Saltwater Sounds Weekly: A Shift From Outside to Indoors

Welcome to Saltwater Soundsa collection of ideas, tips, and inspiration. This is where I share all that’s been happening in the world of Shiplap and Shells, what’s to come and the inspiration I have found from other bloggers around the web.

PNW sunrise in November

This and That…

Happy Sunday and thank you for being here.

I’m on a “girl’s trip”, visiting the Willamette Valley in Oregon and having a great time. It’s the last hurrah before going full blast into Christmas decorating and the busyness the holiday season brings.

It’s pretty cold for us here with the lows around 34°F.

I’ll share pics of our weekend visit next week. Click here to see one of the fun things we’ll be doing.

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shopping at Paper Luxe

I stopped in at Paper Luxe in Gig Harbor’s Uptown Mall after having lunch with a couple of high school friend’s this past week.

This is the cutest shop with live house plants, children’s clothing, home decor, jewelry, stationary and more.

shopping at Paper Luxe

If you’re local stop in to see what they have right now.

starting to decorate for the holidays

This is the time of year that shifts for me. I have gone from being outdoors in the garden everyday to nesting indoors, working on the blog in my office, and just starting to decorate for the holidays.

This is a huge adjustment for me, but I’m enjoying it.

I JUST started to decorate for Christmas before leaving on my Oregon trip so I’ll be in full force next week.

I found the vintage snowshoes in Olympia on our boat trip last weekend. I still need to add greenery and ribbon to them.

Check out the large hanging basket I found at the Red Plantation in Poulsbo. It was expensive but I’m looking at it as an investment in a signature piece I can always use in this corner of the living room.

A Walk Through the Garden

  • The geraniums are all in the greenhouse overwintering.
  • A lot of the spent perennials have been cut down.
  • Spring-blooming bulbs have been planted
  • We’re still working on spreading mulched leaves in the garden beds as protection from the cold winter months.

The weather forecast last week was below freezing temperatures at night. It never happened though so the dahlias are still out in the garden. They have not turned black yet but the blooms are almost all destroyed by the wind and rain we had the week before.

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What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…

Christmas decorating in the living room

11 Quick and Simple Ideas to Start Decorating for the Winter Holidays

Do you get overwhelmed when you start thinking about winter decor ideas? I’ll show you 11 quick and simple tips and ideas to help put you in the holiday spirit and get you started on decorating for the winter holidays.

holiday decor

My Favorite Christmas and Winter Holiday Décor Shopping List

Have you started shopping for the holidays? I’ve just started to shop for Christmas and winter holiday decor for the season. Here are some of my favorites for you in this post.

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

Thanksgiving drinks

Are you hosting Thanksgiving? Tieghan at Half-Baked Harvest is sharing 20 of her most popular drinks for this holiday.

harvest table for diiner

Do you need some fall table inspiration? My friend Mary of Life at Bella Terra shares her gorgeous autumn dinner in the orchard.

Christmas tree DIY

Looking for an easy and inexpensive DIY craft for the holidays? My friends Anne and AnnMarie at Simply 2 Moms created the prettiest fringed burlap Christmas trees to decorate your home this season.

Christmas kissing ball

How about a DIY holiday decor idea you can make on a budget using fresh greens? My gardening bestie Stacy at Bricks ‘n Blooms shares how to make a Christmas kissing ball in a few easy steps.

More Inspiration

This Ashley Montgomery portfolio design.

This gorgeous Thanksgiving table.

This Dutch apple pie and topping recipe.

These cute DIY ornaments.

This DIY dropcloth wreath.

The best Southern Christmas candy.

This Marie Flanagan portfolio design.

How to build a shiplap Christmas tree.

How to use Christmas bells in your festive home decor.

Blue and white Christmas decor in the living room.

Christmas shortbread cookie recipe.

Decorating a neutral natural Christmas tree.

How to build a shiplap Christmas tree.

An Oldie But a Goodie

gift wrapped boxes

5 Unique and Easy Gift Wrapping Ideas for the Holiday Season

I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment and let me know what you’d like to see on the blog! Thank you for being here.

Until next time,

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead,


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  1. Kim, the photos of your garden throughout the year are so amazing. You can really tell by the light and color that it is clearly autumn with chilly temperatures. I love your Sunday post and hope to get through all the goodies in the Inspiration section today. Thank you so much for featuring my autumn dinner in the orchard! Next time you visit, we will need to do this!
    Enjoy your girl’s trip. I haven’t begun Christmas decorating yet as Thanksgiving is a big holiday for us with family coming into town.
    Happy Sunday!

  2. Hope you had a fabulous weekend away, Kim! Thanks so much for sharing my Thanksgiving table! I am looking forward to seeing how you decorate for Christmas!

  3. Always enjoy your “more inspiration” section! The photo of your late fall garden is beautiful. You are the only one I know that can make a spent summer garden still picture perfect.
    Enjoy your girl time!

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