What sounds fancier and is more timeless than a valance??
A lambrequin is a style of pelmet or cornice that extends down the sides of a window, often to the sill, or even to the floor. They were popular in the early to mid 19th century and were made with stiffened buckram, paper or wood. Designs for lambrequins were first found in "The Workman's Guide" way back in 1883.
If you asked Ms. Harriet Beecher Stowe, she'd say, "...the patterns of these can be varied according to fancy, but simple designs are usually the prettiest. A tassel at the lowest point improves the appearance."
Look at a pair designed by Miles Redd ....
As seen in the December 2009 issue of Elle Decor. In 2119 this room will still look just as elegant and fresh.
Why am I talking about lambrequins you ask???
Because I'm hoping to have one made for a new client!! A client that has a love for Asian antiques and contemporary design. We'll see what I come up with, but a lambrequin is seeming to fit the bill at the moment.
It's strange how talking about a centuries old idea like a lambrequin, sounds more current than talking about a valance. The power of words.
I'm excited!!! Wish me luck!!