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Hazelwood Homes- A “Brewtiful” Home Bar in Coal Valley, IL

We have product in many many homes throughout the Quad Cities Region. Village doesn’t just design beautiful kitchen spaces. We can help you turn any room in your home into an inspired and unique space. The areas in your home where you entertain guests and spend time together as a family should reflect your own personal tastes and make your feel at ease. This Lower Level home bar is a wonderful example of a unique space we know you will love! We have declared it downright Brewtiful!
Unique home bar design with floating counter look in a Coal Valley, IL home by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

We all know that the bar top is where everyone is going to congregate when you have people over. This unique home bar design takes that knowledge to the next level and creates the perfect top to do just that! The countertop gives the illusion of almost floating between supporting bases.
Unique floating bar top in a Coal Valley, IL home by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

How can an engineered quartz top this thick look so airy and lightweight? The short answer: teamwork. This customer found a suspended bar design online that they loved the look of. They shared that photo with their designer from Village Home Stores and we went to work with the “Fossil Grey” quartz fabricators. Our team came up with a safe, functional bracket design and install that would give them the look they wanted with the piece of mind needed for this family room area.
Unique home bar design in a Coal Valley, IL with suspended bar top look. | VillageHomeStores.com

Now the bar area can be accessed from either side of the top and TVs can be placed above the bar sink AND across the room in the other direction if needed. This extra thick looking top is actually another design illusion. The look is achieved by fabricating the edges of the top with a “laminated” edge. This means that just the edges of the top have this thickness. If you were to reach underneath a few inches you will feel the reveal of the true thickness of the slab. We included a magazine in the image below to help showcase the scale of the top thickness.
Unique floating stone bar top with laminated thick edge in a Coal Valley, IL home by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Of course no great bar design is complete without stylish lighting. Three pendants lights from our Kichler line illuminate the bar top. They have been installed on the opposite side of the needed header above. The look is customized and stylish. Recess can lighting on the other side of the header help to light the back bar area.
Kichler pendant lights hang in a home bar in a Coal Valley, IL built by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

An on-trend wood-look tile has been installed as the bar flooring AND the backsplash. This Florim tile is from the Charleston series in the “Timber” color. The variety of the colors in this collection allow for so many decor options. There are plenty of real barnwood materials available for your space but consider a surface like this tile. Now the floors and the backsplash are a perfect match plus an easy-to-clean surface.
Wood look tile backsplash in a Coal Valley, IL home by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Of course having a bar sink in this lower level will save these clients many trips up and down the stairs while entertaining. The cabinetry in this bar area is from our Koch Classic line. The door is named “Ridgegate” and the finish is a Birch wood with a “Java” stain. See the beautiful painted white kitchen upstairs in this home here in a previous feature post.
Home bar in a Coal Valley, IL home by Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Love this look? See the full album of photos from this bar over here on our Houzz page. Have an idea for your home that may seem “different” that some showrooms might have even rolled their eyes at? We want to see it! Every single project we work on is different from the next and that makes what we do even more exciting to us! Let’s get to work making your inspiration a reality. The first step is reaching out to our team. Call us at (309) 944-1344 or by completing this short online form. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on.
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Product Profile- Self-Stick Wallplanks

We are thrilled to introduce this new product to our customers! While we have built the reputation for being your main source for complete remodels, we also provide quality products and expert design to empower our customers to do the work themselves. At Village Home Stores we value a customer who wants to invest their own time into a project that they will enjoy for years to come. It is not breaking news that shiplap, barnwood, and reclaimed woods of all styles and finishes have become very popular in kitchen and bath design. That is why we are very excited to launch this new self-stick wall plank product that is easy to install for an incredible impact! It truly is a DIY project that is NOT intimidating to take on.

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What do we mean by a DIY project that is not intimidating to take on? The day our new display arrived for the showroom our owner Jim decided to just install it right away in between appointments. He had it finished well before lunch! Take a look at this video of some of that installation (we admit that did speed it up just a bit for your own sake).

