This is one of my favourite mirrors in the house. It is a small square weathered red velvet number that I bought from Lassco. Reclamation yards are a great source of unusual, often one-off mirror designs. I loved this red velvet number because I think it smacks of ‘look what I shoved up my petticoat fleeing an absinthe-fuelled game of poker with a one-legged Parisian prostitute 200 years ago.’ A favourite look of mine.
Below are some of the best reclamation yards to browse for inspiration, online or in person. From a vintage high-flush toilet cistern, to taps, a statue of the Holy Mother Mary and reclaimed wooden flooring. They have everything you could possibly need and then some.
Great Reclamation Yards
Open Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm, Sat 9am-4pm; Coxley, Somerset BA5 1RQ; 01749 677087; wellsreclamation.com
Open Mon-Fri 8.30am-4.30pm, Sat 9am-4pm, Sun 11am-3pm; The Old Coal Yard, Whitchurch Road, Beeston, Cheshire CW6 9NW; 01829 260299; beestonreclamation.co.uk
Open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm (outside yard closes at 4pm during winter), Sat 10am-4pm, Sun by appt; 12 Fosseway Business Park, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 9NQ; 01608 652505; coxsarchitectural.co.uk
All three venues open seven days a week at various times; see lassco.co.uk for opening hours.
Brunswick House: 30 Wandsworth Road, Vauxhall, London SW8 2LG; 020 7394 2100
Ropewalk: 41 Maltby Street, Bermondsey, London SE1 3PA; 020 7394 8061
Three Pigeons: London Road, Milton Common, Oxfordshire OX9 2JN; 01844 277188