Budget Breakdown: A Couple Spend Six Weeks and $16.7K Fashioning an Airy Kitchen

Designer Brit Arnesen and her husband, Derek, imbue the space with feminine, Art Deco–inspired touches.

Brit Arnesen remembers riding her bike past this house when she was a kid growing up in Kokomo, Indiana, and thinking it was the ugliest house in the neighborhood. "It had a brown roof with brown gutters and brown trim, and then a yellowish-colored siding. It was really bad," says the designer. 

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