Milling Around

Southern Accents has been a family owned and operated business since 1969. Second generation owner, Garlan Gudger, Jr., saw the need last year to take SA’s salvage operations to the next level by adding the ability to mill our own salvage lumber.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

A growing part of Southern Accents business is salvage wood. One mile from the showroom, on Janeway Drive, sits our warehouse, fully stocked with salvaged barn wood, bead board, beams, fireplace timbers and more. As people are becoming more environmentally aware, the demand for salvage and repurposed wood continues to grow. The patina and beauty of naturally aged wood is simply unmatched. When using the wood for flooring, most want the antique wood milled. Milling the wood ensures that the planks are uniform in width and thickness. It can also give the wood a “clean” face and open up the wood pores, allowing it to be more susceptible to receiving stains and finishes. Having our own mill allows us the ability to fulfill custom orders more quickly and efficiently.

Stop by our wood warehouse and shop one of the largest selections of salvaged wood available in the Southeast! Our warehouse is open Tues-Fri from 9 to 5 and Sat from 10 to 4.

Our current wood stock includes this gorgeous chippy paint breadboard recently salvaged from Selma, Alabama. We have approximately 3,000 square feet while supplies last, priced at $1.00 per linear foot. There is a mix of colors that include white, grey, avocado, haint blue, electric blue, lime green. The salvaged breadboard is a popular choice for wall and ceiling coverings as well as an endless number of craft and DIY projects, including frames, headboards, and more. The ends have been cut and the wood is ready to be repurposed!

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

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Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques


Salvage Project Video/Picture Tour

Last week we posted a video tour of one of our latest salvage projects, an 1884 Second Empire style house in South Carolina. You can view the YouTube video here.

We have begun a process of documenting our salvage projects in an effort to preserve the memory of these structures for future generations. Part of our documentation process includes lots of photographs! Since posting the video, we have had numerous requests for photos. Here’s a few of the photos used in the video along with descriptions. Enjoy!

1884 Empire Style structure with 1920's Neo-Classical additions

1884 Empire Style structure with 1920’s Neo-Classical additions

The house has been unoccupied for approximately 10 years

The house has been unoccupied for approximately 10 years

Remains of what use to be a formal garden can be seen from this side view of the house

Remains of what use to be a formal garden can be seen from this side view of the house

Approximately 1 year ago, the house received significant damage when several large trees fell on top of it

Approximately 1 year ago, the house received significant damage when several large trees fell on top of it

In addition to the main house, the 6 acre lot includes a tea house and well house.

In addition to the main house, the 6 acre lot includes a tea house and well house.

The tea house served as the focal point of many garden parties and festivals that were held on the property

The tea house served as the focal point of many garden parties and festivals that were held on the property

Inside view of the tea house

Inside view of the tea house

Well house

Well house

This small structure housed the very first fire hydrant to be installed in  the area

This small structure housed the very first fire hydrant to be installed in the area

Front foyer.

Front foyer.

One of two keeping rooms located at the front of the house

One of two keeping rooms located at the front of the house

Second keeping room

Second keeping room

Family room located on the ground floor

Family room located on the ground floor

Ground floor bedroom

Ground floor bedroom

Ground floor bath

Ground floor bath

Formal dining room. The dark spots on the wallpaper is mold

Formal dining room. The dark spots on the wallpaper is mold

The original kitchen was detached from the house. This kitchen was added, probably in the 1920's, when other changes/additions to the house were made

The original kitchen was detached from the house. This kitchen was added, probably in the 1920’s, when other changes/additions to the house were made

This was originally an open breezeway between the house and the original kitchen. The breezeway was later enclosed.

This was originally an open breezeway between the house and the original kitchen. The breezeway was later enclosed.

