To describe my desk space as 'desk space' is a bad idea. This is only because the two words plunge me into a sort of grumpiness: they are dry and unappealing, utterly unsuitable as a name for any place of daydreaming and creative writing (among other things). The 'sk' on the end of 'desk' sounds like 'tsk, tsk', an unintentional reprimand that makes me feel as if I shouldn't be there despite knowing that I have to be there, ending in a horrible, internal confusion that should never have existed in the first place. To avoid this chaotic train of thought and complete derailment of sanity, I simply change the name. Instead of 'my desk space', I say 'my haunt', or 'my corner' or 'my element'. That way, if I refer to my desk space as any of these things, I don't just feel like I should be there; I feel as if I am part of it.
And I make it beautiful; then I am in a beautiful place with a beautiful name, and this is near-perfection.