Debbie Travis'
House to Home
newspaper columns

Read about Debbie’s exciting discoveries — today’s stylemakers, iconic products for the home, and irresistible decorating tips and trends. Debbie gathers news of great design from around the world and shows you how easy it is to bring your favourite looks home.

House to Home appears weekly in newspapers across North America. Produced by Debbie Travis and Barbara Dingle, the column is syndicated by Torstar in Canada and King Features/Hearst in the United States.

February 16, 2020

The third dimension

Dear Debbie;

We have recently removed some cheap paneling from our den and the walls are a mess. I’ve seen some textured wallpaper that I like, which would help cover up the scrapes. But a friend is keen on a 3D wall panel product that is awesome to look at. Is this a good idea?
— Leon

Dear Leon:

Although heavy wallpapers and panels will hide imperfect walls,


February 9, 2020

Mad about red

Red is a fascinating colour. Its moods are as diverse as its many shades and tones. Scarlet is bold and sexy, heightened if applied with a glossy finish. Reds with an earthier, brown tone are warm and have the feeling of country in them, think barn red. Pinky reds are often playful and young at heart like candy,


February 3, 2020

Stairs well done

Dear Debbie;

We have just ripped up a ratty old runner that covered our stairs and would like to do something interesting, not carpet. We are a young family and all love colour. What would you do?

Dear Cindy:

I came across a youthful and exciting stairway treatment in Annie Sloan’s third edition of The Colourist.


January 26, 2020

The allure of lace

There is something special about lace. This alluring fabric with its intricate stitching and airy patterns is a featured favourite in both traditional and modern fashion. It is never out of style and enriches the appearance of whomever or whatever it covers. In home decoration a touch of lace has the ability to conjure up romance, charm and nostalgia. The origin of the word lace dates back to Middle English and Latin,


January 19, 2020

The refined bath

Dear Debbie;

We live in an older home and enjoy decorating in a traditional style that suits the rooms’ high ceilings and wood floors. The bathroom requires a full renovation and we would like some ideas before we start. Thank you.
— Miranda

Dear Miranda;

When I first saw this chic bathroom,


January 12, 2020

Fabulous fireplace walls

There is no doubt that a fireplace creates a central focal point to any room that it is in. Fire is like a magnet and has an irresistible pull. However, when the weather turns warm the unlit fireplace shouldn’t look bleak or naked. Here are some options for creating a focal wall that is stunning all year round with or without crackling flames.


January 5, 2020

Kitchens 2020

Stepping into a new decade is exciting. There is a positive vibe of hope and adventure as we prepare to conquer new challenges on the world stage. This can also be intimidating. However, no matter where you live or what is the focus of your work world, home is your respite, the personal space to shape however you please. I see the kitchen as the hub of the home as most of us do,


December 29, 2019

Simply festive decoration

Dear Debbie;

I was not able to decorate and shop this year due to an accidental fall, which left me incapacitated for a few months. I discovered how little was needed to make my home feel festive. It is the season of overabundance, but a few candles and flowers and some bright ribbon is all it took.


December 22, 2019

Living the BOHO lifestyle

Like all printed matter, coffee table books are taking a hit in this digital age. The competition is fierce as inspiration for travel, food and interior décor is now just a click away, and free for internet users. However, books can live happily alongside digital devices. I like a stack of books on the coffee table or beside the bed at the ready to pique my curiosity,


December 15, 2019

Deck the walls

Dear Debbie;

We have repainted our living/dining space in a pale sage green. With all the Christmas decorations adorning the walls, the room is very inviting and festive. Have you any ideas for making the room more interesting when the holidays are over?
— Sam and Sue

Dear Sam and Sue;

It sounds like you are looking for some texture on the walls.