Office at Home

Desha Peacock believes that everybody should have their own area in your home where they can do the work that brings them happiness.
The author of “Produce the Design You Yearn for on a Budget You Can Manage: The Sweet Spot Guide to House Design” (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014) is out with a brand-new book that focuses on creative offices.
” It’s actually essential when you’re doing creative work that you have a lovely location … so that can enhance the work that you’re meant to do,” says Peacock, 42, who uses lifestyle and small-business coaching through her company, Sweet Spot Style. Her brand-new book is “Your Imaginative Work Area, The Sweet Spot Design Guide to Home Office + Studio Decoration” (Skyhorse).
To use inspiration, she profiles innovative women about the work they do and where they do it. The book is organized into chapters that consist of the home office, the studio, working in tiny spaces and working from anywhere.
” It takes sort of a spiritual twist to house design, and how your space can actually influence your life and your creative work,” stated Peacock, who works at home in Brattleboro, Vermont, where she deals with her partner and 10-year-old child.

Edited excerpts from AP’s interview with Peacock:

AP: How do physical surroundings affect our work and creative output?
PEACOCK: It’s about being very conscious about what you’re putting into that space and how you’re designing it so it helps you. … Your space is a direct reflection of what’s going on in your mind. If your space is just complete mess and clutter, it’s going to be hard for you to focus. But if you have literal space, not full of stuff, then that should clear away some space in your mind so that you can concentrate and allow the creative energy to come to you.
AP: Before the ease of working remotely, a home office may have conjured images of traditional office furniture. What should people think about nowadays when they are creating their at-home work space?

Having an office at home was the exception but for many it is the rule. The internet has allowed us to work on documents online rather than having to move them physically. For small businesses, it is economically sensible to work at home if possible. Living space is at a premium and a loft conversion can make all the difference.

PEACOCK: More open and airy office furniture and prettier office furniture. Back in the day, typically, offices were geared toward men. You think about big, dark mahogany desks. It wasn’t very pretty. Now there’s so many women in the workforce and so many women working virtually, we really can design more beautiful office spaces and creative work spaces that are just prettier. Think creatively about your storage. Instead of going to Staples and buying a gray filing cabinet, why not go to the Container Store or go to the thrift store or the flea market and just see what calls you?

Adapted from an article By Lisa A. Flam