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25 Most Stylish Bostonians of 2009 -- Taniya Nayak

By Ami Albernaz
Globe Correspondent / November 5, 2009

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Name: Taniya Nayak

Age: 36

Occupation: Host/interior designer on HGTV’s “Designed to Sell’’; host/interior designer on “Destination Design’’ (starting in March)

You recently renovated your home in Milton. Was that more stressful than a project you’d do on TV? Yes, yes, and yes! It is so different. It’s so much harder designing your own space, and I actually found a whole new respect for people who are trying and struggling because in my head I always thought, you know, it’s not that hard. Design isn’t rocket science. But now I get it. Now I understand people’s struggles because when it’s your own house, it’s such a commitment.

Where are your favorite places to get things for homes? I can’t do one makeover on one my shows or in my own house without HomeGoods. I love HomeGoods because it’s so affordable and they have cool stuff and it’s always different. I’m a big fan of BoConcept. My entire house, furniture-wise, was purchased online - every single thing I got. I purchased from this one website called ExoticaUnique - it sounds a little racy, but it’s really a fantastic online furniture resource.

Your father is an architect. How did that influence your design sensibility and your sense of space? My dad and I joke around a lot that we’re so opposite, but I think the older I get, I see a lot more of his design style in mine. My father is the most contemporary man I know. Watching [my dad] sketch and just planning has helped me understand space and where things should be placed, how the flow goes in a space.

Is it stressful to have to dress for TV? I think the stressful part is just trying not to wear the same thing twice. We film so fast and usually need several outfits per episode, because we do the makeover through the course of a week. I want to have that professional style, but I also don’t want to lose that young, hip edge to it.

What are you listening to right now? I have tons of music and love all kinds of music, but I always find myself leaning toward Adele and Amy Winehouse and that kind of jazzier style.

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