What We Saw At World of Whirlpool in Chicago

Village Home Stores sales team visits the World of Whirlpool facilities in Chicago IL for product training.

Last week we were invited to join a few other Illinois sales teams from small businesses like ours at the World of Whirlpool training facilities in Downtown Chicago, IL. Our commitment to ongoing product training is why our customers find such an added value in working with Village Home Stores. There are new features introduced all of the time and it is our passion to help you find the right appliances for your budget and your lifestyle. We also want to be available to help you use your new appliances confidently once you have them installed. Training events like this keep our team savvy and knowledgeable for you.

White and black kitchen with Sunset Bronze appliances in the World of Whirlpool experience center in Chicago, IL
The Village Home Stores team visited the World of Whirlpool experience for immersive appliance product training in Chicago, IL.

We try and send our team to product training 1-2 times a year but we have never experienced a training quite like the one we had last week! Two full days of hands-on product demonstrations and chances everywhere we went to use and experiment with the features we were learning about. Product training in the appliance industry is not just about learning what the new finishes and features are, tech in the kitchen has completely changed the game!

Smart Home And Connected Kitchen Tech

Village Home Stores team is excited to be on board with all of these exciting ways you can add tech to your own home kitchen experience. Scan-to-cook, voice control timers and settings, and ingredient recognition. These are not “kitchen of the future” terms, they are available right now! Many of the appliance models we trained on from Maytag, KitchenAid, and Whirlpool have “connected” features. Whirlpool has launched an entire line of connected appliance products and they had a huge kitchen setup installed for our team to explore and train with.

The Village Home Stores appliance team learning about the latest and greatest in smarthome appliances.
The Village Home Stores appliance team learning about the latest and greatest plus what’s to come with smarthome appliances.

I was really excited to train on and operate all of the new Whirlpool Smart Appliances. We learned so many ways they can help simplify our lives

-Tammy Clark, Appliance Expert at Village Home Stores
Tablet connected to smart appliances from Whirlpool
The Village Home Stores appliance team gets hands-on training with Whirlpool’s smarthome connected appliances.

Getting this hands-on training with models we don’t typically get to see and use is a priceless opportunity for our team. Connected appliances are new to everyone so we are just as intrigued and curious as you! The apps and screens on the appliances are all very easy to use and give you options for how you are guided to use them. You can even favorite recipes and settings so that your appliances can adapt to you personally and help to simplify your life.

Hands-On Appliance Training

Chef Ann Nolan teaches some of our team how easy it is to use and clean the chrome-infused griddles on our KitchenAid products.
Chef Ann Nolan teaches some of our team how easy it is to use and clean the chrome-infused griddles on our KitchenAid products.

Resident Chef for Whirlpool brands Ann Nolan trained us on the chrome-infused griddles found on our KitchenAid commercial-style cooking products. We learned about the many benefits of this even-heat griddle including how easy it is to clean. There is no “seasoning” to worry about and we saw first hand that the non-porous surface cleans up very easily! Have a chrome-infused griddle from us? Check out this quick video Chef Ann made showing you the steps to clean it up easily.

Chef Ann Nolan teaching how to clean the griddle surface after use.
Chef Ann Nolan teaches some of our team how easy it is to clean the griddle surface after use.

Wall Ovens Guaranteed to “FIT”

Our team trained heavily on freestanding ranges and wall ovens beginning with a refresh of the FIT System Install Guarantee. Did you know that with the FIT system you can replace your existing 27″ or 30″ wide wall ovens and Whirlpool guarantees it will fit in your existing opening!? That is some valuable piece of mind when shopping. We had a chance to install a wall oven using the versatile FIT brackets and trim kit just to try it out!

A group training with the FIT system risers and trim kits for wall oven installs
The FIT system for wall ovens. This system of trim kits and risers guarantee that replacement wall ovens in standard 27″ and 30″ widths will work in existing openings.

Ice, Ice, Baby!

My favorite part of training was the undercounter icemaker. It was cool to see the difference between ice from that versus an ice dispenser in a refrigerator. Also, the pizza was awesome.

-Seth Owen, Appliance Expert at Village Home Stores
Row of undercounter appliances from KitchenAid installed in a kitchen island.
For those who love to cook and entertain, KitchenAid offers a wide variety of undercounter appliances. Beverage coolers, icemakers, and even drawer refrigeration units.

