Sunday, September 13, 2009

Halloween 2009

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Our Fall Open House was a huge success with many happy customers. Here you will see what we have been up to this past week. Special thanks to my rockin' staff for their help and the artists who contributed to our success.

Above, the new awning I made for the opening. Black and tan striped fabric with fringe was gathered over a scrap wood base. Misc. clocks on the wall that we sell and old sign letters I have been collecting all year. The large crystal lamps were a last minute find with new shades.

The fire marshall was not too happy about the hay bales and cornstalks we used last year, so we kept the outside simple.

The beauty of Fall and Winter is the ability to decorate in many different themes for the season and my store is big enough to do just that. To the left of our entrance, Dana worked on this area I called the Harvest Room. Note the new grain sack chair and ottoman just in.

I love all the paper mache creations I discovered this year reminiscent of the antique originals.

And now the FREAK SHOW:
I've been gathering these crazy old dolls all summer specifically for this little presentation.

The canvas tent was also made to house all the unusual.

I added Fun House mirror film to a collection of gold frames.

I found great masks this year that we used all over the store. Here I tied them around glass shades on this chandelier.

Black glitter branches surrounded the interior of the tent; wax lips, gummy teeth and fangs in the rubber tire pots.

One of my favorite finds, this old hat with skull and crossbones. A fuzzy black rat sits on top.

This year I added a touch of Mardi Gras.

An old leprechaun pipe is full of mints in metal coffins.

A decrypted baby carriage full of skull votives.

Handmade objects from Wendy Addison.

Heather's twisted display in the boudoir area.

Tiny skull soaps.

Ugly Voo-Doo dolls.

It's always a wonderful thing when something you pictured in your head (for years now) finally comes to life. Jess worked on this below, one of my favorites.
It looks almost too good as customers do not realize it is all for sale.

Donnie helped us out again and I left this witch idea up to him.

My new favorite display piece is this rough hewn staircase. Perfect for our tarnished silver, Freak Show portraits and tiny tombstones.

Our Mexican Pumpkin candle was the best seller of the weekend (and Black Pepper and Honey Tobacco...) Some other odds and ends below.


BELOW THE ARTISTS who added so much to the event:
Dianne Ripper, vintage jewelry.

Greg Johnson, paper ephemera theatre boxes and other curious goods.

(Mother) Diane and (daughter) Madeline Tompkins
Original handcut silhouettes and caligraphy; letterpress prints.

Nicole Cawlfield, original photograph printed on antique tins; painted canvases.

Lesa Dailey, paper scrap figures.
Jess wrapped these for hours, another favorite: cheesecloth wrapped chandeliers look like ghosts blowing over the white bed. Giant spiders crawl up the back wall.
Another favorite find: skull and crossbone paper umbrellas hovering over the counter.

My right and left hand above, Heather, Dana and Abby. Where was Jessie?

And me, trying to blend in.
ENJOY!

66 comments:

  1. Loved it all, you are so cleaver. Really like Donnie's display too! See you really soon.

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  2. I want to come and shop!!!! What a wonderful and unique shop you must have!
    '-)) Yvonne

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  3. Outlandish, phenomenal and freakishly good! Thanks for sharing even though you are probably exhausted!

    Hey all you locals...you're soooooo lucky to have this fantastic, fun shop in your backyard! All of us who have to admire from afar are very VERY jealous of you! Get your Halloween freak on at The Sofa (and get some on for us "Virtual Sofa Stalkers")
    ;-)

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  4. Congrats to you and your staff, you have really out done yourself...what great displays, very creative and imaginative! I would have loved to see it all up close as pictures are great but not like seeing the real thing in person.I bet your customers had a blast!! Ü

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  5. WOW... You have such a wonderful feel and style on decorating. I love it... simply smashing. I wish i had some moooooola to get thet chair done in the grain sack fabric :( someday :)

    sheila

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  6. Wonderful, excellent choices! and you did blend in, in the last pic. I really need to see you shop.

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  7. I love your shop!!! Your displays are to die for!

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  8. Deb,
    As usual, you did an amazing job!! Kansas City is so.o.o lucky to have you! and we are too for all of your amazing creativity! Thanks for sharing. Sue

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  9. OOOOhhh - everything is so amazing! I love the wall of crows and the cheesecloth-draped chandeliers. And the freak show stuff is sooo great! You have amazing artists involved and your design and setup of the event is the best! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  10. Great decorations! The spiders on the wall really creeped me out! Another super decorating event! Angie

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  11. Again, you never dissapoint, dear curious.
    Those gauzy ghostly chandeliers are the best thing I have EVER seen.
    Ghostly, perfection...as usual.

