Kevin's Urban Beach Style

Kevin's Urban Beach Style

Bethany Nauert
Apr 10, 2012

Name: Kevin Mincin
Location: Hollywood — Los Angeles, CA
Size: 945 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year — Rent

Kevin lives in an old Spanish style apartment in Hollywood, where he's designed a bright and colorful home. As a set builder, he takes his creative and stylish skills home with him — you can understand his attraction to texture and rich tones. He doesn't believe in applying any typical design rules and brings sense of humor to his decor.

Kevin and I were introduced to one another by my friend Jeff Eyser. They've spent many weeks together building sets and designing houses for reality television. Kevin's eclectic and fun style is apparent the moment you walk in the door. He says that the most significant thing about designing his own home was "making sure it directly reflects your personality. It feels more like home that way!"

Kevin has traded the traditional "painting and candles" bedroom decor for a handmade wooden platform bed and a hunting rifle. I love his use of the unexpected, like the film reels that serve as snowboard racks in his dining room. "This is the very first place I have ever had to myself. I have always had roommates, whether they were friends, strangers or siblings, so this is very significant to me because it's all the way I want it. I never have to deal with anyone else and the food and beer never randomly go missing!"

Tying in his love of surfing, snowboarding and all things DIY, this home is full of memories of his travel and eclectic artwork. Not only does Kevin enjoy the generously sized apartment, but he's also transformed his deck into an outdoor movie theater. "There is a super wide variety of art in LA, which is awesome inspiration. My favorite part of LA is the fact that a one hour drive can take you to so many different cultures and lifestyles, such as ocean beaches, deserts, woods, lakes, snow, cities or mountains. That's way more than enough of an influential design aesthetic. Also, I work in the television industry so I am around designers all the time. I like seeing their styles and get inspiration from that."

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Southern California Urban Beach

Inspiration: My inspiration comes from my life. I love being in the woods and at the beach. I also love traveling, so that's where all my inspiration comes from.

Favorite Element: My favorite element of my place is my bedroom. I love the vibe in there, it's so relaxing after a long day to just lay in bed with the windows open and just read a book or magazine. Plus every time I visit a new place in the world I buy a new map and put it on the wall.

Biggest Challenge: My biggest challenge with my place was definitely trying to get all this furniture up these small ass stairs.

What Friends Say: "How soon are you moving out?" or "can you just move out and leave me everything the way it is?" I'm pretty sure most people are shocked when they walk in because they don't expect me to have style and be so clean!

Biggest Embarrassment: I don't get embarrassed by much of anything so to be perfectly honest I'd have to say nothing.

Proudest DIY: There are a lot of DIYs goin' on around here. I love my bed platform. The surfboard rack made from threaded pipes, couplings and flanges was a fun one...just sitting on the floor at Home Depot screwing arrangements of pipes together! Taking Ikea pot racks and turning them into a magazine rack. The biggest DIY project was the porch railing, I am really happy with the way it turned out.

Biggest Indulgence: Hands down, my outdoor theatre! I could sit out there by myself or with some friends every night. Good thing Los Angeles averages 329 days of perfect weather a year!

Best Advice: Just be yourself! Don't believe in rules or standards. It's your place and you live in it.

Dream Sources: Ehhhhh I don't really think about it... I could spend a bunch of money on something, build it or just take it out of the trash, haha.

Resources of Note:

I would like to give a big shout out and thanks to everyone at Pregra Artificial Grass for the amazing job they did on my patio.


    • All Benjamin Moore


    • couch- Ikea
    • Pillows- CB2 & Dwell Studios
    • Rug- IKEA
    • Coffee Table- CB2
    • Side Table- CB2
    • Lamp- CB2
    • TV Stand/ Desk - Custom made
    • Chair-..? unknown
    • Surfboard rack- Me (Home Depot)
    • Magazine Rack- Ikea (Made from pot and pan racks)
    • Art work- Me
    • Photography- Me
    • Picture frames- Ikea
    • Plants- Home Depot


    • Table- Custom (fairfax flea market)
    • File cabinets- Ikea
    • Art work- Me
    • Photography- Me
    • Film reels- Fairfax Flea market
    • Placemats- Pregra
    • Dishes- Target
    • Plant- Home depot
    • Printer- Epson


    • Shelving unit- Ikea
    • Updated knobs- Home Depot


    • Bed platform- Me
    • Quilt- Shop Scad
    • Bird Pillow- Shop Scad
    • Dresser- ikea w/handles from home depot
    • Nightstand- same as dresser
    • Maps-
    • Gun- Remington 700 30.6 from my Dad
    • Chandelier- CB2
    • Astro Turf- Pregra


    • Artwork- Fairfax Flea Market
    • Film reels- Fairfax Flea Market


    • TV-42" LG
    • Audio- Polk Audio Sound Bar
    • 15" MacBook
    • Apple iPad
    • Apple TV
    • Sony PS3


    • Astro Turf- Pregra
    • Patio railing- Me
    • Fireplace- Home Depot
    • Bean Bags- Fatboy
    • Shelf- ikea
    • Chair- CB2
    • Planter- CB2
    • Plant- Home Depot
    • Red Table- unknown
    • Projector- Epson
    • Audio- JBL audio

Thanks, Kevin!

(Images: Bethany Nauert)

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