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

Advertisements

The Pantone Color Institute announced this month that their Color of The Year for 2010 is Turquoise (specifically, their color Pantone 15-5519). From their press release, “It is believed to be a protective talisman, a color of deep compassion and healing, and a color of faith and truth, inspired by water and sky. Through years of color word-association studies, we also find that Turquoise represents an escape to many – taking them to a tropical paradise that is pleasant and inviting, even if only a fantasy.”

Here is a selection of I Dream of France products that contain turquoise…

Garnier-Thiebaut Spa Wash Mit Washcloth - Curacao and Mint

Garnier-Thiebaut Spa Wash Mit Washcloth - Curacao and Mint

Alphabet "Car Collection" t-shirt

Alphabet "Car Collection" t-shirt

Sophie Catalou "Grasshopper" dress

Sophie Catalou "Grasshopper" dress

Beauville "Ocean Blue" cotton-linen towel

Beauville "Ocean Blue" cotton-linen towel

Garnier Thiebaut "A La Mer" jacquard towel

Garnier Thiebaut "A La Mer" jacquard towel

Garnier Thiebaut coated apron "Mille Couleurs Paris"

Garnier Thiebaut coated apron "Mille Couleurs Paris"

Roger & Gallet Bleu Lotus soap

Roger & Gallet Bleu Lotus soap

The retail business tradition is to order new merchandise in January-February, but we decided to buck tradition by ordering early. After all, we live in Southern California, where it’s spring year-round, and having an online store blurs the line of seasonality a bit as well. Here’s a sampler of new designs…

Beauville Literary Rooster, block printed on cotton and linen

Beauville Literary Rooster, block printed on cotton and linen

Beauville Red Poppies, block printed on cotton and linen

Beauville Red Poppies, block printed on cotton and linen

Garnier Thiebaut Aubergines (Eggplants), jacquard woven cotton

Garnier Thiebaut Aubergines (Eggplants), jacquard woven cotton

Garnier Thiebaut Figues (Figs), jacquard woven cotton

Garnier Thiebaut Figues (Figs), jacquard woven cotton

Check out our new Kitchen product category! Browse coated aprons, ceramic pieces, and kitchen towels. All of these items are made in France.

Cigale Garlic Grinding Plate

Cigale Garlic Grinding Plate

Quimper Faience Henriot Spoonrest

Quimper Faience Henriot Spoonrest

Garnier-Thiebaut Paris Tea Towel

Garnier-Thiebaut Paris Tea Towel

Sylvie Jourdan Cream Poppies Coated Apron

Sylvie Jourdan Cream Poppies Coated Apron

We are going to the Orange County Mining Company Spring Bridal Show on Sunday, March 29.  The event is from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00 if you reserve ahead of time, or $10.00 at the door. There will be a menu tasting and raffle prizes as well. We’re donating a Bougies la Francaise scented jar candle for the raffle. 

We will be showing our tableware, tablecloths, candles, and children’s clothing (adorable French styles for flower girls and ring bearers). 

oc-mining-co-bridal-show-flyer

Attention fans of Quimper Faience jewelry: all of our new stock is available online! We have lots of new colors and styles, so check them out. Don’t forget, Valentine’s Day is around the corner…

Next week we’ll be updating the home page of I Dream of France to include new shots of product groupings. I don’t know which, if any, of the folowing photos will make it onto the site, but I enjoyed taking them and wanted to share.

Quimper Faience Heart and Cross Necklaces

Quimper Faience Heart and Cross Necklaces, Bougies la Francaise candle

Antheor Carcassonne tableware, Berlingot dress, Compagnie de Provence and Provence Sante soaps, Garnier-Thiebaut towel, and Sud and Co plate

Antheor Carcassonne tableware, Berlingot dress, Compagnie de Provence lotion, Provence Sante soap, Garnier-Thiebaut towel, and Sud and Co plate

Quimper Faience jewelry, Bougies la Francaise candle, Deshoulieres plates

Quimper Faience jewelry, Bougies la Francaise candle, Deshoulieres plates

Hope you all are having a great holiday season!

We sold out of our Quimper Faience Rooster Ornament from HB-Henriot, but don’t worry, we’ll have plenty more next year.

Are you in the mood to treat yourself, after shopping for everyone else? Here are some terrific pick-me-ups to help carry you into the new year. Click any of the pictures to view more information on I Dream of France.com.

Garnier-Thiebaut Mille Couleurs Throw Pillow (more colors available)

Garnier-Thiebaut Mille Couleurs Throw Pillow (more colors available)

Apiana Honey Soap 2-Bar Box

Apiana Honey Soap 2-Bar Box

Sud and Co. Breakfast Cup in Yellow with Cow

Sud and Co. Breakfast Cup in Yellow with Cow