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Heartland Builders- A New Home With Contemporary Details

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Many times customers are hesitant to embrace something labeled as a “trend” because they fear the look will be dated so quickly. The truth is in our industry…trends aren’t just a flash in the pan. Ever. For design choices like Gray Stains or Black Accents, these “trends” are long-term. Once you begin to see certain trends appear on magazine covers and in spaces on your favorite TV shows, the industry has committed to the concept. This latest project we completed with Aspen Homes LLC is so gorgeous we barely know where to begin the tour!  As we show you around the space we will pay attention to key trends at work in the kitchen:

Black Details And Accents In The Kitchen:

Kitchen with black window accent. Design and materials from Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

We love the black trim detail added to this Bettendorf, IA home. A farmhouse sink sits beneath three windows on one wall of the kitchen design. These three black windows add style and visual rhythm to the space. The two “Wadsworth” pendants that hang above the kitchen island are from our Hudson Valley line. Selecting the perfect lighting for your overall look is so important. The kitchen island pendants in this home are the perfect example of what we mean.

“Both the sconces and the island pendants get a lot of attention. I’m glad I took a risk with those pendants because they seem to tie it all together and ground a space filled with so much white.” -homeowner

That quote from the homeowner says it all! They truly do complete the entire design. The black accent, the shape, the brass, the circle element (see the barn door below), it is all perfection! A pendant like that in a catalog or our showroom may seem like a bold statement but our lighting team works hard with our clients to select fixtures perfect for their space. A statement may seem a bit out of your comfort level at the time but the impact will be great!

Introduce Gold Accents:

Between the windows hang “Margeaux” wall sconces from our Hinkley line. The “Vintage Brass” finish on the sconces is repeated in the kitchen cabinet hardware and accents on the island pendant lights. You do not have to go “all in” on this Gold Accent trend. Just introducing a few locations for it is great! New Traditional style is all about balancing old looks with new materials. In some cases New Traditional blends old finishes with new shapes and styles. Mixing metal finishes can look great when executed correctly and our team is here to help you find the perfect balance.

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Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

Soften The Look With Matte Finishes:

A great way to make a space more welcoming and less “cold” is to use softer, more matte finishes. Even a cold, hard material like granite can seem more approachable. In this case, a Granite named “Black Pearl” has been installed as the perimeter countertop material. Instead of a high-polished and reflective finish, the “Brushed” finish is used. The result: and Old World look almost like that of a soapstone countertop. The island countertop is from our Cambria Quartz line in their “Summerhill” design. Summerhill blends all of the surrounding colors together perfectly and offers up a natural stone veining look that adds character to the island.
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Want a cabinet style and finish that is truly timeless? If you look at some of your own favorite kitchen spaces saved to your Pinterest or Houzz accounts is the common denominator perhaps a white painted cabinet? A flat-panel doorstyle in a white paint is as timeless of a cabinet commitment you can make. This kitchen has been installed in the “Savannah” door from our Koch Classic line. Chances are if you are drawn to the look of a white painted cabinet, you are also looking at Subway tile. This kitchen takes that classic subway tile and installs it all the way to the ceiling:

Subway tile all the way to the ceiling in a Bettendorf, IA kitchen designed by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

“It’s funny how many people love that the subway tile is taken to the ceiling. It was a simple addition that makes it all feel more special.” -homeowner

White painted flat-panel cabinetry and subway tile. We are giving you the definite green light for that winning combination! Again, these are classic and timeless selections you can make for your overall permanent investment. If 15 years from now you wanted to give this kitchen a new look, the entire kitchen may not need to come out to get that “new” update.

Showcase Your Workspace:

If you are going to invest in a great space to prepare meals, why not shine the spotlight on your busiest area? Cooking zones are where all the activity happens so why not make them the focal point of the space? Kitchens are no longer hidden in the back corner of a home. They have become the very center of all activity throughout your day. In this kitchen a unique hood design makes a statement of its own on the range wall. This custom wood hood aligns with the angle of the kitchen ceiling. A custom hood insert and 1200 CFM blower are fit on the interior of the hood. A clean hood design with a contrasting band of wood at the base completes the look. Below that hood is an envy-worthy 48″ wide range:

48 inch KitchenAid dual fuel range. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

This KitchenAid® Dual Fuel, commercial-style range has 6 gas burners and a chrome electric griddle. The griddle provides exceptional cooking performance and features an easy-to-clean surface. Why Dual Fuel? This range combines the precise control of a gas cooking surface with an electric oven. In the culinary world even the most demanding of cooks can agree that dual fuel is the “best of both worlds” situation for a range. Immediate control for the cooktop and consistent baking, roasting, and broiling in the oven.

