Dita Von Teese’s Glam Retro Style at Home

by hookedonhouses on February 2, 2011

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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Laura February 2, 2011 at 8:14 am

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

Ricki Jill Treleaven February 2, 2011 at 8:15 am

I love the kitchen. My girls would love it, too. And my husband would let us have it as long as delicious food ended-up on the table ;D

Kathleen Ellis February 2, 2011 at 8:32 am

Love it!!! I could sooo live in that house! Thanks for sharing, Julia!
Have a beautiful day!
;-D Kathleen

Luciane at Homebunch.com February 2, 2011 at 8:39 am

Oh, my!!! The red shoes and that bed! Tres chic, Julia! :-)

This is so lovely! So different. I’ve enjoyed seeing this. Thank you!


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Loribeth February 2, 2011 at 8:44 am

LOVE it!!! I’m pretty certain Jim would NOT go for pink kitchen cabinets though!

hookedonhouses February 2, 2011 at 8:50 am

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.

Amanda @ Serenity Now February 2, 2011 at 8:47 am

LOVE her red pumps. I don’t care for the dark library, but her kitchen is so much fun. :)

Christy February 2, 2011 at 8:55 am

Love the kitchen!

Jane February 2, 2011 at 9:00 am

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.

Joann February 2, 2011 at 9:43 am

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

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints February 2, 2011 at 9:44 am

wow she really fits right into that style. have to say it’s not my favorite.

Amanda February 2, 2011 at 9:47 am

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 February 2, 2011 at 9:52 am

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

Tamara February 2, 2011 at 9:47 am

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.

karen @ our slo house February 2, 2011 at 10:00 am

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! ; )

Jenny Hillman February 2, 2011 at 10:13 am

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!)..

Jenny February 2, 2011 at 10:33 am

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.

Cheri@IHeartOldHouses February 2, 2011 at 10:41 am

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!

Alex February 2, 2011 at 10:56 am

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.

Tanya from dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.com February 2, 2011 at 11:40 am

I always wondered what her house looked like! Wow, she really is committed to vintage glam. I love her kitchen (and her dress). Are those cabinets really pink?

hookedonhouses February 2, 2011 at 11:49 am

They look pretty pink to me! :-)

Karena February 2, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Oh my Dita is so fabulous. In my alternate life I am her in that first glorious image!!
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Bre February 2, 2011 at 1:34 pm

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!

Mom in High Heels February 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm

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.

Melanie {The Tiny Tudor} February 2, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Forget getting ready to paint my kitchen cupboards white- I want to paint them pink!

Alycia February 2, 2011 at 2:33 pm

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!

Nita February 2, 2011 at 2:55 pm

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

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Kim February 2, 2011 at 3:01 pm

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.

Maaike Quinn @ Life with FlyLady February 2, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Beautiful! I love both the kitchen and the library :)

Kate February 2, 2011 at 6:26 pm

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?

nanne February 2, 2011 at 7:03 pm

gorgeous pictures!

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


Natalie@inthenightsky February 2, 2011 at 7:12 pm

The mirrored vanity is just gorgeous. If only I had something nice like that to preen in front of in the mornings!

E. George February 3, 2011 at 2:03 am

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.

Marline February 3, 2011 at 10:01 am

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

Kate (Little Beach Bum) February 6, 2011 at 3:58 am

TOTALLY agree with you on the hats thing! She must have her own milliner…I don’t even know where you get hats like that anymore.

LA King February 3, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Not sure about the home but she and the gown are stunning!

A.Men February 4, 2011 at 7:39 am

Love it all! Wish there were more photos!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy February 4, 2011 at 11:55 am

Gorgeous isn’t it? I can not get enough of her beautiful glamorous old world decor đŸ˜€

Daisy February 4, 2011 at 7:19 pm

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

Handy Man, Crafty Woman February 6, 2011 at 12:14 am

Wow, great space! I think she is so beautiful.

Kate (Little Beach Bum) February 6, 2011 at 3:57 am

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……

Mary MG February 7, 2011 at 10:55 pm

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!

A.Men July 29, 2011 at 10:00 am

Love everything — home, clothes, accessories!

Gina Mancini August 3, 2011 at 1:48 pm

In style

Linda September 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm

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.

Lisa Australia January 26, 2013 at 6:31 am

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

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