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 of Nicole Brown Simpson.
She was also the inspiration for the creation of the ‘Ghost of Brentwood’ and now known as ‘Nicole’s House’
Beginning with the news of the murders in June 1994 and from the first book I bought in the Autumn of 1994 to the sensational murder trial with the lurid tabloid tales and the campaign to raise much needed awareness against domestic abuse as well as being the subject of a controversial thesis – my interest in Nicole’s life has been an enduring constant.
My contention is that for all of the many thousands of words written about Nicole with the tales of glamour, celebrity, wealth and beauty have only served to make Nicole a remote and insignificant figure – a wrong I am determined to remedy!
For even though I’ve been making ‘Small Worlds’ for many years now and the passion for design remains just as intoxicating; the creation and story of the 12th scale house celebrates the life of a talented and much-loved young woman who relished nothing more than being with her family in the home that she had made for them.
With completion scheduled for June 2019, I am now busy with the ambitious design of another and much larger ‘Nicole’s House’ as I plan to recreate Nicole’s last home at 875 South Bundy Drive as faithfully as possible.
And with plans for the ‘Brentwood Ghost Gift Shop’ nearing completion, there will be an opportunity to buy and enjoy a ‘little something’ including letters, photographs and other ephemera from ‘Nicole’s House’ for yourself or a loved one.
“I just want to say that it the happiest day of my life, it really was. And everybody said it would be and it was.”
With an arm firmly around the waist of her adoring husband and as she gazes up at his handsome face; Nicole talks about the ‘happiest day of my life’ to the videographer on the eve of her wedding day and perhaps if history had taken her and her spouse along a different path; February 2 2018 could have been the 33rd year of her union to one Orenthal James Simpson.
Alas, their union as man and wife lasted a mere seven years and all that remains to us of that fateful day in 1985 are the poignant images of the happy couple and that unanswered question – how could it have all gone so terribly wrong?
Having made so many mistakes in the past with rushed constructions, unsatisfactory room plans and abysmal lighting conditions – I’ve learnt to keep my hands off a dry-build and to simply leave it be until I can imagine myself moving from room to room knowing that every window, fireplace, door and piece of furniture is in the right place…
There are literally hundreds of books that have been written about the life of Nicole and of her life with Simpson and the tales of glamour, celebrity, wealth and beauty have frequently made her appear remote, abstract and insignificant.
Yet it is the very tragedy of her early death that makes her life a compelling human story of hope, love, obsession and betrayal and that is why I choose to remember her…
STAR – through friends of Nicole and industry insiders – has obtained a sneak peek at this extraordinary footage.
“I wish someone could explain all this to me. I see our marriage as a huge mistake! & you don’t…
I knew what went on before we got married…
OK before the marriage I lived with it & dealt with it. Mainly because you finally said that we weren’t married at the time.
It tells the story of the first day of their marriage – a tragic union that ended in divorce seven years later, and that ultimately led to the most sensational murder case in American history.
“I assumed that your recurring nasty attitude + mean streak was to cover up your cheating & a general disrespect for women & a lack of manners!
I wanted to be a wonderful wife!
Nicole, then 25, looks incredibly young and virginal. She’s dressed in a white bathrobe and slippers with a bunny rabbit motif as she prepares for what she describes with a broad grin as: “The happiest day of my life.”
As she awaits the arrival of O.J., a nervous Nicole announces: “It’s funny because I’m so excited. I feel really weird.”
Nicole was very excited the day she moved into her house on 875 South Bundy Drive in January 1994.
“Faye and I were helping her unpack, and we were all laughing – we were giving her a hard time because she had saved all these old tee shirts.
We were throwing out old stuff and helping her organise.
“She was so happy that she was able to buy the place herself, that she hadn’t had to ask for help from anyone.
I hugged her and said, ‘I’m so proud of you!'”
O.J. was there a lot, from the start. I fact, Nicole got a special four-poster bed, just because he liked them.
Sheila Weller Raging Heart (1995)