Monthly Archives: December 2012

Christmas Wishes

Merry Christmas from Southern AccentsThe events of this past week have evoked an emotional response from folks all across our country. It certainly shook us to the core. Southern Accents is a small family owned and operated business. We reside in a small town. The kind of town where one would think that a tragedy like what happened in Newton, Connecticut could not possibly happen here. Friday’s events reminded us that it could.

Last Friday as we watched the events in Newton unfold, we were all quick to contact our loved ones just to hear their voice. School could not dismiss early enough. The urge to reunite with our children, hold them in our arms, and tell them one more time how very much they are loved was overwhelming. Life is precious and Friday we were once again reminded that it is also short. During this season of joy we are saddened by the demented actions of one lost soul. We are also reminded that there is hope. Hope in one who is greater than the senseless and incomprehensible actions of any man. “For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour which is Christ the Lord.”

This Christmas our wish for you is to experience the joy, the love, the peace and the hope that comes from knowing the only true source of all these things.

Thank you for your business, your friendship, your encouragement. In a time where owning and operating a small business is an ever increasing challenge, your patronage allows us to continue doing what we love.

May God’s blessings be upon you and your loved ones this Christmas.”

Congratulations Wood Studio!

Garlan Gudger Jr. & Keith Cochran

Keith Cochran & Garlan Gudger Jr.

Southern Accents would like to congratulate our friends at Wood Studio for being selected as the 2012 OVERALL winner of Garden & Gun Magazine’s “Made In The South Awards”! This prestigious award is handed out by the magazine in recognition of southern craftsman. Our friend Keith Cochran, one of the co-owners of Wood Studio, stopped by this week for a visit.

Wood Studio - Lookout Mountain RockerWood Studio is a family owned business currently located in Arley, Alabama. The business had it’s beginnings back in 1986 when dad Randy came up with the idea for what they now call their ‘Lookout Mountain Rocker’. This hand crafted piece of furniture with it’s simplistic lines is still their signature piece. Randy’s sons Keith and Dylan joined the business in 2001. Self proclaimed “wood nerds” Wood Studio caters to home owners, interior designers and architects offering custom made furniture and cabinetry. Every piece turned out from their shop is fashioned by hand from start to finish without the use of computer controlled tools or hired help.

While visiting with us, Keith talked about an opportunity they had recently to move their business into machine production. Upon investigation, they walked away from the opportunity feeling that the machine made products were “soulless”. They felt at that time that surely there was a market for high quality, hand crafted products. “Each piece is like a child”, Keith said. With one rocker taking 80 to 90 man hours to complete, every piece constructed in their shop is lovingly and carefully carved and crafted by hand, the old fashioned way. The end result is a work of art built to last for centuries.

Their wood of choice is American hard woods commonly found in the South. Their love of wood extends to reclaimed and salvaged wood which is where Southern Accents enters the picture. Keith said, “I could spend days driving around looking for old barns to tear down but why would I when I have the very best source of salvaged wood right in my back yard?” “It’s a great partnership”, states Southern Accents owner Garlan Gudger, Jr.

Wood Studio primarily operates it’s business via word of mouth. In addition to their accolades from Garden & Gun, they were also the subject of a feature article in Southern Living magazine in October of 2009. Visit Wood Studio at: to learn more about their custom work. Be sure to tell them that Southern Accents sent you!

Jan Shade Beach Letter Photo Giveaway


We are often asked about our logo with customers wanting to know where they can purchase the letter photo prints. Our logo was created by Jan Shade Beach.  Jan came to Southern Accents a couple of years ago and asked if she could take pictures around our store. In return, she created a Southern Accents print using pictures from her collection of letter photographs. We thought that the print was SO awesome that we decided to use it as our logo on the website.


Jan recently opened an Etsy shop online where she is currently selling several beautiful prints using her letter photos. She is offering 8 different prints, each customizable.  Even better… Jan has graciously offered to give one of her customizable prints away. One lucky customer will get to choose an 8″ x 10″ print from Jan’s Etsy shop selection and have it customized.

This giveaway runs from December 13th till 12:00 am on December 20th. The winner will be chosen at random and will receive an 8″ x 10″ print of their choice from one of 8 designs currently available in Jan Shade Beach Designs Etsy Shop.  Enter to win by following the easy Rafflecopter instructions on our GIVEAWAY page or click on the giveaway button located on our FACEBOOK PAGE.

The winner will be chosen at random and contacted via e-mail. Winner will have 24 hours to respond once contacted. Winner will be announced after entry requirements are verified. Giveaway is open to residents of the U. S. only.

This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to our winner Ana Rodriguez!

No Fireplace, No Problem

Visit Pinterest and search for mantels and you will get an endless stream of pictures of beautifully decorated mantels. This time of year there seems to be an abundance of  creative ideas and how to’s on decorating your mantel for the holiday season. But what if you don’t have a fireplace? No fireplace, no mantel, no stockings hung for Santa!


