Address Plaques and Drapery Medallions - Iron Works

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real sea shell cornice mount drapery medallionsHere at Metropolis Iron we are always trying to design new products and refine time tested products to fit certain decorating niches or peak new design ideas for the end user.  We recently introduced our line of authentic drapery medallions into the world of cornice mount applications for interior designers, drapery workrooms and distinctive homeowners.    Our real seashell drapery medallions were already beautiful and functional all on their own.  We wanted our customers to also have the ability to add them to a cornice board as well.  The result is a cornice board and drapery medallions that will add beauty and depth to any coastal or beach design.

Not many drapery hardware companies accommodate customers by converting their products to a cornice mount application, however, almost all of our drapery medallions are easily convertible.  This allows our customers to dress their cornice boards up in a way never before possible.  If you do not see a style that you like, we can make anything that you wish.  Just give us a drawing, picture, or even a template of an existing cornice that you already have and we will do our best to accommodate!

Cornice Medallions

Floating Countertop Support Brackets- HGTVRaised or floating countertop extensions are typically used on island or peninsula base cabinets. They add extra countertop space by using large steel brackets similar to the smaller corbels that are used to support normal countertop bar extensions.

The brackets are strong and much larger than traditional supports because they are often used to support granite countertops, but you can use them for any other type of raised countertop, such as glass or solid wood countertops.

While floating counter top brackets are not one of Metropolis Iron’s standard line of counter top support brackets, we are able to custom make any type you need.   Often they are plasma or laser cut to your exact specification.

Now you don’t need to hesitate in that out of the ordinary kitchen design with a floating counter top because you have a source to help support the material.

crollsForSoniaAddressPlaqueWe’ve reached that time of year, Summer of 2013 is upon us.  School is winding down and teachers and students alike are ready for a fun filled summertime, but parents may find themselves in a different boat this time of year.  All you parents out there know what I am talking about….running around town trying to locate the perfect gift to express your thanks and gratitude to your child’s teacher for all they have done throughout the school year.  A few years ago I too was stuck on a gift idea for my daughter’s amazing kindergarten teacher, Sonia.  I looked online, at boutiques, in catalogs and just couldn’t find the right gift that had the right sentiment.  Too bad a nicely polished apple doesn’t fly anymore!  After racking my brain for a great gift idea, I turned to what I know best and what I do for a living, metal and iron home décor.

I thought about Metropolis Iron’s vast product lines and determined that a custom designed home address plaque would be a unique, but proper gift.  It was something that Sonia would have for years and each day when she arrived home from a long day at school would pull into her driveway and remember one of her favorite students.  Sonia is a traditional type, so I created her address plaque in a traditional scroll design and aptly named it “Scrolls for Sonia.”  The gift was so well received and Sonia received so many compliments on her custom address plaque that I decided to add it as a featured address plaque in the Metropolis Iron online catalog.

My daughter just completed 3rd grade and for the 4th year in a row I faithfully supplied her teach with yet another beautiful address plaque.  So parents have no fear and stop looking for that perfect gift right now!  An address plaque from Metropolis Iron will stand the test of time in even the harshest climates, adds a level of beauty to a home and will help make homes become recognizable to visitors, delivery drivers and emergency services.  To learn more about our full line of address plaques visit our online showroom at

Address Plaque Placement Tips

Posted by Misti On May 6th
Poor Address Plaque Placement

Poor Address Plaque Placement

So you’ve just received your brand new address plaque from Metropolis Iron and you’re ready to show it off to the world.  You excitedly head outside to install it.  It’s only then that you realize—“I have no idea where to hang this address plaque”.

Sound familiar?  Not knowing where to hang your address plaque can be stressful.  Placing it in the wrong spot limits your house’s visual beauty.   We’ve compiled three easy tips to make address plaque placement a breeze!

Visibility:  The cardinal rule of address plaque hanging is to place the plaque somewhere that it can be seen.  The whole point of an address plaque is to be seen and make your house identifiable.  Hiding it behind a tree, bush, or plant, will undermine the plaque’s effectiveness.

Symmetry and Balance:  You want your address plaque to look like it belongs.  It should “line up” with other visual cues on the façade of your house.  A plaque that is off-center can make the entire house look awkward and unappealing.   A plaque that is closely sandwiched between a garage door and soffit will look crowded, almost like an afterthought.

Not too low, not too high:  Generally you want your plaque to hang anywhere between 4.5 ft. and 5.5 ft. high if your intent is to have it at eye level.  This is well within the average person’s visual plane and will allow them to naturally view the address plaque without craning their necks to see it.  If you intend to install it over your garage make sure you place it several inches above the garage door with leaving several inches between the plaque and the soffit.  Stand at the end of your driveway and pretend you are delivering a package.  Where would you expect to see address numbers for the house?

Don’t feel the urge to completely follow these rules because every home is different.  Use your visual judgment!