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Aspen Homes- Tastefully On Trend Meets Timeless

Many times customers are hesitant to embrace something labeled as a “trend” because they fear the look will be dated so quickly. The truth is in our industry…trends aren’t just a flash in the pan. Ever. For design choices like Gray Stains or Black Accents, these “trends” are long-term. Once you begin to see certain trends appear on magazine covers and in spaces on your favorite TV shows, the industry has committed to the concept. This latest project we completed with Aspen Homes LLC is so gorgeous we barely know where to begin the tour!  As we show you around the space we will pay attention to key trends at work in the kitchen:

Black Details And Accents In The Kitchen:

Kitchen with black window accent. Design and materials from Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

We love the black trim detail added to this Bettendorf, IA home. A farmhouse sink sits beneath three windows on one wall of the kitchen design. These three black windows add style and visual rhythm to the space. The two “Wadsworth” pendants that hang above the kitchen island are from our Hudson Valley line. Selecting the perfect lighting for your overall look is so important. The kitchen island pendants in this home are the perfect example of what we mean.

“Both the sconces and the island pendants get a lot of attention. I’m glad I took a risk with those pendants because they seem to tie it all together and ground a space filled with so much white.” -homeowner

That quote from the homeowner says it all! They truly do complete the entire design. The black accent, the shape, the brass, the circle element (see the barn door below), it is all perfection! A pendant like that in a catalog or our showroom may seem like a bold statement but our lighting team works hard with our clients to select fixtures perfect for their space. A statement may seem a bit out of your comfort level at the time but the impact will be great!

Introduce Gold Accents:

Between the windows hang “Margeaux” wall sconces from our Hinkley line. The “Vintage Brass” finish on the sconces is repeated in the kitchen cabinet hardware and accents on the island pendant lights. You do not have to go “all in” on this Gold Accent trend. Just introducing a few locations for it is great! New Traditional style is all about balancing old looks with new materials. In some cases New Traditional blends old finishes with new shapes and styles. Mixing metal finishes can look great when executed correctly and our team is here to help you find the perfect balance.

Large kitchen hood idea. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

Soften The Look With Matte Finishes:

A great way to make a space more welcoming and less “cold” is to use softer, more matte finishes. Even a cold, hard material like granite can seem more approachable. In this case, a Granite named “Black Pearl” has been installed as the perimeter countertop material. Instead of a high-polished and reflective finish, the “Brushed” finish is used. The result: and Old World look almost like that of a soapstone countertop. The island countertop is from our Cambria Quartz line in their “Summerhill” design. Summerhill blends all of the surrounding colors together perfectly and offers up a natural stone veining look that adds character to the island.
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Want a cabinet style and finish that is truly timeless? If you look at some of your own favorite kitchen spaces saved to your Pinterest or Houzz accounts is the common denominator perhaps a white painted cabinet? A flat-panel doorstyle in a white paint is as timeless of a cabinet commitment you can make. This kitchen has been installed in the “Savannah” door from our Koch Classic line. Chances are if you are drawn to the look of a white painted cabinet, you are also looking at Subway tile. This kitchen takes that classic subway tile and installs it all the way to the ceiling:

Subway tile all the way to the ceiling in a Bettendorf, IA kitchen designed by Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes LLC. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

“It’s funny how many people love that the subway tile is taken to the ceiling. It was a simple addition that makes it all feel more special.” -homeowner

White painted flat-panel cabinetry and subway tile. We are giving you the definite green light for that winning combination! Again, these are classic and timeless selections you can make for your overall permanent investment. If 15 years from now you wanted to give this kitchen a new look, the entire kitchen may not need to come out to get that “new” update.

Showcase Your Workspace:

If you are going to invest in a great space to prepare meals, why not shine the spotlight on your busiest area? Cooking zones are where all the activity happens so why not make them the focal point of the space? Kitchens are no longer hidden in the back corner of a home. They have become the very center of all activity throughout your day. In this kitchen a unique hood design makes a statement of its own on the range wall. This custom wood hood aligns with the angle of the kitchen ceiling. A custom hood insert and 1200 CFM blower are fit on the interior of the hood. A clean hood design with a contrasting band of wood at the base completes the look. Below that hood is an envy-worthy 48″ wide range:

48 inch KitchenAid dual fuel range. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

This KitchenAid® Dual Fuel, commercial-style range has 6 gas burners and a chrome electric griddle. The griddle provides exceptional cooking performance and features an easy-to-clean surface. Why Dual Fuel? This range combines the precise control of a gas cooking surface with an electric oven. In the culinary world even the most demanding of cooks can agree that dual fuel is the “best of both worlds” situation for a range. Immediate control for the cooktop and consistent baking, roasting, and broiling in the oven.

Photo courtesy of KitchenAid®

Photo courtesy of KitchenAid®

EvenHeat™ True Convection in the ovens provide consistent heating and even cooking on all racks. Convection helps ensure no burnt edges or undercooked centers and with EasyConvect™ Conversion, it is so easy to use these features. This range combines two ovens for a total of 6.3 cu. ft. of capacity. Shop appliances here or visit our store for an award-winning customer experience and a Low Price Guarantee on home appliances!

Warm Gray Stains:

Gray stains aren’t just still “in style”, they are growing and growing in popularity! Each of our cabinet lines have invested in continuing to add gray stains to their finish options. Grays have started to trend toward the warmer look. Warm grays blend well with other wood finishes and paints.

