Hunter’s Toddler Big Boy Bedroom Tour
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I am SO in love with how this room came together (so far). I still need to find new hardware for the double closet doors and I am going to be designing a custom interior for his wardrobe. There is a huge metal box of some sort in there. If only we could hide that, he would have an awesome walk in. But alas, another design challenge that I will happily accept! Thank goodness he’s just a few days shy of two years old. I have a little bit of time before he will start utilizing his full space.
This is a shared space.
Hunter shares his bedroom with his closest-in-age, big brother. You see, Arlo is 5, Nonverbal and Autistic. His level of need is very high, so we have a play-based ABA Therapist visit us once a week, right here at our home. To keep Arlo on track and from regressing, he must stick to a schedule and routine. And right now he needs a separate space just for therapy. At the moment, that space is Hunter’s Bedroom!
This is also why I designed a space that was fun, beautiful and minimal.
How this space works as an in-home Autism ABA therapy room.
The step cube, from Target, is incredibly versatile. The bins as well as the accent paint color are also from Target. We currently have different sensory-friendly toys in each. The plastic bins are sturdy and thick, which means they will last for quite awhile.
Currently in each bin are: (1) Balls of different sizes, shapes and textures. (2) Textured, flexible spikey blocks. (3) Colored Wooden Blocks. (4) Lots and lots of animal friends (5) Although it is not pictured, there is a bin for the ABA therapists cards, puzzles and all the other items she uses during his sessions.
A black and white and teal bedroom
It’s tough to have decorations hanging in this room, as Arlo likes to rip paper and does not like having things hanging or sticking to the walls. Painting a combo of mountains and stripes became the main design feature (for now) and it just works. I also made sure to add some fun details like a handwritten quote made by Me (@StylishMilk) hung just high enough where Arlo leaves it be, as well as a vintage vehicle mobile that I found at a thrift store for just $4.99. Talk about pure luck! It will have to come down soon, sadly. I was hoping we could teach Arlo to look at things without touching them, but that’s a life lesson that will take years to master. And that’s totally okay.
I also wanted both of my little boys to be able to play in this space, so lots of stuffed animal pals, textured pillows and soft plush blankets are in the room.
Our must-have item in this shared space
Is a baby gate that is durable, fits well with the design theme and is affordable. Safety 1st makes a Bamboo Doorway Gate and when I saw that the interior was a recyclable black plastic panel, I knew I had to get it. I have been wasting my money on the cheap wooden gates for YEARS, that I would pick up at a dollar store and they would break within a month. I do love the look of a wooden gate, so finding one that was both durable AND affordable (under $30)? This mama of four is IN!
P.s. This gate is holding up quite lovely and is easy to clean! I LOVE IT.
The juicy deets
Twin Bed, Curtains + Wooden Spiral Toy: IKEA
5×7 Rug, Octopus, Rubber band string lights, pillows, step cube, teal plastic bins and teal accent paint color: TARGET
Vintage Vehicle Mobile, Panda Bear: Thrifted
Wall Art + Plush Bunnies: (Me) @StylishMilk
Huge Sloth: ALDI
Baby Gate: SAFETY 1ST via Amazon
XO Baby Blanket: ZIGGY BABY via Amazon