Saltwater Sounds Weekly: There’s No Place Like Home

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.

This and That…

We’re home and it’s so good to be back.

I absolutely loved being on the boat for a couple of weeks. It actually felt like a second home which was a great feeling. We even watched the series finales of Ted Lasso and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel which I will miss so much.

We don’t watch a ton of TV but always enjoyed watching these shows. Now we’re trying to find something else to watch. Any recommendations?

I still have so many pics to share and am still hoping to write a blog post about our boat, what we’ve done to it since we’ve owned it, and pictures of each room.

The “3-Hour Tour” on the Boat

This week has been fun, with the exception of not really being able to spend time in the garden like I’ve wanted to.

If you remember back in April, there was an auction where The Longbranch Foundation raised money for students in our community.

My husband and I donated a couple of boat cruises for the cause and took the first cruise last Thursday. We had heavy appetizers and cocktails, and just like Gilligan’s Island, it was a “3 hours cruise”. Luckily, the weather didn’t get rough and the tiny boat was not tossed.

We hosted 6 guests and tried to make their event as nice as possible. We have the next one happening today. It should be just as fun as the first.

I didn’t take pictures of the boat cruise party but here are a few pics of the boat all cleaned up.

Here’s a picture of the galley and eating area taken from the salon.

This is the view of the stateroom.

Here is the cockpit at the back of the boat. It’s almost like a screened porch, but we can lift the windows to open things up when it’s warm.

As an Amazon affiliate, I earn from qualifying purchases at no extra cost to you. My blog contains other affiliate links as well for your convenience. Click here to read my privacy policy.

Around the Garden

Between trying to catch up on real life after our trip, getting ready for the cruise events, and 2 days of rain, I haven’t spent much time in the garden. And I miss it!

At least I was able to see some of the peonies. This plant is a Gay Paree Peony from Breck’s Blooms.

I took a couple of pictures the day I got home but they’re not that great. But, this gives you an idea of what’s starting to happen in the garden.

These are the most gorgeous peonies but they’re so bright that it’s almost impossible for me to get a good picture of them.

The Calla lilies are now in full bloom.

Garden Inspiration from Our Boat Trip

Here’s a great view of Puget Sound and a sweet little garden in Langley.

I want to find some Fire Spinner Ice Plants and plant them in my cottage garden.

I’ve never seen a Columbine plant quite like this. I believe it’s an Aquilegia Saximontana Rose And Pink Columbine. Am I right?

This is such a gorgeous tree. It looks like a California Lilac and the color is incredible.

Around Our Cottage

The beach cottage is ready for summer! Be sure to check out the latest Summer Home Tour featuring my living room and kitchen.

Antique Candle Co.

Antique Candle Co. is offering their most requested throwback fragrances for a limited time (and limited quantity!).

There are still a few discontinued candle fragrances still available right now so if you loved them and miss them, now’s your chance to stock up before they’re gone for good.

  • Fresh Roasted Coffee 16 oz candle
  • Fresh Roasted Coffee 8 oz candle
  • Mango Citrus 16 oz candle
  • Orange Grove by Our Faux Farmhouse 16 oz candle
  • Peach Apricot 8 oz candle

From the Blog

beach cottage with coastal style décor for summer

Beach Cottage Decorating Ideas for Summer With Coastal Charm

Looking for summer decor ideas for your home? As the summer months roll in, there’s no better time to create a fresh and inviting coastal vibe for the season. Take a tour of my 1920 beach cottage where I’ll share simple summer coastal decorating ideas that will transform your home into a serene and relaxing beachy oasis.

greenhouse and cut flower garden in summer

The Benefits of Mulching Your Garden Beds

Does your garden need a little boost? By mulching garden beds, you’ll be providing so many benefits to your outdoor spaces, including helping to promote plant health and optimize growing conditions.

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web This Week

This garden herb shrimp scampi linguine recipe that I can’t wait to try!

If you love peach season, you’ll want to read this post.

How to make a succulent wreath.

This quick and easy strawberry mochi recipe looks delicious!

Easy summer DIY projects you can do in a weekend.

How to clean and restore vintage cutting boards.

This outdoor summer tablescape using blues and terracotta.

How to start an herb garden.

This no-sew patriotic pillow cover DIY.

9 easy ways to add Americana to your decor.

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 week full of joy, kindness, and peace.


If you’ve enjoyed this blog post, please pin and share this on Pinterest.

Be sure to follow me @shiplapandshells on the following…

Pinterest | Instagram | Facebook | LTK | TikTok | Amazon Storefront

Facebook Gardening Tips & Tricks

Similar Posts


  1. OK! I want to go on a 3 hr tour! I love your boat and I would be sitting on the sofa in the screened-in area all Summer long. Your garden is looking so pretty already. Thanks for sharing my herb garden!

  2. Kim
    Your boat is just amazing and those lucky guest for a 3 hour cruise. Thank you for sharing my pillow and I look forward to all you’ll be sharing from the garden.

  3. The boat tour sounds so fun KIm. And I loved seeing all the photos of what is growing in your garden. So gorgeous!

  4. Your garden is so lovely Kim – I can see why you missed it even when you’re having fun. The boat trip and the 3 hour tours sound wonderful. So nice of you to share it. Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  5. Kim your boat tour for the fundraiser sounded like fun. Such a great idea! And love the peeks at your garden. My mom has the same peonies. So pretty!

    Thanks for sharing my tablescape and always love catching up!

  6. Kim, Your living beautiful with all the white/cream.
    Do you use the same shade of paint on every thing? Details please.
    what is the fabric covering your chairs?
    Did you.purchase the bench in the window? Will it hold a twin mattress?

    You said write! Help!

    1. Thank you so much! I do have the same shade of white throughout the house. I only have a number but it’s a Rodda paint GH09B8156. The slipcovers on the chair are a twill from Quatrine Home. The window seat was custom-made and too small for a twin mattress. Thank you for your questions and for following along.

  7. How hot or cool does it stay on the boat touring around? Sounds like a dreamy way to spend your time. So glad you took the pups and even kept them safe with life jackets! Love it!!
    The peony is such a pretty color. The garden stayed well while you were away..looks beautiful!

    1. May is usually not too hot or cold but when it does get too hot we have air conditioning on the boat, and heat throughout as well. The boys really did have a great time. And yes, the irrigation system worked wonders while we were gone and everything seemed to have gotten enough water. Thank you for following along.

  8. There is no place like home…it sounds like a wonderful adventure on the water for you and the people you hosted. I am curious, do you have a post about your boat? It is beautiful and I would love to learn more about it.

    Your garden takes my breath away, it is stunning. I learn so much from you about plants, etc.Looking forward to seeing more of all of your garden spaces.

    Off to check the links.

    1. Hi Elizabeth! I’m working on a post about the boat and everything we’ve done so far. I do have older posts about our boat trips but we had another boat at the time. Hopefully, it will be published sooner than later. And thank you so much for the sweet words about my garden. It means a lot.

  9. Hi Kim,
    Will you be sharing photos of your recent finds from Poulsbo while on your vacation?

    1. Hi Nancy! Yes, I’ll be publishing a blog post on Tuesday with pics of the shops and what I bought. Thank you for asking.

  10. Ah, you’re lucky next door neighbors! They get to enjoy your amazing yard and gardens , no work required 😆 It has rained pretty much every day or night here in Boulder for the last 5 weeks. We are pretending we live in your area and will be sorry to see it go. The sun and heat at altitude is scorching and I dread it every year. All is looking beautiful inside and out, the boat too.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *