After several weeks’ wait, our new shipment of Beauvillé kitchen towels has arrived from France! We restocked several designs that had sold out, and have new designs to show you as well. Beauvillé towels are block printed by hand on a linen-cotton blend towel (which some customers have told us is their favorite blend for drying dishes). Their designs are uniquely beautiful and top-quality, and they have been printing textiles in the Alsace region of France since 1759. Click any of the photos to view more information on I Dream of France.

As always, ground shipping is free for orders of $75 or more! No coupon code required. For faster shipping, or for destinations outside the USA and Canada, please inquire for shipping charges at 1-888-96-FRANCE or bonjour@idreamoffrance.com.

Beauville Passiflore Tea Towel

The Passiflore towel will appeal to tea enthusiasts with a variety of plants such as oregano (oregan), St. John’s Wort (millepertuis), rosemary (Romarin), verbena (verveine), burdock (bardane), elderberry (sureau noir), and chamomile (camomille).
Beauville Passiflore Tea Towel

Beauville Fruits Rouge French Tea Towel

The Red Fruits (Fruits Rouge in French) towel has brightly colored raspberries (framboises), blackcurrant (cassis), cherries (cerises), strawberries (fraises), blueberries (myrtilles) and currant (groseilles).
Beauville Fruits Rouge French Tea Towel

Beauville Orchids French Tea Towel

The Orchids (Orchidées in French) towel has a beautiful array of orchids on a gray background.
Beauville Orchids French Tea Towel

Beauville Lavande de Provence French Tea Towel

The Lavande de Provence towel is a beautiful Provencal towel design featuring elements of Provence life: olives, olive oil, lavender, figs, lemons, wisteria and a Provencal village..
Beauville Lavande de Provence French Tea Towel

 

We are amazed every time we receive new Beauvillé tea towels at how beautiful they are. The colors, the artwork, and the quality of the printing are just so splendidly over the top for something so utilitarian as a kitchen towel! Located in Alsace, France, Beauvillé block prints their designs by hand on linen-blend toweling. Opening a new box from Beauvillé feels like Christmas morning. Speaking of which, we received several beautiful Christmas-themed towels in this shipment. Here are some of their designs. Click any of the photos to view them on I Dream of France and read more information about them.

Beauville Chat Pitre Tea Towel

Beauville Chat Pitre Tea Towel

Beauville Bandol Wine Tea Towel

Beauville Bandol Wine Tea Towel

Beauville St-Paul Provence Tea Towel

Beauville St-Paul Provence Tea Towel

Beauville Orchids Tea Towel - Black

Beauville Orchids Tea Towel - Black

Beauville Paris Retro Tea Towel

Beauville Paris Retro Tea Towel

Beauville Paris Magic Blue Tea Towel

Beauville Paris Magic Blue Tea Towel

Beauvillé Pain d'Epices Christmas Tea Towel

Beauvillé Pain d'Epices Christmas Tea Towel

— Brett and Jean-Michel

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

New Kitchen Towels from Beauvillé

Our new St. Paul design is Provence on a towel! It has all the elements of Provençal life: olives, lavender flowers and sachets, savon de Marseille, cicadas, olive oil and more. Beauvillé towels are printed on a linen-cotton blend for beauty and durability.

Beauville St Paul Provence Tea Towel

New Table Linens and Towels from Couleur Nature

We just got in fresh stock of beautiful hand-blockprinted linens from Couleur Nature — round and rectangular tablecloths, napkins, runners, and kitchen towels.

Below are photos of the Fig and Lemon Tree designs.

Couleur Nature Fig Linens

Couleur Nature Lemon Tree Tablecloth

Spring is Around the Corner (Really)…

…and it’s not too early to think about outdoor table settings. Many of our popular coated tablecloth patterns are also available with umbrella holes and as coated chair pads to set a beautiful table outdoors. These options take up to 8 weeks to deliver, so if you are considering a new look for Easter, Passover, Memorial Day, or graduation time, take a look at our Provençal designs.

Below are photos of the Sunflower Red tablecloth and Lisa Blue French style chair pad, both from Le Cluny French Country Collection.

Le Cluny Sunflower Red Tablecloth with Umbrella Hole

Le Cluny French Chair Pad in Lisa Blue

Taste of Orange County Blog Review

And now to toot our own horn a bit…the Food Blogger from Orange Coast Magazine, Priscilla Mayfield, visited our Tustin boutique last week and gave us this lovely write-up. Check it out!

I Dream of France in Tustin, and also everywhere else

Placemat Display at I Dream of France by Emet Martinez

Placemat Display at I Dream of France by Emet Martinez

–Brett

AkzoNobel’s Aesthetic Center has just published its Colour Futures 2011 guide. The dominant trend they predict is Appreciation, a refreshing concept, non? As they say, “This concept is packed with what we hold most dear and truthful — a home base that is simple and informal and rooted in the here and now.” The color they suggest to represent this trend is what they call Lime Twist, shown as the lower wall color in the photo below.

Lime Twist courtesy of colourfutures.com

Lime Twist courtesy of colourfutures.com

One might also call this spring green, lemongrass, or a mellow chartreuse. In my opinion it is warmer than pistachio. It’s not exactly wasabi, either, but if you want to call it that, I won’t argue.

I happen to love this color and think it mixes harmoniously with many other colors, such as the grey as shown in the photo. I would also put it with many shades of blue and brown, and think it would really shine with hot shades of pink or orange. Lavender would be a soothing mate.

Here are some products from I Dream of France that feature Lime Twist:

La Lavande Tilleul Soap at I Dream of France

La Lavande Tilleul Soap at I Dream of France

Bougies la Francaise Candlesticks from I Dream of France

Bougies la Francaise Candlesticks from I Dream of France

Beauville Orchids Linen Tea Towel from I Dream of France

Beauville Orchids Linen Tea Towel from I Dream of France

Merci to the fabulous Ellen Kennon who wrote about this report on Twitter and her blog!

— Brett