Entertainment attorney Kevin Yorn enlists designer Vanessa Alexander to infuse his Brentwood residence with Old Hollywood charm and a New York sensibility.
Entertainment attorney Kevin Yorn counts some of Hollywood’s hottest talents, such as Ellen DeGeneres, Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey, as clients and inspirations. Yorn, who also acts as a liaison for his client’s investments in the Silicon Valley tech sector, is the co-founder of Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein & Kohner. “I get to work with a lot of really creative people,” Yorn says. “Growing up in the suburbs in New Jersey, I never understood that much about interior design until I met Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi. Every time they’ve done a new house, which is often, I’ve been blown away. I thought, ‘Wow, I can have a house that speaks to me and makes me feel good when I walk in. I can have that for my friends and family.’ ”
When Yorn purchased his 5,500-square-foot Mediterranean-style home in Brentwood two years ago, he turned to friend and designer Vanessa Alexander to create a more masculine, contemporary space with the richness of 1920s Hollywood. “The Chateau Marmont and Greenwich Hotel were big influences,” Alexander says, “but ultimately it was Kevin who informed the design by his lifestyle. He’s very social, with a large extended family and friends. He wanted a place where he could equally entertain his 90-year-old grandfather and play music with his brothers and friends.”
Yorn grew up playing music in the basement of his family’s home with his brothers, singer Pete Yorn and talent manager and producer Rick Yorn. “When I walked into this house, the first room I saw was a study, and I immediately thought of turning it into a music room where I could play all of my vinyl,” Yorn says. Friends often end up in this room after enjoying pizza from the outdoor oven, or wander inside to play one of his vintage 1960s Martin or Gibson guitars in the living room. “This house is about music and art. My daughter is a songwriter. She’s a freshman in high school and will have her friends over for a listening party or they’ll all play vinyl. When I see that, it makes me the happiest.”
Each room, Alexander says, expresses a different side of Yorn’s creative passions, whether that’s the open kitchen where he can cook on the island while talking to guests, or the dramatic metal doors inspired by one of his favorite hotels in New York that open from the living room to the outdoor pool deck that’s covered in reclaimed wood from the Coney Island Boardwalk. In addition to works from artists Matthew Brandt and Jennifer Boysen, photographs by sister-in-law Beth Yorn and his daughter hang on the walls. “The house is filled with these very personal things that tell a story,” Yorn says. “It’s cool to me.”
By Heather John Fogarty.