ASTRID & RUDOLF





Once upon a time, in the small remote village of Fränsta in Northern Sweden,



lived a loving couple, Astrid and Rudolf Kastor.




Over the years, they tenderly built by a tranquil river a typical Swedish house with elegant proportions, classic timber frames, a gabled roof and a white porch.




In preparation for the arrival of their growing family, Astrid and Rudolf then decided to turn their house into the most comfortable and prettiest home and graced every room with marvellous wallpapers inspired by the beautiful surrounding vistas.

The Kastors all lived happily ever after until it was time one day for Astrid & Rudolf to meet their Maker…

A few decades and gravad lax later, Auntie, or rather Moster, Mai-Lis and granddaughter Nicole came to pay their last respects to the cherished family home before it too had to vanish. Memories of blissful family holidays started flooding in as they went from room to room and tried to capture for the last time that special smell houses have.





But as she turned away from the kitchen to leave the house for the last time, Nicole’s eyes were suddenly drawn to a corner of the room. She gazed at the crumbling paint and stained wallpaper and discovered, as she looked closely, that behind one of the strips of wallpaper was, to her great surprise, another layer of wallpaper, shyly hiding. She started to rip off the existing paper and a whole panel of old wallpaper revealed itself, before her very eyes, gasping for air and recognition.

“Moster, Moster”, screamed Nicole in awe, “I think I’ve discovered something special”. After quickly gathering her thoughts, the intrepid Nicole got on her feet and rushed to the other rooms in the house, gaily pealing away the wallpapers in the hope of finding other hidden treasures…



Forward a few months later and my friend Nicole De Young has given these almost forgotten wallpapers a new lease of life and launched a few months ago Astrid & Rudolf, her first collection inspired by the documents she found in her grandparents’ house.

The results are delightful. The charming designs, almost a century old, and the striking colour palette, taken from the flowers and berries of Northern Sweden, make Astrid & Rudolf very unique.




You can now meet Elisabet Stripe, Ellen and Selma at Redloh House – which I will be covering here very soon – and by taking these designs home with you, you will not only adorn your walls with exquisite wall decoration but also perpetuate the memory of ‘Astrid and Rudolf’.



Elisabet Stripe ELS01 Rosa

Elisabet Stripe ELS01 Rosa

 

Elisabet Stripe ELS02 Guld

Elisabet Stripe ELS02 Guld

 

Elisabet Stripe ELS03 Lingon

Elisabet Stripe ELS03 Lingon

 

Elisabet Stripe ELS04 Himmel Blå

Elisabet Stripe ELS04 Himmel Blå

 

Ellen ELN01 Björk

Ellen ELN01 Björk

 

Ellen ELN02 Hjortron

Ellen ELN02 Hjortron

 

Ellen ELN03 Hallon

Ellen ELN03 Hallon

 

Ellen ELN04 Gran

Ellen ELN04 Gran

 

Selma SEL01 Sten

Selma SEL01 Sten

 

Selma SEL02 Mossa

Selma SEL02 Mossa

 

Selma SEL03 Smultron

Selma SEL03 Smultron

 

Selma SEL04 Blåklint

Selma SEL04 Blåklint




All characters appearing in this work are not fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is pure and accurate.


 

 

4 comments


  • Tom

    Lovely! That pink stripe is particularly gorgeous

    July 5, 2013
    • fabricebana

      They are brilliant! I love the blue and also yellow Elisabet Stripe. Funnily enough, they would both be perfect for my new yellow bedroom and the ‘gumblue’ painted wall in the Living room

      July 6, 2013
  • Nancy Sykes

    What a beautiful story and historic wallpapers as well.
    Nicole looks exactly like the very elegant Parisienne who owns my flat.

    July 5, 2013
    • fabricebana

      Merci. I fell in love with them especially the Elisabet Stripe in grey and yellow. Divine. And Nicole could be ‘parisienne’, effortlessly elegant!

      July 6, 2013

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