Well-known, high-end interior designer Julie Browning Bova, founder and owner of Julie Bova Interior Design, is among the 46 designers participating in the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) creating a table at its annual Chicago event. The gala will be held at the Chicago Merchandise Mart, November 5-7.

This is the 12th annual DIFFA “Dining by Design” event, a gala festivity where guests not only enjoy exquisite food and wine pairings, but also extravagant dining installations from top-notch designers across the country.

Bova chose her “Dining on Silk Road” theme because she is the only participating design firm outside the Chicago area. “To me, the Chicago Merchandise Mart represents one of the greatest design resources in the country, a Midwest hub of trade, and our theme reflects people coming together in one place to trade their finery and knowledge,” explained Bova. 

“We have many friends and colleagues at the Merchandise Mart, making the Chicago “Dining by Design” event a natural for us.  I visited the Mart as a child with my father (the late James E. Browning) and then attended NeoCon as a practicing commercial designer while working with my father’s architectural firm. The Mart has always been a magical place for me.” Bova said.

Bova’s prime space is unique in that it uses three custom-made, ten-foot wide upholstered walls and features a vibrant pink, hot orange, white, earthy brown, and a touch of rusty green palette. The walls are upholstered in a Thai silk in Benjarong-Golden Poppy from Jim Thompson; the fabric also is used as the table cover. Chairs and benches are covered in scrumptious cream chenille, Luna-Pearly Gates.
The decorative pillows are accented in orange “Illusion” Zinnia and striped Burnished Reeds in Copper Brown also from Jim Thompson fabrics.

The objects, fabrics, and furniture were chosen to represent a modern take on items that would have been traded on The Silk Road trade route, and since Chicago is a modern trade route and connection point for the U.S. and for Julie Bova Interior Design, it’s a fitting interpretation. 

Natural elements get a modern twist with six white Peace Antelope heads from Stray Dog Designs, an exclusive Twigs Mirror from Bee Line Home by Bunny Williams and Deanna Wish Designs’ large Appalachian chandelier.

Bova anchors the space with a Moroccan area rug from Stark and sets the table with place settings from Crate and Barrel and orchid-filled blue and white china vases from Global Views and Tozai. Host and hostess chairs from Safavieh, white dining chairs from Brocade Home and gold benches from Currey & Co. round out the seating for this elegant, yet hip, tablescape.

“This space will excite the viewer with its beauty and shocking color,” Bova said. “It will also keep them intrigued with its eclectic layers of texture and transport them to an exotic and modern Far East and make them feel like they truly are dining on Silk Road.” 

DIFFA is one of the country's largest supporters of direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventive education for those at risk. Supporters of DIFFA come from all fields of fine design and the visual arts, including: architecture, fashion design, interior design, photography, and consumer product design.

About Julie Bova Interior Design
Julie Browning Bova, founder of Julie Bova Interior Design in Indianapolis, Indiana, 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, and metropolitan landmarks. For more information on Julie Bova Interior Design, visit www.juliebovainteriordesign.com. 

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