How To Mix High & Low Decor — Inside A Dreamy R29 Apartment

Photographed by Erica Gannett.
We may be guilty of overly gushing about our fellow employees. But, there's one R29er who seriously deserves our woman-crushing. That would be Ashley Miles, our kick-ass executive VP of national sales and brand partnerships. Not only does she have the shiniest of hair, an enviable vintage wardrobe, and an adorable family, she also lives in a historic 1800s carriage house in the West Village with her husband Sam Miles.
From the start, it was no typical home tour. She greeted us wearing an epic gold-champagne quilted robe and workout sneakers. Then, upon our entering, she handed us water from a monogrammed glass with a vintage handkerchief wrapped around it — yes, pure Southern hospitality meets New York class. We wandered around her light-filled space and took furious notes on where she shops (Madame Matovu, Housing Works, and Chelsea flea market). She said she'd be happy to be 95 and die in this house. And, the way she has it decorated....we most definitely would, too.
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Ashley welcomes us at the carriage house. In front of her home is a secluded courtyard she shares with the author Judith Stonehill.
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A set of leather chairs and a gold side table create a separation between the entryway and living room.
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Ashley proves that symmetry is a good thing.
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Throughout the space, she unites various blues and greens.
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The abstract artwork is by a young artist in Baton Rouge, Mallory Page. In the left corner is Ashley's two-year-old daughter, Mylah's, doll stroller and toys. Yes, real life.
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The night before the shoot, Ashley was hanging out at her favorite vintage store in the West Village, Madame Matovu. After much debating, she splurged on this red silk kimono. When she's not wearing it, she'll hang it on the backside of her door as art.
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Tell us about your favorite store.
"You have to go to Madame Matovu. The owner, Rosemary, always says I'm her muse, and I say, 'No, I'm your person, I'm in love with you!'"

We think the style admiration is mutual.
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Ashley may be a smart businesswoman, but at home she's master of the shelfie.
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Her home has housed many a notable person, from Diane Arbus to multiple SNL writers who used to have post-show movie parties in the courtyard outside the kitchen.
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What do you look for when you're shopping?
"I'm very price-conscious — love getting a good deal. But, I also love supporting creative individuals. It's all about mixing high and low."
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Instead of buying artwork, Ashley framed an Hermès scarf for the stairwell. We'd never have known it wasn't art if she hadn't pointed it out.
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What's something you're always on the hunt for?
"I'm such a collector, so my handkerchiefs, cocktail napkins. They all have different meanings and are from different flea markets. If someone's getting married, I'll put one in a clutch or bag and give it to them."
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Her nod to her Southern roots — crisp, monogrammed bed linens.
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Getting out of bed is easier with these tasseled slippers.
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A friend made the "Love" print when Mylah was born.
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Proof that a small piece of artwork can be just as impactful as a large frame.
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The seascape painting was an heirloom piece from Ashley's husband. The desk chair is from Housing Works.
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A vintage party hat should always be at the ready.
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