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Our Baby Boy’s Nursery Before + After

January 27, 2014

This is a very exciting post to write, especially since today begins week 40 of my pregnancy (I’m due any day now!). In fact, this post is right up there one that I wrote last summer: My Biggest News Yet. I honestly cannot wait to show you our baby boy’s finished nursery and a few shots of pregnant me.

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After

Other than a custom made roman shade, this room is all set. My husband and I finished it a few weeks ago but needed to get everything up on the walls – so we did that part last week. I wanted so badly to finish the room before our baby boy arrives so to have met that goal, amidst moving into a new home, made me unbelievably happy. Like it’s the first thing I accomplished as his mom. He won’t be sleeping in the room for the first 4 months but in a bassinet near our bed, but at least when I feed and change him, and when we play and have other babies over to play with him (like his niece who was born last January), we’ll all have a cheerful space to enjoy as a family and it’s not a full-on construction site so I really hustled to put our little guy first and to get this room finished along with our bedroom so the back of the house where we all will sleep and enjoy those first moments after birth will be chaos-free and baby/midwife-friendly.

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After

I need to first shout out someone extremely special to me for making all of this come true because I never would have been able to pull this room together on my own. My husband! He has been amazing – helping to get everything prepped and he even styled some of the baby’s room and picked out lots of the art (he made the star wars art using a shadow box frame and vintage characters, bought the art showing the moon against the black sky at an indie fair last month and he framed a favorite vintage German plane illustration to the left of the window). He also gave me the idea to washi tape some of the prints on our little gallery wall to make it more casual and creative and so it can be versatile for when our son gets older, we can swap out images and there aren’t a thousand holes in the wall. He also bought and added little things dotted about here and there, including a few bits from his own boyhood, which made decorating the room so much more personal and loving for us both. I feel so glad that he willingly jumped in and wanted to be part of it all. I didn’t even have to ask or beg or bribe him! He put all of the furniture together and in place too – which was an enormous help. I owe so much to my husband for making this baby room a cozy haven. Now I can go into labor and delivery with a big smile on my face because everything is finished  and I no longer feel like my house looks like a hurricane hit it. Everything is peaceful and boxes are nearly unpacked in every room – I feel very zen. To top it off, he photographed the room and took a bunch of pregnancy photos of me, most of those we’ll keep private and for family, but some are included below. I can’t stop bragging, seriously, thank you Thorsten!

BEFORE: Okay so here is where we started (below). This was taken in November when we got the keys to our new place (we rent but received full written permission to remodel as long as the owner approved). At this time, the walls were a mess – covered with old, stained raufasertapete (wood chip wallpaper with millions of lumpy bumps), dirty trim in off-white and a very old vinyl linoleum fake wood floor that was not only peeling up in places and scratched to death, but was almost a glossy orange and was super shiny so you could see every flaw. It was also installed on floors that were never evened out so it felt a little like you’d had too much wine when you walked in.

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After

Once I saw what I was up against, I started to cry. Then I started to doubt myself. Then I started to doubt that things would get done in time. Then I cried again. Then I started to brainstorm. I’m very visual so I got started with a mood board first, you can see it below. This part of the process chilled me the hell out because honestly, I wasn’t feeling very zen when I looked at our new place and realized that every single room needed work.

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After

This mood board (above) inspired the room, as detailed in this post: Decorating Our Baby’s Room: Part One. In that post, I’ve included the 12 steps that I took to pull to the room together in case you need some help. You can click on the mood board to enlarge it if you want to examine the details.

DURING: Here is a photo showing our progress. The raufasertapete/wood chip paper was stripped, the walls were smoothed and primed, glattvlies was expertly applied (we hired out for this work!) and all seams removed, then two coats of Farrow & Ball’s “Cabbage White” were applied. Walls here are very expensive to renovate, each room (for us at least) cost around 800 Euros for this process. If we wanted to have the walls completely smoothed out (drywall process like in the states), it would have been several hundred more and could potentially start to crack since the walls are over 110 years old in this house. Glattvlies was the perfect solution. The trim, door and ceilings were painted crisp white. I had Ferm Living’s “Kite” wallpaper installed only around the window for a bit of pattern and contrast. You’ll see that in a minute…

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After

After all of the paint and wallpaper was complete by a local painter, our carpenter came to install our new oak plank (eco!) floors from Weitzer Parkett. I choose them but thankfully the lady who owns this house paid for the flooring and installation for the back of the house where eco-oak flooring was both needed and installed (our bedroom, baby’s room, hallway, eating nook, guest bedroom), this was for around 780 square feet of flooring, including sound proofing and leveling them out. I selected the flooring out of around 30 different samples and I love it – it’s gorgeous. The best thing about wood, outside of how natural it looks, is that it’s so much warmer and lasts ages longer than laminate. Laminate is a huge trend in Germany – it seems all apartments have it and though it’s certainly not horrible, real wood is the better and more affordable flooring long term. We’ve had extremely cold weather over the past week and the floors are always warm and our heat is barely on because of the flooring.

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After

After the flooring was installed in the back of the house, it was time to clean the room, unpack the new furniture and put it all together (a huge thanks to my husband Thorsten and his friend Alexander for their hard work putting everything together on Christmas Day for me! :) Here’s the first piece of furniture, the eco-friendly Oeuf Sparrow Crib in White, that they placed in the room. This was the starting point for me to begin decorating. This was my dream piece for the room, so it had to go in place first. In fact, I always place the most important/focal piece in a room FIRST and build around it. Do you do that too?

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After

AFTER: Next came everything else! Here is how the rooms looks AFTER. I will link the major brands below but if I miss anything, just ask me in the comments section and I’ll provide brands and links if I can recall them all! Some things I repurposed from other rooms in our home (like the black Eames rocker), the pendant (which was formerly in the guest bedroom) and the wooden task lamp (this was in my office).

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After


Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After


Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After


Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After


Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After

More links to explore that relate to this room:

* Nursery images that inspired me that I wrote about are here.

* My Pinterest mood board, which was kept “private” until today. Pinterest is a great place to create a private board and to pin your inspirations while you’re working on a project that you don’t want to share with the whole world. You could once add only 3 private boards, but now you can add 6 – yeah!

* A  progress update on the room renovation was blogged about: Baby Boy’s Room – Progress

* Essential baby things that you see in this room above: Baby Essentials For The First Year

* Having a baby? My top tips on how to decorate a nursery: How To Decorate a Baby’s Room

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After


Paint: Farrow & Ball “Cabbage White” which changes with the light – it’s usually pale mint green but can change to a gray or even blue depending on the time of the day. It’s wonderful!

Crib: Oeuf “Sparrow” Crib in White

Bookcase: Ouef Mini Library in White/Baltic Birch

Dresser with changing table top: Oliver Furniture “Nursery Dresser” in White

Wooden Closet: Car Moebel

Felt Gum Ball Rug: Olli Ella (custom ordered in colors that I wanted)

Flokati Rug: Easy Carpet (on ebay.de)

Nursing Chair: Olli Ella (custom ordered with a natural base which is not typically available and in dove gray/cream)

Eames Rocker: I brought this in from our living room; you can get them at DWR or just google them.

Face Storage Boxes, wall boxes above dresser, bear quilt & wallpaper: Ferm Living

School chart above crib: Vintage, I bought this at a local flea market

House-shaped handmade raffia storage box: RICE “airport”

Pendant: White paper, unknown. When I remember, I’ll let you know!

