Gifts for Mom

Mother’s Day is on May 11 this year in the U.S. and Canada. Below are some gift ideas. There are many more ideas on I Dream of France. Click any of the photos to view and purchase each product on our website.

Please call us with questions regarding availability and shipping times at (888) 96-FRANCE or (714) 730-2182.

Provencal Style Cotton Fabric Tote Bags

These beautiful quilted cotton bags were inspired by the tradional “indiennes” prints and is hand block-printed. Perfect as handbags, for shopping, and for the beach. 100% cotton, eco friendly, azo-free, machine washable. 15×13″ with a 6×6″ inside pocket and a coordinated print fabric strap.

Morgan Blue Cotton Tote Bag

Morgan Blue Cotton Tote Bag

Topaz Black Large Cotton Tote Bag

Topaz Black Large Cotton Tote Bag

 

Columbian Large Cotton Tote Bag

Columbian Large Cotton Tote Bag

The same company makes beautiful scarves and tea towels as well!

Versailles Blue Cotton Coated Provence Tablecloths by Le Cluny

Olive Indiennes Dish Towel

Olive Indiennes Dish Towel

 

Eiffel Tower in the Clouds Magnet Set

Eiffel Tower in the Clouds Set of Three Magnets

Eiffel Tower in the Clouds Set of Three Magnets

Matching notebook and greeting card available as well.


Crazylibellule & the Poppies Jeanne Voyage Perfume Stick

From cult favorite Crazylibellule and the Poppies, the Jeanne Voyage solid perfume stick is scented with notes of iris of Florence, java nutmeg, and Sicilian bergamot. A fragrance created to pay tribute to Jeanne Lanvin, famous French dressmaker who founded the oldest Parisian “Haute Couture” fashion house. Always ahead of her time, she created an empire around her three passions: fashion, fragrance, decoration. Her trips around the world were her source of inspiration.
Crazy Libellule Perfume

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For more gift ideas, check out the Mother’s Day section on our website!

Spring is nearly here! Time to renew, refresh, and set a beautiful table with a French tablecloth from I Dream of France. Whether you need a longer cloth to cover your table with its leaves in place, or a square or round cloth to fit a secondary table, we’ve got you (and your table) covered. Check out our extensive selection of coated, jacquard, and polyester French tablecloth designs.

Le Cluny Monaco Blue French Coated Tablecloth

This pattern with the lemons is now available in a 90-inch round size (no seam)!

Couleur Nature Lemon Tree Yellow/Blue Cotton Tablecloth

 

Make Cleanup Easier with Acrylic and Teflon

An acrylic-coated tablecloth wipes clean to welcome children at the table, yet is beautiful to please the adult eye. A teflon-coated cloth helps spills bead up before sinking into the cloth. Choose either to ease your workload and enjoy a lovely table.

Le Cluny Lisa Blue French Country Tablecloth

 

French-Designed Polyester Tablecloths

An easy-care, economical option to set your table, indoors or out.

Bouquet Yellow French provencal Round Tablecloth

 

Table-Setting Tips

For tips on how to set the table the way the French do, see our previous blog entry Setting the Table a la Francaise.

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All tablecloths are not created equal. One of the things that make the traditional Provencal round tablecloth so desirable is the “placé” design. Placé is a French word that means “placed”. Basically, on a placé tablecloth, the design is “placed” on the shape of the tablecloth instead of the tablecloth being cut from a length of regular printed fabric. What does all this mean? Well, just take a look at our example below showing two Lisa Blue tablecloths and you will get the idea immediately.  One of the problems in having a linear pattern fabric for a round tablecloth is how the lines appear distorted around the sides of the table. The beauty of the round placé, on the other hand, is that the design will adapt to any size table.

Placé vs Linear patterns

Placé vs Linear patterns

Placé is not only used for round tablecloths but it is definitely its biggest application. The difficulty with a rectangular placé is that if  the proportions between the length and the width of the table are not exactly right, the placé design will not look right.

Rectangular placés don't always fit right

Rectangular placés don't always fit right

Most of our printed tablecloths come in placé in the 68″ or 70″ round sizes. The small (60″) and the oversize (90″) rounds — usually available through special order — are linear designs (not placé).

Another term used along with placé is “cadré” (framed in English). A cadré design is similar to a placé as it follows the contour of the tablecloth, but instead of a design that reaches the center of the tablecloth, it only has a frame pattern around the circumference. The center of the tablecloth is mostly a solid color or a light design.

Jacquard cadré tablecloth

Jacquard cadré tablecloth

Our French jacquard tablecloths come in cadré designs in square and rectangular sizes.

Who knew the French took their tablecloths so seriously? For a culture known for elevating food to an art form and a multi-course event, it makes sense to extend the same level of care and thought to the table setting used for presenting its cuisine. A feast for the eyes!

For more information, browse our table linen section, visit our FAQ section, or contact us!

–Jean-Michel

A blogger I love to read, Skip to My Lou, recently published a tutorial for crafting fabric sunflowers. She suggests sewing a pin on the back to wear on a lapel, but I was thinking they would also make fantastic accents for table place settings! A sweet reminder of the fields of sunflowers across Provence and many parts of France.

Fabric Sunflowers from Skip to My Lou

Fabric Sunflowers from Skip to My Lou

Here are some tablecloths from I Dream of France that feature sunflowers!

Vent du Sud French jacquard Tablecloth

 

Le Cluny French Coated Tablecloth - Sunflower Red

 

Vent du Sud French Coated Tablecloth

  

Le Cluny French Country Collection

Le Cluny French Country Collection

Le Cluny has been importing and selling fine Provencal table linens for nearly twenty years. Located in North Carolina and French owned, Le Cluny imports French fabrics by the bolt and does the cutting and sewing on the premises, allowing them to be more flexible and competitive, and to control the quality of the finished product. Like other French manufacturers, most of their tablecloths are available with an acrylic coating for easy care.

We are very proud to offer their French Country Collection tablecloths, placemats and eyeglass cases, as well as their “toile de Jouy” design tablecloths. We are in the process of entering their products so make sure you keep visiting I Dream of France; you won’t be disappointed!