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Spring Nesting – Simple Ideas for Outdoor Spaces

Hello friends!  Is your weather starting to feel like spring?  For the most part, our weather in New Jersey has been all over the place with too many rainy days mixed in!  Hopefully, we’ll be getting more sun this week so we can start enjoying our outdoor living areas.  So far, I’ve managed to do a little spring nesting to make our patio more inviting for our family.  Now, if the day finally comes where we can actually have guests over again…we’ll be ready!

Today, I’m hoping to inspire you with some simple ideas for outdoor spaces. 

Simple Ideas for Decorating Outdoor Living Areas

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Not only am I sharing some spring nesting ideas for outdoor spaces, but I’m also joining a talented group of bloggers for an Spring Nesting- Mini Blog Hop!  This blog hop is hosted by my sweet friend Cecelia of My Thrift Store Addiction.   To start our tour, she’s sharing her gorgeous spring tablescape!  Cecelia always sets such pretty tables so be sure to stop by!  Please also be sure to visit the links at the end of this post for inspiring spring nesting ideas from a group of talented bloggers!

spring nesting


If you are just arriving from The Tattered Pew – Welcome!  Kelly has such a beautiful home and I am sure you loved seeing how she decorated her porch for spring!

Now, please join me as we do some spring nesting on our back patio:

Purple flowers with pool in background - outdoor living areas

Essential Ideas for Outdoor Spaces – Flowers:

If you only do one thing to decorate your outdoor spaces for spring, then you have to plant some flowers!  In my opinion, flowers make a yard feel so cheerful and welcoming.

Last year, we put in a bunch of new landscaping when we installed our patio and pool.  It’s been so exciting to see everything start to bloom this spring.  In the past, I mostly did container gardening on our deck because the deer would eat everything on the ground.   Now that we have a fenced in area around the pool, the deer can’t reach our flowers.  Thankfully, it’s opened up a whole new world of flower gardening for us!

Orchids and flowers from the garden - outdoor centerpiece - Simple Ideas for Outdoor Spaces

Dining Alfresco on the Patio:

One of my favorite ways to decorate outdoors is to set the patio table.  As long as the weather is cooperating, we make every effort to eat as many meals as possible on the patio.  As you can see, I set my most recent table with flowers straight from my yard.  Though, the orchid in the center is faux.  Basically, I needed a little height to disguise the pole…but I do love decorating with them.  If you’re a fan of orchids, be sure to check out my orchid decorating ideas!

Patio table with blue and white place settings - entertaining ideas for outdoor spaces

To keep each setting simple, I just placed one flower on each napkin.  I think it’s a great way to add some color while coordinating with the flowers in the center of the table.

Blue place setting with purple flower from the garden

You can’t go wrong with a blue and white background…especially for spring and summer.

simple spring place setting - white plate with navy napkin and purple flower from garden

Make Outdoor Areas an Extension of Your Indoor Areas:

If you read my blog, you know that I frequently decorate with blue and white so it only made sense to continue those colors outside.

outdoor seating area on patio - ideas for outdoor spaces

newer version of my patio set

Throughout my home, many of my backgrounds are neutral so the pops of colors can stand out…just like on the patio.

Decorative accessories for outdoor spaces

It’s also fun to bring a few indoor accessories outside.

A Place to Get Cozy:

While nesting outdoors, it’s nice to have a cozy place to hang out.  Our family has loved gathering around our fire pit in the evenings.  Last summer, the neighborhood kids were back here almost every night.  Needless to say, we went through a ton of marshmallows!

Stone Firepit with white adirondack chairs - cozy ideas for outdoor spaces


Even if you don’t have a firepit, you can always set up a cluster of chairs for a comfy space to hang out.  One of these days, I plan to update my plastic Adirondack chairs with some more substantial ones, but these work fine for now.   We had our fire pit custom made but if you are looking for something similar, this fire pit has the same style.

Get creative and surround the spot with candles or outdoor lights for some ambiance in the evening.  Throw some pillows and blankets on the chairs, grab a bottle of wine and you’ll be set for the night.

