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The Making of an Office

This past year we took on several custom jobs that have become some of our favorite projects to date. This office, created for McPherson Oil in Trussville, Alabama is one example.

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Ken McPherson contacted Southern Accents about creating custom cabinets and tables for his office from salvaged wood. After visiting the company headquarters and getting a feel for the office space, the creative process began. Ken requested a large conference table, desk, cabinets and shelving. We knew we wanted to couple the salvaged wood with an industrial design so we went in search for the perfect base for both the table and desk. When we ran across the large iron industrial pieces, we knew they were exactly what we needed for the office space. Two large single cypress slabs were used to create the desk top. We incorporated the natural live edge on the exposed side of the desk to create a rustic, but tailored, look that paired perfectly with the cast iron industrial base.

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Salvaged wood was used to create the large “farm style” conference table which was also paired with an industrial iron base. One end of the table features a hidden media area which will accommodate a number of cell phone and laptop plugins.

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Various shades of salvaged barn wood were used for the cabinet and shelving unit, which also features a live edge counter to match the desk. While the wood and iron definitely give the office a masculine look, Ken quickly filled the shelves with family photos, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.

If you would like a quote on a custom project or piece, stop by our showroom or give us a call at 877 737-0554.

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The office at McPherson oil “before” it received a makeover!

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques


Salvaged Beams Used In Custom Home Design

We are always inspired to see how our customers use the architectural antiques and salvage items purchased from Southern Accents. Many of our customers will walk through the showroom with a vision of exactly how they want to incorporate salvaged items into their home or business. Others will discover pieces that they fall in love with and will walk away with their treasured items not knowing exactly how to utilize them. Such was the case with customers Kevin and Kristen Thomas.

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The Thomas’s came to us a couple of years ago looking for salvaged beams for their new home. In the fall of 2013 we purchased an 1815 barn in Rising Sun, Indiana. The enormous hand-hewn beams in this barn were some of the best we had ever rescued. Knowing the Thomas’s were looking for large beams, we contacted them to let them know about our find. Kevin met us at our wood warehouse as the beams arrived. He took one look and said, “I don’t know exactly what I am going to do with them, but I want every one of them!” In addition to the beams, Southern Accents also supplied reclaimed wood and custom doors that were installed throughout the home. Last week the Thomas’s were kind enough to invite us to tour their new home. We were blown away!

Use of the salvaged beams can be seen throughout the home. The most impressive is the massive arched beam that runs parallel with the upstairs balcony railing. The over 25 foot long beam immediately grabs your attention as you enter the home. While some might see the arch as a flaw, the Thomas’s viewed it as an architectural piece loaded with character and left the beam untouched, exposing the mortise pockets. Salvaged beams were used in various places throughout the interior, including the door frames, as well as the exterior of the home. Having a “nothing wasted” mentality, even scrap pieces were put to good use. Some were cut into corbels and used to support the concrete counter on the kitchen island, while other pieces were used to build a fabulous table that sits below the television in the family room.

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Beams were used as door frames throughout the house. Scrap pieces were used to build the beautiful custom table.

Stay tuned… We’ll be posting more photos from this incredible home in the near future. In the mean time, stop by our wood showroom and take a look at our selection of reclaimed wood and salvaged beams and let your imagination run wild!!

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Corbels were cut from scraps of the salvaged beams and used to help support the concrete countertop.

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Some of the salvaged beams can be seen across the back covered patio.


Custom Creations

If you have visited Southern Accents showroom or browsed our website, you have seen all the incredible architectural antiques and salvaged items that we house. Our ever changing inventory is unique, eclectic, artistic and always interesting! What you may not know is that in addition to all the wonderful “old” pieces sitting in our showroom and warehouses, we have assembled a team of incredibly artistic and talented individuals that allow us to offer you so much more than just a showroom of architectural antiques. We have the ability to custom make beautiful tables, doors, vanities and more from our growing supply of salvaged wood.

Ryan built this table top for a customer who wanted to combine the beauty of aged, salvaged wood with a more modern industrial base that he already owned.

Ryan built this table top for a customer who wanted to combine the beauty of aged, salvaged wood with a more modern industrial base that he already owned.

One mile from our showroom sits our salvaged wood warehouse. Salvaged wood has become an increasingly large part of our business. It is highly sought for use as flooring, wall and ceiling coverings. The unique character and patina of aged wood is unmatched. Not only does this wood lend itself to the creation of amazingly gorgeous flooring, it can be used to create stunning, one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture.

The salvaged wood used for this large table, built by Josh, was planed on all sides creating a smooth finished look that can be stained or painted.

The salvaged wood used for this large table, built by Josh, was planed on all sides creating a smooth finished look that can be stained or painted.

Southern Accents has been custom building doors from our salvaged wood for years, but lately we are being asked to build custom furniture items such as tables and vanities. Team members Roger, Ryan, Josh and Wayne all have extensive backgrounds in wood working. The creativity and talent of this team of artists allow us to offer more customized services than ever before! Anyone can walk into a furniture store and pick out a factory made dining room table. What we can create in our wood shop is a one-of-a-kind piece that has character and built in history that will quickly become a conversation piece in your home or office. The tables can be built to your size specifications. The salvaged wood can be planed giving you a smooth finish that can be stained or painted or can be left with the original patina creating a more rustic, distressed look. Each piece is uniquely crafted by one of our talented team members.

This beautiful bathroom vanity, also built by Josh, has a copper bowl waiting to be installed on top.

This beautiful bathroom vanity, also built by Josh, has a copper bowl waiting to be installed on top.

The nail holes and circular sawn marks on this salvaged oak gives character to this one-of-a-kind piece.

The nail holes and circular sawn marks on this salvaged oak gives character to this one-of-a-kind piece.

If you are looking for something unique, different, rustic, one-of-a-kind… come talk to us and let us show you what we can do!


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