Being a second generation business and hopefully raising the third generation of salvage men, we are honored to share our passion with generational families that have come through our shop throughout the years. One such family is the McAdams.
The McAdams began shopping with us many years ago when they decided to renovate their early 1900’s home in Huntsville. This past week we received a visit from Annette, her daughter Brittney and her grandchildren Reagan and Everett. Brittney remembers traveling to Cullman on many occasions as a young girl to visit SA with her parents. “It felt like we were here all the time,” Brittney laughingly said. “I was normally wearing my basketball uniform. I remember coming in the store, following Garlan around, and digging through lots of hardware.”
The love of architectural salvage and vintage goods has been passed down from parents to daughter as Brittney is now returning with her children and shopping for her own home. 18 month old Reagan loves to visit her “Uncle Garlan”. When asked if Southern Accents was her favorite store, her face beams with a huge grin as she shakes her head and answers with a resounding “YES”!
Seeing an appreciation for salvaged and reclaimed architectural goods being passed down through three generations in this family warms our hearts. It inspires us to continue in our quest to rescue, restore, and document items of historical significance. Knowing that the McAdams, and many other customers like them, share our passion and mission is why every day we do what we do!
In 2013 Southern Accents founded a non-profit organization, SA3:23. The SA stands for Salvage Assurance and the 3:23 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.” Our main project for the past few years has been to play Santa for a group of around 100 underprivileged children in our community. We deliver wrapped toys, goodie bags, cookies, snacks and supplies for their Christmas party. Our budget for this project is approximately $1,500.
This is the SA teams favorite project of the year!! We pull out Frosty and Rudolph and pay a visit to the children at school. Seeing the excited reactions of the children and all their smiling faces is priceless! These are children living below poverty level and for many, this is the only gift they will receive during the holidays.
While we gladly accept donations year round, if you would like to make a donation to help provide gifts for the children this Christmas, please drop by Southern Accents any time this month. Checks should be made payable to SA3:23. All donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible.
We are always inspired to see how our customers use the architectural antiques and salvage items purchased from Southern Accents. Many of our customers will walk through the showroom with a vision of exactly how they want to incorporate salvaged items into their home or business. Others will discover pieces that they fall in love with and will walk away with their treasured items not knowing exactly how to utilize them. Such was the case with customers Kevin and Kristen Thomas.
The Thomas’s came to us a couple of years ago looking for salvaged beams for their new home. In the fall of 2013 we purchased an 1815 barn in Rising Sun, Indiana. The enormous hand-hewn beams in this barn were some of the best we had ever rescued. Knowing the Thomas’s were looking for large beams, we contacted them to let them know about our find. Kevin met us at our wood warehouse as the beams arrived. He took one look and said, “I don’t know exactly what I am going to do with them, but I want every one of them!” In addition to the beams, Southern Accents also supplied reclaimed wood and custom doors that were installed throughout the home. Last week the Thomas’s were kind enough to invite us to tour their new home. We were blown away!
Use of the salvaged beams can be seen throughout the home. The most impressive is the massive arched beam that runs parallel with the upstairs balcony railing. The over 25 foot long beam immediately grabs your attention as you enter the home. While some might see the arch as a flaw, the Thomas’s viewed it as an architectural piece loaded with character and left the beam untouched, exposing the mortise pockets. Salvaged beams were used in various places throughout the interior, including the door frames, as well as the exterior of the home. Having a “nothing wasted” mentality, even scrap pieces were put to good use. Some were cut into corbels and used to support the concrete counter on the kitchen island, while other pieces were used to build a fabulous table that sits below the television in the family room.
Beams were used as door frames throughout the house. Scrap pieces were used to build the beautiful custom table.
Stay tuned… We’ll be posting more photos from this incredible home in the near future. In the mean time, stop by our wood showroom and take a look at our selection of reclaimed wood and salvaged beams and let your imagination run wild!!
Corbels were cut from scraps of the salvaged beams and used to help support the concrete countertop.
Some of the salvaged beams can be seen across the back covered patio.