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Design professional who is transitioning from fashion to a career in Interior Design.

So that's the opening sentence and reality of my world! I have been a Children's Wear Designer, in NYC, for the past 23 years. I went to the Fashion Institute of Technology and received a BFA in Fashion Design. It has been rewarding and considering I have worked 4 days a week much of my career, and make a good living, I shouldn't complain. BUT personally it feels like Groundhog Day! I should warn you now I will proof read this but English/ Spelling (thank goodness for spell check) and grammar have never been one of my strong points. 

Going back to my childhood, my mother for the first 12 years of my life was a stay at home super creative mom. She wallpapered, painted, sewed and could make whatever she wanted. My father had an aluminum siding and roofing business. Both my parents came from large families. My mom was the oldest of six children, while my dad was third youngest out of eight. Most of my uncles were in construction from small jobs, to full house remodels and rental properties. As a child I was up on the roof and always around some sort of remodel/ construction job site. If my families houses were being improved my uncles did the work themselves. I loved seeing the mess turn into beautiful spaces.

In High School, I was in the Fashion Design program and we had an annual fashion show, where I made several garments from scratch. I didn't know that Interior Design existed as a career option back then so my creative outlet was fashion. I took classes at F.I.T. on Saturdays and then during the summer for High School students. When I graduated (a year early), I ONLY applied to F.I.T. so THANK GOODNESS I was accepted!! I was married and had a baby from the age of 16 so I can't imagine what my life would have been like if I hadn't been accepted. Luckily "it all worked out" and I graduated F.I.T. in 1996. I was only 5 years into my career when I realized  I wasn't going to want to do this the rest of my life. I owed a house by then and loved decorating and remodeling. I also pretty much only watched HGTV which is when I realized, I wanted to be an Interior Designer when I grow up!!

I attended night classes in Interior Design and in 2004 I received my degree. Around the same time we took on a huge remodeling project of our home. We added an entire second floor and extended the house out 10 feet. With the help of my step father and brother-in-law, I designed the entire remodel, which was given to the architect to draw up for the permits. My uncle was the contractor that did the remodel so I had hands on experience though out the entire process. Every morning at 7am we went over the plan for the day. The house went from a 1975 sq ft ranch to a 3800 sq ft 2 story home (including the basement). With my degree out of the way and the distractions of the house, I faux finished, applied venetian plaster, painted and designed my house. I LOVED every minute of it. Life happened, my son attended college and a career change was just not an option. So I continued on as the not so glamorous "Fashion Designer".

Fast forward to today.... Finally after dabbling here and there over the years in Interior Design projects, I am in a position to make a career change! I am super excited for what the future will bring. I hope you will follow me in my journey as I transition from Fashion Designer to Interior Designer : ))) I hope to aspire everyone to follow their dreams because I truly believe that if you put your mind to something and work hard ANYTHING is possible!!!

xoxo

Nicole de la Cruz

(my alter ego since my husband spells it Dela Cruz but I told him de la Cruz is more glamorous lol a la Oscar de la Renta ; ))

 
 
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ORC Week 2 - Dining Room to Sitting Room Willow House makeover // IQ Design


Hello Everyone!! It is Week 2 of the ONE ROOM CHALLENGE. Last week I showed you where we began with the Dining Room to Sitting Room makeover. If you missed that blog post you can read Week 1 HERE. This week I will share more about the design plan which really started around my love of a few key vendors/ pieces that I knew I wanted to use in the Sitting Room.

The first was this gorgeous teal “sapphire blue” velvet Caitlin sofa with gold legs from Interior Define.

ORC Week 2 - Dining Room to Sitting Room Willow House makeover // IQ Design

I have been obsessed with her since I saw her in person at an event in the Soho, NY showroom over the summer. For almost a year I had been doing eDesign for the company Havenly and sourced frequently from this vendor. See this BLOG POST for the benefits I gained while designing through that platform. Interior Define sofas are customizable and there are so many great fabric options to choose from. Typical production is 8-12 weeks so keep that in mind for any rooms you need done quickly.

