Custom Amish Cabinets In a High-Style Rustic Display

This Spring during our showroom closure, we found ourselves with some areas of an available schedule and staff carpenters to finally get around to some projects under our own roof. Our remodel team has been very busy in homes around the region as the year began, so it has been nearly impossible to fit our own projects into the mix. But during the weeks when we didn’t have crews inside of our customer homes, instead our team was able to stay busy and safe in our own controlled and sanitized jobsite: the store! We tore into three displays to give them a fresh new update. The Village Home Stores showroom is now OPEN (by appointment only as of this post May 2020) and many of these projects are wrapping up just in time! We thought we would share with you some of the finished looks here on the blog beginning with this custom Amish-built cabinetry TV surround.

Sample Center Custom Amish Cabinet Display in Village Home Stores Showroom Geneseo, IL
Sample Center Custom Amish Cabinet Display in the Village Home Stores Showroom, Downtown Geneseo, IL

The cabinets may look familiar if you visited us at the 2020 QCBR Home Show this past Winter. There they had a whole different look! Check out the same base and wall cabinet combo with a wood wall treatment instead of the bold tile. We loved how that looked but wanted to tell a different surface story back at the showroom. Bold color is not for everyone (or everywhere), but smaller cabinet spaces can be perfect for it. Powder rooms, kitchen islands, and shown here in a TV surround. This area will be used as another presentation space for our design team to present and select finishes with their clients. The cabinets may be “rustic” but the details truly elevate the look!

Matte black subway tile with accent blue mosaic tile strip.
Matte black subway tile with accent blue mosaic tile strip and Kichler arm wall sconce in the Village Home Stores Showroom, Downtown Geneseo, IL

We flanked the TV area with a statement wall of tile. Matte black glass subway tiles from the Chapter 1 suite by Jeffery Court is installed in the “Silhouette” color and satin finish. Two blue mosaic strips accent the wall in the “Berrrmos” series and “Beryl” color by Original Style UK tile. Arm style sconces from our Kichler line have been installed near the top of each water-falling blue accent. The countertop surface for this TV area is an Engineered Quartz named “Marquina Midnight”. Black with an organic white veining pattern, this durable and glossy surface looks regal and rustic at the same time.

MSI Marquina Midnight Quartz
MSI Marquina Midnight Quartz countertops in display in the Village Home Stores showroom in Geneseo, IL.

What is the easiest way to level up any look? Accessorize of course! In the world of fashion we add jewelry. In the kitchen and bath industry we add lighting and hardware! These handles and knobs are from the Chrysalis series by Belwith Keeler. Brushed golden brass is paired with opaque black glass inserts. Contact a designer at Village Home Stores to see some of the other amazing finish combinations in this series and the many other hardware options from this line.

Belwith Keeler Chrysalis Series handle and knob hardware in Brushed Golden Brass with Black Opaque Glass
Belwith Keeler Chrysalis Series handle and knob hardware in Brushed Golden Brass with Black Opaque Glass

But of course we have to mention the cabinetry in this display! We offer a wide variety of cabinets in terms of finish, customization, and craftsmanship. Atop that list in all categories is our custom Amish cabinetry. This Amish-built cabinet line is crafted with extreme care for our customers by a shop located in Southern Illinois. Your access to wood species and finishes with this line are honestly near limitless. We received questions about these cabinets right away when we posted a preview of them. The bases are a Rustic Hard Maple in a custom finish. What do we mean custom finish? The rustic finish applied to the bases in this display doesn’t have a name technically. In fact, many of our finishes sold from this line are customized to the point they are just named after your jobname. That’s custom! You work with our designers and can even call out how heavily your distressing or finish accents are handled.

Custom Amish Cabinets With Wood Tray Divider and Utensil Organizer Inserts.
Custom Amish Cabinets With Wood Tray Divider and Utensil Organizer Inserts.

