February has began and that means it is time for the Quad Cities Builders & Remodelers Annual Home Show at the Quad Cities Expo Center in Rock Island, IL! You can find Village Home Stores there February 7-9th for the 43rd year of this event. We will have a large booth set up with members of our staff on hand to answer you questions.
What Are the Show Hours and Where is it?
Friday Feb. 7th from 12pm-8pm Seniors (60+) $5.00 ALL DAY FRI!
Saturday Feb. 8th from 10am-8pm
Sunday Feb. 9th from 10am-4pm
The QCCA Expo Center is located at 2621 4th Ave in Rock Island, IL. There is FREE parking at the QCCA Expo Center lot or use the shuttle service from the Rock Island parking ramp during the event. Shuttle buses will run all during the event days/times from the RI Parking Ramp to Expo Center. Don’t worry if you can only stop through during lunch or dinner because there are full concessions available within the event. This year we will have experts on hand from all departments from our store and showcase new and exciting products available. We promise our staff is fun and friendly to work with. We should also mention they are SO TRENDY! Just look at how Cubby and Lucas matched their delivery uniforms to our booth this week! Haha.
Our main goal for the Quad Cities Home Show is for you to have the opportunity to meet our team and ask us questions in person. Building or remodeling a home is a big deal and we want you to work with a team you are comfortable with. Stop by and see if Village and the Village process is right for you. Our process at Village Home Stores is in place for you to get a fair and accurate estimate in a timely way. If you are curious about what these steps are or where to even begin, just stop by and say hello. If you come to see us this weekend be sure to ask a Village team member about what Home Show Exclusive specials we are running.
Want to see more than what we brought to the Expo Center? Then come visit our award-winning showroom in Geneseo IL! Just a short drive from the metro Quad Cities, the Village Home Stores showroom will also be open our normal hours during Home Show weekend. Stop by Monday-Fridays from 9am-5pm or Saturdays from 9am-noon t 105 S State in Downtown Geneseo (right across from Geneseo Brewing Company). Please remember we are closed on Sundays.
Grab a Coupon For Your Ticket!
The cost of entry is $8 at the door but don’t pay full price for your admission to the QCBR Home Show!Snag a coupon here for $1 off your entry. The coupon and all needed 2020 show information can be found at that link. Seniors (60+) only pay $5.00 ALL DAY on Friday 2/7! Admission is FREE for kids under the age of 16 with a paid admission all weekend. We hope you will make plans to attend this great Quad Cities area event and stop by and see us!
This home in Southwest Rock Island was ready for a more updated and opened up design. While the home had an interesting layout, the kitchen still seemed separated from other nearby rooms because of a dividing wall. The Village Home Stores design and project management team took the original U-shaped layout and replaced it with a spacious new L-shape and large island. Take a look at this amazing new kitchen!
The large kitchen island has an overhanging countertop with space to seat four comfortably. Nearby is a dinette area where we built in a bench seat below the window. This new bench includes added storage drawers that match the kitchen cabinetry. Now these customers are shopping for a new casual dining table that can use in this corner. Many of our remodel customers want to maximize storage as much as possible with a new layout. Including bench seating within your island design or along a wall is a great way to create a seamless and custom look while adding storage.
The main kitchen includes an L-shape layout with the cleaning, cooking, and refrigerator zones. The new wall cabinets stretch to the ceiling and include a stylish crown molding detail. Crown molding, undercabinet molding, and added details like the fluted columns framing in the microwave space all help to create a stylish take on a traditional kitchen design.
Not every kitchen layout can allow a corner lazy susan cabinet. In the case of this kitchen, a susan in the corner would have moved the kitchen sink away from the center of the window. A “blind corner” cabinet can be used in this instance to allow usable space on one side, and a standard cabinet on the other. Our cabinet vendors offer many specialty options to help maximize your accessible storage. Press play below to see the swing out shelving option we included in this kitchen corner cabinet.
