I got that super basement.

We have recently made a few changes to the basement, and all of a sudden it shifted from a space that we only visit when guests come over to a favorite movie watching spot. Thanks to a few extra odd jobs and some Christmas money, we were able to purchase a new TV and an electric fireplace media stand. With a little bit of furniture rearranging, the room feels like a brand new place. This is what it looked like before...  photo IMG_5543_zps8d4837ce.jpg  photo IMG_5544_zps115df002.jpg And now...  photo basement1_zpsfd56521c.jpg  photo basement4_zps69a797b7.jpg We also installed curtains over by the stairs.  photo basement3_zps2532568e.jpg

Isn't that electric fireplace so welcoming? It may not be a real flame, but it still produces the cozy effect. After MUCH belabored searching for the perfect fireplace (we searched just about everywhere), we landed on this one from Walmart, of all places. It was the best price, had the most features, right color, and right size. Unfortunately, we bought it less than a month ago and they are already sold out with no sign of coming back in stock. When I found it, they were sold out online and sold out at the four closest stores, so I quickly ordered it at a store across town and drove to get it. After months of searching for a good quality electric fireplace in our price point, I wasn't about to let this one go.

It has lived up to its good reviews! It really warms our otherwise chilly basement, was easy to set up, and looks great. It has a timer, remote control, four fire settings, and a temperature controlled heater which can be turned on or off. When we installed it, one of the side doors was broken, but I called the company and they shipped me a new door for free no questions asked!

We got the TV at Best Buy on Thanksgiving Day when they opened at 6pm, and it was a great deal.

I still haven't done much decorating. The walls are bare, and I have yet to decide on a true color scheme. Also, we want to replace that pretty white coffee table (It is for sale. Any takers?) with something a little bit more rustic/industrial. Maybe something like this?  photo coffeetable_zpsa9dcf6b0.jpg I also want floor to ceiling board and batten all along the back wall. I plan to keep everything white, however. The ceilings are low, and I don't want it to feel any smaller.

I am so inspired by rooms like this and this.  photo basementinspiration_zps2851eb95.jpg  photo basementinspiration2_zpsf7466448.jpg

Ah, someday.

For now, come on over and watch a movie on a chilly winter night. We would love to have you.