First let me show you the "after" picture:
This talented designer worked brilliantly within parameters that he did not choose.
The decision was made to eliminate the valances to lighten up the room. I had the opportunity to re-make the panels, by hand, with fresh imported Duchess Satin and wool/linen Greek Fret trim, and re-work the silk sheers, making them 10" longer to up fit into the recess. (Yes, 10" longer. THAT took some serious magic.)
The designer's choice of hardware was absolute genius: rectangular Lucite poles with brass fittings, so the gorgeous matching 5" trim on the soffit could be seen through the Lucite.
6" cartridge pleats allowed the satin to drop in sleek, smooth columns.
The fabrication and installation were so intense that I really didn't take the time to capture as many photos as I now wish I had. The take-away: both homeowner and designer were thrilled with the make-over.
A bunch of new tools and gadgets went a long way toward moving this project forward efficiently. I'm itching to do a separate blog post about those.