So, what do you think? I am soooo happy with this room. I can’t wait to get the roman shade in and hang it – then the room will be complete. My heart is so happy about the room and most of all, our baby boy whom we are waiting for now… We cannot wait to meet him! While Thorsten was taking some pregnancy photos of me today (a few are included above), I started crying tears of just the most overwhelming happiness. This is truly one of the BEST times of my life you guys. I mean it. We have been married for nearly 13 years (in July) and so we’re both so excited about this life change and to walk into that hospital a couple, and as one of my reader’s told me, walk out of that hospital a family. Thank you so much for sharing this special part of my life with me, it means so much to be able to put all of this out there so publicly to some of the most dear people – all of you have been so kind to me during the past 9 months with your comments and emails (and gifts in the mail)… Really, I couldn’t feel more love. Thank you (hug).



(Photos: Thorsten Becker)

Our Baby Boys Nursery Before + After

This post was sponsored by Oeuf, Car Moebel, Farrow & Ball and Oliver Furniture. Products shown from these companies were donated to this project as gifts. I’m so grateful and honored to have been able to work with these four generous and wonderful companies. Thank you!

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  • Reply Emma January 27, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    It’s great to hear that you feel so happy and relaxed having the nursery already done. It’s important to try to stay calm during pregnancy!

    The end result is a gorgeous and fun room. I really like a lot of the details, such as the pendant and the gumball rug, to the point that I want such things for myself despite not being pregnant or having kids or anything like that…

    Congratulations. Your lives are about to change–for the better!

  • Reply anka January 27, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Ecerything looks lovely. All the best to you, can’t wait to meet the newest member of your sweet family

  • Reply Femke Dekker - ter Meulen January 27, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    The nursery is perfect. I wish you a beautiful time the coming months with your first baby! x Fem

  • Reply Katharina January 27, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Looks Great!
    Where did you buy those gorgeous animal paintings?

    • Reply decor8 January 27, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      @katharina – google “zenzi design” in Germany – I bought them from their dawanda shop.

  • Reply Emily January 27, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Such a beautiful, cosy, fun and happy room Holly. So full of love. Your little boy will have an eye for great design right from the start! ;-)
    I am so, so excited for you both. You have the most amazing, magical and happy times ahead.
    Happy vibes and wishes for a wonderful birth. xxx

  • Reply Sarah~Lou January 27, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    It’s a wonderful room for your little man and so beautifully styled~love it! X

  • Reply pamela raper stoddard January 27, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    So much love pouring from this post. Best of luck in the coming weeks.

  • Reply Sabine January 27, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    This room is soooo lovely, every detail so well chosen. All the best, Sabine

  • Reply ellen crimi-trent January 27, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    love it Holly- looks so peaceful and welcoming!!

  • Reply ishtar olivera January 27, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Holly! This room is absolutely PERFECT!!! Soooo beautiful!! Wow!I’m impressed!and you look stunning! Thank you for sharing this photos! It has been a real treat!!!
    Much love to you,your husband and that sweet little baby!! Can’t wait to see you in may at the launching of your book !

  • Reply Elodie (madame love) January 27, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    This looks lovely Holly! I am sure your little boy will feel very at home in this room! All the best,

  • Reply Anu January 27, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Oh, this room looks really cute and fabulous and so lived-in, I’m sure your baby will be really happy in his new room! :)
    And you look absolutely gorgeous, not at all like 40 weeks pregnant!

    I wish that the birth of your baby-boy would be the most beautiful experience in your life and that everything would go smoothly and as you have planned! x

  • Reply Dianna January 27, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Great job!!!! Most adorable little baby boys room. Can’t wait for his arrival!

  • Reply ishtar olivera January 27, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Can’t stop looking at your baby’s room!! Too gorgeous! And the photos! Thorsten did a truly amazing job!!

  • Reply Irene January 27, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Congratulations Holly! I have been reading you “in silence” for about three years now for inspiration and with this last post I just want to wish you all the best in the new and wonderful stage of life you are about to enter. I had my baby girl almost 9 months ago, so I can totally relate to the tears and emotions! The room is really beautiful, thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Sandra January 27, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    I love love love your baby boy’s room! :)
    All the best,


  • Reply Laura January 27, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Sooooo lovely! The room looks great, all the details are so cute and i can’t wait to be complete( with the newborn living there)! Now i feel like i wanna get pregnant soon so i can decorate this kind of room also! Enjoy these moments, they are unique!

  • Reply Johanne January 27, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Only one thing could be more beautiful….

  • Reply Patrice January 27, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Wonderfull work, congratulations to you both. I’m 33 weeks pregnant at the moment and you’ve been a true inspirtation, for styling and also emotionally. You have a beautiful outlook on life and it reflects in this peacefull, welcoming room.
    I love the owl lamp, where did you find it?

    • Reply decor8 January 27, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      @Patrice – it was from west wing home

  • Reply eva maria January 27, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    What a wonderful room, I absolutely adore the colours!

  • Reply Anja January 27, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Do you take sub tenants?
    Do you take Untermieter?
    It’s absolute marvelous!
    I think the last days before giving birth are the most emotional. Everything is ready, everything is now reality!
    Wishing you a smooth and memorable (it will be!) birth!

  • Reply fatima malagueira January 27, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    It’s adorable! I wish I had a room like it :-) Wishing you all the best and looking forward to seeing photos! xx

  • Reply Susanne Randers January 27, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    WAUW……! It’s amazing. Soooooo beautiful !!!
    Congratulations and lots of love and thoughts from Susanne

  • Reply Maggie Overby Studios January 27, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Is there anything more fun to decorate than a nursery? I am loving the wallpaper, such a big impact. Well done!

  • Reply Irene January 27, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Great job! The room looks absolutely fantastic. All the best to you and your little family!

  • Reply qlkowa January 27, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Thank you for sharing!
    It looks wider then before.
    I love this room, it’s so optimistic and full of soft light.
    I’m sure your son will feel safe and happy there.
    Greetings and best wishes!

    • Reply decor8 January 27, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      @qlkowa – the before and during photos were taken with an iPhone and the afters were taken with an Olympus OM-D, an iPhone doesn’t shoot rooms to scale.

  • Reply Lesley Myrick January 27, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Oh Holly, it’s beautiful! (As are you.) What a lovely space for your little man. Hope he comes soon! xox

  • Reply frauheuberg January 27, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Oh Holly and Thorsten…this is a magical place to begin a newborn life…really a sweet cozy room and the color palette so beautiful…i’m really sure that your sweet baby boy will love it, too…a wonderful and exciting time and so full of emotions, right?its a wonderful feeling to be a part of this magic adventure…and you 2 have taken the best job ever to conjure up this sweet place…wish you all the best and take care…a big hug…cheers and much more…i…

  • Reply Katharina January 27, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Such a beautiful room and the difference between before and after is amazing! I am pretty sure that the little Mr. Becker will enjoy this playful room and if I were you I would go into the room every 5 minutes (at least) just to enjoy. I am also decorating our nursery at the moment. Therefore, I was wondering if you remember the source of the cute giraffe which lives on one of the Ferm living wall boxes. All the best to you!

  • Reply Cathy January 27, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    I just love what you have done for your baby boy’s nursery! Such a labor of love!

  • Reply Tina@Traveling Mama January 27, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    I am so happy for you I could just cry! I am so glad that you can be at peace and just enjoy these last few moments before the little man arrives. You and Thorsten are such lovely people and I know the little guy is going to be lucky to have such loving and caring parents. Big hugs and best wishes for a beautiful and healthy delivery!

  • Reply Amy January 27, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    It’s absolutely wonderful! Everything any baby could ever ask for. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

  • Reply Chrystal January 27, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Looks really good!!

  • Reply Susan Serra January 27, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    This is a stunning nursery! The wallcovering, first on a long list, is beautiful and cannot help but create a truly happy sense of place. It’s all fantastic :)

  • Reply sara January 27, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Great job, that nursery is my dream!

