Southern Accents

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The other day, we were in Cullman for a couple of hours - of course, Av had to stop and get a sack of Duchess doughnuts:

Shug at Duchess, Cullman AL
...you know, Shug isn't growing up in Cullman like I did, but he sure does know what's good.

(Sorry about those fingerprints!)

I ran into Southern Accents for a few minutes - it's one of my favorite shops in town, and they have some of *the* most interesting architectural antiques.

Southern Accents, Cullman AL

Over the years, I've dreamed about the copper bathtubs they've had, the section of boxes from the Selma post office, and once it took everything I had not to bring home a marble-topped work table from a Memphis chocolate factory.

It sure is fun to look at everything - antique doorknobs (those porcelain and heavy leaded crystal ones), the giant wooden and marble mantels, stained glass windows, old lighting fixtures...
A few years ago they started heavily promoting replicas: things like reproduction doors and bathroom fixtures which I didn't care for. I like it when people stick to authentic items. And of course that's the best part of their inventory.

Outside is a menagerie of bathtubs that one day someone restoring an old house will take and sand and refinish - and no one will ever know it was once resting sadly off-kilter, collecting rainwater on an old tarp in downtown:

Sinks, radiators, fencing awaiting a new life:
...and a section of *beautiful* old bathroom tiles:
Ceramic Tiles 1

Ceramic Tiles

Pottery Barn and Wisteria have been selling industrial-inspired coffee tables but Southern Accents has a selection of original, old factory dock carts in stock that have so much character...

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