Chez Fifi (Meeting Fifi O’Neil!)

Jun 26, 2010 | Parisienne Farmhouse Design, Parisienne Farmhouse Design (TM) | 31 comments

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


  1. Joannah

    What a wonderful opportunity! 🙂

  2. fairmaiden

    You are a lucky girl! I look forward to seeing your home in the book!!!

  3. Anne Marie

    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’

  4. Shawna

    how fabulous are you!?!?!? Congratulations!!! What an exciting time and such an honour!

  5. Deanna

    How neat! What a great experience to have.

  6. Alison

    Oh how exciting. Fifi is one sweet lady.

  7. Stephanie

    This is wonderful news! Congratulations. I’ve always thought your house should be photographed and in a book. It really is beautiful.

  8. Tracie~MyPetiteMaison

    Oh Angela,
    I’m so happy for you and you know I think the world of Fifi! Looking forward to seeing your feature in RC, now please pass the macarons 😉

  9. tina

    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 !

  10. myletterstoemily

    congratulations, sweet girl! you
    certainly deserve to be in the most
    fabulous magazines.

    i cannot imagine how you have the
    energy to create all that beauty and
    delicious treats.

  11. Lorilee

    Congratulations! What an honor!

  12. Tracey

    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

  13. Cottage Remnant

    How ABSOLUTELY Exciting for you…. Yeah!!!!! What a blessing, I can tell people that “hey I know that Girl” (well at least through blogging) Yeahhhh~~~ :0)

  14. Julie

    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!

  15. High Heeled Life

    What an amazing experience for you!!! Congrats!! HHL

  16. June

    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.

  17. Shelia

    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 😉

  18. Dreamy Whites

    Dear Angela,
    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!!!

  19. Pamela

    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.

  20. BonjourRomance

    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,

  21. cityfarmer

    we’ve been flying below the same fifi radar …
    the place looks great darling

    glad to share in this sublime experience

  22. Mary Ann

    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

  23. Rebecca

    What a wonderful thing to happen to all of you, congratulations! How fun was that!
    Can’t wait to see it in print!
    Many Blessings


    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

  25. Pam

    So excited for you! What an honor! Can’t wait to see your feature in her book!

  26. Mrs. B.

    Angela!!! Oh Oh Oh my gosh! I love Fifi. 🙂
    Congrats on being honored in such a fun way. I’m BUYING that book.

  27. Annie

    What fun. I cannot wait to buy Fifi’s book!

  28. Laura Ingalls Gunn

    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.

  29. Anne - Fiona and Twig

    How thrilling!
    And you totally deserve it.
    Looking forward to this amazing book!


  30. The Norwegian

    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.

  31. Cheyenne

    That is so neat! What a neat memory to haves


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