This week’s featured project is located at a new home built in Andalusia, IL by Hazelwood Homes. Kitchen design in the Midwest is trending toward open, airy, and inviting spaces. This layout and selection of materials is a perfect way to showcase a Transitional style with some farmhouse details.
A U-shape layout with a large single-level island. The walls are open and airy with just windows, a wood hood, and floating shelves. The other wall is home to the taller elements. A double-oven cabinet, refrigerator, and pantry area complete the U-shape. But that’s not just a pantry cabinet…
…it’s a walk-through pantry front! This design gives the solid look of a cabinet custom fit to the wall in the kitchen. When the doors open, it reveal a walk-in pantry area that turns back behind the refrigerator space. So when seeing this beautiful open and airy look, don’t worry about the lack of wall cabinet storage. The huge pantry area provides so much shelf space!
What a stunning look! The customer arranged to have rustic wood surround the back of the kitchen island and the floating shelves in the same wood look perfect! We love the pairing of a smooth, solid finish painted cabinet with rustic details. The knotty wood adds character and texture to the space.
There is so much to be said about being able to design a single-level kitchen island without a sink or cooktop in it. Just think of how many times in the last few Holiday weeks that you wished you had a large surface for working on. Cookie decorating, gift-wrapping, and serving food would all be amazing on this large island surface. There is even an overhang for counter-height seating.
Engineered Quartz in the “Carrara Grigio” color gives the look of a marble with the maintenance-free appeal. A classic and durable choice. The floating shelves and clear glass island pendants help keep the kitchen walls feeling open and airy. Another player in this is the custom wood hood above the cooktop.
We can create wood hoods to pair with any kitchen style. From simple and clean-lined looks like this, to ornate and decorative options. We have them all! Plus you can fit the interior of these hood with blower inserts of many types. You can customize your power and exhaust options all concealed within and the look is great!
The cabinets in this kitchen are a great new neutral option from our Koch line of cabinetry. The “Taupe” painted finish has been applied to a paint-grade maple in the Seneca door. The flooring this this kitchen is from our LW Mountain line. It is an Acacia handscraped engineered wood in a “Natural” finish. Ready to get started on your own dream kitchen like this? Your first step is to reach out. Our staff can walk you through the Village Home Stores process. Building a new home, or remodeling the one you are in? Either way we are your expert team! Contact us today by calling (309) 944-1344 or submit a message to ushere online. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!
So what is black and white and gold all over? This perfectly on-trend kitchen remodel in Coal Valley, IL. A Transitional style space that is tasteful and right on trend! We originally met with this customer about estimating design and materials for her brand new home. Instead she ended up finding a great existing home opportunity in Coal Valley, IL. She then began working with us to remodel this home completely to now reflect her own taste and personality.
The home was in great shape and already had a very functional layout to work with. The 1990’s finishes however, were ready for an update. Medium Oak cabinetry, laminate counters, and beige paint graces every room. Here is a peek at the original kitchen that included a peninsula and white appliances. There was already a space adjacent to the kitchen for a dining area.
This customer worked closely with a team from Village Home Stores and her own contractors to take the 90’s property not only up to date… but magazine cover worthy! When you work with Village Home Stores, part of our process is to present you with full color renderings of your designs. This is our process whether you are building or remodeling. In a remodel of this size, the renderings help to visualize the shift of the entire style of a home. Seeing the vision in a rendering helps out so much! Our experts work with you to make sure the complete design and all the selections within it will work perfectly AND reflect your own tastes. In this case, the tastes of our client were sophisticated and stylish!
Two-tone kitchen design has seen some major shifts over the past few years. Originally, the most comfortable way to two-tone a kitchen design has been to add a second finish to a freestanding kitchen island. A refreshing new approach has been to install a dark base cabinet and a lighter upper cabinet in a design. We see this with darker graphite grays, blacks, and even navy blue. Painted black and white cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the “Savannah” door is complimented with a Cararra Marble backsplash in a herringbone pattern. A single-level island in the center of the design seemed to almost appear to be wrapped in ribbon. That ribboned look is a waterfalling quartz installation. Hanstone quartz “Tranquility” is installed as the island countertop and the perimeter is a solid white “Royale Blanc” design.
With the peninsula now removed, that left plenty of room for a large island to stretch the full length of the kitchen. A Microwave drawer by Sharp® is at the center with a large drawer below. The microwave is surrounded by wide drawer stacks and added storage and a pullout waste basket on the end near the sink. Cascading/waterfalling your countertops could become the jaw-dropping statement-maker you are looking for! We recently installed our new front desk area to include multiple waterfall counters and all of our showroom guest love the look. See those tops here in a past blog post.
With the quartz counters “wrapping” each end of the island, that doesn’t leave a great space to include an outlet. A large island like this in a great room space demands entertaining guest. Can’t you just picture this place full for a Holiday get-together? Power is needed for small appliances or even charging electronics when working from the island seating. We concealed the outlet right on the end beneath the decorative corner detail. The matte black outlet and cover blend perfectly. The kitchen island seats four and the nearby Dining area can accommodate more formal Dining guests. A 6-light gold orb fixture by Quorum hangs above the large dining table.
