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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Artisans we LOVED at the Architectural Digest Design Show 2019!

To continue with the Architectural Digest series this post will cover some of the many Artisans with creative original products we saw at the show. One way to add interest to your next design project is to incorporate that special unique touch that sets you apart from what everyone else is doing. Remember anyone can design a pretty room BUT not everyone can design a Memorable Original Room that gives people an Experience where they leave feeling Inspired. You know you have achieved this when people around you start improving their spaces and asking you for advice as a result of how they felt after seeing yours. I used to think this was annoying BUT again since working on myself I now see this as a form of flattery. Again people baby steps in this self-help journey!


One of the first vendors we saw at the show was Rebecca Michael of xer0 group llc from Stamford CT. She had panels on display with beautiful butterflies made out of cutting steel. A designer herself Rebecca created this design element which will really add that touch of drama to your space. Image these butterflies on your Dining Room ceiling cascading down your wall. Can you imagine a little girls room with these butterflies flying in the corner of the room? I can!!

Description from xer0 group website:  Each butterfly is cut on a plasma table and then handprinted. We carefully install each butterfly by hand, ensuring an installation that is completely unique to each client.

Description from xer0 group website:

Each butterfly is cut on a plasma table and then handprinted. We carefully install each butterfly by hand, ensuring an installation that is completely unique to each client.

Again universe I need a little girls room to design so we can add these butterflies into the design!! These butterflies are applied to the wall using a small tack in the corner.


The panels were made for display at the show but don’t they look like artwork? We think so! On a side, note flowers are also available which can keep your outdoors beautiful even during the cold barren months.

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xer0 group also makes furniture out of steel that is lightweight for indoor and outdoor use. This is also available in a variety of colors.


Peg woodworkings Totems are sculptural objects that play with symmetry and balance. Each piece is a unique coopered stack that are both abstract and figural. Check out their website for the other original items they carry.


Dick Shanley Sculpture a local artist from Cold Spring Harbor NY had a variety of pieces in natural wood and color on display which would actually work perfectly in the Artisan House project we are working on.


We are on the hunt currently for unique colored glass display pieces for Co-Op 69 and Joe Cariati had these at the shown. Definitely going to check out his website to see if there are options for the 11” shelf we have!


Karen Gayle Tinney showed her beautiful mirrors and vases at the show. Head over to her website to see more of her gorgeous work! Definitely one of our favs!


This Pilar fluted coffee table from Indo was stunning! What a great was to add a pop of color in your next project with the ombre base of this piece.


Fernweh Woodworking had this gorgeous chair and cool table on display. Check out their website for more unique pieces.

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We loved Lisa Jarvis Jewelry For Furniture. How awesome are these?!

We decided to show Arther Furniture in this post instead of with the furniture because these pieces are truly a work of art. They are all hand made with antique craftsmanship techniques and use the finest of modern materials to obtain unique and exceptional objects. The owner was so sweet in showing off the finely crafted furniture and you could feel his pride of the 50 year old company from Mexico as he explained the different options.

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Lastly we LOVED the OPIARY booth! Here is a bit of background from the company website.

In 1996, American sculptor Robert Remer began creating a body of work with the goal of reconnecting physical nature and modern culture, thus the Terraforms are living sculptures that integrate landscapes with manmade forms and systems. In 2012, he incorporated Opiary as his design lab/ production studio in order to expand his sculpture practice and further his passion for quality green design.

We still have more to share so stay tuned for upcoming posts covering the Architectural Digest Design Show 2019!

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!