Village Home Stores Conference Room Update

One of our goals for the 2020 year is to improve the Village Home Stores showroom experience even more. We are located in downtown Geneseo, IL and we understand that isn’t right in the neighborhood for a large percentage of our customers. But those that choose to come and see us find that we are worth the short trip! When you choose to work with Village on a project in your new or existing home we want the entire process to be as enjoyable as possible. We offer many departments of products all in one convenient location to make the selecting, estimating, and buying process easy on you. It had been a long time since we updated our presentation and conference room in the showroom so it was atop our list for updates entering this new year. Check it out!

The conference room of kitchen design experts Village Home Stores at 105 S State Geneseo IL.
The conference room of kitchen design experts Village Home Stores at 105 S State Geneseo IL.

Our showroom includes more than a dozen installed kitchen displays that each help us showcase the many departments we have all under one roof. If you visit us, then you may find members of our team meeting with clients throughout the showroom in one of these spaces. During the design and selection appointments of our process, we find it is best to be out in the showroom near samples and examples so we can help guide our customers best. But for those meetings that involve personal and private information (like pricing), we have this presentation and conference room space available.

The presentation room at Village Home Stores. The Quad Cities destination for all things kitchen and bath design.
The presentation room at Village Home Stores. The Quad Cities destination for all things kitchen and bath design.

What do you think? We think it turned out so amazing! We want to thank all of our on staff carpenters and subcontractors who were able to fit this project in among our already busy schedules to get this project done during the Holiday season. This project is part of an overall effort to make it easier and more comfortable to shop with Village. Entering into 2020 we have made our website villagehomestores.com easier to shop and even added a feature that allows you to text with our team! Now our website, front entrance, and showroom all should give you the same impression (and we hope it’s a good one) of the quality products we offer and the quality of work we do.

Modern white bi-fold closet doors with gold hardware in the Village Home Stores showroom.
Modern white bi-fold closet doors with gold hardware in the Village Home Stores showroom.

Of course we always want to take any opportunity we can to remind you that overall we are a small business and we know our customers choose Village for our amazing staff and team. Please don’t think that this gorgeous award-winning showroom means that we are stuffy or expensive. We promise we are a very fun team to work with and remain laser-focused on getting you the competitive price you deserve with our wide variety of products. Speaking of products, this room features a new cabinetry line to Village Home Stores: Wynnbrooke Cabinetry!

Wynnebrooke full access cabinetry available at Village Home Stores
Wynnbrooke full access cabinetry available at Village Home Stores

This cabinet is the Frost White finish and the image above shows you that the Wynnbrooke cabinet line is a frameless or “full access” cabinet style. This cabinet style is clean and offers you maximum interior storage capacity for a cabinet. Learn more about Wynnebrooke cabinetry here on their website or stop in and see our samples today! Wynnbrooke Cabinets come already built with with many features that are considered upgrades from other lines. Full access construction, dovetail drawers and soft close door & drawer hardware to name a few. We chose to install more of our bestselling quartz surface line in this new space. Cambria Quartz is always first to launch dynamic and eye-catching new surface styles and colors.

Skara Brae Cambria Quartz available at Village Home Stores. Shown on display in Village showroom in Geneseo, IL.
Skara Brae Cambria Quartz available at Village Home Stores. Shown on display in Village showroom in Geneseo, IL.

The main cabinet wall of the presentation room has been fit with a Cambria Quartz top in the Skara Brae design (shown above). This natural marble veined style pattern with a blend of warm grays adds drama and style to any space. The large conference table in the room has been built with a tabletop of Golden Dragon Cambria Quartz (shown below). Black, whites, and a sparkling shimmering gold all blend to make a statement surface. You have to see this Cambria color in person to fully appreciate it.

Golden Dragon Cambria Quartz installed as a tabletop in Village showroom in Geneseo, IL.
Golden Dragon Cambria Quartz available at Village Home Stores. Shown installed as a tabletop in Village showroom in Geneseo, IL.

This cabinet design is specific to our conference room needs. But it’s difficult not difficult to imagine a version of it in a home. In this showroom space we require storage and display areas. The main focus of this back wall is the TV where we mirror a customer presentation. We chose to include some glass door cabinets in a new updated “X” style mullion and surrounded the TV with floating shelves.

Floating light Oak shelves in the presentation room at Village Home Stores.
Floating light Oak shelves in the presentation room at Village Home Stores.

The back wall of the design has an extra element of texture with the applied wood flooring as the wall surface. We used a light oak finish on the shelves to contrast the Frost White cabinets. One of the most exciting details of our new conference room is another thing you must experience in person. We are installing our stylish Legrand Adorne series of switches and outlets along with a whole new lighting plan for the room. The exciting part is that the lighting will be voice controlled! Smart home and connected tech investments for your new or existing home continue to be a trending category of product and prove to be a wise investment to increase the value of your home.

Legrand Adorne collection wall switches with dimmers. Shown installed in Village showroom in Geneseo, IL.
Legrand Adorne collection wall switches with dimmers. Shown installed in Village showroom in Geneseo, IL.

We are so thrilled to have this new space to meet with our customers. What’s next for our showroom updates? Our largest display in the store is getting a whole new look so stay tuned! Curious what steps go into our remodel process at Village Home Stores? Check out this past blog post that walks you through some of the key elements that set us apart from the rest. We hope you plan a visit to see us and meet our team in person soon. You can find us M-F from 9am-5pm or Saturdays from 9am-noon or by appointment at 105 S State Geneseo, IL. Reach us by phone at 309 944 1344 or message with our team here on our website. We cant wait to hear what you are working on and how we can help.

