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Deep Buttoning

I’m in love with deep-buttoning at the moment – there’s just something so decadently divine in adding such an exquisite detail to furniture and furnishings.

Though you may be hard pressed finding many deep-buttoned pieces through the more contemporary furniture outlets, there are the occasional finds, such as an updated Chesterfield or the lovely squishy “Remy” sofa from Town and Country Style ( Alternatively, seek out local designers with a more traditional bent, such as Alan Bullivant from White ( who manufacturers the truly lovely “Grace” sofa.

If you have an old chair or ottoman you want to have re-upholstered, think about adding some deep-buttons. I recently had a large, but very plain square ottoman re-upholstered and asked them to add some piping and deep-buttoning – the result was amazing. What was once a boxy, contemporary piece is now an elegant Parisian-style ottoman (we also replaced the original steel feet with turned timber – and the existing blue faux-suede fabric with finely striped red and cream silk).

Fine stripes and patterns with a small repeat work really well with deep- buttoning – however, thicker stripes and larger patterns will not. If in doubt, stick to plain fabrics, which will show off the detailing beautifully.

When you add a deep-buttoned piece to a room, it instantly takes on a classic-meets-contemporary, timeless appeal. The trick is not to overdo it; a deep-buttoned bedhead upholstered in a beautiful fabric becomes the centrepiece when the other furniture is played down – however, if many items are screaming for attention, the look just becomes fussy.

Talking about upholstered bedheads, Denise Kennedy from Curtain Elegance ( was kind enough to show me the ‘cheats’ way to create a buttoned bedhead (the true method, which results in an elegant pleated effect is a real art form and takes years to master). You simply drill holes into a piece of MDF before gluing on the foam and wrapping it in the fabric. You then use a large darning needle to sew on the buttons, threading through the pre-drilled holes.

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  1. Beautiful Tahn! I love deep buttoning too. In fact, for Moore & Moore wallpaper’s studio shot of the Gum Leaves, we used a lovely deep buttoned bed head and the effect was stunning!

    March 28, 2012
  2. Theresa C #

    Hi there, could you please tell me where you purchased your daughter’s Sheridan quilt cover. I’ve been looking for a liberty print cover and can’t seem to find one. Thanks!

    June 27, 2012
    • Hi Theresa, I bought it at Myer, it’s gorgeous, love the stripes on the reversible side! T

      June 27, 2012
      • Theresa C #

        Did you buy it recently? Could you please give me the name of the linen range? Cheers, Theresa

        June 28, 2012
      • Sorry can’t remember the name – but bought it fairly recently, around 6 months ago, so it’ll be in their Summer 2011/2012 range – it should be still available. T

        June 28, 2012
      • Theresa C #


        June 28, 2012
  3. I think it’s cute how the pillow on the sofa matches the wallpaper in the room.

    January 9, 2013

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