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Taniya Nayak is one of the judges in ABC's reality holiday decorating competition series "The Great Christmas Light Fight."

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. Her knack for bringing rich textures and unexpected finishes together with practical, real-life functionality has made her a go-to expert for decorating programs on major networks including HGTV and Food Network. She is currently a part of major franchises on both networks, hosting the HGTV series "House Hunters on Vacation" and as a featured designer on Food Network's "Restaurant: Impossible." She is also the host of the HGTV special "Billon Dollar Block" and recently launched her first collection of home products, Taniya Nayak Lighting.

Born in India and raised in Boston, Taniya's design style is strongly influenced by her creative family, especially her father, a talented architect. Shortly after attending Boston Architectural College for a masters in Interior Design, Taniya's design style and upbeat personality landed her first television gig on ABC Family's "Knock First." She was one of four designers and co-hosts of the show, geared toward hip, ambitious teens. She then made the move to HGTV as a designer on the edgy series "FreeStyle," encouraging homeowners to get imaginative with items they already owned.

Her signature approach of embracing affordable design fixes made Taniya the perfect fit for her next show, one of HGTV's top-rated hits, "Designed to Sell." She is also the host of a spin-off of "House Hunters," called "House Hunters on Vacation," which illuminates Taniya's travel and design expertise as she helps individuals, couples and families find the perfect place to stay from luxury condos to beautiful villas while on an all expense paid vacation.

Taniya is a regular on HGTV mainstays such as "Showdown," "Bang for Your Buck," "White House Specials," and throughout HGTV.com. She can also be seen on Robert Irvine's Food Network series, "Restaurant: Impossible," where she utilizes her design prowess and professional experience to rescue and transform suffering restaurants. Married to 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.

Taniya's helpful decorating tips have been featured in People, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, The Boston Globe, Family Circle, The Washington Post, Ladies Home Journal, and many more. Taniya has appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," NBC's "Today," CBS's "The Early Show" and "The Talk," "The View," "Rachael Ray" and "The Nate Berkus Show."

In 2005, Taniya started her own design firm, Taniya Nayak Design LLC. Having designed for a wide range of ages and spaces and budgets, she focuses on creating affordable-yet-inspirational spaces that capture her clients' individual personalities while maintaining comfort and function. To this day, Taniya is at the forefront her design firm and has developed an impressive range of clientele, from television celebrities to famous musicians. Taniya's designs can be seen in several Boston hotspots, including Petit Robert Central, 88 Wharf, Lola's Cantina, Whiskey Republic, Julep Bar, and Abby Lane and Blue Inc with celebrity chef Jason Santos from FOX's "Hell's Kitchen."

In 2004, Taniya was ranked in the top 10 of INDIA New England's Business Women of the Year, and in April 2011, Taniya was honored with an Excellence in Design award from ASID New England.


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Height: 5' 3"
Birthplace: India
Hometown: South Weymouth, MA

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