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.

July 26, 2020

Born to love wild

Are you feeling wild today? Want to take a peak into homes where plants rule? It’s a mindset that Hilton Carter, passionate lover of all things green and author of Wild Interiors, Beautiful Plants in Beautiful Spaces, CICO Books 2020, explores and practices on a daily basis. After surveying restaurants, hotels, and public spaces as well as the countless homes he has visited and styled,


July 19, 2020

A seamly solution

Dear Debbie;

I just had my walls drywalled and the finish is not good. The seams
are very apparent & I wondered if there was a paint technique you’d
— Raine

Dear Raine;

I am sorry to hear that your drywall finish is poor.


July 12, 2020

Featuring water

Water is the life force that soothes and rejuvenates us all. The sound of a babbling brook, the rush of a waterfall, the gentle lapping at a lake’s edge, the rolling thunder of ocean waves, these draw us in and allow our busy brains to relax and meditate. We can’t all live by the sea or beside a river or lake,


July 5, 2020

Kids camp at home

Dear Debbie;

Our children’s overnight camping plans have been cancelled this summer and we are trying to think up ways to make home camping fun. You are great at DIY ideas so please help.
— Judy and Fred

Dear Judy and Fred;

Nothing can replace the social camaraderie of going away to camp for a week or two.


June 28, 2020

Private place

Your backyard may have an old shed that has fallen into disrepair, just good enough to stash the lawnmower and a few bikes. With some inspiration and a bit of TLC that could be your new favourite place to be. That shed could have many purposes. In her new book, Shed Style: Decorating Cabins, Huts, Pods, Sheds & Other Garden Rooms,


June 21, 2020

Porcelain tile pops

Dear Debbie:

We are renovating our bathroom, replacing the bathtub with a shower that has easy access. We’ve looked at acrylic shower inserts but prefer the look of marble. What are your thoughts on acrylic vs other types? Thank you.
— John

Dear John;

There are so many imaginative ways to renovate today.


June 14, 2020

June buzz

As the popular song from Rogers and Hammerstein’s musical blockbuster Carousel goes, “June is bustin’ out all over”. It’s a special time of year that promises so much — new growth, renewed energy, heightened feelings of wellbeing, these all blossom as we welcome a fabulous change of seasons. This June will look and feel very different as the world copes with COVID-19.


June 7, 2020

Lofty ideas

Dear Debbie;

I’m living in an old factory with concrete floors. I can’t afford to lay down a wood floor or cover with carpet at this time. Would you suggest painting the floor? I remember you did this on your TV show. Thanks,
— Denis

Dear Denis;

For that particular episode we were fixing up a loft with the bedroom on a mezzanine that looked down over the large living space.


May 24, 2020

Porch party

Dear Debbie;

Our porch is looking forlorn and we are using it all the time now that social distancing is in place. (We group together with our families and friends via social media.) Any ideas for a facelift that we can handle ourselves? Thanks and stay safe.
— Barb

Dear Barb;

We are all looking for ways to keep up our spirits and stay in touch during these challenging times.


May 17, 2020

Your bathroom style

If you are planning a bathroom renovation, or even a quick facelift, it’s essential to keep in mind the importance of practicality as this is primarily a utilitarian space. You will be looking for elements that are safe, hardwearing and easy to clean and sanitize. These are givens.

But there are other considerations. For a room that gets constant use,