LED-ing The Way With Undercabinet Lighting Options

PRODUCT PROFILE: LED Undercabinet Lighting

We mention our undercabinet lighting systems all of the time on our TV show and in just about every single featured kitchen posted here on the blog. The truth is, it has been a long while since we gave undercabinet lighting its own proper “shout out” with a product profile. You will quickly find out when you work with us, that we consider undercabinet lighting a key element to any complete kitchen project with our team. Apologies in advance if our team seems repetitive as we ask you over and over during our bidding process about it. We just want to be sure we can give you the best end result for your project. With baseball season beginning last week, we thought it would be appropriate to more properly introduce our own “ace” in any project with Village Home Stores, our Diode LED tape light system.

Diode tape LED undercabinet lighting system. Perfect for undercabinet, in cabinet or other uses. Contact a lighting expert at Village Home Stores for an estimate.

This system has a low profile, is energy efficient, long-lasting, and extremely versatile. Truly an MVP product worth investing in and including in your project budget! This is because it adds so much depth AND function to your space. You get the “wow” factor with a stunning wash of lighting in your space plus ideal task lighting day and night. Truth is, we have never really encountered a customer who regrets including undercabinet lighting for their project budget. We have also found that this is one of the most mentioned products suggested when we have past remodel customers recommend our team and our process to their friends.

LED tape Diode undercabinet lighting system installed with a low profile beneath a kitchen cabinet. Design and product from Village Home Stores.

This is an LED light, which gives you a more powerful light with dimming capabilities that will last longer. The tape light is UL Listed and NEC compliant to be field-cuttable plus many more certifications ensuring it meets many inspections and codes. The low profile of the strip of lights allow you to really think creatively as to where to add light to your space. We have installed this product underneath cabinets, on top of them, inside of them, and even back-lit mirrors (see below) and our store’s sign at the front desk. The end result is a concealed, consistent wash of light that truly showcases your surfaces for task and ambient lighting. Have a unique idea about something that could use some low-profile lighting? Ask our team because we love a challenge!

Custom backlit mirror with Diode LED tap lighting. Design and product from Village Home Stores

I love that this is a slim product that you can’t see once installed. It lets you see without being seen itself.

-Natasha, Lighting Expert at Village Home Stores

This is an efficient and long-lasting system of lights. Once installed, this Diode system will be operating for a long time…no seriously a long long time. How long? We have been told you could leave a Diode system running most of the a day for 25 years or more before needing to replace any lights. So you can leave these lights on as much as you would like and see little energy use because of the low wattage used. It also comes with an industry-leading 5 year warranty!

What Do You Need To Install It?

This is not a DIY quick-fix, system that will stop working a year later. This system is installed and wired in by an expert electrician so you will need the correct items for your space. You will need the strips of tape light and the transformer to power the tape since it is 12V system. If you are wanting to dim your undercabinet lights, you will need an LED dimmer. Your transformer gets wired to your switch or outlet. Finally, you will need connector cables. You will need to connect your tape to the transformer with a connector cable. These connectors will also allow you to jump the power over a stove or sink (whatever the case may be) and hook to another run of tape light. Your estimate and supplies will depend on your project size and also the layout of what we are lighting. An expert at Village can help to get you an accurate estimate.

Available In A Wide Color Temp Range!

LED Diode tape lighting systems available in a variety of color temperatures. Ask the Quad Cities lighting experts at Village Home Stores for an estimate.

Another fun feature to mention about this Diode lighting is that it is available in many varieties of color. Ranging from warm to cool colors of standard white light but also bold colors all across the spectrum. This Diode system can be used in commercial applications like restaurants or bars but also in creative ways inside and outside of your home. Outdoor living spaces have become an extension of the home itself. Did you know that the same system of lighting we are always showcasing in our kitchens offers a Diode LED “Wet Location” system? There is even one series that is fully-submersible for pools, ponds, and water features.

Wet location LED tape Diode lighting installed in an outdoor kitchen and bar area. Design and product from Village Home Stores.

