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HGTV star Nayak slated for Somerset visit

Carpeting By Mike in Somerset is preparing to welcome HGTV star Taniya Nayak to its store Tuesday, Dec. 7, for a customer meet-and-greet and consulting session.

Owner Mike Faust of Carpeting by Mike, in conjunction with Mohawk flooring, is bring the home improvement and designer celebrity to the area.

Faust and Nayak partnered with Mohawk flooring on a sweepstakes and Nayak will be in the area to conduct a $10,000 makeover on contest winner Lacey and Nathan Scottum's Osceola home.

The host of "Bang For Your Buck," "Destination Design," and "Designed to Sell" will spend some time at Faust's store as well. She will be available from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at 405 Laser Drive, Somerset.

She will be available for photos and an autograph session. She will also be available for in-store mini-design consultations. Customers can bring photos and Nayak will help them solve decorating dilemmas.

Besides her work on HGTV, Nayak also does interior design work for celebrities including Jessie Metcalf of "Desperate Housewives," Joe Perry of Aerosmith and others through her design firm Taniya Nayak Design, LLC.

On Wednesday, Nayak will be at Scottum's house to begin the big project. Scottum won the recent Mohawk CustomWeave Home Makeover Sweepstakes.

After a final consultation with Scottum, Nayak will be shopping local interior design stores to select the final pieces for the Scottum home.

"Lacey has been amazing to work with," commented Nayak. "She knew exactly what she wanted and wasn't afraid to voice it. We had a productive design consult and I'm thrilled she is ready to take the plunge. Her home is perfect blank slate to work with. I'm excited that she's excited and I can't wait for all the elements to come together and for Lacey to be able to enjoy her newly made over home."

"Lacey is getting the best of the best with her newly installed Mohawk flooring," states Mike Faust. "We couldn't be happier to have the winner of this national sweepstakes in our area!"

Taniya Nayak's Boston upbringing was shaped by her creative family, all from India, and influenced by her father, an architect.

Shortly after attending Boston Architectural College, her design style and upbeat personality landed Taniya her first TV gig on ABC Family's Knock First, working for Scout Productions. Taniya was one of four designers/hosts of the hit show, geared toward hip, ambitious teens.

She then made the move to HGTV as a designer on the series FreeStyle, encouraging homeowners to get imaginative with things they already had in their homes. Since then, Nayak has joined the expert team of HGTV's popular show, "Designed to Sell," where she helps homeowners transform their homes with only $2,000 before putting them on the market.

Recent appearances by Nayak on the Today Show and Oprah, as well as Designed to Sell, are helping give homeowners great ideas for improving their homes. Accomplishments include Taniya winning her "Showdown" challenge on HGTV and being named one of Glamour Magazine's "America's Green Savvy Women" in 2009. Taniya is also Mohawk Industries' CustomWeave carpet spokesperson.