Our Holiday Host and Hostess Gifts to You

Ideas for your worksgiving.

Are you hosting a get together this Holiday? At Village Home Stores we think entertaining guests in your home is such a wonderful gift to all who experience it. When people gather, memories are made. We want you to enjoy your time at home and make the Holidays as easy as possible for you. So with the approaching Thanksgiving holiday this week, we thought we would put together a few host/hostess gifts from our family to yours.  Are you hosting a meal this week? Wanting to find a polite way to ask everyone to “park” their glowing screens someplace else other than at their place-setting? How about giving them a polite instruction and location for it:No phones at the table policy? Enforce it politely with this free printable sign. | villagehomestores.com

Find a location to place a small basket for your guests to “park” their phones in during mealtime. Download this sign fro us for free!  Tap HERE For This Be Present Printable and find an unused frame to put it in. We made these printables simple and easy to crop to fit a frame. Speaking of phones, it has become a norm of modern hospitality to offer your home WiFi to guests. If you want to avoid having to repeat the information every time the doorbell rings, grab this sign to customize:Have houseguests this Holiday? Let them hop on your wifi with this free pdf printable sign. | villagehomestores.com

Just tap HERE For a WiFi Printable and add your network name and password before framing. This can be located near the appetizers, home bar, or in the powder room when entertaining. NOTE: this framed sign is a very thoughtful addition to a guest bedroom if you have overnight guests. Is your home is a “shoes off” house? Remind your guests with a Friendly Shoes Off Sign that reads “Leave all worries (and your shoes please) at the door”. Is your house a shoes off please house? Enforce it politely with this free pdf printable sign. | villagehomestores.com

Last week we hosted a “Worksgiving” event after hours here at the store. “Friendsgiving” and “Worksgiving” events are becoming more and more popular and we totally understand why! Who doesn’t love an excuse to get together to snack and sip!? Since Village Home Stores is in the business to creating beautiful spaces for entertaining, it should not be a surprise that we can also create a pretty amazing pot luck feast! For last week’s “Wine-Down Worksgiving” we each brought an appetizer to share. Easy appetizers for holiday entertaining, friendsgiving, and worksgiving events. | villagehomestores.com

Of course we had countless crock pots full of so many tasty snacks and the showroom smelled so good all day we could hardly wait until 5pm. We posted a few of the appetizer recipes to the Village Home Stores Pinterest page just in case you are looking for a last-minute recipe for your own gathering. Find a simple Caramel Apple Dip, Apricot Crustini Bites, and Spicy Sausage Stars on our recipe board. Easy appetizers for holiday entertaining, friendsgiving, and worksgiving events. | villagehomestores.com

Love crock-pot season? We do too! Be sure to scroll through and follow that whole board on our Pinterest page because we have pinned a lot of great crock pot and toaster oven recipes there for our clients who are currently going through a remodel and don’t have a full kitchen at the moment. We think a Worksgiving was a great way to gather as a work family and get us ready for the Holiday season. Our new lighting showroom made for the perfect space to do it.
Hosting a get together and want every to ditch their screens? Enforce it politely with this free pdf printable sign. | villagehomestores.com

Need to service your appliances before a big meal? Call our expert appliance service team at (309) 944-1344 for a service appointment. We service most major brands. Shopping for new appliances this month? Don’t forget that we purchase from a multi-million dollar buying group and offer our Local Low Price Guarantee to all customers! That means we have prices competitive with the box stores but you get to have the award-winning expert customer experience you deserve! Our team will help you find the right deals and the right models for your lifestyle and budget.  Shop our Black Friday savings here onlineBlack Friday and Small Business Saturday deals from Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

We want to remind you that Village Homes Stores is a family-owned small business and we proudly stay closed on Thanksgiving Day so all of our staff can enjoy the Holiday. We will be open Black Friday from 9am until 5pm and again on Small Business Saturday from 9am until noon at 105 S State in Downtown Geneseo, IL. Stop in and see us! We always have fresh baked cookies for our guests. No matter where you are spending your holiday, we hope you are safe and blessed. A very special thank you to all of our amazing clients who are preparing their first Thanksgiving meals in their new kitchens from Village Home Stores this year! Cheers! 

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.

Calling All Elves: We Need Your Help on a Giveaway!

This year has been such an encouraging year for us as a small business. We continue to add to our growing customer list and promise to keep earning the trust of all of you on that list. We are a small business located in a small town but we are blessed to service such a large area of the Midwest. The team at Village Home Stores is so thankful that you see a value in a great price paired with great service. We would love to brighten someone’s Holiday this year but we need your help. We are calling on all of you to be our elves. We need your “nice list” because someone is getting this Whirlpool® laundry pair under their tree!
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This 85 series Duet Front-Load laundry pair has a large capacity AND when working as a team, they are efficient with your time, water, AND energy use. Know someone who could use a “load” of help this Holiday? Please let us know who! Who should be nominated? Nominate someone who is in need of laundry without the finances to purchase new. Or nominate someone who is doing good and could use the pair to keep helping others.
Help Village Home Stores find a deserving home for this laundry pair. See store for details. | VillageHomeStores.com