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  12. I can't wait to get in to see the store in person! Maybe I'll actually make the Christmas Open house on the first day.

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  13. oh, my , goodness, i love it!!!!! your store is amazing, to bad i live in calif. or i would be there in a flash. your display's really put you in the spirit of the holidays, can't wait to see what you do for christmas.

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  14. Fantastic,and inspirational as usual...Of all the fantabulous set ups you do I love Halloween the best.k

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  15. Faaabulous decor and ideas!!!!! I am so impressed.

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  16. Deb, SURELY this incredible display is being photographed for a magazine, isn't it? I am always blown away by your talent, but you keep raising the bar. Or maybe you keep VISITING the bar, but whatever....you're brilliant!

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  17. Your ideas are amazing, although I doubt I could get any little kids to stop at my house to trick-or-treat if I had such scary decorations! Lots of neat "candy" for my eyes!

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  18. OVER the top wonderful.......what great displays..wish I lived closer.......

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  19. I can not imagine how much work you all put into the shop. Love, love, love!!

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  20. Amazing! I have to go look at it all again, and again...and again. I applaud you and your hard working staff, Deb!

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  21. Debbie...I have been in a LOT of shops and boutiques over the years. I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like your Halloween Open House...UnBELIEVABLE! Everything is so creative and unusual. . Every last detail is just impeccable You are VERY talented! I would love to come visit your shopo sometime. I did a blog post, hope you don't mind with a link to your post. I am truly inspired! WOW!

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  22. WOW! What can I say? Your display is utterly amazing! I want to fly down to Kansas right now. What an amazing feast for the eyes and an amazing array of glorious products...I want everything! I know you'll have a very successful Halloween season. :)

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  23. That was amazing!! I've been waiting all year to see it, and you never disappoint! Someday I have to make it up there to see in person. Thank you for the fantastic inspiraiton.
    Cheers, Andrea

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  24. What a COOL shop to visit!! I wish I could see it in person!

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  25. Oh My Good God!! I would have died in that set up JUST so I could stay there LONGER!!! Either that, or I'd have wanted to buy it ALL!! What an AMAZING set up!!

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  26. OMG, i think i'm having a heart attach. i have never seen so many great things together in one place. i must have at least one of each of your halloween fun. mariah

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  27. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the crow wall.
    Freaky but fabulous!!!

    Take care, Carole

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  28. Sorry, that's just creepy..won't be stopping by.

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  29. Wonderful! Fabulous! More please!!!

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  30. Wow, that’s more than one plastic pumpkin…! You must have a brave staff! I wish Swedish stores were as ambitious when decorating…

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  31. Love the awning and the skeletons wearing skeleton necklaces is genius

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  32. Wow, do I love everything in your pictures! What a wonderful store!

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  33. You are the queen!!! i hope to make it back to your lovely store...

    smiles,

    Joy

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  34. I enjoyed your pictures so much. Wish I could be there is person, what a great shop, would love to visit. I got some great ideas for a Halloween party here
    thanks, cheryl

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  35. No offense, but although the store is fun to look at, there wasn't much there that I would actually buy. It's just too out there for me.

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  36. Understood. Which is why there are so many other chain stores carrying typical Halloween merchandise for you to choose from.

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  37. Your Halloween is fantastic...I am laughing out loud, oh its so funny, love it all. congratulations for a successful event...love the welcome witchy friends! Great!

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  38. Love your last comment...there ARE plenty of cheap stores carrying crapola for Halloween, nobody does it like you Deb.
    You created a neat feeling inside your shop...that's what is so neat.
    Shop owners aren't doing that now days. You show what your made of...

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  39. Your Halloween displays are wonderful! I particularly love the doll heads; how very clever. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  40. I really appreciated the original artists at your store during the preview party. They were so interesting to talk to and hear about how they came up with what they had created. (see... they make it personal ((or you do)) and I feel like I have to buy from all of them! LOL). I had some friends from NYC on the phone yesterday and we were talking about websites for a case study... I made them all come to yours. Oh the gasps and the ooohhhs and aaaahhhs! They all agreed they like a creepy feel to Halloween and not a cutesy one. They are new fans to Curious Sofa merely from your blog and the photos. So thanks for being so diligent in your efforts to share and communicate.

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  41. loved it all. HAlloween is my favorite holiday..

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  42. I thought the store was fantastic!!!!! Loved loved loved the spiders on the bed! I got a PICKWICK Mexican Pumpkin candle for a friend and she just went crazy, she loved it. Great candles.

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  43. You never cease to amaze us no matter which season is current.

    Congrats. on another big anniversary - I hope so much to visit your shop some day.