A Modular Undercabinet System:

Have you ever gone to plug in something in your kitchen and the outlet was just out of reach? Did you know we have a modular undercabinet lighting system that would allow you to pop one in right where you need it? This Legrand system of switches, outlets, lighting, charging stations, even speakers is as unique as you! All of these elements and more can be moved around as you need them. Press play below to learn more and see it in action:

What a versatile system! New features for this system are introduced all the time making it the perfect way you can keep your savvy kitchen up to date with the latest tech. We especially love how the use of this system keeps the backsplash area completely clear of any wall outlet or switch plates. That allows you a full surface to showcase the great wall surface you have selected from our store.

LED tape Diode lighting installed behind the Village Home Stores from desk sign. This low-voltage lighting is an efficient lighting solution for store signage.

We want you to love your kitchen. We hope that you think of our team and smile every time you flip on the switch and see it illuminated so well. If you have a project indoors, outdoors or even underwater our expert lighting team from Village Home Stores can help you figure out the right system and components needed for you project. Not sure what products are right for you? Questions are encouraged! Especially in this new and exciting era of connected and smart home tech for our lighting products.

We have many examples of this Diode LED system and the tracked/ modular system installed and on display in our showroom. Stop by and see us at 105 S State Street in Downtown Geneseo or call at (309) 944-1344 for an appointment. You can also start the estimating process or shoot us a quick message here at this link. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on.

Phone number for lighting store near Quad Cities. 309 944 1344 Village Home Stores

New Product News From Summit 2019

Village Home Stores shares what new and exciting things shown on the Better Together Summit Expo floor in Nashville TN. - VillageHomeStores.com

We just returned from a whirlwind of a weekend in Nashville, TN where we attended a summit held by our BrandSource buying group. Events like these are so valuable to our small business because we are able to connect and learn from other stores similar to Village. By making these connections, we can learn together and educate ourselves in ways to make YOUR Village experience even better! Village Home Stores is a BrandSource member so that we can offer our customers prices competitive with the big box stores paired with a customer experience that is the very best out there.

Village Home Stores is an AVB Brandsource member. This buying group gives us a competitive edge for pricing and opportunities to give our customers the best experience available. Better Together Summit in Nashville TN. | VillageHomeStores.com

Connecting with other stores and service offices and sharing our stories allows us to all be “Better Together” (which was actually the title of this year’s summit event). We spent our days learning about ways we can better this customer experience for you in store and online. We also spent many many hours training on the new product launches announced for our Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid and Amana brands. We saw a LOT of exciting new things this weekend so we thought we would share a recap about these new and exciting products, some of which are already en route to the Village showroom. Here is a peek at what Tammy, Rob, and Elizabeth saw in Music City!

Village Home Stores shares exciting product news from the expo floor at the 2019 AVB Brandsource BetterTogetherSummit in Nashville TN | villagehomestores.com

A Smart Wall Oven You Can Grill In!

The new product launch that carried the most “buzz” around the show was KitchenAid’s new Smart Oven with Powered Attachments. Available in a single, double, and combination microwave / wall oven, this wall oven series has truly elevated the use for any home cook that loves the process and full experience of cooking at home. For the Village Home Stores customers who loves to cook , you are going to want to press play below to see some sneak peeks from the show floor…

Yes! That is in fact a grill attachment that can be used indoors! There are two other powered attachments that come with this smart oven, but we have to begin with the grill. A base with heating elements connects to the wall oven and atop that, the grill attachment “caps” the coils to create a grill surface. This patent-pending design minimizes smoke that can be created by flares when grease hits the coil. With the coils encased, this grill attachment makes the Midwest year-round grilling dream a reality!

The KitchenAid smart oven with powered attachments allow you to grill year round indoors! The grill coils are covered by the top plate so that grease will not drip down onto the coils to cause smoking. | villagehomestores.com

Smart Ovens come with three powered attachments: a grill, a steamer, and an element-heated baking stone. Of course we must add that of course the Smart Oven can be used as a standard bake oven and also includes convection features and assisted convection conversion. You can use this versatile wall oven with or without the powered attachments. Have you ever used a baking stone? The biggest issue is that you are supposed to preheat that stone reeeeeally far ahead of using it to get the best results. With the powered baking stone attachment resting right on top of the elements, you can skip that step all together! Get consistent, and crisp results on a stone that can fit up to a 14″ pizza.

