Use It Before You Lose It! Summer Outdoor Space…

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Many of us have outdoor spaces that we can’t wait to use in the spring, but forget about as the summer lingers on.

At Mia Rao Design, we say, “Use it before you lose it”! August and September are prime time for outdoor lounging and entertaining.

The greenery has filled in..
The flowers are in full bloom..
The sun has slid past its peak, creating perfect light..
The heat is beginning to subside..

The end of summer’s rich color saturation makes the perfect backdrop for cocktails with friends, an end of season barbecue or a simple cup of coffee in the morning.

If the evening air cools, no worries, the fire pit adds ambience and a little extra warmth to the party!


Welcome to SurreaLounge

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“Pop-up” Bars are all the rage. How about a “Pop-up” Party?

Welcome to SurreaLounge!

Recently, for the River North Design District’s Fall Gallery Walk, Mia Rao Design created this lush, loungy vignette with the help of some of our favorite industry partners.

Featuring the art of Anna Pales via Gruen Galleries, the Transceramica solid surface showroom was the perfect backdrop to host this captivating stop on the art walk. A porcelain “petrified wood” wall perfectly framed Pales’ signature elongated trees. The organic styling of sculputural furniture pieces from, provided the perfect perch to soak up the atmosphere. Mia Rao Design expertly hung greenery and lightling from the exposed beam ceiling creating a canopy grounded by a gorgeous looped wool rug from Atelier Lapchi.

The feeling.. a hidden party in the woods, under the stars, topped off with martinis and music!

Really, a surreal night to remember.

Thank you to all who joined us for fun, and beautiful art!

Bring Spring Inside

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Everyone enjoys opening up the windows and letting the fresh, spring air inside. There is no better way to feel refreshed and blow away the dusty gray of a long winter than a warm breeze.

Why not take it a step further? Bring your home alive with the vibrant colors of spring. Simply adding a floral arrangement or a few potted plants is a quick way to refresh any room.

Spring green, vibrant pink and lilac, fresh oranges… pick the pallet that best suits your decor and your mood!

Rebirth, renew, refresh! Celebrate Spring!

Celebrating Simplicity and Peace this New Year…

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During the fast pace of the holiday seaon, it is easy to lose sight of the traquility and beauty that surrounds us every day.

Take a breath as we enter the new year…
Allow the splendor of new fallen snow, a pine branch, and aged piece of wood to decorate your world. The crisp whites, blue grays, and deep greens of the season make every room feel alive and new again. Nostalgic items add warmth to any setting stirring fond memories of years passed.

In 2018, let’s step back to appreciate the comfort of home. Take a moment to celebrate life and all grace that it brings.

Happy New Year!