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 ; ))

Inspired Design Talk 2.jpg

Note:  My blog periodically contains affiliate links. Purchases made through them are greatly appreciated.

Vendor Spotlight: 11 picks from Tov for a Contemporary Glam Vibe Space!!

One of my all time favorite vendors is TOV! Their furniture is just super cool! They have a Sexy Glam Contemporary Vibe which I LOVE!

If you have been following along you will remember that One Room Challenge Project where we used four pieces from this very vendor. Remember the fuschia ottomans, the sexy gray curved chase, and that glam marble and gold coffee table? Yup all from TOV!



Unfortunately, our team will not be able to make the trip to High Point Market this April. We will instead attend again in the Fall. That said let us show you some of the new pieces from TOV we are loving right now!



Plato Aqua Velvet Sofa- $1,128.00

Dimensions: 98.5"W x 36.2"D x 37"H

Description: Hollywood glam is beautifully defined with the Plato velvet sofa. Its sloping silhouette, gold legs and luxurious upholstery, make this sofa a true statement piece. Featured in multiple color options.

Reiko Blush Lounge Chair- $498

Dimensions: 33"W x 32"D x 35.6"H

Description: Drawing inspiration from the classic wingback but staying true to our glam style, we're excited to introduce the Reiko lounge chair. Its contemporary angles, channel tufting and rich velvet color options bring sophistication and personality to any space.

Opal Floral Velvet Ottoman- $165

Dimensions: 16"Cir x 18"H

Description: Contemporary patterns and brushed metal make for one perfectly stylish piece. Our Opal ottomans are a new fave. Use one or bunch them together to create a luxe vibe in any room. Velvet upholstery available in multiple color and fabric options.

Tempo Marble Cocktail Table- $548

Dimensions: 30"W x 30"D x 17.5"H

Description: White marble perched upon a conical base, the Tempo cocktail table is brimming with refinement. Finished in glossy gold, this table will add glamorous style to any space. Combine with the Tempo side table for a standout set. As this is a handmade product, slight variations are to be expected and may result in small gaps between the marble and frame.

Globe Wall Sconce- $88.00

Dimensions: 11.8"W x 11.8"D x 11.4"H

Description: This versatile wall sconce enhances by itself and even more so in multiples. Boasting a frosted spherical shade framed in antique brass, the Globe wall sconce makes for a chic addition to any space.

Solo 5 x 8 Rug- $204.99

Dimensions: 60"W x 96"D

Description: Soft grey hues and geometric patterns allow the Solo rug to enhance any space. Its elegant style is matched by its comfort and durability.

Kupa Concrete Bookcase- $958.49

Dimensions: 63"W x 15.7"D x 71"H

Description: Your favorite books and photos just found a new perch on the Kupa bookcase. Its three sturdy concrete shelves provide ample space and are beautifully supported by an accordian frame finished in antique brass. Keep your space neat and stylish all at once.

Rowan Brass Mirror- $138

Dimensions: 23"W x 3.5"D x 23"H

Description: Sleek and chic, the Rowan mirror exemplifies how less is more. Its simple brass colored frame will blend in and enhance any style.

Tibetan Sheep Pillow White to Blush- $74.99

Dimensions: 15.75"W x 5"D x 15.75"H

Description: Our Tibetan sheep fur creates a fabulously plush, infinitely glam, superbly cozy pillow. Available in several colors and sizes, to fit any room's need and decor.

Afrino Wool Grey Pillow- $34.99

Dimensions: 20-38"W x 3.5-4"D x 12"H

Description: Luxuriously soft, the Afrino throw pillow features a woven design complimented with its long tassled sides. Add this beautiful accessory to any space to create a stylish new look.

Vivid Gold Mirror- $158.00

Dimensions: 29"W x 1.75"D x 30"H

Description: Featuring a distressed golden finish and beveled frames, these twelve multisized mirrors come together to create a stunning piece.

There you have it a Super Cool Contemporary Glam Vibe Space you can create in your home today!

Need help?! No worries reach out to us HERE!

Please comment and share this blog post with anyone you think will enjoy it! #sharingiscaring

As always please continue to follow the journey through my Instagram Stories and Facebook updates where I will continue to share behind the scene videos and findings.

Have an Inspired evening everyone!