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EvenHeat™ True Convection in the ovens provide consistent heating and even cooking on all racks. Convection helps ensure no burnt edges or undercooked centers and with EasyConvect™ Conversion, it is so easy to use these features. This range combines two ovens for a total of 6.3 cu. ft. of capacity. Shop appliances here or visit our store for an award-winning customer experience and a Low Price Guarantee on home appliances!

Warm Gray Stains:

Gray stains aren’t just still “in style”, they are growing and growing in popularity! Each of our cabinet lines have invested in continuing to add gray stains to their finish options. Grays have started to trend toward the warmer look. Warm grays blend well with other wood finishes and paints.

Kitchen with design and materials from Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

In this kitchen a tall pantry cabinet with drawers is finished in a contrasting gray stain named “Stone”. The same Savannah Doorstyle used in the main kitchen is a Cherry wood on the pantry cabinet. Cherry offers a warm and rich woodgrain for the “Stone” stain. We love the use of a contrasting cabinet finish in an unexpected application. We have come to expect the kitchen island, or perhaps a hood to have a contrast finish. Here the location gives the tall cabinet almost the look of a freestanding furniture piece.

Kitchen with design and materials from Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

This layout also provides the illusion of two kitchen islands. A peninsula runs parallel to the kitchen island. It is always exciting to work with Aspen Homes on a project because they come to us with so many great ideas and enthusiastic clients. Looking to build a new home or remodel the one your are in? Village Home Stores is your expert Kitchen and Bath destination. We build a team specific to your project’s needs and help make the process as easy and as fun as possible for you.

Kitchen with design and materials from Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

You can find out more information on what you can expect when working with Aspen Homes and Village Home Stores here on a previous post. We are thrilled to welcome Aspen to Instagram in 2017! Give their page a follow to see the beautiful spaces they are working on in the Quad Cities Region. While you are there, find the Village Home Stores Instagram page as well. We love sharing beautiful spaces and behind-the-scenes coverage of what our store is working on day to day. Ready to start the conversation about your own project? Contact us today to get started. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!
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Colona, IL- Lakeside Home Gets a Refreshing New Remodel

Not every before and after remodel story involves removing walls to get a new layout. This lakeside home in Colona, IL is the perfect example of what we mean. To get the new kitchen design to “open up” here, we actually closed off one of the walls. Take a look at the before and after below to see the doorway that was closed off in order to create a full U-shaped layout for the new kitchen:
kitchen before and after in Colona, IL. Remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

What a transformation! Now this wall has become the main focal point of the new design with this hood surround at the center of all attention. Koch Classic Cabinetry in the “Legacy” doorstyle and “Pearl” painted finish with “Umber” Highlight have been paired with Cambria® Quartz counters and a stylish new Stainless Steel appliance package from KitchenAid®. There is so much great storage and style in this kitchen that we HAD to include it in an episode of the Village Home Show just to have the opportunity to show you around in detail. The original kitchen was in desperate need of more drawers for storage. This new layout includes many drawers in the kitchen perimeter as well as the new kitchen island. Press play below to see for yourself.

When you choose to work with Village Home Stores you can expect to get the best experience available from our expert staff. This includes how you are able to visualize your project during the designing and material selection stages. Below are the design renderings that were presented to this customer in those first few meetings: rendering

Helping you visualize the full concept of your design is a responsibility we take very seriously. It is why you can’t just walk into our store and leave an hour later with a professional design. We are a Kitchen and Bath Design Center. When you set an appointment with us we want you to be so thrilled with your experience from that very first presentation all the way until the final walk-through. Our process may take longer than other stores but we believe that every project deserves the same care and attention no matter what the size. Building a home or remodeling, neither is a process that should be rushed. The hood concept for this kitchen is not ordinary by any circumstances. The look was achieved by building an arched surround for the Cherry wood hood and then tiling the surface with four different 6″ x 24″ Ecowood tiles. The end result is breathtaking and unique!

