Galesburg IL Home Gets a Whole New Look

This home in Galesburg, IL has gotten an entirely new look in nearly every room. Say goodbye to all that golden oak and hello to a stylish new refreshed update! There was so much transformation throughout this home and we wanted to highlight a few of the updates here in a featured post. Let’s begin in the kitchen. This home has a wonderful layout and already boasts an open concept feel that most new homes have. The oak woodwork, trim, and surfaces were in desperate need of an update.

Before and after photos of a Galesburg IL kitchen. We removed dated golden oak and tile and installed an updated white and gray kitchen design. - Village Home Stores
Before and after photos of a Galesburg IL kitchen.

This Galesburg family worked closely with a team at Village Home Stores on design, layout, and product selections that make you honestly feel like you are in a brand new home. For example, take a peek at the trim above the doorways in the above images. We removed the dated wood corner rosettes and built a new doorway topper design that is transitional in style. With so many doorways and windows in the home, this detail change really made a big impact throughout the entire property. Our Koch Cabinetry in the Bristol doorstyle has been painted in a bright “White” paint for the kitchen perimeter. The kitchen island repeats the same doorstyle in a Birch wood and “Stone” stain.

Galesburg, IL kitchen remodel from Village Home Stores

The kitchen is spacious and packed with great cabinet storage. The new kitchen island design includes an overhang on the back side with seating space for three. The front of the island faces the sink wall and includes centered large stack of pots and pans drawers with hidden top utensil slide out. Sliding shelves in one end cabinet and a pullout waste basket on the other end.

Galesburg IL kitchen with Koch cabinet island storage.

The L-shape of the layout includes a french door refrigerator and the cooking zone. This suite of appliances from our Whirlpool line also includes a microwave hood, dishwasher, and double oven range all in a fingerprint-resistant Stainless Steel finish. The electric double oven range has True Convection features in the lower oven and allows you to cook at two temperatures at once. The top oven cavity also has a very fast preheat.

Galesburg IL kitchen with new kitchen and Whirlpool appliances from Village Home Stores.
Galesburg IL kitchen with new kitchen and Whirlpool appliances from Village Home Stores.

The original kitchen had a similar perimeter layout, but the kitchen island was awkward in shape and location. The new rectangle design frames in the kitchen and allows those seated at the island to not have their backs entirely to the nearby dinette and great room. The area above the kitchen sink was updated as well. We bridged the cabinet space on either side of the window together with a valance, shelf, and crown molding.

Before and after photos of a Galesburg IL kitchen updated with a white and gray kitchen design. - Village Home Stores
Before and after photos of a Galesburg IL kitchen updated with a white and gray kitchen design.

One of the other transformation stories we want to share in the feature is the main view upon entering the home. The original entry had a oak-on-oak-on-oak staircase. The new owners of this home wanted a more updated look and a practical stairway surface for their young children and pet. We reworked this stairwell to include a carpeted runner and a two-tone white and warm gray stain similar to the kitchen design.

Before and after photos of a Galesburg IL home staircase remodel. Removed golden oak and updating to a gray stain and white paint combination with carpet runner and metal and wood bannister. - Village Home Stores
Before and after photos of a Galesburg IL home staircase remodel.

Durian Builders and the Village Home Stores team worked to create a design for this family inspired by many ideas found online. We want to help our customers truly get the home of their dreams. This doesn’t mean that every idea you show us from Pinterest or Houzz will be within your budget, but we will do our best to help explore any option you are wanting to discuss. If you love using these online platforms for inspiration be sure o follow Village Home Stores here on Pinterest and here on Houzz.

Have an idea you found on Pinterest? Village Home Stores can help make it come to life.
Have an idea you found on Pinterest? Village Home Stores can help make it come to life.

We think that the new staircase looks better than any of the ideas that inspired it! The carpeting on these stairs was also installed throughout the home. It is our Dream Weaver carpet in the Reflections II series and “Sageview” color. We installed in in the bedrooms, hallways, closets, and bonus/playroom space (cute dog not included in carpet purchase from Village Home Stores).

Before and after photos of a Galesburg IL home staircase remodel. Removed golden oak and updating to a gray stain and white paint combination with carpet runner on stairs. - Village Home Stores
We removed golden oak and updating to a gray stain and white paint combination with carpet runner on stairs.

