A Time To Give

This past Tuesday was recognized as Giving Tuesday. During this charitable season as you are thinking about your end-of-year giving, we would love for you to consider making a donation to a local cause. While the holiday season is a joyful time for most, for some, this time of year is a struggle. Several years ago it came to our attention that there was a group of pre school age children who were living below poverty level and in need. While many local organizations step up to help meet basic needs like food, clothing, and school supplies, we decided that we wanted to take on the task of ensuring that each of these children received a Christmas present. Out of our desire to bring a bit of joy to these children during the holiday season, our non-profit organization, SA323 was born!

The SA stands for Salvage Assurance and the 323 is based on Colossians 3:23 which is the core of our mission statement: “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.” Each December we purchase and present one wrapped gift to a group of around 100 children who might otherwise not receive anything for Christmas. We call on our friends Frosty and Rudolph to help deliver the gifts as well as provide snacks for their Santa party. 100% of the donations received are used locally to provide for these children. All donations are tax deductible and no gift is too small.

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If you would like to make a donation, please stop by our showroom during regular business hours or give us a call at 877-737-0554. Each donation of $100 or more received between now and December 15th will receive one of our custom Alabama wood ornaments. These ornaments are made especially for us by local artist Leldon Maxcy. We understand that there are many worthwhile organizations seeking donations during this time of year and we truly appreciate your consideration in helping us put a smile on the face of a these children that need your help!

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Every donation of $100 or more will receive a custom Alabama wood ornament created especially for Southern Accents by local artist Leldon Maxcy.


Mauldin Goes To Mississippi

Recently, SA team member Jason Mauldin ventured over to Oxford, Mississippi to speak at Ole Miss and to attend The Conference On The Front Porch at Plein Air in Taylor, Mississippi. Journalism and marketing professor Mark Dolan asked Mauldin to speak to his integrated marketing class about the benefits of deeper story telling in marketing. Everything we do at Southern Accents has a story that we are preserving, so it was an excellent fit for one of our own story tellers to be a professor for the day. We look forward to continuing a relationship with Dr. Dolan and hope to return soon to expand on our initial visit.

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Just outside of Oxford is the lovely town of Taylor, Mississippi. In that small town is a wonderful new community called Plein Air. Every one of the homes there is required to have a front porch, so it was the perfect setting for a conference dedicated to the impact of front porches. We spoke with the founder of the Plein Air community, Campbell McCool, about his philosophy on the front porch. Campbell said, “the front porch lends itself to community and getting to know your neighbors, unlike suburbia where everyone runs inside and locks the door.” Some of the topics discussed at the conference included the history and cultural significance of the front porch from Ancient Greece to modern America. Other discussions included the sociological importance of the front porch, the front porch and politics, stylistic evolutions of the porch and its architectural significance and much more. Lovers of all things architectural and story telling, we knew we wanted to attend. Folks came from as far away as Texas and Canada to participate in the two day conference held in the Plein Air community chapel, which was constructed almost 100% from salvaged materials from Southern Accents! You can find out more about this conference, which will be an ongoing event, by visiting them at theconferenceonthefrontporch.com. It is great opportunities and collaborations like this that make us #digmygig.

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The community chapel at Plein Air was constructed almost entirely of salvaged materials from Southern Accents.

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These magnificent doors are just one of the architectural elements that SA supplied for the chapel.

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Everything from salvaged wood for the walls and floors to lights and windows for this beautiful chapel was acquired from Southern Accents.

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The chapel has become a popular venue for weddings and community events.


Local Reclaimed Wood Projects

A continually growing part of our architectural salvage business is in the area of reclaimed wood. This highly sought after commodity, which is available in salvaged wood planks, beadboard, shiplap, barn wood and salvaged hand hewn beams, is being used in a wide variety of ways. From flooring, wall facades, ceiling coverings, furniture, fireplace mantel shelves, table and counter tops, artwork and more, old wood is being given a new life! In our wood shop, we use reclaimed wood in the creation of many of our custom built doors. While our customers who are using salvaged wood are spread throughout the country, we have recently been involved in two local projects that we want to highlight.

