A Great Room Kitchen With Rustic Details- Hazelwood Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edgebrooke Homes- Kitchen With Blue Island in Bettendorf, Iowa

Blue cabinetry is having more than just a “moment” in the Kitchen and Bath industry! We have installed so many stunning spaces over the past fews years that have introduced a painted blue finish and now it is become such a staple option for Transitional, Scandinavian, and Modern Farmhouse styled spaces. Blue cabinetry is forecasted to remain an accent color for many years to come. Our Koch Classic Cabinetry line makes a neutral blue-gray paint called “Charcoal Blue” and it truly makes a great statement as the island finish in this Bettendorf, Iowa kitchen. Blue and white cabinet kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Edgebrooke Homes. | villagehomestores.com

This home, built by Edgebrooke Homes, was a QCBR Fall Parade of Homes stop and it is such a wonderful example of how Village can partner with you and your builder to save you time AND money. Shopping our one-stop-shop experience and bundling your purchases is the way to go and it gets you a a more complete design concept! Complete, cohesive designs begin with a vision early on in the design phase. Village works hard to keep you on track with that vision (and budget).  This great room design concept blends bright painted whites, a Charcoal Blue accent, gray-toned wood floors, and warm rustic woods. Blue and white cabinet kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Edgebrooke Homes. Charcoal Blue by Koch. | villagehomestores.com

The main kitchen perimeter is a “White” painted cabinetry in the same “Bristol” doorstyle as the kitchen island. Staggered heights and depths of wall cabinetry can help to add interest to a kitchen design that has tall ceilings. This kitchen also includes two heights for casual dining. A large dinette area at dining height, and a single-level kitchen island extends to add more seating at the island. Blue and white kitchen with dining and kitchen island seating in a Bettendorf, Iowa home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Edgebrooke Homes. | villagehomestores.com

The pantry and refrigerator wall of the kitchen actually conceals a hidden feature. The pantry doors open to reveal access to the large walk-in pantry space that turns the corner behind the wall of cabinetry. This same look can be applied in a remodel situation with existing closets or unique spaces. Ask your designer at Village Home Stores how we can include one in your own design. Walk-through pantry front in a Bettendorf, Iowa kitchen. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Edgebrooke Homes. | villagehomestores.com

Village Home Stores doesn’t want to just know what kitchen spaces inspire you… we want to know what your own dream kitchen looks like. We know it can be difficult for our clients to have a clear vision of what that looks like early on in the design phase. That is why we are here to help. You showing us spaces and ideas that inspire you, helps us build a concept for your own space and tastes.  We have a number of great specialty cabinet options like this pantry front that can take your design to the next level! Press play below to see the pantry doors open up to reveal the hidden room behind them.

The tall pantry cabinet is balanced by the refrigerator surround on the opposite end of this wall. Also included on this wall is a microwave drawer unit. Microwave drawers are a great way to keep the microwave appliance off of the counter and reachable for any users. Another great location for a microwave drawer is in a kitchen island. This section of the featured kitchen creates a great landing space of countertop for loading and unloading the refrigerator and also a work surface for microwave use and food prep. Sharp microwave drawer in a Bettendorf, Iowa kitchen. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Edgebrooke Homes. | villagehomestores.com

Counter depth refrigerator models can really help you so much when the design demands it for traffic paths and space allowances. In this kitchen, a standard depth unit works perfectly “built-in” against the wall on one side and with a tall, deep panel on the other. A deep cabinet above completes the look. The 36″ wide Whirlpool model fits and offers so much great storage. It also stays looking great with a Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel finish that easily wipes clean. Whirlpool WRF555SDFZ French Door Refrigerator in a Bettendorf, Iowa kitchen. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Edgebrooke Homes. | villagehomestores.com

