Snow Village’s 2016 introduction of Mistletoe Farms features a special detail adorned the traditional red barn, a barn quilt. This Mistletoe Farms barn quilt, however, was created by Department 56’s very own Melinda Seegers (aka Ms. Lit Town). Traditionally barn quilts would represent what the farm was known for and would be featured on the outside of the barn. This design is a carpenters square because her father was a carpenter. The featured barn quilt is only the beginning of the relationship between Village and quilting.
Calico Quilts, designed by artist Barb Lund and Ms. Quilt Town designed by artist Tate Yotter in the New England Village collection pay special tribute to Department 56’s Ms. Lit Town. Featured in our “spring must have” guide and Village Winter 2017 catalogue these pieces offer a special nod to a dedicated part of Department 56. Her love for quilting also has helped a variety of charities that Department 56 has donated to.
Starting in 2008 NCC started auctioning off a quilt created by Ms. Lit Town each year. The beautifully stitched quilts have raised over $65,000 for a variety of charities, each of which are picked by the club hosting the convention each year. This year is the 25th Anniversary of the NCC Gathering will be in Tempe, Arizona from June 14-18, 2017 at the Tempe Mission Palms. The organization the quilt auction proceeds will go to this year is called Crops of Luv, an organization founded in 2007 that creates scrapbooks for “Make a Wish” participants and their families. Make sure to check back for an image of the finished quilt!
Begin to shrug off your Winter blues as we head into Spring! The new season welcomes leaves on trees, chirping birds, blooming flowers, and soaking up some sunshine. However, one of the greatest parts of Spring are the mild temperatures that encourage opening up all of the windows to let the breeze refresh your home. Delight your spring time guests with your decor by adding some of these beautiful and bright Department 56 pieces.
As the snow begins to melt (for some of us) refresh your décor in anticipation of April showers and May flowers. The New England Village collection has a few Spring pieces in particular that would make a warm and welcoming vignette in an entry way or conversation starting bookcase addition. Add in some potted Marigold’s and you have yourself a quick and easy display!
Bring the perfect sentiment to any baby shower with these fun “Peek-A-Boo” Snowbabies with either a pink or blue pastel blanket. You could even get a head start on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14) and Father’s Day (Sunday, June 18) gifts! The beautiful detail and timeless design are a piece that can be treasured.
Snowbabies really do say it all! No celebrations on the horizon? Show your love for some of your favorite Spring time activities such as hitting the road with the windows down or planning a picnic.
Danish-speaking people say “hygge,” which roughly translates to creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people, particularly in wintertime. Hygge is all about using all 5 senses to absorb the joy of even the simplest things: the smell of apple and cinnamon cake, the words of a lovely poem, the feeling of lying in your bed in freshly ironed linen, or just looking out at the colors in the garden. Hygge is everywhere; you just need to discover it. This social media trend is one you should consider trying and we have a few items and tips to help “hygge” your home.
1.) Incorporate light
Warm light from a candle, string of lights, or lighted Village piece creates a warm ambiance for every room.
2.) Add textures
Soft textures such as chunky knit blankets, tweed pillows, and fluffy woolen rugs add comfort and dimension to your space.
3.) Tiny or simple additions can have impact
This is not about overhauling your home; tiny additions can make an impact! Consider adding some of your favorite personal items that hold meaning- such as a Snowbabies piece.
4.) Enjoy your space
Don’t focus on what might wow or impress guests but rather what kinds of items make each one of your rooms feel like a sanctuary.
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.
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.
THINGS TO AVOID
Not having a plan. Although 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.