Geneseo, IL Farmhouse Kitchen Harvests Style and Comfort

Just in time for harvest in the Midwest, this week’s remodel feature is a tailored and updated take on country charm. Who says having a house and some acreage means all the best things should happen outside? While the kitchen in this Geneseo, IL rural home boasts some incredible views outside the windows, the view is pretty great in here! Take a look at this bright and cheerful new kitchen remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores.Koch cabinetry, Cambria Swanbridge quartz, and Whirlpool appliances in a Geneseo kitchen. Complete remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

White painted cabinetry, marble-look tops, stainless appliances, and soft blue-gray finishes give a refreshing new look to the space. A kitchen layout with lots of new storage and counter space greets you from the back door as well as this (above) view in from a pass-through window to the Living Room. But even with these great windows, the kitchen wasn’t always this bright and storage-focused. Like many homes over the years, the kitchen had evolved into a need for more storage space and new locations for appliances.

When working with a kitchen design expert at Village Home Stores you will help to qualify what layout and specialty cabinets will be the best way to utilize the space that you have available. In this kitchen we did not remove any walls or even soffits above. Instead, we accessed the locations of the major appliances and even found room for a dishwasher in the new design. The before and after transformation of this corner gives you an idea of how a clean, consistent depth cabinet layout can keep so much stored out of sight and free up tons of counter space. Koch cabinetry, Cambria Swanbridge quartz, and blue subway tile backsplash in a Geneseo kitchen. Complete remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

The corner at the opposite end of the U-shaped kitchen was another area to be addressed. In the original space a small tiled landing zone was set up next to a crowded range area by the back door entry to the kitchen.  That made the space feel cramped and crowded to the user at the cooktop. A tiled wall is great… but if you have ever had to keep a tiled countertop wiped clean you know it can be a constant struggle with the grout lines. There was also no storage in the base area of that corner.

The new kitchen design creates a landing zone as a forward-facing drop zone area. A wall cabinet above and a standard base cabinet and drawer below plus a wall outlet from our legrand radiant collection that is fit with USB charging ports. A strip of our diode LED tape lights illuminates the drop zone and new quartz countertops perfectly. This new kitchen features our Koch Classic Cabinetry line in a beaded doorstyle named Orleans that has been painted with a White finish.
Glazzio's Lumiere series subway tile in gray blue Eiffel Grey color. Legrand Radiant wall outlet with USB charging features no visible screws in a Geneseo farmhouse kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

A painted white cabinet, light counters, and a whole new lighting plan makes the new kitchen very bright. Press play below to see a 360 degree view of this Geneseo farmhouse kitchen and everything we fit into it. That’s a lot of storage and open counter space!

Did you notice we even fit a tall pantry into the room? Pantry cabinets can be such a functional investment even if you can’t fit a 24″ deep one in. The original kitchen had a single wall cabinet and shelves set up below the pass-through window. 

The new kitchen now includes this tall pantry cabinet 12″ deep and 30″ wide. The top door section of the pantry has a finished interior and the doors have glass inserts for a display area. You would be so thrilled at the amount of storage a single cabinet like this can offer you. If you have an unused wall in your kitchen, nearby hallway, or even dining space it may be a great location for a shallow pantry. Crown molding on top gives it a finished look and the tall doors of this pantry are the best doors to showcase the beaded, cottage style center panels. narrow pantry cabinet in a remodeled kitchen from Village Home Stores.

In the new layout, the range location has been swapped with the refrigerator for a more functional use of the kitchen space. You can see the drop zone mentioned previously to the left of the refrigerator. A narrow cabinet to the right designates an area for baking sheets and cutting boards in the new plan.Whirlpool french door refrigerator and baking sheet organized cabinet in a Geneseo kitchen. Kitchen appliances and complete remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

A full depth model from Whirlpool was used because walkway distances were not an issue with no kitchen island in this plan. In fact, this full depth model has a total of 25 cu. ft. of storage space including gallon door bins and a full-width temperature controlled deli drawer. There is even an interior water dispenser inside the refrigerator. That keeps the front of the french door refrigerator smooth and stylish. Oh and did we mention this Stainless finish by Whirlpool resists fingerprints and smudges and easily wipes clean?!?!  Whirlpool full depth WRF535SWHZ french door refrigerator with internal water dispenser. Kitchen appliances and complete remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

The other appliances are pretty incredible in style and function as well. The new cooking zone of the kitchen is now located on the longest wall between the windows. Wall cabinets frame in a microwave hood also from Whirlpool. This amazing microwave model includes and Whirlpool’s innovative new Scan-to-Cook Technology. Whirlpool WMH78019HZ microwave hood with connected scan to cook features. Kitchen appliances and complete remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

What is Scan-to-Cook Technology? Sounds like something out of the Jetsons right? Well with a connected Whirlpool appliance, it’s honestly is exactly as easy as scanning and then pressing start! These connected “smart” appliance features are available on many new Whirlpool appliances making them affordable AND keeping your kitchen activity simpler and easier. Press play below to learn more about the Scan-to-Cook feature available on select microwaves and ranges.

