Front Street, Philadelphia, PA

Weekend before last we traveled to Philadelphia to purchase a warehouse filled with vintage and architectural antique items. The entire inventory was collected from a friend that was in the business for over 40 years. Front Street is known as the oldest formal road in Philadelphia and served as the town’s principal thoroughfare during and after the colonial period. Being the history buffs that we are, we were giddy as we rummaged through the warehouse and loaded our plunder on the back of three large moving trucks. We arrived back in Cullman on Monday and worked all last week to unload the trucks and sort through our inventory. Pictured below are a few of the gorgeous items that we brought back:

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Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

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Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

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Other items salvaged from Philly include spindles and stair railing, wainscoting, decorative wrought iron pieces, carved mantels, matching door knob sets, cabinet knobs and hardware, windows, and much more! You can visit the New Arrivals page on our website to view these items and others as we continue adding inventory to this page. Any of these items can be purchased by giving us a call at (877) 737-0554. And of course, we would love for you to visit with us at our showroom in historical downtown Cullman, Alabama. Our showroom hours are Tues – Fri from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Closed Sunday and open Monday by appointment only.

*Please note, we will be changing our fall hours beginning October 1st. Our new hours will be Tues – Fri from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 9am to 12noon.


Shindig No. 8

Last week we spent several days in Florence, Alabama building the set design for this year’s private event with Chef John Besh during Billy Reid’s Shindig No 8. Last year we built the salvaged wood tunnel for this same event and were honored to be invited back. The challenge was to come up with a design that would rival last years private entrance design while not redoing the same look.

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This photo taken from Google Maps shows the location before the entrance wall was built.

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This photo shows the location after the completion of the vine covered entryway.

This year’s private event spanned across the back yards of two historic houses which required us to build an entrance and a privacy wall. The inspiration for the entrance came from a photo that SA team member Josh saw of a structure built with willow tree vines. Armed with vines and foliage that we cut from a local apple orchard, our 14’ tall by 45′ wide vine covered entrance took on a life of its own. Covered in moss and vines, two light poles that were joined together formed an entrance that transitioned into a smaller opening built into the vine wall that created a sense of a “secret garden”. To add our own unique touch, we installed architectural salvage consisting of a broken 8’ tall Gothic stained glass window and a round 1884 window in the wall providing a “peek” to the other side.

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The vine and moss covered entry created a “secret garden” atmosphere.

To the right of the entrance, about 75 feet, we designed and built a privacy wall featuring the Shindig logo. The wall was built using stained bleacher boards rescued from a local basketball gym. The center canvas of white barn wood created a nice contrast for the brown logo application. The logo was created using thinly cut wood pieces, hand cut by local artist Leldon Maxcy. The wall served a dual purpose, creating privacy for the event, as well as, a great backdrop for photo opportunities!

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The salvaged wood wall created privacy for the ticketed event as well as a backdrop for photo opps!

The third component that we designed and built for Shindig were the bar areas. The main bar, built for Blackberry Farms to utilize showcasing their special Shindig beer, featured a salvaged wood wall as the backdrop for the cutout metal logos. The logos were framed with salvaged walnut banisters built by Josh and Andrew. A second bar area was built just inside the secret garden entrance from white salvaged wood for Tito’s and staffed by the great Houston restaurant owner Morgan Weber, owner of Eight Row Flint and Coltivare Pizza & Garden.

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The salvaged wood wall behind the main bar served as a backdrop for the framed metal cutout logos.

This was a team effort. Andrew, Patrick, Rogelio, Miguel, Mauldin and Garlan worked throughout the week on various parts while Josh supervised the project and created the beautiful vine entry. Everyone on our team worked hard in one aspect or another to ensure our success with this project. We would like to thank Designer Billy Reid, featured Chef John Besh and the Besh Foundation, Brewer Roy Milner from Blackberry Farm Brewery, Eight Row Flint and Tito’s for collaborating with Southern Accents for this prestigious event. We would also like to recognize Sarah Trapp and Shelly Colvin who worked tirelessly organizing the entire weekend of events! The secret garden wall will remain for the next few weeks and can be viewed at 248 East Tuscaloosa Street in Florence, Alabama. Visit our BLOG to see more photos of our creations at Shindig No. 8!

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Left to right: Garlan Gudger, Billy Reid, Chef John Besh and Roy Milner.

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The 8′ tall broken church window provided a “peek” inside the garden!

