8 Things You Might Not Know About Barbara Dettweiler from Haus Design March 20, 2012

Greetings, dear friends!
Once again, we look into the lives of the blog stars, near and far. This week, we’re taking a peek into the busy life of Barbara from Haus Design, who’s busy settling her young family back in the states, after living abroad for some time. Welcome home, Barbara! I’m glad you’re here today!

Hi Everyone! I’m so glad to be part of Barbara’s series…I just hope I can come up with some interesting things about me to entertain you! Here goes…

1. I thought I’d start out with the thing that you may not know, but would probably suspect, about me. I have an absolute addiction to pillows. I think I am not alone here. I knew I could admit something like that here, but amongst my “non-designer” friends I am truly crazy. I could just keep buying and buying but I know I have to stop. I have some silk ikat fabric and chinese fabrics waiting to be made into pillows to add to my collection. As it is, I am going to have to rotate the pillows just to use all of them, but that makes me happy. When searching for a picture for this post I came across this in my files. I had forgotten about these…aren’t they lovely? Oh, now I want these too!

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2. I have traveled over to forty countries so far and I hope to see much, much more of the world. Every time I think I am getting close to the end of my list I discover somewhere new that I can’t wait to see and experience! They all have been wonderful in their own way (well maybe except one place, but I’m not telling where!). People often ask me my favorite destination, which I just can’t pin down, but I will say that I think my favorite city has been Lisbon, Portugal. Amazing architecture, authentic culture, charming streets, great shopping and beautiful vistas from its seven hilltops put Lisbon at the top of my list!

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3. I recently moved to Seattle after moving around several different places. I am a native Oregonian and was a dedicated Portland fan. However, I am so glad we gave Seattle a chance. It is stunning and we are so excited to officially call it home when we move in to our new home at the end of the month!

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4. After almost five years living in Munich, I am proud to say I speak German which was always a personal goal of mine. (We Americans fall short on the second language front!) While I have definitely NOT mastered the language, I do have many German friends that I only speak German with. However, apparently my German is a bit unique, because my (native German) husband has trouble understanding me! I know what you’re thinking – luckily he is fluent in English, so it’s all good. 🙂

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5. I once worked on ski patrol for a winter in Sun Valley and met Bruce Willis, as well as many other celebrities. Celebrities aren’t really my thing, but for what it’s worth he was very polite. 🙂

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6. I LOVE to cook. My favorite go to meals are Italian but after our recent trip to Hong Kong and Bali, I am re-inspired to experiment with Asian cooking. (Doesn’t this look yummy?)

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7. This has been a big year of change for us already, but I am so excited to finally launch my online store, Linen Haus, as soon as we get moved in! Europe already feels so far away, so I am so excited I stocked up on my inventory when I did. I look forward to our trips back there to scout out new finds…there is nothing quite like those markets!

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Barbara, thanks so much for having me!

Thanks for being here today, Barbara! Be sure to tune in next Tuesday for “8 Things you Might Not Know About Tina, from The Enchanted Home!

Until next time!,

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  1. Shirley@housepitalitydesigns on March 20, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Great feature..loved learning about the person behind Haus Design!

  2. Barbara@HausDesign on March 20, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Thanks for the interview Barbara – this was fun to put together. I hope your readers enjoy it!

  3. Barbara on March 20, 2012 at 7:42 am

    I’m sure they will! If ever you organize a shopping trip back to Belgium, I’ll bet you could get at least a dozen of us to tag along! “Barbara Dettweiler, Travel Guide”… No?

  4. classic • casual • home on March 20, 2012 at 8:00 am

    So fascinating…I am a pillow rotator/addict too!

  5. classic • casual • home on March 20, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Is there a link to her site?

    • Barbara Bussey on March 20, 2012 at 8:18 am

      If there wasn’t before, there is now! Thanks for letting me know…yikes!

  6. Meghan @ Wishful Thinking on March 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    It’s always fascinating to read more about your favourite bloggers! Can’t believe you got to meet Bruce Willis, lucky you Barbara (oh and I totally fell in love with your vintage linen again in the last photo)!

    • Barbara Bussey on March 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      Hi Meghan,
      Yes, Bruce Willis. I would have been quite stunned. Then I would have tried to act like it was no big deal. At least that’s what i would have done, when i was younger. Ha!

  7. Thoughts on Design on March 20, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Barbara, you have quite the sense of adventure. WOW! Great post and thanks for sharing!


    • Barbara Bussey on March 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      Hi John, and Welcome! When they say “world traveler”, we can now think of Barbara D.!
      Thanks for stopping by!,
      Barbara B.

  8. Karena on March 20, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Wow! I would say Barbara is a very “Worldly” woman. Of course I adore pillows as well, would love those pictured! She must have so many stories to tell!

    Art by Karena

    • Barbara Bussey on March 20, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      I agree! I plan to volunteer to carry (or roll) her luggage, if she will show me around her favorite spots on Europe!

  9. The enchanted home on March 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Love Barbara! Boy, she has been around….40 countries!! Fluent in German? Ski patrol? Master cook? Shes done it all..quite an accomplished lady! Loved getting to know a little more about her, thank you to both Barbaras!

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