Known for her sunny smile and sharp eye, Taniya Nayak’s approachable take on interior design has won over everyone from rock stars to first time homebuyers. Taniya’s knack for bringing rich textures and unexpected finishes together with practical, real-life functionality has made her a go-to expert for design programs on major networks including ABC, HGTV and Food Network.
Taniya has served as host and designer for a variety of HGTV mainstays like Designed to Sell, Billion Dollar Block, House Hunters on Vacation and Urban Oasis in Boston. Taniya is a featured designer on Robert Irvine’s Food Network series, Restaurant: Impossible, where she utilized her design prowess and professional experience to rescue and transform suffering restaurants. Married to Brian O’Donnell, a successful restaurateur in Boston, Taniya’s personal life as both an interior designer and a restaurant industry insider is the perfect parallel to her multifaceted design role in the television realm. With knockout shows on both the Food Network and HGTV, Taniya quickly became a respected and prominent figure in television’s interior design world. Taniya was selected personally by Ellen Degeneres as a brand spokesperson for her home product line, “ED On Air,” featured on QVC in 2015. Taniya has also served as co-host for ABC’s primetime holiday series “The Great Christmas Light Fight” since 2016.
In 2005, Taniya started her own design firm, Taniya Nayak Design, Inc. Having designed for a wide range of spaces and budgets, she focuses on creating inspired commercial and residential spaces with both broad appeal and personal connection. Taniya’s design firm has developed an impressive range of clientele from restaurants to condo developments to high-end residential. Some of TND’s designs are seen in new construction development Treadmark Condominiums, restaurants including Yellow Door Taqueria, Door No. 7, Abby Lane, The Poynt, Tavern & Table, Bostonia Public House, several new Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse locations, and the new construction homes of legendary athletes, Bruin’s Patrice Bergeron and Cam Neeley.
Born in India and raised in Boston, Taniya’s design style is strongly influenced by her creative family, especially her father, a talented architect who just received his Fellowship from AIA in 2017. Shortly after attending Boston Architectural College for her master’s in Interior Architecture, Taniya’s design style and upbeat personality landed her first television gig on ABC Family’s Knock First. Taniya was one of four designers and co-hosts of the hit show, geared toward hip, ambitious teens. She then made the move to HGTV as a designer on Designed to Sell, where she helped homeowners add value and prepare their homes for market.
Taniya’s helpful decorating tips have been featured in Architectural Digest India, HGTV Magazine, Design New England, People, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, The Boston Globe, Family Circle, The Washington Post, Ladies Home Journal, Redbook, Better Homes & Gardens, and many more. Taniya has appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC’s Good Morning America & The View, NBC’s Today, CBS’ The Early Show & The Talk, and is a regular guest on Rachael Ray.
In 2004, Taniya was ranked in the top 10 of INDIA New England’s Business Women of the Year and nominated again in 2017. In April 2011, Taniya was honored with an Excellence in Design award from ASID New England and serves on the advisory board for her alma mater Boston Architectural College.
Taniya is an active participant helping to raise funds for charitable organizations such as Akshaya Patra, No Kid Hungry, Room To Dream, Smile Train, BAC Spring Gala, Habitat For Humanity, Find The Cause Breast Cancer Foundation, Together She Can and Charlotte’s Run.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from the New England School of Art and Design, Jackie worked at a high-end residential design firm prior to joining the TND team in 2013. She has been instrumental in the evolution, growth and success of the company and has led the team in several commercial and residential projects from ground up. Her work ethic, attention to detail and client relations are of the highest level. Having taken pre-college courses at FIT in NYC, Jackie knew at a very young age that interior design was what she wanted to pursue.
While studying at The New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University, Carolyn worked at a restaurant in the city where she solidified her passion for Hospitality. She left the service industry and began her career as a designer at a local firm for 4 years before joining Taniya Nayak Design. Carolyn’s greatest joy in Hospitality Design comes from experiencing the fruits of her labor and seeing the design in action. When she isn’t working on floor plans or developing concept boards, you’ll likely find her hiking and skiing in the White Mountains or painting landscape scenery on canvas.
Erin began sketching floor plans and interiors as a child and always knew she wanted to pursue design as a career. She received her degree in Interior Design from Drexel University and worked on numerous commercial and retail projects at a local firm prior to joining TND. After working in the industry for five years, she studied for and passed the NCIDQ examinations which has been one of her greatest accomplishments. Erin finds joy in the puzzle of laying out a floor plan and bringing together all the separate elements of a design to create one beautiful experience. In her free time you can find her playing with her labrador puppy, reading a good book, or taking a spin class.
Caitlin has her master’s degree in Interior Architecture from The New England School of Art and Design. She has been drawing floor plans since she was a kid and knew this was always something she wanted to do. She has worked as an integral part in dozens of commercial and residential projects across New England and beyond. She loves design details including millwork, lighting, and custom furniture.
Alliegh started working at Taniya Nayak Design in early 2017. She is extremely personable and hardworking which made her a perfect fit as the Office Manager at TND. She manages all the office tasks with confidence ensuring the day runs smoothly. Besides her management skills Alliegh has a creative eye and her feedback is extremely valuable when assisting on design projects. Working with Alliegh is always a pleasure and she provides an instant sense of comfort to everyone who visits the office.
Flynn joined our team in 2015. His persistent “business means business” attitude made him a perfect fit for TND. His background was not initially in design or architecture, however he has developed quite a “nose” for selecting the perfect finishes for a project. He has become the team member we have all leaned on for lumbar support. While he is a very focused individual, he has been known to take long naps on top of his desk from time to time. We call this his “creative process”. Flynn has been featured in Frogtape Brand Painters Tape Painter Challenge videos, Boston Common Magazine and has recently been featured in the Boston Architectural College Magazine. His steady social media following continues to grow with his own hashtag #FlynnFixFriday.
Millie took the TND office by a furry flurry of adorableness in 2018. Since she insists that a happy office is a productive one, Millie provides “recharge snuggles” to keep the staff energized. Her positive energy and “love big or go home” attitude help ensure that everyone’s having fun so the creativity keeps flowing.