White painted kitchens remain to be a best-selling choice across all regions in our industry. Of course if you have ever gone to select a white paint for a project, you quickly realize there are MANY shades to choose from. The same is the case in our cabinetry selections. A stark “White” paint may not be what you are after. We have some that are a warmer Ivory or Pearl finish, and others that lean toward a cooler gray tone. This kitchen is the “Oyster” painted finish from our Koch Cabinetry line. In this home, the Oyster paint has been given a “Smoke” highlight to enhance the edges and molding details. We love the look of this finish. The Smoke highlight is such a great compliment to metal finishes as well.
The long kitchen island is installed in the same Legacy doorstyle as the kitchen perimeter. The “Charcoal Blue” paint is a rich contrast to the Oyster kitchen. This Charcoal Blue painted cabinet finish is among our top selling accent colors for cabinets. We have sold many kitchens, bathrooms, home bars, and laundry spaces in the Quad Cities area in this finish. Take a look at the hardware selected for this kitchen. How perfect are the stacked edges of the “Calloway” handles with the edge profiles of the cabinet doors and drawers!?
The blue accent color was also used on the wall surface of the kitchen. Elongated glass tiles from Glazzio’s Aristocrat Harbor Series are stunning! The “Dim Afternoon” color takes the tone of the blue cabinet finish and adds a glossy finish and texture to the overall kitchen. A beveled edge to the tiles bounce and reflect light and shadows and add a lot of style to the space without introducing multiple new colors.
The cabinet handles are a Satin Nickel finish and that is a perfect compliment to the Smoke highlight of the cabinet paint and the Whirlpool Stainless Steel appliance suite in the new kitchen. A new Whirlpool dishwasher, beverage cooler (in the island), electric range, microwave hood, and refrigerator have been installed in this new kitchen. The microwave hood included is the new low profile model available from Whirlpool. This hood takes up a similar height footprint to a standard under-cabinet range hood, but includes a 1.1 cu. ft. microwave in it! Wish your current hood was a microwave? This may be the model for you! Contact a team member at Village today!
The refrigerator in the new kitchen is surrounded by a great pantry cabinet on one side, and an end panel on the other. To assure that the space between the kitchen island and this refrigerator was as open as possible, a counter-depth model was purchased. Counter depth refrigerators can save you space in your layout and give you a cleaner look. “Standard” refrigerators can stick out an added 4-6+” deeper than a kitchen cabinet so be sure to discuss this depth with your designer at Village Home Stores.
At the very center of this incredible new kitchen is a large island with seating. This island is of an enviable size and also has no sink or cooktop in it. That makes it an incredible versatile surface for prep, entertaining, dining, and more. A slight arch detail has been applied to the overhang area for added interest. This arch also helps soften the look and scale of the large island.
Engineered quartz countertops surfaces in the Carrara Marmi design are an instantly classic surface choice. The look of a polished marble, with the hassle-free appeal of a quartz counter, these surfaces will look incredible for many years to come. A stylish “Ogee” edge was applied to all of the countertop edges in this kitchen. This one detail choice makes such a huge impact in the completed space.
This remodel project involved removing a wall. That means of course that ceilings would need to be worked on and of course a new flooring surface to tie the new open space together. The solid 3/4″ Small Leaf Acacia flooring that was selected is absolutely stunning. When you walk into the home now you are greeted with the gorgeous warm flooring stretching all the way through the kitchen. We just love how it looks against the blue cabinetry. Ask a flooring expert at Village today about Acacia wood flooring for your home.
Do you have a wall (or walls) in your home that seem to be boxing you in while you work in the kitchen? Curious if all, or some of it can be removed? We can help design a new kitchen for your home and arrange for experts to get to work for you. Check out this past episode of our TV show where we removed a wall and also unpack our remodel process for you in detail. What does your dream kitchen from Village Home Stores look like? Let’s find out! Reach out to us by phone at (309) 944-1344 or message us here on our website. Or your can always come visit us at 105 S State in downtown Geneseo, IL.
