A Sweet and Sleek Miami Nursery Tour
Nursery Tour

A Sweet and Sleek Miami Nursery Tour

Sterling McDavid is the entrepreneur behind Sterling McDavid Design, a firm focusing on interiors as well as development projects across the country. Sterling is also a philanthropist who sits on UNICEF’s New York Board of Directors. Based between New York and Miami, Sterling designed two wonderful nurseries for her young son, Quinn, each of which is filled with thoughtful art and textile choices that will inspire her little one as he grows. Read more about Sterling’s decorating process and favorite moments in her Miami space thus far.

After designing a truly iconic nursery for your home in NY, how did you go about approaching your son’s space in Miami?

I always design with the location as my lead inspiration. Miami is vastly different from NYC in climate and overall vibe, plus our apartment in Miami is in a new contemporary beachfront building which is very different from our pre-war Manhattan apartment. I wanted Quinn’s Miami nursery to embrace this contemporary nature as well as the Miami Beach “hip but chill” style— without being kitschy.

Interior style in three words?

Contemporary, elevated, inviting

Are there any pieces, products or decor with a special story you can share?

My favorite piece in the room (other than my Nestig crib of course!) is the white giraffe. So often you see the typical stuffed giraffe toy, but I love that this one is all white. I think it aligns with the serenity of the room while still adding a playful touch.

We know you have a love of books, are there any elements of the space that were inspired by childrens’ book favorites?

Funny you should ask! I actually purchased the crib sheet with a tree because one of my favorite books to read to Quinn is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. I am trying my best to subtly drive the point home that it is incredibly important to be a giving person, but it doesn’t hurt that the sheets are uber chic.

Egg shape, color: green
As a designer, what do you wish you saw more of in modern nursery design?

I wish I saw more sophisticated, unique nursery design. I find that so many people designing a modern nursery turn to cheesy wallpaper, when there is so much more you can do to add a playful twist. I would love to see more whimsical wallpapers, ones you wouldn’t even expect to necessarily see in a nursery, or unique stuffed animals like our white giraffe.

We like to think about nurseries as spaces for everyday magic, any favorite motherhood memories in the room so far?

I find the calming ritual of bottle feeding Quinn and then rocking him to sleep makes for a perfect wind down to each day. There is just something about the serenity of his nursery that puts me at ease.

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Greenguard Gold
Full crib
Mini crib
Toddler bed
The Wave Crib $749 - $799
A mini crib, full crib and toddler bed
Starlight Mobile $89
A visual version of a lullaby

Photography by Jack Cook