The Napier Home, a Chicago Flat + Christmas Inspo: Friday Finds

Wow. This is the last week before Thanksgiving. Our turkey holiday is going to be a quiet one. Just me and hubby so the kids can visit their in-laws’ families on Thanksgiving and not have to rush from house to house. It’s less chaotic for them, and it gives Robert and me time to enjoy each other’s company. He’s cooking a chicken and I’m making vegetables. We’ll probably watch football and take a walk, weather permitting. And then on Sunday I’m having the kids and grandkids over to celebrate Cove’s birthday. He was born on Thanksgiving Day three years ago! So I’ll still see everyone – it just won’t be on Thursday, which is fine with me.

Charming Chicago apartment

Let’s start Friday’s Finds with a beautiful home tour. If you’ve watched the Home Town series on HGTV, you’re familiar with Erin and Ben Napier. Take a tour of their current home, which is absolutely stunning. I was going to pick a favorite room in the house, but I can’t. The entire home is so pretty and comfortable.

Next ups is the prettiest mushroom Christmas wreath that I’ve ever seen. Emily at Le Cultivateur shares how to create your own. Now I’m on the hunt for those mushrooms so I can make my own glittery wreath.

My friend Kelly shares a nostalgic post about tinsel-covered Christmas trees. I’ve always loved tinsel ever since I was a kid born in the era when tinsel was king at Christmas. Unfortunately, my mother never allowed it because it was too messy. I haven’t used it on my own trees for the same reason. So for now, I’ll have to simply admire the trees on Kelly’s blog!

Take a tour of a Georgian country house that’s filled with pattern and color. It enjoys a lot of natural light, which lends an airy appeal to its interior spaces.

This week’s “blast from the past” is my weekend trip to Chicago with my granddaughter from four years ago. You’ll get a tour of the city apartment where we stayed, along with the city’s gorgeous holiday decorations. The highlight is the big tree in the Walnut Room at Macy’s. I hope to get back to the city this holiday season to see the decorations again. It always puts me in a festive mood.

For Thanksgiving, I’m going to try this crockpot green bean casserole recipe – minus the bacon. It looks easy and yummy.

Enjoy your last pre-holiday weekend! Thanksgiving is next week and then the chaotic weekends leading up to Christmas begin. I’ve already started my shopping and hope to be done before Thanksgiving, although I’m not sure I’ll hit that goal. Time will tell!

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  1. Thank you for your tradition of having family Thanksgiving dinner the zsunday before the Thursday. My husband and I always did the same thing after our 2 sons were married. It was a nice day for all of us. My husband has since died but I do the same thing. It’s the day I decorate for Christmas. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I’m thinking of using tinsel this year. This is the 3rd time I’ve seen it used and it is growing on me. When I was a child we used it once or twice, but not more than that. This will be my year, love a mess. LOL

  3. I love that show and the Napier’s home is so pretty. Happy Thanksgiving and have a nice restful time with your family.