  • Reply Barb Blair January 27, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    It looks absolutely fantastic! Love it all! It is so well curated, and I can tell that a lot of time and effort went into both bringing in the new and also the sentimental items. the first thing I noticed was the R2D2 and C3PO in the shadow box….and knew it was going to be all good from there! I love seeing the little white houses I sent you too! Yay! I feel so special they made it in your baby’s room! My friend Jennifer of Crave: https://www.etsy.com/shop/cravestudio?ref=shopsection_shophome_leftnav, made those and she will be so excited to see this too! xoxoxo

  • Reply Katrin January 27, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Aawww. Looks wonderful. Beautifully styled and shot. Best wishes to all three of you. xx

  • Reply Katherine January 27, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Lovely post, and what a stunning room. Thank you for sharing your Pinterest board, I shall be looking up some of the animal accessories, my little boy would love them.

    Hope everything goes well with the birth, make sure you get lots of rest beforehand!

  • Reply Vero Palazzo January 27, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    It is beautiful!! and it is more beautiful and lovely the way you share every detail and even tips! I hope I finnaly have the blessing of thaving a baby and the opportunity to decor his/her room. For sure you will be a great inspiration to me! all the best for theses final days before he arrives to your lives!
    A big hug from Buenos Aires, Veronica

  • Reply Polly Rowan January 27, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    I’ve been looking forward to this post this past weekend! Wow it looks amazing Holly, I love how the colours of the wallpaper pull all the accessories together. It looks so well coordinated but natural too. I love the fluffy rug and the artwork that you have picked out. And you look so happy. Good luck with the birth x

  • Reply Vanessa January 27, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Hallo Holly!

    The room looks so lovely. Lucky boy!
    I would like where you got the little white basket
    with rattles inside. And don’t give the giraffe your
    Baby for chewing, it has really bad results in
    “Öko Test”.
    Wish you all the best for the birth and the special
    time after it. It s gonna be hard but there s
    nothing better!!!!!

    • Reply decor8 January 27, 2014 at 11:29 pm

      @Vanessa – it came from my friend, Jessy Senti, so it’s from America. Sorry but I don’t know where she got it.

  • Reply dawn January 27, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Your baby boy’s nursery looks beautiful! What an exciting time. It brought tears to my eyes thinking about how much fun I had decorating my son’s room. He will be graduating from high school this year :( The time flies. Try to enjoy every minute. It can be a little tough when you are sleep deprived, but you will have created quite the sanctuary for him :)

  • Reply Marta January 27, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    aaaaw it’s just perfect and you look absolutely gorgeous! <3

  • Reply Mariella January 27, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    It’s perfect! My best friend is expecting a baby and I was looking for some inspiration. Not surprising that I found it in your blog. Congrats on your 40 weeks!

  • Reply Lucy Chen January 27, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    This is very beautiful and looks so comfy for a new mother and her new baby! I’m very happy for you, Holly. All the best with your delivery of the baby.

  • Reply Elizabeth January 27, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Wow, and I mean wow! Everything looks fabulous!!! There is no point in decoration my nursery as we are set to move a few weeks after I give birth – which i’m kind of bummed about – but I’m so happy you were able to finish yours!!

  • Reply Wendy January 27, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    What a beautiful room! You did a great job, and you look gorgeous!

  • Reply Renee January 28, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Oh Holly – it’s amazing. Not that I thought anything less! Good luck with the birth… can’t wait to ‘meet’ him!

  • Reply Vikie January 28, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Ob ich erinnere gut, du versteht deutsch (und mein deutsch ist besser als mein Englisch ^^)
    Ich bin so stolz auf diese Zimmer und dein klein Baby zum kommen.
    Wirklich Klasse und diese Zimmer ganz fertig ist super niedlich, wirklich Klasse und es gibt einige Sache ich habe auf Dawanda gesehen ^^
    Alles gut für dich und dein Baby

  • Reply Sally January 28, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Such a beautiful and welcoming room for your baby. Can you please let me know where you got the yellow elephant. My grandson lost his precious elephant and I have not been able to find one similar for him until now. Thank you.

    • Reply decor8 January 28, 2014 at 8:54 am

      @sally – yellow elephant? I’m not sure I have one…. Or?

  • Reply Jennifer Bedenbaugh January 28, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Beautiful! And Barb is correct. I am SO excited to see the little houses make it into this stunning collection. I love everything about it. Where did you get the blanket on the chair? The one with the grey triangles on it.

    • Reply decor8 January 28, 2014 at 8:53 am

      @jennifer – yeah barb sent those to me when her book launched. The blanket is from ferm living.

  • Reply caroline @trend-daily January 28, 2014 at 12:47 am

    A wonderful room for your baby. Best of luck and enjoy both of you :-)

  • Reply Jessica Senti January 28, 2014 at 12:48 am

    I love every detail and you look beautiful Holly! It makes me so happy! :) xo

    • Reply decor8 January 28, 2014 at 8:58 am

      @Jessy – it was so much fun decorating with some of the gifts you sent over too. :) I love them all so much!

  • Reply Laura Wadsworth January 28, 2014 at 12:51 am

    Holly it is so, so, so perfect! All the little touches are fabulous!

  • Reply Tina Slocum January 28, 2014 at 12:52 am

    Dear Holly,
    Your Baby Boy’s nursery is absolutely divine! It is such a reflection of the love you and your husband share for your new arrival. I always love how every single piece in your rooms is an amazing design within itself and also adds such tremendous interest to the entire room. Your nursery is the perfect example of the best of Your talent because so much love is involved as well as your artistic and design gifts. The colors, the happiness, the serenity…..perfection!
    Happy Babyroom Holly xox

  • Reply Nicole Nicol January 28, 2014 at 12:58 am

    Hollly and Thorsten , it is a really beautiful tribute to you both . So many personal touches that mean so much.
    I had my boy after 11 yrs of marriage and we were really ready to take it on and just enjoy it all..and i know you will too.

    I am so proud to have my cloud quilt included in your special nursery and am so glad you love it. Now just can’t wait for the baby pics!!!

  • Reply Clarissa Conde January 28, 2014 at 1:41 am

    Lovely, as usual! You all will be very happy in this dreamy bedroom! I chose a Ferm Living wallpaper for my baby boy’s bedroom too! I live in Brazil and tried to find different artists to make his room special. I would love if you could check it out on my instagram (clarissaconde). It’s so cute!
    I love the light and all the accents in your baby’s room! So nice!
    Hope you have an wonderful due!

  • Reply Carrie Hampton January 28, 2014 at 1:59 am

    Holly ….
    That nursery is total perfection, as I knew it would be. I’ve been looking forward to seeing the big revel & it was totally worth the wait. So precious & relaxing.

    I know that sweet little love of yours is going to enjoy years & years of fun in a room that his mommy / daddy made so lovingly for him.

    Wishing you all the best for a safe & easy delivery!

  • Reply Sadie January 28, 2014 at 2:07 am

    Such a gorgeous baby boy room. I had to comment –I have two sons and my second received the same black and white BlaBla dog that you have pictured inside the crib–“Licorice”. It is his absolute favorite “lovey” and he still carries it everywhere even though he is now just 6. They are the most amazing cuddly lovies.
    Wishing you all the happiness in the world as you welcome your son to the world.

  • Reply Bee January 28, 2014 at 2:11 am

    The room turned out great, Holly! Thank you for sharing your process and resources. My friends and their babies would love this. Best wishes!

    Thorsten – great job on the Star Wars display! My eyes immediately went straight to C-3PO and R2-D2 in the second photo.

  • Reply dana gault January 28, 2014 at 2:15 am


    That’s Sophie Giraffe, made in France since 1961 and a super trendy toy here in the US. The company had to stop selling it in Germany because it exceeds its limits for nitrosatable substances. There was a whole legal issue about it but it is banned where you live,Holly, so you may want to keep it on that shelf!
    Your son is one lucky little dude to have such a beautiful room made with love…all the very best to your little family <3

    • Reply decor8 January 28, 2014 at 8:50 am

      I bought Sophie in Germany – she is sold everywhere here so I think it’s been modified to current standards!

