Quad Cities Kitchen With Black and White Cabinets

Welcome to this stunning new home in Bettendorf Iowa, Quad Cities with kitchen and bath designs by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes. Every corner of this new home is an example of a chic and sophisticated take on the clean, Scandinavian-inspired finish trends of combining white, matte black, and light woods. Join us on a short photo tour of the kitchen and bathroom spaces in this incredible new home beginning in the kitchen. Koch Cabinetry in the Savannah doorstyle is painted with a “Black” finish on the kitchen island and “White” for the perimeter. Whirlpool appliances and quartz counters are also featured. Let’s have a look around.

White painted kitchen with matte black cabinet island and farm sink. Matte black kitchen faucet and modern stair railing.
White painted kitchen with matte black cabinet island and Hanstone quartz counters.

Matte black cabinets are continuing to “climb the charts” so to speak in our industry. We have installed full kitchens, kitchenettes, and countless bath vanities, home bars, and kitchen islands in this neutral finish. Here it is used in a traditional two-tone application as an accent color on the island. Another great look is to install black base cabinets and white uppers. See an example of that here in a past feature. Bright, white glossy Hanstone quartz counters in the “Strato” design are installed on the perimeter and kitchen island. And of course any dream kitchen isn’t complete without a great pantry. Check out that hidden walk-in pantry on the fridge wall!

White kitchen with black painted island and walk in hidden pantry.
Black and white kitchen with hidden pantry cabinet front and Hanstone Strato quartz counters..

It’s OK to admit your jealous because we are too! We can order one of these tall cabinet fronts to match your kitchen from Village Home Stores. Even just a small niche of space can be transformed into creative storage solutions inside. With the recent year we have all had, many can agree that we are shopping more and more in bulk. So a pantry like this is a wonderful asset to any busy household. Ask your kitchen designer at Village Home Stores how we can create a design for your new or existing home to include this feature.

Tall hidden pantry entrance and microwave drawer
Kitchen cabinet design with hidden pantry.

The hardware for this kitchen is from our Jeffrey Alexander line in a matte black finish. Notice how on the closed pantry doors (above) a larger scale handle is installed. This is a functional and stylish design choice. While these tall doors are sturdy, they would open very flimsy if a small knob were installed to operate them. Matte black metal was also repeated in the two large pendant fixtures that hang above the kitchen island. These stone seeded glass pendants are 12″ wide and 21 1/2″ high in size from our Capital Lighting line. We have this pendant light on display in our showroom currently if you would like to see it in person. The glass texture is a detail that photos just can’t showcase as well as in person.

White kitchen with black island and overhang for seating
Kitchen island with overhang for four stools

Another metal finish is introduced with the appliance suite in this kitchen. Whirlpool’s Stainless Steel is a fantastic fit for this complete vision. A front-control freestanding gas range with chimney-style hood above is the focal point of the back wall of the design. On the other wall you will find a french door refrigerator and Sharp microwave drawer. There is something so classic about a white wall of cabinetry with white on white subway tile and a great cooking pair like this.

Stainless Steel gas range and chimney style hood in white painted Bettendorf Iowa kitchen.
Stainless Steel gas range and chimney style hood in white painted Bettendorf Iowa kitchen.

This Whirlpool range boasts a massive 5.8 cu.ft. of capacity inside the oven and a 5-burner gas cooktop above including an oval central burner. It also includes a customer-favorite: Frozen Bake™ Technology. This takes the True Convection Cooking components in the oven and puts them to work to allow you to place fully frozen items into a cold oven and get amazing results without a preheat. This cooktop is also a dream to clean. The full-width cast iron grates have EZ-2-Lift™ hinges at the back. Just hinge them open, wipe the surface clean and hinge down!

close up shot of cast iron hinged cooktop grates
Easy to lift grates hinge open for easy cleaning in white painted Bettendorf Iowa kitchen.

In the kitchen island there is an apron front farm sink flanked by a pullout waste basket cabinet of the left, and a Stainless dishwasher on the right. This Whirlpool dishwasher has a 1 hour wash option and a Sensor cycle that picks the right cycle just for you. Finished items come out “cabinet-dry” dishes thanks to Fan Dry that uses a fan to pull in fresh, dry air. No more drying clean dishes before putting them away!

Black painted kitchen island with farm sink and stainless steel dishwasher
Black painted kitchen island with farm sink and Hanstone quartz counters

Of course a large part of a successfully competed great room design is a lighting plan that is well thought out for function and style. We love the linear caged light that hangs above the dining table just off the kitchen. This is the Quorum Olympus 8-light chandelier and it is shown here in the “Noir” finish. Also, can we get an amen for a dining table with a bench seat!? We love this look and Aspen Homes always does such a great job of staging their spec homes!

Quorum Olympus 8 light linear chandelier in matte black finish hangs in a Bettendorf, Iowa dining room
Quorum Olympus 8 light linear chandelier in matte black finish hangs in a Bettendorf, Iowa dining room

The bathrooms in this home are just as dreamy and lux as the kitchen! Check out this double vanity principal bathroom below. Plenty of drawer space for storage and counter between sinks. Outlets are installed on the interior of the two linen cabinets for grooming appliances. Bright white Koch cabinets are made even brighter with polished chrome metal details in this bathroom.

Principal bathroom design with two sinks, white cabinets, vanity lights on mirrors, and Quartz counters.
Principal bathroom design with two sinks, white cabinets, and Calacatta Laza Quartz counters.

A lighting trend we love is installing your bath lighting directly through a custom wall mirror. This always elevates the look of any fixture but showing it off almost in a 360 view. Check out the image below to see this trend in action. Three “Manhattan” wall sconces from our Capital line are installed in this bathroom. One at the center between the sinks and the other two spaced near the linen cabinets.

