Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Talented Fifi O' Neill


Have you seen these photographs before?
These are photographs of Fifi O' Neill's fisherman's cottage, shot by photographer, Deborah Whitlaw Lewellyn, for the Coastal Living Magazine.
These photographs were recently bought by a German Country Living Magazine, who just recently featured this article about Fifi's home in their magazine!

I remember when I first saw these pictures in
Coastal Living, I loved everything about Fifi's relaxed and yet still very elegant style,
I saved this article and used it for inspiration for decorating my own home.


I can't tell you how many times I have looked at these photos over the past couple of years.


I am so inspired by her style!


I would love to have a kitchen (and Fifi's entire fisherman's cottage) just like hers.


Here are a few more lovely photographs of Fifi's home









Fifi is writing a new book, it is due out in the spring of 2011!
I also wanted to tell you some exciting news.. Fifi is coming to shoot my home toward the end of July, it could possibly be featured in her new book!

I am very honored, excited and VERY NERVOUS...

Thank you Jennifer, for recommending my little home to Fifi!

Let's just say there is a lot that has to get done around here before this talented lady shows up at my front door!


Thank you Fifi!


68 comments:

vosges paris said...

Hello ;)
I am following fifi's blog for some years now and am very proud to be in her blog list, She has a really divine style and I always thought you would love her style... or maybe I reconised something I knew from her in your house.

Aww sweetie I am really pleased for you she will be coming for a photo shoot to your place, you will fit her mahazine very well... if she comes , say hello to her from a far away friend.
hugs desiree

Kullerbü said...

Hello!
I am from Germany (Hamburg) and bought the Magazine 1-2 weeks ago. I enjoyed also the house of Fifi!!
Such nice colours... so beautiful... a little dream comes true!
Have a nice day and many greatings from (now) warm and sunny Hamburg!
Ann

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I always enjoy some extra motivation to finish projects, or clean extra special. Boy oh boy, do you have motivation now. Congratulations, on being chosen for a photo shoot at your home.
Have fun.

cityfarmer said...

calm the jitters dear friend ... it is so much fun and she and Mark will put you at such ease ... stop over, please and read the re-cap ...

I wouldn't had had to do half of what I did ... the camera has a way of making everything look perfect!

your home is lovely

Simply Mel said...

Big congratulations to you ~ Fifi always recognizes the best of the best!

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

I was just going to suggest before you spilled the news at the end of the post, that Fifi ought to come shoot YOUR home!

How exciting! But not at all unexpected. Congrats!!!!!

Love ya,
Anne

My Yellow House said...

Hi! Fifi's blog was the very first one I ever found and needless to say, I found myself over the moon envious of her cottage. I could look at her home everyday - that's what inspired me to lighten up my home...getting there.
You should be very proud - your home is just as lovely...bright, pretty and full of character.

btw-I reread your older posts and found the paint colors! :)
And, I rearranged my mantle inspired by yours and all your jars. Nothing like being a copycat! :)
Have a wonderful day ~
Sarah

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Love Fifi's style and the photos. You must be so excited to be in her book!!!!!Congratulations, I can't wait to get it in the Spring:)
~Debra
Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

That's great news, Maria. Congratulations! Fifi definitely has a style all her own and one I dream of often too. That Coastal Living magazine shoot of her home has a permanent place in my home and I love to flip to it for those dreamy colors each summer. Have fun getting ready for her visit!

Jenny Hillman said...

Oh, so pretty! That chippy table, with the white chair and pink chandelier shades....oh, my goodness!
Also, I am swooning over the mix of grays with the different layers of cream and white, black and pink...So very lovely.
And congratulations! You must be so excited!!
Good luck,
Jenny

Shannon said...

How exciting, Congratulations! I'm bummed I don't remember ever seeing that Coastal Living issue, must have been one of the months I wasn't a subscriber :(
I'm looking forward to her book, I hear she just visited French Larkspur's home as well. Can't wait to see what she does with your homes!

Prencie said...

OH MY GOSH!!! How exciting!!!=) I was just wondering (last night) if you had been featured in a magazine yet!! Of course Fifi wants to shoot pics of your house!! It's fabulous! I think it's funny that you admire her style so much and then I sit back and admire your style and Fifi's...I think all of us women tend to inspire one another! I love that about the blog world!! A world I didn't know existed until a couple of months ago:) Can't wait to see what happens!!!

It's me said...

How fab !!!! you are famous now.....i folow fifi...great !!! can't wait what she make of your home....happy summmer days darling......so nice post !!! love Ria....

Elyse said...

hi maria,

fifi and dan were at my home last month and let me tell you that they are fun, friendly and so down-to-earth. i am still amazed that they were actually here, even had lunch with me at my local panera -- surreal! fifi is wonderfully gracious and generous. it will be a day to remember!

xo
elyse

Elyse said...

ps

thrilled for you! your home is an inspiration!

xo
elyse

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

It must be exciting and scarey all at the same time, Congrats!!

Sarah said...

