#Hashtag This!

It’s been said that a picture paints a thousand words. We agree… pictures tell stories. They capture a moment in time, preserving them for future generations. We love telling stories, preserving history and the part that pictures play in doing both. This is one of the reasons why we love Instagram. If you are on Instagram we would like for you to follow our Southern Accents adventures! If you are not on Instagram… what are you waiting for?

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

In the past few months, Southern Accents has traveled to Nashville, Atlanta, Asheville, Washington D.C. and all over the state of Alabama. We’ve been featured in ALABAMA and NO’ALA Magazine, was a curator for Southern Makers, built a stage for “NASA On The Square” and created awards for Main Street Alabama. And… we’ve salvaged some pretty cool structures along the way! Following our Instagram feed gives you instant access via pictures to our latest travels, events, and salvage finds. To make it even more interesting… we are going to have a contest!!

Here are the rules:

  1. Follow Southern Accents on Instagram! You will find us at@saaa1969
  2. Tag us! @saaa1969
    • If you visit our showroom, see us at an event or out on the road, make sure you snap a pic, post and tag.
    • If you have purchased from us in the past, we want you to post pictures of your finished projects.
    • We love gorgeous architecture. Snap a picture of your favs and tag us so we can enjoy the view as well.
    • We also love pictures of “forgotten” structures. Beautiful old homes, barns, and buildings that are time worn and have a story to tell.
  3. Each week we will pick one winner from all pictures tagged @saaa1969 and notify you by commenting on your post. Prizes will vary. The first prize is a $25 gift certificate. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, September 30th.If your picture screams Southern Accents… we want to see it! Ready, set, SNAP!!

SA #Hashtags

Southern Accents has several hashtags that we use on a regular basis. In addition to following @saaa1969, look up our frequently used hashtags!

  • #digmygig
  • #lovesomething
  • #ceaselesssearch
  • #architecturaladventure
  • #passionisourcommonthread
  • #wesaveoldstuff
  • #salvage
  • #create
  • #passion
  • #imagination
  • #inspire

Written by: Lisa Jones


And The Award Goes To…

Southern Accents has a very talented, creative team who are always ready for a challenge! A couple of months ago we were approached by Main Street Alabama and asked to design, and then create, an “award” for their upcoming Awards Of Excellence Conference. Main Street Alabama is an organization focused on bringing jobs, dollars and people back to Alabama’s historic communities by revitalizing downtowns and neighborhoods from Dothan to Florence. Main Street Alabama requested that the award be made of salvaged materials. We decided that we wanted to come up with something very unique using mixed medias. Our creative juices started flowing and pencils began sketching as ideas flowed at one of our weekly team meetings. As Josh and Roger began work on prototypes in the wood shop, little by little the creative ideas began taking shape. Finally a finished product was built and the result was nothing short of stunning!

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Salvaged brass shavings and crushed red brick were inlayed into the front of the award and covered with clear resin

Salvaged black walnut was used for the back of the award. The live edge of the wood and natural curves of the grain dictated the shape of each individual award. To add interest, and incorporate commonly found materials you would see in a street scape, Southern Accents obtained salvaged brass shavings and crushed red brick which were inlayed into the front of the award and covered with clear resin. We then had aluminum bases designed in an abstract shape as a stand for the award which added further interest to the overall design. The metal bases were built by Fuller Precision Machining. Plates were then engraved and attached to each award. Creating the awards were very time intensive but they were finished and hand delivered in time for the August 26th ceremony. The end result was even more spectacular than we had hoped!

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

 

Our mission is to rescue, restore and protect architectural elements of historical significance. Opportunities that allow us to use our creativity to come up with ways to repurpose some of the salvaged goods that we rescue is a bonus! Our team of talented artists and wood workers are always up for a challenge. Stop by our showroom or give us a call at 877 737-0554 and let us help you with your next project.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

“Main Street Alabama was proud to present the awards Southern Accents made for our Awards of Excellence Luncheon. The Southern Accents team designed and produced awards that were true to what we do, revitalize downtowns across the state, by repurposing building materials from old commercial buildings. Like downtowns, each award was unique and will be displayed with pride in the Main Street communities across the state.”

