2014

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...

RESTORING ANTIQUES

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...

SHINGLE STYLE

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...

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!  ...

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....

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!...

House Crush: Queen Anne Victorian of Swampscott, MA

by Leona Jaeger Have you ever wanted to “have your cake and eat it, too”? Sure you have—and this time it’s do-able! Read about this gorgeous Queen Anne home and indulge yourself! The fact that it’s beachside is icing on the cake -- and it's for sale on CIRCA!  ...

She’s a Southern Sparkler: You Should Move to Eufaula, AL!

by Alix Adams (Credit: Lamar via tumblr Kendall Manor) Welcome to "You Should Move To...", in which we travel the country scoping out beautiful, under-the-radar old house towns where big charm can be had for little cost. Have a city, town or neighborhood to recommend? Send it along to [email protected]!   Eufaula sits on the Chattahoochee River in an area once inhabited by three creek tribes,...

OLD HOUSE 101: George Washington and Historic Preservation in the US

by Jon Valalik (Photo Credit: Library of Congress) Hello, and welcome to Old House 101! Today we're talking about the great influence that George Washington had on Historic Preservation in the United States.   The practice of active historic preservation hasn’t always existed in the United States. By luck or circumstance, we do have a few samples from very early in American history, but it wasn’t...

Antique Finds for Autumn Lovers

by Lauren Spinelli   Meshing vintage pieces with standard fall flair is a beautiful thing. Pumpkins and patina? YES PLEASE! If you’re looking to add vintage touches to your typical autumn décor, reap inspiration from my latest virtual pickin’ trip. Note: a hot cup of apple cider, pumpkin scone, and that oh-so-perfect sweatshirt are required before reading on.  ...

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