Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Architectural Road Trip

It's another roadtrip today! Grab your hat and walking shoes and come along with me to Cullman Alabama for some great architectural finds that are a throw back to times past.
Southern Accents Architectural Antiques, Inc. carries a large variety of original and one-of-a-kind architectural pieces. They have antique entryways, beveled and stained glass doors, antique stairways, original antique lighting, a large supply of fireplace mantels and victorian accent pieces.
I have mentioned before my love of old doors, so you must know I want to take all of them home with me when I go. I would love to put these on the front of my house.
Perhaps take another and make a table:
They also carry a great selection of decorator pieces for indoor or out.
Check out this garden gate.
Perfect used as it's intended use, but just imagine using it like my friend, Pat of Back Porch Musings....She uses a garden gate above her outdoor fireplace. It is gorgeous! And it gives the space such character. Here is one of Pat's photograph's of the gate. Isn't is amazing?

Pat's blog is a source of mine for inspiration daily! Her decorating skills are unbelievable.

Cannot find a gate? I got this idea after visiting my friend, Diva's Mothers Home. In the shed in back are many many rusted old bed springs. It would also make a great architectural statement. With the interesting twist of metal. I think so! And a great way to reuse something you might never consider.
I also love old ceiling tiles and you can also find them at the Salvage place. I am kicking myself for not purchasing the old red ones that I saw here sometime ago. I had considered using them as pieces of art above my sofa. I could imagine using 9 in a large grouping. A real statement. But I didn't. (Sad face)
There are so many great ideas using old tiles.
For example, Photo frames:
And like the one I found at a garage sale made into a mirror:

But I am loving the idea of using them as memo/magnetic boards.
Or see this one...my personal favorite!
What a beautiful yet functional piece to use in a work space! Art as well as function. I love that!
Also found at the salvage.....bathroom fixtures.
My cousin purchased this amazing copper bathtub! I can only dream of sinking into a hot bath with a good book in that tub. I think they might think it funny, if I asked to come over to bathe? Probably.

There is a large stock of lighting. I think of Rue's home she is restoring. Rue, you'd love this place!

Look home this simple antique light fixture and reclaimed french doors gave this dining area a warm feel.
They're always adding new finds to the incredible selection of architectural antiques. I would love to show this hefty piece some love in my home.
And these newel post are fun to use in decorating, used alone, or by using a drill bit to carve out some space for candles to make into some great candlesticks, these really make a statement!
You must visit the showroom in Cullman, Alabama to view the extensive and ever changing collection. Not able to visit the store because of geographic reasons? Give them a call and let them help you locate that perfect antique fixture for your home or building project
If it can be built into a home, they have it! Gargoyles, gingerbread, barber poles, carousel horses, molding, ceiling medallions, newel posts, stairways, porches, Victorian parlor stoves, cookstoves, and so much more! Go..... see for yourself. It's worth the roadtrip. And should you go....I can recommend a fantastic place to eat, just around the corner! (More on that to come)
Stop by Bloggeritaville tonight for a LIVE American Idol post. Lets discuss our opinions together as the contestants preform. Just keep hitting that refresh button so you can keep up! See you tonight!
And FYI- I AM still a DWTS Fan. Love it. Hate I haven't had the time to post on it. My son's both have tennis and wrestling on Monday nights. But I do watch when I get home. Lets just say, Gilles-HELLO! WOW!!! That boy can DANCE! And it looks like Steve O has done his last waltz. Just my opinion. I hope to get Fabian as a guest poster soon to get his opinion.
Finally, as a sidenote, I finally got around to commenting within the comments of the post below. Thanks Y'all! I love it when you leave a "roadmap" to your place! You can count on me stopping by!

308 Second Ave. SE
Cullman, Alabama 35055
Local: 256-737-0554
Showroom Assistance: 877-737-0554
Fax: 256-737-0375
E-Mail info@sa1969.com


kimmcl said...

Woe is me, yet another incredible place that I can't get to! Ugh! (this is me whining, in case you couldn't tell)
But thanks anyway Leigh for all of the wonderful inspiration you continue to bring to your blog! Kim

Chandy said...

Love those doors! And that bathtub, is that copper?

I'm glad you are feeling better, Leigh!

LauraBeth said...

I've heard WONDERFUL things about that place, but have never been! Isn't Cullman great? If you're ever back, try the All Steak Restaurant (I promise they have vegetarian stuff there, too!) for their regionally-famous orange rolls. Better than Sister Schubert's, promise! There's also great antiquing in the downtown warehouse district. We should take a girlie weekend up there for Octoberfest (Cullman was founded by Germans, I believe.) and check out the antiques stores!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Thanks Leigh!

I just read this to J. I told him, we must plan a trip to Alabama. He said, in reply.....that could get expensive!!!;-) Everytime I read a post about these wonderful places in your fair state, my resolve is strengthened to visit. After all, it's only a couple of states south; an easy drive!

Mari said...

What a fun place to shop! I would need to take you with me though - I don't have the great decorative imagination that you do!

Glitter and Bliss said...

What beautiful things.... I love the white fireplace. Very inspiring!!!

Cindy said...

Girl, you get around Alabama don't ya? :) My grandparents live in Cullman. Love the pics, you always find cool stuff.

Susan in the Psych Ward said...

You know, I always love me some old metal.... I think we need to go shopping together some this summer! And keep guessing on that mystery, you may get it right!

The Hickmans said...

How neat- I got lots of ideas from this post!! It's been a while since I have blogged, so I'm catching up on everyone. Glad to see you are doing well!

P.S. I have a new website (go to my blog to check it out...) I would greatly appreciate it if you wanted to give it a shout out for me. =)

Thanks girl!

KBeau said...

I have been there once, and it's so fascinating to browse among all of that stuff. I just love that copper bathtub.

So who's your favorite on American Idol? I have to be for Kris. He's from my home state of Arkansas.

Keetha said...

I have a friend who is using an old door as a headboard on their bed. I'll see if I can get a picture of it sometime to post. It's a great way to use an old door too!!!

Kirby3131 said...

I love these architectural places - OMGoodness I could take so many things home. Your friends gate is awesome over that fireplace.

Could you ask your cousin to save a date for me to soak in that tub, too? Tell them they may need to start taking reservations. :)