Coal Valley, IL- New Surfaces From Floor to Ceiling!

Village Home Stores is your one stop shop for all of the surfaces in your home! Our flooring department is so much more than carpet and hardwoods. Our experts can assist in many other categories of surface products for your home. We also carry tile surfaces for your floors or walls and even a unique new peel and stick wallplank system. Check out the back of this Coal Valley, IL kitchen island that has been given a whole new updated look with our stick-on wallplanks.
Bamboo flooring and stick-on wallplank installed on the back of a kitchen island in a Coal Valley, IL home. Product and installation by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

We installed bamboo flooring throughout (more on that later) and this white kitchen has been given a whole new look with a punch of texture and color on the back of the island. This stick-on product can be installed in so many unique and exciting places and a small project area like this can make a big impact. The island back shown is in the “Natural Walnut” color. The color is much warmer than a painted shiplap and gives a modern/contemporary flair to the kitchen. Stick-on wallplank installed on the back of a kitchen island in a Coal Valley, IL home. Product and installation by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

One of the best features about this product is that many of our customers have DIY-ed their own product install. Perfect for an accent wall or backing open shelf areas, this lightweight product is made in the USA and cuts easily with minimal tools. The durable topcoat on the planks clean up easily with a damp cloth.  Unique island back treatment idea. Apply wood planks for a great finished look! Shown: stickon wall plank system | villagehomestores.com

But our stick-on wall planks aren’t just for walls. The industrial strength bonding tape on this product makes it possible to be installed on ceilings too! The strong bond of the tape plus the lightweight product itself makes for a unique and exciting to add character to your ceilings. Check out this lofted great room area just outside of the kitchen:
Stick-on wallplank system installed on a quad cities area ceiling. Shown in biscuit color wallplank. Product and installation by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

The wallplank we installed in the living room carried across the lofted hallway into the front entry of the home. There are many colors to select from in this wallplank product. To keep the space bright in this home, “Biscuit” was used for the ceiling. Village installed all of the product for this Coal Valley,IL project but it can also be ordered for self-install by our customers. While a ceiling installation may be tricky to DIY, there may be other surfaces of your home you can consider this product for DIY. Learn more about how to install this product yourself in this step-by-step blog post we created.
Stick-on wallplank system installed on a quad cities area ceiling. Product and installation by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

A great way to add drama to a space is by creating contrast with colors and textures. We love the bent wood ceiling fans that were selected from our lighting department for the Living Room space. The Minka Aire fans are “Koa” in a distressed wood finish that stands out in color and shape against the wallplank ceilings. This room is large and the two 58″ fans are perfect in scale for the space.
Stick-on wallplank system installed on a quad cities area ceiling with unique ceiling fans. | VillageHomeStores.com

Our lighting experts have access to so many unique new ceiling fan designs. If you have a specific style or finish in mind we would love to help you find the right one for your own space. Amazing new features are also being added in ceiling fans. Decorative “fandolier” models, smart home tech options, bluetooth speakers, and so much more! Shop fans and all of our lighting on our website here and visit our award-winning lighting showroom to see many of these models in person at 105 S State in Downtown Geneseo, IL.
Unique ceiling fans in Quad Cities. | VillageHomeStores.com

But we would hate for the ceiling to steal all the attention in this home. Take a look at the stylish and durable new bamboo floors we installed. Our USFloors like offers a variety of bamboo flooring options and this 5 1/2″ wide plank floor is a 6 year matured bamboo in the “Frosted Pearl” finish. Bamboo has a tight and stylish grain and blends well with many other wood finishes. Light bamboo flooring in a Quad Cities area home. Product and installation by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

Have you considered Bamboo as a flooring option for your home? It is a very durable and eco-conscious material choice. Bamboo works well in all climates and humidity levels. For our extreme Midwest seasons bamboo can be a fantastic flooring investment.  Bamboo material renews itself at a rapid rate compared to hardwoods. This makes it an eco-friendly choice for our customers seeking to purchase sustainable products. Bamboo is also a very hard surface. This makes it wonderful for pets and heavy traffic areas.
Learn about bamboo flooring for your home. Product and installation by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

If you love the look of this project you can see the full album of photos over on our award-winning Houzz page here. There you can save them to your own ideabooks a inspiration. If you have any questions about the products in this post or want to get an estimate on Bamboo or wall plank for your own home just reach out to us. You can call Village Home Stores at (309) 944-1344 or complete this short online form and a member of our flooring and surfaces team will be in touch.