MARYLON H. BARKAN
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Main Street Alabama

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

The making of an award!

Southern Accents Architectural AntiquesWritten by: Lisa Jones

 


A “Light” Goodbye

A topic of conversation at this week’s team meeting was how each of us have become more observant and more appreciative of antiques and architectural elements since we have been working at Southern Accents. We discussed how we now notice structures that never caught our attention before. We laughed about how, when traveling out of town, we feel this strange urge to stop at every little antique store along the way, even if only for a moment, to browse their collections. Being a part of the SA team has given each of us a new appreciation for things of the past. Working here has taught us how to recognize the art and beauty of hand craftsmanship and how to value the historical aspect of these items. It has also helped to define our idea of beauty and has made us more aware of the need for preservation.

This 3-tier iron chandelier, hung over the staircase in front of our huge American flag, has been one of the most photographed pieces in our showroom!

This 3-tier iron chandelier, hung over the staircase in front of our huge American flag, has been one of the most photographed pieces in our showroom!

This new found awareness is one of the reasons we often become attached to specific items that we bring to our showroom. Certain pieces breed a sense of comfort and familiarity as they evoke fond memories of simpler times. When these pieces sell, there is a sadness that comes with seeing them leave coupled with the delight of knowing they are going to a good home. Two favorites currently residing in our showroom are the huge American flag that hangs above the staircase and the magnificent three tier cast iron chandelier that hangs in front of it. This week we began dismantling the chandelier, preparing it for delivery to it’s new home.

The light as it was disassembled one arm at a time.

The light as it was disassembled one arm at a time.

The chandelier has been a mainstay at Southern Accents for a number of years and is one of the most photographed items in our showroom. Measuring 40″ wide by 80″ tall, this light is a beast! Originally a kerosene chandelier, it spent the bulk of it’s life hanging in a church built around 1887 in Shelbyville, Tennessee. The light was converted from kerosene to electric in 1963. After arriving at our showroom, the original glass globes were removed, carefully wrapped, and stored to protect them. Yesterday, the globes were retrieved, the original canisters removed, and preparations began to crate the body.

Each piece of the light was carefully wrapped and boxed. The large base was securely crated, wrapped, loaded, and delivered to it's new home!

Each piece of the light was carefully wrapped and boxed. The large base was securely crated, wrapped, loaded, and delivered to it’s new home!

Next week the walk up the stairs to our team meeting will seem a little ‘off’. The absence of this beautiful piece will be noticeable. We will however wait in anticipation of what will take it’s place, because for every “favorite” that passes through our showroom, we know there is another one to follow!

Globes and canisters removed, this is the last picture taken of the light fixture before  it was removed and crated for shipping.

Globes and canisters removed, this is the last picture taken of the light fixture before it was removed and crated for shipping.

We’re always on the ‘hunt’ for that next awesome piece! Whether we’re junking on the weekends or simply stumble across a fantastic find, you can share in the excitement by following us on all our excursions through our various social media accounts! They are all listed to the right!

This archived photo shows the light with the original globes attached.

This archived photo shows the light with the original globes attached.

Written by: Lisa Jones


Five Dollar (And Under) Finds!

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents is an architectural salvage store, but walk in our showroom or visit our website and you will quickly see that we are SO much more! We have a fantastic collection of small salvage items that lend themselves perfectly to creative DIY or salvage art projects. All of the items shown above are $5 or LESS!!

When on a salvage mission, quite often there are unique, small items that we are able to rescue. There are also a lot of small items that are architectural in nature that we remove directly from the house or structure whenever possible. Salvaged door knobs and hardware, skeleton keys, tin shingles, staircase spindles, small trim pieces, even salvaged wood scraps… all of these small items can be repurposed. We’ve seen so many creative ideas from our customers and others who have turned these items into everything from beautiful jewelry to unbelievable works of art.

