Design 101: Mixing Metal Finishes

Brass is back and with it came the many questions about mixing finishes, so today we’re tackling them head on! We hope our guide to mixing finishes will inspire you to be daring with metals in a sophisticated and layered approach!

A good place to start is to consider how metal finishes look with other colors in your space. Use the color scheme of your space as a guide. For example, a neutral room with light walls and bright white cabinetry is our favorite place to use vibrant bronze as the dominant finish. A bright white space with a mix of gold tones and stainless steel with an added pop of brushed nickel creates a visually yet sophisticated space.

Street of Dreams_CORRECTIf gold is the dominant finish in your space don’t be afraid to mix shiny and matte textures together. We are all about layering a space with a variety of gold tones and textures!

Gibbsboro_CORRECTFinish_FinishIn a space dominated by dark cabinetry, try using contrasting metals like, brushed nickel and burnished antique. To break up the brushed textures, offset the space with a shiny chrome faucet.


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Extra Tips:

  • Mix between 2-4 metal finishes
  • Rule of thirds:  2/3 dominate finish, 1/3 contrasting finish.
  • We are all about mixing metals but your hinges and door hardware should match each other
  • If you are too afraid of mixing metals try mixing the texture of your finishes i.e. gilded, hammered, brushed, polished, etc.

We’d love to hear your favorite ways to mix metals! Please share them in the comments section below!


Utah Trunk Shows 2015

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Alice Lane and Jolley’s trunk shows a few weeks back. We feel so blessed to have such a loyal and outgoing customer base that continues to grow with us!

Both trunks shows were a huge success and we couldn’t have done it without our amazing hosts, Alice Lane Home and Jolley’s Boutique & Flowers! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful stores with us!

We’re currently booking trunk shows across the country & would love to meet you!  If there’s a store near you that you think would be a good fit comment below and let us know!

Here is a peak into our weekend in Utah:


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A special thank you to photographer, Alisha Gregson for capturing these beautiful photos!

Desk Essentials To Make It Happen

Today, we’re sharing our favorite desk essentials for fall. Whether you’re heading back to school or in the working world there’s nothing better than going into fall with a fresh new look. Read on to find inspiring items for your creative space!

1// West Elm Brass Industrial Task Table Lamp

2// Caitlin Wilson Bridge City Blooms in Grey Mousepad 

3// Caitlin Wilson Make It Happen Large Notepad

4// Schoolhouse Electric Co. Brass Planter 

5// Anthropologie Lucite Stapler 

6// Caitlin Wilson Black Buffalo Check Phone Cover 

7// Target Nate Berkus File Folders 

8// CB2 Revere Gold Wall Mounted Storage

9// Anthropologie Parisienne Turquoise Pencil Case


Thank you to everyone who continues to #shareyourcwt on instagram! It’s truly inspiring to see the different ways you continue to use our products! Today, we’re sharing our favorite posts that feature Bridge City Blooms On White. Where would you bloom?


Gold Scallop Pillow & Bridge City Blooms Pillow On White | @witanddelight

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Bridge City Blooms Pillow On White & Berry Deco Pillow | @armelle_blog

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Bridge City Blooms Printable | @ivanas_interiors

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Bridge City Blooms Pillow On White | @housesevenblog


Bridge City Blooms Fabric On White | @kaylawtaylor

CW Design 101| Lesson 5: Shelf Styling

We get it. Styling your bookcases and shelves has been on your to-do list for months now and you just aren’t quite sure how to do it. You think you’ve created the perfect visual masterpiece but then something is missing. Take heart. We’ve all been there. To help you out, we’ve created a simple system to help you style the perfect shelf while still capturing your personality in the design. So without further adieu, here are Caitlin Wilson’s steps to the perfectly styled bookcase.

Shelf Styling (1)

Step 1: Place Your Books. 

  • Mix up the book placement from shelf to shelf.
  • Use a mix of vertical and horizontal arrangements.

Step 2: Add Large Accessories

  • Place bigger items on the shelves first and save your little items until last. This will help you to know what type of space you need to fill vs. leave open. Large accessories can include vases, baskets, sculptures, etc.
  • Baskets on your shelves are great for storage and hide cords or clutter from electronics.
  • Place heavier objects on lower shelves and put the lighter objects on the top. This helps with the flow of the shelves (and as a bonus is a little safer too).

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Step 3: Add Frames

  • Prop small frames on the shelves and hang larger pieces. Don’t be afraid of mixing framed artwork and framed photographs throughout your shelves. Make things a little more personal by adding family photos.

