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Monday, August 22, 2011

Cote Provence

On Saturday afternoon John and I headed into Rathdowne Street in North Carlton for some afternoon tea. This gave me the opportunity to take some photos and share with you one of my very favourite stores in Melbourne.  At number 290 you will find Cote Provence.
All most everything in this shop comes from France and there are many, many vintage items ranging in age from the 1850's to the 1960's.
 This is the current window display and this gives you the feel of the store.  Many of the items are out of my price range but plenty aren't.  There are always fabulous balls of string, for a few dollars each.
 I know this sounds very weird but I collect interesting balls of string.  I know I'm not the only one because my gorgeous friends Andrea and Rachelle collect them too.
The old linens are amazing. You need to venture up the stairs to view most of the collection.
 There is a lot of natural linen and red which looks brilliant.
Out the back is a small courtyard with lots of amazing items for the garden including these wonderful little French terracotta pots.

I discovered a new children's wear shop a few doors up.  It was closed but I managed to snap a couple of pictures of items I just loved.
This adorable dog made from vintage blankets
and this beautiful appliqued cot blanket again made from patches of vintage blankets.  The idea is enough to have me running down to the Op Shop today.
Hope you had a wonderful weekend too and I'll be back tomorrow for Tuesday Treasures.
Today I'm linking in to 
Sandy at Cookies and Cream Craft for Show and Tell Monday
Makes me Happy Monday with Paula at Quilt Happy Quilt Often


  1. Wow! Thanks for pointing me in the direction of these great shops! I'll be heading down for a look soon!

  2. I will have to put that place of cuteness on my list for the next Melbourne visit.It's very yummy love the linen. Hope you enjoyed your afternoon tea.

  3. thankyou Mel for the shopping trip i can see why you like these places

  4. Interesting post and oh I know I would love that shop , it looks amazing and those linens are to die for , love them!!What a terrific idea for the vintage blankets , the little dog is sweet as is the cot blanket . Makes me want to go to an op shop too and I would if we had one :-)

  5. Lovely seeing those shops... the goodies made out of blankets are lovely.... pretty colours..

  6. Looks like you visited some lovely shops. My favourites in Lygon st are the lolly shop and there is an amazing toy shop. I could wander for ages and it is only a tiny shop!

  7. Mmmm - 16 years out of Melb, and I don't really miss it - except when I come across treasures like those above! Who could resist the linens!

  8. Thanks for sharing Melody, I used to go to a French shop in the Hills, it is espensive to but so lovely to look at. That baby blanket is lovely, I bet it would be so warm and cuddly.
    Happy Monday.

  9. That looks like a wonderful place, love the linens!



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