Product Profile- Craft Art Wood Surfaces

There has been a lot of anticipation in the showroom this week as we had a mysterious new countertop arrive carefully packaged and wrapped. And now… the reveal of a brand new product available to our customers: Craft Art Wood Surfaces for your home! These wood tops are absolutely stunning in person and nearly impossible not to walk up and touch. When we say you need to come in to see and feel this product we mean it. Just a reminder that you never have to have an appointment to wander out showroom. We love it when downtown shoppers come in just to browse the displays. Craft Art wood tops available to the Quad Cities Region from Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

We couldn’t wait to pair our new “Charcoal Blue” Koch painted island with this perfect farmhouse-inspired product for the display. Available in  variety of woods, finishes, and edge profiles (1/2″ bevel shown below). These striking wood countertops warm any space up!Wood butcherblock tops available to the Quad Cities Region from Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Our display is a warm, rich walnut wood in it’s natural finish. But how does it get that luster? A crosslinked Tung Oil finish is applied. This is how your tops get the look of furniture but the performance you need for countertops. The Tung Oil penetrates the wood so that moisture can’t. The finish in the wood prevents moisture from getting underneath the surface. This makes your wood tops more durable, more resistant to household chemicals, and easier to clean. Craft Art wood surfaces available to the Quad Cities Region from Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Something you will notice right away if you have been shopping for wood tops is that the boards in your top are not broken up or scrapped together. Craft Art uses full length boards for their wood islands and butcherblock tops. Never remnants. These tops are also food safe because of the finish process. That makes them safe to use as a food prep area. Need an expert endorsement? Rachel Ray has had Craft Art wood tops in her set kitchens and she uses them to cut, prep, and serve her dishes. She certainly isn’t gong to have time on her show to be worried about spills, stains, or messes. And you know it still looks camera ready after an oiling.  Any surface imperfections or scratches from use can be easily sanded out. Wood countertop surfaces for your home from the kitchen and bath experts at Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

How much maintenance does “Low Maintenance” mean? All that is required for upkeep of these heirloom-quality tops is to re-oil them monthly. No more work that wiping them clean after use really. Dozens of woods to choose from including Black Walnut, Sapele Mahogany, Zebrawood, Reclaimed Chestnut, Wenge, and many more.  

There are many woods, finishes and even edges to choose from for your project and imagine how much texture and variety this project can bring to a complete kitchen design. Take a look at this gorgeous dining tabletop we installed in a Bettendorf, Iowa home: Custom countertops and wood tables. | villagehomestores.com

This product is a wonderful addition to two-tone designs and kitchen islands lending themselves to a more furniture look. A smooth, rounded bullnose edge, or choose from a variety of ogee edges (shown above) and even an on-trend faux live edge option (shown below on Driftwood Walnut). Wood countertop surface with faux raw edge available in a variety of woods and finishes from Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Not limited to just kitchens, consider this product for your home office, bar, or other spaces. At Village Home Stores we work hard to curate a list of products and services that match the quality our customers have come to expect from us. We have had many requests for a wood top product like this and are thrilled it is now available for our projects. This product also has many sustainable/green options available. Many are even LEED certified materials.
Wood butcherblock tops available in a variety of woods and finishes from Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

While we mentioned before you don’t need an appointment to browse, if you are wanting a quote or any questions answered, we do recommend that you call ahead to be sure we have a design available for you. You can find our store downtown Geneseo, IL at 105 S State Street Monday-Fridays from 9am-5pm and Saturdays from 9am-noon. Call us at 309-944-1344 , email us at info@villagehomestores.com or complete this online contact form with any questions for our Kitchen Design team.

