By the look of how dark the wood has weathered on the outside, it seems whitewashing the wood paneling inside might make rooms look brighter. It looks really nice in this photo, especially with the slanted ceiling.
This is a much more whimsical approach to a bedroom (and doubtful that my friend would go for it), but I think it's a pretty interesting alternative to say, a traditional bedside lamp. Perhaps it's more fitting for a kid's room (the canopy has that tent vibe with the mismatched sheets)...? Of course, the ultimate cozy winter cabin has to be from The Holiday, although I think for my friends, it's a bit too feminine. But perhaps with a little adjusting (i.e., more stripes than florals, perhaps more boxy furniture, and even tweaking the color palette a bit), this could be a nice starting off point:
Got any suggestions or ideas for my snowed-in pals? Share it with us in the comments! (Images: The Holiday set photos from Outnow.ch, Aesthetically Pleasing</a>)