On Saturday was a highlight of the social season here in Tustin, CA: the annual Tustin Tiller Days Parade! The parade goes through Old Town and ends at Columbus Tustin Park, where a carnival runs from Friday until Sunday. We are lucky because the parade route goes right in front of I Dream of France, so we have a great vantage point. Celebrity guests who rode in the parade this year were Grand Marshall Rex Hudler, Michele Dominguez Greene, Lauren Summers, Michael Welch, and Savannah Stehlin.

Here are some of the photos we took. One of the many things we love about Tustin is that the residents share civic pride in a colorful yet down-to-earth way. I’ll let the photos illustrate!

Foothill High School Cheerleaders (With I Dream of France in the Background)

Foothill High School Cheerleaders (With I Dream of France in the Background)

El Bekal Shriners from Anaheim, CA

El Bekal Shriners from Anaheim, CA, with Snoopy

El Bekal Shriners from Anaheim, CA

El Bekal Shriners from Anaheim, CA

Boy Scouts (Viewed from Inside I Dream of France)

Boy Scouts (Viewed from Inside I Dream of France)

1948 Farmall Cab Tractor

1948 Farmall Cab Tractor

Local Equestrians

Local Equestrians

Roosevelt High School Marching Band from Corona, CA

Roosevelt High School Marching Band from Corona, CA

During the parade, I walked around the corner to look for more photo opportunities. At one point the parade slowed and came to a stop, right before the Band/Majorette judging point. (I didn’t know parades had bottlenecks!) It gave me the chance to take photos of parade participants in pause.

Horses and Their Riders

Horses and Their Riders

Navy JROTC from Santa Ana, CA

Navy JROTC from Santa Ana, CA

Tustin High Marching Band

Tustin High Marching Band

That’s all, folks!

–Brett

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James McKinnon wrote a great little piece about us in Examiner.com

In the heart of Old Town Tustin you will find a quaint shopping and dining district. While the area still has some maturing to do before it becomes comparable to Orange Circle, you will find a gem at 150 E. Main Street. At this location you will discover a wonderful boutique, I Dream of France! This charming store provides customers with unique French gifts and items that will transport anyone to the French countryside and Paris.

I Dream of France - Tustin, CA

A few years ago, Jean-Michel Carlouet and his wife Brett opened up this store in order to cater to individuals wishing to buy authentic French products. Monsieur Carlouet comments that his store has a focus on products from Provence, a region in the Southeast of France, due to the similarities in climate between that area and southern California. Some of the store’s most popular items include authentic Provençal table cloths made of cotton but feature a plastic covering that greatly facilitate cleanup. Monsieur Carlouet remarks that this item proves especially popular in France. His shop also offers soaps made in Marseilles and Provence that come in a variety of fragrances such as lavender and orange. Marseilles soap is of exceptional quality and many French people prefer it to other kinds of soap. This store also has an inventory of dinnerware, cutlery, and other fine goods which will interest all who visit there.

When you visit this boutique, you will find that I Dream of France has something that will appeal to anyone trying to bring home a bit of France with them. During your visit to Orange County, you should make a trip to this marvelous boutique in Old Town Tustin. You will feel as though you have taken a journey to France. Nowhere else outside of France will you find such an array of French products and in such a beautiful setting. Be sure to wish Jean-Michel Carlouet a friendly “Bonjour” as you enter the store, it’s French courtesy

Thanks James!

Happy Memorial Day!

We’ve been unpacking new shipments all month, and are putting new items online every day! Visitez I Dream of France online or in our Tustin (Orange County), California, boutique and see what’s new.

We have new lower shipping rates. As always, orders of $75 or more ship free! No coupon code required for the shipping special. (Alaska and Hawaii pay $10 extra.) Also, we now ship to Canada!

Below are some examples of what’s new…more info on our website!

New French Kitchenware

Provence Handpainted Ceramic Stackable Pots. As a decorative piece, this is a showstopper — and it’s practical storage as well. We’ve been using these pots to style dining rooms for local home tours, and everyone’s eyes go straight to them.

