October 31, 2009


especially from Julie & Mac the Dinosaur (er...Italian Greyhound)

October 29, 2009

Jay at In Bloom: Back & Better than EVER!

Jay took this antique jardinere that we received in this week's shipment and made it BEAUTIMOUS! He is so talented!

Antique Jardinere $2800

October 28, 2009

Olivia & Sister love FedEx!

Livi & Sister LOVE (I mean ADORE!) our FedEx delivery man. He is smart because he gives them dog biscuits! The girls will seriously wake up from a nap when they hear the FedEx truck pulling in the driveway!

October 27, 2009

News from High Point Furniture Market

Our crew had an awesome time at Furniture Market last week! Uncovered, the new line of outdoor upholstery for Lee Industries was a hit! We're all SO excited about it!

Some of the Circa crowd relaxing on the Uncovered outdoor upholstered sofa!
(left to right) Lindsay Boner, Patrick Lewis, Cindy Smith, Catherine Walters

Outdoor ottoman with nailheads

Outdoor dining chairs

Outdoor 81" apartment sofa

Outdoor 81" apartment sofa w/ canopy

Outdoor ottoman with nailheads

Outdoor sectional sofa

Outdoor chair

Outdoor 93" sofa

The great thing about these pieces is that they are completely designed to be outdoors. They are constructed to weather the elements and sophisticated enough to go inside! Fabrics are fade, stain, water, UV and mildew resistant while frames are designed to drain.
These new items can be seen on Lee's website (www.leeindustries.com) under New Introductions.

The seat deck slopes to the rear with drainage built into the frame.

This reticulated, open cell foam is used in the cushions and seat deck. It allows water to drain through & is mildew resistant!

October 21, 2009



Come by Charlotte's shop to see our new antiques from Europe! I can't get over the beautiful pieces!!! This shipment is a wonderful collection of antiques, lighting & accessories. We're also thrilled about a new line of current accessories from Europe that Jane and Cindy found while searching for antiques.

Shipment items will probably arrive in Birmingham at the end of the week!

The entire shop has been transformed...LITERALLY! Shipment day is crazy/ fun because we take everything out of the shop and set up an entire new shop with our new antiques intermixed! We were lucky it didn't rain on Monday!

Here we are unloading the container of antiques!


We are SO thrilled about a collection of outdoor upholstery that our owner and designer, Cindy Smith, has collaborated with Lee Industries to offer customers comfort in outdoor living!

The collection can be previewed at Lee Industries during the High Point Market this week! Included are a sofa, chair, ottoman, and dining chairs!

Be on the lookout! Pictures to come...

October 20, 2009


We're so excited about our new accessories from Belgium!

Opaque indoor candles $68
Gansu wash board c. 1860 $210

Grey glass pots
$40 small, $65 medium, $250 large

wooden lantern $75

bone rod ice bucket $130

bone rod box $130

wall candles in chocolate & grey $200
aluminum plate $75

terazzo dish large $95
terazzo dish small $65
large white candle $75

luster gold glass bowl $295

October 13, 2009

Meet Arevat!

We are so lucky to have Arevat Manucharova working with us! She is our expert seamstress who has a workroom upstairs at our shop. Arevat moved from Armenia to Charlotte 17 years ago and has worked at Circa for the last 12 years! All of our custom pillows for clients as well as our shop are crafted by Arevat. Her talents don't stop at pillows; she makes dustskirts, bedcovers, slipcovers, tablecloths, tableskirts, and seat cushions! I think it's safe to say that she is the Queen of Pillows!

October 12, 2009

Healthy Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats

I just got an email today from Self Magazine with this recipe & I thought it looked delish! They say it's on the healthy side, as well!

(Makes about 80 treats - great for a crowd)


5 tablespoons unsalted butter; 3 tablespoons light butter; 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder;
2 bags (10 oz each) mini-marshmallows; 10 cups crisp rice cereal; 1/2 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips; Vegetable cooking spray


Combine butters and cocoa in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Melt butter, whisking until mixture is well combined. Stir in marshmallows, melting them completely. Remove pan from heat and stir in cereal, working quickly before marshmallow mixture sets. Stir in chocolate chips. Coat hands with cooking spray and shape mixture into about 80 walnut-sized balls. Place balls on a baking sheet and let harden for about an hour. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 3 days. (Do not refrigerate.)
Per Self Magazine: 54 calories per rice crispy; 1.4 g fat (0.9 g saturated); 9.9 g carbs; 0.2 g fiber;0.3 g protein

October 9, 2009

Birmingham Junior League Shop, Save & Share

Circa Birmingham is excited to participate in
 The Junior League of Birmingham's Shop, Save & Share fundraiser!
October 22 - November 1
with a purchase of the JL's $40 card, receive 20% savings on:
one of a kind antiques, pillows, prints, lamps, lampshades, and custom upholstery.
Exclusions: All special orders, antiques, and rugs.

(click on image to enlarge)

(click on image to enlarge)

October 8, 2009

Fabulous New York Apartment in Tribeca

Thought we'd share some photos of a fabulous Tribeca apartment that Heather Smith worked on for a client in New York. Love it!

Two words - upholstered tabletop!

Verellen upholstery is clean and casual, yet sophisticated.

A combination of pottery, accessories, books, & photographs add interest to bookshelves.

A clean custom headboard is perfect for this chic bedroom.

October 7, 2009

Who doesn't love a sale????

Lee Industries Upholstery SALE
on custom orders
October 15 - November 15
Additional 10% off our already discounted prices

Now, I know we're all trying to get our house ready for the holidays!
Orders placed by October 29 guaranteed Thanksgiving delivery.
Orders placed by November 20 guaranteed Christmas delivery.

Stop by the Charlotte shop for more details...

October 6, 2009

Custom Headboards

Custom headboards create a sense of focus in the bedroom as well as add some warmth. Circa designers love to create shape with custom styles, create depth with tufting, and create interest with nailheads. Check out a few recent headboards that we've created!

Julie created this arched headboard with nailheads for her master bedroom!

Designer Catherine Walters created a pair of these handsome twin headboards for a client. The nailheads and the cut-out detail definitely give them an edge.

Monogramming a headboard can be great for any age and with a change in script can be masculine or feminine! This is one that Patrick did for a client in a home at the beach.

(These next few photos were taken during an installation in the setting up phase, so excuse their lack of pillows!)

This twin bed headboard creates drama with its height...a great look that's not custom but has a great design.

A wonderful way to envelop a bed and create a TON of warmth in a bedroom is to create a bed hanging surrounding the headboard. This gives the room a great deal of drama and allows for a major focal point in the room. This is one that Cindy created for a client's mountain home.

Upholstered wooden headboards are also FAB!

Fore more ideas, check in with one of our designers!!!!

October 5, 2009

We can order bedding!

         Life doesn't get much better than when you slip under crisp, clean fine sheets & bedding! Be sure to keep Circa in mind when ordering new bedspreads, duvets, and sheets! We can gladly order any of the following brands for you!