A slide-in front-control electric range sits below with landing space on each side of it. This makes the cooking zone ideal for users during prep and cooking activity. So much space and just steps from pantry storage, fresh food storage in the refrigerator and the kitchen sink to the right. We love how these front-control range designs leave the back area where the cooktop meets the wall clear for tile. Whirlpool front control electric range WEC310S0FS in a Geneseo kitchen. Kitchen appliances and complete remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

The light from all the kitchen windows pours in to surround the cooking zone in the new design. We admit we would get caught daydreaming out of this kitchen sink window about a million times a day if we lived here. We love how the tiled backsplash carries up the wall to surround the window frame. A custom and charming detail.Koch cabinetry, Cambria Swanbridge quartz, blue subway tile, and Whirlpool appliances in a Geneseo farmhouse. | VillageHomeStores.com

The marble-look countertops in this kitchen are the Swanbridge design by Cambria Quartz. Manufactured in the USA, Cambria quartz is an ideal kitchen surface. It is foodsafe, stain and heat resistant and there are so many incredible designs to select from in both glossy and matte finishes. Learn more about Cambria Quartz and our recent visit to the Minnesota facilities here in a past blog post. By sticking with a classic, a subtle countertop pattern, a more bold choice of wall tile could be used.Cambria Swanbridge quartz counters and a gray-blue subway tile in a Geneseo farmhouse kitchen. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

The 3 x 6 subway tile from Glazzio’s Lumiere Series is amazing and the Eiffel Grey color has a faint cottage blue tint to it. Installing it in a herringbone pattern with contrasting grout lines is the perfect choice for a stylish statement. White switches and outlets from our legrand Radiant collection keep the backsplash area looking great (and notice no visible screws). Glazzio's Lumiere series subway tile in gray blue Eiffel Grey color. Legrand Radiant wall switches and outlets feature no visible screws in a Geneseo farmhouse kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

Of course you know we can’t feature a great tiled kitchen wall without pointing out that our bestselling Diode LED tape lighting is why it looks so great! There is no better investment to insure you love your new kitchen day and night for many years than this lighting system. Every customer who installs it is shocked t how much they love it. Plus it is low-voltage and dimmable so you can leave it one a lot without high energy use. We even installed it inside the section of wall cabinets shown below.Need undercabinet or in cabinet lighting? Call the experts at Village. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

What a stunning look and what a transformation! Cambria Swanbridge quartz counters as a passthrough ledge in a Geneseo farmhouse kitchen. Complete kitchen remodel from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

We added a ledge piece of Cambria Swanbridge quartz to act as a “sill” for this pass-through window. Repeating the countertop product in a new use helps to bridge the two spaces together. Ready for anything, this durable product is a great choice.Finished pass through window in a remodeled kitchen from Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

The view above is looking fro the Living Room into the new finished kitchen. We love how the view looking in is framed up so perfectly by this pass-through window. Such an inviting space! Want to see more of this kitchen? The full album of photos can be found here over on our award-winning Houzz page. There you can save our ideas into your own ideabooks so you can show your designer at Village Home Stores what you would like to try with your own design.

Ready to start the conversation about your own kitchen before and after transformation? Village Home Stores can help as little or as much as you need. Your first step is to reach out to our team. You can stop by our showroom at 105 S State Street in Geneseo, IL Monday-Fridays from 9am to 5pm or on Saturdays from 9am to noon. For your best experience, we recommend making an appointment.  You can do this by calling ahead at (309) 944-1344 or completing the short online form found here on our website. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on.

AVBSummit Recap: What is New and Exciting From Our Brands

We just got back from the BrandSource annual Summit event in Nashville, TN. Before we brush the dirt off our cowboy boots, we must tell you about what we saw! This event is our opportunity to learn about industry news and projections as well as see new product in action. We had Rachele visit us in the WQAD studio to chat about what we saw on a segment of the Village Home Show. Press play below to watch our recap.

