Saltwater Sounds Weekly: Taking Advantage of the Winter Days

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‘ve found from other bloggers around the web.

ollie dog and me

This and That…

I don’t know about you but I have definitely been taking advantage of these dreary winter days.

Just so you know, I’ve never been a fan of the winter months.

It could be the gardener in me, but I like to be outdoors, feeling the sun shining and hearing the birds chirping.

But I’ve actually shifted my attitude this month. I’m looking at the next couple of months as an opportunity for progress.

I had a great week with garden planning, shopping, and working on some home projects.

shopping for home décor

A Day of Shopping

I went shopping and to lunch with a friend last Monday. We went to Compass Rose in the Proctor District.

shopping for home décor

I always love visiting this store for ideas. It’s a bit over my budget but window shopping is always fun.

decorative pillows

They have the prettiest decorative pillows.

What I like most about this store is the green and blue color combination. I’m loving the coastal feel.

antique and vintage furniture

We also went to the South Tacoma Antique Mall for some thrifted finds.

thrifted finds at the Antique mall

I found some ironstone and silver pieces at a really great deal.

I’ll share the rest of the shopping experience in my next monthly vintage blog post.

blue armoire

Around Our Cottage

Have you ever started a project by accident?

I did just that when I brought the vacuum into my studio and hit my armoire. I little bit of paint chipped off and that’s when I noticed how easy it would be to literally peel off the paint in strips.

blue armoire with peels of paint being stripped off

I’ve wanted to change the color of this armoire for years, but always secretly wished it had never been painted at all.

So I started peeling away. The sides came off so easily. I was beyond excited!

peeling paint on the floor

As you can see, this was a spur-of-the-moment whim, so of course, I didn’t put down anything to keep the paint peels from getting all over the floor.

Unfortunately, when I got to the corners and trim, things started taking a turn. Looks like I’m going to have to strip the rest. So for now it’s a two-toned cabinet.

I’ll share the results next week.

sweet pea seedlings in the Greenhouse

In the Greenhouse

I’m going to be sowing the sweet pea seeds on Monday, followed by starting geranium plants from cuttings.

Can’t wait to keep you posted.

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fresh roasted coffee candle

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From the Blog

winter décor in living room with coastal touches

Warm Winter Home Décor Ideas With a Touch of Coastal Styling

Looking for some creative ideas on how to decorate your home for the winter season? I’ll show you some simple ideas for adding a coastal touch to your seasonal decor while keeping the cozy warmth of a traditional winter space.

green chippy cubby and other vintage décor

Add Charming Timeless Style to Your Home with Vintage and Antique Décor

Are you looking to give your home some vintage charm? I’ll show you how adding antique and vintage home décor is the perfect way to create both a timeless and classic style for your home.

cut flower garden and white picket fence

Seed Starting 101 – Growing a Cut Flower Garden Series

Have you thought about growing a cut flower garden by seed but aren’t sure where to start? I’ll share the benefits of growing flowers from seed and basic seed-starting tips I’ve learned along the way.

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

heart DIY dishtowels

I love this Valentine’s Day DIY idea from my friend Meeghan at Cali Girl in a Southern World. These dish towels are a perfect way to add Valentine’s Day touches to your kitchen. They also make great handmade gifts for the loved ones in your life.

Reviving a bistro table and chair set.

This gorgeous kitchen in an English country house.

How house plants benefit your home.

open shelves with winter décor and tree

CoCo at The Crowned Goat shares simple ways to hygge at home. She does such a beautiful job creating an overall sense of contentment and well-being through cozy and comfortable surroundings.

These vintage furniture finds.

I’m trying this soup recipe next week.

This DIY craft using book pages.

wooden heart DIY wreath for Valentine's Day

Here’s the cutest heart-shaped wreath made by my friend Jennifer at Cottage on Bunker Hill.

5 Valentine’s Day decor ideas for using yarn hearts.

This gorgeous Valentine’s Day wreath.

These sweet clay heart ornaments.

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,

Hugs and wishes for a wonderful week ahead.


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  1. Enjoyed that shopping trip Kim! When I lived in the PNW I never visited the Tacoma Antique Mall … what an oversight. It must feel good to be back in the greenhouse. I’m excited to to seeing your garden come back to life this spring. Have the best week! xo

  2. Hey Kim,
    I’ve been stuck in the house for about 2 weeks so I’m so over winter and being sick. I need sunshine but it’s looking doubtful today. Thank you for sharing my post. You are the best.

  3. Thanks for sharing my clay heart ornaments Kim, I really appreciate it. What you did with the armoire is exactly something I would do. It’s like….”let’s just see……oh well, now I have to do it!”. Hope you have a great week!

  4. Kim, thank you so much for sharing my French bistro table and chair redo! So many great things in today’s post. I LOVE that English country kitchen-oh my! Any recipe from Half Baked Harvest is a winner. Thanks for the seed inspiration, just got my package from Floret Farm. Happy Sunday, friend.

  5. I am trying to lean into winter more this year too. It helps that I have a couple trips planned in February and one in March. Things can get really quiet here in the winter — sometimes too quiet! Good luck stripping the paint off your armoire. Always a job, but I know it will look great when it is done! Have a great start to your week!

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