Her innate talent for design coupled with her brand savvy and dry British wit has made Debbie Travis a beloved, trusted and inspiring media icon throughout the world. For creating one of North America's first decorating shows, Debbie Travis' Painted House, Debbie Travis is receiving TheWIFTS Foundation Television Pioneer Award 2011.
Born in England, Debbie transformed her experiences in Art College and as a fashion model into a television career, working as a producer for several British networks. As a tireless entrepreneur and having moved to Montreal to start a family, she turned a humble painting and design business into a multi media empire. In 1995 she combined her two passions, design and television production, and created one of North America's first decorating shows, Debbie Travis' Painted House, amassing millions of devoted viewers in over 80 countries. This successful series was followed by more hit and award winning shows, Debbie Travis' Facelift, From the Ground Up and All for One.
"Paint is her passion", says Oprah Winfrey about Debbie. "She can do things withpaint that you've never seen before. Travis is the master of paint and plaster"
"The Reigning Queen of Renovations," as Regis Philbin calls her, continues to bring fun and passion into our homes, having turned decorating from a chore into a lifestyle for everyone.
Debbie's production company WAM produces a variety of lifestyle programmes for the American and Canadian markets that are distributed worldwide. She is an award-winning author of 9 best selling books, has an internationally-syndicated weekly newspaper column with over 6 million readers, and is a sought-after key note speaker. Her home decor product line of over 1200 items is sold exclusively at Canadian Tire, Canada's most shopped retailer with over 500 locations from coast to coast.
Her success as the best known celebrity brand in Canada prompted Debbie to share her exciting and refreshing tips on being a business woman, juggling family and work and the fascinating world of branding through her popular public speaking engagements to businesses, women entrepreneurs' and students.
This year she will launch an online portal, whose goal is to provide a support forum to whom all can turn to for tools to get through their busy days. Debbiedaily.com
Following in the footsteps of her entrepreneurial seminars, Debbie has begun an inspirational retreat for women to share their stories and brain storm ideas at her luxury villa in Tuscany. Www.tuscangetaway.co,
Debbie lives between Montreal, London and Tuscany. She has two sons, Josh and Max.