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Ms. Debra Newell

(Interior Designer)

About Me

Debra Newell is the founder and president of Ambrosia Home, Inc. as well as the founder and former president of the multimillion-dollar company, Ambrosia Interior Design, Inc. Known for creating beautiful interior spaces, Debra relies on her ability to clearly understand each client’s vision, aspirations and lifestyle. She then creates a harmonious environment that is not only functional but reflects each client’s individual personality and taste. Debra launched Ambrosia Interior Design, Inc. in 1984, creating a full service, award winning interior design firm that specialized in nationally and internationally customized model homes, residential homes, country clubs, club houses and office spaces. Her work took her all over the world including designing a development called Orange County outside of Beijing, China, two textile ventures in Egypt, and a hotel in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Currently, Debra has expanded her career ventures with a retail store in Las Vegas, Nevada called Ambrosia Home, Inc. and an outlet store in Henderson, Nevada under the same name. Her oldest daughter took over Ambrosia Interior Design in Irvine, California, freeing up her time to focus on residential interior design, another one of her passions. In addition to the retail store and outlet, an online e-commerce store called Ambrosia Home Store is in the works. Recently, Debra did staging work for the HGTV series “Property Brothers” and has teamed up with Madison Hildebrand from Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listings.” On October 1, 2017 the Los Angeles Times launched a six-part article series and accompanying Podcast created by Wondery titled Dirty John. Dirty John is a story of love, deceit, denial, revenge and ruin, ultimately leading to survival that chronicled a time in Debra’s life between October 2014 and August 2016. The story was adapted into a miniseries which premiered on Bravo on November 25, 2018 and on Netflix on February 14, 2019. Moving on to the next chapter of her life, Debra devotes much of her time as an advocate for change and awareness, helping women who are caught up in coercive controlling relationships. She has been featured in People, US Magazine, Harper Bazaar, Forbes, The New Yorker, Vulture, Refinery29, and Bustle to name a few. She has also made appearances on “Dateline NBC,” “Dr. Phil,” “Dr. Oz,” “Megan Kelly Today,” “Inside Evil with Chris Cuomo,” “Fox News,” and Oxygen’s “Dirty John: The Dirty Truth,” amongst many other media outlets. Debra was a speaker at CrimeCon 2019 alongside Laura Richards discussing coercive control and her relationship with John Meehan. She is currently writing her story in her own words to be published this winter.

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