, your purchases throughout our store bundle together to get you free lighting for your new home! Find out more about this program here. Planning on building soon? Contact us today or stop in to learn more about our process. (309) 944-1344.
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East Moline, IL- Wall Removed to Create Multiple Dining Options

We were so thrilled to begin this kitchen remodel in East Moline while we were filming a season of our TV show. It allowed us the opportunity to go beyond just showing you some before photos and then tour the finished space. Instead we were able to really show you the entire process! Here is the finished space including Birch cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the “Vicksburg” doorstyle. Vicksburg is a full-overlay door with a solid-wood center panel.
Remodeled kitchen with wall removed. | VillageHomeStores.com

The original kitchen (shown below) included dark stained cabinetry in a U-shape layout with a peninsula area of base cabinets and wall cabinetry suspended above. This created a very crowded feel to the kitchen when in it working or entering it from the front door. Laminate countertops with a drop-in sink and white appliances were all a part of the old kitchen that was ready for an update.
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Now the new kitchen is open and incredibly stylish! The back wall of the kitchen has been removed and in its place is a bar-height knee wall with an overhang for seating. These 4 barstools are just the beginning of the many dining options this entire open concept now has. Outside of the new kitchen are two front rooms, each ready to be considered a formal Dining Room space. Why designate one room as a dining room when the crowd you entertain changes over time? Now that this couple has children and grandchildren coming for meals, they can fill the entire space with tables and seating if needed!
Kitchen peninsula into dining room | VillageHomeStores.com

Want a better idea of what a jobsite looks like between the before photos and all the beautiful after photos we share here on the blog? Press play below to watch the episode of the Village Home Show including the entire remodel story from this East Moline, IL kitchen. Tour this kitchen with the before and after story plus everything in between.

What a difference a fresh new layout can make for the entire main level of this home! As youi saw in the episode, we installed new wood floors throughout. Depending on the flooring material and the project itself, your floors may need an extra layer of protection during the remodel process. In the case of this East Moline home a heavy-duty temporary floor protection is used named Ram Board. The Paramount Acacia hardwood flooring is installed and almost immediately after installation the durable floor protecting paper goes over it. kitchen-during-east-moline

The next few weeks of this kitchen floor’s installed lifespan will be it’s most challenged. That is why we take no risks of a scratch or a dent as crews work atop the new floors. We even left this Ram Board in place while filming the kitchen for the show. Once everything is finished and the appliances have been delivered and installed, the Ram Board is removed to reveal your new flooring. Acacia wood flooring from the Quad Cities flooring experts at Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

This Acacia is from the Bucks Country series in the “Teak” finish. The flooring finish is a great compliment to the kitchen cabinetry. The darkest areas of the flooring color are a great match to the Birch “Brandy” stain on the cabinets. Our favorite corner of the new kitchen is this lighted glass-door cabinet with wine storage. Remodeled East Moline, IL kitchen including a wine display cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

Glass shelves allow the LED lighting to wash the interior of the cabinet with light. A decorative winerack below can house plenty of bottles. Grecian white interlocking marble mosaic tile reflects on the new polished “Black Pearl” granite counters.
east-moline-tileThere are many who think selecting a dark granite top for their project might make a room seem very small when paired with dark cabinetry. In this East Moline, IL kitchen, the finished combination if gorgeous! Rich, polished stone and a Birch wood with a rich Cherry look. The finishes in this now opened space are perfection. East Moline kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.comWith the wall removed and the kitchen opened up into the nearby Dining Room area, the space has plenty of light within it. Opposite the peninsula wall is a large window (show in image above) This natural light teams up with our Diode LED undercabinet lighting system and plenty of new can lights for a bright space day and night. There is plenty of storage in the new kitchen including a tall pantry cabinet next to the refrigerator.Pantry cabinet near refrigerator. | VillageHomeStores.com

