March 22 2006
My dominance is my bliss, and my art.
Those who have journeyed with me on my explorations of female dominance from the very beginning have joined me in two playspaces.
My first space was small and makeshift, while many wonderful scenes took place there, I quickly outgrew it as my fetish wardrobe, toys, and equipment all grew exponentially.
My current space is larger, very attractive, and of course much better equipped, holding about forty-thousand dollars in toys and fetish
Unfortunately, despite all it's wonderful qualities, I've outgrown the space.
Wonderful pieces of equipment will not all fit and so many items are relegated to storage. Toys are overflowing from every nook and cranny, as is my fetish attire from the available closet space.
I am at a point where it makes good sense to move into a new space, and at a place in my life that I can afford financially, emotionally, and mentally to create nothing but the very best space for the practice of my art.
A tremendous thank you to everyone in my life who has helped make this possible for me.
At this time, I am happy to say that construction of my new playspace and dungeon, Studio Milliscent is currently underway.
It is fully my intention, that this will be the finest space in the world, created exclusively for the exploration of female dominance.
No consideration will be overlooked in the creation of this space, from the most important to the tiniest detail.
Construction of the new space should be complete in a few months time. For now I am looking forward to continuing explorations of female dominance in my current space. I've had indescribable joys here, and I will miss this space when it's time is done. Moving day will be a sad day indeed.
On the other hand I am extremely excited about the new space, it will be truly amazing, and I think quite unique in the world of bdsm. The very best of everything, in all ways.
This page will keep you updated on progress throughout the process of creation, please check back here frequently, and if I'm lucky enough to see you in the next few months feel free to ask me about the new Studio.
March 28 2006
Mountains, towering high towards the sky, great granite crags so close it seems like you can reach out and touch them.
Massive trees; cedar, hemlock, maple and alder. The fuel of our historical northwest extraction industries, now sources of serenity,
contemplation, and home to wildlife of all kinds.
The wild and scenic river, blue or green depending upon the season, spectacular rapids and deadly falls, flowing straight towards you until colliding with solid granite wall and turning away. Granite so perfect that much of it was cut out of the earth to become the imposing steps leading up to our state's capitol.
All this natural splendor within an easy drive from our Puget Sound population centers. This is the location of Studio Milliscent.
Visitors to the Studio will enter an insulated world away from the concerns and pressures of daily life.
March 30 2006
For a variety of self evident reasons, quality exploration of female domination requires privacy and discretion.
Can you imagine arriving for a scene in a dense and bad area with the neighbors hanging around and watching everything? Or an apartment with paper thin walls, or even a cold and damp industrial building?
I can't. I value my privacy and the privacy of those who come to see me too much for such a location to ever work for me. Unfortunately, these are just the kinds of locations that many choose. Privacy and discretion are nothing but an afterthought in such a place, if they are considered at all.
Conversely and in my opinion, privacy and discretion should be a primary concern in any play space.
Studio Milliscent is private. It is as private as one can get in our heavily populated Puget Sound region.
The studio's neighbors are sparse, the trees are huge, the acreage offers a beautiful natural barrier, and the heavily insulated walls of this timber frame building are all 2X8 instead of the much more common 2X4 found in modern stick construction. Combined with the best thermal pane windows money can buy, the building is virtually soundproof.
My scenes are private. No nosey neighbors, no curious onlookers, just me and my slave. That's how it's always been, that's how it will always be.
When it opens rest assured that Studio Milliscent will offer the ultimate in privacy, discretion, and safety. Qualities of the utmost importance to me, and to those who I see.
April 1 2006
As an example of the attention paid to detail in Studio Milliscent, I'd like to write a bit about the Studio's bathtub.
A quick trip to the local home improvement store will show that there are many bathtub varieties about. Size, shape, color, the possibilities seem endless.
There are however a couple of problems with twenty-first century bathtubs. Ever sit in one to relax and soak the cares away? The water is warm and the bubbles are great, but it seems that in all modern tubs the backrests are wickedly uncomfortable.
One has to wonder why 100 year old bathtubs fit the body perfectly while modern ones do not. With all our technology one would think that we could get the angles right.
As long as I'm complaining, another trouble with modern bathtubs is that they feel cheap. Cheap plastic or cheap fiberglass, these are the options. Nothing strong and substantial, no materials that will absorb the heat and help to keep the water toasty for a good long time.
In the search for the perfect Studio Milliscent bathtub I even looked at a 5000 dollar tub (8,500 dollars with the faucets) it was admittedly beautiful, but it was still made of cheap feeling fiberglass.
I did however manage to find the perfect tub. My "Valentines Bathtub." According to the steel label bolted to it's bottom the tub was made on Valentine's Day in 1921.
It fits the body perfectly, and what a find. All original, never restored, gleaming white porcelain, with high gloss black claw feet all around. My plumber tells me that it is the best condition antique tub he has ever seen.
