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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7 Office Things I Miss from the Day Job!

It has officially been one week now since I’m gone from the day job as a Children’s Wear Designer. So aside from the obvious, which is my friends and co-workers, here are the office essentials I may need to breakdown and purchase for my home office.

Stand Steady Flexpro Hero Two Level Standing Desk - Easily Sit or Stand in Seconds! Large Work Space w/Removable Extra Level for Keyboard & Mouse! 

LOVED the desk lift and naturally had to have it after my son told me he had it at his job. Just tell the owners that your ass is getting flat from all the sitting you do and they will get if for you because they have no idea what to say to that lol. Side note since I left I think at least another 3 or 4 were ordered! Also perfect for those with back issues. I had the Large 37” version but if your space is smaller the 32” option is great too!

AmazonBasics Premium Anti-Fatigue Standing Comfort Mat for Home and Office - 20x36-Inches, Black

If you get the lift desk trust me you need this too or your back and feet will hurt from standing. This is also a great support if you wash a lot of dishes too.

Quartet Glass Dry Erase Board, Whiteboard / White Board, Magnetic, 4' x 3', White Surface, Frameless

This was absolutely great for hanging all my boards so I had a visual of everything I was working on. I used it as a magnetic white board but it would be great for writing too!

Set of 12 Magnetic Dry Erase Markers with Eraser Cap Tips. 

I like that these have the built in eraser and have them at home as well.

EXPO Low Odor Dry Erase Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 16 Pack

If you prefer the thicker markers these are great also!

Oscillating Ceramic Space Heater with Adjustable Thermostat

Awesome mid size heater that worked perfectly to keep me warm in the freezing office space we had. Don’t tell Maria but I was so cold today I ordered one of these for my home office today!

There you have the things I miss most about the Day Job! While I loved designing clothes throughout the twenty-three years I have to say I am super excited for my career in Interior Design. The garment industry is very much computerized these days and I’m super excited to be back working more hand on with all the materials available. Today I visited Gabby at Nash Granite and Marble which was awesome and super informative! Can’t wait to use there materials in an upcoming project!

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