Help Us Raise Money For Geneseo Marriage and Family Counseling Services

Village Home Stores is so excited to partner again with Durian Builders for our Geneseo Giving Trees creation this holiday season. Every year we work on so many projects with the Durian team inside many area homes. All of those projects are wonderful, but this collaboration could be our most important one yet! This year you can help us bring awareness and raise funding for a cause that helps so many households in our community. We are glad to announce that the proceeds from this year’s tree and wreath collaboration will go to Geneseo Marriage and Family Counseling Services.

Scott Durian of Durian Builders puts the finishing touches on the faux fireplace he built for the Geneseo Giving Trees project.
Scott Durian of Durian Builders puts the finishing touches on the faux fireplace he built for the Geneseo Giving Trees project.

Geneseo Marriage and Family Counseling Services provides quality counseling to individuals, couples and families for multiple issues that may be affecting their lives. Therapists who work at GMFC are licensed by the state of Illinois. Fees for these services are based on a sliding scale, taking into consideration household income and number of those living in the home. Your donations can help to allow anyone who needs it access to affordable, professional counseling. Village Home Stores and Durian Builders believe everyone should have a healthy and safe household. Not just during the holidays, but every day of the year. We hope to help raise awareness about this great local cause with this tree and wreath donation. Your donations towards this year’s Geneseo Giving Tree Project will help area households get assistance in treating a variety of concerns, including individual/couple/family relationships, parent-child issues, anxiety, depression, anger management, separation/divorce/remarriage, and more.

store window with snow globe look and fireplace and tree decor for holidays
The Village Home Stores storefront window transformed into a snow globe with our Geneseo Giving Trees for 2019. Bid on this decor now- the Geneseo Christmas Walk.

Step inside our snow globe and see what we have created. This year the Geneseo Giving Trees team allowed us the option to dress trees or wreaths for a local cause. We had so much fun last year with Durian Builders that we wanted to team up again and create one styled space. A finished look that could be combined as one complete look or head to separate homes or businesses. One of the front windows of Village Home Stores was transformed into a life-sized snow globe for the occasion. Last year we asked Durian Builders to build us a weather wood tree. This year they were a bit confused at first when we asked them to build us a faux fireplace instead of a tree. We really wanted to capture a cozy feeling of “home” and just kept coming back to the idea of a fireplace and tree combination. Our wreaths and swag set help to complete the entire “room”.

Christmas Window
Village Home Stores window all dressed up for the Christmas Holiday.

Bid On Our Tree & Faux Fireplace Set

Bid on our Geneseo Giving Tree this year and you get this tree and basket PLUS our handcrafted faux fireplace! Have you ever wished you had a cozy fireplace in your master bedroom, dining room, or even a guest room? Want family staying with you over the holidays to be able to hang stockings in thier guest room? Now if you have just 42″ you can set this up for an instant cozy upgrade to your space. The winner of our tree bid will also get to take home this faux fireplace and faux birch log fire. Don’t need both? Keep one item and gift the other! Or partner up on your bid with a friend so you can share these items!

5' pencil tree in basket with faux fireplace and logs.
5′ pencil tree in basket with faux fireplace and logs. Donated by Village Home Stores and Durian Builders for 2019 Geneseo Giving Trees

Bid On This Set of Wreaths & Swag

Bid on this set of three wreaths and decorative swag to add style to your home. These Scandinavian-inspired wreaths and stunning swag can be displayed together or separate. Anyone can shop Target or Pottery Barn for the holidays. Set yourself apart! Imagine your home entryway or mantle all “decked” out with these custom pieces. When you bid on our “wreath” you are actually going to win all three wreathes and this swag. The ribbon can be tacked to any wall or string them all up on a rustic branch or dowel to hang.

set of hoop wreaths with minimal Scandinavian inspired holiday decor attached
Geneseo Giving Trees set of 3 hoop wreaths and matching garland. Donated by Village Home Stores and Durian Builders with proceeds going to Geneseo Marriage and Family Counseling Services.

Looking for holiday decor inspiration? Look to the sky! Don’t you just love how blue the sky looks on a snowy day? We wanted to create a mix of holiday textures and decor that were on trend but upscale. We blended velvet ribbon, vintage brass, flocked pine, fuzzy lambs ear greenery, warm chenille, and wooden beads. We chose to accent with a dusty denim blue color in place of the expected red or green. The finished decor is a winter wonderland of dreamy textures and tones. Speaking or texture, we MUST give a proper shoutout to Derrick Seys who took our faux fireplace to the next level by painting a realistic firebox inside. And a huge thank you to Chance Nordstrom for welding this geometric log holder for our birch logs.

