media presentation events were over, the Americans would regularly return to their rooms or the lobby to work well into the night. It was during one of those 2:45 am stretches while working from the Penha Longa's lounge we met Manuel, the creator and writer for Le Blog Deco. He was the lone Frenchman who was fastidiously working while his fellow countrymen painted the Lisbon streets red (with wine, of course). We didn't speak a lick of French, but Manuel spoke English pretty well enough for us to understand we had found a compatriot, and we quickly became acquainted with his excellent design and decor blog. An example of his keen eye? These Red Dot Award winning in-floor tubs from KÄSCH he just posted today... KÄSCH's Overflow series of floor sunken tubs has us wondering if we'd prefer this style opposed to the traditional style if given the option. There's no doubt the in-floor design gives the tubs a more luxurious and relaxing appeal, possibly because they remind us of jacuzzis. But then again, these looks as expensive as they do inviting.
Be sure to keep an eye out in the coming weeks while we work with Manuel/Le Blog Deco for some European house tours and a Behind the Blog feature over at Unplggd. Here's to US/France relations!