With plenty of deadpan humor and bold graphic
style, Antonia Hutt created a dog's bedroom—a
durable, stylish and entertaining boudoir/rumpus
room for discerning canine clients. The tough-wearing
AstroTurf carpet was placed over the room's
existing terrazzo floor.
by Galligan's Pet Portraits
ILondon-born designer Antonia Hutt has an encyclopedic
knowledge of the decorative arts, a daredevil
attitude toward color and an ingenuous sense
of fun. A former antiques dealer, Hutt received
a degree in interior architecture from UCLA
and established her design firm in 1992.
Known for her exacting attention to detail
and innovative design spirit, Hutt was a
first-time pet owner, having acquired Amber
Louise (above), a French bulldog with an
award-winning resume, when she decided it
was the perfect moment to imagine a couture
bedroom pour le pooch. "I was
horrified to discover how many things you
need for a dog," says Hutt. "It
was a whole design world that hasn't been
explored with much refinement."
high concept combines practicality and whimsy.
Washable gray blankets are stacked neatly on
high shelves, tennis balls are stored in tough
plastic buckets, and two custom-made dog beds—sleek
as modernist sofas—are handsomely upholstered
in gray fabric with sturdy black leather trim.
Portraits of Amber Louise and her best friend,
Bullitt, were commissioned from Galligan's
Pet Portraits. A series of paintings features
a few of a dog's favorite things: steak, lamb
chops and bacon.
painted the walls black and red to give the
room a strong graphic presence and a sense
of order. Leashes hang from silver and red
hooks. "Amber Louise likes black," the
"She's comfortable with dark walls and thinks
they show off her black coat."