Custom Amish Cabinets In a High-Style Rustic Display

This Spring during our showroom closure, we found ourselves with some areas of an available schedule and staff carpenters to finally get around to some projects under our own roof. Our remodel team has been very busy in homes around the region as the year began, so it has been nearly impossible to fit our own projects into the mix. But during the weeks when we didn’t have crews inside of our customer homes, instead our team was able to stay busy and safe in our own controlled and sanitized jobsite: the store! We tore into three displays to give them a fresh new update. The Village Home Stores showroom is now OPEN (by appointment only as of this post May 2020) and many of these projects are wrapping up just in time! We thought we would share with you some of the finished looks here on the blog beginning with this custom Amish-built cabinetry TV surround.

Sample Center Custom Amish Cabinet Display in Village Home Stores Showroom Geneseo, IL
Sample Center Custom Amish Cabinet Display in the Village Home Stores Showroom, Downtown Geneseo, IL

The cabinets may look familiar if you visited us at the 2020 QCBR Home Show this past Winter. There they had a whole different look! Check out the same base and wall cabinet combo with a wood wall treatment instead of the bold tile. We loved how that looked but wanted to tell a different surface story back at the showroom. Bold color is not for everyone (or everywhere), but smaller cabinet spaces can be perfect for it. Powder rooms, kitchen islands, and shown here in a TV surround. This area will be used as another presentation space for our design team to present and select finishes with their clients. The cabinets may be “rustic” but the details truly elevate the look!

Matte black subway tile with accent blue mosaic tile strip.
Matte black subway tile with accent blue mosaic tile strip and Kichler arm wall sconce in the Village Home Stores Showroom, Downtown Geneseo, IL

We flanked the TV area with a statement wall of tile. Matte black glass subway tiles from the Chapter 1 suite by Jeffery Court is installed in the “Silhouette” color and satin finish. Two blue mosaic strips accent the wall in the “Berrrmos” series and “Beryl” color by Original Style UK tile. Arm style sconces from our Kichler line have been installed near the top of each water-falling blue accent. The countertop surface for this TV area is an Engineered Quartz named “Marquina Midnight”. Black with an organic white veining pattern, this durable and glossy surface looks regal and rustic at the same time.

MSI Marquina Midnight Quartz
MSI Marquina Midnight Quartz countertops in display in the Village Home Stores showroom in Geneseo, IL.

What is the easiest way to level up any look? Accessorize of course! In the world of fashion we add jewelry. In the kitchen and bath industry we add lighting and hardware! These handles and knobs are from the Chrysalis series by Belwith Keeler. Brushed golden brass is paired with opaque black glass inserts. Contact a designer at Village Home Stores to see some of the other amazing finish combinations in this series and the many other hardware options from this line.

Belwith Keeler Chrysalis Series handle and knob hardware in Brushed Golden Brass with Black Opaque Glass
Belwith Keeler Chrysalis Series handle and knob hardware in Brushed Golden Brass with Black Opaque Glass

But of course we have to mention the cabinetry in this display! We offer a wide variety of cabinets in terms of finish, customization, and craftsmanship. Atop that list in all categories is our custom Amish cabinetry. This Amish-built cabinet line is crafted with extreme care for our customers by a shop located in Southern Illinois. Your access to wood species and finishes with this line are honestly near limitless. We received questions about these cabinets right away when we posted a preview of them. The bases are a Rustic Hard Maple in a custom finish. What do we mean custom finish? The rustic finish applied to the bases in this display doesn’t have a name technically. In fact, many of our finishes sold from this line are customized to the point they are just named after your jobname. That’s custom! You work with our designers and can even call out how heavily your distressing or finish accents are handled.

Custom Amish Cabinets With Wood Tray Divider and Utensil Organizer Inserts.
Custom Amish Cabinets With Wood Tray Divider and Utensil Organizer Inserts.

