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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Tile and Art we LOVED at the Architectural Digest Design Show 2019!

In this post, we will share with you our favorite Tile and Art vendors from the Architectural Digest Design Show this weekend. There truly was so much to see at the event which is why we are sharing it in chunks rather than in one post. This way you can consume a bit at a time and click on the links to the websites and maybe add a vendor or two to your go to list!

Let's start off with one of my go to tile vendors TileBar located in NYC. Their tile is Contemporary, Glam, Sophisticated and Fashionable all rolled into one! I absolutely LOVE that they collaborate with designers to bring newness and a fresh eye to the market.

These are just a few of the Designers they have worked with!

These are just a few of the Designers they have worked with!


I was really interested in seeing the Elizabeth Sutton Collection which I had seen previews of on Instagram. I must say this designer did not disappoint. I especially loved the butterfly tiles! How original?!


From the TileBar website:

TileBar is a direct importer and retailer of mosaics, tile, and natural stone. Our team curates the finest materials from all over the world to bring our customers an extensive collection of exceptional products. Founded in 2005, TileBar applies 21st century business practices to provide the most forward thinking, innovative, and efficient customer experience. Our industry savvy team provides this experience by recognizing the needs and vision of our clients, identifying elements that complement that vision and then crafting an environment that turns that vision into reality. This creative collaboration is value engineered so customers can achieve a high-end look at a fair and competitive price. Our caring team guides customers through every step of the process — from conception, to specification, to installation. Our infrastructure and industry buying power are uniquely suited to accommodate any kind of request. For customers who need something in a pinch, we stock thousands of products in our New York and New Jersey warehouses which are available for immediate delivery. For long-term projects, we can custom produce special order items that are the very definition of unique. The TileBar team specializes in servicing the architectural and design community. In turn, they specify our products for high-end hotels, trendy restaurants, corporate offices, as well as other commercial and residential projects.


Be sure to check out TileBar on line and order samples for your next project!


Another one of my favorites is Artistic Tile. They also have gorgeous tile and never disappoint! Check out their website for more stunning beauties! Artistic Tile is a family-run business, offering thousands of stocked tile and natural stone products for immediate delivery, as well as in-house design services and complete custom capabilities.

Here is a view of their beautiful showroom at the NY A&D BUILDING.

Here is a view of their beautiful showroom at the NY A&D BUILDING.

Anahi DeCanio an artist from Long Island had beautiful pieces at the AD show.

From her website:
 “Every brushstroke, color, element, or scratch as symbols of the marks left behind by life events and the passage of time.” Anahi DeCanio
Anahi DeCanio is a multidisciplinary artist using mixed media, photography, collage as a form of expression. Her influences are as varied as the art she creates. Born in Uruguay, DeCanio came to New York as a child and felt immediately at home. Her pieces are inspired by nature as well as urban settings. Her complex abstract landscapes encompass layer upon layer, each awaiting exploration. As viewers dive deeper into the works, subtle details that might have been missed upon initial glance are unveiled.  Graffiti like elements and text, in combination with Zen and gilding with occasional collage elements produce a vibrant energy creating unexpected arresting works.


SAMANTHA SANDBROOK ART & INTERIORS one of the many unique artist at the show.

Samantha’s style marries playful yet luxurious design with an impeccable attention to detail and craftsmanship. Her distinctive style juxtaposes refinement (swishing haute couture dresses, the luxe use of brass) with rawness (graffiti, industrial parts) and leaves fairy dust floating in the air. She uses vibrant color to highlight sophistication and glamour, often employing candy-like colors and contrasting textures to enhance the visual effect. Every piece has a brilliant metallic moment. Her work dances with playfulness, blending glamour and beauty with levity and whimsy. Samantha’s sculptural pieces, wall installations and paintings are glistening jewels, the focal point of a home. 

Elizabeth Chiles Studio had beautiful colorful pieces of art!

Elizabeth Chiles is an artist based in Austin, Texas who makes abstract photographic collages, natural pigment paintings, video and writing.  Her work explores intersections of the physical world and the personal worlds we embody and experience, weaving cosmic, geologic and human time scales and embracing the wonders of existence.


Tempaper self adhesive, removable wallpaper which I love and can’t wait to use in an upcoming project was on display at the show.

Tempaper launched into the lifestyle and home décor market as the first removable wallpaper in NYC in the spring of 2008. Its one-of-a-kind utility and trendsetting designs quickly made a name for the product with the brand’s first appearance in the New York Times Style Section. 


The brand focuses on launching innovative products, chic collections and partnering with prominent designers that share the same vision. Tempaper is dedicated to using state-of-the-art materials that are 100% made in the USA and nontoxic. Tempaper is perfect for DIY projects including but not limited to: dressers, stair risers, cabinets, bookshelves, drawers and headboards. Let your imagination be your guide when decorating with Tempaper.


We put the Booth & Williams books in with the artwork because they are really beautiful with the many color and theme options.

Info from their website:

Booth & Williams wraps luxury spaces in the natural beauty of authentic books, supplying hotels, office buildings, studios, retail showrooms and residences throughout the United States and around the world. We process over one million books each year which enables us to rapidly fulfill orders of all sizes. Our BOOKLOOK COLLECTION features 90 precise shades of authentic book color sold by the linear foot. With choices ranging from Antique Boxwood and Vintage Denim to Midcentury Granite and Modern Seafoam, homeowners and designers can now order decorative books in any quantity as easily as they order paint. Customers can shop our entire product line on by color, content or style with no minimum order. Our design team is available at 1.844.4.BWBOOK or for free assistance with custom projects.


Lastly we loved Forbes & Lomax ‘s Decorative Light Switches and Outlets. Check out their website for more information.

From the website:

Established in 1987, Forbes & Lomax have always approached the electrical accessory market from an aesthetic point of view.

The elegant glass, nickel and brass switches of the 1930s were no longer available and the modern equivalents were unsuitable for the prestigious projects that interior designers were working on at the time. It was with these problems in mind that Forbes & Lomax launched The Invisible Lightswitch®, a simple, transparent acrylic plate allowing the wallpaper or paint to show through, with a stylish metal toggle switch in the centre. These switches were able to combine an attractive design with all the advantages of modern technology.

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

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Have an Inspired evening everyone!