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Bourbon & Bacon

In 2002, Southern Living editor Morgan Murphy, wrote about Southern Accents in the September issue. In reference to architectural salvage stores he referred to us as the “benchmark store to which I compare all others.” We’ve considered Morgan a friend since his very first visit to our showroom. We were thrilled when we recently received Morgan’s new book Bourbon & Bacon – The Ultimate Guide To The South’s Favorite Food Groups. Part reference guide, part recipe book, if you are not a connoisseur of bourbon or bacon, you will be after perusing the pages of this new book. The recipes are mouthwatering, each beautifully photographed in true Southern Living style. Reading the bourbon and bacon guides is simply fascinating and leaves you with a new appreciation for these culinary delights. We are working to schedule a book signing with Morgan at Southern Accents. In the mean time, if you are looking for a Christmas gift for someone who appreciates the artistry of a good bourbon or who is a fan of bacon (and aren’t we all), this book would be the perfect gift!

Bourbon & Bacon

Written by: Lisa Jones

 


A Tale of Two Cities & One Set Of Doors

We are always fascinated by the many stories we are able to uncover about some of the architectural pieces that we salvage. One story involves our good friends at Billy Reid and a set of antique doors salvaged from a building in New York City.

Southern Accents often travels north in search of salvaged architectural antiques. One such trip saw us return with an incredible set of tall exterior doors. This particular set of doors was simply gorgeous with lots of detailed carving and loads of character. The doors were so striking that Southern Accents owner, Garlan, decided to keep the doors and place them in his home. The doors were temporarily moved to a storage area of our warehouse until they could be retrofitted for his loft.

Billy Reid - Nashville, Tennessee

Billy Reid – Nashville, Tennessee

A few months later Billy Reid visited the SA showroom looking for items for their new retail shop in Nashville, Tennessee. Billy spied the New York doors and decided that he had to have them for his Nashville location. After a bit of negotiating, Garlan reluctantly agreed to relinquish the doors to his friend. The magnificent set of doors currently grace the entrance of the Billy Reid store in Nashville, Tennessee, along with a number of other items acquired from Southern Accents.

Billy Reid - New York City

Billy Reid – New York City

Fast forward one year later… Billy Reid is preparing to open his retail store in New York City on 54 Bond Street. Billy selected a variety of material from Southern Accents for his new location that needed to be delivered. Garlan had a trip to New York already scheduled so he decided to drive up and deliver Billy’s materials himself. Upon arriving in New York, as Garlan began unloading the items, he noticed something that looked strangely familiar. The front doors of Billy Reid’s New York store looked identical to the front entrance doors of his Nashville location. Garlan snapped a few pictures and took a few measurements, confirming that the doors were indeed identical. After a bit of investigation, Garlan discovered that the doors he had fallen in love with and purchased almost two years earlier had indeed been salvaged from that very building in New York City! Garlan was thrilled with this discovery as it confirmed that the doors ended up exactly where they were supposed to be. Billy had unknowingly selected entrance doors for his Nashville store that were the original doors that hung on the front entrance of the exact building that would become the location of his New York City store.

Coincidence? Perhaps, but this story and others like it are what inspires us to continue doing what we do… rescue, restore, protect and document architectural elements of historical significance. Next time you are in Nashville or New York City, make sure you pay a visit to Billy Reid and pause for a moment before entering the shop to admire the doors!

Written by: Lisa Jones
Pictures courtesy of Billy Reid


Southern Makers Wins In New York!

Last week Southern Accents traveled to New York to attend the prestigious BizBash Event Style Award Ceremony. BizBash is a resource hub for the event industry. Founded in 2008, BizBash is the go to place for professional event planners. Each year they accept nominations and host an award ceremony where the very best in the event industry is recognized. This year, Southern Makers was nominated for a national award in two categories. First, SM was nominated, along with nearly 1,000 other event submissions, for Best Event Decor – Budget Under $250,000. Southern Makers was one of the top three finalists along with the Godiva Lounge at Warner Brothers and In StyleGolden Globes Party and U.S. Travel Association’s IPW (International Pow Wow) Closing-Night Party.

The second nomination for Southern Makers came in the category of the People’s Choice Award for Event Decor – Budget Under $250,000. SM was one of the five highest scoring submissions which put us in the running for this award.

Southern Accents is a curator for Southern Makers and primarily responsible for the set design and construction of all of the staging and event decor. Receiving such a prestigious recognition from the event industry for Southern Makers was beyond exciting! Although, we did not walk away as the top place winner, being placed in the top five among so many worthy nominations was quite the honor.

