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Drapery MedallionSilk is often called the “queen of fabrics”, and for good reason.  Nothing looks, feels, or performs like silk!  Silk is made from “twin” cocoons, naturally bonded together.  The slight bumps, or “slubs” in the fabric are evidence of this fiber bonding in nature.

One truth that we see year-after-year in our business, as interior design trends change, is that there are a few styles that endure.   Think of them as the short black cocktail dress of fashion.   In drapery, one of the classic styles that is a cornerstone of interior design is the classic silk.  It just seems that in any length, width or pleat style, the simple silk drape seem to compliment any interior.  You just can’t go wrong with classic elegance and versatility.  You may want to try silk drapes paired with sheers, roman shades, roller shades or even Shutters!  For a complete window treatment, silk drapes look wonderful with our many styles of Drapery Medallions available at


Pinecone Drapery MedallionLazy summer weekends and vacations are upon us and of course this means retreats to the family cabin or lake house.  Having a relaxing space to get away to, entertain guests and laze the summer days away is a must.  Decorating your cabin retreat should be a fun adventure just like the times that you spend there.

Choosing a woodsy décor is generally the most popular when creating a great cabin or lake home.  You should gracefully and stylish bring the natural world into your décor theme.  Most cabins feature lofts and beautiful hardwoods throughout, so try to play off the existing woodsy features in your home.  Some of our favorite woodsy décor items are:

No matter your décor choices for your cabin or lake home, Metropolis Iron hopes you enjoy your summer!


Creating a Zen Chic Interior Design

Posted by Misti On July 7th

Zen Drapery MedallionWhen you hear the word Zen, does a peaceful and relaxing scenario come to mind?  Everyone needs a space that makes them feel relaxed especially considering that most people are busy with their daily activities and work.  With our busy lives, many of us never have the time to go to a place that makes us feel reinvigorated.  So, why don’t you create a Zen interior so that when you get home you will feel relaxed and stress-free?  Here are some handy tips from Metropolis Iron to turn any room into a relaxing, Zen filled space!

Use earth tones

A Zen interior starts with earth tones.  These are colors of soft tones like gray, white, and those with the shade of beige or pink beige.  When choosing a color scheme, choose a dominant or primary color and then a few complimentary colors for décor like pillows and window treatments.

Place natural fabrics

The color of your fabric has to be light and soft, too.  Make use of natural fabrics that are comfortable and would add a softer look to your area.  You can use linen or wool for your coverings and window treatments.  You can also add a soft carpet to make the room appear more relaxing.

Use simple furniture

Furniture meant for a Zen interior is simple and makes use of clean lines.  Do not use furniture with intricate designs and complicated lines as this will not fit in your Zen look.  Choose those that are minimal in design but still looks good for your interior.  Some modern and contemporary furniture will fit into the Zen category but ensure that it uses natural materials to bring in sense of warmth and relaxation.

Minimize decorations

Your decorations should also be minimized.  Do not place too many items on display.  You should also avoid colorful paintings and lots of framed pictures on the wall.  Everything has to be simple.  If you want to display some knick knacks, you can allocate a place for them but make sure that it doesn’t look cluttered.

Incorporate the Zen elements.

Include the five elements of Fire, Earth, Water, Metal and Wood.  These are classic elements from various traditions but are usually incorporated to get a Zen look.  Fire includes the fireplace, fire bowls and candles.  Earth includes stones, pebbles and plants.  Water can be added by placing images of water scenes or a water fountain.  Metal can be used for the furniture, frames, sculptures and custom drapery medallions.  Wood can also be incorporated through furniture or you can get that from bamboo and tree decorations.

Scarf Valance Drapery MedallionsThe flowing beauty of a scarf valance adds character to home window treatments.  With many ways to drape a scarf valance, it is simple to change the look in each room of the home.  Whether the scarf valance is positioned over panels of drapery, sheer curtains or blinds, it adds color and texture to the room.  A swag-style scarf valance using drapery medallions is quite an easy look to accomplish.

First, prepare the window for the valance.  Choose decorative drapery medallions to hold the scarf valance.  Use a drill to install the drapery medallions above the window frame.  Drapery medallion sets from Metropolis Iron include all necessary hardware including touch up paint to cover those unsightly screw heads.  Next, measure the width of the window and install a drapery medallion a few inches past the window casing on each end.  Use a level to ensure they are straight and flush.

Next, prepare to swag the valance.  Lay the valance out on a large table or the floor.  Place the backside of the fabric toward the ceiling.  Stretch the fabric lengthwise in front of you.  Fold the fabric in an accordion style, keeping the pleats an equal width.

Now, measure the height of the windows.  Start at the drapery medallion and go down to the desired length of the finished swag.  This is usually just above the window sill.  Then use the tape measure to measure the same amount on each end of the valance.  Use a decorative drapery cord to tie a loose knot around each measured spot on the valance.

Now you are ready to hang the valance.  Pick up the valance by the knotted cords and turn the fabric so the backside faces the glass.  Take the scarf valance to the window, and then rest each knotted section on the corresponding drapery medallion.  Allow the center portion of the valance to dip down in front of the window.  The amount of curve will be determined by the length of the scarf valance purchased.

Take a step back and smile as you look at the amazing window treatment that you have just created using only drapery medallions from Metropolis Iron, a scarf valance, a measuring tape, a drill and a bit of time!  Your inner designer is shining!


