November 23, 2010

The NEW view from Birmingham!

Circa Birmingham just had a recent makeover - new paint and new carpet have freshened the shop up quite a bit. It looks like they have some gorgeous pieces! If you see anything you like in the photos, please email Rebecca in Birmingham for pricing (

November 22, 2010

Holiday Open House

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Please join us for our 2nd annual Holiday Open House with Santa Clause on Wednesday, December 8! Bring your child or your dog for a portrait with Santa, and Circa will make a donation to the Humane Society. We had a ball last year --- take a look at some of our fun photos:

Operation Christmas Child

(left to right) Emily, Lydia, Addison (Circa's newest shop gal!), & Eleanor

We had the best time last week shopping for our Operation Christmas Child gifts! Nothing gets you more in the holiday spirit than wrapping Christmas boxes and listening to Motown Christmas on Pandora. This was our 2nd annual event.
For more information on Operation Christmas Child, please visit their website.

November 16, 2010

New Hickory Chair!!

Hickory Chair seems to have so much style. We just received these pieces that we ordered from High Point Market this fall. Stop by the shop to take a look and sit in them!
Country occasional chair $1380
26.5"w x 26.5"d x 48.5" h
Pair of tightback velvet arm chairs with silk cording/ band $1635 each
25.25"w x 30.5"d x 37.25"h
custom woven pillows with velvet solid backs $210 each
Beaufort chair $1290
27"w x 31"d x 40"h
Pair of Gunnison leather chairs $1050 each
24"w x 25"d x 40.5"h
Check out Hickory Chair's website for more styles and offerings!

November 12, 2010

Ina Garten's new cookbook - just in time for Thanksgiving!

What's not to love about Barefoot Contessa? She just has THE most fabulous recipes! After we've worked our way through her other cookbooks, Ina has come out with a new one! Everything in Barefoot Contessa: How Easy is That? looks fabulous...I can't wait to test out her recipes. In particular, I can't wait to try the panko-crusted salmon, the snap peas with pancetta, and the chocolate hazelnut cookies!
Pick up a copy of this for yourself and Christmas presents at Circa! $35
Just in time for Thanksgiving! Check out the Barefoot Contessa's recipe for roast turkey with truffle butter
(serves 8)
Ingredients: (1) 12-14 lb. fresh kosher turkey (see note), giblets removed; 3 oz. white truffle butter, at room temperature; Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper; (1) large yellow onion, unpeeled and cut into 8 wedges; (1) whole head of garlic, unpeeled and cut in half crosswise; (1) large bunch of fresh thyme; good olive oil
Directions: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Drain any juices from the turkey cavity and place the turkey on a rack in a large, shallow roasting pan, breast side up. Pat dry with paper towels.
Working from the large cavity end, gently run your fingers between the skin and the meat to loosen the skin, taking care not to tear it. (Don't do this with rings on your finger!) Place the softened truffle butter under the skin and gently massage the skin to spread the butter evenly over the whole breast.
Sprinkle the cavity generously with salt and pepper. Place the onion, garlic, and half of the thyme sprigs in the cavity. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tie one length of string around the bird and the wings to keep the wings close to the body.
Brush the turkey all over with olive oil and sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Remove 1 tablespoon of leaves from the remaining thyme sprigs, chop them, and sprinkle on the turkey. Roast the turkey for 2.5 to 3 hours, until a meat thermometer placed in the center of the breast registers 160 degrees. Don't baste the turkey at all! About halfway through, when the breast is golden brown, cover the breast loosely with aluminum foil to prevent the skin from burning.
Remove the turkey from the oven, cover tightly with aluminum foil, and allow to rest in the pan for 15 to 20 minutes. Carve and serve with the pan juices.
(Note: Instead of brining a turkey, use a kosher one such as Empire - it's already been salted!)
Recipe and photos taken from Barefoot Contessa; How Easy is That?
While the turkey is roasting, set the table!
small driftwood turkey $100
22x22 citron napkins $120 (set of 4)
22x22 natural/ citron napkins $120 (set of 4)
covered serving pottery $225
linen napkins $72 (set of 4)
22x22 brown and blue napkins $120 (set of 4)
pottery serving bowls
$30, $35, $42, $80, $90 (various sizes)
bread boards $85
large pottery bowls circa 1890 $250 each

November 5, 2010

What's new around Circa!

After raving so much about the tufted sofa, I realized that I also need to show you this AWESOME new Lee sofa that we got in. It is such a fun driftwood finish, all down sofa!
87"W x 37"D x 40"H
$4730 ($5564 retail)
 Every dog should rest their little (or big) head in style!
dog bed $295
These driftwood deer are SO fun --- keep them year round or hang them for the holidays!
 FUN pillows!
camel Greek key pillow $110 each (sold as a pair)
Moroccan pillow $125 each (sold as a pair)
brown, gold, & turquoise pillow $150 each (sold as a pair)
 penguin $195
black pottery $595
stunning crystal chandelier $8900
 There is nothing I love more than white and green flowers! Well, we love Jay at In Bloom more for always making our shop beautiful!

Tufting never looked so GOOD!

This is THE most beautiful Verellen sofa we've ever had in the shop! It is GORGEOUS!!!!!
 Jasemine condo sofa in linen with a leather back, sides, and back pillows
$6260 ($8345 retail)
grey pillows with dot embroidery $195 each (sold as a pair)
steel & ivory silk stole $125 (28x74)
This sofa is too beautiful to be put up against a wall ---it would be fantastic floating in a room!

November 2, 2010

Sweet Little Blessings!

Today is a good day at Circa! Catherine's sweet little twins were born...they both are healthy & really, REALLY cute!

YAY for pink AND blue!