The kitchen island includes the kitchen sink and a Whirlpool dishwasher. This dishwasher is quiet at just 47 decibels (normal conversation is at about 50 dba). A TotalCoverage Spray Arm cleans with twice the jets as usual and an In-Door Silverware Basket frees up rack space by easily fitting on the front of the lower rack or in the door to make room for more dishes. Charcoal Blue painted kitchen island and Whirlpool dishwasher in a Bettendorf, Iowa home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Edgebrooke Homes. | villagehomestores.com

To shop our appliances you can browse our website here anytime or day. Village Home Stores offers our customers an expert sales staff and the award-winning customer experience you deserve plus our Local Low Price Guarantee. The countertop surface in this gorgeous kitchen is the Swanbridge design by Cambria Quartz Surfaces.  The look of a polished, white marble in a durable maintenance-free surface. Swanbridge is available in the polished (shown) finish as well as a soft, matter finish.Cambria Swanbridge quartz tops in a Bettendorf, Iowa home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Edgebrooke Homes. | villagehomestores.com

The lighting for the great room has a dark, matte bronze metal finish. Clear glass on the Feiss “Baskin” pendants above the island keep the space feeling light and airy. The Sea Gull Ravenwood Manor Chandelier in the dinette area has 5 exposed vintage bulbs. This 5-light fixture adds style and impact to the space. A great look for this casual but upscale space. Kitchen lighting above island and casual dining areas in a Bettendorf, Iowa home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Edgebrooke Homes. | villagehomestores.com

By not including a microwave hood in a kitchen you and your designer at Village Home Stores have many more decorative options for a hood in your kitchen. In this Bettendorf kitchen design we were able to include a decorative wood hood. We fit the hood cabinet with a 390 CFM Broan insert for the range and cooktop area below. Check out the great freestanding double-oven range on this wall. Whirlpool double oven range in a Bettendorf, Iowa kitchen. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Edgebrooke Homes. | villagehomestores.com

Two oven cavities so you can bake at two seperate temperatures. The gas cooktop includes a 5th center oval burner. This gas cooktop has EZ-2-Lift™ hinged grates to make clean up easy!  Press play below to see these hinged grates in action:

This model is packed with so many great features like Frozen Bake™. Skip preheating the oven for frozen faves like pizza, lasagna, chicken nuggets, fries or pies, thanks to Frozen Bake™ technology. It also bakes with true convection cooking. That helps you cook foods faster by using a third element plus a fan to distribute hot air evenly over, under and around your food. The kitchen is a part of a larger great room space and a gorgeous engineered Oak wood floor ties many of the main-level spaces together. This engineered Oak is from Hallmark Flooring’s Novella series and it is the Fitzgerald color.
Engineered Oak flooring in a Bettendorf, Iowa home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Edgebrooke Homes. | villagehomestores.com

That same flooring is installed in the foyer, great room, kitchen, pantry, dinette, powder room and the formal dining room shown above. We love the light fixture selected for the formal dining room. The “Fall Flora” chandelier by Quorum looks amazing! To see more lighting, bathrooms, and other spaces from this Bettendorf, Iowa home check out the full album of photos of it here on our Houzz portfolio. Ready to take the first steps of your own story with Village Home Stores? If you are building or remodeling in the Quad Cities area, we are your expert destination! We will build you a team of experts from every department you are in need of and we have a step by step process for all of the possible paths your project may take. A Quorum Fall Flora chandelier hangs in a Bettendorf, Iowa home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Edgebrooke Homes. | villagehomestores.com

Don’t forget that when you partner with Village Home Stores on materials for a new home, you are eligible to participate in our Bundle Program. No matter your builder, or even if you are building on your own! Purchase your complete Appliance, Cabinetry and Lighting Package from us and every $5,000 spent earns you $200 in lighting purchases. Find out more about our Lighting Bundle Info or contact a member of our team. To learn more about this home and Edgebrooke Homes visit their website hereCarpeting and Engineered Oak flooring in a Bettendorf, Iowa home. Design and materials by Village Home Stores for Edgebrooke Homes. | villagehomestores.com

Your first step is to reach out to tell us what you are working on. You can contact us by phone Monday-Fridays from 9am-5pm or on Saturdays from 9am-noon at (309) 944-1344. You can also complete this short form online and a member of our team will be in touch. Of course you can also stop by and see us in our award-winning showroom at 105 S State in Downtown Geneseo, IL. We do recommend making an appointment so that you can be certain to have an opportunity to meet with someone and get your questions answered. But you never need an appointment to come and look around. 

