Ellen's Design Challenge: Meet Julie

Ellen's Design Challenge: Meet Julie

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Tara Bellucci
Jan 17, 2016
(Image credit: Courtesy Julie Browning Bova)

Name: Julie Browning Bova
City: Indianapolis, IN

Style: Timeless, classic, elegant, and a bit equestrian.

(Image credit: Courtesy Julie Browning Bova)

When did you realize you had potential in furniture design?

Inspired and encouraged by my family I was raised to be creative. I realized that I had the potential to design furniture when I jumped at the opportunity to create special, unique and beautiful items for my clients. Often it was a need or a request that started the design process in my career.

I think my attention to scale, comfort and the little special details has helped with the success of my designs. My goal is to always add products that create harmony and integrate with today’s home interiors, art, treasures and family heirlooms. Maybe... a little bit equestrian too.

(Image credit: Courtesy Julie Browning Bova)

What are your design strengths?

I am passionate about design. Creativity just flows in my veins. I am a great listener. I am always drawing, painting and coming up with new products.

No matter what project or JBB brand collaboration I get lost in the challenge and the entire process. I love and enjoy following an idea from concept to finished product . I appreciate and love working with Design teams, craftsman, trades etc. I respect the many craftsmen, reps, vendors and all who make up this industry.

What are your design weaknesses?

I am often not able to articulate my thoughts as fast as my mind is creating. I can draw or paint really fast but sometimes sharing those visions with others verbally is difficult.

(Image credit: Courtesy Julie Browning Bova)

How did you end up auditioning for Ellen’s Design Challenge?

I was contacted by someone from casting about auditioning and asked to fill out an application for Ellen’s Design Challenge Season 2. After many calls and screenings I was invited to participate. So great!

Which challenge from last season would you have loved to compete in? Which would you pass on?

The challenge I would have liked most last season was the upholstery challenge. I don’t think I would pass on any, I would happily accept all challenges.

(Image credit: Courtesy Julie Browning Bova)

On a scale of 1 to 5 sweater vests, how amazing is Ellen in person?

I am honored to be a part of Ellen’s Design Challenge Season 2. It is an opportunity that I will never forget. Amazing!! I love Ellen. The call, hearing her acknowledge my work was really incredible and very special for me.

Eliminated? Casting special

Thanks, Julie!

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