The pizza Seth is referencing was our off-site event for the evening. The Whirlpool Corporation took us on a Chicago Pizza Tour and it was an absolute dream! If you are looking for a fun and unusual way to see the city, (and if you can throw down on at least 2 lbs. of pizza in a few hours), we highly recommend it! But back to that icemaker Seth was talking about. Who wouldn’t love restaurant quality ice in your own home? Doesn’t that sound amazing? Ice is the only element you can add to something that elevates the experience without altering the flavor! They showed us what a different Clear Ice can make! Press play below to see this fun exercise we did comparing Clear Ice to regular ice from the freezer:

The KitchenAid Clear Ice in these undercounter models produce the most preferred ice in the industry! These icemakers are available in 15″ and 18″ wide models and they come backed by a 2 year warranty. They can be ordered panel-ready to give a built-in look for your kitchen design and the articulating door hinge allows it to be installed flush with the cabinetry and not stick out. We had some extensive cooktop training on both gas and induction cooktops which led to a very important training topic: ventilation!

KitchenAid Ultra Power Dual-Flame Burner showing flame location on pan.
KitchenAid Ultra Power Dual-Flame Burner showing flame location on pan.

Kitchen Ventalation

Are you a serious home chef? Have you ever burned something in the kitchen? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you know how important kitchen ventilation is. Proper ventilation can help you filter heat, odor, grease, and smoke from your cooking space. A great new feature just launched is the Auto Turn On option on some vent hoods. This allows you to take the guesswork out of when to use your hood because it will just turn on when needed. We were blown away by this demo we experienced showcasing ventalation options from the KitchenAid Commercial line. Press play below to see some boosted vent power:

That is a 20 lb. cabinet door and just a 600CFM hood!!! Not even the most powerful hood we have available. Have questions about how much CFM power you need? Our team will work with you to pair your cook surface’s BTU’s and consider the location and your cooking habits when helping you select the right ventilation investment for your kitchen. A few months ago we met Chef Ann Nolan in Nashville and she was showcasing a brand new product on the EXPO floor of that show. Last week we were able to dive into more detailed training for it.

KitchenAid SmartOven+ with Powered Attachments

Wall oven with KitchenAid Smart Oven+ and Powered Attachments
The KitchenAid Smart Oven+ and Powered Attachments. Shown stacked to store inside of the oven cavity.

The KitchenAid SmartOven+ with Powered Attachments is one of the most exciting new appliance products we have seen in years! This wall oven can be used for standard baking and convection baking… but plug one of these powered attachments in and you have the ability to crisp, steam, and even grill in your wall oven! If you love the cooking process this wall oven will take your time in the kitchen to a whole new level. Imagine steaming an entire meal in a single pan, or making 3 racks or ribs any time of the year!?! There are even pre-programmed recipes in the wall oven to encourage you to experiment with your new attachments and they guide you through the entire process. You can even set a “flip” reminder for your burgers! You can read more about the SmartOven+ and see Chef Ann grilling with it here in a past blog post.

Matte Black KitchenAid mixer shown with many front attachments.
What inspired the new Smart Oven system from KitchenAid with powered attachments? The front port KitchenAid mixer of course!

One thing we learned last week that really stuck with us about this wall oven product is the inspiration for it. The KitchenAid stand mixer is iconic. Not just within the Whirlpool brands of products, but in kitchens across the globe. What makes the stand mixer successful and has kept it relevant all of these years is the ability to add new and exciting attachments to any mixer base. The front port of a stand mixer (see above) can transform to suit so many tasks. That same concept was what drove the design of the port for the powered attachments of this SmartOven+ unit. The base “plugs” into the back of the wall oven and you stack whatever attachment you are using on top. A gravity-close cover seals the opening when an attachment isn’t in use.

Some KitchenAid Smart Oven+ Powered Attachments have sloped backs for utensils to push against edge without losing ingredients off the side.
Some KitchenAid Smart Oven+ Powered Attachments have sloped backs for utensils to push against edge without losing ingredients off the side.

Another exciting thing about this product is that KitchenAid included Chef Ann in the conversation while developing this product! She was able to make design notes and suggestions (like the sloped back wall of the grill pan and baking stone for utensil use) and she even developed the recipes programmed into the unit! Do you love being the first in your family or neighborhood to have fun and exiting new things but worry they will become outdated? Don’t worry here! Any powered attachment KitchenAid launches moving forward will work with this wall oven unit. And yes, there are others in the works!

Matte black KitchenAid gas range in Imperial Black finish installed in an on trend kitchen with open shelves and copper accents.
Matte black KitchenAid gas range in Imperial Black finish.

