When the hubs and I first moved out and got our own place, we thought we had to decorate it “like adults do.” This resulted in a home that looked nice, but didn’t go with our personalities at all. By the time we bought our first home, we knew that had to change. Just because we were adults and now owned a proper home, did not mean that we had to make it look a certain way. Nothing makes a house a home more than looking around and saying, “yep, this is my space.” For that reason, we started incorporating more fun elements that reflected our interests and personal style. Now people walk in and can’t say our house looks anything but us.
I love that Brad-Pitt is chilling in both shots!
Obviously, our home decor has a strong geeky theme. We buy most of our art at conventions, and enjoy figures just as much as any other nerd. What was important to us was to showcase this in a very subtle, modern and classy way. Despite being in our home for 4 years now, we still are working on it every day to make it our perfect little cave, but I’m happy to say that I love the progress we’ve made! I especially am a fan of our living room and bedroom. Wanna see?
One art wall where you can display all your fandoms in a simple, yet strategic way is great for a living room space.
I still can’t get over how amazing our Tara Mcpherson LOST piece is.
Incorporating geek is all about the little touches in a home, like our Harry Potter Pop-Up Coffee Table Book.
I always laugh at this photo op we have up in our bedroom of us with John Barrowman because it looks like we are one, big, happy family (which we could be, of course).
The little touches continue in our bedroom. My nightstand houses a Fiona figure and is graced by the beautiful Rose Tyler, as drawn by Pooka Machine of Ocho Placas Tattoo.
These are some of our new pieces that are going up this week throughout the house. I can’t sing enough praises about Artist Alley’s at conventions. They are my absolute favorite part about attending! The prints above are from Upside Down Grin & IdeaStorm Media
Some other great sites to visit for quality geeky home goods is;
When creating a home that is YOUR own space, you really need to sit down and think about what matters to you. Here are a few ways to do so:
Don’t Fall Into Trends
First and foremost, do not fall into keeping up with the newest trends. They tend to change quickly and if you do this, you will fall into the same trap that I did – just decorating my home like most adults do. The point of decorating your home for yourself is to bring you happiness every day and create a space that feels safe and like yourself, not someone else.
What Are Your Interests
So, in order to skip over trends and really zero in on what you want your home to be filled with, start with your interests, like we did. Have a love for movies? How can you incorporate that into your home? Love the color gold? Add it in! Love words of positivity. Find ways to throw them in here and there. While you do not want to go overboard (or maybe you do), you can add just the right amount of your interests into your decor to make it feel like your home.
Use What You Have
It can be overwhelming to start when it comes to creating a home that truly fits you – on your mind and on you wallet. To help ease the pain when it comes to your wallet, try using what you already have. Don’t like old furniture? Maybe renovate them. What about your paint color? Try painting the walls yourself.
Your Decor Is Not What Matters
At the end of the day, know that your decor is not what matters. What matters is that you have a safe place to live with the people you love. Keep that in mind when house hunting too. Think of the song Bones by Maren Morris: “When the bones are good, the rest don’t matter. Yeah, the paint could peel, the glass could shadder.” When looking for a home, consider the bones, not what is inside. Not sure where to start? Call up local Florida-based realtor, Erin E. King with Jax Historic Realty. Erin can help you find homes for sale in San Marco, Riverside, Avondale, Murray Hill, and other areas around the Jacksonville area. His website was created with you in mind. You want to get a clear picture about life in whatever city you are looking in for your family. That’s exactly what you will find on his website: the highest-quality property images, the most informative guides, and blogs a-plenty. He is there to help your home buying and/or selling process extremely smooth and stress-free. If you are looking for a home with good bones (because that is what matters when it comes to your home), give him a call. At the end of the day, your decor doesn’t matter: it’s what is in your home and how safe your home is.
I agree; home should be where the owner feels most comfortable in without the idea of guests approving or not. Your home photo looks a lot cozy then the apartment.
Lori Todd says
Well said, Meli! I can’t believe you guys have been in the house for four years now!
I can’t either! It feels like we just moved in!
Exactly! Thanks, I’d like to think our home is a pretty cozy place 🙂
Stephanie Medeiros says
Very cute, especially love that wall decor and how it’s set up! I’m moving soon and can’t wait to geekify the entire apartment. 😀
Mallory Colliflower says
Love all the fun, bright, personal touches. Not to mention how party-friendly your house is!
Ariel Bloomfield says
This is cute, this gives me an inspiration for my own place in the future.
Ok, your home is my new inspiration! I’ve also struggled to incorporate my “modern, grown-up” pieces with my fun, geeky pieces. It’s resulted in a lot of failed vinyl toy shelves and cluttered poster walls. You’ve really managed to show personality and make your home look totally cozy 🙂 Also – the Tara Mcpherson print looks great on your wall!
Nothing is more exciting than a blank canvas! Have a blast!
Aw, thanks Mal! We haven’t had a party in over a year at the house – starting to think it’s time to change that!
I’m so glad!
You are too sweet! It’s all about subtlety…which can be a little hard for us geeks! 😉
I absolutely adore the fact that you have the SG hardback Book! As a hopeful, it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside, when I see the merch out and about in my own blogging circles!
Anika Guldstrand says
Your place is clearly going to be an inspiration when assembling a new bedroom soon. 😉
I’m still working on our house. Part of my work is purging…which is REALLY hard I think as a nerd lol!
But I love your personal touches you have throughout the house! Any recommendations on frames? Especially the small square ones for fan art?