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Hi friends! It’s Rachel! I wanted to introduce my friend Lauren who will be sharing a great blog post with you today below. She will be sharing tips on using your dining space. I hope you enjoy it and don’t forget I will be writing a post on her blog as well! So after this head over to her blog at the end of this article to read mine!

For many of us, our dining space is functioning as much more than just a place to eat. Our dining space is a place to congregate, work, and learn. Now instead of the kitchen being the heart of the home, the dining room has become the center of how we use our homes today.

For an office space

For an office space design. Who would have thought that we would be working so much in our homes? The home has truly become the HQ of all things family. For our first way design, your dining room for staying home let’s explore the home office. To create an appealing yet functional office space, make sure you keep a minimalist look. How do you accomplish that?

  1. Use a roller storage tray or bar cart for extra storage to keep your books or paper goods
  2. Place a small lamp for extra lighting (less than 19” tall)
  3. Use a wireless mouse so the wires don’t get in the way while using your new workspace



For us with little children we are found in a spot that most of us didn’t see coming, we have become teachers. Well, many of us don’t have the extra playroom or bedroom to make a homeschool room. No worries! You don’t need that! You can easily transform your dining room into a homeschool room changing your credenza into a homeschool zone.

Make sure your kids have all they need in this zone, pencils, the calendar, paper the works! Also, add some fun art and inspirational sayings! This won’t kill your pocket and will be an easy way to motivate your kids to get that dreaded homework done.

Plan a Fancy Breakfast

Plan a fancy breakfast with friends (10 people or less). Celebrate the time you have together!

Getting out and about isn’t feasible right now so let’s bring the fun times in, even if it’s just with family. Pretend you are going out for a nice brunch at one of your favorite places on vacation!

Coffee And Dessert Date


Being inside with your significant other can be interesting after long periods of time 😉 Why not change up your routine a little and have a date night? No, you don’t have to go out. Just grab your favorite ice cream and coffee maker, BOOM, café date! I don’t know, maybe I am the only one that loves coffee and ice cream! Go for extreme sweetness with a slice of cake! 

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Get Crafty

Looking to take up a new craft during this time? How about sewing? Sewing has become a new mission of relief and safety during this time. It is a great way to help your community. Utilize your space by making masks for the greater good. 

Here is the CDC’s recommendations on cloth mask :

What you’ll need? 

  • Two 10”x6” rectangles of cotton fabric
  • Two 6” pieces of elastic (or rubber bands, string, cloth strips, or hair ties)
  • Needle and thread (or bobby pin)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

How to : 

  1. Cut out two 10-by-6-inch rectangles of cotton fabric. Use tightly woven cotton, such as quilting fabric or cotton sheets. T-shirt fabric will work in a pinch. Stack the two rectangles; you will sew the mask as if it was a single piece of fabric.
  2. Fold over the long sides ¼ inch and hem. Then fold the double layer of fabric over ½ inch along the short sides and stitch down.
  3. Run a 6-inch length of 1/8-inch wide elastic through the wider hem on each side of the mask. These will be the ear loops. Use a large needle or a bobby pin to thread it through. Tie the ends tight.
  4. Gently pull on the elastic so that the knots are tucked inside the hem. Gather the sides of the mask on the elastic and adjust so the mask fits your face. Then securely stitch the elastic in place to keep it from slipping.

You can also make masks out of bandanas and t-shirts! 

I hope this blog post inspired you to use your dining space in new and inventive ways! 

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BIO: I am Lauren Brantley, Owner/Blogger of Lauren Ashley Designs.

I am a wife to an amazing man, mama to a beautiful baby girl, and a sweet fur-baby! I am a graduate of Liberty University with a BS in Interior Design.

Ever since I was a little girl I guess you would say I have had a “knack” for design. When I was seven I would draw up makeshift floor plans of my dream house, doorways and all! Once my parents bought me my first drafting table at thirteen I thought my world was complete. However, my design talents were truly manifested once I stepped on a college campus. In my sophomore year of college, I started Lauren Ashley Design as a blog to post updates and design tips for followers. In the past year, a small blog has become much more. Lauren Ashley Design has become a platform for others to find easy access to design through e-design. I truly am living my childhood dreams as an e-designer.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post from Lauren and will consider following along with her on her blog as well! Again, I love and appreciate all of you and how much you support me! If you want to read more, click here to read about home hacks to make your life easier!

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