Coucke French kitchen towels are one of our most popular lines. Customers seem unable to order only one…With such a variety of motifs, graphics, and colors, it’s no wonder!

We are thrilled to introduce brand-new designs. We have new jacquard and terry towels, as well as new styles that are printed and honeycomb-weave designs.
(Click the picture to view the towel selection on our website.)


Coucke french kitchen towels

New French Shea Butter Soap

We now have new scents in our top-selling La Lavande Joie de Vivre soaps: verbena (verveine) and milk (lait)! These soaps are made in France with a blend of shea butter plus sweet almond, olive & palm oils. They contain no petroleum or animal products. Click any of these photos to view on our website…

Back in Stock!

We also have new stock in perennial favorites. Our customers love these scents of lavender, carnation, coconut-pineapple, almond flower, and lemongrass. A pair of soaps bundled with ribbon is an easy gift that anyone can appreciate. Click any of these photos to view on our website…

New Address…

In case you missed it, we moved this summer. You can now come to our new office at 2660 Walnut Ave, Suite C, in Tustin. Same business park as before, just around the corner, behind Cafe America. Our phone number is the same: (714) 730-2182. Please phone ahead before coming so we can make sure to be available to you. 

Gift sets are perfect for hostesses, teachers, friends…pretty much anyone.

Click any of the pictures below to view more information and purchase
on I Dream of France.

Coucke Bistrot de Paris Tea Towels

With this set, you get two tea towels and a terry towel in a top-selling design at a great price.

Coucke French Tea Towels Gift Set from I Dream of France

Bonbon Soap Gift Set

Called a “bonbon” gift set because it looks like candy! Fortunately, these sweets do not cause cavities. Available in Verbena or milk scents.La Lavande Verbena French Soap Gift Set from I Dream of France

Three Soaps Gift Set

A small but thoughtful gift. This gift set contains three of our most popular soaps wrapped in clear cellophane with a green and red ribbon and a holiday gift card. The soap scents are: milk, agrumes (citrus) and verbena.

Verbena French Soap Gift Set from I Dream of France

La Lavande was launched in 1986 from one family’s desire to bring the finest French soaps to the United States. While teaching music in France, they were inspired by the variety and quality of scented soaps available. La Lavande provides pure vegetable hard-milled soaps following the time-honored tradition of French soap making, beneficial for all skin types, especially dry or sensitive skin. Natural and pure, these soaps contain no petroleum or animal products.

Click any of the pictures below to view more information and purchase
on I Dream of France.

Curved Soaps

Available in four delicious scents, the extra mild high quality La Lavande French curved soap bar fits conveniently in the palm of your hand. This triple-milled, all-vegetable soap is enriched with sweet almond oil.

Pair one or two with a wash mitt for an easy, thoughtful gift.

French triple milled curved scented soaps

Heart Soaps in Eiffel Tower Gift Boxes

Perfect for your Valentine any time of the year, this heart shaped soap from La Lavande is available in Tea Rose, Lemongrass, French Tulip & Lavender. Sold in kraft gift box with Eiffel Tower label.Coucke Coquelicots (Poppies) French Dish Towel - Big Design

Sachets, Large and Small

These sachets come from the small town of Brette in the south of France and contain genuine dried French lavender. The sachet is made of Provencal fabric and is beautifully crafted.
French lavender sachets

Essential Oils and Diffusers

These handpainted ceramic diffusers come in four different designs. Fill with Lavender, Lemongrass, or Rose Geranium essential oils (sold separately).

French handpainted ceramic oil diffusers

This month’s issue of Elle Decor Magazine (January/February 2014) is the International issue, republishing highlights from editions of the magazine outside the US. This issue is a lucky treat because it features both a French farmhouse in Normandy and an ultra-chic Paris apartment!

(See our take on the Normandy Farmhouse here.)

On to the apartment. Photography By Antoine Baralhe. Design by Sylvie de Chirée.

Midcentury Eclectic Living Room

Midcentury Eclectic Living Room

Serene Bedroom

Serene Bedroom

Glamorous Dining Room

Glamorous Dining Room

Midcentury Quirky Kitchen

Midcentury Quirky Kitchen

All the rooms are glamorous in gold and white, with an eclectic mix of midcentury and more traditional furnishings. My favorite details are the paper lanterns in the kitchen and the colorful pottery in the dining room, not to mention the low bookcase in the living room.

Here are some gold and white items from I Dream of France that would mix well in this chic Paris apartment:


Le Cluny Jacquard Tablecloths - Lemon Rust

Le Cluny Jacquard Tablecloths – Lemon Rust


Paris Ceramic Mug

Paris Ceramic Mug



Paris Ceramic Salt and Pepper Shakers Set

Paris Ceramic Salt and Pepper Shakers Set

Pré de Provence Shea Butter Enriched 150g Soap Lemongrass

Pré de Provence Shea Butter Enriched 150g Soap Lemongrass

Eiffel Tower & Butterfly Necklace - Antique Bronze

Eiffel Tower & Butterfly Necklace – Antique Bronze

Shipping Upgrade

We are shipping six days a week to get your items to you FAST! Orders are usually shipped the same business day they are placed.

If it fits, it ships!
Who’s left on your list? Need more gift ideas? Click any of the photos to view more information on

As always, orders of $75 or more ship FREE in the US! No coupon code required.

Walk-In Holiday Hours

Planning on stopping by? Here are our holiday hours (PST):
From now until December 23rd:

  • Monday – Friday: 9AM to 5PM
  • Saturday: 11AM to 3PM
  • Sunday: Closed

December 24th: 9AM to 3PM
December 25th to January 1st: Closed (online orders will be shipped during that time)

Last-Minute French Gift Guide

French Folk Song Music CD

Enjoy some timeless French classics this Holiday season. The CD includes a booklet with the lyrics so you can sing along! Made in the USA.

