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Transforming your home office into a creative 'sweet spot'

This undated photo provided by Skyhorse Publishing shows the cover of the book "Your Creative Work Space" by Desha Peacock. 

Desha Peacock believes that everyone should have their own space at home where they can do the work that brings them joy.

The author of "Create the Style You Crave on a Budget You Can Afford: The Sweet Spot Guide to Home Decor" is out with a new book that focuses on creative workspaces.

"It's really important when you're doing creative work that you have a beautiful place ... so that can enhance the work that you're meant to do," says Peacock, 42, who works at home in Brattleboro, Vt., where she lives with her husband and 10-year-old daughter.

She offers lifestyle and small-business coaching through her company, Sweet Spot Style. Her new book is "Your Creative Work Space, The Sweet Spot Style Guide to Home Office + Studio Decor."

To offer inspiration, she profiles creative women about the work they do and where they do it. The book is organized into chapters that include the home office, the studio, working in tiny spaces and working from anywhere.

Edited excerpts from AP's interview with Peacock:

AP: Is this for any kind of work — even a field that isn't traditionally seen as creative, like, say, accounting?

PEACOCK: This book is really geared toward the creative, but I think the principles apply. If you really dig down deep, I think that creative is a very broad term. You could make an argument that accounting could be creative. It's really kind of what you're interested in and what your passion is, and paying attention to that.

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AP: What is a "sweet spot" and what is a "sweet spot space"?

PEACOCK: It's what lights you up. My sweet spot is doing creative work that I love and getting paid very well for it. The sweet spot space is creating a space that allows you to be fully who you are.

AP: What are the most important ingredients of a home office or studio?

PEACOCK: The main thing for everybody, regardless of what you're doing, is light. Sunlight is really important. If you can't have natural lighting, then use good lights that aren't fluorescent, and lights that can actually enhance your mood, and mirrors because mirrors reflect light.

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