Address Plaques and Drapery Medallions - Iron Works

Archive for February, 2013

PlainandSimpleAddressPlaqueWe all know this simple fact, some people overdo it and their yards are just too busy!  Flowers here, wind chimes there, a gnome over by the mailbox; yes, some yards look like the Home Depot Lawn and Garden Center exploded in the middle of it, but then there are those of us that appreciate a more reserved, less in your face approach to lawn décor.

For folks like us, Metropolis Iron has designed a new address plaque that brings back simplicity to yard décor.  The Plain and Simple Address Plaque is simply your address numbers in an oversized frame/crisscross design around them which is clean and bold.  The numbers are 5″ H.  The Plain and Simple Address Plaque is 9″ H and the length will vary depending on the amount of numbers that in your address.  Made to stand the test of time, Metropolis Iron’s address plaques are designed from aluminum to withstand even the harshest weather conditions.

Selecting Outdoor Drapes and Drapery Hardware

Posted by Misti On February 18th

One question we get often here is Metropolis Iron is, “How can I produce and hang outdoor draperies that are above and beyond the ‘norm.’”  Surprisingly this isn’t a very difficult task.  With more and more homes choosing to opt for an outdoor living room or outdoor living area, the options for outdoor drapes and drapery hardware have grown.

There are many fabric options available for outdoor drapery, though the most popular is produced by Sunbrella and is guaranteed to last at least 5 years.  Some tips to keep in mind while looking for outdoor fabric:

  • Decisions, Decisions:  With so many choices, it may be hard to make a final decision on your fabric.  Look for a design and color that compliments your outdoor living area or the natural tones in your yard.
  • Shop Around:  Look for the best quality and best warranty, don’t make your decision based soley on price.  Read product reviews and be sure you are dealing with a reputable company.

After you have your draperies selected, you are ready to choose an outdoor drapery hardware solution.  Metropolis Iron’s full line of outdoor drapery hardware and outdoor drapery medallions are forged from aluminum which is durable, non-corrosive and able to withstand even the harshest outdoor climates.  From drapery rods to medallions, our outdoor line incorporates some of the hottest designs including rustic, classic, contemporary, coastal, and more.


Decorating with Fleur-de-lis

Posted by Misti On February 11th
Fleur-de-lis Drapery Medallion

Fleur-de-lis Drapery Medallion

The fleur-de-lis translates into the “flower of the lily” in French.  It is used as a symbol of light and life in some cultures, though it can also take on a religious subtext in crests and on flags depending on who is using it.  It is a symbol of France, but it is also used in other countries including Italy and the United States.  For a decorative symbol to incorporate into your home decor, consider using this stylized lily flower accent to bring a new aspect to any design style!

Art and Accessories:  An easy way to use the fleur-de-lis in your home design is with art and accessories.  For example, a fleur-de-lis framed prints, a lamp or lighting fixture that features the shape either as a print on the lampshade or as the lamp’s base, bookends, garden planters, throw pillows and others can be great ways to incorporate the shape into your room design.

Window Treatments:  Incorporating the fleur-de-lis into your window treatment design can be another great way to incorporate it into your overall room design.  While fleur-de-lis curtains may be a bit too “busy” for most of our homes, a fleur-de-lis drapery medallion can be a nice, classy touch.  Metropolis Iron offers fleur-de-lis drapery medallions in four sizes!

Coordinating Designs:  Instead of just accenting your space with a fleur-de-lis, you can incorporate this design into a larger room theme.  For example, the city of New Orleans often uses the fleur-de-lis as its symbol.  In fact, their NFL team, the Saints, takes the symbol as its logo. Use the fleur-de-lis along with French-inspired ironwork, vintage furniture pieces and tropical Big Easy-inspired colors to complete a New Orleans look.  The city of Florence, Italy also uses the symbol in its decor, so you may also consider complementing the fleur-de-lis with warm, Mediterranean colors and rustic furniture.

We always appreciate creating custom designed home décor pieces and enjoy helping out others and our community, so Metropolis Iron’s recent donation of a custom window guard to The Burroughs Home in Fort Myers was a very rewarding experience for our firm!

In 2012, Metropolis Iron owner Misti St. Pierre was requested to join the Eagle Scout project of local high school student, Conner Nelson.  For the Eagle Scout project, Connor wanted to clean up the 3rd floor servant’s quarters at the historic home in preparation for the upcoming opening of the area for public tours.  The window seemed too big of a risk to leave unguarded.   Metropolis Iron was asked to design a guard in the existing 1920’s décor which is featured in the window of the landing going from the 2nd to the 3rd floor of The Burroughs Home.

The Burroughs Home  is one of Fort Myers oldest homes and is a Georgian Revival Mansion built in 1901. Located on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, the home was the setting for many social events, hosting Fort Myers’ elite including the Edisons, Fords, and Firestones.  The home is currently a historic landmark open to the public with tours of the homes and grounds.  It is also a popular location for weddings, parties, and other special events.

The home is maintained and overseen by The Uncommon Friends Foundation.  The Uncommon Friends Foundation, a not for profit 501(c) 3 organization established in 1993, is dedicated to lifelong character building among today’s youth and business leaders.  Its mission is to promote character education in schools, business ethics in the workplace and historic preservation of the Burroughs Home and James Newton Archives.