Recipe: Yummy Street Corn Nachos

Village Home Stores Blog Nachos Recipe

When we heard that November 6th is National Nacho Day we just HAD to use that as an excuse to share a fun nacho recipe with you here on the blog. In all honestly, we have never met a nacho we didn’t love. Pulled Pork nachos seem to be a big local Geneseo favorite and can be ordered at just about every tavern and restaurant here in town. We wanted to do something a little lighter that could easily be improvised with and allow you to add your own meat or extra ingredients. Behold our recipe for yummy street corn nachos:

ingredient flatlay for street corn nachos
Ingredients for make-at-home street corn nachos.

Street Corn Nachos Ingredients:

  • Tortilla Chips
  • 8 oz. Frozen or Fresh Corn
  • 1/3 Red Onion, Chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper, Chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 5 oz. Cacique Queso Cheese, Grated
  • 8 oz. Monterrey Jack Cheese, Grated
  • Handful of chopped cilantro (garnish)

Prepare Your Ingredients

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash and chop vegetables as described in ingredient list. Grate the cheeses into a bowl. In a medium sized pan heat 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil on medium high heat. Add the corn kernels, chopped onions and jalapeno and cook 2-3 minutes (stirring occasionally) until kernels are heated through and show some charred marks. To the pan of corn add the Smoked Paprika, Chili Powder, and butter. Stir until butter is melted and spices are stirred in evenly. Turn off heat.

Saute pan of frozen corn and chopped onions, jalapeno pepper.
Saute pan of frozen corn and chopped onions, jalapeno pepper.

Layer Your Nachos

Spread an even layer of chips out on a shallow roasting pan, baking sheet,* or toaster oven tray. Top with a heavy layer of both cheeses saving a few handfuls of reserve for very top layer. *Have a Maytag Microwave with Crisp Element? Use your Crisp Tray (shown below) to heat these nachos up! Curious about this crisping microwave feature? Check out this video on our YouTube channel that describes it.

Grated nacho cheeses over nachos recipe.
Grated nacho cheeses over nachos.

On top of your layer of cheeses, spread out all of your seasoned street corn evenly. Add a second lighter layer of chips to your nacho pile of yumminess. Want to see how we stacked our nachos up? Press play below to watch this quick video.

NOTE this quick and easy seasoned corn, onion, and pepper mix is also a great thing to add to salsas, omelettes, and even include as a pizza topping! Make some extra and stash it in the fridge for another use. Add the remaining reserve of cheeses topping the newest top layer and any exposed corn mixture.

Grated nacho cheeses over nachos recipe.
Grated nacho cheeses over nachos recipe.

Now you are ready to bake! Be sure to warn anyone within the smelling radius that it’s about to smell amazing. Decide now if you have made enough for sharing and establish boundaries haha! You deserve these nachos and it’s up to you if you want to share them! We had to make so much extra for the hovering staff this day.

Maytag Dual Crisp microwave with nachos on crisp tray.
Maytag Dual Crisp microwave with nachos on crisp tray.

Now it’s time to bake them! We pre-heated our crisp pan and used our Maytag 522 Over The Range Microwave with crisp element to make ours. In a conventional oven, bake at 350 degrees for 10-13 minutes or longer if you want a more crisped snack. Don’t forget that your oven has a window and a light for a reason. Every time you open our oven door the inside of that oven cavity loses a lot of heat. You can always check on your baking progress by just turning on that light and peeking through the glass.

Street corn nachos made at home
Nachos with a variety of cheeses and seasoned street corn topping.

Now they are done and ready to be devoured! Think of how good these would be with some leftover taco meat or as breakfast chilaquiles with an egg on top! This recipe is great on its own but made even greater with your creativity. Having fun and improvising in the kitchen is what snacking is all about!

recipe for street corn nachos with images and text
Ingredients and Recipe For Street Corn Nachos

Want to print off a copy of this recipe? Click here for a printable version. If you make these nachos be sure to post about it and tag #villagehomestores ! You can find us on social media on many sites. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and more! Want to see this crisping microwave in person or learn more about Village Home Stores? Stop by and see us at 105 S State in Downtown Geneseo, Illinois. Want to make an appointment? You can call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this short online form for an appointment request. Happy snacking!

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Gray Stained Hickory Home Bar With Matte Black Counters

The gorgeous kitchen we shared in our last blog post wasn’t the only area that we worked on in this Betendorf Iowa home. Village Home Stores provided design and materials for this home from our Cabinetry, Countertops, Appliances, Flooring, Wall Tile, Lighting, and Hardware departments. So let us take a trip from that open concept upstairs, and wander down to the lower level of this home to see the bar area. On our way downstairs, take a look at the stairwell flooring selections we installed.

