Swati Goorha Designs Chic Psychedelic Baby Room Suitable For Twins


When a young couple moved from Brooklyn to an old Victorian style house in Maplewood, New Jersey, the new owners brought in a local designer Swati Goorha to help breathe new life into the charming abode. “Guests have welcomed the use of fun colors and patterns,” Goorha explains, prompting her to create several rooms in the residence featuring an amalgamation of vibrant textures and hues.

Perhaps the most striking piece of the lot? the splashy nursery designed for the couple’s newborn twins, Riley and Avery, which also turned out to be the most difficult space to conceive. “The room they wanted to convert was small and very narrow to accommodate two cribs, changing tables and storage, so we had to get creative,” says Goorha. And when the babies arrived a few weeks earlier than expected, his team had to scramble. But despite several delays and shipping issues due to the pandemic, “we were able to miraculously prepare the room for the twins to come home.”

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To maximize the square footage, the designer decided to convert the hard-to-reach closet into a versatile corner, removing the door and fitting out the space with custom joinery. The end product is “a changing table, dresser and storage all in one,” she says. “There are so many beautiful elements in this space … but my favorite has to be the custom cabinet we designed and the transition from the closet into the efficient and modern corner which serves so many functions.”

Customers also wanted the room to be adaptable as the twins grew older. So Goorha chose Stokke’s Sleepi Convertible Crib, which can be adjusted to suit all ages up to 10 years old using bed conversion kits. “We kept the general patterns and the playful but transient patterns, so the room feels ageless as the kids go through the different stages of growth,” she notes.

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Groundworks Hutch Cream Rabbit Plush Toy wallpaper by Hunt Slonem livens up the space, while the multicolored Prism print on the ceiling (from Cole & Son) was purposely chosen to help stimulate the twins’ brain development. “Babies only see geometric shapes in black and white from the start, and as they get older they may start to see geometric colors and patterns,” Goorha explains. “Recently the customer kindly sent us a message saying: ‘Riley is obsessed with the ceiling. Something must have clicked on development, and she can finally see it in all its glory. She is happy every time she looks at him!‘”

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In addition to the bold geometric Renwil rug and the color-block side table by ModShop, the rest of the room is dressed in a soft palette of beiges and creams, Monte Conception glider and matching ottoman (draped with a chunky Serena & Lily knitted wool blanket) in hummingbird shades (made by Sewn seams on the right) and elephant toy rack Pottery barn.

A sentimental touch: the nursery’s psychedelic palette was inspired by a framed poster by a multimedia artist Susan farrington‘s Robots (featuring a motley crew of colorful creatures on the New York City subway), which the couple bought before getting married with the intention of hanging it in their future child’s bedroom.

“I was so proud to be able to reflect the personalities of our clients so well through this nursery,” says Goorha. “The room is very fun, energetic and a great representation of our clients and the beautiful girls.”

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