Roseville designer Tami Teel gearing up for TV milestone

An eye for innovation has kept viewers tuning in across the nation
By: Scott Thomas Anderson, Editor
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From her office window, Tami Teel can see the vintage brick building fronts that comprise the heart of downtown Roseville — a fishbowl view of nearly everything and everyone that moves along the old historic avenue. 

And Teel is no stranger to fishbowls. Her effervescent personality and tight professional chops now have her touch for design being showcased on television sets across the nation. In late April, Teel will star in her 22nd episode of “House Crashers,” which will mark the overall 100-episode anniversary for the show.

The road to television success started a decade ago, when Teel began working as an interior designer for Pacific Design Group in Rancho Cordova. After a few years of honing her skills, she decided to fly solo and open her own business, Tami Teel Designs, on Vernon Street in Roseville. She’s since infused her visions into dozens of businesses and homes.

“I try to make life easier for my clients,” Teel said. “I help them collect the ideas they have around how they want their house to feel, and then make those ideas a reality.”

While Teel has designed buildings as large as the Christian Arts Conservatory in San Jose, keeping her business in Placer County has allowed her to work with a number of clients in Lake Tahoe, a setting that always stirs her artistic energy.

“I absolutely love working on houses in Tahoe,” she said. “I have such a passion for the mountains. I like coming up with natural designs that match them.”

One builder who’s been impressed with Teel’s flare for conjuring ambiance is Folsom’s Monty Burtz: It was Burtz who first brought Teel as a guest designer on the TV show "House Crashers," which was just getting off the ground on the Do It Yourself TV cable network. 

“The recession was setting in and people wanted to take control of their homes and cut down on expenses by doing their own remodels,” Teel said of the show’s early days. “The viewership for it just began to blow up.”

The Home and Garden Television network, better known as HGTV, took notice of the “House Crashers” ratings and purchased the show. It now airs on both DIY and HGTV.

“It shows what’s possible and people are inspired,” is how Teel describes the TV program. “For me, it’s been incredible to push the envelope and provide something viewers might not have seen before.”

The growing popularity of the show also has another bonus for Teel: The national exposure has a lot of companies handing over free products, allowing her the fun of occasionally designing a room with a $5,000 showerhead— something she readily admits would be unaffordable for many of her regular clients.

But even with all of the perks that come with national television, Teel’s main focus and excitement still comes from working regular jobs in Placer County. Absorbing many of the county’s rustic backdrops and wooded settings remains paramount to her creative designs.

“I like to be able to know my clients on a more personal level, in order to encapsulate what they want, and then get an organic, natural feel that stands as a timeless design,” she explained. “For me, bringing nature into a home or business lends itself to a certain timelessness.”