Polished Chrome Manhattan wall sconce by Capital Lighting installed through a mirror in a Bettendorf, Iowa principal bathroom.
Manhattan wall sconce by Capital Lighting installed through a mirror in a Bettendorf, Iowa principal bathroom.

Using the mate black trend in a bathroom can also be done while keeping a space feeling open and bright. Mate black accents can help to make graphic statements in your overall design. We love this bathroom in the home that includes two black framed mirrors with lighting, plumbing, and cabinet hardware all in a matte black. Just like the kitchen island lights, these “Colton” Capital fixtures combine a black metal finish with a textured glass.

Bathroom vanity in light gray "Dusk" painted finish with matte white Onyx Collection tops and matte black pull hardware
Bathroom vanity in light gray “Dusk” painted finish with matte white Onyx Collection tops.

The same Savannah door from the kitchen is used in this bathroom but a subtle gray paint named “Dusk” is applied. The hardware and lighting accents aren’t the only thing with a softer, matter finish applied. We also can order our cultured vanity tops in a matte finish. The Onyx Collection is a line that offers tops and shower systems. They have tons of modern bowl shapes, and so many colors to choose from. This is not the shell-bowl pink marbled top from your great grandma’s house folks…. but believe it or not its the same product and concept. Matte white is always a classic look. Your designer at Village may ask if you are in need of any end splashes for your top. Below is an example of a (right) end splash. On tops with sinks near a wall or cabinet, these protect that surface from water splashing up.

Bathroom vanity in light gray "Dusk" painted finish with matte white Onyx Collection top and end splash
Bathroom vanity in light gray “Dusk” painted finish with matte white Onyx Collection tops and right end splash

Want to see more from this new home? We have a full project of photos posted to our Houzz page here. Want to learn more about Aspen Homes? Check out their website here. Are you researching for your own project? If you are local to us we would love the opportunity to show you how our new home customers like this find value in our showroom and our process. Just reach out and we will set you up with a member of our New Construction team to explain your first steps. You can call us at (309) 944-1344, email us at info@villagehomestores.com or just drop your information in the chat right here on the blog. Our showroom is open Monday-Fridays 9am-5pm, Saturdays from 9am-noon, and by appointment. We can’t wait to hear what your dream kitchen looks like and how we can be a part of it.

Lighting Trends for 2020 Spotted at Lightovation Dallas

modern chandelier light with village home stores logo overlay

Keri and Natasha just got back from attending the Lightovation 2020 event at the Dallas Market Center and we are so thrilled to share what they saw! If you have ever worked with either of these two designers you know they are absolutely obsessed with lighting and their industry so this “work trip” was pretty fun for them.

Lightovation 2020 at the Dallas Market Center. Image via Lightovation

Attending market events like this really keeps our lighting team ahead of the game. We can be more efficient and helpful for our customers having seen these fixtures in person vs. as just a page in a catalog.

-Keri Swanberg of the Village Lighting Team
Keri and Natasha from the Village Home Stores lighting team at Lightovation 2020 in Dallas, Texas
Keri and Natasha from the Village Home Stores lighting team at Lightovation 2020 in Dallas, Texas

Our team met with many of our current vendors one on one and took time to walk through and see as much product as possible. So many exciting new fixtures were introduced at Lightovation and our team members were among some of the first designers to see them in person. Here are some of the trends that they spotted while browsing our vendor booths at market:

Feeling Blue

We’ve got the blues big time and we are not sad at all about it! Shades of blue were spotted everywhere. For those who follow our Village blog this is no news to the Cabinet industry. Our painted Charcoal Blue finish remains as one of our most requested accent cabinet color. With the announcement of Pantone’s color of the year to be a shade of blue, we were expecting to see some response to that… but WOW! Blue was everywhere and in every category of lighting.

Kuzco Lighting pendants with matte blue, white, and black painted finish options.
Kuzco Lighting pendants with matte blue, white, and black painted finish options.

Not just shades of blue, but a variety of sheen to those blues. Most were showcased in a matte finish texture. Imagine how great the dome pendants shown above would look above a kitchen island! We loved seeing some blue lighting options in a high-gloss lacquered look as well. Check out these glossy outdoor sconces from the Kichler Lighting booth:

Blue glossy outdoor wall sconce by Kichler.
Blue glossy outdoor wall sconce by Kichler.

Bright White

Of course nothing is as classic as a white finish… but on light fixtures? You bet! We spotted bright whites everywhere we went at market. Some of our favorite fixtures were a combination of those whites with a metal finish. This new Minka Lavery series combines white and a gold finishes:

Trending at Lightovation 2020: Combination white and gold finish lighting. Shown here on Minka Lavery fixtures available at Village Home Stores
Trending at Lightovation 2020: Combination white and gold finish lighting. Shown here on Minka Lavery fixtures available at Village Home Stores

Peek-a-Boo Interiors

Have you ever walked into a space and fell in love with it from a distance… only to enter in and start noticing even more reasons you love it? Usually that is the case. Great design happens in the details. We had this experience a few times last week when the interior of a light fixture surprised us! This peek-a-boo effect is most commonly executed with a gold finished interior showcased below in this collection from our Quorum line.

2020 lighting trend of gold peek a book interior. Quorum pendants with blue painted finish options.
Quorum pendants with blue, white, and black finish options and gold peek a boo interior.

And how about a fixture that combines multiple trends in one! This Kuzco pendant combines the bright white, blue colors, and peek-a-boo interior looks. How fun!

White Kuzco dome pendant lights with playful peek a book interior colors.
Kuzco dome pendant lights with playful peek a book interior colors. Lighting available at Village Home Stores.

