Geneseo Giving Tree 2018- Weathered Wonderland

We are so excited to be a part of such an active and thriving small business community in Geneseo, Illinois. Our community supports small business and each other so much it’s impossible for the support not to be contagious! We are so thrilled to be involved in a brand new way to give back by participating in the inaugural year of the Geneseo’s Giving Trees! Today our tree is in place at the Village Home Stores showroom at 105 S State Street in downtown Geneseo, IL and we couldn’t be happier with how our team’s vision has come to life with Christmas Magic! This is our Weathered Wonderland Tree now available for auction:

Wooden barnwood Christmas tree built by Durian Builders and Village Home Stores for the Geneseo Giving Trees event to benefit Rebuilding Together Henry County. | villagehomestores.com
Photo by Laura Kashner

The goal of Geneseo’s Giving Trees is to see businesses partner up to create a tree design that can be auctioned off for proceeds to be given to a local charity. We have partnered up with a crew that we are pretty used to working with, Durian Builders. If you love seeing our before and after remodel stories that we share here on the blog and on our TV show, then you are familiar with their craftsmanship. The partnership between Durian and Village Home Stores was a perfect match and we decided to choose Rebuilding Together Henry County as our charity. We knew we would make a great team but we never dreamed the tree would turn out this great!
Geneseo Giving Tree 2018 Weathered Wonderland. Barnwood tree built by Durian Builders and trimmed by Village Home Stores with proceeds raised to help Rebuiding Together Henry County. | villagehomestores.com

The team at Durian Builders decided instead of purchasing a tree… why not make a tree? Well, because that’s not that easy …right? It is if you are a skilled carpenter with vision. We searched all of Pinterest and Scott never found what he had as his own vision… so he sketched it up and went to work with his own idea. When he sent us an update that he had found the perfect stack of reclaimed barnwood to work with, we knew we were on the right track. Geneseo Giving Tree built from barnwood by Durian Builders and decorated by Village Home Stores to benefit Rebuilding Together Henry County. | villagehomestores.com

From that pile of wood, Durian and friends built us a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree that we were certain could stand out as unique. But how to dress it without covering up all of that great character? We decided to take a trend that we have seen take off in Interior Design and Lighting and translate it into Christmas decor. An Upscale, Weathered, Coastal style has branched off of the Farmhouse trend and we thought a Coastal vibe would be a perfect fit for weather barnwood. To light the tree we wrapped copper LED fairy lights around a thick jute rope. Eucalyptus Christmas idea! Take clear lanterns and hang from your tree with small bouquets of greenery. | villagehomestores.com

Of course no tree is a tree without some greenery on it. We kept our greens on trend by using varieties of faux Eucalyptus contained in transparent vessels. Small lanterns hang from five of the branches with small bouquets inside of them. The most talked about part of the decor are our DIY ornaments. We fully grant you permission to steal this idea!
Great eucalyptus ornament DIY idea! Take clear ornaments and fill with faux greenery. | villagehomestores.com

We took a large pile of shatterproof transparent Christmas Bulbs and filled them with sprigs of faux eucalyptus. This would be a super fun and safe DIY Christmas craft for a family to do together. We re-capped them and added a single simple loop ribbon and they are one of our favorite parts of the tree! Pin this and many more ideas to your own Pinterest boards by following our Holiday Decor board here. All of the ornaments hang from brass hooks applied to the tree branches.Burlap Christmas idea! Wrap ornaments in burlap strips for your tree. | villagehomestores.com

As an added stringed element to compliment the lighted rope, we made wooden bead swags. Medium-sized wooden beads strung on jute rope were painted with a white paint distressing finish and then given a subtle brushing of a pearled champagne wash for a little sparkle. Weathered wooded beads are a huge trend right now in home lighting and you should see some of the fixtures we have on display in this category.
Coastal Christmas idea! String and paint wooden beads for your tree. | villagehomestores.com

This tree was created with many neutral colors in mind so that it can be easily placed in any settings. You can always add your own punch of a favorite color or change elements of it year to year. Don’t you think you need this tree in your own home? You can have it! A bid sheet has been placed inside of our store window next to the tree. Opening bids begin Friday November 16th and bids may be placed in $25 increments. Our tree will be on display in the showroom window and available to bid on from November 16th through December 10th. Farmhouse Christmas idea! Wrap ornaments in fabric strips for your tree. | villagehomestores.com

