As well as a passion for creating ‘Life in 12th Scale’, the Regency world of the poet Lord Byron and chocolate – I also have an enduring interest in the life and legacy of Nicole Brown Simpson.
I just don’t see how our stories compare -I was so bad because I wore sweats & left shoes around & didn’t keep a perfect house or comb my hair the way you like it – or had dinner ready at the precise moment you walked through the door or that I just plain got on your nerves sometimes.
I just don’t see how that compares to infidelity, wife beating, verbal abuse… I just don’t think everybody goes through this.
I called the cops to save my life whether you believe it or not..
These are the harrowing words written by Nicole shortly before her brutal murder in the courtyard of her Brentwood home in Los Angeles on the evening of Sunday June 12 1994.
Nicole’s former husband, the NFL hero and celebrity O.J. Simpson was subsequently arrested, tried and acquitted of her murder and that of her friend Ronald Lyle Goldman in a relentless blaze of publicity the following year.
I began to read about Nicole in the autumn of 1994 and have been reading about her ever since.
She was also the inspiration for the creation of the Ghost of Brentwood.
In June 1994, Nicole was making plans to leave her Brentwood home to escape the abuse and obsession which had dominated her relationship with Simpson and only days before her death, she had seen a beach house in Malibu for rent and was excited with the promise of a new beginning.
‘Nicole’s House’ is a 12th scale miniature of several narratives:
A recreation of some of the principle rooms at 875 South Bundy Drive as they were discovered in the early hours of Monday June 13 1994 and as the investigation into the murders of Nicole and Ron were underway.
Like Rockingham, the interior of Nicole’s condo at Bundy was white with some muted pastels for accent. It had the tranquil, static quality of a photograph from ‘House Beautiful’.
In the center of the sunken living room sat a large square table. On it stood several candles, which had been burning on the night of the murders. The spent wax had dried in a pool around them.
But everything in that room seemed like wax. Cold. Solid. Lifeless.
The additional rooms are created as a tribute to the style and essence of Nicole who loved the style of interior design known as the ‘California Look’.
Everything about the place reminded me of Nicole – cream carpets and overstuffed cream furniture, big fluffy pillows, candles and bunches of fresh flowers she must have arranged in the vases a few days before, family photos everywhere…
Finally, as we know that Nicole was planning a move to a house by the beach – the creation of ‘Nicole’s House’ is a poignant tribute to celebrate the life of a talented and much-loved young woman who relished nothing more than being with her family in the home she had made for them.
And with completion scheduled for June 2019, I’m busy with the ambitious design of another and much larger ‘Nicole’s House’ and plan to recreate Nicole’s last home at 875 South Bundy Drive as faithfully as possible and as I am sharing this story on the blog – sign up to follow the news!