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This salvaged wood bar was built just inside the secret garden entrance for Tito’s.

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Cutout metal logos framed in salvaged walnut banister.

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The salvaged wood wall served as a backdrop for photos as guests arrived.

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SA Team members Garlan, Josh, and Andrew enjoying a little down time.


Retailer of the Year Winner!

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We are beyond thrilled to announce that we are a 2016 Retailer of the Year Winner!! Each year, for the past 17 years, the Alabama Retail Association presents awards to retailers across the state. This year we are a finalist in the small business category. Businesses must be nominated to be considered for this prestigious award. This year, Southern Accents was nominated by local business owner Rob Werner of Werner’s Trading Company. Once a nomination is made, the nominees are notified and required to submit an entry form that contains numerous questions regarding business practices. These forms then go before a panel of experienced judges. A gold, silver and bronze distinction is awarded within each category.

Southern Accents Architectural AntiquesTuesday, October 18th, Southern Accents will close the business for the day, so that our entire team can travel to Birmingham for the award presentation. We will not know whether we won the gold, silver or bronze distinction until the awards luncheon on the 18th, but we are both humbled and thrilled to have received this honor. We would like to thank Rob Werner for believing in what we do and nominating us for such a distinguished award. We would also like to thank all our customers whose patronage and support allow us to follow our passion… salvaging architectural antiques and elements of historical significance.


Central Baptist Church

Southern Accents latest salvage project took us a few miles up the road to downtown Decatur, Alabama, where we have been working to rescue over 100 stained glass windows from Central Baptist Church. In the 47 year history of our business, we have never had a “collection” of architectural windows of this magnitude.

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The Central Baptist Church sanctuary was built in 1926 after the thriving church, which was originally established in 1892, outgrew their existing facility and needed to expand. A contractor was hired to build the new sanctuary. The collection of stained glass windows were installed in the beautiful new sanctuary that seated 1,200 at full capacity.

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After researching the history of the Central Baptist window collection, we believe that the stained-leaded glass windows originated in France and date back to the late 1880’s. Unfortunately, because the new church building was contracted as a turn key project, no history was recorded on any of the specific architectural elements used. However, the style of the windows is reminiscent of work being created in Europe during the 1880’s. So while the exact age and origin of the windows can not be firmly established, it is plausible to believe that they could date back to this time period.

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Although these windows are being salvaged from the church, they are not of a religious pattern which allow them to be repurposed in any environment. We used several of the tall windows, that are in excellent condition, a few weeks ago in the Garden & Gun Artist Lounge at SlossFest in Birmingham.

Church growth recently lead the Central Baptist congregation to relocate to a larger facility with additional property that would accommodate a prosperous future. The old church buildings, which have been slowly deteriorating, will soon be torn down. We’ve had numerous customers who grew up in Decatur Baptist Church that have called or stopped by our showroom to purchase one of the windows. Currently we have over 60 of the stained glass windows available for purchase in three different sizes. The windows can be viewed at our showroom in downtown Cullman, Alabama or view them online at: www.sa1969.com/antique-windows-c16.

In addition to the windows we were also able to save doors and lights from the church building along with several other items. Give us a call at 877-737-0554 or stop by to view these and other architectural elements from this beautiful church building.

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The 36″ x 36″ windows are available for $785. We only have a few of the smaller windows left.

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The 36″ x 84″ windows are available for $1,650.

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The 36″ x 70″ windows are available for $1,250.


SlossFest 2016 / Garden & Gun

Hang around the Southern Accents team for any length of time and you will quickly see that we are passionate about our work. Whether we are rescuing architectural salvage or using reclaimed material to turn an ordinary event tent into a spectacular setting, our energy and drive is evident and our passion a bit contagious. Our latest adventure kept our team busy in Birmingham all last week transforming a large white tent into an air conditioned haven for the musical artists performing all weekend at the Sloss Music and Arts Festival in Birmingham, Alabama. This event took our entire SA TEAM!!! It takes every single team member… those working throughout the night on site, as well as, those back home holding down the fort, so that we all get to enjoy in the success of this event.

