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lassco – part 1

March 25, 2013

It’s monday. It’s freezing. I’ve spent most of the weekend in bed nursing a cold. Happy to report i’m back on form!

A few weeks ago, when there was a hint of spring in the air, I hopped over to what is ‘the prime resource for architectural antiques, salvage and curiosities’. LASSCO, a mansion nestled in midst the vauxhall roundabout crossing and once the home of a duke, is now a vast space where reclaimed furniture and vintage paraphernalia sit alongside and share the rooms with beautiful antiques. There’s also a patio garden and the wonderful brunswick house café. And to be clear, everything you see there is for sale (bar the staff)!

There’s too much to show you in one post so i decided to split them into two. Today is all about the outdoors. Come back on thursday for some real interiors gems.

Have a look at these garden ornaments. All i needed was a big van and lots and lots of money and i would have gladly bought them all:-)
Which one do you like? Oh, go on, pretend it’s spring, it’s hot and you have a garden or roof terrace and, an unlimited budget.






I love this period fern and blackberry pattern cast iron and wooded slated garden bench. It’s £3,500, but hey, we said we won’t worry about price!


These ornate railings are beautiful. I particularly like the first one with the repeating birds and scroll design.



This planter, here below, had an incredible patina and thankfully was already sold!


Who doesn’t love an old street sign?



And now here are two heart breakers. Aren’t their expressions just wonderful? I was standing there imagining what names i would choose….



On the theme of ornaments, i thought i would include two further pictures of what you can expect to find inside LASSCO.



These last two were just a teaser. Hopefully they’ll get you excited for thursday’s post. Part 2 will show you what i found inside LASSCO and the brunswick house café. Hope to see you then:-)

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  • Reply Nicola March 25, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I wouldn’t mind that bench for my garden x

    • Reply tina March 29, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      As I’ve been to your AMAZING garden, I think it would fit in perfectly xx

  • Reply Gerard @WalnutGrey March 25, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    I do like that third image… if I had a garden, I’d happily include her. The fourth one looks a bit like a Rumpelstiltskin – I’m afraid he’s too creepy for me.

    The somewhat weathered appearance of the statues, seating & railings adds a certain level of charm and intrigue. I can imagine many of these pieces in a glorious Victorian-esque garden, the sun glimmering through the trees, an air of lavender and rosebuds.

    Looking forward to seeing brunswick house café 🙂


    • Reply tina March 29, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      Ha. You are so right. It also reminded me of Rumpelstiltskin….. yes, and I also thought he was creepy, but different and unique!

      Every piece needs to have its right setting! I just love the variety they offer. For me the dogs are so regal!

  • Reply geraldine March 26, 2013 at 12:28 am

    So pleased that you feel better Tina. We all missed you on Saturday. Lassco, another place I know of but have never been. So, wonderful for you to take me on a tour. My garden is too small for any of those ornaments, although I’m not quite sure they are totally what I would usually go for. Looking forward to the indoors tour on Thursday. xx

    • Reply tina March 29, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      Still gutted I couldn’t attend:-(( But well again:-))

      Haha. Darling, I agree, I somehow can’t see any of these in your ‘imaginary’ bigger garden! xx

  • Reply Michaela March 26, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Glad you’re feeling better Tina! The weather needsto get warmer, fast!
    ive not been feeling great myself last few days either, but on the mend as they say.

    Such lovely photos; how much am I loving those railings?!!! Very kitsch and fab indeed. just thinking what you could use them for – i’ll get back to you on that one! Perhap a luxury Rococco playpen?

    Gerard just cracked me up with his comment on the Rumpelstiltskin pic – it is a very creepy sprite!! xx

    • Reply tina March 29, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      YYEESSSSSS!!!!!! You know, I’m even happy to pay for some better weather:-)
      Hope you’re better by now!!

      The railings seem to be bought as gates? They looked better in real life.
      A Rococco playpen, hmm, interesting!!

      I did laugh out loud when I first read it xx

  • Reply Holly March 26, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Hi Tina! Happy to hear you are feeling better 🙂

    Unfortunately, all the statues are a bit too creepy to me, although I can appreciate they are beautiful – but I would not own any myself.

    The dogs however, are the best! Heartbreaker’s indeed, and I’m not even a dog person. I would call the first one Linus and the second one Lex. In my imagination they are brothers, with Linus being the oldest.

    The signs are also fantastic! can’t wait to see inside 🙂

    Thanks for sharing xoxoxo

    • Reply tina March 29, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      Thank you:-))

      Interesting you find all statues creepy:-) I also fell in love with the dogs and love Linus and Lex.
      You know, as brothers, the dogs cannot be separated anymore and someone needs to buy both of them!! I can see why you chose Linus to be the older one,and I would agree with this:-)) I do love them! xx

  • Reply leah of sang the bird March 27, 2013 at 1:52 am

    I love the first image! So sweet! Miss S wants to make a pond near her {almost finished} cubby. This little cherubic sculpture would be divine! You do “tease” very well. Looking forward to part 2 xx

    • Reply tina March 29, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      I love it too. I just think you never see dark cherups:-) I need to tell you that this statue wasn’t small:-) not sure it would fit into Miss S’ cubby. Having said that, looking at your living space makes me think that your cubby might be as big as my entire living room!!!! LOL

      Miss S cracks me up. I do find myself fantasising about what she’ll be when she grows up. Something CREATIVE for sure!!! Well, with a mum like you xx

  • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar March 27, 2013 at 10:49 am

    For me it has to be the pooches, but I think that’s because I’m longing to have a dog of my own! Your pictures really captured the essence of Lassco, especially the third one where the light is beautiful. Pleased you are feeling better! x

    • Reply tina March 29, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      Love that you call them pooches:-) Now that you have your very own Jonathan Adler ‘pooch’… one day you will have your own!
      Thanks Will x

  • Reply Lena March 28, 2013 at 11:32 am

    I’d get one of those green planters for my imaginary roof top terrace! Looking forward to today’s post to shop something for my imaginary loft that terrace belongs to…

    • Reply tina March 29, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      Haha. I love those planters. I do have a roof terrace, but no wall to pit it on:-)

      Haha. I hope you’ll find something in Part 2 for your imaginary loft! Thanks Lena.

  • Reply Alison Sye March 29, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Sorry to hear you’ve been poorly, Tina. I love this place, although haven’t been for ages. A friend of mine lives just around the corner, so usually pop in when visiting. I love those railings with the birds and the dogs are fantastic. Bring on the cake in part 2!

    • Reply tina April 1, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      Ha. Sorry about the cake – no luck there….

      Great you get to pop in when visiting your friend. A welcome addition to Vauxhall roundabout:-))

  • Reply noreen March 30, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    hey tina, happy easter!

    the first three classic-looking ones are lovely – esp. the one with the tag around her neck. then the rude, little rumplestiltskin-type man for the counterpoint. what an interesting place! i’m with you about the bench, street signs, and animals.

    joy to you and yours, n

    • Reply tina April 1, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      Happy Easter Noreen….

      Glad you like them. A lot of people found them spooky or disturbing. I quite liked all of them. I think some of us will have to fight for the bench:-)

  • Reply Catherine April 1, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Ohh imagine..stunning, favorites are the park bench and the ornate railings with the repeating birds. Glad you’re on the mend from your cold, bring on Spring! Visiting part two now, can’t wait to see the cafe. xx

    • Reply tina April 1, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      Bench and railings with birds went down well.. you guys are such a romantic lot:-)) x

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