Mother’s Day is coming up fast on May 9! Want to honor your mother, wife, grandmother, aunt, sister, or other dear lady in your life? Stumped for gift ideas? Check out our gift guide. I Dream of France has something for every taste and every budget.

Bougies la Francaise Angel Ball Candle

Bougies la Francaise Angel Ball Candle

We are proud to welcome two new brands of fine French table linens to our product range!

Le Cluny Yellow Lavenders Coated Tablecloth

Le Cluny Yellow Lavenders Coated Tablecloth

The first is Le Cluny. Le Cluny is a French-owned company based in North Carolina that imports fabric from France and sews it into various products such as coated tablecloths, napkins, placemats, chair pads and even eyeglass cases. By doing the cutting and sewing themselves, they are able to control both the quality and cost of their products. The result is a beautiful selection of Provence and toile de Jouy products at a reasonable price point. For those of you with antique or hard-to-fit tables–Le Cluny can make you a tablecloth made to measure in your choice of print. You can even add an umbrella hole to a coated tablecloth to use outside!

Couleur Nature Bleuet Blue-Green Tablecloth / Napkins

Couleur Nature Bleuet Blue-Green Tablecloth / Napkins

The second line is Couleur Nature. Also based in the USA, this San Diego company offers hand-blockprinted table linens designed in Paris and made in India. An age-old Indian tradition, block printing allows for bright colors in intricate patterns and the tell-tale quality of handmade work. Couleur Nature designs range from Provençal to Paris Flea Market and are printed on thick cotton with excellent hand and drape.

Bougies la Francaise Flower Candles in Flower Pots

Bougies la Francaise Flower Candles in Flower Pots

Also in: New French Candles from Bougies la Francaise! We have jar candles in two sizes with scents both familiar and fresh, old-fashioned perforated tapers, as well as beautiful hand-sculpted candles shaped like flowers and cherubs. Look at the incredible detail! Just the thing to brighten your day or wow someone for a gift. Imagine these for Easter or for Mother’s Day.

–Brett & Jean-Michel

Tomorrow, Saturday December 5th, I Dream of France is exhibiting at a Holiday Bazaar benefiting the Beckman High School Vocal  Arts Boosters. Event is from 9-3 in the parking lot at Beckman High. Free admission and parking. We will be selling a selection from our boutique including the very popular “herbes de provence” mills and other ceramic pieces, kitchen towels, aprons, soaps, candles, and baby items (Sophie the Giraffe, Baby Cie melamine dinnerware and bibs).  

Beckman High
3588 Bryan Avenue
Irvine, CA 92602

Beckman High Holiday Bazaar in Tustin

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

Attention fans of Quimper Faience jewelry: all of our new stock is available online! We have lots of new colors and styles, so check them out. Don’t forget, Valentine’s Day is around the corner…

Next week we’ll be updating the home page of I Dream of France to include new shots of product groupings. I don’t know which, if any, of the folowing photos will make it onto the site, but I enjoyed taking them and wanted to share.

Quimper Faience Heart and Cross Necklaces

Quimper Faience Heart and Cross Necklaces, Bougies la Francaise candle

Antheor Carcassonne tableware, Berlingot dress, Compagnie de Provence and Provence Sante soaps, Garnier-Thiebaut towel, and Sud and Co plate

Antheor Carcassonne tableware, Berlingot dress, Compagnie de Provence lotion, Provence Sante soap, Garnier-Thiebaut towel, and Sud and Co plate

Quimper Faience jewelry, Bougies la Francaise candle, Deshoulieres plates

Quimper Faience jewelry, Bougies la Francaise candle, Deshoulieres plates

Why are our scented candles from Bougies la Française so great? Because they are 100% scented soy wax. Inferior candles are often made of a core of plain wax surrounded by a smaller amount of scented wax. Manufacturers do this to save money, and as a result you get an inconsistent candle. With candles from Bougies la Française (bougies means candles in French), you get long-lasting scent that stays true, made with high-quality essential oils. They are also made in France by skilled workers under fair labor conditions.

Don’t cut corners — get the best.

Click any of the pictures to view the products on I Dream of France:

Vanilla Votive Candles from Bougies la Française

Vanilla Votive Candles from Bougies la Française

Bougies la Française Rare Amber Candle in Glass Jar

Bougies la Française Rare Amber Candle in Glass Jar

Bougies la Française Divine Cedar Scented Candle in a Glass Jar

Bougies la Française Divine Cedar Scented Candle in a Glass Jar

Bougies la Française Authentic Vanilla Scented Candle in a Glass Jar

Bougies la Française Authentic Vanilla Scented Candle in a Glass Jar

Bougies la Française White Violet Scented Candle in a Glass Jar

Bougies la Française White Violet Scented Candle in a Glass Jar

Bougies la Française 8" Taper Candle in White or Ivory

Bougies la Française 8" Taper Candle in White or Ivory