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.