One of our goals for the 2020 year is to improve the Village Home Stores showroom experience even more. We are located in downtown Geneseo, IL and we understand that isn’t right in the neighborhood for a large percentage of our customers. But those that choose to come and see us find that we are worth the short trip! When you choose to work with Village on a project in your new or existing home we want the entire process to be as enjoyable as possible. We offer many departments of products all in one convenient location to make the selecting, estimating, and buying process easy on you. It had been a long time since we updated our presentation and conference room in the showroom so it was atop our list for updates entering this new year. Check it out!
Our showroom includes more than a dozen installed kitchen displays that each help us showcase the many departments we have all under one roof. If you visit us, then you may find members of our team meeting with clients throughout the showroom in one of these spaces. During the design and selection appointments of our process, we find it is best to be out in the showroom near samples and examples so we can help guide our customers best. But for those meetings that involve personal and private information (like pricing), we have this presentation and conference room space available.
What do you think? We think it turned out so amazing! We want to thank all of our on staff carpenters and subcontractors who were able to fit this project in among our already busy schedules to get this project done during the Holiday season. This project is part of an overall effort to make it easier and more comfortable to shop with Village. Entering into 2020 we have made our website villagehomestores.com easier to shop and even added a feature that allows you to text with our team! Now our website, front entrance, and showroom all should give you the same impression (and we hope it’s a good one) of the quality products we offer and the quality of work we do.
Of course we always want to take any opportunity we can to remind you that overall we are a small business and we know our customers choose Village for our amazing staff and team. Please don’t think that this gorgeous award-winning showroom means that we are stuffy or expensive. We promise we are a very fun team to work with and remain laser-focused on getting you the competitive price you deserve with our wide variety of products. Speaking of products, this room features a new cabinetry line to Village Home Stores: Wynnbrooke Cabinetry!
This cabinet is the Frost White finish and the image above shows you that the Wynnbrooke cabinet line is a frameless or “full access” cabinet style. This cabinet style is clean and offers you maximum interior storage capacity for a cabinet. Learn more about Wynnebrooke cabinetry here on their website or stop in and see our samples today! Wynnbrooke Cabinets come already built with with many features that are considered upgrades from other lines. Full access construction, dovetail drawers and soft close door & drawer hardware to name a few. We chose to install more of our bestselling quartz surface line in this new space. Cambria Quartz is always first to launch dynamic and eye-catching new surface styles and colors.
The main cabinet wall of the presentation room has been fit with a Cambria Quartz top in the Skara Brae design (shown above). This natural marble veined style pattern with a blend of warm grays adds drama and style to any space. The large conference table in the room has been built with a tabletop of Golden Dragon Cambria Quartz (shown below). Black, whites, and a sparkling shimmering gold all blend to make a statement surface. You have to see this Cambria color in person to fully appreciate it.
This cabinet design is specific to our conference room needs. But it’s difficult not difficult to imagine a version of it in a home. In this showroom space we require storage and display areas. The main focus of this back wall is the TV where we mirror a customer presentation. We chose to include some glass door cabinets in a new updated “X” style mullion and surrounded the TV with floating shelves.
The back wall of the design has an extra element of texture with the applied wood flooring as the wall surface. We used a light oak finish on the shelves to contrast the Frost White cabinets. One of the most exciting details of our new conference room is another thing you must experience in person. We are installing our stylish Legrand Adorne series of switches and outlets along with a whole new lighting plan for the room. The exciting part is that the lighting will be voice controlled! Smart home and connected tech investments for your new or existing home continue to be a trending category of product and prove to be a wise investment to increase the value of your home.
We are so thrilled to have this new space to meet with our customers. What’s next for our showroom updates? Our largest display in the store is getting a whole new look so stay tuned! Curious what steps go into our remodel process at Village Home Stores? Check out this past blog post that walks you through some of the key elements that set us apart from the rest. We hope you plan a visit to see us and meet our team in person soon. You can find us M-F from 9am-5pm or Saturdays from 9am-noon or by appointment at 105 S State Geneseo, IL. Reach us by phone at 309 944 1344 or message with our team here on our website. We cant wait to hear what you are working on and how we can help.
