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March 2007


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The Transformer
By Saxon Henry

PALM BEACH DESIGNER CHAD RENFRO USES HIS SINGULAR VISION TO TURN A DOWN-AT-THE-HEELS ONE-BEDROOM INTO A STYLISH, BETTER-THAN-NEW PIED-A-TERRE

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Updating an aesthetically unappealing apartment involves details that can strike fear into the hearts of many mortals. That's why many believe Chad Renfro—who pulls off seamless transformations time and again—is some kind of design superman. A recent adventure saw this Palm Beach-based creative turn a dowdy oceanfront dowager into a personable pied-à-terre.

"This apartment hadn't been touched since the building was built in the 1960s, which meant there were yellowed white walls, moldy carpet and a dated floor plan," Renfro says. "There are 150,000 loose ends in a home like this, and I love every minute of fixing them." His holistic way of working—not to mention his warm, energetic spirit—likely contributes to the ease with which he handles even the hardest assignments.

First, Renfro selected architect Richard Piroli, of Lee Kvarnberg, AIA Architects, to help him reconfigure the interior spaces. During the yearlong project, Renfro also brought in some heavy hitters, including The Kitchen Strand, Hadco-Barry Cohen, Kallista and Ann Sacks, to help him achieve his vision.

"This was a large one bedroom-plus-ensuite with a very large living room," Renfro says. "We took part of the master closet to create the second bathroom, and we took a piece of the living room and made it a study. We also reconfigured the kitchen, changed the entrances to the rooms and raised the ceilings as much as we could."




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