Bettendorf, Iowa Master Bath Remodel From Start to Finish

The Bettendorf home we featured in last week’s blog tour also received a brand new Master Suite from Village Home Stores. The entire main level of this home and portions of the lower level were remodeled from start to finish by the expert team and Project Management process from Village Home Stores. Take a look at the Master Bathroom transformation:Remodeled Master Bath in Bettendorf from Village Home Stores. Includes Koch Cabinetry and Cambria Quartz counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

From a full-wall mirror and short vanity with molded top, to a bright painted cabinet with quartz counters. Just like the kitchen we toured in our previous post, this room has a wonderful skylight that pours in natural light during the daytime. Koch cabinetry in the Legacy door is painted White and an “Umber” Highlight has been applied. Replacing the old cultured marble vanity top is a new Cambria Quartz counter with two undermount bowls in Cambria’s “Helmsley” color.Remodeled Master Bath in Bettendorf Iowa with Cambria Quartz in Helmsley design. | VillageHomeStores.com

Helmsley is a stunning quartz design that gives the look of a natural stone with all of the benefits of quartz. Non-porous and extremely durable, quartz is a maintenance-free surface for your bathroom. A blend of dark browns and blacks mix with a neutral background. A sparkling silvery veining moves through the slabs to create a pattern normally found in a natural stone slab.  We added a lot of great storage to the new bathroom as well. Bathroom storage ideas in a Bettendorf Iowa home remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

A tall and deep cabinet on the end of the vanity run provides linen storage. Between the two vanity sinks is a wall cabinet installed atop the Cambria countertop. This wall cabinet includes a shelf storage area behind the door and two drawers. This layout is perfect for double-bowl vanity bathrooms that need as much storage space as possible. In addition to the large mirror above the vanity, there was an entire alcove of mirrors surrounding a large tub accessed by a carpeted stair in the original space.

It is such a common request these days for us to remove a large Jacuzzi tub and install a large tiled shower in its place. In this bath design, we used the tub space for the shower and a walk in closet area in the new layout. In the image below you see the framing of the shower wall niche and beyond that, the closet space where the tub used to sit. 

We created a walk-around entry to this tiled shower space.  The same 12″ x 24″ tiles on the main bathroom floors are used as the shower wall tiles. The series is named “Marazzi Silk” and the color is “Elegant”. This installation pattern is called a straight lay, as the tiles lay straight on top of each row. The main bathroom floor is a brick lay pattern that staggers the location of the tiles.
Custom tiled shower by Village Home Stores in a Bettendorf Iowa home. | VillageHomeStores.com

Custom showers can be a wonderful solution for bath remodels because we are able to create them using any odd or unique space you may have. Ask a designer at Village Home Stores if one could work in your own space. There is a custom tiled niche built into one of the walls. In the back of that niche is an accent tile from our Jeffrey Court line named “Crushed Mood Glass” the color is “Medley Karma”. This accent tile has been installed horizontally to compliment the direction of the main wall tiles. 

The shower in this featured bathroom also includes a shallow bench area to be used a footrest or for added toiletries shelving. This area is sometimes referred to as a “toe shelf”. The same series and color of tile from the wall is used but in a smaller, 2″ x 2″ size. That same smaller tile is repeated as the shower floor.
Remodeled Master Bath in Bettendorf Iowa with custom tiled shower. Project designed and managed from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

We didn’t just remodel the kitchen and bathroom in this home, we did so much more. There was another bathroom in the lower level we remodeled, as well as all new flooring throughout the home. We even took this back door storage area of separate closets and transformed it into a new full width wall of storage.

