Born the youngest of six children, Nancy Hadley learned from a very early age that a big chaotic family is a great place to grow creativity. From the time she could hold a crayon, Nancy expressed herself through art.
She graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a BA in 2D and 3D Studio Art and immediately began working for San Francisco-based design and build company, Academy Studios, Inc. During her time with Academy Studios, Nancy documented, collected, designed and fabricated environments for natural history museums. She climbed one of the tallest mountains in Taiwan, Mt. Nanhu, to research the structure and native habitat of one tiny orchid.
While her first child was still a baby, Nancy and her husband, Jevon, relocated to southern California. Being ever the employed artist, she took a position as a sculptor with Mattel, creating prototypes of new toys for the Barbie, Disney, and Nickelodeon lines. After giving birth to her third child on September 11, 2001, she decided to take a step back from the intensity of Mattel and turned her focus onto interior design, murals and fine art.
In early 2004, she saw an episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and was moved to tears. It was at that moment that Nancy decided to bring her experiences as a young mother, foster parent and accomplished designer and muralist to families in need. She contacted “EMHE” and was immediately placed on the show. Her talent and passion for the arts was so infectious, that she was asked to stay onboard as a full-time scenic artist/muralist — a position that would eventually lead to becoming art director of the Emmy Award winning series. During that time, Nancy saw first hand how her work as a designer could affect a single person, family and entire community for the better. The most profound changes were wrought in the children whose bedrooms she designed. “When you take a child out of the most dire and desperate circumstances and give them a small corner of the world to call their own, the transformation is truly magical.”
At the end of the fifth season of “EMHE,” Nancy was asked to become the art director on Gordon Ramsay’s “Kitchen Nightmares” and jumped at the chance to work with her favorite television chef. She designed, built and renovated restaurant dining rooms on tight budgets with little time. With the help of her incredible team, she consistently turned over dining room spaces in a span of eight to twelve hours giving restaurant owners a beautiful setting in which to serve Chef Ramsay’s incredible new menu. This led directly to the fulfillment of a lifelong dream — to be cast as an on-camera designer for TLC’s signature design series “Trading Spaces.” Since then, Nancy has been busy working on Kitchen Nightmares, several broadcast network and cable shows, and most recently, her beloved Bar Rescue, with Jon Taffer. In her down time, she enjoys raising her family and developing shows of her own with creative partner and former Trading Spaces producer, Tim Hamilton.