The entire facility at World of Whirlpool was absolutely incredible. Both days we were treated to a chefs tasting 3 course lunch all prepared in the test kitchens on site. There were so many beautiful displays and believe it or not, we didn’t even see everything there even after two days of training! We don’t want to share every single detail from our trip because we will be unpacking some of these things in more detail on upcoming episodes of the Village Home Show.

Seth and Tammy explore the Maytag test kitchen at World of Whilpool in Chicago, IL
Seth and Tammy explore the Maytag test kitchen.

Our team also trained on Maytag products, all brands of dishwashers, refrigeration, baking drawers, the new low-profile microwaves, laundry products and more! See and learn more about the low-profile microwave hoods here in a past blog post. Tammy even got to snap a selfie with the Maytag Man!

Tammy poses with the Maytag Man at the selfie station.

We trained on Whirlpool and Maytag laundry products and even saw the single unit Smart All-In-One Washer/Dryer from Whirlpool! This slim, ventless unit can be installed almost anywhere! Think how amazing it would be to wash a load right in your master closet! Learn more and shop this model here at villagehomestores.com

Maytag front-load laundry pair on pedestals installed in a farmhouse inspired laundry room with subway tile and a farm sink
Maytag front-load laundry pair on pedestals installed in a farmhouse inspired laundry room. Maytag appliances available to the Quad Cities region with our Local Low Price Guarantee at Village Home Stores.

The building where World of Whirlpool us located is a landmark in itself! The Reid Murdoch Building is a historic and important building in the river-facing skyline of Downtown Chicago. We got a tour of the top clocktower one sunny afternoon and the views were amazing! It was such a busy and informative training trip but we had such a great group to train with! It is always so much fun to meet teams from stores just like ours who value the customer experience and seek to provide the best service and products for their neighbors.

A view of the Reid Murdoch Building and a look inside the Whirlpool Clocktower room and terrace on top.
A view of the Reid Murdoch Building and a look inside the Whirlpool Clocktower room and terrace on top.

The training and hospitality we were given from the Whirlpool Corporation was top-notch. We can’t thank them enough for including our store in this training opportunity. It is our honor to continue to earn our title of the Quad Cities Regional experts on appliances. If you are shopping for appliances and are not quite sure what is right for you, reach out to our team! There are hundreds of products out there and we can help you narrow your options down to what is right for you and your budget. If you have questions or would like for one of our team members to prepare a quote for you, just complete this short form online and we will be in touch. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!

Appliance staff training at World of Whirlpool

Applestone Homes QC 2019 Spring Parade Home

Spring has sprung and that means that the Quad Cities Builders & Remodelers Spring Parade of Homes is almost here! We wanted to give you a sneak peek into one of the parade homes you are going to fall in love with in 2019. This incredible open-concept kitchen design is a dream space in the Applestone Homes QC parade stop this Spring. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Applestone Homes on their projects because they are so refreshingly creative with their details and home layouts. The homes they are building in the Quad Cities are so exciting!

Applestone Homes QCBR Spring Parade of Homes open concept kitchen featuring painted white cabinets and marble look quartz counters from Village Home Stores
Applestone Homes QCBR Spring Parade Home kitchen cabinetry and countertops from Village Home Stores

In this parade home we provided the cabinetry and countertops for Applestone. Our Koch Classic Cabinetry line is a wonderful cabinet choice for any style of space. This Transitional-styled kitchen uses a classic flat-panel door from Koch named “Savannah” in a Maple wood for the perimeter of the cabinet design in a painted “White” finish. A large window above the kitchen sink helps to bounce light off the white cabinet and countertop surfaces.

Applestone Homes Quad Cities open concept kitchen with stainless farmsink. Kitchen featuring painted white cabinets and marble look quartz counters from Village Home Stores.
Applestone Homes Quad Cities open concept kitchen with stainless farmsink. Kitchen featuring painted white cabinets and marble look quartz counters from Village Home Stores.

The window wall is home to the farmhouse kitchen sink, dishwasher, and divided fresh and frozen food storage. Using a modern material like Stainless Steel on a farmsink helps to lean the style of the kitchen back away from rustic style to a more updated, modern farmhouse look. The overall look of this kitchen is so clean and inviting. It looks upscale but it is still approachable and welcoming. Open concept kitchens are perfect for entertaining and you want everyday users and guests to all feel comfortable. This kitchen and living room space definitely checks all of those boxes!

