Address Plaques and Drapery Medallions - Iron Works

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photoWe listen to the needs of our designers and clients here at Metropolis Iron!  We’ve recently had a flood of requests for a traditional styled drapery medallion that includes texture and will add depth to any window treatment.  Our solution, ruffled drapery medallions!

Our new ruffled drapery medallions will pop in any treatment scenario and come in 3 sizes; small, medium and large to meet all your home décor and design needs.  Each of our medallions comes in a standard 3’ projection, although custom projections are available by request.  Additionally, each of our ruffled medallions comes with all hardware for easy installation.  Available in 10 finishes, our medallions can be matched to any existing color or hardware scheme.

Our ruffled medallions are the newest addition to our collection of unique drapery medallions which include medallions made from seashells, jeweled medallions and many more.  Check out www.metroiron.net  for information on all our drapery medallion styles and designs.

Ruffled Drapery Medallions

Drapery MedallionsCurtains, blinds, both?  Drapery medallions or rods?   These are all questions that designers and homeowners find themselves tackling when redesigning window treatment.

Curtains have been a popular choice for windows for decades.  Since they have been in use for such a long time, they are a faithful and traditional choice as a window cover.  They come in a variety of colors and designs, so it is easy to find one that suits your taste.  You can also choose from a variety of fabrics and sizes.  Hanging your curtains can be accomplished using a traditional drapery rod or a decorative drapery medallion set.

The main advantage of curtains is that they give a cozier feeling than blinds.  They also give a more elegant touch to the décor than other window coverings.  A rich fabric with stylish draperies hung from a custom designed drapery medallion set can bring a touch of elegance, and class to the room that may be difficult to achieve with other alternatives.

Curtains are also a great option if you want privacy in your house.  If you have windows that are overlooking streets, or you live in an urban area, then privacy is a big issue.  Most definitely, you do not want the people passing by to be able to look into your home, and invade your privacy.

If you want complete privacy in your home, choose thicker curtains, or a material that is completely opaque.  One problem you may encounter with thick curtains is that they do not let much sunlight in, and do not give a breezy feeling in the room.  Although they are perfect for the winter months, in summer they can prove to be a hassle.

A good option is to choose curtains that have two layers, one sheer and one opaque.  If you want sunlight to flow in the room and want to enjoy the view outside, all you have to do is draw the opaque part on the fixed hooks on the sides so that only the sheer fabric remains on the window.  If you are not choosing the 2 layer option, ask your fabricator if they intend to line the back of the drapes.  It may add a little cost to the project but the end result is a better suited product.  It’s especially important to preserve the fabric used in the drapery.  These are expensive fabrics that you will want to preserve in any way possible.  Lining the back will help block the sun exposure directly to them.

Your choice of curtains depends on your taste and your needs.  If you are a person who values privacy and does not want noise and distortion in the house, then thick opaque curtains are the way to go.  You have to keep in mind, however, that the style you choose should complement the decor of your room and of the overall home.

 

 

Alkemi Countertop FromEcosimplistaWebsiteMore and more homeowners and designers are choosing to employ green and sustainable products when building or redesigning a home.  The “Green Movement” has definitely taken hold and many common home items are now being offered in recycled forms including kitchen countertops and corbels.  If you are looking for a “wow” factor in a eco-friendly countertop, alkemi countertops are like none other. Many of the materials we use in the fabrication of the iron corbels are green products as well since many of them are made from “casted iron”.  Casted iron is various forms of iron melted and poured into molds to be used as a secondary life of a product.

Alkemi countertops have a modern and funky feel and are made from recycled items.  The material is created with fine flake aluminum scraps salvaged from milling operations that are embedded into a clear low-VOC polyester-based composite sealing the shavings into the resin.  This clear coated finish leaves visible the curves, coils and edges of the shavings for a visually stimulating finish.  These aluminum scraps would otherwise be burned releasing harmful toxins into the environment.  By transforming the shavings into a usable kitchen countertop, these waste materials are being reused in an environmentally friendly way.

Alkemi can be a heavy, bulky item to work with, so when using an alkemi slab in a kitchen countertop design, proper support should be used.  Metropolis Iron’s large line of corbels/countertop support brackets was designed with strength in mind and can keep your alkemi recycled countertop properly supported.  Available in an array of styles and finishes our corbels can be used in any design solution or style!

Alkemi Countertop From HGTV

outdoor drapery rods 1Memorial Day weekend, the kids are getting out of school and everyone is busy planning their fun summer activities!  Spending time outside is a rite of passage of the summertime and in recent years the outdoor living room has emerged as a popular home design trend.  An outdoor area can consist of anything from an outdoor patio with a table and chair set to elaborate outdoor living areas that include feature furniture, outdoor drapes and hardware and other décor items.

Outdoor drapery and hardware are also gaining in popularity.  If you haven’t discovered this outdoor accessory yet, they serve multiple purposes.  Use them to divide a large outdoor area into smaller, separate spaces when you are entertaining guests as it creates a cozy atmosphere. Hanging curtains will give you more cooling shade on sunny days.  It will also help to prolong the life of your outdoor furniture.

As great as outdoor drapes can be there are a few things you must be aware of prior to using them in your outdoor living room.  Due to being exposed to the elements for prolonged periods of time it is important to choose not only drapes that are weather resistant, but also drapery rods and other necessary hardware.  Be sure to use drapery hardware that is specifically designed to be used in outdoor situations.  Metropolis Iron’s large line of outdoor drapery medallions and hardware will stand the test of time in even the harshest weather that summertime can throw it’s way!