An Artist's Rainbow Colored Motor Home-Away-From-Home

An Artist's Rainbow Colored Motor Home-Away-From-Home

Melanie Rieders
May 3, 2017

Name: Niki Azevedo Fairchild and Bennett Harrell
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Size: 22 feet long
Years lived in: 1 year, owned

Most of the year Niki and her partner Bennett share a fearlessly decorated Brooklyn apartment with "Jonathan Adler Goes Dumpster Diving at the Golden Girls Estate Sale" vibes. And while that creative space is their permanent residence, every now and then the couple calls this incredibly colorful bus home.

Take a video tour of Niki's mobile home:

When we toured Niki's Brooklyn apartment, we learned that she also owns a mobile home, purchased from a fellow artist about a year ago. The colorful bus might be on the small side, but it's equipped for comfort while on the road: it's got heat, hot water, a stove, and space to sleep.

While living in Bali, Niki founded her company Seeds of Change Mala. She sells fair trade prayer and meditation beads made by Balinese craftspeople. It's a company that both cares about aesthetics and sustainable products. Niki originally purchased the bus to visit the various yoga festivals where she sells the beads, but she has found that it also makes a great home-away-from-home escape for weekend trips and travel.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Big. Bright. Bold and Cheap

Inspiration: Magical Mystery Tour

Favorite Element: Dude. It moves!

Biggest Challenge: Not hitting construction dumpsters

What Friends Say: "Where do you park that?"

Biggest Embarrassment: The time I backed into a tree and poked a hole in the shower.

Proudest DIY: Keeping it mobile.

Biggest Indulgence: A comfy new mattress from IKEA.

Best Advice: It's going to cost way more than you think.

Dream Sources: Auto Zone and Discount Gas


Klitz Exterior Paint
Montana Spray Paint

Pillow — Ikea

Painting — Prime Minister of Dick
Eleanor Roosevelt Portrait — portrait FDR Library

Cutting Board — Joseph
Art — IKEA

Duvet — IKEA
Pillow — IKEA

Camper's World Kingston New York. Love them!

Thanks, Niki and Bennett!

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