Mr. Magpie finally has a place of his own: a basement where he can retreat to watch hours of football, drink beer, and host his buddies.  This has been one of the slow.est. rooms to come together, as Mr. Magpie has selflessly agreed to outfit the more frequently used areas of the home.  Still, we’ve been mapping out the ManCave, and have snagged a few key pieces.  Below, the plan: first, a huge and cozy sleeper sofa ($1,299 — we opted for the textured twill fabric in oatmeal); antlers ($69 for trio); plaid pillows ($69 each) and a chief pillow ($78); a classic Hudson Bay 4 Point Blanket ($370); and a textured plaid rug ($705).

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Lots of plaid, and I love it.  After the most extensive search for a TV stand EVER (ever.), we found this oversized style at West Elm ($1,199).  Mr. Magpie had splurged and bought an enormous (64″) TV for his man cave.  He is pretty much going to go blind.  It’s…the biggest thing you’ve ever see.  At any rate, because of the size of the TV, we had a hard time finding a suitable media console, either because the styles weren’t long enough (I really wanted this one, for example, but it wouldn’t have fit the TV) or they couldn’t support the weight of the TV or they would have been just big enough, but we figured it’d look stupidly proportioned.  So, thank you West Elm, for accommodating those of us with husbands who want the biggest, baddest TV around.


For the walls, I am contemplating the following: buffalo print ($50+ depending on size); staredown antler print ($20+ depending on size + framing);

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We are also currently on the hunt for a deer head to mount on the wall.  Ebay and Etsy have some promising options.


Other accents I love: this oversized leather terrier accent (Jonathan Adler, $795); monogrammed valet trays ($58+); mohawk match strike ($42); a cowhide rug ($429); and a vintage-looking luggage rack ($149).

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Also love this telescope floor lamp ($119):

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Lastly, one interesting motif I’d like to weave in: the butterfly.  I think it can work in this context.  I’ve never really liked matchy-matchy looks (i.e., “all Western” or “all British equestrian” or “all country club” or all “campside”) but think that if you pair colors and tones wisely, you can achieve an awesome layered effect.  I’m trying to evaluate whether this last motif would make things a little too eclectic.  But I like it.  It begins with this cloche diorama ($329); butterfly prints ($199 each); and one of these framed butterfly pieces from acclaimed Etsy storefront BugUnderGlass ($75):

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