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Piano Keys Unlocking Beauty

A couple of weeks ago we salvaged an upright piano from a structure in Birmingham. The piano was in such a state of disrepair, that it could have never been used to produce music again. This once fine tuned piano seemed to have lost its luster in the dirty abandoned building. Our SA team has usually seen these discarded to the nearest landfill or even to the burn pile. Most upright pianos are bulky, heavy and hard to move. But unlike most pianos, this particular one, for some reason, attracted our interest. Of course a few minutes later, it was being loaded and hauled back to Cullman.

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After we arrived back at the store, the instrument that was once carefully constructed by the hands of a skilled craftsman, was now being de-constructed by the hands of an artist. As we began this process, we started to see the beauty of the interior parts and patina of the individual pieces that was hidden inside. We saw the strings tightly pulled against the cast iron harp. We saw the wood wrapped velvet hammers that once created the soft tones of sound when they struck those strings. We imagined the small hands of a child sitting at the keys, carefully pecking out a simple melody. We will never know how many fingers ran across the keys during its lifespan or the amount of pure joy experienced by the many listening ears, but we can appreciate the history of the “pieces” that made up the “whole”. But now, it was our time to create a new history for the piano using our team’s imagination. Our future goal is to adapt these individual parts into a work of art that will be available for future generations to enjoy. Continuing the story of its history by up-cycling its salvageable parts in the present, only allows for its continued appreciation in the future.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Stay tuned for the big reveal as in coming weeks we give new life to a piece of this old piano by transforming it into a useful piece of building art!

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

We would love to hear your ideas on how you would repurpose all of these piano parts. Visit our Facebook and Instagram page and share your ideas! Tag us with #saaa1969 and #SApianoart.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Written by: Lisa Jones & Garlan Gudger

 


“Projecting” History

If you live in North Central Alabama, hopefully, part of your holiday tradition includes a trip to the Alabama Theatre. Each year for about ten days in December this historic theatre screens holiday classics such as “It’s A Wonderful Life”, “White Christmas” and “Miracle on 34th Street”. A few months ago, we were fortunate enough to acquire one of the historic film projectors and some old reels that originally belonged to this majestic theatre. While the business of Southern Accents is all about architectural salvage, we also love restoration stories and this is a good one! This historical building almost became a parking lot in the late 1980’s.

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The Alabama Theatre was built in 1927. It is the only remaining theatre of it’s size in the state of Alabama from that era. The theatre was the very first public building in the state to be air conditioned. Seating 2,500 it was known in it’s early days for hosting the biggest Mickey Mouse Club in the world! It was originally constructed to show silent films and is the home to an ornate Mighty Wurlitzer organ, one of only 25 organs of it’s type to ever be built. It was because of this rare organ that the majestic theatre was saved from destruction. In 1987 a non-profit organization, Birmingham Landmarks, Inc, was formed to purchase the building in an effort to save the Mighty Wurlitzer. In 1998, The Alabama underwent a complete restoration. Soon after, the resurrected theatre once again opened it’s doors for operation.

Alabama Theatre - Birmingham, Alabama

In addition to screening beloved classics during the holiday season, the Alabama hosts a variety of events and theatrical productions throughout the year. The building is currently on the National Register of Historical places and in 1993 received the designation of Official Historic Theatre of Alabama. Located less than an hour south of Southern Accents, planning a trip to this historic landmark is well worth the effort. This building is on our list of “must see” places in the state of Alabama! To read more about it’s history and view the schedule of upcoming events, visit the Alabama Theatre online.

Theatre picture and historical facts from www.alabamatheatre.com


Birmingham Home & Garden Show – Reflections!

Wow! What a fantastic 4 days we have had! Right on the heels of fashion week in New York City with Billy Reid we were in Birmingham, Alabama for the Home and Garden Show. This was our first time participating in the BHGS. We had so much fun that we are sure it will not be our last! We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by our booth and visited with us. It was extremely busy and at times even crowded all 4 days. Several of our team members were present at various times throughout this event and were excited to get to speak to so many. We thoroughly enjoyed rekindling old friendships and establishing new ones! We were also excited about the tremendous amount of interest shown in architectural salvage. We are passionate about what we do and were thrilled with those of you who share our passion as well as those who’s interest was peaked. We hope to see many of you here at our showroom in the near future. We also encourage you to visit our website at www.sa1969.com often as well as follow us on Facebook.