Not only did this client have a very clear idea of her own personal style, she was incredibly organized with her inspirations! If you are dreaming of a new kitchen but know it will be a few years down the road, start honing your own tastes and inspirations now! Not only did this client come to us with a contagious enthusiasm, she also came with binders full of ripped out magazine photos, Pinterest boards, and even Houzz ideabooks. The open shelf wall of her design came inspired by an instagram post by Kristin on the Bliss at Home blog.
We think this corner of the kitchen design is such a beautiful way to add a space to personalize and customize the kitchen throughout the year. The Cararra Marble herringbone backsplash tile is installed from countertop to ceiling. This tile from Epic Stone adds texture and detail without being a distraction or too busy. Marble cut into small tiles provides a timeless tone-on-tone look.
The gold shelf brackets are just one of the many gold accents throughout the space. The custom shelves are an Oak wood that has been charred. Charred or blackened wood accents are beginning to become a huge home accessories trend and we love introducing this look into the kitchen. The Japanese charred wood technique is calledShou Sugi Banor Yakisugi.
The charred wood compliments the Black painted base cabinets so well and adds another unique texture to the design. The finishes are not the only thing that saw an update. Our adorne® collection of outlets and switches from legrand® add fuction and style to the space. Take a look at this great pop-out outlet below the open shelves.
Power when needed and concealed and stylish when not in use. Plus this single outlet packs a lot of power. This single pop-out includes 4 outlets! A brushed gold kitchen faucet adds another place for that pop of gold accent. This faucet also has a pull-out spray wand.
Selecting a accent color is only half of the process of executing it well. Accenting is all about balancing scale and locations of your colors. This kitchen includes pops of gold found in the lighting, hardware, and accessories. The underside of the kitchen island pendants give a peek-a-boo approach to the accent. These pendants are named “Placuna” and come from our Uttermost line.
Due to the large size of the new kitchen window, a single light wouldn’t seem appropriate. Two 10″ wide Kichler “Maclain” pendants hang framing in the sink area. The same legrand series that makes the pop-out outlet mentioned above also offers a modular undercabinet system. This unique system of lighting, outlets, and electronic docking accessories can be customized and changed to accommodate the kitchen needs.
All of the outlet and USB boxes can be pulled and moved to other locations. There are also bluetooth speaker inserts and accessories like this tablet dock. The look is sleek and best of all?, it allows your backsplash tile to spread the full height without being disrupted or distracted by an outlet. For kitchens including a full-height stone or quartz backsplash this system can really be a fantastic solution!
The painted black cabinets from the bases of the kitchen design are repeated in the taller elements of the kitchen. This looks especially stunning because of the new appliances included from KitchenAid®. A french door counter-depth refrigerator and double wall oven have been built-in to a painted black cabinet surround. The appliances are in the innovative and stylish Black Stainless Steel finish by KitchenAid®. This finish is a true Stainless Steel and the fingerprint-resistant finish creates a matte black look that pairs perfectly with this cabinet choice.
Black Stainless appliances are accented with chrome and Stainless details. This makes them pair well with other metal finishes in a complete design. This kitchen includes a Stainless cooktop and microwave drawer. The kitchen faucet and lighting above the sink are also a brushed golden finish that helps to compliment the stainless texture of the appliances. See another great example of mixed metals including Black Stainless here in a past blog post.
Of course any dream kitchen must include storage wish-list cabinets. Slide-out shelves, post and pans drawers, and a pull-out spice rack are among some of the inserts included in the design. We love how keeping the darker finish on the base cabinets helps to keep the overall space light and airy.
Village Home Stores also offers a full line of custom blinds and shades for your home. This wide new kitchen window has been fit with our Oxford House® “Transitions” shade. While being operated the wide, horizontal stripes overlap to offer an open or closed look even when the shade is down. The shade is the “Dixie White” finish.
All of this rests on a stunning new Luxury Vinyl Tile (or L.V.T.) from our Fusion Hybrid collection. The gray woodgrain pattern is named “Dutch Pine”. This LVT is installed throughout the great room. See more detailed photos of this kitchen plus some of the other space in this remodeled home here over on our award-winning Houzz page.
When we went to visit this finished kitchen to photograph it we noticed a little dish by the kitchen sink. It has a gold-winged flying pig attached to it. The client quickly said “Oh that? My friends and I always joked I would get the dream kitchen I had been planning in my head for year when pigs fly” Well don’t look now but there is a flying pig in her kitchen because it has happened! Have you seen your dream kitchen on Instagram or Pinterest? How about the cover of a magazine while waiting in a grocery line? Even television shows and movies can provide us inspiration for our own dream spaces. Start collecting your ideas now and contact us as soon as you are ready to start the conversation about your own dream kitchen. Simplycomplete this online formor call us at (309) 944-1344 to schedule an appointment. We think we see a pig flying outside your current kitchen window. It’s time.