White, Light Oak, and Matte Black Farmhouse Kitchen – Aspen Homes

This week we are sharing a feature on a custom kitchen we just completed with Aspen Homes in their Woodlands Farm House. This home in Bettendorf Iowa is so stunning it will knock the wind right out of you when you walk in the front door. It is THAT GORGEOUS! Did you know that farmhouse style doesn’t have to mean weathered woods and ship lap covering every surface? This open concept kitchen is an amazing example of a high-end and polished approach to the farmhouse style.

White and oak farmhouse kitchen with matte black accents in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home.
White and oak farmhouse kitchen with matte black accents in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

The kitchen is a balanced blend of custom Amish-built cabinetry in a painted “White” and White Oak stained “Sand” finish. The only bold contrast you see is in the accents like faucets, lighting, and accessories. A matte black finish on these items helps the lighting and accents to stand out and make a great statement. The overall cabinetry feels bright, light, and clean with these light finishes and floating shelves. A commercial-style 48″ wide, dual-fuel freestanding KitchenAid range is found on the main wall of the kitchen design. It includes two ovens, 6 burners, and a built-in griddle.

White kitchen with gold hardware in a Bettendorf Quad Cities modern farmhouse. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.
White kitchen with gold hardware in a Bettendorf Quad Cities modern farmhouse. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

A pro-style range hood insert is housed above that in a custom wood hood cabinet. In a great room kitchen, scale is a very important element to consider for your overall design. In this home the tall ceilings and open spaces still feel bright and light and the size of the 48″ range and 48″ build-in refrigerator are just the right scale for the space. The cabinetry extends all the way to the ceiling and a large-scale crown molding marries the cabinetry to the ceiling. A standard-size and style crown would look out of place here. This angled, large-scale crown is perfect.

White oak floating shelves and built in refrigerator in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home.
White oak floating shelves and built in refrigerator in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

On the refrigerator wall, the same “Sand” White Oak cabinetry from the kitchen island is used to surround the built-in refrigerator. Two shelves bridge the tiled wall from the refrigerator to the entry wall. Open shelves in the kitchen and bath design industry continue to become more popular in many styles of spaces. This kitchen includes a lot of cabinet storage space so these wall shelves can be left to style any way you would like throughout the year. Imagine stacked white dishes, leaning artwork, or holiday decor!

White oak kitchen cabinetry and shelves surround a built in refrigerator in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.
White oak kitchen cabinetry and shelves surround a built in refrigerator in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

There is a rapid-growing interest in light wood flooring and cabinetry in our industry. Would you have predicted just a few years ago that Oak would make such a comeback? Well it’s official, Oak is back in the spotlight… just not the golden Oak we saw year ago. White oak is trending and showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. We love the look of this woodgrain when paired with painted cabinets of any color. The countertop surfaces in this kitchen are an engineered quartz named “Calacatta Laza”.

White oak kitchen island with farmsink in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.
White oak kitchen island with farmsink in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

The hardware in this kitchen is from our Hardware Resources line and the “Brushed Gold” handles are the “Stanton” series. A standard 3″ handle would look off-scale and shrunken in this kitchen design. Using a large-scale handle elevates the look of this entire kitchen design. The brushed gold finish is also repeated in some of the home accessories and lighting. The pendant lighting above the kitchen island makes a huge impact in the space. Three “Brynne” pendants from our Feiss line hang n a Matte Black finish with gold accents.

Modern farmhouse kitchen with 3 pendant lights in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.
Modern farmhouse kitchen with 3 pendant lights in a Bettendorf Quad Cities home. Kitchen design and materials by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

If you aren’t sure what size or what quantity you need for lighting above your island, please contact our expert team. We can help you select the right fixtures for your space and your budget. Shop our lighting online, anytime here on our lighting website. There you can sort by finish, style, size and more. Plus you can contact us for help on that site. Speaking of lighting, another great fixture in this home hangs next to the kitchen is a serene dining space surrounded by windows.

Farmhouse light hangs in a farmhouse styled dining area of a Bettendorf home.
Farmhouse light hangs in a farmhouse styled dining area of a Bettendorf home. Lighting by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

Here we included a Linear Gabriel 8-light fixture in the “Noir” finish from Quorum. The simple lines look right at home with the black windows in this room. The look is really timeless and on trend at the same time. Many find this upscale farmhouse look to really just be categorized a “New Traditional”. Take a look at the Great Room below and imagine that same space with just a few changes in furniture. Neutral finishes on the cabinetry and surfaces help it to be easy to envision the space jumping from farmhouse, to contemporary, coastal and everywhere in between. The ceiling fan in this room is the “Maverick” from our Monte Carlo line. It is available in many finishes including “Matte Black” (shown).

Great room of a Bettendorf Quad Cities home with lighting and kitchen design by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes. Interior styling by Ruby & Co.
Great room of a Bettendorf Quad Cities home with lighting and kitchen design by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes. Interior styling by Ruby & Co.

You can actually tour this home as part of the QCBR Fall Parade of Homes this week! The tour will be open from 5-7pm on Wednesday the 25th and again Saturday and Sunday 9/28-29 from 1-5pm. Grab a map and full details here. If you have a giant crush on this kitchen like we do, head over here to the full album of photos from this home on our Houzz page. There you will also find more images of the other incredible rooms in this property. We love how the powder room turned out! This furniture style vanity and marble top from Hardware Resources looks great!

