White and Faded
Restoring Beauty in Your Home and Life
by Janet Parrella-Van Den Berg
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Pub Date 05 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 29 Sep 2023
Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Gift, Thomas Nelson
The only thing more beautiful than home transformation is personal transformation. Bring new life into your home and your soul through the gorgeous photography, inspiring story, and creative design ideas from Janet Parrella-Van Den Berg, founder of popular UK brand White & Faded. Journey through these hope-filled pages, and discover the hidden beauty in your own home and life.
In White & Faded, Janet Parrella-Van Den Berg takes you on a stunning photographic tour through her restored English homes as she invites you into her personal journey of restoring her own sense of value and purpose—and reveals how you can do the same.
So what is White & Faded? As Janet explains, she loves white things as a culmination of all colors and a representation of new mercies. And she loves faded things, such as cast-aside furniture, as a reminder that even what is painful or imperfect can be repurposed to reveal hidden beauty. Janet gives insights into both the literal and metaphorical aspects of white and faded as she draws on her decades of experience to offer:
- Full-color photography of restored English country homes, including a 1767 Georgian rectory in Kent and a home originally built in 1500
- Practical restoration tips—from large-scale homes to smaller antiques
- Fresh decorative ideas you can adapt to your own style, home, and season of life
- Fun inspiration—from antique to modern—ideal for fans of HGTV and Magnolia Network
- Inspiration to incorporate a touch of seasonal charm throughout the year
- How to make white work with kids and pets
- Janet's own remarkable story of trauma, love, and rediscovered identity
How will you create a place in your life where you feel loved, find healing, and discover new treasures? Sometimes seeing the past through new eyes gives hope for the future—and looking ahead can be a beautiful way to come home.
“Janet captured the simplicity and raw beauty of weathered pieces, white linens, and, of course, white paint in her new book White & Faded: Restoring Beauty in Your Home and Life. She brings her vision together beautifully in one bright stream of light, making a compelling argument that an all-neutral palette will forever be cozy, timeless, inviting, and always magical!”
—Leanne Ford, interior designer, editor in chief of FEEL FREE magazine, and star of HGTV’s Restored by the Fords and Home Again with the Fords
“White & Faded is a love letter to the enduring charm and authenticity of homes and objects of the past, and their unparalleled contribution to today’s endearing and meaningful interiors. It’s also a story of resilience and reinvention. Janet’s passion for restoring homes (and hearts) shines through every beautiful space showcased and her every word.”
—Fifi O’Neill, author of Romantic Prairie Style, The Romantic Prairie Cookbook, Prairie Style Weddings, Global Bohemian, Surfside Style, Shades of White, Creative Style
“ ‘I can’t stress enough how creativity draws you closer to yourself and your Creator.’ This sentence jumped off the page and beautifully captures Janet’s underpinning message in this book. Decorating a home is about so much more than the ethereal interiors beautifully styled with intentionally curated antiques shown on these pages. Decorating a home is heart work, and it’s work done because we were created to create and to share what we make with others. This is the kind of book that will get your creative wheels turning and you’ll revisit time and again for inspiration, but it’s also the kind of book you want to read for its rich and encouraging words.”
—Marian Parsons, author of Feels Like Home and creator of the blog Miss Mustard Seed
“I have long admired Janet’s beautiful and dreamy White & Faded style. There is an art to creating a unique and beautiful home, which Janet has perfected. The simplicity and gracefulness of the interiors soothes the mind and reawakens the senses. This book is pure inspiration of how to create and style a unique home full of passion and almost fairy-tale-like ambience.”
—Shirlie Kemp, musician, ’80s pop singer with Wham! and Pepsi & Shirlie, photographer, stylist
“It takes a true visionary to curate beauty the way Janet does. Not only does she transform spaces with elegance and style, but also a distinct sense of comfort and home. Everything she touches turns to beautiful.”
—Terrica Joy Smith, founder and editor in chief, Eden & Vine magazine
Average rating from 23 members
Absolutely stunning! The pictures and words were beautiful. It had great advice on how to collect antiques and effortlessly incorporate them into the aesthetics of your home. It put it in a way that wasn't overwhelming or scary (let's be real, antiques scare me sometimes!) She uses these things to warm up spaces and make them your home.
I absolutely loved reading this book. I was completely drawn into the topic and could not stop reading it.
Beautiful pictures and great stories! Fun little journey throughout the book! Makes me want to go redecorate my home!
A beautiful book the photography is gorgeous.The author shares her lovely decorating style her home and furniture are gorgeous.Reading about her life her philosophy her thoughtfulness about daily living was really soothing to the soul.I loved this book and will be gifting it.#netgalley #whiteandfaded
What a lovely journey of self and recovering rolled into beautiful decor and artistic flare. I have always been a fan of white in my home, it is a look can be enhanced easily, and one that gives time to relax and breathe. I also like antique/older style furniture. Furniture that is solid, well designed and made, that can be restored to fit in any home. The look in this book is elegant, a little touch shabby chic, but mostly peaceful and calming. And the journey of the author through the book is defining. Thanks you NetGalley and the publishers for the DRC
This book has pretty pictures and is very aesthetically pleasing. It is simple and straightforward and gives insight into selecting decor for your home. Additionally, the white theme that permeates the book leaves the reader with a clean and peaceful feeling. Using this book as a guide, readers can redesign their home environments based on recommendations from the author.
This is a beautiful book filled with gorgeous photos and great tips for decorating in the author’s style. I appreciated the advice about topics like how to have a white home while raising five kids and how to tell antiques from vintage pieces and replicas.
My own style is far more colorful and boho, and I have never been a big fan of the whole genre of rich, beautiful people sharing photos of their restored English estates. That said, the author’s gentle tone and sincere advice about not just decorating but being kind to yourself won me over. My home will never look anything like the author’s homes but I enjoyed the advice and the look inside hers.
I read a temporary digital review copy of this book via NetGalley.
White and Faded : Restoring Beauty in Your Home and Life is a beautiful book full of stunning photography and glorious interiors. Everything has been staged to sing to your senses and you will savour all the visuals. There is also plenty of advice snippets and wise words in the writing which is interwoven with the authors' own story. The business is advertised throughout, but it doesn't really matter. I loved the style and the book would be one I would keep on a coffee table and dip in and out of. It would also make a beautiful gift.
O love all things white so this book was right up my alley. The pictures are beautiful. She give lots of helpful ideas as to how to curate a home. i liked the book and would recommend.
Thank you NetGalley, the publishing company and the author for the advanced reader's copy of this publication.
This book is outstanding. I will be adding it to my personal collection upon release. The photography and the writing is above and beyond expectations. I loved every page!
This is an absolutely stunning and must-have resource. It is full of lovely photography. This is one I'll return to again and again. Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the advanced copy of the book.
"White and Faded" is a delightful book. I love the way the author shared about herself and her personal story. She felt so much like she could be anybody's friend--someone you could sit and have coffee with and just chat about anything and everything. The pictures are lovely and offer a peaceful invite into a relaxed environment. I felt very calm while reading this book and often found myself smiling as I read through Janet's story.
I'd recommend this book to anybody who enjoys home and lifestyle. It would make a great coffee table book and would be a wonderful house-warming gift!
Great balance of text to illustrations. Beautiful pictures. The text is appropriate content and length for each picture, well written and imaginative.
Although the interior design element of this book was very interesting and informative, it was the authors story of her life and resilience that spoke to me most. I loved the way she sypathetically handled the issues she has had in life, not apportioning blame but handling life in a positive and nurturing way. Once I started to read, I was carried along and could not stop. I will certainly revisit this book often.