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Our good friends and fellow downtown business owners, Rob and Mary Ellen Werner, recently came to us in search of salvaged, white “chippy” painted bead board. The bead board was recently installed on the front and side wall of their retail shop, Werner’s Trading Company, located on HWY 278. The white wood walls brightened up the front sales area, as well as created a great backdrop for their selection of menswear. When asked why they chose reclaimed wood for this space, Mary Ellen replied, “we just LOVE wood!” They also expressed their belief in the importance of repurposing salvaged material. Werners new wall covering looks fantastic and Rob and Mary Ellen could not be more pleased with their choice of material for this project.

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Another local project that we have been involved with is the renovation of the historic Parker Bank building that is located on the same block as Southern Accents showroom. The top floor of this beautiful old building will be the new residence for the current owners, Ron and Trena Pierce. The bottom floor will serve as an office space for Ron’s business. Salvaged wood has been used throughout the building during the renovation process. Wood slats salvaged from Bonhaven was repurposed to create a stunning parquet floor at each entrance. Upstairs, in the master bedroom, salvaged wood was used to create a unique accent wall that will serve as the backdrop for the master bed. Down the hall, the guest bedroom is equipped with three, custom built bunk beds that will soon be ready for the grand children’s visits! The built-in beds were constructed from salvaged gym bleachers and industrial pipe.

We can’t wait to post photos of this finished project in coming weeks! In the mean time, visit our wood showroom at 250 Janeway Drive and let us show you our current inventory of salvaged and reclaimed wood for your next project!

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The gorgeous white wood wall at Werner’s provides the perfect backdrop for their selection of mens wear.

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The salvaged wood accent wall will serve as a backdrop for the master bed in the renovated Parker Bank building.

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In an effort to make the best use of their limited space, a set of custom, built-in, bunk beds were constructed in what will be a guest bedroom for the three grandchildren. The beds were constructed from salvaged gym bleachers and industrial pipe.


Retailer of the Year – Winners Announced

Tuesday of last week, Southern Accents did something that we have never done before… we intentionally closed the store for the entire day on what should have been a normal business day for us. Aside from major holidays, our showroom is open for business each week Tuesday through Saturday. While closing for a day may not be good for business, it was good for our team. Our entire team cleaned up, dressed up, and headed to the Vestavia Country Club in Birmingham to attend the Retailer of the Year award luncheon.

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A couple of months ago we were notified that SA had made it to the top three, after having been nominated for Retailer of the Year by local business owner Rob Werner. We received an invitation to the luncheon on October 18 where the winners would be announced. Owner, Garlan Gudger, Jr. decided that the entire team would attend the luncheon and be a part of the big announcement. We work hard as a team and this past year has been a busy one. Knowing that everyone needed a day off to relax and have a little fun, Garlan made the decision to close the store and take everyone with him. We dusted off our shoes and traded in our jeans and SA tees for a more formal attire and headed south for the day! Garlan’s family, including Garlan Sr., who is the founder of Southern Accents, joined the party along with the Werners.

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Garlan with friend and fellow business owner Rob Werner

When the winners were announced, Southern Accents was awarded the silver distinction in our category. “The Alabama Retailer of the Year judges praised Gudger for his “team orientation” and his success in “using 21st century technology to sell 19th century material.” They also gave him high marks for his work to preserve history and invigorate his city’s downtown.” Not only are we thrilled to have received this recognition, we are also humbled to have been included in the company of other successful and very worthy business owners and nominees from across the state of Alabama. We were inspired, not only by the success stories of the other nominees, but also by the words of keynote speaker Terry Finley, CEO of Books-A-Million.

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Garlan was quick to praise and thank the entire SA team. Southern Accents would also like to thank the Alabama Retail Association for their recognition, as well as Rob Werner for the nomination. But, this award would not be possible without our customers! Thank you all for believing in us and in what we do. Your support allows us to continue on our mission to rescue, restore, document and preserve architectural elements of historical significance.

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Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Fellow Alabama Retail of the Year category winners


The Westin Hotel – Nashville

A growing area of Southern Accents business the past few years has been set design and staging. We’ve designed and built sets for some amazing venues: New York Fashion week, SlossFest, Yellowhammer Presidential Forum, Southern Makers and more. While we are best known for our use of reclaimed wood and salvaged materials, our latest project pushed our creativity to new and exciting heights!! Last week we completed a job for the new Westin Hotel in downtown Nashville just in time for their grand opening. While this job presented many challenges, we overcame each one with the end result being nothing short of spectacular!

