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Orion Remodel: Island Living

island_titlecardThis kitchen remodel in Orion, IL begins like so many in our area. Oak cabinets, existing soffits, a wall keeping the kitchen contained and a peninsula. I am sure many of you readers have or have had a kitchen similar to that description. Take a look at where this story began….

before_kitchenLook familiar to anyone? While there is nothing at all wrong with this kitchen look, it is the common description attached to many of the remodels we do when a home is ready for an update. But now see where this project has ended up!

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Koch cabinets in the “Legacy: doorstyle and painted “Pearl” finish with “Umber” highlights are installed on the main kitchen wall and large island in the Birch “Java”  finish are both topped with Cambria Quartz in the ‘Windermere” design. The doorway into the kitchen has transitioned into an open concept to the front room and dining space nearby. The soffits that extended to the ceiling were removed and now a staggered height design is in place to make this main wall of the kitchen look magazine-cover ready!

island_backA large island roughly 7 1/2′ x 4′ in size makes a great new location for prep, dining, cleanup, and entertaining. This kitchen island is now at the center of all activity in this kitchen. Even with a large crowd congregating around the back of this arching island shape, guests will be no bother to the users in the main prep areas of the kitchen. As you may have seen on the latest episode of the Village Home Show, this island is usable from all sides. The back “paneled” face actually includes usable cabinets 2′ deep. Each island side also has a functional cabinet as well.large island

The new island is now home to the kitchen sink and it also includes one of our favorite features, a garbage disposal button. Disposal buttons can be wonderful in island sink designs because a switch would otherwise have to be located in the cabinet beneath or on a wall behind the user. This feature is instead within reach and works at  just at the push of a button.

disposal_buttonTwo people can now easily navigate around the back wall of cabinetry and the island sink area, even if the dishwasher or refrigerator door is opened. Directly behind the sink and centered in the main wall of cabinetry is a Maytag cooktop below a wood decorative hood. In place of a large stack of drawers or a sinkbase cabinet for the cooktop, an inverted base cabinet was used.

inverted sinkbase cabinetA tall, deep drawer on the very bottom of the cabinet for pots and pans leaves a wide open space above for the cooktop components above. Adding a sliding shelf can make this open space even more usable. See this cabinet in action over on our YouTube channel here.

Village_home_showIf you caught our newest episode of the Village Home Show you were able to see a full video tour of this beautiful Orion kitchen. Since the episode was focused specifically on the kitchen island and lighting above it, you may not have noticed something was missing… something pretty big. Take a look at our designer working with the customer the day of filming in the image above. They were brainstorming about selections of backsplash for the kitchen. What they ended up selecting is perfect:

orion_tile_installerThis combination of a neutral 3″ x 6″ tumbled marble field tile and a framed in accent tile above the cooktop grabs your attention right when you walk in the front door of this home. If a second tile is not a look you are after, consider this same layout but instead frame in your field tile installed going a different direction. Another great idea is to select a smaller or larger tile from the same series to install withing this framed space.

tileThese tiles were selected as a perfect compliment to the gorgeous new Cambria Quartz counters in the new kitchen. The darker field tile picks up on the veining in the Cambria design and the accent tile framed in is more similar to the cabinet finish. The roped pencil rail that creates that framed look matches so well with the cabinet handles and knobs and looks right at home in this kitchen.

ogee_cambria_edgeThe upgrade to an “Ogee Edge” profile on the Cambria “Windermere” Quartz tops really catches the light and your eye. The arch of the island overhang and the bumped-out look of the cooktop each look highlighted by this added edge detail. On the far left end of the main kitchen wall is an appliance garage cabinet that extends all the way down the countertop.

hidden_keurigThis cabinet opens with a top-lift hinge that can stay open to allow the hidden coffeepot within to be pulled out and tucked back away when not in use. See this cabinet in action over on our YouTube channel here. On the opposite end of this main kitchen wall is a new combination microwave and wall oven from our Maytag line.

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The location of this tall, deep cabinet mirrors the refrigerator in size on the other side of the cooktop and hood area at the very center of the design. We wanted to be sure to mention another important element to this successful remodel. A layered lighting plan. lighting

This same room can be used any time of day and still offer ample task and ambient lighting. Our Diode L.E.D. system has been installed under and above the cabinetry on the back wall. Three medium-sized pendants spread the length of the kitchen island and recessed cans have been installed to light the back wall and the island itself.

