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A Basement Family Room

See how hosts Matt Fox and Shari Hiller create a welcoming retreat out of a basement living room.

This newly constructed basement family room has three major focal points — the massive stone fireplace, a big-screen TV and a beautiful outdoor view.

The couches have been with the homeowner since his bachelor days so he and his wife won't be sad to see them replaced with something new.

New furniture, accessories and a couple of shop projects help to turn this room into a masculine paradise that the whole family can actually enjoy. A large sectional with decorative pillows and throws maximizes each focal point, while two small armless chairs encourage conversations when the TV is off.

The sectional offers more seating than before and is surrounded by useful tables that hold additional lighting, drinks and snacks.

For more ideas, see how Fox and Hiller decorated the small bathroom and guest bedroom in the Vanderslice's home.

Makeover Information

beaded pillows, brown pillows, brown throw, vases, tray with balls, iron chairs, chair pads, twig lamps, round glass-topped tables, wine glasses (Pier 1 Imports)
velvet draperies (Bed Bath & Beyond) (used along with blue panels to make custom two-toned drapes)
blue and gold diamond throw, blue panels (JC Penney)
moss blue chenille throw (Kirkland's)
two small lamps and shades (Target)
leather book, leather photo album, twig candle (T.J. Maxx)
framed art (French Crossing, Regarding Seasons) (Bombay Company)
copper pot (World Market)
two side chairs (Sofa Express)

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