Unique kitchen range hood surround. | VillageHomeStores.com

Concealed within the Cherry wood hood is a Broan hood blower insert. Not to be ignored right below this new hood area is a KitchenAid® slide-in gas range packed full of style and features! This gas range boasts 5 gas burners on the cooktop ranging from 5,000 to 19,000 BTU’s. Get flawless baking results with convection features in the oven and take advantage of added features like a wireless probe and a steam rack within the oven. Would you believe us if we told you this model is also technically a DOUBLE oven?! That drawer below is not just for storing bakeware or warming dishes!
KitchenAid range with convection oven and baking drawer. | VillageHomeStores.com

KitchenAid® has taken the concept of a warming drawer to a whole new level. Introducing the innovative new baking drawer. This separate compartment allows you to keep warm, slow cook or bake at a different temperature from the main oven and keep dishes warm. This range sits atop a wood-look luxury vinyl tile from our Mannington® Adura Plank line. The “Ashford Walnut” color might fool you in these photographs but trust us, even in person you will not believe this isn’t hardwood. Adura Plank Luxury Vinyl Tiles (also known as LVT’s) are durable, scratch-resistant, waterproof, and easy to clean.  The sink wall of the new design has changed dramatically once the doorway to the nearby Living Room was closed off.
Kitchen before and after with new copper farmhouse style sink. | VillageHomeStores.com

The refrigerator was moved to the opposite end of this sink wall and an undermount copper farmhouse sink is the new eye-catching detail of this section of the new design. An arched valance in the toespace of the sink base cabinet is an added design detail that helps set the look off. This copper sink will begin to age with a beautiful patina and become a character piece in the new kitchen.
Copper undermount farmhouse style sink. | VillageHomeStores.com

This copper farmsink has been under-mounted to new Engineered Quartz countertops from our Cambria® Quartz line. The quartz design selected for this project is named “Langdon” and the 1/2″ rounded edge profile has been applied to the tops. The veining and charactor of a slab of natural granite, but all of the benefits of maintenance-free quartz. Cambria® is the perfect material for this project. The large island top is the best showcase of the pattern and colors:
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The new kitchen island is a large surface for preparation, and entertaining. The cooktop used to dominate the old island counter surface but now the island is versatile and stylish. outlets on each end of the island are camouflaged in color to allow access to power when needed but not steal from the finished look of the applied door paneled ends. The doorway into the new kitchen was widened to open up the space. A peninsula was installed at the entrance to provide more storage and counter surface as well as an overhang to accommodate seated guests.
Before and After images of a remodeled kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

This new widened entrance with a peninsula has changed the overall layout and function for the kitchen. Above the peninsula overhand hand two decorative pendant lights by Kichler. This couple chose to install the “outdoor” pendant style of this light because they included this beautiful seeded glass. We think the lights are perfect!
Kichler pendant lighting with seeded glass above a kitchen peninsula. | VillageHomeStores.com

Shown behind the lighting in the image above are two X-shaped wine cubbies. Plenty of wine storage is easily accessible from either side of the peninsula when entertaining. When guests enter the new kitchen design they get the illusion that instead of a peninsula and an island, this kitchen has two islands. This look is achieved by having the complete island in a Cherry “Mocha” stain plus the back and end of the kitchen peninsula has been installed in that same “Mocha” finish.
Kitchen with Peninsula and island. | VillageHomeStores.com

The Cherry “Mocha” stain from the island and peninsula is repeated in the wood hood area. Two-tone look kitchen designs have come a long way in the past few years. You are not just limited to contrasting crown or an island. Ask you designer what creative ways you could include a second finish in your own design.
Microwave with trim kit in a Colona, IL kitchen island. | VillageHomeStores.com

The cooking center of this new kitchen is stylish and extremely functional. Not only are there incredible features on this new KitchenAid® gas range, the storage and surfaces surrounding it grant the user the best experience possible. Everything is right within reach including a tray divider cabinet and pullout spice rack. There is available countertop surface on each side of the hood surround and access to that incredible new Island top directly behind the user.
Kitchen storage ideas including tray divider and pullout spice rack. | VillageHomeStores.com

See the full album of over 40 images from this kitchen remodel here on our award-winning Houzz.com page. Are you ready to see an expertly-prepared kitchen design for your own home? Contact the award-winning team at Village Home Stores to get the conversation started. Reach out for an appointment by calling (309) 944-1344 or completing this contact form online. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!
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Aspen Homes- Fall Parade of Homes Upscale Modern Farmhouse Style

We love that twice a year we get to attend the Q.C.B.R. Parade of homes. Every Spring and Fall you have the chance to tour beautiful new homes built right here in the Quad Cities. Having our products in these homes is an honor. We wanted to share with you the beautiful “Ridgewood” home from the 2016 Fall Parade built by Aspen Homes, LLC in Bettendorf, IA.

