Are you hosting a get together this Holiday? At Village Home Stores we think entertaining guests in your home is such a wonderful gift to all who experience it. When people gather, memories are made. We want you to enjoy your time at home and make the Holidays as easy as possible for you. So with the approaching Thanksgiving holiday this week, we thought we would put together a few host/hostess gifts from our family to yours. Are you hosting a meal this week? Wanting to find a polite way to ask everyone to “park” their glowing screens someplace else other than at their place-setting? How about giving them a polite instruction and location for it:
Find a location to place a small basket for your guests to “park” their phones in during mealtime. Download this sign fro us for free! Tap HERE For This Be Present Printable and find an unused frame to put it in. We made these printables simple and easy to crop to fit a frame. Speaking of phones, it has become a norm of modern hospitality to offer your home WiFi to guests. If you want to avoid having to repeat the information every time the doorbell rings, grab this sign to customize:
Just tap HERE For a WiFi Printable and add your network name and password before framing. This can be located near the appetizers, home bar, or in the powder room when entertaining. NOTE: this framed sign is a very thoughtful addition to a guest bedroom if you have overnight guests. Is your home is a “shoes off” house? Remind your guests with a Friendly Shoes Off Sign that reads “Leave all worries (and your shoes please) at the door”.
Last week we hosted a “Worksgiving” event after hours here at the store. “Friendsgiving” and “Worksgiving” events are becoming more and more popular and we totally understand why! Who doesn’t love an excuse to get together to snack and sip!? Since Village Home Stores is in the business to creating beautiful spaces for entertaining, it should not be a surprise that we can also create a pretty amazing pot luck feast! For last week’s “Wine-Down Worksgiving” we each brought an appetizer to share.
Of course we had countless crock pots full of so many tasty snacks and the showroom smelled so good all day we could hardly wait until 5pm. We posted a few of the appetizer recipes to the Village Home Stores Pinterest page just in case you are looking for a last-minute recipe for your own gathering. Find a simple Caramel Apple Dip, Apricot Crustini Bites, and Spicy Sausage Stars on our recipe board.
Love crock-pot season? We do too! Be sure to scroll through and follow that whole board on our Pinterest page because we have pinned a lot of great crock pot and toaster oven recipes there for our clients who are currently going through a remodel and don’t have a full kitchen at the moment. We think a Worksgiving was a great way to gather as a work family and get us ready for the Holiday season. Our new lighting showroom made for the perfect space to do it.
Need to service your appliances before a big meal? Call our expert appliance service team at (309) 944-1344 for a service appointment. We service most major brands. Shopping for new appliances this month? Don’t forget that we purchase from a multi-million dollar buying group and offer our Local Low Price Guarantee to all customers! That means we have prices competitive with the box stores but you get to have the award-winning expert customer experience you deserve! Our team will help you find the right deals and the right models for your lifestyle and budget. Shop our Black Friday savings here online.
We want to remind you that Village Homes Stores is a family-owned small business and we proudly stay closed on Thanksgiving Day so all of our staff can enjoy the Holiday. We will be open Black Friday from 9am until 5pm and again on Small Business Saturday from 9am until noon at 105 S State in Downtown Geneseo, IL. Stop in and see us! We always have fresh baked cookies for our guests. No matter where you are spending your holiday, we hope you are safe and blessed. A very special thank you to all of our amazing clients who are preparing their first Thanksgiving meals in their new kitchens from Village Home Stores this year! Cheers!
We are so excited to be a part of such an active and thriving small business community in Geneseo, Illinois. Our community supports small business and each other so much it’s impossible for the support not to be contagious! We are so thrilled to be involved in a brand new way to give back by participating in the inaugural year of the Geneseo’s Giving Trees! Today our tree is in place at the Village Home Stores showroom at 105 S State Street in downtown Geneseo, IL and we couldn’t be happier with how our team’s vision has come to life with Christmas Magic! This is our Weathered Wonderland Tree now available for auction:
The goal of Geneseo’s Giving Trees is to see businesses partner up to create a tree design that can be auctioned off for proceeds to be given to a local charity. We have partnered up with a crew that we are pretty used to working with, Durian Builders. If you love seeing our before and after remodel stories that we share here on the blog and on our TV show, then you are familiar with their craftsmanship. The partnership between Durian and Village Home Stores was a perfect match and we decided to choose Rebuilding Together Henry County as our charity. We knew we would make a great team but we never dreamed the tree would turn out this great!
