Who do you know that would visit Amsterdam and go shopping for house numbers? Why, your madcap and marvelous friends at John Loecke, Inc., naturally!
And what do we mean by “house numbers?” Is this a code word for the marijuana for which Amsterdam is so well known? Is it shorthand for the city’s Red Light district where women of the evening display their wares behind glass windows? i.e. How much for a little “house numbers?”
No, house numbers are far more mundane and less kinky: I am talking about the numbers you put on the front of your home to mark the address… So, again, WHY would John and I spend a few hours looking for house numbers in the Netherlands?
Frankly, the selection of house numbers in the U.S. stinks. Sure, you can find varieties at Home Depot and Lowe’s, and there’s always Restoration Hardware but most house numbers are not very exciting. The font is dull, the bronze is, well, “bronze,” and there is usually very little verve and flair to what can be found off-the-rack.
So as John and I wandered about Amsterdam, we noticed the wonderful assortment of house numbers that accessorize the doors. There were enamel versions, painted versions, and house numbers crafted in stone. And since Madcap Cottage in upstate New York needs a house number with more presence, we went shopping…
And, lo and behold, we discovered a fabulous shop called Alfons de Letter, and the emporium practically overflows with amazing house numbers in every shape and size. The shop didn’t have number “286″ in stock, so John and I ordered a custom green-and-white enamel version that the store is sending to us.
“No worries, we send all over the world,” the very kind Dutch gentleman who rules at the roost at Alfons de Letter told us. So if you are looking for a more exciting number for your home, look them over online.
A jaunty house number adds instant curb appeal to your home, so get shopping…
We’ll show you the number when we return home to the States next week and install the beauty at our little cottage.