Interior Design Lessons From the Frugal House

frugal house
frugal house

In today's economy, saving a buck has never been more wise or more socially-accepted. A group of interior design students in California are now hoping this frugal trend will also help them raise money for charity.

The second annual "Frugal House" in Chico was on display over the weekend. Chico State and Butte College interior design students recycled and refurbished a mid-century, three-bedroom home entirely with yard sale and thrift store items. Last year, the students decorated a new home that was a clean palette -- so this year required quit a bit of prep and painting.

Visitors can peruse the students' creative and frugal magic, such as a chandelier made of Styrofoam cups or a headboard made of wood plate chargers. While there was a less-than-frugal cost of admission ($15), the proceeds benefit the local symphony and a few area non-profits.