The painted cabinets are “Phillipsburg Blue” in an inset doorstyle. We have designed this display to showcase to styles of cabinet overlays and also many options for construction and custom inserts. Unfortunately two of the best ways to explore this cabinet line and how incredible it is just don’t translate well into a blog post. The next time you find yourself in our showroom please touch this finish and open the cabinetry to see what we mean when we describe this line as heirloom quality. The items created for your home are done so with incredible respect for the materials and the process of creating them.

Custom Amish Cabinet Display With Wood Tray Divider and Utensil Organizer Inserts in the Village Home Stores Showroom, Downtown Geneseo, IL.
Custom Amish Cabinet Display With Wood Tray Divider and Utensil Organizer Inserts.

There are many inserts and specialty options that can be included in your design. We love the solid wood options shown above for tray dividers and spice/utensil organizers. Below you see a variation of a double waste basket that includes a lid. These lidded options can be wonderful for storing pet food or recycling items that may not be taken out of the kitchen as often as trash. Ask a designer at Village about your options or show us anything you find online you would like to include in your design.

Custom Amish Cabinets With Rev a Shelf Lidded Waste Basket Pullouts.
Custom Amish Cabinets With Rev a Shelf Lidded Waste Basket Pullouts.

A custom designed space can be easily disrupted visually by appliances. But in many areas, appliances are absolutely needed to build the best use of an area for you. For example, this corner of the showroom is ideal for a beverage cooler. That way we can offer water or refreshments to our guests without traveling rooms away to another refrigerator. But a big panel of stainless steel or glass would disrupt the finished look of the cabinet design. So we chose to include a Kitchen Aid panel-ready beverage cooler model to hide it in plain sight.

Cabinet panel ready beverage cooler by Kitchen Aid in the Village Home Stores Showroom, Downtown Geneseo, IL
Cabinet panel ready beverage cooler by Kitchen Aid in the Village Home Stores Showroom, Downtown Geneseo, IL

To keep the cabinet configuration symmetrical we even created a false drawer stack look to the panel of the cooler. Panel ready models are available in many categories of appliances. Our cabinet designers can partner with your appliance expert from Village to be sure to build a custom panel designed specifically for the model you have selected. We can also create a finished look that best replicates the cabinet overlay surrounding it. Take a look at the image above and notice that aside from the toespace below, it’s pretty hard to notice the cooler at all. Press play below to see it open.

See more from this finished display at the full album we just posted to our Houzz profile. We created this space in the showroom to be used as another casual presentation area. Our formal conference room is available when a more private conversation is needed. But we have many other presentations spaces/displays in the Village showroom that include a screen where we can mirror your design drawings onto it. Having samples within arms reach can be so helpful as we work closely with you to create an accurate estimate. We have added some seating and a table to the space and the carpeting we selected makes such a fun statement. This is “Bespoke” from our Phenix Carpet Modern Contours series. We have installed it is a wall-to-wall application here. Don’t forget. Any of the carpets we carry can be bound into custom sized area rugs for your home. This series would be perfect for that!

Modern pattern carpeting with a mix of black and gray neutrals in the Village Home Stores showroom.
Modern pattern carpeting with a mix of black and gray neutrals in the Village Home Stores showroom.

Would you like to make an appointment to start the conversation about our process at Village Home Stores and receiving a bid on our design and products for your home? Just reach out! Our team is just a phone call or a message away. We can’t wait to hear what you have dreamed up for your home and how we can make it come to life! You can call us at (309) 944-1344 or email our team at info@villagehomestores.com. You can also send us a message right here from the chat on our blog and a member of our team will be in touch. Thank you so much to our incredible team of in-house staff who worked hard to get these displays in place.

Rock Island Kitchen Remodel With Blue Accent Island

This home in Southwest Rock Island was ready for a more updated and opened up design. While the home had an interesting layout, the kitchen still seemed separated from other nearby rooms because of a dividing wall. The Village Home Stores design and project management team took the original U-shaped layout and replaced it with a spacious new L-shape and large island. Take a look at this amazing new kitchen!

Rock Island Kitchen remodel featuring Acacia floors and painted Oyster and Charcoal Blue painted cabinets.
Rock Island Kitchen remodel featuring Acacia floors and painted Oyster and Charcoal Blue painted cabinets.