The entire album of photos from this completed home are now posted to our portfolio here on houzz.com. There you can see more of this stunning new kitchen plus get a peek at the bathrooms, mudroom locker, and laundry room. How about you? Are you looking for a team that can help you remodel an existing home and bring it to new life for you and your family? Village Home Stores may be the perfect fit! We work in so many cities surrounding our Geneseo, IL showroom. Have questions about our process and what steps you will take to get an estimate from our team? Be sure to watch this episode our weekly TV show where we discuss that process in detail. When you are ready for an appointment, just reach out at (309) 944-1344.

Phone number for kitchen design, remodeling, flooring, and more. Village Home Stores servicing Galesburg Illinois area.

Ivory White Kitchen Perfect For Entertaining

During the holiday season, we love to share recent kitchen designs that are great spaces for entertaining. This week’s featured project is a remodeled Coal Valley, Illinois kitchen that is a holiday hosting dream. This spacious kitchen is perfect for entertaining! A U-shaped kitchen layout with a peninsula and dual-level kitchen island. Plus another wall of pantry, fresh food storage, and display cabinets are also within the same room. Step on in and take a look around with us.

U shaped kitchen with white cabinets and cherry floors. Peninsula and dual level island design.
U shaped kitchen with white cabinets and cherry floors. Peninsula and dual level island design.

Each corner of the kitchen layout includes a tall cabinet with built-in appliances. As you face the main U-shape layout, the left corner is home to a built in microwave and raised dishwasher (shown below). This kitchen remodel was completed keeping as close to the original layout as possible. Why? These gorgeous floors were already installed and in great condition! The original kitchen included a 15″ wide trash compactor unit. In the new design, we instead installed a built-in KitchenAid ice maker. With a water line already accessible in the neighboring corner for the dishwasher, this revised appliance option is ideal for the existing layout.

kitchen with raised dishwasher installed in corner cabinet
A U-shaped kitchen design with corner appliances including a raised dishwasher with built-in microwave above.

In the other corner of the kitchen, we installed a double wall oven unit. This 500 series wall oven includes True Convection options. This provides consistent heating and even cooking to ensure there are no burnt edges or under-cooked centers. The temperature probe delivers accurate measurement of internal temperatures of meats, poultry, and casseroles without needing to open the oven. Built-in appliances in a corner can add a lot of interest in look and function. We love how this layout offers up open landing space for the oven items on each side and behind the user at the island.

tall corner cabinet with double wall oven installed in a U shaped kitchen design
Tall corner cabinet with double wall oven installed in a U shaped kitchen design.

Speaking of open counter space, the span connecting the U-shape is wide open for prep, service, or decor. This length of counter can be used so many ways. Make a mess? No problem! Clean up is a breeze because there are no grout lines in the kitchen backsplash. A full height slab of matching “Calacatta Laza” quartz surface is installed keeping a clean and consistent look.

Calacatta Laza quartz counters and full height backsplash in a Quad Cities area kitchen. Cabinetry, quartz, appliances, lighting, design, and complete remodel by Village Home Stores
Calacatta Laza quartz counters and full height backsplash in a Quad Cities area kitchen.

Our quartz surfaces are expertly measured, templated, fabricated, and installed. We can even arrange to have cutouts made for your outlets and switches. In this kitchen design we installed our Radiant switches and outlets in a “Nickel” finish. When you work with a lighting expert at Village Home Stores we can help you to select a complimenting finish for your outlets, switches, and covers. Nothing can rob attention from a beautiful kitchen and backsplash quite like disruptively basic outlets dotting across it. This radiant series dresses up the look of any wall switch or outlet.

Calacatta Laza quartz counters and full height backsplash in a Quad Cities area kitchen with MacKenzie Childs items displayed
Calacatta Laza quartz counters and full height backsplash in a Quad Cities area kitchen. Quartz surfaces and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.

The right decor and accents can truly make a space! That is absolutely true in the case of the MacKenzie Childs Courtly Check pattern items displayed throughout this new kitchen. The white on white kitchen provides the perfect backdrop for the playfully patterned collection of this homeowner. Shown below is an iconic checkered teapot resting on a 5 burner gas cooktop centered in the dual-level kitchen island.

