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Hazelwood Homes- An Inset Instant Classic in Geneseo, IL

How can something so new already be an instant classic? Even though this Geneseo, IL home built recently by Hazelwood Homes is brand new, the look is classic. How do you achieve classic status right away? By selecting details and materials that all lend themselves to a polished, classic look without a date or trend attached to it. Take a look and see what we mean:
Kitchen in a home built by Hazelwood Homes including Dura Supreme inset cabinets and Cambria counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

Nothing about this finished space waves a flag with a year or a single trend on it. There is nothing more universally classic than a clean, white painted kitchen. With tastes and trends varying all across the country a white painted kitchen remains something we can all agree on. This Geneseo, IL family takes the look to the next level by selecting added details you will love.
White inset doors and subway tile for a classic modern farmhouse look. Expert design and material selection for your new home. | VillageHomeStores.com

Painted white cabinetry from our Dura Supreme line in the “Arcadia” door and inset construction is paired with a classic white 3″ x 6″ subway tile backsplash. The tile is from our Rittenhouse line and the “Arctic White” color is in a soft matte finish. The hardwood flooring in this great room space is gorgeous. Casa Bella’s “Baroque Oak” series in the “Marche” finish has such a depth of colors and the look is beautiful. Two countertop materials have been included in this kitchen design. The main perimeter of the kitchen has Cambria Quartz counters in the Torquay design. The polished quartz tops are a great contrast to the matte finish wall tiles. A Stainless Steel appliance suite from our KitchenAid® line looks right at home in the space. This 36″ KitchenAid® Dual Fuel 6-burner range is a hard-working investment for this kitchen.
Kitchen in a home built by Hazelwood Homes including KitchenAid appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

With 5.1 cu. ft. total capacity and EasyConvect™ Conversion features, this range is commercial in style but easy to use. The immediate control of a gas cooktop and the consistent and efficient use of convection cooking. This range is enviable to any serious home chef but not intimidating to frozen pizza connoisseurs. Two pendants from the Feiss “Harrow” series hang above the large kitchen island. The Oil Rubbed Bronze finish is a great compliment to the dark granite top below and seeded glass gives a New Traditional look to a classic style.
Large kitchen island with brushed granite counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

The main focal point of this kitchen is the island itself. In a close second for your attention is the range and hood wall of cabinetry. A wood hood has been ordered from Dura Supreme to match the surrounding cabinetry. A beautiful mantle shelf has been applied for a classic detail and location for seasonal decor, leaning artwork, or left clear as shown.
Kitchen in a home built by Hazelwood Homes including Dura Supreme cabinets. | VillageHomeStores.com

A bold eye-catching contrast to the white kitchen is found in the large island counter. A “Black Pearl” granite top is large in size and includes an undermounted farm sink. This dark top is a bold statement but take note of another material selection detail in the granite’s finish… it isn’t polished! In place of a dark, high-gloss polished granite top the “brushed” finish has been selected. This allows the natural stone to give the look of a soapstone or slate style and texture. The installed look is softer and less formal in appearance. A slight arc has been included on the overhang of the island. This end is now ready to accommodate counter-height stools for seating in the new kitchen.
Kitchen in a home built by Hazelwood Homes including Dura Supreme inset cabinets and brushed finish granite. | VilageHomeStores.com

A detail that may go unnoticed at first glance is the style of cabinetry in this kitchen. The doors themselves are a very transitional flat-panel construction.  The detail we are speaking of is how they are not resting atop of the cabinet face frame. Instead these cabinets have been ordered in an “inset” construction. This look has been around as long as cabinet furniture-making has been. Many old homes include built-in cabinets with this same inset door concept. The next time you are near an antique piece of furniture there is a very high chance that you will find the doors are also inset. The cabinet and door all sits flush with the frame of the cabinet and this design choice takes a basic white kitchen and transforms it into an instant classic! Inset cabinetry can be ordered with a hidden hinge (like shown here) or an exposed barrel hinge. Click here to see a past kitchen feature on the blog that showcases the exposed hinge look on an inset door.
Kitchen island detail. | VillageHomeStores.com

Did you know that according to a recent Houzz survey on 2017 trends in the industry we spend nearly 3 hours a day on average in our kitchens? Yes we are socializing and entertaining but we are also many times reading, working from home, or even just watching TV. In a kitchen this stunning it would be a shame to clutter up the countertops with a TV. That is why a space was designated for a small television right above the refrigerator. With this kitchen already including inset doors, adding pocket door hardware that allows the doors to roll into the cabinet box makes the screen visible from anywhere in the kitchen without a door to block the view.
TV hidden in kitchen above refrigerator. | VillageHomeStores.com

See the full album of photos from this completed kitchen here on our award-winning Houzz page. There you can save inspiring images and collaborate with your Village Home Stores team in ideabooks using this beautiful new kitchen as inspiration. Be sure to check out Hazelwood Homes who have provided a quality building experience to fit into any budget since 1971. Don’t forget that our New Construction customers can take advantage of our Exclusive Bundle Program. On top of our Low Price Guarantee, your purchases throughout our store bundle together to get you free lighting for your new home! Find out more about this program here. Planning on building soon? Contact us today or stop in to learn more about our process. (309) 944-1344.
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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

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Davenport, IA- Warm Cherry Cabinets and Large Black Painted Island

This Davenport, IA kitchen has been completely remodeled to extend its footprint into a nearby dining room. There is now plenty of space for a long L-shaped layout with a large island. Warm Cherry cabinetry from our DuraSupreme line has been installed in the full-overlay  “Kendall” doorstyle and “Clove” finish. A “Black” painted island in the same raised-panel doorstyle offers a bold contrast to the kitchen cabinets and new LVT White Oak flooring.
DuraSupreme's Cherry Clove finish and painted black island. | VillageHomeStores.com

With the removal of a wall that divided the original kitchen from the dining room taken out, there is now plenty of space for a large kitchen island. The new island measures over 8 feet in length and includes large drawer storage and doors that open to reveal slide-out shelves within. Press play below to watch this entire remodel story unfold on Season 2 Episode 6 of the Village Home Show.