The painted cabinets are “Phillipsburg Blue” in an inset doorstyle. We have designed this display to showcase to styles of cabinet overlays and also many options for construction and custom inserts. Unfortunately two of the best ways to explore this cabinet line and how incredible it is just don’t translate well into a blog post. The next time you find yourself in our showroom please touch this finish and open the cabinetry to see what we mean when we describe this line as heirloom quality. The items created for your home are done so with incredible respect for the materials and the process of creating them.

Custom Amish Cabinet Display With Wood Tray Divider and Utensil Organizer Inserts in the Village Home Stores Showroom, Downtown Geneseo, IL.
Custom Amish Cabinet Display With Wood Tray Divider and Utensil Organizer Inserts.

There are many inserts and specialty options that can be included in your design. We love the solid wood options shown above for tray dividers and spice/utensil organizers. Below you see a variation of a double waste basket that includes a lid. These lidded options can be wonderful for storing pet food or recycling items that may not be taken out of the kitchen as often as trash. Ask a designer at Village about your options or show us anything you find online you would like to include in your design.

Custom Amish Cabinets With Rev a Shelf Lidded Waste Basket Pullouts.
Custom Amish Cabinets With Rev a Shelf Lidded Waste Basket Pullouts.

A custom designed space can be easily disrupted visually by appliances. But in many areas, appliances are absolutely needed to build the best use of an area for you. For example, this corner of the showroom is ideal for a beverage cooler. That way we can offer water or refreshments to our guests without traveling rooms away to another refrigerator. But a big panel of stainless steel or glass would disrupt the finished look of the cabinet design. So we chose to include a Kitchen Aid panel-ready beverage cooler model to hide it in plain sight.

Cabinet panel ready beverage cooler by Kitchen Aid in the Village Home Stores Showroom, Downtown Geneseo, IL
Cabinet panel ready beverage cooler by Kitchen Aid in the Village Home Stores Showroom, Downtown Geneseo, IL

To keep the cabinet configuration symmetrical we even created a false drawer stack look to the panel of the cooler. Panel ready models are available in many categories of appliances. Our cabinet designers can partner with your appliance expert from Village to be sure to build a custom panel designed specifically for the model you have selected. We can also create a finished look that best replicates the cabinet overlay surrounding it. Take a look at the image above and notice that aside from the toespace below, it’s pretty hard to notice the cooler at all. Press play below to see it open.

See more from this finished display at the full album we just posted to our Houzz profile. We created this space in the showroom to be used as another casual presentation area. Our formal conference room is available when a more private conversation is needed. But we have many other presentations spaces/displays in the Village showroom that include a screen where we can mirror your design drawings onto it. Having samples within arms reach can be so helpful as we work closely with you to create an accurate estimate. We have added some seating and a table to the space and the carpeting we selected makes such a fun statement. This is “Bespoke” from our Phenix Carpet Modern Contours series. We have installed it is a wall-to-wall application here. Don’t forget. Any of the carpets we carry can be bound into custom sized area rugs for your home. This series would be perfect for that!

Modern pattern carpeting with a mix of black and gray neutrals in the Village Home Stores showroom.
Modern pattern carpeting with a mix of black and gray neutrals in the Village Home Stores showroom.

Would you like to make an appointment to start the conversation about our process at Village Home Stores and receiving a bid on our design and products for your home? Just reach out! Our team is just a phone call or a message away. We can’t wait to hear what you have dreamed up for your home and how we can make it come to life! You can call us at (309) 944-1344 or email our team at info@villagehomestores.com. You can also send us a message right here from the chat on our blog and a member of our team will be in touch. Thank you so much to our incredible team of in-house staff who worked hard to get these displays in place.

