A cable television design expert, a contestant on a popular reality TV show, and local home improvement and remodeling experts will share their ideas, insight, and recipes on the AB&K and Renewal by Andersen Demonstration Stage at the 21st Annual Milwaukee/NARI Fall Home & Remodeling Show, Fri., Sept. 16 – Sun., Sept. 18, at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park.
Sponsored by the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council, Inc., celebrating 50 years as the area’s leading home improvement and remodeling industry resource, this year’s Show theme is “Great Ideas Start Here.”
Special guests at this year’s Fall Home & Remodeling Show on Sat., Sept. 17 and Sun., Sept. 18, will be Taniya Nayak of HGTV’s “Designed to Sell,” presented by Malkin’s Carpets/Mohawk Flooring and Chad Crittenden, “Survivor” Season 9 contestant.
Known for her sunny smile and sharp eye, Nayak’s approachable take on interior design has won over everyone from rock stars to first time homebuyers. Nayak, presented by Malkins Carpets/Mohawk Flooring, will be doing presentations at 10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 17 and at 12:15 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 18, has a knack for bringing rich textures and unexpected finishes together with practical, real-life functionality. This has made her a sought after 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 new HGTV series House Hunters on Vacation and as a featured designer on Food Network's Restaurant Impossible.
Born in India and raised in Boston, Nayak’s design style is influenced by her creative family, especially her father, a talented architect. Shortly after attending Boston Architectural College for her masters in Interior Design, Nayak’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 teens. Nayak then made the move to HGTV as a designer on the series FreeStyle, encouraging homeowners to get imaginative with items they already owned.
Her signature approach of embracing vibrant colors and patterns made Nayak the perfect fit for her next HGTV show and the first show of her own, Destination Design, which premiered in March 2010, and followed her creating spaces based on couples' vacation inspirations. House Hunters on Vacation illuminates Nayak’s travel and design expertise as she helps individuals, couples, and families find the perfect place to stay while on vacation from luxury condos to beautiful villas.
Nayak is a regular on HGTV mainstays like Designed to Sell, Showdown, Bang for Your Buck, and throughout HGTV.com. She can also be seen on Robert Irvine’s Food Network series, Restaurant Impossible, where she utilizes her design prowess to rescue and transform suffering restaurants.
Nayak’s helpful decorating tips have been featured in People, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, The Boston Globe, Family Circle, The Washington Post and Ladies Home Journal, and many more. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC's Today Show, CBS' The Early Show, Rachael Ray and The Nate Berkus Show.
In 2005, she started her own design firm, Taniya Nayak Design LLC. Having designed for a wide range of ages, spaces, and budgets, Nayak focuses on creating affordable yet inspirational spaces that capture her clients’ individual personalities while maintaining comfort and function.
In April 2011, Nayak was honored with an Excellence in Design award from ASID New England
Crittenden, who will be doing presentations at 12:15 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 17 and at 11:00 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 18, grew up in Half Moon Bay, California and attended the University of California – Davis, majoring in International Relations and Spanish. He received his teaching credential in Bilingual Education and enjoyed a nine-year career as a bilingual teacher.
In 2002, Crittenden was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma, a rare and deadly form of cancer, resulting in a major surgery that saved his life. After his surgery, Crittenden believed that he had almost reached his post-surgery potential, and sent in a tape to CBS Television to appear on Survivor, where he realized his goal, and made it onto Survivor: Vanuatu, Islands of Fire. Crittenden was eventually voted off 10th, making it to the second spot on the jury.
Since his Survivor experience, and cancer-free for over seven years, Crittenden has been an at home dad with his two children, Trevor and Clara, and a consultant when he's not traveling the country as an inspirational speaker. During the post-Survivor years, he has raced in dozens of triathalon’s, including XTERRA. In recent years, Crittenden has competed in Snowboarding, where he won gold and bronze medals at the United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA) championships at Copper Mountain, CO, competed in Mountain Biking, and last year completed the New York City Marathon with a time of 4:35.
On Fri., Sept. 16 from 7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 17 from 6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., Joe Richter, Milwaukee vocalist, guitarist, and pianist, will perform an acoustic set of music from the Fall Show Demonstration Stage.
Richter began his musical journey at an early age. Soon after seeing Billy Joel perform, he was inspired to teach himself to play piano, guitar, and harmonica. Currently a solo artist, Richter has played with several bands over the years, even recording in Nashville. His influences include Van Morrison, Billy Joel, and Elvis Presley. Richter's blend of acoustic folk/rock and pop targets those who enjoy showmanship and music at its finest.
The complete seminar demonstration schedule is available at www.milwaukeenari.org.
Special attractions at the event will include the Time Warner Cable Relaxation Station and Digital Express Unit, the Milwaukee/NARI Information Center featuring a display commemorating Milwaukee/NARI’S 50th anniversary, the “Future Trends” display, The YMCA In-Home Exercise display, a Kids Zone, and much more.
Hours are as follows: Fri., Sept. 16: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 17: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 18: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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