White bath vanity with marble top in a Bettendorf Quad Cities wallpapered powder room.
White bath vanity with marble top in a Bettendorf Quad Cities wallpapered powder room.

In the Master Bath we repeated the White Oak “Sand” cabinetry with the same hardware and clean-lined doorstyle as the kitchen. Double sink vanity designs are still sought after for many households. Here we broke up the space by changing heights and depths of the drawer stack at the center of the design. This provides a visual interest and creates a clear separation for each user. “Octave” 3-light vanity lighting from our Savoy House line looks incredible in a “Warm Brass” finish above each sink.

We also installed some Matte Black cabinetry in some of the home’s other bathrooms and the wet bar of the lower level. Someone pour us out a pint because we want to hang out in this bar! Black “Savannah” cabinetry from our Koch Classic line is paired with Calacatta Laza Quartz counters and a 3″ thick custom wood butcherblock bar top. That same oak “Sand” stain is repeated in floating shelves on ta back bar wall. Whirlpool’s “Black Stainless Steel” finish looks perfect in this home bar and the fingerprint resistant top coat makes it ready for any party crowd!

Black cabinet home bar with floating shelves and farmhouse style lighting.
Black cabinet home bar with floating shelves and farmhouse style lighting. Design and products by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

The Quad Cities is a fantastic region to live, work, and play in! We are Midwest at it’s best. With so many great places to build a home you are able to get exactly what you want. We also have amazing remodel opportunities in our area. Village Home Stores is thrilled that we get to offer quality products and service to each of those categories of homeowners. Curious about us? Watch our weekly TV show that airs every Sunday morning at 10am on WQAD News 8. There you can see before and after remodel stories from right here in the Quad Cities. See what is trending and new in our industry and get ideas for your own projects with us.

Large, angled modern crown molding in a Bettendorf Quad Cities farmhouse styled kitchen.
Large, angled modern crown molding in a Bettendorf Quad Cities farmhouse styled kitchen. Cabinetry and kitchen design by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes.

To learn more about this home (as of the time of this post it’s for sale!!!) and to learn more about Aspen Homes, visit their website here. If you have questions about something you have seen in this feature, or are ready to start the bidding process for your own new home or remodel project, just reach out to us. You can call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this short form online and a member of our team will be in touch. Find out why our one-stop-shop approach to shopping for your home can save you time and money and get you results like this home! We can’t wait to hear what you are working on and how we can help.

Custom Amish-Built Rustic Alder Kitchen With Painted Island and Hutch

This Coal Valley Illinois kitchen just got a whole new look and layout! We made functional changes (like that new view and access to the pool shown below) and updated the look and style of the entire main level of this home. Custom Rustic Alder cabinetry from our Four Acre Amish cabinetry line is stained in a “Saddle” finish and accented kitchen island and hutch are finished with a “Light Pewter” paint. Accents of brushed gold metals, an incredible KitchenAid appliance package, and gorgeous Cambria countertops complete the look.

Quad Cities area kitchen with custom Amish cabinetry and Cambria quartz counters. Kitchen designed by Rachel Tingley at Village Home Stores.
Quad Cities area kitchen with custom Amish cabinetry and Cambria quartz counters.

We moved the walk-out access to the backyard down closer to the pool view, and replaced the original window with a new wet bar. Two original peninsulas were replaced with a new custom hutch section. The new look is open, bright, and very stylish! Work was needed in this kitchen, the adjacent dining and living rooms, and entire back area of the home. That is a lot to tackle when you are also living in the home. These amazing customers called us and the complete start-to-finish Project Management team at Village Home Stores got to work for them.

Kitchen design with large island, hutch, and wetbar area. Kitchen design by Rachel Tingley with product and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.
Kitchen design with large island, hutch, and wetbar area.

There is such a transformation to the entire main level of this home that there is no way we could walk you through everything here on the blog… so instead we taped a full 1/2 hr. episode of our weekly TV show about this remodel story! Stay tuned for it to air very soon at our new time Sunday mornings at 10am on WQAD News Channel 8 ABC. In the meantime, check out this short video we made documenting some of the process. Press play below to see this kitchen and back door area transform!

Now that you have seen what it took to get to this stunning space, let’s take a closer look around at the details, materials, and design that give us this amazing end result. We replaced the U-shaped island obstacle with a long, rectangle island design with overhang on the back for counter-height stools. The refrigerator moved to a new location and the long, range wall became the featured focal point in the kitchen section of this design.

Kitchen with island and hidden pantry.
Kitchen with island and hidden pantry. Custom Amish cabinetry and Cambria Quartz counters featured.

The large scale of the KitchenAid commercial 48″ wide dual fuel range is repeated with a custom wood hood above it. The cabinetry surrounding the range is symmetrical with staggered depths and heights in the upper cabinets. What a dream space to get to work preparing a meal! Concealed within that large mantle hood cabinet is a Broan blower insert so that there is proper ventilation when the cooktop or griddle is in use.

48 inch KitchenAid Dual Fuel range with gas cooktop with custom wood hood cabinet above.
48 inch KitchenAid Dual Fuel range with gas cooktop with custom wood hood cabinet above. Kitchen design and appliances by Village Home Stores.

One of the benefits to purchasing from our custom Amish-built cabinetry lines is the ability to build sections of cabinets as one unit. Instead of this hood arriving at the jobsite as many cabinets and a lot of trim pieces, it arrives already assembled and finished just as you see it here. Our carpenters just had to install it and trim off the top with crown molding. The end result for you is a custom, seamless look and feel.

