At Home with Amber Freidel in Geneva, Illinois

Pendant Light and Fiddle Leaf/Target, Sofa, Pillow, and Frames/IKEA, Rug/HomeGoods, Plant Stand/DIY.

Today we are sharing Amber Freidel’s cute home tour with you guys! We are totally on board with her peach and blue color palette and cozy vibes. “My husband, Jesse, and I along with our three children, live in a quintessential little place called Geneva, in Illinois, right at the end of the Chicago train line. We moved into our home four years ago this month! We had been living in the sweetest little apartment, but with our second child on the way, we knew it was time to find a house… and so the hunt began. We knew how amazing it would be to live in Geneva, but never thought we’d find something in our price range! But one day we found THE house, in the perfect spot and the perfect neighborhood. It was a short sale (which is the most misleading name because it’s the longest ordeal), and three months later we found ourselves the happy owners of our very own fixer upper!! It had renters for months before, so practically everything needed love!!

Bowls/Anthropologie, Copper Mugs/Amazon.

“One thing that has helped me the most with being cohesive in my decorating was Elsie’s post on a whole house plan/color scheme. That gave me such a vision to plan the colors we love and work within that palette. It’s amazing how much freedom that gives you! My and Jesse’s favorite color is… you guessed it! Blue! Keaton’s (the eldest) favorite color is mint, and Shaun’s (our middle child) is peach. Rosie, our youngest, is still deciding. So that fairly quickly became our whole house color scheme with a dose of yellow and lots of copper & gold!

“I’d say our house style is a colorful take on classic modern. I love me some good thrifting and pieces with history, but also love mixing in the new to create a homey-peaceful vibe.

One of my favorite DIYs (that inspired the name of my style account) was taking a World Market couch that was stained and dyeing it a deep blue! It went so well I took the matching couch and dyed it a blush for our bedroom!
Clothing Racks/DIY.
“After we moved our bedroom to the first floor which had no closets (hello, old house), I created some copper racks to hold our clothes and just started an Etsy shop to sell them.ChairDesk (painted), and Lamp/Target.
“My happy space is my studio. I love to create, and it’s such a haven for me! Currently I’m finishing a second dollhouse, always have a weaving on the loom and sewing, painting or dyeing project I’m working on. It’s an ever-changing happy place, and I love showing my children that life is too short not to create beauty with the gifts you’ve been given. I learned to hand sew when I was eight, and my mother gave me my great-grandmother’s thimble and tape measure, which I use to this day! When I turned 16, she taught me to sew on her 1957 Singer and gave me a 1955 Singer when I graduated high school. I went to fashion school after that and used it to make all of my assignments!
“My best thrifted find has to be my Bernard Duggan painting! I saw it at a garage sale for $10 and loved the colors but wasn’t sure what my husband would think, so I bargained the lady down to $10 for the painting, a copper pot, and a few vintage collars. Then I got the painting home and realized it was an original oil on canvas, in the original frame, was signed by the artist and probably worth several thousand! Needless to say, my husband loved it and it stayed. 😉
Chair/Vintage, Bunk Bed/IKEA, Rug/RugsUSA.
“I saw Rachel Denbow had a book coming out on weaving, so I preordered it and bought a loom while I not so patiently waited for it to come out! I absolutely loved it and am so excited to be hosting a weaving class taught by her at my house in May!!
Tent/DIY, Rug/Land of Nod.
“A few fun facts: My husband isn’t a fan of wallpaper (insert sad face), but has totally supported me drawing on and painting our walls in place of it… which has caused me to get super creative with what I want on the walls! I freehanded the birds in my daughter’s room and the florals in our dining room and my studio in lieu of wallpaper. It’s definitely made me stretch and do something I wouldn’t have otherwise!

“Thanks so much for letting me share!”

You can find more of Amber via her Etsy shop and on Instagram. xo!
Credits://Author: Amber Freidel. Photography: Renee Higgins.
  • Oh my gosh, we lived in an apartment in downtown Geneva, and we just bought a house here! Geneva is awesome! Your home is absolutely stunning!!! I love every detail!!

  • I love the minty curtains in the last room!! Where are they from or are they DIY?

