How This Boutique SoCal Hotel Honors Its Craftsman Spirit With Style


Twin beds in the Richland hotel room with sage-colored walls and a large, pleated yellow pendant light

A room in the Richland Hotel.

Close-up photo of a natural-wood book shelf

A book shelf in the Richland Hotel.

A historic house in the City of Orange has been transformed into a boutique hotel by 24 Carrots Catering & Events, a Costa Mesa-based firm. The Richland (an appellation that honors the original name proposed for the city in the 1870s), marks the company’s first foray into this aspect of hospitality. They called on Newport Beach designer Raili Clasen to oversee the interiors, which include a living room lounge and bar space, a ballroom with a beamed ceiling, and 12 guest rooms including an attic suite.

The design honors the property’s heritage by playing on its Craftsman spirit. Natural-wood paneling and a sunny palette of yellows and greens create a laid-back vibe, but there are playful elements too, including citrus-tree wallpapers, Art Nouveau-style floral bathroom tiles and historic photo blow-ups of the area. In a separate, two-bedroom cottage, the ambience shifts courtesy of a blue-and-yellow palette and midcentury aesthetic, for an experience that is always rooted in history but never monotone.