Client Projects

Room Reveal: An Airy Retreat

November 26, 2015


I’ve been so excited to share this project for a while now. It’s such a cozy, calm little retreat. The goal for the space was to lighten it up finish it off. The room was sitting mostly unused after some swapping of spaces in the house, and it needed a little love.

It’s a fairly small space, so we didn’t add a ton, and instead focused on including special details and making the room feel relaxing, bright, and easy.


First up, we painted the walls a pretty, light grey. This was Behr White Metal in Eggshell. This was the first time I’d used this colour, and I loved the way it turned out. The room isn’t the brightest, so I didn’t want to do a bright white wall and have it look drab. The light grey adds just enough brightness, but still feels cozy.

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Before we delve in too deep, who doesn’t love a good before and after shot? Here’s what we were working with when we got started. The room was basically functioning as a sewing room / intermittent guest room.


We kept many of the pieces, and just gave them a facelift. The dresser was painted white, and we added matte black hardware. The closet doors got a coat of bright white paint as well, and new pulls. We used Behr Maui Mist for both.

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These side tables are a favourite of mine – I love the clean lines and the simple silhouette. We just added some brass hardware on to spice them up a bit.


I knew I wanted to do sconces in here. They help to frame the bed, add some visual interest, and they free up valuable table space in this small room. And how great are the shape of these? So sleek, and the brass kills me.

These ones are from Urban Outfitters. They were only $79, which was amazing. And probably why they’re now sold old. Fingers crossed they come out with something similar, and soon.


For bedding, I opted for bright white sheets. This Ikea set has become a go-to for me – I’ve got them in my own apartment, too. They’re cozy and I like the bit of texture. The sheets are Jonathan Adler and I love how their geometric pattern add a bit of quirk to the clean linens.


There were a couple art pieces that I knew I wanted to include in this calm respite of a space. This photo print from Tessa Neustadt was high on the list. I love the simple hues and little people wandering around.


For the ceiling light, I was on the hunt for something clean and subtle. I actually ended up buying this pendant from Home Depot and painting the fixture a matte black (it was a shiny silver before). It doesn’t seem to be on their site, but it was about $15, and turned out quite nicely once painted.


On the other side of the room is the dresser that we made-over. I picked up these knobs at Home Depot, but you can order similar ones from here as well.


That pretty indigo painting is from Green Tie Studio. She was selling these beauties on Instagram a while ago to raise money for the Syrian Refugee Crisis. It was nice to include a piece like this in the space, and by an artist I respect and admire. You can still pick one up here.

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This was a lovely project to work on and it came together just as I’d envisioned. It was also great because we didn’t end up buying a bunch of new furniture, but it still made a big difference in the space. Yay for reusing!


And there you go! Definitely a lovely little space to lay your head.

Bedding / Blue Throw Pillow / End Tables  / Beach Print 


Cake Batter Donuts

November 19, 2015


When it comes to matters of the kitchen, I love cutting corners. I’ve never met a pre cut vegetable or a boxed cake that I didn’t like. And these donuts are a prime example of a quick and easy recipe that’s fun and fancy, but still leaves time for the rest of that to-do list.

Now don’t get me wrong, there’s a time and a place for slow dinners and lengthy dessert recipes, but not every night is that night. So if you’re looking for something pretty (and tasty) to bring to a party or snack on with friends, look no further.



  • Donut pan
  • A box of cake mix
  • Eggs
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Milk or water
  • Icing
  • Flowers (I threw a little saran wrap under these, but it’s still wise to buy organic, edible flowers)
  • Herbs

Follow the instructions for mixing up your cake batter, and pour some into each donut ring (I filled each one about 3/4 full). Follow the instructions on the box for baking.


To create the drizzle, microwave a couple spoonfuls of the icing, so that it’s runnier. Then dip the spoon in the warm icing and just drizzle it onto each baked donut. I went in both directions so they wouldn’t be too uniform.


Trim your flowers off at the base, and place them wherever you like on the donut. Add a little sprig of herb (I used thyme).


If you feel like it, you can mix up a floral drink and have a pretty little feast!

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Now, go enjoy! And if you make these yourself, feel free to tag #kitandforage on Instagram – I’d love to see what you come up with!


Dress up Your Drinks

November 16, 2015


Who doesn’t love adding a little extra something to an old standby? Adding florals to your favourite cocktail is a quick and easy way to add a little whimsy to your next dinner party, or to spruce up a Wednesday movie night. For these, I added thyme and chrysanthemums to a Gin and Tonic. read more

Fashion - Life

My Favourite Beauty Products

November 12, 2015


I’m not really a huge makeup person. Once I find what I like, I tend to stick with it. Every once and a while, when I’m hanging out with my sister, or when the mood strikes, I’ll try a new lipstick or a cat eye, but generally, I like products that do their job, make my morning easier, and make me feel pretty and put together. And as I’ve gotten older, I’ve focused less on makeup and more on skin products. I love Glossier’s slogan – skin first, makeup second, smile always (once they start shipping to Canada I’m definitely ordering this).

