T + D~zine Introduced

In case you didn’t notice the name of my blog has changed. It is now T + D D~zine and I have joined “design forces” with a friend and we are forming our own new design team.  In the past, I have worked on my own or for a company, so I am excited to form a team of our own.  It has been a long journey to get here and we are both excited to work together.

Screen Shot 2018-05-23 at 6.43.04 AM.png

Tracy M. Corriveau, CAPS, CGP is my new partner.  She has worked in design doing kitchens and baths for the last eight years with a design and real estate background before that.  CAPS signifies Certified Aging in Place Specialist, (which I will be taking in the Fall) and CPG CertifiedCertificed Green Professional.  She taught interior design at NCAD for two years and is a member of our local NKBA chapter.


Diana (Bennett Wirtz) Kingsley ASID. IIDA. NCIDQ certified (that’s me) is a design professional having passed the NCIDQ certification many years ago.  For those of you that do not know, the NCIDQ is a two-day test that can be taken after receiving your Interior Design Degree from a CIDQ accredited college and working in the industry under a qualified designer for at least 3520 hours.  I have a real estate background like Tracy and have practiced interior design for many years. ASID signifies American Society of Interior Design, and IIDA is short for International Interior Design Association, which is the commercial and global professional sector of interior design.  I taught interior design at The Art Institute of San Diego, The Art Institute of Orange County and The Art Institute of Seattle for eight years and teach online for The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online. I am a member of our local NKBA chapter.

So as you can see together we are a strong team.  We both do old-world hand drafting and you can buy my book “Hand Drafting for Interior Design” on Amazon.  I am in the process of learning SketchUp, so we can quickly do 3D sketches and Tracy is very skilled in Cabinet Vision.  Starting out we will do floor plans and elevations while we catch up on contemporary 3D.

We would love to help you pull together your home or office, as we both have experience in both residential and commercial design. So think of us with your next remodel, your kitchen, bath, home, and office.  We do it all with panache.

This blog will continue to have ideas and information on interior design and of course, cooking!  If there is something you would like more information about please comment and I will find more information on that topic.

T + D~zine Introduced

Top 25 Renovating Mistakes

  1. Buying Cheap Materials

    “One of the biggest mistakes that people make when it comes to home renovation (is that) they try to be cheap when they buy materials. The bottom line is, you’re going to get what you pay for.” “If you’re going to do it, do it. If you can’t afford to do it, wait.”

    2. Inaccurate Measurements

    An inch or even sometimes a half an inch can make a difference. And if your dimensions are off and it’s not equal and symmetrical, you’re not going to get the full impact and effect that you want. If you’re not sure about how to measure or you can’t follow the directions, don’t hesitate at all to call somebody. Ask them to come over and take the measurement for you.

    3. Skipping the Prep Work

    Do it the right way, right away. You shouldn’t avoid your prep work. You want to take the time to do it right and right from the beginning.

    It’s a horrible, tedious process, and nobody likes it, but it saves so much time later on down the way. And that’s what you’re trying to do: save yourself money and time.


Top 25 Renovating Mistakes

10 Ways to Go for Color in the Bath

With bold hues, attention-grabbing tile, and creative details, the bathroom can be the most fun room in the house. Get inspired by these 10 spaces that aren’t afraid of piling on the color and pattern. Which do you like best?
10 Ways to Go for Color in the Bath

Design Basics to Help You Think Through a New Master Bath

These standard dimensions and layout tips can help you plan the deluxe bathroom of your dreams

Spacious master bathrooms have become one of the most considered spaces in home design. These often luxurious settings provide a refuge from hectic schedules and a place for pampering. In these spaces, we can be assured privacy in an increasingly public world and stamp our unique identities in their finishes.

By their nature, they allow a wide variation in creative design solutions and material choices. There are a few basic elements that each bathroom requires, and then there are the amenities that make it special to the owner. Let’s take a look at standard dimensions of essential fixtures and then investigate the options for other elements.

Design Basics to Help You Think Through a New Master Bath


Here is a wonderful article from Kohler about designing a simple, but wonderful bathroom.

Veil Master Bathroom Suite from Kohler

Minimalist design centers around de-cluttering space and providing more room for both the mind and the body to breathe. Too often this design style is mistaken for being stark, bare or monochromatic—but that is a far cry from the inviting feeling of warm minimalism. Follow these simple guidelines to carefully curate your space and ensure your bathroom can feel both pared down and cozy at the same time.

Well-Rounded Silhouettes:
Minimalism has evolved from harsh corners to the gestural, organic rounded edges seen in the pieces of the Veil Collection. By incorporating ergonomics and asymmetric spherical shapes into the minimalist world, this collection forms a powerfully comfortable design.

Overhead view of the Veil freestanding bath from Kohler

Beyond White:
White fixtures are a staple of minimalist suites like the Veil Collection, but they instantly become more inviting by adding décor and paint colors in a neutral color palette. When a room utilizes these subtle accents of taupes and shades of white, it creates a subdued energy that’s perfect for rejuvenation.

Tantalizing Textures:
While the overall aesthetic of minimalism shies away from the extravagant, bringing in textured fixtures creates interest without becoming overwhelming. When seen from far away, pieces like the Artist Edition Shagreen Sink don’t steal attention but upon closer inspection, its fine details add eye-catching depth and shimmer.

Oyster Pearl Artist Edition Shagreen Sink from Kohler

Nature as Nurture:
Intentionally choose a few perfect pieces of décor like plants or other natural materials to add to your design in order to help your bathroom feel less bare. Wood accents can be painted over as a way to blend the outdoors into your color scheme and bring energy to a space. The contrast of treated wood or splashes of greenery soothe the environment and bring the outdoors in.

Layers of History:
Items with a lived-in vibe can actually enhance a clean, minimalist design. For instance, distressed and oxidized metal finishes like the Composed Faucets in Titanium Finish present as sleek and contemporary but still have warmth. These designs infuse a sense of charm and intrigue in a modern space.

Composed Faucet in Titanium Finish from Kohler

Stay Versatile:
One way to keep out the clutter in a bathroom and still provide function is to expertly choose pieces that are multi-purpose. For example, the Verdera Lighted Mirror has built-in lights which eliminate the need for additional light sources. Hidden storage inside of a vanity or mirror also keeps your grooming items close but out of sight. In this way, minimalism emphasizes quality over quantity—a sentiment that translates to more mindful living in general.

The Verdera Lighted Mirror with built-in Amazon Alexa

Invisible Technology:
Tech innovations should elevate your bathroom experience without ever feeling intrusive. The Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror uses voice control to center your routine around mindfulness and immersing yourself in a relaxing escape from the modern world.

By following these warm minimalism trends you’re sure to create a space that feels as good as it looks.


Cleaning Secrets from Profresional Cleaners

Cleaning Secrets from Profresional Cleaners