Portfolio: Kerry Joyce

  • Classic Joyce: The library of a Spanish-style home in Beverly Hills, Calif., completed in 2009
  • Kerry Joyce
  • The glamorous master bath of a home finished in 2007 in Los Angeles’s Bel-Air neighborhood
  • The master bedroom created in 2011 for a Southern California show house.
  • The sitting room created in 2011 for a Southern California show house
  • A Joyce-designed bathroom in a Hawaiian-style beach house in Malibu, Calif.
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    The swimming pool of the Malibu, Calif. home. Kathlene Persoff
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    Exterior of a Bel-Air home Kathlene Persoff
  • Exterior of a Bel-Air home
  • The facade styled by Joyce to evoke a historic air
  • The modern facade Joyce built for a home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Westwood; the warm interiors of the sitting room from the Beverly Hills, Calif., home
  • The master bedroom of a Los Angeles home completed in 1996, of which Joyce says, “This is the only pic of the home I can’t stand. The Aubusson rug was superhot then, but now it’s just out. It’s the only thing that hasn’t stood up style-wise.”
  • The exterior of a 21,000-square-foot Los Angeles house, completed in 2010, that Joyce divided into three stories plus a subterranean level with a speakeasy-style bar and bowling alley
  • The traditional kitchen with modern stainless-steel accents
  • modern loft staged by the designer for a real estate developer in 2012 in Los Angeles’s Hancock Park neighborhood
  • Carl Auböck–designed bronze bookends with rattan wrapping
  • Italy’s Villa d’Este
  • Jean-Michel Frank lamp
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    La Sagrada Família John Greim/Light Rocket/Getty Images
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    John Singer Sargent’s Madame X Carlde Souza/Afp/Getty Images
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    Chez Panisse serving bowl from Heath Ceramics Jeffery Cross
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    Cafe Stella Tyler Rumph
  • Kerry Joyce Chair
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Boston-born Kerry Joyce may have dramatic inclinations—he acted in more than 60 plays by the time he was 16 years old—but it is the Los Angeles–based interior designer’s timeless style that truly captivates his clients. "I’m not into trends. I don’t like ugly things," says Joyce, who works out of a modern, loft-like space in the city’s Silver Lake neighborhood. "So much of what’s in vogue now is borderline vulgar. You can’t just throw a bunch of things together and call it done. If it goes together or matches, people sometimes think it’s old-fashioned, but I have a hard time dealing with things that aren’t tasteful."

Indeed, good taste is a hallmark of Joyce’s work, and this is true whether his creations date back 10 months or 10 years. Today most of his projects are in Southern California, but he is quick to point out that no two are ever alike. "I’m currently doing a grand home in Beverly Hills, a modern stone house from 1939 in Malibu up on a bluff, as well as projects in Aspen and Southampton," he says. "There’s always something fresh and exciting."

Joyce recently spoke with Robb Report Home & Style about how he has commanded the attention of his audience with more than two decades of ageless design.

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