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Our SlossFest 2016 adventure actually began last year when Mason & Dixon connected the SA Team with Colleen Call of Garden & Gun. Colleen was so pleased with last year’s tent transformation that she called on us again this year to work our magic and design/build a gorgeous venue for the Garden & Gun Artist Lounge. Our team headed to Birmingham on Wednesday and began construction. Walls were framed inside the tent and then each wall was covered with different reclaimed material. Large stained glass windows, recently salvaged from a church in Decatur, Alabama, were installed along three sides of the tent. Wood shutters salvaged from an 1884 house in Spartanburg, SC were used to cover the two large air conditioners. We called on our friend, Laura Walker, to paint a large mural of an arrow that encompassed the Garden & Gun logo on the entry wall. The arrow head was supposed to be painted, but, after its completion by team member Josh Howe, we decided to leave the multi colored arrow head. Strategic lighting was used to illuminate the metal G&G logo behind the bar, as well as a couple of current G&G Magazine covers, which were enlarged, backlit, and hung in decorative antique frames. Heather stepped in and worked her decorating magic which ensured that this years SlossFest Garden and Gun Artist Lounge was a huge success!

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As it is with all our events, it takes a village! We are blessed to be surrounded by some of the best friends and creatives, all of whom we are able to call on to help make each event the success that it is. In addition to those mentioned above, we would also like to thank Vintage Exchange, Jeff Hill, Great Bear Wax Co, Adam Collier at Alabama Soda Works and Anne Conway. Thanks to Lisa Jones and Caleb Chancey for the photography and a huge thanks to Colleen and everyone at Garden & Gun for trusting us to do what we do best! We would also like to thank all of our clients for supporting us in our efforts of creating and salvaging architectural antiques. Thank you for coming in and telling people about us!

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Visit our You Tube channel to view a short video of the finished lounge.

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Thankful

For the second time in the past three years, Southern Accentshas received the “Best of Bama Award” from Alabama Magazine for the best antique store in the state! We are both humbled and honored and would like to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to the readers of Alabama magazine, as well as, our loyal customers for casting a vote in our favor. We do not take these awards lightly. To receive this type of recognition propels us to push ourselves to new heights. We are passionate about the business of architectural salvage. Reclaiming a part of history and preserving it for the future is a daily goal for us. We delight in customers who walk through our showroom and share our excitement and passion for the antique and vintage relics that fills our space. We love assisting customers in selecting the right architectural items for their project, while helping them design custom, one-of-a-kind pieces for their home, business or event. Being able to show up for work each day and do something that you love is a dream for many, but it is a reality for our team of talented creatives.

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Alabama Magazine is a favorite of the SA Team. You can pick up the latest edition on newsstands now, which contains the complete list of 2016 Best of Bama Award winners. We have several complimentary copies available at our showroom while supplies last!

Visit our showroom and warehouses Tuesday – Friday from 9am till 5pm and Saturday from 10am till 4pm. Our showroom is closed Sunday & Monday. You can visit us online 24/7 at SA1969.com. Follow our social media accounts to keep up with all the latest happenings with the SA Team!


Perfectly Imperfect

Visiting Southern Accents showroom is like taking a step back in time. Our showroom is filled with architectural antiques. Beautiful hand carved mantels and solid wood doors that date back 100 years or older. Crystal chandeliers and antique brass pan lights hang from our old tin ceiling. Metal drawers lining the back wall are filled with salvaged door knobs and hardware. Newel posts and stair case spindles fill a room upstairs while a separate warehouse out back houses old wood shutters, corbels, columns, windows, tin and a wide collection of other architectural salvage. Aside from being really old, all of these items have something else in common… they are all perfectly “imperfect”!

Age has a way of leaving it’s marks. As we age, every line, wrinkle, and scar creates character and reminds us of our past, both good and bad. Architectural antiques are much the same. Each item has scars… dents, dings and cracks unique to each piece. These imperfections not only create character, but help tell the story of that piece. Our job is to rescue these magnificent architectural elements and give them a chance at a second life. Our customers do not come to our showroom looking for perfection. Our customers are looking for those pieces that speak to them. They appreciate the flaws and respect the history of each piece.

mantel258The mantel shown above, which is has been stripped and sanded, along with the items shown below and all of the other wonderful architectural antiques you will find when visiting our showroom are waiting, in all their imperfect glory, for a second chance to grace someone’s home or business. If chipping paint, rusty iron, and old barn wood ignite your senses… Southern Accents is definitely a place you want to visit!