This kitchen, original to the house,  was once detached

This kitchen, original to the house, was once detached

Cellar

Cellar

Stairway leading to the second story

Stairway leading to the second story

Second story hallway

Second story hallway

One of six second story bedrooms

One of six second story bedrooms

Bedroom

Bedroom

One of two upstairs baths

One of two upstairs baths

Bedroom

Bedroom

Bedroom

Bedroom

Bath

Bath

Bedroom

Bedroom

Bedroom

Bedroom

This room was once a nursery but was later turned into a library room

This room was once a nursery but was later turned into a library room

Stairs leading to the attic

Stairs leading to the attic

The attic

The attic

In this corner of the attic you can see an exposed area from where the house was damaged.

In this corner of the attic you can see an exposed area from where the house was damaged.

Room off of the attic and stairway leading to the upper room

Room off of the attic and stairway leading to the upper room

Upper room. From this room you can see the back side of the slate roof tiles.

Upper room. From this room you can see the back side of the slate roof tiles.

Remains of what use to be a playhouse

Remains of what use to be a playhouse

Two door garage

Two door garage

Remains of the entrance to the root cellar

Remains of the entrance to the root cellar

Brick chimney on the back side of the property which we believe is the only remains of what use to be the help's quarters

Brick chimney on the back side of the property which we believe is the only remains of what use to be the help’s quarters

The SA Team on our first visit to Spartanburg

The SA Team on our first visit to Spartanburg

Photography by Lisa Jones. All photos copyright 2015, Southern Accents Architectural Antiques. All rights reserved.


The “What” of What We Salvage

A question we are often asked regarding our salvage projects is, “What all do you salvage from a house?” To answer that question… We will salvage any architectural element from a structure that can be safely removed in good enough condition that we believe can be reused or repurposed. Architectural elements can include any or all of the following: doors and accompanying hardware, door frames with trim, crown molding, wainscoting, fireplace mantels, sinks, tubs, light fixtures, wood flooring, floor joists, baseboards, wood walls, wood beams, newel posts, stairways and railings, decorative wood trim, decorative tile, ceiling medallions, porch posts and columns, windows, garden gates, iron fencing and at times brick and stone.

Quite often, before we can begin a new salvage project, the first thing we do is remove items from the house that have been left behind. Most often these are small items or furniture that have been stored away in the attic. Once these items have been removed, the real work begins. When salvaging a house, we basically “deconstruct” it. The first elements that we remove are typically the last elements that were installed in the house such as interior doors, mantels, bath and light fixtures. Once these items are removed, we then begin pulling the wood. We start at the top of multi level structures and work our way down. The last items taken are structural elements such as wood beams, columns, and posts.

Most often the property owner will schedule a demolition company to come in right behind us. If we are salvaging brick or stone from the structure, we will often coordinate those efforts with the demolition crew.

We are typically given a set amount of time to save what we can. At times we may only have a single day! Several years ago we were given the opportunity to salvage wood from a house that was scheduled for demolition. We worked hard for a full day pulling as much wood as we could. We arrived on day two to continue our efforts only to discover that the fire department had already set the structure ablaze! Once we begin a new project we work as efficiently as possible to ensure that we are able to save as many elements as possible.

We believe our work here at Southern Accents is truly preserving our history through salvage. We’ve recently added items to our New Arrivals page that were saved during phase I of our latest salvage project. In the coming days, we will be returning for phase II. Make sure you are following along with us on our social media accounts as we continue what will be our largest salvage project to date!

Here are a few of our latest finds!

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

 

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

 

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques


Junking “How To”

Antiquing or “Junking” has become a very popular pastime. For many, it is simply a fun hobby. For some it is a true appreciation for the artistry and craftsmanship of period pieces. Some share a keen awareness of the need to repurpose old items as a way of contributing to the sustainability of our planet. And yet for others, many old items hold a sentimental value that serve as a fond reminder of the past. No matter the reason, antiquing can be a fun adventure for the entire family! Whether you are hitting the weekend yard sales, planning a visit to Southern Accents, or attending one of the larger antique marts, we’ve compiled a check list to ensure that you are well prepared for your next antiquing adventure!

