Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Interview with Fifi O'Neill & A Winner of The Romantic Prairie Cookbook

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend.
When I asked Fifi O'Neill if I could do an interview with 
her about her new Romantic Prairie Magazine due out any day now.
I was honored of course when she said yes. I really thought about the
questions I wanted to ask, things I was curious about, things I thought
my reader's would be curious about. Without further ado...

What date is it suppose to launch? 
Sometime late April.

What inspired you to create RP magazine?
That came as the result of the success of my book, Romantic Prairie Style.

Do you have a specific style?
Yes. The best way to describe it is: Simple, uncontrived, evocative, wholesome, harmonious.

How did you come up with the title?
I named the magazine after my first book (Romantic Prairie Style). It was a logical idea 

Is there a message in your RP that you want readers to grasp?
Be true to yourself! Don't let trends influence you. Don't let anyone tell you "it can't be done". Express yourself in ways that please YOU.

What magazines have most influenced your life?
European magazines

What are your current projects?.
Book #3 and  2 other new magazines in the works.

Do you recall how your interest in the RP originated?
The idea for Romantic Prairie Style came to me while I was thinking of the decorating elements that most appeal to me: the softer side of rugged, lack of pretension, imaginative and ingenious ways of creating a cozy interior with the timeless charms of simple, inexpensive furnishings. I began to research the origin of what is known as "country style" and that lead me to the homespun interiors, handmade items and European influences that characterized the homes of the early pioneers who settled in the American (and Canadian) prairies 

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I am always planning ahead: finding new locations, scheduling shoots, looking for interesting props, writing, editing, styling, not just for Romantic Prairie but for other magazines as well and also the next book.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in creating a RP?
The most challenging part is to decide which homes to feature in each issue.

Do you have to travel much for your RP?
Yes, that's an ongoing thing. But it could be a lot worse!

Who designed the covers?
Covers are a collaborative effort between myself and the art director who comes up with the fonts and positions of the cover lines.

What was the hardest part of creating RP?
Figuring out the contents as there are so many options, which is a nice problem to have.

Do you have many contributors?
No, not many. I work only with a handful of select professional photographers and writers because they understand the nature of print publications and know how important great images and accurate writing are. They also know how crucial deadlines are.

Thank you Fifi for you time and for
your love of Romantic Prairie.

Below is a sneak peek of the beautiful inspiration that
is to come.

Now for the Winner of 
Jami from Freckled Laundry

Please email me your information
Have a wonderful day.

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  1. Congrats to Jamie! Love the header btw! Enjoy your day!

  2. Great interview, Lu! Thank you for bringing this to all of us. There's no one like Fifi O'Neill in my book, she's just the best of style and heart.
    xoxo~From here, Tracie

  3. Loved the interview Lulu!!~ I can't wait for Fifi's magazine to hit.
    Congratulations to sweet Jami!!
    Hope you had a lovely Easter Lulu and have a beautiful week!

  4. What a great interview! Fun to know what makes others tick!
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. I looked at a couple of post and only one word comes to mind when viewing your work and accomplishments.....WOW! I plan on returning everyday.

  6. congrats to Jami

    I really want to see this magazine and haven't even gotten her book yet


  7. Great interview...so looking forward to the magazine!
    Congrats Jami!!

  8. Great interview! So good!
    Take care now and best wishes,

  9. Everyone loves Fifi's sense of style. The photographs are gorgeous! I smiled when I read she was working on the next book ;-)

  10. Great indeed...I do hope I can find it here in Canada...can not wait!!! Hope your well my sweet friend...x0x0

  11. Hi ~ Loved the message "be true to yourself"