Garlan and Southern Makers founder Andrea Jean, on behalf of all the SM curators which include Southern Accents, Goodwyn Mills Cawood, Matter, and Eat South, traveled to New York to attend the award ceremony, which was held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The creative wheels are already turning as we begin thinking about next year’s two day Southern Makers event scheduled for May 2 – 3 in Montgomery, Alabama. Having a few creatives on the SA team who are a little competitive certainly helps to keep the event decor unique and exciting each year! Winning the top place at the BizBash award ceremony is definitely on our bucket list!

Garlan Gudger with Southern Makers Founder Andrea Jean and BizBash Founder and CEO David Adler.

Garlan Gudger with Southern Makers Founder Andrea Jean and BizBash Founder and CEO David Adler.

Speaking of Southern Makers…

The deadline for submitting an application for the 2015 event is quickly approaching. If you are an artist, chef, brewer, craftsman, musician, farmer, or designer from the state of Alabama and want to be considered for Southern Makers 2015, you can apply online at: southernmakers.com/application. Submitted applications will go before a curating committee for consideration. Applications must be submitted by November 15, 2014. There are a limited number of spots available.

The overwhelming feed back received from this years event was that one day was just not long enough so, Southern Makers is expanding in 2015 into a 2-Day event! Next year Southern Makers will take place on a Saturday and Sunday, May 2 – 3, at the Union Station Train Shed in Downtown Montgomery, Alabama. Mark your calendar now and if you are an Alabama Maker, don’t delay… get your application in today!!


Antique Trail

Autumn is our favorite time of the year! This past week the leaves on the trees began to “pop” and there is a cool, crisp breeze in the air. Although we think any time of the year is a great time to visit Cullman, Alabama, this time of the year seems especially magical! No matter what direction you are traveling from to get here… the drive is simply spectacular.

While we think a day trip to Southern Accents is well worth the trip to Cullman, there are numerous antique shops in Cullman worth visiting. Many of our customers who have made the trip tell us that one day is not enough time to take it all in!

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Several months ago we put together a brochure listing the trail of antique shops in Cullman. There are twelve shops within a 15 mile radius of downtown Cullman. Although the bulk of our inventory is antique and salvaged architectural items like doors, mantels, claw foot tubs, ironwork, chandeliers, newel posts, hardware and salvaged wood, you will find a huge variety of unique small items, artwork and gifts offered by the multiple antique stores. Whether you are looking for a particular item or are just “junking”, Cullman should be a stopping point on your map!

Before you leave our showroom, pick up one of the free brochures. The trail of antique shops begins just one block from Southern Accents. While you are in the downtown area you will want to stop in and enjoy lunch at one of the unique downtown eateries that we have listed on the back of the brochure.

We love our town and the people who call it home. Our hope is that you will come for a visit, find it as charming as we do and will want to return often!

Downtown Details

Downtown Cullman is loaded with small town charm! There’s plenty to see and do. If you are traveling from out of town we encourage you to come and spend more than a day. We want you to get the most out of your visit so when planning your trip, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Most of the small downtown shops, including Southern Accents, are closed Sunday and Monday.
  • Most downtown shops close at 5:00pm during the week and many close early on Saturday so please check the days and hours of operation of the various places you plan to visit ahead of time.
  • Cullman has a wide variety of festivals throughout the year. Check the events calendar on the Cullman Chamber of Commerce website for a list of upcoming events.

Chapel Market or Bust!

We loading up the truck last week and hit the road early Friday morning for our last road trip of the year! Southern Accents was at The Chapel Market this past Saturday, October 25, 2014. The Chapel Market was held in a stunningly gorgeous neighborhood in Pike Road, Alabama, located just outside of Montgomery. Layla Palmer of The Lettered Cottage blog was the event organizer. This year’s market drew an incredible crowd of happy shoppers! Southern Accents was one of 17 vendors offering a varied selection of “vintage goods and pretty little things!” Saturday turned out to be a gorgeous day and we are so thankful for everyone who stopped by our booth. We really appreciate everyone who made a point of letting us know that they read our newsletters and follow us on our social media accounts. We were SO busy Saturday helping shoppers and visiting with so many of you that we didn’t have an opportunity to snap any pictures once the gates opened! We did however take just a few on Friday. If you weren’t able to attend, this is what you missed in our corner of the tent!

A few of the goodies we loaded and took to Chapel Market!

A few of the goodies we loaded and took to Chapel Market!

This was the scene early Saturday morning as we entered the market venue!

