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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Furniture and Rooms we LOVED at the Architectural Digest Design Show 2019!

This is the last post in this series of “What we LOVED at the Architectural Digest Design Show 2019!”. Again I have to say I am privileged to live in NY where there is ALWAYS something going on either in NYC or Long Island. The only way you will truly benefit from all the happening is you have to SHOW UP! That really is all it takes! Show up, Learn about the new products, Be exposed to new ideas and most of all Engage with the trades who will become an extension of your business. Remember there is no I in team and wouldn’t you rather have a team behind you than go it alone?? I would!! But that’s just me some people need all the praise and acknowledgment where I’d rather collaborate to take the project to the highest level possible.

Back to the post so again if you missed any of the other posts we will provide a link to those before getting into the last one on Furniture and rooms! We may have saved the best for last! You decide!


Shown above is the THE AD APARTMENT

Designed by Sasha Bikoff Interior Design

This year, our iconic AD Apartment is designed by one of AD’s New Creatives, interior designer Sasha Bikoff, who reimagined the space in her signature whimsical world. “I wanted to create a space that embodied an ‘uptown girl living in a downtown world’ spirit,” says the 31-year-old New Yorker. “It represents the dichotomy between a woman who loves antiques and appreciates the finer things yet is still edgy and modern.”

There is so much inspiration to pull from Sasha’s designs! Don’t you think so?

CHAI MING STUDIOS showed many beautiful contemporary pieces at the show.

From the website:

Chai Ming Studios was founded in 2011 by visionary designer, Gary Lee. Our values – transcendent design, impeccable craftsmanship, quality service – are manifest in every detail of every piece. Each piece presents a true collaboration between designer, craftsman and client, with an unwavering devotion to materials, process and artistry. We offer refined, bespoke furniture pieces inspired by the international community, extraordinarily executed by hand using traditional methods. We embrace juxtapositions and the unexpected, celebrating textures and finishes while honoring classic designs. We intend this collection as a starting point for designers so that we can work together to create design solutions for any project. We are committed to establishing exchanges that further designers’ visions, extending our approach and sharing our experience. We value relationships, whether with a customer or a supplier in our broad network. We honor the smallest detail and the elegant whole – to us, they are equally essential.

KOKET I LOVE this Contemporary Glam vendor! The details in the pieces they have are so original!

From the website:

Daring design aesthetic, high impact events, lavish presentations, notoriously risqué ad campaigns and inspiring editorial, have an uncanny way of conveying KOKET’s mission to inspire love and empower through its statement pieces and unique design driven experiences and content. The innate desire to seduce and entice its devotees is perfectly illustrated in the Guilty Pleasures and Exotic Opulence Collections composed of dramatic case goods, luscious upholstery, exquisite lighting and decadent furs; all of which mesmerize with their magical mineral medleys, lux metallics, vibrant jewel tones and exotic peacock feathers.

PASARGAD HOME Another favorite of mine! Love the use of plush fabrics and bold colors in their products.

From the website:

Pasargad’s history dates back to 1904 as designers and makers of some of the finest rugs known for their quality and workmanship. In 1979 the company expanded to the United States and opened a branch in New York City. Founded by Beni Isfahani as a third generation family business entrepreneur. At Pasargad we believe rugs are not just a simple floor covering but a form of art for the floor. We have recently introduced a modern line of home furnishings as well. We’ve always been considered the authority on superior quality, craftsmanship and style.

Pasargad’s forward thinking Philosophy has always been to design and create an extensive line of Traditional, Transitional and Contemporary rug and furniture collections to appeal to the latest Industry trend. At Pasargad, we provide our customers with unique products and research of latest fabrics for colors and textures.

Pasargad takes pride on providing excellent customer service and remains committed to provide even better services, through its products and ongoing research, so that you as a customer always receive the best possible rug and decor you can imagine.

Ngala Trading Co. This vendor was also highlighted in our lighting post. One of the many services we office is Vegan Design which this piece is NOT but for those clients who still prefer a leather piece this one is a Show Stopper for sure!!!

From the website:

Ngala Trading Co. is a luxury home decor brand offering curated, handmade designs featuring exotic, indigenous and sustainably sourced materials from across Africa. Founded in 2016 by Nick Geimer and Lawson Ricketts, Ngala’s ‘safari chic’ design weaves together European and African design ethos in a sophisticated way. Design headquarters for Ngala Trading Co. is based in New York, New York. 