KitchenAid 30" 5 burner gas cooktop with griddle in a Quad Cities area kitchen. Quartz surfaces, appliances, cabinetry, and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.
KitchenAid 30″ 5 burner gas cooktop with griddle in a Quad Cities area kitchen.

When you are making selections for a kitchen design there are so many details to be decided. When you work with Village Home Stores we are with you every step of the way. Our designers can help keep you on track, on budget, and guide your choices all with that final finished vision in mind. One detail that can really chance the look of a counter surface is the edge style that you choose. In this Coal Valley kitchen, an “Ogee” edge style was applied to the counter surfaces.

Calacatta Laza quartz counters with Ogee edge style applied in a Quad Cities area kitchen. Quartz surfaces and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.
Calacatta Laza quartz counters with Ogee edge style applied in a Quad Cities area kitchen. Quartz surfaces and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.

The profile choice on your counter surfaces can add more curves and edges for light to reflect. In this kitchen design, the island counter surfaces look perfectly highlighted and framed in by the “Ogee” edge. We must also mention that the finished space had another very cute black and white accent piece that is featured front and center in the image below:

Dual level kitchen island with two pendant lights hanging above. Kitchen remodeled by Village Home Stores
Dual level kitchen island with two pendant lights hanging above.

That’s Martini and she just loves her new kitchen from Village Home Stores. She makes a cameo in so many of these photos we figured a proper intro was in order. The wall opposite the U-shape is home to a tall pantry cabinet, built in refrigerator, and a pair of refrigerated drawers. The main refrigerator is 48″ wide and the set of refrigerated drawers to the left are 24″ wide.

KitchenAid 48 inch wide built in refrigerator installed in a white kitchen. Kitchen appliances, design, and remodel by Village Home Stores
KitchenAid 48 inch wide built in refrigerator installed in a white kitchen.

There is a small extension of base and wall cabinets on the other end. Normally this counter surface would become a drop zone for mail, keys, and charging devices. But we hid all of that in the top drawer out of sight! While we can’t design a kitchen that is resistant to clutter or piles… we can suggest better storage solutions for you!

Of course any painted kitchen looks even brighter when it is illuminated by our bestselling Diode LED tape lighting. In this Coal Valley Quad Cities home we installed the low-profile system in three applications: undercounter lighting, in-cabinet lighting, and above cabinet lighting. The look is amazing and with such a low voltage use, this system is the perfect ambient lighting to leave on as much as you would like!

Glass door built in hutch area in a Coal Valley Quad Cities remodeled kitchen. Cabinetry, counters, appliances, lighting, design, and remodel by Village Home Stores
Glass door built in hutch area in a Coal Valley Quad Cities remodeled kitchen.

This project was managed start to finish by Village Home Stores using our Complete Project Management Program. This step-by-step process allows us to keep our remodel customers on track and on budget for their home projects with us. You can learn more about our process and see more in-depth tours of the remodels we are completing in the Quad Cities area by watching our weekly TV show. Watch it every Sunday morning on WQAD at 10am or catch past episodes online, anytime on YouTube. Just type “Village Home Show” into the search bar.

The cabinetry in this kitchen is from our Koch Cabinetry line in the “Easton” raised panel door and “Ivory” white painted finish. Want to see more of this gorgeous finished kitchen? The cabinet handles are from Jeffery Alexander’s Sullivan series in the “Brushed Pewter” finish. The appliance package is from our KitchenAid line and many of the built-in unites can be ordered in other sizes if needed. Shop our Local Low Price Guaranteed on all appliances online, anytime here at villagehomestores.com For this remodel we did keep the original flooring… but that didn’t stop us from making some big changes to the flow of the room and nearby spaces. We removed an archway that used to divide the kitchen from the nearby sunroom. By removing that section of arched wall, we were able to extend the kitchen peninsula for more storage and seating (see below).

U shaped kitchen with white cabinets, quartz counters and cherry floors. Peninsula and dual level island design.
U shaped kitchen with white cabinets, quartz counters and cherry floors.