Applestone Homes QCBR Spring Parade of Homes kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa featuring painted white cabinets and marble look quartz counters.
Applestone Homes QCBR Spring Parade of Homes kitchen featuring painted white cabinets and marble look quartz counters from Village Home Stores

One of our favorite elements to this kitchen design is a room Applestone added just within reach of the kitchen. Who wouldn’t love to enjoy their morning coffee in this adjacent sitting room (shown below)?! Scratch that-we would love to enjoy morning coffee, working from home, cocktail hour, golden hour…. you get the point.

Applestone Homes Quad Cities open concept kitchen with nearby sunroom. Kitchen featuring painted white cabinets and marble look quartz counters from Village Home Stores.
Applestone Homes Quad Cities open concept kitchen with nearby sunroom. Kitchen featuring painted white cabinets and marble look quartz counters from Village Home Stores.

Installing flat-panel, white cabinetry creates a minimal gallery effect for the statement details in the overall kitchen design like this incredible hood! This wall may have visual focal point with the hood but it adds so much value for the homeowner because of the storage. In place of doors that open up to fixed or sliding shelves, we have included large drawers. Large drawer stacks like this are wonderful for prep zones of a kitchen design. The drawers are built to hold the weight and capacity for pots and pans storage as well as small appliances. In this Bettendorf, Iowa home we have included one on each side of the range to keep the wall symmetrical in design and keep the focus on the hood.

Quad Cities Spring Parade of Homes kitchen from Village Home Stores in a stunning Applestone Homes QC home. See this space in person during the 2019 QCBR parade.
Quad Cities Spring Parade of Homes kitchen from Village Home Stores in a stunning Applestone Homes QC home. See this space in person during the 2019 QCBR parade.

Speaking of storage, this kitchen has it everywhere! Notice in the image above that we have included wall cabinets that stretch to the ceiling instead of standard 30″ cabinets. You may need a stepstool to reach that top shelf but any homeowner will appreciate the extra space once they move into this kitchen. We have also included slide out shelves in the smaller base cabinets as well as a double bin pullout waste basket cabinet. Why a double bin? So your household can sort recycling and standard waste as you dispose of it.

Painted white Koch cabinetry with sliding shelves and pullout trash. Kitchen design paired with quartz counters from Village Home Stores.
Painted white Koch cabinetry with sliding shelves and pullout trash. Kitchen design paired with quartz counters from Village Home Stores.

Village Home Stores designs kitchens that look great and kitchen designs that function well for the users! We even included hidden storage on the back of the kitchen island. Store bulk items, seasonal and entertainment items, platters and extra glassware, whatever your heart desires all out of sight beneath the kitchen island countertop overhang. Press play below to see what we mean.

Of course the front side of the kitchen island is functional as well. Drawer and door storage cabinets and a drawer beneath a microwave. The same “Savannah” door is used on the kitchen island. This time in a Birch wood with the “Stone” stain applied. We also used this Stone stain in the bathrooms and lower level bar area of the home. We didn’t want to show you all of this home in a blog feature. You are going to have to visit this home during the parade to see those spaces. You will love this entire home.

Stone Gray stained Koch cabinets and Quartz kitchen counters. Kitchen cabinetry and counters from Village Home Stores for Applestone Homes Quad Cities.
Stone Gray stained Koch cabinets and Quartz kitchen counters . Kitchen cabinetry and counters from Village Home Stores for Applestone Homes Quad Cities.

The kitchen island also boasts a wonderful large surface perfect for food prep, entertaining, casual dining, and more (just watch your head with those lights if you use it for a dancefloor). The look of marble with the maintenance-free appeal of quartz. These tops from our Q-Quartz line are the perfect material selection for any busy open-concept kitchen. If you want to learn more about Applestone Homes you can follow them here on Facebook and here on Instagram.

Marble look kitchen counters in Seagrove design. Kitchen design, cabinetry, and counters from Village Home Stores for Applestone Homes Quad Cities.
Marble look Quartz kitchen counters. Kitchen design, cabinetry, and counters from Village Home Stores for Applestone Homes Quad Cities.

Find a full map and details about the 2019 QCBR Parade of Homes online at their website or find printed guides at all local area HyVee locations. The 2019 QCBR Spring Parade will take place on 4/27, 4/28, 5/4, and 5/5 from 1-5pm and on Wednesday 5/1 from 5-7pm. To learn more about Village Home Stores and our new home product estimating process visit villagehomestores.com or stop by and see us at 105 S State St in Downtown Geneseo. We promise shopping with us saves you time and money for your new home. Our one-stop-shop is worth the trip.