This product is meant to be installed by the homeowner. So much so that you can install it using just a measuring tape, pencil, and utility knife. Much like many of our other products at Village Home Stores, these wall planks are made in the U.S.A. The 1/4″ thick panels are sustainably sourced and processed with real North American hardwood. keypoints

The boards are stained using a patent pending process of infusing stain pigments into the veneering process. The result is the illusion of exotic hardwoods and rustic and reclaimed characteristics on a smooth, easy to clean surface.  A UV cured low-gloss finish is applied on the top of the planks and is wiped clean with water and a damp cloth. Let us walk you through the process step by step:

Plan & Measure Space:

Before installing it is recommended that you allow the wood planks to acclimate to the climate on the interior of your home. This helps to prevent any gapping or cracking in the planks if the humidity changes once installed. Carefully plan your space before you make your first cut. When this product says “industrial-strength adhesive” that translates to “once I’m stuck on the wall I won’t come off without a fight” adhesive.

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Measure & Mark Your Cut Lines:

Be sure to measure your planks and mark on both sides of the material before scoring. Double check your wall dimension and your marked material one last time before scoring the plank.
Wallplank installation- Measure your cut line on both side of plank. | VillageHomeStores.com

Score the Planks:

Using a straight edge firmly placed along the marked lines, score the planks with a utility knife. You will want to do this on both side of the plank to achieve the cleanest break in the product.
Wallplank installation- Using straightedge score your cut line on both side of plank. | VillageHomeStores.com

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Once both sides have been scored successfully, snap at the line firmly securing each side of the plank. Keep your hands close to the line to get the cleanest break.snap

Clean Up Edges:

Using your knife or a sanding block, clean up the splintered edges from your snapped planks.Wallplank installation- clean up the edges of your cut boards to remove any splintering. Use sanding block if needed. | VillageHomeStores.com

RECOMMENDED CUT METHOD:

It only took a few rows of the utility knife method for Jim to switch to using a saw for the rest of the cuts. This made for quicker and cleaner cuts of the material. If you have access to a saw for use you will be thankful for this option. For areas like outlets and airvents, you can make these cuts using a drill first as a starter hole. Then use a jigsaw or scroll saw to complete the cuts. Always use eye protection when cutting materials with a saw.
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Peel, Place, THEN Stick:

Remove the adhesive tape backing from the plank and place your first plank. Using your marked guidelines on the wall place your first plank. As your move along with the installation you will want to but the seams of materials together at a slight angle first before allowing adhesive to touch the surface. Wallplank installation- slide ridged edge into seam area before allowing adhesive touch wall surface. | VillageHomeStores.com

Press Firmly:

Once in place, press firmly to allow the adhesive to make as much contact with the surface as possible.  If you have one, A “J-Roller” helps with this task. Trim pieces are available if the look of the cut edges isn’t desired. Ask a salesperson about these trim options. Wallplank installation- Press adhesive into place firmly. - | VillageHomeStores.com

For Ceiling Application:

Yes you can absolutely use this wall plank system on your ceiling! It is recommended that once installed, you add small 18 gauge finish nails to help secure to the ceiling and take some strain off the adhesive being pulled by gravity.

Where can you use these wall planks? They can be installed on any structurally sound, clean, dry, and flat surface. Accent walls, decorative headboards, adding style to the back of an open shelf, the possibilities are endless and we can;t wait to see where our customers use it! It should be noted that this product is NOT recommended to install planks in any high moisture areas such as bathrooms or steam rooms. If you want this wood plank look in these areas ask us about the wood look tile options available from Village Home Stores.

