I had the great pleasure of visiting V-etiquette on a night when a clothes auction was organized at V-ettiqette in Shunyi. I was captivated by the amazing space Vida Zhang, the owner of V-etiquette, has created around her. I was in awe of all the bouquets of dried flowers, cute home decor, cozy fabrics, woven baskets, vibrant posters, and fragrant herbs.
I am a mother obsessed with homemaking, I love anything that will make our family home a more cozy place to be in, kids arts and crafts, paintings, fresh flowers and cute pillows all those things my husband deems unnecessary. So finding Zhang in her magical world of homemaking was a like a dream come true. I thought the art of etiquette and homemaking was lost. But Vida has proved that it is nothing but lost, etiquette and homemaking are so much alive.
Zhang explained to me that she started her bilingual home management school about a year and half ago; Zhang has a passion for etiquette and home making. She provides classes for girls and their mothers from six years old. Zhang teaches mothers and daughters to cook, make flower arrangements, decorate napkins, mix drinks, make candles, and the lost art of being a great hostess.
Zhang has lived for 20 years in America and has attended etiquette school and flower arranging classes. She has a flair for making you feel warm and welcome in her loft style home management school. The space is more like a cozy home with nick knacks to find in every corner. I leave Zhang’s magical space feeling renewed and filled with new ideas to add to my own home.
Zhang has Chinese tutorial videos online explaining simple western etiquette rules, like why and how to push in your chair, and how and why you should use a coaster for your drink. She is elegant explaining in her videos how to mix drinks and how to enjoy them. My parents will be surprised that I almost completely understood what Zhang was explaining in her tutorial video “how to push in a chair.” I have secretly listened and learned from my parents etiquette lessons. But I will send my daughter to Vida Zhang when she is old enough, so she can learn some manners from the Chinese Martha Stewart in Shunyi.
V-Etiquette Home DIY Vetiquette@163.com
#104, Building 2, Central Park, No.16 Road Yufeng, Shunyi District, Beijing
Semesters range from RMB 3000 to RMB 10000
Pauline van Hasselt has been working for beijingkids since October 2016. Born in Wassenaar, The Netherlands, she moved with her husband and her 3 year-old daughter to Beijing in June of last year. Prior she lived in the Netherlands, Belgium, Paraguay, Texas, and London, studying and working as a chef. Pauline enjoys biking around Beijing, finding markets and new restaurants, reading crime and fantasy books in bed, and most importantly, turning her house into a home for her family.