Mountains infuse the decor in young family’s home

Matthew and Becky Jones brought their love for the Blue Ridge Mountains into their suburban Atlanta home.

In their son’s nursery, for example, they decorated with stuffed toy bears, artwork of forest creatures and a hand-painted mountain mural by Matthew in a soothing gray and blue palette.

“It does add a lot of character to the room,” Becky said. “We wanted Zac to have a nice space.”

The connection to their Cherokee County home also was instant for the couple, who moved from Columbus.

“Just walking in, and the feel of the light and the windows and the scenery just felt warm and inviting,” Becky said. “We live on Misty Mountain, which we love.”


Residents: Becky and Matthew Jones, son Zac, who turns 1 in November, and dog, Belle. Matthew is a district manager with VIP Petcare, and Becky is a senior manager with Accenture.

Location: Woodstock’s Claremore Manor

Size: 4,000 square feet, five bedrooms and four bathrooms

Year built/bought: 2017

Builder: Ashton Woods

Architectural style: Traditional brick

Favorite architectural elements: The front porch and open floor plan

Interior design style: Classic and comfortable

Favorite interior design elements: Family pieces, like the antique entryway clock from Matthew’s grandmother and the hand-painted chicken by Becky’s grandmother, which sits on a kitchen counter. Also, elements of the mountains that they’ve brought into their home, like the mural and bears in Zac’s bedroom.

Favorite artwork: Hand-drawn pictures of the historic homes of Madison and the Dresser Palmer House, an inn in Savannah. Folk art by Becky’s uncle, Darrell Ezekiel, and the custom movie poster from their Old Hollywood-themed wedding in March 2013 by Ezekiel and artist Lauren Anita.

Favorite outdoor elements: The back patio and fenced backyard.

Resources: Furniture from Ashley Furniture, Crate & Barrel, Pier 1 Imports, Havertys Furniture, Thomasville Furniture, Ethan Allen, Pottery Barn, Junque Yard Antiques (Columbus), Simply Southern Home Decor (Opelika, Ala.), Hobby Lobby, Woodstock Market, Babies R Us and World Market. Decor from Macy’s and The Bear Store (Blue Ridge). Whirlpool Gold Series appliances.

Decor tip: Personalize your home with family pieces and souvenirs. “We incorporate heirlooms that we have, and antiques that we have purchased along the way,” Becky said. “We also love to travel, so we incorporate things that we find or even things that we see wherever we travel. We try to bring that style back.”

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