  • Reply Brian January 28, 2014 at 2:37 am

    Yow! Nice job! Mind if I ask where the animal head above the dresser is from? So unique!

    Best of luck with your little boy! We have a two and a half year old and a second on the way (actually we are 3 days past the due date as of today!!). Boys are a ton of fun and keep you going non-stop :)

    • Reply decor8 January 28, 2014 at 8:51 am

      @Brian – it’s from Abigail Brown in London. :)

  • Reply samantha hahn January 28, 2014 at 3:06 am

    beyond stunning! I’m speechless.

  • Reply Jessica January 28, 2014 at 3:34 am

    Absolutely adorable Holly! I love all of the little animal prints and stuffed animals – and the garland looks so great on the wall.

    You must be truly ecstatic to bring this bundle of joy into your world. All of the best to you and for a safe delivery!

  • Reply Dana @ House*Tweaking January 28, 2014 at 3:36 am

    Oh, Holly! The nursery is perfect. I can definitely see your style shining through but it’s totally kid-friendly. Can’t wait to see more of your beautiful apartment. Nothing but well wishes for you, your husband and soon-to-be new baby!!

  • Reply Samira January 28, 2014 at 3:56 am

    wow!! amazing!! congrats!!!!

  • Reply Kate @ Songs Kate Sang January 28, 2014 at 4:09 am

    Oh Holly, it is absolutely stunning! You did an outstanding job!

  • Reply anna January 28, 2014 at 4:31 am

    it looks absolutely beautiful,what a lovely peaceful room!!all the best of luck,can’t wait to see your little one!(as i have a little girl i can’t help to think :what would she have done with a girls room???,maybe sometime in the future:)

  • Reply anastasia January 28, 2014 at 4:43 am

    it looks amazing Holly – well done to you both…so great to get the decorating out of the way before the baby arrives!!

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente January 28, 2014 at 5:29 am

    What do I think?! I think it is absolutely perfect!!! Love every little detail and you are all going to be so happy making memories in that room. SO happy for you hunnie & when he is born & you share his name, I will send you a little mama gift from me. Any day now! YAY!!!

  • Reply kristina January 28, 2014 at 6:53 am

    This room is beyond beautiful…I hope your baby will enjoy every minutes
    in it. Wishing you all the best!


  • Reply Katja January 28, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Looks so cute, and practical also! You must be excited right now, wish you luck!

  • Reply Tammy January 28, 2014 at 7:39 am

    I love how the baby’s room came out! Great job with the muted colors and cute decor – your hard work paid off!

  • Reply Gertrud January 28, 2014 at 8:04 am

    What a lovely and cosy room waiting for Mr Babyboy. We have a very similar waxed oak floaring in our rooms and I can report it takes Bobbycars, crayons and dirty wet shoes very well. Thats comfort in your life being a family! Give Thorsten a hug for the lovely pregnancy pictures shortly before birth – I have some but honestly I look like a balloon ready to burst, so thats a treasure too. Have a good birth and a calm start at home after delivery. Take care

  • Reply Fenny Setiawan January 28, 2014 at 8:05 am

    I enjoyed the baby room’s tour so much. I love the fact that you decorate with neutral color. Also you look absolutely gorgeous in your 40th week, Holly. All the best for delivery, I pray all will be smooth and soon you will cuddle your bundle of joy. Not forgetting your hubby, indeed is the best husband in the world :)

  • Reply Irene January 28, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Your baby’s room is really cozy and beautiful now – such a light yet colorful room. I love it.
    Good luck for the next days!

  • Reply Liza January 28, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Wauw! How nice!
    Good luck Holly!

  • Reply Elena Ineichen January 28, 2014 at 9:17 am

    What I love is that your decorating scheme is timeless, Serene, subtle and yet playful. I particularly love the wallpaper. I really wish you and your family-to-be all the happiness in the world!

  • Reply Adri January 28, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Love the room and you look beautiful too!

  • Reply Emma Harris January 28, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Well done! This room is stunning! Your baby is so lucky! Have you considered adding a table? I think a nursery could use one. They should come in handy for various tasks.

    • Reply decor8 January 28, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      @Emma – when he is a toddler we will replace the black eames rocker with a small table and two chairs. :)

  • Reply Mnêmosunê January 28, 2014 at 9:27 am

    It is sooooo lovely !
    I love the colors, the brightness, the peace in this room.
    Wish you the best for this adventure !

  • Reply Yvonne Eijkenduijn January 28, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Oh Holly and Thorsten, you guys did an amazing job!! I want to move in!! I can’t get enough of it, beautiful.

    • Reply decor8 January 28, 2014 at 10:56 am

      @Yvonne – wow Yvonne, thank you! You have such great taste, what a wonderful complement! :)

  • Reply andriana January 28, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Everything is so pretty and calm… including you! :)
    All the best for you and your family!

  • Reply Blanche January 28, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Fantastic !

  • Reply Nina Holst // STYLIZIMO January 28, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Wow! It´s absolutely adorable! The colors, the furniture and all the cute little details… it´s perfect! I can see that you have had a lot of fun decorating this room as well as you have put a lot of LOVE into it.

  • Reply Deepa January 28, 2014 at 10:15 am

    What a wonderful nursery! Love the colors, all the little toys and details… just lovely! My daughter is 10 months and reading this post makes me feel inspired to give her room a little refresh.

    Btw, a little advance warning: at about the 4-5 month point, we had to take off the things on the wall as she started pulling at them during diaper changes! A little mobile on the ceiling is a great help for keeping them distracted.

    All the best wishes for your baby’s birth!

  • Reply ellis & higgs January 28, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Dear Holly,
    your baby boy’s nursery came out so very beautiful.! Everything is absolutely adorabel, so sweet and welcoming…! All the best for the three of you! You have the most exciting and beautiful times ahead…

  • Reply Sally January 28, 2014 at 10:58 am


    Sorry for confusing you but I meant yellow giraffe and I see you have responded to this request from Katharina already. Thank you.

    • Reply decor8 January 28, 2014 at 10:59 am

      @Sally – oh no problem! I kept thinking about your question and wondering about it! :)

  • Reply Gemma January 28, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Lovely!!!! except the pompom garland… might be a strangling hazard.

    • Reply decor8 January 28, 2014 at 11:47 am

      @gemma – It’s just on the wall for the photos and until he is walking and will be hung above the window after he’s running around, so no worries.

  • Reply Michaela January 28, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Your baby boy room is sooo nice and loveley.
    I wish you only the best. Have a nice start as a family.
    lovely greetings…

  • Reply jja January 28, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    First of all you look beautiful! I wish I would have photos of my mom being pregnant with me.
    And…those pregnant mom hormons should be available all the time, in small bottles and for reasonable price.
    Baby room is also great. Raufaser wallpaper ist really horrible, I do not understand that german love. The same for laminat. I know it is cheap and easy DIY thing, but anyway.
    I didn’t see linoleum in Altbau until now. Who had this criminal idea?
    It sounds really expensive to pay 800 € per room for walls, even without any “real” and more in deep work.
    My most fav for the baby room, the way you used wallpaper which is just great, bunny lamp, mix of ald and new, the crib.

    I start to decorate when all the furniture is in, that wy I have a better overview of the final product.

  • Reply Abigail Brown January 28, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Really beautiful Holly, and delighted to see my wolf head making an appearance. the very best wishes for your fast approaching parenthood!

  • Reply Gretchen January 28, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Holly, your little boy’s nursery turned out so wonderful! It looks like such a happy and warm place for him. I know you are going to make so many wonderful memories in that space. I am so happy for you and Thorsten, you are going to be the most amazing parents to your little guy. And I feel so blessed that you have the gifts I sent you scattered throughout his space. It really warms my heart to see this. XO and many blessings to you!

