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Big Daddy Antiques

February 1, 2012 by Matti | 12 Comments


Succulents, Rust and Wood

Succulents, Rust and Wood

We’ve wanted to visit Big Daddy’s Antiques forever and final made it this past weekend during a mini SF roadtrip.  This place has all our favorites…rusty old objects, outsider art, flea market finds, and even a couple of succulents scattered about.  Speaking of plants, this wall of shelves cool.  What a great way to dress up a plain wall along a patio.

Papier mache

Papier mache

Big Daddy is that place where you can find monstrous objects…the type of ‘goto’ place where your designer shops for focal point pieces.  Check out these macabre paper mache animals.  Part folk art, half creepy…I bet these creatures have quite a story to tell.

Biggie Birdcage

Biggie Birdcage

Don’t know why, but I’m drawn to birdcages.  We see them every so often at flea markets, but it was sweet to see a ton of them on display all in one place.  Big Daddy even has a couple of resident doves that were born and raised on site.

Scrap wood Art

Scrap wood Art

Here’s another reclaimed lumber project that I want to tackle.  What a fab architectural object to add to the living room.

Fireplace mantel

Fireplace mantel

Their warehouse hosts many vignettes comprised of salvaged doodads spanning over many eras such as this fireplace mock up.  Oh…and how about this 25-foot American flag hanging high above.  Okay, maybe too over the top for my taste, or maybe I’m not thinking big enough.

Over the TOP

Over the TOP

Rancho Reubidoux turned us on to Big Daddy after one of his treks in Los Angeles.     Rancho always, yes always finds the coolest stuff.  Thank you for doing what you do.  Hey, wanna see more?  You must pop over to Rancho Reubidoux and see Big Daddy through his eyes.  You won’t regret it.

Far Out Flora

Square Hangy Thing

May 18, 2011 by Matti | 21 Comments

Complete, and will take some time to grow roots.

This is how it looked back then.

Almost a year ago, I planted this metal pot rack into a succulent hanging thing. Lots of little cuttings, lots of sphagnum moss, lots of potential. Well, it’s all grown up now. Not exactly what I expected, but enough to salvage.

Here's what it looks like now.

Here

Here it is today. It has been neglected for some time now.  Definitively in need of a haircut and a little refill. Oh, another issue I have found. That hemp type twine I’ve been using to hold it all together? It has been failing…basically rotting away a little faster than expected. Like the time the mirror held up with the twine fell and crushed our Clianthus puniceus. I wasn’t too concerned at that moment because I really didn’t know what Megan planted, but I love the guy now that he has recovered.

Ever since, I’ve been systematically going around the garden and replacing that hemp twine with wire. At least it should take more than a year before the wire rusts away.

A little fluffing.

A little fluffing.

A little fluffing and it’s looking sweet again, better than ever.

Looking sweet again.

Looking sweet again.

I can’t wait for another 3-6 months to pass to see what happens next. Hey, these succulents are all alive and need the occasional haircut / TLC to get them looking all cool again. Same thing with our planted containers.

Excited that we made it.

Be somebody.

While I was spicing up this succulent hanging thing, Megan picked up this cool Petunia hybrid, the Phantom Petunia. Turns out it was the same Petunia on the cover of the Garden Gate magazine that showed up that day. No way!

Time for an obscure reference. Holding this plant along with the magazine instantly reminded me of a certain movie where Steve Martin held up a drink with a bamboo umbrella next to a magazine stating…”Be somebody”. Yeah, that Petunia made me feel like Somebody. Any takers on the movie? – Far Out Flora

June 24, 2010
by Megan
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by Megan
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Cacti Riding the Bull

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by Megan
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Succulent Box Goes Vertical

We finally hung this vertical box fill with succulent clippings.  I have lost track exactly when this yard sale score was acquired, but we set it up to grow last October 2009. We love that San Francisco has yard sales, … Continue reading