Saltwater Sounds Weekly: Fall Fabulous

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.

fall cottage garden and white picket fence

This and That…

I can’t thank you enough!

The fact that you are here this fall Sunday, and so many others, means a lot. I absolutely LOVE catching you up on what’s been going on here for the week.

This week we’re looking back at an amazing evening event at Molbak’s Nursery and my haunted greenhouse and path I created for Halloween.

I’m also sharing my trip to Chicago last fall. You know what they say…better late than never!

Lastly, I’ve got some tips on how you can start preparing your garden for the winter months.

And there’s a lot so let’s get to it!

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haunted greenhouse and pathway decorated for Halloween

Decorating the Greenhouse for Fall

It’s a first for me. I decorated my greenhouse and pathway for Halloween. And yes, I am definitely patting myself on the back!

I’ve always found so much inspiration from others when it comes to decorating for Halloween, but every time I thought about doing it myself I never seemed to follow through.

garden path decorated for Halloween

I was completely out of my comfort zone. I did get as far as buying some decorations last year but left them in a box in the closet to find this fall.

Does anyone else ever buy something with good intentions and then store them away in the closet? What’s worse is when you finally decide to use the decorations, they are nowhere to be found.

Halloween decorations in the garden

My greenhouse seemed to be the most logical place to start decorating for Halloween. It was so much fun! My sweet friend Lisa came over to help which made it a lot less intimidating…and there may have been some wine involved.

Thank you for helping me, Lisa! Can’t wait for next year. Hint.

bright flowers at a nursery

A Special Evening Event

So this happened!

I was invited to the most amazing evening event for influencers at Molbak’s Garden and Home in Woodinville.

For those of you that are in the Seattle area, you most likely know that this is the most fabulous nursery with a HUGE home decor presence. Molbak’s is seriously LEGENDARY!

Let me show you what I saw. It will be as if you were there!

There was fall home decor front and center including a large supply of faux flowers, berries, and greenery.

holiday decor

Christmas home decor was also AMAZING! I got so many great ideas.

They really had such a botanical presence with the Christmas decor and I loved it.

decorated Christmas tree in rusts and blues

Here’s one of their stunning Christmas trees but there were so many more. I will be posting a blog about themed Christmas trees and will include the rest of the holiday tree inspiration then.

Christmas home décor

There were fall annuals, perennials, and pumpkins as well. And although I didn’t have time to take a picture of the indoor plants there was such an amazing selection.

cottage garden in the fall with white picket fence and waterview

Garden Updates

I’ll be planting my irises from Breck’s Bulbs today. I can’t wait to see what they look like next year. I may plant the tulip bulbs as well. It’s just been so darned warm that I’ve been hesitating.

Have you planted your bulbs yet? You can find out more about planting your spring-blooming bulbs this fall HERE.

fall garden view with vintage bile

The leaves are starting to drop and soon my husband will be mulching them to use for protection this winter against the freezing temperatures, especially for the dahlia tubers that I don’t take out of the ground here in 8b. They will get A HUGE layer of mulch.

You can see more about how mulched leaves benefit your garden beds HERE.

Stay tuned next week to see my “prom” pictures. We’re going to an auction next Saturday which has a prom theme.

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What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…

Chicago skyscrapers and bridges over the river

Why Early Fall Was the Perfect Time for a Visit to Chicago

Have you ever been to Chicago in the fall? I can’t wait to share my early fall visit to Chicago and why I felt it was the perfect time to experience everything there was to see in the famous Windy City.

green vintage metal chairs with fall flowers and pumpkins

How to Prepare Your Garden for the Winter Season – Fall Task List

Now that the leaves are starting to fall from the trees and the flowers are fading away, what’s next for the garden? Here’s a fall task list for you to start preparing your garden for the winter season.

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

fall flower and fruit arrangement

Janine at Happy Happy Nester is sharing how to create flower arrangements with fruit for fall. You’re going to want to see how persimmons, black figs, and kumquats mix so beautifully with a delightful dahlia.

cottage kitchen with blue accessories

See how this restored historic home and many of the original features have been preserved in Astrid at the Nordroom‘s post. I love how the owners chose blue as the accent color from the blue kitchen cabinets to the blue tile work.

I’m sharing so many DIY wreaths this week but they all have their own spin and creativity so why not?

cut flowers and twine

My friend Jennifer at Cottage on Bunker Hill made the most beautiful garden wreath that you won’t want to miss. If you have any dried flower heads, seed pods, interesting foliage, ornamental grasses, berry stems from trees or bushes, hydrangeas, or sedum in your garden right now you won’t want to miss this post.

Quote from Winston Churchill

I really loved this quote that CoCo at The Crowned Goat posted on her blog last week. Isn’t it a great reminder?

More Inspiration

How to repurpose an old fall wreath.

Creamy pumpkin soup recipe.

This modern country renovation.

Haunted pumpkin patch margaritas.

Fresh flower fall wreath DIY.

The cutest DIY checkerboard for fall.

This Victorian house before and after.

An easy pumpkin Thanksgiving centerpiece.

An Oldie But a Goodie

fall decorated living room

Fall Home Tour Inspired by Nature and Vintage Décor

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. What a blessing to see such beautiful post. Your gardens are so pretty. That darling greenhouse is so neat with all the Halloween decor. You put me in the mood decorate my garden, my house, etc. Thank you

    1. Your sweet comments put such a smile on my face, Georgie. I’m sorry it took me so long to respond, but really appreciate you following along on the blog.

  2. It’s always fun to see what you’re up to each week, Kim! I swear the view of your gardens never gets old. I LOVE the way you decorated your path and shed for Halloween too. It’s super creative and looks really festive. I know it’s going to be a huge hit! Thank you so much for sharing my fall wreath and the quote too. It means so much! Sending you lots of hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you CoCo. Unfortunately, you will not feel the same way about the garden after this last week of rain and wind but I’m already planning for next year. Hugs my friend.

  3. Hi Kim! Your Halloween decor is so fun! And that looks like quite an event that you attended! You are lucky to be near such a wonderful store!

  4. I don’t know Astrid…I’m going to check out that kitchen right now!!! Umm, would have left that store broke!! That red and blue tree is stunning. Thanks for sharing my wreath!!

    1. Great question Kathleen. It never used to but I had some technical issues with the plug-in I use for Pinterest and had to change the settings. I’m still trying to fix it but if you keep the cursor to the right or left of the pic you should be able to see the original pic. Sorry, it’s really frustrating me.

  5. Kim, I love your greenhouse decorations! So much fun. When I get back home to Phoenix, I will start our Halloween decorating. Having a Halloween dinner party prompts me to do something each year. Love all your photos and that arrangement from Happy Happy Nester is just stunning….and the checkerboard too! Love your Sunday post.

  6. Your Fall/Halloween decor is wonderful. So cool what you did with the green house. I would love to visit Molbaks, it is gorgeous. We have been to Seattle a few times, Always really enjoy the area, so beautiful.

  7. I love the rug in your oldie but goody photo. Can you tell me where you found it? Your blog is so beautiful and I always look forward to seeing what is going on in the garden. Thank you for sharing.

    1. I’m so sorry to respond to your question so late Cheryl. I found that rug at Costco and I was really happy with the quality.

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