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Showroom Updates 2017: First Impressions

We are beyond thrilled to share our 2017 showroom updates with you here on the blog! Village Home Stores has a lot of great things planned as we move into 2017. This showroom update is a significant start! We have purchased a third storefront and added 1,200 sq. ft. of space for a brand new lighting showroom. We will show you are that complete lighting space and our remodel process later this week. Let’s begin today with a tour of our brand new front reception area:
New front desk area at Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

As our business continues to grow, we have changed and adapted our customer experience so that every person that visits our store leaves feeling glad they came. Our entire showroom now is over 9,000 sq. ft. that’s a lot of product and space all in one location! You will now enter the center door off of State Street and be greeted and guided by Therese. That’s Therese in the photo above, look how happy she looks in her new desk area! She creates all of our beautiful full-color renderings for our Kitchen & Bath Design customers. She will now be the first smiling face you see whether you are shopping for a single lightbulb, a full appliances package, or an entire home of products. The back wall of this new reception area is easily one of our favorite new areas of our entire showroom. Layers of texture and a variety of materials make a big first impression.
DuChateau Wood panels in the Kaudra style and Brown Ask finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

Have you seen our new signage inside the store? It looks so amazing day and night! We gave the folks at ItsaSchmollworld our logo and they gave us this incredible metal sign! We installed it over a Dahltile Limestone named Martinique Arctic Gray. The logo is back-lit with our Diode LED lighting system.
New Village Home Stores sign made by itsaschmollworld lit with our low-voltage Diode LED lighting system. | VillageHomeStores.comOne of best benefits of using our Diode LED lighting to back-light this sign is the fact that it is low-voltage. That means we can leave this sign lit all day and all night and use very little energy for the bold statement it makes. See for yourself how amazing this back wall looks in the evening when you are passing the store. The pendant lighting flanking the logo is another  great element to the finished design.
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These pendants are from our ELK Lighting line. The series is named Gramercy. We love the schoolhouse shape to the glass and the brushed finish pairs perfect with the metal logo sign on the same wall. The wood panels behind each pendant are a unique new product we have just launched, DuChateau wall coverings. These panels are from the Kaudra series in the Brown Ash finish. We are so excited to has access to this great new product! Consider these wall coverings for a fireplace wall or as an accent wall in a Master Bedroom. Below is a moodboard of the variety of finishes included in this new front desk:
Front reception desk finishes at Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Brushed Bronze handles from our Top Knobs line add a warm matte-finish gold look which is right on trend for our industry. Two finishes and styles of DuraSupreme Cabinetry have been included in this desk design. Gray Painted cabinets in the Middleton doorstyle and paint called Moonstone. The warm gray/bronze laminated cabinets are the Talia Horizontal style in a finish named Wired Bronze. Many times the countertops selected can easily become overpowered by everything else in a complete look. These Cambria Quartz tops in the Seagrove design wrap just about every available remaining surface and command your attention!
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This installation technique is called a “Waterfall” edge. Cambria seems to spring up from the floor, wrap the cabinets and desk surfaces and cascade back down again seamlessly. The front face of the desk includes a recessed area of paneling that repeats the Wired Bronze finish from the back wall of cabinetry.
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All of this sits atop a new floor from our Marazzi line. This is a wood-look porcelain tile that will be a durable and stylish choice to hold up to the high-traffic area of the showroom. This 6″ x 36″ tile is from the American Estates series in the Natural color. If you want the look of wood but a durable and easy to clean surface, ask one of our flooring experts at Village about a wood-look tile.
Wood look Marazzi tile from American Estates series an Natural color. | VillageHomeStores.comWe have loved showing you around this beautiful new space online but as you can imagine, it makes an even better first impression in person! Your best experience with our store if you are working on a project begins with an appointment. That being said, you do not need an appointment or and excuse to stop by, look around and say hello! Consider this your open invitation. If you are ready to get started on a project with us contact us online by completing the short form at this link or call us at (309) 944-1344. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!
Phone number for Village Home Stores in downtown Geneseo, IL (309) 944-1344

Geneseo, IL- Kitchen Remodel With White Paint and Black Island

gray glazeNot every kitchen we remodel is a totally gutted space during the process. Our latest featured kitchen remodel is a wonderful example of a total transformation without removing any wall soffits or even replacing the flooring.
White kitchen cabinets with gray glaze. | VillageHomeStores.com

If it isn’t broke…well you know where we are headed. Many times your brand new dream kitchen isn’t about a re-worked design, it is about updates. In this Geneseo, IL home the original L-shaped kitchen layout and appliance locations already worked well for the homeowners. Nothing changed in location in the new kitchen from the original. While the layout didn’t change much, the new kitchen installed is quite an upgrade from the original.