Top 5 Appliances on The Village Floor Right Now With a Sanitize Feature

Yesterday one of our appliance experts Rachele and I had a little mom-to-mom conversation (spoiler alert: it’s a mom who writes these blogs) about how we have been keeping our households and our kiddos clean over the past few weeks. We both mentioned how we love our large capacity Maytag washers during any flu season because we have the added piece-of-mind of the sanitize cycle. That conversation inspires us to come up with a list of the top 5 appliances we have on the floor right now that include a sanitize feature. So without further delay, we give you…

Rachele’s Top 5 Appliances on The Village Floor Right Now With a Sanitize Feature:

1 + 2: The 8630 Series Maytag Washer and Dryer

Appliance Expert Rachele showcases her top pick for appliances including a sanitize feature at Village Home Stores
Appliance Expert Rachele showcases her top pick for appliances including a sanitize feature in the Village Home Stores showroom.

Topping the list is of course the laundry that inspired it. Our 8630 series front loaders from Maytag. It boasts the Most Powerful Cleaning in the industry driven by the Heavy Duty cycle with Extra Power button. It includes all of the best features you have come to expect in a dependable front load machine. Customer favorites like Overnight Wash & Dry, a Quick Wash Cycle, Sanitize, and the late add feature. All backed by a 10-Year Limited Parts Warranty on the Direct Drive Motor and Stainless Steel Wash Basket. A large capacity (so you can literally strip your whole kids bedding and throw it all in one load) of 5.0 cu. ft. makes it a winning investment for any household.

  • Sanitize cycle– This cycle removes 99.9% of household bacteria with the hottest water temperature available in a Maytag, delivering thorough cleaning and peace of mind.
Milan, IL laundry room with smart connected Maytag laundry pair in Metallic Slate finish.
Milan, IL laundry room with smart connected Maytag laundry pair in Metallic Slate finish.

Guess what? This washer is also a smart capable appliance. For those who think “I don’t need a smart appliance in my laundry room” we ask, do any of these features seem appealing?

  • Assign a Task- You can handle laundry day as a household from anywhere by assigning tasks to family members (like transferring a load to the dryer) through customized text messages.
  • Troubleshoot An Issue- Don’t tell Jeff or David on our service team this, but you can troubleshoot select issues without a service call. The app can send notifications of appliance error codes and help you diagnose the error and even send you videos of select issues to walk you through steps to solve the problem.
  • Schedule You Wash Cycle – Don’t wait around to transfer your clothes from the washer to the dryer. If you know when you will be ready to switch from the washer to the dryer, schedule a start time so your clothes are ready for the dryer on your term.

3: The 704 Series KitchenAid Dishwasher With FreeFlex 3rd Rack

KitchenAid third rack dishwasher interior layout with sani-rinse feature in the Village Home Stores showroom.
KitchenAid third rack dishwasher interior layout with sani-rinse feature in the Village Home Stores showroom.

Check out the all new interior of the KitchenAid Dishwasher line! A totally redesigned tub with an extremely usable top rack. An advanced clean water wash system inside of it allows a micro-filtration filter that continues to remove food particles so clean water circulates around all three racks during wash and rinse. A fan-enabled drying system circulates hot air around dishes while warm, humid air is cooled and drawn out of a vent. When we say extremely usable… we mean it! I don’t know about your household, but in mine our top rack is always full of lightweight cups, mugs, and as many bowls as I can fit. This new lineup of KitchenAid dishwashers gives you so much loading capacity! Press play below to check out this video we made of what fits:

And of course this dishwasher made this top 5 list because it also includes a sanitize cycle. Be sure that your dishes, waterbottles, lunchbox containers, and utensils are getting as clean as possible by selecting the Sani-Rinse option.

  • Sani-Rinse Option – Eliminates 99.999% of food soil bacteria by adding a high-heat final rinse to sanitize dishes.

