Science of Art & Design

The premier artist/designer for homes, bars, nightclubs and restaurants, Nancy Hadley brings an unparalleled wealth of experience as a renovation expert, whose sparkling stage presence delivers clear and entertaining insight to the science of design. A classically trained painter, sculptor, model-maker and artist, she has “made over” hundreds of restaurants, bars, homes, museums and businesses under the tightest of budgets and shortest of time frames on television. Through her company, Nancy Hadley’s FAC, she and her team offer creative solutions for any design problem, either commercial or residential, working with clients to create beautiful spaces that reflect their sensibilities and taste while providing the appropriate form and function.

She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Studio Art is the study of the integration of art in spaces incorporating 2D and 3D elements; it is training in how to create a space that is so beautiful that it, in itself becomes a work of art. Nancy breaks down a space or artistic challenge using her “Science of Design and Art” to solve design problems and deliver the best solutions to her clients.

As president of Nancy Hadley’s FAC Inc., Nancy began her career designing and developing large-scale interactive natural history museum exhibits around the world while moonlighting as a specialty sculptor for Mattel. Recruited into television by the executive producer of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (EMHE)” in 2004, she designed and installed hundreds of rooms, often with less than 24 hours to effect the transition. 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 firsthand how her work as an artist/designer could affect an individual, family and even an 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”, says Nancy.

Her time on EMHE led to her first Emmy, and continued success in the field of design and art has led to other awards and accolades, including a Telly, as well as features in the Orange County Register and Artisphere. She is the former designer for the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum and a contributing writer for the International Decorative Artisan’s League. She was also a featured speaker at the 2012 and 2013 Nightclub and Bar Convention in Las Vegas, NV.

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 designed sets for several broadcast network and cable shows, and the first 20 bars of the hit show Bar Rescue where she also appeared on camera as Jon Taffer’s Design Expert. Recently she renovated tattoo shops on the premier season of Tattoo Rescue on Spike TV.

Nancy’s readers gain insight into her proven methods of affordable design, planning, and execution of exterior and interior renovations that are inviting to the eye, welcoming to the spirit and instrumental in developing longer lasting and better customer experiences allowing her clients to stay ahead of the shifting sands of fashion. She continues to offer consultation services in commercial and residential design and commissions in fine art and furniture design and fabrication through Nancy Hadley’s FAC, Inc.