Stories from Nicole's House...

Friday, 2 February 2018

An Imperfect Marriage? Perfect!

Nicole wanted every detail of her wedding to be perfect, and Linda Schulman, as usual, was her partner in planning.

"We made the party favors - with Nicole, there always had to be party favors - and put them in little baskets," Linda says. "She had to have real lace tablecloths - Ricky had them made for her - and there was going to be chocolate everywhere! Flowers everywhere! All over the tables."

On February 2, 1985, Nicole was a beautiful bride in a quadruple-tiered white embroidered lace dress with a straight skirt and mesh see-through portions around the breast and on the long sleeves. Her new short hair was adorned with a seed-pearl ornament. Around her neck she wore a "tennis" necklace of diamonds, O.J.'s wedding gift to his bride.

Lou walked his daughter around the side of the house to the strains of "Lohengrin." When asked about how he felt at that moment, he says evenly, "I've always been happy when my kids are happy - and I commiserate with them when they're unhappy, but I remind them that it was their own doing that got them into this unhappiness."

When Judi Brown interrupts her husband's distant and generalized answer to say, "Lou, you were pretty proud, I think, when you walked Nicole down the aisle," Lou says, "Proud?" His face and manner have been disciplined into calm acceptance, but his words betray a different emotion. "It is hard for me to separate my feelings about then about her marrying him from what I feel about him now."

Guests flooded the tented backyard right after the ceremony and danced all night to a band's rendition of Motown hits. When it came time for toasts and speeches, Judi made a speech about how important respect is in a marriage. She said that O.J. and Nicole respected each other...

Then the bride's surprise present to the groom - a thirty-five-foot-tall heart emblazoned with the words NICOLE LOVES O.J., with fireworks shooting off around it - was wheeled out and the six-tiered wedding cake was cut.

Afterward, as dark turned to dawn, Nicole and O.J. collapsed in their wedding clothes on the couch in the kitchen. They looked like two kittens sleeping in each other's arms, one observer thought...

Raging Heart 'The Intimate Story of the Tragic Marriage of O.J. and Nicole Brown Simpson' by Sheila Weller (New York: Pocket Books 1995)

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Look What YOU Did to ME!

"Look what the bastard's done to me!" wept Nicole Simpson as her sister Denise snapped dramatic photos of the battered blonde - which offer horrifying proof of her vicious beating at the hands of O.J.

Those photos were seized by police from Nicole's safe deposit box and are now in the hands of prosecutors. It's up to Judge Lance Ito to decide if they can be introduced at O.J.'s trial.

The pictures are the first graphic evidence showing how badly the 6-foot-1 football great abused 5-foot-5 Nicole.

"The most shocking photo shows the left side of her face badly bruised and swollen," Denise told a family friend.

"Her face looked like raw meat!
She was black and blue from the earlobe down to her upper jaw. Her left upper jaw and upper cheek were swollen.

She had a black eye. Both the upper and lower eyelids were blackened and bruised. Her eye was swollen, but not all the way shut. The left side of her neck was also scratched.

O.J. hit her with such force that she had blurry vision for a few days afterwards.  If you looked at her left eye, you could see that a blood vessel had burst, making it very red.

It looks like she was beaten with a baseball bat, but Nicole told me O.J. used only his fists.."

The beating captured in Denise's photos took place at O.J.'s house on New Year's Day, 1989. Police responded to the scene after receiving a 911 call.

"A few days after the beating Nicole asked me to come to her house, " Denise told the family friend. "When she answered the door, I gasped with amazement. She looked like someone had beaten the hell out of her.

Simpson eventually pleaded no contest to wife-beating charges stemming from the incident, and was ordered to serve community service.

Still fearful, Nicole stashed the photos taken by Denise in a safe deposit box. Denise didn't know what had become of them - until she heard that police, armed with a search warrant, had recently opened Nicole's box at a Brentwood, Calif., bank and found the photos inside.

"I figured they were the ones I took," Denise told a family friend.

