Follow Lindsey's advice for a pain-free kitchen redo that reflects your own personal style.
Phase 2: Decorating
With her home free of construction workers, Lindsey turned her attention to transforming the other side of the room—the breakfast nook. "I wanted a comfortable place where Kevin and I could sip coffee and read the paper while the boys ate Cheerios and watched cartoons," she says.She spotted the ideal camelback sofa at a yard sale. Twenty-five dollars later, the sofa was at home, perfectly sized to fit beside the refrigerator. Having saved so much on the sofa, she reupholstered it in a splurge-worthy bright coral strié. Source GuideSconces:Serge Single SconceCurtain fabric:Smokebush in silverSofa fabric:Beach Strie (BST3)Chevron chair fabric:Alan Campbell's Zig Zag (AC302-16)Table:Eero Saarinen Style Tulip Table in WhiteSide chairs:Louis XVI side chairs (FC010-4) by Zentique
| Credit: Photo by: Laurey W. Glenn, Styling by: Anne Turner Carroll

1. To stay on deadline, be available. By keeping in constant contact with the contractors, I was always able to answer questions quickly to keep things moving along.

2. Preorder your appliances. Have all appliances delivered and ready to install before construction starts to prevent potential lag time.

3. Examine your grocery basket. I wanted everything to fit well in my pantry, so I measured my fattest spice jar (Tony Chachere's!), my widest soup can, and my tallest cereal box.

4. Rethink existing cabinets. Are they in decent shape? Thankfully, mine were. I really saved on costs by making them work with only minor upgrades (paint and hardware).

5. Consider your lifestyle. When choosing a sink, I wanted to have one big enough to bathe the kids in and to hide all my dirty dishes in, in case of unexpected company.

6. Always add personal touches to your space. I hung my 2-year-old's small but colorful picture on my gallery wall—he loves seeing his art in the mix.

7. Remember, pretty can be durable. To protect my often-used sofa from food and drink spills, I had the fabric treated with stain-resistant Nano-Tex (