James McKinnon wrote a great little piece about us in Examiner.com

In the heart of Old Town Tustin you will find a quaint shopping and dining district. While the area still has some maturing to do before it becomes comparable to Orange Circle, you will find a gem at 150 E. Main Street. At this location you will discover a wonderful boutique, I Dream of France! This charming store provides customers with unique French gifts and items that will transport anyone to the French countryside and Paris.

I Dream of France - Tustin, CA

A few years ago, Jean-Michel Carlouet and his wife Brett opened up this store in order to cater to individuals wishing to buy authentic French products. Monsieur Carlouet comments that his store has a focus on products from Provence, a region in the Southeast of France, due to the similarities in climate between that area and southern California. Some of the store’s most popular items include authentic Provençal table cloths made of cotton but feature a plastic covering that greatly facilitate cleanup. Monsieur Carlouet remarks that this item proves especially popular in France. His shop also offers soaps made in Marseilles and Provence that come in a variety of fragrances such as lavender and orange. Marseilles soap is of exceptional quality and many French people prefer it to other kinds of soap. This store also has an inventory of dinnerware, cutlery, and other fine goods which will interest all who visit there.

When you visit this boutique, you will find that I Dream of France has something that will appeal to anyone trying to bring home a bit of France with them. During your visit to Orange County, you should make a trip to this marvelous boutique in Old Town Tustin. You will feel as though you have taken a journey to France. Nowhere else outside of France will you find such an array of French products and in such a beautiful setting. Be sure to wish Jean-Michel Carlouet a friendly “Bonjour” as you enter the store, it’s French courtesy

Thanks James!

Happy Memorial Day!

We’ve been unpacking new shipments all month, and are putting new items online every day! Visitez I Dream of France online or in our Tustin (Orange County), California, boutique and see what’s new.

We have new lower shipping rates. As always, orders of $75 or more ship free! No coupon code required for the shipping special. (Alaska and Hawaii pay $10 extra.) Also, we now ship to Canada!

Below are some examples of what’s new…more info on our website!

New French Kitchenware

Provence Handpainted Ceramic Stackable Pots. As a decorative piece, this is a showstopper — and it’s practical storage as well. We’ve been using these pots to style dining rooms for local home tours, and everyone’s eyes go straight to them.

Provence Handpainted Ceramic Stackable Pots with Olives Decor

Provencal Scenery Art Tile Trivet. Another stunning piece for kitchen or dining room, our art tile trivet makes a splendid gift (if you can bear to part with it!).

Provencal Scenery Art Tile Trivet - Terrace View

Couleur Nature Olive Tree Towel. We have added several new kitchen towel designs from Couleur Nature, all block-printed by hand and Provençal in style.

Couleur Nature Olive Tree Yellow Towel

New French Table Linens

Provencale Sunflower Green Cotton Tablecloth. Available in round or rectangular sizes.The printing on both the round and rectangular is what is referred to as “placé”, or centered in the middle of the cloth.

Provencale Sunflower Green Cotton Tablecloth

New French Decorative Hardware

Paris Antique Style Dressing Room Hook. Perfect grace note to add to your powder room.

Paris Antique Style Dressing Room Hook

New French Baby Accessories

The latest fashion accessory for babies: pewter pacifier keepers featuring a French fleur de lys! We also have rose and giraffe motifs available. These are made in the USA by a company in New Orleans. Too cute to pass up!

Baby Pacifier Holder with Fleur de Lys

New Sale Items

Summer is around the corner. Do you know a little girl who could use a new dress? Here’s a good buy: Alphabet Safari Girl’s Sun Dress, 33% off.

Alphabet Safari Girl's Sun Dress

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Bonnes Fêtes des Mères!

We just received two large shipments from Provence, and are putting new items online every day! These are all-new items that we haven’t had in stock before. Visitez I Dream of France and take a look at our selection to find just the thing for mom (or yourself).

As always, orders of $75 or more ship free! No coupon code required for the shipping special. (Alaska and Hawaii pay $10 extra.) Also, we now ship to Canada!

Below are some examples of what’s new…more info on our website!

Pssst…I Dream of France will be an official sponsor of the Newport Beach Film Festival French Spotlight on Tuesday, May 3rd. If you will be attending, look for our French candy in your goodie bag!

New French Kitchenware

Coucke Mers & Oceans Dish Towel Soft cotton jacquard in red, grey, and blue with a marine compass.

Coucke Mers et Oceans Jacquard Towel

 

Provencal Painted Wood Hook Rack Organize towels or anything you need close by. Available in four designs.

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Garlic Grinding Plate with Lavender Bouquet & Cicada  Back in stock are the ceramic garlic plates. Use the ceramic teeth to grind garlic or just set on the table as a decorative piece!

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Provencal Oil & Vinegar Ceramic Bottle Set – Olives Red This beautifully handpainted set of ceramic oil & vinegar bottles will look gorgeous in your kitchen or on your dinner table.