 French Folk Songs Music CD

Joyeux Noël Towel

A beautiful towel for your kitchen exclusive to I Dream of France. Buy it for yourself or make thoughtful gifts for friends and family! Made in the USA.

Joyeux Noel French Kitchen Towel

French Christmas Tea in a Tree Ornament

How clever, this Christmas tree ornament contains 10 bags of a special French Christmas Tea blend. Close the ornament back up and hang it on the tree! Made in France.
Compagnie Coloniale Christmas Tea Ornament


Holiday Tablecloths

French tablecloths are our specialty so we have a lot to choose from! We especially like the new Olives Red by Le Cluny for the holidays. Available in round, square and rectangulars, as well as placemats and napkins, we have one for everyone. Made in France.

Le Cluny Olives Red French Coated Tablecloth


For the Old Town Tustin Promenade Home Tour, I decorated three tables in the garden of a charming bungalow. The family who lives here is laidback, sporty, and sweet. They spend a lot of time outdoors. It was fun to bring over some French decor for a day.

Le Cluny Blue Monaco tablecloth on porch

Le Cluny Blue Monaco French Coated Tablecloth and napkins, Le Cadeaux melamine tableware, Eiffel tower napkin rings, L’Ami Provencal Raspberry Old Fashioned Candy, handpainted ceramic herb and salt mills with metal basket holder.

Bunny on Cicada Blue provencal tablecloth

Cast iron bunny sculpture, Cicada Blue Provencal tablecloth.

Eiffel tower on table with wine tote bag

Le Cluny Travel Blue jacquard tablecloth, 18-inch Eiffel Tower, jute wine tote bag, La Rochere Versailles wine glasses.

Tree with bicycle and heart

Every spring, we look forward to the local home and garden tours in Orange County, California, because we get the opportunity to create tablescapes for some of the homes. This year was no exception. I had the pleasure of making a tablescape at a residence in the North Tustin Hills for the Tustin Garden Club Tour.  The night before this tour, we had a late-season rain shower, and the morning was cloudy and cool before the afternoon opened up into beautiful sunshine.

Here are some photos, followed by links to the products I used from I Dream of France.

I Dream of France Lifestyle Tablescape

Tablecloth and Napkins: Le Cluny Cotton Coated French Tablecloths Fayence Red-Cream (I love how this complements the home’s brickwork)

Water/Wine Glasses: La Rochere Fleur de Lys Wine Glass

Dinner Plates: Le Cadeaux Dinner Plate – Rustica Cream

Soup Bowls: Le Cadeaux Cereal, Salad or Soup Bowl – Rustica Cream

Mini Bowls: Le Cadeaux Mini Bowl

Business Card Holders: Antique Style Cast Iron Business Card Holder – White

Also shown: handpainted ceramic candlesticks, vintage-style crown decorations, and Le Cluny bread baskets in Lavender Blue and Fayence Red-Cream fabrics.

Online Gallery

In related news, we put together a Gallery section on I Dream of France to show how our products look in real homes. We would love to include your home! Send your photos to


I spent some time this weekend catching up on magazines and noticed that two featured French twists on classic dishes in their February issues.

Provence Herbs in Linen Bags from I Dream of France

Provence Herbs in Linen Bags from I Dream of France

First, InStyle showed baking halibut wrapped in parchment paper with herbes de Provence. This is our favorite way to prepare fish at home, including sole and salmon. (Aluminum foil instead of parchment works fine.) We also like to wrap lighter-flavored fish with lemon and onion slices, with a little bit of salt and thyme. Just bake at 350 degrees and check every few minutes until the fish flakes with a fork. Wrapping the fish keeps it from drying out while it cooks, and doesn’t make a mess in your baking dish. Easy and healthful — who says French cooking has to be complicated?

Daniel Boulud's Lasagne Photographed by Kana Okada for Elle Decor

Daniel Boulud's Lasagne Photographed by Kana Okada for Elle Decor

In Elle Decor, Daniel Boulud’s column shares a recipe for chicken lasagne with spinach and mushrooms. This is on my to-do list for sure! This recipe is very old-world European because it has you make bechamel (white sauce) instead of the ricotta cheese mixture that is more typical in the States.

This month’s Elle Decor is also the International Issue, which I love because all the articles are republished from other editions of Elle Decor. The pieces are shorter than what usually appears in the American edition and have a different style of writing. Naturally, they feature a Paris apartment filled with art, checkerboard marble floors, klismos chairs, and a copper bathtub. However, my favorite was from Elle Decoration Russia, which showed a traditional Russian country cabin (called an isba) reproduced inside a Moscow apartment. The owner actually took a wall from an old cabin and had it re-installed inside the apartment to be as authentic as possible. My favorite detail was the kitchen’s painted cupboards, beautiful and special.


We are not the only retailer in the USA specialized in French decor (we are just the only one you need to remember…) Some are small, some are big, we all have our specialty, but the big name in the game has always been Pierre Deux. The first national retailer specialized in French Country decor, Pierre Deux had a name and reputation that came to represent the whole industry. If I had a Franc for every time a customer compared us to Pierre Deux!

Pierre Deux

Well this summer, Pierre Deux quietly went away, victim to the brutal recession. Pierre Deux started as an individual store in 1967 in New York City. The two owners (both named Pierre) imported and sold French furniture. They added some decor accessories to their furniture line and soon realized that the accessories were selling better. Pierre Deux continued growing and ended with two dozen stores throughout the USA.

I never thought I would say this, being our competitor, but we’ll miss them.