Thankful This Memorial Day 2012

This Memorial Day


Please take a moment today to honor those
who have fought and died for our many freedoms.

~ God Bless America ~



Beach House Update and Armoire Sneak Peek

***We're in transition ~ headed to www.thisthatandlife.com.
Stay up to date by following along on Facebook!
Same stuff...different place. ;-)

Well, it's been a busy week getting things going
on the renovation and interior design of The Beach House.

Here is the upper bathroom started.
Taking out the bath and weird gold shower really
opened up the space and you felt like you could
actually breath...the before was

I finally went went through my 1 inch stack of color chips
and have settled on these colors through Benjamin Moore.
You may have seen on Facebook that I painted the
sample colors on cardboard so that I could move them around
in different lighting and shadows, etc.

It really made a HUGE difference and actually
 saved a ton of time.
Not to mention "color blocks" that could show
through the end result!

On another note, I was beyond excited when these green
chairs came back in stock on Overstock.com, so
I snatched up two for the family room and they arrived
within a few days - the fabric and quality is just awesome.
They make me smile. :-)

Last but not least, today was GORGEOUS, and I
have been missing painting and working on furniture pieces
surprisingly A LOT! You know the
"In The Works"
that's been at the top left of my blog page?

Well...here's a sneak peek!
My awesome facebook fans helped
me out in deciding between
mirrors and chalkboard paint.

Look what won. :-)

I hope you have a wonderful
Memorial Day
remembering and honoring those
who have fought and died for our country
and our freedom.

"Memorial Day used to be a solemn day of mourning, a sacred day of remembrance to honor those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. Businesses closed for the day. Towns held parades honoring the fallen, the parade routes often times ending at a local cemetery, where Memorial Day speeches were given and prayers offered up. People took the time that day to clean and decorate with flowers and flags the graves of those the fell in service to their country."

God Bless,




Back from Vacation and Back to Work!

Aloha! And Happy Monday!!!

As much as I'm missing my time in Maui, I'm really
SO happy to be back home! I especially missed my kiddos!!!
It really was a great opportunity for my hubby and I 
to celebrate our 10-year anniversary.
Thankful to God and thankful for Grandmas! ;-)

Today, I'd love to share a few quick highlights, and
then it's beach house, beach house, beach house!

Did I say beach house???
Cuz it's on!


We snorkeled and swam with giant sea turtles, went zip-lining (do it!),
slept, ate, slept, ate, and laid on the beach.
But one of our BIG highlights started on this
little path (shown below) off the road to Hana.

Just before mile marker 11, you can follow this
path a little ways, look to the left and see this....

....then, to the right and see this.

This is Lower Puohokamoa Falls my friends -
a 200 ft. high waterfall.
Not much of a great picture here, but keep reading!

We were using the popular guide book Maui Revealed
and I browsed it quickly, thinking it basically said,
"Follow the path to the waterfall."

Um, no. It did not.

It really basically said,
"Go a ways on the path and enjoy the
beautiful view, unseen by drivers!"

But HEY, we're adventurous!!!
So we.kept.going. ;-)

Oh my goodness, we saw some very cool things...

But after not too long, we were headed straight down.
Literally...straight down, 200 ft.

The end of the path????

Oh that??????
Why yes, that IS a rope...to basically rapel down!!!

Ohhhhhhhh, but it was SO fun!
We got to hang out at the bottom of the waterfall
and go swimming and NO ONE ever showed up.

Other times of the year the waterfall is rushing, but this day
it was calm, not to warm out, and the upper terrain surrounding
the waterfall is lush green foilage - I couldn't capture that with
my little phone camera! But talk about GORGEOUS!!!

This was one of my fave pictures of
a little side cave at Black Sand Beach. :-)

And that's our trip in a super tiny nutshell!

Now that I'm home, I went to pick up some paint samples
for the beach house this past weekend and came home with these....

