Vent du Sud is a popular line of French acrylic- and Teflon-coated tablecloths with classic Provencal designs that we’ve been selling for years. Recently they came out with some new colorways in their Tamaris pattern that are just gorgeous!

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Vent du Sud Coated Tablecloth - Tamaris Bleu

Vent du Sud Coated Tablecloth - Tamaris Bleu

Vent du Sud Coated Tablecloth - Tamaris Hermes

Vent du Sud Coated Tablecloth - Tamaris Hermes

Vent du Sud Coated Tablecloth - Tamaris Soleil

Vent du Sud Coated Tablecloth - Tamaris Soleil

–Brett

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Thanksgiving is the time when everyone comes together to break bread, give thanks for life’s blessings, and kick off the holiday season. It’s the top travel holiday in America. How many will be coming to your home this year? Be prepared to 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.

Le Cluny Cezanne Blue Damask Tablecloth from I Dream of France

Le Cluny Cezanne Blue Damask Tablecloth from I Dream of France

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 on the big day. (Save your energy for shopping and football.)

Vent du Sud Teflon Coated Tablecloth from I Dream of France

Vent du Sud Teflon Coated Tablecloth from I Dream of France

Not so Formal?

If you’re keeping things small and/or informal this year, we have plenty of runners and placemats for low-key entertaining with a French flair.

Couleur Nature Fig Table Runner from I Dream of France

Couleur Nature Fig Table Runner from I Dream of France

–Brett

Titian's Assunta

Titian’s Assunta

August 15 is Assumption Day in France, a major holiday (celebrating Virgin Mary ascending into Heaven).  Nearly every business and government office closes, and it’s a very popular time for people to take a summer vacation. In fact, the entire month of August is quiet and slow in France, as people take a long break and go out of town. (For our business here in the States, we have to be careful to get what we need from our French suppliers by the end of July, or we may have to wait until September!)

Where do people in France go for vacation? This a funny question from an American perspective, considering most French people are already somewhere I like to imagine myself being! But everyone has to get out of town once in awhile, no matter where home is, so many head south–somewhere warm, bright, and on the water! Corsica, the Spanish coast, the Balearic islands (Mallorca, Minorca, Ibiza), Venice, or the Riviera.

Corsican Beach - Photo Courtesy of Serenity Holidays Ltd.

Corsican Beach – Photo Courtesy of Serenity Holidays Ltd.

Even if you do not find yourself in Corsica or Venice this August, you can still relax like the French and enjoy warm summer days at home. I Dream of France has plenty of colorful accessories to help make it happen. As always, orders over $75 ship free.

Red Malaga Melamine Coaster - Sold in Set of Six at I Dream of France

Red Malaga Melamine Coaster – Sold in Set of Six at I Dream of France

Red Malaga coasters are made of melamine so you can use them indoors or out.

Vent du Sud Tamaris Lilas Acrylic Coated Tablecloth from I Dream of France

Vent du Sud Tamaris Lilas Acrylic Coated Tablecloth from I Dream of France

Tamaris Lilas tablecloth by Vent du Sud is acrylic coated to use indoors or out — just wipe with a damp sponge to clean — similar to old-fashioned oilcloth but softer and more modern and beautiful. Also available in teal blue!

–Brett

The April issue of Elle Decor magazine is themed “the travel issue” and is full of luscious dwellings abroad. Capturing my heart is, of course, an apartment in Paris overlooking the Rue de l’Université on the Left Bank of the Seine. The apartment belongs to a glass and ceramics designer named Olivier Gagnère who has worked for Bernardaud among others. Ceramics are a particular passion of mine, and we were lucky enough to tour the Bernardaud factory in Limoges a few years ago. Peeking into the private home of one of their designers shows another facet of the creativity of this world. What a treat!

Gagnere Paris Apartment - Simon Upton for Elle Decor

Gagnere Paris Apartment - Simon Upton for Elle Decor

Gagnere Paris Apartment - Simon Upton for Elle Decor

Gagnere Paris Apartment - Simon Upton for Elle Decor

Gagnere Paris Apartment - Simon Upton for Elle Decor

Gagnere Paris Apartment - Simon Upton for Elle Decor

What I love: the liberal use of the colors lavender and tangerine; the striped Basque tablecloth (similar to our Saint Jean de Luz coated tablecloth); the wall collages of framed drawings, watercolors, and photographs; the bright red dinosaur perched above a cabinet; the pint-size kitchen with a full-size table set for four. These are among the best things in life…color, humor, breaking bread with friends. Wouldn’t you agree?

Live in Tustin or the western portion of Irvine? Check your mail this week for a coupon book called Savings in Tustin or Savings in Irvine (West Irvine edition). I Dream of France is in it! The offers are different from the other ads we’ve had in local papers (Foothills Sentry, Tustin News – Orange County Register). This is our first time buying ad space in a coupon mailer so we can’t wait to see what the response will be! The company that makes the coupon books sent a photographer to our boutique and designed the ad for us with a collage of different photos, including our coated tablecloths and French children’s clothes. We think it turned out very pretty and eye-catching.

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

We have stocked up on French Country coated tablecloths from Vent du Sud and expanded our selection. These tablecloths have been very popular for us, so we decided to carry more designs. We’ve added the Bandol in three colors–Kiwi, Bleu, and Ocre–and the Giens and Tamaris styles. We also now have the popular Valensole in Safran (yellow).

Their success is due to the combination of quality (100% cotton, made in France), beautiful designs, ease of use (the coating keeps the stains away) and great price. If you have kids and want something nice for your table that is also easy to take care of, this is your ticket. So take a look at our selection–round or rectangle, we are sure you’ll find the one you need.

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Vend du Sud Giens Narcisse

Vent du Sud Bandol Kiwi

Vent du Sud Bandol Kiwi

Vent du Sud Tamaris Lilas

Vent du Sud Tamaris Lilas

Valensole Safran

Vent du Sud Valensole Safran