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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As a Design Consultant, there have been occasions where my clients have had to provide the measurements of their space to me either because the location was not local or it was eDesign project.

Here is a handy guideline to follow when taking measurement for your next design project.

To get started a quick sketch does the trick if you do not have printed floor plans of your space! All of this information will help to create a design with pieces that fit perfectly into your space.



Room Measurement Basics

  • Be sure your metal tape measure is at least 25 ft. Fifty feet is better. And it's always a good idea to have a friend help you measure. The measurement will be more accurate when two can hold the tape straight. You can also use a laser measure tool but you will need the tape measure for shorter areas as well.

1. Step one is to draw a sketch on graph or blank paper of all architectural details of your space. This includes windows, doorways, fireplace, openings, etc.

2. Using a tape measure, measure along the baseboard the length of one wall, from one corner of the room to another.

3. Measure the remaining walls the same way you measured the first. Most rooms have four walls, but if you’re measuring an L-shaped room, you have more to measure. Be sure to include every wall in your sketch!

4. Measure the room’s doorways and other entries. Note whether the door opens into or out of the room. Don’t forget to measure the distances of all openings to hallways and open archways!



5. Measure the height of the room from floor to ceiling, and include heights of key openings too if they will affect the layout.

6. Determine the size of the windows by measuring the window frame from outside edge to outside edge. Be sure to include the measurement from the window (on each side) to the corner of the wall (or next window or opening).

7. Measure any and all architectural features, including fireplaces, brackets, shelves, and any other built-in features.

8. Note where heat and air conditioning ducts, radiators, coverings for electric wires and plumbing pipes, and exposed pipes are located. (This step is optional, but encouraged if there are any “obstacles” that could affect the design.)

9. Take a photo of the measurement floor plan or scan it and email to



HERE is a link to the ICOVIA image above if you’d like to input your floor plan in there.

Icovia Code: 38c3232214817b5ee

• NOTE: Any furniture you buy should have some clearance around it and should be at least 4 inches less than the passage measurements. This will allow you or the furniture delivery people to move it easily.

This is a basic guide to get you started in your design planning stage.

If you are local to the Wantagh area and are in need of assistance with your next design project reach out to us HERE. We’d love to help you get started!

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Have an Inspired day my friends!