Combination of wood and carpet on stairs in a Quad Cities area home. Dreamweaver carpeting in Metropolitan Iron Frost color and Engineered Oak in Saddle finish.
A combination of wood and carpet on stairs in a Quad Cities area home. Flooring by Village Home Stores.

The “Saddle” engineered oak flooring from the upstairs great room is repeated on the stairwell landing. This breaks up the carpeting and adds such a rich look to the space. Our best-selling DreamWeaver Metropolitan Series carpeting has been installed in the bedrooms, closets, and lower level of this home. The “Iron Frost” color is the perfect neutral. It blends beige and gray colors to create a soft, comfortable floor surface. This DreamWeaver carpet is a solution dyed carpet. That means it won’t fade, show wear, stain, or show bleach stains from spot cleaning. The color of this carpeting is the same throughout the entire fiber of the carpet, not just the outside surface. Learn more about this PureColor® Technology here on the DreamWeaver website. But for now… let’s head to the bar!

Bettendorf Quad Cities home bar with Stone stained Hickory cabinetry, black pearl brushed granite, pendant lighting, and glass tile backsplash.
Bettendorf Quad Cities home bar with Stone stained Hickory cabinetry, Black Pearl brushed granite, pendant lighting, and glass tile backsplash.

Wow! What a handsome wet bar in such a small footprint! Proof that just a few cabinets and a great bar design can upgrade the look and function of any entertaining space. This back bar with sink and front bar-height counter is a perfect layout. Wall cabinets with a single lower drawer bookend each side and extend all the way down to the counters. A glass mosaic tile accents the the back wall and is capped off at the top with a crown molding.

Bettendorf Quad Cities home bar with Stone stained Hickory cabinetry, Black Pearl brushed granite, Stainless appliances, and glass tile backsplash.
Bettendorf Quad Cities home bar with Stone stained Hickory cabinetry, Black Pearl brushed granite, Stainless appliances, and glass tile backsplash.

This tiled wall can be used in a number of ways. Shelving can be added, wall art, a clock, a wall-mount TV, or just as we have it shown. Designing a home bar doesn’t mean you have to install an entire second kitchen in your home. Many customers include a sink and just a few appliances in their design. In this home we installed a single glass-front beverage cooler and microwave drawer with a bar sink and plenty of cabinet storage.

Koch cabinetry in Hickory wood stained in a warm gray Stone finish. Davenport gunmetal handle hardware from Amerock. - Village Home Stores
Koch cabinetry in Hickory wood stained in a warm gray Stone finish. Davenport gunmetal handle hardware from Amerock.

The “Stone” stain from our Koch Cabinetry line has quickly become a bestseller this year. We have installed this finish as whole kitchen projects as well as accent islands and many bathroom vanities. Here in this wet bar we applied this warm gray stain to Koch’s Prairie door in a Hickory wood. Amerock handles in a “Gunmetal” finish look amazing against the stained wood. This home is located in Bettendorf, Iowa but we must mention that the name of this handle from Amerock is “Davenport” how fun is that!?

Golden Lighting mini pendant lights with chain in Pewter finish hang in a Betendorf Quad Cities home bar.

The other metal finishes in this bar compliment this Gunmetal finish with the Stainless appliances and Pewter lighting fixtures from Golden Lighting. Three mini pendants hang above the bar height seating area. These mini-pendants are stylish and notice they are on a chain! Have a tricky light location in your current home? Don’t forget you can “swag” anything on a chain or cord! Snap a photo of your space and ask a Village Home Stores lighting expert about your options.

Bettendorf Quad Cities home bar with Stone stained Hickory cabinetry, Black Pearl brushed granite, Stainless appliances, pendant lights, and glass tile backsplash.
Bettendorf Quad Cities home bar with Stone stained Hickory cabinetry, Black Pearl brushed granite, Stainless appliances, pendant lights, and glass tile backsplash.

Across the room is a game table area. We installed a larger pendant light from this same Golden Lighting series there. The same lines and style of the mini-pendants in a larger scale. The lighting selected in this home all looks so great as you walk throughout the house. Selecting lighting for your home can be a fun process and the right lights can add so much personality to a finished space.

Golden Lighting game table pendant light in Pewter finish. Lighting by Village Home Stores.
Golden Lighting game table pendant light in Pewter finish. Lighting by Village Home Stores.

You don’t have to have every single light fixture in a home match each other. In fact the best lighting plans we work on include lights from varied brands and use varied finishes. Press play below to see a few of the fixtures we installed all under the same roof of this home:

Many of the metal finishes in the rest of the home are a matte black or dark bronze finish. We love the graphic look of a black fixture against a neutral background like a white kitchen or a foyer ceiling. Black is a great accent color to consider. Upstairs in this home we included a painted black island in the kitchen. In the lower level bar we used a black granite countertop.

