My Biggest News Yet

August 2, 2013

My dear friends, I have some EXCITING news to share! In fact, over the years I always wondered when this day would come and it has and I’m so happy! As you know, I’ve been very busy since I started this blog over 7 years ago and was always very focused on my career first. It meant a lot to me to build something up for myself and over the years, I’ve made so many important, meaningful connections and some of the best friends I’ve ever had. But something else was always on my  mind – kids. We knew that we eventually wanted children, well honestly only ONE child, but didn’t know when and frankly, we were having so much fun with our careers, freedom, traveling… We didn’t make it a priority. We were perfectly happy being childless for awhile. Our big plan, back when we lived in Boston, was to relocate to Germany to start a family where my husband was born and raised, so we moved over in 2009 but then my career really picked up, I wrote two books and we’ve been here for 4 years already and time just keeps passing by…

My Biggest News Yet

I’ve been talking to some really close girlfriends about having a child since the beginning of last year and they all gave me the same advice. Do it and stop thinking so hard. But it was only recently when I had a chat with a friend in America this past March, that the “baby advice” really sunk in. And though this will sound dramatic, her advice changed my life and I want to share it with you.

I told her that I wanted to have a baby but needed to think about when the best time would be. “It can’t be this year”, I said, “because I have speaking engagements lined up and I need to finish writing my third book… And it can’t be in 2014”, I told her, “because my book tour will kick off in the spring and I want to go back home to Boston to visit friends and family”… I can’t, I don’t know when, I need to think about… These words were the opening line of every reason I had for waiting to start a family.

Yet I really wanted to have a child, not because I’m trying to fit some image of what a woman should be doing because honestly, I don’t care about what we should and should not be doing at “stages” in our life. I am a firm believer in timing and that YOU know when you should (or should not) do things and you have to trust your instincts on this stuff, especially the big stuff. And I’m not getting younger with each passing year, who is? So what would it be, I thought… My career or a child?

Then my friend tactfully, but firmly, spoke words that were honest, simple, and changed my life in the most beautiful way. She said that I didn’t need to choose to have a career or a baby. I can simply decide to have both. She said that I needed to give myself the permission to have both and stop thinking that a parent has to fit a specific mould. It’s okay to want a career and a family (men do it all of the time) and that I don’t need to give up one to have the other. I just need to stop stressing out over it, relax a little and give myself permission because I deserve to be kind to myself. She said I should support my own dreams – and that there are plenty of women who love their jobs and their children and have no regrets doing both and they still travel and have great careers. She told me if I was waiting for the right time to forget it, that it will never come. Gosh, after hearing all of that I thought, “Okay, time to make some changes in my life!”.

After our conversation, I started to feel more at ease. I began to cut back a little more on work commitments and take more vacation days and I started to say NO to things more and YES to only what I wanted to do. Her advice was already sinking in, I was learning to be kinder to myself. I stopped worrying about everything and I mean everything. I let stuff go. I stopped worrying about people I cannot change (including some of my own family members) and people I cannot help (friends who never want help yet complain for help constantly). I started to wander in parks and gardens more and burn time doing nothing so I could just think about the direction of my life.

And then, 3 weeks after our conversation and without trying at all – I got pregnant for the first time in my life without any effort other than the obvious. And five weeks after that I found out (and my husband and I jumped up and down!) through a home pregnancy test and now I am in my second trimester, I’ll be 15 weeks on Monday, and the baby is healthy and doing great.

BUT. It’s not been fun and games since week 6. I have had a really hard first trimester — I lost 14 pounds due to constant vomiting and exhaustion. I’m still constantly sick to my stomach but less tired (thankfully) and the feeling of being eternally hungover is starting to pass BUT I still feel quite seasick. My husband totally took over our household – which is a huge relief – so he is cleaning, cooking, doing laundry, running errands and talking so sweetly to me about our baby that I feel nothing but love. And I need that because sickness is no fun. I’m so glad that my husband is so loving and supportive. You really know if a person truly loves you when times get hard and you can no longer be 100% for them but they are still cheering you on and supporting you. You also really see a person’s heart when they are constantly tested as he has been without any support from me for the past few months. The house is spotless, laundry is done and the fridge is stocked. And I didn’t do any of it. This is really the best time of my life, despite all of the sickness, and I just had to share it with all of you. And by the way, the moment we find out the sex, I’ll let you know.

But my dear friends, when it comes to anything in life take it from me – be kind to yourself. We are often so easily kind to others but unkind to ourselves, without even realizing it. Think about that ok? And this isn’t my family planning advice, it’s more life advice passed down from my friend to me and now to all of you. And you know what? The timing couldn’t be more perfect. Who would have thought? And all I can think about is redecorating my home and organizing every room perfectly and creating a fantastic nursery, complete with this lovely bed shown above in this beautiful photo showing Nord Design bedding. It feels nice to have a shift of focus for now and I invite you all to share my little journey and if you are pregnant too, please let me know so I can cheer you on as well!

Much love, Holly



  • Reply the chronic utilitarian August 2, 2013 at 2:12 pm


    your life will change forever and for the better.


  • Reply Kim August 2, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Oh Holly! That’s the best news, and such a lovely post to read. I know a lot of us try and ‘fit things in’ with our busy schedules & careers, trying to find the best times, but… “Life’s what happens while you’re busy making other plans”.

    I can’t wait to follow your baby journey! Huge congratulations!

  • Reply Annie Kruse August 2, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Great news Holly. I loved both of my pregnancies so sit back, put your feet up, do some anti-natal yoga and just reeeeelax! Big hugs, Annie

  • Reply Holly {Avenue} August 2, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I’m so, so happy for you both, Holly. Thorsten is such a trooper! Sending lots of love your way and can;t wait to meet baby Becker! Holly x

  • Reply Tina Ramchandani August 2, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Congrats Holly! I’m so happy for you! I’ve heard you mention here and on Haus Maus that you’re thinking of having a child and I’m glad you finally made the leap. You can totally do both, and you’ll be happier for it! Hope the morning sickness is over soon. Enjoy the pregnancy!

  • Reply decor8 August 2, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    @the chronic utilitarian: @Kim: @Annie Kruse: THANK YOU LADIES! I found a mama yoga class less than a block away on the same street where I live so I’m definitely going to do that as soon as I’m past the queasy stage!!!!

  • Reply bridget {bake at 350} August 2, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Congratulations!!! :)

  • Reply decor8 August 2, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    @Holly {Avenue}: @Tina Ramchandani: Thank you Holly and Tina! I hope in the new year you both can meet decor8 jr. :)

  • Reply Maria-Thérèse August 2, 2013 at 2:20 pm


  • Reply Rona August 2, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Many congratulations Holly!

    The Duchess of Cambridge also felt very unwell at the start…and look what a lovely little bundle of joy she has now..

    Best wishes
    Rona x

  • Reply decor8 August 2, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    @bridget {bake at 350}: @Maria-Thérèse: @Rona: Thanks ladies! Funny you say that Rona, I have what she had but it seems to be getting better now and I’m hoping as I go into week 15 on Monday that it will just vanish at some point and give me a break for at least a few months so I can get my home in order and arrange the nursery.

  • Reply Igor August 2, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    This news make this sunny day even sunnier! Congrats to you & Thorsten!!!

  • Reply annton August 2, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    congratulations from berlin! you kind of hinted something late July and I thought, well, maybe the news is that she will have a baby. my little sister is expecting hers in october and so far, this has been an incredible journey. enjoy it!

  • Reply decor8 August 2, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    @Igor: @annton: Igor and Annton – Thank you so much! :)

  • Reply Sabahnur August 2, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    how amazing is this! congrats
    i am sure you will be a great mother and this little angelwill bring lots of inspiring and luck to you.

  • Reply Rincy K August 2, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    LOVE. That is all I have to say about this matter :)

  • Reply Anna of Green Gable August 2, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Having a baby changes you forever. And it is the best thing you could ever do. I thought I didn’t really want to have kids, but now I can’t imagine a life without my daughter. She is best thing that ever happened to me and has made me the happiest I’ve ever been.

  • Reply Anna of Green Gable August 2, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Oh, and Congratulations!!!

  • Reply Claire Brewster August 2, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Congratulations, sounds like perfect timing to me!

  • Reply Daniela Valdez August 2, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Congratulations Holly! All the best :)

  • Reply Elodie (madame love) August 2, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Dear Holly!
    Congratulations! I am very happy for you. I am pregnant too and expecting at the end of August (only for little weeks to go.
    It is not fun to be 8 months pregnant with temperatures like today, but I am so happy in the other hand.
    I had (and still have) so much fun planning and arranging the nursery and making baby clothes. I am sure you will enjoy that part of the journey very much too.


  • Reply anastasia August 2, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    How very very exciting!!! Congratulations to you and Thurston and here’s to a wonderful few months (and years!) ahead.

  • Reply Silvina from Tazas y Cuentos August 2, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I’ve been visiting your wonderful blog in silence and this excellent news deserve a comment.
    I’m older than you and have a ful time job and a carrer and three children (and now a blog and some hobbies I share there!) and you will see you can do all you want! Your friend is totally right, a woman is all that, a professional, a mother…, we don’t have to choose, we have to organize and do what we want with passion.
    Besos from Argentina and good luck!

  • Reply Ana Fensišmensi August 2, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Congrats! Looking forward to a new blog Category as well :)

  • Reply Janelle@awhitefarm August 2, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Well done!! Fab news! I do sympathise with your seasickness/hangover…I suffered through all 3 pregnancies with it BUT it is all so worth it!! Take care…xx

  • Reply decor8 August 2, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    @Sabahnur: @anastasia: Thank you ladies!!!

  • Reply decor8 August 2, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    @Silvina from Tazas y Cuentos: Wow, so well said. You are right! @Elodie (madame love): Elodie – CONGRATS on being 8 months pregnant – how wonderful for you, you are almost there – wow!!!

  • Reply laurie August 2, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Best news to wake up to! You will be a great mother – you already are!
    And thank you for your advice Holly. Good for this mother of a teenager!

  • Reply Alicia August 2, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    congrats! that’s wonderful news! ;)

    I hope the morning sickness vacates quickly. (A friend of mine who had a rough time of it swore by jelly beans. Might be worth a try.)

    that hedgehog bedding is adorable!

  • Reply decor8 August 2, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    @Daniela Valdez: @Claire Brewster: @Anna of Green Gable: @Rincy K: Thank you all so much, it is nice to receive so many well wishes – this was the most exciting post for me to write. :)

  • Reply Claudia August 2, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS to you both!! This is such a great news. You’re going to be an awesome and lovely mum Holly! I’m already looking forward to your posts about babies, kids and nursery designs ;-) They are going to be great!

    Hopefully you feel better soon so you can enjoy this time of your life even more! Best, xx

  • Reply Si | FrenchByDesign August 2, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Congratulations Holly!

  • Reply Bine August 2, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Holly, ich freue mich so sehr für Euch beide! There is never the right time to get pregnant… but if you are, the time is the best it could be! You will manage it – job & baby, I know! You are a power woman!
    xo, Bine

  • Reply meenal @ maison marigold August 2, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Congratulations, Holly..It is indeed your biggest news ever! Life will change for you …It will get better and more beautiful…xx meenal

  • Reply decor8 August 2, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    @anastasia: @Claudia: @Alicia: @laurie: @Janelle@awhitefarm: @Ana Fensišmensi: Thank you ladies. And I have to try the jelly beans advice. That sounds like the best advice ever. And Ana, yes, definitely a new blog category in the future, for sure. I already started a Pinterest board for nursery design but was hesitant to pin to it until I broke the news here. :)

  • Reply decor8 August 2, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    @Bine: @Si | FrenchByDesign: Thank you!!!

  • Reply decor8 August 2, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    @meenal @ maison marigold: Thank you Meenal!

  • Reply Sandra August 2, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Great news to wake up to on the west coast of Canada!

    Huge congrats to you and Thorsten. Wonderful news!

  • Reply Marianne August 2, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Wow, that is great news. Congratulations to you and Thorsten! Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Charlotte August 2, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Wonderful news! Hope next months will be a little easier for you.

  • Reply decor8 August 2, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    @Sandra: @Marianne: Thank you Sandra and Marianne. It was the best news for me to share before the weekend, I couldn’t wait another second, it was making me crazy not telling anyone!!!!