4 + 5: The 6120 Series Whirlpool Washer and Dryer

New Whirlpool top load laundry with pretreat station plus. Available at Village Home Stores and villagehomestores.com
New Whirlpool top load laundry with pretreat station plus. Available at Village Home Stores and villagehomestores.com

This 6120 series we now showcase on our sales floor is an amazing laundry pair for any household looking for a top load option. If you are looking for a washer that will allow you a deep fill and soak settings this is your dream pair! It even includes a new Pretreat Station Plus to soak, scrub and wash all in one spot with a built-in, dual temperature faucet and pretreat brush for quick, easy access to tools that help you get it all done at once. Check out the image below that shows you the built-in detergent brush you can store right in the washer lid.

New Whirlpool top load laundry with pretreat station plus. Available at Village Home Stores and villagehomestores.com
New Whirlpool top load laundry with pretreat station plus. Available at Village Home Stores and villagehomestores.com
  • Sanitize With Oxi- This Whirlpool washer allows you to select this option so that you can get optimal results with using Oxi clean products.

The next few weeks may look different for our small business amid developing COVID 19 news, but our staff still remains committed to helping you to receive the best customer experience and products out there. You can shop our appliances online, anytime at villagehomestores.com. If you are needing guidance as you shop, you can actually text with a member of our team right from the site. So as you are browsing, feel free to send us a message with your info and we will help you find what is right for your household. This weekend is a great time to also check your existing appliances to see if you have sanitize cycles and features on your control boards. And as a final thought from the moms behind this blog post, wash your hands!

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.

Viking Training at the Middleby Residential Showcase Gallery

Some of the Village team was recently invited to train at the Viking Middleby Residential Showcase Gallery in Chicago, IL. We had an amazing day! If you are serious home chef and enjoy the process of cooking and baking then you need a Viking. Viking ranges are built to be used to the extreme. For an intimate dinner at home, or prepping to feed a massive family for a gathering, Viking has you covered. And we have great news Quad Cities area because Village Home Stores is home to the largest selection of showroom displays of Viking product in the region. Come see and touch these products in person and meet our expert team. We can help you decide which models are the perfect investment for your home.

Chef Jaime Laurita demonstrates Viking products like the TurboChef wall oven in the Middleby Residential Chicago showroom
Chef Jaime Laurita demonstrates Viking products like the TurboChef wall oven. Viking appliances available at Village Home Stores.

Chef Jaime Laurita was in the Viking Gallery to show us product in action. Chef Jaime was a dream because not only was he knowledgeable and passionate about the Viking product… he fed us incredible food all dang day! He was able to demonstrate techniques and features with the products as he worked in the kitchen. His past adventures include touring the world many times over with such acts as Sting, Aerosmith, Madonna, and many more. So you can imagine he had some great stories to share as we gathered around. Be sure to follow him here on Instagram to see more of his food, mood, and music adventures.

Chef Jaime Laurita pours some soup as he demonstrates Viking products in the Middleby Residential showroom in Chicago Merchandise Mart.
Chef Jaime Laurita pours some soup as he demonstrates Viking products in the Middleby Residential showroom in Chicago Merchandise Mart.

We saw so many exiting products during our day in the Viking Gallery and we wanted to be sure to highlight a few of them here in a blog recap. The first was a product that was honestly sitting right in front of us for about an hour or so before we realized what it even was. To a guest at this island, this appeared to be a crock on a trivet. In reality it was a movable induction system in action. A Viking undercounter induction system has been installed beneath the quartz countertops of this island. What I believed to be a trivet was instead the induction burner. That burner can be placed anywhere on induction plate and most importantly it can be removed altogether when not in use.

Undercounter induction warmer by Viking.
Undercounter induction warmer by Viking. Mounted underneath your counter and can be operated with remote and removable burner location.

What a dream for large or multi-island kitchen designs! Learn more about this undercounter induction system here on our website. Another fun product that was “undercover” of the counter is the U-Line in-counter wine chiller. For countertop surfaces at or near entertaining spaces we love this new option! It turns off and on with just a tap and even puts on a lightshow for you and your guests as it works.