If you just can’t wait until then to take your tree home, you can take part in the Buy Now option! Any time from November 16th through December 10th you can bid the full $1,000 retail value of our tree to “win” the auction instantly! This “Buy Now” option allows you to take the tree home at any time (even before the 10th). Wouldn’t she look lovely in your home or business?
Geneseo Giving Tree built by Durian Builders and Village Home Stores to benefit Rebuilding Together Henry County. | villagehomestores.com

Stay updated on auction details and find information about all of Geneseo’s Giving Trees here on their Facebook page. To bid on our tree stop by anytime M-F from 9am-5pm or Saturdays from 9am-noon. You can call in your bids during business hours at (309) 944-1344 as well. Please note that a comment on any Facebook post or Instagram Post with an auction bid does not qualify as a bid. You must come enter a bid on the sheet or call it in. Geneseo Christmas Tree built by Durian Builders and Village Home Stores to benefit Rebuilding Together Henry County. | villagehomestores.com

You can learn more about Rebuilding Together Henry County here on their website. If you would like to make a donation to them in the giving spirit of the holidays, we have a donations jar at our front desk. Learn more about Durian Builders here on their website and if you see any of their crew around town be sure to thank them for helping make our tree truly one-of-a-kind. Please stop by to see us this Holiday season and see it in person. Thank you so much to the Giving Trees committee for putting an idea into action and empowering so many small businesses with a way to give back this year.

Who is Village Home Stores?

Hello there! We hope that you have found this post because you a curious about Village Home Stores and want to know more about us. Village Home Stores is a small business located in a small town with a BIG mission to be your regional home store experts. That is why we have so many categories of products all under one roof for you to shop at 105 S State Street in historic downtown Geneseo, IL. We offer appliance sales and service, cabinetry and countertops, lighting, flooring, wall tile, and custom window treatments for remodel and new home customers. Having our store located in a strong, growing small town community allows us to provide our clients with over 10,000 sq. ft. of showroom as a destination. We service a large radius surrounding Geneseo including the entire extended Quad Cities region. Located in Downtown Geneseo, IL Village Home Stores is proud to be a small business rooted in a strong, growing community like Geneseo. | villagehomestores.com

Since our founding in 1984, Village Home Stores consistently strives to improve the customer experience while offering quality products at a reasonable price.  We offer a one-stop-shop approach and can build an expert team for your project no matter the scale or budget. Curious about what you can expect when shopping at or working with Village Home Stores? Press play below to meet our owners and learn more about who we are.

We want to thank BrandSource for providing us with such a great way to tell our story! They created this video for us in August of 2018 when we were named the 2018 BrandSource Dealer of the Year at the National Convention & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our co-owners Rob Ries and Jim Ries were on hand to receive the honor at the awards ceremony. The BrandSource Dealer of the Year award is presented annually to a member who has shown continued support of BrandSource and its direct suppliers.

Co-owners of Village Home Stores, Rob Ries and Jim Ries were on hand to receive the honor of being named a 2018 BrandSource Dealer of the Year. | villagehomestores.com
Co-owners of Village Home Stores, Jim Ries (centered left) and Rob Ries (centered right) were named a 2018 Dealer of the Year at the BrandSource National Conference held in August. Photo provided by AVBmarketing.

If you are familiar with our weekly TV show, or this store blog, then you know we love telling stories about the projects we have completed for our customers. It is a bit awkward sharing our own story, but we think it is important for us to get information out there about our store so that we can help as many people as possible with the expert team and services we have assembled over the years.Village Home Stores an award-winning expert appliance service and repair team servicing all of Henry, Rock Island, Scott, Mercer, and Whiteside counties. 309 944 1344 | villagehomestores.com

Our growing staff currently has 35 employees. This includes designers, inside and outside salespeople, project managers and estimators, service technicians, delivery and installation technicians and more. Our appliance showroom has a full staff of expert appliance service technicians and can service all major appliance brands including ones we don’t sell. We don’t just end the conversation once we get your purchase. It is important to us that we do not sub contract out our product deliveries because we want to be your expert team from start to finish. Village Home Stores 105 S State in downtown Geneseo, IL 309 944 1344 | villagehomestores.com

