The Tustin Area Museum, an outreach of the Tustin Area Historical Society, has two of our French Country coated tablecloths on display! Come sit a spell at one of the tables in front of the museum and see our tablecloths. These shades of red and gold look great against the old brick, don’t you think?

The museum is located in the Knights of Pythias Building, constructed in 1925. The building has been used as a drug store, variety store, City Hall, post office, and a TV and appliance store. The building has a full basement (unusual for earthquake-prone California) where local Boy Scouts used to meet. The intersection of Main and El Camino Real (formerly D St.) was the center of activity for Tustin residents many years ago…and is still plenty busy today!

Le Cluny French Country Sunflower Red Tablecloth at Tustin Area Museum

Le Cluny French Country Sunflower Red Tablecloth at Tustin Area Museum

Le Cluny French Country Sunflower Red Tablecloths at Tustin Area Museum

Le Cluny French Country Sunflower Red Tablecloths at Tustin Area Museum

Tustin Area Museum in Old Town Tustin

Tustin Area Museum in Old Town Tustin

–Brett

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Titian's Assunta

Titian’s Assunta

August 15 is Assumption Day in France, a major holiday (celebrating Virgin Mary ascending into Heaven).  Nearly every business and government office closes, and it’s a very popular time for people to take a summer vacation. In fact, the entire month of August is quiet and slow in France, as people take a long break and go out of town. (For our business here in the States, we have to be careful to get what we need from our French suppliers by the end of July, or we may have to wait until September!)

Where do people in France go for vacation? This a funny question from an American perspective, considering most French people are already somewhere I like to imagine myself being! But everyone has to get out of town once in awhile, no matter where home is, so many head south–somewhere warm, bright, and on the water! Corsica, the Spanish coast, the Balearic islands (Mallorca, Minorca, Ibiza), Venice, or the Riviera.

Corsican Beach - Photo Courtesy of Serenity Holidays Ltd.

Corsican Beach – Photo Courtesy of Serenity Holidays Ltd.

Even if you do not find yourself in Corsica or Venice this August, you can still relax like the French and enjoy warm summer days at home. I Dream of France has plenty of colorful accessories to help make it happen. As always, orders over $75 ship free.

Red Malaga Melamine Coaster - Sold in Set of Six at I Dream of France

Red Malaga Melamine Coaster – Sold in Set of Six at I Dream of France

Red Malaga coasters are made of melamine so you can use them indoors or out.

Vent du Sud Tamaris Lilas Acrylic Coated Tablecloth from I Dream of France

Vent du Sud Tamaris Lilas Acrylic Coated Tablecloth from I Dream of France

Tamaris Lilas tablecloth by Vent du Sud is acrylic coated to use indoors or out — just wipe with a damp sponge to clean — similar to old-fashioned oilcloth but softer and more modern and beautiful. Also available in teal blue!

–Brett

I Dream of France was reviewed by the blog Paint Your Town Red! Paint Your Town Red is dedicated to the promotion of locally owned fashion boutiques and specialty shops, focusing on Southern California (Orange, San Diego, and Riverside counties).  The blog’s editor came to visit us one afternoon and took photos of our shop and product dispays. She especially liked our soap selection and Crazylibellule and the Poppies solid perfume sticks. Such a nice person and what a great idea for a blog! Merci, Paint Your Town Red!

I Dream of France Photographed by Paint Your Town Red

I Dream of France Photographed by Paint Your Town Red

–Brett

The April issue of Elle Decor magazine is themed “the travel issue” and is full of luscious dwellings abroad. Capturing my heart is, of course, an apartment in Paris overlooking the Rue de l’Université on the Left Bank of the Seine. The apartment belongs to a glass and ceramics designer named Olivier Gagnère who has worked for Bernardaud among others. Ceramics are a particular passion of mine, and we were lucky enough to tour the Bernardaud factory in Limoges a few years ago. Peeking into the private home of one of their designers shows another facet of the creativity of this world. What a treat!

Gagnere Paris Apartment - Simon Upton for Elle Decor

Gagnere Paris Apartment - Simon Upton for Elle Decor

Gagnere Paris Apartment - Simon Upton for Elle Decor

Gagnere Paris Apartment - Simon Upton for Elle Decor

Gagnere Paris Apartment - Simon Upton for Elle Decor

Gagnere Paris Apartment - Simon Upton for Elle Decor

What I love: the liberal use of the colors lavender and tangerine; the striped Basque tablecloth (similar to our Saint Jean de Luz coated tablecloth); the wall collages of framed drawings, watercolors, and photographs; the bright red dinosaur perched above a cabinet; the pint-size kitchen with a full-size table set for four. These are among the best things in life…color, humor, breaking bread with friends. Wouldn’t you agree?

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

Live in Tustin or the western portion of Irvine? Check your mail this week for a coupon book called Savings in Tustin or Savings in Irvine (West Irvine edition). I Dream of France is in it! The offers are different from the other ads we’ve had in local papers (Foothills Sentry, Tustin News – Orange County Register). This is our first time buying ad space in a coupon mailer so we can’t wait to see what the response will be! The company that makes the coupon books sent a photographer to our boutique and designed the ad for us with a collage of different photos, including our coated tablecloths and French children’s clothes. We think it turned out very pretty and eye-catching.

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