A brand new suite of Whirlpool® appliances in Stainless Steel have been installed in the newly remodeled kitchen. The standard-depth refrigerator includes a full-width temperature controlled wide pantry area behind the french doors. A new freestanding electric range boasts 6.4 cu. ft. of capacity and Convection features.
Remodeled East Moline, IL kitchen including new Whirlpool appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

Skip preheating for items like pizza, lasagna, or chicken nuggets! Yes you read that correctly: SKIP THE PREHEATING! This model includes Frozen Bake™ Technology. Just put the items in and then start the oven’s pre-programmed Frozen Bake™ settings. The electric cooktop on this range is very versatile. It includes one front burner with 3 burners-in-one! This FlexHeat™ triple-radiant burner can adjust to a 6″, 9″ or 12″ radius depending on your cookware sizes.3

See the full album of photos from this East Moline, IL kitchen remodel here on our award-winning Houzz page. Is there something about this new kitchen that you would like to include in your own project? Feel free to save any of these images to your Pinterest page or start and ideabook using our Houzz images. We want to keep you informed with what projects we are completing in the area and give you ideas to save for your own project with our store in the future.
East Moline Kitchen remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Are you ready to start the conversation about your own kitchen remodel? We can’t wait to walk you through our proven remodel process. We have a unique system that is constantly changing and adapting from project to project to get you the best customer experience paired with quality products. Our team is ready to go to work for you! Your first step is to reach out for an in-store complimentary consultation. Contact us by completing this online form or calling us at (309) 944-1344.
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Trending in 2017: Tiny Dinosaur Decor?!?

Village Home Stores has always been known for being thought-leaders in our field. We attend product training and trade show events so that we can always stay at the very forefront of anything new an exciting for our customers. That is why we are thrilled to be the first to introduce you a new trend we are seeing in home decor in 2017: tiny dinosaurs!

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In the age of Pinterest, it can be difficult to set yourself apart as a hostess when you begin to prepare for entertaining guests. Pinterest gives us all kinds of expectations and sets high standards for decorating any event. Everyone has to “one-up” their neighbors, friends, or family with the next big thing. Well take it from us, you should be the first in your book club to have tiny dinosaur decor sprinkled throughout your home in 2017. Just listen to this testimonial:

“I arranged a tablescape for a fundraiser luncheon I was hosting at my home. I chose to include tiny dinosaurs within the florals and votive candles of my centerpiece. There is something empowering about dinosaur decor that gives a commanding advantage to me as a hostess. I let the tiny dinosaurs speak for me. They said, ‘Cheryl, I know you borrowed that Pyrex from me and never returned it. Now you have the nerve to bring your potato salad in it to my luncheon? Stare at this T-Rex and think about what you have done.’ And you know what, Cheryl left that Pyrex in my kitchen sink after lunch.”

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When staging up a little vignette in your home have you ever taken a step back and asked to yourself, “what is this missing?” It’s missing a tiny dinosaur that’s what. Take a chance with this trend and take your drab decor up to the next level of Prehistoric perfection!
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The Kitchen & Bath Industry is not just limited to cabinets and appliances. Decorative lighting can play a key part in the overall look of a successful design. There is a reason why we are  one of Lighting & Decor Magazine’s finalists for Showroom of the Year, we know and embrace current trends. Some of our thought-leading lighting vendors have introduced tiny dinosaur details into fixtures. Take a look at this Dining Room light we installed recently in Moline, IL. aprilfools7

You are not just limited to trying out the tiny dinosaur trend in your kitchen or home bar. Try this trend out in your bathroom accessories! This Moline, IL custom tiled shower installed by Village Home Stores includes a tiled niche area perfect to showcase tiny dinosaur decor!
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By now we pray that you can tell this is in no way an actual 2017 decor trend and instead our way of wishing our followers a joyous APRIL FOOLS DAY! We spend so much time on the blog focusing on showing you our portfolio of work we realize you must think we are pretty serious and boring bunch. Spend a few minutes in the showroom and you will quickly realize that is NOT the case. Building a new home or remodeling the one you are in should be a fun experience! Our team does great work and has a great time while doing it. Have a fantastic weekend and come visit us this April!

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