Keri and Natasha just got back from attending the Lightovation 2020 event at the Dallas Market Center and we are so thrilled to share what they saw! If you have ever worked with either of these two designers you know they are absolutely obsessed with lighting and their industry so this “work trip” was pretty fun for them.
Attending market events like this really keeps our lighting team ahead of the game. We can be more efficient and helpful for our customers having seen these fixtures in person vs. as just a page in a catalog.
-Keri Swanberg of the Village Lighting Team
Our team met with many of our current vendors one on one and took time to walk through and see as much product as possible. So many exciting new fixtures were introduced at Lightovation and our team members were among some of the first designers to see them in person. Here are some of the trends that they spotted while browsing our vendor booths at market:
We’ve got the blues big time and we are not sad at all about it! Shades of blue were spotted everywhere. For those who follow our Village blog this is no news to the Cabinet industry. Our painted Charcoal Blue finish remains as one of our most requested accent cabinet color. With the announcement of Pantone’s color of the year to be a shade of blue, we were expecting to see some response to that… but WOW! Blue was everywhere and in every category of lighting.
Not just shades of blue, but a variety of sheen to those blues. Most were showcased in a matte finish texture. Imagine how great the dome pendants shown above would look above a kitchen island! We loved seeing some blue lighting options in a high-gloss lacquered look as well. Check out these glossy outdoor sconces from the Kichler Lighting booth:
Of course nothing is as classic as a white finish… but on light fixtures? You bet! We spotted bright whites everywhere we went at market. Some of our favorite fixtures were a combination of those whites with a metal finish. This new Minka Lavery series combines white and a gold finishes:
Have you ever walked into a space and fell in love with it from a distance… only to enter in and start noticing even more reasons you love it? Usually that is the case. Great design happens in the details. We had this experience a few times last week when the interior of a light fixture surprised us! This peek-a-boo effect is most commonly executed with a gold finished interior showcased below in this collection from our Quorum line.
And how about a fixture that combines multiple trends in one! This Kuzco pendant combines the bright white, blue colors, and peek-a-boo interior looks. How fun!
Straps, Buckles, and Braces
This stunning chandelier shown below included the white trend as well as another we saw on home accessories and lighting. Leather straps! Leather and faux leather can add such tailored texture to any item. It can also help some styles lean to a more masculine look.
Also note that with all the gold, brass and brushed brass finishes we were seeing, we still spotted plenty of classic finishes like polished chrome. Light fixtures have always been referred to the “jewelry of a room” and this trend of adding and emphasizing joints and construction with straps, buckles, and braces is very fun! Instead of blending in the hardware for a fixture, these elements are celebrated!
We also got to preview the new Lauren Lighting collection available from our Generation Lighting line. This lighting series shown below rock the buckles and braces trend with a nod to the equestrian style Ralph Lauren is known for. Ask out team to see more of this amazing collection. The pieces are truly stunning investments for your home.
Over-sized and Unexpected Shapes
Scale can make is such an impact on a design. Sometimes at a market event like this, the size of the light fixtures can seem to be lost among the tall ceilings and overall giant scale of the event. But there is no avoiding some of the massive fixtures that we saw! Village Home Stores truly does have a light for any size project and budget. Don’t forget that we provide lighting for homes and businesses so if you have a restaurant, bar, office, boutique, or other setting in need of lighting impact give us a call.
We saw lights of all sizes and shapes at market. Not just playful new geometric shapes but so many organic and unique shapes. You can shop our lighting online anytime here on our website and even select and filter by category and finish. Something to note is that there are now so many exciting light fixtures available that don’t technically belong stuck in just one category. Many of the fixtures we suggest for our clients aren’t technically straight-forward “chandeliers” or “foyer” lights. That is why working with a lighting expert opens up your search into our own expert experience to think outside of the box for you.