Hey Maria,
I too love looking back over photos for inspiration...& Fifi's are always exceptional.
But I have to tell you, your blog is one I love to visit often & have found my own type of 'style' changing & evolving because of the sort of inspiration that you offer here.
Have a fabulous week!
S x

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Oh maria!!!! I am so happy for you, I wish you could see my great big smile for you!! Your home is gorgeous and it would fit perfectly into any one of her gorgeous books!!!!!

Hugs to you!
Kristin

layers of memory said...

Maria
you are very deserving of such an honour as having your home featured in a magazine....you will inspire so many people.....
I have probably written this for you before but just to remind you.....

Each person has a tremendous impact not only those with whom he or she comes into contact, but on everyone with whom those people come into contact.
Even the smallest of actions are far reaching, ripples travel the world.....

Pamela said...

I love Fifi!!

Petie said...

You and your style of decorating deserve to be in somebody's book. You are in a class by yourself and I am not afraid to say, that I like your style over Fifi's. You remind me of Rachel Ashwell's shabby chic. Lot's of people try to pull off her look, but there is something about the way she styles. It can't be duplicated, as well as she does it and that is what you do. There is something special about your styling. My new favorite phrase is, "Own it", and I think that is exactly what you should do. So excited for you. You deserve it.
Hugs,
Petie

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

Maria, your home is SO gorgeous... I adore your sense of style and enjoy following your blog so much. I am so excited for you that Fifi will be coming... I can imagine how you would be nervous but from what everyone always says of her I bet she will put you right at ease! I cannot wait to see that beautiful home of yours in print! Congratulations!

xoxo Heather

Tracey said...

Maria, you're not a maybe...she IS coming to your home and you WILL be in the book!!! Bet you get the cover too :) You already know that I am beyond thrilled that we get to share in this incredible experience together...now who do we have to bribe to put us "side by side" in the book? :) :)

You are so very talented my good friend!!!

Hugs ~

:) T

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Maria!!!! I am doing a happy dance for you right now. I am so exicited for you and FiFi will be one blessed lady to have your home featured in her book. I adore FiFi and love her style too. What an honor sweet friend....((hugs and cheers for you)) and FiFi too :)
Susie~

Lissa said...

congratulations Maria. Fifi's blog was one of the first I ever read~ before I ever started blogging. Enjoy getting everything ready. I'm not surprised you're included. :)

teresa sheeley said...

Fifi is a true treasure! And so much fun to work with. Have a wonderful time with her. :)

Smiles,
Teresa

hometown girl said...

how fantastic Maria! congratulations my friend well deserved! have a super week! susan

Cindy said...

OH! How exciting to know that your house might be in Fifi's new book! Her book is going to be so amazing, I can't wait for it to come out.
Your house is worthy, don't you worry!
Hugs, Cindy S

TheVirginiaHouse said...

Wow That is awesome news! I know your home will fit right in. Can't wait to see it!

Rie said...

Oh my goodness Maria!! That is so exciting. I just knew we'd see your house in a book one day!! And what a fabulous book to be in! Can't wait to get my hands on it.

Olive Cooper said...

Awesome, don't worry or over clean for goodness sake. It will be wonderful! I am thrilled for you Maria. ~olive~

http://spindlecottage.blogspot.com/ said...

How cool is that!? congrats on getting to meet her!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Congratulations... I'm sure it will be wonderful and a delight to our senses... Fifi's cottage is absolutely delicious.... I so long for a simple cottage by the sea... something of one's own to decorate and create...

have a lovely week xxx Julie

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Maria, it will be beyond FUN! Trust me, Fifi is a doll. You will love her, and she you. xoxo Lidy

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Maria, you are SOOOOO talented that you need to be featured in a book for all to see. Your home is gorgeous!!! And I know you are beyond excited! Please keep us posted on the details along the way. Enjoyed hearing Michel Buble while I was visiting your blog. Guess what? My daughter and I are going to see him July 9th. I can't wait!!! Love & blessings from NC!

Robyn said...

MARIA!!! I'm am SO HAPPY and EXCITED for you, what WONDERFUL NEWS! I KNOW your delightful and LOVELY home will make it into the book,how could such FABULOUSNESS not? ;-) THANK you for sharing Fifi, I'll be looking for the book!

DustyLu said...

YAY! You so derserve it! I am so happy for you and can't wait to see it! Have a wonderful week! ~lulu

Carrie said...

Congratulations Maria on your upcoming photo shoot. I knew it would only be a matter of time before someone wanted your home in their book or magazine, you are truly talented. Take care, Carrie :)

Tinka said...

I bought this magazine because of this article!!
Best wishes
Tinka from Germany

Valloittava valkoinen said...

Looks so great! And oh even more wonderful news to hear that your home would be in her book!
I must go and see her blog now;)

Hugs
Anu

Geisslein said...

I really need to redecorate my house...these pictures are very inspiring for me! have a lovely day today! Greetings from sunny germany, geisslein

Razmataz said...

I knew it wouldn't be long before a magazine or book featured your beautiful home Maria. Congratulations.

