Lighted Houses & Accessories Collection by Department 56
Department 56 houses, characters and accessories create memorable scenes that will reflect your style and imagination. Complete villages or small vignettes will make stunning displays for family and friends to enjoy at the Holidays or all year long. From small town America to the streets of New York and from Victorian England to the sparkling winter wonderland of the North Pole,
these villages are imaginatively created using hand-craftsmanship and the highest level of authentic architectural detail.
In areas of your home such as the living room it can be almost impossible to avoid open shelving. Not only can bookcases double as showcase-worthy storage for all your favorite treasures, but you can also style your reading material to look design-savvy. Before beginning transforming your bookshelf into a fun photo-op, you’ll have to get rid of any items that you don’t want on display. Try to narrow the focus of your shelf to roughly 6 or 7 items.
DEPARTMENT 56: BOOKSHELF DISPLAY IDEAS
Books. Well, it is a BOOK case after all. Keep your favorites on display or purchase something for the sake of the cover design.
Tall accent pieces. Each shelf should have layered heights. If your shelves are tall make sure to include tall items or it will look like something is missing. If you don’t think you have anything tall enough, improvise by stacking books and placing an object atop.
Picture frames. Keeping a few simply designed frames to tell your story is incredibly important. This is your home!
Greenery. Adding a few faux or real items can bring some life to your shelves.
Objects of interest. Break up the monotony of straight and repetitive lines that books can create with unique items such as geometric spheres, vases, or geode crystals.
Boxes. Pretty and functional! Depending on what you choose this is an opportunity to bring in additional textures, designs, and the perfect way to hide any smaller treasures.
DEPARTMENT 56: KITCHEN CUPBOARD DISPLAY IDEAS
Jumping in is exciting, make sure you have an idea of where you want your items to go! The easiest place to start is deciding on how you want to organize your books- by color, author, size? The possibilities are endless!
Unnecessary objects. Unless you are a librarian, you probably don’t need every book you own on display. By spacing out the books and breaking up the spaces with an item such as a vase or art makes it more visually appealing.
Size does matter. Larger items help create visual landmarks for the eye to follow so that you are not too overwhelmed. When you start styling your shelves consider starting with the larger items and fill in the blanks with accessories.
Ignoring white space. Incorporating interesting items can be fun, but make sure to remember to leave white space. Just like when you look at a photo your eye will want space to rest between visual elements.
Department 56 Retirements Past and Present This means that Department 56 is no longer producing or making thesepieces so once inventory is sold out these will no longer be availableto purchase. To view these retired items please click the links to the Retirement List below.
One Christmas evening, a group of friends set off to enjoy a dinner of celebration at a small country inn nestled in a quiet river town. As they rounded a bend in the road, they saw the small, old-fashioned village decorated for the holidays. The lights, like fairies, glowed and sparkled amid the freshly fallen snow. All evening, the conversation was full of Christmas memories and the visions the tiny town had evoked. Amidst the jovial banter and magical memories, the idea for a lighted Christmas village was born. That spark of an idea became a reality when, in 1976, Department 56 introduced a series of six hand-painted, ceramic buildings. The rest is history.
Department 56 began in 1976 ,and since then they have become a leading designer, importer and distributor of collectibles and giftware. Dept 56 is known for its handcrafted, lighted Villages - the cornerstone of the company's extensive product line. Made of porcelain and hand-crafted to perfection, each D56 Village features churches, homes and shops reminiscent of historical and picturesque towns and cities, as well as hundreds of finely detailed accessories to complete the Village scenes.
Nostalgia and tradition, contemporary and creative describe the inspired designs of Department 56 collectible products. Display them in your home throughout the year to create a distinctive style that can used to inspire decorating and gift-giving traditions.
In 1976, over 30 years ago, D56 began as part of Bachman's, a retail floral company, that used a numbering system to identify each of its departments. The name assigned to the Wholesale Gift Imports Division was Department 56.
Now headquartered in Eden Prairie, MN. Dept 56 has become a leading designer, importer and distributor of collectibles and giftware known for its handcrafted, lighted Villages, Snowbabies figurines and extensive lines of holiday and home decorative products.
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1976- The foundation of Department 56 takes shape with the introduction of six charming, lighted, ceramic buildings. These six premiere items were the beginning of The Original Snow Village®.
1979- D56 introduces 12 new Snow Village designs, and the first Village accessories appear.
1984- Release of The Dickens' Village Series, designed to capture the spirit of Christmas in Victorian England.
1986- The New England Village Series and The Alpine Village Series are introduced. This same year Snowbabies bisque figurines were born.
1987- Dept 56 continues to expand its product line with the addition of the hustle and bustle of Christmas In The City Series.
1990- The legend of Santa Claus becomes a part of D56 tradition with the addition of The North Pole Series.
1998- Snow Village Halloween becomes a part of the Village lines, with the introduction of a Haunted Mansion. Elfland, an extension of The North Pole Series, was also introduced as a place where elves lived and played after Christmas.
2004- The next generation in lighting has arrived! Eight lighted buildings are introduced that feature the new battery operated "long life cordless lighting" which eliminates the need for electrical cords in the lighted buildings. Now you can put up displays in places you never thought you could -- on a mantel, in a wreath or in the center of a table.
2008- Snow Village Halloween celebrates its 10 Year anniversary.
2009- Dickens' Village celebrates its 25th Anniversary. Inspired by the drawings and ideas of Neilan Lund, the series is still going strong. Also in 2009, the glittering Winters Frost Series is introduced.
2010- Williamsburg Village is introduced, commemorating the Capital of the Virginia Colony in the 1700’s.
2011- Department 56 celebrates its 35th Anniversary. Clock Towers are introduced in several of the villages. The Grinch Village celebrates the classic Dr. Seuss tale “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.