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'Subtle Nerdy' Home Decor

In our house you won't hear "Alexa...play country radio..." for two reasons. (1) We are not that into country music and (2) our "Alexa" is named "Computer" just like the interactive onboard computer on the Starship Enterprise. That's how I like my home decor too - it's a style I've nicknamed "subtle nerdy".  #subtlenerdy

Apparently 'subtle nerdy' doesn't have quite the following that 'farmhouse chic' does...yet! So, that means I have to get creative and DIY many of my nerdy touches. And, while you may not be super onboard with the 'subtle nerdy' trend sweeping the home decor world this hole-in-the-wall-internet-spot, I bet you have your own ideas just waiting to be manifested on a blank wall! So, let's jump in, starting in our master bedroom!

The showpiece of this room is that gorgeous four poster bed and amazingly detailed hand-made quilt. Confession number one: I did not DIY the bed (it was an extremely generous wedding gift from my mother-in-law, thanks Pam!). Confession number two: I did not DIY the quilt - but my incredibly talented mom did! On a whim I asked my mom if she would consider making Chris and I a (giant) quilt for our (giant) bed. She agreed, but when I showed her the pattern I was considering, I think she had second thoughts. Haha.

But, here is my first subtle-nerdy-tip: customize your bedding! The quilt pattern I choose was a mix between a snail trail (sort of looks like a wave) and a star pattern (which, I guess, obviously, looks like a star). It was the perfect combination of Chris's love of the ocean and my love of the stars! Now, you may not be the sewing type (hi, that's me), but you may know someone who, with a little begging, may agree to make you the quilt of your dreams. Or check out some local quilt shows or hit up some Etsy sellers. If a pieced quilt is just not happening due to lack of skills or lack of money, try just a simple duvet cover using custom fabric. There are so many online fabric retailers now with specialized prints! Grab a few yards of your favorite design and find someone to sew you a huge pillow case for your comforter - such a fun custom option, budget friendly, and totally 'subtle nerdy' approved!



I waited until the quilt was on the bed to decide on some wall decor. I wanted to pull colors from the quilt into a custom art print above our bed. My inspiration came from a well-known nerdy website Astronomy Picture of the Day. Often the picture of the day includes brilliant purple and pink clouds with an ephemeral, universal appeal. A quick google search later I snagged one of these beauties and went to work editing it in powerpoint (yes, powerpoint, no fancy pants photoshop for this resourceful nerd). Ok, I did use a free online editor to invert the colors first...just google "free photo inverter" and use whichever link you like the best (I honestly can't remember which one I used, sorry!). Then, I imported my inverted colors picture into powerpoint and went to town. I just played around with different artistic effects until I achieved my desired final product.


After I was pleased with the design I sent it off to be printed, for super dang cheap at Staples. It is less than $12 for the largest color engineering print! Then I used a piece of pre-cut plyboard from Home Depot and some cheap prefinished, white boards for the "frame". This large piece of custom art was easy to make, fits perfectly into my 'subtle nerdy' decor and was less than $30 to make! That's a win, win, win (or win^3 if you're a nerd).

Here are a couple other projects for #subtlenerdy master bedroom decor that I am swooning over lately:

Death Star Planters, 8-bit Zelda Hearts Headboard, Atomic Light

I can't wait to share some of my other #subtlenerdy decor with you soon!

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