FIFI ... FACE TO FACE ... THE INTERVIEW

good morning fifi fans ...


allow me to unpack this post
from the very beginning ... 


... going back way back to the original "scout"
Kim at Daisy Cottage read my kitchen makeover post called "Move that Bus"
(January 2009) ... emailed me and asked for pictures




is she not beautiful?
Her charming writing abilities can be found in "Romantic Country"..if you put two and two together it equals the fact that her and miss FIFI know each other.
Kim asked for a disc of pictures, promising to send it on to editors. One never knows and she begged me not to get my hopes too high.
well that was then and this is NOW ... a year and a half later.
so settle in ... grab a wicker rocker, refill your coffee ...meet me on the porch ...
oh, and one last thing ...
conjur up in your mind
Fifi's adorable, authentic Parisian accent ...






ON MY PORCH WITH FIFI ... FACE TO FACE







cityfarmer ..."what was the inspiration for your new book?"


Fifi
"I wanted a more simple, back to basics ...
I have a great love of nature and solitude
and a passion for the rural life  ... genteel 
living ... I adore the slower pace of the country."



cityfarmer ..."Has your heart always throbbed with the country farm-y life?"




Fifi ...
"I used to be alot more frou frou ...
but I've always loved the country ... actually my inspiration is "Little House on the Prairie"





cityfarmer ... "How did you train your eye for your keen sense of style and design?"



Fifi ... "It come to me as instinct.
The more you style the better you get.
You find what really works for you."





cityfarmer ... "Do you style your own home?
and how often?"





Fifi ... "I go in phases. I'm sure you'll relate to this.You put some flowers in a vase and without realizing it you're changing the entire room around."





cityfarmer ..."are you a collector? Where are your favorite shopping spots?"


Fifi ... " yes yes yes ... my favorite spots are
Sarasota Architectural Salvage and Sarasota Trading Company.
Right now I'm looking for a kitchen island with a zinc top!"



cityfarmer ... "on a rainy night in Florida with no agenda, Fifi does what?"

Fifi ..." I work"







cityfarmer ... "Many of us have been doing this for a really long time. What would say to someone just starting to fill their home and collect?
It's frustrating when you want it all right away"



Fifi ... "for sure take your time ... experiment ...
work with shops that will allow you to take something home and try it.
Buy only what you love.
BUT, do buy it when you see it"






cityfarmer ..."as you've stepped in to our homes to style and design for the book, you've given us the confidence and applause that you "get" what we're doing ...
But what do you take away from this whole experience?
How have these last few days changed you?"


Fifi ... "I gain alot of experience.
I make wonderful new friends.
New ideas come to me as I step in to each home. I see new things through the lens of the camera.
The learning process is so exciting. It goes way beond what people have ... it's what they do with what they have.
I adore traveling and experiencing how   
people live ..."




Fifi ... may I just say to you ..."I feel like I've known you my entire life.
I consider you and me to now be lifelong friends.
Thank you for your enthusiastic endorsement
of farmhouse flair

To quote Don ... " this is the inside of my head"
I love you ...

33 comments:

Mrs. G said...

What a treat....thanks for sharing Fifi with us.

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

That was a fabulous interview! Great questions. Thank you so much for sharing:)
~Debra
Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

My Yellow House said...

I can only imagine how excited you must have been...but you have a beautiful home so no wonder they wanted you! :) I even took off my kitchen cabinets because of your kitchen redo!
Congrats and I cannot wait till the book comes out.
Enjoy your day!
Sarah xo

Maria said...

Good Morning!
I have had you in my sidebar for the longest time!
{found you at FarmGirlCyn's}
I usually don't get around to reading blogs until late at night...
BUT...
now that school is out...
I can enjoy it all in the morning with my second cup!
I visited you kitchen re-do... it is BEAUTIFUL! I love what you did ... the color scheme is wonderful {I smiled when I read that you carried BM's Eiffel Tower card in your wallet for 2 yrs! ---so many of us can relate}

Congrats on the book and the interview! How exciting!
Wishing you sunny summer days!
~Maria

Maria said...

ps. I love Fifi's comment "You put some flowers in a vase and without realizing it you're changing the entire room around."
... so very true! It must be because flowers are a divine inspiration!

Daisy Cottage said...

YOU are beautiful!

But thank you ~ I'm blushing but really what I'm doing is BEAMING because I am SO happy for you... thrilled for you and your lovely home, thrilled that you had precious moments with Fifi-Girl and thrilled that you are here on this earth.

Bravo kid.


xo,
Kim

Alison said...

Fifi sure is an amazing lady. Love the interview.
Alison

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

First it's Lu with Rachel Ashwell, now it's you and Fifi! These are thrilling times, aren't they? :-)

Enjoy the ride!

XO,
Anne

Debra@Common Ground said...

Great interview with Fifi, I would be able to listen to her all day!
This truly must be an experience for a lifetime. I'm so excited for this book to come out, loved hearing how it came about. And congrats dear Joy to be able to be a part of it!
xo,
Debra

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

How so very cool to be there chatting with the wonderful Fifi and to get to know each other. Totally awesome!!

Becky

Blondie's Journal said...

