As well as a passion 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 on Sunday June 12 1994 in the garden of her Brentwood home in Los Angeles as her two children were sleeping. Nicole’s former husband NFL hero and celebrity O.J. Simpson was subsequently arrested, tried and acquitted of her murder and that of her friend Ronald Goldman in a relentless blaze of publicity the following year.
I began to read about Nicole shortly after her murder in 1994, she was the focus for the research and publication of my BA thesis in 1999 and I have been reading about her ever since.
She was also the inspiration for the creation of the 'Ghost of Brentwood' and now known as 'Nicole's House'.
In June 1994 and shortly before her brutal murder, Nicole was making plans to leave her home at 875 South Bundy Drive in Brentwood, Los Angeles in order to escape the abuse and obsession that had characterised her long relationship with Simpson and only days before her death, Nicole had seen a beach house in Malibu available for rent and she was excited and positive at the prospect of a move there with their children.
‘Nicole’s House’ is a 12th scale miniature of several narratives:
Firstly, there is 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 as the investigation into the murders of Nicole and Ronald Lyle Goldman was underway.
'We entered through the front door and into the living room. It was eerie. I’d never been inside before.
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…'
The additional rooms are created as a tribute to the style and essence of Nicole who loved the style of interior design that has come to typify the “California Look”.
And as we know that Nicole was planning a move to Malibu; 'Nicole's House' remains a poignant reminder of "what might have been".
The Story of a 12th Scale House Inspired by the Life of Nicole Brown Simpson...
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