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Through relationships with quality people like Brent Smith, and others, we found ourselves in contact with the owners of the Westin Hotel who were looking for someone to construct the decor for two lobby ceilings. Jason West, of David Mexico Design Group out of NYC, came up with a beautiful multi faceted ceiling design. Jason’s design featured intricate lines and angles that resembled a pyramid. For this project we decided to use a high density urethane foam, which was hand carved to form the various facets. From start to finish, we were given only 31 days to complete the project.

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Large blocks of foam were hand carved to create the ceiling decor

Once we received the purchase order, the first step was to acquire the needed material. The foam used for this job had to be custom made. 15 blocks of 4’ x 10’ foam was poured and shipped to our warehouse in Garden City, Alabama. This process took 21 days, leaving us with only 10 days to complete the project! While the empty warehouse provided the large working space needed, there was no electricity, which forced our team to work with the assistance of a generator. SA team member Josh Howe, who has a BFA from the University of Montevallo with a concentration in sculpting, quickly went to work hand sculpting each piece of foam. Once the foam was carved, each piece was covered in a bronzy gold colored vinyl. The pieces were then transported to the Westin where SA team members worked throughout the week and into the wee hours of the night framing and hanging the finished works of art.

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Foam pieces were laid out in our warehouse in preparation for transportation to Nashville

We were honored to have been given the opportunity to take on this project. While the challenges we faced pushed us out of our comfort zone, we proved that we can take on any project and rise to the occasion. Like all of our endeavors, this was a team effort. From Jason’s spectacular design, to Josh’s artistry, to those that provided the vinyl application and other tools and equipment needed, everyone involved served an intricate and important role in this creation.

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The Westin elevator lobby upon our arrival

We are excited about the relationships formed during this venture and look forward to working with the Westin again in the future. Located at 807 Clark Place in Nashville, TN, the Westin officially opened Oct 12 and is booked at 100% occupancy this Sunday. When you visit this decadent hotel, remember to look UP at the ceiling while in the elevator lobby of the 1st and 27th floor to view Southern Accents handiwork!

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One of the two lobbies as we neared completion


Time Capsule Discovered

We believe that through our efforts here at Southern Accents, we always bridge the future to the past. One of the most interesting things about salvaging a house or building is discovering hidden treasures. At times the treasures are unexpected; little notes or photos that have slipped behind an old mantel or a forgotten item found buried beneath an old barn. Often times the treasures aren’t hidden at all, but might take a bit of digging to uncover, like the value inside boxes left in an attic that tell the stories of the former owner. We found such an example recently while salvaging the sanctuary of Central Baptist church in Decatur, Alabama.

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Our latest salvage mission involved the former sanctuary of Central Baptist Church in Decatur, Alabama. This beautiful building, constructed in 1926, was recently scheduled for demolition. The new property owner, Jeff Parker, could not bear to see over 100 beautiful stained glass windows and the many architectural elements go to waste. Therefore he contacted Southern Accents to salvage everything we could from the 90 year old building. Over the past several weeks we made several trips to downtown Decatur. In addition to the stained glass windows, we removed doors, newel posts and light fixtures, but our most exciting find was a small package tucked away inside a cut limestone cornerstone.

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We noticed the cornerstone at the back of the building. The stone was dated 1926, which told us that it was original to the building. We removed the stone, thinking that we might find a treasure behind it. What we did not expect, was a treasure hidden inside. Cut into the center of the stone was a 6″ x 6″ pocket. Inside was a small package wrapped in brown paper and tied with a string. The package was about the same size as a deck of playing cards. It was carefully removed, documented and brought back to our showroom in Cullman, Alabama, along with the stone for documenting. We cautiously unwrapped the package to discover 351 paper cards! Each card contained the signature of a church member, along with the name of his/her Sunday School teacher. While not all of the cards were perfectly legible, all that were have been recorded and placed in an excel spreadsheet for future generations.

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Once documented, we called Jeff Parker. He, along with Southern Accents, agreed to give the cornerstone and the package containing all the cards to Central Baptist Church. SA and Jeff Parker will present these items to pastor Rob Jackson next spring during Central Baptists anniversary celebration. It is our wish that this precious piece of history remain with the church family. Please visit our blog for more photos from the Central Baptist Church salvage mission.

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Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques


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

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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.


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