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French Gifts, $5 Shipping!

Now through December 31, take advantage of our shipping special to order charming gifts for others, or fresh decor for your home. Pay just $5 for standard shipping. As always, orders of $75 or more ship free! No coupon code required.

Gifts for Foodies

Check out our selection of French-designed melamine spoon rests, cheese boards, and other serving pieces from Le Cadeaux!

Le Cadeaux Spoon Rest - Malaga Blue

Le Cadeaux Cheese Board - Malaga Blue

Gifts for Hostesses

Invented in 1900, the Bougies la Francaise perforated candles or “bougies trouées” were the first candles with internal perforations. As the candle burns, the wax fills the perforations to burn later instead of running down the outside. The result is a candle that burns longer with less wax.

Bougies la Francaise Perforated Taper Candles

This beautiful handcarved candle from Bougies la Française is as much sculpture as candle.

Bougies la Francaise Carved Ball Candle with Angel

Gifts for Babies (and Their Parents)

French babies have been teething on Sophie since 1961. Now the babies of America can too! Adorable, durable dinnerware is a sure winner.

Sophie the French Giraffe Teething Toy

 Baby Cie Jungle TV Tray

Gifts for Nesters

Get cozy with a French flair! How about a mug & coaster set, or a black & white toile tablecloth?

Pimpernel Mugs & Coasters Set - Vintage Toile

Karen Lee Ballard Tablecloth - La Petite Ferme - Black White Toile Tablecloth

–Brett

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AkzoNobel’s Aesthetic Center has just published its Colour Futures 2011 guide. The dominant trend they predict is Appreciation, a refreshing concept, non? As they say, “This concept is packed with what we hold most dear and truthful — a home base that is simple and informal and rooted in the here and now.” The color they suggest to represent this trend is what they call Lime Twist, shown as the lower wall color in the photo below.

Lime Twist courtesy of colourfutures.com

Lime Twist courtesy of colourfutures.com

One might also call this spring green, lemongrass, or a mellow chartreuse. In my opinion it is warmer than pistachio. It’s not exactly wasabi, either, but if you want to call it that, I won’t argue.

I happen to love this color and think it mixes harmoniously with many other colors, such as the grey as shown in the photo. I would also put it with many shades of blue and brown, and think it would really shine with hot shades of pink or orange. Lavender would be a soothing mate.

Here are some products from I Dream of France that feature Lime Twist:

La Lavande Tilleul Soap at I Dream of France

La Lavande Tilleul Soap at I Dream of France

Bougies la Francaise Candlesticks from I Dream of France

Bougies la Francaise Candlesticks from I Dream of France

Beauville Orchids Linen Tea Towel from I Dream of France

Beauville Orchids Linen Tea Towel from I Dream of France

Merci to the fabulous Ellen Kennon who wrote about this report on Twitter and her blog!

— Brett

Mother’s Day is coming up fast on May 9! Want to honor your mother, wife, grandmother, aunt, sister, or other dear lady in your life? Stumped for gift ideas? Check out our gift guide. I Dream of France has something for every taste and every budget.

Bougies la Francaise Angel Ball Candle

Bougies la Francaise Angel Ball Candle

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

Tomorrow, Saturday December 5th, I Dream of France is exhibiting at a Holiday Bazaar benefiting the Beckman High School Vocal  Arts Boosters. Event is from 9-3 in the parking lot at Beckman High. Free admission and parking. We will be selling a selection from our boutique including the very popular “herbes de provence” mills and other ceramic pieces, kitchen towels, aprons, soaps, candles, and baby items (Sophie the Giraffe, Baby Cie melamine dinnerware and bibs).  

Beckman High
3588 Bryan Avenue
Irvine, CA 92602

Beckman High Holiday Bazaar in Tustin

Why are our scented candles from Bougies la Française so great? Because they are 100% scented soy wax. Inferior candles are often made of a core of plain wax surrounded by a smaller amount of scented wax. Manufacturers do this to save money, and as a result you get an inconsistent candle. With candles from Bougies la Française (bougies means candles in French), you get long-lasting scent that stays true, made with high-quality essential oils. They are also made in France by skilled workers under fair labor conditions.

Don’t cut corners — get the best.

Click any of the pictures to view the products on I Dream of France:

Vanilla Votive Candles from Bougies la Française

Vanilla Votive Candles from Bougies la Française

Bougies la Française Rare Amber Candle in Glass Jar

Bougies la Française Rare Amber Candle in Glass Jar

Bougies la Française Divine Cedar Scented Candle in a Glass Jar

Bougies la Française Divine Cedar Scented Candle in a Glass Jar

Bougies la Française Authentic Vanilla Scented Candle in a Glass Jar

Bougies la Française Authentic Vanilla Scented Candle in a Glass Jar

Bougies la Française White Violet Scented Candle in a Glass Jar

Bougies la Française White Violet Scented Candle in a Glass Jar

Bougies la Française 8" Taper Candle in White or Ivory

Bougies la Française 8" Taper Candle in White or Ivory

It seems I’m not the only one to have fallen for Sud and Co’s Arabesque Pottery…the coffee mugs are selling fast! If you are considering getting one, you may want to go for it before we sell out.

Sud and Co Arabesque Mug

Sud and Co Arabesque Mug

Here are some other good last-minute gift ideas; click the pictures to view the product details on I Dream of France.com:

Deshoulières Provence Canapé Plates

Deshoulières Provence Canapé Plates

Bougies la Française Rare Amber Candle in Glass Jar

Bougies la Française Rare Amber Candle in Glass Jar

Sud and Co Pottery Bowl with Pirate Boy

Sud and Co Pottery Bowl with Pirate Boy

Quimper Faience Black and White Embroidery Necklace

Quimper Faience Black and White Embroidery Necklace