  • Reply Sarah @ *Tadaam! January 28, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Fantastic decoration, I love these colors ! This room is full of lovely things and details, I really admire your taste !

  • Reply selina Lake January 28, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Hi Holly
    What a gorgeous room you have created for your very lucky baby boy! and lovely photo’s your husband has captured. I hope you are keeping well. I love the star wars toys in box frame where did you get it from?? My husband would love that! all best wishes, Selina x

    • Reply decor8 January 28, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      @selina – Hello! My husband made it. He bought a RIBBA frame from IKEA in white, cut out a new background, used vintage star wars figures and secured them using tiny pieces of double-sided tape on each of their feet and that’s it! He also has a vintage Luke and Leia in another to give to our boy when he is older, then dark vadar and a few other “pairs” to give him as time goes by. It’s really fun and easy to make!

  • Reply Holly {Avenue} January 28, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL, Holly and Thorsten! You guys are such a wonderful team. Thinking of you both over the next exciting few weeks as you welcome baby Becker into the world. Hugs from NL! Holly xoxo

  • Reply Lisbeths January 28, 2014 at 2:45 pm


    cant wait to be a grandma ;) ( onlf for this room design)


  • Reply Elenor January 28, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    I’ve recently found your blog and love all the beautiful photos and inspiring ideas. You just made me remember how euphoric I was around the birth of my kids (now already eight and six!) You have a fantastic, mind boggling, beautiful time ahead that will fill your heart to the brim with love. I wish you all the best! Love and happiness from Sweden,

  • Reply christine e-e January 28, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Holly & Thorsten… your baby’s room is sooo peaceful & exudes a feeling of calmness! I have no doubt you’ll retreat to this room for feedings & to rock your son. Your descriptions of the decor make me smile. I can tell how much fun it was to create this space. Do enjoy your first weeks basking in the natural light, rocking, changing & feeding your son. Perhaps your new post will be the one telling us he’s arrived. Relax in these last few days… Get “out & about” even if it’s cold… you will want to snuggle in when the baby comes.

    • Reply decor8 January 28, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      @christine e-e Hello! Thank you so much for the advice to get out and take a walk! I went out today and took a lovely walk, went shopping, stopped at a cafe for chai latte and a small sandwich, then walked home and feel so invigorated now. I was indoors for a week since it got so snowy and icy and I didn’t want to risk falling – but now that the sidewalks are clear and the ice is gone and the sun is out full blown, it was time to get out. I plan to do the same each day until the baby comes – just to keep my health and spirits up! Such good advice, thank you again!

  • Reply Stephanie January 28, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    The room looks fab! Love the new floors, and those cute boxes with faces are killing me – so freakin’ cute!

  • Reply KIRARIK January 28, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Oh wow, this before/after is mazing! The oak floor is so beautiful – makes a huge difference. Love it!

  • Reply Celine H January 28, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Wow! Looks adorable. Good luck to both of you with the whole adventure and the future

  • Reply Jocelyn Casey January 28, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Oh my goodness, Holly and Thorsten! WOW! What an amazing transformation taking place within you and the baby’s calm and serene space. Your work is as always, impeccable and done with such attention to detail. Thorsten’s photography is AMAZING! I am so happy for you and wish you all the best for this new adventure…bring on baby! Jocelyn xx

  • Reply Jenni January 28, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Wow, this is a beautiful room, so many thoughtful touches. It look really fun but the overall colour is so calming. Sending you good birth vibes. All the very best!

  • Reply Franca Neuburg January 28, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    What a charming home the ant bear and his friends belong to now . Lucky them. Absolutely lovely.
    Have a fantastic time getting to know each other. Many greetings and best wishes!

  • Reply dana gault January 28, 2014 at 5:28 pm


    I bought Sophie in Germany – she is sold everywhere here so I think it’s been modified to current standards!

    Oh great Holly, I adore that Sophie and I hear lots of babies love to nibble at her! You are glowing, BTW–pregnancy suitsyou,but I bet you’re ready to get that boy

    • Reply decor8 January 28, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      @Dana and others worried about Sophie – seems the ones sold after 2012 are fine: “The Chemische und Veterinäruntersuchungsamt Stuttgart (CVUA) reproduced Öko-Test’s claims resulting in the German Technischer Überwachungsverein (TÜV) safety agency pressing charges against Vulli, and Öko-Test restored the online report to their web site. Vulli responded by recalling Sophie the Giraffe and similar products from German retailers, and offering to exchange it with one produced on or after March 2012, which Vulli says adhere to the stricter German limit”

  • Reply dana gault January 28, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Sorry Holly, my fat fingers sent too soon…meant to say ‘get that boy out already’. Hope you continue to feel well. Best wishes and xxxooo!

    • Reply decor8 January 28, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      @Dana – My mother emailed me and said the same thing!!!!!

  • Reply Tracy A. January 28, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    How very wonderful, every last bit of it! Thinking of you…..

  • Reply Laura January 28, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Congrats Holly! It looks gorgeous – a charming, calming place to be. You’ve done a lot in such a short amount of time – anyone who has renovated a house knows how much work its taken, so well done you! All the very best for the birth and looking forward to seeing pics of your little man soon! X

  • Reply atclenk January 28, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    wow – just gorgeous! you look amazing, too!! i’m just starting to get a nursery together for my upcoming baby boy (32 weeks now), this is great inspiration. i love the look of the flokati rug but will be curious to see how it fares for you. i had one in my daughter’s room but it shed so much that i had to get rid of it. when they are in the laying on the floor/rolling around/crawling stage all the shedding was just so attractive to her, i was constantly having to intercede to make sure she didn’t choke on it. in retrospect, that was a short time period and i probably should have just stored it away until she grew out of the “put everything in my mouth” stage, rather than getting rid of it altogether. just a word of caution. best of luck in the coming days and early days of being a new mom!!!!

    • Reply decor8 January 28, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      @atclenk – Yes totally – it sheds when you roll around on it – for sure! We already decided that it will go in another room in about a year once he is running around… For now, we’ll lay a quilt down and he can get cozy on the rug and feel safe and warm – it’s definitely not a long term rug for a child’s room but I knew that when I bought it – I want to use it in my office or bedroom or guest bedroom eventually… In his room, I will get a flat weave rug so the surface is stable and flat so he can race little cars and play with his blocks, legos, etc. You can’t race cars on a flokati!!!!

  • Reply Sweetshade Lane January 28, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Super beautiful and awesome and wonderful. You, the room, everything. Thank you for sharing this precious journey!! Wishing you a wonderful birth experience, can’t wait to see your little guy! xxoo

  • Reply NellG January 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    WOW! it is cool, fresh and fun! I love all of the small details! Lucky boy! I wish you guys all the best! I have three sons. It is hard work but they mean a world to me.

  • Reply Samantha January 28, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    This is so exciting! You look beautiful – you are glowing! :)

    Alles Gute! You are already a wonderful mama…enjoy the whole experience!

  • Reply MiriamEgidoRamos January 28, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Nice, nice! I really like the wallpaper around the window

  • Reply All you need is home January 28, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    I love this bedroom, it is wonderful!

  • Reply Sarah @ Mocha January 28, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    The nursery is beautiful – so many thoughtful touches. And you look absolutely stunning too! I wish you everything of the best for the birth x

  • Reply Lindsay Doherty January 28, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Holly, the nursery is simply beautiful, well done! I am a total worry-wort but I couldn’t have had anything with a cord hanging above my two babies cribs, as I wouldn’t have been able to sleep for worrying that it would have fallen off in the night and got caught round baby’s neck, but maybe that’s just me… Anyway, I’m sure you’ve fixed it up really well but just thought I’d mention it…

    • Reply decor8 January 28, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      @Lindsay – Yeah, you are a worry-wort LOL. But thanks for your concern even though your comment is sorta depressing. He’ll sleep with a baby monitor once he’s in there after 6 months of being in his bassinet in our bedroom. He won’t die of strangulation — that’s what watchful parents are for, right?