Looks like I need to order my own personal fan deck. LOL :-)
They really all look so different though, I swear!

Thanks to everyone on the Facebook page for giving input on colors!


Also, if you haven't had a chance yet,
please take a moment to "Like" the new Facebook page below

Yes....RustiChic is officially transitioning into a new blog, and
the Facebook page it the go-to right now to keep up on all the latest.
Both of the Facebook pages will have the same information
posted for awhile, and then we'll transition completely to
This, That & Life.
I'm still figuring out the transtition of other networks.
Just to be clear,
RustiChic will be a part of the new blog, currently
under construction at

I hope you have a great start to the new week!



I've Got A BIG, FAT BOOK Here Today!!! Here's What's Changing!

Wow! Sometimes change comes about in our lives in different ways and at different times that are a bit unexpected. Sounds pretty familiar if you're human, right? Well this has definitely been the case for me and our family in the past few months!  As for RustiChic, don't worry, it's not going away...but it is changing.

As I touched on this a bit here, I've really been contemplating on my past year of blogging and everything it has entailed (remember??? I was totally clueless). It's never really formed into something that felt true to myself as I have many passions and interests which I often wanted to share and discuss with you, buuuut didn't feel this was the place to do that...a furniture/design kind of blog, you know? I'm actually even admitting to you to telling my husband (don't hate me!), "I seriously think I'd bang my head against a wall if this was all I ever wrote about...I'd leave it in a heartbeat."


I love the people and community, the inspiration, the encouragement, all of the education/teaching ~ it's unique and like nothing else, truly.

SO, I've felt conflicted and trying to resolve this "dilemma" of mine. Are you still with me???

I sure hope you'll stick around, because NOW, I am SUPER excited, and I don't think about banging my head against a wall. ;-)

I love design & I love building and refinishing furniture, but beyond that I have greater passions.... Most of them revolve around relationships and lifestyle choices concerning health/fitness, family, and parenting. I'm a musician, an advocate for those who can't speak for themselves, and a pretty serious food and fashion fanatic. How would I balance all of these I thought??? It sounds like a big explosion of confusion. Hmmm....

Well, the answer is = I don't have all the answers,
and I'm ok with that.
I hope you are too! :-)

So here's the scoop!

I'm very excited to be working with Kimberly of My Whole Heart Design to create a new blog page which will incorporate RustiChic furniture and designs.  The new name of the blog will be:

and will mostly cover Interior Design, RustiChic furniture, DIY, Home, Family, and a bit of Health!
(Oh! And the occasional food and fashion post and highlighted opportunities for outreach) ;-)
I've set up a Facebook page to start the transition and would love
to have you "Like" the page and stay in the loop.
This is definitely a Community-based page!

I'm still working out all the details of everything,
but ultimately deciding I don't have to have it all figured out.
Things have a way of working out in their perfect time.


So after ALL that, can you believe I'm actually ditching you???
No...for real.
The hubby and I are headed to Maui to celebrate our 10-year Anniversary!!!

(It's really June 29th, but hey!)

We're outta here, Kimberly's working on the page,
and I'm in constant design mode for The Beach House.
It's full force on that project so it's ready for summer.

I can't wait for you to see AFTERS!!!

We made our first big purchase ~ Did you see it on Facebook?!!!
I'd love your input on my question about final Craigslist negotiating savings.
"Huh?" you say??? Go check it out!!! ;-)
And remember my obsession with pillows???
Here's today's shopping finds:

Anyway, I know I wrote what seems like a big.fat.book on here today so
 if you made is this far - thank you - you're awesome.

Have a great weekend
Happy Mother's Day!!!



Things Are Changing....

Hello there everyone! If you've been following along on the Facebook page, you'll know that things are changing around here at RustiChic. I couldn't be more excited! I wanted to give you a heads up and will write more details later tonight. Thank you to everyone who joins along on here ~ I very much appreciate you! ~Anneke :-)