‘Le Passé – Le Présent’: Inside a beautiful decoration and brocante shop

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Le Passé - Le Présent shop in Cotignac, Provence
Le Passé - Le Présent shop in Cotignac, Provence

Le Passé – Le Présent is a cave of wonders, a true cavern of Ali Baba in the center of Cotignac.

Inside the beautiful shop Le Passé-Le Présent
Christmas decorations in Le Passé - Le Présent

Nadine Dehennin and her husband opened this brocante and decoration shop more than 30 years ago. It is full of beautiful discoveries, one-of-a-kind items that Nadine finds in her native Belgium, but also in Scandinavia and the Netherlands, where she knows the best artisans and makers.

Glass decorations in Le Passé - Le Présent in Cotignac
Hanging decorations in Le Passé - Le Présent
Snowflake decoration in Le Passé - Le Présent

Nadine is also an expert at renovating old furniture. She re-paints them or gives them a patine effect, or sometimes adding more modern features.

Wreath and mirror in Le Passé - Le Présent

Customers spend hours in her shop browsing and chatting with her. She is so knowledgeable and lovely, she’s a pleasure to talk to!

Nadine Dehennin, the owner of Le Passé - Le Présent

Her favourite item in the shop? ‘I can’t just choose one’ she says, ‘it is too difficult!’. She has a soft spot for mirrors, big or small, and old baker’s wooden boards that she finds in Germany.

If you are planning on visiting Provence, Nadine’s shop is a must-see!
9 rue d’Antoine, 83570 Cotignac

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The author: Sophie Bellard

Sophie is the second sister from the Sistersjunction trio, three French sisters passionate about good food and beautiful landscapes. She expresses her creativity through developing, styling and shooting delicious and beautiful recipes. She is also a wine aficionada (she holds a master’s degree in wine management) and she likes nothing more than to cook with wine. Sometimes, she even adds it to the food!