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Bettendorf, IA- A Gorgeous Gray Galley Kitchen

Many of the homes in the Quad Cities region include a layout commonly referred to as a “Galley Kitchen”. This just means that two parallel sections of cabinets and counters make up the kitchen design. When space is limited, a Galley kitchen layout may be the best solution.
A gray hickory stained Bettendorf, IA galley kitchen designed by Chris Robinson and remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Soffits were removed from the original space and a section of the original wall was removed to create a more open design into the adjacent living room area. Our team including a cabinet designer, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and our project managers worked with these Bettendorf customers to create a more functional kitchen layout while updating the look of the space. New Luxury Vinyl Plank floors from Mannington have been installed in the “Seaport” series and “Surf” color.
A gray hickory stained Bettendorf, IA galley kitchen with Whirlpool appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

In a Galley kitchen layout, it is best to consider maximizing the aisle space between the counters and offering the best storage solutions for the kitchen. Keeping the center aisle space as open as possible helps allow a user to be at an appliance or the kitchen sink and still allow someone to pass behind them. Many times our customers request a large stack of drawers for pots and pans storage in place of a set of doors with slide-out shelves behind them.
Pots an Pans storage in a remodeled Bettendorf, IA kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

This makes access to items easier when you are working in the kitchen. The drawer guides for this type of storage are undermounted and installed to accommodate the weight of pots and pans. This kitchen includes a half-wall that has a bar-height countertop that overhangs into the living room. Perfect for adding stools for dining and even leaning against when entertaining. The quartz in this kitchen is from Caesarstone in the “Symphony Grey” design and standard eased edge profile.
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The refrigerator used to be located down near the doorway into the kitchen. This made the room seem crowded right upon entering it.  A new counter-depth refrigerator is located now closer to the “end” of the kitchen. A “counter-depth” refrigerator just means that the entire unit is shallower than a standard one. A standard refrigerator can extend many inches into the kitchen walkway, this unit sits back with the cabinetry allowing maximum traffic flow. In a Galley layout, that space is valuable! This French Door unit from Whirlpool® is 20 cu. ft. and even includes an external ice/water dispenser.
A gray hickory stained Bettendorf, IA galley kitchen designed by Chris Robinson and remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Including a sit-down desk in a kitchen layout has become a thing of the past. No body wants to miss out on space for storage where a desk seating area may have been. Instead, many who work in the kitchen choose to do so at an island or a bar-height top like the one in this layout. But what about the piles? Every kitchen countertop no matter how large the family ends up with the piles! This kitchen design includes a mail organizer cabinet. A mail organizer is a modification that can be made to a wall cabinet to give a place to sort and store mail, keys, calendars, tablets, coupons, etc. Many times we are even installing an outlet in these cabinets to create a charging station.
Mail organizer cabinet in a Bettendorf, IA galley kitchen remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Speaking of power, all of the new switches and outlets in the kitchen have been replaced with the Adorne series by legrand. This stylish system is available in a variety of custom options and finishes. Stop in our store today to learn more and see this system in person! The tiled backsplash in this kitchen is a wonderful example of finding a tile that ties all the other finishes together perfectly. The tile is from our Jeffrey Court line in the “Pietra Opus” series and “Winward Plains” color.
Adorne switches in a Bettendorf, IA kitchen remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Cabinetry for this kitchen design is from our Koch Classic line in the “Savannah” door. A hickory wood has been stained in the warm gray “Stone” finish. The cabinet finish is truly stunning in person! Hickory is the perfect wood to showcase this “Stone” stain. The natural hickory woodgrain is highlighted by the stain and in this home filled with oak trim, it is a perfect compliment. The variation of the wood from panel to panel and even the rails and stiles of the doors is noticeable and beautiful.
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The hardware for this kitchen is another bullseye selection! The “Merrick” series from Jeffrey Alexander is sleek and stylish. It compliments the handle styles of the Whirlpool® appliances but in a new finish. The burnished pewter finish has a hint of stainless but blends into the wood finish perfectly. Helping you create a complete design all the way down to that hardware selection, that is our goal at Village Home Stores. Village can provide you with an expert design and quality materials for your project. If needed, we can also take the project over completely for you. Our Project Management program is in place to help your project go as smoothly and efficiently as possible,
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The complete Project Management Program at Village Home Stores means that we manage everything for your from start to finish. We handle coordinating a meeting of all subcontractors to provide accurate estimates that can help us build a realistic timeline and schedule for your project. Love the look of this project and want to save some ideas for your own dream kitchen? Be sure to check out the full album of images here on our award-winning Houzz page and save some to your own Houzz ideabooks. Contact our store today to make an appointment so we can start forming the perfect team for your own project. Contact us online here at this link or call (309) 944-1344.
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Davenport, IA- a Pink Bathroom is a Thing of the Past

Village Home Stores has quickly become the destination and expert source for kitchen remodeling in the extended Quad Cities region. Did you know that we also complete many bath remodels too? Our expert staff can help you with design and material selection for your remodel. Better yet, use our complete Project Management Program and let us handle it all for you from start to finish. This Davenport, Iowa bathroom did just that. We helped take it from a dated bubblegum pink to a bright, clean new look and layout.
A Davenport, IA bathroom remodel designed and remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

