March 30, 2010

New App for Traditional Home

*Traditional Home April 2010*
If you're obsessed with the iphone like me or love your Treo, BlackBerry, etc. just as much, you must download the new Microsoft Tag app. Traditional Home has tip clips throughout the magazine that with a snapshot of your phone through this new app you can view videos on whatever topic you're reading about. Videos include tours of the home you're admiring, thoughts from the designers, design tips, recipes that you can take to the grocery store; you name it. It is amazing!

Confused? Here's what you do:
1. Download Microsoft Tag on your phone (it's free!)
2. With the Tag app open hover the crosshairs over the "tip clip" logo you see throughout the mag

3. Voila! You're watching a Traditional Home video on YouTube before you know it!

If you don't have a smartphone visit: to watch!

March 26, 2010

Jay @ In Bloom!

How WONDERFUL are these flowers that Jay did for our Outdoor Event?!?! BEAUTIFUL!!!


March 24, 2010

Don't miss our Outdoor Event tomorrow!

We've been setting up ALL day and are so excited about the outdoor event tomorrow through Saturday! Come by and see us!

We got the tent raised early afternoon...
...but some tree limbs were in the way so Cam helped us out!
Where to put all of this and 2 more truck loads to come?
We think it's VERY comfortable!
The finished product:
Olivia watches over the set-up!

March 17, 2010

Outdoor Event

March 25-27
(Thursday & Friday 9-5PM; Saturday 9-4 PM)
Join us for Circa's Debut Outdoor Event.
Come take a peak at the many ways outdoor upholstery is expanding living spaces. Discover creative tabletop pieces & outdoor pillows to accessorize outdoor rooms. Preview the Lee Industries - Uncovered collection and our newest Belgian outdoor line.

It's an event so big we have to host it outdoors!

A preview of our new Belgian items:

Uncovered for Lee Industries:
sofas, slipcovered chairs, & ottomans


The nicest thing about these Uncoverd pieces is that they can sit outside in the rain! There's nothing else like them! Become a fan of Lee Industries facebook page and check out their video where they dunk one of the chairs in the lake for 2 weeks, pull it back out, and pressure wash it clean. It is truly amazing!

March 16, 2010

Custom Table

I love this new custom table for our shop in Charlotte! Isn't it beautimous!?
22" W x 32" D x 29" H
upholstered table with shelf; ebony top; nailhead design
*Remember we can have these made for you in your choice of fabric*

The Pioneer Woman: Katie's Roasted Corn Salad

If you haven't checked out The Pioneer Woman's blog, you must! Ree Drummond can do it all! Her blog memoirs include such topics are cooking, photography, confessions, home schooling, and home and garden. I just don't know how she does it. I thought this roasted corn salad recipe looked delicious and just in time for spring & summer! I can't wait for the Kings Drive Farmer's Market to open!!!

Katie's Roasted Corn Salad
(as seen in The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl)
makes 6 cups
Vegetables: 8 fresh corn ears, 1 red onion (quartered), 2 yellow squash (halved lengthwise), 1 red bell pepper, 2 medium tomatoes
Dressing: 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar, 12 basil leaves (cut into chiffonade; stack the leaves on top of one another, roll tightly, and slice across), 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 2 garlic cloves (chopped)

Directions: Begin by heating a grill pan (or outdoor grill). Drizzle the grill with olive oil. Place the corn on the grill and drizzle liberally with olive oil. Grill for 5-8 minutes until the corn is beginning to brown. Drizzle the onion with olive oil and grill just until it starts to become tender. Do not allow to overcook, as you want the onion to remain somewhat firm. Repeat with halved summer squash and bell pepper. Allow vegetables to cool slightly after grilling. Roughly chop the onions, squash, and pepper. Scrape the corn kernels from the cob. Dice the tomatoes and add them to the mix.
To make the dressing, in a separate bowl, pour the olive oil and balsamic vinger and whisk together until combined. Finally, add the basil, a dash of salt, and garlic and whisk together. Place the vegetables in a large mixing bowl and pour the dressing over the top. Stir to combine. Serve with tortilla chips and crackers, or spoon on top of grilled chicken. Delicious!

*as seen in The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl*

March 15, 2010

Elle Decor: What's Hot

I was just flipping through my new Elle Decor that arrived over the weekend and found some fun items that we have at Circa!