The team at Durian Builders decided instead of purchasing a tree… why not make a tree? Well, because that’s not that easy …right? It is if you are a skilled carpenter with vision. We searched all of Pinterest and Scott never found what he had as his own vision… so he sketched it up and went to work with his own idea. When he sent us an update that he had found the perfect stack of reclaimed barnwood to work with, we knew we were on the right track.
From that pile of wood, Durian and friends built us a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree that we were certain could stand out as unique. But how to dress it without covering up all of that great character? We decided to take a trend that we have seen take off in Interior Design and Lighting and translate it into Christmas decor. An Upscale, Weathered, Coastal style has branched off of the Farmhouse trend and we thought a Coastal vibe would be a perfect fit for weather barnwood. To light the tree we wrapped copper LED fairy lights around a thick jute rope.
Of course no tree is a tree without some greenery on it. We kept our greens on trend by using varieties of faux Eucalyptus contained in transparent vessels. Small lanterns hang from five of the branches with small bouquets inside of them. The most talked about part of the decor are our DIY ornaments. We fully grant you permission to steal this idea!
We took a large pile of shatterproof transparent Christmas Bulbs and filled them with sprigs of faux eucalyptus. This would be a super fun and safe DIY Christmas craft for a family to do together. We re-capped them and added a single simple loop ribbon and they are one of our favorite parts of the tree! Pin this and many more ideas to your own Pinterest boards by following our Holiday Decor board here. All of the ornaments hang from brass hooks applied to the tree branches.
As an added stringed element to compliment the lighted rope, we made wooden bead swags. Medium-sized wooden beads strung on jute rope were painted with a white paint distressing finish and then given a subtle brushing of a pearled champagne wash for a little sparkle. Weathered wooded beads are a huge trend right now in home lighting and you should see some of the fixtures we have on display in this category.
This tree was created with many neutral colors in mind so that it can be easily placed in any settings. You can always add your own punch of a favorite color or change elements of it year to year. Don’t you think you need this tree in your own home? You can have it! A bid sheet has been placed inside of our store window next to the tree. Opening bids begin Friday November 16th and bids may be placed in $25 increments. Our tree will be on display in the showroom window and available to bid on from November 16th through December 10th.
If you just can’t wait until then to take your tree home, you can take part in the Buy Now option! Any time from November 16th through December 10th you can bid the full $1,000 retail value of our tree to “win” the auction instantly! This “Buy Now” option allows you to take the tree home at any time (even before the 10th). Wouldn’t she look lovely in your home or business?
Stay updated on auction details and find information about all of Geneseo’s Giving Trees here on their Facebook page. To bid on our tree stop by anytime M-F from 9am-5pm or Saturdays from 9am-noon. You can call in your bids during business hours at (309) 944-1344 as well. Please note that a comment on any Facebook post or Instagram Post with an auction bid does not qualify as a bid. You must come enter a bid on the sheet or call it in.
You can learn more about Rebuilding Together Henry County here on their website. If you would like to make a donation to them in the giving spirit of the holidays, we have a donations jar at our front desk. Learn more about Durian Builders here on their website and if you see any of their crew around town be sure to thank them for helping make our tree truly one-of-a-kind. Please stop by to see us this Holiday season and see it in person. Thank you so much to the Giving Trees committee for putting an idea into action and empowering so many small businesses with a way to give back this year.
Who remodels bathroom in the Quad Cities Area? We do? But what if you don’t need it fully gutted and rearranged? Still us! Village Home Stores is in the business of helping you make the most out of every room in your home. Many bathroom and kitchen layouts are already very functional designs, they just need a new look. Our expert remodel team is definitely here to help. Updating your home can add to it’s value and appeal. In this Bettendorf home, we gave an oak and brass Master Bath a new classic look.