The holiday season is just around the corner. Unique, handmade items are a great way to give a gift that has meaning. Now is the time to start planning for and creating those gift items! Stop by our showroom or visit our website and take a look at all of our unique finds. Our “$5 and under items” typically go quickly and are only available while supplies last! And, when you finish your work of art… send us a picture! We LOVE to see what our customers do with our treasures and would love to share your creations on our Pinterest and Facebook page for others to see! Send pictures to info@sa1969.com


Barn Doors Remain “Stable” In Decorating

As children, most of us have been asked at some point, “Were you raised in a barn?” This question typically comes from a mother upon discovering a door that was left wide open invariably by the child! Whether open or closed, there is a fascination with barn doors. Perhaps it is the barn door that evokes fond memories for those who grew up around or on a family farm or maybe it is just a reminder of more simple times. Whatever the appeal, barn doors are currently a popular decorating trend in homes and businesses.

The logo of each Southern Makers 2014 curator was stenciled onto this large barn door and displayed at the event.

The logo of each Southern Makers 2014 curator was stenciled onto this large barn door and displayed at the event.

Salvaged barn doors are being repurposed in a variety of ways. We used several recently as a design element for Southern Makers. The logos of the 2014 Southern Makers curators were stenciled on to a large door and displayed at the event.

Barn door used as a stage marquee at Southern Makers 2014

Barn door used as a stage marquee at Southern Makers 2014

A smaller salvaged barn door was placed to the side of the stage and used to display the days performance schedule. The door was mounted to a set of salvaged box springs outlined with Eidson bulbs to give the appearance of an event marquee. We used colored chalk for the stage display which can be cleaned off, allowing us the ability to reuse this door for future events.

Logos stenciled onto an old barn door and used for marketing purposes.

Logos stenciled onto an old barn door and used for marketing purposes.

A quick search on Pinterest will pull up a long list of creative ideas on how to repurpose old barn doors. Salvaged barn doors are being used as headboards, mantel decorations, wall decor, baby gates and table tops. But mostly, they are being hung and used as interior sliding doors. Sliding doors take up less room, making them an attractive solution for closing off or hiding areas such as pantries, closets and laundry rooms.

Just a few of the salvaged barn doors available at Southern Accents Wood Warehouse.

Just a few of the salvaged barn doors available at Southern Accents Wood Warehouse.

This past week we received around twenty old barn doors of various sizes, colors, and condition. Can’t find an old barn door in the size you need? We can custom build a door using salvaged wood to suit your specific need. The beauty of a custom built door from salvaged material is that you get the rustic, worn, vintage look in the exact dimensions needed for your project! Stop by our wood warehouse and take a look at our selection of salvaged barn doors or talk to us about a custom project. We are available Tuesday – Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm, Monday by appointment only.

This barn door was custom made from salvaged materials for a customer.

This barn door was custom made from salvaged materials for a customer.


Through The “Stained” Looking Glass

Of all the architectural pieces that we salvage, none capture our attention and mesmerize us the way a beautiful piece of stained glass does. Gazing through a multi colored window as the suns rays penetrate the textured glass panes is fascinating. Being makers ourselves, we are awed by the creativity of artists as well as the creative process it takes to produce these works of art. Through the years, we have had many stunning pieces pass through our showroom including this 200 year old window shown below.

This 200 year old stained glass window originated from a church in Wales.

This 200 year old stained glass window originated from a church in Wales.

We love this quote from Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” There is a romance between the mediums used in the creation of stained glass. While the fragments of colored glass completely contrast with the copper foil or lead came, they are still dependent on one another… it is the seamless intertwining of the two that creates a stunning work of art.

This jeweled, stained glass window is the most gorgeous piece that we have ever had pass through our showroom.

This jeweled stained glass window is the most gorgeous piece that we have ever had pass through our showroom.