White the exit of all of those pink fixtures was a large part of the transformation, so was creating a new complete design for the bathroom. In this case, a tub/shower combination needed to be replaced with a new tiled shower space. With that change came the opportunity to update the bath vanity, lighting, and flooring surfaces. A Davenport, IA bathroom designed and remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Out with the pink bathroom fixtures and in with a bright, clean new palette of finishes. A tile named “Melena” in a 13″ x 13″ size is installed as the bathroom floor and a custom tiled shower uses that same tile in a 2″ x 2″ size for the floor, corner bench, and custom niche shelf. 3″ x 6″ matte finish subway tile gives a classic look and a medium gray grout is right on trend.
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If getting started or discovering your own personal tastes and color inspiration sounds overwhelming, we can help with that. Just one quick visit to this board on our Pinterest page will help you see material selection mood boards and click through to the projects we have featured with that color palette. In this space, a new bathroom vanity has been installed from our Koch Classic line. The classic shaker-style door is named “Savannah” and maple wood has been painted with Koch’s “White” painted finish.
A Davenport, IA bathroom remodel designed and remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

A cultured marble vanity top from our Onyx Collection line is installed from wall-to-wall. The color used here is named “Dove”. The Onyx Collection is a Midwest-made product and can be custom ordered to any size and shape. With many color and finish options available, this line has taken the traditional marbled look of vanity tops and introduced a flecked faux granite/quartz approach to their designs. Select from dozens of unique integrated bowl shapes or add an undermounted bowl (shown below) for a true stone-top look.
A Davenport, IA bathroom including vanity top with undermount bowl by the Onyx Collection in Dove color. - VillageHomeStores.com

The “Cassidy” series by Delta Faucets is installed on the vanity and in the custom tiled shower. The shower includes a removable hand-held showerhead feature. A large percentage of the bath remodels we complete at Village Home Stores involve removing a large tub and replacing that space with a larger shower area. The easiest and most effective way to use your space is to do this by creating a custom tiled area for the shower. Unusual wall locations, ceiling angles, and previously unused areas can all become a part of a custom shower. It is very important to note that many times the motivation of our customers to add this shower space is to have the option to age-at-home.A Davenport, IA bathroom designed and remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores including a custom tiled shower. | VillageHomeStores.com

Remodeling with the goal to age-at-home is becoming a motivator to many of our clients.  One of the most important areas to address to make this possible is making the home’s bathroom space accessible. Adding easily accessible areas and including features like grab bars allow our customers the ability to do just that! These grab bars from Delta look right at home in the new bathroom. The Delta Decor Assist TP Holder includes a grab bar within the TP holder design!
A Davenport, IA bathroom including Delta Decor assist TP holder. | VillageHomeStores.com
For more inspiration for a custom tiled shower be sure to check out this Houzz ideabook  There we share great tile combination ideas as well as custom niches and benches. Including something like the small corner bench (shown below) allow you a more versatile space without borrowing too much of your space. 
A Davenport, IA bathroom including tiled corner bench. Bath remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Purchasing the right window treatment can be an important part of completing your overall finished space. Have you ever tried to purchase standard ready-made blinds only to not like the look or even worse…replace them just months later with another option? Get it right the first time and have us measure and make the perfect custom solution by Oxford House. This bathroom included A classic “Honeycomb” blind with a top down, bottom up feature allows them to block just certain areas from light.
A Davenport, IA bathroom including custom blinds by Oxford House. | VillageHomeStores.com

Is your bathroom pink, lime green, or perhaps baby blue? Is it just ready for a refresh or a smarter, more functional layout? We are ready to hear about it! We can make your bathroom beautiful PLUS make it a functional design and layout. With our Project Management program we can arrange all of the estimating and labor for you. Contact us today to learn more about our proven process for an organized and expertly-planned bathroom remodel. (309) 944-1344.
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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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Blue Grass, IA- Go Brighter For Big Results!

Many times it is the changes in finishes that can make the largest impact on a space. Combine that with a few layout adjustments and additions and you get this week’s featured kitchen remodel tour in Blue Grass, IA. A U-shaped kitchen with a peninsula is extended and made brighter and for big results! Let’s begin with how we “extended” the space and still kept the kitchen footprint the same. A section of wall between the kitchen and the casual dining area was previously used to house a china hutch area.
Kitchen before and after. | VillageHomeStores.com

The available hutch area wall has become absorbed into the cabinetry footprint in the new layout. This change plus a shift from medium oak cabinets to a bright, painted look has resulted in a larger look and a bright new space. A peninsula has been installed again to divide the kitchen from the casual dining table but no upper peninsula cabinets were included.
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New cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the Legacy doorstyle and Birch wood finished with the “Oyster” paint. The Legacy door is one of our most popular styles from this cabinetry line. It is such a great detailed door without being ornate or over-the-top. The details are found in the rails and stiles of the door and a flat-panel center keeps the look from becoming heavy or overly Traditional.
Ogee edge profile on quartz counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

Engineered Quartz counters from our Klondike line in a color called “Tundra” have been installed. The decorative “Ogee” edge profile on the tops add an extra detail as the light highlights the waterfalling polished stone edge. This color is a fantastic neutral choice for quartz counters. It combines bright whites, soft grays, and the perfect mix of charcoal and black to blend the cabinets, hardware, and even Stainless Steel appliances together perfectly. Let’s take a look around the entire new kitchen:
A Blue Grass, IA kitchen remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

New Hickory hardwood from our Somerset line has been installed throughout. The light wood tone is named “Moonlight” and it is the perfect finish to be paired with the soft, warm grays included throughout the new kitchen. As mentioned before, a new hutch area has been installed in the same doorstyle as the kitchen cabinetry. Including details like an arched toespace valance and adding interior lighting with glass doors to the cabinet help achieve a furniture look. The wall cabinetry in this section also extends all the way down to the quartz tops.
Custom kitchen hutch. | VillageHomeStores.com

Our low-voltage Diode LED lighting system is the perfect choice for an area like this. These lights can be dimmed and left on as much as desired using minimal energy. Learn more about this system in a previous post here on the blog. The perfect ambient light when entertaining and even a nightlight in the evening. A new appliance package from KitchenAid® has been included in the new kitchen. KitchenAid® offers appliances with professional-inspired styles including incredible features and function.
Kitchenaid combination wall oven and microwave. | VillageHomeStores.com