The large kitchen island has an overhanging countertop with space to seat four comfortably. Nearby is a dinette area where we built in a bench seat below the window. This new bench includes added storage drawers that match the kitchen cabinetry. Now these customers are shopping for a new casual dining table that can use in this corner. Many of our remodel customers want to maximize storage as much as possible with a new layout. Including bench seating within your island design or along a wall is a great way to create a seamless and custom look while adding storage.

Kitchen bench with storage drawers below a dinette window. Kitchen design and complete remodel in Rock Island Quad Cities by Village Home Stores.
Kitchen bench with storage drawers below a dinette window. Kitchen design and complete remodel in Rock Island Quad Cities by Village Home Stores.

The main kitchen includes an L-shape layout with the cleaning, cooking, and refrigerator zones. The new wall cabinets stretch to the ceiling and include a stylish crown molding detail. Crown molding, undercabinet molding, and added details like the fluted columns framing in the microwave space all help to create a stylish take on a traditional kitchen design.

Kitchen featuring Acacia floors and Koch cabinetry in painted Oyster finish with Smoke highlight and Charcoal Blue painted kitchen island.
Kitchen featuring Acacia floors and Koch cabinetry in painted Oyster finish with Smoke highlight and Charcoal Blue painted kitchen island.

Not every kitchen layout can allow a corner lazy susan cabinet. In the case of this kitchen, a susan in the corner would have moved the kitchen sink away from the center of the window. A “blind corner” cabinet can be used in this instance to allow usable space on one side, and a standard cabinet on the other. Our cabinet vendors offer many specialty options to help maximize your accessible storage. Press play below to see the swing out shelving option we included in this kitchen corner cabinet.

White painted kitchens remain to be a best-selling choice across all regions in our industry. Of course if you have ever gone to select a white paint for a project, you quickly realize there are MANY shades to choose from. The same is the case in our cabinetry selections. A stark “White” paint may not be what you are after. We have some that are a warmer Ivory or Pearl finish, and others that lean toward a cooler gray tone. This kitchen is the “Oyster” painted finish from our Koch Cabinetry line. In this home, the Oyster paint has been given a “Smoke” highlight to enhance the edges and molding details. We love the look of this finish. The Smoke highlight is such a great compliment to metal finishes as well.

Koch Cabinetry Legacy door in painted Oyster finish with Smoke highlight.
Koch Cabinetry Legacy door in painted Oyster finish with Smoke highlight. Complete kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores.

The long kitchen island is installed in the same Legacy doorstyle as the kitchen perimeter. The “Charcoal Blue” paint is a rich contrast to the Oyster kitchen. This Charcoal Blue painted cabinet finish is among our top selling accent colors for cabinets. We have sold many kitchens, bathrooms, home bars, and laundry spaces in the Quad Cities area in this finish. Take a look at the hardware selected for this kitchen. How perfect are the stacked edges of the “Calloway” handles with the edge profiles of the cabinet doors and drawers!?

Koch Cabinetry in the Legacy door and painted Charcoal Blue finish. JA Calloway Satin Nickel handles are the perfect pairing with the door edge details.
Koch Cabinetry in the Legacy door and painted Charcoal Blue finish. JA Calloway Satin Nickel handles are the perfect pairing with the door edge details.

The blue accent color was also used on the wall surface of the kitchen. Elongated glass tiles from Glazzio’s Aristocrat Harbor Series are stunning! The “Dim Afternoon” color takes the tone of the blue cabinet finish and adds a glossy finish and texture to the overall kitchen. A beveled edge to the tiles bounce and reflect light and shadows and add a lot of style to the space without introducing multiple new colors.

Stainless Steel Whirlpool appliances including low profile microwave hood in a Rock Island Quad Cities kitchen.
Stainless Steel Whirlpool appliances including low profile microwave hood in a Rock Island Quad Cities kitchen.

