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.

This and That…

Happy Sunday and welcome to the blog. It’s going to be a beautiful and sunny day here in the Seattle area. You know where I’ll be…the garden.

I took some time to pick a few spring bouquets from the garden yesterday.

Here’s this floral recipe…

  • Hellebores
  • Japanese Roses
  • Tulips
  • Lilacs

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I spent time this week refreshing my powder room.

Isn’t it amazing how much paint can change the look of a room?

A Walk in the Garden and the Greenhouse

This has been a really tough April in the garden as far as the weather goes. We’ve had colder than normal temperatures and several hail storms this month.

My garden was spared from the rare snowfall other areas around the Pacific Northwest experienced though and I am very thankful for that.

The good news is this has been a really lovely and sunny weekend and I’ve been able to accomplish a lot in the garden.

These Princess Irene Triumph Tulips from Holland Bulbs are so bright and beautiful.

These are Green Star Tulips. They are so unique and stunning.

Here’s a peek inside the greenhouse.

I’ve been hardening off the seedlings and geraniums this last week.

The seedlings should be ready to be transplanted out in the garden next week. Fingers crossed.

I always look forward to seeing the greenhouse empty and the new plants in the garden beds.

Another Great Mother’s Day Gift Idea

Here’s another amazing candle I wanted to share with you.

Fresh Cut Herbs is a candle that is slightly floral and sweet and smells like a fresh garden.

This fragrance is a cozy spiced bouquet of fresh basil and spearmint, intertwined with clean notes of subtly sweet apple and light florals.

Wouldn’t this make a great Mother’s Day gift?


What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…

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

Creating a Timeless Tabletop for Every Season With Fabulous Thrifted Vintage Finds

Let me show you all the fabulous vintage finds I have collected throughout the years and use for a timeless tabletop no matter what the season.

Why Subshrubs Like Lavender and Rosemary are Hard to Divide

Did you know not all plants that come back year after year can be easily divided? Subshrubs like lavender and rosemary are harder to divide than you may think and I’ll tell you why.

Coming Your Way:

Savor the Simple Joys Around You and Your Home for a Lovely Life – April 26th

PNW Gardening Tips – May – April 30th

12 Tips for Creating a Low Maintenance Garden – May 3rd

7 Things You Want to Know About Foxgloves – Your Questions Answered – May 10th

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

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

The talented KariAnne of Thistlewood Farms shares 21 simple summer entertaining and decorating ideas.

Here’s a pretty spring DIY project. Michele of Vintage Home Designs shares how she made this topiary with live boxwood cuttings.

This bow tie tortellini pasta salad made by Jen of Tatertots and Jello has a homemade creamy dressing and can be customized to your taste by choosing your favorite cheese and veggies. This is a perfect recipe for spring and summer.

More Inspiration

This extraordinary salt shaker island house in South Carolina.

This pool house renovation reveal.

7 easy DIYs to spruce up your home in less than a day.

Pretty DIY paper May Day baskets.

Is farmhouse going out of style?

This stunning twin chimney home.

The easiest DIY Pottery Barn hack.

Landscaping perfection.

What you need to know about the “Coastal Grandmother” viral trend. I’m pretty sure that I am one.

This gorgeous Glasgow flat.

An Oldie But a Goodie

10 Perennials Plants For a Low-Maintenance Garden

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,

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and a happy new week,


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  1. Love seeing what you’re up to each week, Kim! Your garden is stunning as always and I love that you gave a flower recipe too. It’s super helpful! One of my favorite things about your posts is how much I learn from them. I can’t wait to dive into all these fabulous links. Hope your week is filled with all good things, CoCo PS: LOVING the coastal grandmother trend – it’s totally fabulous and relatable too!

  2. We cut our lilacs back last year. They’re beginning to get budds and there are tons on there.

    Can’t wait for flower season. We need some sun.

  3. Hi Kim, are those new flower lights in the greenhouse? I love them? And your bathroom is gorgeous with the new color scheme? And of course your gorgeous tulips??????

    1. Thank you, Ann. Those are actually decorative beehives that were made for a garden auction a few years ago. The creator was nice enough to let me take a couple of them home.

    1. Thank you so much, Chas. I have a lot of flowers that are either late in blooming or they bloomed for just a limited time this season.

  4. Kim,
    You beautiful tulips are amazing. I only had about 4 blooms this year. Oh well! I’m just not a gardener. Thanks for sharing my candle holders.

    1. I’m sorry to hear that Rachel. I have been working so hard to not let the deer get to the tulips. It’s a big task for sure.

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