Wood Hood Custom cabinet with broan blower insert
Custom wood hood cabinet with Broan insert concealed within. Kitchen design and remodel in Coal Valley, IL by Village Home Stores.

This range will certainly be the envy of any serious home chef! A dual fuel KitchenAid range with combined oven capacity of 6.3 cu.ft. and a 6-burner gas cooktop and chrome electric griddle on top. Dual fuel means you get the benefits of electric baking in the oven cavities and the immediate control of a gas cooktop above. Shop all of our incredible cooking appliances with our Local Low Price Guarantee at villagehomestores.com

48 inch KitchenAid Dual Fuel range with two ovens gas cooktop and chrome griddle.
48 inch KitchenAid Dual Fuel range with two ovens gas cooktop and chrome griddle. Kitchen design and appliances by Village Home Stores.

Who wouldn’t love to have a griddle integrated into a cooking zone like this?This even-heat chrome griddle offers a great cooking performance for this household and has an easy-to-clean surface. That means pancakes on a Sunday morning doesn’t mean cleaning up after pancakes all Sunday afternoon. There is no seasoning required for the griddle, and the chrome allows you to never have any flavor transfers from meal to meal. If you were able to contain your envy about the range, cover your eyes and ears when we point out the pot-filler faucet right above the cooktop.

48 inch KitchenAid Dual Fuel range with two ovens gas cooktop and chrome griddle.
48 inch KitchenAid Dual Fuel range with two ovens gas cooktop and chrome griddle. Kitchen design and appliances by Village Home Stores.

Many magazine-cover kitchens include this wall faucet feature. For those who truly use their kitchens, this decorative feature is also highly functional! Imagine filling a pasta pot with water right at the cooktop. Or adding water to used pots and pans to soak for a bit before washing. We also designed this cooking zone to be functional during the cooking process with amazing storage surrounding it. Large pots and pans drawers are found on this wall as well as two pullout cabinets surrounding the range.

Pullout storage cabinets surround a large KitchenAid range in a Quad Cities area kitchen.
Pullout storage cabinets surround a large KitchenAid range in a Quad Cities area kitchen. Kitchen design, products, and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.

A 12″ pullout spice rack on the left side of the range and a 12″ pullout utensil storage cabinet on the right. We have installed many of these utensil cabinets this year and they are such a great specialty cabinet! Instead of mining through a wide or deep drawer of utensils, see everything in these organized bins and grab what you need. We also love that the lower shelf in this cabinet can be used for large containers and bottles.

Utensil pullout cabinet in a Quad Cities area kitchen design. Kitchen design and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.
Utensil pullout cabinet in a Quad Cities area kitchen design. Kitchen design and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.

Of course in any busy kitchen the island becomes the place to gather. With a new flow to this kitchen layout, the new island offers a space to casually eat, clean up, and even prepare foods. The island has a furniture style look with an accented “Light Pewter” painted finish and legs at each corner.

Kitchen island with legs custom designed by the kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.
Kitchen island with legs custom designed by the kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.

The backside of the island appears to be a custom wainscot panel… but there is storage hidden under that overhang! Each cabinet opens to reveal shelf storage for small appliances, serving trays, and seasonal items. We have found that some customers prefer storage hidden beneath an area like this, instead of an extra shelf on top of the wall cabinets that require a stepstool or ladder to reach.

Kitchen island design with usable back storage. Kitchen cabinetry, counters, appliances, and surfaces by Village Home Stores.
Kitchen island design with usable back storage. Kitchen cabinetry, counters, appliances, and surfaces by Village Home Stores.

The kitchen island countertop surface is the best place to showcase the Cambria Quartz that was selected for this new kitchen. The Brittanicca Warm design gives a warm white background and dove grays vein through it for a marble look. The look of marble with the worry-free piece of mind that this surface can hold up to these kids and adults using the kitchen.

White marble look Cambria Quartz in the Brittancca Warm design installed in a Quad Cities area kitchen.
Cambria Quartz in the Brittancca Warm design installed in a Quad Cities area kitchen. Design, product, and kitchen remodel by Village Home Stores.

From YouTube-curious slime-making kids, to red-wine spilling guests, it’s no problem! We also installed outlets on each end of the kitchen island because kitchen islands are also multi-tasking spaces like home offices, homework stations, as well as food prep areas. In this kitchen, the island is also home to the microwave drawer, sink, and dishwasher.

Kitchen sinkbase cabinet with lower drawer. Kitchen design and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.
Kitchen sinkbase cabinet with lower drawer. Kitchen design and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.

Our designer at Village Home Stores included a lower drawer sink base cabinet. This gives plenty of space in the cabinet for plumbing and also a shallow drawer for cleaning supplies below. The undermounted sink in this kitchen is an e-granite composite material with a low center divider. Why a low divider? When was the last time you actually filled up your entire sink with water?

Low divider Gray undermount kitchen sink with Delta faucet in Cambria Brittanicca Warm quartz counters.
Low divider Gray undermount kitchen sink with Delta faucet in Cambria Brittanicca Warm quartz counters.

This alternative low-divider sink layout allows those who don’t soak dishes a wider space for washing larger items and pans with handles. Even with all of these new cabinets, you can never have enough pantry space when you have lots of kids and entertain large groups. We moved the refrigerator from its original location and added a pantry area to the main range wall of the kitchen design.

Walk in pantry front matches the kitchen and offered a hidden pantry entrance from the main kitchen. Kitchen design and remodel by Village Home Stores.
Walk in pantry front matches the kitchen and offered a hidden pantry entrance from the main kitchen. Kitchen design and remodel by Village Home Stores.