The history of manmade glass dates all the way back to 2625 BC with the discovery of glass Egyptian beads. The earliest surviving example of pictorial stained glass is the 10th century Head of Christ. Fragments were excavated in 1912 from Lorsch Abbey in Germany. In addition to it’s sheer beauty, there is so much rich history surrounding stained glass it is impossible for us not to love it!

This beautiful window is one of 7 that we recently acquired.

This beautiful window is one of 7 that we recently acquired.

We have received several gorgeous pieces of stained glass recently. To view all of our incredible windows and to see more detailed pictures of them, visit our website at www.sa1969.com or stop by our showroom. The stained glass can be found on the Antique Windows page. Our showroom is open Tuesday – Friday from 9am till 5pm and Saturday from 10am till 4pm. Closed Sunday, Monday by appointment only.

Written by: Lisa Jones


Dr. Garlan Gudger’s Roast

Southern Accents is a family owned and operated business that started in 1969 in the garage of Dr. Garlan Gudger, Sr. Talk to his son, Garlan, Jr., and he will tell you that the success of this business is due not only to his father’s tireless efforts throughout the years, but to his genuine love of architectural antiques and his passion for preservation. Garlan, Jr. describes family vacations growing up resembling an episode of Sanford and Son! “We would leave out in the family van and return with a U-haul hooked to the back filled with all kinds antiques and architectural pieces!” This passion has been passed down from father to son, who took over the business in 1999.

Dr. Garlan Gudger, Sr. and Garlan, Jr.

Dr. Garlan Gudger, Sr. and Garlan, Jr.

Because of health issues lately, Dr. Gudger is unable to spend as much time at the store as he would like but loves to stop in and visit with former customers whenever possible. He is currently doing well and has been the recent recipient of several prestigious recognitions which include an award from the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston for surviving 62 years of Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes. Dr. Gudger, who was diagnosed at the age of 10, credits a life long regimen of exercise, his participation in sports, and the good Lord for his survival. This past April, Dr. Gudger was inducted into the Cullman County Sports Hall of Fame and was also recently named as one of the top 5 Outstanding Alumni from Tennessee Tech in Cookville, Tennessee.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques - Dr. Garlan Gudger

This past Thursday night, July 31, 2014, Victim Services of Cullman hosted it’s 3rd Annual Fundraising Roast honoring Dr. Garlan Gudger, Sr. The roast, which was held at Terri Pines Country Club, was a fun evening filled with found memories, memorable stories and a few pokes, prods, and jabs along the way! Dr. Gudger was excited to spend the evening with family, old friends, former customers and colleagues, as well as former football players from his coaching days!

The evening kicked off with a meet and greet followed by dinner and then the roast. Dr. Gudger would like to thank everyone who attended and participated in the roast. A great evening was had by all! All proceeds from this event will help support victims of domestic and sexual violence.


Coffee Table Transformation

When we see a pile of old wood or a chippy paint door, our creative brains start racing! Our imaginations immediately travel down the “what can I do with this” track! We draw energy from our customers who are traveling down that same track… the ones who walk into our warehouses and immediately see potential. This imagination, coupled with a creative process is what turns a pile of vintage lumber into a beautiful treasure.

This beautiful piece of furniture started out as a pile of salvaged oak beams

This beautiful piece of furniture started out as a pile of salvaged oak beams

Such is the case with this stunning coffee table. Team member, Tyler Dooley, recently built this beautiful piece of furniture for one of our customers. The table was constructed using a stack of salvaged, circular sawn oak beams. The 3″ x 5″ beams were ripped and lightly planed. Great effort was made to ensure that as much of the original patina as possible was preserved. Once the table was constructed, Tyler applied Briwax in a rustic pine color to finish the table. The Briwax brought the wood to life and gave it that rich tone that shows off its character and natural patina. The pictures to below show the details of the finished wood table.

The finished table... gorgeous!

The finished table… gorgeous!

