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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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13 Ways to get a Glam Fashionista Bedroom look today!

One of the vendors we have discovered from our Instagram scrolling is Urban Walls Decals. So we are going to highlight some of our favorite looks and share how you can get them. First, up this Glam Fashionista bedroom look as we are in the home stretch of bidding farewell to our days the fashion industry where I have spent the past twenty-three years designing Children’s clothes!! Yes, I gave my two weeks notice yesterday!

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Click the above image to view more items from the Urban Walls website. Do you love those dark moody walls with the pink roses as seen on instagram? Yes they have those so be sure to check it out!!

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This dramatic canvas wall hanging from Ready2HangArt features subtle touches of graffiti-style words and graphics for extra edge.

  • Approx. dimensions: 20" x 20"

  • Canvas/wood

  • Wipe clean

  • Made in USA

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Upholstered Platform Bed Frame, Grey Linen

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WE Furniture 16" Round Side Table - Faux Marble/Gold

Mid-Century Modern End Table - White Round Tabletop & 3 Bamboo Legs

Either one of these side tables will work. On the left is a mid century option while the right is more Glamtastic.

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Plug in Retro Industrial Vintage Barn Hanging Lamp Metal Aluminum Shade Pendant Lighting

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Champagne Gold Hanging Light Modern Pendant Light with 15 Ft Plug in Cord Light Fixture in-Line On/Off Switch

Again left or right either option will work depending on if you are a lover of gold or not.

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Swift Home Microfiber Washed Crinkle Duvet Cover & Sham (1 Duvet Cover with Zipper Closure & 2 Pillow Shams), Premium Hotel Quality Bed Set, Ultra-Soft & Hypoallergenic 

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On the bedding if you are a girly girl go for the pink BUT if your Lover Boy is NOT into that go for the white!

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Best Luxury 400-Thread-Count 100% Cotton Sheet Set

My husband wouldn’t mind the pink sheets since he has a pink shirt or two in his closet so maybe go with the white duvet and surprise him with the pink sheets when you pull down the covers?! Hey, a girl can try NO??

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Contemporary Hand Tufted Ombré Synthetics Grey Rug

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Grey Faux Fur Throw Pillow Case Cushion Cover

Don’t forget to go up 2” larger for the pillow fill. If the pillow is 20x20 like this one go for the 22x22” pillow fill for a plush look!

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Exotic Gray Chinchilla Faux Fur Throw Blanket & Bedspread - Gray Silver Chinchilla Fur

I mean why not throw in a beautiful faux fur throw!!

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Decorative Pillow Case Inhale Exhale Throw Pillow Covers 18 X 18 

Lastly, let’s all be reminded to JUST BREATHE!

On that note, I’m heading off to bed to dream about this Glam Fashionista Bedroom Design!


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Have an Inspired evening everyone!

xoNicole