Can't say it feels cheap either, since the cast iron is so heavy that it required four men to move it about the space.
An amazing find from Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood, it looks as good as it did when it left the factory and is ready to provide relaxation to its occupants for the next 85 years.
My "Valentines Bathtub," just an example of the attention to detail, attention that will help make Studio Milliscent the finest dungeon in the world.
April 2 2006
Behind the studio I've acquired 2.5 acres of forest land, an old homesite. Only the concrete footings remain to show what was there.
With the help of strong backs, my little forest is being protected from those who would trespass by a heavy barbed wire fence. Wire that my farmer friends assure me, is the most difficult available to climb through.
Perpetual twilight provided by towering trees, privacy provided by a stout fence. The perfect place to play on a hot summers day?
April 3 2006
Choosing the proper size for a playspace can be a difficult decision.
It should be large enough to be able to accommodate a wide variety of scenes with comfort and safety, but not so large that it is difficult to heat everywhere, or keep impeccably clean at all times.
I think that a playspace should also give a feeling of closeness and intimacy as opposed to feeling huge and cavernous.
I believe that I've chosen the perfect size at about 1000 square feet. I could have gone either smaller or larger as I have about 2000 square feet available here.
Everything will fit well at 1000 square feet without the space losing it's intimate feeling or becoming difficult to manage, but if in the future the space seems like it should have been larger it is designed for easy expansion.
Perhaps having that option available is what helps make this a perfect place.
April 9 2006
Details, details, details, and nothing feeling cheap. I guess it's time to mention my French doors.
Sliding glass doors are great but, the aluminum ones let the cold in, and the vinyl ones, while insulating very well, feel awfully flimsy.
Nothing looks better than a traditional wood framed window but I've seen wood framed French doors that just don't work well. They seem to warp a bit over time which keeps them from closing well, and that lets the cold air in.
What to do? After some searching, I think that I have found the perfect solution with a product from Milguard. It's a French door, better
thought out, and better built.
The outside of the door is made out of fiberglass which should insulate well, and prevent warping. The inside of the door is beautiful wood.
Thermal panes and a unique locking system complete a very substantial entryway.
Another cool thing are the screens that I added to the door. Instead of sliding out of the way, and remaining always visible like on a sliding glass door, these screens are hidden on rollers within the door jambs. When not in use, the screens are completely protected, and completely invisible.
These doors are just another small detail that will help make Studio
Milliscent a most remarkable space.
April 16 2006
Sheetrock is a wonderful invention, it is easy and inexpensive to work with. Unfortunately, it can also be boring, and stifle creativity in the design process.
Like all modern constructions, Studio Milliscent does incorporate sheetrock, but I'm keeping its use to a minimum, and not allowing its blank board faces to hold back great design.
Real wood, on the other hand, is very costly and tough to work with, but it lends warmth, charm, elegance, and intimacy to a space. Therefore I'm using a great deal of it in the construction of the studio.
The studio currently contains over 3500 board feet of beautiful tongue and groove knotty pine. From the high ceilings, to the moldings, this pine will make the studio a uniquely beautiful place to play.
April 23 2006
Extreme cleanliness is fundamental to the safe and pleasant exploration of female domination. Ensuring a high level of cleanliness is an essential, time consuming, and constantly ongoing responsibility.
When converting an existing space to bdsm use, little can be done to make the cleaning responsibility less tedious or the process more effective.
Studio Milliscent however is not a conversion of an existing space, rather it is the construction of an entirely new space. Therefore every detail of the space can be carefully planned to ensure that it can be easily and very effectively cleaned.
An example is the shower I chose to have installed in the studio.
The shower is very large, but it contains no seams. No seams, no cracks, no crevices, just one massive piece of free flowing fiberglass.
This assures a completely smooth surface with absolutely no area that cannot be easily and highly effectively cleaned.
Such a shower seems like a common sense thing to install, but in fact most people could not have such an item, for it cannot be retrofitted into an existing space, as it will not fit through even the largest doorway.
Even here, once trucked to the site it had to be hoisted with ropes 18 feet up the side of the building to be moved through an 8 foot square hole in the beams. Once in the building it had to be installed before walls were built around the bathroom.
Such things can obviously only be done in spaces that are custom built from scratch, spaces like Studio Milliscent.
While a shower is a small thing that most people probably don't think very much about, I think that it is a great example of the attention to detail being shown in the construction of Studio Milliscent, and the great care being taken to ensure that every aspect of the space can be easily cleaned with a high level of effectiveness.
May 7 2006
Our climate in the Puget Sound region is generally cool and wet, so always being able to keep a playspace toast warm is an important consideration, and one that has not been ignored in the construction of Studio Milliscent.
To enter the studio one goes through two doors, with a small entry room between them. This will prevent a rush of cold air from chilling the space whenever an outside door is opened.
