Saltwater Sounds Wrap-Up

Welcome to Saltwater Sounds, a 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.

greenhouse and garden in the fall

Random This & That

Good morning from the sunny Pacific Northwest.

I hope you are enjoying your Halloween weekend so far.

We don’t get trick-or-treaters at our house but I always buy a bag of candy just in case. The thing is, I need to stop buying my favorite Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and get the candy I don’t like as much, like Starbursts or Skittles so I won’t end up eating the entire bag by myself!

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witch costume for Halloween

We went to a Halloween costume party last night. When I can’t come up with creative costume ideas I go as a witch. I just throw on a black wig, some make-up, and this hat I’ve had for over 10 years.

Do you see all the spiders attached to the veil? How cool is that?

West Elm store entrance

I’m still on the hunt for a coffee table to go with the new couch. We stopped at West Elm last weekend when we were in Seatle.

They have the best pillows and rugs!

Inside West Elm

What a fabulous store!

West Elm coffee table

I’ve decided I need to go with a round coffee table for more of a balance in the living room. But I do like the top of this table.

There are a lot of tables with marble tops in the stores right now.

West Elm Coffee table

Here’s a round table, but not really my style. I’m not finding any coffee tables that are bigger than 38 inches though. So my search continues.

Target Hearth and Hand with magnolia

Speaking of shopping, I made a trip to the local Target this week. There were all kinds of fun things in the Hearth and Hand with Magnolia section of the store.

birdhouse and cottage garden

In the Garden

Sadly, there won’t be many more pictures of pretty flowers.

The pouring rain and wind have pretty much destroyed the garden. Luckily I had taken a few pictures the week before so I thought I would share them with you today.

cafe au lait dahlia

I need to get out to the dahlias and label them before the blooms are all gone. That way, I’ll know which tubers I’m pulling up and splitting next April.

Because we have a more mild winter, and I layer mulch on top of the plants, I don’t dig mine out of the ground in the fall.

trenches with spring bulbs

I’ve planted more than half of my spring bulbs this fall but am still waiting for more to arrive.

fall tree

This tree causes quite a mess! But it’s also great for mulching the leaves and spreading them throughout my garden beds for protection from the winter temperatures.

Spiced Cranberry candle

Today is the last day to get an additional 15% off any candle from Antique Candle Co. except Build Your Own Bundle. Just use the coupon code FALL15 to save!

Have you tried the Spiced Cranberry yet? It’s AMAZING! It’s the newest fragrance added to the Christmas collection with a medley of ripe cranberries and bright orange, intertwined with a spiced blend of clove, allspice and cinnamon sticks.

What’s Happening at Shiplap and Shells…

spring tulips in raised beds and greenhouse


Are you already looking forward to a garden full of beautiful blooms next spring but not sure where to start? Here are some tips for planting spring-blooming bulbs this fall and setting your spring garden up for success.

fresh magnolia wreath


This easy-to-make fresh magnolia wreath is perfect for the fall season, as well as the holidays. I’ll show you how I incorporated not only magnolia leaves from the tree in our yard, but mixed branches of all kinds and dried oranges.

McGee and Co.


Williams Sonoma pumkin


Coming Up on the Blog:

Fall garden tour

Christmas Inspiration

My Favorite Inspiration Around the Web…

You’ll love these Thanksgiving table decor ideas and inspiration from my talented friend Rachel at The Ponds Farmhouse.

Michele at Vintage Home Designs shares how to make place cards for your fall table.

KariAnne at Thistlewood Farm always has the best ideas. Here she shares how to create faux wallpaper with a stencil. I am definitely going to try this in my new studio!

More Inspiration…

I think I was especially hungry this week as most of the shares here are recipes.

Thanksgiving wreath DIY.

A tasty side for Thanksgiving dinner.

A recipe for pumpkin spice cookies.

How to make homemade pumpkin puree.

Apple crisp recipe.

In Case You Missed It…

dahlias and greenhouse


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  1. Hello! Does a coffee table hunt mean you’ll be getting rid of your beautiful blue one?!

    1. I am so sad that the blue table doesn’t match the color of the new couch. But now that I have cleaned the upstairs room and made it into a studio, I’ll keep it up there with the white couch. I just can’t part with it.

  2. Kim, you look so adorable in your costume. How fun! Thank you for sharing my Thanksgiving side dish recipe this week. I hope you get a chance to try it…I’d love to know what you think!

    1. I can’t believe how long it’s taking the company to send the bulbs. You’ve inspired me to dress up as a spooky bride like you next year.

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