Geometric log holder with birch logs and fairy lights
Geometric log holder with birch logs and fairy lights.

Get The Look With These DIY Tips:

Last year many of your made your own clear eucalyptus ornaments like ours, so we want to share another fun DIY this year. We made these chenille tassels and hoop ornaments and they were very easy. Make your own for your tree or create a few for festive gift tags. Purchasing one bundle of yarn or ribbon that matches your tree allows you to create all kinds of custom ornaments and decor. If you can tie a knot then you can make these tassels we premise! Here is a breakdown of how we made ours:

DIY chenille tassel ornaments with wood beads

To get the “frosty” look of our snow globe (shown below on left side of image) we mixed up a DIY batch of epsom salt and water to paint the outside edge of our frosty window. To get this look simple dissolve 1 cup of epsom salt in 1 cup boiling water. Stir to dissolve and then add 2-3 drops of dish soap. Apply to glass using a paint brush, sponge, or foam brush. Allow 24 hours to dry. This “frosty” look will last 2-3 weeks and can be easily washed off with mild soap and water.

Epsom salt DIY frost for windows
Epsom salt DIY frost for windows.

We are proud to support GMFC this year with our giving tree.  Their efforts working with Henry County residents the past few years has been outstanding and is making a huge difference many people’s lives.  We are hopeful with additional support, they can continue and expand to reaching even more!

-Jim Ries, Co-Owner of Village Home Stores

We are so happy to be participating again this year with a giving trees. 100% of the money raised by the Geneseo Giving Trees goes directly to 11 local non-profits. To connect with Geneseo Marriage and Family Counseling Services or to request more information, visit their website here. If you are in need of immediate help, please note these other important phone numbers: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-8255 and The Center for Youth and Family Solutions (800) 200-6804.

Recipes From Our Village Staff Soup Cook-Off

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Last week at Village Home Stores we held our second annual Staff Soup Cook-Off and almost immediately when we started posting photos from it to our social media we had messages coming in with requests for recipes. We had many entries this year and once again, each was different from the next! It was pretty much the best work potluck on a snowy February day EVER!

Great soups this year for the Village Home Stores Staff Soup Cookoff #villagehomestores #wemakeavillage | villagehomestores.com

Before we get to all of the delicious recipes we have to of course give a proper shoutout to this year’s winner of the coveted “Golden Ladle” ::: drumroll ::: congratulations to MaryBeth Farber for her winning Baked Potato Soup!!! Of course she was very excited to beat last year’s winner Gregg Swanson (he looks thrilled doesn’t he).

The winner of the Village Home Stores Staff Soup Cookoff was MaryBeth. She was beyond thrilled to steal the title from her brother in law Gregg who won last year.

The winning recipe was MaryBeth’s Baked Potato Soup! She also staged up her serving station with decorations and had a whole buffet of toppings for the soup. If you are looking to find a delicious winter soup to feed the masses this is your new favorite!

The winner of the Village Home Stores Staff Soup Cookoff was MaryBeth's Baked Potato Soup. YUM! | villagehomestores.com

Print off a copy of MaryBeth’s Baked Potato Soup recipe by clicking here.

Winning recipe for baked potato soup from Village Home Stores Staff Soup Cookoff | villagehomestores.com

And now for the other incredible entries! We kinda hope that the party planning committee decides to make this annual event quarterly because we had so many different and creative soups compete this year!

Recipe for Italian Wedding soup from Village Home Stores Staff Soup Cookoff. | villagehomestores.com

Print off a copy of Angela’s recipe for Italian Wedding Soup by clicking here.

Recipe for beer cheese soup from Village Home Stores Staff Soup Cookoff. Serve with popcorn | villagehomestores.com

Print off a copy of Rachele’s recipe for popcorn-topped Beer Cheese Soup by clicking here.

Recipe for Pumpkin Apple Bacon Bisque from Village Home Stores Staff Soup Cookoff. | villagehomestores.com

Print off a copy of Elizabeth’s recipe for popcorn and bacon-topped Apple Bacon Pumpkin Bisque by clicking here.

Recipe for sweet and spicy Mulligatawny Soup from Village Home Stores Staff Soup Cookoff. | villagehomestores.com

Print off a copy of Gregg’s sweet and spicy recipe for Mulligatawny Soup by clicking here.