Unique kitchen island in a home built by Aspen Homes with design and materials from Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

The perimeter cabinetry for the main kitchen area is the “Prairie” door in a Hickory wood. Koch Classic’s gorgeous “Stone” stain has been applied and the natural variation of the Hickory woodtones is enhanced. This completed design is an amazing example of “warm gray” at its best. Not only are the grays themselves warm tones, the use of stain instead of a paint allows the woodgrain to come through. Woodgrains have a way of giving a natural warmth to a space and this kitchen is no exception. It is warm, inviting, and upscale.

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

For a unique two-toned island application the “Stone” stain is repeated on each end. An “X” end cap has been assembled and applied for a dramatic look. The stain is a perfect subtle contrast to the “Taupe” paint of the kitchen island. This island design is truly unique and eye-catching. An overhang on the back of the island includes plenty of space for counter-height bar stool seating.

Modern farmhouse kitchen ideas. | VillageHomeStores.comBlending a variety of natural textures and materials helps to suggest the farmhouse style. Adding upscale details like polished stone counters, gold metals, and the use of clean lines and edges take that style to a more refined and classic level.  The “Calcutta Gold” Quartz countertops give the look of a natural marble material, but once installed have all the qualities of an Engineered Quartz: no maintenance at all! We absolutely love the great room light selected from Uttermost that includes gold finishes and leather bands. Great designs are well balanced and thought out. The team at Aspen Homes works closely with our designers here in the showroom to select the perfect palette for every area of your space.  When you have a Great Room setting, every detail selected matters. Selecting a smaller version of this leather Great Room light would have looked amazing above the Dining Room table. Instead, two unique lights were installed and make a statement that helped make this QCBR Parade Home stand out in a very memorable way! Modern farmhouse lighting. | VillageHomeStores.com

Two four-light mini chandeliers by Kichler are a blend of antiqued brass finish, Edison-style bulbs, and  playful exposed cords. With such a bold statement in the Dining Room, a more subtle selection was made above the kitchen island. foyerTwo seeded glass orb pendants from Kichler are the perfect choice above the island. Just around the corner from the Kitchen and Dining spaces is the front Foyer entry to the home.  This same orb shape is repeated but in a caged look including exposed Edison-style bulbs.  We are focusing on the lighting in this project feature because it is truly an important “layer” to your finishes spaces. Many times when building a new home, selecting the lighting can become an overwhelming task after so many other decisions have been made. That is why we have expert lighting designers to help guide you to help see the “big picture”. The bathrooms in this home also include some gorgeous lighting selections. In the Master Bathroom, the lighting becomes the main focal point of the space. Three-light vanity lights provide task lighting above each sink. The main showstopper is the classic and stylish three-light chandelier in the center of the Bath.

Master Bathroom with gray painted vanities in a home built by Aspen Homes, LLC | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

Bathroom moodboard for gray painted cabinets and chrome fixtures. | VillageHomeStores.comThis light by Feiss gives a clean and structured look to this Master Bath. The Polished Nickel finish sparkles and shines. Frameless mirrors by Uttermost hang above each sink station. The faceted look of the mirror edges bounce light allover the Master Bathroom. Vanity cabinets from our Koch Classic line are in the “Prairie” doorstyle and painted in the “Fog” finish.  With so much shine and sparkle in the space, a subtle matte finish was applied to the Onyx Collection cultured marble vanity tops. The shared Bath (shown below) also keeps the same warm grays in the mix but brings the Kitchen cabinetry finish into the space. The “Stone” stain on the Hickory wood enhances the woodgrain and adds dimension to the color. Just look at one of the cabinet doors and you will see the beautiful variation of wood tones that are shown.