Stainless undermount bar sink installed in Black Pearl Brushed Granite countertops. Design and materials by Village Home Stores.
Stainless undermount bar sink installed in Black Pearl Brushed Granite countertops. Design and materials by Village Home Stores.

This is a natural stone top called “Black Pearl” and that soft, leathery look you see in these images comes from the “Brushed” finish applied to the granite. Instead of a high-gloss polished stone, these slabs are roughed up with an entirely different set of tools to give the stone a touchable texture without the dark, high-gloss black granite look. Black Pearl Brushed granite is a great surface to consider if you are looking to accent your design with some matte black finishes and want a durable surface.

Black Pearl Brushed Granite countertops in a Bettendorf home bar. Design and materials by Village Home Stores.
Black Pearl Brushed Granite countertops in a Bettendorf home bar. Design and materials by Village Home Stores.

The front of the bar design is constructed with two base cabinets set at a bar height. A half-wall was built and and paneling surrounds the finished peninsula. An outlet is located on the end of this bar for crockpots, charging devices, or a blender. A furniture style baseboard molding completes the look where the toespace meets the tiled floors.

Bar in a Quad Cities home with Stone stained Hickory cabinetry and Black Pearl Brushed Granite countertops. Design and materials by Village Home Stores.
Bar in a Quad Cities home with Stone stained Hickory cabinets and Black Pearl Brushed Granite countertops.

Of course a home bar needs cold beverages! And this 24″ undercounter Danby cooler has a glass-front and a 5.3 cu. ft. capacity. It holds up to 112 beverage cans and 11 bottles of wine! Shop our appliances online, anytime at villagehomestores.com. This bar area will be perfect for entertaining groups of any size. It is located on one end of the lower level family room space. Sliding doors to the backyard makes this bar just steps from outdoor gatherings as well.

Danby glass door beverage cooler in a Bettendorf home bar. Appliances by Village Home Stores.
Danby glass door beverage cooler in a Bettendorf home bar. Appliances by Village Home Stores.

Our cabinetry is not just for kitchens, bars and bathrooms. We designed matching Hickory “Stone” built-in cabinetry for the lower level fireplace wall. This wall turned out so great! Let’s revisit this carpeting selection (shown below) one more time as we notice the blend of warm neutrals looks perfect with the stone selected for the fireplace. The “Stone” stain is the perfect compliment as it offers a great contrast and blends in with so many of the on-trend grays available in home furnishings and accessories now.

Bettendorf Quad Cities fireplace wall with built in cabinets in Stone stained Hickory by Village Home Stores.
Bettendorf Quad Cities fireplace wall with built in cabinets in Stone stained Hickory by Village Home Stores.

While the layout of a “built-in” cabinet hasn’t changed much over time, how we style one has. Some homes still pack shelves full of layers of books or movies and others keep it minimal or seasonal with decor. Typically a built in area includes doored base cabinets with open shelving above. A modern take on this can be seen when floating shelves are installed with no side or back. Here we installed full-height door bases and bookshelf cabinets trimmed off with crown molding. The Hickory crown molding travels across the fireplace section and connects to the opposite shelf side.

Bettendorf Quad Cities built in cabinets in Stone stained Hickory by Village Home Stores.
Bettendorf Quad Cities built in cabinets in Stone stained Hickory by Village Home Stores.

Ready to start designing your own home bar or lower level entertaining space with Village Home Stores? We are here to help! We have access to many brands to suit any budget and can’t wait to hear what you are working on. Get inspired from other home bar projects we have completed by visiting this Pinterest board or this Houzz ideabook. When you are ready to take the first steps for your own project, just reach out. Call us at 309-944-1344 or complete this short online form and a member of our team will be in touch. Cheers!

Ivory White Kitchen With Black Accents and Viking Appliances

There is a reason why painted white kitchens have remained a best-selling choice in our industry for so many years. They offer a timeless look and are right at home in many different styles of spaces. When you build a home there are so many selections to be made. With the rise of “open concept” layouts, the pressure is on to create a cohesive space of the kitchen, dining, and living spaces of a home. A great way to allow yourself unlimited options for furnishings in these spaces is to select a neutral painted kitchen cabinet as a backdrop. This beautiful new home built by Kerkhoff Homes LLC of the Quad Cities has a neutral kitchen design that allows every element to be showcased.

Painted white Koch Cabinetry kitchen with black island in Bettendorf, Iowa.
Painted white Koch Cabinetry kitchen with black island in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Painted “Ivory” white cabinetry from our Koch Classic line is installed as the perimeter cabinetry in this kitchen design. A flat-panel “Bristol” door and Q Quartz “Calacatta Verona” countertops create a gallery effect allowing the appliances and lighting to stand out and be noticed in the completed design. A great example of this is the Kichler “Moorgate” linear light that hangs above the kitchen island. A stunning combination of matte black, brass, and glass. The look is great!

kitchen design by village home stores for Kerkhoff Homes in Quad Cities
Kitchen design by Village Home Stores for Kerkhoff Homes in Quad Cities.