Village Home Stores isn’t just beautiful kitchens and bathrooms, we want every space and surface in your home to look great. That includes every closet and stairwell. The main stairwell in the home was transformed from a dated tea rose patterned carpet to a neutral and transitional styled space. 

This home has been totally transformed for the new owners! See the full album of photos from this project here on our award-winning Houzz page. Ready to start talking about your own before and after story with us? Your first step is to just reach out with your questions. You can contact us anytime online by completing the short form found here. Of course you may also give us a call to make an appointment with Village Home Stores at (309) 944-1344

Hazelwood Homes- Kitchen With Rich Birch Wood and Shimmering Cambria Quartz

We have the opportunity to design so many unique kitchen spaces throughout the Quad Cities Region. Each and every design is unique from the next and the materials selected are just as unique and each client and home. It seems like we have shared a LOT of painted white kitchens lately on the blog but rest assured that isn’t all that we do! This Geneseo, IL kitchen from Hazelwood Homes is a wonderful example:
Birch Mocha kitchen in Geneseo, IL with Cambria Quartz and KitchenAid appliances for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

There is truly nothing more inviting than a warm and cozy woodgrain kitchen. Rich, wood cabinetry is paired with warm lighting and materials throughout. The look is tailored and high-end but the design and setting is so inviting. Koch Classic Cabinetry in the Westbrook doorstyle and Birch “Mocha” stain has been accented with “Black” highlights. The cabinets stretch all the way to the ceiling and the height of the wall cabinets allow for a double panel door design (see below).
Koch cabinetry Westbrook door in Birch Mocha stain. Double panel door with cabinetry to ceiling. | VillageHomeStores.com

Beautiful and classic subway tile is installed as the kitchen backsplash throughout and even extends to surround the kitchen window and above. One of our unique Transitions blinds is installed in the window. An arched valance detail above the kitchen sink is repeated in the custom wood hood above the cooktop.
Birch Mocha kitchen in Geneseo, IL with glass subway tile as backsplash and above sink. | VillageHomeStores.com

A matching wood hood can be ordered to be placed within your kitchen design from Village Home Stores. The same raised center panels from the doors are used as a detail in hood and sink valances. A hood blower/insert can be concealed within these wood hood cabinets. These inserts can be ordered in a number of configurations and powers. That way you can customize the look AND function of your ventilation to fit your needs.
KitchenAid gas cooktop and wood hood with Broan insert. | VillageHomeStores.com

A 36″ wide 5-burner gas cooktop from KitchenAid® offers a versitile cooktop layout including a range from a high heat of 20K BTUs to a simmer of just 6k BTUs. Full width cast iron grates make it easy to slide from burner to burner. The CookShield finish helps to protect the cooktop from high-temperature cooking stains.

Geneseo, IL kitchen with cabinet door appliance garage. | VillageHomeStores.com

But what about small appliances? How does this kitchen not seem so cluttered? The coffeepot and toaster are hidden behind the door of a corner appliance garage cabinet. This new style of hinged door appliance garage is a welcome update from the accordion door styles of the past. Another wonderful storage solution hidden from sight is this hidden walk-in pantry:
Koch cabinetry cabinet doors for walk-in pantry. | VillageHomeStores.com

We can order walk-through pantry door fronts to match your kitchen as well! These double doors open to reveal a huge walk-in pantry behind the wall oven area. Press play below to see the tall door open to reveal the pantry entrance.

