[Photography by Miguel Flores-Vianna. Below, a closer view.]
I've been receiving some emails about the "valance things," or lambrequins seen on the December cover of Elle Decor. (Yes, lambrequins. That is the correct term for these chic, very architectural treatments.)
Everyone probably realizes that Miles Redd decorated the apartment but I really recommend picking up a copy of the magazine, if you haven't already. Writer Mitchell Owens explains in detail that Redd brought in architects Dick Bories and James Shearron to transform the city apartment into something suggestive of a glamorous, yet oh-so-cozy, early-20th-century country house. The lambrequins are just one of many rarefied details that the team hammered out together. (You have to read about those red felt walls.)
Dick and James have more beautiful pictures to share, so hop over here to enjoy. If their names seem to ring a bell, you may remember reading about them over at The Peak of Chic, EEE, or Aesthete's Lament.
James was kind enough to share with me a straightforward description of lambrequins. He says the differences between a pelmet and a lambrequin, in the 21st century, involve mostly size and the addition or subtraction of curtains. A lambrequin is ususally accepted as an all encompassing element that wholly defines a window treatment in either fabric or carved wood and nothing additional hangs from it. See the comments below for more information.