KitchenAid's smart oven comes with 3 powered attachments for grilling, steaming, or baking stone use. | villagehomestores.com

The steam attachments are also incredible! Any serious home-chef knows that cooking with steam helps to infuse moisture and added flavor that can’t be matched! This powered attachment can fit enough sides and meat to feed a family of four all in one pan! You can even use this attachment to cook with the steam pan and no lid in the “steam assist” mode. The steamer is dishwasher-safe and can easily clean up with soap and water.

Steam attachment for the KitchenAid smart oven with powered attachment. Feed a family of four with only using one pan! | villagehomestores.com

This wall oven is like a home-chef’s Swiss army knife. It has so many features all packed into one location in a kitchen! Being able to prepare such a flavorful meal all in one pan for a last-minute small dinner party sounds like a dream! You can prepare the meat, vegetables, pasta, all in one pan! The pre-programmed recipes for the steam attachment all sound like a delicious way to learn how to use your new oven!

-Elizabeth Round, Village Team Member
KitchenAid's steam attachment for the smart oven is dishwasher safe and can be used with or without the lid. | villagehomestores.com

Imagine being able to grill indoors during the entire Winter season we have just endured! Seeing how the grill coils were wrapped with the top casing, now I understand how there was virtually no smoke involved while Chef Ann was making so many burgers in that wall oven!

-Tammy Clark, Village Team Member
KitchenAid's smart oven comes with 3 powered attachments for grilling, steaming, or baking stone use. | villagehomestores.com

Recipe Guidance and Connectivity:

We really wish this blog had a scratch-and-sniff feature so you could smell those incredible sirloin chorizo burgers Chef Ann was grilling up! Ann showed us as she was working how the recipe guide mode walks you through each step. She even got a notification on her phone as she was talking to us that it was time to flip the burgers over.

KitchenAid's smart oven with recipe guide. On-screen tutorials help users get comfortable with their new powered attachments. 3 recipes for each attachment available. | villagehomestores.com

That notification to flip the burgers is a great example of how connected smart home appliances can help keep your busy household on track to a great meal. Imagine having guests over while entertaining in your back patio and getting a notification on your Apple watch that the oven is preheated, or your meal timer is ending. The WiFi and app features rolling out with KitchenAid all are there to help give you the best experience AND results while cooking in your kitchen.

A New Look For Commercial Ranges!

We were also able to take a peek at the redesign of the commercial ranges from KitchenAid. These units now pair better with other KitchenAid items as a suite with handles and include great new options for accent colors (shown below in “Navy”)

KitchenAid Commercial Range redesign with connected WiFi features shown on the expo floor at the 2019 AVB Brandsource BetterTogetherSummit in Nashville TN | villagehomestores.com

I’m really excited to see this redesign for the commercial ranges. Now the handles can better match the rest of the kitchen suite and the connected features added are great! I would love the remote-enabled option to preheat and monitor my oven as I am leaving work headed home.

-Rob Ries, Co-Owner of Village Home Stores
Yummly app with Whirlpool Connected Appliances demo from the expo floor at the 2019 AVB Brandsource BetterTogetherSummit in Nashville TN | villagehomestores.com

Smart home tech is not just limited to our KitchenAid line of product. The first to introduce connected appliances was Whirlpool and they continue to add to their connected appliance features. Whirlpool has added even more connected models and the Yummly partnership has proven to be a very great integration. If you aren’t familiar with it, Yummly is an extremely popular recipe search engine that allows you to search for recipes online that fit within your own dietary restrictions and ingredient availability! Now you can take that found recipe one step further by sending the recipe directly to your smart appliances for instruction.

As you can see in the video above, Yummly users can even image-capture the physical items you have on hand and search recipes online. The Whirlpool and Yummly features have now been available for some time and they keep getting better and better!

Maytag’s New Cast Iron Finish!

Village co-owner Rob Ries checks out the new Maytag Cast Iron finish shown on the expo floor at the 2019 AVB Brandsource BetterTogetherSummit in Nashville TN

We had heard Maytag may be rolling out a new finish but didn’t realize we would have a chance to see it in person so soon! Seeing the new “Cast Iron” color was exciting! This finish is a more rugged, darker look than our Black Stainless products. Cast Iron is a matte black finish without the brushed look of a Black Stainless. This new finish, on the sturdy, dependable Maytag line is a great look! Speaking of sturdy and dependable, how about a Maytag dryer so large and strong dealers were climbing into it!

