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.
Favorite thing to do outside of work? Spend time with my family.
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.
Favorite thing to do outside of work? I love taking long walks with my dog, catching a yoga class, and spending time with family and friends.
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.
Favorite thing to do outside of work? Work on my fashion blog.
What is something every home needs? A well-decorated coffee table.
Favorite color? Dusty rose.
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.
Joanna received a bachelor's degree in management and minored in both telecommunications and history from Indiana University Bloomington. Prior to starting at Julie Bova Interior Design, Joanna worked for a residential broker and a commercial real estate company, while also gaining inspiration from her parents who loved flipping houses. Joanna’s unique experience in both residential and commercial real estate, combined with her passion for design make her a great addition to the JBB Design team.
Favorite thing to do outside of work? Trying new restaurants, drinking wine, traveling, boating and experiencing new things with family and friends!
What is something every home needs? I think every home should be an oasis. For me, that would be a combination of soft tones, comfortable furniture and sentimental décor mixed with pretty things that make you happy.
Favorite color? One specific color doesn’t come to mind but my family is both Greek and Dutch so I tend to gravitate towards rich blues.
What made you want to work in the design industry? My mom always had design magazines around the house growing up. One of our favorite things to do together is to browse through those magazines and home décor shops. My parents also flip homes as a hobby. They do almost everything themselves from gutting the home to redesigning the layouts to picking out the finishes. I have always enjoyed helping them with the design aspects and being able to see what was once a shell needing some love become a gorgeous home. As my parents do, I see potential in flawed spaces and have an eye for even the smallest details. Being able to channel those abilities into a career creating beautiful spaces for others to enjoy-doesn’t get much better than that!
Design Tip: Less is more.