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Belgian rattan loungers and custom side tables on the deck built using reclaimed planks from the Coney Island Boardwalk. PHOTO: Martin Lof.
A Jennifer Boysen painting hangs above the staircase in the entry, where a vintage parchment table sits beside an antique Oushak carpet. PHOTO: John Coolidge.
In the living room, a Matthew Brandt painting hangs above the fireplace. Designer Vanessa Alexander mixed a vintage Italian daybed and midcentury Marco Zanuso armchairs with newer pieces, such as a brass bar cart from Blackman Cruz and a Lindsey Adelman Branching Bubble sconce. The floors were re-covered using reclaimed wood from Exquisite Surfaces. PHOTO: Martin Lof.
Alexander designed the open shelving in the kitchen and a stainless steel–clad island, which features walnut countertops and a Miele range. PHOTO: John Coolidge.
A Cloud chandelier by Apparatus hangs above a dining-room table crafted from Oaxacan clay. PHOTO: John Coolidge.
Yorn’s music room features a Audio Research turntable. PHOTO: John Coolidge.
Landscape designer Josh Rezac of Studio MA added succulents to a sitting area beside a fountain, lined with vintage French clay tiles. PHOTO: John Coolidge.
A vintage Knole leather sofa from Balsamo Antiques in New York and custom designed velvet armchairs sit atop a vintage Moroccan rug from Hannoun. PHOTO: John Coolidge.
A soaking tub from Urban Archeology with Lefroy Brooks fixtures sits beside a custom brass wall towel rack from Alexander Design and a sandblasted African Bamileke drum topped with Moroccan beads and Indian prayer bowls. PHOTO: John Coolidge.
A pair of Richard Misrach photographs hang above the custom Alexander Design headboard, which she covered in a Rogers and Goffigon fabric. Debra Sharpe linens mix with vintage pillows from Pat McGann and Lucca. PHOTO: John Coolidge.

Man of the House

by C California Style

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.