Southern Accents has a talented team of artists and craftsmen available to help you plan your next project. Whether you are looking for a custom piece or just need help selecting the right materials for your next creation, we are here to help. We can be reached by phone during regular business hours Tuesday – Saturday or you can e-mail us 24/7! Better yet… stop by, take a look around, and share your creative projects and ideas with us! We are open Tues – Fri from 9am till 5pm, Sat from 10am till 4pm, and Mon by appointment only.

The circular sawn markings add character to the wood.

The circular sawn markings add character to the wood.

The table was finished with Briwax which helps to seal and protect the wood without covering up the natural patina.

The table was finished with Briwax which helps to seal and protect the wood without covering up the natural patina.

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Gorgeous!

Written by: Lisa Jones


The S “A” Team

Every Tuesday morning at Southern Accents begins with a team meeting. This is actually the only time during the week that we are all in one place at the same time. We gather upstairs and sit around our large, custom made salvaged wood table. Ben arrives with a bag of fresh, warm doughnuts from one of our local bakeries. Everyone grabs a cup of coffee or a bottled Coke from the cooler and we begin the meeting with prayer. The primary purpose for our weekly gathering is two fold: to encourage one another and to plan our schedule for the upcoming week.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Our weekly meeting has become an integral part of our business. We always spend a few minutes discussing personal issues. We talk about our kids, our pets, our weekend ventures. We laugh a lot and at times have shed a few tears. This is our time to catch up with one another and make sure that we are all doing well. If there are needs or issues to be addressed, we do it here.

The next order of business is business! We each have our “to do” list that we go over in detail. The goal is to make sure that we are all on the same page. We discuss custom orders, sales goals, deliveries, and upcoming projects. We talk about marketing and toss around ideas for newsletter topics. And we talk about wood… we talk a LOT about wood!

The bulk of our business involves wood. Wood doors, wood mantels, wood columns, wood corbels and wood trim. We have an entire warehouse filled with nothing but salvaged wood. Everything from old barnwood to antique wood flooring. Wood that has been salvaged from the walls of historic houses and vintage beams from old log cabins and industrial mills. If you were a fly on the wall listening in on the conversations, there would be no doubt about the fact that we love what we do! We have a team of creative artists who get excited about an upcoming salvage mission. Skilled craftsmen and wood workers who gaze on a stack of salvaged wood the way a painter looks at a blank canvas. Ask our guys what they “do for fun” and they will be quick to tell you that they spend their free time building furniture or creating artistic pieces for no other reason than to feed their creative soul!

Stop by our showroom or wood warehouse and talk to any of our team members! We love to hear about your creative ideas and to give input in the design process. Our knowledgeable team can help you pick out the perfect materials for your next project!


What’s Your Canvas?

Southern Accents famous salvaged wood wall!

Speak of artwork and the vision that pops into most people’s mind would be that of a framed canvas, hanging on a wall, showcasing a beautiful scene or portrait created by an artist via the use of brushes and paints. While a canvas may be the most recognized medium for artwork, art takes on many different forms and the canvas could be just about anything! Photographers, wood workers, sculptors, welders, musicians, chefs and other creatives are producing exquisite works of art from some of the most unlikely mediums.

If you are a regular reader of our weekly newsletter or have visited our showroom in the past few months, you’ve surely already seen our salvaged wood wall. This work of art was created from a pile of discarded wood sitting at our wood warehouse. Artists and creatives visit our showroom weekly seeking old tin ceiling tiles, salvaged wood, old doors, glass paned windows, and salvaged hardware, to be used as a canvas for their unique works of art. We have THE most creative customers! We are always humbled by your passion and intrigued with your many unique ideas.

What’s your canvas? Summer is a great time to allow your creative juices to run rampant! We have a warehouse full of salvaged items waiting to be turned in to beautiful works of art. If you need a little inspiration, check out our Pinterest boards. We’ve pinned a lot of ideas to get you started. Stop by our showroom and talk with us about your next project.

We also LOVE to receive pictures of your finished works. If you have a picture to share, please send it to info@sa1969.com or feel free to post pictures to our Facebook page.

Written by: Lisa Jones


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