douglas & hope

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

Friday, February 29, 2008

Wild Wood Weaving

My gorgeous friend Aimee who has a background in Visual Merchandising and floristry,

has just done our windows with one of her amazing nests she makes for her business Wild Wood Weaving.

This particular one is larger than most, measuring about 1.5m across,

she also does little wee ones with quails eggs and feathers.

Have a look at her work at

We have filled the nest with our douglas & hope cushions and a couple of the lovely Claire Nicholson(UK) cushions.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

New douglas & hope shopper

We have a new douglas & hope shopper,

nice and big with a pocket on the front....

all are different fabrics front and back,

and no 2 are the same, and they are made here in Melbourne.

Price $69



Monday, February 25, 2008

Sweet Dreams

My boys will be sweet dreaming this winter in these great new pj's by Little Horn.....

they have just arrived in store.

Saturday, February 23, 2008


I grew up baking with my nana every Saturday,

we would only bake biscuits and cakes, she even bought one of those donut makers that drop out the batter with the hole in the middle, and I just thought it was the greatest thing ever.

Since I had my twins last year and have been home more,

I have embraced the baking again, here is a great recipe, purely because it only has 75gms of butter and most choc chip recipes have 225gms of butter,

you gotta love that!

Chocolate and cranberry biscuits

75g butter
50g soft brown sugar
50g caster sugar
1 egg
few drops vanilla
160g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
110 g chocolate roughly chopped(or chips)
50g dried cranberries

mix butter sugar, add egg and vanilla,
sift in flour and baking powder,
stir in chocolate and cranberries,

line trays with baking paper, roll teaspoon balls of mixture,
bake 180 degrees 12-15 mins

I use white chocolate,

This recipe is from the gorgeous
Apples for Jam cookbook, by Tessa Kiros,

and she got it from an American friend.


Friday, February 22, 2008

Winter '08

It always seems so silly to me that Winter fashion starts coming into stores in the middle of summer when it's still boiling hot!

So we've got new winter in store and also some summer sale bits.....

This great dress came in this week.......

Kate Sylvester dress

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Country Style Magazine March 2008

Country Style Magazine has had a re-vamp and the March issue is the first with their 'new look'.

Co-incidently my little house in the gold mining town of Castlemaine is featured.

The photos were taken by Sharyn Cairns and the stylist was Jason Grant...

here have a look.......

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Cupcake City

Finally after delays in shipping, quarantine and customs our lovely delivery of lacquerware has arrived from Vietnam.

These dear little cupcake containers come in 3 sizes,

and prices start at $36.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

babushka's are back

We have received in today more of the babushka dolls we had before Christmas,

they are all handmade and all different,

and cost $66 each.

Monday, February 11, 2008

one of mine.....

photo: anna spiro

I stumbled across this photo today.... with one of my quilts on the bed.

I love seeing where my quilts end up.

Sunday, February 10, 2008


This is the lastest addition to my garden, a clerodendrum bungei.

I had never heard of or seen one before, as soon as I saw it in the nursery, it had to come home with me.

The flowers are about15cm across and smell lovely....

its evergreen and grows to 1.5 metres.

Friday, February 8, 2008

quilt update

this kimono quilt made by cathy hope... sold

We are currently sold out of all quilts, except for one in the city store.

I am currently making more, but it will be a month at least until they start to make it into the shops.

I will post some photos of them as they arrive, so all of you waiting on quilts outside of Melbourne can see what is available.

So be sure to check this blog regularly, and when you see one you like contact me or the stores.

They do seem to be selling incredibly fast lately, so this will be a great way for you to be able to see all the new quilts.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Katie Runnels

Have a look at these gorgeous things made by Katie Runnels,

she goes by the name of the constant gatherer,

they really are quite gorgeous.

pair nest

miss virginia deer and little pink bird

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

new postcards

we have got a new series of postcards.....

they have been done again by the very talented beci orpin and leah from

this is the new gift voucher card.....

and this was our christmas card.....

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

fitzroy window

this is the fitzroy stores window, taken today....

Monday, February 4, 2008

new things

here are a couple of new things in the shop,

the swallow cups have come in from New York and are quite large, they can also double as a vase, they retail for $29.

the doormats are by Droog, and are fanstastic, but I don't remember the prices! sorry


Friday, February 1, 2008


This is the blog for douglas & hope, we have 2 shops in Melbourne, Australia, owned by Paul Douglas & Cathy Hope.

I hope to keep you informed of any new products in our shops and also any interesting design, fashion, craft, gardening, baking and interiors things I come across.