The Making of a Designer Show House

For almost 50 years the Junior League of Boston has been hosting Designer Show Houses in the greater Boston community as a way to spotlight the design talent housed right here in our own backyard and more importantly, as the League’s largest fundraiser, raise the money that is essential to delivering our mission of improving communities through the effective action of trained volunteers.

The end result is a breathtaking transformation of an historic home that attracts thousands of visitors, but before ribbons are cut and doors opened there is a tremendous amount of behind the scenes work and thousands of woman hours that go into turning each Designer Show House into a reality. “The Making of a Designer Show House” is a 13-part educational video series that delves into all of the pieces that need to come together to successfully execute a Designer Show House. You’ll hear from the volunteers who have spearheaded this impressive undertaking both past and present and we hope that it will inspire all of our JL Boston members and guests to make the 2017 Designer Show House a tremendous success!

Follow along as we unveil what it takes to find the perfect property, what volunteers learn from being involved in the process, why designers love the Show House, how the fundraiser benefits the Junior League of Boston and the host community, and much more!


A Message from the 2017 Show House Chairs

Member Involvement

The Volunteer Impact

History of the Designer Show House

The 1853 William Flagg Homer House

Finding a Property


Designer Selection Process

The Designer Concept & Proposal Process

Video Production:
Steve Osemwenkhae, Videographer —
Michelle Lentz, JL Boston President-Elect, Producer