This was the scene early Saturday morning as we entered the market venue!

Exact same entrance location... just the opposite side of the road!  What a view!

Exact same entrance location… just the opposite side of the road! What a view!

We worked hard all day Friday setting up our booth.

We worked hard all day Friday setting up our booth.

It was great to have our Cullman neighbors, Littleville Blue in the booth next to us!

It was great to have our Cullman neighbors, Littleville Blue in the booth next to us!

The guys in the SA wood shop worked hard all week making a variety of beautiful items from some of our reclaimed wood.

The guys in the SA wood shop worked hard all week making a variety of beautiful items from some of our reclaimed wood.

Thanks to our wonderful friend Kim Whittaker! Kim brought her gorgeous Haul Couture bags and hung out with us for this event.

Thanks to our wonderful friend Kim Whittaker! Kim brought her gorgeous Haul Couture bags and hung out with us for this event.

The weather was perfect! Lots of sunshine!

The weather was perfect! Lots of sunshine!

Our booth this year was outside under a big tent which meant that we were able to "spread out"!

Our booth this year was outside under a big tent which meant that we were able to “spread out”!

If you missed this awesome event, make sure that you are on our mailing list so that you know about all of Southern Accents adventures! To sign up, simply visit us online at sa1969.com. You can sign up on our front page.

Written by: Lisa Jones

 


DIY – How To Patina Copper

Southern Accents has an incredibly talented team of artists and craftsmen who are constantly coming up with creative ideas. Recently, we decided to add a bit more interest to a four panel, round top door that we custom built from cypress wood. SA Team member Josh Howe came up with the idea of covering the panels with patina’d copper. He had several scrap pieces of shiny copper in the wood shop. All that was needed was a method of aging the copper. Josh did a little experimenting and the end result was so fantastic that we decided to share his recipe!

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

The process of aging the copper so that it gives off that lovely blue/green hue is fairly simple. It is a matter of treating the copper with an acid then allowing it to oxidize. The specific form of acid used will result in different color changes within the copper. While there are several chemical compounds you could purchase, Josh used a mixture of common household ingredients: vinegar, ammonia, and kosher salt.

Josh started with a clean, quart sized spray bottle purchased at our local hardware store. He filled the bottle with approximately 1/2 inch of salt. He then added equal parts of vinegar and ammonia to the bottle, leaving enough room at the top to be able to throughly shake the mixture until the salt was completely dissolved. The copper was cleaned and degreased using a lacquer thinner. The cleaned sheets were then taken outside and sprayed with the acid mixture and placed in the sun to dry. Heating the treated copper speeds up the oxidation process. While we took advantage of a sunny day you could use something as simple as a hair dryer to heat the metal. Depending on the desired result, the copper may need more than one treatment. Once the desired color was achieved, the copper was rinsed with warm water, dried, and sealed. If the copper is to be used outdoors we recommend a spar urethan which offers UV protection. For interior use, any clear sealant will do. When treating the copper, if the desired color change is not achieved with multiple treatments, scuffing the copper just a bit with a piece of steel wool will open up the metal pores allowing it to more readily absorb the acid mixture.

The copper we used was originally purchased from a local air conditioning company and was approximately 1/16″ thick. You can also use copper flashing from the hardware store. Do not however use the copper foils commonly found in craft stores as these are too thin and the acid will likely eat a hole right through these sheets.

Southern Accents Architectural AntiquesThe method we used is one of many that could be used to create a lovely patina on copper. This process is not limited for use on copper sheets, but can be used to antique any copper item. Old copper pots, pans, pennies, bowls and other finds you may want to use as decorative items can be treated using this method.

To add another dimension to your creation, before you treat the copper with the acid solution, paint on a design using a cotton swab and petroleum jelly. Every spot covered in the petroleum jelly should remain shiny!

Copper is such a versatile metal. In addition to the beautiful colors it emits when oxidized, it can be etched, hammered, and molded into almost any shape. We’ve added a board to our Pinterest page filled with crafting and DIY projects using copper as well as a few pins on additional ways to add a gorgeous patina to this fabulous metal!

Written by: Lisa Jones


Knobs Of A Different Color

Knobs Of A Different Color

Southern Accents owner, Garlan Gudger, Jr., has a fascination with door knobs. He’s been collecting them since he was a child. Much of his prized collection is on display in the SA showroom in Cullman, Alabama. While Garlan is passionate about salvaging architectural antiques, question him about the door knobs and you will discover that he has a wealth of information along with many interesting stories about them. One such story is a tale about porcelain knobs that serves as a stark reminder of a period in American history that will never be forgotten.

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In the early 1850’s, a variety of mineral knobs were patented in black, white, and brown colors. The knobs were made of porcelain mixed with minerals which created a material that was harder and more durable than its wooden predecessors. These knobs were commonly used in rural farm homes, as well as the service areas of wealthy plantation homes. The tale that has been passed down through door knob collectors is that the color of the door knob indicated who was allowed to enter. People of color were allowed to enter if the door knob was black. White knobs designated “white only” entrances and a brown knob symbolized an entry accessible to both skin tones. If you visit an architectural salvage store, there are always more black and white porcelain knobs than brown, a fact that lends credence to this tale.

History is written for those yet to come. The accurate recording of historical events is important lest we forget. While we do not know if the tale of the colored porcelain knobs is factual, it does serve as a reminder. A reminder that we live in a country made up of a remarkable diversity of creative people. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

The beautiful brown porcelain door knob shown above is known as a Bennington knob. These knobs were created in a factory in Bennington, Vermont. A mineral was swirled with a brown clay mixture to create a unique pattern. While all brown knobs with this swirl pattern are known as a Bennington, a true Bennington knob has a cream base and is a nice, rare find!

Written by: Lisa Jones

 


#Hashtag This!

It’s been said that a picture paints a thousand words. We agree… pictures tell stories. They capture a moment in time, preserving them for future generations. We love telling stories, preserving history and the part that pictures play in doing both. This is one of the reasons why we love Instagram. If you are on Instagram we would like for you to follow our Southern Accents adventures! If you are not on Instagram… what are you waiting for?

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

In the past few months, Southern Accents has traveled to Nashville, Atlanta, Asheville, Washington D.C. and all over the state of Alabama. We’ve been featured in ALABAMA and NO’ALA Magazine, was a curator for Southern Makers, built a stage for “NASA On The Square” and created awards for Main Street Alabama. And… we’ve salvaged some pretty cool structures along the way! Following our Instagram feed gives you instant access via pictures to our latest travels, events, and salvage finds. To make it even more interesting… we are going to have a contest!!

Here are the rules:

  1. Follow Southern Accents on Instagram! You will find us at@saaa1969
  2. Tag us! @saaa1969
    • If you visit our showroom, see us at an event or out on the road, make sure you snap a pic, post and tag.
    • If you have purchased from us in the past, we want you to post pictures of your finished projects.
    • We love gorgeous architecture. Snap a picture of your favs and tag us so we can enjoy the view as well.
    • We also love pictures of “forgotten” structures. Beautiful old homes, barns, and buildings that are time worn and have a story to tell.
  3. Each week we will pick one winner from all pictures tagged @saaa1969 and notify you by commenting on your post. Prizes will vary. The first prize is a $25 gift certificate. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, September 30th.If your picture screams Southern Accents… we want to see it! Ready, set, SNAP!!

SA #Hashtags

Southern Accents has several hashtags that we use on a regular basis. In addition to following @saaa1969, look up our frequently used hashtags!

  • #digmygig
  • #lovesomething
  • #ceaselesssearch
  • #architecturaladventure
  • #passionisourcommonthread
  • #wesaveoldstuff
  • #salvage
  • #create
  • #passion
  • #imagination
  • #inspire

Written by: Lisa Jones


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


Five Dollar (And Under) Finds!

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents is an architectural salvage store, but walk in our showroom or visit our website and you will quickly see that we are SO much more! We have a fantastic collection of small salvage items that lend themselves perfectly to creative DIY or salvage art projects. All of the items shown above are $5 or LESS!!

When on a salvage mission, quite often there are unique, small items that we are able to rescue. There are also a lot of small items that are architectural in nature that we remove directly from the house or structure whenever possible. Salvaged door knobs and hardware, skeleton keys, tin shingles, staircase spindles, small trim pieces, even salvaged wood scraps… all of these small items can be repurposed. We’ve seen so many creative ideas from our customers and others who have turned these items into everything from beautiful jewelry to unbelievable works of art.

The holiday season is just around the corner. Unique, handmade items are a great way to give a gift that has meaning. Now is the time to start planning for and creating those gift items! Stop by our showroom or visit our website and take a look at all of our unique finds. Our “$5 and under items” typically go quickly and are only available while supplies last! And, when you finish your work of art… send us a picture! We LOVE to see what our customers do with our treasures and would love to share your creations on our Pinterest and Facebook page for others to see! Send pictures to info@sa1969.com


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