Southern Accents at the Birmingham Home and Garden Show

We would be remiss to not acknowledge and thank our team members who worked over and beyond to make this show happen. We think that we had the BEST looking booth at the show. We had an endless amount of positive comments and compliments from those attending the show as well as other vendors participating in the show. A huge thank you to everyone involved including: Adam, Roger, Mike H., Jeff, Rogelio, Shane, and Ryan for all the incredible work putting together the flooring and display pieces,  delivering and setting up the booth,  and picking up the slack around the store so that many of us could be in Birmingham. Thanks to Lucy, Lisa, and Amy for their work in organizing the booth from concept to completion! Thank you to Mike Richard for pulling it all together and making us look awesome! Thanks to each and every team member as well as a few friends who showed up to work the booth throughout the 4 days: Lucy, Daphney, Heather, Mandy, Lisa, Jennifer, Jeff, Garlan, Michael, Amy and Sunny.

Southern Accents at the Birmingham Home and Garden Show

Last but not least, we would like to thank so many others who helped make this show a huge success for us! Thanks to Stacie Carter, Audrey Land, Lisa Jones, and Shelly Hodge Smith for all the amazing photographs that were used for our banners, brochures, and slide show. Thank you Suzi at Cullman Sign and Banner for the awesome job on our banners. The compliments were unceasing! Thanks to Mike at Cornerstone Media and Lori for your tireless work on the brochures. Thank you Sarah at Son & Sons for all your help!

Southern Accents at the Birmingham Home and Garden Show

For those who weren’t able to attend, we hope that you enjoy these pictures. Hopefully we will have a chance to meet you at a future event!

Southern Accents at the BHGS

Southern Accents at the BHGS

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Southern Accents at BHGS

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Please feel free to contact us with questions or comments. Our showroom is located at 308 Second Ave SE, Cullman, Alabama. Our hours are Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. We are closed Sunday and Monday. You can reach us by phone during regular business hours toll free at 877 737-0554 or e-mail us any time: info@sa1969.com.


Birmingham Home & Garden Show

Southern Accents at the Birmingham Home and Garden ShowWe are beyond excited to be a participant in the 2013 Birmingham Home and Garden Show. This endeavor will be our first time at the BHGS. We are hoping to make this an annual event for Southern Accents. If you are within traveling distance of Birmingham, Alabama, we highly encourage you to attend. The BHGS will be held February 14th – 17th at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex at the BJCC. This year the show has been expanded to two levels and includes over 150 exhibitors.

Whether you are in the midst of a new home construction or remodeling project or perhaps contemplating either one, this is the place to be! Ty Pennington of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and ABC’s “The Revolution” fame writes “… the best place to find all the basics, plus all the hot new products – all in one place – is at the type of home shows Marketplace Events produces.”

These events are not just for those who are in the throws of home construction! If you are thinking about remodeling a bathroom, updating your home or office decor, need to replace old windows, gutters, worn appliances or heating/air units… this event will be worth your time. There will be a wide representation of companies and vendors ready to show you the latest in home trends and new products on the market. You can browse the Southern Living plant collection, view featured gardens by local landscape companies, experience the Living Fountain as well as sit in on presentations by the celebrity guests.

Southern Accents at the Birmingham Home and Garden Show

A “can’t miss” event on your schedule of course will be a stop at Southern Accents booth! We will be located in booth #2206 next to the lawn and garden displays. We will have team members available throughout the 4 day event ready to meet with you and answer any questions you may have. Stop by and take a look at our salvage wood floor, view our slide presentation of over 300 gorgeous pictures taken in our showroom, and make sure that you are included on our mailing list. We may have a few goodies to give away as well! We are looking forward to visiting with old friends and making new ones.

For more information on event location, times, and tickets, visit the Birmingham Home and Garden Show online. We look forward to seeing you there!!


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