  • Reply Emily January 28, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    So lovely! Where can I find that fox paper mache mask? Thanks!

    • Reply decor8 January 28, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      @emily – google abigail brown

  • Reply Alison Gibb January 28, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Seriously lovely!! So envious – when my baby boy was born – 16 years ago now – we lived in a lovely flat but without a ‘babies room’ he just slept with us – as yours will too. Then we moved to a small house and of course once you are running around after a toddler there was little spare time for decorating, so his room remained terribly ‘unresolved’ until well after my daughter was born – yes went through it all again…eventually they both had lovely rooms – but I can definitely remember a few hideous ‘camping years’…you are quite right to do it all in advance xxx

  • Reply Jamie W. January 28, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Wow! I’d say you did a fantastic job! That’s a sweet, darlin’ room for a baby and the most important thing is there, the rocking chair! Now, you can sit back and wait for the best time of your life. As they say “I’m rocking’ my baby, and babies don’t wait!” Savor every second you have with him! Best wishes.

  • Reply Kim January 28, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    It’s SO BEAUTIFUL! You did such a great job! Can’t wait to see baby pictures!

  • Reply Silvia January 28, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    It looks beautiful Holly. I am so glad for you that it’s all done and ready before your baby boy arrives home, what a lovely space you have created. Wishing you all the very best for the birth and the new chapter of life waiting around the corner. Thanks for sharing with us. x

  • Reply Lisa Barton January 28, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Super job Holly you’ve worked really hard and with much love invested :) interestingly enough I have never decorated or accessorised any of my 4 girls rooms before I’ve met them then I’ve had the luxury of time and prolonged enjoyment of being able to select colour schemes and accessories that match their evolving personalities :) for instance my first daughter is very girly and loves pink & purple- my second daughter hates pink n purple opting for sea greens and goals instead! Imagine being stuck in a room that oozed pink when all you cared for was blue ;) likewise with accessories – not always my first choice has ended up in my shopping cart but more something that reflects their personality and is representative . Good luck girls the days ahead – and fingers crossed your baby boy enjoys his room as much as you have!

    • Reply decor8 January 28, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      @Lisa Barton – A baby doesn’t have decorating ideas but since I have to spend hours in the room each day feeding and caring for him, I want to feel good in the room and also want it to be lovely for visitors, family, the midwife and my husband – I didn’t want it to look like a lonely room devoid of personality and love. We also wanted to inject character into the room and things that we love as his parents – things from our childhood, special items we hand-picked while I was pregnant, gifts from friends… So someday we can show him photos of this space and tell him about all of the love that went into building it. When my mother showed me photos of my nursery when I was a late teen, I was so excited to see it. It really impacted me – I couldn’t believe the love she put into it and the things that my aunt and she had made for me and the toys my father bought. It was touching. So I wanted to do what my mother did and make the room special. Once he is older and HAS decorating ideas, he will tell us and the room will be repainted and he can do as he pleases – just as I was allowed to do when I was around 5 or 6 and started to take a keen interest in decorating. I am SO HAPPY I created this room for him with my dear husband and love what we’ve accomplished together, maybe if you have a 5th child you can try it to see how good it feels, too. :)

  • Reply Sarah January 28, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Hi Holly! Everything is so lovely. I really enjoyed looking at the whole process. Congratulations again on your new bundle of joy! It’s all so exciting. Now hopefully you can relax a bit as wait for your little one to arrive.:)

  • Reply Hillary Courson January 28, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    My favorite piece in the room is the wallpaper! Let’s go fly a kite!

    The pictures of you are wonderful too!

    Best wishes to you for an easy delivery!

  • Reply merilyn January 28, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    ever sooo cute holly! such a visual room your baby will be happy in there.
    I noticed the star wars art work and thought what a boy thing! … nicely presented by your husband … cute! … and you look radiant! … what a huge job to undertake … what you do for love! lol m:)x

  • Reply Penny Patten-Bryant January 28, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    I Love the Baby’s room! The colors are wonderful, a long with the sweet wallpaper, the floors and the furniture. Every thing fits nice together. You can see all the Love and Care that went into decorating it. There is nothing more precious than a new Baby. Congrats and best wishes! I look forward to hearing about his arrival and see pictures.

  • Reply Sarah January 28, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    What a sweet room! It looks great and I particularly love that little Star Wars homage with R2D2 – that is adorable. You have a lot of personal items, which makes it even more unique and I love the wallpaper. Good luck!! xo

  • Reply Julieta January 29, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Love it. all, except for the new floor, why? The old one was so nice!

    • Reply decor8 January 29, 2014 at 9:37 am

      @Julieta – you’re kidding right? Did you read about the previous floor?

  • Reply Susan Medyn January 29, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Oh greetings from Boston! What a perfect way to greet your little one. I am so thrilled for you! Your design sense is delightful.

  • Reply Tijana January 29, 2014 at 1:22 am

    Such a beautiful & calming room!!!

    I have a question for you. I see that you have what looks like tilt & turn windows. Is the Roman Shade meant to come all the way down? What about the handle on the window getting in the way? The previous owners of my house put in these awesome windows (they’re really great quality) but they are a pain in the butt to decorate around. There is no windowsill to speak of and any sort of blind would definitely hit the handle if just hung above the window. Plus since I”m in Canada and this type of window is really uncommon here finding something that works seems to be impossible!

    • Reply decor8 January 29, 2014 at 9:36 am

      @Tijana – the roman shade will mount outside of the window. The windows both tilt in and open by swinging out into the room (like a door).

  • Reply Shannon January 29, 2014 at 1:42 am

    This is a beautiful space where I’m sure you will create many found memories with your baby boy. The colors are soothing yet cheerful and the textures are scrumptious! Enjoy your new space and your new baby.

  • Reply megan tippet January 29, 2014 at 2:47 am

    Very cool! x

  • Reply Radish January 29, 2014 at 3:13 am

    Can’t wait for the new baby photos. You made a beautiful nursery to bring the baby to. Love wishes for the new family

  • Reply alison January 29, 2014 at 4:13 am

    adorable and perfect!

  • Reply Christine Hicks January 29, 2014 at 5:33 am

    I love reading your blog every time it comes to my email and I couldn’t wait to see your sweet babies new room! The room is so wonderful! It’s so unique and i love all the cute animals everywhere, they really make it a warm happy room! The colors are just amazing and wonderfully put together. Such an exciting time for you guys and your baby boy will really love his new room! Thanks for sharing your joy and life with everyone, I really look forward to your new posts. :-)

  • Reply Christine Hicks January 29, 2014 at 5:52 am


    You are so right Holly, you and your baby will spend tons of time in his new room and I can’t imagine anyone not being happy to be in his nursery! It is so cheerful and all babies, toddlers, and young kids like animals, whether they are stuffed or in pictures. You were super wise to buy items that will grow with your baby and as you have already, moved things from one room to another depending on where it will most be used. Planning a nursery is what any excited parent would do when pregnant; to me it would be one a the most happy times in my life and I think it would be weird not to want to decorate your expecting babies room! Jealousy can rear its ugly head sometimes for people when others are happy. My brother and I still have so many wonderful items from when we were babies. My mom just found my brother’s Ranger Rick stuffed animal and he was so excited when she sent it to him. I’m glad you guys are enjoying every minute of it, it goes by so fast!

  • Reply Anna January 29, 2014 at 6:15 am

    All I can say is that, you’re amazing. The room is so beautiful. You made it all come true.