  • Reply kinga August 2, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Amazing news! Congratulations. It really is a beautiful time in life, despite the sickness…and the fact that your hubby is taking such good care of you must be such a comfort! Yay for supportive husbands!

    And I like your advice…”Be Kind To Yourself”, will be my pregnancy mantra for the remainder (I am 23 weeks on monday). When you’re feeling icky, and sick, and uncomfortable…be kind to yourself…and when your clothes no longer fit, buy some really cute yoga pants and be kind to yourself (lol)…and when you feel overwhelmed…be kind to yourself. I just LOVE that.

    Anyway, best wishes for the rest of this amazing journey! And I hope the second trimester will be kinder to you! I can’t wait to see some nursery decor ideas on here (if you choose to share them)…


  • Reply Mirjam August 2, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Aww! How wonderful… These are truly the best news! I hope the queasiness passes soon, I know it’s never fun (taking magnesium has helped me). I am also pregnant, with baby No. 3 (23wks), and it is just as special this time around. I am so excited for you… I kinda had a feeling that you may be pregnant ;). Loving husbands are the best, I completely agree…. so happy for you!

  • Reply Noelle August 2, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Congratulations Holly! That is such wonderful news. Thank you for sharing your story. Best, Noelle

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  • Reply sandra August 2, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    : * BT!!! when that baby is out and finished sucking your boobs (if it will, what do i know haha), we’re going to have a celebratory drink! much love to you!

  • Reply Lucia Albertine August 2, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Hi, it is great news, big CONGRATULATION ! It is beautiful to have a child :)

  • Reply anka August 2, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Congratulations! All the best to your sweet family!

  • Reply Jenna August 2, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Congratulations! I loved reading your story and though I’m in a completely different industry my largest fear of becoming pregnant was how it would work with my business….. then in May we found out (quite by surprise… though not really when you think about it) that we are expecting. I will be 15 weeks this Sunday.

    I couldn’t be happier and I so glad it happened all on it’s own. In the end the timing will work out wonderfully for us.

    I’m really looking forward to following your progress and especially look forward to hearing any ideas for how you will balance things (though lets be honest I think it will be more like a swinging pendulum… and in a good way). I’m still really nervous about how I will continue to run things around the shop. I do have help, but still there is a lot to do/manage/make on the day to day.

    And now I’m rambling…. good luck Holly! It’s so nice to be out of that first trimester… I’ve already started feeling so much better and I hope you do too.

  • Reply Haikje August 2, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    What a good news to read on this HOT HOT Friday! Congratulations for the both of you! Wish you a very special pregnancy. It’s a magic period!

  • Reply Delali August 2, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    How lovely!! Congratulations to you and your husband.
    It’s crazy how you can be so happy for someone you don’t *really* know.
    I wish you a wonderful pregnancy and nothing but happiness when your baby arrives xx

  • Reply Overwhelming Want August 2, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Congratulations! I love that you gave yourself permission to be kind to yourself – such great advice for all women. I also love that your husband stepped up during a rough first trimester. He’s a keeper!

  • Reply Katharina August 2, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Congrats to you and your husband! Wish you all the best for the next time. Your friend is totally right: the right time will never come. But a child is a right choice. And you can still have your career if you want to.
    But maybe your beautiful rooms will not remain so perfectly tidy ;-)
    All the best

  • Reply FrauSchmitt August 2, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Holly, what exciting news! Congratulations from the heart! I can understand you so well. When I was pregnant at the age of 38 it was at a time when I thought, if not now, when? And then it simply happened, after wiping all my worries away. We just counlsn’t hold back and told friends when we knew about it in week 5.
    I’ll never forget those looks of people who thought it was way too early to talk about it. My pregnancy was considered a risk pregnancy, being over 35 and expecting twins but in the end everything went well and now, after 6 years I can tell you, it has changed my life for good. Kids are so adorable; enjoy every minute of your pregnancy even if you are feeling unwell, you know what the reason is, and this reason is worth it!
    I wish you all the best, especially in this hot weather right now. Your life will change and your career will change, everything will be different but better than before in any case. I’m excited to hear more news about your little baby.
    Take care and cheers to your husband and you!

  • Reply lucia August 2, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I’m so happy for you! you will love to be a mother!!! I’m glad you have such a supportive husband. Your friend was true, being a mother and having a carreer is possible.,,, but we need support! We need to block the Wonder woman inside and accept some help. I’m slowly learning that after recently having my second child.
    Second timester usually is much easy!!!
    ohhh amazing, so nice news!!!
    best wishes, Lucia

  • Reply andriana August 2, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Oh congratulations!
    Thank you for being so open and writing such an inspirational post. Most women out there know exactly what you are talking about… me included. There is no better time than now.

  • Reply Tracy A. August 2, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    I am so happy for you Holly (and for your husband). Congratulations!

  • Reply Marni @ Haberdashery Fun August 2, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Congrats! Super news. I went through something similar with career, baby and timing.. Then I just jumped in. We have a 1.5 yr old now and it is the best thing I could have done. EVER ;)

  • Reply Sheri August 2, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Yay! So happy for you. And hey, perfect timing! :)

  • Reply kiosc August 2, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Congratulations !!! Wish you all the best

  • Reply Nadine @ miamore August 2, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Your friend said the right words. From my own experience I can only say you’ll never find the right time for a baby but it always turns out to be exactly the right time when you just do it. And never forget: your life goes on – even with a child! You never have the feeling you gave up something rather than getting so much more. Congratulations Holly!

  • Reply Andrea August 2, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    What fabulous news! You’ve mastered so much in the past, you will master the juggling with ease, I’m convinced. And everything will fall into place – it always does somehow, doesn’t it? Congratulations to you both!
    x Andrea

  • Reply Tag für Ideen August 2, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Congratulations to you, your husband and the Little Baby…
    Much Love!

  • Reply luz mendoza August 2, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Warmest Congratulations!, life really changes once you have kids, you became a better version of the person you already are!

  • Reply Faith | Ordinary Mommy Design August 2, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Congratulations, Holly! Strap in for the best ride of your life.

  • Reply celia August 2, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    This is such a heartwarming story. I am so happy for you and your family. It is all going to be OKAY because you have love in your hearts. It is going to be OKAY.


  • Reply Mnêmosunê August 2, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Congratulations Holly !
    I wish you the best :-)

  • Reply Dana @ House*Tweaking August 2, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    That’s wonderful Holly! I am so happy for you and your husband. Your friend was right. There is no perfect, magical time to start a family (if that’s what you choose to do). Sometimes it’s just meant to be. Here’s hoping you start to feel better soon. Congratulations, my friend!

  • Reply All things nice... August 2, 2013 at 3:48 pm


    Congratulations, what lovely news!! Such exciting times for you and your husband : ) I am delighted for you both,

    All things nice…

  • Reply Jane August 2, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Oh Holly. This is the news I’ve been longing to hear. My most heartfelt congratulations, you clever minx! I’m sorry you’ve had a tough start.See, you’re earning your first ‘mama stripes’ already! The first of many such challenges ahead in your precious motherhood journey. I had our 3 in 3.5 years. It’s been hard but soooo worth it. I can’t wait until he or she is born so I can make him or her a Planet Joy name for the nursery! J x

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente August 2, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Darling, darling gal! I am so happy for you and I love everything you said about being kinder to yourself and the good advice your friend gave you. just so you know I’m always here if you have any questions about anything pre baby,postbaby,whatever. I was really sick with both of my pregnancies in the beginning,SO not fun but,soon it’ll be over. hang in there! So happy for you both hunnie!! Yay!!

  • Reply Hanna Sandvig August 2, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Congratulations! I was very ill with both my girls, so I know how rough that is. I’m glad you are thinking about being kind to yourself because it can be very hard to pull back when you are pregnant, especially if you compare yourself to women who have easy pregnancies and are full of energy.

  • Reply Desha Peacock August 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    This is my favorite post yet Holly. So happy for you and Thorsten. Your friend’s advice is spot on. You can have both, just look at all the women in the blogging and design community that do, of course there will be challenges, but you’ll have lots of support.

    Big hug, Desha

  • Reply Ana August 2, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    What wonderful news! MANY congratulations to you and your husband. And yes, these days we have a choice! And as your husband is proving to you, a home and a family are a collaborative effort.

  • Reply Louisa Blackmore August 2, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Amazing news Holly, so happy and full of joy for you & Thorsten! He is such a legend looking after everything, props for sure!! So excited to see baby becker, I really hope your pregnancy gets easier and the sickness passes soon. Sending lots of love x x

  • Reply Holly August 2, 2013 at 4:04 pm


  • Reply Ana August 2, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I’m soooo happy for you!!! Congratulations!!

  • Reply Samantha Hahn August 2, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I’m beyond thrilled for you and steadfastly feel that becoming a mother can be a catalyst for and even better career. Creative moms juggle it all but learn to prioritize, focus and get sh*t done! Xoxo holly!

  • Reply mel August 2, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Such an incredible time for you Holly, there really is nothing better and stronger than the love we have for our children. My biggest heartfelt congratulations to you and Thorsten. What a great friend you have! Mel xox

  • Reply Ina August 2, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Oh, what wonderful news! Congrats, Holly!! Even though I don’t know you (well, not really, personally) I couldn’t be happier for you! Can’t wait to see the nursery :)

  • Reply benden bizden August 2, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    This is great news!
    Congratulations and welcome to the club :)

  • Reply decor8 August 2, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    @Marni @ Haberdashery Fun: @Tracy A.: @andriana: @lucia: @FrauSchmitt: @Katharina: @Overwhelming Want: @Delali: @Haikje: @anka: @Lucia Albertine: @Noelle: @Antonia: THANK YOU all so, so much! xo

  • Reply decor8 August 2, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    @Jenna: We are in the same boat – I will be 15 weeks a day after your 15 weeks! xoxoox

  • Reply decor8 August 2, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    @sandra: Oh Sandra, I can always count on you to be a total BT! xo

  • Reply decor8 August 2, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    @kinga: YES Be KIND to yourself. I think we are always so mean to ourselves… I often think if we spoke to our best friends the way we do to “us” would we have any friends at all? So yes, be kind.

  • Reply decor8 August 2, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    @Samantha Hahn: Thanks sweetheart xo

  • Reply decor8 August 2, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    @benden bizden: @Ina: @mel: Thank you all so much.

  • Reply Reese Carrozzini August 2, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Congratulations Holly! I’ve been following your blog for a long time and it’s wonderful reading and seeing your accomplishments. You are an inspiration. And yes, I guess, there really isn’t an idyllic/perfect time for kids. You just kind of jump into the pool and start swimming.

    I, was in a similar situation where we were having fun just being married and also, my situation was and is always changing so there never seems to be a good time and now…I hope that one day I will have kids or at least one. .-)

  • Reply decor8 August 2, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    @Melissa de la Fuente: Now you know why I’ve not been back in touch with you, I’ve just not felt up to much emailing lately. But I will do something for you soon, I can assure you of that. :) I am so proud of you and your biz. :)

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  • Reply decor8 August 2, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    @Desha Peacock: YES that is showing already, the support. Wow, the love I’m feeling is pretty surreal right now from all of you. I needed this so much. I’m so glad I posted this announcement despite how horrible I feel being sick.

    You all have given me good feelings today, thank you!

  • Reply Kathy August 2, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    The best part of having children is being able to share all the things you love in life with them. Your adventures and travel won’t end…you’ll have another life to share them with. Congrats and enjoy the ride! As you’ve already found out, its not always easy and will probably be the hardest and most important thing you’ve done in life, but the fulfillment you get back is priceless. <3

  • Reply Clara August 2, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Congratulations Holly ! This is a lovely post : )

  • Reply Karen August 2, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Yay!!! Congratulations, Holly!! It’s an amazing time of your life and truly impossible to really describe until that little baby is in your arms. Wishing you and Thorsten all the best!

  • Reply Iara August 2, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    congratulations Holly! yah to the best time of your life :))))

  • Reply RACHEL POOLE August 2, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Oh lovely news Holly, I am 16 1/2 weeks pregnant and excited!

  • Reply Christelle is flabbergasting August 2, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Huuuuuuge congrats Holly! (and to your husband too! ;))
    Your friend is so dang right: I am sure you’ll be perfect in your two roles- mom & Blogger, writer, creative! I am sure your kid will give you “balance in your life”, and as you say, you’ll really say YES to things that are important to you!
    Sorry for my poor English, but “FÉLICITATIONS!”

