Burlesque star Dita Von Teese has opened the doors to her Tudor Revival-home – and there’s more than a couple of surprises in store for fans.
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The style icon shared her home with Architectural Digest, which she describes as a work in progress.
“I don’t like to finish everything,” she told the publication. “I like having projects.” While the star was keen to put her personal stamp on the house, she was also mindful of its extensive history. “I like feeling like I am living in this house in a very similar way to the way somebody did in the ’20s or ’30s,” she said.
“It made a big difference to me when I was buying the house that someone lived here for so long and raised their children here. The owner even got married here.”
Dita has filled the home with an eclectic collection of antique and treasured items, including a vast array of taxidermied animals. “I’m sure people will be disturbed by it, but it’s something from the past and I am just fascinated with the way things used to be done,” she explained. “I don’t condone hunting or hanging trophies, but these are antiques. And when I see something cool, first I fumigate it, then I bring it home.”
The star has transformed the four-bedroom 3,200-square-foot home from a minimalist retreat to a maximalist mansion. All the walls were painted white,” she says of moving in. “And I have a phobia of white walls in houses. I am a maximalist. My first order of business was going through room by room and adding colour and excitement to the room.”
The living room features a reproduction Deco-style blue couch, alongside a Deco Chinese rug which she found on Etsy. There is also a working phonograph that she picked up at a market. “I bought a ton of records too,” she says. “The top actually comes off, and you can even take it outside.”
The heritage kitchen is a masterpiece in green. “I fell in love with that @agaranges stove in that racing green, and just went from there. I brought in all my favourite greens—like a jade, a mint, a British racing green.” A spacious pergola-covered terrace extends from the dining room at the back of the home, perfect for outdoor entertaining.
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