Very exciting stuff! The connected appliances are so amazing and like we mentione din that segment, available on very affordable models! You are going to LOVE some of the new features rolling out from our brands. Some have already launched and are available to ship now. Like the new low-profile microwave hood from Whirlpool® (shown below on right).The new low-profile microwave hood available from Whirlpool at Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Do you have a venthood beneath a cabinet now and wish you could fit a microwave hood there instead? This model allows you to do that without replacing the cabinet above with a shorter cabinet! A 1.1 cu. ft. microwave hood designed to still accommodate tall mugs, wide plates, even a fully popped bag of popcorn. Fitting in the same space as an undercabinet hood, now you can get your microwave off the counter to add space to your kitchen. The unit measures 10 1/4″ H x 30″ W x 18″ D (finished sides) and has 400 CFMs of vent power. The new low-profile microwave hood (shown in Black Stainless) available from Whirlpool at Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

We saw a ton of great new product on the Expo floor and during our product training sessions. Unique new finishes, innovative new laundry features and WiFi enabled appliances with features we fell in love with quickly. Press play below to see some of the great new products and features we saw from the Whirlpool® family of products in their Expo booth.

So what do we mean WiFi enabled features? Why would you want a “connected” appliance? Do you already use your phone, tablet or voice-command device while working in the kitchen? Then you will love connected appliances. Wish you could check the status of your laundry load or start the dishwasher right as you remember it before you fall asleep? How about simply scanning a microwave dinner box and getting the perfect power level and time entered for you? With Whirlpool®’s new Scan-to-Cook you can do that! Scan-to-Cook also translates into the connected ranges for the perfect cooktimes and many time avoiding the need to even preheat the oven. Scan to cook connected features with new Whirlpool connected products. | VillageHomeStores.com

Are you already looking up recipes and setting timers in the kitchen? Access those features directly in the connected ranges. The most exciting partnership with this product launch is the integration of Yummly to the product. The Yummly app is known worldwide as an award-winning recipe app with the tech to help you find a recipe using the ingredients you have on hand. There is even image recognition within the app. What does that mean? It means you scan the ingredients on your counter, pantry, or refrigerator and Yummly suggests recipes you can make with what you have. Then just send the recipe to your range and the step-by-step guide will be right on the touchscreen for you.
Yummly connected features with new Whirlpool connected products. | VillageHomeStores.com

It sounds like a scene from Star Trek but we promise we saw it with our own eyes! Many of these products are already ready to ship this Spring/Summer. We can’t wait to get our showroom set up to show you how easy this tech is to use. Of course the range also still can operate as a non-connected appliances as well. All standard baking and broiling feature can be entered by any user. We also saw new features added all across the cooking, refrigeration, and laundry categories. Great options like “vacation mode” in refrigeration or even “party mode” for ice production. Too many to name but so many we are wiling to show you when you stop by our store! New features we saw at AVBSummit18 in Nashville including Vacation mode. | VillageHomeStores.com

Some other exciting new products include a new Commercial series of Maytag® Laundry that our traditional laundry customers will be very happy with. We even saw a water dispenser that can be attached to the front or side of your existing refrigerator to give you filtered water! It attaches with a high power magnet and hooks up to your water line.Water filtration for refrigerator without ice and water in the door. | VillageHomeStores.com

KitchenAid®’s new built-in cooking is absolutely stunning. For those who are looking for professional features and the look of a chef’s kitchen, you will love these models. New cooktop layouts and features (like top-lift hinged grates for easy cleaning) and sleek wall oven designs. We even saw the new KitchenAid® microwave drawer (shown below).The new KitchenAid microwave drawer available at Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

We also got to watch Rob film some welcome videos for our AVBtv showroom experience coming this Summer. So many new and exciting things to showcase and with tools like videos and easy-to-use apps, we promise you all of these “tech” changes and updates are for the better an will help you get the best results in cleaning and cooking. Rob Ries, co-owner of Village Home Stores filming for AVBTV at Summit 2018 | VillageHomeStores.com

We we able to take in many great training sessions as well as learn about new trends in our industry. We are excited to launch our brand new website very soon and think you will love the new mobile experience while working with our store. Working with our buying group allows us to offer you not only competitive prices but and even better value for the shopping experience with us. Our customers get to receive our Local Low Price Guarantee PLUS the very best customer experience before, during, and after the sale. Taking steps toward the future with new products and web features will continue to help keep our small business successful and ahead of its class.
AVBSummit event in Nashville, TN #AVBSummit18 | VillageHomeStores.com

If you have questions about any of what you have seen here in this post please don’t hesitate to call our team. Better yet, stop by the store! There are many great features we can already show you in the showroom and product arriving every week as a part of these new launches. Don’t believe the new Black Stainless Steel is fingerprint resistant? Come test it out yourself! Want to see how easy connected appliances can be to use? We will show you! Stop by today at 105 S State in downtown Geneseo, IL contact us online here, or give us a call at 309-944-1344. 