For the most part, I try to use natural, organic products that are free of harsh chemicals. I rarely if ever buy anything with fragrance or perfume in it.

Some of my trusty products are super popular and cult favourites, while others are a little less so. But here’s a look at them all!



One Love Organics Easy Does It Cleanser

I’ve been using this for a few months and it’s working great. Simple cleansers are best for my skin. I’ve found that lots of water, adequate sleep, and good food do much more than any cleanser I’ve tried. So I use this easy one in the morning and at night. Also, my sister just started using this Cleansing Oil and she says it is amazing.

Everything from Eminence Organics

My mom got me into Eminence back in University, and I’ve used something from their line ever since. The products are some of the best I’ve came across, and they’re all natural. Right now I’m using the Calm Skin moisturizer, and the Bright Skin serum. But if you buy it in a spa (where it’s often sold), just ask for a little consult. I also use the Sun Defense Minerals everyday (it has SPF 30).

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

I picked this up in the summer after reading lots of great reviews. It’s lovely when your’e feeling a little overwhelmed or just need a little pick-me-up before you run back out of the house again. And I find my skin a bit glowier when I use it frequently.

Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick

This guy works wonders, and you can feel it sting, which always feels encouraging when you’re really trying to get rid of a big ol’ pimple.



Nars Blush in Orgasm

I know, everyone knows about this one, but it’s a cult classic for a reason.

Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer

This is the best natural concealer I’ve tried. I use it under my eyes, and on anything red like blemishes and around my nose. I use the mini Beauty Blender to apply concealer.

Benefit Brow Zings in Medium

This brow shaping kit comes with a powder and a wax. It’s great for shaping and filling in those sparser spots.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara

I tried this mascara for the first time a couple months ago and it definitely works – long lashes, and it conditions your lashes. Sidenote, when I don’t feel like spending $40 on mascara, my go-to is Loreal Voluminous Original. It doesn’t last as long, but it also does the trick.



The Honest Company Shampoo + Conditioner

These guys leave my hair feeling nice and soft, plus they don’t irritate my skin when I rinse them out (like every fragrance-filled product I tried before). I also use the shampoo as a body wash.

The Honest Company Body Lotion

Same deal with the lotion. Soft skin, no sensitive skin problems. Win-win. Sometimes I mix it with a dollop of their body oil for extra moisture.

A Dry Brush

I use one before I hop in the shower. They exfoliate so well and feel great – nice and energizing.

J.Crew No. 57 Perfume

Musky enough but still feminine – I’m obsessed with this scent.

What are your favourite products? When I do try something new, it’s generally because I’ve heard rave reviews and/or my sister uses it. :) So let me know what products you love!

Events - Life

The Next Sweet Happenings Event

November 10, 2015

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Hello! And how was your weekend? Did you get up to anything fun? I spent Saturday with my sister and Angela eating muffins from Whole Foods (so good) and working in cafes. Sunday was basically a Netflix day (here’s to being caught up on Grey’s).

I also wanted to let you all know about the next Sweet Happenings event that’s coming up at the end of November. We’ve ran two of these gatherings so far, and we’re working to make them a seasonal thing. It’s always such a highlight to meet cool, smart, sweet women (and men!) who are doing things that they’re passionate about.

If you’re in Vancouver and would like to join us, check out the new Sweet Happenings site and grab yourself a ticket. We’ve got an early bird price at the moment, so check it out if you’re interested. :) I’d love to see you there.


Peach + Pear Tarts

October 20, 2015


At this point in my life, I’m not much of a domestic. I’d like to be one day, but so far it hasn’t happened. However, when I get together with Angela, I LOVE to help (or at least watch) her make the most delicious treats. Before she jetted off for her European holiday, we made these little pastry cups filled with peaches, pears, and nectarines. It sounded hard when she explained it, but it wasn’t. And they turned out great.


You’ll need peaches, pears, and puff pastry for this recipe. You can make your own puff pastry, or you can buy it pre-made and roll it out.

Here are the detailed ingredients you’ll need to make these:

  • 50 g of berry sugar
  • Juice of a lemon
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 ripe pears (and/or peaches, nectarines) peeled, cored and thickly sliced
  • 225g chilled puff pastry
  • A little beaten egg
  • Demerara sugar, for sprinkling
  • Greek yogurt, to serve

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Chop up a couple peaches and pears, and roll out your pastry. We just measured the diameter of the (oven safe) mugs we were using and then made our pastry a little wider than that.

Put your chopped up fruit into a sauce pan with water, sugar, and honey. Heat until it’s bubbling.

Let the fruit cool and spoon it into the mugs. Cover with the pastry circles, brush the tops with the egg, and sprinkle with sugar. Put the cups in a large roasting tin and fill with enough warm water to come half way up the sides of the cup. Bake at 200 degrees celsius for 20-25 minutes, or until the pastry is puffed and golden brown.

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Serve with greek yogurt. We ate ours with tea and it made for a verrrry nice afternoon.