Wednesday, March 30, 2011

How Exciting! The Stylish Blogger Award

Maureen from Eclectic Revisited Blog paid me a very nice compliment yesterday - she awarded me the Stylish Blogger Award!  I am so excited and honored! Please check out her blog right away if you haven't already. She has been sooo helpful in supporting my blogging pursuits, in addition to writing a fantastic blog. 

Maureen, thank you so much!

To accept the award, I am supposed to reveal seven things about myself, so here goes...

1.  I have been living in Munich, Germany for the last four years.  On a clear day in Munich (which is often) we can see the Alps sweeping all the way across the southern horizon.  It still takes my breath away!
The Munich Skyline, showing a few of its most famous churches.
2.  I have a weakness for cookies from Verona, Italy and pastries from Lisbon, Portugal.  (As an aside:  we are driving to Tuscany in June and I have already planned a stop in Verona to stock up on my favorites - Romeo and Juliet cookies!  I'm excited!)

Baco di Romeo - the chocolate (Romeo) version of my faves

A variety of Portuguese Pastries
3.  I also have a weakness for Dr. Pepper, so don't think I am a complete food snob. :)


4.  I dropped out of college to work on Ski Patrol in Sun Valley, Idaho for a winter (it was actually my Dad's idea if you can believe it.  He thought it would be fun, and he was right!)  In case you're wondering...yes, I went back to school.  :)  I finished with a degree in IT and International Management.
This was my view every morning when I showed up for "work". 
Now that I look back on this, it's kind of amazing I went back to college!
5.  I am very proud to be an Oregonian, and now, a little bit Bavarian too.
Oregon's Willamette Valley where I grew up - the "New Napa".

The Bavaria Statue, which overlooks the Oktoberfest grounds.
6.  I have traveled to almost 40 countries for work and play in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and North America.  I feel incredibly fortunate to have experienced so many cultures.  It has really enhanced my love of design and heavily influenced my preferences. wanderlust continues!  Besides all the fun we are having in Europe, Cambodia is tops on my travel list right now.  How could a travel addict like me resist an adventure like this?!?!?

Angkor Wat near Siem Reap
7.  After 11 rewarding years working in high tech, I have happily been a full time Mom for the last seven years.  Now that my kids are getting a bit bigger, I am finally exploring my long running passion for interior design. I am so thankful to my husband for encouraging me to take this leap into blogging - it has been great so far! 

As part of this award, I also have the honor of identifying 10 bloggers that you may not know about already.  Here are my latest finds that I think are wonderful!  Hopefully this will provide some new discoveries for you.  Please stop by their blogs to take a look:

1. Velvet Moss
2. Driftwood Interiors
3. Design Elements
4. Urban Style Vibes*
5. My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
6. Uruguay White Life
7. The Lennox
8. Providence, Ltd.
9. Marcus Design
10. Desde my Ventana

Have a great day!


Anonymous said...

wow, you've really gotten around!! and I can't believe your dad encouraged you to take time off from school to work/ dad! learning all these things about you...glad you're blogging, too, otherwise, I may never have gotten to know you... :)
p.s., I love cookies too

desde my ventana said...

Hello Barbara,
I'm honored with this award. Thank you very much for thinking of me,



Mona Thompson said...

Barbara,I'm also honored that you would want to share this award with me. I have been enjoying your blog and loved learning all these new things about you. What an interesting life you have had! I'm sure you can attribute a large part of your success as a designer to all the personal inspiration you have to draw from. Have a great day. Mona

The enchanted home said... really deserve this reward. Love this becuase it allows us to learn a little something about the bloggers we so enjoy following. You really got around....40 countries, I have finally met someone whose been to way more countries than I have, I think I have been to 20..I am impressed. Your love of pastries and Dr. Pepper, major obsession/addiction that we have in common! Germany is gorgeous..must be so interesting to live there. Ski patrol huh? Sounds like fun and I am sure was an awesome experience....your Dad sounds like mine...all about "spreading your wings"....great post. Thanks for sharing.
PS Going to go check out all the other new blogs..exciting!

Design Elements said...

Barbara, thank you very much for the award! Interesting to read everything about you. cookies are also a fav of mine :-) glad to know you. warm hugs

................. said...

You are so very sweet Barbara. I subscribed to your blog so I saw this when I was notified that you posted. It was a lovely surprise to see my blog on you list :-) And thank you for sharing 7 things about yourself. It's so nice to learn new things about blog freinds. Love your passion for travel. XoXo
p.s. as soon as I get a minute, I will be visiting every other blog you listed...loving the blog support :-)

Barbara@HausDesign said...

Thank you to all of you for the thanks the congratulations. This is my first blogging award so it is extra special for me!

Kerri - Driftwood Interiors said...

Congratulations on the award Barbara, and thanks so much for passing it along to me! Your blog is lovely and I really enjoyed hearing about your travels. You're quite the jetsetter, aren't you - how exciting! K x

Marcus Design said...

Thank you so much Barbara for including me in the list of bloggers you have passed this on to!! I am thrilled & honored that you would think of me. Hugs!
Nancy xo

Italian Home Decor said...

Congratulations to all the winners of this award and that the winners have gone to those places and had tasted all those food.


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