October 22, 2017
Surround yourself with items that feed your inner creativity. When natural light is not available, re-wire if necessary to create a bright and welcoming space.

We all have the ability to be creative. It may lie in the imagination, and formulates fresh ideas that lead to a captivating story; some have the power and the dexterity to paint or sculpt; others share the mental agility to design furniture and buildings. Our senses share the responsibility of feeding the creative side of our nature. Inspiration is available in many forms -- by viewing glorious vistas, through listening to our favourite music, feasting on a special meal that has a unique flavor we have never before tasted, stroking the fibers of a luxurious fabric. But how often do we allow ourselves the time or the space to enjoy and expand our creative energy?

Desha Peacock is the author of a new book, Your Creative Work Space. It’s her Sweet Spot Style Guide to Home Office + Studio Décor, published by Skyhorse. Peacock is concerned that “the core desire to creatively express the essence of who we are has nearly been lost.” She acknowledges that for most of us it has been pushed aside, to be picked up when there’s more time. Or, worse still, never nourished. As a Lifestyle Design Coach and founder of Sweet Spot Style, Peacock has numerous creative colleagues and friends around the world. She visits their homes or businesses and focusses on how they have set up their own unique spaces to allow their creative pursuits to grow.

There are tips at the beginning that outline basic necessities, and even breaks down sweet spot spaces for children, how to organize artwork, and setting up a welcoming space to work. (Although work isn’t the best word here, as following creative pursuits generally does not have the same negative connotation as “work”.)

Reviewing the sweet spot spaces offers excellent backup for pulling together your own tiny corner. Peacock reassures us that cost doesn’t factor into the equation. You can design your space almost anywhere. There is Personal Stylist Stasia Savasuk’s office, tucked into one end of an upstairs hallway. Her flair for whimsy is simply portrayed by a colourful swag of discs draped over a large window, a small bulletin board stuck with photos that inspire, a built-in bookshelf, and a small desk that looks homemade.

Anna Margaret is proprietor of Le Souk Le Souk, “a boutique inspired by textiles, travel and female strength – all (her) clothing designers are women.” Anna Margaret’s office, shown here, was originally a cupboard. The wildly cheerful decorating, which includes hand-painted walls by her partner, is organized with baskets and drawers. The plywood desk has plenty of room to spread out. A lush green potted plant indicates the confines of the office. Although small, the work space is full of energy and sits ready to inspire.

Also pictured here is the spot that Johanna Stark calls her own. A graphic designer and illustrator, Stark mostly draws or paints patterns, and is inspired by the diversity of nature. Her worktable stretches along a wall of windows, her tools neatly stacked. Beside her is a metal grid with recent sketches clipped on, easily switched in and out as work progresses. Lighting is always important. Stark lives in Sweden, but heads south for a few months in the dark, dreary winter months. Her workspace moves easily with her.

The sweet spots are as diverse as the creative personalities that have produced them. In the author’s office, an antique chair sits in front of a contemporary desk resting on work horses, that are also shelves. Think seriously about building a sweet spot for your inner creative self. You may be surprised and delighted by what happens next.

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