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Big Daddy’s: Interior Monologue

May 3, 2011

First look

“Wow, so many cool things outside … I almost hate to come in, but Big Daddy’s Antiques, er, BD’s is gonna close in a few minutes … I’ll snap away now, look later … omigod, that table with a base of gigantic feet! The dogs of the gods are holding up a massive zinc conference table that would fill up our living room end-to-end … and those towering armoires, they must be 15-feet tall; that column must be 20 feet! … Industrial étagères, old office wall lamps, a giant urn from Asia, scruffy old luggage, globes … the inside of this place is as good as the outside garden area! …

Other way

… looking the other way’s just as awesome, the lighting options are amazing, lots of rusty old reliquary goodness … French rustic feel; that fantastic gnarly old root fragment under the basket wall! Love those vitrines and bell jars, too … this place just might have too much good stuff … I think I’ll save price checking for the next visit …

Horned, reflective

… more wow, more amazement, look at those great bottles, and those hanging lanterns and chandeliers … I love those industrial bins and that enormous mirror’s literally awesome. Great display cases and that huge copper bowl … that metal-topped trestle table, the antlers … plenty of skylights overhead; somehow the warehouse has a dim, seductive air about it … better keep it moving …

Rustic, refined

… nice display contrast: the rustic crates overlooking the sweet spindle-enhanced settee, love that! And that artist’s easel, complete with swooning portrait looks right at home. Hmmm, movie lights, makes sense. This place has to be a source for many a movie set designer looking for just that piece …

Nice legs!

Oh, gorgeous! Love those huge metal legs on this massive table … and the bull’s head, the spotlight-driven carnival car, old wood-topped drafting table, crated bottles, metal bistro set, silver domes, wooden trunks and containers, men’s tailoring form … good thing I have my camera with me, I would never remember all these things without photos …

That glow

Mmmm-mercury glass, and more enormous storage and display pieces; look at that old Victorial scale, nice numerals. No time to test it, but I think Paul and I both could fit inside that huge metal cage. Too bad there’s no time to look at all the interesting tabletop items, I could definitely live with some of these odd pieces!

Lovely dovey

So that’s where that singing was coming from; what a pretty little canary and what a pretty pagoda-style cage. Looming in the background is a carved wooden door with wrought iron filigree insets, wonder what estate sale or demolition yielded that?!

Textures galore

So many textures in this area and I’m awestruck by that mile-long tufted leather sofa! Not to overlook that industrial light fixture overhead and that wood table, those multi-paneled mirrors, the storage pieces, more glass bottles, more mercury glass, pendant lights, carved wood pieces, that metal vise, that card catalog, that cast iron urn and clock-face … and the addition of plants into the scene tempers all the hard surfaces with luscious greens and textures of their own … how big would our house have to be to fit that sofa in the living room?

Super natural

Holy Moses, what a huge — astounding — piece of rock! Wonder how this came to be? Wonder where I could use such a piece; would look great outside, for sure, but inside, in the right space, it’d be a knockout, too … more textural interest, more metal and wood and woven surfaces … more patina, movie lights and pieces that entice …

Hides, too

… and still more: add in animal hides, more glass and wood and metal and crystal chandeliers; more tables with intriguing bases, and mannequins and étagères and globes and baskets.

Back out ...

Damn, it’s time to go … I almost hate to leave, I’m sure I haven’t seen everything. I know I heard workers speaking in Spanish in the back, working on finishing furniture; I’d love see their workshop … and ask that friendly woman up front about prices … I know I heard a man in the garden area haggling over prices; he did seem like an ‘industry’ guy; they must’ve been giving him price breaks because he’s a repeat customer. BD’s, what a place, I can’t wait to come back and really get a good look inside and out. The friendly lady said they’d normally be open 7 days but since it’s Easter tomorrow, they’re closed. Good to know, I think next time we’ll come early and stay awhile.”

Big Daddy’s Antiques is located at 13100 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90061; 310 769-6600; click their website here:

14 Comments leave one →
  1. May 3, 2011 5:32 am

    Wow! I’ve got to get to that place. What a fabulous collection. I could move in and be very happy. Thanks for sharing.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      May 3, 2011 5:37 am

      It is amazing… I could move in too, in fact my whole house would fit quite easily in the massive space!

      ps: loved your ‘cuerda roja’ dress!

  2. Mrs. Monstera permalink
    May 3, 2011 8:13 pm

    Oh, I’ve seen that settee before… in my dreams! Could you pick up two for me the next time you go? And would you throw in the chesterfield… and the big table with the feet….? 🙂

    • reubix1 permalink*
      May 3, 2011 8:21 pm

      I know: the chesterfield sofa, the settee and the feet table… I could move ’em in, but I’d have to move out! You saw how small my house was, Mrs.

  3. May 3, 2011 8:27 pm

    This is clearly a dangerous place…must back away. But I have the match to one of their industrial lights! Maybe I can masquerade as an “industry guy” when I go…

    • reubix1 permalink*
      May 3, 2011 8:42 pm

      Hey, if you can masquerade as one, I can too… and maybe Paul could go as a studio head and we could really get some great deals!

  4. carnationgal permalink
    May 7, 2011 1:19 am

    I’ve been there, too. Great place. The owner has a wonderful eye. Pricey, though.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      May 7, 2011 1:36 am

      I didn’t have time to ask for prices, but on my return trip I will … saving up now. Thanks for commenting!

  5. May 13, 2011 8:24 pm

    I love those big feet. And the amazing giant rock full of holes. Probably all way out of my price range, but wonderful to see it. Thanks for the “virtual visit”.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      May 13, 2011 9:00 pm

      Out of my range as well, I’m sure … but a boy can dream, right?


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