Stone firepit and adirondack chairs - simple ideas for outdoor spaces

exact outdoor pillows  /  another option

But if you do have a firepit, you must always keep s’mores ingredients on hand!  It’s practically a requirement!

basket of marshmallows graham crackers and chocolate for smores outdoor entertaining


Hopefully, I’ve inspired you to decorate your outdoor areas as living spaces. 

While we are all home, it’s nice to have additional areas where we can hang out!

Once again, thank you to Cecilia from My Thrift Store Addiction for hosting!  Your next stop on our tour is Lora B – Create and Ponder.  Lora has such a knack for decorating with vintage pieces…I am sure she will inspire you!

Please also visit the rest of the participants on the Spring Nesting Mini Blog Hop from the list below…

Spring Nesting photos for mini blog hop


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  1. Well…you inspired me! Your outdoor space is so inviting, and I love the colors you used! Pinned! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

    1. Thank you Cecilia! I am definitely drawn to these colors even more in the spring. Thanks for hosting and for pinning!

  2. Love your pool area, Shelley. And it just fits to decorate with blue and white with the water right in the center of everything. Love the pops of pink with it all, too. So pretty! And yes…if we can just get some nice weather to stay!

    1. Thanks, Lora! Yes, the water definitely adds to my blue and white theme…so convenient! Fingers crossed for some nicer weather!

  3. You always have such a beautiful outdoor area, Shelley! It looks like the most relaxing space and I know you guys are going to have so much fun enjoying it this summer. Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thanks so much, Coco! Now more than ever, we will be enjoying our outdoor areas. Stay well!

    1. Thanks Linda! I’m hoping the weather will be nice in the months to come so we can be out there as much as possible!

  4. I am definitely in for enjoying the outdoors! What beautiful inspiration for hosting family and friend gatherings.
    Just like you I am more than ready!
    So fun to share in this Spring Blog Hop with you.

    1. Thanks Jemma! For now, I am happy to enjoy our patio with the family…but I am definitely looking forward to entertaining friends someday!

    1. Thanks Paula! Yes, it’s definitely a life saver to have an extra area to hang out while we are home. Though, my boys are getting restless not being able to see their friends…and so am I! Stay well, friend!

  5. Shelley I always enjoy visiting your backyard patio! It’s such a sanctuary! I loved your touches of blue and white on your table and your darling s’mores set up! I wish I could hop right on over!

    1. Thanks Kelly! During these crazy times, I really am thankful to have an extra space to hang out. How fun it would be if you could swing by! Stay well, friend!

  6. That looks lovely and so inviting! We began putting out some of our patio furniture but the weather has not been cooperative enough for us to actually use it yet. Pinned.

    1. Joanne, thanks for your sweet comment -and for pinning! Hopefully, the weather will start warming up so we can all use our outdoor spaces!

  7. Hi Shelley,

    Your backyard is beautiful, love your stone patio.

    Your fire pit is a great family spot to make wonderful memories!


    1. Thanks so much, Cindy! I think that fire pit will get a lot of use these next few months! Stay well!

  8. Summer and s’mores! Go hand in hand!
    And it looks like you could definitely have some friends over with space for social distancing!

    1. Yes, and I will have to stock up on those ingredients! I’m not quite ready to have friends over yet but maybe I’ll get brave and spread everyone out one of these days. Thanks for swinging by and commenting!

  9. Shelley,
    You have a beautiful patio area. The fire pit does look cozy, and now I want a some s’mores! What a wonderful place for your children and their friends to hang out. Growing up, our backyard was the neighborhood hang out place. The yard always had something going on… badminton, kick-the-can, softball.

    Happy spring,


    1. Thank you, Judith! That’s great that your backyard was the neighborhood hang-out growing up. I love when my boys have friends over and our yard is filled with kids having fun. I cannot wait to get back to those days! Stay well, friend!

  10. Everything is just gorgeous, what a great place to relax and unwind from the day! I brought out all our outdoor cushions from last year but that is about it so far.

  11. I am in Florida so we have had warm weather, but I love your outdoor space. I want to have some s’mores.
    Have a great week,

  12. Your outdoor spaces are beautiful! I think my favorite is the fire pit. I would love to be sitting by the fire with s’mores right now! Only our weather has returned to fall-like with the drop in temps and misting rain.

  13. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

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