Marble look quartz in the Calacatta Classique color is such a classic and transitional choice. Marble has proven for centuries that it will never go out of style. Quartz counters in a bathroom are an ideal choice. Here you get the look of marble, but no worries if anything spills or leaks onto the tops. Quartz is also heat resistant so hair appliances won’t scorch or melt the surface if they come in contact with it. The shower area also received an updated look:
What a difference a new shower door system can make! From heavy, brass framework, to a more open and airy look, the new shower area seems larger without changing in size at all. And now for the main event: the double vanity area. Any Master Bath with two users can always plead it’s case for having two vanity sinks. But this bathroom has us convinced that the pendant lighting trend in bathrooms is also a great choice! We love the use of two framed mirrors and a light above each bowl area.
Vanity cabinetry from our Dura Supreme line in the “Kendall” door and painted “Latte” finish creates a soothing neutral color choice. Latte may be a beige paint at first glance, but when browsing finish selections it really falls within the warm white/taupe category. Selecting a lighter neutral paint cabinet to pair with a marble look top can be a great way to keep a space seem smaller. There are still so many varieties of colors in the veining of a marble top, and of course flooring to tie into the overall look. You don’t need a dark paint or stain for a rich look.
This bathroom feature also brought a fun detail to our attention. How versatile the Downtown Series of lighting by Kichler is! These same pendants hang in our showroom above a kitchen island display. We have installed them at countless projects used as everything from a single foyer light, to kitchen lighting, and now in a bathroom space. The same light. In the same scale and size. Used in many varieties of styled spaces. Now that is the very definition of Transitional Style. See the same lights here in a past blog feature of a kitchen remodel in a historic home. Did you know that you can shop all of our lighting catalogs online, anytime?
We have an award-winning lighting showroom full of a variety of lighting styles and trends. Even so, there is just no way we can show the hundreds of thousands of options available. Shop lighting here on our website and use filters to help narrow your search. Find the light you love and get the very best service available before and after your purchase. We match online lighting prices if needed. Trust us when we say that you want to purchase your lighting from an expert lighting showroom like Village. If warranty or shipping issues arise, we are ready to get to work for you to make it right!
We also gave a new look to the tub surround area of the bathroom. A panel was ordered in the same style and finish as the new vanity. This panel gives a totally new refresh to the existing tub area! Ask your designer at Village Home Stores what they recommend for your current space. We know our team can create a new vision for your space but sometimes it can be hard for clients to understand it. That is why we will present fully rendered design drawings to help you visualize the new space before any materials are even ordered. It is an important part of our remodel process and provides you, the client, peace of mind that we have a vision for your home.
Love the look of this bath remodel? Find the full album of images here on our Houzz page. Curious about your own before and after story with Village Home Stores? We have a process and checklist all ready for you. Your first step is just to reach out to our team. We can help as little or as much as you need. Contact us at 309-944-1344 or by completing this short online form on our website. We cant wait to hear about what you are working on.
One of the best things about being in our industry is that every single project we work on is different from the next. Even when kitchen and bath trends are put into action, the applications are always different because no space is the same. Village Home Stores has the great privilege of placing our designs and products in new and existing homes in the extended Quad Cities Region and we love each project we complete. We normally don’t admit it when we have favorites… but this week’s featured remodel story in Bettendorf, Iowa is one of our favorites fromf the year for sure!
This Bettendorf, Iowa customer found Village Home Stores by catching our weekly television show that airs every Sunday at 9am on WQAD. On the Village Home Show we are able to showcase remodel stories from right here in the Quad Cities area. So when this family was ready, they knew who to call. The original oak cabinetry layout really divided the kitchen from the dining and living spaces. There is a beautiful outside pool area just steps away from the kitchen in this home. With the peninsula in place, it was a long voyage to the kitchen sink from the pool.
We were so thrilled with the ideas they came to us with for a more open concept kitchen. When we say that the kitchen is the hub of the home, this household is a great example of that. With access to lofted living room and the backyard pool retreat, this new kitchen design needed to be functional and stylish. We began by removing the original kitchen… but kept one main element in place to help save some cost to the clients.
