Saltwater Sounds Weekly: Getting Into the Gardening Spirit

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‘ve found from other bloggers around the web.

winter decorating the living room and kitchen

This and That…

Welcome back! It’s already the middle of January, can you believe it?

I’m getting into the gardening spirit with a couple of new garden posts for you this week. And for those of you that are more interested in the indoors this month, I’ll be making you happy with a winter home tour and a vintage post next week.

I have this year’s flower seeds in my hot little hands! I wrote a blog post listing all the varieties I’ll be planting this year in the cut flower garden.

flower seeds

I’m finalizing my garden plan and hope to share it with you next week. I’m getting so excited.

It’s going to be a little different with my knee replacement surgery coming up but I do have some help arranged so I feel better about getting everything sowed in time.

I still don’t have a surgery date for February which is a little frustrating but I’m hoping to find out soon.

rain clouds over January garden

We are looking at highs in the 40s (Fahrenheit) all week. We’ve had a lot of rain this past week with plenty more in the forecast but it’s been uneventful compared to California. I hope they get some relief soon.

cream dog sitting on couch with winter decorative pillows

Around Our Cottage

I’ve been adding winter home decor here and there for the last week. After taking my Christmas decor down, I’ve been concentrating on cleaning rather than decorating so far this month so it feels good to finally have some winter pillows and other accessories out again.

Stop by on Tuesday when I share my winter decor ideas with a touch of coastal style.

forcing forsythia branches to bloom in big basket

I cut forsythia branches and brought them indoors to bloom. It looks a little blah here but give it another week and you’ll see yellow blooms in this basket.

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faux plants and flowers in white planter on kitchen table

This floral arrangement is all faux. I just recently got some artificial branches and flowers from AFloral.

neutral decorative pillows and swing arm lamp on wall

We bought some new wall lights for our window seat area and the boat. They were a great price at Amazon.

fresh roasted coffee candle

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From the Blog

inside greenhouse with geraniums and seedlings

Creating a Stunning Cut Flower Garden in 2023 – Summer Seed Collection

Are you planning on growing a flower garden this year? I’m happy to say that I’ve finalized my 2023 cut flower seed selection and can’t wait to share my favorite picks.

pink hellebores

How to Bring Life into Your Garden With Winter Blooming Plants and Flowers

Are you looking for ways to brighten up your dreary outdoor spaces this time of year? I’ll share 8 blooming plants and flowers you can grow in cold weather that are sure to bring life back into your winter flower garden.

sweet pea seedlings in greenhouse

What Supplies You’ll Need to Start a Cut Flower Garden By Seed

Are you considering growing your flowers and vegetables by seed this year? If you are, here is a list of what supplies are needed to start your seeds, in order to grow plants that are strong and healthy.

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

front porch with snow falling

My friend Molly in Maine shares the winter week she had in Maine. And what a week it was with a beautiful unexpected snowfall and a magazine photoshoot!

How to make this pillow.

Gray and earth tones in this restored house in the Netherlands.

mugs full of coffee

I’m loving this post written by my friend Melissa from The Inspired Room. She shares how to treat your home as a sanctuary, not a showplace.

A year of seasonal table decor ideas.

This vintage booth winter window display.

Half Baked Harvest spicy pesto pasta alla vodka

I tried the most wonderful pasta dish the other night. My hubby and I made Tieghan at Half-Baked Harvest‘s Spicy Pesto Pasta Alla Vodka and we both fell in love. I would highly recommend you try it.

This Valentine’s DIY home decor.

These pantry organization tips.

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 a week full of joy, kindness, and peace.


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  1. I’m so sorry to hear you will be having knee surgery. I’ll pray for you as you prepare for that. I know you are so excited to get those seeds started! Your garden is always so very beautiful! Happy Monday, friend!

  2. Enjoy seeing photos of your adorable home and gardens as usual, as well as your amazing view! That fresh roasted coffee candle is the best, and I have even caught my husband lighting it! I could definitely burn it year around and not get tired of it. Hope your surgery goes well, take care,

  3. Hi Kim! I can’t believe you are already starting to force some forsythia branches! Those yellow blooms are so cheerful! That pasta dish looks amazing! Thank you so much for sharing my blog post! It means a lot to me! Hope your week gets off to a great start!

  4. So pretty Kim! I love that arrangement on your kitchen table! Can’t wait fo see your winter tour! Thanks for sharing my table decorating post!

  5. Happy Sunday, my sweet friend! It isn’t a Sunday morning unless I am reading your blog! Love it all~from Mollie in Maine to Holly’s organizational tips. Wouldn’t I love a pantry like that! I am off now to read your post about seeds!

  6. Kim thank you so much for sharing and I love your new wall lamps. Super cute! And I can’t believe you can cut your forsythia already to push already. Hmmm I usually do this around April here. Maybe I should try it. And your knee surgery oh know??

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