Mia Rao


Mia collaborates with her clients to surpass conventional design ideas and to welcome a fresh approach to creating the ideal space. Her trademark intuitive nature allows her to connect with a client’s personality, needs and lifestyle. She uses that connection to transform a space into a true reflection of its occupants.

Mia also draws design inspiration from the textures, patterns and colors she’s observed within nature and while traveling the world. She expertly blends styles and fuses a room into a cohesive, welcoming space. Mia’s designs elicit visual interest, depth and energy.

Prior to launching her thriving interior design business in 2001, Mia worked as a designer with firms in Cincinnati and Chicago. Mia holds a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. Her arts-based education enriches her design awareness, affording her the ability to see a space as a blank canvas ripe for artistic and creative expression.

Many projects continue in her home-base of Chicago, as well as in California, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and throughout Illinois.

Robyn Swanson

Robyn has been collaborating with Mia Rao since March 2007. She shares Mia's desire to create a livable, modern design aesthetic tailored to the client's needs.

Robyn has a Design Degree from Harrington College of Design in Chicago, as well as a Bachelors of Science in Business from Miami University in Ohio. Previously owning a residential construction company with her husband gives her added insight into the construction process.

"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

"Mia's best assets are her ability to undertsand one's taste, and how she always remains calm and cool throughout the design and implementation process. She pays incredible attention to all ends of her craft."

A. Riley