This kitchen has been given a whole new look but we kept the original tile floors! That’s right! Because the tile flooring was installed before the original kitchen cabinets went in, there was no void left when we tore out the kitchen peninsula. A new knee-wall was installed with power for island outlets. Take one more look at the original oak kitchen with the peninsula + table layout….
…and now the kitchen absorbs the dining space into one cohesive look. In fact, the kitchen and dining spaces are now joined into one concept by an incredible and versatile island design. The overall space has been brightened up significantly with lighter, airy material selections, added lighting, and the installation of mirror in some cabinetry.
A large kitchen island is the centerpiece to the new open concept. On the end near the backyard access, a custom table has been placed at dining height. We designed the dining table to be placed right next to the kitchen island. However, the table can be moved out if needed. A custom wood base was built for this design by our carpentry team and our painters painted it to compliment the kitchen cabinetry and trim.
A gorgeous wood top from our Craft-Art line was secured on top of the base. With the main kitchen cabinetry all in painted finishes, a woodgrain was a welcomed element. The Black Walnut plank-style wood top adds warmth and an upscale texture to the space. We think its is best complimented with the warm backslash tile glowing with our undercabinet lighting system.
Can’t find the right table to match your new kitchen from Village? Let us make one for you to ensure that it lines up with the overall design concept! Finding the right size and finish can be tricky. But rest assured, we can build just about anything you can dream up. This rich, smooth Black Walnut top was given a stylish and classic “Ogee” edge profile. The feel and sheen of these wood tops are truly heirloom quality. Learn more about these wood tops here in a previous post.
Even though this wood top is a showstopper, the Cambria Quartz in this kitchen is not to be ignored. Take a peek at this image below showing the remodel while it was still in progress. Notice that a piece of Cambria was installed on the cooktop wall for a dramatic look.
This statement wall creates a dramatic contrast of a marble look on the wall with a graphic black hood as an eye-catching continuation from the dark base cabinets. In fact, the Cambria Britannica Warm Quartz seems to almost cascade down behind the hood, flow up from the floor, over the kitchen island, and pour back down again on the other side.
Of course a glassy, gloss finish in a bright space always adds a great upscale detail. This Cambria design includes warm gray veining and is a classic compliment to the dark appliances and painted base cabinetry. A new approach to a two tone kitchen, dark painted bases with a bright and airy upper cabinet in a separate finish. Many times this trend is installed with open or floating shelves for the upper cabinetry. But in this design, we wanted to provide as much usable storage as possible.
The use of mirrors in some of the wall cabinetry does add a lighter weight to the look of the upper cabinets. The “X” design in the cabinet door is an updated and more Transitional style detail. We love the way mirrors help to brighten up a room (plus conceal the cabinet interior).
Quartz in a marble look is a great choice for a busy kitchen and large island work surface like this. Cambria Quartz in the Brittanicca Warm design offers a classic look of a marble with a maintenance-free advantage. The island countertop has a standard “Eased” edge applied to it to maintain a cleaner installation and look with the waterfalling edge.
Curious about waterfall edges? Stop by our showroom in Downtown Geneseo and see our front desk area that showcases this look. Village Home Stores offers many departments all under one roof to make the entire selection process easier on you and your designer. We encourage you to come with any ideas you have collected during your research phase but also take a look around and inside all of our cabinetry displays. We offer so many specialty cabinets and can show them to you. Our Dura Supreme line of cabinetry is loaded with so many great options! This kitchen of includes great sliding shelf storage but also a mixer lift cabinet right in the island.
See more of this entire kitchen in detail over on our Best of Houzz-winning Portfolio. See the full album of images here. We also installed a spice pullout, lazy susan, and an auto-open waste basket! Press play below to watch the waste basket cabinet open with just a nudge.
Matte Black is one of our favorite home trends and this kitchen rocks the trend so well! The soft, rich look of Dura Supreme’s painted “Graphite” finish on the base cabinetry pairs so well with KitchenAid’s Black Stainless Steel finish appliances. Black Stainless is not just for super contemporary spaces. This Transitionally-styled space is proof of that. Plus it is fingerprint resistant!