  • Reply Sandra von 3-ZKB August 2, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Oooooh Holly that are wonderful news. Congratulations to you and Thorsten!!! I am so so so happy for you! <3

  • Reply Belinda August 2, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    I’m so thrilled for your both! There is something so magical about the whole process! Your friend is a wise one – there is no such thing as a right time to have children and no such thing as the perfect parenting manual to follow either! I think all mothers need to be kinder to themselves – we beat ourselves up for the smallest things!!! I’m also pregnant (only 8 weeks, I am impressed you held out so long, I’ve always been rubbish at holding that news in!!) and it’s number 4!!! I’m already feeling guilty about stretching myself even thinner amongst all my kids! And yet, I know we will be totally fine, albeit a little crazier, more hectic and a lOt louder!!! Congrats again and I hope you get to enjoy the glowy side of pregnancy soon!!! Xx

  • Reply sue b. August 2, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Wonderful News! Congratulations!!!

    Your friend’s advice it correct…”There is never the best time to grow your family” , it’s about that dream and desire to do it and allow yourself to know that there will be lots of times when you will be overwhelmed with joy and worries, so many memories to built and challenges and you might not be prepared to do it all either, and that’s ok…. it is all worth it!

  • Reply Esther August 2, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Woohoo!! Congrats!!
    PS. Can we have that same chat you had with your friend in… oh about 7 years? ;-)

  • Reply ishtar olivera August 2, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Dear Holly!
    This is trully the BEST NEWS EVER!!!
    I´m SO happy for Thorsten and you ! I feel Like I´ve known you for such a long feels like family!
    yay!!!!!!!!!!!! lovely news indeed!!! : D
    all the love,

  • Reply Samantha August 2, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    You will be such wunderbar parents!
    Wish you all the BEST, and hope that you feel better very, very soon.
    XO from Minnesota

  • Reply Gwen August 2, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Holly, I am beyond excited for you! I may not know you personally, but through reading your blog for a while now, I can tell you will be an excellent mother. I’m sure that motherhood will bring to light new creativity, appreciation, and a different outlook professionally that you have never had before. I know it has for me, and for that I am grateful.

    I’m sorry to hear you’ve been so sick. I pray that the rest of your pregnancy will be smooth and I look forward to following you on this new journey!

  • Reply Nicole August 2, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    CONGRATS! I delivered a baby boy this January and I can honestly say it’s the best thing that ever happened to me. It’s a busy life but so rewarding!

  • Reply Daniela August 2, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    This is wonderful news, Holly! Big CoNgRaTs to both of you! I can’t wait to read your future posts with more news about all three of you. I hope you will feel much better very soon!

    Also, great advise for all of us ladies, to take it easy and be kind to ourselves; thank you for that, Holly!

    I Love the crib in the picture above! So modern! Good choice :)

  • Reply Janet August 2, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Congrats Holly!
    I know a nice name for a babygirl: Janet;)

  • Reply Tinka August 2, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    It will be a BIG change in your life! But I am sure it will be great for you and your husband – and a supportive husband ist really, really very important, all the time, with or without baby!! CONGRATULATIONS! You have archieved so much in the last years, so I think, it is a great time to get a baby.

  • Reply julia August 2, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Congratulations, Holly!

  • Reply Punctuation Mark August 2, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Wishing you all the very best, a buetiful family and all the health in the world!!! Elie

  • Reply Rebecca August 2, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Yayayay! Congratulations!

    You know, my husband and I had our baby at the WORST possible time – in the middle of a recession, right before his company went under, and when we were both trying to get our careers together. It was unplanned or we probably wouldn’t have chosen to do it that way, but I am always SO GLAD it just happened, or we might have never found the “right” time. Now I know there is no “perfect” time, and honestly, children are the greatest joy there is in life. And there’s always time for more joy, no matter what else you have going on. Congrats!

  • Reply Meg Manion Silliker August 2, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    your friend gave you the best advice ever. you CAN have both, you CAN have it all. somehow it all works out – it is all meant to be. enjoy this journey. i miss being pregnant. i loved every minute of it and i am sorry to hear your first tri was so rough. i was a lucky girl as my pregnancy was a dream followed by a dream birth with a dream child that amazes me every single day. i wish that for you. i too have one child. and she is my dream come true. my husband and i didn’t want to push the fates too much with another (since i was in my 40s). it is just the best. no other word for it. i can’t wait to see your growing belly and your beautiful nursery and how all the stars will align for you and your husband when your babe comes into this world. to dazzle us. lots of love holly. you deserve this!!! xoxo

  • Reply Holly Guertin August 2, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Hip hip hooray! Congratulations Holly! Such exciting news!!

  • Reply Kiran @ August 2, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    This is the best news of the day!! Yay for you and the hubby!! A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS, HOLLY :)


  • Reply Jenny August 2, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Oh Holly,
    these news are wonderful!
    Congrats to you and your husband.
    I’m a mother of a four years old boy and let me say: you can really have both – a career and life with kids. sometimes it’s hard, but most of the time really great!

  • Reply Mina Brinkey August 2, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    How absolutely exciting!! I am jumping up and down for you!! I’ve been reading your blog since 2007 and I know it sounds weird, but I feel like I just found out a “friend” is pregnant! So thrilled for you. Truly. And your friend’s advice is the God honest truth. There is never the perfect set of circumstances to have a baby. It just is what it is and you will find a way to make it all work when you hold your precious little one in your arms. Trust me. Nothing else will matter. My daughter was born 5 weeks early and I was put on bed rest 8 weeks prior to that. So, her nursery was not done. When I brought her home I felt so guilty to bring her into an incomplete room. My mother gave me the best advice I’ve ever gotten in my life. She said: All this baby needs is warmth, nutrition and LOVE. Nothing else matters.” I eventually got her nursery up to par, but I didn’t stress over it one bit, so long as she was safe and healthy. Take care of yourself Holly and that precious little one. Best gift in the world!!! Congratulations again!

  • Reply Marjory August 2, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Congrats, Holly! Amazing things happen when one says YES! Enjoy this magical time until the little one arrives :)

  • Reply Irene August 2, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Congratulations Holly! This is truly wonderful news! You are going to be such a great mamma!

  • Reply Jessie August 2, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Congratulations! That is such amazing news! That is what I hear all the time too– there is no good time to have kids; you just have to do it!


  • Reply Sandra zerahn August 2, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Congratulations! Such great news! I expect my first baby (boy) to arrive any minute now. I hope you’ll share a lot of baby decorating stuff here. Can’t wait to hear more. Maybe youhave a baby board on pinterest too? Mine is under sandra zerahn :-)

  • Reply Lesley Myrick August 2, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Congratulations Holly! What wonderful news. :) I’m 16 weeks – expecting my first in January (a boy!). Hope your health improves in the second trimester – nausea and vomiting are just no fun. All the best to you and your family from California! xox

  • Reply samantha August 2, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    What lovely news, what a nice way to end the week, on some great news, I suffered with bad morning sickness for what seemed like for ever with my first, could’t put my feet on the ground without feeling and being ill, it was slightly better second time round though :P

    Small meals little and often help, with my first daughter, I had a thing for quiche and salad, but only for a certain tea shop in town in the first few months, then later on I love sea food, and drank loads of milk, with my second I could’t stand the sight of pizza, did’t need to eat it, just the look of it turned my stomach,

    Welcome to the wired and wonderful world of parents to be.

  • Reply Sam August 2, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Congratulations to you and your hubby! Very exciting news!

  • Reply Jaturon August 2, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Congratulations Holly. Really great news!

  • Reply Lily August 2, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    That’s amazing news, so happy for you guys! The first 17 weeks of my first pregnancy sound exactly like yours…I lost 15 lbs and felt terrible! I was working full time and commuting to work through it, the WORST! But it did come to an end and I was able to enjoy the rest of my pregnancy so just know that there is an end in sight :) And it did get much better for my next 2 pregnancies, should you decide to go down this road again someday :) Hang in there!

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  • Reply Erin August 2, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Congratulations, Holly! Wow- I hear you about timing. I’m so happy that you are going to be enjoying all of your success and happiness with your little one. Hope you’re feeling better!

    xx Erin

  • Reply Jutta August 2, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    That’s wonderful news, Holly! Congratulations!!

    For some reason it’s news I’ve actually waited to hear from you for a while now :) Maybe you posted something on Instagram that got me thinking so, I’m not sure. But I’m really happy for you!! And I think it’s an important reminder to be kind to yourself. Especially when you are pregnant. I had similar experience when I was pregnant, my first trimester was awful. I was sick all the time, exhausted, with nasty migraines. I couldn’t work and I couldn’t renovate (we had big renovations going on at the time). I found myself painting the walls and crying because I felt so bad and thought to myself this couldn’t go on. I felt so useless because I couldn’t work and couldn’t help my husband with the renovation. He had to do all the work, in addition to his day job. But luckily a friend of mine told me I wasn’t being useless at all, I was growing a small human-being inside of me. I was doing the most important job. That really made the difference to me and I could let go of the stress (well, most of it!) and be kind to myself.

    Whoa I’ve rambled. Anyway, congratulations to your whole family! Can’t wait to hear the sex and what you come up with the nursery. Something stunning, I’m sure :)

  • Reply Kim - The TomKat Studio August 2, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    I am SO happy for you, Holly. You are going to be amazing mother! You CAN do it all and you are going to do it beautifully!

  • Reply gosia August 2, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    just a big loving smiling WOW from me to you (all 3 of you)!

  • Reply simone August 2, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Hi! Long time reader coming out of the woodwork to say–congrats! Wishing you a magical pregnancy…have fun!

  • Reply Diana August 2, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Hi. Loved reading your post because your friend’s advise is soooo true. You can have both and be happy with both. Being a mom is like having christmas everyday! so fun and such a great wholesome experience. I was also sick with my two pregnancies but the sickness never disappeared so I had to work as a VP Creative Director for 18 months feeling like an alien took me over. No fun at all. Eventually, after the birth of my second kid, I gave up my high profile career to become a freelance art director and I love the balance that that choice has giving me. Motherhood and work is always about the right balance for each one of us. And yes, you can work and love what you do and you can also be a mom and be the best mom you can be. And there is no need to be perfect in each one. Hope you don’t spend the next 25 weeks sick…

  • Reply Iris | c-more interior August 2, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Hi Holly, what a great news!!! Some things are meant to be!!
    I wish you all the best!

  • Reply Sonia August 2, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Congratulations! And you’ll manage to find your balance.

  • Reply Kelly H. August 2, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Congratulations Holly! I’m not as far along as you (10 weeks with our 2nd) but I share your yucky symptoms. Before I eat anything I have to think…am I going to see this _[insert bland food]_ again? So worth it in the end and i’m glad your husband is taking good care of you, high-five for that guy! Treat yourself well and enjoy the second trimester, the energy does come back!

  • Reply Margo August 2, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    SO happy for u both! It’s an amazing ride and u will find a way to make time for your work/dreams. Just think about being surprised re: your baby’s gender – there are too few truly wonderful surprises in this life. It’s such a lovely thing to wait and wonder – Just such a special moment!

  • Reply Sandra August 2, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Congratulations to you and your husband. wonderful news and now you spend time figuring out a great nursery. I had morning sickness pretty bad too for most of my two pregnancies but on a positive note, it shows everything is working ok. All the best x

  • Reply Bee August 2, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Congrats, Holly! This is, indeed, your biggest news yet. What a wonderful new chapter for you and your family.

  • Reply riye August 2, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Good for you Holly! And congratulations! :-)

  • Reply Brooke August 2, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Congratulations to you both!!! Such wonderful news and advise.

  • Reply Mark August 2, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    You can’t get any more creative than creating a life in my book. It’s the best thing in the world. You and T will love it!!! Looking forward to a trip to Hannover now! :) Big love, M

  • Reply wunderschoen-gemacht August 2, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    holly, the best decision and news! you will see: all your dreams with family AND job will comes true :-) dunja

  • Reply Kate August 2, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Congratulations! I hope you feel better soon and have a very happy, healthy pregnancy.

  • Reply Tristan B. August 2, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    A HUGE congrats to you and your husband! Try to stay hydrated, it will keep you sane with the vomiting:)

  • Reply diana tsu August 2, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Congratulations! and such a timely (for me) development. I’m a few weeks behind you and excited to see how you incorporate the newest member in your design inspirations. I am starting to brainstorm how to do so myself in our tiny San Francisco apartment. :)

  • Reply Kat August 2, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    So so happy for you both x

  • Reply Claire August 2, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    congratulations! all the very best with the remaining months!

