Wild Ride...Ellen' s Design Challenge Season 2

Ellen’ Design Challenge Season 2 will come to a close tonight at 9:00pm on HGTV with the last challenge and the grand finale of Season 2. The show this evening will have the final two talented designers competing for the prize of 100,000.00 prize from Wayfair.com and the opportunity to share their work in a future spread in the popular HGTV magazine. I am excited to see the final episode and design challenge.

  • Me and the Cast of Ellen's Design Challenge Season 2- Meet the Cast 
Julie Browning Bova, Indianapolis, Ind. Vivian Beer, Manchester, N.H.;Miles  Endo, Providence, R.I McKenzie Gibson, Providence, R.I
  Kyle Huntoon, Detroit, Mich Bradley Bowers, Miami, Fla.;Melissa Rivera Torres, Pleasant Hill, Calif 
  Dave Yale, San Jose, Calif. Sef Pinney, Los Angeles; Calif. Alexis Moran, Orinda, Calif 

As a participate in Ellen’s Design Challenge season 2, Meet the Cast; I was surrounded by creative and talented individuals. I loved the idea of the show, the possibilities to collaborate and build my designs during the challenges. I was completely out of my comfort zone, my knees were really shaking and nothing could prepare me for what was about to happen. I was very serious. I was going with the flow and enjoying the first hours of interaction with the other contestants.

Cliff Fong, Ellen Degeneres and Christiane Lemieux 
Standing before the judges, the cast and crew I found I was completely at a loss for words. 
 I was ready to work. I was open and eager to face the furniture challenges . 
But this was a different arena for me...Not everyday do you find yourself in this arena if you know what I mean. I was out of my zone, my routine and far away from home base . 
I really had no idea how to do this...
( a perfect boost to my future creative energy! )
As it was my turn to present my portfolio to the judges, I had a lot of thoughts and emotions.
 I had played this moment in my head and I knew the key points to share. I quietly absorbed and listened to the words of the judges of the previous contestants who went before me . 
The reviews were filled with both positive and constructive criticism. I had no strategy. I have always been conditioned to accept critical feedback and respond to make things better, adjust and overall goal to improve.  People who know me would say, I am full of words and enthusiasm for my industry, my profession and my designs…But during this experience I was guarded, quiet and reserved and observing my surroundings. 


 Julie Browning Bova

... and then POOF!  In a blink of an eye! 
 I was walking toward the exit. 
After all the calls, anxiety, interviews, portfolio reviews,
 not to mention that incredible call from Ellen to pack my bags and head out for an adventure of a lifetime...my time was over. 
My stay on the set was brief, but the Ellen's Design Challenge experience and
 cast have made a lasting impression.  In that short time, I also learned a lot about myself. 

I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from my city, the love of family and friends, the huge embrace from my industry partners. I received FaceBook comments, emails, letters and gifts from complete strangers, sharing their disappointment in the process and my early departure.The common thread of the feedback was that they all loved my work. So many people could appreciate my design, style, understand my story, enjoy the furniture, and see the equestrian passion in my craft.  I loved the positive feedback and the important message and take away. Accepting these amazing compliments filled my soul with pride. My favorite letter was a handwritten note from a beautiful mother of four who shared her thoughts and I will forever appreciate her kind words. She sent this letter after seeing press on my portfolio and my appearance on EDC…she wrote the nicest compliments and congratulated me . 
 she wrote..

 "I feel moved to congratulate you on your myriad successes .  
You are an inspiration to me! “

Inspiring people to challenge themselves was a great feeling.  
I am a mom and everyday I am so open to learning new things. Its important!
I believe the most important lesson from EDC Season 2 was to grow and to continue to enjoy the design process. I learned to have a greater appreciation for my achievements,
my amazing staff, clients, my past, my valuable education, travel , talent and my mentors. 
I am always focused on the next thing, or others, so to have this unexpected, wonderful, scary stop in my design journey…priceless! 
The entire experience and group of new friends has added value and unforgettable lessons of living to my life skills. 
All of these important items listed above, plus numerous opportunities and support from so many, have played a major part in shaping my personal journey...it is after all what landed me in the EDC green room. 

A heart felt thank you to all involved in Ellen's Design Challenge Season 2, for the chance to step into the unknown of reality television. I am grateful to Ellen for this special recognition, I appreciate the casting people, the EDC cast and crew, and HGTV. Most importantly, a special thank you goes to my family and my design team who unconditionally supported me and who without hesitation insisted I pack and go!

