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Nancy Hadley

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Nancy Hadley

The premier on-camera designer for 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 interior design.

Hadley’s audience knows her work best from her time with Top 10 television shows, such as ABC’s "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Trading Spaces," Gordon Ramsay’s "Kitchen Nightmares," and her favorite, Spike TV’s "Bar Rescue." 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.

President of Nancy Hadley Fine Art and Consulting Inc., Hadley began her career designing and developing large-scale interactive exhibits around the world while moonlighting as a specialty sculptor for Mattel. Recruited into television by the executive producer of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" in 2004, she designed and installed hundreds of rooms, often with less than 24 hours to effect the transition. Her time on the show led to her first Emmy, and continued success in the field of design has led to other awards and accolades, including a Telly, as well as features in the Orange County Register and Artisphere. She is a past Advisor to the Professional Decorative Painter’s Association, the former designer for the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum and a contributing writer for the International Decorative Artisan’s League.

Hadley’s readers gain insight into her proven methods of affordable design, planning and execution of bar and nightclub exterior and interior renovations that are inviting to the eye, welcoming to the spirit and instrumental in developing longer lasting and better customer experiences to allow owners and managers to stay ahead of the shifting sands of fashion.


Bar Rescue Insider Blog
How Would Design Expert Nancy Hadley, From Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue”, Improve Your “Curb Appeal”?   January 18, 2013
By: Nancy Hadley

How would she help increase your product sales through cost effective design? Don't miss your chance to win a free "on a budget" consultation from Nancy at the Nightclub & Bar Show in Las Vegas.

Happy Holidays Blog
Sprucing Up with Holiday Spirit    December 12, 2012
By: Nancy Hadley

Whether adorned with strings of lights, Christmas trees, a Menorah, stockings, Santa and a sleigh, or boughs of holly, your bar is more inviting if you can get into the spirit of the holiday season at hand. Here are three helpful hints to get in the holiday spirit.

Second Base Bar and Grill Article
From Extremes to Second Base    September 30, 2012
By: Nancy Hadley

Situated along a busy street, lined with strip malls and empty storefronts, Extremes Sports bar would have been invisible if not for the gigantic purple-framed lightbox sign with the lettering “Extremes” in nondescript black font on a field of cheap fluorescent white.

Nancy Hadley Blog
Bar Rescue: Extremes Sports Bar in Orange, CA   September 28, 2012
By: Nancy Hadley

Driving up to Extremes Sports bar in Orange, CA, I almost passed it. Set back on a block with multiple storefronts off the main street, it had signage to yawn at.

Weber's Rum Bar and Grill Article
Weber’s Transforms into an Island Oasis Rum Bar   September 9, 2012
By: Nancy Hadley

Like many bars, Weber’s Place opened with a perfect formula for failure. Located in Reseda, a suburb of Los Angeles, Jon Taffer and his team were able to give this failing bar an identity as a rum bar.

Nancy Hadley Blog
Bar Rescue: Weber's in Reseda, CA   September 7, 2012
By: Nancy Hadley

A former strip club, converted to a concert venue that featured punk, rockabilly, and metal bands, with beveled mirrors along one side, Weber’s is an accident that just keeps happening.

Bar Rescue Insider Blog
Creating Communities Within Your Bar   July 10, 2012
By: Nancy Hadley

When you are fortunate enough to have a bar or nightclub with enough square footage to support multiple interests take advantage of it!

Bar Rescue Insider Blog
Sell More Products Through Back Bar Design   May 30, 2012
By: Nancy Hadley

What does a customer see first when he/she walks through your front door? If the brightest and most interesting items are refrigeration coolers and video games then you are missing an opportunity to advertise your most important products – beverages.

Bar Rescue Insider Blog
Introducing a Feature to Your Bar   May 9, 2012
By: Nancy Hadley

One of the best things a bar owner can do to distinguish his or her establishment is to install what I call a “feature”: a design element that sets the bar apart from its competition and makes it stick in the mind of a first-time customer.

Bar Rescue Insider Blog
What’s Your Sign?   April 11, 2012
By: Nancy Hadley

How do you draw attention to your business and attract new and returning customers? Unless you are billing yourself as an exclusive, members-only speakeasy, you want to be extremely visible from the road.

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