Can I Have Your Number ?

July 2nd, 2009 in member junk     
CottageElements Lanette Lorsung, editor
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This is my #7 collection. Its my consignment number at a few places I sell at.   I have a mixture of pieces and I dont know what they were exactly used for.  Just love how they look together!
Up close look at some of my 7s.
This is actually a European house number I picked up at one of the vintage import places.  I bought several of them and I have them scattered around the house.  Here I added it to a Chinese Basket I also found there.
Heres another example of a European house number.  I simply framed it!  Love these!
What is it with me and house numbers????  Actually this is a vintage piece I simply changed out to be my house numbers.  Is it for the birds?
Whats behind door #1?  Actually just my bedroom, but on all the bedroom doors upstairs I placed a number (similar to that sold by UpperCase Living).  My sons room, door #2, pays the most rent!  LOL!
Bet you cant guess where this number is from?  Well maybe some of you can, if youre a farmer.  Its a cow tag.  Makes a great addition to a bottle of wine (notice the bottle is almost empty).  Hic!
These are old grain scoops.  I cleaned em up (boy were they dirty) and stenciled the number on them.  I have #1 through #3 hanging from a chippy pillar in my bathroom.  They look beautiful with a tealite in them. 
Okay, maybe one more picture of house numbers . . . ha!  This was purchased at an occasional sale.  Not my house number, but cute just the same.
More cow tags (or cow bell...ha)!  This time I attached an old key to it and it hangs from a new Pottery Barn sign.  Any one need a room?
Heres a closer look.  Notice the old Sheriton key? 
Finally, a recent purchase of mine, this necklace.  It has a number on it.  No significance.  Just an awesome piece!
This is my #7 collection. Its my consignment number at a few places I sell at.   I have a mixture of pieces and I dont know what they were exactly used for.  Just love how they look together!

This is my #7 collection. It's my consignment number at a few places I sell at.   I have a mixture of pieces and I don't know what they were exactly used for.  Just love how they look together!

When I was thinking about doing this post (I knew I wanted to do it on numbers) I couldn't get that dumb Mad TV spoof out of my head (see attached link at  So that's why I titled it "Can I Have Your Number?".  You see, I simply love numbers and I seem to find multiple ways to display them around the house.  What is it the makes them so fun?  They just seem to add a little extra to some otherwise plain things.  So I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!  Oh, and you have a beautiful day!

Pattern or design used: My own design - Lanette of Cottage Elements
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Comments (22)

seaglassqueen writes: Love the numbers and how they go together. You have a good eye. Posted: 5:56 pm on July 12th
Funky_Junk_Donna writes: That necklace?!? NEED!!

LOVE your entire collection. Typography drives me wild too, but then it always has, as I'm a signmaker by trade. :) But I get WAY more razzed when I find cool authentic stuff rather than making it. WAY more.
Posted: 12:08 pm on August 10th
junquegal writes: I love graphics of any kind as I look around my house there are letters and numbers everywhere! Thanks for more ideas of how to use them!! Posted: 4:43 pm on February 19th
Chovey writes: Awesome! Awesome! Lovin' the numbers theme!

Cynthia Posted: 3:17 pm on July 12th
LuvJnk writes: How Great; My lucky # is also 7, but I started something with my kids many years ago with the word believe. I have found many ways to display the word all over my house. Posted: 8:35 am on July 9th
fellowjunker writes: Lani,
I certainly can understand your "thing" with numbers as I have the same "thing" with words. I absolutely love the numbers you have incorporated into your decorating throughout your house. They just add a little touch that takes the ordinary to extra-ordinary!!!
xojanis Posted: 9:55 pm on July 6th
JunkArchitect writes: I love numbers, letters, and signs, anything with text. I especially like the hotel keys.


Posted: 7:45 pm on July 5th
csudderth writes: Lani--what a wonderful display. I love numbers and letters and have alot of decorations in my house with both. Your numbers are displayed so creatively, as usual.
Christy Posted: 6:46 pm on July 5th
chippingcharm writes: Hi Lani...yes, I live in Otsego and actually as luck would have it my husband is on vacation this week and I plan to take a Personal Day from my usual "@ Home Mommy" duties on Friday...stop at some garage sales, thrift stores and of course the French Flea! I can't wait!!! I'll introduce myself if I see you :) Laurel Posted: 8:53 pm on July 4th
CottageElements writes: Thanks, again, everyone for your comments! Chippingcharm, I didn't know you were from MN. You'll have to be sure to say hi if you ever make it to the Flea! Geo, good luck on your sale coming up! Take pictures and check in with us! Good to hear from you. Alicemom, I guess #13 is your lucky number! Finally, Candy, drinking water actually works the best for me (and holding my breath), but thanks for the advise. You're too funny. LOL!

Lani Posted: 5:25 pm on July 3rd
monakent writes: LOVE your photos and what you have done with the numbers. Your home MUST be a showplace. Would enjoy seeing more. gailmarie Posted: 5:23 pm on July 3rd
WhimsicalCottage writes: Numbers SPEAK to me too. Thank you for sharing how you've fit them into your home. I love the keys too. And the necklace! All this is right up my alley. Posted: 4:14 pm on July 3rd
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Can we trade homes? Love your numbers Lani! You've done such a beautiful job with display...but then again, you're an expert!

By the way, if you want to get rid of those nasty hiccups...just take nice, slow breaths. ;)

Thanks for the post, Lani!
Candy Posted: 11:30 am on July 3rd
chippingcharm writes: Wonderful displays...I would love to shop in your home :)
One of these days I will actually make it to your occasional sale in Anoka...I live so close!!! Thanks again for the inspiration, Laurel Posted: 5:36 pm on July 2nd
alicemom writes: Lani,
I love your collection. I have been working on #13. I have several BUT always need more! Your pictures are beautiful as always. I love your ideas & style. Thanks so much for the great posts!
alice Posted: 5:11 pm on July 2nd
shabbychick writes: Lani - your numbers are so awesome - and the way you have them displayed in unexpected, fun ways is so creative! Love your junk style - thanks for sharing your home with us!

Kathy Posted: 1:38 pm on July 2nd
WhisperWood Cottage writes: You've got my number, baby! :) Fabulous, Lani! Why does it never look as cool when I try things like that?

Amy Posted: 11:02 am on July 2nd
oldnews writes: Beautiful as always! Marie Posted: 10:56 am on July 2nd
RustyDiva writes: Love the way you incorporated the numbers into your home! I picked up some brass ones a few weeks ago but it was because I was drawn to the greenish patina on them. Didn't know how I would use them but now I do! I'm so glad you shared and as always, your post is very junk classy ~ or as I would say, junkilicious! I really like your style Lani, I think if we lived closer we would be great friends. :) Posted: 10:26 am on July 2nd
byabpryor writes: I see you love numbers the way I love letters.. but I have amassed quite a few numbers as well! lol'

Nice Showcase! Posted: 9:38 am on July 2nd
grannijo writes: Lani...this is soooo cool!..never thought of using #'s to add charm to a the idea!.. and will be on the lookout for #'s...thanks!!...sharon Posted: 9:01 am on July 2nd
georgiamoon writes: Lani, I love your use of the numbers throughout the house. What a great way to add a vintage embellishment to some already very cool stuff. This is a really fun and inspiring post. Love all your numbers and ideas, Georgia Posted: 8:51 am on July 2nd
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