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The original Oak cabinetry and laminate counters came from our store years ago when the home was built. Below is a shot of the project in progress. The new island will be located in the same location but will be slightly larger. Also getting an upgrade in size are all of the wall cabinets in the new kitchen. You can see that the new cabinets will stretch all of the way to the ceiling once the crown molding is installed.
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Those new wall cabinets are now taller (more storage) and the doors are a 30/70 style (more stylish). Ordering tall wall cabinets in a “30/70 Split” configuration just refers to the breakdown of the center panels. The top 30% section can make a great location for adding glass to a cabinet door creating a clerestory look.
White kitchen cabinets with gray "Smoke" highlights. | VillageHomeStores.com

kitchen_colorsLook how much brighter and upscale this space is now! Koch painted “White” cabinetry with a “Smoke” highlight have replaced the original Oak cabinets on the perimeter of the kitchen. “Tundra” quartz counters add character but a consistent pattern of colors to blend with the cabinets and new glass subway tiles in a color called “Buff.” Now that the entire kitchen perimeter is much brighter and reaches to the ceiling with the white cabinetry, a bolder island selection was made. To anchor the area visually a “Black” painted cabinet with the same quartz countertop has been installed.
Black kitchen island. | VillageHomeStores.com

Because the kitchen is part of one large open concept that includes the Dining and Living Rooms, the island panel treatment needed to look great. This kitchen island can be seen from many areas of the home. Now that it is this dark finish, your eye is naturally drawn to this island. In place of a smooth painted panel, beadboard has been installed on the back side that faces the Living Room.
Black painted kitchen island. | VillageHomeStores.com

Glass subway tile ideas for the kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.comThe customer selected stools with a bold red leather and we love how they pop out against the painted paneling. The new glass tile backsplash is a classic and neutral selection. Knowing how to “end” or “cap off” a backsplash tile can be difficult. Our expert sales staff works closely with the installers for your project to design the layout of your project to be sure all materials are on hand for installation and the finished results are just right. For this application, in place of a bullnose or metal “schluter strip” a pencil rail was used. This thin strip of matching glass tile covers the exposed/cut ends of the tiles and helps create a clean end to the backsplash.
Stainless Steel undermount kitchen sink. | VillageHomeStores.com

One of the best features of installing a quartz countertop is replacing your sink with an under-mounted model. Under-mount sinks make cleaning up a breeze. Wipe messes and even spills right into the sink with no sink ridge or edge to block you from that clean swipe. Of course, the storage was upgraded in the cabinets that replaced the original kitchen.
Corner kitchen lazy susan cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

A corner lazy susan cabinet was installed in the base cabinetry. This particular susan cabinet has a fixed center shelf with rotating susans mounted onto the shelf and lower floor of the cabinet. What does this mean for the owners? No lost items falling off into the back corner.
Corner lazy susan wall cabinet in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

The corner wall cabinet above also is fit with a lazy susan insert. Nothing is out of reach in this cabinet. The kitchen appliances remained in the original locations. The new kitchen design does allow added space surrounding the existing refrigerator for a larger model when they are ready to replace this unit.
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We love how this Geneseo kitchen was totally transformed just by upgrading to new materials. This project was completed using the Complete Project Management Program here at Village Home Stores. While we don’t want to share this customer’s budget with you publicly, we do want to mention the pricetag for this transformation might delight you. Village Home Stores has access to so many lines of product and our expert design staff is here to work with whatever your budget is to get you your dream kitchen. Call or contact us online today to make an appointment to start your project with us. We are experts of kitchen remodeling in Davenport, IA.
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Geneseo Remodel: Shine Bright

Village Home Stores kitchen blogYou may be picking up on the theme of our last three featured kitchens here on the blog, beautiful backsplashes! It just happens to be a coincidence that they all have shared this common feature. The backsplash in this Geneseo, IL home steals your attention right away so we wanted to begin our story here.

Mosaic tile backsplash. | VillageHomeStores.comThis “Cappuccino Linear” tile from our Pietra Art collection is a showstopper in person! You can find the most beautiful tile like this for your kitchen backsplash but installing that only gets you halfway to a “wow” finished look like this. Why invest in such a gorgeous tile if you have no way to illuminate the look and all of your new surfaces? The wash of light from our Diode L.E.D. lighting system is what makes this main wall of cabinetry look so stunning!

diode_LEDThis system is energy-efficient, low-profile, and long-lasting. It may seem like we mention this lighting everytime we show you a beautiful backsplash but that is because they are meant to work together.  Kitchens like the one featured in the blog post here would be hard to imagine without this lighting system.  The way to shine bright and really show off your great tile is by also installing this L.E.D. system.  See a short clip on it here over on our YouTube page. Now, on to this full remodel story.

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Kitchen_Design_quad_citiesThe original kitchen was made up of the main sink wall shown here and a second area for the range and a small microwave cabinet. There are three windows and three doorways that are within this kitchen space. Usable wall space is limited because of these openings but the new design makes smarter use of what was available. The old location of the range will now become the new location for a beautiful built-in hutch area. Adding storage and a location for displaying items behind glass-front doors, this hutch also gives added counter space for food preparation and serving.

