Tuesday, August 23, 2011

French shops in Woollahra

I spent the morning with a friend, browsing the gorgeous shops around Queen & Ocean Streets in Woollahra, in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs.

After a couple of skim lattes at Zigolini's we hit the street.

Summer's Floral, on the corner of Queen and Moncur St had beautiful orchids.

First up on our French list was Ma Maison en Provence where we found divinely scented bath oils in gorgeous bottles.  If you ever see the brand, Amélie et Mélanie, the bottles alone are worth the splurge.

Then to Parterre which is in a beautiful old sandstone building on the corner of Ocean and Queen Streets.  They have beautiful old French furniture all styled so elegantly.  The photo below is in their courtyard. I love the old sandstone doorway acting as a mirror frame.

Walking down Ocean Street a little further brings you to Piggott's Store which has lovely fabric, lamps and furnishings. I also love their handpainted teapots and cups.

The pineapple lamp below with the Tiffany coloured shade was one of my favourite things in the shop.

Crossing the road then brings you to Imagine This. My all time favourite painted french furntiure shop. I never drive down Ocean St without pulling over and spending 10 minutes in this place. They have antique furniture intermingled with reproduction stuff. It's one of those shops I want to live in.

We then went on to Simon Johnson Providores where we sampled the Fromager des Clarines, a soft cow's milk cheese from their fromagerie. I'll definitely be buying some for my next dinner party.

So if you are feeling like a trip to France but are limited by time and money then head on over this little part of Woollahra for a "french" hit.

Then it was off home to deal with the insurance company who is replacing our lounge room carpet that was damaged in the recent storms.

A bientot!


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