AVBSummit Recap: What is New and Exciting From Our Brands

We just got back from the BrandSource annual Summit event in Nashville, TN. Before we brush the dirt off our cowboy boots, we must tell you about what we saw! This event is our opportunity to learn about industry news and projections as well as see new product in action. We had Rachele visit us in the WQAD studio to chat about what we saw on a segment of the Village Home Show. Press play below to watch our recap.

Very exciting stuff! The connected appliances are so amazing and like we mentione din that segment, available on very affordable models! You are going to LOVE some of the new features rolling out from our brands. Some have already launched and are available to ship now. Like the new low-profile microwave hood from Whirlpool® (shown below on right).The new low-profile microwave hood available from Whirlpool at Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Do you have a venthood beneath a cabinet now and wish you could fit a microwave hood there instead? This model allows you to do that without replacing the cabinet above with a shorter cabinet! A 1.1 cu. ft. microwave hood designed to still accommodate tall mugs, wide plates, even a fully popped bag of popcorn. Fitting in the same space as an undercabinet hood, now you can get your microwave off the counter to add space to your kitchen. The unit measures 10 1/4″ H x 30″ W x 18″ D (finished sides) and has 400 CFMs of vent power. The new low-profile microwave hood (shown in Black Stainless) available from Whirlpool at Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

We saw a ton of great new product on the Expo floor and during our product training sessions. Unique new finishes, innovative new laundry features and WiFi enabled appliances with features we fell in love with quickly. Press play below to see some of the great new products and features we saw from the Whirlpool® family of products in their Expo booth.

So what do we mean WiFi enabled features? Why would you want a “connected” appliance? Do you already use your phone, tablet or voice-command device while working in the kitchen? Then you will love connected appliances. Wish you could check the status of your laundry load or start the dishwasher right as you remember it before you fall asleep? How about simply scanning a microwave dinner box and getting the perfect power level and time entered for you? With Whirlpool®’s new Scan-to-Cook you can do that! Scan-to-Cook also translates into the connected ranges for the perfect cooktimes and many time avoiding the need to even preheat the oven. Scan to cook connected features with new Whirlpool connected products. | VillageHomeStores.com

Are you already looking up recipes and setting timers in the kitchen? Access those features directly in the connected ranges. The most exciting partnership with this product launch is the integration of Yummly to the product. The Yummly app is known worldwide as an award-winning recipe app with the tech to help you find a recipe using the ingredients you have on hand. There is even image recognition within the app. What does that mean? It means you scan the ingredients on your counter, pantry, or refrigerator and Yummly suggests recipes you can make with what you have. Then just send the recipe to your range and the step-by-step guide will be right on the touchscreen for you.
Yummly connected features with new Whirlpool connected products. | VillageHomeStores.com

It sounds like a scene from Star Trek but we promise we saw it with our own eyes! Many of these products are already ready to ship this Spring/Summer. We can’t wait to get our showroom set up to show you how easy this tech is to use. Of course the range also still can operate as a non-connected appliances as well. All standard baking and broiling feature can be entered by any user. We also saw new features added all across the cooking, refrigeration, and laundry categories. Great options like “vacation mode” in refrigeration or even “party mode” for ice production. Too many to name but so many we are wiling to show you when you stop by our store! New features we saw at AVBSummit18 in Nashville including Vacation mode. | VillageHomeStores.com

Some other exciting new products include a new Commercial series of Maytag® Laundry that our traditional laundry customers will be very happy with. We even saw a water dispenser that can be attached to the front or side of your existing refrigerator to give you filtered water! It attaches with a high power magnet and hooks up to your water line.Water filtration for refrigerator without ice and water in the door. | VillageHomeStores.com

KitchenAid®’s new built-in cooking is absolutely stunning. For those who are looking for professional features and the look of a chef’s kitchen, you will love these models. New cooktop layouts and features (like top-lift hinged grates for easy cleaning) and sleek wall oven designs. We even saw the new KitchenAid® microwave drawer (shown below).The new KitchenAid microwave drawer available at Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

