Isabelle von Boch: Create Easter Memories With Your Family That Will Last a Lifetime

As adults, we look back fondly on the memories we have of celebrating the Easter holiday during childhood. For me, I remember many Easter celebrations in the German countryside and the traditions that my family built, and still uphold! When I was a child, my sister and I used to venture out into the woods near our home on the Saturday before Easter to gather moss and flowers to build a cozy nest for the Easter bunny—in hopes that he would visit! On Sunday morning, we would excitedly run out to the nest and find chocolate bunnies, eggs, and other candies left for us by the Easter Bunny!

Another tradition that I remember fondly is painting eggs with my family—in fact, we still do this today! My family would always paint eggs together and it’d get quite competitive! As one of seven siblings, we were always competing to create the most beautiful egg! Later in the day, our family would gather around the table that was always delicately decorated with Easter décor and our painted eggs to celebrate the holiday and enjoy brunch together.

Of course, every family has their own special traditions and rituals. These traditions are what make each family unique, and help to instill a sense of belonging, love, and security within the family. We’re able to invoke nostalgia by reminiscing on memories like these from our childhoods, so it’s important that we do the same for our children and grandchildren! Gathering around the table is important for a family. It gives us time to slow down from our usual hectic schedules and really enjoy one another’s company. It’s a time to relax and create memories with the ones with love, and setting a special table helps to create an atmosphere that your family won’t want to leave!

Evoke Nostalgia at Your Easter Table

The Annual Limited Edition Easter collection from Villeroy & Boch is a great addition to your Easter table, and is especially great for children and grandchildren. The whimsical motif itself, featuring the Easter bunny driving a red sports car and riding a bike, instantly brings me back to my childhood and I’m sure it’ll delight the little ones at your holiday gathering. Because the Annual Limited Edition Easter collection is updated each year, the plate, bowl, and mug in the collection become collectibles and keepsakes that you can share with your family, and that can be passed down through generations.

Annual Limited Edition Easter collection

Begin a new tradition with your children or grandchildren by setting a special place for them at the Easter table with this collection. They’re sure to love the fun, scalloped shapes of the plate and bowl and because the collection is made from high-quality premium porcelain that’s extremely durable, you don’t have to be fearful of giving it to small children. Your children and grandchildren will look back on that special feeling they had sitting down at a table with a fun place setting just for them! They may even keep the pieces for years to come, or choose to pass them down to their own children.

I still have some of the Easter decorations my mother used to set out for the Easter holiday. I even brought them with me from Germany to the United State when I moved. These pieces are so special to me, and they fill me with warm feelings and memories of my family celebrating the Easter holiday. The Annual Limited Edition Easter collection from Villeroy & Boch may do the same for your children and grandchildren!

From my family to yours, I hope your Easter holiday is filled with family, traditions, and creating new memories with the ones you love.

Sincerely,

Isabelle von Boch

Give Your Holiday Table a Fresh Look with Casale Blue

Article By Stephen Milioti
Villeroy & Boch Casale Blu

“The holidays hold so much meaning for so many people,” says Isabelle von Boch. “But beyond that, the holiday season — especially Thanksgiving — has become one of those rare times when entire families sit around a table for an extended period of time to enjoy a meal.”

Because it’s a rare moment for people to slow down, set their phones aside (hopefully) and enjoy time together, the table has to be memorable. And this year, Villeroy & Boch has reimagined the holiday table’s traditional aesthetic in a cooler set of hues. “It’ll make you look at the holidays in a different way, with fresh eyes,” says von Boch, the company’s brand ambassador and an eighth-generation member of its founding family.

Enter Casale Blu

Casale BlueEnter Casale Blu: defined by saturated-yet-subtle blue tones, it evokes the graphic decorative style of traditional Italian ceramics (specifically, those practiced in the Umbrian town of Deruta since the 12th century). But, as with so many Villeroy & Boch lines, this style, while historically relevant, is made contemporary enough to fit perfectly into any table or décor style. And we’d like to present it as the basis for not only the Thanksgiving table this year, but the rest of the festive season, including Christmas or Hanukkah.

“I’m always fond of formalizing the casual, and casualizing the formal,” says von Boch. And, ironically, Casale Blu will do both for the holiday table: Its bowls and plates, with their eye-catching color and graphic details, add European flair to any space you grace them with.

When it comes to setting your table with Casale Blu, von Boch’s advice, as always, is to mix and match within the collection. And this collection makes that very easy (and fun) to do. The primary blue color is peppered with accents of yellow or green in four distinct patterns. Mix plates, bowls, cups, and more in different patterns, even within settings, and you’ll evoke the Italian way of life — aesthetically beautiful yet effortlessly laid-back.

Into this “perfectly mismatched” look, add some bold blue or green glass accents (like the Verso vase, in the bold “Caribbean Sea” color). Beyond that, von Boch recommends introducing natural elements into the mix, for a richly textured, undeniably autumnal look and feel. Woven jute or sisal placemats, wooden serving bowls and utensils (like an acacia plate or salad servers from the Artesano Original line), and even stone accents will bring nature in, adding a relaxed tone to this inspired, global look. The result: a setting in which you’ll want to linger for hours, making memories — and setting some new holiday traditions.

