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Meet Sterling McDavid, Founder of Sterling McDavid Design

Meet Sterling McDavid, Founder of Sterling McDavid Design 

What first inspired you to pivot from being an analyst at Goldman Sachs to launching your own design firm?

I spent countless hours at my desk at Goldman and couldn’t help but think what it would be like to be 1. Working for myself that hard 2. In a creative environment. I have always had a passion for architecture and interiors so it was easy for me to decide that the next best step would be to attend Parsons School of Design to study interior architecture. I had the best experience and ultimately ended up in Paris working for the renowned architecture firm Projectiles. I then decided to return to New York City and launch my own design firm. 

Sterling McDavid, Founder of Sterling McDavid Design

Sterling wears the Torero Gown in yellow/ivory

Do you have one go-to trick to elevate your home instantly?

Paint! I am always a fan of white paint to give your home a quick facelift. Also paint can be used in half bathrooms or on kitchen cabinetry in unique colors to add a pop – I love a black half bathroom!

How do you balance work life with being a wife and mom? Any advice for other working moms out there? 

It’s not easy, but I am fortunate to have some help. I have definitely been working from home more than ever so I can sneak in giving Quinn his bottle etc. It is all about prioritizing as best as possible so I rely heavily on my calendar and my team to keep me honest.

In addition to being the founder of Sterling McDavid Design, you are on the board of directors at UNICEF and started The Starling Project, with a mission to provide solar energy to communities in need. Why is philanthropy important to you?

It has always been important to me to give back, but I also believe with every ounce of my being that every child deserves a fair chance at life. UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, so it was easy for me to pick my organization for this important cause. All Starling candle sales give back to UNICEF, so to marry my passion for UNICEF with my love of home products was such a dream come true!

Soy candles that help bring life-saving solar energy to communities in need. Follow along @starlingproject

What draws you to the Mestiza brand? 

I love that Mestiza is female-founded by two incredible women and that each garment is so thoughtfully crafted with sustainability in mind.

Sterling McDavid, Founder of Sterling McDavid Design
Tell us how you’re styling your Mestiza piece and where you’re wearing it! 
I wore my beautiful Mestiza Torero Gown to the Frick Museum’s Garden Party and it was quite the hit!

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