  • Reply Katharina August 2, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Dear Holly,

    after scrolling down for nearly a minute I just want to send you the best wishes and all the luck in the world for you and your little baby! I already have two children (5 and 2) but at the moment I´m thinking of having another baby, although I´m very happy with my job!

    I hope you feel better now, I know how hard the first trimester can be!


  • Reply Wrenaissance Art August 2, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Congratulations and many best wishes to you, your husband and the little one on the way.
    There’s no such thing as the perfect moment for the big things in life, you just gotta take a leap and the net will appear :-)

  • Reply Kristin Johnsen August 2, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Holly – congratulations!!! This is the best news – I’ve read before how conflicted you were, but you guys wanted a family – and look, now you’ll have one! Sorry you’ve been feeling cruddy – that can’t be fun! I ended up with GREAT step kids so never had to go through the ugly sick parts…totally the easiest way to do it. I don’t know you, but feel like I do – and know how very happy you and Thorston must be now! So – Congratulations! You’ll all do GREAT and this baby will have the coolest decorated place to grow up EVER!

  • Reply Libby August 2, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    That is wonderful news Holly! And yes, you just have to realize the child will become part of your life: there will now be 3 of you! I was 37 when I had my one and only; for me, it was so wonderful to be older, and calmer, and know my marriage could withstand anything (yes, my husband too still does all the cleaning, after 37 years!). Enjoy these months my friend.

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  • Reply Dianna August 2, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Congratulations! Such beautiful news and perfect insight. What’s funny, is that I came across you e log for the first time yesterday and just love it. I’m in a huge ” thinking about the direction of my life” mode and that’s another ironic reason I love today’s post. Also, I’m 18 weeks pregnant and it’ll be great to follow your journey as well! Inspiring too. And husbands are great….mine did all the wonderful things yours is doing….cooking, cleaning, it’s great! I can’t thank him enough! We a just starting to educate ourselves on baby products and are quite overwhelmed….I’m looking forward to the fun stuff of coating the nursery myself!

    Best of luck as you enter your second trimester. It DOES get better, it’ ll really surprise you too! For me it was a like a light switch…hooray!

    Congrats again!

  • Reply tracy porter August 2, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Holly !!! YAY, YAY!! YAY!!!to you and your sweet darling!!OH.. I am so excited for you!! what great news..and bravo for allowing yourself to be ok with not knowing how it will all work for you…..because the beauty of it is…it will work…in your own wonderful way….!! I am so sorry you are sick- i was the same with all 4 of our boys…until my 23rd week…then and only then was i able to function with out constant 24/7 yaking!! You will make it to the other side….you are growing a lovely wee babe…and that alone can help you make it through the really hard parts!! oh how fun that you have shared this wonderful news!!! Happy happy day to you guys..and a big kiss on your belly from the Porter family!!! congrats sis!!!

  • Reply Jahje August 2, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Congratulations!!! I have been following your blog for years and when I saw the title of this post in my inbox I thought that might be your news. How amazing! Sorry to hear you’ve had such a rough first trimester, I hope the rest of your pregnancy is much easier on you. I can’t wait to see what the baby’s room looks like and the inspiring things you find for it!

  • Reply Anna August 2, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Congrats! I’m currently pregnant with my third (26 wks) and have cut down my workload tons (and am lucky to be able to work from home mostly) but still manage to find a balance. Initially it was harder but it got easier with time and so worth it!! It’s an amazing journey, enjoy! Btw…where is that awesome knit rug in the picture from? I’d love that in my 5 year olds room!

  • Reply JIll August 2, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Wow! What terrific news. Congratulations! I can’t wait to follow along with you on your new journey.

  • Reply Emma August 2, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Aw, you’re the sweetest! Congratulations! I always see your photos on my Flickr activity stream, and today I noticed: what a beautiful nursery. I just had to check out your website! So happy for both of you! :)

  • Reply Rian August 2, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Ahh, so exciting. Congratulations, Holly!

    I love the way you shared your journey with us. I think the when and how of motherhood is on so many women’s minds these days. We want to do everything and do it well and at the right time. I think you’re absolutely right that it’s one of those things you just need to make emotional space for rather than physical. The rest will work itself out. You can’t really know what it will be like until you’re going through it, so it doesn’t make sense to deter yourself by making assumptions before the fact. Thanks for sharing, it’s definitely useful to hear about your journey to this mindset :) Enjoy this exciting time!

  • Reply Nicole Antar August 2, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    What absolutely wonderful news Holly! Many many congratulations to you both! Hopefully the queasy bit will pass soon and you can really enjoy the rest of your pregnancy! Wishing mother and baby well. Nicole x

  • Reply Sarah August 2, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Hi Holly!

    Sarah here, your former BYW student. I am soooo happy for you. Having children is a wonderful, all-consuming experience. I have two children of my own, 7 and 4 year-old boys. While it’s challenging of course, I feel honored to have been chosen to be their mother. Sometimes I can’t even believe they came from me. You may feel the same. Congratulations to you! (BTW, I figured that was the news even before I scrolled down and saw the picture :).

  • Reply Georgianna August 2, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this news, Holly!! I’m elated for you both!! Yay! My best to Thorsten. xoxo

  • Reply Marian August 2, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Fabulous news Holly! I wish you all the best. I love reading your blog and have never left a comment before, but I so admire your courage and openness to blog about your life and loves – you’re an inspiration to all of us.

  • Reply katie August 2, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Best news ever, congratulations and hope you feel better over the coming weeks. How exciting and such wise words from your friend. xx

  • Reply Emelie @florainspiro August 2, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Congratulation Holly! I’m so happy for you and your husband!
    You and your friend are so right. We need to stop worry, let some things go but most of all we need to be kind to ourselvs. I really needed to be reminded about that, thank you!

  • Reply Viviane August 2, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Herzliche Gratulation! I’m very happy for you – this is only the start, it will get even better with every day you see your child growing. The child will put your life upside down, on a very positive way. Don’t worry about the sexe, it really doesn’t matter. I’ve got three boys, each of them so different.

    All the best,

  • Reply Sheila August 2, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    A wise, wise woman, that friend of yours!! Yay! Congratulations! It really IS the most exiting time of your life. :) (Having a grandchild is almost as exciting too)! I would’ve given you the very same advice. However, you both taught me something too. It’s not that it hasn’t been said to me a million times before, but I need to be more kind to myself. I can’t always put others first, and I really need to take care of my injured body and just be me, the best I can be. Sometimes that means taking a friends advice, and ESPECIALLY it means that when someone offers to help, -accept- it! They wouldn’t offer if they weren’t willing. I think that accepting love and help when needed is not just a gift to ourselves, but also to the giver. :) We sure get wiser in life as we go along! Congratulations, and I promise you’ll be feeling better every single day!


  • Reply Janet Wilson August 2, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Congratulations, to you both :)

  • Reply Christine August 2, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    What wonderful news! Congratulations and enjoy the adventure!!!!

  • Reply Christina Griesemer August 2, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Congrats!!! I been a long time follower. I love your blog and I wish you the best with you new baby!!!

  • Reply Eva August 2, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Congrats to you, Holly! I wish you all the best and thank God you have such a wonderful husband and friend. That’s a gift and the only thing that really counts – finally.

  • Reply Mary Middleton design August 2, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Holly. The biggest congratulations ever. There is rarely a good time for starting a family you just have to jump right in. Otherwise you can put it off forever! I’ve been married for 10 years and last year had a lovely little boy. We’d both been focused on our careers and having a lovely life, getting pregnant wasn’t an easy ride for us. But when it happened we reassessed – my career is still on but it’s shaping up slightly differently. Having an 11 month old is brilliant and its made me realise that it’s time to ditch the stuff that doesn’t matter and the things I don’t enjoy. I hope you enjoy your pregnancy, it’s a glorious time. I highly recommend pregnancy yoga – I started at 17 weeks. It was a time to just focus on me and my growing baby. Mary x

  • Reply Afke August 2, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    How nice! Congratulations:)

  • Reply Nicky Leemreijze-Mosselman August 2, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Hi Holly!

    Congratulations! I am expecting my first in November this year so I am in my 25th week now. Its so exciting! This week we started painting the nursery…. so much fun to do! I wish you a good pregnancy and look forward to reading your updates & blogs :)

    Xx Nicky

  • Reply Merissa August 2, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Oh by gosh, by jolly Holly!! Absolutely happy news for you and Thorsten! You two will be amazing parents. I am excited to see where this will take decor8. We don’t have children ourselves yet but I am in love with children’s design and decor, clothing, and books. Such fun! All the best to the both of you.

    xo, Merissa

  • Reply Amanda August 2, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Wishing you all the best,great news…

  • Reply Heather August 2, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Congratulations!! This is tremendous! And isn’t it wonderful being in the second trimester now?? Those were the best days of my pregnancy! Thank you for including all of us on your new journey and for continuing to connect on such a personal level with us! Wish I could throw you a shower!! Im so thrilled and hope we get to see pics of your gorgeous glowing self!!!
    Hugs from Nashville!

  • Reply Bendedspoon August 3, 2013 at 12:36 am

    I have the first big smile for the day with your great news. I’m smiling because another couple will feel the joy, the beauty, & the gift of loving a kiddo — and be loved in return!

    Blessings to three of you. Take care of yourself & the baby while the hubby is happy doing household duty :)

  • Reply EmmaMT August 3, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Mazeltov Holly, That’s amazing news. I hope you start to feel better soon. You know what they say, the more morning sickness you feel the stronger the baby and in my experience it’s true.

    Look after yourself.

    Em x

  • Reply Melissa August 3, 2013 at 1:11 am

    oh this is such wonderful news holly. congratulations to you and your mr.
    this was so refreshing to hear, as i’ve always felt the same way. my husband and i are actually just getting started with a huge life changing to move from the city, to the country, to expand our business. i always ask myself, “when will we be ready”… but truthfully, i don’t think we’re ever actually “ready”. i’ve decided to embrace the whole journey. so we’ll see what happens in the near future.
    so, thanks for sharing this… and all the best with the rest of your pregnancy :)

  • Reply Jessica Bell August 3, 2013 at 1:12 am

    Congrats Holly I myself am pregnant with mine and Husband first baby it is a boy I am 27 weeks and 2 days I am due on Halloween so excited for you hope you get to feeling better.

  • Reply ANGIE August 3, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Congratulations, Holly !!!

    This will sound quite silly, but I actually dreamt about your news last week! I think because your blog was a bit quiet so my subconscious assumed something was up. Haha. How strange. Anyway congratulations again!!! :)))

  • Reply Jamie August 3, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Congratulations!! Gosh, such amazing news :D
    I’m so happy for you guys :) All the best – and I hope you’ll get better soon.

  • Reply gayla August 3, 2013 at 2:13 am

    CONGRATULATIONS! I am so happy for you and your hubby!

  • Reply Eleanor August 3, 2013 at 2:27 am

    Amazing news! Congratulations :) looking forward to following along on the journey and hope you feel better soon.

  • Reply Shalagh Hogan August 3, 2013 at 2:35 am

    I once had a teacher (you) who was so lovely and fierce and compassionate. I was pregnant with my second baby at 45 and sick as I took the course last fall. Her name is Fiona and it was you who helped to show me the possibility of folding both child and blog into a happy messy pile. I feel more creative somehow.
    I knew it was coming and am so extremely happy for you and Thorsten.

  • Reply Klara August 3, 2013 at 3:13 am

    Thank you for your great blog, sorry to hear about the “morning”sickness, it will be over soon. As a one kid only parent I can just say;”don’t worry, because one worry will be replaced by another and some.” you have a fun and exciting new journey ahed, enjoy :)

  • Reply Solange August 3, 2013 at 3:35 am

    congratulations from Buenos Aires Argentina!!!! congratulations and hope you feel better over the coming weeks. such wise words from your friend…. All the best, Solange

  • Reply Desha Peacock August 3, 2013 at 3:38 am


    You’re lucky to have such a supportive community and husband. I hope you feel better soon. xo

  • Reply Tina Slocum August 3, 2013 at 3:42 am

    congratulations Holly!
    I’ve been following your blog from the start and I’m so thrilled to bits for you and your husband! Thankyou for sharing our special news with us!