A 30″ wide Combination Microwave and Wall Oven is full of incredible features like Even-Heat™ True Convection in the lower oven for consistent baking temperatures and faster preheat times. The Microwave above also includes convection features allowing a secondary baking/cooking option and qualifying this model as a double oven. Next to that wall oven unit is a tall pantry cabinet fit with 5 adjustable slide-out shelves. Slide-out shelves from Koch Cabinetry are able to be adjusted in location to fit your own storage needs.
A Blue Grass, IA kitchen remodeled completely from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Turning the corner in the new kitchen we find the new cooktop area. Cooktops can be installed in a number of different cabinets. This kitchen includes a “reversed drawer” cabinet that moves the shallow top drawer down to the bottom of the cabinet. That leaves the top section of the cabinet available for the cooktop components and power source connections. The bottom drawer here is perfect for bakeware or pots and pans lids.
Cooktop cabinet with 30" electric cooktop. | VillageHomeStores.com

The new 30″ electric cooktop includes tap-touch controls and a very versatile 4-element layout. One of the cooking elements is a triple-ring space offering a 12″, 9″, and 6″ element all in one convenient front  location. This gives you many options for cookware all in the same location. Stainless Steel trim helps compliment the cooktop with the rest of the new appliance package.
electric cooktop with stainless trim. | VillageHomeStores.com

The backsplash tile is one of our favorite parts of the new kitchen! This glass 3″ x 6″ subway tile from our Florstar Interceramic line has been installed in a herringbone pattern. The tile color is named “Shimmer Storm” and the finished look is perfect with the quartz counters.
Glass subway tile backsplash in herringbone pattern. | VillageHomeStores.comHardware and lighting have been installed in a Pewter finish. Pewter is a wonderful finish to pair with Stainless appliances in a Traditional style kitchen. The look of these “Merrick” style handles is just as though a highlight of black accent has been applied to a Stainless finish. In place of a Stainless sink, a granite composite sink in a “Metallic Gray” color has been undermounted to the tops.
Granite composite undermount sink. | VillageHomeStores.com

You can watch a full video tour of this remodel project on a recent episode of our show the Village Home Show. In this episode we also share how using apps like Pinterest and Houzz can help get you and your designer from Village Home Stores organized. See the full album of photos from this project here on our award-winning Houzz page. Press play below to see this kitchen plus another local kitchen transform!

What a transformation! From dark and crowded to bright and spacious! Are you ready to make the most of your own kitchen space? Village Home Stores is ready to partner with you on that project. Your first step is to reach out for that first appointment with our team. Contact us anytime during store hours at (309) 944-1344 or by completing this short online form. We will then work with you to walk you through our process. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on! blue-grass-kitchen-remodeler

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Kitchen Reaching New Heights in Coal Valley, IL

We don’t just help create beautiful remodeled spaces at Village Home Stores. We can also provide you with expert design and material selection for your new home. This new home built by Hazelwood Homes includes a stunning new kitchen from Village Home Stores. Granite countertops, dark cabinetry, and Stainless Steel appliances are all showcased in this beautiful new Coal Valley, IL home.
Kitchen with Ganache granite counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

This kitchen features Koch cabinetry in the “Seneca” doorstyle in Beech wood with a rich “Mocha” stain applied. A angled peninsula area includes a dual-height design and a wood paneled back to match the kitchen. The range wall in this kitchen grabs your attention right away. Staggered heights and depths of the wall cabinetry add interest to the design. Keep your staggered cabinets symmetrical in location when possible. This wall cabinet layout showcases a great use of “rhythm” in design with the staggered look. Up-down-up-down-up, all in balanced widths.
Maytag range and microwave hood. | VillageHomeStores.com

Staggering the corner cabinets as well as the center microwave area is a great look. Microwave Hoods sometimes get a bad reputation for style but this design totally redeems the look! If you are going to frame in and showcase a microwave, this model is the right one to choose. It is stylish and full of features. Have a tight space you are trying to fit a microhood into? This might be the perfect model for your design. This Maytag unit is designed to open even if your microwave is adjacent to a returning wall.  Take a look at the image below to illustrate what we mean:
microwave_doors_against_wallA 90° Hinge allows for flexible microwave hood combination installation next to a wall if needed. In this case, the fluted columns and light-rail molding surrounding the microwave don’t get hit by the swinging door. The wall cabinet in the corner of the kitchen is also staggered and balances the final wall cabinet before the peninsula starts. Taller and deeper with an added open shelf area for displaying items, this angled cabinet area caps off the wall cabinet design stylishly.
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The rich, Mocha stained cabinetry is paired with natural stone counters that are a granite named “Ganache”. A natural beauty, this stone blends chocolaty browns and creamy whites and honestly, makes us want a bowl of ice cream right now just writing about it. Also reaching for new heights in this Coal Valley kitchen, the set-on granite backplash is much taller than a standard application.

