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.

March 10, 2019

Pathways to success

Dear Debbie;

We live on the fifth floor of a condo and have been receiving complaints from our neighbours below us that they hear “every step we take”. Our suite has beautiful hardwood floors that were here when we bought and we don’t want to cover them up. What would you do?
— Henri

Dear Henri;


March 3, 2019

Living Large in Small Spaces

The most frequent emails I receive regarding home design and decorating come from people who are looking for ideas that fit their budget restraints. The other challenge is how to decorate when you are a renter. These situations are familiar to everyone and I have had lots of fun coming up with successful solutions that fit any budget, and also those that can be utilized in rented spaces where rules about making changes are strict.


February 24, 2019

On fire Design

Dear Debbie;

We have been debating fireplace types for our home renovation. We have always had a log burning fire but think maybe it’s time to switch to easier maintenance gas. Will we regret this decision? Our style is traditional with some Victorian furniture pieces. Thank you for your advice.
— Martha

Dear Martha;


February 17, 2019

Botanical Blast

We share a universal desire to connect with all that’s green. We strive to be surrounded with the beauty and invigorating essence of fresh air, clear running water and lush botanicals. It’s no surprise that the riot of colours and intricate patterns viewed in our natural environment are copied in all the decorative arts. Bringing the outdoors in has always been a source of pleasure that repeats over generations.


February 10, 2019

Lamp Light

Dear Debbie;

I have been searching for the best lighting for our living room and cannot decide between table lamps and floor lamps. Do you have any suggestions? Our style is bright and comfy. Thank you.
— Jane

Dear Jane;

You are not alone. Choosing lighting for your home can be quite the challenge.


February 3, 2019

Design your quiet place

A few months ago, I was facing an exciting five-week book tour. It was cram-packed with travel and speaking engagements. Launching my new book, Design Your Next Chapter: How to Realize Your Dreams and Reinvent Your Life, would require all my energy and I was already feeling tired after a busy summer schedule.  I knew what I had to do and I appreciate how lucky I am to be able to do this.


January 27, 2019

Bright bedrooms

Dear Debbie;

I’ve heard that bright colours shouldn’t be used in a bedroom, especially a child’s room, as the saturated shades are not conducive to a restful sleep. Not sure how to proceed with decorating. I prefer a happy space and like a range of colours and painted furniture. Help please.
— Joanna

Dear Joanna;


January 20, 2019

Coral relief

If you have ever wondered how so many industries from fashion to paint and wallpaper, interior fabrics and accessories appear to have similar shifts in annual colour trends, look to Pantone Inc. This company standardizes colours offering a numbered colour matching system so that any manufacturer can dial in, identify and match colours that will be popular globally. Pantone’s colour for the year 2019 is Living Coral,


January 13, 2019

Your perfect workspace

Dear Debbie;

When is working at home a bad idea? I find it a real struggle to put aside home tasks and unrelated phone calls and get down to concentrating on my paying job as an accountant. Should I rent office space?
— Anna

Dear Anna;

For many people working at home solves a myriad of challenges including time lost travelling and food expenses.


January 6, 2019

Move ahead with flair

As we turn the calendar page to a new year, I have a habit of dreaming about what will come next. I am a planner and love to embark on new projects that have captured my imagination. Inspiration is everywhere, it seems to tease me … what about this, but oh look at that. How I determine what path to follow is never totally clear,