Five miles from Trier in Germany and close to the borders with Luxembourg and France is the Roscheider Hof a cultural museum of the local, rural communities.
A friend treated me to a lovely afternoon there; I wandered through the old homes, gardens and the buildings that held collections of everything from Jesus to washboards and hairdressing equipment.
All the historic houses were stencilled, the stencilling was unsophisticated, rustic and charming. Here are a few of them.
The bedroom here adjoined the washroom in the first photograph. The motif I think is a poppy. It is one that could be made quite easily at home. Stencil film, craft knives and stencil burners are all available to order from The Stencil Library. A more sophisticated yet still simple poppy is SS25 from our Simple Stencil range; the poppy stencil is found in our Budget Collection and although it is not at all like the one in the picture it would look fabulous dotted around a wall as they have done. Just type poppy into the search on our site to find others.
Another of the rooms was stencilled with two different flower motifs, I did not touch the walls so was unsure whether a very soluble paint had been used or whether it was pigment; the stencilling was damaged and looked as though it were melting.
We have a rose motif in a square-ish format which could give a similar look to the one in the pictures...without the melting I hope. It is SS6 Rose from our Simple Stencil range. There were too many stencilled rooms at Roscheider Hof for one post so I shall bring you more tomorrow.
Helen Morris, The Stencil Library.