We’re Not Just Kitchen Remodeling! Five Other Rooms Get a Whole New Look!

We tend to showcase a lot of our kitchen work here on the blog but… y’all know we do more than that right? We have products for every room in your home and many times find ourselves extending work beyond a kitchen remodel for our clients. Village Home Stores is your Quad Cities area source for kitchen, bath, and more! Yes we can design a beautiful kitchen or bathroom for you but we can also create a dream laundry, craft room, home bar, media room, fitness center, man shed, she shed, mudroom… the list goes on and on. Our latest featured kitchen remodel was really a complete overhaul of the entire back end of this busy Coal Valley, IL home including five other rooms we worked in.

Custom Amish built mudroom storage with shoe drawers in bench. - Village Home Stores.
Custom Amish built mudroom storage with shoe drawers in bench.

If you haven’t toured the kitchen in this home yet, take a peek here at that tour. We created a stunning custom kitchen that included a home bar and hutch area plus a large walk-in pantry borrowing existing space from the back door rooms of this home. There are now many new finished spaces just outside of the kitchen. Take a look at the first space we finished right inside the garage door entry. This custom-built mudroom bench/locker area was once just some closet space with bi-fold doors. Now it is #mudroomgoals!

Custom Amish built mudroom storage lockers and bench in a Quad Cities home. -Village Home Stores.
Custom Amish built mudroom storage lockers and bench in a Quad Cities home.

This new dropzone stops kid (and grownup) clutter right at the entrance to the home. Plenty of hook storage for backpacks and jackets ad even more hidden away in the tall cabinet to the right. Deep drawers beneath the bench seat open up to reveal the perfect designated space for shoe storage. On the left, the tall cabinet opens to reveal a designated cleaning supply area making this mudroom the ideal hub for all activity with the luxury of so many places to tuck away items out of sight!

Custom Amish built mudroom storage with cleaning supply pantry. -Village Home Stores.
Custom Amish built mudroom storage with cleaning supply pantry.

Back door dropzones, mudrooms, and benches have become high on top of every wishlist for any busy household. These organized zones of a home are not just for households with young children! Who else among us comes home from work every day with about three totebags (silently raises hand while typing this blog post). Anyone can appreciate a storage situation like this. Press play below to see this busy household get quickly organized once the kids arrive home from school.

Part of the original space across from that mudroom bench was a long laundry room area. This was the original access to the pool out back. Now that we have installed pool access in the new kitchen, we replaced the laundry door with a windowed wall. Real talk: would YOU want pool guests you are entertaining to walk through your laundry room to use your restroom? Didn’t think so. Now this space has been reworked to tackle cleaning, sorting, and pet needs. Separate wall hooks have been installed for suits to hang and there is a whole wall of incredible storage within this laundry room.

Swimsuit hooks in a Quad Cities area laundry room with access to a custom mudroom bench nearby. -Village Home Stores.
Swimsuit hooks in a Quad Cities area laundry room with access to a custom mudroom bench nearby.

The layout of this home is so unique. There are so many angled rooms included in the design which made us think outside of the box when reworking the spaces. In fact, we have reworked this laundry room and even removed some of the sq. ft. yet it still is a better working layout than before. Take a peek at the rendered floorplan below to see the angled areas and how we “sliced” off part of this room to become the pantry space accessed on the kitchen side.

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Rendering of kitchen and backdoor areas revised for a more functional layout.

Within the work crews we had in this home, the most talked about specialty cabinet in the whole project wasn’t in the kitchen! These three pullout laundry basket cabinets got a reaction out of everyone who saw them. Who wouldn’t love the option to sort and stash laundry within reach but out of sight? Ask you Village cabinet designer about including one of these in your laundry room or bathroom design.

Pull our hamper cabinets in a Quad Cities area laundry room with custom cabinetry and complete start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.
Pull our hamper cabinets in a Quad Cities area laundry room with custom cabinetry and complete start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.

The cabinetry in this space was an extension of the same style and color of the accents in the kitchen we installed. However, the hardware in the laundry room was the only area we switched from the brushed gold antique brass look to a brushed nickel finish in the same size and style. We also changed counter surfaces for this room. It may look like we installed granite here… but this is a Formica top folks!

Formica Cafe Azul laminate tops in a Quad Cities area laundry room with custom cabinetry and complete start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.
Formica Cafe Azul laminate tops in a Quad Cities area laundry room with custom cabinetry and complete start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.

The Formica 180FX series offers our clients an incredible large-format printed design on an affordable surface we have been familiar with for years. You get the look of luxury at a fraction of the cost. This pattern is called “Cafe Azul” and you can see large samples of it and many more options in our Geneseo, IL showroom. Another very special family member named “George” got his own new feature in this laundry room rework too. An Invisible Fence Brand dog door was installed below the new window accessing the backyard. His collar unlocks the door when he approaches so it can open and close only for him. Press play below to see it in action.

As we mentioned before, yes we remodel bathrooms just as efficiently as kitchens! It’s just a different process and checklist. This back hallway powder room got a whole new look and a slightly different layout. Did you know that Village Home Stores can also work on your interior doors and trim during your remodel? We carefully partnered with this client to keep a consistent stain color from the back door through many rooms into the new great room. A pocket door can be a wonderful selection for small spaces. In this angled space, eliminating a door swing helps to keep the high-traffic area open.

Powder room pocket door and Stonepeak Palazzo Florentina 12 x 24 large format farmhouse tile flooring.
Powder room pocket door and Stonepeak Palazzo Florentina 12 x 24 large format farmhouse tile flooring. Start to finish bath remodel by Village Home Stores.

The powder room received different cabinetry from the rest of the rooms. Here we installed a Bertch Bath vanity and tall linen cabinet. Each were ordered with tapered legs for a more furniture look. The Northrope Alder style in a “Mocha” stain is paired with a 2 1/2″ thick Venecia cultured marble top. Bertch Bath is a nationally distributed vanity company and is manufactured not to far from us in Waterloo Iowa! Village is always excited to partner with brands local to us to eliminate high fuel/freight charges to you and to make availability and lead-times more efficient for you.

Bertch Bath vanity cabinets with farmhouse tile flooring. Start to finish bath remodel by Village Home Stores.
Bertch Bath vanity cabinets with farmhouse tile flooring. Start to finish bath remodel by Village Home Stores.

But of course your eye was drawn to this painted floor tile right? The most eye-catching feature in this powder room is this StonePeak Palazzo Florentina tile. Power rooms are an excellent space for this farmhouse/painted tile trend because they are a small space that you want a big style impact in. This is a huge trend on Instagram and Pinterest with no signs of slowing down in the next few years. As an added bonus, this tile gets you the look with fewer grout lines. These are not individual 6″ grid tiles as they appear with the pattern, instead these are 12″ x 24″ large-format tiles. Ask a tile expert at Village about all of our options in panted tiles!

Stonepeak Palazzo Florentina 12 x 24 large format farmhouse tile flooring.
Stonepeak Palazzo Florentina 12 x 24 large format farmhouse tile flooring. Tile and start to finish bath remodel by Village Home Stores.

Built ins, media rooms, and home entertainment centers were a huge cabinet category beginning in the late 80’s. As TV’s have evolved in size, shape and thickness, many homes in the Quad Cities area are ready for a new solution for their home entertainment areas. This area was reworked and a custom TV cabinet was ordered to match the Knotty Alder cabinetry of the kitchen that is right within sight of the great room.

Custom Amish built TV cabinetry in a Quad Cities home. | VillageHomeStores.com
Custom Amish built TV cabinetry in a Quad Cities area great room.

Just like our availability to handle the doorways and trim in your home, we also can rework your stair rail systems! We removed the original oak spindles and replaced everything with this new saddle-stained wood and wrought iron combination. New flooring was also installed in the great room, front entry, and dining room.

New iron stair railing and Paramount Rustic Beam flooring in a Coal Valley, IL great room. Materials and complete start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.
New iron stair railing and Paramount Rustic Beam flooring in a Coal Valley, IL great room. Materials and complete start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.

A balanced blend of medium-to-dark Hickory woodgrains pull out and compliment all of the new cabinetry and the furniture in these spaces. This is a 3/4″ solid Hickory floor from our Paramount Barnwood series in the “Rustic Beam” color. With so many woods and finishes surrounding these floors, selecting one with many colors included is a fantastic choice to help bring everything together.

Paramount Rustic Beam flooring with Dream Weaver carpet inlay in Symphony Swing color.
Paramount Hickory Rustic Beam flooring with Dream Weaver carpet inlay in Symphony Swing color.

At the center of this large great room we installed a carpet inlay. This large carpeted area helps to reduce sound and adds comfort (as modeled below by George). This is the Symphony carpet series in the “Swing” color. Our DreamWeaver carpet is a solution-dyed carpeting and comes in so many styles and colors. Solution-dyed carpet fibers mean that the color is permanent! It can’t fade and resists coloring from soiling! More great news for George is that he can’t end up “in the doghouse” because this carpet is available with lifetime pet urine resistance! It also comes with a number of 25 year guarantees like a 25 year guarantee of abrasive wear, texture retention, fade resistance, soil resistance and more!

George models how comfy his new Dream Weaver carpet in Symphony Swing is. Flooring and complete start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.
George models how comfy his new Dream Weaver carpet in Symphony Swing is. Flooring and complete start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.

While you are lounging in this newly remodeled great room don’t forget to look up! These cathedral ceilings had original wood panels and a center beam as a feature. We had our carpentry team revisit the wood ceiling to secure loose panels and we wrapped the beam with found barnwood. The barnwood was custom stained to compliment the new cabinetry in the home. Iron brackets cover the seams of the barnwood and the lighting and fan were updated as well.

Barnwood wrapped beam wit iron brackets and new Quorum ceiling fan. Start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.
Barnwood wrapped beam with iron brackets and new Quorum ceiling fan. Start to finish home remodel by Village Home Stores.

Speaking of lighting updates, the dining room got a new look just by changing some of the surfaces and adding new lights. The “Pembroke” series by ELK Lighting is a stunning transitional style that looks right at home in many rooms. A six-light chandelier and two wall sconces were installed in the “Antique Brass” finish. We also extended the Hickory Rustic Beam hardwood into this dining room connecting the spaces all as one concept.

Dining Room with Paramount Rustic Beam flooring and Antique Brass ELK lighting.
Dining Room with Paramount Rustic Beam flooring and Antique Brass ELK lighting.

We just filmed this home for an upcoming epsiode of The Village Home Show that will soon air in the Quad Cities viewing area on Sundays at 10am on WQAD. We can’t wait to give you a more in-depth look at the start-to-finish remodel story. To see more of this finished project plus before and after comparisons, head over here to our Houzz profile to view the project we added. Ready for your own before and after remodel story? Just reach out to our team to get started. You can call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this short online form on our website. Our showroom is open to the public but we encourage making an appointment to be certain you can get all of your questions answered. Village Home Stores is located at 105 S State in Downtown Geneseo, IL and we are open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm and Saturdays from 9am-noon or by appointment. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!

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

What to Expect: Lighting a Whole New Home With Us

Prepare for the understatement of the century… “Building a home can be overwhelming because of all of the decisions to be made.” Our goal at Village Home Stores is to let you leave with an exceptional customer experience whether you are purchasing laundry soap or an entire home of products. We want the building process to be as simple as possible for our customers. You shouldn’t have to drive around and manage all of these decisions on your own. When building a home, we want you to be able to select as much product as you can from Village Home Stores. This is so we know the end result will look the best it can and so that the process isn’t stressful for you. Great finished projects look complete when one concept is in mind for the entire home.Unique Aged Brass lighting from the Quad Cities Region lighting experts Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

We put together an entire team of Village experts for our new construction customers. Your kitchen designer will have access to your lighting expert and flooring and so on. Communication is the key to a successful project. So where do you get started? Your first step is to set up an appointment with a lighting expert and bring the following to that appointment:

What Do I Bring To My Appointment?

  • Bring a copy of your home print or arrange to have your builder send a copy to our store before your appointment date.
  • Collect some examples of lighting that grabs your eye. These could be magazine clippings or ideas saved to your personal tablet. Take advantage of some of the great online resources for inspiration. Start a board on Pinterest or save images to an ideabook on Houzz. This helps our experts get an idea of what looks and spaces you are drawn to.
  • Bring an open mind. We know that sounds about as cheesy as can be but just like any other shopping you may do, there is so much out there. That Dining Room light you have had saved on Pinterest for three years may not be available now or within your budget. Our experts can help you find an option that does fit within these perimeters. Just keep an open mind to what is available.

fan_pinHaving that open mind will be helpful during the entire building phase. You may be pleasantly surprised when we can find an option that you may even love more than the original light you were hoping for. Collecting examples can be the most fun part of your building process. Many times just a single image of a finished space can help your team of experts at Village out tremendously. Shopping for lighting in catalogs can be difficult. The same light in a catalog will never have the impact it does when installed in a room. Take this ceiling fan on the right for example. When shown isolated on a white background you can tell it has great style and a sophisticated look but would it make a great statement in your room? There are thousands and thousands of fans we could have choose for this Hearth Room in Moline, IL. Seeing it installed you can see that the fan selected looks like it was truly made for the space it ended up in. Our team has the vision for your lighting concept as long as you give them the correct leads. Take a look below at the same fan installed with a beautiful beamed ceiling in the finished Hearth Room in Moline, ILCeiling fans for all budgets and styles. | VillageHomeStores.comIt is perfect for the overall look of the room. When we know the look you are after, we can help you get there. Searching for lighting to go above your kitchen island? Revisit the kitchen images you have been drawn to for your cabinet design and see if the lighting included is part of the look you love.

What Does a “Lighting Concept” Mean?

  • A cohesive look to your home lighting selections as you or a guest use the home.
  • Your lighting selections should compliment each other, not match. This is the role of our lighting experts. They will help you select the perfect scale, style, and application for the lighting you need and keep them all as part of the overall vision for the project.
  • Less work for you! Having our expert lighting team work for you to create this whole home lighting concept is one of the best reasons to work with Village Home Stores. You don’t have to hunt all over town or forage through the online jungle. Share with us your examples and we will prepare a concept for you.

How about we walk you through an example of a lighting concept? The examples we are showing you in this blog post may not be your own personal taste or budget, but it is a fantastic example of a complete lighting concept.bathroom_lighting

This is a home in Moline, IL built by Rodenburg Builders. The lighting for this new home was hand-picked just for this client and their specific taste. No matter what kind of day you are having, it could always use a little extra sparkle. Trust us this home now has a lot of sparkle!kitchen_lighting

The three fixtures shown together above are all found within the same area of the home. Two kitchen island pendants hang within view of the Dinette area and a Wine Room within the kitchen has a clerestory window that peeks a view at the chandelier within. All unique fixtures yet they are not “matchy matchy” lights. Instead they compliment each other and are designated for specific locations and tasks.Crystorama "Carson" 4 light chandeliers above a kitchen island in a Moline, IL home. | VillageHomeStores.com

Stunning “Carson” 4 light chandelier pendants by Crystorama hang above the island (shown above) and give an open and airy look to the kitchen. Right within the kitchen is a Wine Room. This room is illuminated with an enchanting Artcraft “Bella Vista” chandelier (shown below). The light itself is breathtaking. The reflection the crystals cast on the ceiling and the sparkling stone walls make you want a glass of champagne immediately.Artcraft "Bella Vista" chandelier in a Moline, IL home. | VillageHomeStores.com

There is a large Dining Room just off of this kitchen area. The Dining Room light selected is a shimmering statement that will lead to many great dinner party conversations. Prisms and mirror in an oval shape. Proof that the lighting is the “jewelry of the home.”Kichler 12 light oval chandelier in a Moline, IL home. | VillageHomeStores.com

Much liket the kitchen and entertaining spaces, the Master Bathroom is another excellent example of a calculated lighting plan that has been selected for a finished space that is truly “Pinterest-worthy.” On the main level of the home is a Master Suite that includes a large bath with multiple vanity areas and a walk-in closet. The “Aged Brass” finish on the lighting and plumbing fixtures glow in the spacious Master Bathroom. Here is the lighting concept for that space:master_bath_lighting

The “Kyle” ceiling fixtures, “Livingston” sconces, and “Lyon” closet pendants each have their own unique look but work so wonderful in the completed project. Each of these lights happen to be made by Hudson Valley but are from three series of lighting. Press play below to take a quick video tour of all of the lighting selections made for this Moline, IL home.

Why Work With Village On My Lighting?

  • The main reason to work with our store is the piece of mind that your lighting selections have been made with you and your project specifically in mind. Our full staff of lighting experts love what they do and keep up to date on all trends and new products.
  • New construction customers always receive free (non-specialty) bulbs with all package lighting purchases.
  • Free delivery of products is always included as well on package purchases. Your builder or electrician does not need to arrange to have the lighting picked up. We can bring it to the jobsite for them when they are ready.
  • Our expert lighting team communicates with your contractor and electrician on any questions and concerns at the jobsite. Whether it is a question about hanging height for a fixture, or needing a replacement piece as quickly as possible, communication is key.

Outdoor lighting from the Quad Cities Region lighting experts Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.comVillage Home Stores offers interior light fixtures, exterior light fixtures (ELK “Bianca: series shown above), indoor and outdoor ceiling fans, Diode LED tape lighting systems, Adorne switches, Legrande switches and outlets and much more. Your lighting expert will be sure to make certain you have everything that you need for a functional and fantastic whole home lighting concept.

Dining lighting from the Quad Cities Region lighting experts Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.comThe lighting in your new home is such an important element to the overall look and feel of the spaces. You will need lights that make an impression and some that just serve their function. From Dining Room to Exterior lighting, we have you covered. Village Home Stores has a large showroom of lighting along with access to thousands and thousands of options that our lighting experts can sort through for you, no matter what your style or budget is. Plus remember that the lighting in your home is truly the “jewelry” to the finished space. A very true statement in the case of this example lighting concept in Moline, IL. Selecting a fixture for your Dining Room is just as important as selecting the table to go below it. Each play an important role in the space. Select something that expresses you and your personality. Think about the fixtures when viewed from all angles. Just look how some of the fixtures selected create a unique look when captured in a new perspective. The reflections, ceiling patterns, and unique designs all add a memorable finished look.unique lighting in quad cities

See the full album of photos from this home we used as an example here on our Houzz page. Find inspiration and tips and trick on lighting over on our Lighting Pinterest board here. Most importantly, rest assured that your lighting selections with Village Home Stores are in good hands. If you are still in the research process, building on your own,  or don’t have a builder selected yet feel free to call our store to set up an appointment. (309) 944-1344. We can’t wait to see how you want to light your dream home. Village_phone_number