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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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5 Ways to Incorporate Runway Trends into Your Home in 2019

This week, I’m sharing my first guest blog post written by Décor Aid, a New York-based design firm known for their high-end, full-service interior design. We collaborated on a topic and landed on ways to incorporate fashion trends into you home which relates back to my Fashion background. Please enjoy their take on this topic as they share how you can achieve this!


Fashion, much like interior design, is a way to represent yourself to the world. It’s a wordless way to project your style, personality, and interests to others in an expressive way. Fashion, also much like interior design, is constantly evolving, with runway shows getting more avant-garde, textural, and intricate by the year, with designers taking big risks and seeing big payoffs. Why should these delicate details and bold statements be limited to clothing? It’s time to take a note from fashion and incorporate some of the emerging trends into your home.


And while many take these ideas to be fleeting trends, they actually have staying power, drawing from long-adored fabrics, shades, silhouettes, and materials to make for a unique spin on the traditional. Here are 5 ideas we’ve collected from the runway that you can gain inspiration from for your next home update.

Decadent Embellishments

Minimalism may be having a moment in interior design, but maximalism is trending hard in the fashion world. Pieces with heavy embellishments, from beading to threading, pleating, and other detailed ornamentation can be found on runways all over, where they are furthermore layered with other detailed garments. Take a more maximalist approach to your space, choosing pieces with embellishments, engravings, and texture over more simplistic pieces. While you may gravitate towards a clean silhouette, take some time to consider how you would use a piece with a heavier figure or carvings and embellishments along its frame.

Image courtesy of Décor Aid

Image courtesy of Décor Aid

Image courtesy of Décor Aid ~  elaborate textiles and decadent embellishments from @LANVINofficial

Image courtesy of Décor Aid ~ elaborate textiles and decadent embellishments from @LANVINofficial

When trying to bring a more layered, fulfilling look to your space, don’t solely focus on the furniture. Look for embellished pieces in reference to fabrics, too. Pillows with a similar intent to that on the runway will feature different layered textures, combining matte and shine, beading, fabric combinations, and more. You will be surprised at how much your eye is still drawn around the room from an individual piece to individual piece. And don’t worry about making sure your embellishments match — that’s been out of fashion for a while now.

Vintage Prints

We’re going to let you in on a tried and true design secret that transcends industries: vintage will never go out of style. There’s something about looking to the past with a fresh perspective that is romantic and inspired, and in the case of vintage prints, still refreshing to see on the runway.

Image courtesy of Décor Aid ~  Retro florals as seen on the Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs and Gucci

Image courtesy of Décor Aid ~ Retro florals as seen on the Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs and Gucci

Image courtesy of Décor Aid ~  The darker tones of Nina Campbell’s  “Peony Place” wallpaper  provide a moody, elegant alternative to typical floral fare.

Image courtesy of Décor Aid ~ The darker tones of Nina Campbell’s “Peony Place” wallpaper provide a moody, elegant alternative to typical floral fare.

This season, we’re seeing a lot of prints that have been inspired by vintage florals, making their age known through the use of more neutral and yellowed shades that imply wear. Instead of more bright, feminine shades, we’re seeing greys, taupes, and mauves, with touches of navy for added depth.

When considering an accent piece, look for vintage pieces with their original fabric. You’ll notice many thrift shops and vintage boutiques carry furniture, like chaise lounge chairs or small accent chairs that have their original fabric intact — likely a noticeably vintage print. Instead of reupholstering, consider keeping this original fabric intact, and if necessary, having it professionally cleaned to make it feel new. Vintage prints are easy to spot and are actually quite statement-making pieces when used properly.

Velvet

A fabric that has a timeless elegance, velvet has proven that it is here to stay. While this luxe fabric takes breaks from the limelight, 2019 shows that velvet will be back in full force in both our clothing and our homes. Velvet has an appearance that leaves your figure looking like it was dipped in heavy decadence, and velvet lined furniture is no different. We’re giving minimalism a break and taking cues from Hollywood regency and art deco styles for a luxe like no other.

Image courtesy of Décor Aid

Image courtesy of Décor Aid

Image courtesy of Décor Aid ~  On the Runway from the   Mario Schwab

Image courtesy of Décor Aid ~ On the Runway from the Mario Schwab

Besides its appearance, velvet is one of the most comforting fabrics, and for those that prioritize feeling comfortable in their space over aesthetics, fear not—you won’t even have to choose with velvet. We’re still having trouble deciding what’s more comfortable: lounging on a velvet couch or relaxing in a velvet jumpsuit? We’ll let you be the judge.

Femme Earthy Tones

Take a look at any runway shows for the 2019 season, and you’ll notice a trend in color: earthy tones that veer on a more feminine side, like sandy beiges, bright neutrals, and hints of blush. While the neutrals we’re used to in both the home and on the rack veers more towards the masculine with hints of navy, grey, and dark taupes, this year is all about bringing a more feminine and lighthearted nature to it. When seeking a neutral earthy shade for your walls, look to a more feminine version to brighten it up in a refreshing way, like a sandy beige instead of a more drab ‘greige’ version. Embracing femininity will be huge in 2019, and even for those with a more masculine taste, you’re sure to find shades that meet in neutral (no pun intended) territory.

Image courtesy of Décor Aid ~  Donna Karan Ready-to-Wear Collection - Vogue

Image courtesy of Décor Aid ~ Donna Karan Ready-to-Wear Collection - Vogue

Image courtesy of Décor Aid

Image courtesy of Décor Aid


Coastal Chic

Californians, listen up. Your standard style is getting an upgrade on the runway and off. While boho-chic has always been in the back of any fashionista’s mind, it took center stage in a number of runway shows for 2019 collections. Shades of khaki were punctuated with red and blue embellishments, tassels, and other beachy accents. Sure, we’re heard of coastal interior design, but this style screams coastal fashion. Click HERE to view images of this emerging fashion trend.

Image courtesy of Décor Aid

Image courtesy of Décor Aid

If you love the boho-chic look, take notes from these fresh runway styles and incorporate them into your interior design for an upgraded version. Tassels are back in, with plenty of opportunities to be used on pillows, lampshades, rugs, and decorative accents. There should be a strong sense of neutrals as a base in the space, but use boho flourishes that boast natural textiles and beachy aesthetics.


There you have it 5 Ways to Incorporate Runway Trends into Your Home in 2019! Don’t be afraid to try some of these in your next Interior Design project!

Please continue to follow my journey through my Instagram Stories and daily Facebook Lives where I will continue to share behind the scene videos. If you have a project you are considering working on, know your budget and like cool things then reach out HERE so we can help!

Have an inspired week everyone!!

xo Nicole

*** Thank you to Décor Aid for collaborating on this post. Nicole DelaCruz’s thoughts and opinions are her own. ***