The cabinet handles are a Satin Nickel finish and that is a perfect compliment to the Smoke highlight of the cabinet paint and the Whirlpool Stainless Steel appliance suite in the new kitchen. A new Whirlpool dishwasher, beverage cooler (in the island), electric range, microwave hood, and refrigerator have been installed in this new kitchen. The microwave hood included is the new low profile model available from Whirlpool. This hood takes up a similar height footprint to a standard under-cabinet range hood, but includes a 1.1 cu. ft. microwave in it! Wish your current hood was a microwave? This may be the model for you! Contact a team member at Village today!

Stainless Steel Whirlpool appliances including the new short, low profile microwave hood in a Rock Island Quad Cities kitchen.
Stainless Steel Whirlpool appliances including the new short, low profile microwave hood in a Rock Island Quad Cities kitchen.

The refrigerator in the new kitchen is surrounded by a great pantry cabinet on one side, and an end panel on the other. To assure that the space between the kitchen island and this refrigerator was as open as possible, a counter-depth model was purchased. Counter depth refrigerators can save you space in your layout and give you a cleaner look. “Standard” refrigerators can stick out an added 4-6+” deeper than a kitchen cabinet so be sure to discuss this depth with your designer at Village Home Stores.

Stainless Steel Whirlpool appliances in a Rock Island Quad Cities kitchen.
Stainless Steel Whirlpool appliances in a Rock Island Quad Cities kitchen.

At the very center of this incredible new kitchen is a large island with seating. This island is of an enviable size and also has no sink or cooktop in it. That makes it an incredible versatile surface for prep, entertaining, dining, and more. A slight arch detail has been applied to the overhang area for added interest. This arch also helps soften the look and scale of the large island.

Kitchen featuring Acacia floors and Koch cabinetry in painted Oyster finish with Smoke highlight and Charcoal Blue painted kitchen island.
Kitchen featuring Acacia floors and Koch cabinetry in painted Oyster finish with Smoke highlight and Charcoal Blue painted kitchen island.

Engineered quartz countertops surfaces in the Carrara Marmi design are an instantly classic surface choice. The look of a polished marble, with the hassle-free appeal of a quartz counter, these surfaces will look incredible for many years to come. A stylish “Ogee” edge was applied to all of the countertop edges in this kitchen. This one detail choice makes such a huge impact in the completed space.

Carrara Marmi Quartz countertops with an Ogee Edge style applied.
Carrara Marmi Quartz countertops with an Ogee Edge style applied. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores.

This remodel project involved removing a wall. That means of course that ceilings would need to be worked on and of course a new flooring surface to tie the new open space together. The solid 3/4″ Small Leaf Acacia flooring that was selected is absolutely stunning. When you walk into the home now you are greeted with the gorgeous warm flooring stretching all the way through the kitchen. We just love how it looks against the blue cabinetry. Ask a flooring expert at Village today about Acacia wood flooring for your home.

Kitchen island in the Koch Legacy door and painted Charcoal Blue finish.
Kitchen island in the Koch Legacy door and painted Charcoal Blue finish. Complete kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores.

Do you have a wall (or walls) in your home that seem to be boxing you in while you work in the kitchen? Curious if all, or some of it can be removed? We can help design a new kitchen for your home and arrange for experts to get to work for you. Check out this past episode of our TV show where we removed a wall and also unpack our remodel process for you in detail. What does your dream kitchen from Village Home Stores look like? Let’s find out! Reach out to us by phone at (309) 944-1344 or message us here on our website. Or your can always come visit us at 105 S State in downtown Geneseo, IL.

Geneseo, IL Farmhouse Kitchen Harvests Style and Comfort

Just in time for harvest in the Midwest, this week’s remodel feature is a tailored and updated take on country charm. Who says having a house and some acreage means all the best things should happen outside? While the kitchen in this Geneseo, IL rural home boasts some incredible views outside the windows, the view is pretty great in here! Take a look at this bright and cheerful new kitchen remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores.Koch cabinetry, Cambria Swanbridge quartz, and Whirlpool appliances in a Geneseo kitchen. Complete remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

White painted cabinetry, marble-look tops, stainless appliances, and soft blue-gray finishes give a refreshing new look to the space. A kitchen layout with lots of new storage and counter space greets you from the back door as well as this (above) view in from a pass-through window to the Living Room. But even with these great windows, the kitchen wasn’t always this bright and storage-focused. Like many homes over the years, the kitchen had evolved into a need for more storage space and new locations for appliances.

