The term "man cave" tends to evoke images of a dark room with paneled walls, an oversize TV, band posters, and icky furnishings leftover from one's fraternity days. But blogger Gwen Hefner tackled this male retreat with surprising elegance, blowing preconceived notions out of the water. She transformed a windowless basement into a chic yet manly space the whole family will be wanting to spend time in. Her man cave is anchored by a black leather sectional couch – but it's nothing like the one you had in college. Rich layers from the wool carpeted floor and carefully selected throw pillows to the contemporary wall moulding and hip lighting. Then, there's the art. Every piece is masculine, eye catching, and perfectly balances the color and theme of the room. Get a peak in the pictures below and then head to The Makerista to find out exactly how Gwen did it and see the dramatic before and after images.