douglas & hope

this is the official blog of douglas & hope
douglas & hope was established in 1999

Thursday, December 18, 2008

bag 'em up

These fabulous NEW douglas & hope leather bags have arrived in store,
and would make someone very happy on Christmas day to find one under the tree!!

this big one is almost big enough to run away from home with, or if you're like me and you're juggling kids, business and life.....
its perfect.....

and this one is for the more dainty of us........

colors available are, red, yellow, blue, silver & chocolate

Friday, December 5, 2008

city open sundays

From this Sunday till Christmas, our 'block arcade' store will be open Sundays,

from 12-5pm for your christmas shopping convenience.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


come in and grab yourself one of these great recycled/remade rice bag bags!
or if you buy a bunch of stuff we give you one....

Thursday, November 27, 2008

lovely big balls

it's certainly feeling very festive at douglas and hope now,
the lovely Aimee from Wild wood weaving and I have been exceptionally crafty the past few weeks,
creating these lovely big Christmas balls for the stores.....
there were plenty of kindergarten de ja vu's in the process!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

mexican beauties

We have received another delivery of these wonderful original mexican dresses,
and there is a few amazing handstitched belts too!
they won't hang around so be quick if you don't want to miss out......

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Hope diamond

I found a piece of paper at a party recently,
and this was written on it....

"your diamonds are not in far distance, hidden in mountains,
or in the depths of the seas.....
they are in your very own backyard....
only if you dig for them...."
Che Oracle

here's hoping there's another 'hope' diamond buried in my back garden....

45.52-carat hope diamond

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Eames Elephant

In 1945 Charles and Ray Eames designed the plywood elephant, but it never went into production.
Last year it was made but limited to 1,000 pieces per color (red and natural).
For the first time, Vitra is now making a plastic version of the elephant,
for children, its intended target market.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Andrew Wellman

Andrew Wellman is a local guy who has called Bali home for years,
he lives the idyllic, dream life of surfing and being an artist.
And he is also one of the nicest people you could meet......

I got these on my recent trip, and they are in store now,
mentos, fanta, vans, ABC sauce, Bintang, the Lucky Cat....... & more
there is a larger selection of tea than shown here, Earl Grey, English breakfast, Irish Breakfast...... they're all there.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

new thomas paul

these great new Thomas Paul purses and totes have arrived.

this is just a selection, there is more in store

Thursday, October 23, 2008

from bali

I am seriously sweating it out in bali, but it is all worth it,
not only for the time spent with my god-daughter and family, but for all the treasures I am finding for the stores.
these great plates are new in store,
and there will be lots more to come in the next weeks...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

clearance sale

We have one of our CLEARANCE SALES happening this week.
SALE starts friday 17th October 10am-6pm
Saturday 10-6pm and sunday 12-5pm
at 114 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy (old Alice Euphemia store)

lots and lots of treasures....... and bargains

there will be Alpa 60 and Obus as well....

see you there.....

Sunday, October 5, 2008

help through crisis!

Anyone who has seen the movie 'like water for chocolate' knows a crisis can cause excessive crocheting?
In my case it seems there was excessive baking happening for a while,
which is probably why I was attracted to these lovely measuring cups!

and everyone knows nothing goes better with biscuits and cake than a cup of tea....
and nice mugs are very important to make the experience even better.......

and if you're not a tea bag person, this little 'tea for one' would certainly make you feel better just by looking at it......

and this dress has nothing to do with tea and cakes, unless you want to wear it to a tea party!

all items available now

Ann Wood

Ann Wood came to my attention a couple of years ago, we had been selling these gorgeous little birds in the store, but they were copied from Ann Wood, unbeknowns to me.
As soon as I found out I stopped buying them and returned any we had left to the 'copiers' and then proceeded to send Ann a message letting her know what had happened.
This camping shoot shows you how incredibly clever she is, makes me want to go camping!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

spring is here

Finally it seems the cold has broken, and the air has that warm feeling,
time to put socks away and wear Summer dresses again............

fleur wood dress in store now

bride & wolfe

These adorable new little birds from bride & wolfe have just come in,
they are black on one side and white on the other,
and the eggs different colors on each side also,
and the branch can be turned upside down to be a nest.....
very clever!!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Lots of new things

There is loads of new things arriving in store at the moment,
these great plates are the best out there at the moment for kids.....