Maytag dryers so large and durable that dealers can CLIMB into them! Image Via AVB Brandsource Team.
Maytag dryers so large and durable that dealers can CLIMB into them! Image Via AVB Brandsource Team.

Laundry Features Fit For a King!

Now that’s a capacity and commercial-grade parts illustration we loved seeing in action! We were also glad to not have to climb in ourselves to get the point across to you. Large capacity with the best cleaning in the industry is a major need for many of our Village Home Stores laundry customers. How about a large-capacity agitator washer that can a fit king-sized comforter!? We saw it with our own eyes!

A Maytag large capacity top load washer with agitator that fits a king-sized comforter! | villagehomestores.com

Now of course we should mention that while this washer boasts a large capacity and great cleaning action… it is very large itself! Please work closely with your Village Home Stores appliance team to make sure you have the space to get this washer and dryer pair into your home and in place. There was great news from the Whirlpool laundry products including many changes to the front load lines. The Load & Go system of pre-loading detergent can now store up to 40 loads of laundry detergent. If you use our Excelsior HE product, that is more like 60-120 loads because our detergent is 6x concentrated. Our staff can help show you how to enter that info as you load your detergent and then you will be all set for many months without even refilling.

The new load-and-go system in the Whirlpool frontload laundry line allows you to pre-load even more loads of detergent to make laundry easier! | villagehomestores.com

We saw so much more than we can get to in this recap (and don’t worry we did manage to see a lot of great live music too while in Nashville). We look forward to featuring some of these new features in upcoming projects here on the blog. Of course you can shop our appliances online, anytime at villagehomestores.com but you may also stop by our showroom to see us in person. Thank you to BrandSource for the incredible business workshops and training this weekend. We are thrilled to partner with other businesses to offer the competitive prices and award-winning service experience they expect from Village Home Stores. We truly are better together.

Village Home Stores recaps the trip to the Better Together Summit 2019 in Nashville TN. - VillageHomeStores.com

A Quad Cities Kitchen Remodeled Start to Finish

One of the best things about being in our industry is that every single project we work on is different from the next. Even when kitchen and bath trends are put into action, the applications are always different because no space is the same. Village Home Stores has the great privilege of placing our designs and products in new and existing homes in the extended Quad Cities Region and we love each project we complete. We normally don’t admit it when we have favorites… but this week’s featured remodel story in Bettendorf, Iowa is one of our favorites fromf the year for sure! Two tone kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa with large kitchen island, waterfall Cambria counters, Black Stainless appliances, and a custom walnut wood top table. | villagehomestores.com

This Bettendorf, Iowa customer found Village Home Stores by catching our weekly television show that airs every Sunday at 9am on WQAD. On the Village Home Show we are able to showcase remodel stories from right here in the Quad Cities area. So when this family was ready, they knew who to call. The original oak cabinetry layout really divided the kitchen from the dining and living spaces. There is a beautiful outside pool area just steps away from the kitchen in this home. With the peninsula in place, it was a long voyage to the kitchen sink from the pool.

We were so thrilled with the ideas they came to us with for a more open concept kitchen. When we say that the kitchen is the hub of the home, this household is a great example of that. With access to lofted living room and the backyard pool retreat, this new kitchen design needed to be functional and stylish. We began by removing the original kitchen… but kept one main element in place to help save some cost to the clients.Need a kitchen remodeler that can manage your project from start to finish? Contact the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.

This kitchen has been given a whole new look but we kept the original tile floors! That’s right! Because the tile flooring was installed before the original kitchen cabinets went in, there was no void left when we tore out the kitchen peninsula. A new knee-wall was installed with power for island outlets. Take one more look at the original oak kitchen with the peninsula + table layout….Contact the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.