Alison said...

Oh how exciting. What fun it will be to have Fifi come to your home
Alison

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Wish I had that copy of Coastal Living - they don't call her "Fabulous Fifi" for nothing! Congrats to you, Maria, for having your house on the "to photograph" list for Fifis' book. I really can't wait to see it!

A Cottage Muse said...

Congrats Maria!! Fifi has been on my inspiration list for a while, just love her! I am happy to say that you are on my list too!!

Catherine said...

WOW! Congratulations! I am so happy for you! Your home is so perfect for any book! I would love to have your home pictures in a book on my coffee table :)

Fifis home pictures are beautiful - I'm really in love with the outside one tho! Gorgeous!

xx

Zaira said...

What can I say more than I already did???? I'm so happy for you I really can't wait to see your home in the book!! Fifi chose the very best and you must be proud and can flatter yourself a little bit!! you deserve all my friend!! xxx

Mara said...

Hi Maria! how exciting!!!!! You have always looked at her for inspiration and now she is coming to your house for a shoting! That's amazing!!! But be confident, your home is stunning!!

Hugs!
Mara

Cottage Dreamers said...

How exciting is that?! I love Fifi's style and I hope all goes well! (I'm sure it will, your house is amazing!)
☺ Celeste

Simone said...

Her home is GORGEOUS....I could totally live with every single bit of it LOL!!!

How exciting for you that she may be featuring you....fantastic!!! Well done you :)

lara at beachychic said...

That is such exciting news Maria! Your beautiful home deserves that spotlight! Thank you for sharing that Fifi article.. it's very inspiring! Have a lovely day.

FEDERICA said...

Oh darling that's incredible! Wow! Congratulations! I already know this amazing news but I am still soooo happy and excited for you! You rock girl!
Kisses and hugs!

Gracefully Vintage said...

I agree, those pics are amzing- I could stare at them over and over again too.. Love that rustic table- love the mix matching of styles.. Your home is amzing..Im sure ive mentioned this- but for blogging world- we are pretty close in proximty.(my hubby has been working in the South Bay (driving back and forth) but usually Berkley or that area.. Great Post
Karryann Love Your Blog- YOur Inspiring..

LuLu said...

There are not enough discriptive words to say how lovely all the images are. Your home is going to be fantastic in her new book I can't wait to preorder a copy.... seriously going to be inspiring to all of us!
xo,
LuLu

Desert Dreaming said...

Congratulations on the photo shoot of your beautiful home...you should be extremely proud. Love your blog, very motivational. Good luck!

Slices of Beauty... said...

Congrats!
Lovely blog, love the sweet pic of your kids.

The Old Painted Cottage said...

You are so very welcome, Maria. And so very deserving as well!

oxox
Jennifer

Raised In Cotton~Carol said...

Oh Maria looking forward to seeing all the beautiful homes in Fifi's book~my goodness she will be at my farmhouse in 9 short days!

Blessings,
Carol

The Homesteading Apartment said...

Recently became a new follower and so glad I found your blog (: I look forward to coming back for future posts!

These photos feel like home! A beautiful collection of loved pieces lovingly put together to encourage hospitality and comfort. I love it when people use items they cherish to decorate a space instead of just going for a particular look. When we decorate our spaces with things we love, it reflects our own spirit and naturally puts others at ease. Your blog feels much the same way (:

Michele
XOXO

jen said...

Hi Maria! Thanks for stopping by!
And no I haven't received by
tablecloth yet! Ughh!
Congrats on the shoot! How exciting that must be..You totally
deserve it..your home is gorgeous!

La Dolfina said...

This is wonderful news Maria, I'm so happy for you :)
It will be fascinating for you as a photographer to watch it all happen in your own home. Enjoy. It's going to be a wonderful book with you and so many other fabulous bloggers taking part!!

cityfarmer said...

back for another "fix" ...

peek in, you're gonna love this

City.Cottage store said...

See I told you I see your home in a book! Congrats, so exciting!
Jenny

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Hi Maria! I've been without the internet for a couple of days, so just found out about your wonderful news...congratulations!!!
It's so well deserved!! :)
I can't wait to see her book when it comes out!
Hugs ~ Jo

Heaven's Walk said...

Maria - I am SO excited for you! You must be thrilled! I knew it would happen sooner or later. You have worked magic in your beautiful home and continue to be such a huge inspiration to all us gals out here in blogland. Now you can inspire more of us in a new way! Congrats, Maria - and have a good time with it all!

Now I've got to go check out Fifi's blog..... :)

Hugs ~ laurie@heavenswalk

sandra said...

So well deserved. The photos of your home are always so inspiring.

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I've worked with Fifi before, she is delightful! I've only spoken to her on the phone, though, I hope to meet her when she is shooting my friend's house for the book too.

Congrats on being featured, I think it will be a beautiful book!

Karla

Malou said...

Dreamy Whites ~ YOUR HOUSE is so beautiful... gracious, elegant, fresh and humble
It was time for you to step out in the limelight
Inspiring home!