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Recovering! – Editor’s Note


We hope life is beginning to take some form of normality after the traumatic storm of this year, and you’re moving toward a state of stability and wellness.

For this holiday issue’s features, we continue our effort to aid recovery after Irma with a progressive attitude and insightful information.

The time of rebuilding is a challenging one, but we must not lose heart—the Virgin Islands will be strong again with prudent planning, perseverance, and patience.

We open the magazine with our exclusive feature property showcasing Brandywine Estate Bayside Residences; an oceanfront property blending modern sophistication with relaxed Caribbean flair.

Stephen L France
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Editor-in-Chief – Stephen L France
Project Manager – Erin Paviour-Smith

Innovative company Earthship unveil their sustainable, eco-friendly housing ethic for a new Caribbean in this month’s publication; an apt time as we rebuild after the storm.

We also examine what it really means to be a designer with Debi Carson, who explains the finer differences between designer and decorator.

In our regular feature Habitat, we show you how your home can reflect your personality, and following, we reacquaint ourselves with TigerQi Architecture—the firm that specialises in contemporary design while respecting and maintaining Caribbean tradition.

‘What went wrong?’ Keeping in mind that hurricane Irma’s destructive path had a great deal to do with misfortune, VIPY investigate the damage of 70% of buildings in the BVI. What can we do to improve construction and live in peaceful knowledge that we’ve done our best in architectural planning and protection? We find out.

Rufred Forbes Associates relay their expertise and what they can do for your architectural needs in the aforementioned question, and we also ask: What are the best, most-sustainable products that we should be using in building our homes?

The plumbing retail, marine trade, contracting, and maintenance specialists Clarence Thomas Ltd. Home Center, inform us as to what their services can offer; again, very useful during this period of reconstruction.

Another timely addition to our magazine this month, is a review of off gird solutions which are making the future look brighter—aTec allow us a clearer picture on where this alternative energy technology is leading the Virgin Islands. We review the BVI energy company itself and what services they provide, boasting optimum resources to create clean and reliable power.

Finally, Beachside Lighting Solutions dazzle us with their beautiful, functional, and weather-resistant lighting products—a concluding editorial to complete the advice presented this month.

Wishing you enjoyment of the LAND, SEA, and LIFE in the Virgin Islands.

Stephen L France

PS – Let’s keep moving forward as the Virgin Islands returns, greatly improved #BVIStrong

Erin Paviour-Smith

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