Julie Browning Bova
Julie Browning Bova, founder of Julie Bova Interior Design, has twenty-plus years as a respected interior design professional. Her early career experience, attained with her father’s prestigious architectural firm Browning Day Mullins and Dierdorf, today benefits her commercial and residential clients from Michigan to Florida.
With many exclusive and high end vendor relationships, she and her team offer quality design expertise to a range of projects including assisted living facilities, luxury homes, apartment complexes and metropolitan landmarks.
What is something every home needs? Books!! Lots of books and of course vases of flowers.
Favorite color? I do not have a favorite color. I tend to lead toward colors that are found in nature and compliment a living space. Bringing the landscape inside.
What made you want to work in the design industry? I loved interior design from a very young age and had the opportunity to be involved in my father's architectural firm, which was very special. Watching ideas go from a sketch to a finished product was something that I found very exciting and knew I wanted to be a part of.
Design Tip: Surround yourself with all that you love and don't be afraid to try new things. I think design is ever changing and much like the fashion industry. Interior design for your home or office is an opportunity to express and embrace your style. Refresh those heirloom pieces, upholster with beautiful textiles, add the colors that provide comfort and make you happy.
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Annie received a bachelor's degree, with a major in Studio Art, from DePauw University in 2008. A love of art, architecture, and textile design led her to pursue a BFA in interior design from Harrington College of Design in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating, Annie joined the Julie Browning Bova team in 2010.
What is something every home needs? I think every home should have a well thought out, highly functional, beautiful kitchen. The kitchen has truly become the heart of the home. It's a space that gets constant use and where everyone will gather. As such, I feel that it requires extra attention and planning during the design process.
Favorite color? French blue.
What made you want to work in the design industry? Growing up in a very art and design-oriented family, I was lucky enough to be exposed to an amazing world of creativity from an early age. I spent years studying painting, sculpture, photography, graphic design, fashion and textile design. Then a class in architectural history freshman year of college exposed me to an entirely new realm of design and I was hooked. I eventually combined my passions into a career that allows me to channel my skills into creating interiors that are thoughtful, functional and aesthetically beautiful.
Design Tip: Don't be afraid to think outside the box and find things you love. Mixing in something unexpected, and special to you, whether its collected treasures, family heirlooms, or art. These items are key to making a space feel uniquely yours, instead of like a page from a catalogue.
Emma graduated from Indiana University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, with a specialization in public relations and a minor in both marketing and apparel merchandising. Brand management has always been a passion of hers, and something she did for fashion-motivated brands while in college. At JBB Design, Emma is the company’s public relations and marketing associate. On a day-to-day basis she is managing the Julie Browning Bova brand online, through the websites and social media platforms, as well as in the brick-and-mortar store.
What is something every home needs? A well-decorated coffee table.
Favorite color? Soft grays and blues
What made you want to work in the design industry? From a young age I was always surrounded by designers, whether it was architecture, interior design, or fashion design, their ability to easily draw an idea and turn it into reality always amazed me. They inspired my creative side, and are the reason I wanted to go after a career in the design industry.
Design Tip: A room is not complete without fresh flowers and a beautifully scented candle.