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Local Blogger Ashley Mayes Merges Classic, Vintage and Modern Decor

As a full-time lifestyle and interior design blogger, Ashley Mayes invests a little bit of her heart into her home every day. Through creating things with her own hands and cultivating decor treasures from her travels, she makes her home one-of-a-kind.

By Tessa Cooper

Jun 2019

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Photo By Brandon AlmsWhat started as a small makeover of the Mayes family’s kitchen soon spiraled into a full-on DIY renovation. In order to accommodate the unplanned expense, the couple decided to take the project slow and repurposed materials from their previous kitchen, like the granite counters for the peninsula. Purchase Photo
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Photo By Brandon AlmsAshley’s kitchen shelves are always rotating out with new finds. Among her favorite pieces on these shelves are a handmade mug from Iceland and a vintage painting of Venice, Italy. “I love picking up things when we travel, or things that remind us of traveling,” Ashley says. Purchase Photo
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Photo By Brandon AlmsThese china cabinets came with the home and were originally painted a dingy cream. After a fresh coat of white paint, they became the perfect place to highlight treasures like china gifted from Ashley’s grandma and artwork by Suzy Lindow (@winkwinkstudio). Purchase Photo
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Photo By Brandon AlmsAshley loved the way the original hardware looked with against the white paint, so she decided to keep it. Purchase Photo

One word to describe Ashley and Luke Mayes’s southside Springfield home: inspiring. In fact, their home has caught the attention of more than 150,000 readers and followers they share their story with (biggerthanthethreeofus.com@yourhomestory podcast). 

In 2012, the couple purchased their current home and began making it their own. Over the years, Luke and Ashley’s days have been marked by home projects that provide not just a new style for their home, but a new meaning as well. For example, Ashley’s grandpa helped her build the cabinets above their stove, which was a labor of love the Mayes family will cherish forever. 

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Photo By Brandon AlmsWith only 8-foot-high ceilings, the living room felt boxed in. To help create the illusion of a higher ceiling, Ashley painted the crown molding in the space using the same color as the walls. Purchase Photo
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Walking through Ashley and Luke Mayes's house, you might notice how plants seem to survive in even the darkest spots, like this 5-foot-tall cactus. Ashley’s secret? She mixes real plants with fake plants throughout the house to trick the eye.

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The Mayes family’s breakfast nook is the perfect place to lounge, thanks to the natural light.

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Photos by Brandon Alms

Although the list of projects Ashley and Luke have worked on themselves is too long to count, the couple loves utilizing local businesses like WilgusIQ, Vermillion Hardwood Flooring and OP Hardwoods for expertise and quality materials. “I have this motto that you can’t really mess things up too bad, you can always call the professionals in to come to fix it,” Ashley says. “I’ve never been scared of trying something.”

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Photos By Brandon AlmsThere are two things Ashley loves shopping for most: rugs and lighting. Nearly every room in her house has a statement rug or light fixture, and the master bedroom is no exception. Purchase Photo
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When adding her style to the home, Ashley places great effort in honoring its original 1970s charm. “I think it’s important to try to stick with some of the bones of the house and be true to its style,” Ashley says. “I try and mesh my style with what was already here.” 

Make Your Own Bench Seating

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Ashley Mayes created the perfect bench seating for lounging in her renovated kitchen, and she's shared how you can create the same for your home.