You may remember, we had our house repainted about two years ago. What I haven’t yet told you is that we subsequently began to receive a lot of postal mail that wasn’t ours. Did I understand the root cause immediately? No I did not.
I’ll wait here while you infinitely smarter people figure it out.
Notice anything missing in the photo below? Under the pyracantha berries, interlaced with white oleander for that one-two midcentury California landscape punch?
We’d removed the house number and never put it back. To make things worse, our curb stencil had faded almost beyond recognition. Occam’s Razor at work.
But, I didn’t want to put the old one back up. It’s true mid-century-not-everything-was-modern, charmingly retro, and ironic. But suburbs don’t make me feel ironic, particularly. I’ve been looking for a new number.
I briefly considered color. Red, to be precise. A sole numeral, because my address is single-digit. But I put that aside for all the reasons that I eventually chose a black door. Then I thought about illumination, quite techy and appropriate for Silicon Valley.
Nah. I don’t live in a space ship.
Maybe white, on a black background? Nice, classic, sturdy, but in the end too sedate for my Artsy Cousin dreams.
Our doorknob and doorbell are kitschy, hammered bronze. So I’ve settled on modern, sleek, yes, bronze. Like this.
I like the subtlety, the slight sheen, the contrast of traditional shake roof with white trim to modern typography. I’ll see if can be installed “floating” away from the siding, maybe even backlit with a teeny low voltage bulb.
The low-decibel style that I prefer can only be achieved by very small tweaks. Eschew the pop, focus on the crackle.
Now I can receive all those bills, catalogues of things I’ll never buy, and innumerable coupon sheets with which to light our Christmas fire. My neighbors will have to make do with their own.
Has it occurred to you to switch out your house number? Probably. What did you choose, and how? Something more traditional?
Or wildly unusual?
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