Step 4: Add Small Accessories 

  • Choose decorative objects than can be used as if they are artwork, i.e. sculptures, bowls, plates, baskets, etc.
  • Use unexpected items such as antiques, small statues, clocks, or knick-knacks from your travels, etc.

Extra Tips

  • Keep your shelves relatable. Choose objects that have meaning to you so that you won’t get tired of looking at them.
  • Everything doesn’t have to match, but make sure things are alike in essence.
  • Add something natural such as a succulent or small house plant. It adds a pop of color and gives added dimension.
  • Intersperse short items and tall items. And try thinking in layers and use different heights and different textures.
  • Think oddly. Objects look better when gathered in odd numbers.
  • Try color coordinate your books. It’s not necessary, but it can add an interesting design effect.
  • Paint the wall behind the shelves an accent color or use wallpaper to add a pattern.
  • Don’t over-crowd your shelves. Leave open spaces to allow for negative space. This will help your shelves look more visually appealing.
  • Arrange and rearrange your shelves until you are happy with how they look. It may take a couple of tries to get the look you want, but your perfect look will come. Take a step back and see if you like it. If you don’t, but you are still stumped, take a day and come back with fresh eyes. The goal is to help the eye travel seamlessly across the shelves,

Good luck!

Alice Lane Trunk Show

We are so excited to announce that we will be back in Salt Lake City, UT for another Trunk Show at Alice Lane! Come say hi, shop, eat treats, and enter a few giveaways! We will have plenty of pillows, rugs, wallpaper, and swatches for you to choose from! We will be there all day Friday, August 7th and Saturday, August 8th! We can’t wait to see you there!

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CW Design 101 | Lesson 4: Rug Sizing and Placement

The perfect rug can be a big statement in any room. Whether it covers the majority of the floor or sits at the feet of a kitchen sink, knowing the correct size and where to place your rug makes all the difference. We have broken things down for you room by room to make decorating a room around and shopping for the perfect rug a little bit easier!

Rugs are a great idea for multiple reasons. Not only do they provide a artistic value to a room’s design, they are practical as well. Rugs provide a beautiful yet functional cushion of comfort and warmth over tile, wood, or concrete floor.

Basic Sizing Steps

  1. Decide on placement. Do you want it up against a wall or in the middle of the room?
  2. Measure the area that you want the rug to cover.
  3. Once you have measured it, it is simply a matter of matching your measurement with the right size of rug.

Dining Room Layout (2)

Dining Room

  • Measure the length and width of your dining table and add 2′ on each side. Most dining room tables require a rug that is at least 8 feet wide.
  • The extra  2′ or so that extends beyond each side of the table helps avoid chairs going off the rug when pushed back.


  • If the rug does not cover the bedroom floor, extend the rug from the bottom 2/3 of the bed. Alternatively you can place two runners at each side or a single runner at the foot of the bed.
  • You rug should extend 36” or so all around the bed.
  • Recommended Rug sizes: Queen- 8 x 10, King- 9 x 12

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Office or Floating Layout

  • If your sofa and chair float in the middle of your space, your rug should fit under all four legs of each piece of furniture.
  • In an office, make sure the rug completely fits both the desk and chairs. This prevents tripping or chairs draping over the edges of the rug, which is the weakest part of the rug.

Office Rug Layout

Small Lounge 

  • Legs should either be ALL ON or ALL OFF, or ½ and ½
  • Your rug should be large enough to fit under the front legs of all pieces

Small Living Room Rug Layout

Small Living Room

  • A small rug can be used just under the coffee table to help define the specific seating areas. Standard sizes: 4 x 6, 5 x 7
  • Make sure that your rug has at least 6-10 inches on either side of the sofa. If it is the same size as your sofa it will create a bowling alley effect.

Small Rug Layout (1)

Classic Living Room

  • In a large room, furniture should fit completely on top of your rug without feeling cramped.
  • Your area rug should be a minimum of 6″ and no more than 2′ away from the wall.
  • Recommended sizes: 9 x 12 or 11x 14 (depending on size of room)

Floating Rug LayoutEXTRA TIPS

  • Orient the rug to the room. If you have a wider room, orient it horizontally. If you have along skinny room, orient it vertically.
  • In a hallway, stretch the length to fill the space.  Be sure you leave even space on both ends and if there is furniture in the hallway, keep it off the rug.
  • Think about your rug with regard for the color of your furniture. If your bed has a bold pattern, go with a solid color or neutral for your rug or vice versa.
  • If you use a round area rug in a large foyer, center it under the light fixture.
  • For a more interesting look, try placing the rug at an angle.