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This self-stick wall plank system is available in 9 different finishes all of which you can see on display in our Geneseo, IL showroom. Because this product can be installed by you without any added labor charges it is sold by the square foot and our sales team can help you estimate how much you will need for your project. We are offering this product at an introductory sale price! wall plank price

Please stop in or call us with any questions about this great new product! (309) 944-1344.footer

 

 

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Edgebrooke Homes- Fall Parade of Homes Feature

Village Home Stores was thrilled to have designs and products in so many of the Parade homes this Fall. This home built by Edgebrooke Homes in Bettendorf, Iowa turned out beautiful! All of the cabinetry, flooring, appliances, and lighting for this home are from Village Home Stores. We love the blend of gray finishes that were selected for the kitchen design. We thank the team at Edgebrooke for their business and for letting us show you around the space. Take a look at how the completed look turned out:
Mixed grays and woodtones in kitchen design by Village for Edgebrooke Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

A light gray painted finish from our Koch Classic line named “Fog” has been applied to the perimeter cabinetry in the “Savannah” doorstyle. The large kitchen island is formed with cabinetry in the “Charleston” doorstyle and the Rustic Cherry island has been finished in the “Driftwood” warm gray stain. The mix of grays is complimented by the rest of the finishes in the space:
Mixed grays and woodtones in kitchen design. | VillageHomeStores.com

Stainless Steel appliances from our KitchenAid line, and an engineered quartz countertop named “Fossil Gray” is installed throughout the kitchen. Mercury Glass pendants from Feiss hang above the island and all of this rests upon gorgeous new engineered wood flooring.
Beveled subway tile in a Bettendorf, IA kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Adding a simple detail to a classic look can really add a lot of interest. This kitchen includes a classic 3″ x 6″ subway tile. By selecting a beveled subway tile in this kitchen, light can bounce around on the surface and this white-on-white look has an added dimension. Instead of ending where the hood begins, the tile is extended behind the new Stainless chimney-style hood up to the ceiling.
KitchenAid's double oven gas range in a Bettendorf, IA home. | VillageHomeStores.com

At the center of attention on this feature wall is a double oven gas range by KitchenAid. The combined oven capacity is 6.0 cu. ft. of space providing more room to cook multiple dishes at the same time. The bottom oven includes a SatinGlide® Rack that operates smoothly allowing effortless loading and unloading, even with large or heavy dishes.
KitchenAid refrigerator and Sharp microwave drawer in a Bettendorf, IA home. | VillageHomeStores.com

Across the kitchen is a wall of cabinetry that includes a built-in Sharp microwave drawer unit below the countertop, Microwave drawers work well in an area that have a work surface above them for loading and unloading the unit. To the right is a 29 cu. ft. refrigerator by KitchenAid. This model is packed with innovative storage options and features to help your food stay fresher longer.
Mixed grays and woodtones in kitchen design including White Oak flooring named Barnwood. | VillageHomeStores.com

The engineered wood floors are the perfect variety of color to compliment all of the other finishes in the room. The darker grain and stain on the “Barnwood” finish picks up on the island finish. The Rustic Cherry island is at the center of the design and certainly the center of all attention once you enter the kitchen. When viewed from the Dining area the back of this island has been given a detail treatment with an “X” motif.
X styled back of island treatment in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

This “X”  look and finish suggests a “farmhouse” look but with the overall design and selections, it is a sophisticated modern farmhouse look. With so many open-concept kitchens in a painted white finish, it is so refreshing to see something new and interesting in the mix. the selections and styles throughout are all classic and everything looks right at home with the furniture throughout the main level of this new Bettendorf home.
Mixed grays and woodtones in kitchen design by Village for Edgebrooke Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

If you are building a new Home in the Quad Cities Region we would love to be your one-stop shop for the project! We make the design, selection, and ordering process easy and fun for you and your contractor. Ask us about our “Bundle Your Purchases” program where you can earn free lighting for your new home with purchases storewide.  Contact us today for an appointment we can’t wait to hear about the plans for your new home. 
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Trend Watch: Is Gray Here To Stay?