Straps, Buckles, and Braces

This stunning chandelier shown below included the white trend as well as another we saw on home accessories and lighting. Leather straps! Leather and faux leather can add such tailored texture to any item. It can also help some styles lean to a more masculine look.

Polished chrome finish chandelier with white leather strap detail. Light by ELK Group International available at Village Home Stores
Polished chrome finish chandelier with white leather strap detail. Light by ELK Group International available at Village Home Stores

Also note that with all the gold, brass and brushed brass finishes we were seeing, we still spotted plenty of classic finishes like polished chrome. Light fixtures have always been referred to the “jewelry of a room” and this trend of adding and emphasizing joints and construction with straps, buckles, and braces is very fun! Instead of blending in the hardware for a fixture, these elements are celebrated!

Detail of buckle and brace detail trend on a weathered wood finish light fixture by Capital Lighting. Available at Village Home Stores
Detail of buckle and brace detail trend on a weathered wood finish light fixture by Capital Lighting. Available at Village Home Stores

We also got to preview the new Lauren Lighting collection available from our Generation Lighting line. This lighting series shown below rock the buckles and braces trend with a nod to the equestrian style Ralph Lauren is known for. Ask out team to see more of this amazing collection. The pieces are truly stunning investments for your home.

New Ralph Lauren lighting collection by Generation Lighting available at Village Home Stores.
New Ralph Lauren lighting collection by Generation Lighting available at Village Home Stores.

Over-sized and Unexpected Shapes

Scale can make is such an impact on a design. Sometimes at a market event like this, the size of the light fixtures can seem to be lost among the tall ceilings and overall giant scale of the event. But there is no avoiding some of the massive fixtures that we saw! Village Home Stores truly does have a light for any size project and budget. Don’t forget that we provide lighting for homes and businesses so if you have a restaurant, bar, office, boutique, or other setting in need of lighting impact give us a call.

Large 40" diameter pendant light by Hudson Valley and unique spiraling ladder fixture from ET2. Lighting available at Village Home Stores
Large 40″ diameter pendant light by Hudson Valley and unique spiraling ladder fixture from ET2. Lighting available at Village Home Stores

We saw lights of all sizes and shapes at market. Not just playful new geometric shapes but so many organic and unique shapes. You can shop our lighting online anytime here on our website and even select and filter by category and finish. Something to note is that there are now so many exciting light fixtures available that don’t technically belong stuck in just one category. Many of the fixtures we suggest for our clients aren’t technically straight-forward “chandeliers” or “foyer” lights. That is why working with a lighting expert opens up your search into our own expert experience to think outside of the box for you.

Weathered Oak

Another home trend that has crossed over to multiple departments at Village Home Stores is the use of weathered woods. Of course our cabinetry department has offered many versions of this trend for long time, but every year more and more become available. Weathered finishes are a great way to add a wood tone and texture without fully committing to one wood and color for everything. What do we mean? Well consider this weathered oak fan below. It could be used in a room that includes gray or brown wood-tone furniture or all white furniture.

Trending at Lightovation 2020: Weathered Oak fan blades. Shown here on a Quorum ceiling fan. Available at Village Home Stores
Trending at Lightovation 2020: Weathered Oak fan blades. Shown here on a Quorum ceiling fan. Available at Village Home Stores

Weathered finishes take on their own unique and “storied” place in a design. We are loving the outdoor pendant lighting we spotted in the Savoy House booth. Imagine these weathered wood shutter pendants in your cozy outdoor patio space.

Weathered wood outdoor pendant and ceiling fan by Savoy House. Lighting available at Village Home Stores.
Weathered wood outdoor pendant and ceiling fan by Savoy House. Lighting available at Village Home Stores.

Cone and Dome Shapes

With so many fixtures to see it was interesting to notice that most of the new product launches introduced were either a cone or dome shape. While some lean heavily toward contemporary others are more transitional in style. And all seem to be available in such a variety of finish options and light styles.

Hudson Valley and Golden Lighting pendants showcasing the cone and dome shape trend.
Hudson Valley and Golden Lighting pendants showcasing the cone and dome shape trend.

Multi-Finish Fixtures

So many of the lights we viewed at market were not just a one note finish. Two-toned / multi-finish fixtures were everywhere. Many dipping into the other mentioned trends of blues and whites. We love any part of an overall design concept that can introduce many finish options to the finished look. It makes selecting hardware, plumbing fixtures, and accessories exciting and more open to possibilities.

Trending at Lightovation 2020: multi finish pendant lighting. Shown here on Quorum fixtures available at Village Home Stores
Trending at Lightovation 2020: multi finish pendant lighting. Shown here on Quorum fixtures available at Village Home Stores

Seeing fixtures and glass illuminated in person just helps us out so much as designers. Seeing the quality of the brands we carry compared to those we don’t helps us to assure our customers and contractors that we curate our lighting brands for a reason.

-Natasha Byers of the Village Lighting Team
The Mystic Luster finish available on select Capital Lighting.

Are you looking for interior or exterior lighting for your Quad Cities area home? Village is the region’s home lighting destination. You can shop our lighting selections online and in store. Partnering with one of our lighting experts in our award-wining showroom helps you to see the best options for your personal style and budget. After a brief consultation our team can help narrow down your options for you to make the shopping experience easier and enjoyable. The Village Home Stores lighting showroom is located at 105 S State St in downtown Geneseo, IL. You can reach us by phone at (309) 944-1344. Lighting for your home is such a fun category of product and there are so many exciting new options out there. Contact our team today! We can’t wait to hear what you are shopping for.