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A standard set-on splash in a kitchen setting is typically somewhere between 4-5″ in height.  The end result makes a big visual impact and helps keep the taller height wall cabinets seem in scale with the project. Shown below, this taller backsplash height blends seamlessly with the space between the sink counter and the bar-height counter on the angled peninsula.
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There is also a great wall of cabinet storage surrounding the refrigerator in this kitchen design. Press play below to see the tall pantry cabinet come to life and reveal five slide-out shelves inside. Between the new pantry and the refrigerator area is a wide landing space of countertop for loading and unloading items in the fresh food and pantry storage zone of the design.
Are you building a new home soon in the Quad Cities area? Let our expert staff help you design and select the perfect kitchen layout for your home. In addition to that we have products to help complete your entire new home. We carry cabinetry, countertops, lighting, floorcovering, tile, custom blinds and shades. Our team can also help create designs for unique spaces like media rooms, mudroom areas, fireplace mantles, and built-in cabinetry surrounds. Our new construction customers can also take advantage of our “Bundle” program and earn free lighting as they shop our store. Contact us today to learn more about this program and to set up an appointment to start the conversation about your own home. We have product to suite every style and budget. Complete this contact form online or call us at (309) 944-1344. We can’t wait to see your new home plans.
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Coal Valley, IL- A Bright & Brand New Master Bath

Welcome to this bright and brand new Master Bath at a home in Coal Valley, IL recently built by Hazelwood Homes. This layout includes two vanity areas, a large soaking tub, tiled shower, and private area for the stool. Bright brilliant whites and soft beige tones are paired with a bold contrast of dark fixtures.
Master Bathroom vanity cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

Koch Classic cabinetry in the “Seneca” doorstyle, Maple wood painted “White”. The tile for the floors, tub surround deck, and tiled shower are from the Manhattan series and the color is “Beige”. An accent strip of tile in the shower is the Stone Modular Series “AL850”.
Tiled shower in Quad Cities. | VillageHomeStores.com

tiled_bathroomThe variety of tones and textures in the tiled shower make for an interesting look and the Oil-Rubbed Bronze shower entry is a bold contrast to the bright tile work within. The plumbing fixtures for this Master Bath are also in the ORB finish. This high contrast helps to create a dramatic look in the space. In place of the expected 12″ x 12″ wall tile, a 10″ x 14″ wall tile is used. This modern size of a traditional style adds interest and a current look to the beige space. an accent tile with a warm glass tile and basket weave pattern is banded around the tiled shower space.

A corner bench has been installed in the tiled shower as well as a tiled in niche area for shower toiletries. Discuss these options with your designer and tile salesperson in the early stages of your selections. That way you have plenty of time to decide on location and accent tile designs.corner_bench

The vanity tops are from our Onyx Collection line of Cultured Marble vanity tops. This product comes in a variety of colors and can be ordered in any size and configuration you can dream up. Cultured Marble is a fantastic choice for a bathroom top because you are able to choose from many stylish bowl shape options. Read more about this product at this past blog post. These bowls are integrated into the vanity top for a seamless, easy to clean look. The bowl can be pour into the mold in the same color as your counter, or like the “Wave” bowl below, a two-tone look can be achieved. This solid white bowl  in the “Iceburg” faux granite pattern top gives the illusion of an undermounted bowl.onyxtop

It seems like you can never have enough storage in a Master Bathroom space, or any bathroom space for that matter. The wall space above your stool cab be a great space to utilize when more storage is needed. Toilet topper cabinets can be ordered in many sizes and styles to match your bathroom cabinetry. Many times an open shelf or towel bar below the topper is included in the design.
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Are you building or remodeling your home? Village Home Stores has products perfect for your project. We have materials for every surface of your space and the expert team to help back up those products. Help your project go smoothly the first time around by trusting the expert team at Village Home Stores. Contact us today for an appointment online here or by phone at (309) 944-1344.
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Atkinson, IL- Four Bath Looks in One New Home

The best thing about showcasing a new home to you is that we have the opportunity to show you so many examples of what our customers are selecting for their spaces all from the same project. In this Atkinson, IL home built by Evergreen Custom Homes we are able to show you four beautiful bathroom spaces each with their own look and concept.

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Cherry cabinetry from our Koch Classic line has been installed in the same doorstyle and finish as the kitchen we featured in our last postThis flat-panel style of door is so versatile. The Master Bath design is a warm zen look using earthtones and a variety of textures. The main wall of cabinets in the Master has been arranged in a variety of depths and heights to give a unique and customized look.
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There are two sink vanity areas divided by a window and bench in the center of the wall. Against each corner rests the tallest base cabinet. A wall cabinet above is installed all the way down to the countertop surface. The sink bases have been ordered at a shorter height so that once the vessel sink is in place, the height is just right for a user to operate and utilize the vanity.
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A large window at the center of the wall is installed at just the right height to leave enough space below for a bench with storage. The same Cambria “Hampshire” quartz has been installed here as the top to the bench. Quartz is a fantastic choice for bathroom counters because you get the look of a natural stone but never have to worry about maintenance. Quartz is a man-made and non-porous material so no products you will be using in the bathroom can penetrate or damage the material at all.

On the opposite wall is the mirror image of the vanity area we shared earlier. This image below shows you the variety of depths used in the design as well. Every time the height of a cabinet changes, the depth does as well. This adds interest and also allows for enough space for the Cambria counters to have an overhang on the front of the cabinets.
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The custom tiled shower in this Master Bath is one of our favorite features of the new home. Dual rain shower heads and a lot of space make it enviable to anyone who sees it. Custom showers allow you to truly make the most of the available space. You are able to locate the entrance and fixtures wherever you would like them. The custom glass door is not the only chance for natural light to pass into the shower. A half-wall has been placed right by the entrance and a panel of glass is fixed to the wall granting a more open feeling to the user and more access to the overall light in the room.
Custom tiled drain. | VillageHomeStores.comTile shelf in shower recessed. | VillageHomeStores.comOf course your could just install the same series of tile throughout in a custom tiled shower…. but what’s so custom about that? That is why these clients worked closely with their design team at Village Home Stores to select a variety of tiles to create a great finished look that helps to tie the entire Master Bath space together. Speaking of custom, even the shower drain has been customized. This square unit can be tiled to match your design perfectly. The 2″ x 2″ “Emperador Dark” marble tile used for this shower floor is the perfect compliment to the Cambria “Hampshire” quartz counters installed on the vanity tops and bench seat. A sill piece of Cambria is used at the entrance to the shower and as a ledge on the half-wall. The mosaic tile was even used to add a design detail as a transition from the 12″ x 24″ StonePeak “Limestone Honey” floor tiles into the walk-in closet and bedroom of the Master Suite. mosaic tile as transition. | VillageHomeStores.com

