De­sign on a Dream

Tay­lor's be­d­room be­comes her sen­sory haven with the help of Philpot t s In­te­ri­ors.


MAKE- A-WISH HAWAII AND PHILPOTTS IN­TE­RI­ORS RE­CENTLY COL­LAB­O­RATED TO CUS­TOM DE­SIGN A be­d­room to grant the wish of Tay­lor, a 15- year- old Mililani girl suf­fer­ing from a seizure dis­or­der, lung dis­ease and se­vere autism. Be­cause of her dis­abil­i­ties, Tay­lor is com­pletely non- ver­bal and has lim­ited vi­sion. Due to her med­i­cal con­di­tions, she is highly sen­sory and gets en­joy­ment from move­ment, touch and the vi­bra­tions of sound. Th ese sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ences be­came a driv­ing force be­hind the de­sign of Tay­lor's room.

In Tay­lor's orig­i­nal room, she would find com­fort in her rock­ing chair, which was placed in her be­d­room closet. Tay­lor's fam­ily noted that she would head straight to her rock­ing chair when she got home from school, rock­ing for hours on end. Th e prob­lem was that this space laced air­flow and ad­e­quate light.

When it came time for Tay­lor's wish, it was clear that cre­at­ing a sen­sory room “safe haven” for her would be a ma­jor part of the ren­o­va­tion's fo­cus.

To cre­ate space for the cus­tom mod­ifi cations, the team cre­atively moved all of the ex­tra­ne­ous items in the closet out into the main be­d­room's newly in­stalled, cus­tom built- in cab­i­netry. Within the now- spa­cious closet, the team de­signed a sen­sory room with in­cred­i­ble light fea­tures and tex­tured walls hand­crafted to meet Tay­lor's needs. The team also in­stalled a lou­vered closet door and ceiling fan to in­crease air cir­cu­la­tion and cool­ing.

Tay­lor's room is shared with her Grand­mother who acts as her pri­mary care taker. Be­cause of Tay­lor's con­di­tions, quick and easy ac­cess to her med­i­ca­tion was cru­cial. Th e team in­stalled cus­tomde­signed cab­i­netry with a built- in re­frig­er­a­tor next to her bed in or­der to pro­vide ad­di­tional stor­age space and pro­vide im­me­di­ate ac­cess to her med­i­ca­tion.

It has been an honor for Make- AWish Hawaii and Philpotts In­te­ri­ors to grant Tay­lor's one true wish. Th is project would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the gen­er­ous do­na­tions of Philpotts' prod­uct reps, and their as­so­ci­ated com­pa­nies.

With t he help of Philpot t s In­ter iors, Make- A- Wish kid Tay­lor re­ceived a cust om room makeover f ocused on sen­sor y s t im­u­lat ion t o help with med­i­cal con­dit ions t hat leave her non- ver­bal and with lim­ited vi­sion ( pho t os c our­tesy Make- A- Wish).

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