Press Twitter Contact The Store About Tracie Home

March 22, 2011

An Interview with Fifi O'Neill & Romantic Prairie Style Giveaway

Bonjour Friends!

Many, many times, life amazes me and people do too.

Another thing that amazes me is this book,
Romantic Prairie Style
Photography by  Mark Lohman

I like to think of myself as recognizing the bluebird of happiness in my own backyard and try to do so on a daily basis, but this woman with je ne sais quoi (that certain something) constantly amazes me with her giving spirit.

Today, it is my pleasure, directly from my heart,  I bring you an interview with my dear friend, Fifi O'Neill.

So without further adieu, let's begin with the one and only Fifi O'Neill at My Petite Maison today and we'll gaze upon beautiful photography by Mark Lohman:

Fifi, Your style is amazing and the way you pull items together.  When did you first know you had the gift of putting rooms together?

It's very nice of you to say that I have "a gift for putting rooms together." The truth is that I have enjoyed "playing house" since I was a little girl. But, I really got into it long before I bought my first house because I rented for many years and it was really important to make each home mine. 

I love the guest cottage in your book.  When you found your house did you know right away you wanted to do something with that space?

Yes, but it took several years before I could save enough money to proceed with my plans as it meant a major makeover.

Fifi's Ethereal Guest Cottage

How long have you lived in your home and how long did it take you to feel like everything is really coming together?  (I'm still working on it here, and have that feeling in some rooms but not in others... any suggestions?)

I have been in this little cottage for 10 years and have changed things many times. I have loved all the variations but I am still making changes in the cottage itself. I think the guest house is my best work because it's so simple yet has a lot of charm.

Fifi's Delicious Looking Guest House Kitchen

Fifi, what really puts a sparkle in your eyes when decorating, something that gets the inspiration rolling?

That's a tricky question because almost anything can inspire me. I remember one time when I went shopping for a sweater and came home with a kitchen table (and no sweater) and that inspired me to redo the whole kitchen........

What is the one key piece you think every home should have to make it lovely?

At least one animal, a doggie or a kitty, and fresh flowers--but no boring arrangement!

I couldn't agree more, Fifi... a house is not a home without an animal to love and decorate into the wee hours of the night looking on!!

Guest Appearance by Zeke of My Petite Maison

Fifi, I love the mantel in your home and how you make things work together.  Do you have a favorite project you created in your home?

I am very fond of the kitchen sideboard I built with a salvaged door and spindles from the Home Depot. I needed something to fit that narrow space and couldn't find the right piece so I put one together. It wasn't hard to do once I figured it out.

Beautiful kitchen sideboard created/built by Fifi O'Neill

As a great animal lover, I have to ask... Have you always had pets in your home and do your cats have to be right where you're working?  Mine do!

But of course! I have always had cats, sometimes a dog too. My kitties sleep on my scanner, printer and keyboard. As you know they are my indispensable "assistants!"

I have long admired your beautiful French cheese dome and wondered about its history, can you tell us more about it and is it zinc?

Yes, it is zinc. My sister found it at a flea market in Provence and I traded it with her for a trio of little iron hearts I found in Texas.

I am so excited about this book and your next book too.  As an adorable clothing lover, I have to ask...  I read about possible Fifi clothing happenings in the future... can you tell us any more yet?  

I am working on the clothing line but all I can tell right now is that it will be feminine with a twist. Think about layers of softness and lovely colors and patterns. Imagine mix and match but not "match-y".........stay tuned!

Oh Fifi, I can't wait.  I'm thinking I may be your best customer!

From Romantic Prairie Style • Photos Mark Lohman

Thank you ~ Merci ~ Grazie, Fifi for this interview and for bringing so much beauty and inspiration into our lives.  You've lifted so many of us up and helped us bring our dreams to life.

From Romantic Prairie Style • Photo Mark Lohman

And now friends, I am over the Moon to announce Fifi's graciously signing a copy of her beautiful Romantic Prairie Style for me to giveaway here at My Petite Maison.

The giveaway winner will receive a personalized, signed copy from Fifi that will be delivered straight from the one and only Chez Fifi.

Days and days of dreaming upon this book. It's not just decorating, it's truly a lifestyle book that enchants and sets a lifestyle muse a flutter in your home!

From Romantic Prairie Style • Photo Mark Lohman

Okay, here are the rules of the giveaway: 

Follow my blog publicly • Leave a comment of why you'd like to own a personalized copy of Romantic Prairie Style 

For extra entries ~ Share on your sidebar photo below of Romantic Prairie Style upon my bistro chair • Tweet or share on Facebook and link to My Petite Maison blog.

