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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Lighting we LOVED at the Architectural Digest Design Show 2019!

One of the many benefits of living an hour train ride away from NYC is that there is no excuse not to go in for the many trade events that are hosted throughout the year. One of those events was the Architectural Digest Show at Pier 92 & 94. This show did not disappoint and was full of artisans and inspiration for upcoming design projects. Since there were so many vendors this event will be broken into a series of post over the next day or so. For anyone that was not able to make it you can live vicariously through the many pictures, I took throughout the day!

We will start off with my friend the super talented David Santiago of Casa Santi Interior Design, LLC. He collaborated with American Brass & Crystal to design and create these beautiful colored crystal chandeliers. These are hot off the production floor and made their debut at this event. They are absolutely stunning and will add that touch of originality and pazazz into your design.

David Santiago of Casa Santi Interior Design, LLC

David Santiago of Casa Santi Interior Design, LLC

Insider info the stick chandelier’s were made to show a few of the available color options but they had so many requests that they will be available soon too!

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Eidos Glass which is handmade in Brooklyn had many unique pieces on display at the show.

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A local glass artist and designer who is living in NYC Jamie Harris Studio has beautiful lighting options!

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Loved these pendant lights from Keer Design.

Lighting we LOVED at the Architectural Digest Design Show 2019!

Zia • Priven had cool original lighting options.

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Providence Art Glass had fun colored glass in a contemporary styling that we LOVED!!

Lighting we LOVED at the Architectural Digest Design Show 2019!
Lighting we LOVED at the Architectural Digest Design Show 2019!

Tracy Glover Studio had beautiful lighting and these sculptures as well!

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This Elizabeth Lyons sculpture was about absolutely stunning! She had lighting as well.

Lighting we LOVED at the Architectural Digest Design Show 2019!

Another vendor with beautiful lighting was Hubbardton Forge.

Lighting we LOVED at the Architectural Digest Design Show 2019!
Lighting we LOVED at the Architectural Digest Design Show 2019!

Along with stunning furniture, Koket had awesome lighting as shown below.

Lighting we LOVED at the Architectural Digest Design Show 2019!

Lastly, Ngala Trading Co. had many original chandeliers on display. I need the universe to send me a client to use this lighting in their next project!

Lighting we LOVED at the Architectural Digest Design Show 2019!
Lighting we LOVED at the Architectural Digest Design Show 2019!

There you have it the many vendors on display at this year’s show with unique original designs that can be used in your next project. As David said to me today his clients don’t need him for ordinary, so step outside the box and DON’T BE ORDINARY!

That said as always reach out to us HERE so we can help you create a space that makes you feel inspired and rejuvenated when you come home from a long day of work!

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Have an Inspired evening everyone!