KitchenAid was the first in their industry to launch a Black Stainless Steel finish and the look is sophisticated. But a KitchenAid kitchen is at it’s best when in use! A counter-depth French Door refrigerator includes incredible fresh and frozen food storage. A 30″ Combination Wall Oven and Microwave has so many features and a large capacity when needed. Another great appliance detail in this kitchen is the undercounter 15″ Ice Maker. What an absolute dream for anyone who entertains! Of course when you have a pool… people tend to show up.
This 15″ automatic ice maker produces ice that is perfect for every occasion. It opens to reveal a storage bin that can hold up to 25 pounds of ice. Next to the Ice Maker we installed a beverage cooler with a custom panel to match the cabinetry. This kept the beverage area of the new kitchen looking symmetrical. Panel-ready appliances can be a wonderful custom option. We offer them in many refrigerator and dishwasher options. We kept the original tile floors in the kitchen but a new tile backsplash was installed.
3″ x 12″ textured tiles in “New Yorker” series and “Taupe” color. We love how they almost have the appearance of being underwater with their texture and reflection. Our stylish adorne series of switches and outlets from legrand looks great on the tile in a contrasting color and matte finish.
The square design of this series looks great and is very versitile with options. Since sart home tech is at the top of every homeowner and homebuyer’s wishlist we should also mention this kitchen lighting system takes voice commands! Using the legrand app and connected to an amazon Alexa, we had a lot of fun testing out this new product. Press play below to watch a Facebook live video we taped at this completed jobsite to see how easy it is to use voice commands with this adorne system.
Smart home tech has reached the kitchen industry in a big way over the last few years and this year even more products are set to launch to make your life easier and more enjoyable. This homeowner was able to connect many of the lighting switches in the home and now can even switch lights off and on when they are away from home using the app.
We have completed many new spaces using the adorne series from legrand. These outlet covers are a perfect match to the painted Graphite cabinetry in this kitchen. They match so well that our “hidden” pop-up outlet in the island is totally camouflaged when it isn’t in use.
A hands-free waste basket cabinet, voice-controlled lighting, and even a wave-controlled kitchen faucet! There is just so much from this kitchen remodel story it is almost impossible to showcase it all here on the blog. We hope to film an upcoming episode of the Village Home Show to show you more of these great features in action.
These clients used the Complete Project Management Program at Village Home Stores for their project. We can provide you with an expert design and material selection for your project and you can take it from there. But for those who need us to manage the project from start to finish, the Complete Project Management Program at Village Home Stores is available. We are constantly changing and adapting this process to give our customers the very best experience for their investment with us. Our goal is to get your project completed on time, on budget, and to the level of quality we would expect in our own homes. Press play below to watch a 360 view of this kitchen remodel from start to finish.
Ready to start your own before and after story? We are ready to be a part of it! Your first step is to reach out to our team. You can do that by calling us at (309) 944-1344 or completing this short online form on our website. We can’t wait to hear what your dream kitchen looks like and how we can make it happen. Don’t forget that we offer many payment options including financing programs available for those who qualify. Learn more about our payment options here. Thank you so much for checking out this blog tour. We hope you will keep an eye here for more great spaces featured from right here in the Quad Cities area.
We are not just beautiful kitchen remodels. Since the launch of our Full Project Management Program, we have gained quite the reputation for becoming a reliable, time-efficient, and customer-focused choice in the Quad Cities region for full bathroom remodels as well! This Moline, IL Master Bathroom is our featured project this week because it includes many items that top wishlists of all our bath remodel customers. Take a look at this elegant Master Bathroom:
Of course a lot of counter space and two sinks are a priority in any Master Bathroom design. This Moline bath had a generous amount of wall space available for the vanity area. Our designer from Village Home Stores included as much drawer storage as possible from our Dura Supreme line of cabinetry. The Full-Overlay Craftsman door was selected in a rich Cherry wood and “Peppercorn” finish. What does Full-Overlay mean? Take a look at the image below and notice the small gaps between the doors and drawers:
Traditional overlay would leave gaps about 2-3 times larger that what you see here. In a Full Overlay style (like shown), those gaps are minimal. This Gives your doors and drawers more space to spread across the faceframe of the cabinet openings behind them. Full overlay styles also help to hide the seams of cabinets when you install them in a long row like we have done here. It is hard to tell where each individual cabinet begins and ends. One jaw-dropping material choice in this Master Bath is the Cambra Quartz design selection. “Ellesmere” is a rich and sparkling blend of so many colors and it looks right at home in this Master Suite.