A double wall oven by KitchenAid® is paired with an over-the-counter microwave model from Sharp®. Over-the-counter microwaves allow for you to keep a decorative hood element to your design but eliminate the need to set a microwave oven on the countertop. This model from Sharp blends well with our other appliance brands for a seamless package look.
KitchenAid wall ovens in Stainless Steel and over the counter Sharp microwave. | VillageHomeStores.com

The innovative new 5-door refrigerator models by KitchenAid® are stylish and packed with amazing features. The KitchenAid® brand was the first in the industry to introduce a 5-door model. The two small drawers in the center of the unit are refrigeration. The left drawer includes 5 preset temperatures: meat/fish, drinks, greens/herbs, deli/cheese, and even a thaw/marinate setting. The right drawer is ideal for produce storage with a built-in produce preserving featureKitchenAid 5 door french door refrigerator in Stainless Steel. | VillageHomeStores.com

This kitchen is a two-toned design that includes a contrasting finish on the batwing-shaped kitchen island. The same Koch Westbrook doorstyle from the kitchen perimeter is painted White with am “Umber” highlight on the door and drawer front details. Cambria Quartz in the “Berwyn” design completes the look in the stylish beveled edge profile.
Koch cabinetry painted White with accent glaze. | VillageHomeStores.com

The island ends and back has been fit with custom doors and furniture baseboard molding for finished look. An island light from our Artcraft line hangs above the center of the kitchen island. Of course no complete kitchen can be showcased this well without our favorite secret weapon… our Diode LED undercabinet lighting. This space wouldn’t look as warm and inviting without it.
Unique island shape ideas. Kitchen design by Village Home Stores for Hazelwood Homes. | VillageHomeStores.com

Love this kitchen? See the full album of photos here on our award-winning Houzz page. Don’t forget that if you are building a new home and selecting design and materials from our store you can bundle your purchases throughout our store and earn FREE LIGHTING for your home! Read more about that program here in a previous blog post. If you are ready to start the conversation about your own dream kitchen or bathroom contact us today! Reach out by completing this short form or calling (309) 944-1344. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!
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Product Profile: An All Star Lineup!

In honor of the MLB All-Star Game this week, we thought we would share our own All-Star Accessories lineup! We are aware that investing in brand new cabinetry as a part of your project can be overwhelming and come with many style and construction decisions to be made. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make the most of the storage that these cabinets can offer. After all… isn’t that the whole reason they have been called up to bat? So why upgrade to specialty cabinets? Using your space effectively is our goal. Helping you invest in smart storage solutions right away is a part of our responsibility as kitchen experts.  Get it right the first time, not after trying over and over to retro-fit a “universal” item into your expertly designed space. Let’s begin with our “Ace” All-Star: shelving.

Slide-Out Shelves: shelf-pullout2

Consider what your storage solutions may be once you begin to “move into” your new kitchen without slide-out shelves? There is no better way to use the entire interior space better than with slide-outs. Each cabinet line varies, but typically a standard base cabinets comes with just a single, half-depth flat shelf. Shopping for ways to find inserts, bins and shelves to organize your items can end up costing you added money and a lot of time. Instead, have your designer from Village Home Stores deliver your new cabinets with adjustable slide-out shelves (or even deep slide-out bins). Al moved in and still see space that could be used? No problem! We can even short-order added shelves that will easily fit on the existing brackets if you find you could use more of them.

Corner Cabinets:Base lazy susan cabinet. | VillageHomeStores.com

Corner cabinets are such unusually-shaped items that it is always assumed some sort of insert should be included. “Lazy Susan” cabinets can be in the bases and wall cabinets of your design. We offer many different versions of Lazy Susan constructions and shapes. Typically a base Lazy Susan cabinet is an L-shaped unit that measures 36″ from each corner. There are also smaller 33″ models available or even asymmetrical corner cabinets (i.e. 33″ on one end, and 36″ on the other). What if you don’t have the minimum 33″ in a corner? A Blind Corner Cabinet may be the best solution for you. Did you know there are special inserts to help you access even that awkward space?
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The Blind Corner Cabinet above has been fit with two crescent-moon shaped shelves that swivel out, then even pull forward for a way to reach the very back corner of this “blind” space. This cabinet can be perfect for remodel designs that may be trying to add a dishwasher into the new design or add a larger sinkbase cabinet. No matter what space you end up with in your corner, we can make the most of it.  Sometimes the tiniest things start to collect and take over a cabinet space. Spices and cooking oils are definitely guilty of that!

