Halloween is coming! Looking for some new ways to decorate a pumpkin? Here are some fresh ideas we discovered this year.

Toile Pumpkin -- Photo by Miki Duisterhof for Country Living Magazine

Toile Pumpkin -- Photo by Miki Duisterhof for Country Living Magazine

First, how about a French Country toile pumpkin? Click the photo for a link to Country Living Magazine’s article on how to decoupage an artifical pumpkin. I would make this in  black and white toile and display it with smaller pumpkins covered in black and white checks.

Monogram Thumbtack Pumpkin -- All in a Day Blog

Monogram Thumbtack Pumpkin -- All in a Day Blog

Next: a nickel-colored pumpkin with your own monogram! Click the photo to go to the All in a Day blog and see how Amy made this. I haven’t seen a pumpkin like this before, and I think it’s unique, charming, and lovely. Another stylish colorway would be a black pumpkin with brass thumbtacks.(I discovered this pumpkin via Pinterest — if you haven’t heard of this site before, check it out!)

Terra Cotta Jack O'Lanterns -- Shabby Chic Shar Blog

Terra Cotta Jack O'Lanterns -- Shabby Chic Shar Blog

A friend of mine collects terra cotta jack o’ lanterns from the flea market. She has several sizes with varying faces. The lid (or hat) of each pumpkin comes off so you can put a votive candle inside. I found this photo of a similar collection from the Shabby Chic Shar Blog.

Halloween Light-Up Pumpkin by Day

Halloween Light-Up Pumpkin by Day

Halloween Light-Up Pumpkin by Night

Halloween Light-Up Pumpkin by Night

Here is a light-up electrical pumpkin I found at a discount store. It is made of a metal frame covered with a thin layer of woven fibers, sequins, and a felt leaf and stem. Under the frame are light bulbs. The lighted effect is a pleasant anticipation of Christmas lights…only a month or so away!

Coucke Citrouille (Pumpkin) Dish Towel from I Dream of France

Coucke Citrouille (Pumpkin) Dish Towel from I Dream of France

And last but not least…a French pumpkin kitchen towel! This design is super popular in our shop, and people love the grommet in the corner for hanging. The cheerful mix of colors make this towel pretty year-round. No need to pack it up after jack o’ lantern season is over.

Hope you feel inspired to try something new this year, and Happy Halloween!

–Brett

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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

A little dated, but I don’t think this piece by the Orange County Register ever made it on the blog:

“I Dream of France celebrated the grand opening of their new location with a ribbon-cutting on Thursday. Tustin City Councilman John Nielsen joined owners Jean-Michel and Brett Carlouet as they cut the red ribbon and greeted many well-wishers and customers. A small reception followed.

Among the shoppers were Linda Jennings of the Tustin Preservation Conservancy, Suzanne Crehan of Seven Gables Real Estate, Pete Beatty and Gretchen Wilbert and Bill Teter of the Tustin Historical Society.

I Dream of France, which features unique home décor and gift items from France, is located at 150 E. Main Street, in the Cox’s Market Plaza building, next to Miss Bobbie’s Low Carb Shoppe and Old Town Flooring.”

I Dream of france ribbon cutting ceremony

Tustin City Councilman John Nielsen, along with Pete Beatty of the Tustin Historical Society, assisted I Dream of France owners Jean Michel and Brett Carlouet with their ribbon cutting. PHOTO COURTESY OF MARGE REDMOND

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

The April issue of Elle Decor magazine is themed “the travel issue” and is full of luscious dwellings abroad. Capturing my heart is, of course, an apartment in Paris overlooking the Rue de l’Université on the Left Bank of the Seine. The apartment belongs to a glass and ceramics designer named Olivier Gagnère who has worked for Bernardaud among others. Ceramics are a particular passion of mine, and we were lucky enough to tour the Bernardaud factory in Limoges a few years ago. Peeking into the private home of one of their designers shows another facet of the creativity of this world. What a treat!

Gagnere Paris Apartment - Simon Upton for Elle Decor

Gagnere Paris Apartment - Simon Upton for Elle Decor

Gagnere Paris Apartment - Simon Upton for Elle Decor

Gagnere Paris Apartment - Simon Upton for Elle Decor

Gagnere Paris Apartment - Simon Upton for Elle Decor

Gagnere Paris Apartment - Simon Upton for Elle Decor

What I love: the liberal use of the colors lavender and tangerine; the striped Basque tablecloth (similar to our Saint Jean de Luz coated tablecloth); the wall collages of framed drawings, watercolors, and photographs; the bright red dinosaur perched above a cabinet; the pint-size kitchen with a full-size table set for four. These are among the best things in life…color, humor, breaking bread with friends. Wouldn’t you agree?