Hickory cabinets with "Stone" stain applied in a home built by Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

Gray stained cabinet bathroom ideas. | VillageHomeStores.comThe same matte finish Onyx Collection top in solid “White” is installed in the Bathroom. Again a mirror was selected void of any metal or wood frame. The “Graziano” oval mirrors also by Uttermost are a gorgeous choice. A long double-bowl vanity and a tall linen cabinet provide a lot of storage. These beautiful bath retreats are proof that warm grays have certainly replaced basic beiges in materials selected for new home construction! Are you considering building a new home in the Quad Cities area? Learn more about Aspen Homes, LLC here on their website and what you can expect when teaming up with Aspen and Village Home Stores here in this past blog post. Call our store with any questions at (309) 944-1344 or complete this contact form online and someone from our team will be in touch. We can’t wait to see the plans for your dream home!home_builders_quad_cities

 

 

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Colona, IL- A Laundry Room With “Loads” of Style

This may be a Laundry Room tour, but don’t miss out on an opportunity to see inspiration here for any space in your home. Every design detail and material selection showcased in this tour translates perfectly into an option for your own kitchen or bath project with Village Home Stores. As we show you around this incredible new spacious multi-purpose room, take note of what grabs your eye. Pardon the unavoidable play on words but there is “loads” of inspiration in this space! Press play below to watch a video tour of this finished space on a recent episode of the Village Home Show.

A spacious new layout for this Laundry Room includes a long wall of storage and countertops divided into three sections. This wall of the design has been designated the “folding wall”, a place to sort, hang, and organize laundry tasks. The dark painted finish shown above is a painted finish from our Durasupreme Cabinetry line. The paint is named “Graphite” shown here on the “Silverton” doorstyle. Cabinetry throughout provides added storage to this hallway room for far more than just laundry items. On the wall opposite is a sink and cabinet area finished in the “Zinc” paint with “Slate” accent glaze. These cabinets surround a Maytag® laundry pair ready to tackle your toughest loads:
laundry pair in Metallic Slate finish by Maytag. | VillageHomeStores.com

This front load Washer and Dryer is in Maytag®’s stylish new Metallic Slate finish and has been raised up onto storage pedestals. With 4.5 cu. ft. capacity in the washer and 7.4 cu. ft. in the dryer, that is enough capacity to clean 29 towels in one load. Maytag is so confident in this laundry pair (manufactured in Ohio) they include a 10-year limited parts warranty on the key components of your investment: The Direct Drive Motor and Stainless Steel Wash Basket on the Washer, and Drive Motor and Drum on the Dryer. This Washer delivers best cleaning in the industry driven by Maytag®’s PowerWash® system, featuring the extra cleaning action of the PowerWash® cycle and an internal heater. Other great features of this laundry pair are:

  • The Fresh Hold® option keeps clean clothes smelling fresh in the washer with an internal fan and tumbling feature that circulates air through clothes for up to 12 hours after the wash cycle ends.
  • An internal heater provides steam and sanitize cycles. Use steam settings on tough stains and remove 99.9% of household bacteria with the high-heat sanitize cycle.
  • Steam settings on the Dryer help to relax and prevent stubborn wrinkles , refresh clothes and reduce static. Learn more about our Maytag® laundry options here at this link.

DuraSupreme's painted Zince gray finish in a Laundry Room design including Cambria quartz. | VillageHomeStores.com

Elkay dusk gray undermount sink on Cambria Summerhill quartz. | VillageHomeStores.comThe “Summerhill” Cambria quartz design is the perfect compliment to each of the painted cabinet finishes. A standard “Eased” edge is used with no quartz backsplash installed. The sink wall of cabinetry includes a large single bowl undermount sink from Elkay. Elkay’s “Dusk Gray” finish mimics the accent glaze of the cabinets as well as the laundry pair and “Graphite” painted cabinets across the room. While a stainless steel or warm brushed nickel finish would look right at home in this space, polished chrome is a bright and stylish choice. The countertops and textured glass tiles are illuminated by our Diode LED lighting system. We love the little reminder system this homeowner has started using with her Diode lighting. If there is laundry running that will need to be changed over to the dryer, all the lights are turned off but the undercabinet lighting remains on. Since these lights are low-voltage, this system is a cost-effective way to remind her as she walks down the hall that there is laundry to check back on. trashThe sink wall of cabinetry that faces a window is fit with great storage solutions. A pull-out double bin waste basket on one end, and sliding shelves on the other. Also concealed within the top drawer of one of these cabinets is an innovative way to store and access your ironing board. Press play below to see this cabinet reveal and unfold to access this fold-away ironing board feature.

laundryIG4Stylish and interesting, the Adorne series of switches and outlets has been placed throughout this new Laundry Room. This unique system is available from our legrand line and has customization options that are almost limitless. Read more about the Adorne series here in a past blog post about the Master Bathroom in this very same home. The finish shown in this space is the “Satin Nickel” wall plate. The perfect choice against the American Olean textured glass tiles. These “Elegant Crystal” tiles in the “Sand” finish measure 4″ x 12″ long and add texture and dimension to the space.