By choosing to support our small business, you are supporting our 35 employees so thank you! That support is why we are not only still here, but growing! Every department we have added to the store is by the request of our customers who hoped to get the same experience they have come to expect from Village. Therefore, we believe our customers deserve an award-winning experience in an award-winning showroom. In 2018 Village Home Stores was named a Showroom of the Year by Lighting and Decor Magazine and named a 2018 BrandSource Dealer of the Year. | villagehomestores.com

We want to make your building or remodeling process as easy and enjoyable as possible. We know for many of our customers, we are a destination. Our goal is to exceed your expectations and be worth your trip. We value your time and hope that you will find our showroom setup and process a way to save you time and money. Another way of thanking you for your business is by assuring you that we are doing all that we can to provide you with the fairest prices possible for the quality products and services we are providing you. That is why we offer a Local Low Price Guarantee.Village Home Stores is home of the local low price guarantee. If you can locally find a better deal on the same product and services we will match it. | villagehomestores.com

Our customers find that our everyday low prices are comparable to all of our competitors plus they receive a great customer experience when working with our staff. We buy from a very large buying group to allow us to offer quality products at the same prices as larger stores. If we find that someone has offered you a better price for the same products and services, we will match that local price.

“After so many years in business, many of our customers have come back to buy from us again because they know they are going to be taken care of, ” says Rob Ries, co-owner of Village Home Stores.

The goal of our staff is to stay expertly trained and to listen to your needs and best match your needs to the right products for you and your budget.  Plus you get the personal one-on-one treatment your investment deserves. You can rely on us to match you with the right product and help you learn the features that best suit your lifestyle.
Village Home Stores is your expert source for Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Amana, Sharp, and Viking purchases and repairs. | villagehomestores.com

We curate a team of experts for your project based on your needs. That team, all under one roof, can openly communicate about your project to keep you on track and on budget. Having multiple department experts aware of your overall project vision and goal allows them to work for you to confirm details on your selections. That gives our customers a piece of mind that their overall finished project is always the team’s vision.
Village Home Stores is your expert source for appliance purchases and repairs. | villagehomestores.com

Winning the title of Dealer of the Year comes just behind a handful of other 2018 awards that we would have never dreamed of receiving! The bottom line is, Village Home Stores would be no place without the years of support our customers have shown us. Support in the form of trusting us to help make their homes more functional and beautiful. Inviting us into your home is a big deal! We don’t take that for granted. Thank you for your continued support and we hope if you haven’t yet worked with us, you will give us the opportunity to meet you and gain that trust. From DIY cash and carry customers, to complete start to finish remodels, we want to help.Village Home Stores, servicing the extended Quad Cities Region. In 2018 Village was a winner of the QCBR Business of the Year, Lighting and Decor Magazine's Showroom of the Year, and multiple Houzz awards.

We want to be your one stop shop and we can’t wait to hear what you are working on! We offer appliance sales and service, cabinetry and countertops, lighting, flooring, wall tile, and custom window treatments for both remodel and new home customers. If you have questions about any of these categories of product, just click on them in this paragraph and you will hop right over to our website. Want to start the conversation about your own project and not sure where to begin? We have a process for your project no matter how much help or product you need. Every first step to our process begins at the same place, just reach out to us. Contact us for an appointment by calling our phone number at 309 944 1344 or by completing this short online form

 

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.

 

Calling All Elves: We Need Your Help on a Giveaway!

