Inside design: Debbie Travis
Okay, she’s technically a British-Canadian idol, but England-born Debbie Travis, who moved to Montreal at age 30, is without a doubt an icon on the stage of international decor. With five hit television shows (from Debbie Travis’ Painted House, one of North America’s first decorating shows, to La Dolce Debbie, airing now on the Oprah Winfrey Network), a regular home style advice column syndicated across the continent and numerous best-selling books, this former model is now a doyenne of the design world. And as if that weren’t enough, she also runs a successful production company with her husband (hosting some of its shows and laying claim to four Gemini awards) and has designed several product lines. As far as we’re concerned, all of that – coupled with the fact that she’s notoriously nice – makes us want to claim her as entirely Canadian.
It’s easy to see the influence of scenery like this idyllic old street in a Medieval Italian town near Debbie Travis’s Tuscan villa on her rustic-chic Rousseau furniture sets.
Take one look at the sleek kitchen in Debbie’s London home (featured in our April 2012 issue) and you’ll see modern hits that match the contemporary Chelsea conversation set.