Meet your designer and the team beside her.
My story and what my clients have to say.
Interior Design Highlight Reel
Designing a 30-chalet game lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa.
Receiving a LEED platinum award for biotech client Novartis at 220 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge.
Working with clients like you, who are on their journey to discovering home.
My journey began over thirty years ago in Cape Town, South Africa.
A graduate of Cape Technikon School of Art and Design, I found a home in interiors due to my love of art, organization and the inherent nature of finding structure in chaos.
Innovative and prestigious firms have driven my career. Their philosophies can still be found in my designs today. I became a hospitality designer for Eric Hoffman and Associates, focusing on hotel design. I was then head of the in-house Interiors Project Team at Southern Sun Group, where I completed projects for hotels and restaurants within South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Kenya.
Fulfilling my goal to expand my career abroad, I relocated to Boston in 1999 and was hired by Elkus Manfredi Architects as a senior designer. The majority of my work at Elkus Manfredi was for corporate and biotech clients, namely, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Broad Institute and Novartis.
When I became a mom, my need for effective space planning went into overdrive.
The same structure, effective space planning, and intention-filled interiors I used in my commercial projects suddenly had new meaning in my own home. (Where usable space and a feeling of peace was a necessity with two small children underfoot!)
As one of the leading local interior designers, I’ve built a portfolio of residential projects varying from small, urban condominium redesigns to kitchen renovations to new construction and entire home remodeling endeavors. Today, I reside in the greater Boston area with my husband, two rambunctious children, and one attention-seeking feline friend.
The official bio
Headquartered in Melrose, Justine Sterling has always had a passion for finding structure and order in chaos, much akin to her taking the lead with challenges on interior projects. She launched Justine Sterling Design in 2008, after working in innovative and prestigious hospitality and commercial interiors and architectural firms in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Boston. Justine Sterling Design specializes in full service residential interior design taking their clients on a journey of “Discovering Home” during their step by step design process. Her firm effectively handles conceptual design through construction administration, furniture installation and lastly the all-important styling elements placement.
Justine Sterling’s aesthetic is clean, layered, approachable, modern yet cozy and filled with texture. Justine believes the key to a well-designed (and loved) home starts with guiding clients through self-discovery, allowing her to intimately understand the design elements that will bring surprise and delight to their clients’ home. She’s been featured in many publications such as New England Home magazine, Modern Luxury Interiors Boston and The Boston Globe, Boston Home magazine, and the Interior Design Best of Residential book.
Get to know our team
Walk into our studio located in the heart of the Cedar Park neighborhood and you’ll likely find our team hard at work to help you in the journey of discovering home.
We take pride in fostering the best talent in the industry and each member of our team is an expert in their field. Together, we create a team that is dedicated to your best interests. They’re also the reason why our clients have such a seamless design process from start to finish. We couldn’t be more proud of them.
Danielle earned her degree in Interior Design from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. After working for two firms in the commercial interior design field, she made the switch to residential design with a passion for color and design. Danielle touches all facets of projects as a strong team member that brings her expertise on project documentation, client and vendor service and keeps the studio running at maximum efficiency. Danielle resides on the North Shore and in her free time, she peruses fashion and design magazines and also spends time with her family, fiance and her furry Chiweenie.
Purchasing + Expediting
A large piece of the puzzle to well-coordinated projects is a team which supports the firm on a daily basis. This team is Designer Advantage. They manage the best high-end residential and commercial interior design businesses of all sizes throughout the United States and take care of the firms bookkeeping, purchasing and expediting. Justine Sterling Design has a dedicated group of staff at Designer Advantage that takes care of product data entry, purchasing and expediting. They conduct most vendor communication too, which frees us to focus on client service, design, documentation, and sourcing new and innovative products.
Working with Justine Sterling Design has just been amazing.
– CURRY RESIDENCE / MELROSE, MA