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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Get the look: Neutral Living Room Makeover!


This is officially BLOG POST 30 which means we made it to the END of the 30 Day Challenge!

This has been quite the journey and aside from maybe my last day as a Children’s Wear Designer I didn't miss a day posting. Coming up with content got easier as the days went on but I have learned that blogging in the morning is better than at night since some nights I wound up later than I’d like because I was finishing a post. Since my self-help journey started I made a shift from being a night owl to a morning person getting up with the 4 am club. This has helped me be super productive throughout the day. In the past, I would stay up all hours of the night but was tired and not very effective. The mornings are a different story since I have a routine which consists of exercise, meditation/ visualization, journaling, and reading. Adding all these things to my morning has helped me be more focused which has been really helpful. Now I just need to work on my purging and organization skills and then I’ll be a real ROCK STAR!!

Back the the Blog Post lol!

So you may recognize this room from our portfolio and you may have asked yourself:

How can I get my Living Room to look like that??

In this post we share with you how so just click the image or the BUY ON AMAZON button for more information. Enjoy!!

Get the look: Neutral Living Room Makeover!

We really wanted this space to be elevated and inviting. Inspired by two of my favorite designers, Kelly Hoppen and Cheryl Eisen of IMG, we did this by keeping the color palette neutral while layering in textures to create interest. We also mixed in mixed metals which have been trending as late for that added bit of sophistication.

Harper 2-Piece Sectional, Stone, RAF - Chaise on Right- $2,598.00 


The Sophie Collection Modern Sheepskin Upholstered Living Room Accent Chair with Lucite Legs, White- $559.99


Aztec Modern Handmade Velvet Upholstered Living Room Accent Chair- $548.07 

Rowley Table White-$301.16

nuLOOM NKCHP08 Brazilian Natural Cowhide Area Rug 5' x 7' Metallic Beige- $199.00

Rosa Modern Round Dining Table with Conical Base White/Gold- $611.28

Abir Collection Modern Handmade Living Room Diamond Tufted Velvet Ottoman Gray- $99.99

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We wanted to create an inviting moment with extra seating under the artwork and LOVE how this area turned out! It is so inviting and special.

The Jax Collection Velvet Upholstered Living Room Accent Bench With Stainless Steel Base, Gray- $271.16


Super Area Rugs, Genuine Australian Sheepskin Rug Two Pelt Ivory Natural Fur, 2x6 Double- $118.25


Super Soft Faux Sheepskin Fur Fluffy Area Rug for Bedroom Living Room Floor Bedside Runner Rugs, High Pile and Thick, 2 x 6 Feet White- $32.99

There you have it some of the main pieces to help you get started creating a home that makes you feel inspired and rejuvenated after a long day at work because you deserve to be truly HAPPY when you come home!!

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Have an Inspired evening everyone!