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!!!


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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15 Things that will GLAM up your office today!

Since we are all about working smarter these days NOT harder we think one of the most important things to keep you motivated is to have an office environment you LOVE! That said we’ve put together some super cute finds from Amazon to INSPIRE your workday! WARNING we absolutely love GOLD at the moment and these products definitely have that Contemporary Glam Vibe we are all about these days!!! : )

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There are so many cute items to choose from but here are a few of our favs!

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1. This white desk with gold accents is the perfect size for that smaller work space but will keep you motivated to keep organized. There are two pullout draws for your smaller items so they can be stored away until you need them.

2. We are loving this trendy office chair again white with gold accents. It’s super comfy which is important especially for those who find themselves sitting for longer periods thoughout the day.

3. Gold and marble paper clip holder because we just need this adorable accessory in our life no?!

4. Now one of the things we’ve been hearing a lot lately is the key to being productive is to have periods of time throughout your day where your phone is in airplane mode. Since we are all about finding ways to be more productive we have to say doing this has helped our team to keep more focused. This cute cell phone stand will help you put your phone down for a bit so you can work of achieving those dreams!

5. These polka dot gold decals are listed for a baby room which would also be cute but image them chilling on your office walls! This is one was to add a bit of personality to your office so it’s fun and happy. Who wants to work in a serious uptight office anyway?!

6. Super cute motivational mug. “She believed she could so she did” because we all have those days that we need to remind ourselves we are Rock Stars and can do anything we put our minds too!

7. Gold mouse because well Why Not?? Lol

8. White with gold trim calculator because if math is not one of your Super Powers like most creatives you are just going to need this.

9. Wall plant holders because adding plants into your office will help brighten your day! It just will trust me. Plus it will look super trendy and cute! : )

10. Motivational Message Poster Wall Decor – "Be Fearless in Pursuit of What Sets Your Soul on Fire" Inspirational Decal Quote – 8 x 10 Inch 600 gsm Thick Matte Paper, Real Gold Foil Letters again for those days you need a little inspiration!

11. For What It's Worth: It's Never Too Late - Gold Foil Art Print- Inspirational Quote Modern Wall Art because it REALLY is NEVER too LATE!

12. Dare to Begin art because this literally is the hardest part. Once you DECIDE to make a change you WILL find a way to make it happen. One baby step at a time each day!

13. Gold stapler because look how cute and no joke this will have you feeling like a Badass every time you pick it up!

14. This Pineapple plant on your desk will just make you SMILE each time you look at it. It just will Trust Me!

15. White with gold plant stand because there is going to be that empty spot in your office that you need to fill and this will look awesome anywhere it goes!

So there you have it our 15 picks to help you Inspire and Glam up your office today!

Let us know which is your favorite in the comments below!

Have an awesome day all!

xoTeam IQDG