We also removed some walls and doorways for that mentioned sunroom. Now the flow of the social spaces in this home all feels more open and inviting. We can easily picture this kitchen packed with holiday guests. What a stunning space. Our thanks to these amazing customers for choosing to work with us and for allowing us to come pet Martini one last time and snap some photos to share with you. Find the full album of photos from this project added here to our Houzz portfolio. Have a question about our remodel or design process? Interested in gathering an estimate from us? Just reach out and we will answer all of your questions. You can call us at (309) 944 1344 or complete this online form for an appointment. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on in your home.

Help Us Raise Money For Geneseo Marriage and Family Counseling Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bid On Our Tree & Faux Fireplace Set

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

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

Bid On This Set of Wreaths & Swag

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

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

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

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

Get The Look With These DIY Tips:

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

DIY chenille tassel ornaments with wood beads

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

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

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

-Jim Ries, Co-Owner of Village Home Stores

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

Viking Training at the Middleby Residential Showcase Gallery

Some of the Village team was recently invited to train at the Viking Middleby Residential Showcase Gallery in Chicago, IL. We had an amazing day! If you are serious home chef and enjoy the process of cooking and baking then you need a Viking. Viking ranges are built to be used to the extreme. For an intimate dinner at home, or prepping to feed a massive family for a gathering, Viking has you covered. And we have great news Quad Cities area because Village Home Stores is home to the largest selection of showroom displays of Viking product in the region. Come see and touch these products in person and meet our expert team. We can help you decide which models are the perfect investment for your home.

Chef Jaime Laurita demonstrates Viking products like the TurboChef wall oven in the Middleby Residential Chicago showroom
Chef Jaime Laurita demonstrates Viking products like the TurboChef wall oven. Viking appliances available at Village Home Stores.

Chef Jaime Laurita was in the Viking Gallery to show us product in action. Chef Jaime was a dream because not only was he knowledgeable and passionate about the Viking product… he fed us incredible food all dang day! He was able to demonstrate techniques and features with the products as he worked in the kitchen. His past adventures include touring the world many times over with such acts as Sting, Aerosmith, Madonna, and many more. So you can imagine he had some great stories to share as we gathered around. Be sure to follow him here on Instagram to see more of his food, mood, and music adventures.

Chef Jaime Laurita pours some soup as he demonstrates Viking products in the Middleby Residential showroom in Chicago Merchandise Mart.
Chef Jaime Laurita pours some soup as he demonstrates Viking products in the Middleby Residential showroom in Chicago Merchandise Mart.

We saw so many exiting products during our day in the Viking Gallery and we wanted to be sure to highlight a few of them here in a blog recap. The first was a product that was honestly sitting right in front of us for about an hour or so before we realized what it even was. To a guest at this island, this appeared to be a crock on a trivet. In reality it was a movable induction system in action. A Viking undercounter induction system has been installed beneath the quartz countertops of this island. What I believed to be a trivet was instead the induction burner. That burner can be placed anywhere on induction plate and most importantly it can be removed altogether when not in use.

Undercounter induction warmer by Viking.
Undercounter induction warmer by Viking. Mounted underneath your counter and can be operated with remote and removable burner location.

What a dream for large or multi-island kitchen designs! Learn more about this undercounter induction system here on our website. Another fun product that was “undercover” of the counter is the U-Line in-counter wine chiller. For countertop surfaces at or near entertaining spaces we love this new option! It turns off and on with just a tap and even puts on a lightshow for you and your guests as it works.

Recess countertop wine chiller with colored lighting effects.
Recess countertop wine chiller with colored lighting effects. Available from Middleby Residential dealer Village Home Stores.

We had an incredible lunch but the cheesecake we had for dessert was what stole the show! Would you believe that Chef Jaime made this lemon blueberry cheesecake for us on a random Tuesday in November? I felt like we had just entered a pastry shop in Paris. That cheesecake crust? Amaretti cookies folks! Those sugar-dusted dehydrated lemons on top were even made that day.

Chef Jaime Laurita cheesecake topped with dehydrated lemons in the Viking showroom
Chef Jaime Laurita made us made us this incredible cheesecake in the Viking showroom and all we got was this lousy photo… and addicted to his cheesecake!

