Debbie Travis debuts with a new interior design line at Giant Tiger

Debbie Travis has a welcome prediction for 2022: “I think this year’s words will be ‘joy’.”

She talks about the kind of joy that comes from the simple things in life, like “a walk in the park, a beer glass with some holly in it, a well-made bed,” she says. popular British-Canadian design expert.

The last is the courtesy of her husband, the tidy one, she says, laughing over the phone from London in England.

If the DIY decor diva has beds on her mind, it’s because she’s introducing Canadians to a new home decor collection she’s created in collaboration with the discount retailer Giant tiger. Launching online and in stores on January 26, it offers pillows, sheets, duvets, bedding sets, towels and curtains with prices ranging from $ 3 for a face cloth to $ 50 for an eight-piece duvet set.

“As a designer, I’m always looking for ways to bring joy into space and people’s lives, and Giant Tiger is a partner who shares this vision,” explains the award-winning TV personality and bestselling author.

The collection includes sheet sets and quilt and duvet sets in soft colors blue, gray and neutral, reminiscent of Canada's northern beauty, according to British-Canadian design expert Debbie Travis.

Described as “modern and sophisticated” in soft, muted shades of blue, gray and neutral, the collection offers an easy and affordable way to freshen up living space, according to the Canadian-owned company, which has 263 retail locations across the country.

“Debbie Travis is a design icon, and working with her to bring this exclusive collection to life gives our customers a whole new level of excitement,” said Brian Hession, senior vice president of soft goods, hard goods and global sourcing for one. . -stop shops selling groceries, family fashion and household items.

For Travis, affordability is the key. “I’m the queen of ‘cheap as chips,'” she says, referring to the English term for french fries. She became a household name for do-it-yourself painting and decorating with several books and a number of popular interior design TV shows between 1995 and 2010, including “Debbie Travis ‘Painted House” and “Debbie Travis’ Facelift.”

Bathroom pieces, including shower curtains for $ 9, towels for $ 4.97 and bath mats for $ 10, come in a variety of colors, including gray and teal.

More than a decade ago, the former Toronto Star freelance contributor bought a property in Tuscany, Italy, and then spent 3-1 / 2 years renovating a 13th-century farmhouse with her husband Hans Rosenstein and a team of specialists. Villa Reniella became a rural getaway for guests in search of serenity and simplicity.

And it inspired Travis’ 11th and most recent book, “Joy: Life Lessons from a Tuscan Villa,” published in late 2021. With practical advice ranging from the benefits of fresh, healthy food to the power of sleep, the book has received “thousands” of positive messages from readers who “have brought me to tears,” says Travis.

Over the past few years, she has spent time in her “triangle” of Italy, England and Canada. After she and her husband, who are both vaccinated, had a mild case of COVID Christmas Day, she says, “Now I feel like Superwoman!”

The couple – “like everyone else” – have added a hairy bundle of joy to their family of four.

“He’s handsome and very bright,” Travis says of Alfie, their border collie puppy, who releases his own ray of sunshine as they walk out the front door, “and someone says, ‘Oh, I love your dog!'”

Various textures of quilted sherpa, ribbed velvet and imitation fur are meant to refresh a living space.

The pandemic has highlighted the need for a “buffer” in your living space, Travis notes. “Homes have been revolutionized in the last 18 months. It is even more important that you have a space where you can recharge, express your soul a little more and be calm.”

Bedrooms are best suited as a quiet place to read, get away from computer and children or just curl up for a snow-covered winter nap, she says. “It’s a special place, and it has to be cozy and warm.”

Cue Giant Tigers new collection. Inspired by two countries, the pieces combine “la dolce vita from Italy and the beauty of Canada,” according to Travis.

Bedding is a simple “starting point” to which you can add other design elements, she suggests. The neutral palette is easy to work with in bedrooms, where the walls are typically white or soft colors, while the different patterns and textures give a tactile and visual boost, she says.

The collection includes: a three-piece double / queen duvet set, $ 39.99; six-piece queen sheet set, $ 29; bath mat, $ 10; bath towel, $ 8.97; shower curtain, $ 9; imitation fur pillow, $ 12; and ribbed velvet, imitation fur or quilted sherpa, $ 20.

Asked about her earliest memory of quality bedding, Travis remembers her mother’s “awful nylon sheets” she slept on as a child. “When I moved to London in my late teens, I remember buying my first cotton sheets and I thought, ‘wow, that’s how other people live’.”

She calls DIY decorating, whether painting or refreshing a room with new accessories, an “important mental health tool” that brings joy.

“You can not feel sad playing with paint and pillows and duvets.”

CV

Carola Vyhnak is a Cobourg-based author who covers stories about personal finance, home and property. She is a contributor to Stjernen. Reach her via email: cvyhnak@gmail.com

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