But that’s not just a 24″ deep pantry cabinet… its a pantry front that opens up to access a walk-in hidden pantry. We framed in an entire new pantry area for this household borrowing space from the laundry room right behind the kitchen. We cut out an opening so it could be accessed from the kitchen and voila! As these kids call it, a “secret room” pantry!

Hidden pantry entrance opens to reveal new walled in area with borrowed space from laundry room behind the kitchen. Complete remodel and wall rework by Village Home Stores.
Hidden pantry entrance opens to reveal new walled in area with borrowed space from laundry room behind the kitchen. Complete remodel and wall rework by Village Home Stores.

Speaking of the kids, a household with active kids… means piles and clutter right? Not on our watch! We partnered with this couple to design drop zones and storage solutions that these kids can use and grow along with. We will show you the amazing mudroom bench area just around the corner in a future blog feature. In the meantime, check out this kitchen drop zone!

Magnet wall kitchen dropzone for kids scheduling supplies and water bottles. Kitchen cabinetry, counters, appliances, and surfaces by Village Home Stores.
Magnet wall kitchen dropzone for kids scheduling supplies and water bottles. Kitchen cabinetry, counters, appliances, and surfaces by Village Home Stores.

Base cabinet storage designated for school papers and all those water bottles and snack food containers! There is even a way to keep school papers sorted and out of sight. Did you notice the wall here? What’s one way to avoid papers piling up on a counter? Just give the option of a way to pop them up on the wall! We installed a magnetic wall surface here that can help display artwork, calendars, notes, reminders, and more!

Wall with magnetic panel installed in a kitchen design for a busy household dropzone. Kitchen design and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.
Wall with magnetic panel installed in a kitchen design for a busy household dropzone. Kitchen design and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.

The stainless magnetic wall surface nearby keeps the built in refrigerator front looking clean. A dual compressor, French Door layout with Platinum finished interior keep the fresh and frozen foods organized and fresh. Ask an appliance expert at Village Home Stores about the Preserva food system available in most of our refrigerator options.

Interior of KitchenAid built in French Door refrigerator in Stainless Steel finish.
Interior of KitchenAid built in French Door refrigerator in Stainless Steel finish. Kitchen design and appliances by Village Home Stores.

With a pool just outside of the new kitchen, and a great open concept layout like this of course you are going to find yourself entertaining from time to time. With three kids, even dinner at home as a family is a large crowd. There is a casual kitchen dining table within the new kitchen and a stylish wet bar area right next to it. This bar area allows for a great location for serving drinks or snacks away from the kitchen itself.

Rustic Alder wet bar area in kitchen design with paneled appliances. Cabinetry, surfaces, appliances, and installation by Village Home Stores.
Rustic Alder wet bar area in kitchen design with paneled appliances. Cabinetry, surfaces, appliances, and installation by Village Home Stores.

A section of glass-door cabinetry offers display for bar ware and glasses and a stacked stone wall surface compliments the stone of the fireplace just around the corner. This bar also includes a customer favorite (and all these kids admitted their favorite) built-in icemaker from KitchenAid.

KitchenAid panel-ready built in icemaker in a custom wet bar area.
KitchenAid panel-ready built in icemaker in a custom wet bar area. Design, remodel, and appliances by Village Home Stores.

Uniformly shaped ice cubes ideal for everyday applications. Clear Ice technology allows for a more attractive drink presentation and a slower melt rate! So that means less watered-down drinks for you! This panel-ready model and nearby paneled drawer appliances give the clean look of a row of cabinets, with great appliance features hidden in plain sight.

KitchenAid panel-ready refrigerator and freezer drawers and built in icemaker in a custom wet bar area.
KitchenAid panel-ready refrigerator and freezer drawers and built in icemaker in a custom wet bar area. Design, remodel, and appliances by Village Home Stores.

Those two drawers on the end are actually an appliance as well! The top is a refrigerator drawer full of snack items and kids beverages. The bottom drawer is a freezer full of popsicles and frosty mugs! Just steps from the pool, this bar area is a favorite for all ages!

KitchenAid panel-ready refrigerator and freezer drawers in a custom wet bar area.
KitchenAid panel-ready refrigerator and freezer drawers in a custom wet bar area. Design, remodel, and appliances by Village Home Stores.

A single well bar sink is also located in this bar area. The sink is the same material and color as the kitchen island sink and another Delta faucet is installed in a brushed brass/gold finish. That same gold accent is found in the home decor, lighting, and cabinet hardware of this design.

Undermount bar sink with Delta faucet in Cambria Brittanicca Warm quartz counters.
Undermount bar sink with Delta faucet in Cambria Brittanicca Warm quartz counters.

That same champagne brushed brass accent is repeated in the cabinet hardware. “Merrick” handles from our Hardware Resources line look great against the painted finishes and the woodgrain of the Rustic Alder cabinets.

The same Merrick handle was used throughout the home remodel. This soft brushed gold finish looks great against woodgrain or painted white.
The same Merrick handle was used throughout the home remodel. This soft brushed gold finish looks great against woodgrain or painted white.

The area that used to be two awkward peninsulas, is now a gorgeous hutch in a painted accent finish. Glass-front cabinets with X-mullions are lighted from within as well as an open shelf section in the center. These shelves will be so much fun to decorate throughout the year! Each glass-door cabinet stretches down to the countertop surface and a drawer allows another place to stash items away and out of sight.

