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

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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

I Dream of France Logo

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

I Dream of France
 

 

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