Simple Spring Home Refresh: Bringing the Outdoors In

Spring is here, the daffodils are in bloom, and Easter is just around the corner! It’s the perfect time to bring the outdoors in to brighten up our homes for the season. Today I am sharing how I have created simple spring garden style to refresh our home for spring. *This post contains affiliate links.


I am so excited to be joining several talented bloggers this week for the Blogger’s Best Spring Home Tours, graciously hosted by Kelly of The Tattered Pew and Mansa of This Is Simplicite. If you are coming over from Cottage in the Mitten, or if you are just visiting today, I am so happy to have you here!  All the tours from this week have been absolutely amazing! You will find the links to each tour full of spring inspiration at the end of this post.


Simple Spring Decorating Taking Cues from Nature

As always, I use nature as my main inspiration for seasonal decorating. When the dates for this tour were released I was so excited because I knew my daffodils would just be starting to bloom…and just as I expected, they are!


I also knew I would be starting back to in-person teaching this week after months of teaching virtually from home so I kept things much simpler this year with my spring refresh, especially in the kitchen. In the “breakfast nook” window seat I am using my favorite French botanical daffodil pillows and green velvet pillows along with my mainstay black and white ticking stripe pillows. The bistro table is small, so a simple pot of daffodils in bloom is all that is needed as a centerpiece to brighten up this already cheerful spot.



When sitting in the nook I can enjoy the view of daffodils out in the garden and kitchen at the same time! This is a perfect example of how I love to bring the outdoors in!


My son (who is turning big 16 on Sunday!) uses the table every evening for homework and snacks, so I didn’t want a bunch of little knick-knacks or decorative items that would have to be moved back and forth. The pot can easily be moved out of the way, and as the daffodils blooms begin to fade I will go ahead and plant them out in the garden. Although it is best to plant spring flowering bulbs in the fall, I have actually had very good luck planting potted daffodils and tulips in spring just after they have bloomed.


The year before last I purchased this planter full of forced daffodil bulbs that were already blooming in March. After they started to die back in late April I planted them out in the yard and they have bloomed beautifully the past two years! Gimme all the daffodils!!!!


As soon as I spotted the gorgeous French botanical daffodil pillows at TJ Maxx a couple of springs ago I just had to have them! Daffodils are some of my favorite flowers and I love decorating with them all spring long.


Early Spring Home Tour vintage spring vingette with daffodils and forysthia

Last year I used the pillows on my church pew in the dining room which was also decorated with daffodils as part of my Early Spring Home Tour. 



I am really loving the daffodil pillows on the window seat in the kitchen nook this year. They just add extra spring happiness to the kitchen!


French botanical daffodil pillow



A few daffodils just picked from the yard and a sweet little chicks vignette on the stove tie in with the fresh yellow and green colors in the  nook. The realistic faux pothos in the vintage copper pot will remain in the kitchen from spring through summer.




Yellow and green are definitely my favorite colors for early spring. As Easter approaches and spring moves forward, more pink, purple, blue, coral, and orange flowers and accents will start showing up in my spring decorating too.



The vintage china cabinet built-in and counter top area is also styled simply for spring and Easter. I will be adding more festive Easter touches this weekend which I will be share in a full spring kitchen tour next week.












I begin decorating with paperwhites after Christmas and continue the theme through early spring, when my great-grandmother’s heirloom paperwhites bloom in my garden. It is looking like they will bloom just in time for Easter this year! 



Nestled in the corner beside the built-in China cabinet is my French basket tray styled with my favorite chippy-shabby bunny and some other spring garden treasures. I have used several of these same spring decorative accessories for the past few years, but changing them up in different rooms or adding a few new elements gives them a fresh look each year. 