Dehydrating fruit like this is a step that would normally take 7-9 hours. It takes just minutes in the wall oven that Chef Jaime was using. How? It is a TurboChef Viking wall oven. TurboChef uses fast, forced hot air to get you incredible results in a fraction of the time you would normally need. Since it is turkey season let me give you and example: it can cook a 15 lb. bird with crisp skin in just 40 minutes. The ovens are available as the top oven of a double oven model or a single TurboChef wall oven.

TurboChef wall oven available from Viking uses fast, hot, forced air to get you quick and effective results. Available at Village Home Stores.
TurboChef wall oven available from Viking uses fast, hot, forced air to get you quick and effective results. Available at Village Home Stores.

Many customers assume because Viking is a commercial style cooking product, the ranges are intimidating to use. Please let us assure you they are not! Viking cooking appliances are honestly more straight-forward than many of the newer “connected” and touchscreen models from our other lines. Cooktops, grills, griddles, broilers, ovens, and more. Viking ranges are built to be an absolute workhorse for your household. We learned a lot about the Viking Range burner options and even saw Chef demonstrate how the same sealed brass burner that can give you super high BTUs can then be set to the gentlest simmer setting imaginable. He melted chocolate chips on it using a paper plate as the pan!

Chef Jaime Laurita demonstrates the lowest setting of a Viking sealed burner with paper plate to melt chocolate chips.
Chef Jaime Laurita demonstrates the lowest setting of a Viking sealed burner with paper plate to melt chocolate chips.

But if high heat is what you need Viking has it! If you have stopped by our showroom to see our Viking displays then you must have seen the favorite french door wall oven we have. This oven is not just our favorite, it’s a favorite of Good Housekeeping as well! They awarded it the “Best Baking Convection Oven in the Industry”! The fan in the back of this convection oven is massive. That fan alternates directions when in use for the best results. The broiler in this unit is an infrared glass broiler (shown below). It shines light through the glass to intensify the heat. And with no coil to splatter on, that means less flareups as well.

Viking infared broiler shines through glass to intensify heat. - villagehomestores.com
Viking infared broiler shines through glass to intensify heat.

The most unexpected Viking appliance we saw in the Gallery was a soil/hydroponic Undercounter Microgreen and Herb cabinet. This unit is has two 10″x20″ growing trays and a fully contained ecosystem ideal for growing herbs and micro greens at home. Digital touch screen controls are pre-programmed for most growing needs. This system is so effective the Viking Gallery is barely able to keep up harvesting the basil and microgreens they are growing.

Grow your own microgreens and herbs at home with the Viking undercounter micro green and herb cabinet.
Grow your own microgreens and herbs at home with the Viking undercounter micro green and herb cabinet. Available at Village Home Stores.

Imagine the benefits of a system like this allowing you to have fresh ingredients year round in the frigid Midwest! Fluorescent growing lights replicate the sun’s rays for you to get the best results and grow organic greens with superior flavor and the best nutrition. We also spent some time training with the entire Viking refrigeration line. From freestanding to flush built-in models and everywhere in between.

Grow your own microgreens and herbs at home with the Viking micro green and herb undercounter cabinet in Stainless Steel.

“What do we mean this thing is built to last? It’s built like an outdoor pop machine.”

-Middleby Team
Learning about Viking refrigeration in the Middleby Residential showroom in the Chicago Merchandise Mart
Learning about Viking refrigeration in the Middleby Residential showroom in the Chicago Merchandise Mart.

Well we can’t think of a better way to sell you on the parts and construction of these refrigerators than that! But rest assured that Viking refrigeration is built solid and built to preserve your food. Food preservation with the goal of an elongated shelf life for your fresh food purchases. Less food waste is always a good thing. How does it keep on task? The Plasmacluster system in the refrigerators ionize bacteria and mold spores in the air to remove odors and enhance food preservation.

The interior shelving of Viking refrigerators now also include Spillproof Plus shelves with Nano technology etching. What does that mean? The edges of your shelves are crafted to create an invisible barrier that contains spills. Liquids actually pool towards the center of the 3/8″ thick shelf and not over the edge making a mess of the whole interior. We were able to see and train on so many incredible Viking products from all of the available series.