Small Island, Big Style in a Taylor Ridge Remodeled Kitchen

Who’s ready for a break from all of the white painted kitchens we have been sharing so much of? Please hear this friendly reminder that while white kitchens continue to grace the covers of home design magazines and HGTV shows… that look is not for everyone. Thankfully our team is here to make YOUR kitchen dream a reality, not someone else’s! Take a look at this sophisticated new kitchen remodel we just wrapped up in Taylor Ridge, IL with a refreshing new take on painted cabinetry.

Black painted kitchen cabinetry with small island design in Taylor Ridge, IL. Kitchen design by Angela Weisbrod and complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

Our best-selling raised panel doorstyle from Koch Classic is named “Seneca” and in this new kitchen we have included a Maple wood with “Black” painted finish from Koch. Five-piece drawerfronts (see island cabinet above) offer lots of added edges for the light to highlight this rich painted finish. Many would think that a black painted kitchen would be dark and cold but take a look at this bright and inviting new space! We have added a great new lighting plan, removed a portion of a wall, and even included glass in the doors above the kitchen sink.

Black painted kitchen cabinetry with Stainless Appliances and Cambria Quartz in the Seagrove design. Kitchen design by Angela Weisbrod and complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

A key element in keeping the space feeling bright and open is leaving plenty of walkway space surrounding the downsized kitchen island. When you are in this new kitchen you would never use the phrase “downsized” to describe this island in reality. It is exactly the right size for the kitchen design. It’s all about scale! If you have been curious about fitting an island in your own kitchen design, let one of our expert designers see what could fit for you within a functional layout. In this case, one very large base cabinet was simply ordered at a standard shallower depth of 18″ instead of 24″ and the one modification created the perfectly-scaled island cabinet.

Black painted kitchen cabinetry with small island and Cambria Quartz in the Seagrove design. Kitchen design by Angela Weisbrod and complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

That shallower depth still allows for a functional drawer above the lower storage and now gives room in this space for a countertop overhang for seating. The result is a centrally-located surface for prep and casual dining. The large quartz counter surface of the island is now within reach of the sink wall, the refrigerator wall, and the cooking zone of the kitchen. We were able to keep these beautiful existing cherry hardwood floors from the original kitchen because the peninsula layout didn’t change and we did not remove the lower half of the dividing wall.

Black painted kitchen cabinetry with Stainless Appliances and Cambria Quartz in the Seagrove design. Kitchen design by Angela Weisbrod and complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

Across the room from the kitchen sink you will find the 4-Door Refrigerator and cooking zone. Our Sharp Over-The-Counter Microwave is tucked into the area between the two. This nook creates a great location for small appliances and would make a wonderful location for a coffee station in the kitchen. Our team removed a large section of a wall that divides the kitchen from the dining room and nearby living room space.

Black painted kitchen cabinetry with Stainless Appliances and Cambria Quartz in the Seagrove design. Kitchen design by Angela Weisbrod and complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

We capped off the half-wall with a long slab of matching Cambria quartz. This large pass-through area now creates the open concept design that this home truly deserves. And with two outlets on the inside of this ledge, this becomes a great counter for serving guests and entertaining. Speaking of entertaining, on the half-wall that divides the kitchen from the dining room is a new Whirlpool electric front-control range boasting 6.4 cubic ft. of capacity!

Whirlpool electric range and Cambria Seagrove quartz counters with ogee edge applied. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

It also has convection features allowing a consistent oven temperature and the ability to cook with all racks at once. Shop your local low price guaranteed prices on all appliances from Vilage Home Stores right here on our website. We service the the Quad Cities and many surrounding areas with appliance sales and service. We have noticed a rise in popularity with matte black finishes in our industry. Our Black Stainless appliances continue to be very popular and honed and brushed finishes on black countertops is also requested often. Tile surfaces, lighting, and plumbing fixtures as well as home accessories are all trending to a matte black look. We love the level of sophistication it can bring to a cabinet design. Just look at how the daylight shows off this great stylish finish!

Black painted kitchen cabinetry with Stainless Appliances and Cambria Quartz in the Seagrove design. Kitchen design by Angela Weisbrod and complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

The quartz countertop surfaces in this Taylor Ridge remodel are from our Cambria Quartz line. The “Seagrove” design is a bright blend of whites and shimmering silvers plus gray and black flecks making it the perfect way to tie in all of the new finishes in the kitchen (psst! ask your designer about some of our exclusive priced Cambria options). An Ogee edge profile was applied and we think it really compliments the raised panel details of the cabinetry doors and drawers.

Cambria Seagrove quartz counters with ogee edge applied. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

Of course our customer favorite Diode LED tape lighting helps keep the space bright and warm. Learn more about that system in our last blog post. If you want to see more images from this kitchen remodel then click here to find a full album on our Best of Houzz award-winning profile. If you want to embrace the black trend for your own kitchen or bathroom space, be sure to follow this board on our Pinterest page.

