Don't muddle your hutch as if it were a store display. Use spacing wisely so that it draws the attention through all the bits and doesn't appear to be an overcrowded storage space.
A formal dining room is often anchored with Oriental carpets not conducive to a casual family dining spot. Quite costly often, this type of rug should be appropriately cleaned, making it an unhealthy choice in an casual area where drink and food may be spilled, household pets are probably pleasant and shoes track in dirt and grime. Replace it with a more casual, easy‐care area rug. Natural fibres such as sisal and cotton supply the space a laid‐back feel. Or leave the ground bare for a more streamlined look.
Top the desk with a bit of custom‐cut wine glass. The wine glass will protect the solid wood door from spills and give you a level surface on which to consume or work.