Inside Design – inspiring and connecting the Design Community

 At Ann Sacks we believe that design is a passion; that you live and breathe it. We wanted to create a site that brought the design community together to explore, get inspired, learn and ultimately create great design. Inside Design’s monthly inspiration is delivered through featured articles by our renowned Editorial Ambassadors, along with home tours of inspiring projects, designer spotlights and top design and lifestyle tips.

To put it simply, it’s a site created by design enthusiasts for design enthusiasts.

Welcome and enjoy!


Our Editorial Ambassadors:


For two decades, Clinton Smith has been regarded as one of the design industry’s thought leaders and noted authorities on matters of taste and style. Clinton founded his eponymous design studio with the goal of championing and celebrating the art of living well. A respected editor and writer, he has authored four books on an array of lifestyle matters, including elegant entertaining, decorating with color, outdoor design, and living with flowers. Clinton has juried some of the most esteemed interior design and architecture awards competitions; moderated talks and discussions with many of the field’s leading professionals; and is a familiar face at design trade shows, from California to New York, London to Paris. Currently Editor at Large for New England Home and Style Editor for Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Clinton previously served as Editor in Chief of Veranda magazine.

His most recent style and design discoveries—both international and closer to home—can be found by following him on Instagram at @MrClintSmith.



Sophie Donelson's work as a speaker, strategist, and author celebrates the connection between people and their homes.

A journalist by training, Sophie speaks and writes about how interior design choices affect our wellbeing. As a guest expert, Sophie has appeared on the TODAY show, Good Morning America, and Open House. She has held editor roles at House Beautiful, Elle Decor and Martha Stewart’s Blueprint magazines and written for the New York Times, New York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and The Globe & Mail. Her book Style Secrets: What Every Room Needs is an international bestseller. 

A Boston native and longtime New Yorker, Sophie now lives in Montréal with her husband and children. She's easy to track down on Instagram at @SophieDow.


Our Writers:


Juno DeMelo is a writer whose stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and dozens of magazines. Before moving to Portland, Oregon, she worked in publishing for 10 years.