Village Home Stores Staff Soup Cookoff 2019 #villagehomestores #wemakeavillage | villagehomestores.com

What a fun time and who knew six crock-pots full of soup could feed a Village! Did you find this post because you were looking for a soup recipe? Well allow us to introduce ourselves. We are Village Home Stores and we are a small business located in downtown Geneseo, Illinois. We provide appliance sales, service, cabinetry, countertops, lighting, flooring, wall tile, and custom window treatments for the entire extended Quad Cities Region. Learn more about our store here at villagehomestores.com or stop by and see us sometime! You may even luck out and show up during a fun event like this soup cook-off!

Phone number for Village Home Stores 309 944 1344

Quad Cities Builders & Remodelers Home Show 2019

Are you planning a project for your Quad Cities home within the next few years? Are you considering building a new home within the next few years? Then we hope you were able to attend the 2019 Quad Cities Builders and Remodelers Home Show this past weekend at the QCCA Expo Center in Downtown Rock Island. This annual event is your opportunity to browse Quad Cities Area businesses that offer products and services for your home. Village Home Stores is a longtime member of the QCBR and we had an absolute blast this year meeting new customers and answering their questions about our store and what it is like to work with us as they visited our booth.

Quad Cities Builders and Remodelers Home Show event held annually at the QCCA Expo Center in Downtown Rock Island. Village Home Stores 2019 booth. | villagehomestores.com

What We Showcased This Year

If you aren’t familiar with Village Home Stores, we are a locally owned one-stop-shop home store with many categories of products and services all from one store. We offer Appliances, Appliance Service, Lighting, Cabinetry, Countertops, Hardware, Flooring, Wall Tile, Window Treatments and so much more! If you have seen our weekly TV Show you also know that we offer complete kitchen and bath remodels managed from start to finish. We had staff and products on hand from all departments to help illustrate all that we can do.

QCBR Home Show event held annually at the QCCA Expo Center in Downtown Rock Island. Village Home Stores 2019 booth. | villagehomestores.com

In our 2019 booth we introduced a brand new full-access cabinet line named WynnBrooke. We are very excited to roll out this new option for our customers and this “Frost” White display will soon be installed in our conference room at the store. You can learn more about this cabinet line here on their website. We also showcased some DIY stick-on wall planks installed in our booth. This great product that can be used for so many fun projects. We covered the back wall surface of our booth in the “Pewter” wall plank adding floating shelves and our LED back-lit sign.

Stick on wall planks and floating gray shelves designed and installed by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

Our Home Show booth included new and exciting product launches like the connected appliances Whirlpool has introduced recently. What is a “connected range” and how can voice commands and scan-to-cook features make your life easier? We would LOVE to answer those questions for you. The Black Stainless connected range we brought to the home show is now back in our appliance showroom. Our expert sales team will explain all of the great features and benefits these “smart” appliances have to offer.

Whirlpool's new connected range in Black Stainless Steel. | villagehomestores.com

“We have a lot of fun every year at the Home Show. We try and make our booth open, inviting, and exciting. This show is our opportunity to invite guests into our booth to meet our team and get all of their questions answered about our store and our process”

-Elizabeth Round, Village Team Member

This year we installed a lighting grouping that focused on some of the current trends we are seeing in finish and style. “Gold” finishes are definately back in style but the new take on this trend is subtle, brushed, and can be blended with other metals and finishes well. We have seen lighting trends shift from a Farmhouse style into a more Coastal look. We had a lot of interest in the weathered, wooden-beaded chandelier from our booth.

Coastal styled lighting for your home. Lighting selections shown at the 2019 QCBR Home Show. | villagehomestores.com

We included two engineered quartz countertops in our cabinet displays this year. We answered so many questions about countertop surfaces and their differences from guests who visited us. The large kitchen island we displayed included one of our promotional-priced quartz surfaces named “Rolling Fog” (shown below on left with Ogee Edge). Learn more about our 2019 Quartz promotion here in a past blog post.

Quartz countertops in the Quad Cities Home Show booth for Village Home Stores. Rolling Fog (left) with Ogee Edge and Cambria Quartz in Skara Brae (right) design. | villagehomestores.com

The back wall of our booth had a stunning statement quartz surface from our Cambria Quartz line. The Skara Brae design (shown above on right) blends on-trend grays and whites in an innovative natural-stone lookalike pattern. This series of quartz from Cambria offers you the look of a marble pattern with the maintenance-free piece of mind you get by investing in quartz surfaces.

