Saltwater Sounds Weekly Wrap-up

Welcome to Saltwater Sounds, a weekly collection of ideas, tips, and inspiration. This is where I share all that’s been going on in the world of Shiplap and Shells, what’s to come and the inspiration I have found from other bloggers around the web. Enjoy!

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Happy Easter weekend! What do you have planned? And yes, April is here. Finally.

In the Garden: The weather has been pretty amazing lately! I’ve been enjoying the perfect gardening temperatures in the 50s, but we’re still dipping down into the 30s at night. Our average last frost date is April 18th.

Next up…I’ll be dividing perennials, cutting back ferns and transplanting all kinds of plants around the garden.

In the Greenhouse: All the seeds that needed to be sown indoors are officially completed. I’ll be pinching back the sweet peas this weekend, and cutting more geranium starts.

I’d Love Your Opinion: What would you like to see more of on the blog? Gardening, Home Decor, Renovations/Before and Afters, Boating Adventures on the Puget Sound? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…


I’m sharing my spring bedroom refresh along with some ideas on how to maximize limited space in a smaller bedroom.


I’ll take you on an early spring tour of my Pacific Northwest greenhouse and garden in zone 8B. I’ll be updating you on the seedlings in the greenhouse, what’s blooming in the garden, and the next steps on the list of things to do.

My friend Stacy of Bricks ‘n Blooms is sharing the 7 lessons she has learned when starting seeds indoors. You can also find her link at the end of my garden post.


As I continue to share all the behind-the-scenes in my “Celebrating Our 100-Year-Old Beach House” series, I’ll take you through the many phases of our 8-year cottage kitchen renovation project. Don’t you just love this “before” view of my kitchen?


Coming Up on the Blog:

  • I’m joining my favorite DIY friends for our monthly DIY blog hop with a furniture theme. I’m sharing how we made our 100-year-old cabinet into the perfect bedroom built-in
  • Trimming ferns in the yard for spring. I meant to get to that this week, but you know how that goes.
  • My favorite spring touches around our beach cottage
  • Some PDF pictures of the Better Homes and Gardens Cottage Style magazine garden feature

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web From Last Week…

It’s time to celebrate spring with Leslie of My 100-Year-Old Home. You do now want to miss this blog post. It literally has everything you would want to know about spring…crafts, outdoor entertaining, kitchen home tours and so much more.

KariAnne of Thistlewood Farms shares 17 home projects you can finish in a weekend. Now that sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?

I love how CoCo of the Crowned Goat is always celebrating life. “The Joy List” she and her friend created is just another example. And this quote from CoCo was the icing on the cake...”We still have the ability to choose joy despite it all”.

More Inspiration…

A Scandinavian cottage style kitchen.

The art of the collected wall.

This creative DIY spring garden-inspired wreath.

A yummy pound cake recipe.

The most beautiful year-round views in Vermont.

The ultimate spring brunch board.

How to make an indoor spring planter.

A virtual tour of the Wellington Botanic Gardens in New Zealand. 

Growing vegetables in pots.

In Case You Missed It…

How to Force Flowering Branches to Bloom Indoors

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. It means the world.

Enjoy your weekend,

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  1. Oh! all your gardening goodness gets me every time! I can’t wait for everything to roll out as the weather warms up so I can learn from your gardening tips. Thanks fro all the inspiration. XO- MaryJo.

  2. Thank you so much for including our Joy List in your round-up this week, Kim! I really appreciate it. I can’t even tell you how many times using that one technique helped us turn a bad day around. Love these beautiful features and your gorgeous home and garden. They inspire me all the time. We need to cut the ferns at Bliss Barracks so I’ll be following along. We need all the help we can get! Hugs and thank yous, CoCo

  3. Your tulips look stunning – tulips are one of my favourite flowers. I always love seeing your garden posts – your garden always looks so spectacular. I’d also love to see more posts about Puget Sound. Thanks so much for the share.

  4. I love your beautiful photos Kim, and finding out about all the fun things you do every week! Keep it all coming – I especially love the garden, decor, and before and afters! Can’t wait to catch up on some of them today. Hope you’re having a lovely Easter!

  5. I love your wrap up! Your sweet peas look great! And they all look so good in the greenhouse! Thanks for including me this week! Can’t wait to grow pretty flowers with you this year from New Jersey! xo

    1. That’s the fun, having someone to grow flowers with, even if you are on the other side of the country. Your snapdragons are killing it too!

    1. Thanks, Rachel! I loved that wreath, I wish I could come up with ideas as creative as yours. But instead, I’ll just hop on your blog to get some!

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