New Home in Geneseo, IL With White and Gray Finishes

This week’s project feature is a new home that was just completed in Geneseo, IL built by Bob Johnson Construction. We love the classic look of a white painted kitchen cabinet. The kitchen in this home includes our Koch Classic Cabinetry line in the Prairie doorstyle and painted “White” finish on the perimeter. The kitchen island is installed in the same doorstyle but finished in a gray paint color named “Fog”. The kitchen cabinetry stretches all the way to the ceiling and leaves just enough space for a stylish stacked crown molding to be applied.

Geneseo kitchen with Koch cabinetry, Kichler lighting, Whirlpool appliances, and Calacatta Laza quartz countertops. Kitchen design and products from Village Home Stores for Bob Johnson Construction.
Geneseo kitchen with Koch cabinetry, Kichler lighting, Whirlpool appliances, and Calacatta Laza quartz countertops.

The Stainless Steel appliance package from Whirlpool is packed with great features. The cooking wall includes a front control gas range with convection and a microwave hood above it. The convection oven has a “Rapid Preheat” feature that uses all of the elements and a rear fan to preheat the oven 20% faster. This new front-control range design gives you a sleek and custom look without needing a special size or opening. Fitting in any standard 30″ wide opening, you can replace your existing electric or gas range with this look that removes the tall control area on the back wall. Now your entire backsplash can show off.

Whirlpool gas range and microwave hood in a Geneseo IL home built by Bob Johnson Construction with design and products from Village Home Stores.
Whirlpool gas range and microwave hood in a Geneseo IL home built by Bob Johnson Construction with design and products from Village Home Stores.

And speaking of backsplashes, check out this fun take on the Subway tile look: elongated tiles! These 3″ x 12″ tiles are from our Midwest Tile line in the New Yorker series and “Bright White” color. The cooktop on this Whirlpool range has an oval shaped 5th burner at the center making it perfect for griddles and large cookware. Cleanup of the cooktop is so easy with the EZ-2-Lift™ hinged cast-iron grates. The hinged design allows you to wipe up under them without removing them entirely. Shop this range and more great Whirlpool appliances at our Local low Price Guaranteed here on our website.

Whirlpool gas cooktop range in a Geneseo IL home built by Bob Johnson Construction with design and products from Village Home Stores.
Whirlpool gas cooktop range in a Geneseo IL home.

The refrigerator wall of the kitchen design includes a fingerprint-resistant finish Stainless Steel refrigerator. This builder was able to include a planned niche space in the wall to recess the refrigerator and allow the customer to purchase a standard, full-depth model. Not every kitchen design demands the flush style of a counter-depth model, but every design certainly looks cleaner with it.

Whirlpool Stainless french door refrigerator in a Geneseo IL home built by Bob Johnson Construction with design and products from Village Home Stores.
Whirlpool Stainless french door refrigerator in a Geneseo IL home.

Curious about how the depth of your refrigerator may change the look of your kitchen design? Check out this ideabook on our houzz page that is a collection of full-depth and counter-depth models installed in completed kitchens. We love the shallow landing space that was created on the right side of the refrigerator. This narrow cabinet area helps to give the refrigerator wall a built in look and provides a great landing space for mail, keys, and phones. This kitchen opens up to a dining space as well as a living room.

Geneseo open concept kitchen design and products from Village Home Stores for Bob Johnson Construction.
Geneseo open concept kitchen design and products from Village Home Stores for Bob Johnson Construction.

The dining table just off of the kitchen can comfortably seat a large crowd for a meal, but the island also has seating which can be a great casual place to grab a seat. Counter-height seating continues to be the trend for kitchen island designs. Bar heights can be uncomfortable for longer periods of time and difficult to use for families with small children. With the kitchen sink at the center of the island top, the overhang end can become a wonderful and large work surface when needed. Many of our clients work from home and prefer the option of a desk area in the heart of the home. Gone are the days of having that kitchen desk facing a wall. In this design you can plug a laptop or tablet right into the end of the island and soak in all this amazing sunlight and open space.

White and gray Fog painted kitchen with Koch cabinetry and Calacatta Laza quartz countertop surfaces. Kitchen design by Rachel Tingley and products from Village Home Stores.
White and Fog painted kitchen with Koch cabinetry and Calacatta Laza quartz countertop surfaces.

When you build a new home there are so many decisions to be made and products to be selected. It can be very overwhelming to take on every choice and checklist yourself. That is why we have a full team that can assemble for you with experts from each department in our store. Village Home Stores truly is your one stop shop for new home and remodeling customers. In this home we provided cabinetry, countertops, flooring, wall tile, lighting, window treatments, and appliances.

White and gray painted kitchen with Koch cabinetry, Whirlpool appliances, and Calacatta Laza quartz countertops. Kitchen design by Rachel Tingley and products from Village Home Stores.
Kichler lighting in dinette and above kitchen island in a Geneseo, IL home.

The lighting selected for the great room kitchen, dining space, and front entry are all from our Kichler line. The seedy glass adds a fun texture and keeps the overall look light and bright. We supplied lighting for inside and outside of this Geneseo home. If you are in need of a single light for your home or an entire new home of lighting, our experts can help you select the lights perfect for your style, size of space, and budget. Shop our lighting online anytime here at villagehomestores.com.

Custom window blinds in a Geneseo IL home from Village Home Stores.
Custom window blinds in a Geneseo IL home from Village Home Stores.

We also installed window shades and blinds throughout this new home. Our custom window shades and blinds department has really become a great option for our customers. We have competitive prices, amazing selections, and our own expert installers to help you get the stylish look and privacy you need for your home. Contact us today for a quote. The main flooring surface in the foyer, great room, dining room, kitchen, hallway, pantry, laundry room, and office are all a luxury vinyl plank.

Luxury vinyl plank flooring installed in a Geneseo, IL home. Design and products from Village Home Stores for Bob Johnson Construction.
Luxury vinyl plank flooring installed in a Geneseo, IL home.

This is the Lux Haus II series from our Triumph line and the color is “Belvoir”. This vinyl flooring product is amazing because it is waterproof, pet-friendly, scratch-resistant, and can be installed above an existing floor. The planks are cork-backed which means that it helps to insulate your floors and reduce noises. This product comes in a variety of wood looks and finishes. Like most new home plans we see, the laundry room is right within reach of the main hub of the home.

Maytag front load laundry pair in a Geneseo IL home built by Bob Johnson Construction with design and products from Village Home Stores.
Maytag front load laundry pair in a Geneseo IL home.

In this laundry we installed our Koch Express line in the Camden door and same “Fog” paint used as an accent cabinet in the nearby kitchen. A front-load Maytag laundry pair is ready to tackle the toughest loads of laundry. The most powerful cleaning in the industry with great features like quick wash and sanitize cycles. It also has a 16 Hr Fresh Hold® Option that keeps clean clothes smelling fresh in the washer with an internal fan and intermittent tumbling that circulate air through clothes for up to 16 hours after the wash cycle ends. The guest bathroom vanity (shown below) is the same style as the laundry cabinets. A stylish and seamless double vanity top from our Onyx Collection line is in the “Dove” color.

Bathroom double vanity cabinet and Onyx top. Design and products from Village Home Stores for Bob Johnson Construction.
Bathroom double vanity cabinet and Onyx top.

In the master bathroom we returned to the same cabinet door and finish from the kitchen. A tall linen cabinet offers up a lot of great storage and a separation between the sinks. The vanity tops in this bathroom are also from our Onyx Collection line. This time in the “Cloud” color with a matching walk-in shower system in the same product.

Master bathroom double vanity cabinet layout with tall linen cabinets. Design and products from Village Home Stores for Bob Johnson Construction.
Master bathroom double vanity cabinet layout with tall linen cabinets.

Curious about a molded shower product for your bathroom? Check out this Onyx Collection cultured marble shower with custom wall panels, trim, shelves, corner seat, and window frame! This product is very easy to clean and looks great! Here we includes a low profile curb base on the custom shower pan. Shown in this Quad Cities area home in the Cloud gloss finish with no shower door application. Contact the bathroom design experts at Village Home Stores for a bid on this product made in the USA.

Are you building or remodeling a home in our region soon? Village Home Stores would be honored to provide you with an expert design and quality products for your home. We can help as little or as much as you need. Your first step is just to reach out to our team. Our showroom is located at 105 S State Street in Geneseo, IL across from Geneseo Brewing Company. You can call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this short online form and a member of our team will be in touch soon after. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on.

Help Us Raise Money For Geneseo Marriage and Family Counseling Services

Village Home Stores is so excited to partner again with Durian Builders for our Geneseo Giving Trees creation this holiday season. Every year we work on so many projects with the Durian team inside many area homes. All of those projects are wonderful, but this collaboration could be our most important one yet! This year you can help us bring awareness and raise funding for a cause that helps so many households in our community. We are glad to announce that the proceeds from this year’s tree and wreath collaboration will go to Geneseo Marriage and Family Counseling Services.

Scott Durian of Durian Builders puts the finishing touches on the faux fireplace he built for the Geneseo Giving Trees project.
Scott Durian of Durian Builders puts the finishing touches on the faux fireplace he built for the Geneseo Giving Trees project.

Geneseo Marriage and Family Counseling Services provides quality counseling to individuals, couples and families for multiple issues that may be affecting their lives. Therapists who work at GMFC are licensed by the state of Illinois. Fees for these services are based on a sliding scale, taking into consideration household income and number of those living in the home. Your donations can help to allow anyone who needs it access to affordable, professional counseling. Village Home Stores and Durian Builders believe everyone should have a healthy and safe household. Not just during the holidays, but every day of the year. We hope to help raise awareness about this great local cause with this tree and wreath donation. Your donations towards this year’s Geneseo Giving Tree Project will help area households get assistance in treating a variety of concerns, including individual/couple/family relationships, parent-child issues, anxiety, depression, anger management, separation/divorce/remarriage, and more.

store window with snow globe look and fireplace and tree decor for holidays
The Village Home Stores storefront window transformed into a snow globe with our Geneseo Giving Trees for 2019. Bid on this decor now- the Geneseo Christmas Walk.

Step inside our snow globe and see what we have created. This year the Geneseo Giving Trees team allowed us the option to dress trees or wreaths for a local cause. We had so much fun last year with Durian Builders that we wanted to team up again and create one styled space. A finished look that could be combined as one complete look or head to separate homes or businesses. One of the front windows of Village Home Stores was transformed into a life-sized snow globe for the occasion. Last year we asked Durian Builders to build us a weather wood tree. This year they were a bit confused at first when we asked them to build us a faux fireplace instead of a tree. We really wanted to capture a cozy feeling of “home” and just kept coming back to the idea of a fireplace and tree combination. Our wreaths and swag set help to complete the entire “room”.

Christmas Window
Village Home Stores window all dressed up for the Christmas Holiday.

Bid On Our Tree & Faux Fireplace Set

Bid on our Geneseo Giving Tree this year and you get this tree and basket PLUS our handcrafted faux fireplace! Have you ever wished you had a cozy fireplace in your master bedroom, dining room, or even a guest room? Want family staying with you over the holidays to be able to hang stockings in thier guest room? Now if you have just 42″ you can set this up for an instant cozy upgrade to your space. The winner of our tree bid will also get to take home this faux fireplace and faux birch log fire. Don’t need both? Keep one item and gift the other! Or partner up on your bid with a friend so you can share these items!

5' pencil tree in basket with faux fireplace and logs.
5′ pencil tree in basket with faux fireplace and logs. Donated by Village Home Stores and Durian Builders for 2019 Geneseo Giving Trees

Bid On This Set of Wreaths & Swag

Bid on this set of three wreaths and decorative swag to add style to your home. These Scandinavian-inspired wreaths and stunning swag can be displayed together or separate. Anyone can shop Target or Pottery Barn for the holidays. Set yourself apart! Imagine your home entryway or mantle all “decked” out with these custom pieces. When you bid on our “wreath” you are actually going to win all three wreathes and this swag. The ribbon can be tacked to any wall or string them all up on a rustic branch or dowel to hang.

set of hoop wreaths with minimal Scandinavian inspired holiday decor attached
Geneseo Giving Trees set of 3 hoop wreaths and matching garland. Donated by Village Home Stores and Durian Builders with proceeds going to Geneseo Marriage and Family Counseling Services.

Looking for holiday decor inspiration? Look to the sky! Don’t you just love how blue the sky looks on a snowy day? We wanted to create a mix of holiday textures and decor that were on trend but upscale. We blended velvet ribbon, vintage brass, flocked pine, fuzzy lambs ear greenery, warm chenille, and wooden beads. We chose to accent with a dusty denim blue color in place of the expected red or green. The finished decor is a winter wonderland of dreamy textures and tones. Speaking or texture, we MUST give a proper shoutout to Derrick Seys who took our faux fireplace to the next level by painting a realistic firebox inside. And a huge thank you to Chance Nordstrom for welding this geometric log holder for our birch logs.

Geometric log holder with birch logs and fairy lights
Geometric log holder with birch logs and fairy lights.

Get The Look With These DIY Tips:

Last year many of your made your own clear eucalyptus ornaments like ours, so we want to share another fun DIY this year. We made these chenille tassels and hoop ornaments and they were very easy. Make your own for your tree or create a few for festive gift tags. Purchasing one bundle of yarn or ribbon that matches your tree allows you to create all kinds of custom ornaments and decor. If you can tie a knot then you can make these tassels we premise! Here is a breakdown of how we made ours:

DIY chenille tassel ornaments with wood beads

To get the “frosty” look of our snow globe (shown below on left side of image) we mixed up a DIY batch of epsom salt and water to paint the outside edge of our frosty window. To get this look simple dissolve 1 cup of epsom salt in 1 cup boiling water. Stir to dissolve and then add 2-3 drops of dish soap. Apply to glass using a paint brush, sponge, or foam brush. Allow 24 hours to dry. This “frosty” look will last 2-3 weeks and can be easily washed off with mild soap and water.

Epsom salt DIY frost for windows
Epsom salt DIY frost for windows.

We are proud to support GMFC this year with our giving tree.  Their efforts working with Henry County residents the past few years has been outstanding and is making a huge difference many people’s lives.  We are hopeful with additional support, they can continue and expand to reaching even more!

-Jim Ries, Co-Owner of Village Home Stores

We are so happy to be participating again this year with a giving trees. 100% of the money raised by the Geneseo Giving Trees goes directly to 11 local non-profits. To connect with Geneseo Marriage and Family Counseling Services or to request more information, visit their website here. If you are in need of immediate help, please note these other important phone numbers: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-8255 and The Center for Youth and Family Solutions (800) 200-6804.

A Great Room Kitchen With Rustic Details- Hazelwood Homes

We just stopped by this new Hazelwood Home in Geneseo, IL and we are in love with every detail. New homes can often miss out on the character and uniqueness that older homes have. We are happy to report that this one is brand new but already has set itself apart! With great rustic details and an open concept perfect for a busy household, this great room and kitchen turned out incredible! Take a look!

Painted Koch Cabinetry in the Maple Savannah doorstyle and “Ivory” finish creates an L-shaped perimeter to the kitchen. One focal wall includes the cooking zone with cooktop, hood, and wall ovens. The other wall is home to the taller, deeper elements like the refrigerator and pantry area. The kitchen is located as part of an open living room, dinette area, and hearth room. All of these spaces are within sight of each other and the way this family has styled the space is so perfect.

Rustic Transitional kitchen in a great room with kitchen design from Chris Robinson at Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. Koch cabinetry and granite counters featured.

The island functions as a kitchen work surface and added casual dining space. The island cabinetry is also from our Koch Cabinetry line repeating the same doorstyle but this time in a Birch wood and “Stone” stain. We love how the gray stain allows the character of the wood-grain to be highlighted. Three pendant lights hang above the kitchen island. These “Urban Renewal” pendants from our Feiss line are so transitional in style they would look right at home here in this rustic setting as well as a historic home or even a modern eclectic city loft.

Rustic Transitional kitchen in a great room with kitchen design and lighting from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes.

Doesn’t that wrapped beam in the kitchen and the beamed ceilings in the lofted living room space add so much character!? We also included a modern farmhouse detail to the back of the island. The kitchen island is a single-level design and in place of wainscot doors or a smooth panel, we created an “X” design. This look is achieved with paneling, trim, and a skilled carpenter. There is even an outlet tucked away under the overhang. Island outlets like this are perfect for kitchen appliances but also laptops and other work-from-home devices or a homework station power source.

Rustic Transitional kitchen in a great room with gray stained stone island and X barn style back panel detail. Kitchen design and materials from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes.

The kitchen island is also the kitchen clean up zone. The kitchen sink and dishwasher are located right at the center of all activity. This dishwasher from Whirlpool is quiet at just 47 dba (normal conversation noise measures around 50 dba). It also has a third-level rack inside for items like lids and utensils. Shop appliances from Village Home Stores any day, any time at villagehomestores.com or stop by and see us at 105 S State in downtown Geneseo, IL.

Rustic Transitional kitchen in a great room with gray stained stone island. Kitchen design and materials from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes.

The kitchen sink introduces another great texture to the space, hammered copper. This double-well sink is a great compliment to the granite counters and mixed metals throughout the great room area. We have a well-executed blend of Oil-Rubbed Bronze, Stainless Steel, Copper, and even Wrought Iron in this space. Mixing metals may sound challenging to some, but it is such a great look! Take a look at another past project feature that blends copper, stainless, bronze and even black stainless all in one kitchen space!

Copper farmsink from LeNova installed in Desert Beach granite counters with a chiseled edge profile. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes.

To see more images of this kitchen in detail including the island, click here to see the full album of photos now posted to our Best Of Houzz- winning portfolio online. Nothing can compare to the look and history that natural stone can bring to a project. As hard as engineered surface products are trying (and they are) to recreate the look of a natural stone, they will never rebuild the unique history each slab holds. This kitchen includes countertops in Desert Beach granite with a chiseled edge profile applied.

Rustic Transitional kitchen with Desert Beach granite counters in a chiseled edge profile. Kitchen design and materials from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes.

This edge detail is not for everyone, or every project. Here it adds the perfect blend of rugged and rustic to a smooth and polished stone surface. The wall surface in the kitchen was another area available for a new texture to be introduced. With so much movement and natural veining to the granite counters, a more controlled and consistent color in a wall surface was needed.

Rustic Transitional kitchen in a great room with ivory painted Koch cabinets and Chimney hood. Kitchen design and materials from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes.

Travertine 3×6 tiles in the color “Light Noche” add a storied texture to the kitchen walls. Travertine is a tile that is often overlooked for transitional spaces but it deserves it’s spotlight here. This textured and tumbled tile can work in many styles including Italianate, heavy traditional, modern farmhouse, and Spanish-styled spaces. In this high-ceiling kitchen, we had the tilers install the Travertine to the top of the kitchen cabinet line. The Stainless canopy hood is installed over the surface.

Whirlpool 30" 5 burner gas cooktop in Stainless Steel. Kitchen design and appliances from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. Geneseo/Quad Cities

Cooking with a gas is ideal for any busy kitchen and this cooktop is ready for any task! A five burner gas cooktop layout with continuous grates allow you to shift BTUs quickly and even slide a pan to another location. This cooktop measures 30″ wide and can be installed into a cooktop cabinet. Here we used a “reversed” base layout giving open cabinet doors above and a usable lower drawer below. Your appliance salesperson at Village Home Stores will work closely with your cabinet designer to check that the correct finished look is achieved. The same is the case for wall ovens.

Whirlpool combination wall microwave convection oven in Stainless Steel. Kitchen design and appliances from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. Geneseo/Quad Cities

A 30″ wide Combination Wall Oven and Microwave is a great choice for those who want the option of an occasional second wall oven. The top microwave section of this unit can be used to bake smaller single-dish items. Built-in appliances give such a customized look and can really help your kitchen layout look and function at it’s best. Installing the microwave as a wall oven here allows our design to include the chimney hood above the cooktop. We even gave the refrigerator a built-in look.

Whirlpool French Door refrigerator in Stainless Steel. Kitchen design and appliances from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. Geneseo/Quad Cities

In certain remodels and in most new construction homes we have the ability to communicate with the contractors that we would like to recess the refrigerator back a few inches. This allows our clients to select standard-depth refrigerators and get the look of a counter-depth in the end. Here we have done just that and paneled the right end for a fully surrounded look. On the left of the refrigerator is tall pantry cabinet…

Rustic Transitional kitchen in a great room with kitchen design from Chris Robinson at Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. Koch cabinetry and granite counters featured.

… a pantry cabinet front that is! These doors open to a walk-in pantry entrance that is behind the pantry doors AND behind refrigerator area in this home. Kitchen storage goals for sure! Truly this open concept is “goals” for many of our readers. Imagine entertaining friends and family in this gorgeous new home. We must give a shout out to the true “MVP” surface for all of these spaces, the stunning Hickory hardwood flooring from our Paramount line! The same hickory is installed in the front foyer, hallway, kitchen, living room entrance, and hearth room.

Barnwood series Hickory Hardwood, Covered Bridge finish installed in a Great Room, kitchen, entryway, and sunroom. Handscraped flooring from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. Geneseo/Quad Cities

This is a 3/4 x 5 solid hardwood from the Barnwood series. The “Covered Bridge” color has so much depth and helps to compliment all of the wood finishes in the space. We have a full floor of another finish from this series installed in our Geneseo showroom. It truly is a must see for the color and texture this series offers. These planks are Kerf-Sawn and hand-scraped. When the light hits it you see the beautiful hand-scrapes and chatter-marks.

Barnwood series Hickory Hardwood floors in the Covered Bridge finish. Handscraped flooring from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. Geneseo/Quad Cities

A mix of metals and wood finishes even in the lighting selections! The dinette light repeats the seeded glass from the kitchen island pendants but also includes a wood sloped base to the chandelier. The “Grand Bank” series from our Kichler line is the perfect choice. Our lighting experts work closely with new home customers to build a light list and work within your budget to find the perfect fixtures for your needs and tastes. Shop thousands of lights online, anytime here on our website or visit our award-winning lighting showroom in Geneseo, IL.

Kichler 6 light Grand Bank chandelier fixture in Dinette area of a new Maple Leaf Heights home. Lighting from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. Geneseo/Quad Cities

Another blend of woods can be found with the statement ceiling in the living room. Wooden beams accent the ceiling shape and a 70″ wide “Maverick” fan from our Monte Carlo line looks like an art piece. Dark Walnut blades on this fan pick up the darkest of the wood stains and grain in the overall space. We have a lot of fans installed in our showroom to help you decide the right size and style of fan for your own home.

Monte Carlo 70" Maverick Fan in Great Room of a new Maple Leaf Heights home. Lighting from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. Geneseo/Quad Cities

Village Home Stores provided products throughout this entire home. The bathrooms, bedrooms, lower level, and laundry room all include design and product from Village. We also provided lighting for this entire home. We are the Quad Cities’ Regional lighting experts for both indoor and outdoor lighting products. The “Creekside” lantern series from Capitol Lighting was used outside of this new home.

Capitol Creekside Wall Lantern on exterior of Maple Leaf Heights home. Lighting from Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. Geneseo/Quad Cities

Are you building or remodeling a home soon? We want to be a part of the process! Working with Village Home Stores can save you time and money. Your first step is just to reach out and learn more about our bidding process and FREE lighting bundle program. Contact us for an appointment by phone at 309 944 1344 or by completing this short online form. To learn more about Hazelwood homes visit their website here. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on and how we can help!

Geneseo Giving Tree 2018- Weathered Wonderland

We are so excited to be a part of such an active and thriving small business community in Geneseo, Illinois. Our community supports small business and each other so much it’s impossible for the support not to be contagious! We are so thrilled to be involved in a brand new way to give back by participating in the inaugural year of the Geneseo’s Giving Trees! Today our tree is in place at the Village Home Stores showroom at 105 S State Street in downtown Geneseo, IL and we couldn’t be happier with how our team’s vision has come to life with Christmas Magic! This is our Weathered Wonderland Tree now available for auction:

Wooden barnwood Christmas tree built by Durian Builders and Village Home Stores for the Geneseo Giving Trees event to benefit Rebuilding Together Henry County. | villagehomestores.com
Photo by Laura Kashner

The goal of Geneseo’s Giving Trees is to see businesses partner up to create a tree design that can be auctioned off for proceeds to be given to a local charity. We have partnered up with a crew that we are pretty used to working with, Durian Builders. If you love seeing our before and after remodel stories that we share here on the blog and on our TV show, then you are familiar with their craftsmanship. The partnership between Durian and Village Home Stores was a perfect match and we decided to choose Rebuilding Together Henry County as our charity. We knew we would make a great team but we never dreamed the tree would turn out this great!
Geneseo Giving Tree 2018 Weathered Wonderland. Barnwood tree built by Durian Builders and trimmed by Village Home Stores with proceeds raised to help Rebuiding Together Henry County. | villagehomestores.com

The team at Durian Builders decided instead of purchasing a tree… why not make a tree? Well, because that’s not that easy …right? It is if you are a skilled carpenter with vision. We searched all of Pinterest and Scott never found what he had as his own vision… so he sketched it up and went to work with his own idea. When he sent us an update that he had found the perfect stack of reclaimed barnwood to work with, we knew we were on the right track. Geneseo Giving Tree built from barnwood by Durian Builders and decorated by Village Home Stores to benefit Rebuilding Together Henry County. | villagehomestores.com

From that pile of wood, Durian and friends built us a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree that we were certain could stand out as unique. But how to dress it without covering up all of that great character? We decided to take a trend that we have seen take off in Interior Design and Lighting and translate it into Christmas decor. An Upscale, Weathered, Coastal style has branched off of the Farmhouse trend and we thought a Coastal vibe would be a perfect fit for weather barnwood. To light the tree we wrapped copper LED fairy lights around a thick jute rope. Eucalyptus Christmas idea! Take clear lanterns and hang from your tree with small bouquets of greenery. | villagehomestores.com

Of course no tree is a tree without some greenery on it. We kept our greens on trend by using varieties of faux Eucalyptus contained in transparent vessels. Small lanterns hang from five of the branches with small bouquets inside of them. The most talked about part of the decor are our DIY ornaments. We fully grant you permission to steal this idea!
Great eucalyptus ornament DIY idea! Take clear ornaments and fill with faux greenery. | villagehomestores.com

We took a large pile of shatterproof transparent Christmas Bulbs and filled them with sprigs of faux eucalyptus. This would be a super fun and safe DIY Christmas craft for a family to do together. We re-capped them and added a single simple loop ribbon and they are one of our favorite parts of the tree! Pin this and many more ideas to your own Pinterest boards by following our Holiday Decor board here. All of the ornaments hang from brass hooks applied to the tree branches.Burlap Christmas idea! Wrap ornaments in burlap strips for your tree. | villagehomestores.com

As an added stringed element to compliment the lighted rope, we made wooden bead swags. Medium-sized wooden beads strung on jute rope were painted with a white paint distressing finish and then given a subtle brushing of a pearled champagne wash for a little sparkle. Weathered wooded beads are a huge trend right now in home lighting and you should see some of the fixtures we have on display in this category.
Coastal Christmas idea! String and paint wooden beads for your tree. | villagehomestores.com

This tree was created with many neutral colors in mind so that it can be easily placed in any settings. You can always add your own punch of a favorite color or change elements of it year to year. Don’t you think you need this tree in your own home? You can have it! A bid sheet has been placed inside of our store window next to the tree. Opening bids begin Friday November 16th and bids may be placed in $25 increments. Our tree will be on display in the showroom window and available to bid on from November 16th through December 10th. Farmhouse Christmas idea! Wrap ornaments in fabric strips for your tree. | villagehomestores.com

If you just can’t wait until then to take your tree home, you can take part in the Buy Now option! Any time from November 16th through December 10th you can bid the full $1,000 retail value of our tree to “win” the auction instantly! This “Buy Now” option allows you to take the tree home at any time (even before the 10th). Wouldn’t she look lovely in your home or business?
Geneseo Giving Tree built by Durian Builders and Village Home Stores to benefit Rebuilding Together Henry County. | villagehomestores.com

Stay updated on auction details and find information about all of Geneseo’s Giving Trees here on their Facebook page. To bid on our tree stop by anytime M-F from 9am-5pm or Saturdays from 9am-noon. You can call in your bids during business hours at (309) 944-1344 as well. Please note that a comment on any Facebook post or Instagram Post with an auction bid does not qualify as a bid. You must come enter a bid on the sheet or call it in. Geneseo Christmas Tree built by Durian Builders and Village Home Stores to benefit Rebuilding Together Henry County. | villagehomestores.com

You can learn more about Rebuilding Together Henry County here on their website. If you would like to make a donation to them in the giving spirit of the holidays, we have a donations jar at our front desk. Learn more about Durian Builders here on their website and if you see any of their crew around town be sure to thank them for helping make our tree truly one-of-a-kind. Please stop by to see us this Holiday season and see it in person. Thank you so much to the Giving Trees committee for putting an idea into action and empowering so many small businesses with a way to give back this year.

Geneseo, IL Farmhouse Kitchen Harvests Style and Comfort

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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