Mixing 2 skins

I would like to use the brickwork skin but for the bit at the top that shows the cart and search and language and sign in I should like to use the layout that is used in the default blue skin.

Now I may be showing my daftness here but is this easy to achieve?

I thought I could just copy the top.tpl from one to the other but they seem to be the same and that the colours would be taken from the brickwork skin.

Could someone give me some pointers please or let me know it is not a light under taking.