Debbie & Design

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.

Working with paint and glaze

Dear Debbie;

I am learning how to paint with glazes and love the hints of colour you get when you add a layer of glaze over colour. I’m trying a gingham pattern in the nursery and taping like mad. Around the taped edges and corners I am getting an uneven appearance on the wall. Is there any way around this?


A bold approach

You hear me say this so many times … your home is all about you, make it look the way you feel, layer it with the moods that please you, that feed your soul, that make you smile. Just as no two people are exactly alike, no two rooms are a mirror image of each other. There is a commonality in the requirements,


Break the rules

Dear Debbie;

We have installed a very small bathroom in the attic, under the pitched roof, and would like some ideas on how to decorate. I’ve heard that light colours make a small space bigger but find that quite boring. Thank you.
— Sean

Dear Sean;

Oh, I do love to break the rules,


Living with wood

One of my passions is wood, old boards that make up walls or benches or doors, boards piled up for recycling, abandoned tables whose planks have so many stories to tell. Wood in its multitude of varieties is a universal building material. It’s readily available and can be sawn, carved, drilled and shaped to create the materials we use every day.