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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Spring 2019 One Room Challenge- Week 3: Painting is Complete!!

As we head into week 3 of the One Room Challenge the plan is still to reuse and keep the budget as low as possible while still creating an elevated Airbnb experience. Last week I shared with you the overall concept and design plan. Also a source list of all the things needed to create this makeover with links to purchase if you are going through a similar process. If you are behind on the previous weeks get caught up here:

Week 1 | Week 2

This week I will share what the floor plan is currently looking like but it may be tweaked as we move along. Also the progress we have made with the painting of the room up to now.



I’m thinking some kind of throw rugs next to the bed but depending on what’s available that may change. We live a five-minute drive to the beach so sand is a factor which is why I’m not sure I want to deal with the rug situation. Also, I definitely want to get greenery into the space because I recently read this post from homedit and was inspired!

Because they release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, plants can help to purify the air in your home. Houseplants can remove volatile organic compounds like those that come from cigarette smoke, vinyl, grocery bags, and other common household items. Studies have also shown that plants can speed recovery time for certain conditions, sharpen focus, reduce stress, and contribute to a variety of other health benefits.
— homedit

It’s something I’m looking to add in my design and decorating moving forward!


To create more privacy and safety my husband decided we should change out the old side door to one with a smaller glass window section. I have to say since I never got window treatments for that door in the twenty years we have lived here so that was a good idea on his part lol. On the right side is the new door after I painted it using the Stix Acrylic Waterborne Bonding. This paint is great for sealing surfaces before you paint. It can even be used to paint tile which I did in the bathroom makeover shown HERE. Then I used the trim paint BM Semi-Gloss in Simply White OC-117 over it.


You make have noticed the BROWN fan in the before picture from above. Since we are going Black, White, Grey and Mixed metal with the color scheme I decided to just paint the fan blades black instead of buying a new fixture. I used the same Stix Acrylic Waterborne Bonding but I used the leftover from when we painted our front door black which was tinted grey.


The black paint is BM Onyx 2133-10 in Exterior Soft Gloss.


The side tables I recycled and painted black as well to use next to the two beds. Both the fan and tables came out awesome!


Here is how the room looks after we had Oscar the handyman spackle and paint it. He is super talented with patching up walls that have imperfections! You can also see his work HERE from the Fall ORC.


Now notice the window treatments! Those will be getting their own post so be sure to come back for next week. Believe it or not, they are the PAIR of $34.99 Ikea Curtains: LENDA with tie-backs, 1 pair, bleached white that I told you about HERE! We completely elevated those bad boys!! Next week we’ll give you the complete details on this easy DIY project you can do too!!

We hope this post helps inspire you to think creative with your next project. As you can see there are so many ways to update you living environment so DON’T BE ORDINARY or afraid to step outside your comfort zone!

If you are in need of help with your next design project reach out to us HERE! We believe everyone deserves a space that makes you feel inspired and reenergized after a long day of work!

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Have an Inspired evening everyone!