    Saltine crackers and sipping ginger ale may help with the sickness. I hope you feel better with each day. Blessings xox

  • Reply Jessica Newell August 3, 2013 at 3:51 am

    Congratulations! It’s so encouraging to hear that you decided to pursue pregnancy despite having a full plate with your career. I am just starting out with my blog and don’t have kids yet – it is something I fear – being to busy to have kids.

    But I guess sometimes you need to just bite the bullet!

    All the best to you, your husband and your new baby :)

  • Reply Desiree Fawn August 3, 2013 at 4:32 am

    I am sooooo excited for you!! I have been following your blog for 5 or 6 years now and I always hoped you might some day make this announcement! You’re going to be amazing :) Congrats x a million!!

  • Reply Daniella August 3, 2013 at 4:34 am


    This is such amazing, incredible, wonderful news! And I am sure you will handle this new part of your life the same as with everything else: With grace, joy and beauty :)

    I hope that the next few months are easier than the first trimester. And I can’t wait to see the Little Decor8er :)

    Congrats again!


  • Reply Jill August 3, 2013 at 4:48 am

    Congratulations! I know how morning sickness goes — I had it bad, too, when I was pregnant. You have a great hubby. How awesome is he for taking over the household tasks? He’ll make a wonderful dad, I’m sure. ;)

  • Reply Rachel Low August 3, 2013 at 4:51 am

    Hi Holly – this is the most amazing news – congratulations! Thank you for sharing such powerful advice. Feel good and take good care. Wishing the best to you and your husband. xx Rachel

  • Reply Glenda Childers August 3, 2013 at 5:40 am

    Such lovely, happy news.


  • Reply Rachel August 3, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Congratulations! Being perpetually nauseous is horrible but it IS all worth it in the end. I’ve just had my first baby (which is why I’m up at silly o’clock) and it just puts life in perspective. I know I’ll never get this time again so I’m determined to enjoy it as much as I can. It’s a touch job but so rewarding to see them grow day by day. I hope you begin to feel better soon and look forward to joining the ‘club’ . PS your husband sounds like a star!

  • Reply Marina August 3, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Great, phantastic news, Holly! Warmest congratulations to all of you! The world going to be different – yes! – but it still going to be yours! :)
    … Thank you for sharing your story – this really works like this… And time takes care of everything!
    Take care, dear Holly!
    Warmest wishes,

  • Reply Sandy Deasey August 3, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Congrats Holly! I, too, waited to have a baby and was worried about fitting everything in, but once they arrive and you find your balance, all the extra bits just fall away and you just do what’s really important. My little boy is 3 now and I’m so excited to have just started my own business! The way you work will be very different from before, but you certainly can do both! Enjoy it.

  • Reply Desiree August 3, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Congratulations to you and Thorsten I am really happy for both of you… Enjoy every minute of it Hugs X

  • Reply Little Gray Pixel August 3, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Congratulations! Your friend is exactly right — no timing is perfect, but you will never ever ever regret having a child. I hope the rest of your pregnancy goes smoother than the first trimester. Best wishes.

  • Reply teconlene August 3, 2013 at 8:51 am

    ohhhh :) Great news, congrats!!
    Take care and enjoy this moment.

  • Reply Corinne Korda August 3, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Dear Holly,

    congratulations – this is wonderful! And of course, your friend is right: you do not have to choose between baby and career, even if at times you need to adapt. I have noticed that good things tend to happen at the same time… I had a book contract coming up a few days after noticing I was pregnant with my son. And 2 years later, I spent almost every penny I earned on a book about Morocco in order to be able to take my family with me on this wonderful trip. Not a smart move in terms of finance, but an unforgetable experience for all of us.

    So, please enjoy this magical time and be as happy as you deserve.

    Wishing you all the best,



  • Reply Bonnie August 3, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Huge congratulations, Holly. Such fantastic news. How great to have such a wise friend and your husband sounds truly amazing, too. Whenever I am need a bit of motherhood/career balance, I tend to visit Anna Maria Horner’s blog. Do you know it? She seems to manage both with so much (and such a gentle) heart, she is a such an inspiration. All the very best for you and baby bump.

  • Reply Sarah August 3, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Congratulations! Great news and I’m sure you’ll manage both – things get a lot easier after 6 months and more flexible after they are walking! I know pregnancy advice can be annoying but it wasn’t til a holiday in turkey at 22wks pregnant I realised I felt less sick with good meals made for me and lots of naps and sleep at night – it may help?! Had wondered after some wee nursery pins popped up a month ago :) hard to keep secrets these days x

  • Reply decor8 August 3, 2013 at 10:52 am

    @Heather: I wish someone could throw me a baby shower too – can you believe they don’t do them in Germany? It’s so sad to me… I was really excited years ago to eventually have a baby shower and now I am living in a country that doesn’t do them. So I won’t get any cake or extra love or balloons – boo hoo!!!!! Oh well, maybe this is yet another one of those cultural challenges to navigate, ha ha! I’m trying to think of a way to have everyone over after the baby arrives and serve cupcakes or something in celebration – I would love that… But your idea of a shower makes me happy. :)

  • Reply Keren Amaechi August 3, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Such wonderful news! Congratulations!!!. I always love reading your blog posts, so inspiring. Cheers

  • Reply decor8 August 3, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Lovely friends: I was trying to answer everyone personally as your beautiful comments came in, but then I had to go lay down (queasy again!) and now there are many beautiful comments but I cannot respond personally to each one – so I want to say from my heart to each of you who has taken the time to comment here, to share your own stories of motherhood, and to share some of your own tips and upcoming baby announcements (weeee!), THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT. This means so much to me, you will never ever know. This outpouring of love is beautiful. I intend to refer to these comments again and again on my “bad” days to cheer myself up and get through all of this illness. Loads of love right back at ya!

  • Reply Criola August 3, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Dear Holly

    This post brought one or two tears to my eyes. It’s full of love and warmth, and I’m so excited and happy for you two. Enjoy this beautiful time, and thanks so much for sharing this important advice with us! I think we all appreciate it very very much!

    Loves & light

  • Reply Dean August 3, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Oh wow, I’ve been following your blog for the longest time and really love your work and ideas. This news got me excited too, as if we are friends! I too, had my daughter late in life. She’s turning 3 on the 26th. Everyday I’m finding out that it is hard work, but it is so, so, so, so worth it! You’ll find this out soon. Congratulations! All the best, Dean.

  • Reply Vera August 3, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    what wonderful news!
    am so happy for the both of you.

  • Reply paola August 3, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS and enjoy the ride… the best one you’ll ever have!!!

  • Reply Sarah August 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Congratulations to you and Thorston – how wonderful and exciting – wishing you much health and happiness on your new journey – enjoy every minute!! xo

  • Reply Frau Sued August 3, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    This is such a wonderful post with such great news. Congrats dear Holly & dear Torsten! Holly, I hope that your pregnancy will be easier from now on and you can really enjoy! By the why: your friend is SO right! You needn’t choose between career and kid(s)! I have got for children and a business running. Me and my hubby are working many hours seven days a week and it isn’t always easy to handle family and work life, but it is possible. And we are very, very lucky.

    All the best!

  • Reply Christa August 3, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Congratulations with advice that has enriched my parenting adventure …

    1. Remember that your child is a gift from God & not your possession.
    2. Don’t let your shortcomings become your child’s shortcomings.
    3. Bring up your child in the year they were born, not the year you were born.
    4. Parent is NOT a popularity contest, someone – somewhere will always disapprove of what you are doing.

    (*I am a solo parent & am in my seventeenth year of parenting one really excellent boy)

  • Reply Gabriella August 3, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Congratulations, such happy news!!!

  • Reply KiKi B August 3, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Congratulations Holly! I was a member of your Blog Boss course this March and thanks to your course my blog is now something to be really proud of! I’m so glad things are going amazingly for you. I love all the unique nursery decor that’s around at the moment (I don’t have any kids but have three beautiful nieces and a great little nephew) so I can’t wait to see what you have planned :)
    KiKi x

  • Reply CB August 3, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Holly, so excited for you! Hang in there! I was the same way with my first child: throwing up through the 2nd trimester. By the third trimester, I wasnt sick anymore and gaining weight. Congratulations!

  • Reply Jenni @ JARFLY August 3, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Congrats Holly…I don’t have children myself but have nannied them and now shoot maternity and baby portraits…such a joy. Many blessings to you.

  • Reply Marianne August 3, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    I think it so lovely of you to try to respond to every comment! Have a nice weekend!

  • Reply Genelle August 3, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Congrats! I wish you a much easier 3rd trimester and a healthy baby!

  • Reply Emily August 3, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Congratulations Holly! Such beautiful and exciting news.
    Hooray for your wise friend and her excellent advice.
    Looking forward to following your journey into parenthood.

  • Reply Katherine August 3, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Congratulations, wonderful news! I totally sympathise with you on the sickness, same thing happened to me and my husband had to take over, there was one awful week where he was pretty much my carer. But I got through it (medication from 20 weeks and eating cereal in bed at 6am – everyone is different though with what works) and my little boy is now 16 months old and absolutely wonderful. You will get better too, give yourself time though and lots of rest. Take care!

  • Reply ShirA August 3, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Oh Holly, that is so very exciting!
    You really got me in tears… I just ran to the nursery and took a sniff of my tiny little Ninja.
    You don’t know it yet (I know, the most common and annoing cliche, but so very true), before your career will get back on track, and your relationship, and all the other things that the baby changes at first, you ARE being kind to yourself. That is because once a little one comes along, there are moments that you might feel that you were stripped from your freedom, from everything that is YOU. Yet even on those moments you feel filled with the wirdest, sweetest kind of love. Your heart expands, you become a better YOU, even if tired and confused. Oh… I can’t explain it. You’ll see ;)

    Congrats! Really happy for you. You are giving yourself an amazing gift!


  • Reply Brooke August 4, 2013 at 1:02 am

    That is such amazing news , congratulations to you both.

  • Reply Aline Lorieri August 4, 2013 at 3:05 am

    Wooo!!! Congratulations Holly! This is really exciting!!!

    May God bless your baby and your family <3

  • Reply Vanessa August 4, 2013 at 3:48 am

    When your little one comes along, all the lovely things about your career – the creativity, the people, the travel, the goalsetting & achieving – they will remain … Truly!
    But all will be even lovelier :)
    Because your baby will be a part of it all, and you will have lost nothing of yourself, but gained a new playmate and companion in your adventures :)
    Congratulations to you both, vanessa

  • Reply Clarissa Condé August 4, 2013 at 5:26 am

    Oh! Great news! I am pregnant too! 34 weeks now! My baby is a boy and I’m so excited! I would love see your baby bedroom preparation!

  • Reply Shana Norris August 4, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Congratulations, Holly.

    I’m new to your site, but I’m loving how you mix the personal side of things with the more “business-y” side of your blog. Looking forward to keeping an eye on this space!

  • Reply Kate @ Songs Kate Sang August 4, 2013 at 6:19 am

    Congratulations! I am so thrilled for you!

    I am so sorry about the morning sickness (that goes on all day). I will be praying for you on your new journey!

  • Reply Katja August 4, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Dear Holly, this is an extraordinary news and Im very happy and excited for you no matter we don’t know each other but as a true admirer of your work. Being a mom and having a child is something out of this world and the most meaningful thing one can experience ( and I don’t preach and don’t think we should like you’ve said do what others expect from us).
    All this pregnancy “troubles” will pass soon and very soon you’ll enjoy in your little angel. In your new dimension of life. Congratulations.

  • Reply Desirae @moidesigns August 4, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Oh congratulations Holly! I’ve been following your blog for awhile now and this really was the most beautiful post! I told my best friend the same advice at one time, there really is never the perfect time to start a family and if there could be, it’s whenever it happens! Think of all the new creativity you will have after having your baby!!
    Congrats to you!

  • Reply Leslie August 4, 2013 at 9:42 am

    WOW….congratulations….! Wonderful news.
    I have to be honest that had I read this a few months back I would have clicked away in an instant on seeing the picture of the crib in your post and reading your news!. I had a bad start to becoming a parent at the start of this year losing my first. However, its really a sign that I am somewhat back to normal as I read this with excitement and look forward to some positive news very soon for myself. One thing is for sure I will be watching with a keen eye, to see what you come up with for the nursery etc.
    All the best and fingers crossed you horrid symptoms pass soon…so you can enjoy the wonderful journey to becoming a Mum!