We also got to watch Rob film some welcome videos for our AVBtv showroom experience coming this Summer. So many new and exciting things to showcase and with tools like videos and easy-to-use apps, we promise you all of these “tech” changes and updates are for the better an will help you get the best results in cleaning and cooking. Rob Ries, co-owner of Village Home Stores filming for AVBTV at Summit 2018 | VillageHomeStores.com

We we able to take in many great training sessions as well as learn about new trends in our industry. We are excited to launch our brand new website very soon and think you will love the new mobile experience while working with our store. Working with our buying group allows us to offer you not only competitive prices but and even better value for the shopping experience with us. Our customers get to receive our Local Low Price Guarantee PLUS the very best customer experience before, during, and after the sale. Taking steps toward the future with new products and web features will continue to help keep our small business successful and ahead of its class.
AVBSummit event in Nashville, TN #AVBSummit18 | VillageHomeStores.com

If you have questions about any of what you have seen here in this post please don’t hesitate to call our team. Better yet, stop by the store! There are many great features we can already show you in the showroom and product arriving every week as a part of these new launches. Don’t believe the new Black Stainless Steel is fingerprint resistant? Come test it out yourself! Want to see how easy connected appliances can be to use? We will show you! Stop by today at 105 S State in downtown Geneseo, IL contact us online here, or give us a call at 309-944-1344. 

2018 Q.C.B.R. Home Show Recap

Well we have officially finished unpacking everything and almost have our showroom back together again after another fun and successful Q.C.B.R. Home Show at the Rock Island Q.C.C.A. Expo Center. From Thursday evening through late Sunday afternoon, we greeted hundreds of guests in our booth space.

QCBR 2018 Home Show booth. #TagTheQC #QuadCities | VillageHomeStores.com
Photo by qconline.com

In years past we have installed entire kitchen displays the week leading up to the big show. This year we chose to install a large, eye-catching kitchen island and allow plenty of space to meet and greet visitors to chat about their own projects. The island this year made a BIG impact! We took a few risks and your response was so great. Blue cabinetry, wood details, golden accents, and purple?! Painted blue cabinetry with Acacia wood detail and Cambria Annicca quartz in the 2018 QCBR Home Show booth by Village Home Stores. | Village Home Stores

At the very center of our booth was a giant island constructed of cabinetry and panels in our new Charcoal Blue painted finish. The island was accented with sections of Acacia hardwood. We have already installed many projects throughout the Quad Cities region in this new blue cabinet color and the look is great. We also wanted an opportunity to showcase the “X” style of glass door mullions that is available. Painted blue cabinetry with doors cut for glass but instead backed with Acacia wood planks. | Village Home Stores

Mirror and glass just didn’t stand out enough against the “X” detail so we thought a bit out of the box. The same Acacia wood from our back paneling was used as an “insert” attached to the inside of the doors. This contrast in color and pattern made for a bold but amazing look that could be seen from all the way down the Home Show aisle. An open bookshelf cabinet is found on the opposite side and more Acacia hardwood is installed in combination with the Charcoal Blue paneling and trim.
Painted blue island with Acacia wood details by Village Home Stores. | Village Home Stores

With an island that large, we need a great looking countertop. We wanted the impact to be striking but not completely over the top. We selected a new quartz design by Cambria® curious to see what your response would be. This marbled look includes details of gold and purple iridescent stone.
Cambria Annicca quartz in the 2018 QCBR Home Show booth by Village Home Stores. | Village Home Stores

Wait, what? Did we say purple?! YOU BET WE DID! This stunning new Anniccadesign from Cambria® Quartz is part of their Marble Collection™ and when viewed from afar, the striking veining of shimmering flecks is beautiful. Take a closer look and the top reveals flecks of gold and a regal purple. It was pretty fun to watch our guests say how much they loved the top and then notice the purple seconds later. Get ready to see more purple as Ultra Violet has been named Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2018. Cambria Annicca quartz in the 2018 QCBR Home Show booth by Village Home Stores. | Village Home Stores

Another popular product in the booth was something we have never brought to showcase at the show, our custom window blinds and shades. This year we brought an example of our Transitions Shades for our visitors to try out and see. Press play below to see these unique blinds in action (and see Seth peek around the corner to say hello).