Fabulous interview, Joy. You asked all the right questions!

xoxo
Jane

Tamra said...

How exciting!! A photo shoot with Fifi!!

Way to go girlie. I can't wait to see this in print!

Dreamy Whites said...

JOy,
I LOVED reading your interview. You asked such great questions. I feel like I know so much more about the lovely Fifi. THis was so much fun to read.
Very inspiring!!
I hope you are having a great day!
I am so excited to see your home in Fifi's new book!
Take Care,
Maria : )))

One Shabby Old House said...

Hi Joy,
I just want to tell you that I am so happy for you. The old saying is so true...Hard work does pay off and following you over the years I do know this to be true.
I love it when good things happen to good people and I also know this to be true as well.
So enjoy the spotlight because it is one that HE placed on you to shine for Him.
Hugs
Becky

Deb {Posted from} Home said...

Great interview!
Looking forward to FiFi's new book & seeing your beautiful home ♥

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Just a note to say Thanks for sharing your adventure with all of us.I enjoyed it so!

You just never know what may be just around corner for you.

I will be looking forward to FiFi's new Book.

~Cheers Kim

blondiensc said...

I loved that little chat you two had, getting to know someone how is so talented on a personal level is so exciting and she seems so down to earth and friendly...perfect combination!! thanks for the interview!

A Perfect Gray said...

a wonderful interview. yes, one second we are putting flowers in a vase, then we are changing the whole room around! so true.

and love your re-designed header with your photo added!

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi again joy,

I just am so thrilled for you. Being able to take in Fifi's passion and have her feature you as well....Wow! what else can I say then honored that you visit me, and that your featured in great company in Romantic country.
Savvy you are indeed!!!

I love the euro chic life and visiting you just adds to it.
xx
Dore

Privet and Holly said...

I can certainly see why Kim pulled you and Fifi together! I have loved your style since my first visit....which I think might have even been one of my first comments. I am not frou-frou, either; I love natural woods and the feeling of elegant country and rustic country all mashed together!!! You have been an inspiration to me in blogging from the very beginning, even though you write about decor and I write about life {although, they are intrinsically tied together, right?}. Maybe when I get my copy of Fifi's book I will run into you in Ilinois again and get it signed? Or perhaps Junk Bonanza? I wonder if you are coming for that.... Loads of love!! xx Suzanne

Olde Tyme Marketplace said...

Oh my gosh I just want to give you a big ole hug! That was super! You should interview more people! Great questions! I am super impressed and so happy for you!
((((((())))) (that was the hug!):)
Beth

Faith said...

So cool!!!

Doing ok, thanks :) Struggling, but surviving. I miss you too!!

Love you,

Faith

The Norwegian said...

Happy that Fifi got to experience you! I like to think about how nice it must be for editorial people to find out that those they may be featuring are THE REAL THING and that their homes provide true nourishment to body and soul and that THEY have been enhanced as a result of their encounter...with the gracious ones opening their homes to them.

The Norwegian said...

Happy that Fifi got to experience you! I like to think about how nice it must be for editorial people to find out that those they may be featuring are THE REAL THING and that their homes provide true nourishment to body and soul and that THEY have been enhanced as a result of their encounter...with the gracious ones opening their homes to them.

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Enjoyed the interview and look forward to the book! Thanks for giving us a peek into your photo shoot and sharing a bit of the experience...
:)

La Dolfina said...

Great questions Joy... as only you could ask them!!!
You both are adorable and obviously had a great time. I'm so looking forward to the book and seeing your house in it!!!!
xo

~Carrie from Cottage Cozy~ said...

How fun! I am going to take a re-look at your re-do!

Gypsy Brocante said...

Loved the interview ... well done! {I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall that day, make that a butterfly ~ more appealing!}... and congratulations!! Can't wait to see/read the new book!

xo
Jill

ps. your porch is a dream ; )

Tracey said...

Hi Joy! GREAT interview!!! Miss Fifi really is fabulous, isn't she??!! So fun to read your chat with her :) Wish she could come back again, ha!

Enjoy your weekend ~

:) T

p.s. did you get your pictures from Fifi?? I got mine...I LOVE them!

parisapartment said...

Hi Joy,
Great interview! I had the pleasure of meeting Fifi last year and she's a wonderful force of nature, much like yourself. Now if I can just meet you, my life will be complete! Well, after I see the book, that is! Hope we really do meet this summer!
xc

Lissa said...

how fun and lucky for you to interview fifi! that must've been such a dreamy experience! You're place looked more than amazing for the shoot! LOVE what you did with the front porch! LOVE!!! You are so stinkin talented lady!

Lissa said...

how fun and lucky for you to interview fifi! that must've been such a dreamy experience! You're place looked more than amazing for the shoot! LOVE what you did with the front porch! LOVE!!! You are so stinkin talented lady!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I am not sure how I missed this post as I love all things Fifi. I have bought her book in advance. Maybe you can sign your page? :)

Had to laugh at how she was inspired by Little House on the Prairie. I have been blessed to hear the family stories and travel to all but one of the museum sites and may I say, I don't think anyone today would want to live the real deal. :)