Powder Room:

Located on the first floor of this home is the Powder Room. Powder Rooms are the perfect spaces to showcase your personal style and really try something different. This will be the Bath used by your guests so make a memorable first impression with your selections for the space. These clients worked with their designers at Village Home Stores and selected a statement bath vanity and paired it with a unique vessel bowl.
Bertch Bath Interlude bath vanity. | VillageHomeStores.com

Vessel sink vanity. | VillageHomeStores.comThe “Graphite Grey” paint has been applied to Bertch Bath’s Interlude Series cabinetry. This 30″ vanity has a Transitional style and furniture look with square legs attached to the vanity. A bottom-drawer configuration allows plumbing access behind the doors above and added storage below for toilet paper, towels, or any other items needed in the Powder Room. Vessel bowls continue to be a great way to add style to a bathroom space. The Master Bath featured above also included vessel sinks but in a brighter and smoother material. The Powder Room vessel has a dark and dramatic look that is complimented by the grey cultured marble slab top  with dark black veining movement.

Lower Level Bath:

The Lower Level of the home includes a large bathroom with vanity, linen cabinet, and cultured marble top. “Cultured Marble” is a general term for bathroom vanity tops that are formed by pouring a material into a mold to create a surface. A current trend in vanity tops like this is to give the look of an under-mounted bowl to a granite or quartz top. At first glance this top looks a lot like a quartz one… but take a step closer and see that it is a cultured marble vanity top similar to those we have been installing for decades and decades. bathroom ideas | VillageHomeStores.com

Many times the bowl is integrated into this surface and by simply adding a white or off-white color for the bowl, the illusion of an under-mount sink is achieved. The Onyx Collection is one of our top-selling marble top products. They also can make custom shower bases and walls in addition to many other bathroom products. Onyx Collection bathroom vanity top. | VillageHomeStores.com

With many colors and styles to select from plus the option to customize your vanity or shower project, this Midwest-based company is a great option for your bathroom. Current trends within these cultured marble vendors is to have more flecked patterns similar to a quartz look. The top shown in this Lower Level Bath is the “Genesis” color in a gloss finish. These cultured tops can be ordered in a standard gloss finish or with a matte finish.

Upstairs Bath:

This Upstairs Bath is home to a vanity that matches the Master Bath shown above. There is another custom tiled shower in this bath that we wanted to showcase in this blog post. This Upstairs Bath shower is the same size and configuration of a standard tub/shower commonly found in a bathroom this size. In this space is a great new opportunity to create a custom area with a lot of textures and style. Honed Travertine tile fills up most of this shower. A shower head and handheld unit are located above the controls at the entrance to the shower. shower

shower_ledgeThe smooth texture of the Travertine tiles is a great contrast to the pebbled floor of the shower. Flat pebble tiles by Pietra Art add a fun texture in appearance and experience. Bare feet get a massage every time you use the shower. The same pebble tile is used as an accent stripe vertically on the back wall. A bench seat has also been installed and tiled into the corner of shower.

This Atkinson, IL home gave us an opportunity to show you a variety of design concepts and materials that can help inspire your own bathroom project. Didn’t see anything that was quite your style here at this home? Be sure to get inspired with us elsewhere online! Our Pinterest board of Bathrooms is a great place to get started. If you are on Houzz be sure to check out our ideabooks of Bathrooms as well as Custom Tiled Showers for many more ideas to help inspire your own space. Episode 7 of the Village Home Show is another great way to get inspired for your new bathroom. Watch the full episode here to see two bathrooms remodeled into beautiful new magazine-cover looks. Or click this link to read up on other Bathrooms we have featured here on the blog. Get in touch with Village Home Stores today to start the conversation about the project you are wanting to get started on. (309) 944-1344Village_phone_number

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Atkinson, IL- Rustic Meets Traditional

The right design and materials in the perfect setting. It’s a winning look! Our design sales staff from Village home stores teamed up to create a Traditional kitchen at this Evergreen Custom Home built in Atkinson, IL.  Rustic selections refined into a functional design with countrywide views out every window.
Rustic Traditional kitchen design. | VillageHomeStores.com

Cherry cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the “Charleston” doorstyle and “Sienna” finish paired with a Maytag® suite of Stainless Steel appliances. Granite countertops add rustic drama to the space. The “Desert Dream” stone is full of incredible veining and character. As you make your way around the batwing-shaped island tops they change from dark black to tans and earth tones then back to black again. We imagine it will be quite easy to sit down with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and get lost in your own imagination just staring at the natural beauty of this granite.
Maytag French Door Refrigerator. | VillageHomeStores.com

Combination Microwave and Wall Oven:

This wall is also home to a Maytag® 30″ wide combination wall oven and microwave unit. At first glance you may think it is simply a double oven unit…. you are almost correct! By including the microwave into the wall oven area of a design you free up your options for the overall design of your kitchen. If your design allows it, a combination wall oven can give you a great location for the microwave and also instantly bump the overall look of your kitchen into a more customized category. Maytag microwave wall oven combination. | VillageHomeStores.comconvection_microwaveNobody is thrilled about including a microwave as an appliance focal point of a kitchen design. This is why normally we try to “hide” it or build a microwave into an island base cabinet. Even concealing the unit behind doors has become common. If space is limited, microwave hoods are a wonderful space-saving solution. If your design can accommodate a wall oven, consider a combination unit with a drop-down door microwave. Many of these models can be upgraded to include convection features in the microwave oven cavity. This allows you to have a secondary oven when needed.