The entire space is enveloped in an absolute minimum of R-22 fiberglass insulation. Thicker insulation has been included where appropriate.
All the windows in the space have thermal panes of the highest quality.
The carpet will also add warmth, and will be underlain with a very thick pad for comfort and heat retention.
These features combined with a very effective, and highly efficient, heating system will ensure that the space is always comfortable, whatever the weather.
An added benefit to all the care taken in insulating the space is noise reduction. While neighbors are few and far between, so noise isn't a problem anyway, the buildings tightness will ensure that even the loudest noises don't travel.
May 8 2006
As the owners and stewards of our land, we should always consider the impact of our activities on the natural environment, and when possible & practical, take steps to mitigate any negative effects.
I'd like to convey some information about the environmental initiatives I'm taking with Studio Milliscent, and the larger complex of land and buildings in which it resides.
Trees are fundamental to our ecosystem. They help clean the air we breathe, control stormwater runoff, provide a refuge for wildlife and
give us tremendous natural beauty to behold.
The studio sits on about three and a half acres. About three of which are heavily wooded. These trees will not be harvested or otherwise
tampered with. This little forest will remain in perpetuity to mitigate any environmental impact caused by the siting of buildings elsewhere on the property.
The buildings, including the studio, sit on about a half acre of lightly wooded land. While it is impossible to keep this land in a totally
natural state, any impacts can be positively dealt with. For example, three dangerous trees have been removed from the site, but to mitigate that loss, five trees of a more appropriate species have been planted for each tree removed.
In a completely natural and forested environment there is very little stormwater runoff because moisture is captured by the trees and the deep topsoil beneath them which acts much like a sponge.
When development occurs, stormwater runoff causes significant problems because most, if not all major trees are removed from the site and the topsoil is scraped away to build stable construction footings.
Researchers in Canada have shown that we can virtually end all stormwater runoff problems by rebuilding the deep topsoil that used to be on our building sites.
To accomplish this at the studio I am having a huge amount of organic compost delivered to the site to be mixed with the existing soil around the buildings. This project started last summer, and will take years to finish, but should virtually eliminate stormwater runoff problems coming from this site as the thick topsoil begins absorbing ever larger amounts of water.
The river channel is less than ten feet from my studio. Therefore, I believe it is incumbent upon me to see that the river and the life it
contains is protected. To that end any and all herbicide and pesticide use on the site will be restricted to only that which is absolutely
essential and in the minimum amounts possible. Natural controls will always be used before herbicides or pesticides.
Traditional hot water tanks are tremendous wasters of energy, and keeping water hot twenty-four hours a day makes no sense either environmentally or financially. Therefore I've equipped the studio with an instant hot water system similar to that commonly used in Europe but which remains quite rare here.
The system keeps no water hot, and has no tank, but is instantly activated when a faucet is opened. This delivers unlimited hot water in a matter of seconds.
Although it comes with a very high purchase price when compared to a hot water tank, the system is extremely effective, and should pay for itself in energy savings.
The studio utilizes a very traditional American wastewater treatment system. Elsewhere on the property I have installed, and am using a non traditional, highly environmentally friendly wastewater system developed in northern Europe.
This system conserves huge amounts of water, and is a much more effective form of treatment for wastewater. I am testing it at the moment and if it performs as expected, it will eventually end up serving the studio as well. While it is both costly to install and operate, the significant benefits to the environment outweigh the expense.
Untold millions of board feet of otherwise good lumber are wasted each year when old buildings are torn down. Reclaimed lumber is difficult to work with because it has to be resawn and old fasteners have to be removed. Using it does however save precious
resources. Therefore, where practical, I am using reclaimed lumber in the construction of Studio Milliscent.
About fifty percent of the structural lumber in the studios' non load bearing walls is reclaimed, along with a smaller percentage of the
decorative wood uses. The labor costs involved are much higher using this lumber, but it is satisfying to know that much of the studio is being built with recycled wood.
This is not a complete list of the environmental initiatives being undertaken in the construction of the Studio, but I hope that it gives an
example of the environmentally friendly construction methods I'm using, and some ideas which others can consider as their resources allow.
May 14 2006
I write this while sitting on the deck of Studio Milliscent.
Sometimes, especially after an intense scene it's important to sit down, decompress, and just talk for a few moments. Perhaps share a glass of fine red wine. When such moments are possible I find them to be great for myself, and for those I play with.
What better place could there be to share such a moment than the deck of my new studio?
I'm sitting here, high off the ground, the sun shining brightly above, the river running below.
Today the river is an emerald green, the birds are singing, the tulips & rhododendrons are blooming, and the squirrels are flittering about.
Yesterday from this spot, I watched a bald eagle soaring high above, today I saw a huge avalanche on the mountain peak just to the south.