When working with a kitchen design expert at Village Home Stores you will help to qualify what layout and specialty cabinets will be the best way to utilize the space that you have available. In this kitchen we did not remove any walls or even soffits above. Instead, we accessed the locations of the major appliances and even found room for a dishwasher in the new design. The before and after transformation of this corner gives you an idea of how a clean, consistent depth cabinet layout can keep so much stored out of sight and free up tons of counter space. Koch cabinetry, Cambria Swanbridge quartz, and blue subway tile backsplash in a Geneseo kitchen. Complete remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

The corner at the opposite end of the U-shaped kitchen was another area to be addressed. In the original space a small tiled landing zone was set up next to a crowded range area by the back door entry to the kitchen.  That made the space feel cramped and crowded to the user at the cooktop. A tiled wall is great… but if you have ever had to keep a tiled countertop wiped clean you know it can be a constant struggle with the grout lines. There was also no storage in the base area of that corner.

The new kitchen design creates a landing zone as a forward-facing drop zone area. A wall cabinet above and a standard base cabinet and drawer below plus a wall outlet from our legrand radiant collection that is fit with USB charging ports. A strip of our diode LED tape lights illuminates the drop zone and new quartz countertops perfectly. This new kitchen features our Koch Classic Cabinetry line in a beaded doorstyle named Orleans that has been painted with a White finish.
Glazzio's Lumiere series subway tile in gray blue Eiffel Grey color. Legrand Radiant wall outlet with USB charging features no visible screws in a Geneseo farmhouse kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

A painted white cabinet, light counters, and a whole new lighting plan makes the new kitchen very bright. Press play below to see a 360 degree view of this Geneseo farmhouse kitchen and everything we fit into it. That’s a lot of storage and open counter space!

Did you notice we even fit a tall pantry into the room? Pantry cabinets can be such a functional investment even if you can’t fit a 24″ deep one in. The original kitchen had a single wall cabinet and shelves set up below the pass-through window. 

The new kitchen now includes this tall pantry cabinet 12″ deep and 30″ wide. The top door section of the pantry has a finished interior and the doors have glass inserts for a display area. You would be so thrilled at the amount of storage a single cabinet like this can offer you. If you have an unused wall in your kitchen, nearby hallway, or even dining space it may be a great location for a shallow pantry. Crown molding on top gives it a finished look and the tall doors of this pantry are the best doors to showcase the beaded, cottage style center panels. narrow pantry cabinet in a remodeled kitchen from Village Home Stores.

In the new layout, the range location has been swapped with the refrigerator for a more functional use of the kitchen space. You can see the drop zone mentioned previously to the left of the refrigerator. A narrow cabinet to the right designates an area for baking sheets and cutting boards in the new plan.Whirlpool french door refrigerator and baking sheet organized cabinet in a Geneseo kitchen. Kitchen appliances and complete remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

A full depth model from Whirlpool was used because walkway distances were not an issue with no kitchen island in this plan. In fact, this full depth model has a total of 25 cu. ft. of storage space including gallon door bins and a full-width temperature controlled deli drawer. There is even an interior water dispenser inside the refrigerator. That keeps the front of the french door refrigerator smooth and stylish. Oh and did we mention this Stainless finish by Whirlpool resists fingerprints and smudges and easily wipes clean?!?!  Whirlpool full depth WRF535SWHZ french door refrigerator with internal water dispenser. Kitchen appliances and complete remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

The other appliances are pretty incredible in style and function as well. The new cooking zone of the kitchen is now located on the longest wall between the windows. Wall cabinets frame in a microwave hood also from Whirlpool. This amazing microwave model includes and Whirlpool’s innovative new Scan-to-Cook Technology. Whirlpool WMH78019HZ microwave hood with connected scan to cook features. Kitchen appliances and complete remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

What is Scan-to-Cook Technology? Sounds like something out of the Jetsons right? Well with a connected Whirlpool appliance, it’s honestly is exactly as easy as scanning and then pressing start! These connected “smart” appliance features are available on many new Whirlpool appliances making them affordable AND keeping your kitchen activity simpler and easier. Press play below to learn more about the Scan-to-Cook feature available on select microwaves and ranges.