This hutch includes two fluted columns that show the black accent glaze on the Birch “Briarwood” stained cabinetry perfectly. These dark black highlights are a great compliment to the Cambria Quartz countertops installed in the “Blackwood” design.

hutch_in_kitchenThe new location of the range is found between the two windows facing the sink wall. This area is just the right size for the range and a small amount of landing space on either side.

rangeNot only have we added counterspace but storage above and below with cabinetry on a previously unused wall in the original kitchen. The main storage in this new kitchen is found on the sink wall.mainThe sink is at the center of your attention and the backsplash and lighting we mentioned earlier are what bring your attention there. With no window above the sink, the designer instead created interest with varied heights and depths of cabinetry. At the very end of this wall of cabinetry sits the refrigerator. This is a great opportunity to point out the depth of this model.

refrigeratorWhen you shop for a new refrigerator from Village Home Stores one of our first questions may be what depth you are needing. This means we are curious if a “standard depth” model would work in your space or is a “counter-depth” model needed because of space limitations or just aesthetic reasons.  The standard depth model works well here because there is plenty of space to move around in front to the unit in this kitchen design. We have even surrounded this refrigerator with a few extra things to help give it as built-in of a look as possible. Notice the panels on each side and even undercabinet molding above to add to the finished look of this area.

woodsVillage Home Stores and Durian Builders did a number of things to this space to update it and give it a great look. Each of the windows was trimmed out with new casing stained to match the cabinetry. The doorways were also given new trim and the two new doors within the new kitchen were installed as well all to give one clean, consistent finish throughout.

A maple hardwood from our Paramount line in the “Burlap” finish was the perfect selection with the cabinetry and trim finishes.  One of the other major updates was made to the ceiling of this Geneseo kitchen.

ceilingA grid drop-ceiling that included panels and lighting was removed and a new plaster ceiling was put up. This entire kitchen remodel was completed with our full Project Management program here at Village Home Stores.  Everything from estimates to scheduling was managed from start to finish by our team which left the owners of this new kitchen with nothing to worry about (except welcoming a new grandbaby during the process Congratulations!). If you are interested in starting the conversation about your own kitchen or bathroom remodel call 309-944-1344 or click today. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on! Geneseo_tile_installer

Moline- Mythbusting Remodel Project

Moline_remodelNot every remodel project we take on involves a full dumpster of old cabinets and drywall. Many of the kitchen transformations that happen week to week from our store involve just a few steps or stages and none of them include removing a wall of tearing out soffits. Not every project or budget allows for such an involved process. Truth be told, not every customer wants to go through the “full” remodel process. This remodeled kitchen in Moline is a perfect example.

Moline_kitchen_remodelThe layout of the existing kitchen worked well for this family but they were in need of an updated look without a huge mess. Many of our blog readers can relate to an existing Oak kitchen that just looks tired and ready for a change. Let us walk you through what we did to help this Moline couple get the finished look you see above. First a brand new kitchen island was installed from our Dura Supreme line.

new_island_frontThe cabinets are built from a Knotty Alder wood and finished in a “Peppercorn” stain. Many times customers shopping for an island think there are set standard sizes and styles of island cabinets. That is not the case. We can design a kitchen island to be perfect for your exact space and needs.

new_island_backThis island consists of just three base cabinets, paneling, and trim. Your designer from Village Home Stores can help you decide what cabinets would be perfect for your island. In this case, two wide stacks of drawers on the interior were included for a lot of added storage. Outlets were also included on each end of the island to make prep and entertaining easier.

TorquayNew countertops are the second element that went into this kitchen remodel. Cambria Quartz now covers the entire perimeter of the kitchen as well as the new island all in the “Torquay” design. A standard “Eased” edge profile was used. Anytime you are investing in replacement countertops it is an ideal time to replace your kitchen sink and faucet as well. How beautiful is this new sink?

truffleWe have installed a number of this new finish of sink by Blanco called “Truffle”.  The color is a perfect neutral taupe and pairs well with Stainless, Pewter, and Oil-Rubbed Bronze faucet finishes. The layout of this undermount sink is a 60/40 divided space.

iPad_in_kitchenThere is no Cambria backsplash installed so that the full 18″ from counter to cabinet can be filled with a beautiful new backsplash. A warm and bright “Calacatta Gold” 1″ x 2″ backsplash tile surrounds the kitchen. and even extends up around the window trim and end wall.

diodeThis remodeled Moline kitchen is another classic example of how our Diode under-cabinet lighting system can make a gigantic impact on your new space. These photographs were taken during the day but you can still see just how much of a showcase it puts the new backsplash on. Just take a look at our last feature kitchen to see another example of this incredible lighting system.

new_susanWhile this may look like a brand new kitchen the original Oak perimeter cabinetry was painted to give it a fresh new look. We also installed a brand new lazy susan in the existing corner cabinet of the kitchen. By painting the cabinets, replacing the counters, and installed a new island and backsplash this kitchen looks completely new!

undermount_sinkDoes your dream kitchen seem like only a few steps away? You don’t have to take a sledgehammer to your space to end up with a beautiful new kitchen and this Moline home is the perfect example.  Call Village Home Stores today or email us here  to set up an appointment to make your dream kitchen a reality.phone_number