Monthly Archives: September 2016

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:

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

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.


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