Live in Lavender

Isabelle von Boch Dishes on the Stately, Sophisticated Hue (and the Villeroy & Boch Collection That Beautifully Brings It to Life)

Interview & Article By Stephen Milioti

Haven’t thought much about lavender lately? Well, it’s time to give it a little attention again. Actually, more than a little. Because it’s way more versatile than you think. This refreshing hue is a design chameleon: Its more pink- and plum-leaning versions are expressive of nature’s bounty, and fit beautifully into a verdant country manor. But, on the other hand, the grayed-down versions are entirely at home in a chic urban loft.

This seasonless, inspiring color is in full effect in Villeroy & Boch’s Artesano Provençal Lavender line. Designed by renowned Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave, it blends this intoxicating hue with classic floral patterns: a combination that’s entirely timeless, yet fresh-looking at once. It also represents a fascinating combination of artistic and cultural influences.

Artesano Provencal Lavender

 

Who better to speak to about this elegant collection — and lavender in general — than Isabelle von Boch, the company’s brand ambassador (and an eighth-generation member of its founding family)? To that end, we asked her for her tips, thoughts, and inspirations when it comes to this subtly regal hue:

SM: What’s your connection to the color lavender?

IvB: Isabelle von BochWell, personally, I have never owned any lavender or plum clothing because I have blue eyes and I think it fights blue. But I admire it everywhere else — for example, in a home interior. So even though it’s not my choice from a fashion or clothing standpoint, it fascinates me in porcelain. It’s softly sophisticated. It’s such an intoxicating hue to look at … it makes me want to breathe it in.

 

SM: Design-wise, what type of environment do you see lavender working best in?

IvB: Interestingly, a lot of people have the misconception that lavender is ultra feminine and frilly. But it’s not that at all. I see it working extremely well in a modern environment, set against a minimalist background, because it speaks so strongly on its own. I think it works extremely well as a subtle counterpoint or complement to sophisticated grays. It also just happens to work great with traditional décor, too.

 

SM: What colors and textures do you suggest pairing lavender with?

IvB: As I noted, it’s perfect with warm neutrals like gray and sand. But beyond that, it also works nicely next to muted colors like soft seafoam green. And I suggest pairing it alongside natural elements like stone, wood, and cement.

 

SM: Talk a little bit about the designs in the Artesano Provençal Lavender collection. You’ve regularly noted that this is one of your absolute favorite lines. What do you love so much about them?

IvB: I love the depth of color and shading in the petals. At the same time, it’s clearly Provence-inspired, evident if you look at the florals, as well as the colors: lavender, rosemary and beige. To me, it’s also inspired by Japonism, a term for the influence of Japanese arts, fashion and material culture on European art, specifically the Impressionist and post-Impressionist eras. Monet, Klimt, Gauguin and van Gogh were all inspired by Japanese work as well. The designer of the collection, Isabelle de Borchgrave, aligns so beautifully with our brand because she’s able to combine these art-historical references flawlessly. The Artesano Provençal Lavender collection screams “art,” and I adore that. These designs have an emotional quality, a fluid line, with a depth of color that makes you want to “drink” them. The shape itself is warm and sculptural; its pronounced rim gives it an artisanal feel. It’s a sophisticated reinterpretation of florals.

 

SM: What are some of your favorite pieces in the collection?

Arrtesano LavenderIvB: The pasta plates are my favorite. They’re so practical and generously sized, yet extremely beautiful at once. I love setting a table with a big white serving bowl in the middle and a pasta plate at each setting. Then add a charger and wood serving utensils for a mix of textures. I routinely suggest combining these lavender pieces with wood, cork and slate, to give the look warmth and bring out the Artesano Provençal Lavender’s handcrafted artisanal quality. (Try Villeroy & Boch’s three-tier étagère, made of acacia wood and slate.) It’ll make for a combination of urbanity and sophistication.

 

SM: You speak so much of a love of nature, both today and when you grew up in Provence. So we had to ask … would these styles work outdoors?

IvB: Yes, absolutely … they’re made for the outdoors, just as much as indoors. Just make sure to minimalize the décor around it. Pair it with neutral grass and lavenders, sage and muted greens — remember… seafoam green, not emerald — so as not to overpower the motif. Skip the bright flowers. Those work better with Amazonia, another one of my favorite Villeroy & Boch collections. (More on that one soon…)

 

SM: What kind of home design style do you think is best suited for this collection?

IvB: Artesano Provençal matches all different kinds of homes and styles: It fits into a country home as well as in a modern loft where it brings an element of nature onto the table. In elegant homes, it will add some casual European chic to the interior style. And imagine a table setting with Artesano Provençal on a rooftop, a terrace or in a garden to host family and friends outdoors – simply beautiful!