Kevin Beer has been collecting objects of natural history for decades. What started as a childhood tendency to bring home birds’ nests evolved into a career-defining hobby for the artist and interior designer. Kevin uses his bounty of shells, butterflies, and taxidermy in his work, transforming the earthly items into thought-provoking sculptures and one-of-a-kind decor pieces for his West Hollywood abode.
The 1920s Spanish Colonial house is filled to the brim with Kevin’s idiosyncratic creations and belongings, which include a vintage armoire stuffed with doll heads and a bevy of thrifted portraits. Although there is no shortage of visual stimulation, an oceanic theme acts as a calming force throughout the eccentric home. “I always wanted it to feel airy and light and slightly tropical—if not very tropical,” Kevin explains.
The living room is perhaps the most coastal-inspired space, with white stucco walls, an abundance of turquoise glass, and a mantel covered in coral, conches, and a Hadrian bust. A giant South Pacific clam shell overflowing with starfish and other sea treasures sits in the hearth, which is flanked by two regal French chairs. Above the worn leather Chesterfield hangs a traditional chandelier augmented by crystals, rosary beads, and red branches.