  • Reply suzy August 4, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Congratulations!! Everything happens for a reason…a huge clique though usually the most correct. WOnt give any advise because you will find your way. You already know in your heart the Mumma you want to be and you just have to trust yourself and go with the wonderful flow that is parenthood. Its a wonderful journey bringing a baby into the world and a wonderful (yet sometimes testing) time ahead, though you will be great, just as most Mums are xx

  • Reply Mariana August 4, 2013 at 10:41 am

    What wonderful news. Congratulations!

  • Reply Ria August 4, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Dear Thorsten,
    very well done ;-)

    Dear Holly,
    this are great news. At Blog Boss in March you mentioned the fact that maybe it is to late some days to become a baby and your voice sounds very sad and a little bit broken to me. And now the time has come! I´m a mother of two and I always work, but in terms I determinated to be good for my family and me. Don´t forget that you are the bestseller author who can define the conditions of your work. Maybe not everybody will be very comfortable with the fact that there is a little baby at your side and that you are not available for everybody and everything anytime. But belive me woman are doing this “job” since human being are, and we done it very well. Welcome to the club of special artistics who have family and a career.
    Hope that your sickness will be gone and that you could sit there in a few weeks, feeling like “Little Buddah” and have that special glow in your face…
    Warm greetings send to Hannover from Ria

  • Reply Monica Lee August 4, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    How very very exciting for you! I agree there is no perfect ‘time’ and I am sure you will be very European and bring the jet set babe with you everywhere. (As a former flight attendant, if you start them out traveling, they get used to it!)

    So sorry you are not feeling yourself though! Lots of self love is needed as in let yourself off the hook with your to-do list! We will all understand!

    You are growing a human being, after all! Really really happy for you. You are going to make a very wonderful mother.

  • Reply Jutta von Kreativfieber August 4, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Wow, great news! Congratulations, Holly! Love the advice your friend gave you!

  • Reply sarah August 4, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    hi Holly,
    This is the first time I’ve ever commented! I wanted to say a big congratulations on your wonderful news!
    I’m sorry you had to go through all that sickness so far. Has your doctor talked to you about Hyperemesis? It’s a condition where you have excessive vomiting and/or nausea and lose a significant amount of weight. It sounds like you might have it. I had it with both my babies up until about 17 weeks, and I know it’s no picnic. You may be beyond the point of needing any medication now since you’re pretty far along, but you might want to ask your doctor about Zofran. It’s totally safe for the baby and will help take away that nausea. Anyway, I wish you continued luck and health and happiness! Congrats again!

    • Reply decor8 August 5, 2013 at 8:14 am

      @Sarah – Yes that is what I have – Hyperemesis – it’s so hard!

  • Reply Amy August 4, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Fabulous news Holly and wow what a wave of support and love for you from the Decor8 community – truly well deserved. It will be hard but the rewards will be huge. x

  • Reply petra August 4, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Great news. Good decision.
    It will change your life completely. For the better.
    Have you tried ginger against morning sickness?
    Wishing you all the best!

  • Reply mpartyka August 4, 2013 at 2:50 pm


    I threw up several times a days… every. day. but I promise you it’s worth it when you hold your baby. Just try to focus on nutrition throughout the day.

    I just love, love, love your website. You inspire me to try new things at home.

  • Reply kaylovesvintage August 4, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    wonderful news

  • Reply Rendell August 4, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Holly, Congratulations and I wish you and your husband all of the best as you become parents. It is a wonderful magical feeling and journey bringing a new life into the world. Enjoy every moment .

  • Reply Ines August 4, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Congratulations Holly! This is wonderful news, I’m really happy for you and Thorsten, you are going to be wonderful parents! Ines

  • Reply Signe/ Copenhagen Kiddo August 4, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Congratulations! Very nice news. And what a wise friend you have :) I can’t wait to be inspired on the baby/kidsroom front.

    Best wishes,

  • Reply se7en August 4, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Indeed the most exciting news ever… Huge congratulations!!!

  • Reply diane August 4, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Congratulations. I have followed your blog and your success for several years now and, as a mother myself will tell you that this is one decision you will never regret. Relax and enjoy for things have a way of working themselves out.

  • Reply DeNai Jones August 4, 2013 at 8:38 pm


    What fabulous news! So thrilled you will be experiencing this chapter in life, nothing is more rewarding. Traveling with children is the most wonderful experience, start early!

    I have been a fan and follower for years, you have given me so much inspiration. I would love to gift you some things

    Please email me if you’re interested. xxoo

  • Reply Sue August 4, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Congratulations Holly, that really is such wonderful news.

  • Reply Inge August 4, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Oh Holly, congratulations to you and Thorsten with the new baby coming!! What great news! I hope your sickness is almost over, and I hope you have a wonderful pregnancy… Time will tick even faster with kids, so my advice is to enjoy every minute of it!!!
    The life advice you gave here was the same one of my best friends gave me… You can have both, and you can wait forever for the perfect moment to get pregnant. There’s no ideal moment, just stop thinking and go for it! Your post was so emotional and wonderful to read, I’m trying to get pregnant again for the second time and I do hope to share some great news with you soon also. :-)
    Anyway, I really wish you all the best, you will be the best mum there is!! And when I read what Thorsten is doing, I just know he’s going to be the best dad ever too! :-)
    Big hugs, Inge x

  • Reply Toni August 4, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    You can do it! :) Congratulations!

  • Reply Katie Truelove August 4, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Congratulations! So very happy for you!

  • Reply lisa lehmann August 5, 2013 at 1:08 am

    this is such amazing news! congratulations!

    enjoy every minute…even the yucky ones :) so worth it!


  • Reply Sab August 5, 2013 at 3:34 am

    Hermoso relato!! Me emocione!! desde Argentina … Muchas felicidades!!

  • Reply Kaho August 5, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Oh, Holly, that is great news! When you said on the Facebook that you will have a big announcement, I totally thought that you were going to launch another big project like publishing or being on a TV show. I don’t know why. I was very happy and excited for you to hear that you are expecting!! Congratulations to you two! I had a very bad morning sickness and it lasted the whole 9 months, but the first 3 was the hardest. It got easier around 15 weeks in my case. I had morning sickness with all my pregnancies, but it was worse with my girls. Rest as much as you can. Enjoy being pregnant as it sounds like this is going to be the only time. I cannot wait to hear the progress and baby news. Thanks for sharing the news!

    • Reply decor8 August 5, 2013 at 8:15 am

      @Kaho – That’s funny because lots of people thought I was going to have my own tv show. Makes me smile!

  • Reply Dana August 5, 2013 at 5:45 am

    Dear Holly —
    I came to know you and appreciate your considerable
    generosity during your last BYW class.

    I am so excited for both of you!!! Such happy news–
    Your friend is right as there is never the right time but
    every moment with your child is exquisite .
    I have two– 14 yrs apart. And as a single mom with a very
    hectic full-time career which often involves travel.
    It’s never easy but my only regret is not having more!
    Happiness & good health to your growing family!!!

  • Reply Anja August 5, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Congratulations, Holly! Wish you all the best for this lively time!

  • Reply Molly Watson August 5, 2013 at 8:42 am

    I know you have a whole lot of comments here so I will make it short! May your queasiness cease immediately, may your days be filled with joy, love, happiness, laughter at all kinds of crazy/funny things that your life as a parent will encounter and may you and your family be blessed with a healthy new addition to your beautiful family :)

  • Reply marianna August 5, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Your words brought tears to my eyes. Congratilations… You are blessed… And I feel so grateful to have your blog in my favorites thinsg to read and see in my life. You bring joy… May your baby be full or health and always surrounded with love.
    All my gratitude for you,

  • Reply Alison August 5, 2013 at 9:11 am

    What wonderful news!
    lots of love to you

  • Reply Justine August 5, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Congratulations, Holly! That is wonderful news. Hope it all goes smoothly for you and the morning sickness passes soon! I love that bed linen in the nursery picture – I think I would have that for myself!

  • Reply Heather August 5, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Holly, thank you for sharing this news and your path to it too.
    Totally inspiring and so refreshing to hear a mum-to-be speaking like this about career vs children.

    I’m genuinely so pleased for you and wish you all of the luck in the world.

    P.S. You’ve probably tried loads of things already for the sickness but my sister found ginger ice pops worked a treat.

  • Reply Shirley August 5, 2013 at 10:25 am

    OH gosh, so happy for you , congratulations on your news.
    I’ve been follow you blog for 1 year.

  • Reply Or August 5, 2013 at 10:35 am

    congrads!! Mazal – Tov as we say here! so moving and thrilling and scary… my first 14 wks were hard as well and i’ve lost bout the same as u.. trust me, u’ll gain it at the end! :) lots of love and best wishes for the best and scary thing u’ll ever experience!

  • Reply nadine August 5, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Congratulations, Holly! This is such fab and exciting news! I have been following your blog for years and always loved it and when I found out I was pregnant (I am a couple of weeks behind you) I went back to your books for inspiration :-) I can#t wait to see the nursery ideas you’ll come up with!

    All the best from Frankfurt!

  • Reply Davids Engle August 5, 2013 at 11:08 am

    So happy for you and your husband. Congratulations. And it was very inspirering reading your post.

  • Reply Lori Byrne August 5, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    You are embarking on the most amazing journey!! It will be filled with highs and lows and so worth every last tear, smile, heartache and laughter that it brings!!! Buckle up, Holly, it’s quite a ride!!

  • Reply Michaela August 5, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    this are so great news.
    Congratulation out of the Teuto.
    It will be a nice change.
    lovely greetings…

  • Reply Lucy Chen August 5, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    This is WONDERFUL, Holly!
    You can have both, baby and career. In fact, I discovered my life calling when pregnant with my 2nd. My first trimester wasn’t easy with both babies, I was barry 105lb when 4 months pregnant because of the vomiting etc. But things will improve. And you are in good hands :)

  • Reply Corrien August 5, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Congratulations!!! Such great news! Your baby will have a lovely babyroom ;-)
    Enjoy this special time!
    And thanks for all the nice blogs.

    Love Corrien

  • Reply Nicole Nicol August 5, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    So happy for you holly..your friend is so right..there never is a right time. Whwn you have the luxury of choosing the timing there is always something going on. I was 37 when i had my boy and the right time didnt come we just gave it a go before it was too late.
    But so glad we did.
    So excited..can’t wait to know the sex so i can make you something

  • Reply Laura@JourneyChic August 5, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    What wonderful news! Congratulations to you and your husband! Children are wonderful – and wonderfully difficult. You are guaranteed a laugh every day, which I never experienced before having a child. I hope you feel better soon and that your pregnancy progresses smoothly!

  • Reply Kim johnson August 5, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    That’s wonderful news! Congratulations! I have been following your career since reading your words in the book “Handmade Marketplace”. You were my inspiration to start taking my craft seriously. Good luck!

  • Reply Kim johnson August 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Congrats! Such wonderful news and a great inspirational article. I have been following your career since reading ” Handmade Marketplace”. You were my inspiration to start taking my craft seriously. In fact, I have passed the book onto a friend who loves it as well. Good luck Holly!

    Kim Johnson

  • Reply Cheryl August 5, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I’ve been a fan of your blog for years. That’s the best news! Congrats! I have a 2 year old myself – unplanned but the best gift ever. And your friend’s advice is so true..If I kept thinking when the best time to have a baby would be, it would have never happened.

  • Reply Sarah Stone August 5, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Congratulations! I got pregnant when I was 25, so pretty early on in my career. I already had my daughter by the time I was ready to jump into a freelance career. There’s no right time to have a child, but I assure you having one is well worth the sacrifice. I think being a mother is the biggest accomplishment I’ve made in my life thus far. Good luck, and again congrats!

  • Reply Nicola August 5, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Wonderful news Holly! Such an honest post – thank you so much. x

  • Reply Holly August 5, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    I remember when I first read your blog years ago and this being your wish for the year ahead so I’m so excited for you that the time has come.
    Enjoy this wonderful time (apart from the sickness) and eek I can’t wait to see the nursery!

  • Reply {leah} August 5, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Congratulations!! Such beautiful advice that I can attest to myself. And I have to say, I’m reading the book Lean In right now, and it has been so encouraging. She has pretty much addressed all of my fears, guilts, and worries, and reassured me that it’s ok. It won’t be easy or “perfect”, but in the end, it’ll be great.

