Saltwater Sounds Weekly: It’s Almost Officially Here

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.

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This and That…

Happy Sunday and welcome to the blog. Summer is almost officially here!

Wishing all who are celebrating the fathers in their lives today…Happy Father’s Day!

And for those of you that have lost your dad like me, I’m sending you lots of love and hugs. I hope this is a day of reflection and sweet memories.

This is a busy time of year. Of course, it’s graduation season which is always so fun to celebrate.

Summer Solstice and the longest day of the year is on June 21st. This is always a gardener’s favorite day.

dahlias and bees

It’s also National Pollinator Week.

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A Walk in the Garden

I took some pictures of the garden for an Instagram hop I was doing with some gardeners called Gardens Across America.

My garden was the only one participating on the west coast and in 8b.

Jupiter's Beard

Jupiter’s Beard is one of the first blooms in the cottage garden.


The many varieties of alliums are popping up all over the garden as well.


I really love the interest they bring to the garden.

June garden

As crazy as it is, the peonies have FINALLY bloomed…very late in the game this year. I still have some white ones in the front of the yard that are just starting to bud.

It has been really hard to take a good picture of these peonies because of how bright they are. Even with no filter, they are super bright, and hard to see the stunning details you can only see in person.

cottage garden and garden fairy

The yard art is out, including the famous garden fairy.

dahlia bloom

Here’s my first dahlia bloom. The rest will take quite a while. Not sure how this one pulled ahead of the others.


Here’s the first bloom in the cut flower garden. A beautiful single cosmo.

sweet peas and strawflowers growing in June

The sweet peas and strawflowers are definitely growing taller. Now we just wait for the beautiful summer blooms.

annuals and perennials

I paid a visit to the local nursery, Sunnycrest, and picked up a few annuals and perennials.


I’m still patiently waiting for the daisies, phlox, and hydrangeas to flower. They are a few weeks behind of last year’s blooming time.

The picture above with the hydrangeas was taken last year on July 11th. Definitely, something to look forward to.

coastal linen candle

Coastal Linen – Antique Candle Co. Latest Fragrance

My favorite fragrance from the last Antique Candle Co. tester event is now their NEWEST FRAGRANCE. And I couldn’t be happier!

Coastal Linen is a refreshing aroma of clean linens and ocean mist, blended with a soothing medley of water lily, sea moss, and driftwood.

The PERFECT fragrance for summer!

CLICK HERE to shop for candles.

What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…

It’s been a busy week. I shared part 1 of my summer home tour. It was so fun to be part of a 30 blogger tour hop…talk about inspiration! My cottage living room was featured this week.

Here are last week’s blog posts and all that’s been happening at Shiplap and Shells.

cottage kitchen eating area

Simple Summer Beach Cottage Kitchen and Garden Home Tour (Part 2)

Have you started decorating for summer yet? Today I’ll take you on a tour of my 1920 beach cottage kitchen and garden and show you how I’ve brightened up my indoor and outdoor spaces just in time for the summer season.

summer flower arrangement

8 Tips and Tricks to Extend the Vase Life of Your Cut Flower Arrangement

Do you struggle to keep your flower arrangement alive for more than a couple of days? I’ll share some tips and tricks with you that have helped me extend the vase life of my cut flower arrangements.

Coming Your Way:

  • Summer Bedroom Tour
  • European Vintage Doors and Gates
  • Patriotic Outdoor Party Ideas

What would you like to see on my blog? Please leave me a comment and let me know.

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

I can’t believe all the AMAZING inspiration from my fellow bloggers last week. I mean WOW!

My Favorite New Blog – Molly in Maine

If you follow me on Instagram you probably know that one of my IG besties is the one and only Molly from Molly in Maine.

The best part is that Molly has a new blog and I couldn’t be happier.

Molly lives on the coast of Maine with her 2 adorable pups, Maddie and Cisco, who basically steal the show! She has the most amazing coastal style and you will LOVE her home.

CLICK HERE to visit the blog.

garden tool clock

Do you have a pile of vintage garden tools lying around? See how my friend Wendy from WM Design House created the cutest clock using her rusty and colorful tools.

dining room

Cynthia from Vintage and Grace Living shared the most inspiring summer home tour. Every space was gorgeous including her outdoor space.

pressed flowers

Have you ever thought about pressing flowers to use for a special project? My friend Jayne from Chalking Up Success gives a wonderful tutorial that you won’t want to miss.


I continue to be amazed by my gardening buddy Stacy from Bricks ‘n Blooms in New Jersey. From zen gardens to koi ponds this garden has it all. Make sure you check out her summer outdoor living spaces.

More Inspiration

This carefully restored Victorian house in London.

This summer bucket list that I have printed out and am going to cross A LOT of these things off in the next 3 months.

This summer lake cabin‘s amazing outdoor spaces.

This amazing peach margarita.

How to shop barn sales.

This gorgeous magazine-worthy home.

This “Coastal Grandmother” style home tour.

A yummy way to eat zucchini.

This red, white, and blue tablescape.

DIY lemon salt scrub or this exfoliating hand scrub.

foxglove and greenhouse

An Oldie But a Goodie

Inspired by Blooms – June PNW Cottage Garden Tour

I’d love to hear from you! Leave me 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. If you want gardening gorgeousness, come to Kim’s garden, that’s all I can say! So glad your peonies are blooming and looking fab! I planted some last year for the first time and they have yet to flower – maybe they take a while to get going? Thanks so much for sharing my flower pressing post, I really appreciate it! Have a lovely weekend!

  2. I am constantly inspired by your garden and your beautiful home, Kim! I love all the extra special tips and tricks you give us along the way so we can learn from you too. Your flowers are amazing! I worked on our front porch container gardens the minute I got home from the cabin and they’re bringing me so much joy. Thanks so much for including my bucket list in your post this week. I really appreciate it! Sending you lots of hugs for a happy summer season, CoCo

  3. Your gardens are always such great eye candy! I’ve heard so many people say their peonies have bloomed late, this year. Thanks for sharing all the goodness this week! Hope you have a wonderful start to your week!

  4. Hi Kim! Your gardens are such a delight for the eyes! That new candle scent sounds right up my alley! And of course thank you so much for sharing my blog today. You certainly inspire me with all that you do!

  5. The gardens are really coming along! How are you enjoying the alliums? They are so fun right! Thank you so much for sharing my outdoor living spaces tour. I hop you have the best weekend!!! xoxo

    1. I love the alliums. It is amazing to see how the different varieties bloomed at different times. I have one type that is JUST starting to bloom in July! I told you we were having really strange weather. My dogwood is still blooming.

  6. Your home is so beautiful! A ton of work you have done ! A ton! But what an enjoying thing to create! I love your blog, I am learning alot from it! Thank you! I’ll keep watching and reading! My husband and I built our home 4 years ago in the middle of 11 beautiful acres. I still have such a blank slate to create on , with your help I have gotten a lot of great ideas! Thank you! ❤️

    1. Thank you so much for reaching out Theresa. As you can see, I am a bit behind on replying to comments so I’m sorry about the delay. I can’t tell you how much it means to me that you are getting ideas from the blog. That always makes me so happy when I hear that. A blank slate is the most fun I think. Have a great time continuing to make your home your own.

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