Address Plaques and Drapery Medallions - Iron Works

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TravertineCountertopsRDCUTAHTravertine, similar to marble and granite is a naturally beautiful stone that is formed over years of accumulation of minerals under intense pressure & heat.  This natural mineral is made when minerals dissolved under water leave behind sediments on the outskirts of beaches.  Because travertine is a natural stone, there is a large variety of designs, colors and shades in which it is formed that include walnut, cream, gold, beige and ivory.  Most of the colors and designs are formed naturally over time by the mixing of impurities and iron components.

The excellent visual appeal of travertine is entirely dependent upon the way it has been polished or treated to give shine and outclass strength.  There are basically 4 types of finishes in which travertine come in. these are: Shiny, Matte, Tumbled and Brushed

The tumbled travertine countertops are a textured & surfaced material that does not reflect light, making it a dull type of aesthetic look.  When the tiles are polished, they shine in a way that is unmatched by any other shine.  Tumbled travertine is the most common form of countertop available.

As with any stone countertop, extra support should be considered when installing a travertine countertop.  Using a countertop support bracket or corbel from Metropolis Iron will provide the support needed by a travertine countertop and add an extra decorative touch to your kitchen. Stone and iron are complimentary material mediums to each other.

Tips for Placing your Address Plaque

Posted by Misti On July 22nd

Poor Address PlaqueOne of my biggest pet peeves in life is pulling up to a gorgeous home with cheap, plastic house numbers.  Even worse is a beautiful address plaque that is hidden from view by landscaping!  An address plaque is meant to be seen and properly complement your house!  We’ve compiled some great tips to help in placing your next address plaque from Metropolis Iron!

1. Be careful using brass or bronze numbers.  This is essentially an “invisible” number.  If sunlight or another light should reflect at just the precise angle to hit your eye, the number becomes visible for a split-second.   Worse yet, it can create a flash in driver’s view that temporarily inhibit their vision.

2. Don’t have your house number as handwriting or script.  It looks fancy but it’s very hard to see from the road.  Plain and simple numbers are much easier to spot.

3. Be sure the address plaque is properly lit.  The number should be about twelve inches from its light source.

4. Keep your numbers maintained!  We’ve seen so many homes where part of the number is missing. Worn out numbers are also troublesome. It especially makes me laugh when one number has partially fallen off and is hanging by a thread.

5. Be sure to use the correct size numbers!  Our address plaques feature number that range from 3-6” high and are easily visable!

6. Proper placement when hanging your address plaque is key! Some folks put their numbers on the grass line or porch floor, but this is actually poor placement.  The number should be displayed at eye level or higher.

7. Color, color, color!  Make sure your address plaque doesn’t blend in with your home.  Use contrasting colors to make your numbers pop! A great rule of thumb is to use the accent color of your house.  If you have a tan house with a bronze accent you should paint your address plaque a similar bronze color.

Straight vs. Curved Drapery Holdbacks

Posted by Misti On July 15th

Curved Drapery HoldbacksDrapery holdbacks are an important feature of any complete window treatment design.  Holdbacks tie together your look while remaining functional.  Used for a variety of uses in a window treatment, drapery holdbacks allow sunlight to enter and add a decorative flair to your treatment.

Drapery holdbacks come in a curved and straight style.  Metropolis Iron’s online showroom features both of these highly sought after styles.  Our curved medallions are great for holding back your drapes, even those that may be bulky and cumbersome.  If you are searching for a unique drapery rod alternative, try our many styles of straight drapery medallions.  Our straight holdbacks are wonderful for use as a traditional holdback, but can make any treatment pop in lieu of using a drapery rod.

As with all of Metropolis Iron’s product line, our holdbacks are available in a variety of designs, sizes, finishes and projections for all your window treatment design needs.

Drapery Medallion from Metropolis IronChoosing the right size drapery medallion for your window treatment shouldn’t be a hassle.  Metropolis Iron understands that each home design project is different and requires just the right sized medallion.  Our drapery medallion line comes in five sizes to match any room, style or project need.

Extra Small Drapery Medallions:  Our extra small medallions are up to 2” diameter.  This petite sized medallion is perfect for designs that require a delicate touch.

Small Drapery Medallions:  With a size ranging from 2-1/8” – 2-7/8” our small drapery medallions are still perfect for creating softness in a design solution, but allow for a heavier drape than the extra-small size.

Medium Drapery Medallions:   Medium drapery medallions are 3” – 4” and are our most popular seller.  These sized medallions are perfect for use in many window treatments and are perfect for sheers, valances and much more.

Large Drapery Medallions:  Another great seller, our large drapery medallions are 4-1/8” – 6”.  These are useful in many of the same design situations as medium drapery medallions, but allow for a heavier drape and cane be a great choice when you want your medallion to pop from the curtains and stand out.

Extra-Large Drapery Medallions:  Our Extra-Large drapery medallions are 7-5/8” +.  A great medallion for use in foyer treatments or treatments with very, very long drapes (like used in a great room), the extra-large medallion will stand out and be seen from the floor.

All of our medallion sizes are available in an array of finishes, styles and projections.  Easy to install, Metropolis Iron’s line of drapery medallions comes with all necessary hardware, touchup paint and instructions.


DIY-Reclaimed wood countertopRecently we’ve been covering a lot of green home ideas and how to create an environmentally friendly room here on our Metropolis Iron blog!  I recently had a friend that remodeled their kitchen and went for an amazing, green countertop option, reclaimed wood.  Though most kitchen counters are made from stone, ceramics or another type of solid slab, reclaimed wood counters can be a viable and attractive option.  By salvaging these materials and preventing them from ending up in the landfill-with the added benefit of preserving existing trees which would otherwise be cut down, you can add warmth and character to your kitchen design.

The best place to start your search for reclaimed wood countertops is the local architectural salvage yard.  Be prepared by bringing a sketch with the dimensions of wood that you require.  While you can’t expect to find the perfect piece, you can at least gauge whether combining two or more pieces of salvaged wood can adequately cover your counter area.  After all, the whole concept behind this look is to not achieve perfection.  Don’t shy away from wood slabs with uneven edges, embedded knots or sanded nail heads.

Wood can be salvaged from many sources and transformed into flooring or countertops.  Typical sources for reclaimed wood include old barns and other rustic structures, barrels and even scraps that have been sitting at the bottom of a river.  Time and wear impart character, and your reclaimed wood counter will truly be one of a kind.  Common salvaged wood specials include heart pine, white oak, red oak, chestnut and cypress.

Reclaimed wood countertops can tend to be on the bulkier side, so prior to installing, you will want to be sure to purchase a set of countertop support brackets in the correct size for your project.  Our corbels are designed with strength and durability in mind and come in an array of designs and finishes that complement many design situations.