updated 07/17/2013 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 07/21/2013 AT 6:15 AM ET
Having a one-of-a-kind style isn’t for everybody.
“People always say, ‘Oh, she lives in another era,’ ” says burlesque dancer and fashion designer Dita Von Teese of the Hollywood home she’s filled with antiques and vintage collectibles.
“But it’s not true. I just love to be surrounded by things of glamour and beauty.”
In fact for 25 years Von Teese (a self-proclaimed “aesthetic control freak”) has painstakingly curated an array of curios: classic pinup art, rare burlesque memorabilia and … stuffed birds?
“I collect antique or ethical taxidermy – meaning the animals died naturally. I think they’re beautiful.”
To properly house her extensive collection, Von Teese, 40, gave her five-bedroom pad a “complete makeover,” converting two bedrooms into closets and wallpapering nearly the entire home.
“I can’t stand modern, white interiors,” she says. “IKEA is my worst nightmare! ”