Saltwater Sounds Weekly: It Was a Hot One

Welcome to Saltwater Sounds, a collection of ideas, tips, and inspiration. This is where 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.

pink zinnia with bee pollinating

This and That…

It was a hot one this past week!

We’re not used to 90°F heat for days in a row. I think the hardest part for me was the fact that it never really cooled down in the evening.

I know there are many of you that might have a hard time feeling sorry for me because you live with the excessive summer heat year after year. I seriously don’t blame you!

What’s the weather looking like for you right now?

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Josephine's Mercantile shop with vintage pieces

What should you do when it’s too hot to enjoy being outside?


fall items in the back of the car

After running errands one day, I took a trip to HomeGoods and Marshall’s. I only found a few things but that was perfect. I am really trying the “less is more” approach this year. We’ll see how that goes! Yes, I’m laughing as I write this.

I spent another day in Port Orchard with a good friend shopping for vintage.

Our first stop was the antique mall. There were so many great deals that day.

The next stop was one of my favorite stores for vintage, Josephine’s Mercantile. I always get so many great ideas on how to style things. I love their displays.

I spent the day with some of my friends last Friday. We enjoyed the lake dockside, cooling off on the floaties.

milkweed growing in the cut flower garden

Around the Garden

Not much to report in the garden this week other than the fact that the daisies have all been cut back.

milkweed growing in the cut flower garden

This is the first year I’ve tried growing milkweed by seed. It really is a beautiful addition to my cut flower garden and the pollinators are quite happy.

What I’m Using in My Garden Right Now

What I’m Loving Right Now

From the Blog

fall centerpiece

19 Easy Ways to Transition Your Home Decor From Summer To Fall

Summer may be almost over, but the fall season decorating fun is just beginning. If you’re getting ready to make the home decor transition from summer to fall, here are some easy ways and helpful tips… CONTINUE READING.

vintage market days booth

Going Home: Road Trip to Coeur d’Alene Vintage Market Days®

Who loves a good road trip to find vintage décor? When I found that Vintage Market Days® was coming to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, the town next door to where I lived as a kid, I knew I had to go…CONTINUE READING.


My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web This Week

This dreamy Nantucket cottage.

You’ll definitely want to try some of these fall brunch recipes.

Here are some great ideas on how to live simply and efficiently.

You’ll love these primitive fall decorating ideas!

And these simple and charming fall minimalist fall decor ideas.

See how a room can be transformed with board and batten.

See how to craft a DIY sunflower wreath with pinecones.

Learn how to make a fall book page leaf garland.

Here’s an easy peach burrata recipe.

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 wonderful week ahead,

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  1. Nope, not feeling sorry for you! Love that photo on floats. Nor is it too early for holiday thoughts 😄 I have already put up the fall and am having fun looking at holiday pins and making plans. This is how I get through August and September at altitude. Luckily, time goes by really fast when you get older.

  2. Kim
    Thanks for sharing each week!

    Must admit your post last week (8/11/2023). My all time favorite!!!!
    Your home is lovely and you show it well.
    Are the flowers drying on your cabinet in your bedroom?
    So great show/reminding us to use what we have.
    Keep the post coming.

  3. I wish that I was vintage shopping with you this week, so many great finds in those pics.

  4. Kim, your water float with friends looks so relaxing…I miss the water! The excessive heat has been a thing this year in so many places and lucky you, to have fun places to shop! Always love your Sunday post as it is a morning ritual with my cup of coffee. Thanks for featuring my post, Living Simply and Efficiently! You are the best.

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