For a Silicon Valley family's woodland retreat—sans the rustic implications of a cabin in the woods—architect Cynthia Wang and designer Jamie Bush conjured a completely new take on the country house that brings urban cool to Sierra, Nevada. The minimally-decorated bedrooms feature built-in wooden closets and a desk to keep from eating into the floorspace with hefty furnishings.
Many DIY decorators start with wall color and move on from there, but it is much easier to find paint to match the bedding than vise versa. If you don't have existing bedding for your teenager's room, start there. And never pay full retail! Use our savings tips when shopping stores such as Bed Bath & Beyond, Target or IKEA, or search for new bedding on sites such as Ebay or Overstock. Great deals can be found on quality bedding if you take the time to look.
There's a certain ethereal feel to attics because of the unique architectural lines. If you have an a-frame or sloped ceiling, embrace that dreamy vibe with romantic materials and light colors. The way the light pours into this room is just divine—we'd never want to leave this little cocoon. Decorate with loose linens, a netted pendant light, and a vintage area rug for a pop of color.