In preparation for Southern Accents Christmas Trunk Show, I decided to haul a mantel up stairs and decorate it with items from our showroom. I rummaged through the mantel warehouse and found a small mantel that I thought would fit the bill. The dark stained wood had a natural distressed finish that would look great with all the old iron and industrial pieces I already had in mind for the display. Jeff graciously took the mantel to the wood shop for a little cleaning and then hauled it up a flight of stairs! Thank you Jeff!!


There is no fireplace in our upstairs showroom but I didn’t see that as a problem. I have seen quite a few gorgeous wall displays using old mantels. If wall space is available, why not? If I were using this in my home, I would secure the mantel to the wall. Since this is a temporary display I simply leaned the mantel against the wall.


I filled one of our small antique wooden barrels with heavy hardware pieces and placed it in front of the mantel to ensure that the mantel would not tip over. I placed a heavy industrial piece on the other side of the mantel to serve the same purpose. The beautiful cast iron fireplace screen and antique tool set helped create the exact look I was going for. Some fresh greenery from my yard and a big burlap bow added the perfect touch!


I needed a partner in crime so I enlisted the help of my good friend Vicki. Vicki has a wonderful knack for pulling odd pieces together and making them look gorgeous. She is also gifted when it comes to making bows! I would have spent half the night on the two bows… she twitched her nose, blinked her eyes and they were done! Thank you Vicki for all your help!!


I constructed a wreath from magnolia leaves  which were also cut from my yard. I used small gauge floral wire and wired each leaf to an inexpensive wire wreath frame. Once the wreath was finished Vicki added the burlap bow. We then attached the wreath to an antique beveled glass window. The window was simply placed on the mantel and propped against the wall.


I feel in love with this cast iron piece from the moment it came through the door. The shape reminded me of a Christmas tree so it was the first piece I chose for the display. Vicki added the antique glass door knobs to soften the look of the iron.


I imagine that these antique iron finials at one time graced the top of some majestic iron fence. They were somewhat hidden on a downstairs shelf but when I saw them I immediately knew they had to be part of the display. The greenery on top of the mantel created the perfect bed for all the antique items. I cut yew and rosemary which also created a wonderful, woodsy, holiday fragrance.


This small industrial piece is one that I’ve had my eye on for this specific purpose because it resembles a star. I was afraid that someone would snatch it up before I had the chance to use it in the display so I’ve had it tucked away upstairs for the past few weeks! We needed one more tall piece to balance the display. Vicki found this iron bracket downstairs. Perfect!


I saved my favorite piece for last. As I was walking through the store this little piece jumped out at me. It is an iron piece from an old pocket door roller. When I saw it I thought it looked like an old wooden toy car. It reminded me of Christmas’s past when times were simpler.

The mantel came together quickly. It was as if we were putting together a puzzle. Each piece fit perfectly and seemed to tell a story. When I think about it, I’m sure each piece could tell a story. I wonder who once peered out the beautiful window and what did they see? What fields have been plowed with the industrial pieces? What lay beyond the iron fence that once housed the perfect finials? Whose hands held the glass knobs? Every old piece has a story to tell. Not knowing the stories behind each piece, how much fun would it be to create my own?

Don’t let the absence of a fireplace keep you from having a beautiful holiday mantel. A little wall space is all that’s needed. The stockings can be hung and the mantel can be enjoyed year round. With each new season comes an opportunity to create a beautiful new scene.

Southern Accents has a large selection of mantels and half mantels in a wide range of sizes and prices. Most of the antique items used in this display are available for sale in our showroom. Browse our website or give us a call at 877 737-0554 to inquire about any of the items shown.

Barn Wood Monk Giveaway!

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

We are giving away an original piece of artwork from artist Trés Taylor.

Trés Taylor has been busy creating the Illuminated Chapel of William Guadalupe. The constructed chapel is covered in Golden Monks carved out of barn wood from Southern Accents. Trés has graciously offered us one of his barn wood Monks to give away!

The Chapel is part of an installation called enCHANTment which features paintings by Trés Taylor and textile designs for the home by Tré Lilli.  The first viewing was this past weekend but the show will travel to Jeannine Taylor’s Folk Art Gallery in Sanford, FL in January.  Its not just an art show, its an experience.  Enter the chapel of William Guadalupe and leave a painted prayer for him to deliver to heaven as he flies up on his bicycle.

This original work measures 9″ wide by 46 1/4″ tall. CLICK HERE for an enlarged view.

You have three opportunities to enter via our Rafflecopter app:

1) Like William Guadalupe (The Flying Monk) on Facebook *This is worth 2 entries
2) Like Southern Accents on Facebook
3) Follow Southern Accents on Pinterest

You can enter by visiting our GIVEAWAY page or look for the RED GIVEAWAY box on our Facebook page! Winners will be chosen at random and contacted via e-mail. Winners will have 24 hours to respond once e-mailed. This giveaway ends at midnight on December 12, 2012. Winner will be announced once we hear back from the chosen entrant and entry requirements are verified. Giveaway is open to residents of the U. S. only.

For more information on the artwork of  Trés Taylor, visit his website at

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. Congratulations to our winner Kelly Bressler from Duluth, Georgia.

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