…and now the kitchen absorbs the dining space into one cohesive look. In fact, the kitchen and dining spaces are now joined into one concept by an incredible and versatile island design. The overall space has been brightened up significantly with lighter, airy material selections, added lighting, and the installation of mirror in some cabinetry. Two tone kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa with large kitchen island, waterfall Cambria counters, Black Stainless appliances, and a custom walnut wood top table. | villagehomestores.com

A large kitchen island is the centerpiece to the new open concept. On the end near the backyard access, a custom table has been placed at dining height. We designed the dining table to be placed right next to the kitchen island. However, the table can be moved out if needed. A custom wood base was built for this design by our carpentry team and our painters painted it to compliment the kitchen cabinetry and trim.Remodeled kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa with custom farmtable base. | villagehomestores.com

A gorgeous wood top from our Craft-Art line was secured on top of the base. With the main kitchen cabinetry all in painted finishes, a woodgrain was a welcomed element. The Black Walnut plank-style wood top adds warmth and an upscale texture to the space. We think its is best complimented with the warm backslash tile glowing with our undercabinet lighting system. 

Can’t find the right table to match your new kitchen from Village? Let us make one for you to ensure that it lines up with the overall design concept! Finding the right size and finish can be tricky. But rest assured, we can build just about anything you can dream up. This rich, smooth Black Walnut top was given a stylish and classic “Ogee” edge profile. The feel and sheen of these wood tops are truly heirloom quality. Learn more about these wood tops here in a previous postRemodeled kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa with CraftArt Black Walnut tabletop in Ogee edge. | villagehomestores.com

Even though this wood top is a showstopper, the Cambria Quartz in this kitchen is not to be ignored. Take a peek at this image below showing the remodel while it was still in progress. Notice that a piece of Cambria was installed on the cooktop wall for a dramatic look. Need a kitchen remodeler that can manage your project from start to finish? Contact the Quad Cities kitchen experts at Village Home Stores.

This statement wall creates a dramatic contrast of a marble look on the wall with a graphic black hood as an eye-catching continuation from the dark base cabinets. In fact, the Cambria Britannica Warm Quartz seems to almost cascade down behind the hood, flow up from the floor, over the kitchen island, and pour back down again on the other side.

Of course a glassy, gloss finish in a bright space always adds a great upscale detail. This Cambria design includes warm gray veining and is a classic compliment to the dark appliances and painted base cabinetry. A new approach to a two tone kitchen, dark painted bases with a bright and airy upper cabinet in a separate finish. Many times this trend is installed with open or floating shelves for the upper cabinetry. But in this design, we wanted to provide as much usable storage as possible.

Two tone kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa with full height Cambria backsplash. | villagehomestores.com

The use of mirrors in some of the wall cabinetry does add a lighter weight to the look of the upper cabinets. The “X” design in the cabinet door is an updated and more Transitional style detail. We love the way mirrors help to brighten up a room (plus conceal the cabinet interior). Two tone kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa with mirrored door cabinets and X-design. Kitchen designed and remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

Quartz in a marble look is a great choice for a busy kitchen and large island work surface like this. Cambria Quartz in the Brittanicca Warm design offers a classic look of a marble with a maintenance-free advantage. The island countertop has a standard “Eased” edge applied to it to maintain a cleaner installation and look with the waterfalling edge. Two tone kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa with Cambria Brittanicca Warm quartz counters installed with a waterfall design on the island. Kitchen designed and remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

Curious about waterfall edges? Stop by our showroom in Downtown Geneseo and see our front desk area that showcases this look. Village Home Stores offers many departments all under one roof to make the entire selection process easier on you and your designer. We encourage you to come with any ideas you have collected during your research phase but also take a look around and inside all of our cabinetry displays. We offer so many specialty cabinets and can show them to you. Our Dura Supreme line of cabinetry is loaded with so many great options! This kitchen of includes great sliding shelf storage but also a mixer lift cabinet right in the island.Remodeled kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa with Dura Supreme cabinetry in the painted Graphite finish. Kitchen designed and remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

See more of this entire kitchen in detail over on our Best of Houzz-winning Portfolio. See the full album of images here. We also installed a spice pullout, lazy susan, and an auto-open waste basket! Press play below to watch the waste basket cabinet open with just a nudge.