  • Reply Laurence W January 29, 2014 at 7:45 am

    It’s so lovely ! Great job ! And you look fantastic !

  • Reply Cara Lee January 29, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I am just in love with your baby boy’s room Holly. Each and every single choice you made is perfect!

  • Reply Mike Konieczny January 29, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Your balanket reminded me of a Taggie. My nephew loves the taggie because it is just a soft flece fabric with ribbons on it. He will now take just about any blanket with a “tag” on it when he sleeps.

    It is all how you trane them in the first few months that might impact them for a few years.

  • Reply Wrenaissance Art January 29, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Lovely nursery–so serene with just enough baby cuteness. :-)
    Wishing you and your husband all the best in this wonderful adventure you are embarking on!

  • Reply Celine H January 29, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I just saw these adorable chairs and thought how great they’d look in a nursery – I remember growing up with a little white chair that was passed down all my sisters as children, its such a nice hand-me-down.

  • Reply Nicky King January 29, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Wow – that is one of the most stunning nurseries I have seen! :) I am a big fan of Ferm Living – and you have pulled it all together in such a smart, sophisticated way. He’s one lucky little boy. Congrats on this very special time!

  • Reply uli January 29, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Wow, my favorite is the school chart but all the colors are really nice. (May I suggest to remove the lovely felt ball rug from the vicinity of the changing table… You want believe what babies can do.)

    • Reply decor8 January 30, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      @Uli – Sure you can suggest it but that rug is going to keep my feet nice and warm this winter so it’s staying put for now!!! :) ;)

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  • Reply lisa January 29, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Dear Holly,
    what a great job you’ve done! these pics are simply gorgeous, all of them, I looove the wallpaper pattern, which is definetely your style! I love avery single piece, you little bug is a very lucky one!
    so hope you’ll be fine, can’t wait to see and read abour your new life with a baby.
    Much Love
    tanti baci a te

  • Reply Stine January 29, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    What a nice room.. I hope you’ll have a great birth.

    I have one question – where is the knitted teddy (the black with dotes) with an eye-patch from? I have been searching for it, but I can’t seem to find it.

    • Reply decor8 January 30, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      @Stine – bla bla kids

  • Reply Sheri Shay January 29, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    You look beautiful, the room looks adorable !!!
    Eagerly awaiting your new arrival.I’m so excited !

  • Reply Mimi January 29, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    The baby’s room is colorful yet calm. Perfect for peaceful time with your baby.

  • Reply Julieta January 29, 2014 at 10:59 pm


    Oh God It`s vinyl? I did not notice! Now I see, dah!

  • Reply Marianne January 30, 2014 at 5:27 am

    I love the decoration of the nursery. What I love about it is that it doesn’t necessarily say boy or girl nursery, like some nurseries. And as I commented before on IG I love the Star Wars memorabilia and that your husband is passing on that love.
    Of cause I noticed that your post and some items in the room are sponsored. I don’t mind, as you genuinely love them and I know you certainly would not have used them if you didn’t. The reason why I ask is because sponsored posts seem to be the trend at the moment. I thought about that when I read your post first and last night I read Grace Bonney’s essay State of the Blog Union and to be honest I wonder how you think about the changes taking place in blogland. Maybe you can do a blogpost about it (if you have the time)!

    • Reply decor8 January 30, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      @Marianne – Great question! Yes, sponsored content has been a trend for a few years now – actually at least 5 years. This was the first post in the my 8 years of blogging that has ever been sponsored and I did it because when I announced my pregnancy I was offered so many free products to use in the room and I felt uncomfortable accepting them. So I didn’t. I turned down so many things over the past 9 months!

      When planning the room, I decided to approach companies that had the larger items that I had picked out on my mood board to see if they’d offer me a “trade discount” or some reduction in price and I was fully budgeted and prepared to pay. I received trade discounts when I had my design practice in Boston and typically everything was discounted between 40-50% – that’s how you make your “real” money as a designer working with clients after all. So I contacted companies here and told them that I wanted to order this or that piece from them, and what discount could they offer me as I am a stylist? A stylist typically get products for free that they then return OR they get discounts on products that they don’t return and decide to keep – especially if that styling job yielded great press for the company.

      To my surprise, the companies I asked for the trade discount wrote me back and said how excited they were to work with me and would actually love to work with me by sending the product at no cost. At first, I felt really uncomfortable about it but after the first few offers came in, I decided to negotiate and say, “Well I will take the product at no cost, but I want to do this this and that in return for you in return so we’re on the same page”. So negotiations began. As a result, I got the products that I love and didn’t have to sell my soul in the process. I work very hard to keep all of my business dealings above the bar. That’s just me and my style. I’m happy I did it!

  • Reply kelsey January 30, 2014 at 5:34 am

    Love, love, love!

    What a gorgeous nursery!


  • Reply Annie January 30, 2014 at 6:46 am

    It’s beautiful Holly, as are you! Enjoy the next few months, they fly by!

    PS, the wallpaper is so cute- I want some for myself!

  • Reply Olga January 30, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Holly, very lovely.

    But baby will not feel lonely?
    Best wishes

    • Reply decor8 January 30, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      @Olga – No, he’ll sleep in a little bassinet next to our bed for the first 4-6 months. :)

  • Reply Diana January 30, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    just as an info:….it’s “Sophie la Giraffe”. The producer has taken that specific lot out of circulation, after it god a bad review in Öko-Test.
    Animals made after January 2012 are apparently safe….here’s a link:

    Wonderfully harmonious baby room: Cozy and at the same time reduced and clutterfree. Wish you all the luck and many happy hours in that room. (Enjoy the tidiness until your son is going to apply his own styling visions ;))

  • Reply lizzie mackay January 30, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    What a wonderful haven Holly! So much fun but also in the middle of the night when the world is quiet and it’s just you and your baby it will be the most loving and peaceful place.
    A little question… Where did you get the neon lighting bolt cushion…it’s fab and would great in my older boy’s room.
    Wishing you many happy days still to come! :-)))

    • Reply decor8 January 30, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      @lizzie mackay – From Ferm Living – it’s the best, isn’t it? :)

  • Reply All you need is home January 30, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    It’s wonderful! Congratulations for this post

  • Reply Rita January 30, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    What a beautiful nursery!!!! I think it`s really trendy and yet timeless, peacefull.
    I follow you via bloglovin and i love you blog!!
    All the luck for you on this new stage as a blogger mom!!

  • Reply Sarah Derrig January 30, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    The nursery looks amazing. I absolutely love that you chose that mint colour rather than the stock standard blue. Congratulations.

  • Reply Michelle C January 30, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    I love everything!! But especially the fox bust on the wall. Where did you get it? Blessings to you and your expanding family!

    • Reply decor8 January 30, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      @Michelle C – Abigail Brown in London

  • Reply Magda January 30, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Holly, the nursery is so lovely that I want to move in myself! The toys are cute, the color palette soothing and I just want to lay down and relax on the flokati carpet. Too bad I am far away, otherwise I would pay you a visit right now! :)

  • Reply Nicky khan January 30, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Hi Holly
    Wish you all the best always
    Hope everything goes well for you and your beautiful baby boy!
    Enjoy the fabulous room with your precious little one.
    Looking forward to your good news!
    Love, best wishes and happiness xx
    Thinking of you…

  • Reply Victoria January 31, 2014 at 6:55 am

    What a beautiful start to life your baby boy will have! The room looks spectacular. I love reading your blog and was so excited to hear you were having a baby boy, I had a litte boy last year and had so much fun putting a nursery together – mostly out of gifts and items we already had. All the very best to you all.

  • Reply Helen January 31, 2014 at 7:28 am

    That room is amazing and you look amazing. Can’t wait to meet your little man. After having two
    Boys myself they are so amazing. Good luck with the birth and enjoy every moment.