A Quad Cities area customer chats about her project with a member of the Village team at the QCBR Home Show. | villagehomestores.com

Be sure to visit the QCBR website here to learn more about the Home Show event and upcoming Spring and Fall Parade of Homes. We hope that we had a chance to meet you this weekend but if you missed the Home Show, you can just come see us at our showroom! Village Home Stores is located at 105 S State in Downtown Geneseo, IL. Our hours are M-F 9am-5pm and on Saturdays we are open from 9am-noon. Our design staff can also meet with you by appointment if you just contact us by completing this short online form.

Quad Cities Kitchen Showroom Wins Best of Houzz in Service for 5th Year!

Village Home Stores wins Best of Houzz Customer Service 2019 | villagehomestores.com

We sincerely can’t believe that our small business was honored again with a Best of Houzz Customer Service award in 2019. Customer Service awards are so incredibly important to us because we have chosen to make your experience with our store our main focus. Anytime we are recognized for keeping this focus, it only makes us more excited to keep on going for you! Since 1984, our customers have been amazing with their return business, referrals, and online reviews. We are of course very thankful as well for the community of builders and contractors that we partner with in the Quad Cities area. Thank you for helping our small business stand out in such a gigantic industry.

Quad Cities area kitchen showroom Village Home Stores wins Best of Houzz Customer Service award in 2019. | villagehomestores.com

What is Houzz?

So what is Houzz? If you are online searching for ideas for your home, chances are you will stumble upon a link to Houzz pretty quickly and find out. Houzz is a website and app that is packed with content from 2.1 million home building, remodeling, and design industry professionals. It is the leading platform for home renovation and design and as of the time we post this blog, there are over 40 million monthly unique users on Houzz! Are you one of them? Houzz is free for you to join and it acts as a place to get current project inspiration, find local professionals, and organize your ideas. We are still pinching ourselves over receiving a service award in 2015 that it is truly taking us aback to realize this is our 5th year in a row to receive Best of Houzz in Customer Service.

Quad Cities area kitchen showroom Village Home Stores wins Best of Houzz Customer Service award for 5th year. | villagehomestores.com

How To Use Houzz Ideabooks

Curious how you can use this platform to help organize your remodel or new home project? Your first step is to sign up for a user Houzz profile of your own. This allows you to log into the app and keep your ideas organized as well as use the messaging system within the app to contact professionals like us privately with questions. TIP: they do send quite a few emails to users, so try and un-select any options available to avoid a full inbox of notifications Next you will want to create some ideabooks for you to sort and save your ideas into. Think of ideabooks as file folders within your Houzz profile to keep things organized. On the Village Home Stores profile, we use ideabooks to sort categories of product or areas of a design (i.e. kitchen hood ideas, flooring, tiled backsplashes, etc). Follow this link to see our ideabooks.

How to use Houzz ideabooks by Best of Houzz winners Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

You can create many ideabooks, or choose to just build one to “save” your ideas to. Within the Houzz app you can even make notes to yourself about an idea you are saving. Another great feature is sharing these ideabooks with a spouse or your design professional to start a conversation about how you can take your idea and include it in your own project. Houzz has great features within sharing like adding text, sketching on images, arrows, and even stickers to the idea as you collaborate.

How to use sketch feature in Houzz ideabooks by Best of Houzz winners Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

We have found this platform to be the best location for Village Home Stores to “house” our portfolio of work. While we don’t add every single project we work on to the platform, we try and update it at least a few times a month to give you a fresh idea of the work we are completing around the Quad Cities region. Village is so blessed to be located in Geneseo, IL because it means we can work in such a large surrounding area. You will see so many different cities represented in our projects. You can browse our projects on Houzz here at this link.

View our portfolio of work in the projects section of our Best of Houzz winning profile. | villagehomestores.com

Great customer reviews remain our favorite part of our Houzz profile because it warms our hearts to hear from our happy customers. If you have written us a review online this year you are sharing this award with us! Your kind words help our store stand out online and give our potential new customers way to learn who we are and the work we do. We have also been awarded a few other badges on our profile. We have been recognized as being “knowledgeable and highly valued by the Houzz community” with a Houzz Influencer badge. Our customer reviews and quick response-time for Houzz messages have granted us a Houzz Recommended badge. We have also reached a milestone of having our own work saved over 25,000 time to ideabooks on the platform.

Quad Cities area kitchen showroom Village Home Stores wins Best of Houzz and influencer badges. | villagehomestores.com

If you are curious about how you can use Houzz to collaborate on your upcoming project with our Kitchen and Bath design team just reach out to us! Our designers are excited to see what inspires you and how we can help make your own space amazing. You can find out more information about Village Home Stores here on our website and feel free to contact us to get the conversation started about your own project.

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.