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About

Taniya Nayak

Principal Interior Architect
Taniya Nayak is one of the nation’s foremost interior designers. She became a household name as a design expert member on HGTV and Food Network. Taniya owns a successful, Boston-based interior design firm, Taniya Nayak Design, Inc. where she adds a fresh, clean look to both commercial and residential spaces.

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.

Our Services

COMMERCIAL DESIGN

Our firm encompasses all facets of cutting-edge design for multi-family development, shops, markets, salons/spas and the hospitality industry.

RESIDENTIAL DESIGN

With a devoted focus to the connection between comfort and style, we provide full-service designs especially for high-end renovations and new construction homes.

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Meet our

team

JACKIE NORCINI

Senior Designer

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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.

SORAMY LE

Senior Designer

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You’ll often find Soramy geeking out over a millwork detail or happily lost in beautiful finishes but nothing brings her more joy than producing thoughtful design that results in memorable experiences and happy clients. Soramy earned her master’s degree in Interior Architecture from the Boston Architectural College where she was the recipient of the Award for Interior Architecture Thesis Excellence. You’re likely to find her roaming the halls of her alma mater armed with excuses such as, “I’m co-teaching a class.” or “I’m here mentoring a student.”.  Most of the time she’s just there visiting friends.

Soramy loves her unpredictable New England weather, her coffee black and spending her downtime thinking of names for her future dog.

JUSTINE ALVAREZ

Interior Designer

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Working with Justine Alvarez is like working with an old friend.  Because her passion is to create designs for each individual client’s personal style and budget, she makes it a point to get to know her clients both professionally and  personally.  A San Francisco Bay Area native, Justine earned her bachelor’s of science in Interior Design from San Francisco State University.  With a wide range of design experience from retail to high-end residential, Justine’s keen eye for detail allows her to create spaces that are both functional and beautiful.

CAITLIN TUCKER 

Interior Designer

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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 DILLON

Executive Assistant

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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.

NISHA MATTA

Social Media Marketing 

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Nisha graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Saint Anselm College. However, she soon realized teaching didn’t fulfill her creative passion and decided to pursue a career in the design world. With a background in Interior Decoration, Visual Merchandising and Real Estate Staging from the Sydney Design School in Australia and experience working as a Social Media Manager for Help Wanted, Nisha combined her love for Interior Design and Social Media to become TND’s Social Media and Marketing Manager. Nisha’s amiable personality and beaming smile makes her a joy to be around when you come into the office. On her days off you may find Nisha buying excessive amounts of active wear to take leisurely nature walks and exploring new cities to blog about.

FLYNN

Chief Morale Officer

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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.

BANDIT

Canine Assistant

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Bandit sprung into the TND office with enthusiasm and a cheerful disposition. In a short time, Bandit quickly became the head of TND’s testing department – particularly overseeing carpet samples and office furniture. His method: extensive lounging (for test purposes only, of course). He has natural managerial skills as he keeps a watchful eye on his fellow coworkers.  Bandit’s contribution to society is seen though his charitable acts serving as an emotional support dog to senior citizens for over two years.