Behind the Brand
When Rona Graf launched Grace Blu in 2007, she made the intentional decision not to use her own name. From the beginning, her vision for her design studio was a “collaborative of creatives” that would combine their skills and experiences to create one-of-a-kind spaces.
The Grace Blu mindset and mantra is "designing outside the box." The meaning is two-fold, as seen in their convention challenging designs and client-centric approach. Rona and team forgo genre and rigid process, instead editing their approach and style to create a fresh and inimitable space every single time.
Grace Blu has received the attention of many regional and national publications like HGTV Magazine, Arch Digest, California Homes, Better Homes & Gardens, CA Home & Design, RUE Magazine, Modern Luxury, Orange County Register, and Coast Magazine. Most recently, Grace Blu was honored with the title of HGTV Designer of the Year 2020.
Although Grace Blu is based in Orange County, California, they have recently decided to expand to the East Coast and set up another office in Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina.
"The best thing about working with Grace Blu has been that they really listen to and honor their client’s personalities.”
- MICHELE R.
"The Grace Blu team has great ideas, is bursting with creative energy, listens to your needs and help you to bring the things imagined in your head to life."
- NATALIE M.
Who Are We?
FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL DESIGNER
Rona is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is a former educator who discovered that her true passion was design when she moved to sunny California. She quickly combined her master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh with a formal education in Interior Design from the Interior Designers Institute in Newport Beach, CA, and Grace Blu was born. Her mid-west roots and values combined with her love of world travel contribute to her unique design approach and sophisticated design aesthetic. A yoga instructor for over sixteen years, Rona’s approach to design and service is often described as “holistic” by her clients and colleagues.
When Rona is not busy designing, she usually hangs at the beach watching her son surf, carpooling teenage boys to the skate park, traveling with her family, or spending time in her garden.
Her superpower is her ability to juggle meetings and her son’s sporting events like a boss and being a dancing queen on any finished table in sight!
Amy is a recent transplant to SoCal from New York City. She earned BA in Art History & International Relations at Wellesley College and worked in the fashion industry before discovering her passion for interior design. After attending New York School of Interior Design, she cut her teeth working at Peter Marino Architect.
Amy’s style is organic modern eclectic, influenced by her travels to Europe, Asia, and North Africa, as well as her love of art and nature.
In her free time, she can be found admiring the latest blooms at the botanic gardens, hiking in the canyon, or catching a sunset at the beach with her family.
Amy’s superpower is keeping her two young children, golden retriever puppy Ollie, calico cat Franny, hermit crabs Herman & Hermie, crayfish Cray Cray, and her many plant babies alive and thriving.
Denise Delgadillo is a Los Angeles native who has a love for photography, culture, and music. She loves being part of Grace Blu’s dynamic team, taking care of the practical side of the business, while feeling inspired by the team’s creativity and accomplishments. With 15 years of experience in business administration, she has spent those years working for the Port of Long Beach, the entertainment industry, and with leading commercial & high-end residential design firms. Her administrative background highlights her abilities to keep our office running efficiently and well-organized, all while maintaining a keen eye for detail.
When Denise is not working, you can find her outdoors with her family, trail running, reading a book, or learning a new skill. She also volunteers her time with Latina Geeks – a non-profit that helps empower women by sharing entrepreneur resources, technical knowledge, and business skills through hands-on workshops and community events all across the US.
Denise’s superpower is creating her own “So You Think You Can Dance” show on her trail runs.
Katie Miller, a California Native, was born and raised in Napa Valley. She has always had a passion for the creative arts. A former ballerina, she studied Kinesiology and Dance Science before finding her love for design. Katie then received her certificate in Interior Merchandising and her Associates in Science in Interior Design. In school, her focus was on sustainable design and has a love for all things vintage and eclectic.
In her free time, she can be found chatting, enjoying movies, and barbecuing with family and friends. She loves hiking and observing nature, weekend travel, and digging for treasures at antique markets.
Her superpower is enjoying a good charcuterie board and glass of wine.
Janessa Madry, a Michigan Transplant, grew up in Metro-Detroit. After obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design, she moved to California and has been living and working in Orange County ever since. She loves designing clean and modern spaces, usually with a funky traditional twist, getting most of her inspiration from art, architecture, and nature.
When not sourcing furniture or specifications, she can be found playing soccer, hiking, or paddle boarding with family and friends or hanging out at home researching something random with a good cup of coffee.
Her superpower is her ability to hold an entire conversation with her cat, Mazy Lou.
Courtney is an Orange County native and an Interior Design graduate from Orange Coast College. She previously studied Sociology and in the restaurant industry for over a decade. Her design aesthetic includes neutral colors, lots of texture, and an organic and edgy vibe. She loves hiking with her dog Nova, gardening, and traveling to new places.
Her superpower is whipping up a great spicy margarita.
Erin Sener was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey and speaks both English and her native language. She has always been interested in art. Having a bachelor's degree in Economics and opening her own business enabled her to pursue her dream. After five years of running a business, she sold it and began her design career. Then she received her Associates in Science in Interior Design. Her design aesthetic features bold colors, textures, and a healthy mix of modern and traditional pieces.
Building things is one of her favorite things to do. She enjoys reading, DIYing, and working with power tools. Her favorite pastimes include collecting vintage books, antique markets, and traveling.
Her superpower is being the spirit animal of Grace Blu.
Jada was born and raised in Northern California. After pursuing an English degree at Penn
State, she returned to the West Coast, settling in Orange County with her young family. While
designing their first home, she rediscovered her love for interior design. She has nearly ten
years of experience working in restaurants and is a recent graduate of Orange Coast College
with degrees in Interior Design and Art History. She loves eclectic design and draws inspiration
from fine art.
In her free time, she loves to curl up with a good book.
Jada’s superpower is making the perfect cup of English breakfast tea.
Charla Hutton was born and raised in San Clemente. She discovered her love for interior design at a young age when she transformed her bedroom at age 11. She has always had a creative mind and has used that to pick up many skills such as drawing, painting, sewing, filming/editing, photography, etc. She is still currently attending high school as an incoming senior and plans to further her knowledge about interior design and architecture at a 4-year university.
In her free time, she loves to go to the beach, hang out with friends, surf, adventure, thrift, travel, and spend time with her cat squeak.
Charla’s superpower is to eat 50 times a day and not get full.