If there’s one place in Orange County, California that screams summertime, it’s the brand new Lido House Hotel. Located just steps away from the darling Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach, this Cape Code-style boutique hotel features 130 rooms and five two-bedroom, two-bathroom three-story cottages. Each cottage is unique and features a distinctive motif designed by one of five different Newport Beach-based design firms. Today, we’re exploring the Balboa Cottage, designed to the absolute nines by Rona Graf, founder of Grace Blu Designs.
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Rona wanted a retro-playful aesthetic, intersecting California effervescence with East Coast sensibility – and she certainly created that. From the moment you walk through the front doors, you’ll feel your mood immediately lighten.
One glance at this sunlit kitchen and we can practically smell the sizzling bacon that’s sure to be served up for brunch while casually sipping on bubbly mimosas.
For inspiration, Rona turned to mid-century Newport Beach, blending old-school glamour with quartz and brass brightened by vibrant color and go-for-bold patterns. We love the stark contrast between the White Attica countertops and rich hued cabinetry.
Who doesn’t love a little black shiplap? Look closely and you’ll even find black grass cloth adorning the ceiling in the master bedroom. Constant in every room of the cottage is Rona’s confidence and willingness to experiment, exuding from every last nook and cranny.
White Attica makes a striking statement against brass accents and a patterned beauty of a backsplash in the en suite bathroom. By pairing down the vanity to its bare brass bones, the focus remains on the tiles, which we have to say look like they were made especially for this space.
In the first floor powder room, guests can wash up at the White Attica topped vanity.
Builder: MW Custom Homes
Developer: R.D. Olson Development
Photography: Ryan Garvin
Hotel: Autograph Collection Hotels