Tudor Revival: An Artful Update of a 1920s Movie Star Retreat

The New York Post dubbed Lili St. Cyr “the Kim Kardashian of her day.” A burlesque performer known for her bubble bath strip tease, St. Cyr got her big break in 1951 when she was charged with indecent exposure while making a splash at Ciro’s in LA. During her heyday, St. Cyr lived in a Tudor “cottage” built into a hillside at the foot of Bronson Canyon.

It’s easy to see why St. Cyr fell for the 1927 hideaway—and why, more than half a century later, Joelle Kutner and Jesse Rudolph of Ome Dezin saw the house’s next-act potential. The two LA designer-developers launched their firm at the start of the pandemic, and, in addition to working for clients, specialize in purchasing and restoring historic properties for resale. Ome Dezin—a name they got from Kutner’s husband’s French-accented pronunciation of “Home Design”—aren’t your average house flippers: they treat their rescues as showcases for what they can do and say they don’t cut corners.

This one came in a well-preserved if worn-out, wall-to-wall carpeted state. With neighbors stopping in to tell tales of St. Cyr—”walking up and down the street in her silk robes,” says Kutner; “charging to borrow a wrench,” adds Rudolph—the late pinup star became a presence as they envisioned next steps. Join us for a look.

Photography by Austin Leis, courtesy of Ome Dezin (@omedezin), unless noted.

set behind a high wall with a courtyard in front, the house is “tud 14
Above: Set behind a high wall with a courtyard in front, the house is “Tudor with a Hollywood vibe,” say the designers,  “we let that dictate where we took it.” The property was recently on the market and quickly sold: “we’re usually happy to move on, but it was hard to let go of this one,” Rudolph tells us. Photograph by Christopher Lee Foto.

the living room—formerly painted and carpeted in shades of yellow— 15
Above: The living room—formerly painted and carpeted in shades of yellow—came with its cathedral ceiling and has lath and plaster walls throughout. Kutner and Rudolph matched the front French doors with a second set in the back to create easy access to both yards. Ome Dezin worked with stagers Pride of Place on the furnishings.