Dita Von Teese’s Glam Retro Style at Home

Dita Von Teese-mirrored vanity-InStyle

Dita Von Teese, known as “The Queen of Burlesque,” lives in glam retro style at home in L.A., and the February issue of InStyle magazine has some seriously gorgeous photos of it. The house was built in the 1940s, her favorite era, and was decorated by designer Stacia Dunnam.

The pose of Dita in front of her mirrored vanity looks like something out of an old black and white movie, and I imagine Betty Grable (who she says is her idol) would feel right at home here.

Her bedroom is “an homage to the Golden Age of Hollywood:”

Dita Von Teese-glam bedroom-Instyle

Her library is decorated with Hollywood memorabilia and an art-deco inspired sofa:

Dita Von Teese-library

But what I really flipped over was her pink kitchen with the checkerboard floor. So fun!

Dita Von Teese-pink and yellow kitchen-InStyle

I couldn’t find the photos on InStyle.com, but Nita has the rest of them on her Mod Vintage Life blog if you want to see them!

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  1. says

    Wow, she looks amazing in that first shot… Love the dress. The house looks fun… not sure I could deal with that living room though, it looks pretty dark and cluttered. Lx

    • hookedonhouses says

      I guess that’s an advantage of being a single girl like she is–there’s no one to protest the idea of pink cabinets. Ha.

  2. Jane says

    I’m pretty sure that if I looked and dressed like Dita, that my husband wouldn’t be able to take his eyes off of me to even notice the pink cabinets.

  3. Joann says

    None of the rooms seem to flow together, they’re mixed up.

  4. Amanda says

    I really like the library, looks cozy to me. I’m not much for too much pink though. The bedroom is really glamorous with all the gray, chandeliers and mirrors. The dress she is wearing in the first picture is the same one that Sandra Bullock wore to the Golden Globes this year.

    • hookedonhouses says

      I hadn’t noticed that, but you’re right! It does look like the same dress Sandra Bullock wore. Thanks for pointing that out!

  5. says

    I love her space. I’m surprised that her image isn’t just an image, it’s really an entire lifestyle that she encompasses. Not many people out there can do that.

  6. says

    I’m a huge Dita Von Teese fan — she just fascinates me. (All that glamour!)

    My son’s friend used to work at Macy’s with her, at the make up counters. I have a 2-degree seperation from Dita. Woot! ; )

  7. says

    I have the same pink kitchen knife set!!! It was a gift, and I think I’ve had it long enough now not to feel guilty putting it in my next yard sale….(<—-not a pink kitchen gal!)..

  8. Jenny says

    While I love the effect, all I could think of when I saw the first picture is how awful it would be to clean that vanity. My kids would have a heyday with all those mirrored surfaces.

  9. says

    I don’t normally like pink, but that kitchen speaks to me…it’s just so cheery and playful! This is definitely not your cookie-cutter celebrity house, but that’s what I like about her!

  10. says

    Wow. Love this house! That kitchen is so fun. And I went to the link of other photos, so another wow! for the shoe shelving. Could easily live there. Though all that mirror would be a right b***er to clean.

  11. says

    Oh my Dita is so fabulous. In my alternate life I am her in that first glorious image!!
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  12. Bre says

    Now this is a decidedly glamorous home! I love the 1940’s as well, and I am obsessed with mirrored furniture. Her retro vanity is my ultimate dream! Such a gorgeous space, I’ll definitely have to pick up this month’s InStyle. Thanks for this post Julia!

  13. says

    I.LOVE.IT! Seriously, I would love to live a glamorous lifestyle (and look like Dita). Pink is one of my favorite colors (okay, actually is is my FAVORITE color) and that kitchen speaks to me (not to mention the red Loubo heels she’s wearing-fantastic!). While I do agree with other commentors that the vanity is likely a pain to clean, I imagine she has someone to do that for her. :)
    The library looks like a place I would want to spend the better part of every day. And the shoe rack! The shoe rack!!!!! Good heavens. I think my heart might have skipped a beat at that. I agree with Nita, where are the bathroom shots??? You know her bathroom has to be uber-fab.

  14. says

    I love that bed! Totally wish I had one!

    I’m not sure that the kitchen goes with the rest of the house, but it to die for awesomely retro, which I love to pieces!

  15. Nita says

    Love her style, but the monkey completely turned me off. Ick!

  16. Kim says

    I’m not a big fan of the house, but I love the kitchen. The design (especially the pink cabinets), are very nice and everything flows together quite nicely.

  17. says

    you’ve got to love how dita sticks to her vintage/kitsch theme through every inch of her life! you can only imagine how katy perry’s home would look… a strawberry chandelier anyone haha?

  18. nanne says

    gorgeous pictures!

    that dress in the first pic looks like the one sandra bullock wore to the golden globes


  19. E. George says

    Hi Julia I love vintage style she looks great have to admit the red pumps would bring tears to my eyes ouch… Love the lamp in the library window. Great post thank you for sharing. Regards Esther from a very very very hot Sydney.

  20. Marline says

    My vintage-loving, 1940’s-beating heart skipped several beats when I saw this and I immediately started researching the wallpaper in her bedroom. What is life without this kind of romance? Pretty darned dull. Here’s someone who really knows how to Play House! I love, love, love it! (And her hats!! Not enough time in the day to rhapsodize over those!)
    Many thanks for sharing something that actually had me rushing to the store to buy the issue. She’s a piece of work…and beautiful to boot. Thank god characters like her keep our lives more fun and interesting! Marline, Another Vintage-Wearing Maven

  21. says

    The woman sure knows how to spell glamour. I have to agree with some of the people here regarding the living room: it’s dark and depressing and does not fit in with the rest of the house

  22. says

    Oh gosh, I LOOOOVE Dita! I think she is such a classy lady. In fact, I followed her on fashion blogs for years before I realized what she did for a living, and I was completely shocked! She has the greatest style – she wears fingerwaves and elbow-length gloves to the grocery store, for crying out loud. It doesn’t surprise me at all to see that her house is totally dreamy, too! The rooms might not “flow” together in terms of color or whimsicality, but I think they each evoke the right emotion for each room.

    God, all those clothes. Drooooooooool……

  23. Mary MG says

    I love the 40s look: the fabrics, the colors, the decorative pieces. And she does it all really well. I don’t care that the rooms don’t flow; each one is unique and it would be fun to “play” in each one! The gal’s got style!

  24. Linda says

    Wow! what a home and that kitchen caught my eye, I have never seen a pink kitchen like that one how fun, she was a beautiful actress and my goodness so glamous those were the days of glamour, Ilove in the movies of the Glamour and the restaunts wow what glamour and dancew floors were all so glamours, to have lived in those days would have been a delight.

  25. Lisa Australia says

    I imagined her with mirrored furniture. The first pic is right. Amazing she has made it in the mainstream after her porn movie past.