Middleby Residential Viking showroom in Chicago Merchandise Mart
Middleby Residential Viking showroom in Chicago Merchandise Mart.

Middleby Residential is a luxury portfolio of products and Village Home Stores has access to this entire portfolio. While training with Viking we were able to see products from other lines like La Cornue, AGA, Marvel, U-Line, and Lynx. In the La Cornue showcase we saw a pretty special piece that grabbed our attention. A La Cornue range that is truly one-of-a-kind.

La Cornue range painted by artist Cyril Kongo in Middleby Residential showroom.
La Cornue range painted by artist Cyril Kongo in Middleby Residential showroom. Middleby brands available to the Quad Cities at Village Home Stores include Viking, La Cornue, Aga, Marvel and more.

This range was hand painted by Parisian street artist Cyril Kongo. What a statement it would make in any kitchen! This series of ranges were painted in celebration of La Cornue’s 110th anniversary. There were 6 ranges painted in this La Cornue x Kongo series. Learn more about the artist and this project here in an article published by Forbes.com.

La Cornue range painted by Parisian Street Artist Cyril Kongo.
La Cornue range painted by Parisian Street Artist Cyril Kongo.

Have questions about one of the products we mentioned in this post? Want a quote for your own Viking kitchen? Need some help using a feature on your existing Viking products? Need service for your existing Viking appliance? No matter your question, we are here to help! Just reach out to the expert appliance team at Village Home Stores. We are you Quad Cities region Viking experts. Call us at 309 944 1344, stop and see our extensive Viking showroom at 105 S State Geneseo, IL or contact us here online and we will be in touch to answer your questions.

phone number for Quad Cities area Viking showroom Village Home Stores 309 944 1344

Build A Leftover Layer Cake This Thanksgiving

Have someone at your Thanksgiving table that just hates it when their food touches on their plate? Well, this recipe is NOT for them. Recently an idea sprung up between coworkers at Village Home Stores that we should build a cake out of side dishes this holiday. It was an inspired moment and we think we even heard angels singing…. until we sent an email out to staff to see who wanted to help out. Turns out a lot of our coworkers were disgusted at our idea. Mainly because our pile of delicious food goes against their preferred separated plate tactics. After a quick poll on our Facebook page, we found out many people don’t like their food touching. But did you know there is an actual term for this? There is! Brumotactillophobia is the fear of food touching other food. So if you really want to sound smart at the Thanksgiving table this year, throw that word out there. Now that we have all learned something, let’s get to how you can make your own creation! Check out our masterpiece!

Village Home Stores employee holding a layer cake built of Thanksgiving side dishes
Pat proudly holds her Thanksgiving cake of layered leftover side dishes!

It truly does take a Village to build something this great! We learned that the day of our “Worksgiving” potluck when we all pitched in to fill the showroom with great food and amazing smells. Building a savory side dish cake like this truly works best when you collaborate. Looking for a fun “Friendsgiving” idea, or just want to make that next-day meal special? Build yourself one of these layered leftover cakes! The best part about this is you can choose your own layers and truly improvise your way to a fun meal. Here is how we stacked ours up.

A savory slice of our Thanksgiving side dish layer cake. Cornbread,sweet potatoes,baked mac and cheese,and stuffing. Frosted with mashed potatoes and topped with green bean and a turkey leg.

Our cake included cornbread, mashed sweet potatoes, baked mac and cheese, stuffing/dressing, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole. Plus of course Pat insisted she cook a bird for us as well so we could have a turkey leg on top! We had each staff member bring in one part to this puzzle. Then we warmed everything up in a KitchenAid wall oven and got to work.

KitchenAid Stainless Steel wall oven with Thanksgiving side dishes inside.
Thanksgiving side dishes in a KitchenAid Wall Oven.

We found that keeping everything similar in thickness helped to keep a good balance. For our Village cake, Elizabeth used 9″ round tins to form layers of corn bread and baked mac and cheese. We set the cornbread as the very bottom of our cake. A smooth layer of Angela’s mashed sweet potatoes “frosted” the top and we then flipped the mac and cheese over in place for the next layer.

Mashed sweet potatoes help bind layers of corn bread and baked mac and cheese together in our layered side dish cake.
Mashed sweet potatoes help bind layers of corn bread and baked mac and cheese together in our layered side dish cake.