  • Reply Nicole L January 31, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    What a serene lovely room, I can imagine how nice it will be to spend time in there with your little one when he arrives. Adore the touches you’ve added with the ribbons throughout, so sweet!

  • Reply Zuzana January 31, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    The nurserie is just gorgeous. It is going to be one lucky baby boy :)
    Can I ask ,what tool or web do you use to create mood board like one on your photos? Thanks and good luck :)

    • Reply decor8 February 1, 2014 at 10:02 am

      @Zuzana – I use Photoshop.

  • Reply Christina February 1, 2014 at 12:07 am

    So very sweet! If only their rooms alway stayed so tidy. Just remember to have them help you pick up their room as soon as they are able to and they will be so good about picking up as they grow. I am so glad I had my son start small. Now all I have to say is “Clean up your room or else I will, and you know what happens when I clean your room…” “You throw it away.” That’s right! :)

  • Reply Sarah-Jane Kurtini February 2, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    What a gorgeous room. Fingers crossed your little man will enjoy having lovely, long sleeps in it. x

  • Reply Julie Kinnear February 3, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    What a wonderful room! A boy being born into this environment is a lucky boy :)!

  • Reply Mina February 3, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    It all turned out beautifully! So much thought and love. You can feel it coming through the screen. Congrats! You look amazing too!! Wish I looked like that when I was approaching the end of my pregnancy! Again, bravo on the nursery!

  • Reply Riikka February 3, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Your baby’s room is so adorable and I especially love all the art and fun stuff on the walls! I’d like to ask whose prints are the animal-prints (badger, fox, lion..), they are fantastic!

    • Reply decor8 February 4, 2014 at 10:13 am

      @Riikka – Sensi Design in Germany

  • Reply Erin February 3, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    My due date, January 30th, has come and gone and this is the most relaxing day I’ve had in the last week – perhaps the calm before the (happy) storm? I’m beginning the induction process tomorrow night and couldn’t be more excited to meet our little boy.. As I’ve been waiting, last minute nursery decorating and attention to details has kicked into high gear. I remember having different wall-hung marionettes when I was little and the anteater/elephant character wearing the blue outfit brought back memories! Would you mind sharing where he is from? Good luck to you as you await your little boy!

    • Reply decor8 February 4, 2014 at 10:13 am

      @Erin – He is from Zensi Design in Germany :)

  • Reply Lily February 4, 2014 at 6:16 am

    Holly, what a gorgeous nursery! I love how simple and gender neutral it is while still being full of personality and mixing old with new. Obviously it was very much a labour of love! Wishing you only joy in the coming weeks with your new little man :)

  • Reply zhi / curiouszhi February 4, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Gorgeous work Holly! Everything looks so amazing, can’t believe what the room looked like in the “before” photos. Also, on a side note, I’m a Star Wars geek, so that little framed C3PO & R2D2 toys made me smile so much.

    Good luck with the baby! So happy for you and Thorsten!

  • Reply christiana February 5, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Love, love love, Holly! So excited for you :)

  • Reply Gwen. The Makerista February 5, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Holly, this turned out just beautiful! Light and fresh, yet still playful. Thanks for sharing! We’ve used the Sparrow through two little ones now and it really is just a wonderful piece of furniture. Sturdy but not bulky and the height is great.

    How exciting! I’m sure it’s starting to feel more real with all of the details coming together!

  • Reply Sabrina C. February 7, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Oohhh i love this space!! Wonderful1

  • Reply Amanda February 11, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Every touch in this room is so beautiful…just perfect…you must be so super excited to make this nursery a lived in room with your new bubs xx

  • Reply ursula | room to bloom February 11, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Holly, you’ve done an AMAZING job and the room will no doubt be an inspiration to some of my clients! A beautiful, calming yet playful little space for your little Aidan to grow into. All the health and happiness to you and your family! x

  • Reply Angel February 15, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Your excitement is contagious. The room looks fantastic. He’s a very lucky boy. The colour pallet you have chosen works really well and I love that you guys did it together and have put items from your hubby’s childhood.

    I only finished my baby girl’s nursery a couple of weeks ago and she’s already six months. It’s been the most enjoyable experience for me. I’ve loved every minute of it.

  • Reply Emma @ My Home Rocks February 17, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I absolutely adore this nursery decor! The wallpaper is gorgeous and I love the furniture and accessories, especially the cute face storage boxes. The scheme is very different to the one I have just completed for my own baby boy’s room but I would be more than happy here too :D Beautiful!

  • Reply Amanda Schaumburger February 19, 2014 at 8:31 am

    So light, airy, and gorgeous! Those wood floors are to die for as well- perfection.

  • Reply Amy Timbrell - Everything Begins February 21, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Ohhh Holly, this room is so divine, I love it! I just loved seeing the Animal Head Sculpture by Abigail Brown.
    Enjoy your baby, I have a two year old and he is the best thing ever! Amy

  • Reply Chloe March 19, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Lovely! May I ask you where does the card “Special Delivery” come from?
    Best regards

  • Reply Amanda April 4, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Love it! Where did you get the lighting bolt pillow??

    • Reply decor8 April 5, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      @Amanda – I bought it from Ferm Living

  • Reply Penny April 30, 2014 at 2:29 am

    A truly beautiful room. Well done.

  • Reply Lou May 4, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Beautiful nursery Holly and congratulations on the birth of your baby boy. Can you remember where you got the light pendant?

    • Reply decor8 May 6, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      @Lou – Yes at HKLiving in Amsterdam.

  • Reply Lucy Sweeney May 11, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Hi holly, where is the star cushion from? I am looking for nursery ideas for my twins’ room ready of their arrival in July. I love the cushion!

  • Reply Zebarella May 21, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Oh my gosh! I loved it, the colours, textures and furniture all work so well.

  • Reply Fabiana August 28, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    hi, I’d like to know where is the “moon against the black sky” from.

    do you know the artist or know some tip for me to find out.

    it’s also for a baby boy nursery.

    thank you very much.

  • Reply Chloé September 29, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Dear Holly,
    I like the birth announcement “Express delivery” very much. Could you tell me where it comes from?


    • Reply decor8 September 29, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      @Chloe – I don’t know, it was a gift!

  • Reply Iba November 27, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Love love love the transformation!!

  • Reply Ricky March 18, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    The transformation is very cool. But, if the baby is a boy I will prefer robot than a giraffe.

  • Reply marta March 22, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Hello! this comment comes a year after the post was written but I have just discovered it. I am from Spain and i’m trying to find the perfect wallpaper for my baby’s nursery. I just LOVE your wallpaper and I would like to know where did you purchase it. Perhaps it is written somewhere above but I have read the post and comments through and through and haven’t found it.
    Many thanks and congratulations for your ( already grown) baby and for having such a fine taste.


  • Reply marta March 22, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Hi again!
    I have just found it, ferm living! I was blind not to see it. Thanks!

  • Reply Cathy | the Grit and Polish August 26, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    What a beautiful nursery, Holly! I love the lightness of it, the floors, and those windows! I’m not sure if you’re still responding to questions on this post, but I have to ask…where did you find that adorable whale sweatshirt that’s hanging on the armoire? I’ve got a baby boy due in a couple weeks and I think he NEEDS it! :) xoxo -Cathy

  • Reply Liz September 5, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Hi there,

    I was wondering if you could tell me what curtains/blinds you chose in the end? I’m going for a similar colour scheme to you and wondered if you went plain or patterned and whether you chose blinds or curtains.

    Thank you

  • Reply Rachel B October 8, 2015 at 4:27 am

    Hi Holly,
    I was wondering, now almost two years later, how everything held up.
    What changes did you make? What were the most practical / impractical elements to the room? Have you done an update? We’re preparing our nursery for our first baby girl. We’re also in Germany and American, so I love your perspective on everything and trust your advice :)

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