Our Process

As a full service interior design studio, RJA Design believes that a home should reflect the lifestyle and taste of the client. With a focus on practical aspects and livability, RJA Design utilizes the basic principles of professional design and draws on the experience and wisdom of founder Richard Abrahamson to deliver an environment unlike any other.

Promising superior workmanship, consideration of clients’ needs and timely project completion, RJA Design relies on the expertise of custom woodworkers and upholsterers, and the quality of the most trusted vendors in the business. Upon the completion of every project, the end result is a beautiful living space and a quality relationship between our team and the client.

What We Do



The RJA bio mentions "attention to detail" - so true! In my opinion this is the foundation of all else. RJA demonstrated that SUPERLATIVE taste combined with concentration on every aspect of their work created exactly what I had hoped but could never have achieved alone.

– Sandy Perkins

I have had the pleasure of working with Richard Abrahamson of RJA Design on both of our homes. The first project began several years ago when we completed a 2- story addition and faced the challenge of blending the spaces. Richard exceeded our expectations and created a home that combines our tastes along with his dynamic style and flair. He has a passion for design, a keen eye for color and a phenomenal way of incorporating all the senses which makes every room my favorite place to live.

In our modern California home, Richard did an amazing job of meeting our budget and timeline, but more importantly, went beyond the limit to incorporate his own furniture designs that fit like a glove in our new space. We are so proud and excited to share our homes with family and friends. Richard has created beautiful, timeless and truly livable environments for's a bonus that he is also great fun to work with!

–J. Ellison

Richard has decorated two of our homes, the last one being a year ago, in Lake Forest, IL. He is an amazingly talented and creative individual who always aspires for perfection. One of Richard strengths is that he strives to tailor the design of the home to fit the homeowners tastes and needs.

We truly appreciated his ability to coordinate and implement all aspects of the project in a timely manner and with great precision to detail. We repainted the entire home before we moved in (he has a keen sense of color), ordered new furniture, installed new window treatments and even redecorated the outdoor spaces. It was always exciting to see what unique and interesting things Richard would find for us.

It has really been a pleasure to work with him and his supportive staff.

We can't thank him enough for helping to make our home everything we hoped it would be and more!

– P. Traeger

Working with Richard Abrahamson on my Houston home was a true labor of love. Richard's approach to this project fit in well with my needs. He was able to take a large space and turn it into a beautiful, comfortable and welcoming home. Since this was an out of town project for him, we were able to accomplish our goals in three visits. First, he came to see the space and made some suggestions based on my style and budget. His second visit was to present his plan and together we made selections. The third visit was when everything fell into place and we had the big "reveal"! I'll never forget the feeling when all the furniture, draperies, artwork and accessories were arranged...I thought I had won the lottery! Richard, although quite serious about design, is also fun loving and we laughed alot. I look forward to working with him on my next project.

– J. Stoddard

Richard was able to take inspiration from the stunning ocean views from my high rise condominium in San Diego to create an invitng and deeply personal home for me that I completely enjoy. The challenge of working long distance was easily met by working closely with Richard at my home on three key occasions to determine the scope of the project, select the key design elements together, and, most exciting of all, to bring the entire plan to complex on by transforming my home over a period of five days while I was on a business trip. It was an awesome moment to return home, and the dramatic results continue to amaze me. Balancing great design with livability, Richard selected exquisite furnishings and art, rich fabrics and textures, and sophisticated accessories for every room. Richard’s good communication, calm detailed approach, and sense of humor made for an enjoyable working relationship every step of the way. I look forward to working with RJA Design on future projects.

– M. Hepler