For those that are new here, my boyfriend is a gamer. He buys collector's editions of video games which come with limited edition items like statues, art books, and other miscellaneous collectible things. You can see two of the statues below – a Killzone one on top of my DIY faux malachite boxes and one from The Last of Us on the far right.
Sometimes I feel like his stuff isn't represented as much around our house as my stuff is so I wanted to style the shelves with a mix of our things.
I don't love all of the statues he has but I know he doesn't love all of my knick knacks either haha
I'm not going to lie, styling these shelves took a lot longer than I thought they would. I had a hard time mixing his things in with mine because they're so different but overall I feel like the styling represents both of us and I love how the shelves turned out :)
Let's take a look around! Fair warning: there's a lot of photos below this sentence so grab yourself a drink, sit back and relax, and enjoy the eye candy :)
I hung a few pieces of art on the wall behind the shelves to give them some added interest:
I filled my DIY pyramid stud vase with a bunch of army men because... well, why not?
I think it's interesting to see what kind of books people have on their shelves. For those of you who feel the same, here's our little collection:
I wanted each shelf to have a combination of our things on it:
I love this little wooden carved "speak no evil" monkey I got from HomeGoods a few months ago. The creepy Splatterhouse mask from one of my boyfriend's games? Not so much haha
Some of you may remember the gold octopus I had on the shelves when I showed you the progress we made on our office last month. Here he is again in his final destination :)
Mixing my boyfriend's things in with mine meant I didn't have to spend a dime to style these shelves! Yes friends, I had that. much. stuff. I still have more that wasn't used too!
See that mask in the top left corner below the feather?
It's one of my boyfriend's collectible items I actually like!
Speaking of collections...
We have a joint collection of Johnny Cupcakes pins that we keep adding to the glass zipper bag my boyfriend got me:
It sits on top of a stack of random books:
Confession: I don't love how I styled the very top of the shelves but they're OK for now. I'd love to get some long artwork that would span a long length of the shelves but I don't want to take anything away from our gallery wall:
Fun fact: my Giuliano De Medici bust weighs 25 pounds! Yes I weighed him haha It's also been sporting this masquerade mask and mustache for 2 years. I took it off once and he looked weird so it stays!
The Walking Dead zombie head freaked a few of you out the last time you saw it. It freaks me out too but it's actually pretty cool! The screwdriver comes out of the guy's eye (gross, I know) and unlocks the head so you can tip it backwards to get the blu-ray that's stored inside. It's weird but really creative haha
The wine box below came from the catering company my boyfriend used to work for before he moved to Arizona. I don't drink but does anyone know if it's a good wine? The name seems pretty fancy!
I wasn't sure what to put in the lowest shelf behind the chair since the chair would block it.
I went with a basket that holds a blanket in case the temperature ever drops below blowtorch level and I want to cover up while reading in the chair. Yeah right, I don't read haha
You've come a long way little shelves!
Here's the I-just-set-the-shelves-up-and-haphazardly-put-some-things-on-them before:
And here's the geek chic after :)
What do you think of the shelves? Are they what you expected? Have you ever had to blend two styles together?