There is no doubt baby Charlie will have a whale of a time growing up in his sophisticated, but fun, nursery created by Janice Burke from eye4design.

“Charlie’s parents [Katie and Adam Richards] said that they liked the colours grey and yellow and wanted a nautical theme,” said Burke. “I found a fabric with grey, yellow, black and white and – with the nod of approval from the parents-to-be – I bounced my design from that fabric.”

Dominating the space is a spectacular custom art piece featuring two giant whales and a dolphin created by Burke’s business partner, Carla Marquardt, from one-by-six-inch spruce planks, sanded and painted to look “beachy.”

“In my head I wanted big animals,” she continued. “I was initially thinking of elephants actually, but Carla had cut out a whale for her Harbour Nights artwork and I thought it was cute. It was then I thought of two huge whales – Moby and Moby’s mate – and Flipper the dolphin following.”

Summer student Shelby painted the walls in slightly different shades of cool grey and dappled on white and yellow “bubbles.” Custom pillows from Anslies and cushions from Gibbons Company enhance the IKEA daybed with pops of yellow, while a sleek grey Babyletto Hudson convertible crib provides a perfect spot for Charlie’s rest.

Next to the daybed, using natural wood tones to warm up the space, eye4design created a beautiful custom table out of pallet wood, which was sanded and coated with polyurethane to bring out the beautiful colour in the wood and in the starfish art hanging on the wall above the crib.

With cool greys enhanced with warm wood tones and pops of energising yellow, this elegant room will no doubt grow up right along with little Charlie.


Check out more local kids’ bedrooms!

Callie’s Pink Palace

Carter’s Sea Creatures

Charlie’s Cheerful Room

Pippa’s Perfect Nursery

Dylan’s Shark Cave

Rory’s Pirate Paradise

Grandsons’ Great Escape