That black detail is also carried into the accent paint on the kitchen island cabinetry in the same “Bristol” doorstyle. The dark painted island anchors to the flooring and keeps the remainder of the kitchen feeling open and airy. On one wall of the kitchen design you find two tall pantry cabinets and a built-in Stainless Steel refrigerator. Grouping these elements together in one location keeps the rest of the kitchen open.

Viking refrigerator installed in a painted white Bettendorf, Iowa kitchen.
Viking refrigerator installed in a painted white Bettendorf, Iowa kitchen.

Including the refrigerator in this bank of pantry cabinets also helps to keep the scale of the large built-in unit to seem more at place. This Viking built-in is a 42″ wide side x side Quiet Cool model. Did you know that Village Home Stores is home to the largest Viking Range showroom space in the region? We are! We also are your expert Viking Range appliance service team.

Viking 42 inch built in refrigerator installed in a Bettendorf, Iowa kitchen.
Viking 42 inch built in refrigerator installed in a Bettendorf, Iowa kitchen.

One of the benefits of choosing Viking for your high-end appliance package is that you can build a complete appliance package all within the Viking brand. That means your badges, handles, finish, and control panel details will all marry to each other seamlessly. Speaking of handles, we love the contrast of cabinet hardware in this kitchen design. The Ivory cabinetry has a dark Amerock handle in a “Black Bronze” finish and the Black island cabinetry has a “Gilded Bronze” finish.

Black painted kitchen island and Ivory White painted perimeter cabinets with Viking Appliances.
Black painted kitchen island and Ivory White painted perimeter cabinets with Viking Appliances. Kitchen design by Village Home Stores.

On the other wall of the kitchen design you find the cooking zone. A large commercial style range and a custom wood range hood cabinet above. Our kitchen design team can work with you to design the perfect hood design for your space. To get the best look and price for our customer, we actually had this hood designed and built by our custom Amish cabinetry line.

Custom white wood range hood and Viking gas range installed in a Bettendorf, Iowa kitchen.
Custom white wood range hood and Viking gas range installed in a Bettendorf, Iowa kitchen.

We then had the hood custom painted to match the kitchen cabinetry for a seamless look. Subway tile would look right at home in this design but we love the added texture from the tile selected here. A 3″ x 6″ Rittenhouse subway tile in “Arctic White” is installed with a beveled tile edge. This adds texture from the shadowing and keeps with the tone-on-tone concept of the kitchen design.

Custom wood range hood and beveled white subway backsplash tiles installed in a Bettendorf, Iowa kitchen.
Custom wood range hood and beveled white subway backsplash tiles installed in a Bettendorf, Iowa kitchen.

Having that complete appliance package from Viking is a wonderful thing, but of course Viking is known for their dynamic cooking appliances. This Viking® Professional 5 Series 48″ Pro Style Gas Range in Stainless Steel has 6.1 cu. ft. total capacity in the two ovens. An infrared broiler locks in all the savory juices of even the thickest porterhouse with the intense heat searing meats and fish locking in juices. Yum!

Viking gas range installed in a Bettendorf, Iowa kitchen.
Viking gas range installed in a Bettendorf, Iowa kitchen.

On top of this range you find eight burners each with the Pro-Sealed burner system. Up to 18,500 BTUs and infinite settings of easy-to-clean high performance sealed burners. A combination of this unique patented burner and surface design provides clean-ability plus superior performance at any temperature setting.

Viking 8 burner gas cooktop installed in a Bettendorf, Iowa kitchen.
Viking 8 burner gas cooktop installed in a Bettendorf, Iowa kitchen.

A great lighting plan is a key element to any successful design. This great room is an incredible example of that goal achieved! The kitchen itself is lit by spaced can lighting, that great island light, and undercabinet lighting. We can’t stress it enough how important undercabinet lighting is in a kitchen. Please please please include it within your project budget. We have never had a customer regret that decision. In fact, it is usually among the first things mentioned when we ask what they love about their finished space.

Beveled white subway tiles installed in a Bettendorf Iowa quad cities kitchen.
Beveled white subway tiles installed in a Bettendorf Iowa kitchen.

Within sight of the kitchen there are many other light fixtures. Just because you have a need for many fixtures all in one space DOESN’T mean they all have to be from the same page in a lighting catalog! That’s why we have our expert lighting staff on hand to help you select the perfect grouping of lights. This room combines many brands and styles into one curated collection. The dining area is at the end of the kitchen and a nook/sunroom is found just beyond that.