A slide-in front-control electric range sits below with landing space on each side of it. This makes the cooking zone ideal for users during prep and cooking activity. So much space and just steps from pantry storage, fresh food storage in the refrigerator and the kitchen sink to the right. We love how these front-control range designs leave the back area where the cooktop meets the wall clear for tile. Whirlpool front control electric range WEC310S0FS in a Geneseo kitchen. Kitchen appliances and complete remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

The light from all the kitchen windows pours in to surround the cooking zone in the new design. We admit we would get caught daydreaming out of this kitchen sink window about a million times a day if we lived here. We love how the tiled backsplash carries up the wall to surround the window frame. A custom and charming detail.Koch cabinetry, Cambria Swanbridge quartz, blue subway tile, and Whirlpool appliances in a Geneseo farmhouse. | VillageHomeStores.com

The marble-look countertops in this kitchen are the Swanbridge design by Cambria Quartz. Manufactured in the USA, Cambria quartz is an ideal kitchen surface. It is foodsafe, stain and heat resistant and there are so many incredible designs to select from in both glossy and matte finishes. Learn more about Cambria Quartz and our recent visit to the Minnesota facilities here in a past blog post. By sticking with a classic, a subtle countertop pattern, a more bold choice of wall tile could be used.Cambria Swanbridge quartz counters and a gray-blue subway tile in a Geneseo farmhouse kitchen. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

The 3 x 6 subway tile from Glazzio’s Lumiere Series is amazing and the Eiffel Grey color has a faint cottage blue tint to it. Installing it in a herringbone pattern with contrasting grout lines is the perfect choice for a stylish statement. White switches and outlets from our legrand Radiant collection keep the backsplash area looking great (and notice no visible screws). Glazzio's Lumiere series subway tile in gray blue Eiffel Grey color. Legrand Radiant wall switches and outlets feature no visible screws in a Geneseo farmhouse kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Of course you know we can’t feature a great tiled kitchen wall without pointing out that our bestselling Diode LED tape lighting is why it looks so great! There is no better investment to insure you love your new kitchen day and night for many years than this lighting system. Every customer who installs it is shocked t how much they love it. Plus it is low-voltage and dimmable so you can leave it one a lot without high energy use. We even installed it inside the section of wall cabinets shown below.Need undercabinet or in cabinet lighting? Call the experts at Village. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

What a stunning look and what a transformation! Cambria Swanbridge quartz counters as a passthrough ledge in a Geneseo farmhouse kitchen. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

We added a ledge piece of Cambria Swanbridge quartz to act as a “sill” for this pass-through window. Repeating the countertop product in a new use helps to bridge the two spaces together. Ready for anything, this durable product is a great choice.Finished pass through window in a remodeled kitchen from Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

The view above is looking fro the Living Room into the new finished kitchen. We love how the view looking in is framed up so perfectly by this pass-through window. Such an inviting space! Want to see more of this kitchen? The full album of photos can be found here over on our award-winning Houzz page. There you can save our ideas into your own ideabooks so you can show your designer at Village Home Stores what you would like to try with your own design.

Ready to start the conversation about your own kitchen before and after transformation? Village Home Stores can help as little or as much as you need. Your first step is to reach out to our team. You can stop by our showroom at 105 S State Street in Geneseo, IL Monday-Fridays from 9am to 5pm or on Saturdays from 9am to noon. For your best experience, we recommend making an appointment.  You can do this by calling ahead at (309) 944-1344 or completing the short online form found here on our website. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on.