After several weeks’ wait, our new shipment of Beauvillé kitchen towels has arrived from France! We restocked several designs that had sold out, and have new designs to show you as well. Beauvillé towels are block printed by hand on a linen-cotton blend towel (which some customers have told us is their favorite blend for drying dishes). Their designs are uniquely beautiful and top-quality, and they have been printing textiles in the Alsace region of France since 1759. Click any of the photos to view more information on I Dream of France.

As always, ground shipping is free for orders of $75 or more! No coupon code required. For faster shipping, or for destinations outside the USA and Canada, please inquire for shipping charges at 1-888-96-FRANCE or bonjour@idreamoffrance.com.

Beauville Passiflore Tea Towel

The Passiflore towel will appeal to tea enthusiasts with a variety of plants such as oregano (oregan), St. John’s Wort (millepertuis), rosemary (Romarin), verbena (verveine), burdock (bardane), elderberry (sureau noir), and chamomile (camomille).
Beauville Passiflore Tea Towel

Beauville Fruits Rouge French Tea Towel

The Red Fruits (Fruits Rouge in French) towel has brightly colored raspberries (framboises), blackcurrant (cassis), cherries (cerises), strawberries (fraises), blueberries (myrtilles) and currant (groseilles).
Beauville Fruits Rouge French Tea Towel

Beauville Orchids French Tea Towel

The Orchids (Orchidées in French) towel has a beautiful array of orchids on a gray background.
Beauville Orchids French Tea Towel

Beauville Lavande de Provence French Tea Towel

The Lavande de Provence towel is a beautiful Provencal towel design featuring elements of Provence life: olives, olive oil, lavender, figs, lemons, wisteria and a Provencal village..
Beauville Lavande de Provence French Tea Towel

 

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New Kitchen Towels from Beauvillé

Our new St. Paul design is Provence on a towel! It has all the elements of Provençal life: olives, lavender flowers and sachets, savon de Marseille, cicadas, olive oil and more. Beauvillé towels are printed on a linen-cotton blend for beauty and durability.

Beauville St Paul Provence Tea Towel

New Table Linens and Towels from Couleur Nature

We just got in fresh stock of beautiful hand-blockprinted linens from Couleur Nature — round and rectangular tablecloths, napkins, runners, and kitchen towels.

Below are photos of the Fig and Lemon Tree designs.

Couleur Nature Fig Linens

Couleur Nature Lemon Tree Tablecloth

Spring is Around the Corner (Really)…

…and it’s not too early to think about outdoor table settings. Many of our popular coated tablecloth patterns are also available with umbrella holes and as coated chair pads to set a beautiful table outdoors. These options take up to 8 weeks to deliver, so if you are considering a new look for Easter, Passover, Memorial Day, or graduation time, take a look at our Provençal designs.

Below are photos of the Sunflower Red tablecloth and Lisa Blue French style chair pad, both from Le Cluny French Country Collection.

Le Cluny Sunflower Red Tablecloth with Umbrella Hole

Le Cluny French Chair Pad in Lisa Blue

Taste of Orange County Blog Review

And now to toot our own horn a bit…the Food Blogger from Orange Coast Magazine, Priscilla Mayfield, visited our Tustin boutique last week and gave us this lovely write-up. Check it out!

I Dream of France in Tustin, and also everywhere else

Placemat Display at I Dream of France by Emet Martinez

Placemat Display at I Dream of France by Emet Martinez

–Brett

We are proud to welcome two new brands of fine French table linens to our product range!

Le Cluny Yellow Lavenders Coated Tablecloth

Le Cluny Yellow Lavenders Coated Tablecloth

The first is Le Cluny. Le Cluny is a French-owned company based in North Carolina that imports fabric from France and sews it into various products such as coated tablecloths, napkins, placemats, chair pads and even eyeglass cases. By doing the cutting and sewing themselves, they are able to control both the quality and cost of their products. The result is a beautiful selection of Provence and toile de Jouy products at a reasonable price point. For those of you with antique or hard-to-fit tables–Le Cluny can make you a tablecloth made to measure in your choice of print. You can even add an umbrella hole to a coated tablecloth to use outside!

Couleur Nature Bleuet Blue-Green Tablecloth / Napkins

Couleur Nature Bleuet Blue-Green Tablecloth / Napkins

The second line is Couleur Nature. Also based in the USA, this San Diego company offers hand-blockprinted table linens designed in Paris and made in India. An age-old Indian tradition, block printing allows for bright colors in intricate patterns and the tell-tale quality of handmade work. Couleur Nature designs range from Provençal to Paris Flea Market and are printed on thick cotton with excellent hand and drape.

Bougies la Francaise Flower Candles in Flower Pots

Bougies la Francaise Flower Candles in Flower Pots

Also in: New French Candles from Bougies la Francaise! We have jar candles in two sizes with scents both familiar and fresh, old-fashioned perforated tapers, as well as beautiful hand-sculpted candles shaped like flowers and cherubs. Look at the incredible detail! Just the thing to brighten your day or wow someone for a gift. Imagine these for Easter or for Mother’s Day.

–Brett & Jean-Michel

We are only two weeks into the new year, and we can already announce new lines of products and new products for existing brands for 2010. We just came back from the Atlanta Gift Show, where we happened to see Karen Lee Ballard in person, and found two new lines of table linens.

First is Le Cluny, who cuts and sews Provençal fabric (imported from France) in North Carolina into a wide range of table linens. The majority of our new tablecloths from Le Cluny are acrylic coated.

Second is Couleur Nature, designed by Parisian designer Bruno Lamy and manufactured in India. These are fantastic block printed designs.

Couleur Nature Block Printed French Tablecloth

Couleur Nature Block Printed French Tablecloth

We will soon be carrying a new line of French soaps named La Lavande. Despite their name they offer many great scents, not just lavender, in various sizes and exciting shapes; genuine Provence soaps at great prices.

Our Laguiole knives were a big hit last year and we are adding more products, such as a cheese set, to our selection.

Our line of La Rochere glasses will receive a new pattern called “Anduze,” as well as pitchers and carafes in our bee and Fleur de Lys pattern.

La Rochere Anduze French Glass

La Rochere Anduze French Glass

We are excited to announce that all the Quimper Faience patterns will now be available this year in the US. That means a huge selection will now be offered. We will be stocking some of their products, but since it is impossible to carry everything, we will take orders for what we don’t currently have. Delivery time for these orders is between four and eight weeks.

The retail business tradition is to order new merchandise in January-February, but we decided to buck tradition by ordering early. After all, we live in Southern California, where it’s spring year-round, and having an online store blurs the line of seasonality a bit as well. Here’s a sampler of new designs…

Beauville Literary Rooster, block printed on cotton and linen

Beauville Literary Rooster, block printed on cotton and linen

Beauville Red Poppies, block printed on cotton and linen

Beauville Red Poppies, block printed on cotton and linen

Garnier Thiebaut Aubergines (Eggplants), jacquard woven cotton

Garnier Thiebaut Aubergines (Eggplants), jacquard woven cotton

Garnier Thiebaut Figues (Figs), jacquard woven cotton

Garnier Thiebaut Figues (Figs), jacquard woven cotton