Iowa Quad Cities home with lighting by Village Home Stores.
Iowa Quad Cities home with lighting by Village Home Stores.

The dining area is lit by a 6-light chandelier in a black finish. This is the “Monroe” light from our Golden Lighting line. Did you know that you can shop our lighting options online at anytime? Just head here and shop the many options we have for you! You can save some of your favorites and reach out to our team to have them help you find the right price and style for what you are looking for. Our lighting customers have found over the years that purchasing from a lighting showroom is the best way to insure that you have the right style and size of fixture and will have everything you need on hand when you are ready to install it.

Golden Lighting Monrose chandelier in black finish hangs in a Quad Cities home.
Golden Lighting Monrose chandelier in black finish hangs in a Quad Cities home. Lighting by Village Home Stores.

We love the interesting shadows that the sunroom/nook light casts throughout the day. This caged style of a semi-flush pendant is a combination of black and brass finishes and is named “Aldergate” from our Kichler line. If you love this light, you should also check out the wall sconces, tall foyer fixture, and other pendant sizes available.

Kichler Aldergate black and gold cage light in a Bettendorf Iowa home.
Kichler Aldergate black and gold cage light in a Bettendorf Iowa home.

Want to see more of this kitchen and save ideas for your own kitchen design project with Village Home Stores? Find the full album of photos here on our Best of Houzz-winning page. We look forward to sharing some more spaces from this home in other upcoming blog features soon so keep your eyes here on this feed and on our social media sites. You can follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Great room lighting in a Quad Cities home
Great room lighting in a Quad Cities home. Lighting and kitchen design by Village Home Stores.

Are you ready to start your own kitchen design project with our team? We can’t wait to hear what you are working on. Your first step is to just reach out and get your questions answered. You can call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this short online form and a member of our team will reach out to you. Our showroom is located at 105 S State in downtown Geneseo, IL and we are open M-F from 9am-5pm and Saturdays from 9am-noon. We do recommend that you make an appointment if you plan on visiting our showroom so you can be sure to have someone available to talk with you in person. If you have any questions about this home or the builder Kerkhoff Homes LLC, you can find them here online.

Brightened Up Bettendorf Kitchen Remodel

As you walk through the rooms in your home, do you ever wish a doorway was wider or that a wall could just magically disappear? Giving you that “open concept” you see on all of your favorite HGTV shows? Well we can’t just wiggle our nose and make a wall disappear… but we do know the right reliable crews who can do it safely for you. Plus we can design a complete and finished look for your spaces. This Bettendorf Iowa home was more than just a kitchen remodel story. We widened doorways, removed walls, and gave these homeowners a more open and brighter space.

Kitchen island with unique shaped top in Bettendorf Iowa
Kitchen island with unique shaped Cambria quartz top in Bettendorf Iowa.

What a difference material selection can make in a new kitchen. The original kitchen in this home was a small design with an eat-in dining space. Dark wood cabinets and dark countertops boxed in the space with a U-shaped peninsula layout. The new layout removes that peninsula divide and uses the entire kitchen and casual dining space. Bright white painted cabinetry for the main perimeter of the kitchen helps to lighten the entire look and keep the new kitchen feeling bright and spacious.

Kitchen before and after images from remodel in Bettendorf Iowa
A dramatic kitchen before and after story in Bettendorf Iowa.

What a dramatic difference from the original kitchen! We installed a section of taller cabinetry on the opposite end where the casual dining area was. Now it is home to a deep pantry cabinet, a counter-depth french door refrigerator, and built in wall oven and microwave. Keeping all of these deeper, and taller elements together allows the main kitchen “L-shape” to feel more open and spacious for the users near the sink and range wall.

White pantry cabinet, counter depth refrigerator, and built-in wall ovens in a Bettendorf Iowa kitchen.
White pantry cabinet, counter depth refrigerator, and built-in wall ovens in a Bettendorf Iowa kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry is painted White with a Pewter Accent Glaze and a decorative cabinet design on the end of the window wall includes glass inserts. A unique circle-shaped mullion door detail (shown below) is added to the top section of the doors and an open wine shelf is found on the bottom. Have limited space but want a customized cabinet layout? Our kitchen design team can make the most of your space with usable and stylish storage solutions that fit your space and budget.

Glass mullion cabinet with circle design and wine storage.
Glass mullion cabinet with circle design and wine storage.

Keeping the kitchen light and bright is a marble-look engineered quartz countertop selection from our Cambria Quartz collection. The stunning Skara Brae design gives the classic look of a marbled pattern with wide veins of warm grays. As a contrast to all of the white, a rich dark wood floor from our Bella Cera line has been installed throughout the new main floor of this home.