Romantic Prairie Style by Fifi O'Neill • Giveaway, My Petite Maison

Giveaway deadline Thursday, March 31st Midnight
Winner will be announced April 2nd

Good luck ~ Bonne chance and thank you, Fifi for allowing me
to hold this most wonderful giveaway.


Suzann said...

OH My Goodness I would just love to own Chez Fifi's book I simply adore her decorating style and creations!!!
Please enter me in the giveaway
I am already a follower.
Thank you!
Suzann ~xoxo~

Fishtail Cottage said...

Pick me, Pick me, Pick me! What an adorable book...i pre-ordered it through Amazon & they say i won't get it till the end of May? Would be great if i "won" the book sooner so that i don't have to wait any longer......Not to mention it would be cherished because it would be signed by Fifi herself....I love seeing everything she does - amazingly fabulous!
I am your loyal follower & a follower of Fifi's as well! Hugs to you!

Fishtail Cottage said...

Entered on my side bar!!!
Thanks for the opportunity! xoox

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

OH..I'd love to win this book. I've read every bit of her blog. Love her home and back cottage.

elinAnita (eddaskreativiteter ) said...

I would love to win a book signed by Fifi...she is a extraordinary women..and a big inspirator:)
I have orderd a book....but I will have one with signatur too:)
2 too mee,I will share on Facebook..
have a nice day

It's me said...

Ask Fifi why i will winn ???..i love is a dream to have a sign book of her.....she knows that...i ask her earlier....she send me a lovely card....than i can put in the book......i am so happy with that.....but i dream never know......happy day

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Very interesting! That book has gone on to my list!
Isabelle x

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Hi Tracie! Enter me in the giveaway please. I would love to have a signed copy, it would be so special. Then I would give my copy away on a giveaway of my own! Paying it forward.

suzeeez said...

Oooooh please include me in your give away. I am so inspired by this decorating style and would cherish this book! I am a follower of yours and I will add your give away button to my side bar . Hope I win . :o) Sue

La Table De Nana said...

Charming interview~
2 talented, smart, wonderful women:)

WondrousStrange said...

I am a faithful follower:) Who would not benifit from this wonderful gift. I am in need of inspiration as spring takes hold...recharging the creative batteries as such. This lovely collection would go along way toward that:)

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

Wonderful intereview!
And I would absolutely LOVE an autographed copy, because sweet Fifi is one of my favorite people in the whole world.

As are you! :-)


trash talk said...

This would be a lovely Bon Voyage gift as I am heading out the door to the Big Show...I'm just suggesting! LOL
Great interview and great questions.

cottageprims said...

Wonderful interview! I have been dreaming of having this book for months everytime I check it still says not available.Oh I want to drool over the pretty pictures so badly!!! Have got some sneak peeks in blogland but nothing like curling up with some tea and daydreaming the day away.Warm Blessings!~Amy

cottageprims said...

I want this sooooo badly so posting to my blog for the extra chance.Warm Blessings!~Amy said...

I would love to win this book! The photos are so inspiring!

Ido said...

I love Fifi O'neil, would love to have a signed copy of her book. Thank you Tracie for this wonderful interview and the giveaway. I follow you publicly. I tried and tried and tried to put on my sidebar the picture of the giveaway, but I'm a new blogger and still don't know how to do these things, still trying tough. Thank you again! Have a great day!

Shabbyfufu said...

Just saw your Tweet so had to come running right over Tracie. Wonderful interview...very personal indeed and shows some of my favorite photos from the book.

Of course I am a follower and will put a link up soon. Fifi is the BEST, isn't she? She offered a signed copy as a giveaway on my blog too to add to my Farnaz giveaway that's coming....I just can't get to a new post yet!

Hope you have an inspiring day. Wait....I know that you will, you always do!


Shabbyfufu said...

Moi again. Will mention this on Facebook for you...xoxo

Ido said...

Tracie, I did it!!!! I finally could post the picture on my sidebar, I'm sooo happy! I didn't give up! Your blog is on my list of blogs that I follow. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

What a nice giveaway! I would love to have a signed copy of this book by Fifi. I follow her blog too.
I have posted your link into my facebook account.

kerrie of sea cottage said...

Who could not love Fifi?!!! She is the sweetest little thing. I enjoyed reading the interview. I have admired her tiny cottage ever since I saw it Oh I think about 10 yrs ago in a magazine(Country Living I think) I still have the pictures torn out and saved in my inspirational file. Back then she had a petite day bed on her porch...loved that! Anyway, I would love to win her book since I haven't been able to purchase it yet. But whether I win or not I do plan on getting this book someday. I think I know almost everyone featured in it! Thank you for this opportunity Tracie. ox

and I am already a follower. and will add the giveaway to my blogs sidebar. ox

Trisha said...

