The design process begins with listening to my clients and understanding their goals, dreams, and how the space will be used. This ongoing dialogue continues throughout the life of the project. I coordinate closely with the architect and contractor to ensure my clients goals are achieved. My services are comprehensive, starting in the planning phase and ending with the installation of the project. My goal is to deliver outstanding client service with an attention to detail. My projects have a wide range of styles, from classically traditional to ultra-modern, each reflecting the client’s unique personality and lifestyle. Projects include a traditional ski chalet in Aspen, a sunny oceanside estate in LaJolla, contemporary condos in both San Francisco and Boston, and two island compounds in Nassau and Bermuda. International projects include a traditional estate in Jakarta, Indonesia.
I started Sterling Design in 1997, and have completed numerous residential and commercial projects. I previously worked at three of Boston’s premier design firms including Bierly - Drake, The Cooper Group, and Now and Then. I received my Bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an Associate’s degree in Interior Design from Chamberlain Junior College in Boston, and studied internationally at the Academy of Brugges, Belgium. Since 1995, I have been certified by the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), and have been an active member of the American Society of Interior Design (ASID).
SHELBY E. SIMES
My love of design began at age 16, working under the guidance of three dynamic women who created an innovative design firm called Now and Then. Schooled in the classics of design and traveling throughout Europe gave me an appreciation of refined style and taste. I love the creative process of taking art, antiques, sentimental objects, colors, textures, patterns, and creating spaces around them. I have a great respect for the dignity of our natural surroundings and strive to bring those elements in. I am always excited to help clients realize the potential of their space, and to collaborate with them to build their dream home. I believe amazing spaces are created when there is a synergy between the client, designer, architect and contractor. I am passionate about creating a loving home where beautiful memories are made by entertaining friends, raising a family, or just a space to relax. A place my clients are excited and proud to call home.