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.
The designers installed engineered medium-wide oak flooring (“selected because it can withstand a lot of wear and tear”) and added the decorative herringbone brick to the fireplace, which has its original marble surround. The Astep Model 6025 lights—a 1950 Gino Sarfatti design—are from Matter: “we splurged on all of the built-in lighting” says Kutner (yes, it came with the house).
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Frequently asked questions
Who remodeled the Tudor house featured in the article?
The Tudor house was remodeled by Ome Dezin of Lili St. Cyr's 1927 LA House.
What year was the Tudor house originally built?
The Tudor house was originally built in 1927.
How would you describe the architectural style of the Tudor house?
The Tudor house features a distinct Tudor architectural style, characterized by its steeply pitched roofs, decorative half-timbering, and Tudor arches.
What are some notable features of the Tudor remodel?
Some notable features of the Tudor remodel include a new open floor plan, updated kitchen and bathrooms, restored original details such as the fireplace and staircase, and upgraded electrical and plumbing systems.
Who is the designer behind the Tudor remodel project?
The designer behind the Tudor remodel project is Ome Dezin of Lili St. Cyr's 1927 LA House.
What is the inspiration behind the Tudor remodel design?
The inspiration behind the Tudor remodel design is a mix of modern and traditional elements, blending contemporary aesthetics with the original charm of the Tudor architecture.
Are there any before and after pictures of the Tudor remodel available?
Yes, before and after pictures of the Tudor remodel are available in the article.
What is the website where I can read the full article about the Tudor remodel?
You can read the full article about the Tudor remodel at www.remodelista.com/posts/tudor-remodel-by-ome-dezin-of-lili-st-cyrs-1927-la-house/