Isabelle von Boch’s Tips for Adding a Spring Look & Feel to Your Table: Think Green

It’s the time of year we all look forward to: winter’s chill finally gives way to the vibrant bloom of spring. Outside, things get a little sunnier and brighter. So why not bring that vibe inside? Here, Isabelle von Boch shares ideas for you to make sure your table is ready for the welcomed seasonal transition.

Isabelle’s number-one tip: add green. “Color impacts our emotions and feelings. And green, in particular, symbolizes vitality, health, prosperity and energy, and connects us with nature … so it’s essential to bring it into our homes to usher in spring.” The goal, Isabelle notes, is simple: to “bring the forces of life and nature into your space — and your heart.”

What’s more, green’s especially popular this season, as Pantone named “Greenery” (a spring-perfect light-green shade) its 2017 Color of the Year!

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Below are more ideas from Isabelle for giving your space a fresh face for the new season:

 

Get set with spring patterns. Classic floral patterns are perfectly cut out for spring. Villeroy & Boch’s Mariefleur, for example,“…creates a whole ‘meadow effect’ — that of a true abundance of flowers,” says Isabelle. Use dinnerware that features florals, fruits, foliage and greenery, or even beautiful butterflies. These will be perfect for the warming season! One way to add these touches to your table with ease is to purchase salad plates or bowls in these vibrant patterns and to layer them atop your everyday dinnerware- and viola!- you are spring-ready.

mariefleur

 

Charge it up. Glass and porcelain chargers instantly add depth, dimension and visual interest to your table. Choose green glass chargers or premium porcelain chargers with vibrant patterns for a spring-perfect dose of color.

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Add a vase (or a few). Vases are an easy way to add color to your table and your home “A vase, to me, has to be beautiful enough to be kept out always, and look beautiful even when flowers aren’t in it,” says Isabelle. Opt for vases in solid spring pastels, or with vibrant patterns to really enliven the atmosphere.

Villeroy & Boch vases

 

Master the mix. Spring is the best time to curate a lighthearted tone. That means forget being matchy-matchy, and vary patterns and textures — just like you would in a spring outfit. “Put a plaid or stripe tablecloth against the floral-pattern dinnerware and solid chargers,” says Isabelle. “It’ll instantly give dimension to your tablescape.”

Mix and mnatch featuring Mariefleur

 

Finish the look. Placemats, runners, napkins and even napkin rings are the perfect plus to put touches of green throughout. And don’t forget to add an element of actual nature with decorative grass or a bouquet of spring flowers. Lastly, embrace the shapes of nature and opt for porcelain pieces that mimic the forms of leaves or other natural elements.

Featured: Villeroy & Boch Spring patterns

Fortune Cookie Wäffelcher from ‘Anne’s Kitchen’ for the New Year

By Anne Faber

I think many Luxembourgers have fond memories of making Wäffelcher at their grandparents’. These thin, buttery wafers are baked individually in a round waffle maker and wrapped around the handle of a wooden spoon while still hot, so that they get a cone shape. While I was rolling Wäffelcher for this book, I suddenly thought it would be really fun to fold them into fortune cookies instead and hide messages inside!

I also jazzed up the traditional recipe by adding black sesame seeds to the batter – the inspiration for this comes from a trip to Thailand, where I once ate thin coconut-flavored wafers specked with black sesame seeds and rolled up just like in Luxembourg. My favorite treat from Luxembourg with an Asian twist!

Casale Blue

Makes 25 • Prep 45’ • Resting 30’ • A little effort

  • 2 eggs
  • 85g sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar
  • 85g butter, melted + extra for greasing
  • 85g flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1⁄2 tsp black sesame seeds (optional)
  • 25 paper messages, to stick into the cookies

 

  1. Put the eggs into a bowl and whisk together with the sugar and vanilla sugar. Add the melted butter, whisk again, then add the flour, salt and sesame seeds and beat to a smooth batter.
  2. Set aside to rest at room temperature for
30 minutes. This will make the batter less runny.
  3. After 30 minutes, switch on a round waffle iron. Butter the iron, then pour a heaped teaspoon of batter into the center. Close and bake the wafer until golden (every waffle maker is different, it can take between 30 seconds and 2 minutes, just open it from time to time to peek inside).
  4. Now you need to work quickly: remove the wafer with a spatula, and put onto a wire rack. Place a fortune in the center of the wafer. Quickly fold the wafer in half, then fold the two edges towards each other so that you get a crescent shape. This needs to be done really fast because the wafer will harden and become brittle within seconds.
  5. Place the folded fortune cookie into a muffin tin so it hold its shape as it cools. Leave to cool completely, then store in a tin for up to a week.

 

TIPS

  • The diameter of a traditional Wäffelchen is about 15cm. As these are fortune cookie wafers, you’ll want the wafer to be on the small side. The diameter I aim for is about 12cm, as the wafers are easier to fold when they’re small.
  • It’s very likely that you’ll burn your fingers while shaping the fortune cookies… My solution is to wrap both my thumbs and index fingers in foil so I can’t feel the heat. It may look very odd, but it is a very handy trick indeed!
  • You can find plenty of printable fortune cookie messages online.
  • Black sesame seeds are available in Asian supermarkets. They are a bit crunchier than white sesame seeds, but their taste is very similar. You can of course use white sesame seeds in this recipe.

Recipe from the book “Home Sweet Home – My Luxembourg”, Editions Schortgen (http://anneskitchen.co.uk/the-book-3/)

 

Visit Anne’s website at http://anneskitchen.co.uk/

#CelebrateVB For a Chance to Win

This holiday season Villeroy & Boch invited four well-known food, fashion and interior design bloggers from around the world to show us their most festive get-together (with the help of our quality dinnerware, of course!).

Their tablescapes were absolutely stunning, and we want to see more! So, we are challenging you to also show us how you celebrate the festive season by posting your own party pictures on Instagram using the hashtag #celebratevb for a chance to win a set of dinnerware from Villeroy & Boch.

To insopire your festive tables, take a look at the lovely celebrations held around the world with V&B:

USA

A pasta party with a skyline backdrop

The Americans from the blog “Bitches who Brunch” threw an intimate rooftop party in New York City. They took advantage of the last days of the year before winter sets in to get together for an evening of delicious pasta and good wine (and plenty of laughs and conversation along the way). The sleek, modern Pasta Passion collection perfectly suited the urban atmosphere.

#CelebrateVb

Europe

East elegantly meets West in Germany

The German blogger and fashion entrepreneur Lena Terlutter hosted a relaxed evening with an elegant table. The Asian-inspired Samarkand collection added a graceful, regal quality, and Lanson champagne was served in glasses from the Grand Royal line — for an effortlessly elegant mesh of cultures.

#CelebrateVb

Pizza in Paris

Sophie Trem, from “The Other Art of Living,” enjoyed a meal with her French family and Villeroy & Boch’s Pizza Passion line. Her small-but-charming Parisian apartment was a perfectly cosy setting for a fun family evening in the European metropolis: stylishly unpretentious and oh-so chic.

 #CelebrateVb

Japan

A picnic with a quirky twist

The Japanese blogger Ebony Bizys, from “Hello Sandwich,” took us to the colourfully unconventional world of Japan, with a picnic on the floor of her flat. Vibrant hues throughout added plenty of personality to the upbeat, fun evening. This is what a Japanese Christmas with friends could look like: stylish and unique.

 #CelebrateVb

To learn more please visit our campaign website:

www.villeroyboch.com/celebrateVB

Good luck, and here’s to a festive holiday season for all!