Saltwater Sounds Weekly Wrap-Up

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.

flower arrangement on wire table

This and That…

Wishing you all a happy and safe Sunday.

And for those of you who are experiencing your fair share of snow and ice, I hope you’re able to stay warm and cozy inside.

February view of the greenhouse and Puget Sound

It should be a nice and dry day today so I’m looking forward to spending it outdoors in the garden.

It was a busy week but also a lot of fun.

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olive trees in the nursery

An Oregon Day Trip

I spent the day in Willamette Valley, Oregon with a friend. Besides seeing these olive trees at the nursery, you can see everything else we did that day HERE.

white subway tile in a boat galley

Boat Renovation Update

We are now finished with the tile work.

Some people have asked if the tile is safe for a boat. I learned that we needed to use a waterproof tile adhesive to set the tile and not the traditional thin-set.

subway tile with grout

Using a latex grout will help with flexibility.

coffee bar area

Setting Up a Coffee Bar

We have the quirkiest home. It was built in 1920 and doesn’t have much space.

coffee bar area

The pantry is just to the left of this space so we thought we could get away with setting up the espresso maker here to give us more space on the kitchen counter.

forsythia branches in house

Bringing in the Forsythia Branches

It’s that time again when I go out in the yard and cut forsythia branches to take in the house to force bloom. They should be blooming soon.

Here are forsythias from my friend’s house. She forced hers a few weeks ago.

greenhouse with cut flowers in garden

Garden Inspiration for the Week

The picture above was taken the first week of September of 2020 and is one of the most shared and liked pictures of my garden.

cut flower garden in the sunset

For this week’s inspirational garden post, I chose An Enchanted Evening Stroll Through the Garden which was posted in September of 2020. It was the most beautiful summer evening and the sunset skies were even more dramatic due to the fires in California that year.

If you do go and check out this post, let me know in the comments what your favorite picture was.

What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…

Here are last week’s blog posts and all that’s been happening at Shiplap and Shells.

February gardening tips and to dos

February Gardening Tips and To-Dos for the Pacific Northwest Region

It may not feel like gardening weather right now, but bundle up and get outdoors because there’s a lot to do this month. Here are some February gardening tips and things to work on in your Pacific Northwest garden.

Read the entire post HERE.

flower tablescape for Valentine's Day

9 Hearts and Flowers Valentine’s Day Ideas You’ll Fall in Love With

If you’re looking for inspiring ideas for Valentine’s Day you’ve come to the right place. Here are 9 creative Valentines ideas full of hearts, flowers, and inspiration.

8 other bloggers have joined me to give you tablescapes, DIY craft projects, and home decor Valentine’s Day ideas. You can see these ideas HERE.

My Favorite Finds for the Week

Threshold Designed by Studio McGee at Target

Here are some of my favorite picks from Studio McGee at Target. They have some amazing home decor items you have to see!

Antique Candle Co. Winter Clearance Sale

40% OFF Antique Candle Co. winter clearance sale while supplies last!

Coming Your Way:

Garden checklist for 2022

How I Use My Vintage Stools

What would you like to see on my blog? Please leave me a comment and let me know.

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

fruit and flower table centerpiece

Courtney from French Country Cottage has created the most beautiful fruit and flowers table centerpiece for spring.

beer bread

Michele from Vintage Home Designs shares how to make the most delicious beer bread using 3 ingredients.

pink roses made from coffee filters

My good friend Chloe from Celebrate and Decorate made the prettiest pink roses out of coffee filters.

More Inspiration

Pantone’s core classic colors.

These heart-shaped soft pretzels.

DIY indoor planter pots for spring.

This beautiful home.

This delicious appetizer.

A colorful ice candle holder.

These home decor trends for 2022.

The most amazing pie recipe.

25 DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas.

These delicious dessert bars.

This heart pillow cover.

An Oldie But a Goodie

Why We Fell in Love With Our 100-Year-Old Beach House

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.

Until next time,

Have a great week!


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  1. The boat looks good kim its really coming along!!! Great inspo this week and thank you for sharing my home decorating trends post! xoxoo

  2. It’s so much fun following along with your boat renovation adventures! I love all the pictures of your garden and seeing your friends forced forsythia branches makes me want to try it as well. The pop of yellow is so cheery! Loved all the Valentine’s Day and trend posts you shared as well. It was super sweet for you to include my DIY gift ideas as well. February is always such a fun month and I can’t wait to follow along on all your adventures! Sending you lots of hugs and thank yous, CoCo

  3. Obsessing a bit over this week’s wrap-up. I just HAVE to say something about three of the photos. I Love your table vignette with the gorgeous flowers. It’s wonderful how you angled the photo not to just show-off the flowers, but to catch the chandelier in the mirror reflection – perfection! Your coffee bar, want to walk straight into the picture and help myself – deliciously inviting! (okay, almost done) The photo of your cut-back “winter garden”…. I can just picture Mary, Dickon and Colin working in their secret garden as the first spouts and greenery are coming back to life. I can smell the fresh, damp Spring soil…
    Thank you for giving me a happy face!

    1. You are just so sweet to reach out and share these kind words, Beth. You put a smile on my face as well. I appreciate you visiting the blog and I am wishing you the best week ahead. Hugs.

  4. Kim,
    You’ve had a very busy week. That’s for joining in our roundup and sharing my pillow cover again.
    Your boat is looking so good and I love your coffee bar.

  5. Thanks for sharing my ice candle holders Kim. Love your new cozy coffee bar and forsythia branches. Happy Sunday?

    1. It’s my favorite thing to do Kim. It feels like spring in the house when I force bloom branches. I hope you try it.

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