July 30, 2010

Ad in Veranda

Look for us in the beautiful new issue of Veranda!
Our ad is on page 36.

July 28, 2010


I just love a row of old trees with Spanish moss growing on them. There is nothing prettier. It is utterly Southern. Wish this was my driveway! ha!
Bring a little moss home with you for your covered porch with these new pieces. They'd be great in the mountains!
moss flower pot $150 each
moss gondola $75 each

July 27, 2010

Citronella Firepots

Keep those pesky mosquitos away in style! These new firepots look great on any outdoor dining table, around a pool, or along a stone wall. They burn citronella gel fuel and have a nice cover to keep the inside clean when not in use.
terazzo firepot $54 each
1 quart citronella pourable eco-gel fuel $12
We used similar ones along Jane's pool at our dinner for Bunny Williams and it looked stunning! I wish I had a better picture to show you -- check out the flames in the background of this photo for an idea of what I mean:

July 26, 2010

Antique of the Week!

Circa designers love using antique drums as a coffee table! This one is quite interesting; the white is a nice surprise as compared to the dark brown or black ones you may have seen.
Antique drum table (approximately 32" diameter) $1200

Check out how Heather used a darker drum in the center of her family room, as seen in Southern Accents:

Upholstered Screen & Sofa in SL

If you like what you see on page 16 in the August Southern Living, you're in luck! You can find this sofa and upholstered screen at Circa!
Lee Industries 103-60 Three Panel Screen in Patton Mushroom
Verellen Alicia XL Sofa in Natural Eco Linen and white linen pillow

July 21, 2010

Klingman Home in Charlotte Urban Home

Be sure to check out the home of Sally & Dick Klingman in Charlotte Urban Home magazine! The Klingmans are great friends of Cindy Smith (and Circa!). They have created an amazing home filled with modern and traditional elements. I love this house because it offers an eclectic collection of their interests and experiences through the years with furniture and accessories that truly compliment them - pieces they love. A designer himself, Dick Klingman with the help of Cindy Smith and Ed Starr "came up with the finishing touches of the house plan, the remodel and subsequent interior design."* Look closely for pieces that you can tell came from Circa!
*Page 31, Charlotte Urban Home, Summer 2010

July 20, 2010


Domestic Diva Martha Stewart has a cool spread on glass bottles in this month's Martha Stewart Living. In regards to collecting glass bottles and jars, she suggests "In every color of the rainbow, glass vessels are easy to amass and lovely to behold." We agree! Glass jars are a wonderful decorating accessory for kitchens and bookshelves.
Glass bottles range from purple to clear....
...from white to amber to green.

*As seen in the August 2010:
Take a look at some of the green and purple options we have at Circa:
green glass ball $75 (great on a side table or kitchen counter)
green dimijous $160 each (shorter ones on outside of photo)
antique green wine bottles $300 each (back center)
crystal violet bowls $50 each
small plum glass bottle $52
large plum glass bottle $70
large aubergine vase $385

I love how Cindy accented this kitchen hutch with antique wine bottles:
I love how Catherine placed this crystal violet bowl on an end table:
And on a totally RANDOM note...I am reading Sea Glass by Antia Shreve right now and it is wonderful! You must pick up a copy and head to the beach this summer. Colors of glass are discussed throughout the entire book. It is so good!

July 19, 2010

Antique of the Week

This oak deux corp arrived on our most recent shipment! Before putting it in our shop, we had a local artist hand paint the piece which made it even MORE beautiful! It is really lovely. The inside is painted a nice blue tone. This piece is great with the doors open or closed. Leave them open to display your china and tableware like we've shown below or leave them closed to simply have a beautiful accent to any room which just happens to have awesome storage.
Tuscan oval tray, white with pewter handles/ trim $180
matte white bowls set of 4 $128
matte white salad plates set of 4 $128
matte white dinner plates set of 4 $168
painted oak deux corp circa 1800
48 1/2"W x 19 1/2"D x 97 1/2"H

July 14, 2010

Light a Room

Lamps & Mirrors help light any room. By hanging a mirror on a wall across from a window you are able to reflect natural light which I consider the best form. You're also able to make the room look larger. Personally, I am not a big fan of overhead lighting unless it is on a dimmer. I prefer lamp light. Take a look at a few new mirrors and lamps we just got in:
French carved mirror $695 (great price!)
48"W x 46"H
Check out the mirror's detailing!
silver leaf soleil mirror $1242
retail $1656
48" diameter; 2.75" depth
This would be beautiful over a sofa!

Dauphine lamps $176 each
(sold as a pair)
12"W x 23 1/2" H; base 5"x8" rectangle
gilted iron finish
These would be great on bedside tables!

petal table lamps $550 each
(sold as a pair)
14 1/4" W x 30 3/4"H; 5 1/2" square base
soft brass finish
Very elegant!

square column lamps $410 each
(sold as a pair)
14"W x 33"H; 5 1/4" square base
antique zinc finish
Very handsome!

July 13, 2010

Circa is listed in a new book!

We are thrilled to be included in the new Perspective on Design Carolinas! This coffee table book highlights North & South Carolina architects, homebuilders, interior designers, and more. 
(click images to enlarge but be sure to click back)
A few thoughts from Cindy Smith as expressed in the book:
"Beautiful surroundings renew the spirit. An environment should possess a sense of comfort, well-being, intimacy, and joy."
"The goal is to create luxury without being ostentatious. Mixing European antiques with contemporary pieces makes a room comfortable, yet exciting."

July 8, 2010

New Bourgeoisie 3D!

Circa is a big fan of Emily Bourgeois' designs at Bourgeoisie 3D. We have a few of their items on our floor before (we still have the curved barstools), and we used one of their tables as a desk at the Metropolitan Designer House. Their casegoods are interesting; they make you want to examine them when you enter a room. With curved, clean lines and beautiful finishes, the pieces make their own statement. Check out what we've just received in Charlotte:

desk with 2 drawers
$2448 (retail $2880)
68" W x 34" D x 30"H
side view of desk...see the attention to detail
pair of end tables with drawers
$1102 each (retail $1296)
30"W x 20"D x 30"H
*you can order with the drawer on the left or the right*

July 7, 2010

English Ottoman with Nailheads

These English ottomans are a perfect addition to any room! This one was recently upholstered in a fun light blue and cream woven fabric with a new nailhead design which I think is really fun!

54"W x 54"D x 21"H
The wooden base shelf is perfect for storing blankets, books, magazines; even hiding the remote!
The top is mitered for added interest.