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Amber Fouts Photography When her partner Sarah Storey first suggested they move out of their tiny apartment in downtown Seattle and into a bus, Melanie Tumlin thought she was joking. It was 2019 and the couple was living in a 250-square-foot studio with their newborn son Baylor and their dog Lump. “We thought, ‘Why are we paying what we’re paying in rent to be in this micro-studio?'” Tumlin, 35, tells PEOPLE. “It wasn’t the smartest layout, and one day, Sarah kind of jokingly said, ‘Hey, what if we move into a bus?'” Then, as Tumlin and Storey recall, fate seemed to nudge them closer to a life on the road. They found a listing for a retired school bus in Washington state in excellent condition with working electricity, a toilet and an RV title, which would allow the family to use the bus as a motorhome. “Everything kept lining up perfectly,” Tumlin, an education consultant, says. They spent that summer designing and renovating the inside of their new home with the help of family and friends. “I would sit down with graph paper and Pinterest and sketch out every square inch,” Storey, 30, says. Storey and Tumlin have documented their experience on their Instagram account @mamaswandering , which has more than 1,200 followers. Amber Fouts Photography The couple wanted to keep the colors and overall style “subtle,” she adds, with neutral walls and a pop of color here and there — “a red pillow, a fun rug,” Storey says. […]