HBCH January 2015 : Page 64

“I like midcentury pieces, I like clean lines. But once upon a time, I was kind of a hippie chick, so you can see the mix in my style.” “I feel like drawing from different cultures definitely influences my design. It’s soulful. I love Moroccan patterns and Persian rugs. They’re timeless, not trendy, and they’ll withstand the test of time.” BOOK CLUB Rao relaxes in her La Grange home’s reading nook. Draped fold turtleneck in violetta, $420, by Ann Demeulemeester at Blake, Gold Coast; sharne skirt in blue, $1485, by Dries Van Noten at Blake, Gold Coast; boots, model’s own Boho Beauty Interiors master Mia Rao uses design as a form of storytelling in every aspect of her life, from the clothes on her back to the roof over her head. “I never thought I’d live in a Victorian,” she says about her historic 1894 home in La Grange. “This was an evolution for me.” Still, the whimsical, eclectic style for which she’s known was still able to prevail in her closet and in the decor, where Rao goes for the bold at every turn: rich colors, a variety of textures and an international accessories collection that tells a tale of her travels. In the den, a rich navy hue was chosen for the walls and built-ins to bring the millwork up to date, and a lush custom sofa in a matching blue —clad with bright pillows that echo the Persian rug—creates a perfect reading nook. The boho-chic sartorial continues with Rao’s outfit: leather boots, a patterned skirt and artsy baubles that each have their own unique narrative. 64 INTERIORS WINTER/SPRING 2015

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