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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Vendor Spotlight: Top 10 picks from Arteriors!

Today’s blog post features one of my favorite to the trade vendors Arteriors!


The Story:

Founded by Mark Moussa in 1987, Arteriors is a leading provider of luxury lighting, wall décor, decorative accessories and furniture to residential and commercial designers worldwide. 

Launched with a focus on traditional accessories in classic materials, the company collaborates with experienced artisans and manufacturers around the world.

Working in luxury materials like embossed leather, hair on hide, forged iron, solid brass, mouth blown glass, reclaimed wood, hand glazed ceramics, Arteriors now offers a wide spectrum of styles from traditional to modern. Designed specifically for design lovers with up-to-date sensibilities.

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The Products:

Many of Arteriors' 1,200 designs are made by artisan factories all over the globe that embrace traditional craftsmanship. The assortment is artful, inspired, always on-trend, but never trendy.  

Arteriors’ hundreds of unique products are created from an assortment of artisan materials that allow for individual creativity to shine through - from cowhide, agate, marble and wood to copper, bronze, granite and porcelain. 

Hand-applied, hand-carved, hand-formed, hand-forged; these are all artisan techniques which create a product that is uniquely yours. We view natural materials in the same manner, embracing and celebrating Mother Nature’s built-in variances…from the color and pattern differences found on all genuine hide products, to the vein and hue variations in marble, to the variety of grain patterns in natural wood.

There are no exact matches in nature...these deviations are not flaws, rather a guarantee that you have the genuine article.

Learn more about the founder, Mark Moussa, and his commitment to artisan products and high-quality craftsmanship. 


We are so in love with this channel quilted sofa in that rich peacock hue!

Don’t you just LOVE her too?!


Christophe Sofa Peacock Velvet Dark Walnut- $4,330

DIMENSIONS:H: 30in W: 80in D: 32in

The Christophe Sofa transports you to another era defined by dramatic styling, long lunches and a designated cocktail hour. Mid-Century references such as vertical channeling on the shelter frame and metal ferrules on each leg make a bold and unique statement. Place anywhere you want to create a bit of Mad Men drama.

Yes! Velvet is still going strong : )


Warby Ottoman Sterling Velvet- $1,210

DIMENSIONS:H: 18.5in Dia: 16in

Brimming with class, this drum-style ottoman, upholstered in velvet, sits atop a polished brass base with details that recall Art Deco style. The contrast of texture is both elegant and inviting. This sophisticated seating solution is a great way to add a dash of drama and a touch of color to a space. Finish may vary.

Glamtastic armless chair with a channel quilted back perfect for your Living Room update!


Dune Chair - Muslin- $2,470

DIMENSIONS:H: 31in W: 29in D: 31in

Sink into the rolling landscape of the Dune Chair. A lounger designed for comfort in every way, the sleek channeled form and tapered antique brass legs are elegantly effortless. The seat is covered in muslin, allowing you to slipcover or reupholster in the fabric of your choice. Finish may vary.

How stunning is the back on this chair??


Tara Lounge Chair Muslin- $1,860

DIMENSIONS:H: 27.5in W: 30.5in D: 32.5in

For centuries, craftsman have used rattan to create works of art in the form of furniture. The versatility of the natural material is emphasized in the design of the chair, from the curvature of the frame to the intricate weave backing. Black leather reinforces the joints while accenting the oyster gray finish. This one is covered in muslin, allowing you to reupholster in the fabric of your choice. Finish may vary.

How cute is this for a Dining Room update?


Walton Chair- $1,870

DIMENSIONS:H: 28.5in W: 23in D: 22in

A breathtaking blend of finishes catch the eye with the classic style of our Walton Chair. Solid oak in a sable finish frames a plush indigo leather seat that accentuates its timeless profile. The mix of natural materials and rich hues makes it perfect for a formal setting or a well-styled study. Leather may vary.

This mirror is just a thing of beauty!!


Von-Webber Mirror- $2,955

DIMENSIONS:D: 2in Dia: 32in

Let the austere grandeur of this white snow marble mirror effortlessly elevate a space. Snow marble and antique brass keystones frame a round plain mirror, delivering the right amount of drama to its luxe style. The textural yet polished frame delivers maximum luster when hung over a vanity or console. Hung with a security cleat attachment.

Yes we are loving all things white and gold!


Tricia Chandelier- $5,890

DIMENSIONS:H: 25.5in Dia: 47in

Irregular symmetry meets superlative style to create a classic chandelier in modern form. Pale brass hex pipe arms spider out to showcase 12 large, opal swirl glass globes, allowing light to be amply dispersed across a room. Each G4 LED globe is left almost completely exposed, delivering a low profile for a more streamlined look. Approved for use in covered outdoor areas.

So in LOVE with this gorgeous pendant light fixture!

Westport Pendant- $2,145

DIMENSIONS:H: 19.5in Dia: 18in

This pendant breaks the boundaries of geometric design. A large opal glass globe seems to float effortlessly in a steel circular cage that has been embellished with champagne crystal disks. The interplay of circles in different materials and sizes yields an unexpected spatial silhouette. When in use, the manipulation and play of light on the steel and glass creates a warm and inspiring atmosphere.

Super COOL lamp!


Wabash Lamp- $805

DIMENSIONS:H: 28in Dia: 18in

Evoke the essence of modern sculpture with this arresting table lamp. Six faux marble disks descend an antique brass frame, increasing and then decreasing in size before reaching the circular base. The polished profile exceeds expectations as it showcases as a visual work of art. Elegant and engaging, this structural piece delivers suave sophistication sofa side or bedside. Topped with a putty microfiber drum shade with putty cotton lining and a matching metal finial.

Last pick is this classy Bar Cart just because it’s Saturday night and I’m writing a blog post so I think I deserve a drink after! Vodka Seltza with lemon and lime is my drink of choice. How about you?!


Trainor Bar Cart- $2,420

DIMENSIONS:H: 35in W: 32.5in D: 17.5in

Serve your guests without forfeiting function or style. Crafted with an iron frame in an antique brass finish, each of the three tiers of this capsule-shaped bar cart features a different element. The top tier is inset with solid white marble, the second tier is inset with clear glass and the third tier is inset with mirrored glass. The use of mixed materials delivers a luxe visual appeal. 

That’s a wrap on this week’s vendor spotlight!

Now since this is a trade only vendor please reach out if you’d like to purchase any of these cool unique pieces. Or if you’d like your room designed around one of these pieces we can also help with that too! Reach out to us HERE.

Our ideal clients are creative, unique, career driven professionals who share our love of art and design. They represent the urban, modern day professional with a cosmopolitan vibe. Our mission is to design original, elevated and livable spaces on time and on budget so that our clients come home refreshed and inspired after a long hard day.


Have a great night all!!