Quad Cities area kitchen with custom painted white hutch area cabinets. Designed by Rachel Tingley at Village Home Stores.
Quad Cities area kitchen with custom painted white hutch area cabinets.

Speaking of away and out of sight, how about this peninsula section packed with the kids crafting, coloring, and homework supplies! There is also an outlet (see below) with USB charging hubs right here for phone, tablet, and laptop access.

Kitchen storage area for kids craft supplies. Kitchen cabinetry, counters, appliances, and surfaces by Village Home Stores.
Kitchen storage area for kids craft supplies. Kitchen cabinetry, counters, appliances, and surfaces by Village Home Stores.

This custom hutch will also be available when entertaining as another area to gather or even serve food and beverages from. Our Diode LED tape lighting helps this kitchen design look great day and night. This low-voltage system is a customer favorite. Imagine how warm and inviting this hutch must look glowing at night!

Custom hutch area with peninsula base cabinets, glass door cabinets, and open shelves.
Custom hutch area with peninsula base cabinets, glass door cabinets, and open shelves. Kitchen design, products, and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.

Our designers can work with you to create a display and storage space perfect for your home and needs. Have a closet you wish was a built-in? Want to update the look of a dated cabinet section in your home? Contact the expert cabinet team at Village and let us know what you are working on. We have the material and carpenters who can make that happen for you.

Custom hutch area with glass door cabinets and open shelves.
Custom hutch area with glass door cabinets and open shelves. Kitchen design, products, and complete remodel by Village Home Stores.

There is so much to this remodel story and we truly can’t wait to share an entire Village Home Show episode with you about it! There are also many other rooms we worked on in this home that we will give some proper blog time to in the upcoming weeks. Did something in this kitchen feature check off a box on your own dream kitchen wishlist? Don’t miss out on a chance to see all of the finished photos from this remodel over here on our Houzz page. Have some questions about our remodel process and want to know how to get started? Your first step is to just reach out to our team. You can call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this short online message form. A Village Home Stores team member is excited to get to work for you.

2018 Q.C.B.R. Home Show Recap

Well we have officially finished unpacking everything and almost have our showroom back together again after another fun and successful Q.C.B.R. Home Show at the Rock Island Q.C.C.A. Expo Center. From Thursday evening through late Sunday afternoon, we greeted hundreds of guests in our booth space.

QCBR 2018 Home Show booth. #TagTheQC #QuadCities | VillageHomeStores.com
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In years past we have installed entire kitchen displays the week leading up to the big show. This year we chose to install a large, eye-catching kitchen island and allow plenty of space to meet and greet visitors to chat about their own projects. The island this year made a BIG impact! We took a few risks and your response was so great. Blue cabinetry, wood details, golden accents, and purple?! Painted blue cabinetry with Acacia wood detail and Cambria Annicca quartz in the 2018 QCBR Home Show booth by Village Home Stores. | Village Home Stores

At the very center of our booth was a giant island constructed of cabinetry and panels in our new Charcoal Blue painted finish. The island was accented with sections of Acacia hardwood. We have already installed many projects throughout the Quad Cities region in this new blue cabinet color and the look is great. We also wanted an opportunity to showcase the “X” style of glass door mullions that is available. Painted blue cabinetry with doors cut for glass but instead backed with Acacia wood planks. | Village Home Stores

Mirror and glass just didn’t stand out enough against the “X” detail so we thought a bit out of the box. The same Acacia wood from our back paneling was used as an “insert” attached to the inside of the doors. This contrast in color and pattern made for a bold but amazing look that could be seen from all the way down the Home Show aisle. An open bookshelf cabinet is found on the opposite side and more Acacia hardwood is installed in combination with the Charcoal Blue paneling and trim.
Painted blue island with Acacia wood details by Village Home Stores. | Village Home Stores

With an island that large, we need a great looking countertop. We wanted the impact to be striking but not completely over the top. We selected a new quartz design by Cambria® curious to see what your response would be. This marbled look includes details of gold and purple iridescent stone.
Cambria Annicca quartz in the 2018 QCBR Home Show booth by Village Home Stores. | Village Home Stores

Wait, what? Did we say purple?! YOU BET WE DID! This stunning new Anniccadesign from Cambria® Quartz is part of their Marble Collection™ and when viewed from afar, the striking veining of shimmering flecks is beautiful. Take a closer look and the top reveals flecks of gold and a regal purple. It was pretty fun to watch our guests say how much they loved the top and then notice the purple seconds later. Get ready to see more purple as Ultra Violet has been named Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2018. Cambria Annicca quartz in the 2018 QCBR Home Show booth by Village Home Stores. | Village Home Stores

Another popular product in the booth was something we have never brought to showcase at the show, our custom window blinds and shades. This year we brought an example of our Transitions Shades for our visitors to try out and see. Press play below to see these unique blinds in action (and see Seth peek around the corner to say hello).