White, Light Oak, and Matte Black Farmhouse Kitchen – Aspen Homes

This week we are sharing a feature on a custom kitchen we just completed with Aspen Homes in their Woodlands Farm House. This home in Bettendorf Iowa is so stunning it will knock the wind right out of you when you walk in the front door. It is THAT GORGEOUS! Did you know that farmhouse style doesn’t have to mean weathered woods and ship lap covering every surface? This open concept kitchen is an amazing example of a high-end and polished approach to the farmhouse style.

White and oak farmhouse kitchen with matte black accents in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home.
White and oak farmhouse kitchen with matte black accents in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

The kitchen is a balanced blend of custom Amish-built cabinetry in a painted “White” and White Oak stained “Sand” finish. The only bold contrast you see is in the accents like faucets, lighting, and accessories. A matte black finish on these items helps the lighting and accents to stand out and make a great statement. The overall cabinetry feels bright, light, and clean with these light finishes and floating shelves. A commercial-style 48″ wide, dual-fuel freestanding KitchenAid range is found on the main wall of the kitchen design. It includes two ovens, 6 burners, and a built-in griddle.

White kitchen with gold hardware in a Bettendorf Quad Cities modern farmhouse. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.
White kitchen with gold hardware in a Bettendorf Quad Cities modern farmhouse. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

A pro-style range hood insert is housed above that in a custom wood hood cabinet. In a great room kitchen, scale is a very important element to consider for your overall design. In this home the tall ceilings and open spaces still feel bright and light and the size of the 48″ range and 48″ build-in refrigerator are just the right scale for the space. The cabinetry extends all the way to the ceiling and a large-scale crown molding marries the cabinetry to the ceiling. A standard-size and style crown would look out of place here. This angled, large-scale crown is perfect.

White oak floating shelves and built in refrigerator in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home.
White oak floating shelves and built in refrigerator in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

On the refrigerator wall, the same “Sand” White Oak cabinetry from the kitchen island is used to surround the built-in refrigerator. Two shelves bridge the tiled wall from the refrigerator to the entry wall. Open shelves in the kitchen and bath design industry continue to become more popular in many styles of spaces. This kitchen includes a lot of cabinet storage space so these wall shelves can be left to style any way you would like throughout the year. Imagine stacked white dishes, leaning artwork, or holiday decor!

White oak kitchen cabinetry and shelves surround a built in refrigerator in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.
White oak kitchen cabinetry and shelves surround a built in refrigerator in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

There is a rapid-growing interest in light wood flooring and cabinetry in our industry. Would you have predicted just a few years ago that Oak would make such a comeback? Well it’s official, Oak is back in the spotlight… just not the golden Oak we saw year ago. White oak is trending and showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. We love the look of this woodgrain when paired with painted cabinets of any color. The countertop surfaces in this kitchen are an engineered quartz named “Calacatta Laza”.

White oak kitchen island with farmsink in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.
White oak kitchen island with farmsink in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

The hardware in this kitchen is from our Hardware Resources line and the “Brushed Gold” handles are the “Stanton” series. A standard 3″ handle would look off-scale and shrunken in this kitchen design. Using a large-scale handle elevates the look of this entire kitchen design. The brushed gold finish is also repeated in some of the home accessories and lighting. The pendant lighting above the kitchen island makes a huge impact in the space. Three “Brynne” pendants from our Feiss line hang n a Matte Black finish with gold accents.

Modern farmhouse kitchen with 3 pendant lights in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.
Modern farmhouse kitchen with 3 pendant lights in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

If you aren’t sure what size or what quantity you need for lighting above your island, please contact our expert team. We can help you select the right fixtures for your space and your budget. Shop our lighting online, anytime here on our lighting website. There you can sort by finish, style, size and more. Plus you can contact us for help on that site. Speaking of lighting, another great fixture in this home hangs next to the kitchen is a serene dining space surrounded by windows.

Farmhouse light hangs in a farmhouse styled dining area of a Bettendorf home.
Farmhouse light hangs in a farmhouse styled dining area of a Bettendorf home. Lighting by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

Here we included a Linear Gabriel 8-light fixture in the “Noir” finish from Quorum. The simple lines look right at home with the black windows in this room. The look is really timeless and on trend at the same time. Many find this upscale farmhouse look to really just be categorized a “New Traditional”. Take a look at the Great Room below and imagine that same space with just a few changes in furniture. Neutral finishes on the cabinetry and surfaces help it to be easy to envision the space jumping from farmhouse, to contemporary, coastal and everywhere in between. The ceiling fan in this room is the “Maverick” from our Monte Carlo line. It is available in many finishes including “Matte Black” (shown).

Great room of a Bettendorf Quad Cities home with lighting and kitchen design by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes. Interior styling by Ruby & Co.
Great room of a Bettendorf Quad Cities home with lighting and kitchen design by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes. Interior styling by Ruby & Co.

You can actually tour this home as part of the QCBR Fall Parade of Homes this week! The tour will be open from 5-7pm on Wednesday the 25th and again Saturday and Sunday 9/28-29 from 1-5pm. Grab a map and full details here. If you have a giant crush on this kitchen like we do, head over here to the full album of photos from this home on our Houzz page. There you will also find more images of the other incredible rooms in this property. We love how the powder room turned out! This furniture style vanity and marble top from Hardware Resources looks great!

White bath vanity with marble top in a Bettendorf Quad Cities wallpapered powder room.
White bath vanity with marble top in a Bettendorf Quad Cities wallpapered powder room.

In the Master Bath we repeated the White Oak “Sand” cabinetry with the same hardware and clean-lined doorstyle as the kitchen. Double sink vanity designs are still sought after for many households. Here we broke up the space by changing heights and depths of the drawer stack at the center of the design. This provides a visual interest and creates a clear separation for each user. “Octave” 3-light vanity lighting from our Savoy House line looks incredible in a “Warm Brass” finish above each sink.

