Sherlock may not be willing to offer up many details about himself, but the brownstone on CBS’s Elementary reveals a great deal about the detective.
The eyes are the window to the soul. However, Sherlock does not believe in souls, nor do his eyes give much away except maybe that he is poorly lacking sleep and that he is constantly annoyed at humans not living up to their potential. That is something to go on, but there is one more place we can reference to get a better idea of the man behind scowl– his apartment.
Sherlock Holmes is not a man of material excess, he is not going to be the first in line for an Apple Watch. He is also not going to throw an old VCR away. The recesses of his closets are filled to the brim with catalogued parts, spare machines, anything that could possibly be used to solve a crime from any decade, or century for that matter. Much like his mind, even the most seemingly useless tidbit can prove to be the most helpful down the road.
Let’s take a look at how his home reflects the man who inhabits it.
Locking up spare time
Whether he is cataloguing them by manufacturing date, size, combination, or pickability, Sherlock’s lock wall speaks to his need to dismiss idle time. Even when working on a case, Sherlock visits the wall, hopeful that his dexterity will open up his mind to some new clue or angle. An idle mind is a dangerous one and this area provides Sherlock with a way to fill that nervous void should he find himself in a bind.
Rest is for the weak
Sherlock prefers to only sleep when absolutely necessary. Unless he is unable to physically stand, Sherlock will keep moving, occupying himself with research, casework files, or physical exercise. This renders need for a bed obsolete. And in Sherlock’s bedroom proper, you will not find one. In its place sits an old leather couch that serves as a bed when he is not asleep at a table or on the floor. The only utility that Sherlock may deem a bed worthy of is for his er, extracurricular research. But there is a spare bedroom for those nights.