    Many thanks for the 'wow' and all the time you take to share the shop, your staff, and your life as the most fabulous creative woman you are.

    Mary - ACROSS THE POND

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  44. I just moved here from the East coast. I saw the article a couple of weeks ago in the Sunday paper and thought I should go check this place out. I LOVED IT! So creative. I bought black crows for my trees in front of the house (they are already up)and I bought two of the Pickwick candles, Mexican Pumpkin and Pumpkin Fig. They are now on my "Midwest Favorite Things" list. This store is great!!!

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  45. My goodness, You really do it up good! You have the most amazing displays! I wish I lived closer...

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  46. i cant beleive how you top yourself each year !!!! i love everything you do, but i cant wait to see your halloween display...i LOVE everything......wish i was closer !!!

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  47. Beautiful store! I just included the photo (and link) of your outside container to my blog this morning. I did a post on Fall Containers and this is beautiful! Truly, I would love to shop in your delightful store!

    Chelsea

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  48. These displays are simply amazing! I love the use of skulls and it's done so artfully. I wish I lived closer!

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  49. I don't do cutesy and that being said your store is perfect. It has such a clever and wicked humor feel to it. You are absolutely right that the cutesy Halloween stuff can be found at any store. I say- a quote from my favorite commercial- "Let your freak flag fly". Love it.

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  50. Agog. Is that still a word?

    I bow to the master. My family, all boys, told me a long time ago that if i ever turned Halloween into the cutesy happy face pumpkin and purple bat spectacle they are "Subjected" to nowadays they would disown me-but lock me in a trunk first, til november 3rd.

    I just turned around and said to the cowboy, stage left, behind me, you better thank GOD Kansas City is so far away from Tallahassee, or I would have gone there and bought at least a dozen of EVERYTHING, and then tried to convince Debbie to sell me thingz that werent for sale.

    something wicked this way comes, oh yesssss.

    Just splendid, my pretty. Well done to all of the Curious sofa creepy peeps!
    with much cackling love & admiration, Rhonda

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  51. Oh my heavens! I would give anything to see your fabulous Halloween display in person! BRAVO on the outstanding job! Your staff has done an amazing job! The artwork is FAB! Loving the cheesecloth drapped chandeliers, but my fav is the dolls HANDSDOWN! So original and unique! ;) Jenn

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  52. So creative! I love all of these decorations! Thanks for sharing.
    Daisy~

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  53. I am so sorry I live in chicago at this point...I would have loved to be there.
    I am calling the store because I really want those reproductions of the Pumpkin with the cat below...I had one when I was a kid.
    Great job...looks like lots of fun.
    Janet

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  54. love the headlamps and skull passenger baby carriage...deliciously twisted and bizarre...I was a vendor at silver bella with you several years ago and bought liberally...will visit when I am able to get to KC...thanks for the visual candy...

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  55. My dear, what a splendid window shopping session you've just given us. I wonder if I'll get there in my lifetime? I had a bookshop for 36 years (and sold it 6 years ago when the stamina slowed down...according to Publishers Weekly, it's the oldest children's bookshop in the U.S.) Your introduction was superb and covered my exact merchant feelings. Thanks for your generosity.

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  56. I love the doll heads, pretty scarry huh. Would be great for a Halloween party, and the clear mask with all the makeup, I wore that once at about age 10. It was scary then too. Love all the decor. Halloween is such a wonderful holiday and my B-Day. How crazy is it that my security word is "Lector", you know like Hanibal, LOL

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  57. oh my goodness, this is absolutely amazing!

    I love the crow ladder wall, black jackolanternd and the chandys... so much to list, I love it all!

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  58. I was reading The Nesting Place which featured your Halloween display and thought I'd check out additional pictures. Your shop is so cute! Then I thought, "There's no way this is anywhere close to where I live..." Ha! Jokes on me! I live in Manhattan, KS and can't believe such a cute place is right next door in KC! Next time I'm in town, I'm there!

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  59. Love it all! My sis-in-law lives near you so I am going to tell her to go there immediately.

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  60. Absolutely incredible! I love it all!!

    {{{HUGS}}}

    Robin :o)

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  61. Some day I am going to make it to you to se everything in person... I love everything..... okay everything except the doll heads... they Fa-reak me out!

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  62. Wow, I was pointed here by another blog. Amazing. I wish we had something like this here.

    The displays look like something out of an exceptionally creepy Martha Stewart...so professional and atmospheric. LOVING the vintage feel as well. Damn. That's art, not product display, haha.
    My favourites are the giant spiders and cloth-swathed chandeliers. The crows and old masks? Marvelous.

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