I have really wanted to get my hands on a copy of this amazing publication and who wouldn't love to win a personalized copy?! Amazing giveaway...thank you! My fingers are crossed!


Sandi said...

I would love to enter your beautiful giveaway Tracie! I know I can find all kinds of inspiration in that book to help me decorate.
PS Already a happy follower! :)

Sandi said...

Posting it on my blog sidebar as well. Happy day!

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

I have been wanting this book ever since I first heard about it! To win a signed copy would be a dream!
Thank you for the opportunity!

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

P.S. I'm a follower now! :)

Pattie said...

Very nice post to read, Love Fifi, I can't wait to meet her at Na-Da farm sale... I have followed your blog for quite some time now and would love to have this book for a friend.


My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

I would absolutely love this book. I love to decorate in a casual romantic vintage style and I know this book would give me great inspiration.


My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

I follow.


Simply Me said...

aww so sweet, just love her!!! I received her book yesterday,still looking at it ..

Sandy said...

Oh, I've been following you, Tracieee!

I'd like another copy to give to friends, and mine hasn't arrived yet!



Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio

Sandy said...

Oh, I've been following you, Tracieee!

I'd like another copy to give to friends, and mine hasn't arrived yet!



Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio

Sandy said...

I have a sidebar link to Fifi's book.


Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio

sissie said...

Fifi is an amazing woman and I admire her so much for her aspirations and success! She has been a mentor to those of us who aspire to create and live the beautiful life that is inside our hearts.
I'd love to own a copy of her book with her loving signature. This is a wonderful giveaway and I've enjoyed the interview.


My Grama's Soul said...

Hi Tracie...oh my what a lovely gift you are offering us.

I have been a follower forever....and I will certainly pull your button and post about it on my sidebar.

I have been eyeing this book for sometime...I just read about Fifi in WHERE BLOGGER's COOK...SHE IS ONE AMAZING WOMAN.


DEB said...

Oh Tracie...GREAT interview hon!! I LOVE FiFi..plain & simple..never met her & probably won't...but I LOVE her....talent..kindness...sense of humor & she loves animals:)
Would love a signed copy of her book...mine wont be here till May also..but I have a best friend that would love her book:)
Thanks for a great interview with a very special & talented lady!
Deb:) xoxo

VINTAGE HOME lifestyle said...

What a great interview, Tracie. Just love Fifi's new book and simply can't wait for her clothing line to come out. I have always loved how she dresses.

Laurie said...

Would love to win this book. Hugs and Kisses to Zeke !!! He is the sweetest...

Simply Me said...

Aww thank you so much.. i am lucky to have a stove, i will try not to worry about it. I will let you know if it comes, we shall see friday. hopefully!!! lol I just loved fifi guest house, so beautiful i have not put the book down since i got it yesterday ....well for a little bit.
have a great night

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Tracie!

Oh gooooodness! What a yummy giveaway. I'm soooo hoping to win... I am a follower...


Ozma of Odds said...

...I can't wait to get my hands on this book ~ it looks fabulous!!
*You know I'm a follower baby!!
*ADORE Zeke!! Can I have him instead ~ lol!!!

xo, Rosemary

Karen said...

If I was the winner of Fifi's gorgeous book I would be over the moon! I know it is just beautiful and would be so wonderful to curl up with! Thanks for having this giveaway!

Karen said...

You have the place of honor on my sidebar! And I'm a follower! (Have been)!

A Cottage Muse said...

Wishing on a star and keeping my fingers crossed that I could be so lucky!!!

I am a happy follower!

Wonderful interview too!!

A Cottage Muse said...

I have also posted your giveaway on my sidebar!

Having a signed copy from Fifi whom I admire and am so inspired by would just be a pixie dust moment!!

Anonymous said...

Bonjour Tracie and Fifi,
It was fun to read your interview!
Merci for the giveaway book.
I want to win it so that I can have a romantic Frenchy spring, reading it outdoors on my deck.
Kiss, kiss. . .

Lara said...

Thank you for doing a wonderful interview with Fifi, Tracie. :) I would absolutely love to win a signed copy! :))

Lara said...

I just added it to my sidebar with a link to this post! :)

Passionate for White said...

Oooo I would love to win a copy so that I could pour over the pages while propped up in bed!

cityfarmer said...

funny thing honey ... I did a giveaway with the book, too.
It was a blast.

I'm selling them on my sidebar, too.
there are so many many lovley shots!

I'm still pinching myself with the page 37 feature!

Fifi is wonderful in person, too
and Mark ... a funny, friendly, unstuffy photographer!

About Vintage French Hen said...

I would love to win a signed copy of her book! She is thee Fabulous Fifi after-all! Marcia

About Vintage French Hen said...