Another home trend that has crossed over to multiple departments at Village Home Stores is the use of weathered woods. Of course our cabinetry department has offered many versions of this trend for long time, but every year more and more become available. Weathered finishes are a great way to add a wood tone and texture without fully committing to one wood and color for everything. What do we mean? Well consider this weathered oak fan below. It could be used in a room that includes gray or brown wood-tone furniture or all white furniture.
Weathered finishes take on their own unique and “storied” place in a design. We are loving the outdoor pendant lighting we spotted in the Savoy House booth. Imagine these weathered wood shutter pendants in your cozy outdoor patio space.
Cone and Dome Shapes
With so many fixtures to see it was interesting to notice that most of the new product launches introduced were either a cone or dome shape. While some lean heavily toward contemporary others are more transitional in style. And all seem to be available in such a variety of finish options and light styles.
So many of the lights we viewed at market were not just a one note finish. Two-toned / multi-finish fixtures were everywhere. Many dipping into the other mentioned trends of blues and whites. We love any part of an overall design concept that can introduce many finish options to the finished look. It makes selecting hardware, plumbing fixtures, and accessories exciting and more open to possibilities.
Seeing fixtures and glass illuminated in person just helps us out so much as designers. Seeing the quality of the brands we carry compared to those we don’t helps us to assure our customers and contractors that we curate our lighting brands for a reason.
-Natasha Byers of the Village Lighting Team
Are you looking for interior or exterior lighting for your Quad Cities area home? Village is the region’s home lighting destination. You can shop our lighting selections online and in store. Partnering with one of our lighting experts in our award-wining showroom helps you to see the best options for your personal style and budget. After a brief consultation our team can help narrow down your options for you to make the shopping experience easier and enjoyable. The Village Home Stores lighting showroom is located at 105 S State St in downtown Geneseo, IL. You can reach us by phone at (309) 944-1344. Lighting for your home is such a fun category of product and there are so many exciting new options out there. Contact our team today! We can’t wait to hear what you are shopping for.
This kitchen remodel feature brings us to a home in Morrison, IL where a new kitchen was part of a major remodel overhaul to the home. A room addition on the back end of the home and this new open kitchen layout have helped to create a new flow to the spaces. We also installed new flooring, lighting, and remodeled a hall bathroom during the process. We love a two tone kitchen design and for this kitchen, we combined two finishes AND two of our cabinet lines to get the perfect look for this household.
The kitchen perimeter cabinetry comes from our Dura Supreme line. The doorstyle is named “Highland” and has been painted in the “Moonstone” finish. The accent finished wood hood, island, and pantry wall are all from our Koch Classic line of cabinetry. The “Prairie” door is the perfect compliment to the perimeter cabinetry. These accent items are in a Hickory wood stained a warm gray “Stone” finish. If you are looking for a great wood stain that compliments many tones of grays out there, ask to see a sample of this finish on all wood species. We even two toned the countertop surfaces in this kitchen. The kitchen island is a statement Cambria Quartz surface named “Langdon” and the solid-colored perimeter quartz is the “Manchester” design.
The glass door cabinets were given a two tone look by ordering contrasting interior shelves. Including glass door cabinets in your design is a great way to add interest and offer display areas keeping the items contained and uncluttered. We always suggest to include our Diode LED tape lighting on the interior of glass cabinets. This really creates a stunning display space and the cabinets can also be used as an ambient light source day and night. We also installed this bestselling LED system for the undercabinet lighting in the new kitchen.
Of course there is plenty of great storage throughout the new kitchen design. Starting with this wall cabinet extension capping off the end of the sink wall. We love using this style of a drawered wall cabinet in bathroom designs to separate the two bowl areas. Of course this is a great kitchen cabinet as well! Think of how many uses you could have for these long and shallow drawers to keep clutter off your counters.
The corner of a kitchen design is always an opportunity to maximize storage when possible. Here we installed an angled front wall cabinet and base cabinet. This shape of a corner base cabinet allows you to gain a deeper and more accessible corner countertop surface. Inside of this base cabinet is a wooden lazy susan tray on two shelves. This sturdy design replaces the pole lazy susans of the past. Ask your kitchen designer at Village Home Stores to see all of your cabinet options for a corner in your own kitchen design.