COUTURE OUTDOOR This vendor had Super Cool outdoor pieces!

From the website:

Explore the allure of Couture Outdoor. A bespoke showroom for world-class design, evoking the spirit of St Barths, with smooth sexy lounge music and a glass of chilled Rose at the ready. Couture Outdoor features an unrivaled collection of luxe European outdoor furnishings for residential and contract projects worldwide. Exclusive collections include Covertech’s world leading automatic pool-cover, sleek illuminating platform sofas, champagne dining tables, state-of-the-art hydraulic 360* rotation umbrellas, custom outdoor modular kitchens & grills-- including the latest “sonic boom technology” (bass speakers control charcoal grilling temperatures), scaled multi-function balcony furniture and Europe’s newest trend setting accessories. “Express your inner voice-outside.”


COVET HOUSE I receive weekly emails from this vendor and I have to say they are one of the few I actually look forward to and open! Their pieces are just to die for and super Glamtastic!!

From the website:

Covet House is the most powerful tool to enhance creativity among design community. They offered a curated selection of contemporary designs from the world’s top furniture, lighting and accessory brands, together with unique marketing tools, with the clear mission of boosting the creativity of the interior design community.

PLEXI CRAFT This was one of my absolute Favorites! I was told with the exception of the crib (for safety reasons) that ANY one of their products can be customized to the exact size you need for your design product. Absolutely love that the possibilities are endless!! Universe please send me a Baby Girls Room to design ASAP!!

From the website:


Fine acrylic custom furniture catering to Architecture and Design (A&D) professionals. Whether you call it Lucite furniture, Plexiglass furniture or Perspex furniture, the common generic name is Acrylic, and it's clearer than glass furniture, half the weight, and up to 17x more shatter resistant!


Located at Pier 92 for DIFFA’S DINING BY DESIGN New York was showcased at The Architectural Digest Design Show. It was home to a spectacular display of cuisine, creativity, and glamour with one-of-a-kind dining environments that awe and inspire—all in support of DIFFA’s work to fight HIV/AIDS. DINING BY DESIGN also featured a dynamic silent auction, the legendary COCKTAILS BY DESIGN party as well as a closing night Gala.

STACY GARCIA was one of the many amazing designers with a table at DIFFA’S DINING BY DESIGN. I truly admire her work so I especially went to see her table which was beautiful and did not disappoint!


Stacy Garcia is a leading licensing and design company with a collection of global lifestyle brands that add a well-traveled and sophisticated edge to the ever-evolving world of fashion and interiors. With roots in hospitality design, we offer inspired product lines across a number of markets and in categories including textiles, carpet, wallcovering, furniture and lighting. Our brands include Stacy Garcia Commercial,
Stacy Garcia | New York and Stay by Stacy Garcia. Founded in 2004 and headquartered in New York, the privately held company is led by Founder and Chief Inspiration Officer, Stacy Garcia.


An established leader in the world of design, Stacy Garcia is a successful creative entrepreneur
and founder of multiple business enterprises: LebaTex, Inc., a distinctive textile supplier and
Stacy Garcia, Inc., a licensing firm and design house. With brands like Stacy Garcia Commercial,
Stacy Garcia | New York, and Stay by Stacy Garcia, this internationally renowned designer and forecasting expert has partnered with some of the world’s leading manufacturers to create products that span from floor to ceiling for resorts and homes all over the world. She was voted one of the 10 leading voices in the hospitality industry and honored by ASID for Design Excellence. Her work has been featured in Interior Design, Boutique Design, New York Spaces, LUXE, Rue Daily and Architectural Digest.

Stacy has an established reputation as a preeminent forecaster of color and design trends, and is a Chairholder of Color Marketing Group, the premiere international color forecasting association. Stacy is also a dynamic public speaker with experience hosting panels, workshops and keynotes. For more information, download Stacy’s speaking bio here.

NASURI  on display upstairs at the DIFFA’S DINING BY DESIGN.

NASURI on display upstairs at the DIFFA’S DINING BY DESIGN.



That’s a wrap on this series of Blog Post on the Architectural Digest Design Show 2019! Hope you enjoyed them all and discovered new vendors that could be added to your next design project.

Remember DON’T BE ORDINARY! And we are HERE to 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!