We also installed some Matte Black cabinetry in some of the home’s other bathrooms and the wet bar of the lower level. Someone pour us out a pint because we want to hang out in this bar! Black “Savannah” cabinetry from our Koch Classic line is paired with Calacatta Laza Quartz counters and a 3″ thick custom wood butcherblock bar top. That same oak “Sand” stain is repeated in floating shelves on ta back bar wall. Whirlpool’s “Black Stainless Steel” finish looks perfect in this home bar and the fingerprint resistant top coat makes it ready for any party crowd!

Black cabinet home bar with floating shelves and farmhouse style lighting.
Black cabinet home bar with floating shelves and farmhouse style lighting. Design and products by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

The Quad Cities is a fantastic region to live, work, and play in! We are Midwest at it’s best. With so many great places to build a home you are able to get exactly what you want. We also have amazing remodel opportunities in our area. Village Home Stores is thrilled that we get to offer quality products and service to each of those categories of homeowners. Curious about us? Watch our weekly TV show that airs every Sunday morning at 10am on WQAD News 8. There you can see before and after remodel stories from right here in the Quad Cities. See what is trending and new in our industry and get ideas for your own projects with us.

Large, angled modern crown molding in a Bettendorf Quad Cities farmhouse styled kitchen.
Large, angled modern crown molding in a Bettendorf Quad Cities farmhouse styled kitchen. Cabinetry and kitchen design by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

To learn more about this home (as of the time of this post it’s for sale!!!) and to learn more about Aspen Homes, visit their website here. If you have questions about something you have seen in this feature, or are ready to start the bidding process for your own new home or remodel project, just reach out to us. You can call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this short form online and a member of our team will be in touch. Find out why our one-stop-shop approach to shopping for your home can save you time and money and get you results like this home! We can’t wait to hear what you are working on and how we can help.

What We Saw At World of Whirlpool in Chicago

Village Home Stores sales team visits the World of Whirlpool facilities in Chicago IL for product training.

Last week we were invited to join a few other Illinois sales teams from small businesses like ours at the World of Whirlpool training facilities in Downtown Chicago, IL. Our commitment to ongoing product training is why our customers find such an added value in working with Village Home Stores. There are new features introduced all of the time and it is our passion to help you find the right appliances for your budget and your lifestyle. We also want to be available to help you use your new appliances confidently once you have them installed. Training events like this keep our team savvy and knowledgeable for you.

White and black kitchen with Sunset Bronze appliances in the World of Whirlpool experience center in Chicago, IL
The Village Home Stores team visited the World of Whirlpool experience for immersive appliance product training in Chicago, IL.

We try and send our team to product training 1-2 times a year but we have never experienced a training quite like the one we had last week! Two full days of hands-on product demonstrations and chances everywhere we went to use and experiment with the features we were learning about. Product training in the appliance industry is not just about learning what the new finishes and features are, tech in the kitchen has completely changed the game!

Smart Home And Connected Kitchen Tech

Village Home Stores team is excited to be on board with all of these exciting ways you can add tech to your own home kitchen experience. Scan-to-cook, voice control timers and settings, and ingredient recognition. These are not “kitchen of the future” terms, they are available right now! Many of the appliance models we trained on from Maytag, KitchenAid, and Whirlpool have “connected” features. Whirlpool has launched an entire line of connected appliance products and they had a huge kitchen setup installed for our team to explore and train with.

The Village Home Stores appliance team learning about the latest and greatest in smarthome appliances.
The Village Home Stores appliance team learning about the latest and greatest plus what’s to come with smarthome appliances.

I was really excited to train on and operate all of the new Whirlpool Smart Appliances. We learned so many ways they can help simplify our lives

-Tammy Clark, Appliance Expert at Village Home Stores
Tablet connected to smart appliances from Whirlpool
The Village Home Stores appliance team gets hands-on training with Whirlpool’s smarthome connected appliances.

Getting this hands-on training with models we don’t typically get to see and use is a priceless opportunity for our team. Connected appliances are new to everyone so we are just as intrigued and curious as you! The apps and screens on the appliances are all very easy to use and give you options for how you are guided to use them. You can even favorite recipes and settings so that your appliances can adapt to you personally and help to simplify your life.

Hands-On Appliance Training

Chef Ann Nolan teaches some of our team how easy it is to use and clean the chrome-infused griddles on our KitchenAid products.
Chef Ann Nolan teaches some of our team how easy it is to use and clean the chrome-infused griddles on our KitchenAid products.

Resident Chef for Whirlpool brands Ann Nolan trained us on the chrome-infused griddles found on our KitchenAid commercial-style cooking products. We learned about the many benefits of this even-heat griddle including how easy it is to clean. There is no “seasoning” to worry about and we saw first hand that the non-porous surface cleans up very easily! Have a chrome-infused griddle from us? Check out this quick video Chef Ann made showing you the steps to clean it up easily.

Chef Ann Nolan teaching how to clean the griddle surface after use.
Chef Ann Nolan teaches some of our team how easy it is to clean the griddle surface after use.

Wall Ovens Guaranteed to “FIT”

Our team trained heavily on freestanding ranges and wall ovens beginning with a refresh of the FIT System Install Guarantee. Did you know that with the FIT system you can replace your existing 27″ or 30″ wide wall ovens and Whirlpool guarantees it will fit in your existing opening!? That is some valuable piece of mind when shopping. We had a chance to install a wall oven using the versatile FIT brackets and trim kit just to try it out!

