Debbie Travis debuts a new home decor line at Giant Tiger

Debbie Travis has a welcome prediction for 2022: “I feel the term of the calendar year is likely to be ‘joy.’”

She’s talking about the variety of pleasure that arrives from the easy matters in daily life, like “a stroll in the park, a beer glass with some holly in it, a very well-created bed,” says the popular British-Canadian design and style professional.

That last just one is courtesy of her partner, the tidy 1, she claims as she laughs over the cellphone from London, England.

If the Do-it-yourself decorating diva has beds on the brain it’s due to the fact she’s introducing Canadians to a new home decor assortment she produced in collaboration with price reduction retailer Big Tiger. Launching on the internet and in suppliers on Jan. 26, it characteristics pillows, throws, quilts, bedding sets, bath linens and curtains with charges ranging from $3 for a facecloth to $50 for an 8-piece comforter established.

“As a designer, I’m usually looking for ways to provide joy into spaces and people’s life, and Giant Tiger is a husband or wife that shares this vision,” clarifies the award-successful television identity and bestselling creator.

Explained as “contemporary and sophisticated” in comfortable, muted shades of blue, grey and neutral, the assortment offers an straightforward and very affordable way to refresh living spaces, according to the Canadian-owned company that has 263 retail spots across the nation.

“Debbie Travis is a design icon, and collaborating with her to carry this unique assortment to lifetime delivers our consumers a whole new stage of exhilaration,” mentioned Brian Hession, senior vice-president of smooth items, tricky goods and world-wide sourcing for the 1-end outlets that promote groceries, household fashions and residence products.

For Travis, affordability is critical. “I’m the queen of ‘cheap as chips,’” she quips, referring to the English term for french fries. She became a household name for do-it-on your own portray and decorating with many textbooks and a collection of strike decor Television set demonstrates concerning 1995 and 2010, which include “Debbie Travis’ Painted House” and “Debbie Travis’ Facelift.”

Bathroom pieces, including shower curtains for $9, hand towels for $4.97 and bath mats for $10 come in various colours including grey and teal.

Extra than a decade in the past, the previous freelance contributor for the Toronto Star bought a home in Tuscany, Italy then used 3-1/2 a long time renovating the 13th-century farmhouse with her spouse Hans Rosenstein and a workforce of specialists. Villa Reniella grew to become a rural retreat for visitors in research of serenity and simplicity.

And it influenced Travis’ 11th and hottest guide, “Joy: Daily life Lessons from a Tuscan Villa,” posted in late 2021. With simple information ranging from the positive aspects of fresh, healthy foodstuff to the electrical power of slumber, the e book has prompted “thousands” of beneficial messages from audience that “have introduced me to tears,” claims Travis.

Throughout the very last pair of years, she’s invested time in her “triangle” of Italy, England and Canada. Right after she and her spouse, who are each vaccinated, arrived down with a moderate case of COVID on Christmas Working day, she suggests: “Now I sense like Superwoman!”

The couple — “like everybody else” — has extra a furry bundle of joy to their relatives of four.

“He’s stunning and extremely shiny,” Travis says of Alfie, their border collie pup who unleashes his very own ray of sunshine when they stroll out the entrance doorway “and someone claims, ‘Oh, I love your dog!’”

Different textures of quilted sherpa, ribbed velvet and faux fur are intended to refresh a living space.

The pandemic has highlighted the have to have for a “buffer” in your dwelling place, Travis notes. “Homes have been revolutionized in the past 18 months. It’s even additional vital that you have a place wherever you can recharge, express your soul a bit more, and be serene.”

Bedrooms are most effective-suited as a quiet spot to examine, get away from computer and young ones, or just curl up for a snowy winter’s nap, she states. “It’s a particular location, and wants to be cosy and warm.”

Cue Giant Tiger’s new collection. Impressed by two nations around the world, the parts merge “la dolce vita of Italy and the beauty of Canada,” according to Travis.

Bedding is a basic “starting point” to which you can insert other style aspects, she implies. The neutral palette is quick to work with in bedrooms in which walls are typically white or gentle colors, although the different styles and textures present a tactile and visual raise, she says.

The selection includes: a 3-piece double/queen comforter established, $39.99 six-piece queen sheet established, $29 bath mat, $10 bathtub towel, $8.97 shower curtain, $9 fake fur pillow, $12 and ribbed velvet, fake fur or quilted sherpa toss, $20.

Asked about her earliest memory of high quality bedding, Travis remembers her mother’s “horrible nylon sheets” she slept on as a baby. “When I moved to London in my late teens I try to remember acquiring my initially cotton sheets and I was like, ‘wow, this is how other folks stay.’”

She phone calls Do it yourself decorating, whether painting or refreshing a space with new components, an “important mental health tool” that provides pleasure.

“You just cannot feel sad enjoying with paint and cushions and comforters.”


Carola Vyhnak is a Cobourg-based mostly author covering particular finance, property and serious-estate tales. She is a contributor for the Star. Access her by using email: [email protected]

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