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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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How to make your own Decorative Quote Book Set!

This past October of 2018 I went to High Point Market in North Carolina for the first time which was an awesome experience! One of the many vendors I saw there was one who had a series of Decorative Quote book sets. I absolutely LOVED them so much so that when I was unable to make the minimum order to purchase them I decided to make my own!

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Shown above is the set that I made myself. Having had a 23 year career as a Fashion Designer before venturing into my Interior Design path this Carrie Bradshaw quote was just perfect for me!

Above are some of the books that were on display at market. As you can see the ideas and quotes are endless and super inspiring!

Here are others that you can purchase buy clicking on the image.

For any of the ones above reach out HERE for more info.

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The way trade accounts work is you usually have to hit a minimum opening order to buy from certain vendors. Depending on your client and the amount you are buying that is not always possible. This was the case for me since at the time I only needed one set for myself. So what do we do if we can’t buy what we want? That’s right we make it ourself! So here is a step by step of how I did it.

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First I went to my local Facebook Market and searched for Encyclopedia Set. As you can see above you can get a full set for free or as little as $25. I bought my set locally for $20 which was blue and so far I have made my own quote books and a set for a friend. I still have enough books left to make more. If possible buy a neutral set so you don’t have to worry about the color showing depending on where you plan to display the books.

For this project, I bought a roll of white kraft paper HERE. Next, I measured out the size rectangle I would need to cut by sizing the book and then adding on in the width and length so the paper could be folded back. In my case, the book size was 7 1/2W x 10 1/4”L x 1 1/2” H. So the size craft paper I cut was 13”W x 30” L. I was making a stacked set of five books so I cut five pieces of white craft paper. One thing I should add is that some books in the set of encyclopedias will be thicker than others. I wanted mine as thin as possible because the printed sheet I was wrapping second was only 11x17” which is the largest size I could print on my printer.

Then you are going to lay the book in the middle of the craft paper and crease along the edges. When I was in grammar school book covers did not exist so my mom would cover all my textbooks with brown paper bags using this method. After your edges are creased you will be able to see the imprint. Next, you will need to fold the two sides back lengthwise.

The next step will be to wrap the book as shown and fold under the ends that they wrap around the book as shown. Tape the ends inside to keep the cover in place.

Once all of your books are wrapped with the craft paper you will need to cover them with the 11x17 sheet of paper that has your saying printed exactly in the middle of the page. The height of my letters was 1/4” shorter than the height of my books. So for the 1 1/2” H book my letters were 1 1/4” high. A laser printer is best for crisp letters but if you only have access to an inkjet printer that will work as well. After you place the book in the center of the printed page you will crease around it in the same way you did the craft paper. Since the printed paper is not only 11x17” I used double stick tape and regular tape after as shown above to secure the printed layer down. You will repeat this process for all books in your quote series.

How to make your own Decorative Quote Book Set!

Here is what the set I made looked like once complete! Love It!!!

And here are the books displayed which look Super Cute!

Finally, this is a full room shot of the completed design by IQDG!

***One last side note if we are thinking from a growth mindset buying the books, in the long run, is definitely the way to go since the amount of time you will spend making them yourself would cost way more per hour. You live and you learn my friends! : /***

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Have an inspired day everyone!!

xoNicole