  • Reply ev dizaynı August 5, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    really beautiful decorations

  • Reply Emil und die großen Schwestern August 5, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    liebe holly!
    so wunderschöne, ehrliche zeilen. (auch noch am geburtstag meines sohnes geschrieben).
    ich kann so gut deine gedanken nachvollziehen. ich bekam mein erstes baby mit 20, ohne jegliche planung. nachhinein war doch alles schön, aber eine sehr-sehr harte zeit. das dritte wunschkind sollte zur richtigen zeit kommen, aber gibt es eine richtige zeit, oder ist jeder zeit richtig?
    ähnlich, wie ihr, haben wir uns dazu entschieden und ich genieße jeden tag mit diesem wilden kleinen kerl und ich genieße täglich meine arbeit.
    mit liebe klappt alles.
    ich wünsche dir, dass die übelkeit bald vorbei ist und du die wartezeit ganz genießen kannst. alles liebe, éva

  • Reply Ada (new york) August 5, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    OMG … I knew it!!! I remember reading one of ur post on the lines of big news coming and I immediately though you were expecting (though I did see the post of your mag features and thought hmmm … maybe I was wrong). I am so extremely happy for you!! congrats to you and your husband – u both will make amazing parents! And what great words (advice) to live by ….’be kind to yourself’. Kinda got me misty eye. Thank you for continuing to share your beautiful journey with us. Hugs from New York to you and Thorsten (and how wonderfully he takes care of you).

  • Reply Julia August 5, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Congrats Holly! So wonderful for you!

  • Reply Martine | WAHM. Wife. Blogging Belle. August 5, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Thrilled for you, Holly! What an amazing blessing.

  • Reply tiina August 5, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    lovely, congratulations! ofcourse you can have a career and a baby or as many as you like! at least in the nordics that’s more the rule than an exception. my career hasn’t taken any hits from being home with my baby girl of 13 months now. In fact, my own business is starting to bloom since I’ve had time to focus on what I really want and there is, really, time to do other things than caring the baby too! We are soon adding another baby into our family of 3, and I have no other plans than enjoying the motherhood and running my business with my whole heart! Your’re facing the best thing ever in your life :) Congratulations!

  • Reply Angeli August 5, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    I am so happy for you my dear teacher! You will make an awesome mom! And it looks like Thorsten is going to be a pretty great dad, what with the way he is now taking care of you! That kid is going to be so lucky!

  • Reply Angeli August 5, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Oh, and I can’t wait to see you post about baby and mommy stuff!

  • Reply Ellen Mattesi August 5, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Holly, Congratulations.

    This is such a fantastic time for you and your husband. Enjoy every minute.

    And of course you can have a career and a baby. Most importantly, just allow yourself to slip up and miss a few deadlines. It will happen. People will get it. You are such a big part of your brand. You will need to figure it out as you go. And once you do, that baby will throw a wrench in your plan…and you will have to figure it out again, and again, and again… Hello to parenthood. My girls are 13 and 10, and our lives and schedules are STILL always evolving. But I get the feeling you are pretty good at that. We are all your fans;and you are our role model. It will never be perfect. But it will be the most fun you’ve ever had…sometimes…and then it won’t…and then it will…


  • Reply Janina Lear August 6, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Congratulations Holly!!! Best news and I love how you have told this story.

    I successfully have both, I am a single parent and have 3 children and 2 businesses. Our life is crazy and manic but we all love it and its ‘our’ life and the kids just think everyone lives like this.

    My kids know I am not the Mum that has clean, neatly folded clothes on the end of the bed each morning. I do the sniff test and may have to use a baby wipe to clean it up a little.

    Sometimes we have to grab take away because there is no time to cook or we eat baked beans out of the can.

    What I do know is that my kids have a happy Mum in control of her destiny, loving what she does and teaching them that we can choose both and choose to follow our hearts and that really anything is do able.

    Enjoy the amazing, beautiful journey.


  • Reply Deb August 6, 2013 at 4:46 am

    Congratulations to you Holly, and your husband! I look forward to seeing how the baby will give you new design inspiration! And absolutely, you can and should have both career and family. Definitely don’t wait too long because really, it’s so easy to forget that biologically we’re designed to be grandparents by age 36. I was concerned about grad school and career and waited too long. But it’s okay, there’s so much to do in life. Bottom line, we should create the lives that make us happy, just the message you told us in BYW. I’m so happy for you!

  • Reply Sigrid August 6, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Dear Holly,

    Congrats from Holland!

    I know the thing about making plans etc etc… But you know, the greatest things in life happen while not making plans! A child is such a special gift and it broadens your life, gives new insights, you get to know yourself and eachother in a totally new manner…

    It’s exciting… It’s about letting go and love life for what it is. And learning to love that’s it is not you who is in control, but your own dynamic system of you three. It’s new, exciting and so much fun. Okay, and somtimes hard work. Maybe even harder than your working right now ;) No, just kidding. Every spot of energy you put into your child, you will get it back. Isn’t that just amazing?

    I’m in my 12th week right now, looking forward to my 15th week :) And I totally agree with you to be more kind to ourselfs, that’s what I regularly say to others moms :) Because, we are judging ourselfs so often, we think we should be perfect… But the truth is, we aren’t perfect. I am not perfect and I am OK with that.

    Personally I think we should try to be content with our lifes in stead of being busy with making it perfect. Which does not mean that we cannot chase after our dreams! Just embrace life for what it is, be open for it. And I find it a struggle to be content with my life (yes, I’m not perfect as I said:) but I do see the value of just being content. Hmmm… Okay, maybe a sort of heavy stuff for an early morning :)

    Well, I just love your happy news! Wishing you all the luck!

  • Reply Anna August 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Dear Holly, I somehow waited for this kind of post for some time now ;-) Actually, I am also in week 15 right now. Congratulations! And I do hope that your stomach will be fine from now, on, you poor thing!

  • Reply Bron August 6, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Well I have come out of lurking to say this – congratulations!!
    I am expecting also, currently in my 21st week. My first trimester and half of this second trimester have been difficult for me too, but I have begun to get my energy back now. As this is my first pregnancy as well, I don’t really have a lot of experience/advice to give, but one thing I would say is enjoy it (and hopefully you will feel better soon, so that you can!) – this is a very precious time and it goes so quickly (I was only just 6 weeks pregnant yesterday, I swear).
    Congratulations again Holly, and I look forward to watching any part of your journey that you choose to share with us.

  • Reply lisa :: the red thread August 6, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Well that certainly IS the biggest and best news! Congratulations Holly and Thorsten!!
    Your friend gave you so much wonderful advice… it’s usually only after you become a mother that you realise that there never is a right time. You also realise that you don’t have to choose between career and parenthood. You learn to juggle! You become very adept at having numerous balls in the air at the same time. Being kind to yourself will become even more important after baby Becker is born, so be sure to remember your own advice ;)
    I hope you start to feel better really soon and I can’t wait to follow you on the rest of your journey to becoming and being a family.

  • Reply Patricia August 6, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Oh Holly! Congratulations to you both! I’m so happy for you. I’ve been sort of unplugged -speaking of kids- bec I’ve been more Mom than Designer this summer, so I hadn’t read about your amazing news. I hope you feel better soon but do bask in the new light that will come through your husband. The truly great guys, as Thorsten is, really step up to the plate and make us feel more in love with them than ever before. That part is really great! Again, congratulations!

  • Reply decor8 August 6, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    @Sigrid: @Bron: @Anna: CONGRATS ladies, or shall I say mothers-to-be? Ah so cute. We’re a big team of pregnant bloggers aren’t we? I am finding other nice bloggers who are also pregnant – it’s nice to feel the support and love.

  • Reply decor8 August 6, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I’ve printed this post out, and all of the comments, and will add it to my baby’s keepsake box so the little one can see someday when old enough, that long before it was born it was already anticipated and loved by hundreds of people. How amazing and lucky we are to be online and have so many friends!

  • Reply Kelly Smith August 6, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Yay! Congratulations Holly, I am so excited for you. Having a baby in your arms will change you in all the best ways.

  • Reply Anne Marie Jackson August 6, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    This is so exciting! You can have it all. In fact i got an extra dose of creativity with both pregnancies.

  • Reply Shilpa Nair August 6, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    I realize that I am pretty late to Congratulate you for such an awesome news. But, being so far (India) from you, I still feel connected to you, through your blogs & books. I am super happy for you. And I am also delighted to know your daily inspirations. Thank you for being a very cute mentor. God bless you & your sweet family…to be… :) With love… XOXO

  • Reply Polly Rowan August 6, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Congratulations! I’m happy for you!

  • Reply Julia August 6, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Holly, congratulations! I´ve just had my baby and let me tell you: there´s never the right time and newborns are hard work. But it´s such a blessed gift to have that little angel in your arms, to know that eventually you´lle get your life “back” and that each person can and should find their own way of parentig. We need to give children love and respect – the rest is your choice and people should mind their own business!
    Hope you feel better soon!!!

  • Reply Gabriela August 6, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    congratulations! you inspire me and give calm to do the things and dreams when they will come, I send you a big hug from far away place in the world :)

  • Reply An August 6, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Ooooh! That’s so fabulous and awesome! Congrats! Big hug!

  • Reply Lynne, Papermash August 6, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Oh, how lovely Holly! And you told it so beautifully – congratulations, that will be one lucky little kid!

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  • Reply Daria August 7, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Dear Holly
    Congratulations on the baby to come!! you must be so happy
    you are about to find out that children are a blessing, the most beautiul gift anyone can have.
    the way they come into our lives, the way they grow up-the miracles they perform each and every day leaving us speechless-reminds us that we are all part of nature, and its wisdom and we should all from time to time remember to let go and trust and believe. that’s all.
    simply be.
    enjoy the silence with your baby when he/she arrives. its priceless,
    all my love to a mother to be,

    when man makes plans, God laughs

  • Reply Leo August 7, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Congratulations Holly! And a huge thank you for sharing your friend’s advice – this blew my mind. I’m 18 weeks pregnant and had an awful first trimester as well (and am feeling great now, just to let you know: it’ll be better!!). Most of the time the fact that I’m going to be a mother in January hasn’t sunk in yet, because I’m busy working as a freelance journalist to make sure my “Elterngeld” provides a good basis for my maternity leave and stuff like that. But now I’m telling myself once a day: be kind to yourself! Oh so true :)

  • Reply Joanna August 7, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Dear Holly and Thorsten!
    Congratulations! Amazing news! And all my very best wishes for the soon-to-be 3 of you! And I am very much looking forward to all the decor8mini blog posts which we’ll be for sure a big fun to read!

    Take care and hope you’ll feel better soon!

  • Reply Helen dol August 7, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Omg congrats, I haven’t been to your site for almost ten months now after leaving work to have my wee man. I had a job with alot of down time and was always on your site. I am so glad I looked at it tonight to read your news. Babies are awesome to have in your life.

  • Reply Femke Dekker - ter Meulen August 7, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Dear Holly, What a great news this is! I am very happy for you and your husband. 3 kids en two successful companies later, I can confirm that you can have kids AND a career :) Good luck! Love Fem

  • Reply Anna August 7, 2013 at 11:06 am

    @decor8: Thank you Holly :-) I also think its so nice to know about other pregnant blogger-ladies :-) Its such an exciting time! I have the impression that my belly starts to show this week a tiny bit (although this could be totally pure Wunschdenken on my side ;-). I really do hope you feel better already!

  • Reply debbie August 7, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Congratulations!!! what a blessing and great news indeed. Your life will change but FOR THE BETTER and you would not imagine life with your hubby without that little bundle. Its funny how that happends. And yes, you can still have your career, because frankly- its YOU that makes your career and not anything else.
    All the best and looking forward to more updates on baby Becker! xxx Debbie

  • Reply debbie August 7, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    @decor8: that is such a cute idea!! i pray you have an amazing rest of your pregnancy and that the ‘glow’ will be there till D-day! Happy organising for little baby becker , debbie xx

  • Reply Ingrid Jansen August 7, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    That good news! congrats to both of you! take care

  • Reply Izabella August 7, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Oh Holly!
    Great news!! And what a beautiful testimony!
    I think that in life there’s no “perfect time” for anything, specially time to have kids. We’ll always learn something in life and we’ll also be prepared (even if we don’t think so!).
    I wish the Best for your new family!
    I just love you blog!