Spice Storage:
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Including an area for storing spices and cooking oils may seem like a luxury wish-list item… but think of how much space these small containers can take up if you DON’T plan ahead. By designating just a narrow pull-out cabinet in your bases or walls, you can free up a lot of space elsewhere for other items. Spice storage can be added in a pullout, a drawer or a shelf attached to a wall cabinet interior.spicedrawer

If a pull-out spice rack isn’t something you can work into your cabinet design, do you have an extra drawer? We love this tiered spice rack option that can be added to a drawer. You can see all of the labels clearly without removing or bending down to read them. It is alwasy best to keep spice storage near the cooking zone of a kitchen design if you are able to. That way you have access to what you need while cooking without stepping away from the activity.

Knife Blocks:
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Think of all of the items you end up having on your countertop that could possibly find a home in your cabinet design? A designated knife storage area can help de-clutter your counters and keep from messing up utensil drawers. Clearly this base-cabinet access to your sharp knives doesn’t fit every lifestyle (we never recommend it for families with young children), but for some kitchens it is perfect! Many times kitchens include a knife block and still require a second drawer for all of the “other” knives. Why not just designate one zone for all of them?
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This pull-out knifeblock from DuraSupreme is a brilliant use of just a 3″ wide space. It even includes a slot for your knife sharpener and a shallow shelf above to lay any smaller knives flat. The list of pull-out storage solutions goes on and on. Your Designer at Village Home Stores will work closely with you to help decide if there is one available that may work great for your own lifestyle. What about cleaning supplies?

Clean Up Zone:
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Batting “clean up”…. well that’s YOU every day! Keeping cleaning supplies handy can help keep your kitchen looking amazing. If the basics are all within reach, you are more likely to use them. It alwasy seems odd to store some of these cleaning agents and items near your food. Separating them is always recommended. Inserts underneath the kitchen sink can be added, or even better a tall utility cabinet can house supplies and tools like brooms and mops. Designating a zone for clean-up supplies is an All-Star move and access to the garbage is a part of that!

Pull-Out Waste Baskets:
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Speaking of cleaning up, the wastebasket is always a busy place in a busy kitchen. Pull-out waste baskets have become so common because they check all of the right boxes when redesigning your kitchen: You can include the wastebeasket right in the busy areas of the kitchen instead of hidden in a corner by the door and even add a second bin for recycling. Or take it one step further and add another pull-out for pet food. We can even get a sealed container option for this. dog_food_storage

Apologies in advance but we have one more baseball pun to make. There is no other way to describe this last item on our list other than the “MVP”.

LED Undercabinet Lighting:
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We know, we know, technically this can’t count because it isn’t a cabinet item but can we please let it be the mascot? We have to at least give it a proper mention because this Diode LED lighting system is sincerely the best addition to any kitchen design. There is no better way to show off your space while giving yourself a low-voltage task lighting system to use the new space. Sometimes seeing these cabinets in use is the best way to visualize them in your own design. If you are interested in looking at specialty cabinets to include in your new kitchen from Village Home Stores be sure to check out some of our cabinet animations we have captured over the years. Press play below to see an example.

Find all of them here on this “See Our Cabinets in Action” board on our Pinterest page. Browse all of our boards in Pinterest for more ideas and also check out our ideabooks over on our award-winning Houzz page. Have your own idea you have seen that you want to include in your design? Show us! We want you to get the kitchen you have been dreaming of. cuttingboard-above-trash

So let’s get started on building you a winning team of experts at Village Home Stores for your own All-Star lineup! Contact us today for an appointment. We can’t wait to hear what your dream kitchen is like! Call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this online form and a member of our team will be in touch soon.
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