Road Trip! Our 2017 Visit to The Whirlpool® Plant in Amana, IA

Village Home Stores works hard to curate a list of as many quality, American-made products as possible for our customers. By offering the Whirlpool® family of products, we are able to cover all of the Appliance needs of our customers to fit a variety of budgets and lifestyles. Combining this family of products from Amana, Whirlpool, Maytag, and KitchenAid brands we are providing our customers access to a Local Low Price Guarantee on products from #1 selling major Appliance Manufacturer in the world. American pride is important to the Whirlpool family of products and that is why they have invested in American manufacturing whenever possible. There are now 9 U.S. manufacturing plants as of 2017 and we are so lucky to be located near one of those manufacturing facilities. Because of this, we get the chance to visit a plant about once a year. The Whirlpool® plant located in Amana, Iowa manufactures all bottom-mount refrigerators and built-in refrigeration for all brands and it is an impressive place!Whirlpool amana

They are running 5 lines of production 24 hours a day, five days a week (plus currently every other weekend to keep up with demand). To put it in perspective, they are making a refrigerator every 18 seconds! We were able to tour the plant to see the smiling faces making the products we sell. Then we were given intense product training on some of the new models and features being launches by all brands. We were shown brand new items like the closet-depth compact washer and dryer shown below:compact-laundry

These compact units were impressive for their size. The other new models and features launching in Maytag® and Whirlpool® laundry are more geared to our Village Home Stores customers. Still not convinced your washer has enough water? Now you can add as much as you are comfortable with with the new built-in faucet feature on select models.

Built in faucet in washer available now. Image provided by Whirlpool®
Built in faucet in washer available now. Image provided by Whirlpool®

Pre-wash stains right away as you find them. Fill the tub to soak tough stains ahead of a cycle. Just a press of the button gives you running water. Smart technology was also a big topic of conversation during our training. Does your household talk to Alexa, a Google device, or Siri? Then Whirlpool can help simplify many tasks with select Wifi enabled models and the Whirlpool app. Click below to watch (and hear) how voice-activated features are the latest and greatest.

Of course these models are jam-packed with amazing features outside of the Wifi capabilities. You can use them just as you would any other range or laundry pair. But for those households making adjustments and smart home investments, features like scan-to-cook might be right up your alley:

We also saw some great new finishes we can begin to offer for your home appliances! With the success of ® Black Stainless Steel finish, Whirlpool® has launched their own line of models in a Black Stainless Steel. This finish is beautiful and STAYS beautiful! Not only is it a stylish look, its completely fingerprint resistant as well! Wipes clean with just a wet microfiber cloth.

New Black Stainless finish available now. Image provided by Whirlpool®
New Black Stainless finish available now. Image provided by Whirlpool®

Village Home Stores already has models on display in our showroom in this new finish option. The new finish and handle design have been receiving a very warm welcome from customers and our designers! Come in and test out the fingerprint resist in person! We are certainly going to be throwing a party once the other newest finish is launched and on our floor! Introducing the warm, new, on-trend Sunset Bronze finish available soon on some select Whirlpool® models! sunset-bronze-whirlpoolImagine if you can… a room full of Appliance sales and service people from all over the Midwest Region getting unbelievably excited about a dishwasher door leaning against a wall. Yeah, we know…. sounds pretty nerdy but you would have thought the Whirlpool team had just introduced Lady Gaga as a special training guest. We all admittedly went nuts for this new finish once seeing it in person. Here it is installed in a completed kitchen:

New Sunset Bronze finish available soon. Image provided by Whirlpool®
New Sunset Bronze finish available soon. Image provided by Whirlpool®

The best way to describe it is a “warmer, softer Stainless” look. It takes the coldness and commercial feel of Stainless and softens it to a warmer look. This finish is exactly on-trend for what we have already began seeing in other kitchen design finishes throughout the industry. Lighting, hardware, accessories, flooring and tile, all are going the way of a warmer gray and golden accents. We are always excited to hear about the latest and greatest available for our customers. It is also always very reassuring to tour the factory and see that the quality, legacy, and innovation that we have seen from this family of product is still going stronger than ever. Our expert team of Appliance sales and service staff is just a phone call or a visit away. Stop in and see why we are your award-winning regional Appliance experts. Showroom located at 105 S State Geneseo, IL 61254 phone number: (309) 944-1344 shop online anytime here on our site. whirlpool-quad-cities