On the perils of mixed-message spaces: When you’re living in an open plan environment, it’s helpful to underline what each space is for. The bedroom should say, THIS IS THE SLEEPING AREA. The dining room is for eating. The living room is soft and comfy. If you have your desk in your bedroom, you’ll probably do shitty work and sleep badly. If you live in a tiny space, I say, go to a café, make that your work space. Mixed-message spaces are bad for everyone.