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Simple Treasures

This past week took us to Tuscaloosa, Alabama on what most would think an unlikely salvage mission. A 1950’s apartment complex on the University of Alabama’s campus is about to be torn down. In its place, new apartments or condos will be built that will house future University of Alabama students. The apartment complex is not impressive from the interior or exterior view. The doors are not decorative, nor do they have ornate carvings. They aren’t really attractive… just your standard 1 and 2 panel doors. There was a lot of tarnished brass hardware but nothing outside of the ordinary. Many might wonder why we would waste our time on such a menial project?

Architectural salvage is often thought of as the large, heavily carved doors, decorative wood mantels, ornate ironwork and gingerbread trim from elaborate Victorian homes and historical mansions. Architectural salvage is all of the above, but encompasses so much more. Any structure that has been built potentially contains goods that can be salvaged and reused: doors, cabinet hardware, baseboards, wood floors, bath fixtures, chandeliers, newel posts, staircase spindles, windows, trim, and ironwork. Usually, even the most humble structures contain architectural salvage that can be repurposed and given a new life.

This apartment complex, for example, is full of painted wood trim that is in a Shabby Chic condition. Even though the wood trim is plain, the patina of the aged chippy paint covering the wooden boards is highly sought after. Everyday wear and tear of daily use, coupled with exposure to the sun, creates an unique texture that can only be obtained over time. These old boards will be salvaged and turned into something new such as picture frames, bulletin boards, chalk boards, table tops and other DIY projects. All it takes is a creative mind to imagine the numerous possibilities.

Southern Accents Architectural AntiquesOne of the items that we returned with from Tuscaloosa were these interesting knobs that we removed from old gas wall heaters. The knobs grabbed our attention, because they are shaped like footballs. While these knobs have probably been forgotten by those who once used them, maybe catching a glimpse of them will ignite a memory of a special time in their life. A memory of a cold November morning getting ready for the Iron Bowl or an all night study session for that last final before Christmas break. The memories evoked by these old but simple treasures are as special as the items themselves. As Southern Accents rescues these items, the story of their past is protected and their new story begins.

We are hanging on to a few of these “football” knobs ourselves, but are sure that the rest will be put to good use by someone with a creative idea. That’s all it takes, one idea and a little initiative to see an old simple item reinvented. Each idea, put into practice, serves to save one more door, or knob, or chippy paint piece of wood from our landfills. Our mission statement is to rescue, restore and protect architectural elements of historical significance. Simply put… “we save old stuff.” Fancy or simple, historical register or not, built in the 1800’s or 1950’s… quality materials that can be repurposed and given a new life do not need to end up in a landfill.

We invite you to visit our showroom or website and consider salvaged goods for your next project. Our inventory changes daily. Whether you are looking for that ornate mantel or a simple door to use for your latest DIY project, we are sure that we have just what you are looking for!

By: Lisa Jones

Southern Accents Welcomes Coach Pat Dye

Coach Pat Dye - Southern AccentsFormer Auburn University head football coach Pat Dye is coming to Southern Accents! Coach Dye will be here on Saturday, July 27th from 10:00 am till 2:00 pm. Everyone is invited and encouraged to come out and meet one of the winningest and most highly recognized coaches in the history of the SEC.

During his 12 season tenure as head football coach at Auburn University, Coach Pat Dye lead the Tigers to 4 SEC Championships! He was named National Coach of the Year in 1983 and was a multiple SEC Coach of the Year winner. Today, Coach Dye is the owner and operator of Quail Hollow Gardens where he is passionate about his work cultivating 60 different varieties of Japanese Maple trees on his over 700 acre farm. Coach Dye will arrive at Southern Accents with a variety of the maples which will be available for purchase. There will also be a limited amount of memorabilia, including a limited number of copies of his 1992 book In The Arena available.

Coach Dye reflects, “Quail Hollow Gardens is a dream come true. I’ve been fascinated by Japanese maples since 1981 when my landscaper planted one of these beautiful trees in my Auburn, Alabama yard. The large green multi-trunk seedling he brought in was the most gorgeous tree I had ever seen. The ever-changing beauty of these magnificent trees has enhanced my life as I have studied and lived with them. Over the years I have dug and moved many Japanese maples (some over 50 years old), planted every cultivar I could get my hands on, and loved every single one of them. Each Japanese maple has its own personality and I look forward to watching spring’s new growth and summer’s changing colors, admiring fall’s deep yellows, reds, golds, and oranges, and appreciating winter’s view of spectacular limb structures. Everyone needs at least one of these trees in their yard to enjoy.”

