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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.
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).
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.
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,
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!
We love seeing how you make our products your own! Here are some of our favorites from the past few weeks. We are continuously using the hashtag to scout out new favorites so don’t forget to #shareyourcwt!
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
Decide on placement. Do you want it up against a wall or in the middle of the room?
Measure the area that you want the rug to cover.
Once you have measured it, it is simply a matter of matching your measurement with the right size of rug.
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
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.
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
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.
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)
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.
We are so excited to announce that our Coated Canvas is NOW AVAILABLE!
You’ll love our coated canvas for bench cushions and barstools with your little people and pets. Please note that coated canvas is not water resistant, stain resistant, nor is it oil-cloth. It has a light water resistance which can still stain with certain kinds of spills.
I am thrilled to showcase my home on Joss and Main this week in their Behind the Design feature! Come see how I designed my home and shop the look on their site starting tonight! Plus, visit @caitlinwilsondesign and @jossandmain on Instagram for details about a fun giveaway! Happy shopping!
We’ve been thinking about the dos and don’ts of styling a sofa lately, particularly styling sectionals. Sectionals are a great option because they offer a little more seating and add an element of comfort to a room. But styling all those corners can sometimes be difficult. So to help you out, we’ve created a few fool-proof ways to style your sectional that will leave it looking chic while still allowing it to be functional.
Step 1: PREP
It is very important to measure your space before ordering a sectional to be sure you are getting the right fit for the space you are putting it in. Make sure to know the exact measurements for all of the walls. Sectionals are typically great in a corner of the room, up against two walls.
Create a basic floor plan with a sectional. This will help you with measurements and visualization, as well as create a organized way to style the rest of your room around the sectional.
If the sectional is going in a family room or a place where a TV will be, consider where the TV will be when you are choosing the size and type of sectional you want.
Step 2: CHOOSING AND PLACING YOUR PILLOWS
There are a variety of ways to style your pillows on a sectional but not all ways keep it looking clean, chic, and inviting. We recommend using 6-7 pillows to create a full look without going overboard. Here are our top two favorite ways to style:
Choose 2 sets of 3 pillows that are the same size and pattern (We recommend 3 20x20s and 3 24x24s). Place one on both ends and one in the middle.
Choose 1 14×20 that complements the other two patterns and place it in the middle cluster of pillows.
Keep it symmetrical on the ends and go for something a little different in the middle.
Choose 3 24×24 pillows in the same pattern. Find 2 20×20 pillows that coordinate. Place one on both ends and one in the middle.
Choose 1 16×26 that complements the other two patterns and place to the left of the middle on the sectional.
Once again, keep it symmetrical on the ends and go for something a little different in the middle.
We’ve compiled a few examples of different pillow styles and patterns that work well together. Have a look and pick a favorite!
Step 3: EXTRA ROOM STYLING
Add a colorful throw. Place it on the chaise section of the sofa.
Add a great rug. Choose a rug that fits under the front legs of the sofa and extends at least 3 feet beyond the coffee table (if using a coffee table).
A coffee table used with a sectional should fit the boundary edges of the sofa
Make sure the coffee table is proportionate to the sectional. A large sectional should have a large coffee table.
Different kinds of sectionals to consider
Stationary vs. Modular
Stationary Sectional: the most common kind of sectional. Designed for one shape that locks in place.
Modular Sectional: typically comes in 3-5 pieces that can be arranged in a variety of different ways. Make sure your pieces are secured together before using.