American Olean Elegant Crystal textured glass tile. | VillageHomeStores.comThat same tile is installed on the folding wall of the design. Taking a suggestion from the elongated wall tile shape is a 12″ x 24″ sized tile from our Florstar line on the floors. This series is names “Matrix” and the color is “Azul”. This versatile wall of cabinetry now includes hanging storage, cabinet storage, and a floating drawer area in the center for folding and sorting laundry. Below this counter is space for three rolling laundry carts that can be easily moved from here to the laundry units across the room. folding_counter

houzzinfluencer2016See the entire album of photos from this stylish Laundry Room remodel over on our award-winning Houzz.com page. We are winners of Best of Houzz many years in a row and have been awarded the title of “Houzz Influencer” by this rapidly-growing platform.  Click here to see the entire finished space and save the images to your own project ideabooks. This room was not originally the Laundry Room for the home. Do you have a project that may require someone to help you space-plan you existing home into a better functioning space for your lifestyle? Our expert design team can help! We can provide you with a design and material selection. From there you can do the work yourself or we can arrange to coordinate everything for you.  Contact us today to start the conversation. Call (309) 944-1344 or complete this online contact form and someone from our staff with reach out to you. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!cabinet_designer_quad_cities

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The Village Home Show Season One: Episode Guide

Well one episode turned into three…then eventually ELEVEN EPISODES of our TV Show! Now we have wrapped our second season leaving us with NINETEEN! Your response and interest in seeing what we are working on in and around the Quad Cities has pushed us forward to become your premier kitchen and bath design destination in the Quad Cities Region. Take a moment to watch the clip below of some of the before and after stories we shared in season one:

If you missed any of these first 11 episodes you can watch them all online! Below you will find a complete list of episodes each with a brief description and a link to see the full story online.

  • Episode 1: Our very first episode of the Village Home Show! Tour two beautiful remodeled kitchens in Geneseo, IL. A visit from an expert on Cambria Quartz shares a lot of great information about this must-have product. Click here to watch.
  • Episode 2: Tour two kitchens in Bettendorf, IA that each include some wonderful appliances features. An expert from Maytag visits the studio set to share a bit about the suite of brand new Maytag appliances we installed there. You will love the hidden commander center and charging station included in one of these spaces! Click here to watch.
  • Episode 3: A before and after story of kitchen in Rock Island and a trip to Lynn Center to see a brand new home and the kitchen inside. Storage cabinetry is featured and an expert from Dura Supreme stops by to take us on a tour of our set kitchen at WQAD. Click here to watch.
  • Episode 4: Two absolutely amazing kitchens, each showcasing wonderful island designs plus see many more examples of great kitchen islands. A lighting expert joins us to show us some great ways to shed some light above your kitchen island as well! Click here to watch.
  • Episode 5: A wonderful before and after story of a kitchen we remodeled in Rock Island, Illinois. Plus we take a trip to Epic Stone in Davenport, IA to give you a tour of their location and all the wonderful options they have for natural stone countertops. A lighting expert stops by to teach us about the L.E.D. lighting system featured in many of our kitchens. Click here to watch.
  • Episode 6: Kitchen remodel stories from Rock Island and Geneseo in this episode, each with tiled backsplashes and our LED undercabinet lighting system.  A tile expert visits to discuss options and the latest trends in kitchen tile.  Click here to watch.
  • Episode 7: On this episode we share two remodeling stories of local bathrooms that each get a whole new look and layout. Plus see a wonderful system of light switches, controls, and outlets from our LeGrande line. Click here to watch.
  • Episode 8: See a kitchen remodel that is SO incredible that we use our whole episode to show you the project from beginning to end! The new kitchen features gray cabinetry from Dura Supreme, Cambria Quartz Countertops, and a stainless steel appliance package from KitchenAid. Plus and lighting and tile that will knock your socks off (which is fine because the new hardwood floors in the home are bare-feet friendly). All this plus a visit to the kitchen from two Dura Supreme experts.  Click here to watch.
  • Episode 9: A fantastic example of what “New Traditional” style looks like. Walls are removed to open up and make room for a beautiful new kitchen and a bathroom is reworked to include laundry in this Taylor Ridge home. Plus learn about new features in front-load laundry. Click here to watch.
  • Episode 10: We have a visit from a kitchen expert to discuss the different types of countertop materials to fit your lifestyle and taste. Then take a tour to one of our stone fabrication shops to see the customization process. Then watch a before and after kitchen story that includes Formica’s 180FX series with the look of a true marble counter look at a fraction of the cost. Click here to watch.
  • Episode 11: Two beautifully remodeled kitchens each featuring wonderful storage solutions and fantastic kitchen countertop selections. Tour a Geneseo kitchen remodeled to accommodate entertaining grandchildren and guests plus a Bettendorf kitchen full of angles. Click here to watch.