The following pieces came from one of my favorite vendors TOV! Their furniture will ship in 24-48 hrs if the item is in stock and it can arrive in as little as a few weeks! This is great for those projects with tighter deadlines. Anyone interested in their furniture can CONTACT ME to purchase as this is a to the trade only vendor.

Here are the TOV pieces:

The Adele Grey Slub Velvet Chaise which has a curved back and looks amazing in the corner of the room. My family already loves this spot especially my husband who enjoys looking out the window.

Adele Grey Slub Velvet Chaise

Adele Grey Slub Velvet Chaise

I have been obsessed with the Tulip Pink Velvet Ottoman for a while. I wanted to have a pop of pink pulled out from the artwork and these ottomans were perfect!

Tulip Pink Velvet Ottoman

Tulip Pink Velvet Ottoman

The Leopold White Marble Cocktail Table with its unique geometric base she works great with the unconventional floor plan layout I was going for.

Leopold White Marble Cocktail Table

Leopold White Marble Cocktail Table

For the rug I was planning to buy this one from Jaipur Home which I ordered a sample of. I wasn’t sure if I loved the distressed oriental pattern. Then by chance of course I found a Safavieh Rug that was perfect in HomeGoods which I purchased instead! I really like to see rugs and art in person especially contemporary rugs that have a large repeat. The one I found has a more abstract pattern but the colors are pretty much the same.

CIQ15 - Cirque

CIQ15 - Cirque

Another thing I have been completely obsessed with is the Kelly Wearstler Strada Small Sconce. I love the gold gild and unique design. Not to mention she is one of my favorite designers!! The Sconces are going on the same wall as the metallic silver grass cloth wallpaper that may or may not come in time.

Strada Small Sconce

Strada Small Sconce

The bar cabinet we are most likely going with is from Crate & Barrel in Oxford Black. This one is a bit pricey for our budget so I have been stalking HomeGoods in the area. I have seen them there before in white and brown for $599 so there is a chance I’ll get lucky and find one in black! Fingers Crossed!!

Oxford Black Bar Cabinet

Oxford Black Bar Cabinet

One of my favorite accessories for the room is the Piedmont Vase from Arteriors. I fell in love with this after seeing it posted by several designers on Instagram. There will be fushia flowers in the vase again adding that pop of pink.

Piedmont Vase

Piedmont Vase

I also bought the Nova Pillar Holder marble candle holders from ZGallerie which I love and have on the lucite site table I purchased from Kravet.

Nova Pillar Holder

Nova Pillar Holder

The drapes are also from ZGallerie. I purchased six of the fully lined 96” Vienna Panels in Silver which I do have to hem. I originally thought I would also need to sew two panels together on each side of the large window but after I put them up I realized I only need one for each side. A side note I did not realize that the return policy for ZGallerie is 30 days which passed but I can use them in another room.

Vienna Panels - Silver

Vienna Panels - Silver

The Lucite rods are from Bed Bath & Beyond. Again we are on a budget and they have nice looking rods for larger windows especially at a decent price. The gold ends are the perfect touch as well!

Lucite Rods

Lucite Rods

Another thing I would love for the room but is currently sold out is that IT WAS ALL A DREAM PINK NEON SIGN from Oliver Gal. I plan to visit this vender in HPMKT this weekend to find out when it will be available again.

Pink Neon Sign

Pink Neon Sign

Lastly is this artwork HER IV from Leftbank Art that I also plan to see in person at market. I want to make sure the colors work with everything in the room as I have only seen it on line. If it works I will order it but I don’t think it will arrive in time for the reveal of the ORC. I did find the perfect back up art in the same style from HomeGoods so I will probably temporarily use that.

HER IV

HER IV

So there you have most of the pieces from the room and should have a sense of the vibe as well. Please check back next Thursday for the update of where we are at with the ORC Sitting Room makeover. As usual to see all my behind the scenes follow along on my Instagram Stories and daily Facebook Live videos.

Also be sure to follow the other amazingly talented Featured Designers and guest participants here, as they transform their spaces.

xoxo

Nicole

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