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Square Drapery Medallions-Dare to be Different

Posted by Misti On October 26th
Square Drapery Medallion

Square Drapery Medallion

When you think drapery medallions, round, simple medallions are probably the first (and only) style medallion or rosette you can think of.  That is probably because it’s almost the only type of drapery medallion, curtain rosette or window treatment holdback that is commonly available on the market.

Metropolis Iron is daring you to think differently for your next window treatment design.  How?   Consider square drapery medallions for your next design project.

Like our extensive line of round drapery medallions, square medallions also come in a range of sizes from extra-small to extra-large.  Square medallions are forged from the same methods quality materials as their round counterparts, ensuring that you are getting a strong medallion that was crafted with quality and care and will stand the test of time.

Square medallions can be particularly useful in design ideas where the curtain involves a square or checkered pattern as they enhance and compliment the shapes represented in the drapes.  General projection for square medallions is 3”, but as with all of our medallion products, custom projections are available upon request.

So, dare to be “square” with Metropolis Iron’s square drapery medallions.

Square Drapery Medallions used in Window Treatment

Square Drapery Medallions used in Window Treatment

Address Plaques Make Unique Holiday Gifts!

Posted by Misti On October 22nd
It's Time to Holiday Shop!

It's Time to Holiday Shop!

The holiday season is right around the corner and I don’t know about you, but I’ve already started planning some of my holiday gift ideas and have even gotten a bit of shopping done.  Some people are just really difficult to shop for though!  You know those people!  The ones that have everything, the ones that you don’t really know that well but need a gift for (bosses, your brother’s new girlfriend, your new neighbor)…the list goes on and on.

Customized address plaques are a wonderful gift for those “hard to shop for” folks on your list.  Address plaques are functional as they provide homes with an identity to visitors and can add a great amount of curb appeal to a home.  A thoughtful gift, address plaques can be customized to a design and color that best fits the landscape and architecture of a home.  Gift giving doesn’t need to be boring this holiday season, to view our full line of address plaques visit Metropolis Iron’s website and spice up your gift giving!

Scrolls for Sonia Address Plaque

Scrolls for Sonia Address Plaque

Kitchen Countertop Design Trends

Posted by Misti On October 15th
S-Scroll Corbel from Metropolis Iron

S-Scroll Corbel from Metropolis Iron

Recently many new kitchen countertop design trends have emerged in the design world.  Many homeowners are choosing to use countertops made of nontraditional materials.  It’s not just about granite and marble anymore!  Some of the hottest trends include:

1)  Poured Concrete:  Concrete is durable, strong and withstands the test of time.  It can also give your kitchen an organic or natural look.

2)  Butcher Block:  Butcher block can create an elegant, yet functional countertop.  A bit more maintenance is required with this type of material as it should be oiled and sealed monthly.

3)  Reclaimed Wood:  This is a very environmental conscious design choice and can create an aged look that you won’t get with a new butcher block.

4)  Cork:  An extremely versatile choice, cork is durable, lightweight and even has some antibacterial properties.

5)  Stainless Steel:  Stainless steel creates a trendy, modern countertop and can tie together the look of entire kitchen when stainless appliances are being used.

Regardless of the type of material you choose for your kitchen countertops, you should ensure that they are being properly secured with countertop support brackets or corbels.  Metropolis Iron’s line of corbels is durable and can be used with any kitchen countertop material.  If you don’t see a corbel design you like, just ask! We love custom orders.

Hoops Corbel from Metropolis Iron

Hoops Corbel from Metropolis Iron

 

 

Scroll Shaped Drapery Medallions

Scroll Shaped Drapery Medallions

When many designers think about drapery medallions, a round design around 3-4” pops in their minds.  We classify this size medallion as a “Medium Drapery Medallion”.   Did you know that mixing up the shape and size of your medallion can make for some fabulous window treatment designs?

Your first obstacle is that most suppliers of drapery medallions and curtain rosettes don’t have much of a selection.  Metropolis Iron, Inc. has studied the market and heard your cries for variety in size, shape and style of curtain medallions and drapery rosettes and is here to rescue you. We intend to be every designer’s secret weapon in creating off the chart window treatments.

First, consider the size of your drapery medallion.  Yes, 3-4” can be a great medallion size for most window treatments. It’s actually the most commonly used size drapery hanger.  We are not sure if it’s because it’s one of the only sizes available or because it’s the size interior designers and drapery workrooms prefer (We would love to know this answer by the way). What about when a smaller or larger medallion is needed?  Designers should consider all drapery medallion sizes from extra-small (1 ½-2”) to extra-large (7-12 ¾”). Using larger medallions will ensure that they don’t get lost in a room with tall ceilings. Using smaller medallions ensures that the overall window treatment is not overpowering in smaller, simpler spaces.

Next, consider the shape of the medallion.  Many designers purchase a round design.  Again we are not sure if this is because that is all available or that they prefer this shape (We’d love to know the answer to this question as well).  However, contrary to popular belief, medallions come in an array of shapes and sizes including square, rectangle, and other custom designs such as fish, fleur-de-lis, diamond shaped and much more.

Metropolis Iron’s large line of drapery medallions includes designs in all shapes, sizes and styles.  If you don’t see your design idea on our website, please ask! We love custom orders and will always accommodate your design ideas!

Unique Drapery Medallions

Unique Drapery Medallions

 

Landscaping Blocking an Address Plaque

Landscaping Blocking an Address Plaque

Being in the design business, my mind is constantly filled with different design ideas and what I can create to satisfy my customers’ needs for new products including address plaques.  While running errands and “out and about” in town my eyes are always peeled for great houses and great address plaques.

In my trips I’ve come to notice many beautiful, elegant homes that address plaques just don’t match!  One of the most common problems I see is a great address plaque that is partially hidden by the home’s landscaping.  This is a regular occurrence with both plaques that are hung on the side of the home and plaques that are displayed in the yard.

So, what can you do to avoid this problem?  There are a few sensible solutions.  First, when you place your address plaque have someone hold the plaque where you plan to place it.  Talk a walk out to the road in front of your home and make sure that no landscaping is blocking its view.  Also, keeping your hedges and landscaping in front of your home neatly trimmed will allow the address plaque to be seen by all passerby’s as well as increase your home’s curb appeal. To learn more about address plaques click here.

 

Poorly Placed Address Plaque

Poorly Placed Address Plaque