Slide In Gas Range:

The secondary oven for this kitchen can be found in the island directly across from this wall oven unit. Maytag®’s slide in gas range with EvenAir™ true convection uses a powerful heating element and a sturdy fan to circulate even temperatures for more consistent roasting and baking within the 5.8 cu. ft. interior. pull out spice rack. | VillageHomeStores.com

Five burners in the gas cooktop rest under full-width cast iron grates. It is so easy to picture multiple users at work in this kitchen design. This model also includes a warming drawer below the oven. This kitchen has a fantastic functional layout with plenty of prep and cooking areas available. A pullout spice rack is right within reach to the right of this slide in unit.

Unique Storage Cabinets:

sandwich center cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.comThis kitchen includes two other unique storage solution cabinets that are worth a mention. The first cabinet is shown on the right and it goes by many names in the industry. With a unique cabinet layout including two small drawers, a bread box, cutting board, and cabinet with slide-out tray this can truly be put to many uses. A “Sandwich-Center” or perhaps a designated snack zone for children? Do you have limited space in a bar or island? This might be a great option to make the most of your space. Press play below to watch this cabinet come to life and imagine the possibilities of including this cabinet option in your own design.

The other unique storage cabinet included in the perimeter of this kitchen is a stand-mixer lift insert. Nice stand mixers can be such a great looking small appliance that many times customers want to have them on the countertops as a part of the finished look. Not everyone wants to keep theirs within eyesight when not in use. Have you ever had the opportunity to try and move one of these mixers from one corner of a kitchen to another? They aren’t exactly lightweight. Press play below to watch how an insert for your mixer can keep it within reach but out of site when not needed.

The variety of textures and materials used in this beautiful kitchen make it hard to decide which makes the largest impact. If you are here in person you would most certainly agree it is the hardwood flooring. Even with a kitchen full of this much cabinetry, the wood floors draw your eye immediately. acacia hardwood floors. | VillageHomeStores.comHand-scraped “Acacia” (Asian Walnut) hardwood in random widths has been installed in the “Saddleback” finish. With a variety of wood tones found within the surface, it is the perfect compliment to the more controlled woodtone of the medium cherry finish found on the kitchen cabinetry.  We can’t possibly mention the word “texture” and not give you a closer look at the kitchen backsplash at this home.Mosaic strip tile. | VillageHomeStores,com

Pietra art stone in a strip mosaic has been installed from Florida Tile’s “Picasso” series. This tile makes a huge impact when you first see it…then seeing it illuminated by the Diode LED lighting and reflected onto the stone counters you get to fall in love with it over and over. Also reflected in the counterops are the unique pendant lights that hang above the island.Kitchen lighting. | VillageHomeStores.com

pendantThese unique pendants by ELK Lighting are from the perfectly named “Watersphere” collection. The “Smoke” finish to the water glass creates a hammered look to the globes. When we visited this kitchen to photograph the space, the owners pointed out the unique patterns that form on the ceiling above the pendants (see image above).  Rustic style can still look refined and controlled when the right materials are used. Texture is where you get a Rustic impact and texture is not only something found in reclaimed barnwood,  The glass in these pendants, the hand-scraped wood flooring, and that incredible tile backsplash all add texture and keep the overall look magazine-ready but not trendy.

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This kitchen includes a corner sink layout to grant the user access to the countryside views and maximum natural light during the day. Note the eyebrow arch at the front and back of the sink divider. This design detail was executed and installed by our granite fabricators. The small button sitting flush with the counter on the left corner of the sink is to operate the garbage disposal.

Bar sink in island. | VillageHomeStores.comA second sink can be found across the kitchen in the island. When designing a large kitchen that may be used by many people both for prep and entertaining, a second sink is a great idea. This bar sink is accessible for the entire front half of the new kitchen. A pull-out sprayer is also included in the faucet making it a great secondary area for clean up. The island itself is so large and right at the entrance to the kitchen. The bar-height top on the island is where many of the guests will be found when entertaining. A bar sink like this can be great to fill up with ice and have beverages out and ready to grab. Sinks aren’t the only thing duplicated in this kitchen…Danby beverage cooler. | VillageHomeStores.com

A glass-front beverage cooler is also located in the kitchen island. With plenty of shelf space for wine, soda, juice and beers in this cooler, the main refrigerator isn’t over crowded. The glass-front on  the cooler also makes “way-finding” easier to a guest. Let a guest know they are welcome to “grab a beverage from the island” and they can easily find their way.Desert Dream granite counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

Speaking is islands, let’s address the fact that this design includes two of those as well!. The larger island on the perimeter of the design helps establish the “end” of the kitchen in relation to the great room it sits in. Because of this location and the size of the island, it is easy to forget that it even is one at all. The rectangle island in the center of the space helps give the main kitchen area a great landing space right at the center of the cooking zone of the design. Two islands in a kitchen design. | VillageHomeStores.com

The smaller island in the center of the kitchen is fit with a contrasting granite top. An “Absolute Black” granite top is polished and has a standard “Eased” edge applied. We love the way this polished dark stone reflects the rest of the kitchen back at any visitor as they walk by it. See the full album of nearly 40 photos from this project here on our Houzz.com page. Are you building a new home? Want to remodel the one you are in to make it even better? Contact Village Home Stores today to start the conversation on your own project! (309) 944-1344 or click here for an appointmentVillage_phone_number

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Geneseo, IL- Tailor-Made and Transitional

