Interior designer and TV personality Taniya Nayak confesses to us that she probably did some damage to the ozone layer in her youth, but it’s OK because she won first place in a high hair contest. With endearing candor, she opens up about childhood bullies, her struggles with fertility and how she defines success. Plus, while filming, she accidentally found a sex toy in a teenager’s bedroom, ew.
What is your earliest memory?
Dance recitals in my pink tutu when I was 5.
What’s the best advice that you’ve ever gotten?
Try not to take anything too personally. No one thinks more about you than you do.
Scars give you thicker skin
How do you record your ideas?
Cocktail napkins (for some reason- this is always when I have my best ideas)
What’s your current favorite tool or material to work with?
What book is on your nightstand and what are you currently reading?
The Secret (on my nightstand) / Reading now: The Girl On The Train
Why is authenticity in design important?
Just as authenticity is important for humans, it is for design. You can see right through it when it’s not authentic.
Favorite restaurant in your city?
What might we find on your desk right now?
A huge bottle of water with lemon.
Who do you look up to and why?
I’m all about powerful women. I’ve had many role models/mentors in and throughout my life for various reasons. I think that it’s important to take advice with an open mind and an open heart from people you respect and look up to.
What’s your favorite project that you’ve done and why?
I really love working with my husband on his restaurant projects. They become sort of a love child of ours when they’re done.
What are the last five songs you listened to?
Shape of You - Ed Sheeran
Love the Way You Lie - Rihanna/ Eminem
I Took A Pill in Ibiza - Mike Posner
Don’t Mind - Kent Jones
Stir it Up - Bob Marley
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