This episode of our show helps to walk you through the entire remodel process from start to finish with us. We often share just the before and after parts of a remodel story… but that is not the whole story at all! This episode allows us to return to the jobsite while the real work is happening. With our show, we are able to give you access to more of the entire story that went behind the beautiful finished kitchen tours we share here on the blog. Take a look at the before and after images from this kitchen below highlighting how much more cabinet space is now available with the center wall removed.Davenport kitchen before and after remodel. | VillageHomeStores.com

Because it can now stretch into the original dining room area, this new kitchen design is nearly double what it once was. There is even an area remaining for a casual dining space with 4 chairs. Just because we have absorbed the original dining room as part of the new kitchen, doesn’t mean this home is left without one. An adjacent front room has now been claimed as the new formal dining room area. The before and after image below shows the view into the new kitchen from this new front room dining area. Dining room becomes part of kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

The window that now sits above the sink was far to low in the original dining room to accommodate a kitchen beneath it. A new window was installed at a taller height and now instead of looking up to a pass-through, the sink user gets a beautiful view! The cabinetry surrounding the new kitchen window has been finished with raised-panel ends for an added design detail. Can lighting is concealed behind a matching cherry valance and a cherry dustcover on the ceiling completes this look.
Kitchen remodel from Village Home Stores featuring Fairborne Cambria Quartz tops and travertine tile. | VillageHomeStores.com

Beautiful Cambria® Quartz counters in the “Fairborne” design are installed in a standard “Eased” edge profile. A Tumbled Travertine tiled backsplash is a perfect match in tone adding a new texture against the smooth, polished quartz tops. A 50/50 well sink by Blanco in the “Biscotti” finish has been undermounted to the quartz.
DuraSupreme's Cherry Clove finish on a wood hood surround. | VillageHomeStores.com

The remodel process with Village Home Stores doesn’t begin on that first demo day. Your remodel starts with us in the store during the designing and material selection phases of your project. A wood hood look like the one shown above begins as a full-color rendered design you can see in your first presentation from our store. Renderings help you get a better vision for the finished space including the materials you have selected.
Kitchen Design Centers servicing Davenport, IA | VillageHomeStores.com

As you will see in the episode, there are plenty of specialty cabinets within this kitchen design. Dura Supreme offers a wide variety of pull-out options including knife blocks, spice racks, and this towel bar cabinet. Keep cleaning supplies accessible but separate from food with one of these unique specialty cabinets. This towel cabinet also works great in a bathroom or laundry room design.
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Surrounding the refrigerator is a tall pantry cabinet that has been fit with adjustable slide-out shelving. There is a built-in pantry storage area on the end of the kitchen that is not shown in these images. That pantry can now be used for household items and food storage can be exclusively in this tall unit adjacent to the refrigerator.
Pantry with slideout shelves in DuraSupreme kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

The tall pantry is capped off with an open shelf cabinet that faces those entering from the garage-entry end of the kitchen. Applied doors have been attached to the end of this cabinet to sit flush with the pantry doors and customize the look. The shelves can be used to display seasonal decor, cookbooks, or decorative dishes. This design also works well on the end of an island as we have shown in this Moline kitchen tour.
Open shelving at the end of cabinetry run. | VillageHomeStores.com

Has this remodel story got you excited about the possibilities in your own home? Are you ready to start your own before and after story with us? Browse the full album of photos from this project over on our award-winning Houzz page by clicking this link. If you are ready to start the conversation about your project with Village Home Stores contact us today! Reach us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this online contact form and a member of our team will get in touch with you to get started. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on.
Cambria Quartz dealer for Davenport, IA | VillageHomeStores.com

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Trending: Kitchen and Bath Trends For 2016/2017

A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of getting an invite to a Tastemakers Tea to meet, mingle and discuss trends throughout the Home Decor, Fashion, and Floral industries. These industries are closely knit when it comes to trend and color forecasting. Materials, color palettes, and details all pour over into the Kitchen and Bath industry.  Village Home Stores offers expert design and material selection for your new or remodeled home. We strive to be thought-leaders in out industry and always keep our eyes and ears on what is trending so that we can keep the perfect products available for our customers.

Summer into Fall Floral from Designs on the Boulevard | photo by Sarah Sunstrom Photography

Summer into Fall floral by Designs on the Boulevard. Photo by Sarah Sunstrom Photography

We understand that a kitchen design is far more permanent of a decision than purchasing a statement necklace or floral arrangements for your next event but each of these purchases reflect your personal taste. Your personal taste is such an important thing and every bit of your home should reflect it. So much of what we learned at this Tastemakers Tea translates directly into what we are seeing in the Kitchen & Bath industry! Here are 5 trends that we know you can put into play right now for your kitchen or bath design in 2016/2017:

Include Natural Items:

Natural items such as marble, granite, or woodgrain are not just limited to the “permanent” items in your kitchen.

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Natural Stone Canisters and Horn Decor from Katsch. Photo by Sarah Sunstrom Photography

Fall is the perfect time to begin to bring the outdoors in with your home accents. The canisters shown above are made from a gorgeous marble and that horn? it’s a bottle opener that you will never have to go searching for because it is cool enough to leave out layered as part of your look. As you prepare to entertain for these Autumn weeks ahead consider giving your kitchen a whole new look by swapping out that accessories layer in the space. If your kitchen is looking tired, clear everything off of the counters and shelves and challenge yourself to try a new look. You will be amazing at what a new rug or set of canisters can do to jump-start this process.

Mix Metals:

Nervous about this trend of mixing metals? Kitchen accessories and wall art are the perfect way to dip your toe in and test the waters.

Copper Canisters from mabel. in Geneseo, IL. | photo by Sarah Sunstrom Photography

Copper Canisters from mabel. in Geneseo, IL. Photo by Sarah Sunstrom Photography

Copper is a fantastic Fall color and it happens to look right “at home” in the kitchen. These vintage canisters from mabel. in Geneseo, IL would pair up quite nicely with the marble set shown above. Mixing metals with other textures can be fun. If you are ready to dive into a more exciting look in mixed metals, your designer at Village Home Stores is ready to help you balance and visualize the finished space. Take a look at this kitchen featured recently on the blog. Black Stainless Steel mixed with Stainless and Copper finishes. | VillageHomeStores.com

This completed look is polished and complete and includes 4 metals finishes in the design! KitchenAid’s Black Stainless and Standard Stainless Steel appliances are paired with Hammered Copper sinks and Oil -Rubbed Bronze faucets. See the complete album of photos from this project here on our Houzz.com page.

Go Gray:

Gray continues to become the new neutral choice all across the board. We were gracious to attend Dura Supreme’s Design Symposium again this year and many of the trends they spoke of last year were still atop the list for 2016/2017.  Last year we blogged on how Gray is here to stay. Take note that this “trend” is one worth your consideration for your kitchen or bath project because it is forecasted to stay on point for the next 5-8 years.Decorative end panel on the end of a kitchen peninsula. | VillageHomeStores.com

At Dura Supreme’s Design Symposium we were shown a beautiful new finish combination that really reflects the direction of the Modern Farmhouse look that is evolving into a very polished concept. The “Farmhouse” look is no longer limited to a barn door and an apron-front sink. The polished Modern Farmhouse look has evolved to include many of the trends we are touching on in this post including warmer grays, natural details, and mixed metals.

Dura Supreme Hickory Morel finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

Dura Supreme Hickory Morel finish available at Village Home Stores.

The “Morel” stain shown here on a Hickory door is a Gray/Brown Undertone finish that allows the natural characteristics of the woodgrain to show. With so many of our projects now including an accent island or cabinet in some area of the design, this wood finish is a great option. If you are considering including a “cool” or a “warm” painted finish to combine with your wood cabinetry, “Morel” pairs perfectly with each concept.

Turn Up The Heat:

So if Gray is the new neutral, what should I pair it with? Our short answer… all the things! An important point we want to make is that because we are seeing Gray used throughout the home, the “cold” and “drab” gray you are picturing is not the Gray you are after. Warmer tones of Gray are most commonly found in cabinet finishes, paint colors and home decor items. These warm Grays pair amazingly with woods ranging from light to dark.

Leather woven run from Katsch in Geneseo, IL. | VillageHomeStores.com

Desmond the Dachshund models a leather woven rug from Katsch.

Selecting warmer Grays and pairing with a rich woodtone also lends itself to including many of the other design trends we are suggesting. Including natural items (see our first suggestion in this post) is easy when a warm Gray is in the mix. Natural fibers and materials include a variety of colors in a piece. We snagged this great rug the day of the event from Katsch and it makes for a perfect kitchen sink rug. Natural rope is woven with Gray leather strips. It is unique, comfortable, and stylish. See more great examples of Gray used in beautiful spaces on this Pinterest Board we have curated.

Include Mirror & Glass:

Adding mirror to your space can be a real game-changer when you are looking for a whole new look. A quick change can be to swap out one piece of wall decor for a framed mirror. If your kitchen sink is not beneath a window add a mirror above your sink! This can also be a great way to play around with mixing metal finishes. Challenge yourself to choose a framed mirror different from your faucet or cabinet hardware and repeat this new metal finish someplace else in the space. We carry many framed mirror options in a variety of styles.

Swap out some artwork for a mirror in your kitchen or bath.

Swap out some artwork for a mirror in your kitchen or bath.

At the Tastemakers event we saw antique mirrors used as trays and clear glass accessories were proven to be versatile pieces you can use all year round. We recently blogged about a kitchen that included mirror inserts in place of glass and it bounced light and beautiful countryside views all around the space. A creative surface to play around with mirror is in your kitchen or bathroom tile. Stop by our showroom to see some of the many fun options we have that include mirrored accents in a variety of colors and styles.

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Mirrored tile for your kitchen or bath from Village Home Stores.

If you are wanting to give your kitchen or bath and update consider one or more of these suggestions. Many of them can be done right now possibly with items you have already! If you need some new pieces to use, shop Geneseo, IL for these great looks! If you are wanting to start completely fresh and create a space in your home on trend and complimentary of your own personal style we want to help make that happen! Contact Village Home Stores today to start the conversation about your own project. Our thanks to Katsch, Designs on the Boulevard, and mabel, for hosting the Tastemakers Tea event. The setting, the conversation, and the company was all inspiring! What a great way to kickoff this beautiful Midwest Fall Season! Village_Home_Stores

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Geneseo, IL- 5 Design Upgrades For Your Kitchen

This beautiful Geneseo, IL remodel has a lot to offer in terms of style and impact. As we take a look around we want to share with you 5 great design upgrades included in this tour that helped take this finished space to the next level. Perhaps one of these details might be right for your own kitchen remodel project.
Kitchen before and after. | VillageHomeStores.com

White painted cabinetry from our Dura Supreme line is paired with “Silver Cloud” granite tops. The cabinetry is from Dura Supreme’s  Bria series of construction. This is a full-access or a “frameless” series of cabinetry. The painted white cabinetry is such a bright and updated change from the original Oak kitchen. The ceramic tile from the original kitchen was able to stay in place because the new kitchen design worked with it.
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#1: A Full-Height Backsplash

The first design detail that truly makes a big impact in this kitchen is the installation of a full-height backsplash instead of a tiled space. With a character stone like this “Silver Cloud” granite, a full-height splash gives the opportunity to really showcase the natural veining in the slab. Shifting the beautiful pattern up to a visible, vertical plane also gives a really high-end look.
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#2: Mirrored Cabinets

The second design detail that you can include in your space is the use of mirror in place of textured glass in the upper cabinetry. This may even be an upgrade you can make in your existing cabinetry. At first glance, you may have thought these cabinets had glass in them. Take a closer look and you see reflections of the scenic views outside of the new kitchen. Including mirror in kitchens and bathrooms was an up-and-coming trend in 2015 and has been predicted to be a big trend in 2016 and beyond. The look is great but think about how clever this concept is. Nothing is visible behind the mirror! That frees up “display” type cabinets to be used for any and all categories of storage. China hutches, Master Bath linen cabinets, the list goes on of great locations that can benefit by including mirror inserts.
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#3: Designate a Drop Zone

The original kitchen footprint has been extended slightly into the casual dining area. A double wall oven from KitchenAid® has been installed for ease of use on the customer’s back. Now loading and unloading items is easy and the tall cabinet includes storage above and below the wall ovens. The double ovens are also perfect for preparing large meals during Holidays and special events. The end of this tall section of cabinetry is capped off with a tall angled end cabinet pantry. With shelving and outlets within this cabinet it is now the perfect space for a drop zone cabinet. Hidden out of sight is a charging station, calendars, mail and all kinds of items that would normally clutter up a countertop.
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#4: Upgrade A Busy Appliance

If you don’t drink coffee, why buy a french press? If you don’t bake or use your oven often, maybe pass on convection features. Our point is that you should choose areas of your kitchen to upgrade that you can continue to thank yourself for over and over. A great example is upgrading your cooktop to induction if you cook often and want the best results. This may look like a standard electric cooktop but it is actually an Induction cooktop from KitchenAid®. Induction works using electromagnetic technology. It heats the cooking vessel instead of the surface. This allows you the immediate temperature control of a gas cooktop but in a smooth electric look. The Performance Boost feature allows you to exceed the maximum heat-level setting for up to 10 minutes, perfect for rapid boiling. 
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#5 Upgrade Access

The Dura Supreme’s Bria series a frameless construction is inspired by European Cabinetry. This allows you full access to the cabinet box. No matter what cabinet line or construction your design includes, you always have the option to place drawered cabinets where doors and slideouts can also be located. Even though the footprint of this island remained the same that upgrade was made with the new island cabinetry.before after island

Now it is easy to access pots and pans and all kinds of added items within the drawers. Cabinet hardware was carefully selected to match the scale of the drawers the handles were placed on. The back of the kitchen island was also upgraded from smooth panels to custom wainscot panels. This upgrade makes a world of a difference in the finished look especially in a great room setting where the island back is highly visible.
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This new space is now bright, stylish, and makes a big impact because of the upgrades included. The full-height granite backsplash is breathtaking and including mirrors in the upper cabinets is a gorgeous look. Extending the cabinetry to include wall ovens and a pantry/drop zone allowed an easier oven experience and the new cooking zone has an incredible Induction cooktop. Specialty cabinet inserts were also included and an appliance garage in the kitchen corner keeps the counter from small appliance clutter. There is so much to love about this space.
White painted kitchen with full height granite backsplash. | VillageHomeStores.com

We included a full video tour of this finished space in a recent episode of the Village Home Show. In that tour, we give a detailed look at induction features and benefits. Press play below to watch it.

If you would like to see the full album of photos from this remodel be sure to check out our portfolio of work over on Houzz.com. Access the project album here at this link. Houzz is a fantastic way to organize your ideas when researching for your kitchen or bath project with Village Home Stores. Any inspiration you can share with our team helps us get you your dream space. Ready to start the conversation about your own project? Your first step is reach out for an appointment. Give us a call at (309) 944-1344 or contact us online here on our website. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on. We were thrilled to include this kitchen in the second season of our TV Show The Village Home Show and thank these Geneseo, IL customers for their business and for inviting you in to see the finished space.
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Davenport, IA Remodel: Upgraded and Accessible.

This Davenport, IA kitchen has received a whole new look! The entire remodel process was managed from start to finish with the Complete Project Management Program at Village Home Stores. Upgraded layout features and a stunning selection of materials, welcome to our latest featured kitchen remodel…
Davenport, IA remodeled kitchen with grey cabinets and Stainless appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

Knotty Alder cabinetry from our Dura Supreme line has been stained in the “Cashew” finish. The “Arcadia” doors have received a “Coffee” glaze to help accent the door details and rustic features of the Knotty Alder. A sophisticated Stainless Steel suite of appliances by KitchenAid offers a great finished look and exceptional features. Cambria Quartz countertops in the “New Quay” design have a classic and neutral range of colors. Press play below to watch the episode of The Village Home Show that includes a full video tour of this completed space:

This entire space is furnished with a warm grey palette of materials in a variety of tones and textures. Before we show you around the new space, check out this before photo of the original kitchen:
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What a transformation of style and space! The original kitchen was an L-shaped layout with a small dinette area. A wall divided this kitchen space from an adjacent Dining Room. The new layout opens up the kitchen into that available Dining Room area. Take a look at this design rendering from the presentation stage of this remodel project:Kitchen Designers in the Quad Cities. | VillageHomeStores.comThis is the view into the new design from the Dining Room table. The cooking center of the kitchen has been moved to the original dinette area and a peninsula of base cabinetry caps off the end of the kitchen in the new open-concept design. The refrigerator stayed in the same location but the cabinets surrounding it have been selected to better use the space. The wall that now includes a gas range and chimney-style hood has been upgraded from a “meh” dinette space to a magazine-cover worthy new look!
Grey stained cabinets in kitchen with Stainless appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

This wall has now become the focal point of the entire new space. If the sleek look of the new range and chimney-style hood doesn’t grab your eye, the backsplash design sure will! A “Cascade” mosaic series of tile from our Glazzio line has been installed throughout the kitchen as the main backsplash. The “Diamond” series in a complimentary color spans the entire space behind the range and hood. KitchenAid’s freestanding slide-in gas range with Even-Heat™  True Convection features flawless baking results. The EasyConvect™ Conversion feature takes guesswork out of convection cooking by converting conventional settings for recipes to convection settings for you as you enter in the recipe’s temperature and contents. This cooking center of the kitchen was designed so that items and prep space can all be within reach of the range. Large deep drawer stacks are on either side and two pull-out spice racks flank the range unit. Click play below to see one of these pull-outs in action:
This same pull-out concept can be installed in a shallower wall cabinet or in bathroom vanity setting. Shown here full of spices it is easy to picture use in a busy kitchen. Consider this same cabinet in a master bathroom. A pull-out cabinet can be the perfect way to store makeup and hair products. Even appliances like flatirons or blow driers can be stored perfectly in a “grooming rack” cabinet.  In the new sink area of this Davenport, IA kitchen a pull-out towel rack was installed. Click play below to see this innovative option:
A rack for hanging towels and shelving above and below all offer space for cleaning supplies. Knifeblocks, tray dividers, and even pegboards for utensil storage all can be located within a pull-out unit. We have many of these examples on display in our Geneseo, IL showroom so stop in to see them in person. The new sink wall turns a corner into a peninsula area where the original dividing wall once stood. The back of this peninsula is now visible from the Dining Room and Living Room areas. Finishing off the cabinetry with a decorative end panel and matching doors for the back help give the the peninsula a completed look. If you look closely you will notice that the cabinet door against the wall has a handle. Access to storage below this countertop overhang has been included.
Decorative end panel on the end of a kitchen peninsula. | VillageHomeStores.com

The accessible storage on the back end of the peninsula is there due to cabinet choices made on the inside of the kitchen design.  In the corner of this design the customer wanted to include wide drawers in place of a lazy susan or other corner cabinet option. The sinkbase cabinet and drawer stack each meet in the corner and leave enough space on the end of the peninsula for a wastebasket cabinet. As we mentioned previously, pull out cabinets come in a variety of internal layouts from Dura Supreme. Wall and even tall pantry cabinets can include pull-out features but by far the most popular pull-out cabinet from this or any of our cabinetry line is a wastebasket cabinet.
Dura Supreme Cashew stain with Coffee Glaze. | VillageHomeStores.com

Dura Supreme builds their pull-out wastebaskets to hold the bins near the floor of the cabinet. This gives the bins a more solid and sturdy space once they are full, and make loading and unloading trashbags easier. Above the peninsula two pendant lights have been installed. These “Neillo” mini-pendants by Kichler Lighting hang directly above the kitchen peninsula where a wall once divided the kitchen and dining spaces. Now that the two areas are one open concept, a 3-light fixture from the same series has been installed above the Dining Room table. Our lighting experts at Village will help you decide the best size, quantity, and style of lighting for your new space.
Kitchen lighting pendants above peninsula. | VillageHomeStores.com

The original kitchen in this Davenport, IA home did not include enough accessible pantry storage space. A solution for the new design was to include a tall and wide pantry cabinet fit with adjustable slide-out shelves. The customers didn’t want to have a microwave hood take any of the design impact away from that great cooking center wall. They also wanted to use every available inch of base cabinet space for easily accessible storage.  A small landing space was created to the right of the pantry area that is large enough to accommodate a large-capacity countertop microwave.
grey kitchen cabinets. | VillageHomeStores.com

Below this landing space is a wide stack of drawers used to store plates, bowls, and mugs. Village Home Stores offers a wide range of cabinet lines. With each line of cabinets you have the ability to upgrade cabinet construction and drawer box options. The “drawer guides” are the hardware that allow that drawer box to move in and out from the cabinet frame.
Drawers for dishes and mugs. | VillageHomeStores.com

This kitchen was ordered with “dovetailed” drawer boxes and full-extension guides. This means that when the drawer is all the way “open”, you have full access to the entire drawer box. These same full-extension guides have a soft-closing feature included. The soft-close feature makes it impossible to ever “slam” a drawer shut. A soft-close door hinge was also included in this kitchen. Anything from light tap to a forceful swing, all of the doors in the new space close slowly and quietly. above_pantry

This kitchen was remodeled from start to finish and from floor to ceiling. With walls being removed, a new ceiling was required and with a new footprint to the kitchen layout, new flooring was in order! This flooring choice is absolute perfection! A high-end look and an eye-catching application, Provenza Hardwood was installed at an angle. This “Antico Vintage” floor is the exact shade of all of the glazed detail on the knotty alder cabinetry. Provenza Hardwoods are hand-scraped AND hand-stained. In fact everything about Provenza Hardwoods is handcrafted. There is no machined work involved. This may add some time to receiving the product, but in turn it certainly ads to the value of your investment! provenza_flooring

Want to see more of this gorgeous new space? Be sure to check out the full album of photos over on our award-winning Houzz.com page. Click here to see this finished space in full detail. We can’t wait to help you start your own before and after story with Village Home Stores! Looking to remodel a kitchen, bathroom, laundry room or home office? Call us today at (309) 944-1344 to set up an appointment and get started. You can also reach out online for an appointment by clicking here. We can’t wait to hear the beginning of your own Before and after story.
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Eldridge, IA Remodel- Cool Neutral Choices Shine

eldridge_kitchen_remodelThis kitchen remodel in Eldridge, IA has been transformed from dated oak to a cool neutral tone of materials.   Another great example of how simply updating your layout and materials can give you an entire new space without any major construction.
Dura Supreme Pearl Painted Kitchen with Slate Accent. | VillageHomeStores.com

This L-shaped layout is large enough to accommodate an island or even a portable island if one is desired in the future. For this Eldridge, IA couple it is perfect leaving the open space. Cabinetry from our Dura Supreme line has  been painted a “Pearl” finish and a “Slate” accent has been applied with a low sheen. The “Kendall” doorstyle from Dura Supreme is a great choice for an accented finish. Allowing the raised center panels of the doors to be highlighted with the “Slate” color.Praa Sands Cambria Quartz With White Cabinets. | VillageHomeStores.comWe absolutely love the countertop selection made for this project. Do you favor brighter whites and a hint of grey? Thinking of adding a “spa-blue” paint color to your walls or accessories? The subtle blue green color that runs throughout these Cambria Quartz “Praa Sands” tops might be perfect for your project! Proof that you can keep a “neutral” color palette  and still introduce color into your space.  The customers mentioned that they loved accessorizing it with WInter and snow elements and look forward to popping some blue accents in for Spring. lighting_on_offYou know we can never pass up an opportunity to show you just how amazing our Diode LED undercabinet lighting is. Even in the middle of the day in a bright white kitchen like this it makes a world of a difference. It perfectly shows off the space and gives you an incredible wash of light for tasks at the counter. A backsplash tile has been installed along the entire L-shape.  A 3″ x 6″ Subway tile in a white gloss finish is accented by a band of “Aqua Mix” glass and stone deco tile.
Corner Sink In Kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

A corner sink is not something we have shown that often here on the blog. They do continue to be a great option for certain projects. With proper planning and space, you can still get a double-well sink in a corner sink configuration. This under-mounted Elkay sink is what is considered a 50/50 configuration. This means there are equal sized compartments. Egranite composite sinks are extremely durable and offer a great alternative to an undermount Stainless Steel sink.
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Available in 5 color options and many other layouts and sizes, Egranite sinks are a great choice for your kitchen sink. Corner sink installations also give you the available space for a shelf in the corner behind the sink. This elevated area can be used for a number or tasks and the shelf ads a little easier access to the area. The small surface between the sink countertop and the raised shelf can be covered with either tile (shown here) or a small piece of your countertop material.
Painted Kitchen | VillageHomeStores.com

Because the sink is located in the corner of this kitchen, a long span of countertop space is available on the main wall.  Anyone with limited counterspace in their own kitchen can take one look at this stretch of workspace and may get just a touch jealous. The counters aren’t the only great thing about this wall. The cabinet on the far right is full of great storage.
tiered cutlery divider. | VillageHomeStores.com

The split- top drawer section of this basecabinet has been fitted with a Tiered Cutlery Divider from Dura Supreme. This feature gives you full access to the entire drawer area and keeps utensils organized. Below that are two large drawers that work great as Pots and Pans Drawers. Keep pots, pans, and their lids all organized in these wide drawers.
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A Tray Divider cabinet may be a standard and expected item to see in any new kitchen but take note of the size of this one. Many times a narrow 9″ cabinet can be enough space for storing your baking sheets and trays. Because of the location of this cabinet, a wider tray divider was selected. With Dura Supreme Cabinetry our designers can call out the width desired and they are not limited to “standard” 3″ increments. This wider cabinet now gives the user at the cooktop more landing space on either side of the range.
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We mentioned earlier that we did not do to much construction to the main space of this kitchen. The soffits above the wall cabinetry remained. A custom look was still desired for the wall cabinets. Similar to what we would do in the case that your cabinets reach all the way to the ceiling, a full-sized crown was specified for the design.
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Allowing space for a full-sized crown molding above the wall cabinetry helps give the overall kitchen a more complete and polished look. Now the cabinetry looks “built-in” below the soffits. Speaking of a “built-in” look check out the refrigerator wall!
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pantryThis niche area includes space for a full-sized French-Door refrigerator. Surrounding the refrigerator are two tall pantry cabinets. Between the two 24″ deep tall cabinets is a 24″ deep cabinet above the refrigerator. This section of the kitchen now offers so much great storage. Each pantry cabinet is fit with 4 slide-out shelves. These shelves are perfect for pantry storage because each shelf can be adjusted. Having the option to adjust the height for taller boxes or containers is fantastic. The shelving is also full-extension so you are able to access the entire depth of the shelf when loading and unloading items.  The top section of tall pantry/utility cabinets is a great location for small appliances you are not wanting to leave on the counter.

Are you ready to start working on your own dream kitchen? Make an appointment today with our design team to start working on your own Before and After story with Village Home Stores. Click here to contact us online or call us at (309) 944-1344cabinetrs_eldridge

Geneseo Remodel: Unique, Updated, & Upscale

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This Geneseo kitchen remodel has become one of our most talked about projects of the year. A unique stain on a rich woodgrain paired with Cambria quartz counters. Watch a full episode of the Village Home Show dedicated entirely to this Before & After story. Click the video below to see the full tour (commercial free).

Cherry cabinetry from our Dura Supreme line in their “Caraway” stain is at center stage in this new kitchen. The “Lynden” doorstyle is a Transitional choice, yet when paired with the other finishes and furnishings this kitchen it almost borders along a Modern style. To get the full picture of just how much of a transformation in style this space has seen take a look at this before photo.
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We don’t want to discredit the original kitchen at all. The layout and design details were way ahead of their game when this kitchen was last remodeled (22 years ago). Medium Oak raised-panel cabinetry and a beveled edge Formica top including a full-height backsplash matching the countertops. Warm grays and unique design details have not only brought this kitchen up to date, it is now ahead of the current trends.
Kitchen design. | VillageHomeStores.com

If you haven’t noticed lately when shopping for any type of item for your home or even clothing and accessories, gray has become a powerhouse neutral. We wrote here on the blog just this past Spring that Gray is Here to Stay. Where did we officially hear this news? From the team at Dura Supreme Cabinetry who forecast gray to stay on track long-term. Projected to be popular for the next 5-8 years, that was reason enough for Dura to launch a whole line of options in the gray category for us to offer our customers.
Tile above cooktop. | VillageHomeStores.com

Cambria Quartz counters in the “Torquay” design are the perfect choice for a subtle veining that compliments the cabinet finish. A blend of many types of textures and materials are at work to give this kitchen a soothing look and feel. This kitchen was full remodeled from start to finish by a team from Village Home Stores. The original kitchen was contained by walls on all four sides. before1

The Dining Room was divided up from the kitchen by this wall. Not only did this wall create two separated areas, it blocked a good deal of the natural light that the Dining Room offered. With more and more of our customers looking for a more open concept to their homes, walls often come out in remodels. In this case we removed the wall dividing the kitchen from the dining room completely and opened up the original range wall as well.

kitchen remodeling from start to finish. | VillageHomeStores.comYou came here to see the stunning new space right? (We will get right back to that soon) first we wanted to point you to the full album of progress photos over on our Facebook page here if you are interested in how the entire project took shape.
Kitchen design. | VillageHomeStores.com

This birdseye view above shows the new kitchen design fills the two main walls with cabinetry and extends the base cabinets in from the cooktop wall as a peninsula. A kneewall supports a bar-height top in the peninsula and a shallow buffet area is installed on the opposite end creating a casual eat-in dining area along the front entry to the kitchen.
Dura Supreme Cherry Caraway finish | VillageHomeStores.com

The kitchen sink is now located on this main wall of cabinetry. With no window above the kitchen sink, a painted cabinet with reeded glass doors creates interest and brightens up the space. Our Diode L.E.D. undercabinet lighting washes the countertops and also lights the interior of this painted cabinet.
Low-divider sink in a kitchen remodeled completely by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

An undermounted sink including a low-divider configuration has been installed. This cast-iron option allows for the perfect shade of warm gray to be used in place of an expected Stainless Steel sink. There are so many textures at work here in the new design. Many of them all in the same value of gray. By using the same grays but in varied textures it creates a sophisticated “Tone on Tone” end result.
X shaped wine rack above the refrigerator. | VillageHomeStores.com

With plenty of storage throughout the new kitchen design, a cabinet above the new refrigerator wasn’t needed. Instead a pair of X-shaped wine cabinets has been installed. When we photographed the kitchen they had just began to “move” back into the space. Looks to us like a housewarming party needs to happen to fill this wine rack. We hope we get the invite.
raised dishwasher | VillageHomeStores.com

A raised dishwasher can be a very interesting design choice in appearance but consider the reason it might be right for you. The main benefit for raising your dishwasher up to this height is that loading and unloading the unit is far more easier when you don’t even have to bend over to do so. Many of the Full Project Management kitchen remodels we do are for families who love their home but want to rework the existing spaces to allow them to age there and stay longer. kitchen remodeling from start to finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

The most stunning area of the new kitchen is the new cooktop and hood wall. This wall has gone from a single valance in the original kitchen to a magazine-worthy look in the new kitchen!
A Glazzio mosaic tile cascades down behind a stainless steel hood. | VillageHomeStores.com

A section of cascading mosaic tile from our Glazzio line in their “Orbit” series is a blend of tile, glass, and stainless. Installed behind the KitchenAid chimney hood all the way down to the countertop. Cascading down and creating a reflection on the smooth electric cooktop, it almost looks like it flows into the countertop.

Pop-out outlets from LeGrand's Adorne collection. | VillageHomeStores.com

The main backsplash field tile throughout the new kitchen is a porcelain tile you may recognize from this kitchen over on Houzz. The Paramount porcelain tile in the Sandal Wood “Ocean Breeze” design is great as a flooring option but we prove here once again that it makes a great wall tile. A faux wood grain look compliments the Cherry wood grain of the Dura Supreme cabinets. The Adorne collection from Legrand has been installed throughout. Pop-out outlets shown here are just some of the incredible options in this line.
Adorne taptouch dimmer switches in a kitchen remodeled completely by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Softap touch dimmer switches has also been installed for the lighting plan in this new design. These dimmers can be set to the light level you desire and then with a single tap brought back to that level. Learn more about the Adorne collection and see a full Master Bathroom fitted with them in this recent episode of the Village Home Show.
This modern fixture from ArtCraft Lighting is the perfect choice to compliment the trees just outside the new kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Two of those dimmers control the dining lighting selected for this new space. Located in a beautifully serene wooded lot just outside of Geneseo, the view looking out from this new kitchen are also amazing. This Artcraft light fixture plays perfectly with the branches outside of the Dining Room.
A drum shade with a unique look. | VillageHomeStores.com

In keeping with a more organic style and lines, this drum shade fixture hangs above the casual dining area on the opposite end of the new kitchen. A Stainless Steel suite of appliances from KitchenAid was also installed throughout.
Combination wall oven and microwave by KitchenAid including soften function. | VillageHomeStores.com

KitchenAid offers a great look plus incredible features on every model. In place of a double wall oven we included a combination wall oven and microwave. This model includes convection features so the option to have two functioning wall ovens is there when needed.
A tray divider installed above a combination wall oven and microwave. | VillageHomeStores.com

Above the combination wall oven is a wood tray divider for storing bakeware. This 24″ deep oven cabinet also is the perfect location for small appliances that may otherwise clutter up your counters.
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Don’t let that incredible tile distract you from what was right below it. This 36″ wide electric cooktop with touch-activated controls is easy to use and looks great.
Pots and pans drawers in a kitchen remodeled completely by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Below the cooktop is a large cabinet fit with sliding shelves that are perfect for storing pots and pans. Remember that all of our sliding shelves are adjustable and you can always install them at the best spots for whatever height your items and lids are. There are two other areas of cabinetry that are included in the new kitchen.
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A shallow sideboard/buffet area to the right of the refrigerator and a drop zone section of cabinetry near the front entry. There was a drop zone in the original kitchen but this configuration and location helps to keep clutter hidden and offer another space for serving or displaying items when entertaining.
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To give this section of cabinetry a unique look, beveled ends have been added. These clipped corners allow the light to hit the “Caraway” finish and also gives a chance fro the crown and undercabinet molding to wrap and make a more custom look.
Mail organizer in a kitchen remodeled completely by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Concealed within the upper cabinet is a mail organizer. Clutter that may normally end up on the countertop can be stashed away out of sight. In many kitchens we include outlets in these slots to create charging stations for devices. The other area directly across from the drop zone is that sideboard/buffet section of cabinetry.
FloJet Bottled Water Dispenser concealed in cabinet provides the water to the new refrigerator. | VillageHomeStores.com

