Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

At Home: Frugal House Debuts; Designers Create Unique Furnishings

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

At Home: Frugal House Debuts; Designers Create Unique Furnishings

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Jill Beam, co-owner of Bedsprings and Burlap, has been making something out of nothing for quite a while. To her, items headed to the landfill were opportunities for repurposing, repairing and upcycling.

So, when she and her business partner, Sharon Nolde, were asked to take part in the upcoming Frugal House at Jackson Street Lofts, they couldn't refuse.

"Frugal House is right up our alley," she said.

Frugal House at Jackson Street Lofts is a fundraiser for Topeka Symphony Orchestra and its youth ensembles. The Topeka Capital- Journal is among the fundraiser's sponsors.

During the event, two units at the Jackson Street Lofts, S.W. 8th Ave. and S.W. Jackson, will showcase donated furniture and accessories that have been refurbished and repurposed by local designers and offered for sale. A third loft will be transformed into the Frugal Boutique, which will sell additional items.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 15 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16. A patron party, with appetizers by Blue Moose Bar & Grill, will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 14.

Purchased items from the decorated rooms can be picked up from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 16 or 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 17, while items bought at the boutique can be taken home after purchase.

Trella Anderson, a Topeka Symphony supporter who is helping coordinate the Frugal House, said she hopes the event raises $10,000, which will be used for music and performance hall rental fees, printing of tickets and programs, and salaries of conductors and orchestra members.

Designers' visions

Renee Herrera, owner of Fabtastic Furniture, and Kymm Ledbetter, owner of Prairie Glass Studio, joined Beam and Nolde in decorating a bi-level unit at Jackson Street Lofts. All of the designers selected furniture and accessories donated to the fundraiser to refurbish, repurpose or upcycle. They also supplemented items from their own stores.

Beam, instructional technology coach at Farley and Wanamaker elementary schools in Auburn-Washburn Unified School District 437, and Nolde, a retired Farley Elementary third-grade teacher, adopted an educational theme for the unit's upstairs bedroom, bath and laundry room. For example, a globe became a light fixture and an old student's desk was transformed into a laundry room stand.

Herrera and Ledbetter decorated the downstairs kitchen, living room, entryway and bathroom, and an upstairs bedroom and hallway.

"We're furnishing it in mid-modern-century style," Herrera said.

Repurposed items include an old suitcase that has been turned into a lamp stand, a dresser that has become a TV stand and a sewing basket that is now a foot stool.

"We have all sorts of fun things," Herrera said.

Ledbetter said Herrera likes to paint old furniture and change its feel while she likes to use bright pops of color and incorporate glass and beads into her designs, which include refurbished picture frames and an ottoman made from a drawer and magazine rack. …

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