Rosemary Rariden Cotter
Rosemary Rariden Cotter co-founder and senior partner, comes to the interior design business with approaching 20 years experience in residential and commercial design. An Oakland County native, Rosemary was raised in the country with antiques and an emphasis on decorative arts. Rosemary’s beginning as a 19 year old newlywed was relegated to stripping wallpaper and painting their honeymoon cottage. After two sons born in the 70’s and a career in real estate management, Rosemary brought her interests in interior design and decorative arts full circle. After an apprenticeship she founded the design firm of Jones-Keena. In the late 90’s the firm was sold and Rosemary continued as chairman emeritus. Within 18 months Rariden-Schumacher was formulated and launched with Jill Schumacher and followed by Michelle Mio within the year. The firm has grown, matured and completed a number of world class assignments. Rosemary has worked in both Southern and Northern Michigan, the Rocky Mountains and South Florida on a routine basis.
Rosemary’s proclivity and her strength lies in timeless traditional work accented with fine art and antiques to which she has had considerable training. She is regarded as an expert on color and texture, her color sense is legendary. Her work has been published yet she maintains a high level of privacy which manifests in time spent with her family and charitable pursuits. Rosemary, her husband Michael a local real estate broker and their 3 dogs divide their time between Bloomfield Hills, Harbor Springs, Michigan and Naples, Florida.
Jill Schumacher is co-founder of Rariden-Schumacher-Mio, an interior design firm based in Birmingham, Michigan.
Jill’s work as one of the principal designers at the firm, along with partners Rosemary Rariden-Cotter and Michelle Mio, is inspired by her appreciation for exquisite materials and furnishings. Jill’s extensive experience in interior design and demand for outstanding craftsmanship is juxtaposed with her eye for unconventional accents, creating the exceptional aesthetic sensitivity she brings to each design project.
Prior to forming Rariden-Schumacher-Mio, Jill managed the Rozmallin showroom in the Michigan Design Center, and spent two years as an associate designer and project manager with a design firm in Birmingham, Michigan.
Jill is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she studied Visual Arts.
Growing up in California, Michelle’s parents always knew she would work in a field where her creativity would be put to good use. They never knew that passion would take their daughter across the country to Michigan!
An accomplished collegiate golfer and student, Michelle had to decide whether golf or interior design would be her life’s path. Hands down, Michelle chose interior design! After graduating from Texas Christian University with a B.S. in Interior Design and a minor in Japanese, Michelle began working at Elizabeth S. White Designs in Fort Worth, Texas-an established design firm servicing some of the metroplex’s most prestigious clientele.
After several years of designing in Texas, the winds of change brought Michelle to Michigan. She updated her winter wardrobe and accepted a senior design position at Joseph A. Keenan & Associates in Birmingham, Michigan. After spending four years with the firm, Michelle decided to open her own firm-Mio & Co., Inc. Working on multiple residential, corporate and hospitality projects, Michelle enjoyed the entrepreneurial aspect of being “her own boss.”
Exactly one year later, designers, business owners and friends, Rosemary Cotter and Jill Schumacher invited Michelle to combine her experience and talent with theirs and Rariden Schumacher Mio & Co. was born. Michelle now feels so fortunate that she works with such a talented, dedicated, and fun-loving group.
Michelle can often be found walking her French Bulldogs, Gus and Gertie, through downtown Birmingham. If you happen to see them, the dogs love having their bellies rubbed!
Dayna Flory joined Rariden-Schumacher-Mio and Company in the spring of 2004. As a project manager and designer with RSM she has extensive experience with all phases of the design process from conception to installation. She works directly with clients to understand their personal vision – tailoring it to fulfill their design needs.
Dayna graduated with high honors from Michigan State University’s F.I.D.E.R. accredited Interior Design Program. Her previous experience ranges from working with a high end hospitality firm to a large scale retail design firm. She has a passion for all realms of design and truly enjoys working with Rariden-Schumacher-Mio and Company.