Simple decorating ideas are easy on budget
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Rather than displaying a cluttered mix of items, use old reference books to complement a few decorative accessories.

Keep it simple

Looking for ways to perk up your home interior without sinking a lot of money into the effort? Frugal House designers have a few suggestions.

Use painter’s canvas as upholstery fabric. Nancy Sorensen and Jennifer Younie of Essential Interiors in Chico redid a sofa in the basic material for Frugal House.

“It looks kind of like a linen piece,” Sorensen said. “We went to the paint store and bought the fabric.”

Pillows for the sofa were done in upholstery fabric.

Look at what you have and think about how you can change it, said Stephanie Houston of The Address for Stylish Living in Chico. Add embellishments to a pillow or lampshade, she said.

“If you have an end table that you are tired of, paint it,” she said.

Consider unusual items, said Traci Lay, also with The Address for Stylish Living. A wooden pallet can be made into a coffee table and branches can be drapery rods.

Use old reference books as a backdrop for other accessories on shelves, suggested Deverie Jarrett of Deverie Jarrett Design in Chico……………. continues on Record-Searchlight

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Frugal House


Upscale with undertones of garage sale — that’s Frugal House.

Designers from Chico and Redding are turning a 20-year-old, two-story home at a vineyard in Chico into a showcase of inexpensive decorating ideas. The fundraiser for the North State Symphony, which is in its fourth year, launches with a preview party Thursday night and continues as an open house Friday and June 23.

“It’s our biggest fundraiser,” said Deverie Jarrett, symphony board member and Frugal House project manager.

Rooms will be decorated with refurbished, refinished and repurposed donated items. Going through the 3,600-square-foot home should provide plenty of inspiration for do-it-yourself projects.

“People don’t know what they can do with their stuff,” said Jarrett, who owns Deverie Jarrett Design in Chico and is one of the 12 designers working on Frugal House.

If you’d rather not scrub, sand, paint or sew, you can purchase something that’s already been reworked. All of Frugal House’s furniture, artwork and accessories will be for sale. You might find a lamp for $ 5 or a couch for $ 250, Jarrett said……………. continues on Record-Searchlight

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