Behind Inside Design

Editorial Ambassadors

With more than two decades of combined experience, our Editorial Ambassadors share their industry knowledge and perspective to bring together Ann Sacks and the design community at large.

Sophie Donelson

Sophie Donelson’s work as a journalist, host, speaker and strategist celebrates the connection between people and their homes.


Sought after for her informed and original perspective on design and living, Sophie Donelson 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 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.

Clinton Smith

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 across the world.


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

Juno DeMelo

Juno DeMelo has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Cut, NPR, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, McSweeney's, Vice, InStyle, Cosmopolitan, and Real Simple, among many others. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked in magazine publishing—at Fitness, Shape, Vanity Fair, Jane, and Us Weekly—for a decade. She lives in Portland, Oregon.