  • Reply Lisa | Happy By August 7, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    It was time you shift your love and passion for beautiful things to something beside your home, your blog, your students, your books and all the million things you do great. That is the reason you are having a new miracle in your lives, to make his/her/their life beautiful and to gain inspiration and love back from them. So excited for you! Can’t wait for your updates :)

  • Reply Shelley Perkins August 7, 2013 at 7:08 pm


    My husband and I found out we are 6 weeks pregnant a few days ago…haven’t even told our parents yet as it’s such early days but thought I’d share a little congrats with you as we’re bursting at the seams to tell everybody as I’m sure you were. And yes I went through the same career/baby issues as I’ve just started a new job.
    I’ll be following your journey…and sharing it with my own.
    Big love x

  • Reply Bluebirdsunshine August 7, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Huge congratulations to you & your man! Glad you’re starting to feel a little better too. I had HG during both my pregnancies and I feel for you, esp if you’re feeling simultaneously hideous and happy as I did. Hope you feel a little better with each passing day x

  • Reply Harriet August 8, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Wish you everything you’ve ever hoped for, an easy pregnacy from this point on and a happy and healthy child! Congratulations!

  • Reply maria helena August 8, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    happy news!!!!!
    wish you a great pregnancy – i m sure the worse part it over, soon all the wonderfull hormones will make you feel fantastic!
    i m looking at my 8 month baby ALice right now, playing, and its the best feeling in the world.
    Loved this lesson from your friend, have to remind me of this everyday
    thank you for sharing, you re always inspiring,
    all the best!

  • Reply dawn August 8, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    congratulations to you both … very exciting time for you … are you keeping a pregnancy journal to jot down all the new experiences you are having? it is fun to look back on years down the road. time will fly; stay focused on your most treasured aspirations.

  • Reply Janice August 8, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Congratulations! That’s so exciting.

  • Reply JJ August 8, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Dear Holly,

    CONGRATULATIONS! That us very exciting news. I am very happy for you and your husband, and you gave some wonderful advice! I’m sure you will have an even more beautiful life with a baby in the mix! Congrats again–can’t wait to see the nursery! You are a wonderful person and you have a beautiful home–I can’t think of a more deserving person, and I’m sure you will be a wonderful mother!

  • Reply Magda August 8, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    I am so happy for you and Thorsten! Congratulations once more! Lots of love

  • Reply Rebecca @ beautiful square feet August 9, 2013 at 1:04 am

    Congratulations Holly! Saw all the nursery pics on Pinterest and put two and two together (haven’t been keeping up with blogging enough recently). Being a mother is the most terrifying, most beautiful thing human being could ever want to do, but so so worth it. Enjoy creating what I am sure will be a wonderful nursery – I found it such a big part of preparing myself when we had our son Torin 4 years ago. Take care x

  • Reply Sarah August 9, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Congratulations, Holly! I’m sure you’ll be a great mum as well as a passionate and dedicated business woman!

    I’m very happy for you but I do understand your concerns beforehand. I had (and still have) the same feeling. My partner and I also thought about having a child this year but as soon as we thought we should really do it, I got a small panic attack. This was the moment when I knew: not ready yet. But the time will come because I really do want a family. Thank you for your great advice to stop worrying about it. This comforted me a lot. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Reply Zjizjipke August 9, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Congratulations!!! Such wonderfull news!!! And ofcourse you can have both a career and a kid :-) Enjoy!!

  • Reply Amy - Bead Bash August 9, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Congratulations Holly.

    Enjoy every minute of it – although it sounds like you already are!

    I have a 6 month old son and he makes me smile every second of every day. Even in the middle of the night when he wakes up talking to himself – it makes me grin from ear to ear when I hear his little voice and see him smiling back at me!

    Fantastic news :-)


  • Reply Sweetshade Lane August 9, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    So, so ridiculously happy for you!!! Welcome to motherhood!

  • Reply Audrey - This Little Street August 9, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    So happy for you, Holly! Best news indeed :) Major congrats. xx

  • Reply Steph Bond-Hutkin August 10, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Wonderful, wonderful news Holly. What an amazing journey ahead of you and we’ll all be looking forward to seeing how the nursery comes to life. Kids’ rooms are my favourites! xxx

  • Reply Teerarat August 11, 2013 at 3:26 am

    Congratulations on your greatest news.
    I’m yr big reader from Thailand.
    I have 2 kids. Motherhood is so wonderful.

  • Reply Galatina August 11, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Congratulations! We made the same decision last year and we now have a gorgeous baby boy – it’s as though we haven’t ever not had him with us. Enjoy!

  • Reply Linda August 12, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Many good wishes for you and yours. Making the decision to have children has been the best one I’ve ever made. They are all grown up now, living close by, a couple of them with children of their own: my decision long ago is still showering me with many blessings and a joyful base for my life. It is not easy but it is delightful.

  • Reply Nathalie August 13, 2013 at 11:11 am

    What amazing wonderful news.
    I am 17 weeks, so only a week apart. I so look forward to following and sharing your journey! xxx

  • Reply arundati August 13, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Congratulations Holly!

  • Reply Lisa August 14, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Congratulations!! I have been following your blog for a while, enjoying the beautiful pictures and getting lots of great inspiration to decorate my house. I am also pregnant, expecting my baby boy at the beginning of November. I have recently started my own company in a foreign country (I am Italian living in The Netherlands) and I am so busy with the launch of the website and all the related preparation. Everything looks so scary if combined with the baby that will be soon with us, but I can sincerely say that this is the happiest period of my life! Looking forward to the baby dedidicated post to get inspiration for the nursery room :) Good luck with everything Holly!

    • Reply decor8 August 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      @Lisa CONGRATS on your soon-to-be baby boy! You must think of very little else during the day, it’s hard to not think about your baby when you are pregnant, I didn’t realize how exciting it would be!

  • Reply frauheuberg August 14, 2013 at 11:53 am

    oh, my god…i read these lovley news right now and my heart jump for you, my guys…what a wonderful feeling, right? Wish you both a lovley time and journey to welcome someday your little one…all the best and i´m very exciting of decor8 jun….;)…a big hug and much more…cheers…i…

    • Reply decor8 August 14, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      @frauheuberg Thank you sweetheart, it is very exciting!

  • Reply Margarita August 14, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    I have to scroll way down to leave a comment haha…great news for both of u, I hope u are feeling better by now and that belly is growing to a healthy peace, I bet u look all glowing and beautiful any chances we may see you? Makes me happy to read this news you will make great parents and very stylist ons too haha…

    • Reply decor8 August 15, 2013 at 9:17 am

      @Margarita – Oh you are so sweet to say that! You can follow my Instagram for more personal photos about me and my life and maybe a baby bump down the road but I won’t be showing pregnancy photos on decor8, not really the place for it in my opinion and I’m not that comfortable sharing with so many people who are really here primarily for decorating inspiration. So follow me on IG @decor8!
      How are you doing anyway? I hope that you are doing great – so nice to hear from you xo

  • Reply Grace August 15, 2013 at 4:23 am

    Congratulations Holly! Wonderful news :)
    I took the BYW class last fall (2012) when my daughter was 6 months old. I was so happy to be taking your course while on maternity leave. I got pregnant again very fast and I’m expecting again this fall. You don’t have to choose between motherhood and career but I’m not a believer of “having it all” either. There will be sacrifices along the say. Find the happy spot that works for you and your family. I’m back at work full-time for now; we’ll see how it goes with #2! You’re in for a big journey. The heart expands so much! Wishing you all the best.

  • Reply Jillian August 15, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Hello Holly,

    We’re are so thrilled for you and your husband! Your story rings true for so many of us moms. We all struggle to juggle all the things we want in this life.

    You’re going to be a great mother, and we look forward to seeing all the beauty this little person will brings you!


    • Reply decor8 August 15, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      @Jillian – THANK YOU so much xoxoox

  • Reply Foivi Geller August 16, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Congratulations Holly!!! You cannot imagine what sort of happiness you are going to experience! As a brand new mom, who works hard and also a blogger, i can say that it isn’t so easy to handle them all, but after the first 3 months, you got the point and you can start enjoy work, career friends and travels again. You are about to have the most wonderful journey of your life! I send you all of my love and my best wishes for you and your family! Love, Foivi from Greece
    P.S. get some sleep NOW that you can….!

  • Reply Monaqo August 16, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Congratulations Holly & Co (2,25 for the time being)! What a wonderful News and personal post. Wishing you all the very, very best and an exciting time. Probably you should get some sleep in advance ;o)

  • Reply Fiona Humberstone August 17, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Holly! Congratulations to you and Thorsten, what wonderful news for you both. I am genuinely thrilled for you, what a fantastically life changing, life affirming fabulous thing to be arriving very soon. Woot woot!

    Hoping that the sickness subsides very soon and that you can be kind to yourself and give yourself a good long time to enjoy your baby when it comes

  • Reply Ruthie August 17, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    I haven’t visited your blog for a while, Holly, but I just wanted to say congratulations! Wonderful news! I hope you’re feeling a little bit better now and the sickness isn’t so bad. :)

  • Reply laura gaffke August 20, 2013 at 1:35 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Sending so much love your way…:)

  • Reply Laarni Martin August 20, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Oh my! I’m so happy for you and your husband! I hope you’re doing better now. Things will just go better and better for you :) Can’t wait for more updates about your baby! So excited for his/her nursery too!! :D

  • Reply Iris August 20, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    I am so, so happy for you, Holly. Oh, the joy of anticipation, of dreaming about how this little creature is going to be, of the first time you feel this tiny person tickle you, it is just magical. I am sending you all the luck and happiness in the world and hope you can enjoy the rest of the time in good health.
    x Iris

  • Reply Susannah August 21, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Oh Holly, that is such beautiful news! The world will start to look just a little bit more magical when you view it through the eyes of your precious little one. What a beautiful, beautiful time for you.
    ~Susannah x

  • Reply Anu August 21, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Congratulations! What a great news! :) I can so much agree with what you said about finding The Right Time for starting a family. Last year at the same time I was exactly in the same situation where I knew that I would like to have a child, but found always hundred and one reasons why I should wait a bit more.. But one day we just decided to do it and now I can say that it was one of the best decisions I have made in my life-time! As I’m writing this, our sweet baby-boy is sleeping in his cot near me and I feel like the happiest girl in the world :) (He is soon 3 months old, so as soon as we decided it’s time to have a child I got pregnant!) Of course, I have much less time for myself and for my hobbies (including my blog), but he is totally worth it!
    I will be really happy to share this journey with you, so exciting!

  • Reply Andreia August 22, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Congratulations holly! It is possible to manage a carreer and to be a mom. I mother of four and i’ve always worked. I’m so happy for you!

  • Reply Sunny August 22, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Good for you! I love reading your blog–congrats!

  • Reply Mirjana August 24, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Congratulations!!! I read the blog a lot, never comment, now I just have to. Best of luck, happy for you!!!

  • Reply meggles August 27, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Dear Holly, I have thought of you many times since since I read your vulnerable post on Haus Maus about a family archipelago. I have prayed and hoped that your dream would come true. I am thrilled about your news! I have three girls and they are the best things that ever happened to me. I love life and my husband and enjoy so many things, but the love of one’s child…it’s intense. All of the work is worth it, a thousand times over. Keep well and congratulations again!

  • Reply Girl on Fire August 30, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Congratulations, Holly!!

  • Reply Moraima September 2, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Congratulations for the news, it make me smile and I really feel you as a good friends. Best wishes for you and your husband, enjoy the process ,

  • Reply Livia September 2, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Wow.. Congrats! Thats such a big news!
    Hope you have a smooth delivery :)


  • Reply Eva September 5, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Dear Holly,

    Such a great news!!! I wish the best for you and your family! Enjoy the time;)

  • Reply Lil September 10, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Having seen your pic on Instagram and now reading this post, I have to say ‘Congratulations!” It’s such a beautiful journey you are embarking on. I’d like to add I have three children and now work full-time whilst juggling their needs. I am the happiest I have been and the whole family is coping with the change beautifully. That is the key to having a family that you embrace the changes as soon as these little souls enter your life and everything else is a bonus.

  • Reply White Forest Home September 28, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Oh Holly – Congrats! I know how hard morning sickness is. You get there in the end! Cheese and Crackers will be your saviour! Hope your feeling better now.. enjoy – it comes around so quick! Cheers Anastasia

  • Reply Melissa Kearby October 25, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Holly, Congratulations!!!! I am so happy for you. The advice your friend gave to you was so true. I loved the advice you handed down to your blogger friends….. I too have been at a weird stage in life and this advice could not come at a more perfect time!

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