"And when I spoke to the police about them, I was more certain. I described them in detail and police told me they believe the photos are mine."

The National Enquirer
January 3 1995

Saturday, 9 December 2017

At Home With Nicole...

Is Nicole’s House a ‘Real’ Model?
Yes, it is a ‘real’ model! And created in 12th scale.

Can I Visit Nicole’s House?
As Nicole’s House has been on private and public display in the past; there are occasions when it can ‘seen’ in person and a subscription to the Brentwood Ghost Newsletter will keep you informed about our studio open-days and forthcoming exhibitions.

What is the Story Behind the Creation and Design of Nicole’s House?
Nicole’s House began life in kit form purchased from an independent dolls’ house supplier with the original design having been ‘tweaked’.

However the house has been created primarily with the use of MDF, plaster, strip wood, paints, mountboard, papier-mâché, air-drying clay, natural foliage and of course with plenty of glue and lots of imagination!

The model remains the exclusive work of Tee Bylo.

Can I Follow the Stories from Nicole’s House?
As well as sharing the stories on the website, you can also follow the news from Nicole’s House on Instagram, Flickr, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Tumblr and Google+

And you can now join Tee as she continues the story from Nicole’s House on her blog At Home With Nicole...

Why the Creation of Nicole’s House?
Beginning with the news of the murders in June 1994 and from the first book she 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; Tee’s interest in the life of Nicole Brown Simpson has been an enduring constant.

Tee’s 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 Tee is determined to remedy.
“The woman loved life. She loved to entertain, and she went all out when you visited, whether it was for coffee, lunch, to play tennis, to have drinks to eat dinner. You always felt special walking into her world…”
Tanya Brown 
Finding Peace Amid the Chaos (US: LangMarc Publishing 2013)

And even though Tee has been making ‘Small Worlds’ for many years now and the passion for design remains just as intoxicating; the creation and story of Nicole’s 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.​

How Can I Learn More About the Work of Tee Bylo?
You can discover more about the artist’s work with a visit to her official website Tee Bylo or by signing up to follow her blog Creating Life in 12th Scale… and you can also support Tee’s work and enjoy exclusive access to the creation of Nicole’s House on the crowdfunding site Patreon.

Tee can also be found on the usual social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Flickr and Twitter.

And Your Plans for Nicole’s House?
With ‘pumpkin carving’ planned for Halloween, a turkey to ‘roast’ for Thanksgiving and gingerbread cookies to decorate for Christmas; there is plenty to keep the artist busy in the kitchen of Nicole’s House for some time to come!

However, beginning later this year and with completion scheduled for June 2018, Tee is now busy with the ambitious design of another and much larger Nicole’s House and plans to recreate Nicole’s last home at 875 South Bundy Drive as faithfully as possible; the story of which will be published on the blog At Home With Nicole... with further exclusive updates available on Tee’s Patreon Page.

There will also be an opportunity to buy Tee’s tribute to Nicole Brown Simpson as a gift for yourself or a loved one with the release of a beautiful coffee table book which tells the story of Nicole’s House and is due for publication in 2018.

Can I Share the Information and the Images from Nicole’s House on My Website or Blog?
Of course! However, all we ask is that you will remember to fully and accurately credit the artist and her work. Thank you!

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Home IS Where the Heart IS! The Story and Creation of Nicole's House...

For as well as enduring interest in the life and legacy of Nicole Brown Simpson, a passion for the Regency world of the Poet Lord Byron and the occasional bar of chocolate, I am also an artist and storyteller who creates 'Life' in 12th scale.

AND as one of the most popular ‘Small Worlds’ is still Nicole’s House, I thought I’d share a ‘little’ more about this unique 12th scale house.

"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'.

For 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 O.J. Simpson.

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:

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.

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".

Finally, as we know that Nicole was planning a move to a beach house in Malibu, 'Nicole's House' is a poignant reminder of "what might have been".

To learn more about the life of Nicole through the creation of this unique house, follow the link: Nicole's House. The Story. The Creation...