Provence Handpainted Ceramic Stackable Pots with Olives Decor

Provencal Scenery Art Tile Trivet. Another stunning piece for kitchen or dining room, our art tile trivet makes a splendid gift (if you can bear to part with it!).

Provencal Scenery Art Tile Trivet - Terrace View

Couleur Nature Olive Tree Towel. We have added several new kitchen towel designs from Couleur Nature, all block-printed by hand and Provençal in style.

Couleur Nature Olive Tree Yellow Towel

New French Table Linens

Provencale Sunflower Green Cotton Tablecloth. Available in round or rectangular sizes.The printing on both the round and rectangular is what is referred to as “placé”, or centered in the middle of the cloth.

Provencale Sunflower Green Cotton Tablecloth

New French Decorative Hardware

Paris Antique Style Dressing Room Hook. Perfect grace note to add to your powder room.

Paris Antique Style Dressing Room Hook

New French Baby Accessories

The latest fashion accessory for babies: pewter pacifier keepers featuring a French fleur de lys! We also have rose and giraffe motifs available. These are made in the USA by a company in New Orleans. Too cute to pass up!

Baby Pacifier Holder with Fleur de Lys

New Sale Items

Summer is around the corner. Do you know a little girl who could use a new dress? Here’s a good buy: Alphabet Safari Girl’s Sun Dress, 33% off.

Alphabet Safari Girl's Sun Dress

I Dream of France Logo

Bonnes Fêtes des Mères!

We just received two large shipments from Provence, and are putting new items online every day! These are all-new items that we haven’t had in stock before. Visitez I Dream of France and take a look at our selection to find just the thing for mom (or yourself).

As always, orders of $75 or more ship free! No coupon code required for the shipping special. (Alaska and Hawaii pay $10 extra.) Also, we now ship to Canada!

Below are some examples of what’s new…more info on our website!

Pssst…I Dream of France will be an official sponsor of the Newport Beach Film Festival French Spotlight on Tuesday, May 3rd. If you will be attending, look for our French candy in your goodie bag!

New French Kitchenware

Coucke Mers & Oceans Dish Towel Soft cotton jacquard in red, grey, and blue with a marine compass.

Coucke Mers et Oceans Jacquard Towel

 

Provencal Painted Wood Hook Rack Organize towels or anything you need close by. Available in four designs.

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Garlic Grinding Plate with Lavender Bouquet & Cicada  Back in stock are the ceramic garlic plates. Use the ceramic teeth to grind garlic or just set on the table as a decorative piece!

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Provencal Oil & Vinegar Ceramic Bottle Set – Olives Red This beautifully handpainted set of ceramic oil & vinegar bottles will look gorgeous in your kitchen or on your dinner table.

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Provence Waffle-Weave Kitchen Towels Gift Set Yellow/Blue We have added three sets of embroidered waffle-weave kitchen towels. Choose among yellow/blue, red/white, and brown/green.

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Fresh Jewelry

Seahorse Gold Tone Necklace with Cream Charms Add sparkle and shine to your ensemble with our matte goldtone necklace with clear, opaline, and pearlescent beads, as well as multiple charms.

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New Sale Items

You can please your gift recipient and watch the bottom line at the same time. Here’s a good buy: Coucke “Cigale” Damask Tablecloths, 20% off.

Coucke Damask Tablecloths - Cigale

–Brett

Have you heard about the Google Art Project? Google asked museums around to world to let them photograph their buildings and collections to put online for everyone to view. The museums chose which works to show (some are blurred for copyright protection) and Google did the rest. The absolutely amazing result is that people anywhere and everywhere can discover and view more than a thousand artworks online in extraordinary detail. See the 200-foot-long Hall of Mirrors online, no plane ticket or trip through TSA required.

versailles hall of mirrors

Versailles Hall of Mirrors

On a related note, our building (The Cox Market Plaza in Old Town Tustin) and boutique interior were recently photographed by Google for our place page. The Google photographer took lots of pictures of our shop, which should be online in a few weeks. I guess we got the same treatment as Versailles!

I Dream of France After Dark

I Dream of France After Dark

–Brett & 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