The North State Symphony’s Frugal House

The North State Symphony’s Frugal House is back June 6th, 7th and 8th. For its fifth year, Frugal House Chairman, Pat Macias, has secured a beautiful brand new 3,000 square foot, Epick home in The Orchard development off Eaton Road in Chico. The address is 20 Abbott Circle and it promises to be the perfect stage for the hundreds of items that will be refurbished, restyled and offered at very affordable prices.

The items are all donated to the Symphony and will be redesigned this year by local decorator duos. Teams of two, also known as “Partners in Design,” will be pairing up with Chico State interior design students to transform 12 rooms and several areas outside the home.

Looking for some great DIY ideas? Then look no further than Frugal House. “Frugal House breaks the rules!” said Macias. “The combination of materials, colors, textures and creatively disguised items will draw people to attend out of curiosity. All money raised goes to the best symphony in the North State.”

Last year, more than 700 people took the Frugal House tour and scooped up its many treasures, raising nearly 40 thousand dollars for the Symphony.  The rooms in the 2012 vineyard estate were transformed by the North State’s most sought after interior designers to resemble The Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. “This year the uniqueness is that each room will have its own personality and decorating style,” said Macias, “not an overall style concept, which will offer up something for everyone.”

The opening night party will be held Thursday, June 6th. Guests can explore the home and will have the very first opportunity to purchase items while enjoying wine, delicious appetizers, and live music. Frugal House will also be open for touring and shopping on Friday and Saturday, June 7th and 8th. Guests can pick up purchased items at the house on Sunday, June 9th.
The North State Symphony will be accepting donations of furnishings, art, accessories, and any other household items that can be used to decorate and sell at Frugal House through spring. Donated items can be taken to Sorenson Moving and Storage at 600 Orange Street in Chico. Limited pick-up service is also available by calling the symphony office at 530.898.6692 or by e-mailing

If you are a North State business owner who would like to sponsor or help with the event, the North State Symphony is actively seeking community partners. Past Frugal House sponsors include Bell-Carter Olive Co.,, Cleanrite-Buildrite, J.E. McAmis Inc., Sorenson Moving and Storage, U.S. Bank, and many more.
Before the big weekend, why not take in a special performance? The North State Symphony concludes its spring season with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on May 11th in Chico and May 12th in Redding. The Ninth includes the famous “Ode to Joy,” and for the occasion, the Symphony will be joined by four excellent vocal soloists, the CSU, Chico University Chorus and the Shasta College Chorale. Tickets are available at or by calling (530) 898-6333.

Keep up to date with all the Frugal House happenings. The public can follow Frugal House on Twitter @frugalhouse and become a fan on Facebook at “Frugal House.”

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