AmericanaDraperyMedallions1 AmericanaDraperyMedallions2Are you feeling patriotic?  How about a little red, white and blue for this upcoming Memorial Day Weekend?  Nothing makes us feel more patriotic than seeing interiors that have been decorated with artifacts related to the history, geography, folklore and cultural heritage of the United States.   All that’s needed to make your home pop with patriotism are some white moldings, bead board, vivid colorful accents, a few flags, folk art, maybe a quilt or two, and, of course, you have to have a Windsor chair in there somewhere.

But what about blending Americana style into your window treatments?  Of course you can use colorful drapes, but don’t you feel there is something else you could do?  We found many clients asking the same questions and created our line of Americana drapery medallions with these design challenges in mind.  Our Americana designs bring you back to a day of Colonial America and help you create a window treatment that stays within the style of the rest of your home design.

Americana is lovely, fresh, summery and so incredibly appealing!  To learn more about out Americana drapery medallions, check us out on the web at


The Allure of Asian Inspired Home Design

Posted by Misti On April 28th

Oriental Drapery MedallionOne of the hottest trends we are currently seeing in the interior design world is the fusion of Asian inspired designs in both architecture and home design elements.  Here at Metropolis Iron, we are throwing in our take on Asian inspired home décor with our new Oriental drapery medallions.  Bring a feeling of Zen into your home with these beautiful medallions that will tie together the look in an Asian inspired home.

While sold in our online showroom in extra-large size, we also offer our Oriental drapery medallions in a variety of custom sizes from extra-small to large depending on your design needs.  Also, the medallions come in an array of finishes to match any color scheme.  Need a special projection?  We can help!  We love custom orders!  Check us out at to view our full line of beautiful drapery medallions.

Fish Drapery MedallionWe love creating custom solutions for designers home décor needs!  Our fish drapery medallion is proof of that love!  When creating new designs of drapery medallions to be released on we look for the hottest trends in design and aim to fill a niche in window treatment design that others cannot.  Living in Florida and traveling throughout the United States, we see a lot of great rooms with coastal and ocean inspired designs.  Throughout our travels, we noticed that all these beautiful rooms (whether they are bathrooms, living rooms, porches, bedrooms or kids rooms) while have a great tied together coastal look, were missing a coastal aspect in their window treatment.  Many chose to use a solid palette for their drapes with a plain drapery rod that got lost in the “sea” of the room, while the treatments that used drapes with a coastal theme (shells, fish, etc.) just looked plain gaudy. To fulfill the need for a beautiful, coastal/ocean drapery medallion we created the fish drapery medallion, exclusive to Metropolis Iron!


Bay windows are beautiful spaces in a home that can be perfect for a relaxing night of reading or just right for pondering.  During a nice day, it’s a good spot to bask in some sunshine.  Add the perfect touch to your beautiful bay windows with a nice set of curtains and drapery medallions.  The positioning of the windows may look a bit daunting, since there is more than one panel to tend to, but with the right approach and the right drapery medallions, the task can be just as easy as working with a regular window.

If your bay window has seats, make sure to choose a set of curtains short enough to graze the seats.  Otherwise, you can opt for full-length curtains that hang to the floor.  Drapery medallions make the task of hanging your curtains 100 times easier than traditional curtain rods and add an additional touch of flair and aesthetic value to your bay window area.  To vie our full line of drapery medallions for bay windows, visit our online showroom at


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Spring is starting to show it’s signs throughout the country, a welcome sign to many in the north that have dealt with unbearable cold and record setting snowfall totals.  As the robins invade and crocus pop through the ground, many people are planning their gardens and outdoor area for the spring and summer of 2014.  One of the hottest trends in outdoor design is garden rooms.  Garden rooms can be incredibly simplistic to overly luxurious, but all aim to bring the indoor out and provide an outdoor area to relax, meditate and entertain.

Garden rooms generally feature some type of awning top and four sides, although the styles can vary greatly.  Simplistic garden rooms can involve something as easy as four posts with curtain walls and a curtain top while luxurious garden rooms, like that pictured, can feature more intricate details and style.  Regardless of your budget and space constraints, aim to create a garden room that will be a place where you will be comfortable and tranquil.

Choosing curtains and drapery hardware for your garden room should be one of the most important factors of planning your outdoor garden room.  Choose a curtain and/or awning that is weather resistant and will be able to withstand a few summer seasons of heat, sun and rain.  This also holds true for drapery hardware.  Select a hardware that is made of weather resistant materials that will allow for multiple seasons of outdoor use.

When used in an outdoor garden room, drapery medallion can add some pizzazz to your design.  Our lines of drapery medallions come in many styles and you are sure to find a medallion suitable for your particular needs and liking.  Weather resistant and perfect for outdoor garden rooms, the full line of drapery medallions  available at also come in many projections and finishes for custom projects!


Designers looking to add traditional elements to their home décor and window treatment designs will love the Metropolis Iron line of scalloped drapery medallions.  The traditional scalloped medallions include plain styled medallions and scalloped mirrored drapery medallions for that little extra flair.

The scalloped drapery medallions come in an array of size ranging from extra small to extra large making them suitable for any project.  A variety of finishes and projections are also available for all your custom window treatment solutions.  In a contemporary world, many traditional drapery medallions and window treatments have become hard to find.  Metropolis Iron stocks many custom traditional drapery medallions and loves custom projects!  View our full line of scalloped drapery medallions online at