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July 21, 2011

Fifi O'Neill visits My Petite Maison

Fifi in my petite kitchen

Bonjour friends,

I wanted to share a few more photos of Fifi O'Neill and 
Mark Lohman visiting 
My Petite Maison last week.

Most of you know... this has been a dream for me, for a very long time.
Fifi O'Neill & Mark Lohman upon arrival at My Petite Maison (I always wanted to say that! ;)

It was a full day here at My Petite Maison.  Fifi and Mark work so well together, my husband and I were in awe of the way they so seamlessly work together while shooting the maison and jardins here.  It was a dream come true for me and I can't thank them enough for looking past this old house's very time worn style and showing us & our animals a wonderful day of being in their company!

Zeke loved meeting Fifi.  He knew she was an animal lover from the start!  I can't begin to tell you how much it means to me that they finally met and Fifi could put the bark she's heard many times over the phone to the real "furbody".  This is my FAVORITE photo, I will cherish it always.

Zeke et Fifi • This photo touches my heart

Special fleurs were delivered the day before the shoot... from my dear friend, Janet of the famous Shabbyfufu.  Thank you so much, Janet.  You know how much this was a dream of mine for years now!  Zeke did not want to miss an opportunity to pose with them here:
Okay... not a lot more talk, just a few more photos of our day!

Checking out the side yard with bistro table

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this next photo...  She truly is a darling soul (inside & out)
Fifi in our back yard among our plants & loved cats

Fifi O'Neill... how cute is her outfit?

I was so happy that our weather cooled down for their visit.  We had been having a heat wave and I managed to get many things cleaned/ready in the morning but not so much in our afternoons filled with 100+ degree weather.  My husband, daughter, her boyfriend and I had just 4 days of "normal" California weather (after they got off their full time jobs each day) before Fifi and Mark's visit.

Fifi at My Petite Maison
 Dear Fifi, I love every touch you gave to My Petite Maison!

As so many of us know, a house no matter how well loved, needs many living props, flowers and plants to bring it to life...  I would like to thank my dear friend, Barbara of Uniquely Chic for allowing us to use beautiful flowers and plants from her shop for this photo shoot.  

You can see just a few of them here in the beautiful French market wicker basket I've had for years...  There were truly armloads of flowers and plants to work with here!  Thank you, Barb.

 Here's one of Zeke trying to see what was happening out there...

After the photo shoot at My Petite Maison, Fifi and I drove over to Barb's for the book signing of Romantic Prairie Style where there were many people waiting to see Fifi.  More on that soon!

I'll leave you with a beautiful photo of Fifi and Mark on the porch that I love, I know you will too!
Fifi O'Neill & Mark Lohman at My Petite Maison... "On the Porch"

Can't tell you how very happy my heart is...


Stacey said...

That does look like a dream come true!

Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Ohhh Tracie ~
Congratulations on your photos shoot!!!
What a priceless time it looks like you had ~ I cannot wait to see the pictures!!

Thank you for sharing some of your time with us ~


Trisha said...

So happy to hear that everything went well with the shoot. (But then of course it would, it's Fifi and Mark!) Congratulations on realizing your dream! The photos are beautiful!

A VIntage White

Bella said...

Hi Tracie,
Congrats on the shoot!! I can't wait to see the finished photos, it must be magical!!

Kate said...

Congrats to you and what a dream come true for sure!!! How fun can't wait to see more.


Shabbyfufu said...

What can I say....

So glad that your dreams are coming true, I think you KNOW that:-)


Cindy said...

WOW, That must have been so cool for you, Oh my gosh, I can't even imagine how awesome it must have been. Did you go crazy cleaning up before she came, or are you more laid back about it all. I would've been a pyscho if i had someone like that coming for a photo shoot... I'm so happy for you, you must be tickled to death about it all...


Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

What wonderful photos, and what a fabulous experience! Thank you so much for sharing these with us, I know you're still on cloud nine. :-)


Rosemary said...

So glad your dream came true!
Fifi is such a doll!! Love all of the photos!!

Rebecca said...

Congrats to you OH TALENTED ONE! I'm soooo happy for you about the shoot! Looks like sooo much FUN behind the WORK!



trash talk said...

What's a little sweat...I mean glistening between friends. I'm so proud for you, but I have to say my favorite photo is your favorite. Beautiful...two hearts beating as one.

La Table De Nana said...

When I met heart sang a song too..
She's just so special.

So nice..So genuine..
I am happy for you..
A little dream come true..

Good for all of you!:)~

Sandi said...

I am over the moon happy for you Tracie!!! I can't wait to see your photos in print either. Be sure and let us know when they are. Jeanne de Arc?? Yes, Fifi is too cute and love her clothes!!

kathee said...

Tracie...OMG! all is so beautiful! thank you for sharing this day with all of us. I know the feeling! I too adore them both! I can hardly wait to see the final pictures. Your gardens and porch are so beautiful!!! xoxokathee

Ivy and Elephants said...

You are living all of our dreams! Fifi is amazing, so know how amazing you are to have her honor your lovely maison! Love your blog. Congratulations, you inspire us!

Susan said...

So wonderful to hear all about your dream come true Tracie! I can feel the excitement in your blog 'voice'. It is so fun to read about Fifi's visits, and the beautiful homes she & Mark capture. Looking forward to your lovely home's feature,

White Ironstone Cottage said...

Love Mark he is so talented and fun Congrats looking forward to seeing all the pics

kerrie of sea cottage said...

and I am bubbling all over with happiness for you! Fifi is so so darling. Zeke steals my heart. ox

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tracie,

How wonderful that you have had a dream come true and I am so happy for you. The photos they have captured around your home and garden are beautiful. I bought Fifi's book, Romantic Prairie style, it is gorgeous.