In fact Ellesmere has some of the same colors the original bathroom had. Rich gold metallics and vibrant earthtones. On the subject of the original bathroom design, that brings us back to that customer wishlist. In the past few years we have removed so many large Jacuzzi tubs from Master Bathrooms. Clients found that this trend as not as practical for their lifestyle. Instead we are often asked to present a solution that borrows that space for something else. Sometimes this is a closet, a smaller tub with more room for a shower, or even a storage bench.
Because 9 times out of 10 these giant soaking tubs were installed beneath a large window area, bench seating really does look perfect there. In this bathroom we created a space matching the same Cherry “Peppercorn” cabinetry and ordered a wood top to match. A custom cushion is already on order for this bench. Yes it looks cool but look at all those drawers! With two walk-in closets already in the room, these drawers can be used for linen storage or toiletries.
Above the original tub are there was a hanging crystal chandelier. The new light fixture included in the Master Bath is an updated take on a traditional chandelier. This orb light by Feiss takes a modern light style and adds sparkle on the interior of the polished nickel metal. We have installed this same light this year into bedrooms, foyers, and even above kitchen islands. Come see sparkle it in person because we have two hanging above our Appliance Sales desk as well in the showroom!
The shower area also saw many updates to give a more bright and open look. You don’t need a gigantic amount of space to include a lot of features into a custom tiled shower. This 3-wall alcove is proof of that. Take a peek at the before and after images below:
Dual shower heads and now tiled all the way to the ceiling, this tiled shower looks great! A custom glass shower door includes a fixed panel of glass on the right and a hinged entry door on the left. Dated polished brass fixtures were replaced with bright polished chrome for the shower and faucet finishes.
A short step up and into the tiled shower is trimmed off nicely with metallic strips at the edges. The Phenix Ravello series of tile was used throughout the bathroom. A 13″ x 13″ “Champagne” tile was installed as the main bathroom floor and on the shower walls. A smaller 2″x 2″ “Pearl” tile was used as the shower base.
A decorative row of tile was selected to tie together the wall tile and the Cambria counters on the nearby vanity. This geometric tile from Glazzio’s Hexagon series is a perfect pairing! The Tranquil colors bring in the wall and floor tile and also compliment the cabinet and quartz colors!
Of course the best part about creating a custom tiled shower with our clients is customizing it with them! Adding niches, benches, and shelves are a great way to add practical elements that can look great too! This shower showcases a glass corner shelf added up within reach of the shower user. This can be a great shelf for toiletries or razors. We also added a corner bench/footrest below that.
Perfect for more toiletries or resting a leg while shaving. We even added a strip of accent tile to the front face of the shelf for another little custom detail. Great designs really are made with detail choices like that. Beautiful spaces are really created by layers of details. Who would want a basic white lightswitch to distract from all of these other stunning choices? Our Adorne series by legrand is far from basic! This series of wall switches and outlets offer an updated look and so many color combination possibilities! Contact a lighting expert at Village today to learn more.
Steve’s Mirror & Glass created the shower door entry as well as the the custom mirror that hangs above the vanity. They also provided beveled mirror outlet covers to surround the Adorne outlets on the vanity mirror. A great customized look!
This Moline, IL bathroom remodel turned out amazing! And it isn’t even complete yet! That custom bench seat cushion is on it’s way and soon a gorgeous metallic faux finish wall treatment will be applied to the walls. Are you ready to start the conversation about your own bathroom remodel with Village Home Stores? You can contact our bath remodel team at (309) 944-1344 or by completing this short online form. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on.