The Novogratz Show You How to Upgrade Your Kitchen on a Budget

04/05/2016 at 11:09 AM ET

The kitchen is often the most popular room in a house, so needing to upgrade it every once in a while is normal. And according to Cortney Novogratz, “you don’t have to break the bank” in the process.

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“You can simply buy inexpensive subway tile and lay it in a clever way,” says Cortney in the seventh episode of PEOPLE’s home design web series, The Castle Next Door. “Or use black grout instead of white.”

“If you can’t afford expensive countertops maybe choose just one area like the kitchen island and do an inexpensive countertop in the rest of the kitchen,” she adds.

If you’re looking for a subtler upgrade, the designer suggests buying expensive hardware and changing it out on your existing cabinets. “It makes quite a difference,” she says.

Throughout the episode, the Novogratz family also take viewers to some of their favorite stores for customizing their home.

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Cortney and her sons Five, 10, and Major, 7, head to the Boffi showroom in Los Angeles to design their black and white kitchen. And Bob brings Major along to King Iron Works in Burbank, California to check on their custom gates for the front of the renovated castle.

“If you want to do something really interesting you can’t just go to the chains,” says Bob. “You’ve got to go to where the guys make the real thing, make it unique. I think we found the right guy.”

To keep up with the Novogratz family’s most exciting design project yet, visit

—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone

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