Welcome to Saltwater Sounds, a 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.
This and That…
Happy Sunday and welcome to the blog.
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.
And there’s more to share next week with part 2. I’ll be taking you through the kitchen, the garden, and my refreshed office space. Here’s a sneak peek of the kitchen above.
If I’m really productive I may be able to get a couple of bedrooms into the mix, but don’t hold me to it.
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I’m still working on getting some blog posts written about our 3 week trip to Europe. So hold tight for some great views of Italy and Greece.
A Walk in the Garden
We’ve seen quite a bit of rain and colder than normal temperatures for months now. Sometimes it seems hard to believe that summer is just a couple of weeks away.
I know that many reading this wish they had rain in their forecast. It has made everything grow tall and the garden is the most beautiful color of green.
The garden is just DIFFERENT this year. The flower blooms are slow to come. Most of our peonies haven’t even bloomed yet which is very unusual.
So…I’ve been planting more annuals and herbs in my containers to help get some color in the garden.
The lavender and chives are both beautiful shades of purple.
I’m so glad I planted different varieties of allium last fall. They have really helped add interest to the cottage garden as well.
Jupiter’s Beard and lavender are blooming in front of the greenhouse right now.
Roses would be here too except the deer had quite a feast while we were away for 3 weeks.
The butterflies are out and loving the Jupiter’s Beard.
Even though this flower is blooming, the pictures from last year show that there were twice as many blooms.
This patio space used to be a seating area but I added a table this year so we could enjoy a meal or too here.
I see a tablescape or two here in my future.
Fun news…We just ordered a sectional sofa for the deck and it should be here before the 4th of July. I can’t wait to show it to you.
Ollie is ready for some summer sun!
What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…
Here are last week’s blog posts and all that’s been happening at Shiplap and Shells.
Looking for some simple ways to bring those summer vibes to your home? Today I’ll take you on a tour of my 1920 beach cottage and share some summer decorating ideas that will not only brighten up your home quickly but are easy to add to your existing decor mix.
Looking for a fun and different way to show off your flowers both inside and outdoors? Come see how using a simple vintage galvanized bucket can be a perfect container for your beautiful blooms.
Coming Your Way:
- 10 Ways to Extend Your Vase Life
- Managing Weeds in the Garden
- Summer Home Tour Part 2
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 just met a new friend on the summer home tour blog hop this week. Erica from Designing Vibes blew my socks off with her gorgeous style. Loved her home all decked out for summer.
Are you ready for some summer ambiance? Courtney from French Country Cottage shares how to create a charming backyard fire pit area.
I don’t think I’ve kept it a secret from any of you, but Tieghan from Half-Baked Harvest is one of my very favorite food bloggers. And with good reason! Check out her amazing ice cream sandwiches with a berry-filled twist.
This restored Victorian house in Los Angeles.
This homemade weed killer recipe.
These healthy breakfast ideas.
How to host a book club.
This Victorian country home.
Simple summer entryway decor ideas.
Update your floor this way.
10 easy summer appetizers.
This DIY patriotic wreath.
Grilled chicken recipes for summer.
This sunny summer kitchen refresh.
An Oldie But a Goodie
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,