Take a look at any magazine cover or browse kitchen ideas online and you will discover very quickly that A white painted kitchen is still the current look. Our design sales staff from Village home stores teamed up to create a magazine-ready finished look at this Hazelwood Homes Inc. home built in Geneseo, IL. White painted kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.comPainted “Oyster” Maple cabinetry in the “Savannah” door from our Koch Classic line is paired with a KitchenAid Stainless Steel appliance package. Warm and full of a variety of wood tones, this Hickory hardwood flooring from Sommerset’s “Character Collection” anchors the look in the “Saddle” finish. lightingPainted cabinetry and selections like these Kichler pendant light fixtures above the island help keep the space light and airy. This is a surprising success considering how many large cabinets that have been included in the design. In new kitchens we have began to expect to see a refrigerator surrounded with panels and cabinetry that stretches to the ceiling. Kitchen_design

Tall pantry cabinets and wall ovens are becoming more commonplace in kitchen designs that have the space allowance for them. This kitchen is in a new construction project, so space was available for whatever layout options the new homeowners were wanting.

Tailor-made Tall Pantry Cabinets

The layout of the two tall units on the hood wall was arranged by “stacking” varied styles and sizes of wall cabinets in place. Within the Koch Classic line, our kitchen designers are able to work with the factory to then build these units as a single item in place of shipping them all individually.
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cabinetInstallers certainly would prefer to work with a single cabinet in place of four, but we admit this cabinet was built with the finished look in mind. The true motivation for having these tall cabinets built as a single unit instead of individual items is to achieve a seamless and customized look. Speaking of custom look, these cabinets are not something you can just walk into a “Big Box” store and purchase. Unique to this kitchen, a combination of doors and drawers surround a double wall oven on one side of the wall, and a full floor-to-ceiling pantry cabinet on the opposite wall.

To mirror the visual “weight” of the double oven cabinet to the left, a tall unit was designed with a versatile storage space within. This tall unit on the end also helps visually cap off the “end” to the kitchen perimeter in the Great Room space.Pocket doors in kitchen cabinetry. | VillageHomeStores.com

The center of this tall cabinets space has been fit with “pocket” doors that can roll back into the open void. This space was designed for microwave or television area that could be hidden away behind doors when not in use. Add a slide-out shelf on the bottom of this space and you could even house a roll-out coffee station like this example in Bettendorf, IA.

Custom Wainscot Panels

Another way to give your kitchen or bar area a custom tailor-made look is to have a wainscot panel made to the finished dimensions of your island.

wainscot_panelsA similar look can be achieved with a smooth panel and trim. A true custom wainscot look looks as seamless as possible and the best way to get that look is to have a panel made to fit. Another custom detail can be found where the flooring meets the island. The baseboard molding used to surround this island was not baseboard molding at all. The same “Crown Riser” trim used to achieve the stacked molding look on the wall cabinets was used as a basebord.

crownGreat design is always found in the details. Details like an edge profile that matches exactly on the crown molding, door and drawer edges, and even the baseboards. That is a design detail perfectly planned out. Speaking of details all working together, take a look at this magazine-ready hood area.

At The Center of All Attention…

Located right at the center of all activity is a 36″ wide 5-burner gas cooktop with a 36″ wide chimney-style hood above. Beveled subway tile. | VillageHomeStores.com

This 3-speed canopy hood by KitchenAid is nothing out of the ordinary but when placed in this setting, it steals your attention right away. What is helping grab your attention to look at the hood wall is the backsplash tile found there.

tileWhite subway tile continues to be as popular as white painted kitchens. But we mentioned before to pay attention to the details on this project. Any of the “dream kitchens” you might have saved to Pinterest or Houzz include white subway tile? Revisit some of your favorites to see if that tile is a “beveled” subway tile. How can a long wall of white cabinetry with white tile still seem to have a lot of depth and style? The answer is texture. By using a beveled subway tile in place of a standard 3 x 6 smooth look, shadows are formed on the surface. This adds a tone-on-tone dimensional look to the wall. A range accent section of tile has been added and the same Carrara Marble material used as the island countertop is repeated here. countertops

Cararra Marble was installed as the island countertop in an “Eased” edge profile. Cambria Quartz counters surround the perimeter of the kitchen in the “Dunmore” design.  This Hazelwood Homes Inc. kitchen has all of the details to make it a great finished look. See the full album of nearly 30 photos from this kitchen here over on our Houzz page. Are you ready to start working on your own dream kitchen? If you are planning on building a home and want to work with the expert design team at Village Home Stores call today for an appointment! Don’t forget that New Construction customers receive discounted pricing as well as the opportunity to bundle your purchases together store wide for credit towards your lighting package. Let us help you design and select product for your dream home. Village_phone_number

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Geneseo, IL Remodel- Rustic Beech Kitchen

This kitchen remodel was done by a homeowner in Geneseo, IL with design and materials coming from Village Home Stores. The original kitchen included a wall that divided the kitchen from the dining area. With the wall now removed, the new space is full of light and space. Now in place of the wall is a peninsula of cabinetry and countertop that has quickly become a favorite place for visiting grandchildren. main

silestone sierra madre quartz. | VillageHomeStores.comOne of the sure signs that this peninsula is the place to be in this new kitchen is a plate of treats awaiting guests. What grandchild (or visiting Village Home Stores employee) can resist pulling up a stool to chat or help out in this great new space. The countertops selected for this remodel are by Silestone Quartz in “Sierra Madre”. Added piece of mind is that Silestone includes Bacteriostatic Protection  which means silver ions are included in the quartz to prevent the propagation of bacteria.  A perfect added value to this selection since this new peninsula area is ideal for for preparation and serving. Can’t you just picture a “gaggle” or grandchildren all gathered at this top making Christmas cookies? An outlet has been installed at the very end of the peninsula for small appliances or even a laptop or tablet can be plugged in if used as a desk.
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With all of those guests and a bright new space to enjoy, these homeowners better stock up on some snacks! There is plenty of places to store them within the pantry zone of the new kitchen design. The wall that is home to the refrigerator is also where you will find a wide pantry cabinet.
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Three adjustable-height sliding trays of storage plus a stationary shelf above that allow full access to the lower section. The trays are a very versatile way to use the space and extend out to allow the user to see everything within. Above is a 24″ deep space for appliances or bulk items. Click play to watch this cabinet and all of the trays in animated form. We love the addition of baskets to the slideout trays! This kitchen was so full of great storage we had to include it on a storage-themed episode of our local TV show. Watch that full episode here to see the full details tour of this great remodel!

