Renovation of historic La Jolla hotel completed

The landmark Grande Colonial Hotel, La Jolla, Calif.’s oldest original hotel, completed its renovations, for fresh new interiors masterminded by San Francisco-based Warren Sheets Design (WSD).

WSD completed improvements to public areas, including the entrance lobby, the lobby lounge and meeting rooms of the 93-room, ocean view boutique hotel, a member of the Historic Hotels of America and recipient of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's seal of approval. The 1913 Colonial-Revival style hotel now features elegant European-residential style interiors – done in what was described as “new traditional” – with a bold color palette and subtle contemporary nuances."

The WSD team worked to showcase the still intact turn-of-the-century architecture by enhancing fine details, such as original Georgian style arches, ornate cast plaster crown moldings and lead glass windows, with modern elements. Clad in detailed millwork, the original lobby columns are now with antique mirrored insets, infusing a touch of whimsy and glamour.

In a nod to the hotel’s beachfront location, WSD created a palette of vibrant shades of azure and Mediterranean blue and warm golds, accented with soft white, platinum and bronze. New Giallo Royale and Calcutta White polished marble flooring, inset with black Galaxy granite, accentuates accessories and furnishings, including antique reproductions and contemporary pieces. Sheets incorporated intricate hand-stenciled ceilings, rich textured fabrics, refurbished traditional chandeliers, art commissioned from Europe, walls upholstered in crème brûlée-colored linen weave fabric with gold embroidery and vintage photography in each of the areas.

A full-service interior design and interior architectural firm, WSD was founded 30 years ago by Warren Sheets, a former theatrical producer and director. In 1991, Sheets joined forces with partner Sharon Regan. The firm is headquartered in San Francisco.

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