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

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Philippe Deshoulières Canapé Plates

This French city of Limoges would probably remain unknown to the world if it were not for the amazing porcelain it produces. Located in the central region of Limousin, the city of Limoges has a very rich history dating back to the Roman empire. Remains of a Roman amphitheater as well as many edifices from the middle ages and renaissance make Limoges an interesting destination for anybody interested in history.

However, what sets Limoges apart from other historical cities in France is its porcelain industry. A few decades before the French Revolution, supplies of kaolin clay were found near Limoges. The exact type of kaolin made it possible to produce fine porcelain to compete with the popular pieces made in China at the time. The Limoges porcelain was delicate and very white, almost translucent, making it extremely desirable.  First commissioned by the king Louis XVI, the manufacture of Limoges porcelain gave birth to various companies after the revolution. Names include Bernardaud, Raynaud, Haviland or Philippe Deshoulières.

The Deshoulières group (headquartered near my hometown of Poitiers) is one of the most renowned porcelain manufacturer since it opened in 1826 and is famous for its contemporary designs. We chose a beautiful, yet very affordable, line of canapé plates to carry in our collection. The canapé plates are six inches in diameter, perfect for dessert, salad or hors d’oeuvres served around the couch (canapé means couch in French). They come in a beautiful lavender gift box, are dishwasher safe and adorn the genuine “Porcelaine de Limoges” stamp. Each has a theme, French Castles, Wine and Cheese, Merchant Row, St Tropez Beaches, Herbs, and Walk in Provence. They make a very thoughtful gift and they are the perfect way to treat yourself to the real Limoges at a very affordable price.

Until the end of August, all our Deshoulières sets are 10% off! Use coupon code LIMOGES in the shopping cart or stop by our boutique in Tustin.

— Jean-Michel

P.S. Read about our trip to Limoges and the porcelain factory tour we took!

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?

French Holiday Gifts

The holidays are back! Having a hard time finding gift ideas? Well, we have you covered! I Dream of France is full of unique, high-quality gifts and you are sure to find something for everybody on your list. From Limoges porcelain plate sets….to hard-to-find cult French perfume brands….to handmade Quimper Faience jewelry…to children’s toys and clothes…we have something for everybody!

We also have a dedicated Christmas category on our website for items that are themed just for the season…including kitchen towels, and our Quimper Faience ornaments, which we have in three patterns this year. Last year we sold out of our ornaments, so order early!

Our Deshoulieres canapé plates are a big hit! A customer asked recently whether the rims are smooth or have an embossed pattern. The patterns we carry all have smooth rims: Merchant Row, Les Plages de St Tropez, Provence, and Wine and Cheese.  These patterns are lovely and make a special gift and a unique presentation at your table for dessert or appetizers. Made in Limoges, France.

 

Deshoulieres Plages de St Tropez Canape Plate

Deshoulieres Plages de St Tropez Canape Plate

 

Deshoulières Provence Canapé Plates

Deshoulières Provence Canapé Plates

 

Deshoulieres Canape Plates Merchant Row

Deshoulieres Canape Plates Merchant Row

 

Deshoulieres Wine and Cheese Canape Plates

Deshoulieres Wine and Cheese Canape Plates

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). 

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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