Cottage style Easter Vignette Beautiful spring dough bowl with moss balls, faux herbs, tulips and garden style elements

“Spring is in the Air” Dough Bowl Display






It was easy to style up the basket using things I already have instead of stressing with buying new spring decorations. You might even recognize the small rustic olive bucket with faux pothos and the little daffodil in the mossy egg from my dining room farm table centerpiece that I shared in my Vintage Cottage Style Spring Dining Room Refresh earlier this month. 


The kitchen and dining room are styled similarly with spring cottage garden style. Here, another another favorite shabby garden bunny is a focal point in my spring cloche centerpiece. Topiaries, moss spheres and other garden style elements line our 100+ year-old farm table, as simple nods to bringing the outdoors in for spring.


Vintage Cottage Style Spring Dining Room Refresh Highlights

Here are a few more photos of my spring dining room this year. You can check out my Spring Dining Room Refresh post for more photos and details about the decor and specific vignettes.




Spring Dining Room Decor Simple Farmhouse Spring Table styling Spring Cloche









The addition of a colorful new rug from Birch Lane gave the dining room a whole new look! I love having a neutral room and furnishings overall which allows me to play around with seasonal color.




I am still loving the beautiful faux flower arrangement I created using older faux florals I already had on hand. I will probably keep the bouquet on display until early summer.




Of course there are always layers upon layers of vintage treasures around our home, no matter the season! 




Early Spring Vignettes on an Antique Sideboard

I started off my spring decorating by “bringing the outdoors in” using cottage-garden style decorative accessories on my antique sideboard in the living room. 









Now that spring has actually arrived I can enjoy real birds and flowers outdoors and vintage cottage garden style outdoors too!


Earlier this week I celebrated spring’s arrival by creating A Simple Spring Tea with the Birds out on the patio. I temporarily borrowed my French basket tray from the kitchen to create a styled tray vignette as the centerpiece.


In addition to daffodils, I love simple spring decorating with forsythia branches.  Right now all the forsythia bushes are putting on a sunny spring show all around our neighborhood! I “foraged” a few cut branches to use as part of my centerpiece display along with ivy and pansies that will soon be planted in a spring urn on the front porch. 


It is almost just as fun “bringing the indoors out” for spring as it is “bringing the outdoors in!” There is just so much beauty to enjoy in this glorious season of rebirth and renewal!

Revelation 21:5 : And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.




I hope this post has left you feeling inspired with ideas for giving your home a simple spring refresh by bringing the outdoors in! Now it’s time to continue on with the beautiful spring home tours by heading over to Lora B Create and Ponder! It’s always a treat to see Lora’s unique seasonal decorating with vintage finds. Don’t forget to enjoy all the other beautiful posts via the links below!

Thanks for visiting and have a very happy spring and Easter!




*Affiliate Disclosure: If you purchase a suggested item, I may receive compensation at no additional cost to you. See my full affiliate disclosure for details.




Monday’s Tours

The Tattered Pew / Bricks n’ Blooms / Fiddle Leaf Interiors

Shiplap and Shells / Cottage On Bunker Hill / Sweet Pea

Tuesday’s Tours

The Ponds Farmhouse / My Thrift Store Addiction /Noting Grace

Open Doors Open Heart /The Flowering Farmhouse /Willow Bloom Home Blog

Wednesday’s Tours

DIY Beautify / This Is Simplicite / Up To Date Interiors

Robyn’s French Nest / Midwest Life and Style / Simply 2 Moms


Thursday’s Tours

Dabbling and Decorating / First Day of Home / Sand Dollar Lane 

The Farmhouse Life / Aratari At Home / Pasha Is Home


Friday’s Tours

White Arrows Home / Stonegable / Cottage In The Mitten

Follow The Yellow Brick Home/ Lora B Create & Ponder/ Lantern Lane Designs



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  • Reply Paula@SweetPea

    It is always a pleasure to visit your home, Amber! Like I always do, I slowly scrolled through your post admiring every single picture. I hope your first week of being back in the classroom went really well.

