For the Old Town Tustin Promenade Home Tour, I decorated three tables in the garden of a charming bungalow. The family who lives here is laidback, sporty, and sweet. They spend a lot of time outdoors. It was fun to bring over some French decor for a day.

Le Cluny Blue Monaco tablecloth on porch

Le Cluny Blue Monaco French Coated Tablecloth and napkins, Le Cadeaux melamine tableware, Eiffel tower napkin rings, L’Ami Provencal Raspberry Old Fashioned Candy, handpainted ceramic herb and salt mills with metal basket holder.

Bunny on Cicada Blue provencal tablecloth

Cast iron bunny sculpture, Cicada Blue Provencal tablecloth.

Eiffel tower on table with wine tote bag

Le Cluny Travel Blue jacquard tablecloth, 18-inch Eiffel Tower, jute wine tote bag, La Rochere Versailles wine glasses.

Tree with bicycle and heart

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Are you going to the Villa Park Home Tour on April 28, or the Old Town Tustin Promenade on May 4? Look for I Dream of France and say Bonjour!

Villa Park Home Tour

I Dream of France will be decorating three tables at an historic home nestled in an orange grove. The home tour is on Sunday, April 28, from 12:00-5:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance ($45 on the event day) and you can purchase them at The Green Pear boutique, The Flowery, or Villa Park Pharmacy in The Villa Park Shopping Center.

Tickets include two drinks of your choice at the Post Tour Party being held outside between City Hall and Rockwell’s Restaurant starting at 4:00 p.m. You can also buy food wristbands for $10 (advance purchase only).

Here is a sample house from this year’s home tour:

Villa Park Home Tour

Old Town Tustin Promenade

The Promenade is a day-long series of events. If you’ve always wanted to walk around Old Town, this is your day. We’ll be open all day, so stop by and say Bonjour! The home tour is on Saturday, May 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 on the event day) and you can purchase them at the Tustin Area Museum, Mrs. B’s Consignments, or Fred & Daffy’s Antiques & Collectibles in Tustin. Here is a sample house from a previous year’s home tour:

Old Town Tustin Promenade Home Tour

–Ashley

Stock Your Pantry with French Food!

Planning a holiday dinner? Thinking about hostess gifts? We just unpacked big boxes of French food items that will help you have a great time. Visitez I Dream of France to find more.

As always, orders of $75 or more ship free! (Alaska and Hawaii pay $10 extra.) Don’t forget we ship to Canada! We can also ship to Australia and anywhere else worldwide. If you are outside of North America, just call us or send us an e-mail of what you want to order so we can figure the shipping for you.

Below are some new items…more selection on our website and in our Old Town Tustin boutique!

Chocolate and Hazelnut Spread from l’Epicurien

Tastier and healthier than Nutella, this Chocolate and Hazelnut Spread is perfect for an afternoon snack, sandwiches for the kids, breakfast pancakes, with ice cream, or for party amuse gueules.

Chocolate and Hazelnut Spread from l'Epicurien

Le Paludier Fleur de Sel de Guerande French Sea Salt

Gift of the of the sun, wind and ocean, the Fleur de sel from Guérande is quite simply dried under the sun. The Fleur de Sel is rich in trace elements and heightens the flavor of your dishes to delight your taste buds. It is ideal for dipping raw vegetables such as radishes (what the French call “à la croque au sel”), for salads, grilled meat & fish, and much more…

Le Paludier Fleur de Sel de Guerande French Sea Salt

Duck and Pork Paté with Orange

This Duck and Pork Paté with Orange is perfect as an appetizer, a snack or for parties. Enjoy the taste of central France with this traditional duck and pork paté on bread or crackers.

Duck and Pork Paté with Orange

–Brett

See us in the November issue of Orange Coast Magazine!

Orange Coast magazine - November 2012

Look for the November 2012 issue of Orange Coast Magazine (with “Real Housewife” Gretchen Rossi on the cover). The Neighborhoods column on page 32 explores Old Town Tustin’s century-old storefronts and features some of the local businesses, including I Dream of France! There are a map and photos of the neighborhood, too. We are so delighted to be included!

We love Orange Coast!

–Brett

Trick or Treat!