I am already a follower of your wonderful blog! Marcia

About Vintage French Hen said...

I have posted your give away on my Facebook too! Marcia

Gracefully Vintage said...

So delightful, Always Inspiring.. Thanks for the interview.. Off to buy book tomorrow.. Cant wait. Love Fifi's Blog and love yours as well.

mitchiesmom said...

Would love to win this!!! Fifi is so mag!!! I am a follower to your lovely blog!!! Thanks so much!!!

Kristen said...

I'm already a follower.

I would love to win beacause it just looks so beautiful. I'm such a fan and I know I could get a lot of inspiration.



You have a very nice inspiring blog!

I follow you...

greetings from switzerland
jacqueline ♡

All Bliss Be Thine said...

Thank you for the contest. I would love any book or magazine that Fifi has done but I would especially love one that is autographed by the lovely lady.
Please enter me in the contest for her book.

Robyn said...

Tracie, I enjoyed that interview so much! I already had a girl crush on Fifi's style but then I read the part about the animals, I fell deeper in love with her philosophy! ;=)

licha20 said...

I have long admired Fifi and it would just be lovely to have a signed copy of her book!

Robins in the Trundle Bed said...

We would adore a copy of Fifi's beautiful book! We love her style and can imagine curling up in an overstuffed chair perusing her book!

We are new followers and love your blog!

Sheila and Sherrill

Tim said...

Nice blog.

Marie said...

Bonjour Tracie! Isn't Madame Fifi the best and the kindest??? Love her and love her book too, of course, what's not to love? Just want to tell you how excited I am that she is featuring my home in the upcoming issue of Romantic Country. It will be out April 4th. Please add me to your giveaway.

stefanie said...

oh, what a fabulous interview and giveaway!! I would be honored to win, thanks so much!!



LOIS said...

I would love to own this book. I just discovered Chez Fifi, and love her style, a style that I want to use more of in my home.

KarenSue said...

I recieved mine today! I just started looking at it. First I go thru and look at all the beautiful pictures and then I go back and read every word! I would love to have a signed one and give mine to my friend.

KarenSue said...

I'm a follower!

Lady Pamela said...

I have just added my name to your followers list. I have many of Fifi's magazines and keep them to refer back to them often. I love her style. I would have purchased her book the instant it hit the bookshelves, but I was waiting for my birthday. Maybe this will be it! Thank you for the chance to win.

Curtains In My Tree said...

Yes I want it also. I haven't purchased a copy yet so maybe this is my chance to win.

I like what FiFi said about everyhouse needs a dog, cat to love. I agree.

a new clothing line???wow that will be a winner I am sure.

I have always read your blog and will make sure I have you on my side bar if I don't already


mitz said...

..way to inspire an inspiration.. fab give-a-way..( huge smile ) thanks for the opportunity mitz_zee@yahoodotcom
( follower )

Anonymous said...

I'd love this book. Looks like it is full of all kinds of goodies. Nancy

Nicky said...

I have stumbled across this little shabby,chic, parisian french inspired praireie, country style corner of blogland and found some amazing bloggers who are inspiring me. i would love a copy of this book it looks like one of those books that I call food for the sould if you are down or upset you can pull it out and browse ther pictures and jjust feel better. Also love the blog thanks.


Terri Gordon said...

Hello, Oh this would be such a beautiful giveaway gift. I can't wait to see her lovely book, I am a follower of your beautiful blog and enjoy visiting you. Thank you for the opportunity to win such a wonderful gift. Have a wonderful week. Hugs, Terri

Brambleberry Cottage said...

I am a new follower of your delightful blog.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Brambleberry Cottage said...

I would love to own a copy of Fifi's amazing book. I have been an avid fan of Romantic Country for years and can only imagine how incredible this newest work of Fifi's is!

I love romantic style but am challenged in decorating my own home by the need to please hubby - who wants everything rustic and primitive, without any of the frills that I love.

By the way, I posted your giveaway on my sidebar.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Irene said...

Although a modernist by trade, I have noticed a turn in my mood recently, toward more feminine decor. I have read about this book in blogs, and I hope it will help me on my new soul path.
Please enter my name, and God bless.

Irene said...

I am following you, now, too!

Irene said...

Twitted at /thehappyturtle

Irene said...

And posted on FB (Irene Farmer).

Irene said...

P.S. Please stop by, when you can!

Melissa said...

as an australian mother of 3, living in the english countryside...& having discovered blogging in the last year...i have fallen in love with american prairie style...

i can't believe how *connected* i feel to this style , considering i have lived in many places around the world...but am still to even visit the states!

so thankyou for the opportunity to fall in love with this style of living...& your gorgeous friend Fi Fi even more...

melissa x

Kristen said...

Good luck.