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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Magnolia Market Experience in Waco, TX



This past January my daughter and I went to Waco TX so she could visit Baylor University and attend an Acrobatics and Tumbling clinic. I was super excited not for the college visit so much but more for the fact that we would be in the same town as Magnolia Market. Don’t get me wrong I was happy for my daughter’s experience but at the same time I was also thrilled for my own lol. Now for anyone living in a bubble Magnolia Market is the store/ experience that Joanna and Chip Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper created at the “Silos” in Waco, TX. Now I have to say this “experience” because that literally is what it was turned out to be all I expected and more!

Here are just a few pictures from the college visit for anyone interested. We did the tour of the campus, dorm and also heard the admissions informational session which was all great. My daughter absolutely LOVED Baylor University and it is definitely one of her top college picks at the moment.

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One more thing about the visit I must add is that we did attend a college Basketball game because the Acro team was performing at halftime. Again this was a whole experience in itself. One this you will note if you ever visit Waco, TX is that the entire town FEELS like the show Fixer Upper. Having lived in NY my entire life it is always such a difference when you visit other states. My daughter even asked me at one point “Is everyone really this nice here?”. She is not used to people genuinely being NICE which is kind of sad in a way NO?!

In an effort to keep the Blog Post short above are the pictures from Magnolia Market. If you click on the image they will pop up larger for anyone interested in seeing more details. Overall my thoughts were that they really achieved the same feel that the show gives you when watching. It is warm and inviting and all the employees had the same vibe as Chip and Joanna which I’m sure was intentional. The store is only Monday through Saturday from 9am-6pm which again is awesome for the employees I’m sure.

The silos are huge and such an amazing place to visit. It has a very chill relaxed vibe as you walk through the out side court area where there are food trucks and tables to eat at. We grabbed a burger and fries from the food court and ate at the picnic table. Each table had that flower pot bucket with Magnolia Market est 2003 engraved on it. The grounds were spotless and there was security present which I’m sure helps maintain the level of experience. On the grounds there were games and people playing them (adults and children).

There is a flower garden/ shop, a bakery (which had a line to get in), the main store which is huge, an area where they have performances and music playing throughout. We walked the entire area in a little over an hour because we went after the Baylor visit. For me this was perfect since I wanted to visit but didn’t need to spend al day there. My daughter was happy about the time we spent and managed to pick out a sweatshirt for herself and hat for my son. Other than that I didn’t buy anything because I have a more contemporary glam style but there were so many items I could have purchased if I was working on a more farmhouse, transitional or even boho vibe space.

During our visit, we also asked the coach at Baylor where was a great place for shopping and she told us to go to Spice Market which was truly a super cute shopping experience. If you visit Waco you should definitely stop in there as well.

For anyone wondering where we stayed here are some pictures from the La Quinta Inn & Suites Waco Downtown Baylor, Waco. This was a newer hotel that was walking distance to Magnolia Market and a five minute Uber ride to Baylor University which is how we got around the entire weekend. We were told it wasn’t the best area to walk around in so we made sure to stay on the main road and walked really fast during the five-minute walk to and from Magnolia and the Hotel. I mean coming from NY it was probably fine but we walked fast anyway lol. A quick note about the hotel from a design perspective The entire color scheme was clearly pulled from the rug shown in the picture above which was a charcoal grey with lines of ivory, fuschia, royal and orange. Those colors where the jumping off point for this design and the color palette was pulled in every where from the walls, artwork, accessories and the furniture. In the main dining area and lobby you could tell the designer was aware of the trends in lighting and design. There were updated fixtures and gold accents throughout. The overall vibe was contemporary glam with an eclectic vibe from that color palette chosen. They even had Vanessa DeLeon’s Tilebar tiles at the coffee station area. It was very vibrant but being from NY I’m more used to a more neutral subdued palette a bit less busy but it was interesting to see what the look is in other locations.

One last thing here are the Instagram stories (uploaded to YouTube) that I took during the visit for anyone wanting an inside look. Enjoy my crazy commentary lol!

So there you have it have it my Magnolia Market and Waco TX visit experience!

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Have an inspired day everyone!!