FREE trick or treating in Old Town Tustin on Halloween, this Wednesday! Put on costumes and come to our neighborhood after school from 3:00-5:00, and trick or treat with the restaurants and shops. Hundreds of people come every year. It’s a fun time to visit and people-watch.

Old Town Tustin centers around the intersection of Main and El Camino Real with lots of free parking around the neighborhood. Google Maps Link

Here are some photos from last year…

Marge Redmond Flamme of Old Town Flooring

Marge Redmond Flamme of Old Town Flooring

Marge Redmond Flamme at Old Town Flooring.

Jean-Michel and Miss Bobbie in front of Miss Bobbie's Low-Carb Shoppe & Cafe

Jean-Michel and Miss Bobbie in front of Miss Bobbie’s Low-Carb Shoppe & Cafe

Jean-Michel poses with Miss Bobbie at Miss Bobbie’s Low-Carb Shoppe.

France Today Magazine

NEW this month and available in-store only! I Dream of France now offers France Today magazine. Written in English, France Today is full of articles about French travel, food & wine, culture, design, shopping, real estate and much more. Each issue also includes the TV5MONDE listings (US cable/satellite channel of French programming).

We also offer Edible Orange County magazine for more articles about food, art, and Southern California culture. The Fall 2012 issue is all about chocolate!

–Brett

This is our third year of watching the Tiller Days parade go in front of our boutique in Old Town Tustin, and each year we love it a little more. It’s an old-fashioned, yet contemporary, slice of life in Southern California. The parade lasts about two hours and includes cheerleaders, dancers, and bands from the local high schools, as well as ROTC volunteers, Shriners, tractors, boy and girl scouts, local businesses and organizations, and horses. This post is picture-heavy. I wanted to capture it all!

Tustin Mayor John Nielsen

Tustin Mayor John Nielsen

Tustin High Tiller Flags

Tustin High Tiller Flags

Tractors

Tractors on Main Street

Thomas Jefferson High School Army JROTC

Thomas Jefferson High School Army JROTC

Butterfly Ladies from Flight of the Monarch

Butterfly Ladies from Flight of the Monarch

Horse with Rider and Flag

Horse with Rider and Flag

El Bekal Shriners Clown on Fire Truck

El Bekal Shriners Clown on Fire Truck

Orange High School Panther Cheerleaders

Orange High School Panther Cheerleaders

Dancer

Dancer

Tustin Area Historical Society with North Hills/Ricci Realty Trolley

Tustin Area Historical Society with North Hills/Ricci Realty Trolley

Beckman High Patriot Marching Band

Beckman High Patriot Marching Band

Ballet Folklorico Revolucion Dancer

Ballet Folklorico Revolucion Dancer

Foothill High Knights Cheerleaders

Foothill High Knights Cheerleaders

–Brett

P.S. Want to see last year’s photos? Click here.

Every year on Halloween, the merchants of Old Town Tustin pass out candy to trick-or-treaters after school hours, before it gets dark. This year there were about 400 kids and parents walking around. Top costumes included multiple Marios and a Luigi (who knew they were popular again?), a family of nerds, Pebbles & Bam-Bam, princesses, and lions. In between clusters of kids, we snapped some photos. Scroll down to see all of them.

Trick or Treaters Passing by Prospect Village

Trick or Treaters Passing by Prospect Village

Trick or Treaters Stopping at Old Town Flooring

Trick or Treaters Stopping at Old Town Flooring

Trick or Treaters Passing by I. Initial

Trick or Treaters Passing by I. Initial

As festivities wound down, we posed for photos with our neighbors.

Miss Bobbie and Jean-Michel

Miss Bobbie and Jean-Michel

Here is Jean-Michel (a Frenchman dressed as a Frenchman, get it?) and Miss Bobbie as a witch in front of Miss Bobbie’s Low Carb Shoppe & Cafe.

Marge Redmond Flamme of Old Town Flooring

Marge Redmond Flamme of Old Town Flooring

Here is Marge Redmond Flamme in front of Old Town Flooring. Does the broom give her costume away?

Brett at I Dream of France

Brett at I Dream of France

Here I am, in front of I Dream of France, dressed as…the American wife of a Frenchman!

–Brett