Matte Black is one of our favorite home trends and this kitchen rocks the trend so well! The soft, rich look of Dura Supreme’s painted “Graphite” finish on the base cabinetry pairs so well with KitchenAid’s Black Stainless Steel finish appliances. Black Stainless is not just for super contemporary spaces. This Transitionally-styled space is proof of that. Plus it is fingerprint resistant! Remodeled kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa with KitchenAid Black Stainless appliances. Kitchen designed and remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

KitchenAid was the first in their industry to launch a Black Stainless Steel finish and the look is sophisticated. But a KitchenAid kitchen is at it’s best when in use! A counter-depth French Door refrigerator includes incredible fresh and frozen food storage. A 30″ Combination Wall Oven and Microwave has so many features and a large capacity when needed. Another great appliance detail in this kitchen is the undercounter 15″  Ice Maker. What an absolute dream for anyone who entertains! Of course when you have a pool… people tend to show up.Remodeled kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa with KitchenAid Black Stainless icemaker and custom paneled undercounter beverage cooler. | villagehomestores.com

This 15″ automatic ice maker produces ice that is perfect for every occasion.  It opens to reveal a storage bin that can hold up to 25 pounds of ice. Next to the Ice Maker we installed a beverage cooler with a custom panel to match the cabinetry. This kept the beverage area of the new kitchen looking symmetrical. Panel-ready appliances can be a wonderful custom option. We offer them in many refrigerator and  dishwasher options. We kept the original tile floors in the kitchen but a new tile backsplash was installed. 

3″ x 12″ textured tiles in “New Yorker” series and “Taupe” color. We love how they almost have the appearance of being underwater with their texture and reflection. Our stylish adorne series of switches and outlets from legrand looks great on the tile in a contrasting color and matte finish.Remodeled kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa with legrand adorne system of outlets and switches. Kitchen designed and remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

The square design of this series looks great and is very versitile with options. Since sart home tech is at the top of every homeowner and homebuyer’s wishlist we should also mention this kitchen lighting system takes voice commands! Using the legrand app and connected to an amazon Alexa, we had a lot of fun testing out this new product. Press play below to watch a Facebook live video we taped at this completed jobsite to see how easy it is to use voice commands with this adorne system.

Smart home tech has reached the kitchen industry in a big way over the last few years and this year even more products are set to launch to make your life easier and more enjoyable. This homeowner was able to connect many of the lighting switches in the home and now can even switch lights off and on when they are away from home using the app.Remodeled kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa with legrand connected lighting system. Connect with the legrand app and even enable voice commands for your controls. | villagehomestores.com

We have completed many new spaces using the adorne series from legrand. These outlet covers are a perfect match to the painted Graphite cabinetry in this kitchen. They match so well  that our “hidden” pop-up outlet in the island is totally camouflaged when it isn’t in use. Remodeled kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa with legrand adorne pop-out outlet. Kitchen designed and remodeled from start to finish by Village Home Stores. | villagehomestores.com

A hands-free waste basket cabinet, voice-controlled lighting, and even a wave-controlled kitchen faucet! There is just so much from this kitchen remodel story it is almost impossible to showcase it all here on the blog. We hope to film an upcoming episode of the Village Home Show to show you more of these great features in action. Remodeled kitchen in Bettendorf, Iowa with a stainless farmsink and Dura Supreme cabinetry in the painted Graphite finish. | villagehomestores.com

These clients used the Complete Project Management Program at Village Home Stores for their project. We can provide you with an expert design and material selection for your project and you can take it from there. But for those who need us to manage the project from start to finish, the Complete Project Management Program at Village Home Stores is available. We are constantly changing and adapting this process to give our customers the very best experience for their investment with us. Our goal is to get your project completed on time, on budget, and to the level of quality we would expect in our own homes. Press play below to watch a 360 view of this kitchen remodel from start to finish.

Ready to start your own before and after story? We are ready to be a part of it! Your first step is to reach out to our team. You can do that by calling us at (309) 944-1344 or completing this short online form on our website. We can’t wait to hear what your dream kitchen looks like and how we can make it happen. Don’t forget that we offer many payment options including financing programs available for those who qualify. Learn more about our payment options here.  Thank you so much for checking out this blog tour. We hope you will keep an eye here for more great spaces featured from right here in the Quad Cities area. 

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