Mosaic house numbers and name plates made in Yorkshire to give your front door the wow factor it deserves
Ever had the feeling that there is something missing from your front door? That it’s not got the ‘Location Location Location’ curb appeal it might have, or it’s not making the individual style statement that you and your home deserve? Well, my front door has recently had a little makeover with the addition of an elegant and rather fabulous mosaic number plate made by Yorkshire artist Frances Taylor – and I am delighted with it.
Frances runs Mosaic Mania from her studio in Otley and for 20 years she has been making mosaics and teaching mosaic making to groups of all ages, experiences and abilities. She teaches mosaic making in the community too, working with schools and other organisations on projects large and small. She also takes commissions and has made beautiful mosaic art works for public spaces and for private companies and individuals.
“I started making mosaic house numbers and house names when the Covid-19 lockdown hit and my previous business of running mosaic classes and mosaic projects in schools became untenable,” she says. “They have proved a huge success in the last five weeks so I have just set up my ETSY shop which means that more people can find them. I’m also about to start making garden birds and so on, on slate, for gardens, or anywhere.”
The house numbers are set on upcycled roof slate using 100 per cent recycled glass tiles. Each slate is hand cut and has pre-drilled holes for fixing. The size of slate usually varies between 12.5cm x 17cm to 12.5 cm x 19cm, but Frances can cut them to any size up to 25cm x 50cm. The house names are larger.
All the mosaic house numbers and names are made to order, and you can choose your own colour and design, adding a motif to make it personal and reflect your own likes and obsessions. They make a wonderful gift – perfect for a house-warming present, for example. “Blue tits, flowers and leaves have proved popular so far, but you can suggest anything and I’ll see if I can make it,” Frances says. Take a look at the ones here for inspiration.
Each house number or name plate is an individual work of art, hand-crafted to individual specifications, so prices vary from £30 (that’s for one number and, say, a simple flower design) to £80 for more complicated designs. The house names obviously cost more. P&P starts at £3.50 (UK mainland) for a standard size house number. There will normally be a two to three week wait as the mosaics are made to order but Frances says she can sometimes make them quickly if needed sooner.
Whether your front door is grand and palatial or an altogether more humble affair, a mosaic house number gives a beautiful, individual touch. I love mine – I chatted with Frances first and we discussed colours and decided an Art Deco style would work best for my Edwardian terrace with its original front door (painted in Farrow & Ball green, don’t you know, but don’t look too closely because it needs redoing – that’s my next job). It was easy to put up (not that I did that) and I think it looks gorgeous. A joy to come home to.
Visit the Mosaic Mania website www.mosaicmania.co.uk to see more designs. You can order by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via the new ETSY shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MosaicManiaShop?ref=ss_profile
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