Southern Accents Adventure {$50 Giveaway}

Edit:  Congratulations to Gretta (comment #32) for winning this giveaway!

A few weeks ago I went on a Southern Accents adventure with my sweet friend Rhoda from Birmingham who blogs at Southern Hospitality. Truly it was a decorator’s dream with stunning architectural eye candy all around.


Isn’t the storefront pretty?


Southern Accents began in 1969 by Dr. Garlan Gudger who started rescuing architectural elements from buildings that were going to be destroyed.   He sold these recycled “finds” from his garage before opening Southern Accents in Cullman.  Today Southern Accents is run by Dr. Gudger’s sons.

I have to say that I’m incredibly impressed at the wonderful customer service at Southern Accents.  They aren’t happy until the customer is completely satisfied.


Rhoda and I oohhhed and ahhhhhed throughout the entire store and workshop.  It was wonderful to experience Southern Accents with someone who “gets” me and my crazy love for old stuff!


All of the {swoon worthy} items pictured above:

  • Newel posts for staircases
  • Dock carts that can be made into cocktail tables
  • Corbels and brackets
  • The adorable shop dog
  • Shutters and panels


Beautiful door hardware sets!


Amazing bathtubs


Look at the fabulous brick wall, the ceiling and all the beautiful salvaged pieces!


Doors and windows galore!  {drool}


These architectural panels are created in the Southern Accents wood shop.   There is a lot of history behind them which I’ll share with you in a minute.


This is just a small portion of the huge inventory of doors and wood at the Southern Accents warehouse. Rhoda and I loved poking around for the perfect piece of wood for her project.


More eye candy:

  • Beautiful glass door knobs – I’ve never seen so many knobs in all my life
  • Iron gates and Fireplace surrounds
  • Wooden and Iron Stars
  • Bead board – the tongue and groove real deal!


Gorgeous chandelier lighting…and yes, I keep stargazing at the ceiling.  Don’t you?


More lovely items…


This is the beautiful piece that I decided needed to come home with me.  I love the history behind it….which I’ll explain in a minute. :)


Rhoda and I enjoyed our lunch at Carlton’s Italian Restaurant.  Carlton’s is owned by Southern Accents who graciously treated us to lunch.  It was delicious!


These three insulators also made it home with me. I washed them and now they are sparkling in my kitchen window. I love the colors!


For now, this architectural piece is in my bedroom on an antique chest.  We are in the process of preparing another house to move into. And I have a HUGE project that I’m working on and will reveal at the beginning of 2011! {shhhh, it’s a secret}

So, the history in this piece is astounding. The wood is from different centuries and different locations …

  • Yellow Corner – from 1905 Lewisburg, TN
  • Aqua Corner – from 1910 Mt. Brook, AL
  • Top White Corner: – from 1896 Virginia Farmhouse
  • Bottom White Corner: from 1930 Huntsville, AL

How TOTALLY cool is that?!    I love pieces with history behind them!

Southern Accents is branching out into the social media world.  They are currently blogging as well as being on Twitter and Facebook.  Southern Accents has generously agreed to give away a $50 gift certificate to their fabulous store to one of my readers!!  Southern Accents ships items all over the U.S., so if you are not local to Cullman, AL, please still enter to win!  Of course, if a local reader wins, then they can go redeem their gift certificate in person! :)

To Enter:

  • Pop over to Southern Accents, look around, and then leave a comment telling me what your favorite piece is.

Up To 4 Extra Entries (leave a separate comment for each):

The winner will be drawn at random on December 1st.

Disclosure: I was provided with a $50 gift certificate to redeem at Southern Accents. As always, all opinions in this post are all mine.

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  1. Millie Gardner says

    Wish I had a place big enough for the Sunbeam doors (#107) – I don’t think my husband would go for it though. We live in Birmingham, so I would love to go shopping with a $50.00 headstart! Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Millie Gardner says

    I liked My Blessed Life on Facebook. Now off to work. Thanks again for the chance to win!

  3. Lawanna Horton says

    I love the stained glass windows. I would love to have a sun room done in stained glass windows. Beautiful!!!

  4. Kathi says

    Oh, my goodness. I love it all! The claw foot bathtub reminds me so much of the one in my grandmother’s house. When we took baths in it, I felt so cozy!

  5. Sheila says

    I have always wanted a cast iron clubfooted tub. What I would do with it right now I have no idea, maybe put it in my “hope chest” for my “dream house.”

  6. T. Rich says

    They have so many amazing things that it’s hard to pick just one favorite. I LOVE the fireplaces. The white distressed ones are beautiful and would great in my living room. :) I love the doors, the big tubs, the lighting, etc. They have a great varitey. After looking at that site, I want to remodel my whole house. haha

  7. Terri says

    Love the shutters….. I mean REALLY LOVE THE SHUTTERS!!! the piece of history you shared is amazing!!!! Thank you soooo much!! So enjoy your blog!!! Thank you , Terri

  8. Maureen says

    What a great place!! I love the shutters, doorknobs, corbels, stars -iron and wood – all of it! What’s not to love! Thanks for the chance to win and thanks for sharing this wonderful with all of us!

  9. Kim says

    I would love to remodel our masterbath around any of the beautiful clawfoot tubs from Southern Accents. I follow you on FB.

  10. Linh C says

    There are so many cool things on Southern Accents! I’ll have to take a trip to Cullman and visit the store.

  11. Carolyn says

    I’m torn between the mantels and the antique windows. . . both just really say Vintage as soon as you see them. LOVE!!! And, Thanks!

  12. Linda from Georgia says

    I’ve been there. Good thing they have the restaurant — you could spend hours searching for treasures. Truly a must-see business. Definitely worth a drive.

  13. Tania S. says

    I just love that Copper Tub (Bath 007), although the window sashes (item 01) are more in my price range. So many neat items.

  14. Deana Card says

    SG184 I love this window! I could use it as a headboard. There is also a window in the store (saw it Sunday) and I don’t see it on the website. It is hanging up above, to the right of the cash register. It has beautiful colors with a fleur de lis at the bottom. It would be beautiful hanging in my dining room.

  15. Marc says

    My favorite piece is Item 73. (Description: Eastlake Victorian general store piece, Circa 1890, made from walnut, completely restored .) Gorgeous…but utilitarian.

  16. Brianne C. says

    OMG!!!! I love Southern Accents, makes me think about all the goodies that American Pickers try and find. Completely Awesome…While it is hard to find one favorite piece, I would have to go with the cutom made anitque mirror frames. I loved the brass dog statues as well though. 😉

  17. Stephanie says

    This has to be my favorite place. My mom likes to find treasures there and make new stuff out of them. My husband and I plan to eventually build a house and use their stuff to give it some sort of history.