Return THIS NOMINATION FORM to Village Home Stores in person or by mail at 105 S State St. Geneseo, IL 61254 or email completed for to info@villagehomestores.com all entries must be received by Friday December 22nd at 5pm. Winner will be contacted for delivery the week following Christmas. Name of winner will not be announced publicly unless the winning party agrees to it. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or Instagram. See store for details.
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Davenport, IA- A Kitchen Remodeled For Entertaining

This beautiful Davenport, IA home was in need of a new layout suited better for the large groups that are entertained there. Truth is, when you have a narrow galley kitchen in the back of your home, any group over two guests seems large. The complete project management team at Village Home Stores went to work and converted this narrow kitchen, and adjacent formal Dining and Living Rooms into one large open concept layout. The kitchen footprint itself has nearly tripled in size:
before after wall removed

The new kitchen stretches into the original formal Dining Room area and this bright and stylish new space has been completely transformed. “Pearl” painted cabinetry from our Koch Express line is installed in the “Camden” doorstyle. This has been paired with “Chakra Beige” engineered quartz counters and warm brushed gold accents in hardware and lighting selections. Kitchen color ideas white painted cabinets. | VillageHomeStores.comGold has shown a tremendous trending push this past year and is forecasted to stay on trend for quite some time. The look is stunning. We love the look of these two large pendant light fixtures above the kitchen island. Take a look at the same light fixture in a Master Bath we worked on in Moline, IL. “Biscuit” subway tile from the Rittenhouse Square series is installed throughout as the backsplash for this project. A classic look.
White painted kitchen with largeb island in Davenport Iowa. | VillageHomeStores.com

With the space now opened up, there is plenty of room for an island. Anyone who has visited or had a kitchen that includes a center island in the design will tell you that there is something almost magnetic about that island. No matter what the size or age of the crowd, they all are drawn to lean, sit, or work at the island. This new kitchen design in Davenport, IA embraces and enhances that idea. Take a look at the birdseye view of the new layout:renderingThe island is over 8′ long and 5′ deep. Not only is the island easily accessible from all areas of the layout, it is a large enough size to accommodate even the largest of crowds and let the homeowners navigate with plenty of space in the work zones of the kitchen. Including a center island in your design that isn’t home to the sink or cooktop helps to designate a space for guests to be while you are working in the kitchen. By keeping the island top clear of a sink or cooktop, this counter space now becomes the most versatile work surface in the entire home. This large of an island makes a statement in size so another detail was added to dress up the look. Two edge profiles were used on the quartz tops.two edges on kitchen counters

A decorative “Ogee” edge (shown above on left) profile wraps the quartz island top and a standard “Eased” edge (right) profile is used on the perimeter of the kitchen. The main kitchen sink is an E-granite composite sink made by Elkay. The “Biscuit” color selected is the perfect compliment to the quartz color. A soft, “eyebrow” arch at the top of this sink style leaves the perfect location for a single-drill faucet fixture. Elkay e granite sink in biscuitNotice the center divider of the sink is shorter than expected? This low-divider layout allows you the option of a shallow sink fill when needed, but the space to fit and wash large pots and pans as well. A second sink is located in the wet bar area where the original kitchen once sat. Lighted glass-front cabinets surround a custom area for a flat screen TV. All of this is book-ended by two large pantry cabinets.  TV above bar in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Having a second sink can be a fantastic feature when you have an open-concept kitchen. Access from 4 different entrances to this kitchen means that this small bar sink may be used for any number of tasks. It is easy to picture this wet bar area stocked up for the Holidays as a beverage station. Bar sink in kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.comHaving this detached from the main kitchen work areas allows the main kitchen users to continue to have their own space and sink to work at. Nobody will be in the way to grab a drink and congregate at the island. This kitchen island is deep enough that even if it were used to serve from, the back of it still allows space for seated guests. refr_wallThere is so much storage in the new kitchen. Wall cabinets stretch to the ceiling and crown molding completes the look. With the new open concept to the home layout, a consistent flooring was needed to blend all of the new spaces together seamlessly. The original formal Dining Room has been absorbed into the new kitchen space. The formal Living Room is now the Dining Room and all of these areas now have a gorgeous Hickory hardwood from our LW Mountain line. The “Durango” stained hardwood is modeled here by “Mr. Darcy” who has claimed this spot behind the island for his own post-Thanksgiving meal nap.
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That still leaves a lot of seats for guests around this huge island. 4 bar stools fit under the back of the island overhang and two more on the ends of the deep top. This added seating for 6 is well within sight and earshot from the new formal Dining Room. There is now a large area ready for Holiday entertaining.
Large kitchen island with seating. | VillageHomeStores.com

Do you love the look of this kitchen and want to keep track of anything for your own kitchen project? See all of the images from the kitchen remodel feature here over on our Houzz.com page. There you can save any of the nearly 30 images to your own ideabooks plus browse our other projects and ideas. Every single kitchen we work on is different. Isn’t that so amazing! That is why we absolutely love what we do here at Village Home Stores. We get to create beautiful spaces that are used and loved every single day. Watch a full video tour of this space by pressing play on the episode shared below of the Village Home Show.

It is such a special privilege to know this Holiday season that many of our kitchens will be full of friends and family sharing and preparing meals and making lasting memories. If you are ready to take the first step for your own kitchen project just give us a call at (309) 944-1344 or complete this short contact form online and one of our staff members will reach out to set up an appointment with you. flooring_in_davenport