We have examples of this style of shade in our showroom in downtown Geneseo, IL. The look is truly unique. Of course we brought with us this year some examples of the many options for lighting available at Village Home Stores. It is already impossible to showcase all of the hundreds of thousands of fixtures in our showroom, so to select just a handful to bring for our booth is always challenging. We think our lighting team picked the perfect fixtures this year because our guests loved them!Lighting in the 2018 Quad Cities Home Show booth by Village Home Stores. | Village Home Stores

The largest and most noticeable was the geometric cluster fixture (shown center above) from our Hinkley line. This display of lighting was our more Modern grouping. It showcased the trend of gold and also mixed materials. On the opposite side of the booth we went with a more Farmhouse Rustic grouping of fixtures. The award for most reached at and touched light fixture certainly would go to this chained light (shown center below) by Sea Gull. Lighting in the 2018 QCBR Home Show booth by Village Home Stores. | Village Home Stores

This year there were just as many bath remodel customers we spoke to as kitchen customers. The last few years have been trending this direction for our remodel business. This year we brought a bath vanity display and our Kohler®  Choreographshower system to showcase. This collection of shower walls and adjustable accessory options is fantastic. Stylish options for an easy-to-clean shower look plus the ability to customize the space even after it is installed. Ask a member of our design team with any questions about this great system. Shower panel display in the 2018 Quad Cities Home Show booth by Village Home Stores. | Village Home Stores

Our booth was busy this year and we hope f you were at the show that you were able to get your questions answered. If not you can always reach out  It was so great to meet potential new clients and of course we love it when past clients stop by to say hello too! Your response and feedback for our TV Show has also been such an encouragement. We hope to get four new episodes of the show coming your way in 2018.

We were honored a few weeks ago by being named the Q.C.B.R. Business of the Year for 2017. We value the opinions our customers have for our staff and our store very highly. To also be recognized among peers and colleagues is truly and honor.
Our Business of the Year award from the Quad Cities Builders and Remodelers Association rests on Cambria Annicca quartz in our 2018 QCBR Home Show booth. | Village Home Stores

The Quad Cities Builders and Remodelers Association puts on this incredible Home Show event every February in the Quad Cities. It is the place to be for remodeling customers and those planning to build a new home. To learn more about the Q.C.B.R. and see upcoming event information visit their website here. If you found this post online to learn about an upcoming Quad Cities Home Show we hope you will come find us this year and say hello! We can’t wait to hear what you are working on! Have any questions for our team? Contact us today at (309) 944-1344.

 

“Depth” of Knowledge- Counter VS. Standard Depth Refrigeration

As we work on a kitchen design with a customer, there are many questions to be answered. Questions from you about options and what comes next, plus many questions from our design team involving preference and need as we work through our process. During the design and selection stage of a project however, there will be some questions that do leave this team at a brief crossroads until a decision is made. One key detail questions you may hear early on from us is “will you be including a standard or counter-depth refrigerator in the new kitchen?”

Example of a standard depth refrigerator installed in a Quad Cities kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com
Don’t worry if this detail isn’t something that was even on your radar until just now (standard model shown above). There is no one single industry standard for refrigerator depth. The only definite factor is refrigerators are getting deeper and taller as the demand for maximum storage increases.  For decades and decades, counter-depth refrigerators were only available in extremely high-end and built-in situations. Example of a standard depth refrigerator projecting into the kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

This is no longer the case. The cleaner, more customized look of a counter-depth refrigerator makes it the most desired look for kitchen designs. This demand has made manufacturers respond with counter-depth models coming in at a variety of price points. If the phrase “counter-depth” has you seeing dollar signs, don’t worry! There may be a counter-depth model that does fit within your appliance budget! But does your design demand it?Example of a counter depth refrigerator installed in a kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

So What Are The Differences In Refrigerator Depths?