Two incredible kitchen remodels both featuring storage solutions perfect for each home. It is amazing how something as basic as adding sliding shelves can help you enjoy and use your kitchen space more. Don’t miss out on the oportunity to fill your cabinets with the best storage potential possible.


Believe it or not this tall pantry cabinet is not the only great pantry storage section in the new kitchen. Just down the wall is a walk-through corner pantry front with a glass-door display cabinet to the right. Corner pantry cabinet in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Ordered to match the “Seneca Briarwood”  Rustic Beech cabinetry from our Koch Classic line, this front and two panels were used to assemble the corner area. The homeowner even installed a motion-sensitive light on the interior so that when the pantry doors are opened, the lights turn on. After just a few minutes they automatically turn off. Walk-through pantry fronts are fantastic because you can truly customize your shelving behind them any way you would like. Click play to see the pantry!


While we didn’t do any of the install work for this kitchen, we knew the project was in great hands by a VERY skilled carpenter (who has installed countless projects for our customers). Wait until you see some of the extra work that he put into making this kitchen completely customized for them. This display cabinet with mullioned glass doors got an extra custom detail added to the interior shelves.glass cabinet shelvesThe center section of the finished shelves was routed out to accommodate tempered glass inserts. Now the light installed at the top of these cabinets can pass through the glassware AND the shelves completely! Across from the pantry storage zones of the kitchen is the main prep area of of the kitchen. The sink, dishwasher and cooking areas are all found here.sink

koch all wood susan corner cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.comEach of the base cabinets on this wall is full of fantastic storage solutions perfect for any kitchen. The corner of the peninsula includes a lazy susan cabinet to access the entire corner space for storage. Note that there is no center pole in this susan design. Instead, a fixed center shelf has a susan resting directly on it. The base cabinet to the right of this susan is a space designed for storing baking sheets and cutting boards. Instead of the expected metal or wood center divider, a slide-out tray is installed. Because the walls of this tray are tall, nothing will tumble out  when you pull one from the cabinet.slideing tray divider cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

pull out trash cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.comPull-out trash cabinets have officially moved from the “specialty” cabinet category and have instead become so expected of any new design we rarely sell a space that doesn’t include one. Many times we are even installing more than one. The double-bin option allows you to sort recycling at the time you are cleaning up. At the very end of the peninsula area is wide stack of drawers. The top section has been ordered with two top drawers in place of one wide drawer.two top drawers in cabinet. | VillageHomeStores,com

Wood silverware dividers have been added to the right top drawer. Deep drawers below offer a lot of extra storage. Many items are now available right within reach of this great new prep space. The tile backsplash in this kitchen is a subway tile in an “Almond” color by Daltile. The mosaic insert is called “Rocky Beach” by Glazzio. offwhite subway tiles. | VillageHomeStores.com

The field tile is bright and the mosaic is the perfect blend of colors that can be found throughout the new kitchen. Our Diode LED undercabinet lighting helps showcase this tile. The main sink wall of the new kitchen includes a new Whilrpool range and microwave hood. This range is a front-control electric range with convection oven. We love how the front-control design allows for a smooth and sleek area where the range meets the backsplash. Whirlpool front control stove. | VillageHomeStores.com

This Whirlpool unit comes with the new Frozen Bake™ feature. Read more about this timesaving feature on this past blog post. Above this range is a combination microwave hood also from Whirlpool. With 400 CFMs and 2.0 cu. ft. of interior capacity it is a great choice! The surrounding cabinet design is eye-catching from all entrances into the new kitchen. Whirlpool microwave hood combination. | VillageHomeStores.comFluted details on either side of the hood are the perfect place to catch the “Black” accent glaze that has been applied to these cabinets. This accent glaze is also a great way to help allow the design to combine Stainless Steel appliances with Oil-Rubbed Bronze cabinet hardware. The accent glaze highlights the door details and even the rustic knots found in the wood. The dark finish of the hardware is right at home with this combination. Dark Hickory flooring adds extra drama to the overall look.hickory hardwood dark finish. | VillageHomeStores,com

This Hickory hardwood floor from our Hallmark Flooring line is stunning in person. The dark contrast to the cabinets looks rich and the “Sagebrush” finish is perfectly at home with the accented Rustic Beech cabinets. One of our favorite parts of the new kitchen isn’t even a cabinet! We must also point out the handwork by this homeowner in this chalkboard area he created.

custom chalkboard. | VillageHomeStores.comHe used just a few pieces of Rustic Beech trim to create a custom magnetic chalkboard area on the refrigerator wall. The lower section of molding even can hold a piece of chalk. What a great way to “extend” the cabinetry finish into a functional piece right between the kitchen and the dining areas. Be sure to check out the full album of photos from this project here on our Houzz pagerustic kitchen cabinets. | VillageHomeStores.com

Are your ready to remodel your own space into a functional and family-friendly kitchen you can make many new memories in? Village Home Stores is excited to hear about what your dream kitchen looks like! Contact us today to make an appointment with one of our expert designers! (309) 944-1344Village_Home_Stores