I came across this image recently and thought how peaceful it looked. A small space to enjoy a cup of coffee, get a blog post up, and perhaps write a letter to a friend. Although it looks serene, you can see this is the hub of the house. Above the small desk there is a calendar, cubbies for paperwork, etc.
It's amazing how keeping a space free of clutter (and organized) allows it to be functional, yet stylish and inviting.