Another layer of Angela’s sweet potatoes and we are ready to keep piling on the flavor! Sweet potatoes can be substituted here with any other ingredient that wound help bind the baked layers together.

sweet potatoes help bind the layers together in our Thanksgiving side dish cake.
Mashed sweet potatoes help bind layers of this creation together in our savory side dish cake.

Next up is Pat’s dressing! We stuffed savory scoops into one of the 9″ pans and formed another “cake” layer. NOTE: this was the hardest layer to keep intact when we flipped it over. You may want to try and bake or bind the stuffing together better to avoid a dressing-avalanche.

Thanksgiving stuffing packed into a round pan.
Thanksgiving stuffing packed into a round pan to be used as a cake layer.

We realize the infographic below looks like a science fair project but trust us this cake sliced up to taste way better than it looks! To summarize our final “cake” interior stacked up as follows (from bottom):

  • Cornbread
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Baked Mac and Cheese
  • More Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Stuffing/Dressing
How to layer a Thanksgiving side dish cake: cornbread - sweet potatoes - baked mac and cheese - sweet potatoes - and stuffing.
How to layer a Thanksgiving side dish cake. We did cornbread – sweet potatoes – baked mac and cheese – sweet potatoes – and stuffing.

For the “frosting” Lexy made a delicious batch of buttery mashed potatoes for us to use to frost this cake up! NOTE: this step takes a lot of patience if you are working with warm ingredients. Pat slowly and steadily worked her way around the cake using two spoons to coat the edges and top of the cake.

Mashed potato frosting for our Thanksgiving leftover layer cake
Mashed potato frosting seem appropriate for this savory layered side dish cake.

Chris brought in a batch of green bean casserole because how can you not include this side dish in a Thanksgiving feast?! We piled up a little nest of green beans on top of the cake and then Josh nestled this picture-perfect turkey leg on top. FUN FACT: Josh is of the above-mentioned Brumotactillophobic category. So while he helped us build this cake, we caught him making his own divided plate of food later on.

Thanksgiving cake frosted with mashed potatoes and topped with green bean casserole and a turkey leg
What do you top a Thanksgiving cake of layered leftover side dishes with? A turkey leg of course!

We had plenty of the leftovers left-over after we created this Frankenstein of a cake. The entire staff was able to enjoy a real feast! The “cake” sliced up surprisingly well and held its shape when plated. We documented part of our “piling up” process in this short YouTube video. Press play below to see it.

Do you have a post-thanksgiving get together you are planning or perhaps a Thanksgiving evening tradition? This dish could be prepared as a part of your Thanksgiving Day clean up. Then you could just slice up and reheat as needed. For those that don’t mind their food touching, it is the perfect way to plate up leftovers. Pair a slice of this cake with a turkey sandwich and WOW!

work thanksgiving potluck with slices of leftover layer cake
Work thanksgiving or “Worksgiving” as we call it at Village Home Stores.

If you make one of these crazy leftover layer cakes please please please be sure to tag us online if you post about it. You can tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Speaking of tags, we created a few printables for the Thanksgiving holiday. Are you hosting and want to label your leftovers for guests to grab on the way out? Print of these Take Home Bag labels that even give you the option to remind a guest they need to return your containers.

Thanksgiving Day label for leftovers
Label those leftovers with these printable tags for Thanksgiving day.

An activity that seems to be tradition at many tables on Thanksgiving Day is to circle the table and share what you are thankful for. Start collecting these memories by having guests fill out slips in their own handwriting. Download a page of these thankful printables here. You will love revisiting these year to year.

Printable "I'm Thankful For" slips for your Thanksgiving table.
Printable “I’m Thankful For” slips for your Thanksgiving table. Download and print here from the Village Home Stores blog.

Thanksgiving just happens to be one of our most favorite holidays. Family and friends gather in their homes and enjoy good food and good company. We love helping to create warm and inviting spaces for entertaining on days like this. If your kitchen needs an upgrade before the big day or by next year’s turkey carving just call us! We can’t wait to hear what you are working on. Don’t forget that our Black Friday pricing is valid all month long this November so you can shop before and after the big day. Shop the appliance sale here.