Lunchtime Design: Circa

Yesterday at lunch time, I realized it had been far too long since my last Lunchtime Design outing. It’s been all home buying all the time for the past few weeks around here, and I needed a break! So I headed to Circa, a Charlottesville staple that I’m embarrassed to say I had never visited before. At least now I can’t say that anymore!

I didn’t really know what to expect upon walking in (I was anticipating prices a bit out of my reach), but the mission listed on their website pretty much sums it up. Circa wants “to fill the void between junk stores and pricey antique ‘shoppes.'” And that they do. Here’s what I loved…

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This $95 midcentury chair caught my eye, and I was surprised. I usually prefer furniture that looks like it’s straight out of the 21st century. But I liked the clean lines of the wood, and I actually didn’t mind the original green tweed upholstery. Once I realized that the chair kind of rocks/bounces, I was fully on board.

Initially I didn’t see anything that looked liked it was made in the last 20 years, so I didn’t think I would see anything I liked, and thought my post would be a bust. But apparently I was in a midcentury mood! Next up, I spotted this chest, which I loved.

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I loved the detail on the top two drawers, the pulls on the two bottom drawers, and the simple legs! For $165, I’d say it was priced pretty well. (A little more than I’d normally want to pay, but probably still priced right.)

Next up was another midcentury piece, this time a full dresser.

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Floorspace at Circa is at a premium, what with all the good stuff they’re overflowing with, so it was really hard to get a photo of the entire dresser. This one is a little blown out (also thanks to my phone), but it shows the general idea. Clean, simple lines, and 9 big drawers. I couldn’t find a price tag on this one.

I seemed to have stumbled into what I’d describe as their “large furniture room” first, and then realized that there’s another building attached. The second building I entered had more of a traditional antique store feel (and smell–does anyone else think that antique stores have a distinct “old” smell? I used to refuse to go in antique stores when I was little because I hated the smell so much).

I saw yet another antique piece that I liked!

2013-07-15 12.37.53I normally don’t like antiques, and I normally don’t like green! But I really liked this chair. For $75, it would be a great accent chair. I’m picturing it in a guest room for some reason.

Next up, I stumbled upon an antique globe, which I was tickled to see labeled Russia as the ‘Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.’ I got a kick out of that for some reason. The globe was $30, which I think is probably a good price for a lifetime of geography lessons.

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On the way into and out of the second building, I was greeted by a kind of vestibule that was almost wallpapered with mirrors. I’ve been on an unusual gold gilded mirror kick lately (I say ‘unusual’ because I usually hate gold), so I was excited to see a variety of mirrors with gold frames.

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As always, it’s hard to get a good picture of a mirror, but even harder when it’s a whole collection in a sunny entryway! I didn’t catch the prices of any of them, but I’m sure they were within reason. Everything seemed to be!

Has anyone else been surprised to find themselves drawn to a new style out of the blue? Anyone been to visit Circa here in Charlottesville? Any other awesome finds?


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