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House Crush: The Lucerne Hotel, Canaan, New Hampshire

by Leona Jaeger

This special home is not just *any* crush, it’s an Avalanche of Crush!

When I first saw the photos of this Canaan home, this Greek Revival goddess, I wanted to squeal so loudly my seams would burst! The stunning front façade with the “look at me” gable and balcony pulls you toward it like the wafting aroma of Grandma’s from-scratch pumpkin pie. Stately columns stand at attention at the entry and the smaller columns that wind their way around the wraparound porch create the homey feel of the proverbial white picket fence.
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by Candice Whitlow

It’s no secret that old houses (especially fixer uppers) become victims of trends over the years. These trends could be the shag carpet and paneling from the 1970’s, or the cheap, polished brass fixtures from the 1980’s and 1990’s. Fortunately, many people have woken up to the fact that trends don’t always compliment old houses, and the restoration movement is growing by the day. While the old house movement is something to be celebrated there is another trend that needs to be addressed—the “Shabby Chic” trend.
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by Hänsel Hernández-Navarro (photo by WindingRoad)

If there’s one thing we love about CIRCA, it’s the chance to “tour” the great vernacular architecture that makes America wonderful. Love shingles? You’re most certainly not alone! Join Hänsel as he teaches us all about the Shingle style.

The Shingle Style 1880 – 1900

The Shingle Style originated in New England in the 1880s and and became popular across the whole of the United States by the beginning of the next decade, the 1890s. Like the Richardsonian Romanesque and the Queen Anne, it is a genuine American vernacular style of the late 19th-century. It was historian Vincent Scully who in the 1950s identified and named this style, which appears to be a reaction to the excesses of the Victorian and the Queen Anne Styles. The Shingle Style avoided fussy effects and complex wall surfaces and textures in favor of a uniform wall covering of wood shingles, reducing and distilling them to bare essentials and forms like our early colonial houses. The style was an early manifestation of a ‘colonial revival architecture’ that emulated the New England salt-box and other colonial houses’ plain, shingled surfaces as well as their massing.
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House Crush: The Castle of Lake Orion, MI

by Leona Jaeger

Perched along the waterfront of Bellevue Island in Lake Orion you’ll see an array of lovely and cozy-looking homes. One, however, is sure to stand out. Not just because of it’s sweet raspberry-mauve color (although that helps), but because it will probably be the most eclectic Folk Victorian you’ve ever seen. Read all about why I love it, then check out the listing on CIRCA!
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Happy Birthday CIRCA!

by Elizabeth Finkelstein

CIRCA just turned one year old! Here’s a little birthday message from Cristiana + Elizabeth:


50 Houses Under $50,000!

by Elizabeth Finkelstein

It’s been a few months since we’ve featured our favorite column – 10 Houses Under $50,000. But fear not! We’ve made up for it, times five! For Country Living Magazine, we showcased 50 (yes, 50!) of our favorite homes currently on the market for under $50,000. Head on over to the article to see our picks, or catch a preview in the video below. Enjoy!


Victorian Envy: Kimberly Crest House

by Theresa Cacace (photo by William Liles)

If you love CIRCA, then chances are you’re also head-over-heels for all things Victorian! To help feed our need for towers, turrets and spindles, we’ve employed the lovely Theresa of the uber-popular Facebook page Vintage Wonderlust to take as all around the country showcasing her favorite Victorian houses.
Kimberly Crest, a picturesque French chateau style home built in 1897, is a well preserved example of the Victorian Era in Southern California and was built originally for a very lucky Mrs. Cornelia Hill. Shortly after the home was sold to the Kimberly family in 1905 and the family continued to live at the home until 1979! At 7,000 square feet the building qualifies as a petite chateau and I can understand why. If you are lucky enough to visit I definitely suggest you bring your walking shoes as the entire property is 39 acres and also a botanical park.
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Take a peek… if you dare! Happy Halloween!

by Lauren Spinelli

All Hallows’ Eve is upon us, folks! It’s time to binge on fun size candy bars and listen for things to go bump in the night…at least that’s my plan ☺
As a treat for you (no tricks), I thought I’d share favorite pieces of vintage Halloween décor from my personal collection.
Take a peek… if you dare! Happy Halloween!
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