Meet your designer

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 Background

My journey began over twenty-five 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 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 Boston with projects throughout the world, Justine Sterling Design guides discerning clients through the process of discovering home through form, function, and feeling. In 2015, she was named as one of HGTV’s “Fresh Faces of Design” finalists. In the past five years, she’s been featured in Design New England magazine, The Boston Globe, Boston Home magazine and the Interior Design Best of Residential Book. Justine is an Allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers(ASID). She is also an accredited LEED professional in Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design, distinguishing her in the area of eco-friendly design.

Working with Justine Sterling Design has just been amazing.

“The attention to detail was incredible – from space planning to functional details to the picture frames that now hold our family pictures. It’s just so beautiful we feel like we are living in rooms custom designed for us…and we are.”



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