Thank you again and again for watching and of course to all of our amazing customers who participated in this first season. We can’t wait to share new episodes with you Sundays at 9am on WQAD News 8 beginning October 2,2016. If you have any questions about something you have seen in one of these episodes do reach out and we will be happy to chat. Call us at (309) 944-1344 or fill out our contact form here at this link.
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What to Expect: Lighting a Whole New Home With Us

Prepare for the understatement of the century… “Building a home can be overwhelming because of all of the decisions to be made.” Our goal at Village Home Stores is to let you leave with an exceptional customer experience whether you are purchasing laundry soap or an entire home of products. We want the building process to be as simple as possible for our customers. You shouldn’t have to drive around and manage all of these decisions on your own. When building a home, we want you to be able to select as much product as you can from Village Home Stores. This is so we know the end result will look the best it can and so that the process isn’t stressful for you. Great finished projects look complete when one concept is in mind for the entire home.Unique Aged Brass lighting from the Quad Cities Region lighting experts Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

We put together an entire team of Village experts for our new construction customers. Your kitchen designer will have access to your lighting expert and flooring and so on. Communication is the key to a successful project. So where do you get started? Your first step is to set up an appointment with a lighting expert and bring the following to that appointment:

What Do I Bring To My Appointment?

  • Bring a copy of your home print or arrange to have your builder send a copy to our store before your appointment date.
  • Collect some examples of lighting that grabs your eye. These could be magazine clippings or ideas saved to your personal tablet. Take advantage of some of the great online resources for inspiration. Start a board on Pinterest or save images to an ideabook on Houzz. This helps our experts get an idea of what looks and spaces you are drawn to.
  • Bring an open mind. We know that sounds about as cheesy as can be but just like any other shopping you may do, there is so much out there. That Dining Room light you have had saved on Pinterest for three years may not be available now or within your budget. Our experts can help you find an option that does fit within these perimeters. Just keep an open mind to what is available.

fan_pinHaving that open mind will be helpful during the entire building phase. You may be pleasantly surprised when we can find an option that you may even love more than the original light you were hoping for. Collecting examples can be the most fun part of your building process. Many times just a single image of a finished space can help your team of experts at Village out tremendously. Shopping for lighting in catalogs can be difficult. The same light in a catalog will never have the impact it does when installed in a room. Take this ceiling fan on the right for example. When shown isolated on a white background you can tell it has great style and a sophisticated look but would it make a great statement in your room? There are thousands and thousands of fans we could have choose for this Hearth Room in Moline, IL. Seeing it installed you can see that the fan selected looks like it was truly made for the space it ended up in. Our team has the vision for your lighting concept as long as you give them the correct leads. Take a look below at the same fan installed with a beautiful beamed ceiling in the finished Hearth Room in Moline, ILCeiling fans for all budgets and styles. | VillageHomeStores.comIt is perfect for the overall look of the room. When we know the look you are after, we can help you get there. Searching for lighting to go above your kitchen island? Revisit the kitchen images you have been drawn to for your cabinet design and see if the lighting included is part of the look you love.

What Does a “Lighting Concept” Mean?

  • A cohesive look to your home lighting selections as you or a guest use the home.
  • Your lighting selections should compliment each other, not match. This is the role of our lighting experts. They will help you select the perfect scale, style, and application for the lighting you need and keep them all as part of the overall vision for the project.
  • Less work for you! Having our expert lighting team work for you to create this whole home lighting concept is one of the best reasons to work with Village Home Stores. You don’t have to hunt all over town or forage through the online jungle. Share with us your examples and we will prepare a concept for you.