Subway tile with black pencil rail accent. Tile and complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

Are you ready for your own dream kitchen to become a reality? Your first step is just to simply reach out to our team. We will then walk you through our process and help answer any questions you may have. You can call us at (309) 944 1344 or complete this short form online to send us a message. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on and find out how we can help! Don’t forget that we have many financing options available including a fantastic option for our Cambria customers!

LED-ing The Way With Undercabinet Lighting Options

PRODUCT PROFILE: LED Undercabinet Lighting

We mention our undercabinet lighting systems all of the time on our TV show and in just about every single featured kitchen posted here on the blog. The truth is, it has been a long while since we gave undercabinet lighting its own proper “shout out” with a product profile. You will quickly find out when you work with us, that we consider undercabinet lighting a key element to any complete kitchen project with our team. Apologies in advance if our team seems repetitive as we ask you over and over during our bidding process about it. We just want to be sure we can give you the best end result for your project. With baseball season beginning last week, we thought it would be appropriate to more properly introduce our own “ace” in any project with Village Home Stores, our Diode LED tape light system.

Diode tape LED undercabinet lighting system. Perfect for undercabinet, in cabinet or other uses. Contact a lighting expert at Village Home Stores for an estimate.

This system has a low profile, is energy efficient, long-lasting, and extremely versatile. Truly an MVP product worth investing in and including in your project budget! This is because it adds so much depth AND function to your space. You get the “wow” factor with a stunning wash of lighting in your space plus ideal task lighting day and night. Truth is, we have never really encountered a customer who regrets including undercabinet lighting for their project budget. We have also found that this is one of the most mentioned products suggested when we have past remodel customers recommend our team and our process to their friends.

LED tape Diode undercabinet lighting system installed with a low profile beneath a kitchen cabinet. Design and product from Village Home Stores.

This is an LED light, which gives you a more powerful light with dimming capabilities that will last longer. The tape light is UL Listed and NEC compliant to be field-cuttable plus many more certifications ensuring it meets many inspections and codes. The low profile of the strip of lights allow you to really think creatively as to where to add light to your space. We have installed this product underneath cabinets, on top of them, inside of them, and even back-lit mirrors (see below) and our store’s sign at the front desk. The end result is a concealed, consistent wash of light that truly showcases your surfaces for task and ambient lighting. Have a unique idea about something that could use some low-profile lighting? Ask our team because we love a challenge!

Custom backlit mirror with Diode LED tap lighting. Design and product from Village Home Stores

I love that this is a slim product that you can’t see once installed. It lets you see without being seen itself.

-Natasha, Lighting Expert at Village Home Stores

This is an efficient and long-lasting system of lights. Once installed, this Diode system will be operating for a long time…no seriously a long long time. How long? We have been told you could leave a Diode system running most of the a day for 25 years or more before needing to replace any lights. So you can leave these lights on as much as you would like and see little energy use because of the low wattage used. It also comes with an industry-leading 5 year warranty!

What Do You Need To Install It?

This is not a DIY quick-fix, system that will stop working a year later. This system is installed and wired in by an expert electrician so you will need the correct items for your space. You will need the strips of tape light and the transformer to power the tape since it is 12V system. If you are wanting to dim your undercabinet lights, you will need an LED dimmer. Your transformer gets wired to your switch or outlet. Finally, you will need connector cables. You will need to connect your tape to the transformer with a connector cable. These connectors will also allow you to jump the power over a stove or sink (whatever the case may be) and hook to another run of tape light. Your estimate and supplies will depend on your project size and also the layout of what we are lighting. An expert at Village can help to get you an accurate estimate.

Available In A Wide Color Temp Range!

LED Diode tape lighting systems available in a variety of color temperatures. Ask the Quad Cities lighting experts at Village Home Stores for an estimate.

Another fun feature to mention about this Diode lighting is that it is available in many varieties of color. Ranging from warm to cool colors of standard white light but also bold colors all across the spectrum. This Diode system can be used in commercial applications like restaurants or bars but also in creative ways inside and outside of your home. Outdoor living spaces have become an extension of the home itself. Did you know that the same system of lighting we are always showcasing in our kitchens offers a Diode LED “Wet Location” system? There is even one series that is fully-submersible for pools, ponds, and water features.

Wet location LED tape Diode lighting installed in an outdoor kitchen and bar area. Design and product from Village Home Stores.

