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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

We now offer round plates, lug bowls, mugs, and spoonrests in HB Henriot Quimper’s top-selling faience patterns in America: Henriot and Fleuri Royal.

Henriot features a man or a woman on each piece wearing traditional clothing of Brittany.

Henriot pattern

Henriot pattern

Fleuri Royal is a floral pattern made unique by individual artists. Each piece is slightly different since the artist decorates and paints it according to his or her inspiration. The only required similarity between pieces is the floral garland on the outer edge.

Fleuri Royal pattern

Fleuri Royal pattern

Our products are now included on Google’s shopping search service. You can search for products and also make your own Shopping List (a.k.a. wish list) on Google. Here are some example searches that feature our products:

Quimper Faience

Berlingot Clothes

Antheor

Sud and Co

Having trouble  finding what you want? Try putting a phrase in quotation marks to restrict the results to include that exact phrase (“sud and co”). If you want to search only products from I Dream of France, add Dream of France to the search text box ( the easy way), or add +Dream+of+France&lnk=storesugg to the end of the search results URL (the advanced way).

Valentine’s day is coming up, and we have the perfect selection of unique and affordable presents for that special person. Check out our selection of Faience Jewelry, handmade and handpainted in Brittany (lots of heart-shaped pendants to choose from!) We also have French perfume, high-quality soaps and lotions from Marseille, kitchen aprons and tea-towels, Limoges porcelain, beautiful Provence mugs, scented candles and much more. Prices start at under $20, so we truly have something for any budget.

French Gifts from Brittany, Limoges, and Provence

French Gifts from Brittany, Limoges, and Provence

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