HouseBeautiful's Sophie Donelson Shares Her Style

HouseBeautiful's Sophie Donelson Shares Her Style


Sophie Donelson has a knack unexpected color combinations. Her eye travels a little bit further than the average designer, looking into territory that is at once daring and chic. Her control of tone and contrast makes her a special talent and well-positioned to handle her post as editor-in-chief of HouseBeautiful, a long established interior design magazine with a special attention on color. 




Despite being a mother of two, Sophie’s home space is calming and focused. She turned to Flaneur to outfit her sophisticated and subdued master bedroom in a way that would match her de-cluttered and memento-accented space. 



With the jade-green walls of her bedroom and hardware of copper, brass, and gold, Sophie’s room is illuminated by massive casement windows. Books, flowers, family photos, knick-knacks and objets d’art dot the room with the touch of an expert, it’s not clutter; it’s a collage. It’s already full of color, but Sophie’s belief in color runs deep. Check her remarks on the importance of color: 

Her bedding reflects her globe-trotting and family-first mindset. Sophie’s Cinnamon Stick duvet is an exercise in controlling the scale of the room: a deep, warm orangish-red that toys with oceanic hues, which call forth two accenting pillowcases in Capri Breeze, an enthusiastic counter to Cinnamon Stick that also plays nice- if not emboldens- the jade walls. 




As her flat and top sheet, Sophie jumps into more saturated hue of Cinnamon Stick: Sudan Brown. More muted (less red) than Cinnamon Stick, Sophie plays a trick of depth, her bed suddenly feeling bigger and cozier, the duvet becoming a wrapper of sorts, containing the saturated delight of Sudan Brown. 




Sophie’s Flaneur pairings may sound unpredictable, but the result is gentle and detail-centric celebration of color, a show of skill from a woman who has an innate sense of what’s going to work. Her carefree attitude reinforces this color skill as something she doesn’t even need to think about: it comes naturally. 


Her color influences often stem from natural spaces- seasons, in particular. Check out this clip to see where Sophie’s got inspiration for her space. 




Shop the look of Sophie Donelson’s stunning bedroom here and be sure to see Flaneur in this month’s HouseBeautiful!