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Provence Waffle-Weave Kitchen Towels Gift Set Yellow/Blue We have added three sets of embroidered waffle-weave kitchen towels. Choose among yellow/blue, red/white, and brown/green.

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Fresh Jewelry

Seahorse Gold Tone Necklace with Cream Charms Add sparkle and shine to your ensemble with our matte goldtone necklace with clear, opaline, and pearlescent beads, as well as multiple charms.

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New Sale Items

You can please your gift recipient and watch the bottom line at the same time. Here’s a good buy: Coucke “Cigale” Damask Tablecloths, 20% off.

Coucke Damask Tablecloths - Cigale

–Brett

People often ask us, “Do you actually use the things you sell at I Dream of France in your own home?” The answer is OUI! Here are all the things we use at home regularly:

Sunflower Yellow French Coated Tablecloth, from I Dream of France

Sunflower Yellow French Coated Tablecloth, from I Dream of France

On our breakfast table, we use a round coated Sunflower French Country tablecloth in the Yellow colorway. We painted our chairs yellow, green, blue, and red to make an even more colorful statement. (OK, not all the chairs have been painted yet, but that’s another story.)

Sunflowers on Black Accent Rug from I Dream of France

Sunflowers on Black Accent Rug from I Dream of France

We have more kitchen sunflowers in the form of this looped-pile accent rug in front of the sink.

Beauville Ocean Blue Tea Towel from I Dream of France

Beauville Ocean Blue Tea Towel from I Dream of France

Garnier-Thiebaut Aubergines (Eggplants) Tea Towel from I Dream of France

Garnier-Thiebaut Aubergines (Eggplants) Tea Towel from I Dream of France from I Dream of France

A busy kitchen needs many towels! We have several from Beauvillé and Garnier-Thiebaut.

Fleur de Lys Metal Double Hook 7" - White - from I Dream of France

Fleur de Lys Metal Double Hook 7″ – White – from I Dream of France

In our dressing area, a pair of Fleur de Lys double hooks (one on each side of a wall mirror) as valet hooks make the morning rush much easier! No more balancing hangers on the door mouldings.

Quimper Faience Jardin D'ete Christmas Ornament

When we were married, we received many pieces of HB Henriot Quimper Faience in the Jardin d’Ete pattern, including a Christmas ornament.

This is just part one…we will update with more next time!

–Brett

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

Provence is known for its traditional colorful styles. Located in the South East corner of France, by the Mediterranean, Provence enjoys beautiful blue skies and mild temperature nearly year round. Far from the bustle of Paris, this laid-back region has refined over the years a rich tradition of home décor, especially when it comes to the table. One of the most striking examples is the Provençal tablecloth. Bright colors are the background for intricate designs illustrating the region. Patterns include lavender flowers, olives, cicadas, sunflowers and other local specialties. Typically made of cotton, these tablecloths do not spend much time in drawers; instead they are an everyday dining tool. French washing machines being usually much smaller than what we are accustomed to in the States, the idea of an “easy care” Provencal tablecloth makes a lot of sense.

French Coated Sunflower Tablecloth from I Dream of France

French Coated Sunflower Tablecloth from I Dream of France

The new generation of easy care Provençal tablecloths was developed a few years ago and is the ideal combination of tradition and technology. The Provençal fabric is coated with a thin layer of acrylic before it is cut and sewn into tablecloths, placemats and more. The coating is hardly noticeable to the naked eye and not too obvious to the touch. When liquids or sauce are spilled on it, they simply rest atop the fabric. A quick swipe with a damp sponge and voila, it looks as good as new! If the tablecloth is just too dirty to clean with a sponge, perhaps after a typical four-hour-long French lunch, it can be washed in the washing machine, line dried and even ironed! They are a must if you have small children. The acrylic coating also helps blocking the UV rays, so the fabric will never fade, perfect for the outdoors. They are now available in the US from I Dream of France in many colors, designs and sizes, starting at just over $50. These tablecloths are as tough as they are pretty, be ready to keep one for years to come!

–Jean-Michel

I Dream of France

Valentine Shopping…You are Invited!

Come to Old Town Tustin on Thursday, February 10, from 4-7 p.m. for a Valentine’s shopping party! I Dream of France and three other Old Town merchants will stay open late and offer food, drinks, raffles, and shopping fun. Stop by I Dream of France to have wine and cheese, see our new items, and find a special gift for your Valentine.

Click the image below to see the flyer and map for the Valentine Party as a PDF on our website. The other stores having parties are Buttermilk Sky, The Wedding Pantry, and Whimzy!

Valentine Party Flyer

What’s New in Store

We are pleased to announce the debut of our French Foods line! We offer fruit candies from Provence, salted caramels from Brittany, and the perennially popular Herbes de Provence!