White kitchen with Cambria quartz counters in an Ogee Edge.
White kitchen with Cambria quartz counters in an Ogee Edge.

A Hickory Monte Viso floor in varied widths is now installed in the front entry, formal dining room, new kitchen, hallway, the living room, and hearth room. One key to a successful multi-room remodel is to try and keep a consistent flooring surface that marries all the spaces together. We also added custom window shades to all of the rooms we worked in. Our best-selling Transitions shades may seem like a modern style, but they look right at home in any space! This gorgeous traditionally-styled kitchen is a great example of that.

Transitions kitchen window shade with wood decorative valance above sink.
Transitions kitchen window shade with wood decorative valance above sink.

This style of shade allows you such versatile options for privacy and light. You can set them at any position that works for you with full or partial overlaps. Ask about the many colors, sizes, and options for these shades. We even offer cordless features like voice, and remote-controlled shades. Press play below to see the shades in this home in action.

See our Transitions shades in action! Ask us about cordless, voice, and remote control options for these shades.

The decorative valance above the kitchen sink is complimented by the wood hood and decorative mantle details above the cooking zone of the new design. Don’t want a metal hood as a part of your dream kitchen? You are not alone! We design many spaces using a wood hood cabinet with a blower insert installed within it. This allows the wall cabinet design to include the decorative hood instead of be disrupted by it. Want to see more examples of hood designs? Check out this board on our Pinterest page.

Kitchen Aid gas range with wood hood and tiled backsplash above the cooktop.

You have many options for how we can style this wood hood cabinet. In this kitchen we included beautiful carved wood corbels and a detailed shelf above the valance. These selections look even better with the Pewter accent glaze applied to help enhance all of the details. Including a shallow shelf like this above the cooktop provides a ledge for home accessories as well. Imagine this hood with a small sign or artwork leaning, or even a wreath or garland during the holidays.

White kitchen with wood hood and traditional details and corbels.
White kitchen with wood hood and traditional details and corbels.

The tile wall surfaces in this kitchen take the warm taupes and gray tones from the quartz counters and applies a glossy texture to the wall. A classic 3″ x 6″ subway tile shape is the man backsplash tile. This “Pardo” tile is from our Jeffrey Court line and the accent space above the cooktop is a Glazzio starburst series mosaic named “Kepplers Dusk”.

Of course the true star of a cooking zone is the range itself and this KitchenAid gas front-control range is a dream! A standard 30″ wide range with the look and features of a commercial model including convection and 5 burners on the cooktop. Shop appliances from Village Home Stores any day and any time online at villagehomestores.com and be sure to contact our expert team to get all of your questions answers and for our local low price guarantee!

Stainless Steel KitchenAid range in Bettendorf, Iowa kitchen.
Stainless Steel KitchenAid range in Bettendorf, Iowa kitchen.

A great range and cooktop surrounded by smart storage to be accessed right within reach of it! Pullout cabinets bookend the range and open to reveal a tray divider and spice rack. We offer many incredible specialty cabinet inserts that can be included in your kitchen or bath design from Village Home Stores. Ask your designer what your options are for both base cabinets and wall cabinets.

Dura Supreme pullout storage cabinets in a Bettendorf Iowa kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores.
Dura Supreme pullout storage cabinets in a Bettendorf Iowa kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores.

The best place to showcase the Skara Brae Cambria tops is the kitchen island top. The warm gray veining looks almost like rivers flowing through the piece. Cambria quartz adds drama to the look of your kitchen but no drama as far as upkeep! Engineered quartz is a wonderful surface for your counters. It is nonporous and requires no sealing to keep that quality. This surface is extremely durable and food-safe. That means you can truly get to work in your kitchen and it will clean up just like this when you are finished.

Ogee Edge Skara Brae Cambria quartz island top in a Bettendorf Iowa kitchen
Ogee Edge Skara Brae Cambria quartz island top in a Bettendorf Iowa kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores.

The kitchen island has some added details to it to help create a furniture look. We installed the Cambria with an Ogee Edge Profile which adds a detailed ledge all around the island top. We love how the light hits it and you can see the colors and patterns go throughout the entire slab. Each corner was also shaped to accent the wooden legs below.

Kitchen island with Ogee Edge Skara Brae Cambria quartz top in Bettendorf Iowa.
Kitchen island with Ogee Edge Skara Brae Cambria quartz top in Bettendorf Iowa.

To compliment the flooring woodtones, the kitchen island was installed in a Cherry “Java” stain as a contrast to the perimeter cabinetry. We included carved wooden legs at each corner and arched valances as an apron below the overhang. A wooden furniture baseboard molding completes the look. This island design offers a centrally-located work surface and a comfortable space for two to sit.

Kitchen island with decorative legs. Complete kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores.
Kitchen island with decorative legs. Complete kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores.

