Erin Napier revived a 17th-century bedroom staple that's influencing how we decorate in 2024

This design trend is a pure celebration of nostalgia, and of course, the Napier family home is the perfect backdrop

Erin Napier
(Image credit: York Wallcoverings)

Erin Napier is synonymous with vintage style, best exhibited through the traditional Southern homes she designs around Laurel, Mississippi, via HGTV's Home Town. However, perhaps unsurprisingly, there is no better canvas than her family abode. 

The countryside home is a trove of design quirks rooted in nostalgia – from the Downtown Abbey-inspired kitchen to a tiled powder room that pays homage to a vintage ice cream bar. It was in Erin and Ben's bedroom, however, where we spotted our favorite antique to date: a spindle bed.

Characterized by its construction, spindle furniture emerged in the 17th century when furniture makers used their offcuts to design beds, chairs, and tables, among other pieces. Also known as 'bobbin' and 'spool,' the name reflects the turned detail effect that resembles a row of spools. And the aesthetic is both nostalgic and beautiful, and naturally, it's made for Erin's space.

Spindle furniture enjoyed various resurgences in the 300 years that followed, but as designers explain, this movement is only set to become more popular in 2024.

'Over the years, we see many trends vanish, but they can always reappear. One trend that has made its way back into many homes this year is the use of spindle furniture. This style originated in the 17th century and was mainly used on furniture legs,' comments Sophie Clemson, Director and Co-Founder of The Living House

Sophie explains spindle furniture's ever-growing popularity is a response to the growing desire for decorative finishes – a larger design trend that shaped how we decorated in 2023. 

'Decorative finishes have been huge with accessories and lighting, and the spindle trend on mirrors and lamps has been very popular,' she says. 'We don’t think this trend is going anywhere anytime soon.'

Bobbin kitchen table with large flower vase

(Image credit: Ollie Tomlinson)

Plus, Sophie Clemson is not alone in her observations. The Citizenry's 2024 Home Decor Trend Predictions similarly list Rounded Shapes and a Focus on Nostalgia among their top movements for 2024, and of course, spindle furniture taps into both these aesthetics. 

'As we move toward a revival of more traditional motifs, silhouettes with rounded edges and curved forms that create an inviting atmosphere will gain in popularity,' the team discusses on the subject of Rounded Shapes. 

'Meanwhile, the Focus on Nostalgia trend will manifest in 2024 with consumers looking at new sources of inspiration in the past for fresh perspectives on the present. Whether it's spindle back chairs, heirloom patterned rugs, or simple striped elements, these pieces add a bit of the past to the present day.'

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Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.