Provence Herbs in Linen Bag from I Dream of France

Provence Herbs in Linen Bag from I Dream of France

Our handpainted salt/pepper/herb mills are one of our topselling gift items. We have a new design with a heart for Valentine’s Day.

 Heart Pepper Mill

We also have fresh stock and new designs in ruffled throw pillows!

Paris Postcard Pink Roses Ruffled Throw Pillow from I Dream of France

Paris Postcard Pink Roses Ruffled Throw Pillow from I Dream of France

Hungry for More?

Quinn’s, Freesoulcaffé, Rutabegorz, and the Beach Pit BBQ will be open for dinner!

–Brett

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French Gifts for Your Valentine!

Visitez I Dream of France to order beautiful and useful gifts for others, or treats for yourself (we won’t tell). As always, orders of $75 or more ship free! No coupon code required. (Alaska and Hawaii pay $10 extra.) Also, we now ship to Canada!

Faience Jewelry from Brittany

From HB Henriot Quimper Faience, maker of popular collector tableware patterns such as Tradition and Fleuri Royale, this line of handmade jewelry featuring hearts, crosses, and original designs is hard to find in the United States, but we have it! Every piece comes with a gift box and a certificate of authenticity.

Quimper Faience Jewelry

Gifts for Foodies

We are so pleased to announce the debut of our French Foods line! We offer fruit candies from Provence, salted caramels from Brittany, and the perennially popular Herbes de Provence!
Our hand-painted Provençal spice mills (herb, salt, or pepper) are a topselling gift year-round, and now we have a new design with a heart for Valentine’s Day!

L'Ami Provencal Raspberry Old Fashioned Candy Le Petit Saunier Fleur de Sel CaramelsHerb Mill with Herbs, Salt or Pepper - Heart
 

Gifts for Hostesses

Cupcake or macaron? We vote for French macarons! Cast your vote with a terry kitchen towel from Coucke.

Coucke Terry Square Towel - Macarons

The three-bar box set of Gingembre (ginger and spices) scented soaps from Roger & Gallet Paris is so beautiful, you don’t need to wrap it!

Roger & Gallet Blue Ginger 3 Bar Box of Soap

Gifts for Nesters

Get cozy with a French flair! How about a Paris throw pillow, or fabulous reversible coated placemats?

Paris Postcard Pink Roses Ruffled Throw Pillow

Le Cluny Coated Reversible Placemat Lisa Red

–Brett

L'Ami Provencal Citrus Old Fashioned Candy from I Dream of FranceLe Petit Saunier Fleur de Sel Caramels from I Dream of FranceProvence Herbs in Linen Bag from I Dream of France

We are pleased to announce that we now sell foods imported from France! See fruit candies from Provence, salted caramels from Brittany, and perennially popular herbes de provence! These would make great Valentine gifts. More to come…stay tuned 🙂

–Brett

I Dream of France

Every order until Christmas will be shipped Priority mail!

Now through Christmas day, take advantage of our shipping special and get free Priority Mail service upgrade!. Pay just $5 and your order will be shipped within 24 hours via Priority Mail. As always, orders of $75 or more ship free! No coupon code required. (Alaska and Hawaii pay $10 extra.). We also have the option of Expedited Service, which will be shipped via Fedex Express Saver. Need overnight service? Give us a call at 1-888-96-FRANCE (1-888-963-7262) from 10AM to 6PM Pacific time.

Gifts for Foodies

Check out our selection of Provençal cooking aprons and kitchen towels. Our aprons are made of cotton coated with acrylic to make them stain resistant. Just wipe clean, perfect for a busy cook!

Provence Coated Apron

Beauville Kitchen Towel

Gifts for Hostesses

The Honey Soap 2-bar gift box is one of our top-selling gifts! These boxes have it all: a honeycomb pattern, a bee motif, and a calligraphic story of honey in faded letters on the box itself (the whole story's inside). Packaged in lovely decorative boxes tied with raffia, containing two bars of 3.5 ounce soap.

Apiana Honey Soap 2-bar Gift Box

Fleur de Lys bottle opener: From the French Bourbon Dynasty, the Fleur de Lys is the true mark of royalty. Now available as a bottle opener! This is an easy gift because everyone can use a bottle opener.

Fleur de Lys Bottle Opener

Gifts for Messieurs (Men)

Sommelier apron: For the French cook, wine lover or barbecue enthusiast, this sommelier apron will inspire any man to cook (or keep you company with a glass of wine)!

Sommelier Apron

Jean-Marie Farina Cologne: One of the oldest fragrance products in France, its unisex scent has been worn by men and women alike for over 200 years.

Roger & Gallet Jean-Marie Farina Perfume

Gifts for Nesters

Get cozy with a French flair! How about an all natural bath or shower gel, or an artful block-printed table runner? Table runners are a great gift because the size works for everyone. Lay it lengthwise or crosswise on a table, dresser, buffet, or secretary desk. How easy is that!

Lavender Shower or Bath Gel

Couleur Nature Table Runner

–Brett