This kitchen design must have been “written in the cosmos” because ironically the cabinet finish and the tile share the same “Moonstone” name! An elongated beveled wall tile from our Glazzio line in the Gemstone 3″ x 12″ series and “Grey Moonstone” color. The added bevel details adds interest, shadow, and texture without introducing another color to the tile. An accent tile area has been installed above the cooktop in a mosaic of Elongated Hex tiles in the “Silhouette” colorway from our Jeffrey Court line.
The appliances in this kitchen are from our dependable and strong Maytag line. Shown above is a front-control electric range with True Convection features. Curious what “convection” means or what type is right for you? Check out this short segment from our TV show where we unpack all that info for you. Don’t forget that we offer appliance sales and service to a large area and you can get a fair price while supporting our small business with your appliance purchases. Shop our appliances online and get our Local Low Price Guaranteed at villagehomestores.com
The accented “Stone” stained cabinets in this kitchen include a wood hood, the kitchen island, and the cabinetry surrounding the refrigerator. Wood hood cabinets can truly elevate your kitchen design. We love the customized look they give. Not sure what to put inside of it? Don’t worry! Our team will help you select the correct style and power for an insert for these cabinets. A counter-depth french door refrigerator is surrounded in this kitchen by tall pantry cabinets. Just look at all of that great storage! These two tall cabinets plus a deep cabinet above can honestly store as much (perhaps more?) than a walk-in pantry can.
To the left of the pantry and refrigerator area is a small landing space. We installed a wall outlet from our Radiant series that includes USB plugins. This makes it a great place for charging devices, sorting mail, keys, and papers in the cabinets above and below. Just around the corner from the new kitchen is an entirely new room in the home. A stunning new spacious four seasons space with a statement ceiling. A 65″ wide farmhouse inspired fan named “Gentry” looks perfect in the space in the “Anvil Iron” finish.
Don’t forget that our expert start to finish kitchen remodel team is also your expert start to finish bathroom remodel team. In this home a hall bathroom has been transformed to now become a stylish new space. Fit with a single sink vanity, framed mirror, and toilet topper cabinet. The same Hickory “Stone” cabinetry from our Koch Cabinetry line is used and we love seeing it paired with this rich mosaic tile in a variety of colors.
The Cambria Quartz vanity top is one of our favorite parts of the entire project! Look at how stunning this Skara Brae surface is! Cambria is a wonderful choice for a bathroom vanity top. It is extremely durable, resistant to the heat of hair care appliances, and wipes clean with just soap and water or any mild cleaner. Nothing spilled on the surface will be absorbed into that gorgeous pattern or cause a stain. With any natural or engineered stone surface in a bathroom we are also able to undermount a sink to the slab of surface. This makes cleanup even more simple and keeps the look clean.
To see more images from this home remodel visit the project here on our best of Houzz-winning profile. If you are looking at tiling a custom shower with Village Home Stores, then be sure to check out this ideabook also on our Houzz page that showcases many showers we have installed in the Quad Cities region. It is a great place to get inspiration for tiled shower entrances, drains, door systems, shelves, niches, and benches. Our team can help you transform an area of your bathroom into the custom shower retreat you deserve. In this bathroom we tiled a large area and included grab bars and a hinged glass shower door.
Are you ready for your own remodel story to begin with us? Our team can’t wait to hear what you are working on. Our goal is to make the remodel process as enjoyable as possible. We have a very detailed process for estimating, designing, and installing your new kitchen or bathroom space. And we assure you our team is fun and friendly to work with. If you are ready to get started just reach out. You can call us at (309) 944-1344 or text with us directly from our website villagehomestores.com Walk-ins are welcome but your best experience with our team begins with an appointment in the showroom. Our showroom is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm and Saturdays from 9am-noon or by appointment.