Saltwater Sounds Weekly: It’s Officially the Holiday Season

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.

book snowman vignette

This and That…

We’ve made it! Christmas and the winter season holidays are upon us.

The debate over whether to decorate for Christmas before or after Thanksgiving is finally over.

We can once again unite now that the holiday season is officially here.

By the way…there are 28 days left until Christmas.

Thanksgiving dinner dining room

Friendsgiving on Thanksgiving Day

Most of you are still enjoying your long holiday weekend. Whether you’ve shared time with family or friends, I hope you’ve made some wonderful memories along the way.

Dining room for Thanksgiving

We had a wonderful day with very good friends who are pretty much our family.

Turkey dinner

Our good friend hosts this holiday every year and the food was amazing! The ambiance was wonderful, and the company was even better.

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Black Friday Deals

Holiday Shopping

I went onto my computer on Tuesday to start getting info and links for my Black Friday blog post.

Let me tell you, I was surprised by how many brands had already started their weekend deals.

I’ve been updating the list every day as the deals continue to change every day. Check it out to see if your favorite brands are included in my post.

Check back on Monday to see if other offers are available for Cyber Monday.


Shop on LTK

Did you know that I’m an LTK creator and you can follow me to get more of my favorite decor, garden, and fashion items?

Check out my LTK account where I share my favorite shopping categories for Christmas and the holidays.

30% off candle sale

Antique Candle Co Sale: Everything is 30% Off

This is the best time ever to shop for holiday candles for both you and those that are on your holiday shopping list.

All candles are 30% off!

Christmas candle

Everything is on their site through Dec. 1st.

  • FREE SHIPPING to the contiguous U.S. 
  • Get a FREE  2 oz candle with orders $65+.
  • Enjoy a FREE Christmas Day 16 oz candle with orders $110+.


greenhouse in the snow

A New Holiday Look

Have you noticed that I’ve made some cosmetic tweaks to my blog?

I gave it a little holiday makeover for the season.

You can find…

Be sure to keep checking back here on the blog for additional holiday items and updates.

Ollie dog

What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…

Because I’ve been working on 3 new Christmas blog posts, adding a shopping page to my blog for the holidays, and enjoying time with loved ones during Thanksgiving, I’ve reposted a couple of my older holiday posts. I hope you enjoy them.

I’ll be sharing my Christmas kitchen, bedrooms, office space, Christmas tree decorating ideas, and much more this month. So stay tuned.

I can’t wait for you to see it all.

Christmas kitchen

9 Cottage Kitchen Decor Ideas for the Christmas Season

Are you looking for some holiday inspiration when decorating your kitchen for Christmas this year? Here are some cottage-style kitchen decor ideas that are perfect for the Christmas season.

copper canisters with greenery and pinecones kitchen vignette

How to Create Christmas Holiday Vignettes in as Little as 5 Minutes

The Christmas holiday season can be a hectic time of year with so much to do. Whether your tasks include shopping, baking, home decorating, or coordinating holiday events, wouldn’t it be nice to free up some time? Here are a few easy ideas for creating Christmas holiday vignettes in 5 minutes or less.

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

The Farmer's Daughter Christmas cookies

These small batch shortbread cookies shared by Kelsey at The Farmer’s Daughter will definitely give you something to be jolly about. Don’t these festive treats look amazing?

pillow with buttons for Christmas

Do you like decorating with buttons? Leslie at My 100-Year-Old home is sharing some Christmas button crafts in this post.

long dinner table in the garden

My friend Mary of Life at Bella Terra shares how she is returning to basics. I love her perspective on how simple it was growing up and how important it is to stop and share a moment with a loved one rather than being on your phone all the time.

More Inspiration

How to decorate with art in the kitchen.

This vanilla bean hot chocolate recipe.

An escape to the French countryside.

Create a butter board for the holidays.

5-minute holiday table.

This tablecloth size guide.

Sustainable and inexpensive Christmas decorating ideas.

Chocolate, peanut butter, and caramel all in the Christmas cookie.

An Oldie But a Goodie

mini decorated Christmas tree

Vintage Inspired Cozy Cottage Style Christmas Home Tour

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. Happy Holidays!


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  1. Kim, I love the picture of your greenhouse and yard in the snow. Just magical. I look forward to seeing your holiday shopping ideas as I haven’t even begun my Christmas shopping. Thank you for sharing my blog post on Getting Back to Basics. I always need to remind myself to slow down and enjoy life. Your Thanksgiving with your dear friends looks amazing~the setting, the food, that kitchen! So glad you had a wonderful holiday. The last of the house guests just left so I can start my holiday decorating! Yay! Thanks for sharing all the great tips too. I always learn so much from your Sunday post.

  2. Such beautiful tablescapes, Kim! I love that you gather with your friends that feel like family. It’s so important to be surrounded by people you love no matter how they’re related to you or came into your life. I can’t wait to dive into these links! I hope your holiday season is a blessed one. Sending you lots of hugs, CoCo

  3. Hi! Lots of photo loves in this post. Your “winter” garden is so pretty – fresh blanket of snow, perfect lighting and a nutcracker tucked into a cozy little nook. I have enjoyed your little Christmas tree in a basket over and over. I have admired so many styles, sizes and varieties of trees over the years, but this one is a favorite! It just reaches right in and grabs my heart. Another grab my heart – I just want to plop right down with your adorable dog and spend an afternoon having hot cocoa and patting him. Maybe even read a book and fall asleep with him on my lap. Heaven. Here’s to a happy day, every day through the holidays!

  4. Sounds like you had a wonderful Weekend Kime! I’m glad you enjoyed your Thahksgiving and that turkey looks delish!

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