The Richland has opened as a new luxury boutique hotel and event space in Orange County, California. Situated in the heart of Orange’s historic Old Towne, the intimate 12-room retreat transforms a historic former residence with laidback, inviting interventions. “We wanted to pay homage to the historic building but modernize it with a California twist with tons of personality,” says Raili Clasen of Raili CA Design, which led the redesign. “This design is fresh, fun, and simply the coolest hospitality project to hit the downtown historic plaza district.”
The façade was stripped back to reveal original wood shingles and lap siding as well as a bay window that pours ample natural light inside. Reimagined to resemble a contemporary members club, the Richland’s interiors are clad with dark wood panels offset by a warm palette of rich olive green, sage, and mustard. Splashy wallpaper, oversized pleated light fixtures, and cheeky focal points—like a canary yellow grandfather clock—enliven the historic property with whimsy as well. Wallpaper featuring citrus grove patterns stretch across the Living Room Bar and Lounge, while the new Estelle Ballroom accommodates up to 150 guests against a backdrop of exposed wood beams, polished concrete floors, and tiered chandeliers.
Housed within and around the two-story main house, guestrooms each tout a unique layout and design characterized by craftsman furniture, original wood floors, handwoven rugs, and aged brass fixtures and colorful custom tiles in bathrooms. Crowning the main house is the Attic Suite, which boasts sloped ceilings, cozy nooks, and a framed view of the tree-lined suites below. A standalone two-bedroom cottage is also available.