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.
A Miami Beach getaway designed by Lee F. Mindel is a lesson in decorating with color. Benjamin Moore’s vibrant Cool Aqua pairs well with headboard, in a Link Textiles fabric, along with pops of crisp white. to finish the look, Mindel settled on custom bedding by E. Braun & Co., Oluce lamps from MSK Illuminations, and Design Within Reach nightstands.
Mirrors perform several important functions in a bedroom. They let you check your appearance before you head out the door in the morning. They also bounce light—daylight or lamplight—around a space, which can make a dark bedroom brighter and livelier. If the mirror above a bed faces a blank wall or something rather drab, hang it at a slight angle, tilted out from the wall and it will reflect the colorful bedding below instead.
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.