We are inspired by each client’s story.

Based on that philosophy, we strive to create your personal sanctuary. Blending your narrative with our design aesthetic and expertise brings energy, soul, balance, and texture to a space.

Our experience enables us to engage with our professional partners on your behalf. We are a full-service firm, partnering with architects and contractors from design concept through construction, with every detail in mind down to art and finishing touches. Drawings and project management services are provided to ensure smooth execution in the field.

Our MISSION is to lead you through the creative process as seamlessly as possible, to craft a space that is uniquely yours.

— The MRD Team


Mia Rao, principal and visionary, expertly crafts each project with senior designer Robyn Swanson close by her side. For more than 15 years they have worked together fluidly through the design process with the support of their creative staff.

"Mia and her crew took the time to learn about my tastes and interests and then took me by the hand — something I needed, for sure — and developed environments that are so warm, comfortable, and perfect for entertaining, relaxing, and working when I must. They are responsive and their communication skills are top-notch. 10 stars if I could give them.

W. Jacobs

"Mia just finished designing my new Streeterville condo and I love it! Mia and her staff were a pleasure to work with. I would recommend Mia Rao Design to anyone."

L. Smith

"From the first day we started working with Mia and her team, we loved them. We love their enthusiasm and passion for what they do. We love their ideas. We love their selections. We love how they got us and understood our taste and direction. We came into the project with ideas but they helped us put things together beautifully. We could not be more pleased with how it all came together in the end. We love everything about them."

S. Zontini