Refrigerator depth doesn’t seem like that large of a detail when you first consider it. In kitchen design every fraction of an inch needs to be considered. That is the case for cabinetry solutions as well as the appliance package included. The kitchen below showcases a standard depth refrigerator installed. Example of a standard depth refrigerator installed in a Quad Cities kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

This design above warrants no need for a counter-depth and the look is still magazine-cover worthy. Of course a counter-depth model would have looked great! Just less of the sides, or “cabinet” of the unit would show. Let’s discuss now some of those key differences between standard and counter-depth models:

  • Standard could mean the unit “sticks out” an extra 4″ or more into the kitchen. That could be noticeable in some designs and even restrict a walkway in others.
  • Cubic foot capacity will always be a main feature difference. A model that boasts the largest cubic footage of storage space will most certainly never fall into a counter-depth category.
  • Counter-depth models have limited water and ice options. Limited interior space means that some water and ice features are best suited for standard-depth models. We will discuss the topic later in this post.
  • Price used to be one of the main differences in upgrading to a counter-depth feature. Price isn’t necessarily as big of a difference as it used to be. Now many counter-depth models fit within the same price category as high-featured standard depth models.

If I Choose a Counter-Depth Model What Can I Expect?

Of course newer standard-depth models will always offer the latest and greatest in storage solutions and features. Now as more counter-depth models are introduced, many of those same features are being included in models as they are launched. This means that all of the best features and benefits are not limited only to standard-depth models. refrigerator

In fact many times innovation is pushed forward to meet the challenge of a counter-depth model.  The issue of an in-door ice unit being so large it takes up nearly 1/3 of the fresh food storage space has lead to the need to streamline the design. Now the smaller, compact units are included in standard and counter-depth models alike! Some counter-depth models may replace an in-door option with an icemaker in the lower freezer and interior water dispenser above (shown below).Example of an internal water dispenser in refrigerator. | VillageHomeStores.com

Side by side refrigeration is no longer the most desired layout for storage so most of the newer models launching are French door units with a bottom freezer.  While it isn’t the best storage layout for most lifestyles, side-by-side counter-depth refrigerators remain to be the lowest prices. Bottom-freezer models are constructed with a completely different design and parts. This keeps them beginning slightly higher in price from a side-by-side construction.  Village Home Stores offering cabinet depth refrigerators. | VillageHomeStores.com

Busy kitchens require maximum fresh food and freezer storage no matter what depth you choose. Our expert appliance sales team can show you all of the amazing interior features your refrigerator will have. We can help you select the perfect model for your lifestyle. If the look of your refrigeration unit is important to your design, you may want a more built-in look. 

How Can I Get A “Built-In” Look?

You have many options for how you can choose to surround your refrigerator in a cabinet design. No matter the depth of your model, you need at least 1/2″ on each side and above the unit for proper ventilation. An exception to this is the category of truly “built-in” refrigeration (shown below). Built-in refrigeration options installed at counter depth. | VillageHomeStores.com

A trim kit is installed surrounding the unit for a custom fit. It is important to note that while counter-depth models offer a more built-in look, they still may show some of depth projecting from your cabinets. The only way to avoid that is to select from our built-in models. If your layout allows it, you may be able to include a recessed area on your wall for your refrigerator to set back into. This allows you the look of a counter-depth model but the choice of using any standard model. Building a niche in your wall for the depth of a standard refrigerator. | VillageHomeStores.com
The surrounding cabinetry can either be pulled forward to give the illusion of a built in look or ordered deeper from the factory.  These recessed spaces are a wonderful solution and when planned correctly with your design team it’s a great look! Be sure to check out our Houzz ideabook including more examples of all of these concepts. Find that ideaboook here on our Houzz pageshallow-depth-fridge

Many of the questions we may ask you in our first few meetings have already been decided during your own research and inspiration process. In this case, we are just collecting information from you and getting everyone on the same page that will be involved on your project. It is our job to keep all of these details in order as we work through our process for your project at Village Home Stores. Discussing options and working through to find the best solution for your project and budget is a very key part of the big picture. This is the case with just a single new appliance purchase, or an entire remodel or new home build. Let our experts help. Contact us today by completing this online form or calling (309) 944-1344Locally owned since 1984, Village Home Stores offers an award-winning customer experience in Appliances sales and service