Kitchen with design and materials from Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

In this kitchen a tall pantry cabinet with drawers is finished in a contrasting gray stain named “Stone”. The same Savannah Doorstyle used in the main kitchen is a Cherry wood on the pantry cabinet. Cherry offers a warm and rich woodgrain for the “Stone” stain. We love the use of a contrasting cabinet finish in an unexpected application. We have come to expect the kitchen island, or perhaps a hood to have a contrast finish. Here the location gives the tall cabinet almost the look of a freestanding furniture piece.

Kitchen with design and materials from Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

This layout also provides the illusion of two kitchen islands. A peninsula runs parallel to the kitchen island. It is always exciting to work with Aspen Homes on a project because they come to us with so many great ideas and enthusiastic clients. Looking to build a new home or remodel the one your are in? Village Home Stores is your expert Kitchen and Bath destination. We build a team specific to your project’s needs and help make the process as easy and as fun as possible for you.

Kitchen with design and materials from Village Home Stores for Aspen Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Photo courtesy of Aspen Homes LLC , Bettendorf, IA

You can find out more information on what you can expect when working with Aspen Homes and Village Home Stores here on a previous post. We are thrilled to welcome Aspen to Instagram in 2017! Give their page a follow to see the beautiful spaces they are working on in the Quad Cities Region. While you are there, find the Village Home Stores Instagram page as well. We love sharing beautiful spaces and behind-the-scenes coverage of what our store is working on day to day. Ready to start the conversation about your own project? Contact us today to get started. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!
Cambria quartz in Bettendorf, IA | VillageHomeStores.com

bath remodel. | VillageHomeStores.com

Prophetstown, IL: Smokey & Stylish Hall Bathroom

Smokey gray finishes and unique material selections make this Hall Bathroom stylish and welcoming in a rural Prophetstown, IL home remodeled by Village Home Stores. Proof that a gorgeous Bath is not just reserved for Master Bathrooms, this space is magazine-cover worthy! We design and remodel so many bathrooms throughout the Quad Cities Region and without a doubt the most sought-after look for them is a custom tiled shower space like this Hall Bath features.

Custom Tiled Shower:
Custom tiled shower. | VillageHomeStores.com

This custom space has been fit with a selection of finishes in a warm gray palette. This is a neutral collection of materials that is updated and chic. A modern size and shaped wall tile is paired with a stylish mosaic accent deco line. The 12″ x 24″ wall tiles and 2″ x 2″ shower floor tiles are by Mannington from the Catalina Driftwood series. The 12″ wide deco line is a Glazzio mosaic from the Titanium Field: Glass and Slate Series. This mosaic includes colors from the entire finished Bath and helps tie the entire look together. These shower tile selections allow the Oil-Rubbed Bronze fixtures to stand out. When you are creating a custom tiled shower be sure to take plenty of time to select the best shower fixtures for you and your use.

Select Shower Fixtures:

Many custom showers include multiple shower sprays and other great features. A removable spray arm can be helpful when using the shower but consider that they are also very helpful when cleaning the shower. These removable spray arms can also adjust in height/location for easier use for shorter users or those who are aging in their home and seeking a “Universal” design for handicap accessibility.
Custom tile shower. | VillageHomeStores.com

Add a Custom Niche or Bench:

tiled shower shelf. | VillageHomeStores.com

We continue to stay busy with bathroom remodels all throughout the Quad Cities Region. Custom tiled showers at the most popular choice. Adding tiled bench seats and toiletry niches is always recommended. Custom tiled showers grant you the luxury of making the shower space exactly how you want it to look and function. Tiled niches can become an integrated and functional area like the one shown here, or even an accent area. Take a look at our ideabook here over on Houzz.com that features a full album of niches and benches from custom tiled showers we have installed. Consider tiling the back of your niche with the accent tile you have included in other areas of the bathroom. This can draw attention to this great custom feature plus help you find the niche easier when using the shower.

Glass Shower Door Entry:

Your team at Village Home Stores will arrange to have a custom glass door entry or fixed glass wall installed perfect for your project. Depending on the size and layout of your new shower, your entrance will vary. In the case of this Hall Bath, a threshold was needed and a fixed pane of glass was paired with a glass door for entry.threshold

This Bath also includes a vanity area that makes an incredible first impressions for guests. A furniture-style bath vanity from our Koch Classic line of cabinetry gives an open look with a shelf and legs below. A decorative framed mirror and vanity light above completes the look.Smoke finished caninet. | VillageHomeStores.com

Furniture style vanity. | VillageHomeStores.comThe “Savannah” door in the Hickory “Stone” stain gives a Rustic Transitional look the the space. Gray stains and paints continue to stay on trend with a forecast to remain so for many years to come. This choice gives a rich look without the super dark contemporary feel of a deep Espresso or Java-colored stain. The open shelf below can be used for decorative items or even baskets with added toiletries or towels.

The same Glazzio mosaic tile used to accent the custom shower was installed as a 4″ tall backsplash above the vanity top. A Cambria Quartz top in the “Ramsey” design is durable and sleek. A beveled edge profile has been applied. Engineered Quartz is an excellent choice for a bathroom vanity top because it is maintenance free and can’t be harmed by any lotions, cleaners, or other products you might spill onto it in the Bath. Accent tile as backsplash. | VillageHomeStores.com

If a bathroom remodel is one of your next projects we have a LOT to offer. When you choose to work with Village Home Stores on your bath remodel you pair expert work with quality products. Two very important elements to a finished bathroom space that you can enjoy for years and years. Expert design staff to help you make the most of your space and access to a huge showroom of products fit for any budget to help make it look beautiful. We also offer Full Project Management for your remodel project. We can estimate, design, AND arrange for all of the work to be done for you. If you are ready to start the conversation about your own space get in touch with our team. You can reach out anytime on our website by completing the contact form here. Or call today to schedule an appointment at (309) 944-1344. bathroom_remodeler