Recess countertop wine chiller with colored lighting effects.
Recess countertop wine chiller with colored lighting effects. Available from Middleby Residential dealer Village Home Stores.

We had an incredible lunch but the cheesecake we had for dessert was what stole the show! Would you believe that Chef Jaime made this lemon blueberry cheesecake for us on a random Tuesday in November? I felt like we had just entered a pastry shop in Paris. That cheesecake crust? Amaretti cookies folks! Those sugar-dusted dehydrated lemons on top were even made that day.

Chef Jaime Laurita cheesecake topped with dehydrated lemons in the Viking showroom
Chef Jaime Laurita made us made us this incredible cheesecake in the Viking showroom and all we got was this lousy photo… and addicted to his cheesecake!

Dehydrating fruit like this is a step that would normally take 7-9 hours. It takes just minutes in the wall oven that Chef Jaime was using. How? It is a TurboChef Viking wall oven. TurboChef uses fast, forced hot air to get you incredible results in a fraction of the time you would normally need. Since it is turkey season let me give you and example: it can cook a 15 lb. bird with crisp skin in just 40 minutes. The ovens are available as the top oven of a double oven model or a single TurboChef wall oven.

TurboChef wall oven available from Viking uses fast, hot, forced air to get you quick and effective results. Available at Village Home Stores.
TurboChef wall oven available from Viking uses fast, hot, forced air to get you quick and effective results. Available at Village Home Stores.

Many customers assume because Viking is a commercial style cooking product, the ranges are intimidating to use. Please let us assure you they are not! Viking cooking appliances are honestly more straight-forward than many of the newer “connected” and touchscreen models from our other lines. Cooktops, grills, griddles, broilers, ovens, and more. Viking ranges are built to be an absolute workhorse for your household. We learned a lot about the Viking Range burner options and even saw Chef demonstrate how the same sealed brass burner that can give you super high BTUs can then be set to the gentlest simmer setting imaginable. He melted chocolate chips on it using a paper plate as the pan!

Chef Jaime Laurita demonstrates the lowest setting of a Viking sealed burner with paper plate to melt chocolate chips.
Chef Jaime Laurita demonstrates the lowest setting of a Viking sealed burner with paper plate to melt chocolate chips.

But if high heat is what you need Viking has it! If you have stopped by our showroom to see our Viking displays then you must have seen the favorite french door wall oven we have. This oven is not just our favorite, it’s a favorite of Good Housekeeping as well! They awarded it the “Best Baking Convection Oven in the Industry”! The fan in the back of this convection oven is massive. That fan alternates directions when in use for the best results. The broiler in this unit is an infrared glass broiler (shown below). It shines light through the glass to intensify the heat. And with no coil to splatter on, that means less flareups as well.

Viking infared broiler shines through glass to intensify heat. - villagehomestores.com
Viking infared broiler shines through glass to intensify heat.

The most unexpected Viking appliance we saw in the Gallery was a soil/hydroponic Undercounter Microgreen and Herb cabinet. This unit is has two 10″x20″ growing trays and a fully contained ecosystem ideal for growing herbs and micro greens at home. Digital touch screen controls are pre-programmed for most growing needs. This system is so effective the Viking Gallery is barely able to keep up harvesting the basil and microgreens they are growing.

Grow your own microgreens and herbs at home with the Viking undercounter micro green and herb cabinet.
Grow your own microgreens and herbs at home with the Viking undercounter micro green and herb cabinet. Available at Village Home Stores.

Imagine the benefits of a system like this allowing you to have fresh ingredients year round in the frigid Midwest! Fluorescent growing lights replicate the sun’s rays for you to get the best results and grow organic greens with superior flavor and the best nutrition. We also spent some time training with the entire Viking refrigeration line. From freestanding to flush built-in models and everywhere in between.

Grow your own microgreens and herbs at home with the Viking micro green and herb undercounter cabinet in Stainless Steel.

