Monthly Archives: April 2014

{spring mantle}

Spring has always been my favorite time of year!  Everything seems so fresh and new.  All the flowers start to come out and there’s color and beauty everywhere.  So what better way to celebrate spring than with a mantle to showcase it?

Recently I discovered a store called Passport Furnishings in St. George.  I was in love with this place the second I walked in…tons of cute home decor and furniture at great prices.  I got this lovely birdcage, cool distressed clock and bird tin.  If you live in Southern Utah you have to check this place out!
mantleI started by creating varying heights, textures and colors.  The height came from my candlesticks and picture frame.  I added texture with soft flowers, wood, metal, fabric and paper.  Then I used my favorite shades of spring to brighten it all up: light aqua, yellow, coral, pink and some touches of grey and white.
To add that little touch of whimsy I made this spring banner.  I found papers in different patterns and colors and used them to make the backgrounds and letters.  I used my Cricut machine to cut the letters out.  Then I glued my paper onto a rectangle of tea-dyed muslin and added a small flower to each pendant with a pearl brad center.  To hang them up I just used these cute little clothespins and attached them to some twine that I tied to my frame.  Super easy!
I really love how it all turned out!  It’s the main focal point of our family room and it brings that feeling of spring into our home.  Enjoy!mantlefullshot1

{DIY Message Board}

DIYMessageBoardThis is one of my favorite DIY projects ever!  I made this with my 13 year old daughter Kamry for her bedroom.  It was so fun to do together and was super easy!

We started off by getting a plain old cork board (24×36), some upholstery nails and some fabric.  You will also need a staple gun, duct tape and a picture hanger.
First, cut your fabric to be about 2 inches larger all around (26×38).  If you have fabric wider than 38″ (and most of the time it is) then you can get away with less than a yard of fabric to make this.  I let Kamry pick out her fabric and she chose this coral colored scallop print (good choice)
I started off by tacking down the corners to make sure that the fabric was taut.  Then you just start pushing in your nail head trim (the fun part!)  It didn’t take long to figure out the best way to make it work.  You just want to push them in so they lay right next to the edge of the frame and try to get them in as straight of a line as possible.  Kamry had a lot of fun helping me with this part.
This size of cork board took about 9 packages of upholstery nails (30 in a package).  That’s where I miscalculated.  I bought 8 packages and you can see that I was barely short….  So I had to go back and buy one more package (learn from my mistake!)
(Here’s the part I forgot to get a picture of…) I folded the extra fabric around to the back and used my staple gun to hold it in place.  You will find that after you’ve done all of this that your upholstery nails will be sticking through the back so I just applied some duct tape over them.  Then you just hammer your picture hanger onto the back and it’s ready to hang!
Ta-Da!  Now Kamry has an adorable new message board she can hang all of her pictures on (I must admit- these are not her pictures…I didn’t think One Direction pictures would do this justice)

So much better than a boring old cork board

{DIY With Metallics}

Metallics Collage

Metallics accents are all the rage right now in home decor and creating your own blinged out treasure is easier than you might think!


This is your secret weapon ~ Rustoleum Metallic Spray Paint.  It comes in 6 shimmering shades (gold being my personal fav)

This stuff is amazing… You can turn anything old, ugly and drab into something new, shiny and fab!  Here are some super chic DIY projects you can make yourself

Use painter’s tape‬ to create this ‪DIY‬ linear gold pattern on any furniture

(Photo credit by Better After)

Jazz up an old ornate frame to make a gorgeous gilded chalkboard

(Photo credit by Miss Mustard Seed)

Who doesn’t have a boring old box?  Upcycle it with some paint and fabric and you’ve got a lovely little container

(Photo credit by Homey Oh My!)

I love this vase!  Just tape off your stripes to create a beautiful centerpiece

(Photo credit by Skip To My Lou)

And this chevron tray would be a great addition to any room!

(Photo credit by Lovely Scrolling)

The sky is the limit with all the things you can do with this stuff.  I think I might just go a little metallic spray paint crazy!

{Color Combination}

master-roomshot copy

In our Master Bedroom my goal was to make a tranquil retreat with a good balance between masculine and feminine touches. Grey is definitely the dominating color with yellow & aqua adding those little pops of color.

When we designed our house I knew I wanted to have tall windows on either side of the bed.  I love the dramatic look it gives and how it frames the bed to help make it the focal point of the room.  The chevron print curtains are from GroopDealz.  My favorite thing in our room is the photo canvas above the bed. The size is 30×30 and I had it made from Costco.  I love how it brings out all the colors in the room and how it displays “us”.


The pallet sign was a really fun project to make and was pretty easy to do. All you need is an old pallet, a nail gun and some paint to make something unique and beautiful for your home


One of my lucky finds recently was this vintage looking suitcase I found from a local store called Tai Pan Trading. I’ve searched and searched for a suitcase like this and when I found this one in aqua, I knew I had to get it!  I used it to help display my temple print which proudly displays my faith (visit to learn more)


The pillows were a fun way to add some different textures, patterns and colors to the room. I got them all from Target. Bedding is “Ruffled Circles Quilt” from West Elm.


Hope you enjoyed this tour of my Master Bedroom.  Please stop by again :)



{Family Photo Wall}

How to create your own family photo wall

So we moved into our home about 9 months ago and in our entry way I’ve had this big blank wall just STARING at me… It’s like it was screaming at me saying “Please, make me pretty!” So I started looking on Pinterest and seeing all these cute ideas for gallery walls and knew that’s what I wanted to do. But I didn’t want to just hang pictures, I wanted to do a little more than that. Continue reading {Family Photo Wall}



Welcome to Aqua Lane Design!  My name is MarKay Thelin and it’s been a dream of mine for a long time to create a website where I can share my passion for interior design.  I’m a mother of 2 beautiful children and have a wonderful husband who always supports me, even when I say the dreaded phrase “I have an idea….”  I’m constantly looking for ways to improve my home and make it a place of beauty and comfort (as I’m sure most of you are too!)  I hope this can be a place to share ideas and to keep up on the latest trends in interior design;  and of course we’ll throw in some fun DIY projects, fashion tips, recipes, and even share some of our family’s crazy adventures along the way!

My eye is always drawn to the cooler tones with of course aqua being my color of choice.  It’s the inspiration for a lot of my design and will be a common feature on this site.

So sit back and relax and take a stroll down Aqua Lane…