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The Trampoline Theory

Southern Accents is not just a business. We are a team of creatives. Although we all stem from different backgrounds and possess different talents, one common thread that we all share is that we are passionate about the creative process of every project that we tackle. Each time we are asked to create something, be it a staged area or backdrop for an event, decor for a new restaurant, a unique piece of furniture, or any number of other projects we have been asked to take on, we approach each new project with what we call “the trampoline theory”. We believe that for the most part, a single idea fashioned by one individual, on their own, is usually neither unique or the final outcome. However, when an idea is taken and bounced around among others who are creatively like minded, the idea begins to grow and develop. As new ideas are introduced and slowly merge with the original, the idea grows higher. Some parts may fall to the side while others will take shape and start to soar. There are times when we have to “get off the trampoline” and let the idea rest. Once the idea is brought back to the table, it is generally with a renewed vigor that results in a triple back flip of success!!

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Our most recent example of our creative process is the stage backdrop that we created for Southern Makers 2016. Originally Garlan had a totally different idea for this years backdrop. As he began bouncing his ideas back and forth among the team, his original idea began to grow and eventually evolved into the very cool backdrop that you see in the photo above.

Surrounding yourself with like minded creatives, even if they do not practice the same field of art, is essential. Being in the company of other makers of all genres fuels our own creativity and provides the support and encouragement that is often needed. No matter what your creative passion; food, gardening, woodworking, painting, photography, etc., surround yourself with others who are passionate about their art and go #createsomething!

A few other recent SA creations:

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Custom office desk and shelving for McPhearson Oil

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Entrance tunnel for Shindigs No.7

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Garden & Gun’s Artist Tent for Sloss Fest 2015

Photography by: Lisa Jones Photography


Southern Makers Success – #SouthernMakers2016

Southern Makers 2016 is now a page in the history book, but what an incredible event! Within a few short weeks of SM2015, plans were underway for this year’s event. While the planning and the promoting of this event takes place year round, there is a tremendous amount of hard work and a lot of man hours that go into making this event the huge success that it is. The Southern Accents team arrived in Montgomery on Wednesday of last week and worked around the clock right up until the gates opened. Southern Accents is responsible for designing and constructing all the set designs of this massive venue which include the entrance, stage, conversation tent, bar, workshop area, covering the dumpster wall, the booth for Southern Makers as well as our own Southern Accents booth. It is a team effort for sure! We are so thankful for the SA Team… not only those who worked tirelessly at the event, but also those who stayed behind to hold down the fort! We would also like to thank the many volunteers who worked through the weekend, the makers, and the sponsors. The atmosphere is definitely akin to a big family reunion. It would be impossible to name everyone here who played a part in the events success but rest assured, no ones efforts went unnoticed!!! We also want to thank everyone who attended the event. Your support of our Makers helps to ensure their success, as well as, the events success to showcase Alabama’s talent!

Southern Accents Architectural AntiquesMake sure you are following us on Facebook and Instagram. We will be posting more photos from this past weekends event. We will also be posting details regarding a second Southern Makers event this September at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham as they become available!

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We Have A Dream

Recently, at one of our weekly team meetings, team member John shared with us a dream that he had. In his dream, one side of our wood showroom had large, clear, glass windows down one wall. The parking lot was full with customers who had traveled from far away. They were lined up outside the glass windows, peering through to watch our guys at work. We selected, milled, and finished our vintage timbers so that they could purchase the salvaged wood items from John. If you visit our wood showroom, you will quickly understand why John dreams about salvaged wood.

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The part of John’s dream where customers are coming from all areas of the U.S. has already come true. Several years ago we placed a world map on cork board and hung it in our front showroom. We asked customers to place pins in the map to represent where they were from. It wasn’t long before our map was filled with pins. While the majority was centered in the SE, there were pins that marked paths from California to New York and Canada to South America! We were amazed at how far so many of our customers had traveled. While many of our customers tell us that they were “passing through” and just had to stop, many others let us know that they traveled to Cullman JUST TO VISIT US!!

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To confirm our map and your pins, we were recently honored to have been officially recognized by the Alabama Tourism Department as an Alabama “Tourist Destination!!” We were thrilled to have received this distinction… a distinction that our customers have recognized for some time! We are proud to serve our State in such a great fashion and will continue to welcome visitors from across the globe!

John’s dream was not too far off! When planning a trip to Cullman, Alabama to visit Southern Accents, you will discover that we have a lot to look at! Now… if we could only get Garlan to install those large windows, John’s full dream would become reality!! Plan a day trip to Cullman soon and come see us!


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