For the basics go to www.howtobrew.com
by John Palmer it's a great web site.
He has an excellent book as well by the same title "How to Brew".
As far as nice to look at and cheap that's a tall order. Usually it's one or the other.
Here's something to consider.
Use a 5 gal. corny keg as a secondary fermenter. A used one cost the same as or a little bit more than a new glass carboy $15-25. They are stainless steel. Rugged and light weight I think they look great when the stainless steel is shined up. In addtiton to not being heavy and fragile like the glass carboys they also protect your beer from light. Something that would be necessary if your fermenters were out in the open for people to look at.
Good luck and welcome to the forum