We widened doorways and also worked in other areas of this main level including the formal dining room, a front living room and this hearth room (shown below) just off of the kitchen. There we added a dry bar area to be used when entertaining guests. During the holidays do you find your own kitchen full of people? Adding a custom sideboard, dry, or wet bar to an adjacent room like this allows you to keep people out of your kitchen when you entertain.

Dry bar area with wine storage and beverage cooler. Complete remodel by Village Home Stores.
Dry bar area with wine storage and beverage cooler.

A glass-front beverage cooler, base cabinet with drawer, wall cabinets, wine storage, and even stemware holders have all been included in this space. Like this look and want to save an idea for your own project with Village Home Stores? See more of this entire Bettendorf, Iowa kitchen and lower-level remodel project over here on our Houzz page.

Stemware holders underneath wine cabinet.
Stemware holders underneath wine cabinet.

Our best-selling diode LED tape lighting is the perfect enhancement for a bar area like this because you can leave these low-voltage lights on as ambient lighting all of the time. This lighting is not just for the underside of cabinetry either. We use it often inside of our glass-door cabinetry. Check out the new look the fireplace wall received in the hearth room:

A fireplace before and after story in Bettendorf Iowa.
A fireplace before and after story in Bettendorf Iowa.

Are you ready to start your own before and after story with Village Home Stores? The entire first floor of this Bettendorf home now has a better ad brighter design and we would love to do the same for your home. Our expert team will work with you to create an effective and safe plan for wall removal and even arrange and coordinate all of the contractors for you. Ask us about our start-to-finish remodel project management program. Learn more and schedule an appointment here on our website. You can also see this project management process more in-depth by watching our weekly TV show that airs every Sunday morning at 10am on WQAD News Channel 8 in the Quad Cities Region.

White, Light Oak, and Matte Black Farmhouse Kitchen – Aspen Homes

This week we are sharing a feature on a custom kitchen we just completed with Aspen Homes in their Woodlands Farm House. This home in Bettendorf Iowa is so stunning it will knock the wind right out of you when you walk in the front door. It is THAT GORGEOUS! Did you know that farmhouse style doesn’t have to mean weathered woods and ship lap covering every surface? This open concept kitchen is an amazing example of a high-end and polished approach to the farmhouse style.

White and oak farmhouse kitchen with matte black accents in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home.
White and oak farmhouse kitchen with matte black accents in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

The kitchen is a balanced blend of custom Amish-built cabinetry in a painted “White” and White Oak stained “Sand” finish. The only bold contrast you see is in the accents like faucets, lighting, and accessories. A matte black finish on these items helps the lighting and accents to stand out and make a great statement. The overall cabinetry feels bright, light, and clean with these light finishes and floating shelves. A commercial-style 48″ wide, dual-fuel freestanding KitchenAid range is found on the main wall of the kitchen design. It includes two ovens, 6 burners, and a built-in griddle.

White kitchen with gold hardware in a Bettendorf Quad Cities modern farmhouse. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.
White kitchen with gold hardware in a Bettendorf Quad Cities modern farmhouse. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

A pro-style range hood insert is housed above that in a custom wood hood cabinet. In a great room kitchen, scale is a very important element to consider for your overall design. In this home the tall ceilings and open spaces still feel bright and light and the size of the 48″ range and 48″ build-in refrigerator are just the right scale for the space. The cabinetry extends all the way to the ceiling and a large-scale crown molding marries the cabinetry to the ceiling. A standard-size and style crown would look out of place here. This angled, large-scale crown is perfect.

White oak floating shelves and built in refrigerator in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home.
White oak floating shelves and built in refrigerator in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

On the refrigerator wall, the same “Sand” White Oak cabinetry from the kitchen island is used to surround the built-in refrigerator. Two shelves bridge the tiled wall from the refrigerator to the entry wall. Open shelves in the kitchen and bath design industry continue to become more popular in many styles of spaces. This kitchen includes a lot of cabinet storage space so these wall shelves can be left to style any way you would like throughout the year. Imagine stacked white dishes, leaning artwork, or holiday decor!

White oak kitchen cabinetry and shelves surround a built in refrigerator in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.
White oak kitchen cabinetry and shelves surround a built in refrigerator in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

There is a rapid-growing interest in light wood flooring and cabinetry in our industry. Would you have predicted just a few years ago that Oak would make such a comeback? Well it’s official, Oak is back in the spotlight… just not the golden Oak we saw year ago. White oak is trending and showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. We love the look of this woodgrain when paired with painted cabinets of any color. The countertop surfaces in this kitchen are an engineered quartz named “Calacatta Laza”.