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


From tomorrow until Sunday 14th September,
we have 25% off SALE prices on all WINTER clothing,
so come on in and grab a bargain ........

Isak UK

I love what these guys do, they are an English company called Isak,
we don't have it in store, unfortunately the power of the pound make it a little bit expensive once it is shipped and in store....
but I'm sure you could probably order it on-line.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

all blogged out

am feeling a bit blogged out, maybe its an end of winter thing?
I'm getting itchy feet to get outside into some warmer air, and go for nice long walks.
I wonder if the blog post ratio for winter to summer is different, I bet more post are done in Winter?

These bike racks have been done by artist David Byrne, and they have been scattered all over New York City,
in an effort to promote bicycling, and to lower the city's carbon footprint.
I just can't make out what the one at top left is?

Saturday, August 16, 2008

billy the bison

There is a new member of the cardboard puzzles, billy the bison.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

self promotion

Ask anyone who runs their own business and they will tell you that any type of promotion is good...
generally it comes in the form of magazine or newspaper editorial, of which douglas & hope has done incredibly well in the past...
but this time, as in next Wednseday 13th August at 9am, it will come in the form of television!
bit scary I know, but 9am with David and Kim will be showing an interview with myself about quilting....
and being one to want to share, I also roped in my weekly craft/quilting girls.
There is a group of 8 of us who for the last 5 years have met weekly on a Thursday night at our different houses to quilt.
It started with me teaching them how to quilt, and now it is more about the wine, the food, the weekly catch up, the cups of tea and cakes and a little bit of sewing also gets done.
The craft girls filming section was done at Melissas lovely home.
If you get a chance 9am Wednesday 13th August, Channel 10.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


this is a stylish way to help deal with all that crap that acumulates on the kitchen bench......
in store now $69 each

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

a book everyone should read

'A day in the life of Ivan Denisivich' by Alexander Solzhenitsyn is one of those books everyone should read.
And anyone who has read it would probably say it is one of their favorites.

But I am a Solzhenitsyn fan, having also read Cancer Ward and Gulag Archipilago, and let me just say they are not easy going!
Solzhenitsyn won a Nobel Peace prize for Literature in 1970, may he rest in peace after passing away on the weekend.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

new d & h

Jazz up the kitchen with some of these new douglas & hope cannisters and mugs,

there is also the same designs applied to vintage plates and bowls, but no images available as they don't hang around long enough!

I think the yellow is my current favorite.......

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

tree of the month

Just about every month there is a tree flowering that is worth the space in your garden.
Every year when the deciduous magnolias flower, I kick myself that I have never planted one.
The buds have started bursting all over town, and there is one special one to check out this year,
out the front of Penelope Durstons shop, Cottage Industry, in Gertrude St, Fitzroy.
It has been crocheted and doilied, and now its flowering, it is certainly going to be gorgeous......

images courtesy of Penelope Durston

Monday, July 21, 2008

As they say.....

she who dies with the most fabric wins......
well I'm officially out of the race, after moving my sewing studio today from one end of the building to the other,
and realising the amount of fabric I have accumulated, I am only going to collect fabric that gets used.
Some people are very happy, the local kinder/creche, and the St Mary's house of welcome both did well from donations today!
I do now have a lovely BIG bright new studio overlooking Brunswick St.
I will explain the reasons for this later,

for now here's some photos that I have had for a while that I love

unknown quilters

I think photo by Lagioiuzza, and if anyone can tell me anything about this installation I would be greatful.

photographer unknown