A Modular Undercabinet System:

Have you ever gone to plug in something in your kitchen and the outlet was just out of reach? Did you know we have a modular undercabinet lighting system that would allow you to pop one in right where you need it? This Legrand system of switches, outlets, lighting, charging stations, even speakers is as unique as you! All of these elements and more can be moved around as you need them. Press play below to learn more and see it in action:

What a versatile system! New features for this system are introduced all the time making it the perfect way you can keep your savvy kitchen up to date with the latest tech. We especially love how the use of this system keeps the backsplash area completely clear of any wall outlet or switch plates. That allows you a full surface to showcase the great wall surface you have selected from our store.

LED tape Diode lighting installed behind the Village Home Stores from desk sign. This low-voltage lighting is an efficient lighting solution for store signage.

We want you to love your kitchen. We hope that you think of our team and smile every time you flip on the switch and see it illuminated so well. If you have a project indoors, outdoors or even underwater our expert lighting team from Village Home Stores can help you figure out the right system and components needed for you project. Not sure what products are right for you? Questions are encouraged! Especially in this new and exciting era of connected and smart home tech for our lighting products.

We have many examples of this Diode LED system and the tracked/ modular system installed and on display in our showroom. Stop by and see us at 105 S State Street in Downtown Geneseo or call at (309) 944-1344 for an appointment. You can also start the estimating process or shoot us a quick message here at this link. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on.

Phone number for lighting store near Quad Cities. 309 944 1344 Village Home Stores

White Kitchen With Inset Doors and Shiplap Ceiling in Milan, IL

White painted cabinetry is a consistently classic look for a kitchen. For certain projects however, one added detail can take that look to a new level. That detail is choosing an inset cabinetry construction. The term inset means that the cabinet doors and drawer fronts are recessed back into the cabinet faceframes when closed. This gives a very customized furniture-style look to the cabinetry. This option is available from custom and semi-custom lines of cabinet product at Village Home Stores. This Milan, IL kitchen was given the full remodel treatment and for the vision of this new kitchen in the home, inset door cabinetry by Dura Supreme was the perfect choice.

White inset kitchen with farm sink, wood hood, Stainless Steel appliances, and ship lap ceiling treatment. Kitchen design and complete remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

The original kitchen was walled-off and sectioned into a small sink area and another cooking area The refrigerator was on its own across the way. Our team removed a wall that divided the dining area from the kitchen to open up the room and create a more open concept into the dining and front room of the home. Two windows were replaced with one large window now offering panoramic views to anyone at the kitchen farm sink in its new location. When the flooring was removed, this great pine floor was revealed beneath it. We think keeping the original wood floors was a fantastic choice with this bright, white new setting.

White inset kitchen with farm sink, Stainless Steel appliances, and ship lap ceiling treatment. Kitchen design and complete remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

Even though this kitchen may have farmhouse feel, the appliances needed to have modern features while looking at home in the new space. We included a tall pantry cabinet to the left of the refrigerator for a surrounded and customized refrigeration look. A KitchenAid counter depth refrigerator keeps that built-in look locked in tight. Counter depth refrigeration is a modern feature that can really be a miracle worker when kitchen designing in small spaces. Another built-in appliance that is worth noting is the microwave.

White remodeled kitchen with Stainless Steel appliances including a Sharp over the counter microwave and KitchenAid counter depth refrgerator. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

The over-the-counter microwave from Sharp allows you to have the off-the-counter convenience of a microwave hood without installing it as your hood. This microwave option gave the client an opportunity to take a more decorative approach to a range hood across the room. We have installed examples of all microwave location options at our showroom in Geneseo, IL. You can shop all of our appliances online, anytime at villagehomestores.com or by stopping in our showroom at 105 S State Geneseo, IL.

White remodeled kitchen with Stainless Steel appliances including a Sharp over the counter microwave. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

We mentioned the floors… but did you see those ceilings? Shiplap style boards were installed and painted to give a completed look from floor to ceiling. Walking into this completed kitchen remodel the wow factor truly is in every single surface! From the storied original pine floors to the statement Shiplap ceiling. A farmhouse apron-front sink and new stainless dishwasher are located on the bright new window wall.

White inset kitchen with farm sink, Arabescato marble counters, and ship lap ceiling treatment. Kitchen design and complete remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

Keeping the kitchen design bright and airy on the sink wall, three floating shelves are located above the dishwasher (see image below). We can order shelving like this for any space. We are seeing a long-term trend for kitchens, bathrooms, home bars, and built-in fireplace shelving to have a more open look like this. We see the potential for styling these open shelf spaces year round but love this everyday simple look of glassware in a pop of color.