We have examples of this style of shade in our showroom in downtown Geneseo, IL. The look is truly unique. Of course we brought with us this year some examples of the many options for lighting available at Village Home Stores. It is already impossible to showcase all of the hundreds of thousands of fixtures in our showroom, so to select just a handful to bring for our booth is always challenging. We think our lighting team picked the perfect fixtures this year because our guests loved them!Lighting in the 2018 Quad Cities Home Show booth by Village Home Stores. | Village Home Stores

The largest and most noticeable was the geometric cluster fixture (shown center above) from our Hinkley line. This display of lighting was our more Modern grouping. It showcased the trend of gold and also mixed materials. On the opposite side of the booth we went with a more Farmhouse Rustic grouping of fixtures. The award for most reached at and touched light fixture certainly would go to this chained light (shown center below) by Sea Gull. Lighting in the 2018 QCBR Home Show booth by Village Home Stores. | Village Home Stores

This year there were just as many bath remodel customers we spoke to as kitchen customers. The last few years have been trending this direction for our remodel business. This year we brought a bath vanity display and our Kohler®  Choreographshower system to showcase. This collection of shower walls and adjustable accessory options is fantastic. Stylish options for an easy-to-clean shower look plus the ability to customize the space even after it is installed. Ask a member of our design team with any questions about this great system. Shower panel display in the 2018 Quad Cities Home Show booth by Village Home Stores. | Village Home Stores

Our booth was busy this year and we hope f you were at the show that you were able to get your questions answered. If not you can always reach out  It was so great to meet potential new clients and of course we love it when past clients stop by to say hello too! Your response and feedback for our TV Show has also been such an encouragement. We hope to get four new episodes of the show coming your way in 2018.

We were honored a few weeks ago by being named the Q.C.B.R. Business of the Year for 2017. We value the opinions our customers have for our staff and our store very highly. To also be recognized among peers and colleagues is truly and honor.
Our Business of the Year award from the Quad Cities Builders and Remodelers Association rests on Cambria Annicca quartz in our 2018 QCBR Home Show booth. | Village Home Stores

The Quad Cities Builders and Remodelers Association puts on this incredible Home Show event every February in the Quad Cities. It is the place to be for remodeling customers and those planning to build a new home. To learn more about the Q.C.B.R. and see upcoming event information visit their website here. If you found this post online to learn about an upcoming Quad Cities Home Show we hope you will come find us this year and say hello! We can’t wait to hear what you are working on! Have any questions for our team? Contact us today at (309) 944-1344.

 

Coal Valley, IL- Black, White, and Gold Kitchen Remodel

So what is black and white and gold all over? This perfectly on-trend kitchen remodel in Coal Valley, IL. A Transitional style space that is tasteful and right on trend! We originally met with this customer about estimating design and materials for her brand new home. Instead she ended up finding a great existing home opportunity in Coal Valley, IL. She then began working with us to remodel this home completely to now reflect her own taste and personality.
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The home was in great shape and already had a very functional layout to work with. The 1990’s finishes however, were ready for an update. Medium Oak cabinetry, laminate counters, and beige paint graces every room. Here is a peek at the original kitchen that included a peninsula and white appliances. There was already a space adjacent to the kitchen for a dining area.
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This customer worked closely with a team from Village Home Stores and her own contractors to take the 90’s property not only up to date… but magazine cover worthy! When you work with Village Home Stores, part of our process is to present you with full color renderings of your designs. This is our process whether you are building or remodeling. In a remodel of this size, the renderings help to visualize the shift of the entire style of a home. Seeing the vision in a rendering helps out so much! Our experts work with you to make sure the complete design and all the selections within it will work perfectly AND reflect your own tastes. In this case, the tastes of our client were sophisticated and stylish!
Full color rendering of custom kitchen design from the expert team at Village Home Stores

Two-tone kitchen design has seen some major shifts over the past few years. Originally, the most comfortable way to two-tone a kitchen design has been to add a second finish to a freestanding kitchen island. A refreshing new approach has been to install a dark base cabinet and a lighter upper cabinet in a design. We see this with darker graphite grays, blacks, and even navy blue.
Black base cabinets and White upper cabinets paired with quartz counters. | VillageHomeStores.comPainted black and white cabinetry from our Koch Classic line in the “Savannah” door is complimented with a Cararra Marble backsplash in a herringbone pattern. A single-level island in the center of the design seemed to almost appear to be wrapped in ribbon. That ribboned look is a waterfalling quartz installation. Hanstone quartz “Tranquility” is installed as the island countertop and the perimeter is a solid white “Royale Blanc” design.
Black and White painted kitchen with Black Stainless Steel appliances by KitchenAid and Hanstone Quartz. | VillageHomeStores.com

With the peninsula now removed, that left plenty of room for a large island to stretch the full length of the kitchen. A Microwave drawer by Sharp® is at the center with a large drawer below. The microwave is surrounded by wide drawer stacks and added storage and a pullout waste basket on the end near the sink.
Black and White painted kitchen with waterfalling Hanstone Quartz counters. | VillageHomeStores.com
Cascading/waterfalling your countertops could become the jaw-dropping statement-maker you are looking for! We recently installed our new front desk area to include multiple waterfall counters and all of our showroom guest love the look. See those tops here in a past blog post.
Hanstone quartz counters in the Tranquility design in a remodeled Coal Valley, IL kitchen. VillageHomeStores.com

With the quartz counters “wrapping” each end of the island, that doesn’t leave a great space to include an outlet. A large island like this in a great room space demands entertaining guest. Can’t you just picture this place full for a Holiday get-together? Power is needed for small appliances or even charging electronics when working from the island seating. We concealed the outlet right on the end beneath the decorative corner detail. The matte black outlet and cover blend perfectly. The kitchen island seats four and the nearby Dining area can accommodate more formal Dining guests. A 6-light gold orb fixture by Quorum hangs above the large dining table.
Black painted kitchen island with waterfalling Hanstone quartz counters and concealed outlet. | VillageHomeStores.com