“What do we mean this thing is built to last? It’s built like an outdoor pop machine.”

-Middleby Team
Learning about Viking refrigeration in the Middleby Residential showroom in the Chicago Merchandise Mart
Learning about Viking refrigeration in the Middleby Residential showroom in the Chicago Merchandise Mart.

Well we can’t think of a better way to sell you on the parts and construction of these refrigerators than that! But rest assured that Viking refrigeration is built solid and built to preserve your food. Food preservation with the goal of an elongated shelf life for your fresh food purchases. Less food waste is always a good thing. How does it keep on task? The Plasmacluster system in the refrigerators ionize bacteria and mold spores in the air to remove odors and enhance food preservation.

The interior shelving of Viking refrigerators now also include Spillproof Plus shelves with Nano technology etching. What does that mean? The edges of your shelves are crafted to create an invisible barrier that contains spills. Liquids actually pool towards the center of the 3/8″ thick shelf and not over the edge making a mess of the whole interior. We were able to see and train on so many incredible Viking products from all of the available series.

Middleby Residential Viking showroom in Chicago Merchandise Mart
Middleby Residential Viking showroom in Chicago Merchandise Mart.

Middleby Residential is a luxury portfolio of products and Village Home Stores has access to this entire portfolio. While training with Viking we were able to see products from other lines like La Cornue, AGA, Marvel, U-Line, and Lynx. In the La Cornue showcase we saw a pretty special piece that grabbed our attention. A La Cornue range that is truly one-of-a-kind.

La Cornue range painted by artist Cyril Kongo in Middleby Residential showroom.
La Cornue range painted by artist Cyril Kongo in Middleby Residential showroom. Middleby brands available to the Quad Cities at Village Home Stores include Viking, La Cornue, Aga, Marvel and more.

This range was hand painted by Parisian street artist Cyril Kongo. What a statement it would make in any kitchen! This series of ranges were painted in celebration of La Cornue’s 110th anniversary. There were 6 ranges painted in this La Cornue x Kongo series. Learn more about the artist and this project here in an article published by Forbes.com.

La Cornue range painted by Parisian Street Artist Cyril Kongo.
La Cornue range painted by Parisian Street Artist Cyril Kongo.

Have questions about one of the products we mentioned in this post? Want a quote for your own Viking kitchen? Need some help using a feature on your existing Viking products? Need service for your existing Viking appliance? No matter your question, we are here to help! Just reach out to the expert appliance team at Village Home Stores. We are you Quad Cities region Viking experts. Call us at 309 944 1344, stop and see our extensive Viking showroom at 105 S State Geneseo, IL or contact us here online and we will be in touch to answer your questions.

phone number for Quad Cities area Viking showroom Village Home Stores 309 944 1344

Our 15 Promo-Priced Quartz Tops For 2019

Considering quartz countertops for your home? We have many options! Village Home Stores is always striving to help our customers gain access to quality products at a competitive price. We purchase from large buying groups and choose to work with brands that support our small business so that we can thank our loyal customers with a fair price as our everyday price. We also offer a Local Low Price Guarantee on products like appliances and flooring so that our customers can get a great price and the customer experience they have come to expect from our store since 1984. Our local stone fabrication company has partnered with us again to bring you a select group of engineered quartz countertops to choose from at highly-discounted prices.

Why Choose Quartz For Countertops?

Just because quartz is a man-made product doesn’t mean it isn’t a gorgeous and unique surface for your home! Quartz is a wonderful investment for a countertop in your home that looks great and performs great! It is scratch-resistant, foodsafe, and maintenance free! Because of it’s non-porous characteristics, there is never any sealing required. A non-porous surface also means a foodsafe surface for food prep and service. Many restaurants and commercial bakeries choose to have quartz installed for work surfaces for hygienic and durability reasons. If you have a busy kitchen and truly use your work surfaces, quartz may be the right surface for you! Please say hello to our fifteen Hanstone Quartz 2019 promo colors:

Choose From These 5 Quartz Tops at Just $59 /sq.ft. Installed!

