The answer is yes, you would. Or at least that’s our answer. To clarify – would you decorate your home to look like the Enterprise? (or the TARDIS? Batcave? Aperture Science?)
As much as we love geek decor, we do try to keep it kinda somewhat subtle. Says the couple with the 8-bit Fireplace and Legend of Zelda headboard. Emphasis is on TRY to keep it subtle. The main contradiction to that is the time that we had a Flash Gordon/Star Trek Voyager “Captain Proton”-inspired spaceship film set in our old apartment guest bedroom for a few weeks. Ahh, the old guest bedroom spaceship.
Every once in awhile, a homeowner pops up in the news for fully transforming their home (or at least a large part of their home) into a replica of a sci-fi movie/TV set. I’m sure a lot of you saw the news last month about an awesomely geeky Canadian social worker who spent $30k to transform her basement into sections of the original Enterprise – including portions of the bridge, transporter room, and even Spock’s quarters. Here’s a peek:
Before that, a British Trekkie turned his entire small apartment into an homage to Voyager. If you saw the film Trekkies 2, you know what I’m talking about:
Here in the US, a Colorado builder (he notes that he is a hobbyist, not a Trekkie) spent 4 years turning his home into a sci-fi fantasy of epic proportions. There are a ton more photos on his Flickr page:
What do you think about this level of geek decor? Personally, we love seeing people throw “standard decor” to the wind and follow their passions, if it fits in with their lifestyle. Would we do it in our own home? No. We love our thrifted midcentury furniture collection too much, plus we occasionally host business meetings at our home. But if we had extra space in a basement or garage, I could definitely see us doing something like this on a smaller/cheaper scale as a home theatre or gaming space (I refuse to say the word “mancave”).
Speaking of geeky home theaters, the photo at the very top of this post is from a Star Trek themed home theater, which includes motion activated doors, a red alert system, and that Star Trek themed bar. YES. I would also include dabo and dom-jot tables.
What about you? Is there a BSG room in your future? Maybe a Hobbit-themed home? Bioshock’s Rapture? Hmm… actually Rapture would be beautiful if you clean up all of the splicers… ideas forming…