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A “Light” Goodbye

A topic of conversation at this week’s team meeting was how each of us have become more observant and more appreciative of antiques and architectural elements since we have been working at Southern Accents. We discussed how we now notice structures that never caught our attention before. We laughed about how, when traveling out of town, we feel this strange urge to stop at every little antique store along the way, even if only for a moment, to browse their collections. Being a part of the SA team has given each of us a new appreciation for things of the past. Working here has taught us how to recognize the art and beauty of hand craftsmanship and how to value the historical aspect of these items. It has also helped to define our idea of beauty and has made us more aware of the need for preservation.

This 3-tier iron chandelier, hung over the staircase in front of our huge American flag, has been one of the most photographed pieces in our showroom!

This 3-tier iron chandelier, hung over the staircase in front of our huge American flag, has been one of the most photographed pieces in our showroom!

This new found awareness is one of the reasons we often become attached to specific items that we bring to our showroom. Certain pieces breed a sense of comfort and familiarity as they evoke fond memories of simpler times. When these pieces sell, there is a sadness that comes with seeing them leave coupled with the delight of knowing they are going to a good home. Two favorites currently residing in our showroom are the huge American flag that hangs above the staircase and the magnificent three tier cast iron chandelier that hangs in front of it. This week we began dismantling the chandelier, preparing it for delivery to it’s new home.

The light as it was disassembled one arm at a time.

The light as it was disassembled one arm at a time.

The chandelier has been a mainstay at Southern Accents for a number of years and is one of the most photographed items in our showroom. Measuring 40″ wide by 80″ tall, this light is a beast! Originally a kerosene chandelier, it spent the bulk of it’s life hanging in a church built around 1887 in Shelbyville, Tennessee. The light was converted from kerosene to electric in 1963. After arriving at our showroom, the original glass globes were removed, carefully wrapped, and stored to protect them. Yesterday, the globes were retrieved, the original canisters removed, and preparations began to crate the body.

Each piece of the light was carefully wrapped and boxed. The large base was securely crated, wrapped, loaded, and delivered to it's new home!

Each piece of the light was carefully wrapped and boxed. The large base was securely crated, wrapped, loaded, and delivered to it’s new home!

Next week the walk up the stairs to our team meeting will seem a little ‘off’. The absence of this beautiful piece will be noticeable. We will however wait in anticipation of what will take it’s place, because for every “favorite” that passes through our showroom, we know there is another one to follow!

Globes and canisters removed, this is the last picture taken of the light fixture before  it was removed and crated for shipping.

Globes and canisters removed, this is the last picture taken of the light fixture before it was removed and crated for shipping.

We’re always on the ‘hunt’ for that next awesome piece! Whether we’re junking on the weekends or simply stumble across a fantastic find, you can share in the excitement by following us on all our excursions through our various social media accounts! They are all listed to the right!

This archived photo shows the light with the original globes attached.

This archived photo shows the light with the original globes attached.

Written by: Lisa Jones


Arkansas Salvage Project – Picture Gallery

Salvaging historical artifacts from these two 1890 Victorian houses in Arkansas has been an exciting challenge. The architectural pieces that we are rescuing are true works of art. These photos were taken upon our arrival in Arkansas. Please enjoy.

1890 Brunner House - Arkansas - February 2013

Brunner House – February 2013

Plaque from Natural Registry of Historic Places - 1890 Brunner House in Arkansas

Plaque from Natural Registry of Historic Places

Beautiful tile set and fireplace front from 1890 Victorian house

Beautiful tile set and fireplace front

Carved, solid wood mantel from 1890 Victorian House

Carved, solid wood mantel

Tile set and fireplace front from 1890 Victorian House

Tile set and fireplace front

Solid wood mirrored mantel

Solid wood mirrored mantel

Beautiful 1890 Victorian house

Beautiful 1890 Victorian house

1890 Victorian House - Arkansas

Side view

1890 Victorian House - Arkansas

Beautiful trim work and finial

Tripp Gudger on the front porch - 1890 Victorian House - Arkansas

Tripp Gudger on the front porch – 1890 Victorian House – Arkansas

Tile set and fireplace front are some of the most beautiful we've ever seen

Tile set and fireplace front are some of the most beautiful we’ve ever seen

Solid wood, mirrored mantel with side columns

Solid wood, mirrored mantel with side columns

6' pocket door from 1890 Victorian house

6′ pocket door

More pocket doors

More pocket doors

Yet another gorgeous tile set and fireplace front  fron 1890 Victorian house

Yet another gorgeous tile set and fireplace front

Impressive solid wood carved mantel

Impressive solid wood carved mantel

Solid wood staircase from 1890 Victorian house

Solid wood staircase

Beautiful newel posts from 1890 Victorian house

Beautiful newel posts


You light up my life

Lighting has always been my favorite part of building a house. I always go through and find my favorite fixtures and then cut back to make my budget.  I have a couple of chandeliers in my house that came from Southern Accents….when I move, I will take them with me. The rest…I could care less. I get lost on Pinterest looking at spaces with gorgeous detail. I always love the ones with chandeliers. You can find them in cabins, lofts, mansions and even in doll houses. They make a room. I have a few picked out at the store that if they aren’t sold soon, they will go into my I’m-saving-this-for-my-next-house storage. I would have one in every room!! I hope you enjoy the enchantment they create and if you “need” one yourself…give us a call! We will gladly give you a tour of our showrooms or we can take each piece and delicately package it to ship straight to your doorstep!!

As always, to see more of our selection, check out our website or facebook page!


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