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 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 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.
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!
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!
Written by: Lisa Jones