Saltwater Sounds Weekly: Cheers to November

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Saltwater Antiques in Poulsbo, WA.


Happy November!

I still can’t believe I’m saying that.

Goodbye to daylight saving time. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that the sun will be setting at 4:46 PM this evening in the Seattle area. Sounds like a great excuse to put a few strings of lights indoors this weekend, wouldn’t you say?

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Red Plantation, Poulsbo, WA.

What a week I had! It was all about holiday shopping. More about that in a minute.

I know that when it comes to the holidays, the natural progression after Halloween is Thanksgiving. But for the sake of holiday shopping and getting what you want before it sells out, I’m starting to share Christmas and all things holiday decor.

This doesn’t mean that I am not embracing the fall season with all its beauty. It just means that I can multi-task. And hopefully, you will find a holiday decor idea or two that you can tuck away for when you are ready to decorate your own home.

Do you decorate for the winter holidays at the same time every year or does it just depend on how you’re feeling from year to year?

A friend and I went to Red Plantation in Poulsbo, WA. on Wednesday evening for a holiday open house.

It was a great night! And I finally chose my Christmas theme from all the inspiration.

If you haven’t figured it out already, I’m going with a neutral and green color palette. And there was plenty of it everywhere I looked.

Saltwater Antiques, Poulsbo, WA.

Poulsbo is a good hour from our house. So you have to really love these stores to go 2 days in a row.

And that’s exactly what I did.

I took another friend the next day and headed back to this picturesque town to visit two other shopping favorites, Saltwater Antiques, and Details Home and Garden.

These next couple of pictures are from Saltwater Antiques.

This pretty white Christmas tree had everything I loved. It had the green ornaments. But it also had dried hydrangeas and white faux berries.

Here’s more of the green that I’m loving this year.

Check out the plaid vintage blanket and the 7-up wooden crate. I love vintage home decor!

Now we’re moving along to Details Home and Garden who also had a holiday open house this weekend.

Have no fear my bottle brush tree lovers. This trend is still alive and well, and available at each of the stores I visited. These trees are such an easy and cheap way to decorate for Christmas.

There was something for everyone here. Neutrals and blues, traditional and red plaids, it was all here.

I loved the blue and white Christmas tree. Every detail was stunning.

They had other themed Christmas trees which I’ll share in another post this month. You won’t want to miss it.

Shop My Holiday Home Decor Favorites

Shop my favorite online holiday home decor items from Christmas trees and stockings to candles and pillows.

Get a Head Start on Your Holiday Shopping

I’ve just started shopping for the holidays and want to share my favorite finds for the season with you:


How to Create Christmas Vignettes in as Little as 5 Minutes

The Christmas holiday season can be a hectic time of year with so much to do. Whether your tasks include shopping, baking, home decorating, or coordinating holiday events, wouldn’t it be nice to free up some time? This post includes easy ideas for creating Christmas holiday vignettes in 5 minutes or less… CONTINUE READING.

21 Quick and Simple Cottage Chrismas Decor Ideas to Try

Do you get overwhelmed when you start thinking about winter decor ideas? I’ll show you 21 quick and simple cottage Christmas decor ideas to help put you in the holiday spirit and get you started on decorating for the winter holidays…CONTINUE READING.


If you’re thinking about setting up a hot chocolate bar this holiday season, check this out!

This Brooklyn Boulevard project is so dreamy.

The prettiest vintage tinsel holiday mantel.

The perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving meal.

Here’s how to easily decorate kitchen cabinets for Christmas.

If you’re looking for inspiration, you’ll find it in this gorgeous home.

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Until next time,

Wishing a wonderful week ahead,

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  1. What nice photos, very inspiring. I love vintage Christmas decor. And multiple trees. I used to start right around Halloween but have found the older I get it is tiring…so we actually started putting up trees (7!) the last week of September with just the lights and then gradually adding ornaments. Now I can bring out whatever I have the energy and inspiration for gradually. It makes things more enjoyable for us this way. Your style is always so fun to read about and the photos are great. It is beautiful up there and you are lucky to have so many interesting shops to visit.

  2. So many great ideas packed into these pics. I love Poulsbo. Such a fun place to visit. I can’t wait to see what you come up with for Christmas. Hugs to you.

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