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Interior Design Students from Butte College and CSU: Chico Design for the Times – Going Frugal

Interior Design Students from Butte College and CSU, Chico
Partner for "Design for the Times - Going Frugal" Event
Tickets Now Available for Open House/Tour

Interior Design students from Butte College and CSU, Chico are showcasing their creative talents to benefit the North State Symphony and other local charitable organizations for a unique event, "Design For The Times - Going Frugal," taking place June 11-14.

This summer, a team of 23 interior design students from Butte College and CSU, Chico, led by faculty from both colleges, will design and furnish the interior of a newly constructed home built by Aspire Homes. Students will integrate recycled and refurbished items collected from local thrift stores including the ARC, Salvation Army, PAWs and Habitat for Humanity.

"The Design For The Times - Going Frugal," designed home will be open for tours and conversations with the aspiring interior designers beginning June 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and June 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets for the advance preview reception on June 11 are also available.

"This is a sustainable project. The students are working with items from local thrift stores and recycling and refurbishing them to completely decorate the interior of a home. It will be a ‘frugal dream house' that showcases the students' talents, benefits local non-profits, and offers cost-effective design ideas," said Deverie Jarrett, Butte College interior design instructor. "

Jarrett said the home will also be a great opportunity for bargain shoppers. Every item in the home will be available for purchase at a good price, with furniture and merchandise available for pick-up at the end of the weekend-long event.

Pat Macias, chairperson of the event, said that while the fundraiser will primarily benefit the North State Symphony, a portion of the proceeds from both ticket and furnishing sales will support other non-profit community organizations, including the thrift stores who are making merchandise available to the design students.

To participate in "The Design For The Times - Going Frugal," project, students made formal presentations of their design concepts to select which designs would be used for the project.

"The overall design is contemporary and the idea was to create something spectacular in a first-time homebuyer's home," said Jarrett. "Students went to work making trips to local thrift stores to choose the furnishings for their rooms -- from art, to window coverings and furniture. Students will work like ‘real' interior designers, coordinating time schedules, subcontractors and the demands of making the final project look appealing and creative to the client, which happens to be the local community."

According to Jarrett, the project gives students real hands-on design work experience that they might not otherwise receive for years. In addition to the experience, she said, some Butte College students are also receiving internship credit for the project - one unit for every 40 hours they put into the home.

The project continues to garner a growing list of sponsors and partners, many who are providing in-kind gifts of supplies and labor to help make this demonstration house possible.

"Our goal is to show that even in difficult times, Chico is a community that stays together and plays together when it comes to supporting its citizens, education and the arts," said Ann Prater, Director of Advancement for the CSU, Chico College of Humanities & Fine Arts."

Tickets are now available for the preview reception on June 11 for $25 and $15 for the open house/tour held June 12-14. The public can purchase tickets at various local businesses or in person at the North State Symphony, its Website: or by calling 898-6692.

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Butte College's Interior Design program prepares students for careers as professional interior designers. Interior design faculty lead off-campus field trips exploring various businesses and careers related to the interior design field. Students have the opportunity to meet with practicing interior designers, explore product showrooms, and experience significant interior environments.

The Butte College American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Student Chapter offers active participation in a nationwide professional design association.

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