For just $59 /sq.ft. you can have any of these colors installed in your home! Choose from Blackburn, Leaden, Rocky Shores, Tofino, or Victorian Sands Hanstone Quartz. Of course we would love to see new counters AND cabinetry in your home from Village Home Stores. So if you select one of the above colors and purchase the cabinetry for your project from us we will install your quartz at just $56 / sq.ft.

Choose From These 5 Quartz Tops at Just $69 /sq.ft. Installed!

For just $69 /sq.ft. you can have any of these colors installed in your home! Choose from Aspen, Brava Marfil, Fusion, Italian Waves, or Walnut Luster. Of course we would love to see new counters AND cabinetry in your home from Village Home Stores. So if you select one of the above colors and purchase the cabinetry for your project from us we will install your quartz at just $66 / sq.ft.

Choose From These 5 Quartz Tops at Just $79 /sq.ft. Installed!

For just $79 /sq.ft. you can have any of these colors installed in your home! Choose from Aura, Empress, Kindred, Montauk, or Yorkville. Of course we would love to see new counters AND cabinetry in your home from Village Home Stores. So if you select one of the above colors and purchase the cabinetry for your project from us we will install your quartz at just $76 / sq.ft. Please note that while there are three levels of pricing for our promo quartz colors, they are all the same great quality. The pricing is based upon design series and product availability, not durability. Our Village Home Stores kitchen and bath experts can help you select the right design for your overall concept.

Image via Hanstone Quartz. Shown: Kindred

What’s Included in a sq/ft Price For Quartz Tops?

Your sq/ft price from Village Home Stores includes template, fabrication, and installation of your tops. You may choose from an Eased, 1/2 Round, or Ogee standard edges. There will be no added installation charge, this is an installed price and includes a template to confirm correct dimensions for your countertops.  A standard undermount sink opening and faucet drilling are also included. Undermount sinks are recommended for quartz countertop installations because they give you a clean look that is easy to wipe clean from surface to the sink. Undermount sinks come in a variety of materials and design. For kitchen sink inspiration check out this ideabook we made on our Houzz page. Your salesperson at Village Home Stores will partner with our Quartz fabrication shop to communicate the sink model and faucet locations you have selected so that they can install your purchased sink to the tops at installation. 


Image via Hanstone Quartz. Shown: Empress

What Isn’t Included in The Price?

Cooktops, slide-in ranges, additional sinks, additional faucet holes, and outlet cut-outs available at an upcharge. This installed price does not include plumbing hook-up of sink or faucets. You must provide a drawing with measurements and a layout for a quote. All we need are a few basic measurements from you to quote you a price for your counters. Don’t worry, this is NOT what is used to fabricate your countertops. It is just enough information to answer our questions and get you an accurate sq.ft. quote for your space. 


Image via Hanstone Quartz. Shown: Yorkville

While this is an installed price, the removal of your existing tops must be arranged before template and installation dates. This can be quoted to you upon request. Existing countertops must be removed before template date. Once your template date has been arranged, you can expect just a one week turnaround time for your countertops! While we understand that being without countertops and a sink is an inconvenience, we have worked hard to narrow this timeframe down to a single week to help. Check out this past blog post about setting up a temporary kitchen and dishwashing station while you are waiting for your project to be completed.

If it is determined that an overhanging area of quartz surface requires support brackets, they can be quoted to you for an additional charge. We have many quartz countertop surfaces installed in our showroom displays as well as samples of each of these promo-priced options. Are you interested in getting a quote for one of these stunning quartz surfaces for your own home? Just reach out to our kitchen design team for a quote. You can call us at 309 944 1344 or complete this short online form and a team member will contact you about your project. You can grab a .pdf flier with all of these colors listed on it here. We can’t wait to hear what project you are working on!