    March 26, 2021 at 6:34 am
    • Reply Aliya

      Amber!! I LOVE your daffodils!! They aren’t blooming here yet, but soon!! So soon!! Also, hearing about your grandmother heirloom paperwhites, reminds me that this Spring we are gonna attempt to transplant so lilac shoots from my husband’s grandfather’s farm!! So special have blooms with such rich meaning! Your home is beautiful girl! I love it!

      March 26, 2021 at 7:59 am
  • Reply Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

    I’m still in love with your gorgeous new kitchen and all the different ways you have decorated it so far. Beautiful spring tour Amber! I’m going back through to pin. 😊

    March 26, 2021 at 10:45 am
  • Reply Cindy

    Your home is always a favorite of mine. You had me at Daffodils. My heart was swooning looking at my favorite spring bulbs. Love your pillows and all your vintage touches.

    Thanks for always inspiring and of course I Pinned this tour.


    March 26, 2021 at 11:20 am
  • Reply Cecilia

    Amber, I love all of your sunny daffodils, but that little chick vignette is my favorite! Pinned and sharing on IG! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

    March 26, 2021 at 3:13 pm
  • Reply Lora Bloomquist

    I love all the bright yellows and greens, Amber! Always enjoy seeing all your vintage finds beautifully styled, as you artistically do! You must be enjoying your new kitchen so much; it’s gorgeous! Happy Spring and Happy Easter!

    March 26, 2021 at 5:53 pm
  • Reply Kelly Radcliff

    Amber I loved your early Spring tour! All of your vintage goodies and daffodils are just so lovely! I am still in awe of your kitchen transformation! Those floors! And it was fun to get a peek at your outside are too. Thanks for sharing with us this week and happy Spring! Pinned!

    March 27, 2021 at 12:54 am
  • Reply Rachel Harper

    You never disappoint. I loved everything about your tour. So much inspiration and these are so fun to do together.

    March 27, 2021 at 4:37 pm
  • Reply stacy

    Your home looks so beautiful Amber! I love all the spring flower decor. Best wishes back in the classroom! Happy Spring! xo

    March 28, 2021 at 8:20 am
  • Reply Ann

    Amber your home is so beautiful with the forsythia to the lily of the Valley. Love those so much. Pinned!

    March 28, 2021 at 11:12 am
  • Reply Kristin

    Amber, I was pinning away all the beautiful inspiration in your home! I’m still drooling over your kitchen remodel and it looks so gorgeous with your Spring touches!!!

    March 28, 2021 at 11:58 am
  • Reply Debra Oliver

    It’s all so beautiful, Amber! Each time I see that new kitchen I swoon! Happy Birthday to your kiddo, today. Wow 16, Mom, you’re world will change! Happy Palm Sunday!

    March 28, 2021 at 6:30 pm
  • Reply Kim | Shiplap and Shells

    I’m so in love with your gorgeous kitchen Amber! I especially love your pretty spring vignettes. You have given me so much inspiration. Happy Spring my friend. Pinned.

    March 28, 2021 at 9:24 pm
  • Reply Cindy@CountyRoad407

    Well if that isn’t the perfect kitchen for spring, I’ve never seen one! One of these days you need to do a story or post about what your closets look like. I bet it’s vintage heaven in there! Loved the tour and all the flowery inspo. I realized today too that I need more pretty books. I used to buy them only in black or white and that just won’t work for seasonal prettiness. Happy Spring and Happy Easter!

    March 30, 2021 at 2:52 pm
  • Reply Jennifer Fancher

    Amber, I love seeing your kitchen – it is so beautiful! Thank you for inspiring me!

    April 5, 2021 at 6:42 pm
  • Reply Cindy@CountyRoad407

    Thank you for sharing this with us on Farmhouse Friday 336. I am featuring it tomorrow. Not sure I ever told you but this made me rethink our stovetop. It’s hideous and decorating it now makes me happier. Link up again! pinned

    February 29, 2024 at 2:32 pm
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