  • Comfortable Shoes & Clothing – Planning an all day adventure? Comfort is key! It’s also a good idea to make sure you are prepared for any inclement weather.
  • Truck – Even if you are only looking for small items, make sure if you find that “must have” larger item that you are able to take it with you.
  • Cash – Some vendors do not accept checks or credit cards but even more important, many vendors are more likely to offer discounts for cash sales.
  • Notebook & Pen – Before you head out, jot down measurements of spaces in your home you are looking to fill to ensure the piece you are looking at will fit. Also use the notebook to take notes on your purchased items. Write down any history or story associated with the item, where and when it was acquired and the price paid. Keeping a record of your purchases will come in handy down the road if you decide to sell or need to value your items.
  • Flashlight, Magnifying Glass, Measuring Tape, Calculator – These all come in handy when looking at details or determining if an item you have your eye on will fit in your space.

If you are hitting the yard sales or planning to visit multiple antique shops in a specific area, map out your day ahead of time. Having a plan will help you make the best use of your time and ensure that you are able to visit each location on your list. The MOST important advice we can give is this: if you see something that speaks to you, buy it! Chances are, if you take a “let me think about it” approach, the item will be gone when you come back. We see this happen ALL the time. Most of our antiques are one-of-a-kind. Quite often we have customers return to purchase an item they looked at previously only to be disappointed that the item was no longer available.

Planning a visit to Cullman. Stop by our showroom and pick up a copy of our brochure, Antique Shops of Cullman. Happy antiquing!

Here’s just a few of our treasures worth digging through!

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

 


Minton Pictorial Tiles

Occasionally we run across an item that shines amongst all the dirt, dust and debris of being on site of an architectural salvage job. The item that shined the brightest on our latest salvage mission was a set of 19th century sepia-toned ceramic tiles. This set of pictorial tiles was installed as a fireplace surround in what once was the elegant keeping room in a majestic home.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

The tiles were fabricated by Minton China Works, Stoke-on-Trent, in Staffordshire, England. This well known manufacturer was originated by Thomas Minton in 1793. Through the years the very successful company grew and expanded at the helm of several generations of Mintons. Thomas’s son Herbert, who succeeded his father, not only developed new production techniques, but also enlisted the services of artists and skilled artisans which helped establish the company as the most famed and prolific manufacturer of ceramics and china for most of the Victorian Era. Minton tiles were used in countless prestigious buildings and homes.

The Minton tiles that we were able to salvage were simply stunning and in great condition. Because this Minton set did not combine to create a larger scene, like most American tile sets, the tiles were perfect collector pieces. Each 6″ x 6″ glazed tile was a work of art.

Each of these tiles have already found a new home! We can’t wait to receive pictures from their new owners showing us how these lovely tiles are being displayed!


The Why of What We Do

This past week the Southern Accents team hit the road and began what is our largest salvage project to date. The first order of business was to explore the historic house. Walking through multiple rooms of the dark, four story abode, we all had the same sense of feeling overwhelmed. Several days of filtering through the house was an emotional experience. Each room held remnants of lives once lived in a majestic dwelling. We were awed with the artistry of the architectural elements. The quality of the materials used in the house, which was constructed in the late 1800’s was impressive. We were saddened by its current state and wished that we could have visited during its heyday. As we listened to the property owner tell us the history of the house, we imagined the happy sounds of six generations of family who occupied the house through the years.

Salvaging a historic house is a task that we do not take lightly. It is always our preference to see a house fully restored to its original state. Once time and nature takes its toll and it reaches a point of deterioration where restoration is simply not feasible, it becomes our goal to rescue as many elements from the house as we possibly can. When a house can’t be brought back to life, we can salvage, restore, and repurpose much of it. Our documentation efforts allow the house, its stories and its history to be remembered and passed down for many more generations to come.

