Interior Designer Julie Bova’s Holiday Recipe: Peppermint Ice Cream Pie

Carmen NatschkeDesign the Holidays


idesign-photo1Kitchen DetailsJulie designed this kitchen, in a house located on an incredible horse farm, that proves attention to detail matters. Some of the material details such as the  Knotty Alder,Stone and Butcher block and an elegant Onyx backsplash that reflects the light capture the warm, welcoming nature of this kitchen.

At The Decorating Diva, LLC we are quite fortunate to know so many talented and creative designers, and Julie Bova is one of those designers we absolutely love. Besides Julie’s extraordinary design skills, she has a huge heart, and is always ready to generously give of her time and gifts to help others. We will always appreciate Julie’s efforts to raise awareness and funds to assist with pediatric cancer in support of the beautiful Layla Grace.

Julie shares some quick, and easy holiday decorating ideas for your fireplace mantel and a refreshingly, chilly and  minty holiday pie recipe, Peppermint Ice Cream Pie, that we think you will love.

Julie’s Peppermint Ice Cream Pie Recipe


  • 18 Oreo Cookies
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • Small can of evaporated milk
  • 2 squares of unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 Quart Peppermint Ice Cream (with red & green candies) softened


Combine butter and Oreo cookies in the food processor. Mix and press the cookie and butter mixture into the bottom of a 9″ pie plate and freeze.

Spoon the softened Peppermint ice cream on top of the oreo crust and freeze.

Melt 2 squares of unsweetened chocolate with 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon of butter, and the small can of evaporated milk. Cook the mixture until thick and cool, stirring occasionally.

Apply to top of pie and freeze.

Julie’s Holiday Decorating Tip for Fireplace Mantels


Julie tells us that she “Love[s] using lots of Greenery, Willow Twigs, Pine Cones and a touch of color. Always try to find beautiful ribbon! Lots of great resources are now online if you plan ahead”.

About Julie Browning Bova

image Renowned Indiana-based interior designer, Julie Browning Bova, is the owner of the eponymous design firm Julie Bova Interior Design.  With over 20 years as a respected interior designer, Julie has worked on design projects ranging from residential endeavors to commercial and public works.

Using travels and experience as a touchstone for inspiration, along with her passion for design, Art & Architecture.  Julie’s commitment to her clients and projects never waivers.

She has been featured in numerous design publications, and thoroughly enjoys throwing herself into anything design related.

Currently, Julie Bova Interior Design is working on numerous interior design projects, overseeing new home construction, and continuing to pursue work in care/assisted living.

In addition to working on her design blog, Paisley, Plaid and Read, and her popular Twitter site @jbint, Julie loves to give her time to the industry.  Last year she participated in Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) Dining by Design 2009 held at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

Read our feature on Julie and view her Interior Design Portfolio.