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With her innate talent for design coupled with her dry British wit, Debbie Travis is a household name and beloved television icon both here in Canada and around the world. Her career started in England as a fashion model and television producer before moving to Montreal at age 30 to marry a Canadian. The move was the catalyst for her first entrepreneurial endeavor – a painting and design business that subsequently became a market leader in the paint and finishing trend across North America.
Fast forward several years, and Debbie merged her two passions, design and television production, by producing one of North America’s first decorating shows, Debbie Travis’ Painted House. This ground breaking series was followed by several more internationally successful shows including Debbie Travis’ Facelift, From The Ground Up and All For One.
In 2016, Debbie decided it was time for the next chapter. She invested her heart and soul into restoring a ruin in Tuscany and transformed it into a luxury boutique hotel where like-minded women can experience the Tuscan lifestyle at her Girls’ Getaways. Here, on her 100 acre farm she produces an organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a variety of lavender products. The massive restoration project was filmed and La Dolce Debbie was born, a documentary series that premiered on the OWN Network in 2016.
Join us for the season premiere of the Women of Influence Luncheon Series on March 09th, to meet the charming and brilliant Debbie and hear her fascinating story of taking on the next chapter in her career.
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Born and raised in England, Debbie blended her experience at art college and as a fashion model into a television career, first working as a producer for several British networks. This followed a move to Montreal at age 30 to marry a Canadian and here she started a painting and design business subsequently becoming a leader in the paint and finishing trend in North America.
“Paint is her passion. She can do things with paint that you’ve never seen before. Travis is the master of paint and plaster.”
– Oprah Winfrey
Her innate talent for design coupled with her dry British wit made Debbie Travis a household name & beloved television icon around the world. She is one of the largest celebrity brands in Canada, a best selling author, a sought-after public speaker and the centre of a small business empire. Her shows are seen in over 80 countries, her weekly syndicated newspaper column reaches 4 million readers in North America, she has authored 9 books and has a Home Collection at SEARS. She has just launched the first of a series of wines, a DT branded Pinot Grigio with the renowned Pillitteri Winery.
She merged her two passions, design and television production by producing one of North America’s first decorating shows, Debbie Travis’ Painted House. This groundbreaking series was followed by more international successful shows – Debbie Travis’ Facelift, From The Ground Up and All For One. Her latest project, La Dolce Debbie, a 6 x 30 minute documentary series, premiered worldwide in 2016. It tells her heartwarming and often hilarious story of restoring a 13th century ruin in the heart of Tuscany.
Now she gets to relax, just a little: Debbie has restored a ruin in Tuscany and transformed it into a luxury boutique hotel where like-minded women can experience the Tuscan lifestyle at her Girls’ Getaways. Here, on her 100 acre farm she produces an organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a variety of lavender products.
Debbie shares her journey with her husband Hans and two sons, Josh and Max.[/woitab]