White kitchen with floating wall shelves. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

A 30″ slide in gas range by KitchenAid is the superstar appliance in this kitchen. The help of convection cooking produces flawless results for you. The convection fan ensures the inside of the entire oven is heated to (and stays at) the perfect consistent temperature. Plus the oven cavity cleans in less than an hour without odors at a low heat using water to release baked-on spills!

White remodeled kitchen with Stainless Steel KitchenAid gas range. Complete kitchen remodel with appliances from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

A steam rack on the interior offers the ability to provide additional moisture to the inside of the oven, enhancing cooking results. Speaking of results, there is even a wireless probe that lets cooks walk away from the oven without walking away from control. The probe can easily be set to specific temperatures, and alerts you when the desired temperature has been reached. There is also a baking drawer beneath the oven. The separate compartment allows you to keep warm, slow cook or bake at a different temperature and keep dishes warm. That’s like having a second oven!

White remodeled kitchen with glass subway tile and Stainless Steel KitchenAid gas range. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

Beautiful Arabescato Marble countertops were installed throughout this kitchen. Glazzio’sCrystile “Ice Mist” glossy glass subway tiles in a 3″ x 6″ size introduces a seaglass color and adds a coastal layer to the kitchen finishes. Clean and bright wall switches and outlets from our Legrand Radiant series look amazing. Many times our tile customers are curious what to do at the “end” of a run of wall tile. We use a channeled product called a Schluter Strip (shown below on right) to give a cleaner, completed look.

White remodeled kitchen with Ice Mist glass subway tile backsplash. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

Dura Supreme cabinetry in the Homestead non-beaded doorstyle painted white is paired with bright surface selections to give this home the spacious and stylish kitchen it deserves. The symmetry of the new range wall is perfection.

White remodeled kitchen with glass subway tile backsplash and custom wood range hood. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

We installed our energy efficient Diode LED lighting as undercabinet and in-cabinet lighting for this project. The clerestory style of a glass-door top section is styled and illuminated perfectly. This lighting system is low-voltage so you can leave it on anytime with minimal power use. A stainless hood would be a bit modern for this kitchen. So the design includes paneled a wood hood cabinet with blower insert in the space.

Kitchen wood range hood from Dura Supreme. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

A mantle and decorative corbels create a shallow ledge area that can be left clean (as shown) or be home to a wreath, accessories, or leaning artwork if you see fit. There is such a gallery effect when you have a bright white kitchen like this. You can style it differently year round and let your accessories truly pop against the white paint.

Kitchen wood range hood mantle detail from Dura Supreme. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

Any remodel or new build project comes with hundreds of decisions to be made. Our store will build you a team of experts from each department that you are shopping so we can walk you through your choices and help you decide what is the best choice for your project and your budget. When choosing inset cabinetry you have the option of a concealed or exposed hinge for your doors. This kitchen showcases an exposed barrel hinge in a brushed nickel finish to compliment the kitchen.

Inset cabinetry from Dura Supreme design and materials from Village Home Stores. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

The nickel finish offers a sheen without a very dark contrast. It also compliments the Stainless Steel appliances in the completed kitchen. A great door and drawer hardware choice for inset cabinetry was also made in this design. The Highland Ridge Collection has a latching mechanism to keep doors closed and aligned. This style of hardware works well in modern and farmhouse styles and can be ordered in a variety of finishes. We paired this door hardware with classic cup pulls on the drawers.

Inset cabinetry latching door hardware. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

To see more of this kitchen, be sure to check out the full album of photos here on our Houzz profile. It is amazing how much removing a wall from an existing kitchen can change the flow of the entire home. This new open kitchen plan has dramatically changed this home for the better! If this was your kitchen would you ever want to leave? We are so blessed to get to bring dream spaces like this to life for our clients.

White inset kitchen with farm sink, wood hood, Stainless Steel appliances, and ship lap ceiling treatment. Kitchen design and complete remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores.

Is your own home ready for a new look? Our remodel process includes an expertly created design with full color renderings of the completed space so you can get a clear vision of what the finished look will be before we even start estimating product. If you have been considering a remodel that includes wall removal or relocation, this is a key part of our process you will so appreciate. Your first step in the process is to simple reach out. You can call us at 309 944 1344 or complete this short online form for a member of our design team to connect with you. We ca’t wait to get started on your dream space!

Phone number for Village Home Stores 309 944 1344 Complete kitchen remodels from start to finish by Village Home Stores.