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 6: The Airbnb Reveal!!

That’s a wrap, my friends! Week 6 of the One Room Challenge is complete and you know what that means right?! Yup time for the big Airbnb reveal! Now the photos I’m sharing with you are NOT professional. They are from my iPhone since my son Quimes the photographer will not be over till the weekend to take the professional shots. Rather than wait, I’ve decided to share these and then update the shots later. There are only so many things I stress over these days and waiting a few days for professional shots is not going to crush my world. Now, remember this is an Airbnb which we already have 4 guest bookings from Texas, Germany, Florida, and Connecticut! Our first three guests are due to arrive this Sunday and will be staying for eight days while they work the PGA Tour. That said budget was a factor for this design which is elevated but not over the top.

If you missed any of the past week’s blogs you can get caught up below:

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5

And now for the Big Airbnb Reveal!


This is the view standing at the bathroom door looking out to the separate side entrance to the private Airbnb room. Here is the link to the Lock Box purchased for our guests to enter the space.


Here is the view from the opposite corner of the room.

To remind you what the room looked like before here are those images from this past holiday season. Prior to turning the room into an Airbnb it was my office and cheer bow sweatshop. During the holidays it was the food/ eating area which no I still haven’t figured out where I’m moving this to during the holidays? Maybe the basement?!

Here are the images of the room after it if was cleared out.

Here are two more views of the makeover. As you can see there is a mirror with gold trim on the door so guests have an area to get ready. The TV has the Antenna: RCA Amplified Indoor HDTV as well as Netflix.


This is the area is perfect for our guests who may need to get some work done during their stay. I must add the lucite chair was literally sent from the universe Easter weekend when I visited the Rockville Centre, NY HomeGoods store. There was just one and I was high on life when I saw her there!! This is the link for the Fur Chair Throw for anyone interested.

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She is so special she gets her own little feature here!


Here is another view of the desk area complete with the welcome guest book purchased from Etsy. This is the link to the VespertineAndCo template: Welcome Book Beach Theme · Airbnb Welcome · Vacation Home Welcome Book · Airbnb Printable · Local Guide · Vacation Rental · Instant Download

The desk area has a cute jewelry holder, vase and clock on one side and then the other side has a mini live plant and the controls for the tv. Then in the center is the Welcome book with the valuable information for our guests stay.

The capiz floor lamp was recycled from my daughter's old room and adds ambient lighting to the desk corner of the room while the opposite corner has a live plant in the super cute planter from HomeGoods of course. There is also a luggage rack for guests to place their suitcase on during their stay.


For those of you who have been following along through my Instagram stories, you will remember this closet was once red. I went back and forth on whether I’d be painting it or not. I thought about black for a minute but in the end very glad I went with the white even though it took 3 coats of paint. I did not remove the brackets so the white was way easier to paint than the black would have been. The closet is now bright and light. So glad I painted it! Also, note to anyone thinking about painting your closet anything other than white DON’T DO IT!! I have learned the hard way this was a big mistake when you want to change the room later it one more thing you will need to paint. You live and you learn my friends.

Lastly here is the private separate bathroom off the Airbnb. This bathroom is existing to the house which we purchased back in 1998. We do plan to make it over but for now, this is the current situation which was recently updated HERE.

That’s it for our second experience participating in the One Room Challenge. It was truly an awesome experience. I hope the past six weeks have helped give others inspiration and ideas for their next project!

As mentioned previously don’t forget to check out the other amazingly talented Featured Designers and guest participants here, as they reveal their spaces.

At Home With Ashley | Casey Keasler | Dorsey Designs | The Farmhouse Project | Home Made by Carmona

 House of Funk | House of Jade Interiors | House Seven Design | House That Lars Built | Inspired by Charm

 Jana Bek | Jessica Brigham | Kelly Golightly | Murphy Deesign | The Pink Pagoda | Sarah Gunn

 Sherry Hart Designs | Sugar & Cloth | Veronica Solomon | Vintage Revivals | Media BH&G | TM by ORC

Always remember DON’T BE ORDINARY or afraid to step outside your comfort zone! If you are not sure where to start or need 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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As always please continue to follow the journey through our Instagram Stories and Facebook updates where we will continue to share behind the scene videos and findings.

Have an Inspired weekend everyone!