Saltwater Sounds Weekly: Getting Ready for the 4th of July

Welcome to Saltwater Sounds, a collection of ideas, tips, and inspiration. Here, I share everything happening in the world of Shiplap and Shells, what’s to come, and the inspiration I’ve found from other bloggers around the web.

4th of July garden decor evening view

This and That

With July almost here, we’ve been doing all the summer things lately.

Dinner with friends on the deck, daily walks in the garden, and decorating for the 4th of July! It feels good. I can say that because our outdoor temperatures are still in the low seventies. But that will change soon.

4th of July parade

Are my friends in the US ready for Independence Day? Do you have any traditions for the 4th of July? What are your plans for the upcoming holiday?

It’s a pretty big deal around here on July 4th.

4th of July parade

We always have a breakfast get-together to watch the morning parade going down our street. It’s my favorite day of the year, and I always look forward to celebrating with my friends.

4th of July band playing

There’s even a band that plays in the driveway next door! What more could you want?

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4th of July garden decor evening view

I thought I would share some pics of the garden over the last few years.

Here’s a view of my beautiful calle lilies and mini flags hanging from the bistro lights.

Happy Fourth of July chalkboard

Here’s a great vintage chalkboard I use every year.

4th of July garden decor evening view

The greenhouse is always decorated for the 4th of July.

white Shasta daises in a mason jar filled with water and a blue croquet ball on table

White daisies, blue croquet balls, and red geraniums are perfect centerpieces for your July Fourth table.

4th of July garden decor evening view

“My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from a plant’s point of view. ” – H. Fred Dale

vintage red bike in the garden

Around the Garden and Greenhouse

The vintage bike baskets are finally full of flowers. Do you see the first sunflower of the season in the background?


These snapdragons came back from last year.

cream and purple sweet peas

The purple sweet peas were the first to bloom a few weeks ago, but now the other colors are catching up.

fuchsia peonies

Here are the last of the peonies. I was surprised that I didn’t get as many blooms this year.

blue hydrangeas

I’m loving the hydrangeas that are finally blooming!

yellow loosetrife

The loosestrife is in full bloom. These can be pretty invasive, at least in my garden, but since they’re yellow and pop the garden bed, I’m ok with it.

white daisies

I ran out of time this week, but I will share the cut flower garden next week. It’s looking amazing!


Garden Supplies and Tools

Check out my favorite garden supplies and tools for the growing season. Whether you’re looking for potting soil or deer repellent, you’ll find what I use in my own garden.

My Gardening Tool and Product Favorites

From the Blog

greenhouse pathway with bistro lights and vintage bike
greenhouse decorated for the 4th of July
denim pocket with red bandana star for silverware

As Independence Day approaches, it’s time to start planning your festive holiday celebrations, including setting an easy patriotic table for your party guests. So pull out your red, white, and blue table decor and follow along as I share ideas for creating a perfectly patriotic 4th of July tablescape…CONTINUE READING.

garden planner

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My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web This Week

Here’s the most beautiful kiwi cheesecake I have ever seen. It may be the zinnias on top!

I loved seeing The Jenny House featured in the Teaselwood Design portfolio.

Transform your summer porch with these rustic red, white & blue ideas.

Check out these easy and healthy summer recipes for outdoor gatherings.

The Life Styled Co has this gorgeous home in its portfolio that you won’t want to miss.

How to use coastal bedroom decor ideas for a serene retreat.

Here’s an easy grilled skillet spinach and artichoke dip recipe.

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Until next time,

Wishing a wonderful week ahead,

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  1. Everything looks amazing! I love the Fourth of July as well. Here at the lake we have a boat parade and fireworks over the lake. It’s the best

  2. I remember all about the parade coming right by in front of your house from last year! But a band playing right next door!! I didn’t know about that! What a wonderful exhibition of vintage Americana that is at your house! Have a great fourth!

    1. Our parade has a real old town feel to it and we love celebrating the 4th of July here. I hope you had a great holiday weekend my friend!

  3. Your garden is absolutely amazing and I love all of your patriotic decor and your she shed. Thanks for all of your inspiration, Kim. Have a Happy 4th and enjoy the parade.

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words! I always love decorating for our parade party. I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

  4. Kim, your 4th celebration looks so fun! I’m convinced nothing beats a small-town or neighborhood celebration during the holidays.

    The girls and I will be going back to my hometown to celebrate with family. Fireworks, a parade, and lots of yummy food!

    I hope you have a safe and happy 4th!

    1. It sounds like you had an amazing time celebrating the 4th Jen! I’m sure you and girls had the best time.

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