A pioneering force and major star in the now popular TV makeover genre, Debbie Travis
is a household name — for good reason. The design maven is a best-selling author and the CEO of a growing housewares empire, Travis's Home Collection, which boasts nearly $100 million in annual sales.
Debbie Travis was born in England. After attending art school, she worked as a model before becoming a TV producer for a major British network. At the age of 30, she relocated to Montreal, where she started her own painting and design business and quickly made a name for herself in the field of home decorating.
In 1995, she produced her first TV series, Debbie Travis' Painted House
. An instant hit with audiences, it ran for 13 seasons. Two more series — Debbie Travis Facelift
and From the Ground Up
— followed. Her newest TV series, CBC's All For One
, allows the designer to fuse her design skills with her philanthropic bent. The show brings an entire community together to construct a new home for a local hero.
Debbie has appeared on every major talk show in North America, including the Today Show, Oprah and Regis and Kelly, as well as making appearances on The Hour.
In addition to her career on television, Debbie is a successful author who has published nine books, including her autobiography, Not Guilty. More than six million people read her syndicated newspaper column.
Debbie Travis lives in Montreal.