Weirdly Accurate Portal 2 Test Chamber Diorama… made of LEGOs!

Portal 2 Lego Diorama Model

We are HUGE Portal fans. They are two of the more frequently re-played and referenced games in our household. Also, it’s no secret that we have an almost out of control LEGO obsession. It sort of seems like this Portal 2 LEGO test chamber model was made for us… Click here for more detailed pics, from Flickr user eldeeem’s photostream.Continue Reading…

The easiest, cheapest built-in bookcase (move over IKEA!).

When we needed ways to display/store A LOT of stuff in our new home, we assessed our previous storage pieces – two medium IKEA Expedit shelving units and 2 IKEA Kilby bookcases. They were mismatched and pretty beat-up, but between them they could hold hundreds of Transformers, Star Trek figures, LEGO minifigures, graphic novels, books, and random other bits of geekery.

Despite our old shelves being functional enough, we wanted something more streamlined. After painting our new living room walls a light grey, we began work on a “built-in” bookcase. We’ve never done anything like this before, but it was surprisingly easy, cheap, and quick. The entire thing was assembled, attached to the wall, and painted (white to match the crown moulding, with a couple of yellow accent areas) within a few hours. Continue Reading…

Can nerdy obsessions meet good design?

Can a large collection of action figures, dozens of LEGO sets, a handmade Tardis, stacks and stacks of comic books, a full size Bat’leth, and a giant wall mounted Andúril replica (just to name a few things) somehow NOT make your house look like a messy, cluttered toy store? That’s the dilemma we faced while moving out of our old apartment and into our first house together. As much as we love to proudly wave our nerd flag, we also wanted to finally start incorporating our love and admiration for good design and vintage home decor into our real lives. This meant ditching the sagging IKEA shelves (which didn’t even match) and pretty much every other piece of furniture from our apartment, and starting over from scratch. Our budget was/is tight, so ever since that decision was made our days have been spent scouring flea markets, Craigslist, and thrift stores to find, build, and renovate our way into our ideal first place. Yep, our nerd home (hey! That’s the name of this blog!).

In the posts that follow, we will be showcasing tips on how to blend your geek culture favorites into your home decor. We hope that you like our blog (just like our home, it’s our first!), and will stick with us on this adventure. Allons-y!