This is the view from the Homestead, the poet Emily Dickinson's home, recreated as part of an exhibit about her gardens at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. It's a lovely exhibit, interspersing her poetry, much of which was inspired by nature, with flowers and plants.
People, characters, are pretty much the reason we read any story. Your MC doesn't have to be perfect, they don't even have to be all that nice, but there is one single important thing they must do to gain the readers' admiration.
This is simply a well used desk. Although not very minimal, it nonetheless depicts how environment lends itself to producing your best work. This owner is surrounded by all the creature comforts and you can tell he/she is really immersed in the task at hand.