Cherished pieces, new memories embraced in Woodstock residence

  • Lori Johnston
  • Fast Copy News Service
9:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 AJC Homepage
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The fireplace focal wall -- installed by builder Ashton Woods using Lockport Glacier 12-by-24-inch tiles -- creates movement vertically in the living room, while a colorful couch from Article and rug from Overstock ground the space. Photo captions by Lori Johnston and Shannon Adams/Fast Copy News Service.

The layout of Anthony and Charyl Ware’s new Woodstock home provided his and her spaces for relaxation and creativity, as well as areas to host family and even grandkids’ sleepovers.

When the Texas transplants moved to metro Atlanta, they bought a single-family home under construction in the Riverside neighborhood, near downtown Woodstock.

Anthony outfitted the loft to watch television and listen to music, complete with an upright bass that belonged to Charyl’s dad. Then, an upstairs bedroom with a recessed dormer window and a slanted ceiling seemed like such a comforting space that Charyl named it her “sanctuary room.” Her husband personalized her reading, writing and prayer space with a wall of inspirational artwork.

“It’s so quiet in there,” she said.

White walls and rustic shelving throughout the home serve as the setting for the couple’s collection of afrocentric and religious artwork, as well as Anthony’s creative expressions.

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Charyl and Anthony Ware moved from Texas to the Riverside neighborhood in Cherokee County.

Residents: Anthony and Charyl Ware and their Yorkshire terrier, Chewey. Anthony is a retired division manager with the city of Dallas, and Charyl is a retired counselor with the Plano Independent School District in Texas.

Location: Woodstock’s Riverside neighborhood

Size: 3,000 square feet, four bedrooms, 3 ½ baths

Year built: 2017

Builder: Ashton Woods

Architectural style: Traditional

Favorite architectural elements: Sloped roof with front porch and columns, archways, tray ceiling in master bedroom

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The Wares built their 3,000-square-foot Cherokee County home through Ashton Woods and moved in this year. The four-bedroom house has 3 1/2 bathrooms. Many of the finishes were selected through Ashton Woods, like the Belle Grae brick on the exterior.

Interior design style: Modern

Design consultant: Shelden Shuman with Ashton Woods

Favorite interior design elements: The fireplace has a floating mantel with wall tile that runs in a vertical pattern from the floor up to the second-story ceiling. Another unique feature is a quartz breakfast table that is mounted next to the kitchen island, which accommodates seating for up to eight people.

Favorite artwork: Paintings by Altdumese Taylor, a Caribbean artist who lived in St. Louis, Missouri; a glass sculpture of Christ by Smyrna glass-blowing artist Tom Lillie; and paintings and other works by homeowner Anthony Ware. “Most of his pieces are made from metal and wood. When he builds something, it’s a structure,” Charyl said.

Favorite outdoor feature: Screened-in porch and patio

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Charyl Ware says she always wanted a screened porch, and she finds having one in Georgia is even nicer than she imagined. She selected chocolate-brown wicker furniture from Joss and Main and an area rug from Target. A large, wooden toucan the Wares brought back from Mexico adds a pop of color.

Resources: Furniture from West Elm, RH, I.O. Metro, Z Gallerie, Joss & Main, All Modern, HomeGoods, Havertys and Houzz. Appliances and fixtures from KitchenAid and Kohler. Tile from Shaw and Emser.

Decor tip: The decor should reflect and tell a story about the people who live there, the couple said. Some of the artwork and furnishings remind them of family members and memories, such as a curio cabinet that belonged to Charyl’s maternal grandmother and her parents’ 1940s bedroom suite in the guest room.

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