Have you ever watched a film and wondered why something about a particular scene made it feel familiar and made you feel warm or uncomfortable, but you couldn’t quite figure out what it was?

Watching All About Eve for maybe the two-hundredth time, it occurred to me for the first time that my mom, who loved movies and fashion, may have purchased wallpaper for our home from the same order book as the set decorators for All About Eve.

My parents and me—the Brockelman Family at home, 1325 West Main Street, Council Grove, Kansas, 1950.
All About Eve, filmed on the 20th Century Fox lot in Los Angeles, was released in 1950.

Apparently, vertical florals were a big deal in the late 1930s and 40s. Most were created in soft pastel colors, and I suppose, comforting and homey during the war years. But man, talk about busy and just too sweet for words—today, the designs creep me out.

You know what’s really scary? Companies are printing those patterns again!

Norwall Rose Garden 2