Not only does this offer a great long countertop to serve from it also allows for some added storage.  With Dura Supreme cabinetry there is no added cost or limitations to cut back the depth of a cabinet. In this case we were able to make the section of cabinetry perfectly sized to use up the shallow space of wall leading up to the front window of the home. Hidden inside one of these cabinets is a FloJet water pump. Hard water can be…well..hard on components of your home appliances. This system allows the homeowners to pump water from a large bottle into their new KitchenAid 29 cu. ft. refrigerator. You may also notice that this area has an accent counter. The “Galloway” design from Cambria is installed here for a bit of interest and a lot of sparkle.
Wood flooring in varied widths and lengths are installed at an angle for added interest. | VillageHomeStores.com

Completely remodeled from start to finish and from the floor to ceiling. Of course we have to mention the flooring. Paramount’s Monterrey Birch hardwood in the “Espresso” finish. Random widths and lengths help create a unique pattern when installed in a standard way. Installing these varied widths and lengths of hardwood at an angle sets the entire new great room off and helps this entire space have a unique, updated, and upscale look.  With a completed look this amazing, you know we had to include this kitchen in an episode of the Village Home Show!
Watch local kitchens in the Quad Cities transform every week on the Village Home Show. | VillageHomeShow.com

That is why we can’t reveal the full tour of this kitchen here on the blog. The best way to see it is to watch the episode shared above. See a full tour from start to finish and help us welcome two visitors from Dura Supreme to be some of the very first guests in the new space. Can you walk up to your trash bin and tap the lid open with just a nudge of your knee? These homeowners can. And just how custom can a unique bar top shape be? Want to save some of these ideas for your own project? Se the full album of photos over on our Houzz page here and save them to your own project ideabooks. Do you want to make your dream kitchen a reality? are there walls in the way of that space? We can help! Call or click today to set up an appointment and start the conversation about your own before and after story.
kitchen remodeling from start to finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

 

Feature Kitchen: Weather or Not?

weathered_cabinetsPrefer the smooth look of a painted kitchen cabinet? Or is a rustic weathered look more your taste? How about a perfect blend of each!? Our newest display kitchen in the Village Home Stores showroom is today’s featured kitchen! This kitchen was our booth display for this Winter’s Quad Cities Builders and Remodelers Association Home Show. It was a huge success making impressions at the show and has already become our new favorite now that it is at home here in Geneseo.

Village_Home_StoresAnytime a single kitchen display can showcase two styles and finishes of cabinetry it helps us and our customers out when shopping in the showroom. This combination of finishes looks so incredible as a big picture project we know we will be installing many similar to it all over the area. We posted last week how the trend of using gray finishes in the kitchen is showing that it has some real staying power. With many years ahead and more and more options launching very week, gray is the perfect choice for an island accent like this display features. We mixed both color and texture in this case:oysterwithsmoke

The island perimeter cabinetry for this kitchen is from our Koch Cabinetry line. The smooth painted “Oyster” finish has been accented with a “Smoke” glaze. This gray accent is perfect when paired with the backsplash, stainless appliances and the island from Dura Supreme. The island cabinetry is a rustic “Weathered E” Cherry finish. Dura Supreme has gone above and beyond to bring our customers amazing options with their Weathered Heirloom, and Heritage Painted series of cabinetry.

weathered_kitchen_islandIslands make the perfect place for a more textured look and finish, With many of our customers wanting a furniture-style design (like this display includes). An island is a perfect pop of color and while the idea may seem bold, the result seems right at home once the whole project is in place. We also selected two styles of hardware to compliment the cabinet choices for this display:

cabinet_hardware_quad_citiesThis weathered cherry island is something you truly need to see and feel in person. At the home show no invitation is needed to walk up and touch it. We watched people at the show walk from all the way down the aisle and right up to it to touch and see what the wood was.  The same thing kept happening with this display’s backsplash.Village_Geneseoflooring_on_wallIf it wasn’t the island cabinetry and top, the other most asked (and touched) part of this display was the wood “fake-out” tiles on the wall. These tiles give a look and texture that ties in perfectly as a compliment to the island finish. This material is actually a porcelain floor tile that has been installed as a backsplash. The tile is from our Paramount line in the Sandal Wood “Ocean Breeze” design. With the Diode undercabinet lighting system installed, the wood-look tile steals your attention right away! The KitchenAid® chimney-style hood becomes the focal point of the wall. Our most popular 30″ gas cooktop from KitchenAid® has a total of 5 burners below.

An apron-front farm sink doesn’t have to look “Traditional”. With the right setting it can have a more modern style. This Stainless Steel farm sink is a great example of just that. A white cast-iron sink would be to bold of a contrast in color and keep the island from having that solid, furniture look that we get with the look in our display.

stainless_farm_sinkNot only are the cabinets in this kitchen different but the countertops are as well. In this kitchen we paired Arabesque White with Natural Soapstone. We had so many questions about the soapstone top that we will be sharing a full product profile post on soapstone on the blog next week.arabesque white

island_lighting_quad_citiesWith an island this incredible and a focal wall like the one we have here, a subtle light fixture was the right choice for this kitchen. This kitchen design could warrant the use of so many types and styles of island lighting. Your possibilities are truly endless. This transitional style fixture from Kichler compliments the metal finishes from this kitchen as well as the length and shape of of the island. Two large pendants would also work well here and frame in the centered sink and hood on the wall behind the island.

While we love showing you our newest display kitchen in a tour here on the blog, you really need to stop by and see (and feel) it in person! The weathered cherry and soapstone in this island are stunning in person. Call or click today for an appointment to get started on your project!cabinets_Geneseo (1)

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