There is a window of time where we have the opportunity to safely conduct a salvage operation of this magnitude. There comes a point, when the house begins to collapse in on itself, the window is closed and all is lost. That saddens us even more.

In the coming weeks we will have stories to tell, pictures to share, and beautiful architectural elements to offer from this stately house. Wrapping up our first week on the job, we leave feeling as if we’ve left a part of ourselves with this project but also feeling that we are better for having had the experience.

Here’s a glimpse at just a few of the finds from our latest salvage mission.

A glimpse at some of the attic finds.

A glimpse at some of the attic finds.

Beautiful embossed hardware decorated many of the doors.

Beautiful embossed hardware decorated many of the doors.

The passing of time had glued this picture to the glass.

Time had glued this picture to the glass.

Old houses with large attics typically hold all kinds of surprises!

Old houses with large attics typically hold all kinds of surprises!

Even though these furniture pieces are not in the best condition, they can be restored or repurposed.

Even though these furniture pieces are not in the best condition, they can be restored or repurposed.

This incredible staircase is one of the many architectural elements that can be salvaged from a house or structure.

This incredible staircase is one of the many architectural elements that can be salvaged from a house or structure.

 

Written by: Lisa Jones


2015 – The Best Is Yet To Come!

Looking back at this past year, 2014 was our busiest and best to date! We are so grateful to all of our incredible customers. Because of your continued support, we are able to continue pursuing our passion of rescuing, restoring, and protecting architectural elements of historical significance. We are always thrilled to hear our customers comments and to share in their excitement as they browse our showroom and warehouse full of architectural antiques and salvaged items. We are encouraged by those of you who share our passion for restoring and repurposing salvaged architectural items, giving new life to so many pieces that are a part of our history. We are continually inspired by your creative ideas. As we enter a new year it is our continued goal to salvage what we can and to educate as many as possible on the importance and benefits of reusing and repurposing salvaged architectural items.

This past year we began a process of documenting our salvage projects. Before, during and after a project, we work to gather as much history as is available. The history is combined with pictures and blueprints and are made available to the public free of charge. This is our way of preserving the memory of historical structures for future generations. Please visit our Archives page online to view the documentation on two salvaged projects from this past year.

We excitedly look forward to 2015, as it is shaping up to be our biggest, busiest and best yet!! This month we will hit the road to begin work on what will be our largest salvage operation ever. We can’t wait to share this project with you! We encourage you to follow us on all our social media accounts so that you will be the first to see and hear about our latest project, as well as all of the other exciting events to come!

Here’s wishing you all a Very Happy, Prosperous, and Blessed New Year!

Happy New Year from the SA Team!

Happy New Year from the SA Team!


2014 – Year In Review

It is hard to believe that another year is coming to a close! 2014 proved to be another very busy year for the Southern Accents team. We started the year with a home town salvage mission as we rescued architectural elements from the historical Hays House. The demolition dust had barely cleared the air and we hit the road and headed north on an antiquing trip to Philly. This trip was the first of two buying trips up north, the second taking place in September.

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April saw us head south to Greenville, Alabama for another salvage mission as we rescued more architectural elements from an 1890’s house scheduled for demolition. The month of May came quickly as we prepared for Southern Makers 2014. This highly successful event will be expanding in 2015 to two days, May 2nd & 3rd.

June was an exciting time as we designed and built staging for NASA On The Square! We also traveled to Atlanta for the Haven Bloggers Conference. Summer quickly turned to fall and we loaded the truck and headed south once again, this time to Chapel Market in Pike Road, Alabama.

As the year began to wind down, Southern Accents traveled to New York in November to attend the BizBash Event Style Awards. We were honored to represent Southern Makers winning a prestigious award for event decor. We also attended the BBB luncheon in Huntsville as Southern Accents was a BBB Torch Award finalist.

