Ever since collecting a variety of tiny potted cacti and succulents at the Golden West College swap meet, we’ve been on the prowl for old ladders, odd wrought iron structures, and toilet étagères (French word for fancy toilet shelf units) to display them on. We’ve missed some treasures on the side of the road due to sheer hesitation, but we’ve also had some lucky finds at the flea market.
In order to gel with Casa del Norte’s eclectic theme, we also needed to find all sorts of pots to transplant the little desert life. I gathered a few pots I saved from plants gifted to me and shopped around for more. Glazed and painted pots were rather pricey and I didn’t care for the cheaper pots at Big Lots and the $.99 Store since they didn’t have drainage holes. Instead, I bought plain terra cotta pots between &.79 and $2, then bedazzled them myself with acrylic paint, chalk paint, beads, beer bottle caps, and a collection of broken seashells. R cut and laid weathered dog-ear fence pickets between the rungs of a splintery vintage ladder to create a shelving structure. After a couple of sunny afternoon hours and local IPA’s, we had ourselves a little jardín rústico.