Chez Fifi (Meeting Fifi O’Neil!)

It’s with a sigh a relief that I will reveal our guests yesterday…
I was so honored to have Fifi O’Neil and her killer photographer Mark here for a photo shoot! Fifi, as many know, is the editor of Romantic Country magazine and she is writing her first book due our next Spring. Turns out (thanks to the referral from Momma) that the Parisienne Farmhouse made the cut and will be one of the homes featured!
How do you say GIDDY au français…
 
I guess I should have asked Fifi as she is a true Parisienne.
 
 
 
I had a bet with Mom that I would be able to tell if she was from Paris or not… I am not so good with the other regions from France but I can pick a Parisian… especially a Parisienne* accent out a country mile away!
We re-arranged, shot and gabbed all day long and it made all the hard work the last couple weeks TOTALLY worth it! (Just think of what you would do if someone said they were coming to shoot your house… after you got done freaking out of course!)
I was up a 4:09 a.m. baking cinnamon rolls, quiche, macarons… all for the shoot and to feed those two hard workers! Fifi is a riot and Mark is a hoot and a basket full of knowledge for a wanna-be photographer like myself. (Let me say, “so sorry” now for my terrible photographs of the day, there was no time to even think and I had to be careful not to shoot what they were shooting… cause then why would you buy the book… non?)
It was so amazing to see what someone else would do with your things and dare I say even more fun when she was pretty satisfied with what I had done already. The dining room, kitchen and potager will be featured.
After a long day of juggling children, nap schedules and keeping Fifi and Mark fully caffinated a baby sitter showed up and we went into town for a lovely meal and a toast to her new book. It was really a great experience. So fun and very educational.
Hmmm, how to hide her darling neighbors HIDEOUS white trellis????
 
And now, I am going to relax, pull weeds, sip wine,
 praise the Lord and enjoy the rest of my summer!!!!
I’m working on a giveaway!
 Stay tuned!

Four fab homes on Fifi’s Illinois tour…
You’ve seen this one now check out
Savvy City Farmer
Nada Farm Life

French Larkspur

31 thoughts on “Chez Fifi (Meeting Fifi O’Neil!)”

  1. looking SO forward to seeing your photographs, and being a part of this experience with you Ange-

    the kitchen looks awesome – and the cabbage is rockin’

  2. wozers! whatta day ya’ll had!
    it’s so sweet of you to let us have a peek at the goin’s on…let us know when the book is coming out 🙂
    Go put your feet up and enjoy your beautiful life !

  3. Hi Angela! Sounds like you had a blast with your photo shoot as well!! Mark and Fifi are just so fabulous and I feel so blessed to have had the wonderful expereience of having them in my home. Your home and garden are looking amazing!!! A big congrats to you on being in the book! We all need to get together and chat about our experiences 🙂 I just sent your mom an email a little while ago…

    Hugs ~

    🙂 T

  4. How wonderful! I was just thinking when I read your design post on Tuesday, that pictures of your house belong in the pages of a book or magazine. Congratulations!

  5. I am so excited for you and will be anxious for the book to come out and see it all for myself.
    Your house is so lovely! I bet they were thrilled.
    hugst

  6. How marvelous to be featured in the upcoming magazine! I’ll be sure to buy one, I always do, and see your home! I know you must be thrilled but I’ll bet you are tired. I would have been a nervous wreck! 🙂
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  7. Dear Angela,
    Congratulations!!
    I am so excited for you… I can hardly wait to see your photographs in the book!!!
    I can’t wait to hear all about your visit with them!!!
    Hugs,
    Maria

  8. Congratulations! How wonderful and what an honour. This is my favourite magazine and i cannot wait for Fifi’s book!
    Look forward to seeing your home.
    Pamela

  9. Bonjour ANgela,
    I am so happy for you. What fabulous news. You work so hard on your home and gardens, now we can all have the pleasure having a peek. Fifi really is so kind and genuine, what a treat!
    Bon Dimanche,
    Mimi

  10. glad I stumbled upon your blog. congratulations for making it to Fifi’s book. looking forward to the release! hope you are having a wonderful Sunday afternoon. verbena cottage

  11. FABULOUS! WONDERFUL! You deserve this so very much, and I am so proud of you. I know what you have achieved and it’s freaking awesome.
    Congratulations. Definitely buying the book. xx’s

  12. I am SO buying this book! I can’t hardly wait. I had already seen Tracey from French Lakspur’s post but I will indeed check out the others and possibly meet a few new blogs to love and adore. 🙂

    Thank you so very much for your kind words and support.
    May your open door only reveal beautiful things.

  13. I am not surprised that your Frenchy rooms are ready to inspire others. Yes. All your efforts were worth it. I am an Anglophile yet have to say, your kitchen makes me happy. I checked out the book “Monet’s House” (library) knowing it would make me think of you. It did.

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