White oak kitchen island with farmsink in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.
White oak kitchen island with farmsink in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

The hardware in this kitchen is from our Hardware Resources line and the “Brushed Gold” handles are the “Stanton” series. A standard 3″ handle would look off-scale and shrunken in this kitchen design. Using a large-scale handle elevates the look of this entire kitchen design. The brushed gold finish is also repeated in some of the home accessories and lighting. The pendant lighting above the kitchen island makes a huge impact in the space. Three “Brynne” pendants from our Feiss line hang n a Matte Black finish with gold accents.

Modern farmhouse kitchen with 3 pendant lights in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.
Modern farmhouse kitchen with 3 pendant lights in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

If you aren’t sure what size or what quantity you need for lighting above your island, please contact our expert team. We can help you select the right fixtures for your space and your budget. Shop our lighting online, anytime here on our lighting website. There you can sort by finish, style, size and more. Plus you can contact us for help on that site. Speaking of lighting, another great fixture in this home hangs next to the kitchen is a serene dining space surrounded by windows.

Farmhouse light hangs in a farmhouse styled dining area of a Bettendorf home.
Farmhouse light hangs in a farmhouse styled dining area of a Bettendorf home. Lighting by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

Here we included a Linear Gabriel 8-light fixture in the “Noir” finish from Quorum. The simple lines look right at home with the black windows in this room. The look is really timeless and on trend at the same time. Many find this upscale farmhouse look to really just be categorized a “New Traditional”. Take a look at the Great Room below and imagine that same space with just a few changes in furniture. Neutral finishes on the cabinetry and surfaces help it to be easy to envision the space jumping from farmhouse, to contemporary, coastal and everywhere in between. The ceiling fan in this room is the “Maverick” from our Monte Carlo line. It is available in many finishes including “Matte Black” (shown).

Great room of a Bettendorf Quad Cities home with lighting and kitchen design by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes. Interior styling by Ruby & Co.
Great room of a Bettendorf Quad Cities home with lighting and kitchen design by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes. Interior styling by Ruby & Co.

You can actually tour this home as part of the QCBR Fall Parade of Homes this week! The tour will be open from 5-7pm on Wednesday the 25th and again Saturday and Sunday 9/28-29 from 1-5pm. Grab a map and full details here. If you have a giant crush on this kitchen like we do, head over here to the full album of photos from this home on our Houzz page. There you will also find more images of the other incredible rooms in this property. We love how the powder room turned out! This furniture style vanity and marble top from Hardware Resources looks great!

White bath vanity with marble top in a Bettendorf Quad Cities wallpapered powder room.
White bath vanity with marble top in a Bettendorf Quad Cities wallpapered powder room.

In the Master Bath we repeated the White Oak “Sand” cabinetry with the same hardware and clean-lined doorstyle as the kitchen. Double sink vanity designs are still sought after for many households. Here we broke up the space by changing heights and depths of the drawer stack at the center of the design. This provides a visual interest and creates a clear separation for each user. “Octave” 3-light vanity lighting from our Savoy House line looks incredible in a “Warm Brass” finish above each sink.

We also installed some Matte Black cabinetry in some of the home’s other bathrooms and the wet bar of the lower level. Someone pour us out a pint because we want to hang out in this bar! Black “Savannah” cabinetry from our Koch Classic line is paired with Calacatta Laza Quartz counters and a 3″ thick custom wood butcherblock bar top. That same oak “Sand” stain is repeated in floating shelves on ta back bar wall. Whirlpool’s “Black Stainless Steel” finish looks perfect in this home bar and the fingerprint resistant top coat makes it ready for any party crowd!

Black cabinet home bar with floating shelves and farmhouse style lighting.
Black cabinet home bar with floating shelves and farmhouse style lighting. Design and products by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

The Quad Cities is a fantastic region to live, work, and play in! We are Midwest at it’s best. With so many great places to build a home you are able to get exactly what you want. We also have amazing remodel opportunities in our area. Village Home Stores is thrilled that we get to offer quality products and service to each of those categories of homeowners. Curious about us? Watch our weekly TV show that airs every Sunday morning at 10am on WQAD News 8. There you can see before and after remodel stories from right here in the Quad Cities. See what is trending and new in our industry and get ideas for your own projects with us.

Large, angled modern crown molding in a Bettendorf Quad Cities farmhouse styled kitchen.
Large, angled modern crown molding in a Bettendorf Quad Cities farmhouse styled kitchen. Cabinetry and kitchen design by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

To learn more about this home (as of the time of this post it’s for sale!!!) and to learn more about Aspen Homes, visit their website here. If you have questions about something you have seen in this feature, or are ready to start the bidding process for your own new home or remodel project, just reach out to us. You can call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this short form online and a member of our team will be in touch. Find out why our one-stop-shop approach to shopping for your home can save you time and money and get you results like this home! We can’t wait to hear what you are working on and how we can help.