Here is picture of the pellet stove we installed two years ago. This is our third winter with it, and we still love it. The mantle is made of alder. The tile is porcelain that looks like tumbled stone.
The stove is in the corner of our basement and pretty much heats the entire house, other than the initial warm-up by the heat pump in the mornings.
We have not done much with this space, other than the stove. Eventually, this is going to be a comfortable space for reading and conversation, with built in bookshelves.
Click on the title link for the construction sequence photos