We have two of these awesome benches in brown!
Indian bone inlay bench $895 each
35"w x 17"d x 18"h

These Scents and Feel hand-loomed cotton Fouta linens are beautiful! We have them in grey, taupe, and lavender.
blue apothecary jar $68
lavender & white stripe runner/ throw (78x38) $56
grey & white stripe runner/ throw (78x38) $54
lavender/white & grey/white napkins $32 set of 4

March 12, 2010

A New Addition to Circa!

We are so thrilled about Cindy's new grandson
Tipton Keller Johnson
son of Whitney & John Johnson
7 pounds, 8 ounces
20-1/2 inches long
Sister Polly & Tipton

March 8, 2010

Top Picks for Lee Sofas

We love Lee Industries for their beautiful sofa styles and affordable prices. With great fabrics to choose from, you can turn any of these sofas into a design of your own. I thought we'd share a few of our favorites with you!

Kathy's Favorite: 3980-03
W100 D44 H34
We currently have this sofa in our Charlotte shop.

Patrick's Favorite: 3907-03
W84 D38 H35

Heather's Favorite: 3900-03 Sagging Ridge Sofa (McAlpine Home)
W92 D37 H43
Julie's & Lindsay's Favorite: 3560-03
W92 D39 H37

Patricia's Favorite: C3700-03
W88 D41 H38
Patricia likes this sofa with the driftwood finish on the feet!

Eleanor's Favorite: 3908-03, Shelter Wing Sofa (McAlpine Home)
W84 D37 H46
We currently have this chair in our Charlotte shop
Catherine's Favorite: 3093-03 Landau Devan Skirted Sofa (McAlpine Home)
W85 D39 H36
This sofa comes with exposed legs as well!

Lydia's Favorite: 1180-02
W84 D40 H39
This English arm and dressmaker's skirt are available on quite a few of Lee's sofas and chairs.

The great thing about Lee is that the majority of their sofa styles are available in upholstered, slipcover, or leather. Also, they are generally available in sofa, loveseat, & chair!

March 5, 2010

It's All Greek to Me

cream and celadon Greek key pillows $195 each
putty and ecru Greek key pillows $195 each
cream and gunmetal Greek key pillows $195
burlap with white painted Greek key pillows $350 each

Aren't they adorable???

Antique of the Week

These lanterns are stunning! Very unique!
antique brass multi-faceted lanterns $2800 each

March 3, 2010

Galbraith & Paul Textiles

Don't you just LOVE this card that we received from Galbraith & Paul? We love their fabrics for their fun colors and superior quality. They are all hand-printed and BEAUTIFUL! Their collection offers 24 original patterns, 8 different ground cloths, and a palette of 80+ colors.
I certainly wouldn't have the patience to do that!

New Lamps

custom blue coral fish lamp $395 each
*shade sold separately*
custom white gourd lamps $625
*shades sold separately*

March 2, 2010

Frank Stitt's Southern Table

Another great cookbook from Frank Stitt, Frank Stitt's Southern Table. A cookbook so great it deserves a foreword by Pat Conroy. This would make an excellent gift for any cook/ friend!

Just a sample...

Crabmeat Crostini
serves 4

Ingredients: 1/2 pound jumbo lump crabment (picked free of shells and cartilage), grated zest and juice of 1/2 lemon, juice of 1/2 lime, 1-1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon finely minced chives, 1 teaspoon finely minced chervil or parsley (plus 4 small sprigs for garnish), kosher salt & freshly ground white pepper to taste; Four 1/2-inch-thick slices baguette (crusts removed)

Directions: Preheat oven to 375. Combine the crabmeat, lemon zest and juice, lime juice, 1-1/2 teaspoons of the olive oil, the chives, chervil, and salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Stir gently to combine, being careful not to break up the lumps of crabmeat. Taste and adjust the seasonings.
Brush the bread with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and place the slices on a baking sheet. Toast in the preheated oven until firsm but not at all colored, about 3 minutes.
Spoon a generous mound of the crab onto each toast and garnish with a spring of chervil.

Variations: Crabmeat Crostini with Green Mango: cut 1/4 of a green mango into 1/4-inch dice and gently fold it into the crabmeat mixture.
Crabmeat Crostini with Apple: core and peel 1 tart apple and cut into 1/4-inch dice. Saute in about 1 teaspoon unsalted butter until slightly softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in a few minced tarragon leaves, 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, and Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Let cool, then fold into the crab mixture.
*recipe from Frank Stitt's Southern Table*