This entire project was managed from start to finish for these Orion customers using the complete Project Management program here at Village Home Stores.  This means that all of the estimates, schedules, and crews were managed by us and this project stayed on track and was completed in as reasonable timeframe as possible. If you want to get started on putting together a free estimate for a remodel like this, call or click today for an appointment. Village_Cabinetry

Trend Watch: Black Is The New Black

black_accent_trendWe’re back again with another in our “Trend Watch” series of blog posts. We have spent so much of the last few weeks showing you why Gray is Here to Stay and how to use it in your own projects. While black may seem like a common color to accent your home with, it is about to begin to make some big waves in the Kitchen and Bath industry within the next 1-3 years. This means it is time for us to start getting comfortable with this more bold architectural accent color.  When we attended the Design Symposium hosted by our friends at Dura Supreme they informed us that using black as an accent color has begun popping up in the European markets and in high-end restaurant interiors. These are two key signs that it is an “emerging” trend and should begin to grow in interest very soon in our own industry.

black_flooringAt Village Home Stores we have a variety of products that each include options in a black finish. While a solid black carpet may not be a highly sought-after item, a combination of colors like this “Black and Tan” Mountain Range carpeting by DreamWeaver (above, left) is so popular we have began to stock it! Hardwoods and Luxury Vinyls are also embracing the Black trend and introducing options like the “Oak Black Pearl” finished flooring you see above on the right. No matter what your comfort level is with embracing a “trend” in your own space, we can help you decide what is perfect for your home.

black_and_white_check_floorAccenting your home interiors with black is not a new concept by any means. The look has been around and successfully executed for ages. Black and white as a pair are the perfect example of a “classic” style in a kitchen or bathroom. The contrast of a light finished or painted cabinet against a dark slab of stone is always a rich look. Accenting your space with black is all about contrast! Picture a cafe table in Paris, a claw-foot tub in a bed and breakfast, or two people seated on chrome stools sharing a milkshake….what are all those things sitting on? Chances are you pictures a black and white octagonal or checkered floor.

A Classic, Revived:

black_diamond_whirlpoolThe appliance industry has seen an added interest in black finishes within the past few years. Just last week we installed out newest front-load laundry set (pictured above) in Whirlpool’s new “Black Diamond” finish. In the kitchen not every customer is interested in the look of Stainless Steel or white. Black kitchen appliances have risen in popularity and gained a very dramatic look. Take a look at the 3 wall ovens shown below all including the same concept:

Wall_Oven_Quad_CitiesWhirlpool launched their “Black Ice” series (above, left) just a few years ago and has continued to add models to it. The newest launch of Maytag products (above, center) has included that same concept: a black finish with Stainless hardware and accents. Our newest product to the Village Appliance department, Viking (above, right) has a number of options in black and combination black finishes. KitchenAid has just announced their new “Black Stainless” finish as well. If you missed our preview of this on our Facebook page you can see it here. Shop all of our appliances over on our website or call today for an appointment to see these great options in person!

black_barstoolsA more cautious approach to including Black in your design is to add Black in areas that are less permanent. Like the barstools above, cabinet hardware, painted shelves or lighting are far less permanent of a commitment. For a short-term approach, try this “last layer or accent” look instead of an entire kitchen of Black cabinetry. We always recommend when you are assembling a design concept with a designer at Village Home Stores to think of your accent color as the “accessories” layer of an outfit.  What are the decorative elements that get added to surround the space? Lighting and hardware are two great examples of a more cautious location to add an accent in a Black finish. Lighting can be such a great element to a successful design. Take a look at these examples of a few lights available right now from our lighting department that each include another current trend, the “drum” shade:

black_drum_shadeQuite a range in styles represented but all include the same concept! Our lighting specialists can work with you to help you select the perfect light for your project. Another thing to note here is that Black marries really well with all kinds of metal finishes! Chrome and Stainless look amazing with it and another rising trend of Gold and Brass look incredible as well when paired with Black.

Be Bold With Black:

But if you want to get bold with Black as an accent Village Home Stores is on board to help you with that! It is no surprise that the look achieved with a black accent is dramatic. Our expert staff can help you create an entire design concept with a dramatic result. We have started a “Black Is The New Black” pin board over on our Pinterest page to help get you inspired along with us.

black_pinterest_kitchenLike we mentioned, Black as an accent has been a forecast trend expected to hit BIG in 1-3 years. Think of it as where the gray trend is evolving to include. But don’t count Gray out of the picture! We told you loud and clear it is here to stay. Do take note that Black, White, and Gray color palettes are an amazing direction to go! This combination works so well in kitchens and baths because of the blend of many materials included. A kitchen backsplash is another area that can be perfect surface to include Black as an accent color. Take a look at this series from our Jeffrey Court line:

black_tileEach of those tiles could be placed in a number of kitchen design concepts. Pair them with Stainless, Chrome, Dark Granite or an all white look. It all works.  No matter what your personal style or desired impact, there is a way to embrace this trend for your project with Village Home Stores. Call or click today to set up an appointment to get started. carpeting_quad_cities