    • Bethany! Those curtains are cotton velvet from IKEA and they are fabulous! Super room darkening, and really good quality! I added the pompom fringe myself. 🙂

  • I am in awe that the flowers on the wall in the living room are hand painted! Everything this is so spot on and cohesive. #housegoals

  • I loved this house! Although midcentury modern is awesome, I’m glad to see something more eclectic, too. 🙂

  • I just love your work, Amber! I feel like we could be best friends in real life! 😉

    • Thanks so much, Renee!!!! I believe that’s a mutual feeling! 😉

  • That painting is such a steal! Wow what a story =o)

  • I absolutely love this whole home! I always wish these posts were a bit longer – they seem cut off from the amount of photos really needed per room! Definitely following her IG now 🙂 The black floral wall reminds me of a wall that Ruth Chou Simmons (Grace Laced) has. Were you inspired by each other? I love both!

    • Thanks so much, Cait!! Awww that is SUCH a compliment!! Ruth Simmons was definitely a part of my inspiration!! Her work is so incredible!!!

  • what a beautiful house! I am sure the owners are really happy in there x

  • I’m loving those sweet peach and blue hues! This house looks well loved and lived in with the personal touches Amber has given it. My favorite parts are her handiwork on the walls (so beautiful, Amber, great job!) and that little peach hallway that ends in a bookcase of wonders. <3

    • Thanks so much for the lovely feedback, Laura!!! Made my day!!!

  • I am so obsessed with this, it’s gorgeous!

    I have kept the same colour scheme throughout our whole home and its a beautiful feeling to walk from room to room knowing exactly what you’re getting in each space.


  • What a beautiful home, I love the colours she uses!

  • Your freehanded flowers are INSANELY AWESOME. If you sold botanical stencils at that scale I’d be so down. Love this house. Thanks for sharing.

  • I love all the wallpapers! The black one in the dining room is GORGEOUS.

    – Greta

  • Cute! But I think she means “quaint” instead of “quintessential”, which means prototypical.

  • One of the best home tours I’ve seen on here. Thank you, I absolutely loved it!

  • These photos are amazing! Love your inspirational home vibe and decor!

  • Such a beautiful home! I love a touch of teal/blue <3

  • No way!! How funny, Geneva is my hometown!! What a beautiful home Amber has built there!

    • Caitlyn, that’s so fun!!! Geneva is our FAV! I mean, Bien Trucha all day long, am I right?! 🙂

  • Oh my goodness, this has to be one of the most beautiful homes I have ever seen!! I love that you used your family’s favourite colours to decorate your whole home. The lighting is so lovely on the white walls and colours.

    Also, you painted all those designs yourself!! They’re incredible!

    Thank you for sharing!

    • Aww Ngaio!! That is so sweet!! And using the family’s fav colors definitely made it easy to choose our whole house palatte! Plus it’s the sweetest thing to see the munchkins get all excited when I bring home new things in their fav colors. 😉

  • This blog post caught me by surprise because I work at Geneva Public Library! What a small world! I wonder if you and your family have ever attended any of my storytimes! 🙂

    Anyway, your home is BEAUTIFUL and #goals

    • So crazy! I grew up in Geneva, spent all my summers at that library! Most people have never heard of Geneva, so wild to see so many fellow Genevians!

    • Katie,

      how fun is that!!! Small world. 🙂 I don’t think we’ve made it to story time at the library yet, but that sounds like so much fun!!!

  • Is the pegboard shelf a DIY or did you buy it somewhere? I love those and have been thinking about getting one.

    • Hi Mayme!

      My husband and I made the pegboard! It was a fairly quick project, and we LOVE the result! After we made ours, Vintage Revivals shared a tutorial on how to make your own!

  • Love this!! The cohesive color palette is so fun, and there are so many fun details! ? I’d LOVE to see a DIY on dyeing furniture, too!

  • Love, love, love the DIY “hammock” chair! It’s such a nice twist to a classic room.

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • I hope a DIY is in the future for how you stained the couch deep blue! Love these vibrant, yet muted colors. Brings in so much depth but isn’t overwhelming.

    Juliette |

    • YES! I read that you dyed a couch and scrolled back and forth about 10 times to make sure I didn’t miss the link! I’d love to see that DIY.

      • Aww, you’re so sweet!!! I will have to look for another piece that needs some dye-love and write a DIY for y’all! It’s super fun and quite the adventure!! You can also see some of the tips I shared on my style account @blush_and_blue_style.

        • I’d be happy to have you do it on a couple of wing back chairs.

    • Thanks so much, Juliette!! I did write up some tips on my instagram account about the dyeing process, but I just may have to do a full DIY sometime soon!!

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