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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10 Decor Items we LOVE from Kelly Hoppen!!

On this road into the world of Interior Design, I have discovered many designers who have become my role models from afar. A friend at work put me onto Cheryl Eisen of IMG who is a super talented NYC designer. In my research of her and her work, I was lead to her inspiration Kelly Hoppen. Since then I have followed Kelly’s work who has been designing for the past 40 years and is the author of nine design books to date. That said here are a few picks from her Mid Season Sale we are LOVING!


This Neutral Living Room design that can be seen HERE from our portfolio of work was very much inspired by Kelly Hoppen.



WAS £85.00

NOW £59.50

This natural linen cushion has a simple elegance which is enhanced and transformed by the contrast of the taupe velvet band. Banded cushions are a personal favorite of mine and part of my signature look. Our cushions are filled with nothing but the finest curled duck feathers for a luxurious finish and the ultimate in warmth and comfort.



Nothing says contemporary elegance more than a combination of black on linen. Banding the simple linen cushion with exquisitely rich black velvet creates a striking visual contrast. Pairing the textured fabric of the natural linen with the softer, more sensual feel of the rich velvet further extends the contrast. Our cushions are filled with nothing but the finest curled duck feathers for a luxurious finish and the ultimate in warmth and comfort.



WAS £49.99

NOW £40.00

Make a statement with the grand Casablanca Hurricane. With a large clear vessel housed within a solid metal framework, this is a stunning decorative piece that glows enticingly when a pillar candle is lit from within.


WAS £45.00

NOW £36.00

Handcrafted out of solid marble and inset with brass for a decadent gold detail, the Carrara Bookends are simple yet beautiful in their design.


WAS £35.00

NOW £24.50

The gentle curves and shape of this gorgeous bottle vase are exquisite. The delicate form is wonderfully enhanced by the antique silver finish. Create an air of elegance in the home with different shaped vases of the same silver finish to create a sophisticated grouping.


WAS £40.00

NOW £24.00

Attract attention to your room with the exotic Gold Wave Vase. With its simple groove design in waves/ripples, the brushed metal vase will make a great addition to a table or sideboard. Style with strong green foliage or with the Copper Wave Vase to create the Kelly Hoppen signature East meets West look.


WAS £28.00

NOW £19.60

Formed out of clear glass with an elegant silver neck the signature oil Diffuser will infuse your interior with the wonderfully relaxing fragrance of Scent One.


WAS £50.00

NOW £40.00

The Edgewater Bowl is stunning in its simplicity. Crafted from white opaque glass with an elegant wave-like texture and fluid lines that open up to reveal a smooth, reflective glass interior.


WAS £45.00

NOW £36.00

Bring some eastern promise and harmony to your home with our Buddha. With a high shine finish it will make a stunning eye-catching centrepiece, promoting good luck and positivity throughout your home.



WAS £40.00

NOW £22.50

Design Masterclass is the definitive home-decorating guide from Kelly Hoppen, offering invaluable professional advice on both the practical and aesthetic aspects to interior design. In her book Kelly shares her trade secrets and expert knowledge to help you ensure that your decorating project, however big or small in scale, runs smoothly, comes in on time and within budget, and achieves a functional, flexible interior that suits the way you live.

Accessories and pillows are the last details to really help to personalize your space. Don’t forget to add these in to create a polished room. If you need help adding that finishing touch to complete your space reach out to us HERE. We’d LOVE to help you create a space you that inspires and rejuvenates you after a long day of work.

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Have an Inspired evening everyone!