Building a Very Special Doghouse for the Bow Wow Blitz

From the moment we received an email from the Boston Design Center with details about their upcoming “Bow Wow Blitz,” we knew we wanted to be involved. An opportunity to flex our creative muscles with a unique project while raising money for great charity: it was such a cool concept!

The building and design community was asked to create a dream doghouse or dog bed that would then would be auctioned off to benefit Second Chance Animal Shelter. As soon as the request came in, designers Lisa Lally and Kelley Antonuccio began sketching out their ideas. After kicking around several different designs, they settled on a miniature replica of a Cape-style home. With its clapboard siding, black shutters and red door, and doghouse dormers (design pun intended), their dream doghouse paid homage to classic New England architecture.


As our team of talented carpenters began building the doghouse, handling “change orders” from the designers as patiently as they would those of any client, Lisa and Kelley fine-tuned the interior design aspect of their plan.


They opted for a red, white and blue theme to play off of the Cape vibe of the overall design. Our friends at Schumacher Boston and Makkas Drapery Workroom in Framingham generously agreed to partner with us on the doghouse—only the best for our dreamy doggie abode! Schumacher Boston donated exquisite wallpaper and fabric: a Miles Redd deconstructed stripe to wrap the four walls and Studio Bon Striped Dot fabric for the bed, both of which Ruby, a golden retriever owned by a friend (shown above), clearly approved. Roomscapes designer tasked Makkas Drapery Workroom with creating a decadent doggie bed complete with mini bolster pillows.


Virtually the entire team at Roomscapes Cabinetry & Design Center was involved throughout the process of building our doghouse, monitoring its progress and pitching in. A senior designer who was out shopping came across food and water bowls that beautifully complemented the fabrics and wallcovering. She immediately sent Kelley and Lisa photos for approval. The bowls were included in the design, as were red, white and blue dog bones. These stylish doggie accessories proved the perfect finishing touches! We even, um, “borrowed” a miniature American flag from our production manager’s desk.

The end result of our team effort was nothing short of remarkable: a doggie palace rendered with the exacting standards with which we approach every client’s home. We don’t mean to brag, but it was flawless!


Lisa and Kelley attended the fabulous event at the Boston Design Center where one young attendee just couldn’t get enough of our dream doghouse!