We lovingly refer to our property as Valhalla. Our view looks out over beautiful Magen's Bay in St. Thomas. Here we feel connected to nature and at peace. We enjoy having picnics in our yard, and fires at night. The star gazing is amazing too! We laid the sod ourselves and planted it into the hillside to make natural benches and chairs for when we lay in the yard. We've been told it has a "Lord of the Rings" feel. Often times we will bring out blankets and bohemian poofs to sit on. We love tobe able to feel the earth beneath us and the grass between our toes and (grass is very rare in the Caribbean so this is a special touch to our yard). The stone work was done by Amanda's brother, Barkley Kenton who landscaping business in the New England area. We absolutely love how our quirky pathway and yard came out!! Behind the bus, you will notice our Modern Shed.
One Love Bus Kitchen
This is the One Love Bus kitchen looking back towards the living room and bedroom area. This is actually the most efficient and functional kitchen we have ever cooked in! We both love to cook and we fit together in the kitchen space perfectly fine. We have an Ikea farm sink that has come in very handy to give the dog a quick rinse and will also work to bath children someday (bath tubs are nearly nonexistent in the Caribbean because we have to conserve water). Next to the sink is a full-size dishwasher and stove by the GE Artistry Line. We love the retro look of the appliances from this line. They were also very reasonable to buy. To the right is our custom energy efficient frige and freezer. The fridge is made by a company called Sun Frost and only requires a few hours of sunlight a day to opperate. The custom made countertops and cabinents were made by Joe and Dan from Meat & Potatoes carpentry in St. Thomas.
Energy Efficient Fridge / Freezer
Across from our farm sink and stove is our energy efficient fridge and Freezer by Sun Frost. We were able to custom design this piece and opted for an under the counter design in order to keep clean site lines throughout the bus. You will notice in these pictures that we did not cover up any windows in our bus and that we do not use window coverings, we love to be close to our natural surroundings. The countertops of our bus are custom made butcher blocks. Joe and Dan made these and designed them to look like retro surfboards. Our wine glasses hang from a rake that broke during our initial bush cutting. This is a great way to repurpose a broken rake! Our espresso machine is more or less for "looks." Now that we live off the grid we make espresso daily with our Aero Press. This is hands down the best cup of coffee we've ever been able to make at home and the best thing is it does not require any electricity! We love to buy local and always keep locally farmed fruit and vegetables on hand. Nothing beats fresh tropical fruit to go with your coffee in the morning!
Island Work Space
The cabinets were custom made by Dan From Meat & Potatoes Carpentry. Joe was Dan's apprentice on this one. After the boys completed the cabinets they sprayed them with turquoise paint and my sister and I distressed them to give them a vintage, modern, bohemian look. From the kitchen side of the bus, we use the island counter as a meal prep space. We often eat from the island counter and use it as our desk working space. We purchased the sconces for the bus from Home Depot. We customized them with wood and LED edison bulbs that are very energy efficent. We have a dimmer on them too. (Joe is a light aficionado so the bus lighting has to be perfect).
Bus Living Room & Office / Dinning Space
Looking back towards the kitchen you can see our "home office" and living room space. When we both work from home or when we dine Joe will scoot the garbage can up to the counter to sit on. This multipurpose garbage can / seat has come in very handy. The storage ottoman is a handmade piece from Dot and Bo by a furniture company in Chicago. Amanda often works from this space. In addition to looking great the ottoman also duals as the pantry overflow. The food pantry is located right in front of the ottoman. To the right of the pantry are shelves that store our business supplies. We added wheels to the bottom of the ottoman legs and in the evening hours usually push it over to the couch to kick our feet up on.
This is where all the magic happens of course ;) The walls of the bus are made from shipping pallets. Amanda took on the job of being the designated pallet crusher for the project and spent many hours prepping these bad boys. Pallets are really the only form of reclaimed wood that we have in the USVI and we have an abundance of them becasue they are not shipped back to the mainland. After ripping the pallets apart, along with the help of some friends we pounded out the nails (because they would rust through the paint), painted them in white and then sanded them down to give them a rustic beachy look. We painted our walls in a "creamy white" and ceiling in a "canvas" color. We added a few pops of color to define certain spaces of the bus. The bedroom is "June day yellow," front entry off the kitchen is a "retro green" and the side door (which acts more like our front door) is painted in an "antique red." Joe thinks that all doors should be red ;) All of our paint was purchased from Sherwin Williams.
Living Room & Bedroom
This picture is our living room, looking back towards our bedroom. Our flooring is engineered bamboo. We chose bamboo because it is a renewable and eco-friendly material. The flooring was special ordered through Home Depot on St. Thomas. The floors have a distressed look which we love because we are super laid back, dog loving kind of people. We describe our style as "vintage, modern, bohemian." This is such an easy look to pull off and one that we highly recommend. You really can't screw up! All colors, textures, and patterns go and nothing has to be perfect. Since there really aren't any antique stores or places to buy reclaimed pieces on St. Thomas, we relied on mostly online shopping for this. We found the website www.dotandbo.com and fell in love with them (all except for the fact that they don't actually ship to the US Virgin Islands, so we had to send everything to Joe's mom, who then forwarded it on to us). Thanks, Deb! We still owe her fortune in shipping costs. Hopefully someday soon they will add the USVI to their shipping destinations.
Modern Shed, Bath House, Walk Out Closet, & Storage