Not only did this client have a very clear idea of her own personal style, she was incredibly organized with her inspirations! If you are dreaming of a new kitchen but know it will be a few years down the road, start honing your own tastes and inspirations now! Not only did this client come to us with a contagious enthusiasm, she also came with binders full of ripped out magazine photos, Pinterest boards, and even Houzz ideabooks. The open shelf wall of her design came inspired by an instagram post by Kristin on the Bliss at Home blog.
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We think this corner of the kitchen design is such a beautiful way to add a space to personalize and customize the kitchen throughout the year. The Cararra Marble herringbone backsplash tile is installed from countertop to ceiling. This tile from Epic Stone adds texture and detail without being a distraction or too busy. Marble cut into small tiles provides a timeless tone-on-tone look.
Black painted cabinets, Black Stainless steel, and stylish open shelving. | VillageHomeStores.com

The gold shelf brackets are just one of the many gold accents throughout the space. The custom shelves are an Oak wood that has been charred. Charred or blackened wood accents are beginning to become a huge home accessories trend and we love introducing this look into the kitchen. The Japanese charred wood technique is called Shou Sugi Ban or Yakisugi.
Gold brackets and charred black shelves in a black and white kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

The charred wood compliments the Black painted base cabinets so well and adds another unique texture to the design. The finishes are not the only thing that saw an update. Our adorne® collection of outlets and switches from legrand® add fuction and style to the space. Take a look at this great pop-out outlet below the open shelves.
Pop-out outlet by legrand. | VillageHomeStores.com

Power when needed and concealed and stylish when not in use. Plus this single outlet packs a lot of power. This single pop-out includes 4 outlets! A brushed gold kitchen faucet adds another place for that pop of gold accent. This faucet also has a pull-out spray wand.
Brushed Gold Kohler kitchen faucet. | VillageHomeStores.com

Selecting a accent color is only half of the process of executing it well. Accenting is all about balancing scale and locations of your colors. This kitchen includes pops of gold found in the lighting, hardware, and accessories. The underside of the kitchen island pendants give a peek-a-boo approach to the accent. These pendants are named “Placuna” and come from our Uttermost line.
Gold kitchen lighting by Uttermost and Kichler. | VillageHomeStores.com

Due to the large size of the new kitchen window, a single light wouldn’t seem appropriate. Two 10″ wide Kichler “Maclain” pendants hang framing in the sink area. The same legrand series that makes the pop-out outlet mentioned above also offers a modular undercabinet system. This unique system of lighting, outlets, and electronic docking accessories can be customized and changed to accommodate the kitchen needs.
Modular undercabinet lighting and outlet system by legrand. | VillageHomeStores.com

All of the outlet and USB boxes can be pulled and moved to other locations. There are also bluetooth speaker inserts and accessories like this tablet dock. The look is sleek and best of all?, it allows your backsplash tile to spread the full height without being disrupted or distracted by an outlet. For kitchens including a full-height stone or quartz backsplash this system can really be a fantastic solution!
Modular undercabinet lighting system with outlets. | VillageHomeStores.com

The painted black cabinets from the bases of the kitchen design are repeated in the taller elements of the kitchen. This looks especially stunning because of the new appliances included from KitchenAid®. A french door counter-depth refrigerator and double wall oven have been built-in to a painted black cabinet surround. The appliances are in the innovative and stylish Black Stainless Steel finish by KitchenAid®. This finish is a true Stainless Steel and the fingerprint-resistant finish creates a matte black look that pairs perfectly with this cabinet choice.
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Black Stainless appliances are accented with chrome and Stainless details. This makes them pair well with other metal finishes in a complete design. This kitchen includes a Stainless cooktop and microwave drawer. The kitchen faucet and lighting above the sink are also a brushed golden finish that helps to compliment the stainless texture of the appliances. See another great example of mixed metals including Black Stainless here in a past blog post.
Black Stainless Steel appliances by KitchenAid available from the Quad Cities KitchenAid experts at Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Of course any dream kitchen must include storage wish-list cabinets. Slide-out shelves, post and pans drawers, and a pull-out spice rack are among some of the inserts included in the design. We love how keeping the darker finish on the base cabinets helps to keep the overall space light and airy.
Black and White painted kitchen with pullout spice rack. | VillageHomeStores.com

Village Home Stores also offers a full line of custom blinds and shades for your home. This wide new kitchen window has been fit with our Oxford House® “Transitions” shade.  While being operated the wide, horizontal stripes overlap to offer an open or closed look even when the shade is down. The shade is the “Dixie White” finish.
Custom Window Shades and Blinds by Oxford House. Shown: Transistions shades. | VillageHomeStores.com

All of this rests on a stunning new Luxury Vinyl Tile (or L.V.T.) from our Fusion Hybrid collection. The gray woodgrain pattern is named “Dutch Pine”. This LVT is installed throughout the great room. See more detailed photos of this kitchen plus some of the other space in this remodeled home here over on our award-winning Houzz page.

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When we went to visit this finished kitchen to photograph it we noticed a little dish by the kitchen sink. It has a gold-winged flying pig attached to it. The client quickly said “Oh that? My friends and I always joked I would get the dream kitchen I had been planning in my head for year when pigs fly” Well don’t look now but there is a flying pig in her kitchen because it has happened! Have you seen your dream kitchen on Instagram or Pinterest? How about the cover of a magazine while waiting in a grocery line? Even television shows and movies can provide us inspiration for our own dream spaces. Start collecting your ideas now and contact us as soon as you are ready to start the conversation about your own dream kitchen. Simply complete this online form or call us at (309) 944-1344 to schedule an appointment. We think we see a pig flying outside your current kitchen window. It’s time.
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