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

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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

The Third Annual Old Town Art Walk & Wine Tasting is happening this weekend! The events are set up all over Old Town, so come have lunch in one of the neighborhood restaurants, walk around, and make a day of it. (The Weather Channel says we’ll have sun again by then, no worries!)

Saturday, October 23, 2010
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fine art for viewing and purchase…Plein Air Contest ($2000 in prize money available)…Live music…Photo contest & exhibit…Kids Art at the Library…Bus Tours of Historic Old Town Tustin…Wine Tasting!

Stop by our new boutique where we’ll be handing out bottles of water!

I Dream of France
150 E. Main St (between El Camino Real and Prospect)
(714) 730-2182

Art for Sale at I Dream of France

We are proud to offer art year-round in our boutique. Choose from:

  • Original oil paintings of botanical still lifes and children on the beach. These works are framed and ready to hang.
  • Photographic prints of Paris monuments by French photographer Evelyn Morris.
  • CDs of music by French singer Carline (winner of the French Grammy in the 1950s).
  • Handmade faience jewelry by HB-Henriot Quimper, imported from Brittany, France.

I Dream of France Boutique - Old Town Tustin

Ready, Set, Holiday!

Here they come again…the holidays! Will you be hosting this year? Inviting new friends? Going to someone else’s home? Skipping the hubbub to enjoy a quiet time at home?

Whatever your plans (sometimes they shift last-minute, we know how it goes), we have beautiful items to help you make your holiday merry and bright. Our busy elves have been unpacking French jacquard and toile tablecloths, glassware with bees and fleur de lys, and colorful block-printed table runners and placemats.

Need a hostess gift? Try French perforated taper candles, Limoges boxes, and soaps from Provence.

If you want a BIG wow for your home, come see our selection of rejuvenated vintage furniture, repaired and repainted in French colors to add charm and light to any space.

–Brett

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

Quimper Faience

If you are interested in the history and culture of France, you can subscribe to a very informative free e-mail newsletter called France Monthly.

This month the spotlight is on the Northern town of Quimper. For example, did you know that the local cathedral of St Corentin took over six centuries to build?  Those of you who appreciate the beautiful Quimper pottery will undoubtedly enjoy reading this piece. The faiencerie of HB Henriot is mentioned by name.

To read the newsletter or subscribe, follow this link: France Monthly – Quimper

Quimper Faience

One of our favorite lines of products is the Quimper Faïence from HB-Henriot. Following a tradition of more than 300 years, the small company based in Britanny, France, still makes and paints every single piece by hand, one brush stroke at the time. While their work is rooted in tradition, the company has embraced new technologies for staying in touch with their customers. They just released their new 2010 catalog and put it online for everybody to see. As it is impossible for any retailer to have all their products in stock at all times (though we keep adding more on our website on a regular basis!), we can now bring you the entire catalog through the internet. View or download their catalog and let us know which pieces you are interested in and we can add them to our next monthly order. Follow the link and see for yourself: QUIMPER 2010 CATALOG

We are only two weeks into the new year, and we can already announce new lines of products and new products for existing brands for 2010. We just came back from the Atlanta Gift Show, where we happened to see Karen Lee Ballard in person, and found two new lines of table linens.

First is Le Cluny, who cuts and sews Provençal fabric (imported from France) in North Carolina into a wide range of table linens. The majority of our new tablecloths from Le Cluny are acrylic coated.

Second is Couleur Nature, designed by Parisian designer Bruno Lamy and manufactured in India. These are fantastic block printed designs.

Couleur Nature Block Printed French Tablecloth

Couleur Nature Block Printed French Tablecloth

We will soon be carrying a new line of French soaps named La Lavande. Despite their name they offer many great scents, not just lavender, in various sizes and exciting shapes; genuine Provence soaps at great prices.

Our Laguiole knives were a big hit last year and we are adding more products, such as a cheese set, to our selection.

Our line of La Rochere glasses will receive a new pattern called “Anduze,” as well as pitchers and carafes in our bee and Fleur de Lys pattern.

La Rochere Anduze French Glass

La Rochere Anduze French Glass

We are excited to announce that all the Quimper Faience patterns will now be available this year in the US. That means a huge selection will now be offered. We will be stocking some of their products, but since it is impossible to carry everything, we will take orders for what we don’t currently have. Delivery time for these orders is between four and eight weeks.