Garlan Gudger stated, “Southern Accents is excited to have the opportunity to host Coach Pat Dye for the day. We have such a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for the efforts he is making to preserve and promote these beautiful Japanese Maples that are rich in ancient history. Just as we are passionate about saving and preserving architectural artifacts for future generations to enjoy, Coach Dye’s passion is extended, for the same reasons, to these trees. Combining our passions make us a winning team! This is a great opportunity to meet Coach Dye and learn about his current endeavors. Everyone is invited!”

A numbered ticketing system will be used to organize visitors who wish to meet Coach Dye, who will be available for autographs and picture ops. Visitors will need to stop by Southern Accents showroom the day of the event to pick up your ticket. Tickets are FREE. Tickets will also be used to draw for door prizes which will be given away during this event. Prizes include several signed copies of Pat Dye’s books as well as several of the Japanese Maples from Quail Hollow Gardens!

This is an exciting event! Watch our Facebook page for more details and giveaways including your chance at a private Meet-and-Greet with Coach Pat Dye!


Tamuke Yama Japanese Maple

Coach Pat Dye will be bringing approximately 20-30 of these gorgeous Tamuke Yama Japanese Maples in 7 gallon sizes.  This size tree will range in price from $75, $100, $125 and $150, depending on height and caliper of the trunk.  The picture above is a 5-6 yr old tree from the nursery.  The leaves of this maple turn a beautiful purple red in late summer into early fall.

Coach Dye will also be bringing another 20-25,  3 gallon trees which will cost between $40-50.  He will bring 2-3 each of around 8-10 varieties.  These will be a mix of uprights and weeping style (dissectum). The trees will be available on a first come, first serve basis Saturday morning, July 27, 2013.  Sale begins at 10:00 am.

The leaves turn a beautiful purple red in late summer into fall.

The leaves turn a beautiful purple red in late summer into fall.

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Tamuke Yama Japanese Maple (lace leaf, dissectum)

An older Tamuke Yama Japanese Maple currently growing in the fields of Quail Hollow Gardens.

An older Tamuke Yama Japanese Maple currently growing in the fields of Quail Hollow Gardens.

Wal-Mart Pico

Yesterday I ran in to Wal-Mart (yes, I am a Wal-Mart shopper) to grab a few grocery items needed for today’s tailgate party.  For some reason, unknown to me, I am one of those people that strangers feel comfortable engaging in conversation in Wally World. Most often I am asked if I know where something is. I always do. Quite often I am asked food questions. I love to cook and love to talk food and am always flattered that someone would ask for my food advice, even a stranger. I share what I can before moving on to the next isle and the next customer question. I often find myself looking to see if someone has stuck an employee tag on my back as a joke or wonder if I resemble Martha White? Anyway, sometimes this works in my favor, as it did yesterday.

I was in the produce section digging through the cilantro. This man walks up and asks, “What are you doing with that?” My reply,  “I’m making Texas Caviar. Tomorrow is fajita night”.  He told me that he was from Texas, had moved to Cullman a couple of years ago, loves spicy Mexican food and then began to share his easy pico recipe with me!  SCORE!! I normally do not like ‘prefab’ recipes. I’m a ‘from scratch’ girl but… it’s been a busy week. I’ve got 20 people showing up at my dirty house tonight to tailgate for a BIG SEC FOOTBALL GAME. I will spend all day trying to get my house in some sort of acceptable order before firing up the smoker. Easy pico…I’m in!

I can be a bit selfish when it comes to recipes. I don’t always like to share but since this one was a freebie…

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  • 1 can Mexican “Rotel” (the kind with cilantro and lime)
  • jalapeno pepper
  • onion (I like a sweet onion)
  • lime
  • cilantro
  • salt

I literally threw this together in less than 10 minutes. Drain the can of Rotel. I sliced off about 1/4 of a jalapeno pepper and 1 slice of onion and finely chopped both. I added about a good teaspoon of each to the Rotel. I finely chopped and added a handful of cilantro, about a tablespoon once it was chopped. I added salt to taste and squeezed the juice of 1/2 of a small lime. Toss and your done!

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Although pico mixed with your early morning cup of coffee is not the best combination, the taste of the pico is spot on! You can tweak this recipe according to your taste. I made two batches just to make sure we had enough.

The guys at Southern Accents are working hard today. I’ll be sending them signals from my smoker later this afternoon. I’ve been told that I make the BEST chicken fajitas this side of the border… I’m sure they are hoping I’ll throw them some leftovers!!  😉 If you are in the area please stop by the store and say hello. Tell them I said ROLL TIDE!

Thank you former Texas resident Wal-Mart man for this recipe. It’s a keeper! I used the remaining cilantro in my Texas Caviar. If you’ve never had Texas Caviar, I make a pretty mean one. Perhaps that will be my next recipe share?

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