Looking ahead to 2015 there are quite a few exciting events on the horizon, many we will be sharing with you in the coming weeks! Thank you for following along with us as we continue our mission of rescuing, restoring, and protecting architectural elements of historical significance. We are looking forward to 2015 and what we expect to be our best and most exciting year ever!!


Ball & Claw

A search for claw foot tubs on Pinterest will return an endless list of gorgeous tubs. These tubs, which evoke a sense of elegance and serenity, are gaining in popularity. Most of the tubs sit on 4 feet and the majority of the feet are some form of a “ball and claw” design. We have customers come to our showroom on a regular basis looking for tub feet. What most don’t realize is that the tub feet are not interchangeable from tub to tub!

 

Southern Accents Architectural AntiquesQuite often a customer will visit Southern Accentsshowroom looking for replacement feet or a single foot to replace a broken or missing leg on their old tub. When shopping for a single replacement foot, you must bring one of the feet with you in order to find an identical match. If looking for a set of feet, you will need to bring the actual bath tub to ensure a perfect fit. Tubs are custom fitted for their specific feet when cast therefore each type of foot has a unique peg connection, peg length, and curvature of the top of the foot that must match your tub.

When purchasing an antique claw foot tub, ensuring that the tub comes equipped with properly fitted feet, will save you a lot of headaches and disappointments!

Our collection of antique tub feet includes a wide variety of designs ranging in style from simple to very ornate. The heavy iron feet also make great door stops and book ends! We’ve even seen them used on coffee tables and other furniture pieces. A little imagination is all it takes to come up with creative ways to repurpose these fabulous pieces! Stop by our outdoor lot and browse our unique collection of antique claw foot tubs and tub feet!

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

A Little History

History has it that the ball and claw foot design was originally derived from the Chinese. The claw symbolized the foot of a dragon guarding a pearl, a symbol of wisdom, from evil forces. The design was introduced in Europe through trade and was popular in the early 1700’s. While England favored a lion’s paw, American designs, which were popular until the late 1700’s, favored an eagle’s talon. Antique furniture experts can tell the origin of furniture pieces featuring this foot design by the character of the ball and claw feet. Many of the feet, like the one shown to the left, have an embossed makers mark. These markings, when present, can help identify when and where the feet were cast.

Written by: Lisa Jones


Bourbon & Bacon – Book Signing With Morgan Murphy

Author Morgan Murphy will be at Southern Accents Saturday, December 6, from 11:00 am till 1:00 pm autographing copies of his latest book Bourbon & Bacon – The Ultimate Guide To The South’s Favorite Food Groups.

Bourbon & BaconBourbon & Bacon

We hope that everyone within driving distance has made plans to join us Saturday to welcome Morgan to Cullman, Alabama and Southern Accents. In addition to his newest release, Bourbon & Bacon, Morgan has also authored Off The Eaten Path and Off The Eaten Path: Second Helpings. He will have copies of all three books available for purchase during his visit with us. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Morgan or perhaps have seen him on the Travel Channel’s new American Grilled, you already know how truly entertaining he is! This excerpt from a recent press release is a pretty good summation of Morgan’s latest release:

“Expertly written and always, always fun—with clever asides and famous bourbon and bacon quotes interspersed throughout—BOURBON & BACON is the perfect book for spirit experts, pork connoisseurs, and eager novices alike. For anyone looking to indulge in the good life that is Southern cooking, Murphy is a hilarious, trusty, never-failing guide. Do as Murphy says, “Entertain friends and those you love in the grand Southern tradition of it’s not done till it’s overdone.””

We are thrilled and honored to have our friend Morgan join us on Saturday! Stop in, meet Morgan, and visit with the SA Team!

Can’t make it on Saturday… not a problem! You can pre pay for your copy/copies of Bourbon & Bacon. We will have Morgan autograph your book and you can pick up your order at our showroom next week. The books are $22.95 each plus tax. Give us a call at 877 737-0554. Books can be purchased over the phone via credit card.


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