Happy weekend

DEB said...

Soooo happy for you sweet Tracie!! The pics of Ms. FiFi & Mr. Mark in your lovely home are wonderful:) Such happy memories for you!! Dreams do come true!!!
Zeke melts my heart also...sweet baby..he is smiling at Fifi:)
Thank you again sweets..
Deb:) xoxox

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Tracie, Congratulations on having that photo shoot! It's wonderful that your dream came true. I'm sure the pictures that were taken are gorgeous and you'll be very proud and excited when you see them in the magazine.
All your pets are so cute!
Have a great weekend!

Bohemian said...

Well you have such an amazing Home that the Fabulous Fifi had plenty to showcase, I'm SO happy for you and I'm sure it was an amazing time!

Dawn... The Bohemian

Claudia said...

Dear friend, I'm so happy for you. Your dream came true! Love the photo of Zeke and Fifi.


About Vintage French Hen said...

Well! No wonder Fifi wanted to photograph your home Tracie...It is so gorgeous! I love love love all the pics you just shared and Zeke looks like an angel, the one of he and Fifi is precious! Meeting you was like seeing an old friend that I hadn't seen in a while, you are such a nice person and it was a pleasure to finally meet you! Can't wait to see the layout in one of Fifi's fabulous publications:) your friend from Turlock...Marcia

laura said...

Hi Tracie...what a special Fifi & Mark together!!! What can be better then two of the nicest & talanted ladies hanging out together. Your pictures are precious. Your home is's all a dream..I think I will go back for more.... xo Laura

Ido said...

Oh my gosh! How exciting, congratulations! can't wait to see Fifi's next book to see your home there!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Faded Charm said...

Congratulations Tracie! Everything looks beautiful so far ...can't wait to see it in a magaine:-)

also love all your photos of Zeke. He's so sweet!


maria cecilia said...

Hola Tracie, I´ve been a silent admirer of your home and garden and I´m truely happy that Fifi and Mark are fulfilling your dream, you deserve it dear!!!!
hugs from Chile

Mar said...

Tracie, my heart soars for you too!You are such a dear soul and deserve every bit of joy and wonder that comes your way. I love your pictures and narrative...they capture the essence of this "dream come true" visit. Thank you so much for sharing and making us, who are so far away, feel like part of this special time.xxoo

Burlap Luxe said...

Ooooh Tracie, dreams do come true :)

Your home is a priceless gem!

A beautiful place to dream!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

How exciting Tracie!! What an experience, so cool!! Great behind the scenes pics, thanks for showing so many of lovely Fifi!!

Cottage Rose said...

Tracie, How exciting for you,,, to the lovely Fifi,, at you home... and Mark to take fabulous photos,,,, what sweet memories you have.... you truly have a beautiful home, and garden...


A Cottage Muse said...

Zeke is just so sweet! What an exciting time for you and your happy for you! Can't wait to see your beautiful home and gardens in print!

Simply Me said...

Who doesn't love fifi!!!!! Omg how special are you to have fifi to your lovely home !!!!

Heaven's Walk said...

How utterly exciting for you, Tracie! I can't even imagine what you were feeling all day long!!! lol! Congrats on that photo shoot! Where can we look for it??? :)

xoxo laurie

milka said...

Howdy Tracie. Oh my your garden is a wonderland! Love every corner of your garden, adore it so much!

atelier de campagne said...

Hi Tracie! For some reason I thought I was already following your blog and thought you hadn't posted or I don't know what happened. How great to have had Fifi in your place. She just seems awesome!

Rachel Noelle said...

Im so happy for you!!! I cant wait to see your beautiful maison in print!! xoxo Rachel

French Farmhouse 425

Amber said...

Dreams do come true if you believe! Congratulations and your home is gorgeous! Can't wait to see it in print!

Debra said...

How exciting!! Everything looks lovely. Love how your pup wants to be in the action. :)

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

What a lovely gift to have Fifi & Mark in your home. I bet it was a magical day!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Oh Tracie this is so exciting! I know you are on cloud nine!! This had to be such an incredible experience for you. I can only imagine.

The photos you have of Fifi are wonderful... My fav is the one of Fifi in your backyard by the arbor.

Blessings to you Tracie!
hugs, sherry

Kathy said...

How exciting! I know it was fun because it has been fun for all of us. I just love your out building or is it a potting shed, studio or was it the back to your house.
It looks like a great place to relax in. Thanks for sharing. Kathy

perlange said...

i 'm discovering your blog today ;it's so beautifull and congratulations
dorothée (france)

Lilla Blanka said...

Hi sweetest Tracie,

Oh it sounds like fun to have Fifi and Mark at home doing a photo shot!
I´m sure it will be fabulous ♥

Your backyard is wonderful, I really like it!!!


Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Congratulations Tracie. I can't wait to see your beautiful home published!
Have a lovely night.

Roberta said...

Oh Tracie! I should have known that a stop at the Petite Maison was on Fifi's agenda! It all looks sooo pretty and I'm so happy for you. So glad the weather was nice for you and the coconut macaroons...where did you ever find those?? Can't wait to see your feature!

Siobhan said...

Hey beautiful, I just love your home and can not wait to see more of it. <3

Barbara Jean said...

I would Love to win a copy of that fab magazine!!

I am a follower and love it here!

barbara jean

Barbara Jean said...

I 'liked' your FB page.

barbara jean

Linda Carole Bloom said...

I'm visiting late, but I liked the post with Fifi. Most of all I loved the photo of her with Zeke. I love Zeke! What a Good Boy!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How fabulous! What a wonderful visit and lovely photos! ♥