Dvira Ovadia

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Dvira Ovadia
EducationB.Arch (University of Toronto)
OccupationInterior designer
WebsiteDvira Ovadia Online

Dvira Ovadia (born 1979 in Israel) is a Canadian television personality and an award-winning/celebrity designer. She is best known as winning[1] the 2007 show called From The Ground Up with Debbie Travis season two.[2] The show aired on Global TV May 31, 2007.[3] The show was re-aired on HGTV Canada[4] in the spring of 2008. In spring of 2008, the show was also airing in the United States on the Fine Living Network, Sunday nights at 10EST.[5] Dvira Ovadia is also known for her weekly syndicated column which appears in many blogs which readers often write in to have their decorating questions answered.

Early life and education[edit]

Dvira Ovadia was born in Israel in 1979 to a Russian-born mother and a father of Egyptian descent. Prior to moving to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where she currently resides, she lived in Brussels, Belgium for the most part of her youth. Having been exposed to various cultures has led her to appreciate and understand many different aspects of design.[6] She grew up loving puzzles and putting things together, she was quoted saying "As a child, I always loved design, whether it was fashion design or interior design or architecture."[7]

Ovadia began her design education with a B.Arch at the University of Toronto in 1998-2001 [8] where she undertook a major in architecture and a minor in fine art history. She graduated with honors and obtained several diplomas in the technical design sector from Sheridan College in Toronto.

In 2002, Ovadia moved to New York to pursue a master's degree in interior design at the Pratt Institute,[9] New York City. She lived in New York for two years where she studied and worked at INARCH, an interior design firm.[10] After two years of living in New York City she returned to Toronto.[7]

Career after From the Ground Up, Season II[edit]

As a result of winning the show From the Ground Up, season II, Ovadia was awarded the title of chief designer for Debbie Travis to design and develop a series of Debbie Travis condos and homes.[1] Ovadia worked with Debbie Travis to develop 10 model homes for Tribute Communities, encompassing everything from interior design to furnishing and sourcing products from all over the world.[11]

Dvira Ovadia has an established Design Firm servicing residential and commercial projects. She has a regular column in the Toronto Sun Newspaper called 'Living Life by Design', and writes for a variety of magazines from Reno & Decor, On the Go, Hoss magazine, Embark Magazine, Home Decor & Renovation. Dvira also had a weekly blog for Yahoo! Canada from 2008 to 2014.[12] Dvira Ovadia was the Designer and Art director for eight (8) seasons of HGTV's Income property with host Scott Mcgillivray, who was also involved in From The Ground Up.,[13] Dvira has also designed for HGTV's 'The Unsellables',[14] 'Reno or Relocate'[15] and has appeared as a guest expert regularly on City TV's 'Downright Domestic'.[16]

Ovadia often shares her design tips and trends in blogs and articles. She writes a seasonal trends guide for Jewish Magazine, a Canadian publication.[17] In December 2007, she wrote an article for Yahoo! where she discussed the year's holiday trends for the season.[18] She also shared similar trends for the holiday season with Ontario Craft Brewers[19] and with Condo Guide magazine.[20]

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  1. ^ a b CNW Group | GLOBAL TELEVISION | 'From the Ground Up with Debbie Travis' selects Chief Designer
  2. ^ 'From the Ground Up with Debbie Travis' selects Chief Designer
  3. ^ http://www.canwestglobal.com/media/viewNews.asp?NewsroomID=599 Archived 2008-05-31 at the Wayback Machine The Global Television Season Premiere - From The Ground Up With Debbie Travis
  4. ^ "From the Ground up - Shows - HGTV Canada". Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2008-05-28.
  5. ^ "From The Ground Up: Host Debbie Travis Searches For a Chief Designer". Archived from the original on 2008-06-02. Retrieved 2008-06-18.
  6. ^ Chau, Lawrence. Travis protegé designs career Archived 2008-05-31 at the Wayback Machine. Metro (Toronto), September 23, 2007
  7. ^ a b Post City Magazines | August 2007, Dvira Ovadia by Jennifer Patterson
  8. ^ The Canadian Jewish News - Canadian News in Brief-August 16
  9. ^ "Travis Picks Ovadia". The Canadian Jewish News. 16 August 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-28.
  10. ^ Inarch: Interior Architects Innovative Interior Design New York Asia Archived 2009-05-19 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Town Crier Online - Your source for local Toronto news and community information". Archived from the original on 2008-05-31. Retrieved 2008-05-28.
  12. ^ Yahoo! Lifestyles - Dvira Ovadia Blog
  13. ^ HGTV Income Property
  14. ^ http://www.hgtv.ca/theunsellables/
  15. ^ http://www.hgtv.ca/renovsrelocate/
  16. ^ http://www.downrightdomestic.com/?s=dvira
  17. ^ Welcome to The Jewish Magazine
  18. ^ Turn holiday decorating traditions upside down - Décor & Trends - Home & Garden Article - Yahoo! Canada Lifestyle
  19. ^ Ontario Craft Brewers – Trends and Advice for the Holiday Season
  20. ^ "The Condo Guide Magazine Toronto". Archived from the original on 2008-05-31. Retrieved 2019-07-30.

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