Snow is on the ground, the Holidays are coming, and Fireplace Season is officially upon us. Whether you’re prepping for family gatherings or a visit from Santa Claus, you want your fireplace to look its best. So let’s take a couple minutes to discuss what goes into a fireplace (yes, besides wood).
As I was walking to my office the other day, I saw that one of the houses I routinely pass had turned around its plastic jackolantern lights to be Thanksgiving pumpkins. And while it’s certainly clever in a pinch, I think we can all do a little better when it comes to our holiday decor.
That is to say, we can use real pumpkins.
I get really into the capitalism side of Halloween every year, solely through the volume of both candy and pumpkins I purchase. I have a problem, and I acknowledge it. However, whereas the candy doesn’t tend to last the month, I always have too many pumpkins by the time I start writing holiday cards in mid-November.
So if you’re like me and find yourself with too many pumpkins and too little time to put effort into Thanksgiving decorating, I’m about to solve at least two of your problems. Here’s a few small ways to make your house say “Happy Thanksgiving” instead of simply “I shouldn’t be trusted around pumpkin farms.”
I grew up with two brothers, so as one might expect, there was lot of sibling in-fighting. We’re all three very different people with different ways of viewing and operating in the world. But the one thing that could always unite us (besides like McDonalds) was how much we loved movies. There were few conflicts that couldn’t be resolved by gathering around the 15-inch tv in our basement and watching the same handful of VHS tapes over and over. Even now, though we’re spread across the Midwest and have developed very different tastes, we’ll still group text after seeing the latest blockbuster.
That said, this week I want to talk about how to make the most of your basement with a snazzy home cinema. It’s a room you’ll get year-long enjoyment out of, both as a place to hang out in the long winter months and a cool retreat from the summer heat. This may sound like an excessive luxury room, but it’s a good multipurpose space for a family room, and tends to be a great return on investment.
Not to mention that a media room like this offers an extensive range for your design creativity. There are endless stylistic options, from classic movie theater or art deco cinema, to rustic or even futuristic (think Star Wars – how cool would it be to have the Millenium Falcon in your basement?). You can match the style of your house as it is, or design a portal to another time and place. Most people just use their basements for storage, but you could build something amazing.
So where do we begin?
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