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 journalist, host, speaker and strategist celebrates the connection between people and their homes. 

Sought after for her informed, original, and exuberant perspective on design and living, Sophie helps design professionals, companies and individuals create meaning and memory through design.

Sophie Donelson was editor in chief of House Beautiful magazine; she has written for the Wall Street Journal, Veranda, Better Homes & Gardens, New York; and has authored several books including Uncommon Kitchens: A Revolutionary Approach to the Most Popular Room in the House (2023).

Sophie’s TV credits include shows on Magnolia Network (host, producer); she works as an MC and moderator for clients such as Kohler, VRBO and at hundreds of design and real estate industry events. She has partnered with Ann Sacks on original content and events since 2021.

A Boston native and longtime New Yorker, Sophie now lives in Montréal with her two boys. Track her down on Instagram: @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.