The Renfrow house quite literally rocks. Lauren and her 10-year-old daughter, Addison, have filled their luminous University Park home with geological treasures, ranging from polished agate slices and mineral-encrusted table lamps to sparkling geodes in various sizes, shapes and hues. In fact, the home has become a laboratory of sorts for Times Two Design, Renfrow’s decorative accessories company that specializes in giving Mother Nature a modern makeover.
“I’ve always loved science and nature,” says the entrepreneur, who studied environmental science and botany at the University of Colorado. Upon graduating, Renfrow went to work at an environmental consulting firm but left after becoming a mother.
“My mom always threw these fabulous parties, and I loved the art of entertaining, specifically understanding the details of a party and what makes it successful,” she says.
So as a new stay-at-home mom, Renfrow began helping her Colorado friends with various events. Soon she found herself embellishing containers with minerals and gold leaf as a means of creating sumptuous tablescapes and vignettes.
When Addison was 3, the Plano-reared Renfrow relocated to University Park following her divorce. She was in the midst of decorating her 1930s-era home when she came across a solid quartz lamp that she had to have — until she spied the exorbitant price tag.
“My dad’s a retired engineer so I asked him if he could wire a lamp for me,” she recalls. “I still had all that quartz in my house from my floral arranging, and I was born with a glue gun in my hand.” So she built a lamp out of the mineral. Now, versions of that early prototype are popular inthe 40 stores throughout the United States that sell Times Two Design home products.
While Renfrow works hard as both CEO and creative director of her burgeoning business, she also loves to entertain. In addition to a Christmas cookie exchange and other holiday get-togethers, every August she hosts a mothers-only back-to-school bash complete with a DJ. “We put a bar in my front room and moved the furniture out of the den so everyone could dance,” Renfrow says.
The den remains her favorite spot in the house. “It has my personality written all over it with shelves filled with all the things we love,” she explains. “It’s a comfortable place to be.” One of her most prized furniture finds? The room’s burlwood coffee table that she discovered at Antiques Moderne.
The kitchen benefitted from her artful eye this spring. “It wasn’t a very usable space, because all of the cabinet fronts had glass in there so there was no place to hide the plastic cups,” she explains. She redid the cabinets with solid fronts except for some seeded glass by the stove and used white Ann Sacks tile against black granite countertops.
Renfrow also repainted much of the main level a pristine white called Tibetan Jasmine. “It’s a Ralph Lauren bright white that color really pops against,” she says. “I’d read about it on blogs and loved that it’s a warm white but one that’s not too warm.”
Upstairs, work continues on her bedroom as well as Addison’s. Renfrow has enlisted her decorator pal Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25 for help with window treatments and other furnishings. Unlike her mother, Addison adores the color blue so her room boasts a pair of Times Two Design’s Glamazon Agate lamps in cerulean.
For the playroom, Renfrow painted a pair of faux deer heads from West Elm vivid cobalt. They peer over Addison’s IKEA tulip table, where the fifth grader often tackles her own arts and crafts projects.
“That girl has known how to gold leaf for years,” says her proud mother. “We have a lot of fun doing projects together, some of which end up as part of our decor.”