Taniya Nayak's Husband Has Been Supportive of Her HGTV Career for Over a Decade

Longtime TV host Taniya Nayak is tackling a new HGTV show called 'Build It Forward.' Who is her husband? Here's everything we know so far.

Shannon Raphael - Author

Apr. 9 2022, Updated 4:48 p.m. ET

Taniya Nayak
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In December 2021, ABC teamed up home renovation powerhouses Carter Oosterhouse and Taniya Nayak for their competition series The Great Christmas Light Fight. The show showcased the best and brightest holiday light displays. The creators of these displays were vying to win a $50,000 prize (and, of course, to secure bragging rights in their neighborhood).

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Thanks to the success of the show, it looks like Taniya will once again be hitting the small screen with a new HGTV limited series called Build It Forward, which surprises individuals who made significant community contributions with brand-new homes!

Taniya has been the host of many home design shows throughout her long television career, but who is her husband? Here's everything we know about her love life.

Taniya Nayak and co-host Matt Blashaw on 'Build It Forward.'
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Taniya Nayak wed her husband, Brian O'Donnell, in 2007.

The Build It Forward co-host grew up in Boston, though she was actually born in India.

The designer, who has operated the Taniya Nayak Design Inc. firm since 2005, wed her husband Brian O'Donnell more than 14 years ago. Taniya's spouse is a restaurateur in the greater Boston area, which is where the two live when she isn't traveling for work.

Brian currently owns several New England restaurants, like the Lower Mills Tavern, the Bostonia Public House, Yellow Door Taqueria, Madre Osteria & Bar, and McGann's Irish Pub.

Taniya was the lead designer for several of her husband's eateries, and she's also worked on a few Ruth's Chris Steakhouse locations.

Outside of their professional endeavors, Brian and Tanya own a bulldog named Flynn (yes, her pup even has his own Instagram account).

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Taniya Nayak and Brian O'Donnell
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Before she began co-hosting 'Build It Forward,' Taniya was a staple personality on HGTV.

After Taniya appeared on the ABC Family (now Freeform) series, Knock First, which aired from 2003 until 2005, she secured her first major gig on HGTV with Designed to Sell.

The 48-year-old was featured on the Washington D.C.-based episodes of the show, and she offered effective design tips to homeowners who were looking to get their houses ready to sell with a $2,000 budget.

Following her time on Designed to Sell, Taniya hosted House Hunters on Vacation, and she participated in four episodes of HGTV Showdown.

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Taniya's design talents have been also showcased on Rachael Ray, Restaurant: Impossible, Today, and Battle on the Beach.

Following her co-hosting role on The Great Christmas Light Fight, she's now the co-host and design expert on Build It Forward, which is sponsored by Lowes.

The Build It Forward finale airs on HGTV on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 6 p.m. ET.

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