Thank you, Thank you!!!


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 happier, and more helpful; 
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Fall Review High Point 2014 - Julie Browning Bova Home Collection for Stanford Furniture & Abner Henry

Julie returned for their eighth High Point Market in October to share her latest Americana-inspired collection for Stanford Furniture and introduce a new collection of American-made case goods by Abner Henry Fine Furniture. Inspiration for Bova’s new collection grew from a love of casual, classic American style and historic color palettes. You’ll notice a variety of warm saddle browns, watermelon reds and a soft, vintage green throughout the collection. Julie's signature ‘tack’ references were ever-present as she layered traditional textures and patterns with historic colors. The nearly 50 piece collection of new and original designs made for a fresh, yet classically American experience for visitors. 

The Fall 2014 collection was shown in Stanford Furniture’s new High Point showroom at 333 North Hamilton Street in High Point, NC on October 18-23. It was a beautiful, fresh space filled with unique barn wood accents and towering ceilings. Among Bova’s new designs is the one-of-a-kind Hunter Boot Rack with acorn pull detailing (below left) and the clean- lined Steel Structure Coffee Table (below right), as well as many others. Both of these unique pieces were among the most popular in her new collection.

Visitors to Julie's Stanford Furniture showroom also recognized a handful of best-sellers from past collections. Returning favorites included the club-style Harley Chair (recovered in tailored blue leather), the popular Pacer Tables, and the best-selling introduction in Stanford’s history – the Meg Chair and Ottoman (all shown below).


Bova’s edgier designs for her new collection include the new Timeless Console (shown above right). This unique piece combines a white lacquer finish with a richly stained walnut interior and a sleek, metal accent. Below is the new Hack Chair and a reimagined Thistledown Sofa as well as the Harley Chair and the Steel Structure Table. We loved the beautiful barn wood walls and flooring in this space.

Julie Browning Bova Home Collection: Reimagined Harley Chair, Thistledown Sectional, & Hack Chair

Julie Browning Bova Home Collection: Reimagined Pacer Tables with a lift-off top

Julie Browning Bova Home Collection: Peyton Swivel Chair, Narrative Sofa, Wellington Chair & Pacer Tables
On the other side of the room (above) you can see Julie's new Narrative Sofa, the reimagined Wellington Chair and a super-comfortable Peyton Swivel Chair. 

In keeping with Bova’s nod to Americana, all case goods shown at High Point are American-made by Ohio-based company Abner Henry. They specialize in custom, heirloom-quality hardwood furniture and create handmade pieces with a lifetime warranty. The collection’s timeless case goods hint at the past but offer a fresh, modern take on all-American style.

Julie Browning Bova Home Collection: Morgan Chairs &  Martingale ( by the inch)
About Stanford Furniture: Founded in 1922, Stanford Furniture is a producer of upholstered, dining and occasional home furnishings. They provide furnishings that offer comfort, beauty, and a general enhancement of the quality of the environment in which they are used. For more information, please visit: www.stanfordfurniture.com

About Abner Henry: Abner Henry Fine Furniture was launched in August of 2007 with a simple vision; to provide furniture built with old world handcraftsmanship using new world technology. The company is based in Ohio and creates heirloom quality, custom furniture. Abner Henry’s product lines are never discontinued.

~ JBB Team

We're gearing up for a weekend of entertaining, relaxation, flip flops and fireworks! What could be better? To celebrate the 4th we've compiled a collection of our summer 'must-haves' that includes fresh berries, blue and white dishes, summer design reads, equestrian-inspired gifts and more. 

For entertaining we love classic red enamelware and a blue glasses set. Gingham napkins make a great added detail, too! Bringing in beautiful textiles as a table cloth of runner is an unexpected way to make a summer soiree stand out. 

Another favorite: Bouquets of hydrangea and antique blue and white dishes! Blue and white dishes are always a great choice, especially after a fresh berry or watermelon haul from the farmer's market. 

A quiet moment with a good book is always on our list - regardless of the season! This summer we can't wait to dive into these beautiful coffee table books by Bunny Williams and Charlotte Moss

And finally, it's always a must to sport bright JBB Design belt buckles, equestrian tech cases and coasters! Click here to learn more about our equestrian-inspired gifts.

What's on your summer 'must-have' list? We'd love to read what you're up to this weekend and what you love about this time of year in the comments below. 

From all of us at JBB Design, we hope you have a happy, safe and relaxing 4th of July. Enjoy! 

-Liz & Team JBB Design