Austin, Fashion/Design

The Botanical Heavenliness of Big Red Sun

There exists in Austin a magical place called Big Red Sun. It is a “full service design/build studio specializing in commercial and residential landscape services.” I’d rather call it botanical heaven. For any design junkie, this store will make you drool.

Also located in Venice Beach, California, Big Red Sun carries innovative landscape and design products such as the French-made Bacsac– collapsible above-ground planters, and Woollypocket, wall planters that not only add a fun aesthetic to any inside or outside wall, but are great tools for helping kids learn about gardening.



Big Red Sun is located in the heart of East Austin in an adapted rundown storefront. They were featured in the East Austin Studio Tour and I went to snap some pics. Take a look!


The first thing you notice in Big Red Sun is the knit, mutant-esque deer head plaques on the wall. Yarn tentacles from the deers’ head stretch across the ceiling.

Smack dead in the middle of the store is a swing fastened to a beam archway. Located in the swing are tiny planters.

Big Red Sun is all about the adaptive reuse…and lettuce.

Broken blue glass is a creative way to make beautiful barb wire…and more lettuce.

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  • Reply Danielle November 16, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Who is the knit deer artist?

    • Reply hipstercrite November 16, 2011 at 10:41 pm

      you know what? i don’t know! i will have to find out!

    • Reply Tessa November 18, 2011 at 4:50 am

      The artist is Elaine Bradford. More info at

      • Reply hipstercrite November 18, 2011 at 4:58 am

        Thanks, Tessa. Elaine’s work is great!

  • Reply Brady November 17, 2011 at 3:03 am

    This was one of my fav stops on the East Austin Studio Tour this weekend! I loved the pretend grass, cactus selection, custom white water fountain, cinder block wall, red deer heads, the steel fence designs, and just about everything else.
    I took this video during our visit Saturday, ur welcome to use it:

    • Reply hipstercrite November 17, 2011 at 7:33 pm

      Hey Brady! Yeah, it’s one of my faves too. They have such a wonderful sense of design there!

  • Reply Jenn Gardner November 18, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Thanks for the lovely post about our boutique! The artist who created the crocheted taxidermy deer is Elaine Bradford. She’s based in Houston and her website is

    Thanks again!

    • Reply hipstercrite November 18, 2011 at 4:59 am

      I’m a huge fan of your boutique. Have been for awhile. Really love the new place. Thanks for letting us know about Elaine. Her work is fantastic!

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