A group training with the FIT system risers and trim kits for wall oven installs
The FIT system for wall ovens. This system of trim kits and risers guarantee that replacement wall ovens in standard 27″ and 30″ widths will work in existing openings.

Ice, Ice, Baby!

My favorite part of training was the undercounter icemaker. It was cool to see the difference between ice from that versus an ice dispenser in a refrigerator. Also, the pizza was awesome.

-Seth Owen, Appliance Expert at Village Home Stores
Row of undercounter appliances from KitchenAid installed in a kitchen island.
For those who love to cook and entertain, KitchenAid offers a wide variety of undercounter appliances. Beverage coolers, icemakers, and even drawer refrigeration units.

The pizza Seth is referencing was our off-site event for the evening. The Whirlpool Corporation took us on a Chicago Pizza Tour and it was an absolute dream! If you are looking for a fun and unusual way to see the city, (and if you can throw down on at least 2 lbs. of pizza in a few hours), we highly recommend it! But back to that icemaker Seth was talking about. Who wouldn’t love restaurant quality ice in your own home? Doesn’t that sound amazing? Ice is the only element you can add to something that elevates the experience without altering the flavor! They showed us what a different Clear Ice can make! Press play below to see this fun exercise we did comparing Clear Ice to regular ice from the freezer:

The KitchenAid Clear Ice in these undercounter models produce the most preferred ice in the industry! These icemakers are available in 15″ and 18″ wide models and they come backed by a 2 year warranty. They can be ordered panel-ready to give a built-in look for your kitchen design and the articulating door hinge allows it to be installed flush with the cabinetry and not stick out. We had some extensive cooktop training on both gas and induction cooktops which led to a very important training topic: ventilation!

KitchenAid Ultra Power Dual-Flame Burner showing flame location on pan.
KitchenAid Ultra Power Dual-Flame Burner showing flame location on pan.

Kitchen Ventalation

Are you a serious home chef? Have you ever burned something in the kitchen? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you know how important kitchen ventilation is. Proper ventilation can help you filter heat, odor, grease, and smoke from your cooking space. A great new feature just launched is the Auto Turn On option on some vent hoods. This allows you to take the guesswork out of when to use your hood because it will just turn on when needed. We were blown away by this demo we experienced showcasing ventalation options from the KitchenAid Commercial line. Press play below to see some boosted vent power:

That is a 20 lb. cabinet door and just a 600CFM hood!!! Not even the most powerful hood we have available. Have questions about how much CFM power you need? Our team will work with you to pair your cook surface’s BTU’s and consider the location and your cooking habits when helping you select the right ventilation investment for your kitchen. A few months ago we met Chef Ann Nolan in Nashville and she was showcasing a brand new product on the EXPO floor of that show. Last week we were able to dive into more detailed training for it.

KitchenAid SmartOven+ with Powered Attachments

Wall oven with KitchenAid Smart Oven+ and Powered Attachments
The KitchenAid Smart Oven+ and Powered Attachments. Shown stacked to store inside of the oven cavity.

The KitchenAid SmartOven+ with Powered Attachments is one of the most exciting new appliance products we have seen in years! This wall oven can be used for standard baking and convection baking… but plug one of these powered attachments in and you have the ability to crisp, steam, and even grill in your wall oven! If you love the cooking process this wall oven will take your time in the kitchen to a whole new level. Imagine steaming an entire meal in a single pan, or making 3 racks or ribs any time of the year!?! There are even pre-programmed recipes in the wall oven to encourage you to experiment with your new attachments and they guide you through the entire process. You can even set a “flip” reminder for your burgers! You can read more about the SmartOven+ and see Chef Ann grilling with it here in a past blog post.

Matte Black KitchenAid mixer shown with many front attachments.
What inspired the new Smart Oven system from KitchenAid with powered attachments? The front port KitchenAid mixer of course!

One thing we learned last week that really stuck with us about this wall oven product is the inspiration for it. The KitchenAid stand mixer is iconic. Not just within the Whirlpool brands of products, but in kitchens across the globe. What makes the stand mixer successful and has kept it relevant all of these years is the ability to add new and exciting attachments to any mixer base. The front port of a stand mixer (see above) can transform to suit so many tasks. That same concept was what drove the design of the port for the powered attachments of this SmartOven+ unit. The base “plugs” into the back of the wall oven and you stack whatever attachment you are using on top. A gravity-close cover seals the opening when an attachment isn’t in use.

Some KitchenAid Smart Oven+ Powered Attachments have sloped backs for utensils to push against edge without losing ingredients off the side.
Some KitchenAid Smart Oven+ Powered Attachments have sloped backs for utensils to push against edge without losing ingredients off the side.

Another exciting thing about this product is that KitchenAid included Chef Ann in the conversation while developing this product! She was able to make design notes and suggestions (like the sloped back wall of the grill pan and baking stone for utensil use) and she even developed the recipes programmed into the unit! Do you love being the first in your family or neighborhood to have fun and exiting new things but worry they will become outdated? Don’t worry here! Any powered attachment KitchenAid launches moving forward will work with this wall oven unit. And yes, there are others in the works!

Matte black KitchenAid gas range in Imperial Black finish installed in an on trend kitchen with open shelves and copper accents.
Matte black KitchenAid gas range in Imperial Black finish.

The entire facility at World of Whirlpool was absolutely incredible. Both days we were treated to a chefs tasting 3 course lunch all prepared in the test kitchens on site. There were so many beautiful displays and believe it or not, we didn’t even see everything there even after two days of training! We don’t want to share every single detail from our trip because we will be unpacking some of these things in more detail on upcoming episodes of the Village Home Show.

Seth and Tammy explore the Maytag test kitchen at World of Whilpool in Chicago, IL
Seth and Tammy explore the Maytag test kitchen.

Our team also trained on Maytag products, all brands of dishwashers, refrigeration, baking drawers, the new low-profile microwaves, laundry products and more! See and learn more about the low-profile microwave hoods here in a past blog post. Tammy even got to snap a selfie with the Maytag Man!

Tammy poses with the Maytag Man at the selfie station.

We trained on Whirlpool and Maytag laundry products and even saw the single unit Smart All-In-One Washer/Dryer from Whirlpool! This slim, ventless unit can be installed almost anywhere! Think how amazing it would be to wash a load right in your master closet! Learn more and shop this model here at villagehomestores.com

Maytag front-load laundry pair on pedestals installed in a farmhouse inspired laundry room with subway tile and a farm sink
Maytag front-load laundry pair on pedestals installed in a farmhouse inspired laundry room. Maytag appliances available to the Quad Cities region with our Local Low Price Guarantee at Village Home Stores.

The building where World of Whirlpool us located is a landmark in itself! The Reid Murdoch Building is a historic and important building in the river-facing skyline of Downtown Chicago. We got a tour of the top clocktower one sunny afternoon and the views were amazing! It was such a busy and informative training trip but we had such a great group to train with! It is always so much fun to meet teams from stores just like ours who value the customer experience and seek to provide the best service and products for their neighbors.

A view of the Reid Murdoch Building and a look inside the Whirlpool Clocktower room and terrace on top.
A view of the Reid Murdoch Building and a look inside the Whirlpool Clocktower room and terrace on top.

The training and hospitality we were given from the Whirlpool Corporation was top-notch. We can’t thank them enough for including our store in this training opportunity. It is our honor to continue to earn our title of the Quad Cities Regional experts on appliances. If you are shopping for appliances and are not quite sure what is right for you, reach out to our team! There are hundreds of products out there and we can help you narrow your options down to what is right for you and your budget. If you have questions or would like for one of our team members to prepare a quote for you, just complete this short form online and we will be in touch. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!

Appliance staff training at World of Whirlpool

New Product News From Summit 2019

Village Home Stores shares what new and exciting things shown on the Better Together Summit Expo floor in Nashville TN. - VillageHomeStores.com

We just returned from a whirlwind of a weekend in Nashville, TN where we attended a summit held by our BrandSource buying group. Events like these are so valuable to our small business because we are able to connect and learn from other stores similar to Village. By making these connections, we can learn together and educate ourselves in ways to make YOUR Village experience even better! Village Home Stores is a BrandSource member so that we can offer our customers prices competitive with the big box stores paired with a customer experience that is the very best out there.

Village Home Stores is an AVB Brandsource member. This buying group gives us a competitive edge for pricing and opportunities to give our customers the best experience available. Better Together Summit in Nashville TN. | VillageHomeStores.com

Connecting with other stores and service offices and sharing our stories allows us to all be “Better Together” (which was actually the title of this year’s summit event). We spent our days learning about ways we can better this customer experience for you in store and online. We also spent many many hours training on the new product launches announced for our Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid and Amana brands. We saw a LOT of exciting new things this weekend so we thought we would share a recap about these new and exciting products, some of which are already en route to the Village showroom. Here is a peek at what Tammy, Rob, and Elizabeth saw in Music City!

Village Home Stores shares exciting product news from the expo floor at the 2019 AVB Brandsource BetterTogetherSummit in Nashville TN | villagehomestores.com

A Smart Wall Oven You Can Grill In!

The new product launch that carried the most “buzz” around the show was KitchenAid’s new Smart Oven with Powered Attachments. Available in a single, double, and combination microwave / wall oven, this wall oven series has truly elevated the use for any home cook that loves the process and full experience of cooking at home. For the Village Home Stores customers who loves to cook , you are going to want to press play below to see some sneak peeks from the show floor…

Yes! That is in fact a grill attachment that can be used indoors! There are two other powered attachments that come with this smart oven, but we have to begin with the grill. A base with heating elements connects to the wall oven and atop that, the grill attachment “caps” the coils to create a grill surface. This patent-pending design minimizes smoke that can be created by flares when grease hits the coil. With the coils encased, this grill attachment makes the Midwest year-round grilling dream a reality!

The KitchenAid smart oven with powered attachments allow you to grill year round indoors! The grill coils are covered by the top plate so that grease will not drip down onto the coils to cause smoking. | villagehomestores.com

Smart Ovens come with three powered attachments: a grill, a steamer, and an element-heated baking stone. Of course we must add that of course the Smart Oven can be used as a standard bake oven and also includes convection features and assisted convection conversion. You can use this versatile wall oven with or without the powered attachments. Have you ever used a baking stone? The biggest issue is that you are supposed to preheat that stone reeeeeally far ahead of using it to get the best results. With the powered baking stone attachment resting right on top of the elements, you can skip that step all together! Get consistent, and crisp results on a stone that can fit up to a 14″ pizza.

KitchenAid's smart oven comes with 3 powered attachments for grilling, steaming, or baking stone use. | villagehomestores.com

The steam attachments are also incredible! Any serious home-chef knows that cooking with steam helps to infuse moisture and added flavor that can’t be matched! This powered attachment can fit enough sides and meat to feed a family of four all in one pan! You can even use this attachment to cook with the steam pan and no lid in the “steam assist” mode. The steamer is dishwasher-safe and can easily clean up with soap and water.

