Erin Napier 'perfectly' balances minimalism and maximalism with this 17th-century bedroom furnishing

The designer has revived a centuries-old decorating technique, and of course, it fits perfectly inside her 'countryside-inspired' home

Erin Napier
(Image credit: York Wallcoverings)

HGTV Home Town's Erin and Ben Napier are synonymous with their ability to blend English country eccentricity with sweet, Southern charm – and no furniture achieves this quite like bobbin. 

The designer, who recently moved into a new farmhouse in Laurel, Mississippi, recently shared footage from her bedroom where bobbin furniture is in abundance – and we can't think of a more fitting space for these antique-style pieces.

Characterized by its construction, bobbin (also known as spool) furniture emerged in the 17th century when furniture makers experimented with factory offcuts to make sweet beds, cots, and chairs. 

Bobbin's overall shape has not changed much in the last 400 years, but today, furniture designers have kept the design trend alive by playing with more vibrant and colorful shades that serve as beautiful statements in playful homes. 

In her bedroom, Erin has paired a bobbin chair (made from a light terracotta wood) with a similar-hued bobbin bed with slightly bigger bobbin curves. The pieces create an instant-talking point in the room – complete with pale yellow paint and neutral window treatments that lead out onto the terrace. 

These bobbin pieces fit seamlessly in Erin's country-inspired space, but design expert Simran Kaur explains that this furniture trend shouldn't be reserved exclusively for traditional spaces. Instead, she says these pieces are just as fitting in more modern homes.

'Bobbin furniture is the perfect blend of minimalist materials and maximalist designs,' she says. 'It effortlessly brings a sense of antique taste and an artsy look to our traditional homes – while serving as an accent piece in more contemporary spaces.'

Bobbin kitchen table with large flower vase

(Image credit: Ollie Tomlinson)

Versatility aside, Simran adds that bobbin furniture has sustainable qualities, too. 

'Since the design industry is going back to sustainability without compromising on beauty and aesthetics, bobbin furniture is the perfect fit – it fulfils both criteria,' she says. 'It similarly arouses those childhood emotions of feeling those ornamental designs with your hands, their sturdiness, and the texture they bring to any room.'

Simran Kaur
Simran Kaur

Simran Kaur is a furniture expert from Room You Love, where she helps clients design both functional and beautiful rooms. Her expertise is frequently featured in design publications both nationally and internationally. 

'Besides its nostalgic associations, we owe bobbin's successes to its versatility, sustainability, and its ability to add interest to any space whatsoever,' Simran adds.

It's uncertain where  Erin picked up her bobbin pieces; however, we'd hazard a strong guess that they were produced in her woodworker husband Ben's workshop – potentially even from trees surrounding their property. 

'Ben loves all the woodwork, of course, and I love the autumnal British style, the warm rooms where you can always find a huge velvet chair and a book,' Erin previously shared in a discussion of their home via Instagram

Sadly, we can't all have Ben Napier create bobbin furniture for our homes, but we can pick up similar pieces below.

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.