While decks are perhaps very rare inclusions for the average playspace, this studio is anything but average, and I think it will prove to be a wonderful addition for me, and for those who come to see me.
May 27 2006
The bathroom in Studio Milliscent was finished yesterday. I must say that this is an impressive room.
I sit here, surrounded by bubbles, soaking in my new bathtub. A bathtub new to me, and looking as if it was installed straight off the factory floor, but it's style is so old that folks just like me have been soaking their cares away in it through many defining moments in our culture. The roaring 20's, Prohibition, the Great Depression, WWII, Korea and Vietnam, Ronald Reagan's Morning in America.
With the bathroom door open I can see outside, out across the river to the alder and maple trees beyond. No one can see me of course, only the birds fluttering outside my windows. Such privacy is almost decadence today.
Turning my attention inward the cathedral ceiling rises high above me, the warm tone of the wood lending a unique beauty to the room.
The bathroom fan comes with a story all it's own. I took pains to order a very high quality fan so that it would run close to silent. When the builder first hooked it up, he thought that he had made an error because he couldn't hear it going. Only after climbing up on the roof to feel the exhaust air did he believe that all was well. It's quieter now with just me here so I can hear the fan, but it's nice to know that unnecessary noises will never distract those who come to see me as I whisper in their ear.
The light fixtures are beautiful and were selected to compliment the natural beauty that is ever present just outside the studio door.
The room hosts a variety of metals, bronze, chrome, gold, copper, and brass. Each in a perfect spot and working beautifully together. No ubiquitous white and chrome, looking as if everything was grabbed off the shelf at the local Home Depot.
Like my tub, the sink is also vintage. Not nearly as old as the tub, but just as wonderful. Initially I had planned on a very large sink with
generous counterspace. The sheer beauty of this sink and it's fixtures changed my thinking.
I talked about my great shower in a previous entry, so no need to touch on that again except to point out the wonderful shower head. It's a bell shaped rainfall head, simple and elegant. It's wonderful feature is how high it is from the floor. -Way and heck and gone up there.- Higher than I've ever seen one placed. It makes for a bad shower when the head isn't high enough, I notice that often hotels put them too low. While for me this isn't a very frequent experience, I can see where it could be quite annoying for taller folks. I'm glad that I can say that no matter how tall you are, if you come to see me and use my shower, I can promise that it will be plenty tall and will
feel great to you.
That leaves me with the fixture that never gets any respect, the toilet. It's smaller than normal, it's shorter than normal, it's specifically designed for a woman and perfect for me. An improvement on the standard size for me, if those who come to see me need to use it, I guess they shall just have to suffer with it's diminutive size.
Antique oak and maple cabinets round out the room, putting the final touches to it's beauty.
As I close, I guess that I have to mention, one of the best things about this room is it's size. This is a big beautiful room. It is said that
size is a luxury, if that is true then this bathroom is luxurious indeed.
June 11 2006
Great progress is now being made as Studio Milliscent nears completion. This week the carpet was installed, the roof was insulated, the ceiling was finished and the space was painted.
This coming week will see the finishing touches to the space; including trim, window treatments, deck improvements and doors. I hope to have the space open very soon, and am looking forward to seeing all my friends, old and new, as we explore all the new possibilities the space has to offer.
June 18 2006
Studio Milliscent was completed two days ago, and I have had a wonderful time playing my first scenes within it. Reaction to the new space seems extremely positive, and I am hopeful that all my friends, new and old get to see it very soon.
Send me an email so that we can schedule a time together.
While this is not an appropriate forum in which to name them, I would like to take some time to thank the wonderful people who helped build the studio for me.
First I would like to thank all my friends who were with me when the property was first purchased and who helped me with their time, talents and other resources. It has taken a long time, but is well worth all the effort put into the creation of the space.
I would like to thank my good friend Kevin who for a very long time toiled alone in the space, without much support. Kevin saw the possibilities from the start, and opened my eyes to those possibilities so that I could begin imagining what a wonderful space could be created here.
I would also like to thank Mark and Tom, two gentlemen who have finished the space for me these past few months. They have taken my ideas, my personal needs, and my cries for beauty and quality to heart and made them their own.
My friends and builders have created, from nothing, a truly amazing space which has exceeded all expectations.
Many people saw this location before construction began. Those who did will be amazed by what my friends and builders have accomplished. I know that I myself was amazed every time I visited the site to see what had been done.
With that, a public thank you to Kevin, and all my other friends who toiled here these past few years, you opened my eyes to the possibilities.
A public thank you to Mark. You have done truly remarkable work with the building. My sincere thanks and gratitude go out to you.
A public thank you to Tom, you have done so much for so long now to assure that this becomes a wonderful home for me. I can't thank you enough.
My old space contained so many good memories, it was hard to pack and leave it behind. Come join me as we build wonderful new memories in Studio Milliscent.