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When Ken and I first decided to embark on a renovation, we drafted this thing called a renovation budget. And although we were careful to remember hidden costs, do our research and enlist (free!) help when needed, we still managed to come out of this renovation wayyyyy over budget.

Luckily, we had built in a pocket of money dedicated to decorating the space, so we simply borrowed a bit of cash from our decorating funds. Until our decorating funds ran out and it was time to decorate.

So, friends…it’s time to get crafty. I’ve been dreaming up a few different ideas on how I can achieve my desired space on a less-than-desirable budget, and I think we’re in the home stretch with the planning phases (as well as the renovation! Yay!). Because we’ll be moving in by April 1st (yes, we’ve officially set a move-in date!) to welcome L.A. guests in mid-April, it’s time to start nesting.

First on the budget list? I’ve been craving an authentic Swedish Mora clock for as long as I can remember (look at this beauty!), but a $3,000 clock was simply not an option. Luckily, I spotted this Grandfather Clock wall decal and knew I’d landed on a timepiece gold mine.

We purchased the decal for around $40 and scored a $5 clock from our local Home Goods, and with that, the DIY began:

We chose the empty space next to our fireplace for our decal because we needed some height and drama to accent our lovely fireplace (that you’ve seen transformed here and here!).

Wall decals are super easy to work with as long as you’ve got patience in your tool belt. I’m a firm advocate of Blik decals (I used them in my former bedroom over 6 years ago!), as the quality can’t be beat. Although I must say, the instant gratification you get from wall decals is by far the biggest plus. Next up? Hanging the clock in the center of the silhouette:

There it is! El fin. The project took maybe an hour and we’re thrilled with the results. Easy peasy.

Stay tuned over the next few weeks: we’ll be revealing our (almost!) finished kitchen, a sneak peek at our laundry room, trimming out windows/doors, finishing our bathrooms and… moving in! Lots to do! Anything specific you want to see? Let me know in the comments section!

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