Steam attachment for the KitchenAid smart oven with powered attachment. Feed a family of four with only using one pan! | villagehomestores.com

This wall oven is like a home-chef’s Swiss army knife. It has so many features all packed into one location in a kitchen! Being able to prepare such a flavorful meal all in one pan for a last-minute small dinner party sounds like a dream! You can prepare the meat, vegetables, pasta, all in one pan! The pre-programmed recipes for the steam attachment all sound like a delicious way to learn how to use your new oven!

-Elizabeth Round, Village Team Member
KitchenAid's steam attachment for the smart oven is dishwasher safe and can be used with or without the lid. | villagehomestores.com

Imagine being able to grill indoors during the entire Winter season we have just endured! Seeing how the grill coils were wrapped with the top casing, now I understand how there was virtually no smoke involved while Chef Ann was making so many burgers in that wall oven!

-Tammy Clark, Village Team Member
KitchenAid's smart oven comes with 3 powered attachments for grilling, steaming, or baking stone use. | villagehomestores.com

Recipe Guidance and Connectivity:

We really wish this blog had a scratch-and-sniff feature so you could smell those incredible sirloin chorizo burgers Chef Ann was grilling up! Ann showed us as she was working how the recipe guide mode walks you through each step. She even got a notification on her phone as she was talking to us that it was time to flip the burgers over.

KitchenAid's smart oven with recipe guide. On-screen tutorials help users get comfortable with their new powered attachments. 3 recipes for each attachment available. | villagehomestores.com

That notification to flip the burgers is a great example of how connected smart home appliances can help keep your busy household on track to a great meal. Imagine having guests over while entertaining in your back patio and getting a notification on your Apple watch that the oven is preheated, or your meal timer is ending. The WiFi and app features rolling out with KitchenAid all are there to help give you the best experience AND results while cooking in your kitchen.

A New Look For Commercial Ranges!

We were also able to take a peek at the redesign of the commercial ranges from KitchenAid. These units now pair better with other KitchenAid items as a suite with handles and include great new options for accent colors (shown below in “Navy”)

KitchenAid Commercial Range redesign with connected WiFi features shown on the expo floor at the 2019 AVB Brandsource BetterTogetherSummit in Nashville TN | villagehomestores.com

I’m really excited to see this redesign for the commercial ranges. Now the handles can better match the rest of the kitchen suite and the connected features added are great! I would love the remote-enabled option to preheat and monitor my oven as I am leaving work headed home.

-Rob Ries, Co-Owner of Village Home Stores
Yummly app with Whirlpool Connected Appliances demo from the expo floor at the 2019 AVB Brandsource BetterTogetherSummit in Nashville TN | villagehomestores.com

Smart home tech is not just limited to our KitchenAid line of product. The first to introduce connected appliances was Whirlpool and they continue to add to their connected appliance features. Whirlpool has added even more connected models and the Yummly partnership has proven to be a very great integration. If you aren’t familiar with it, Yummly is an extremely popular recipe search engine that allows you to search for recipes online that fit within your own dietary restrictions and ingredient availability! Now you can take that found recipe one step further by sending the recipe directly to your smart appliances for instruction.

As you can see in the video above, Yummly users can even image-capture the physical items you have on hand and search recipes online. The Whirlpool and Yummly features have now been available for some time and they keep getting better and better!

Maytag’s New Cast Iron Finish!

Village co-owner Rob Ries checks out the new Maytag Cast Iron finish shown on the expo floor at the 2019 AVB Brandsource BetterTogetherSummit in Nashville TN

We had heard Maytag may be rolling out a new finish but didn’t realize we would have a chance to see it in person so soon! Seeing the new “Cast Iron” color was exciting! This finish is a more rugged, darker look than our Black Stainless products. Cast Iron is a matte black finish without the brushed look of a Black Stainless. This new finish, on the sturdy, dependable Maytag line is a great look! Speaking of sturdy and dependable, how about a Maytag dryer so large and strong dealers were climbing into it!

Maytag dryers so large and durable that dealers can CLIMB into them! Image Via AVB Brandsource Team.
Maytag dryers so large and durable that dealers can CLIMB into them! Image Via AVB Brandsource Team.

Laundry Features Fit For a King!

Now that’s a capacity and commercial-grade parts illustration we loved seeing in action! We were also glad to not have to climb in ourselves to get the point across to you. Large capacity with the best cleaning in the industry is a major need for many of our Village Home Stores laundry customers. How about a large-capacity agitator washer that can a fit king-sized comforter!? We saw it with our own eyes!

A Maytag large capacity top load washer with agitator that fits a king-sized comforter! | villagehomestores.com

Now of course we should mention that while this washer boasts a large capacity and great cleaning action… it is very large itself! Please work closely with your Village Home Stores appliance team to make sure you have the space to get this washer and dryer pair into your home and in place. There was great news from the Whirlpool laundry products including many changes to the front load lines. The Load & Go system of pre-loading detergent can now store up to 40 loads of laundry detergent. If you use our Excelsior HE product, that is more like 60-120 loads because our detergent is 6x concentrated. Our staff can help show you how to enter that info as you load your detergent and then you will be all set for many months without even refilling.

The new load-and-go system in the Whirlpool frontload laundry line allows you to pre-load even more loads of detergent to make laundry easier! | villagehomestores.com

We saw so much more than we can get to in this recap (and don’t worry we did manage to see a lot of great live music too while in Nashville). We look forward to featuring some of these new features in upcoming projects here on the blog. Of course you can shop our appliances online, anytime at villagehomestores.com but you may also stop by our showroom to see us in person. Thank you to BrandSource for the incredible business workshops and training this weekend. We are thrilled to partner with other businesses to offer the competitive prices and award-winning service experience they expect from Village Home Stores. We truly are better together.

Village Home Stores recaps the trip to the Better Together Summit 2019 in Nashville TN. - VillageHomeStores.com