This year has been such an encouraging year for us as a small business. We continue to add to our growing customer list and promise to keep earning the trust of all of you on that list. We are a small business located in a small town but we are blessed to service such a large area of the Midwest. The team at Village Home Stores is so thankful that you see a value in a great price paired with great service. We would love to brighten someone’s Holiday this year but we need your help. We are calling on all of you to be our elves. We need your “nice list” because someone is getting this Whirlpool® laundry pair under their tree!
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This 85 series Duet Front-Load laundry pair has a large capacity AND when working as a team, they are efficient with your time, water, AND energy use. Know someone who could use a “load” of help this Holiday? Please let us know who! Who should be nominated? Nominate someone who is in need of laundry without the finances to purchase new. Or nominate someone who is doing good and could use the pair to keep helping others.
Help Village Home Stores find a deserving home for this laundry pair. See store for details. | VillageHomeStores.com

Return THIS NOMINATION FORM to Village Home Stores in person or by mail at 105 S State St. Geneseo, IL 61254 or email completed for to info@villagehomestores.com all entries must be received by Friday December 22nd at 5pm. Winner will be contacted for delivery the week following Christmas. Name of winner will not be announced publicly unless the winning party agrees to it. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or Instagram. See store for details.
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Road Trip! Our 2016 Visit to Whirlpool in Amana, IA

Village Home Stores is proud to offer Whirlpool appliances to the Quad Cities region. We are able to say with great confidence that we carry products that are backed by U.S. manufacturing and jobs. Did you know that:

Whirlpool Corp. is the only full line appliance manufacturer based in the United States. They operate 9 US manufacturing plants in 5 different states.

Our staff  is so lucky to be located just a short drive away from one of those plants in Amana, Iowa. We have been able to participate in a product training and plant tour now for the past few years. Please excuse our attire for the factory tour, this is not a fashion blog folks.
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The plant we visited last week is home to all of the bottom-mount refrigeration operations as well as built-in refrigeration. This 2.1 Million square foot facility is huge! We clocked 1 3/4 miles on our factory tour alone. The water treatment facility for the plant also supplies the entire Amana Colonies with water. Whirlpool provides back-up power when needed for the region as well. This Amana, IA plant produces roughly 6,400 refrigerators a day! Pardon our pun but that’s pretty cool!
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First of all, say hello to Seth (shown above on left). He is our newest member of the Appliances staff and was able to join us this year for this Whirlpool training and tour event. In addition to our tour, we received product training on many new models and features being introduced in laundry and kitchen appliances. Shown below is one of those new features called an “under-shelf prep zone” which utilizes an un-used space for for marinating or other storage needs in this new refrigerator model. This same new refrigerator model includes TWO ice makers, each with the ability to produce 4.6 lb.s of ice. Just get a text that you are entertaining guests after the work day? No problem! You can program to have plenty of ice by the time you get home right from your mobile phone. We saw so many amazing new products! Many of these models are already at our store or on their way. shelf

View this current US Manufacturing Map from Whirlpool showing the locations and products represented in the 9 manufacturing plants in the US. Whirlpool Corporation currently employs 22,000 manufacturing workers. Whirlpool truly believes that “there is no right way to do a wrong thing” and has committed to this opportunity to stay in the US. For example, instead of moving freezer manufacturing to Mexico or China, Whirlpool has recently purchased an vacant factory in Ottawa, Ohio keeping thousands of jobs in Ohio and allowing another category of product manufacturing  to remain in the US.interior

10000cupcakesNo complaints that we were greeted the morning of training with cupcakes alongside our breakfast (see our Instagram post on the right when we caught Rob with a cupcake at 8am). We were thrilled to hear that KitchenAid is hosting their #10000cupcakes campaign again this year to benefit Susan G. Komen. You can help make a difference for this cause! Share a photo or video with @KitchenAidUSA on Instagram or Twitter and include #10000cupcakes and #donate. For every original photo or video posted KitchenAid will donate $1 to support the fight against breast cancer, up to $10,000. Join us in store Thursday October 27th from 4:30-7pm as part of our annual “Witches Night Out” celebration and decorate your own cupcake to snap a photo of. Be sure to follow us on Instagram here to see our own cupcake posts.vanilla_latte_cupcakes

Do you have a recent model of a Whirlpool, Maytag, Amana, or KitchenAid bottom-freezer refrigerator in your kitchen? That unit was made just a short drive past Coralville in Amana, Iowa and we had the privilege to see the smiling faces that assembled it for you.Read about our trip to Amana last year here at this link. If you are interested in purchasing appliance brands that help support jobs in our own country, our expert sales staff is ready to help find the right product and features for your lifestyle and budget. Shop our products online anytime here on our website. Then give us a call or stop in the store to experience the award-winning customer experience at Village Home Stores.Village_Home_Stores (1)