How about we walk you through an example of a lighting concept? The examples we are showing you in this blog post may not be your own personal taste or budget, but it is a fantastic example of a complete lighting concept.bathroom_lighting

This is a home in Moline, IL built by Rodenburg Builders. The lighting for this new home was hand-picked just for this client and their specific taste. No matter what kind of day you are having, it could always use a little extra sparkle. Trust us this home now has a lot of sparkle!kitchen_lighting

The three fixtures shown together above are all found within the same area of the home. Two kitchen island pendants hang within view of the Dinette area and a Wine Room within the kitchen has a clerestory window that peeks a view at the chandelier within. All unique fixtures yet they are not “matchy matchy” lights. Instead they compliment each other and are designated for specific locations and tasks.Crystorama "Carson" 4 light chandeliers above a kitchen island in a Moline, IL home. | VillageHomeStores.com

Stunning “Carson” 4 light chandelier pendants by Crystorama hang above the island (shown above) and give an open and airy look to the kitchen. Right within the kitchen is a Wine Room. This room is illuminated with an enchanting Artcraft “Bella Vista” chandelier (shown below). The light itself is breathtaking. The reflection the crystals cast on the ceiling and the sparkling stone walls make you want a glass of champagne immediately.Artcraft "Bella Vista" chandelier in a Moline, IL home. | VillageHomeStores.com

There is a large Dining Room just off of this kitchen area. The Dining Room light selected is a shimmering statement that will lead to many great dinner party conversations. Prisms and mirror in an oval shape. Proof that the lighting is the “jewelry of the home.”Kichler 12 light oval chandelier in a Moline, IL home. | VillageHomeStores.com

Much liket the kitchen and entertaining spaces, the Master Bathroom is another excellent example of a calculated lighting plan that has been selected for a finished space that is truly “Pinterest-worthy.” On the main level of the home is a Master Suite that includes a large bath with multiple vanity areas and a walk-in closet. The “Aged Brass” finish on the lighting and plumbing fixtures glow in the spacious Master Bathroom. Here is the lighting concept for that space:master_bath_lighting

The “Kyle” ceiling fixtures, “Livingston” sconces, and “Lyon” closet pendants each have their own unique look but work so wonderful in the completed project. Each of these lights happen to be made by Hudson Valley but are from three series of lighting. Press play below to take a quick video tour of all of the lighting selections made for this Moline, IL home.

Why Work With Village On My Lighting?

  • The main reason to work with our store is the piece of mind that your lighting selections have been made with you and your project specifically in mind. Our full staff of lighting experts love what they do and keep up to date on all trends and new products.
  • New construction customers always receive free (non-specialty) bulbs with all package lighting purchases.
  • Free delivery of products is always included as well on package purchases. Your builder or electrician does not need to arrange to have the lighting picked up. We can bring it to the jobsite for them when they are ready.
  • Our expert lighting team communicates with your contractor and electrician on any questions and concerns at the jobsite. Whether it is a question about hanging height for a fixture, or needing a replacement piece as quickly as possible, communication is key.

Outdoor lighting from the Quad Cities Region lighting experts Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.comVillage Home Stores offers interior light fixtures, exterior light fixtures (ELK “Bianca: series shown above), indoor and outdoor ceiling fans, Diode LED tape lighting systems, Adorne switches, Legrande switches and outlets and much more. Your lighting expert will be sure to make certain you have everything that you need for a functional and fantastic whole home lighting concept.

Dining lighting from the Quad Cities Region lighting experts Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.comThe lighting in your new home is such an important element to the overall look and feel of the spaces. You will need lights that make an impression and some that just serve their function. From Dining Room to Exterior lighting, we have you covered. Village Home Stores has a large showroom of lighting along with access to thousands and thousands of options that our lighting experts can sort through for you, no matter what your style or budget is. Plus remember that the lighting in your home is truly the “jewelry” to the finished space. A very true statement in the case of this example lighting concept in Moline, IL. Selecting a fixture for your Dining Room is just as important as selecting the table to go below it. Each play an important role in the space. Select something that expresses you and your personality. Think about the fixtures when viewed from all angles. Just look how some of the fixtures selected create a unique look when captured in a new perspective. The reflections, ceiling patterns, and unique designs all add a memorable finished look.unique lighting in quad cities

See the full album of photos from this home we used as an example here on our Houzz page. Find inspiration and tips and trick on lighting over on our Lighting Pinterest board here. Most importantly, rest assured that your lighting selections with Village Home Stores are in good hands. If you are still in the research process, building on your own,  or don’t have a builder selected yet feel free to call our store to set up an appointment. (309) 944-1344. We can’t wait to see how you want to light your dream home. Village_phone_number