gray_kitchen_trendIt should come as no surprise that gray has officially caught fire as a trendy color to include in your home interiors. All you need to do it take a look at your Pinterest feed or even the covers of the magazines at the grocery checkout. Gray has found its place in the home and the kitchen. We recently had the opportunity to attend a Design Symposium hosted by our friends over at Dura Supreme Cabinetry. We spent the good deal of the day learning about current trends as well as trends forecasted to hit the industry soon.  We can’t wait to share with you what we learned from industry leaders and we thought addressing this common question is a great place to start. Weekly, (sometimes even daily) our designers get asked by our clients “Gray?! Isn’t that a trendy color to use on such a permanent project?” The short answer is yes… but allow us to present the strong case for why you should still consider it.

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What used to be a fun accent color has now taken over the entire palette of color choices. When companies like Formica, Dura Supreme, and Cambria invest a large amount of money into research and development of new materials and selections for our customers it is your first clue that this “trend” is not dissolving anytime soon!

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So how much longer will gray remain “a thing”? About 5-8 more years. So if you have been holding off on gray, you still have time! Just like any color you shop for in an outfit or while furnishing a room in your home, do what you are comfortable with. If a gray kitchen from floor-to-ceiling is not your thing there are so many options on how to include gray into your space no matter what your comfort level.

classicWhat is the “Classic” approach to including gray in your kitchen? Consider one of the very first materials used in ornament and decoration… marble! You can’t get a more classic look than gray veining in a slab of natural marble. This continues to be a popular choice for kitchen countertops and Formica has even taken steps to improve options if you budget doesn’t allow for true marble to be installed. Take a look at the “Calacatta Marble” and “Bianca Luna” designs available from the Formica 180fx® series.  Larger patterns and a more realistic texture get you as close as possible for a fraction of the price. Take a look at this Rock Island kitchen we remodeled that includes a more classical look. The Koch “Oyster” paint is a subtle gray color in place of a painted white. The marble tile in the backsplash is another classic choice.

cautiousEven though gray is predicted to continue to popular for at least the next 5-8 years, you may want to take a more cautious approach to including it. If that is where your comfort-level is with the trend you still have a lot of options.

gray_paint3Think of the non-permanent surfaces of your space that you may want to revisit in the next 5-8 years. Paint is a great example. Keeping the more permanent materials like cabinets, flooring, and countertops neutral leaves the door open to  change out the wall color a few years later and get an entirely refreshed look. Other places can be in your kitchen accessories like barstools and linens.

oh heyBut what if you want to really go for it? How can you dive into the gray kitchen trend? You and your designer at Village Home Stores have so many options! There are now gray colors available in every surface for your kitchen and bath project.  Of course you can install an entire kitchen of gray and we can help you find the right balance and design for that. Accenting with gray can also make a huge impact. Here are a few ways you can accent your kitchen with gray:

gray_kitchen_accentsGray kitchen islands have been so popular in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas. We have installed many in remodeled spaces like this Moline kitchen but dozens and dozens into new homes as well.

weathered barnwood garayAnother great idea for a way to accent your kitchen with gray is to include gray floating shelves or even finish the back of an open cabinet with a gray panel. The barnwood shelves in this remodeled kitchen from Village Home Stores also displays another great accent item, teh hood. Take a look at our “Gray Is Here To Stay”  Pinterest board to see tons of great examples of gray accents in action.

gray_kitchen_islandGray has always been an option for kitchen materials but the past few years and predicted years to come, it is a force to be reckoned with!  We just installed this new gray weathered Cherry island in the showroom (shown above) from Dura Supreme and it was quite the conversation-starter at our Q.C.B.R. booth this year ( and don’t worry there is a full tour of this new display hitting the blog soon).

Something that really stuck with us when we attended the Design Symposium was a statement from Karen Wistrom ASID, Vice President of Marketing at Dura Supreme Cabinetry who said gray is “not just for prison walls and cloudy days” anymore. We agree and can’t wait to help you get started on your own project.

Contact us today with a click or a call and let’s get started!cabinets_Geneseo