Anthony D’Argenzio, the founder of NY-based creative agency Zio & Sons, specializes in creating characterful, layered interiors with what he calls “a high-end look on a budget.” Not long ago, he and his wife, Hillary D’Argenzio, a wine consultant, bought a two-story 1910 house just off the main drag in Hudson, New York, as a weekend project. Anthony, an enterprising sort, recently finished overhauling the 1,300-square-foot second floor apartment, which he calls “a study in 50 shades of weathered white.” The photo studio/event space, named This Old Hudson, is now available for rent.

When it came to outfitting the interiors, Anthony shopped the downtown, gathering finds from local stores like Red Chair on Warren (“the owner, Jocie Sinauer, has always been an inspiration to me,” he says), the Antique Warehouse Center (“more than a dozen antique dealers under one roof, with better deals than Warren Street”), Hawkins NY, and The Rural Residence (“so classic, so pretty”). Join us for a tour.

Photography by Martyn Thompson courtesy of Zio & Sons.

Above: Most of the furnishings in the pared-down studio area were sourced locally from vintage shops. The brass ceiling light is a custom design by Zio & Sons, made with parts sourced from a Chinatown lighting shop. The flowers on the dining table are from Hops Petunia in Kingston.

In the main spaces, Anthony installed beadboard ceilings to add some texture. “It was either that or repairing the plaster,” he says. “I love the character and charm that beadboard adds to a space.” (For more, see Remodeling 101: The Ultimate Wood Paneling Guide with Jersey Ice Cream Co.). The walls are painted in Simply White Paint and the floors and trim in Harwood Putty CW-5, both from Benjamin Moore’s Williamsburg Collection.

Throughout the space, Anthony added warmth using reclaimed barn wood (&#8
Above: Throughout the space, Anthony added warmth using reclaimed barn wood (“from a single lot,” he says) sourced from the Historic Albany Foundation.
A built-in seating area in a niche off the studio.
Above: A built-in seating area in a niche off the studio.

In a corner nook off the studio, Anthony had carpenters make a simple sectional daybed and added down-filled cushions covered in linen. The blanket is a handwoven cotton and linen throw from Clarity Elise Wovens in Aspen, Colorado. The linen pillows are from Hawkins New York and the Mantis Wall Sconce is from CB2. The small rug is from Rural Residence in Hudson.

The Roberto Sofa and Theodore Ottoman are from Z Galerie. The iron lamp was handmade by Mark Wasserbach and the hand-knotted rug is from Obeetee.
Above: The Roberto Sofa and Theodore Ottoman are from Z Galerie. The iron lamp was handmade by Mark Wasserbach and the hand-knotted rug is from Obeetee.
The kitchen light is a custom design by Zio & Co with Opal Glass Saucer Shades; $58 each from Schoolhouse Electric. &#8
Above: The kitchen light is a custom design by Zio & Co with Opal Glass Saucer Shades; $58 each from Schoolhouse Electric. “We only had one plug and I didn’t want to rewire the space, so I strung three pendant lights on the ceiling and called it a day,” Anthony says.

Anthony’s high/low approach is on display in the kitchen, which has walls of Venetian plaster in a custom blue-gray color from Master of Plaster (“they have the best plaster in the US, made with real Carrara marble,” he says) and barn wood shelves made with brackets from Home Depot. The backsplash is tiled in White Terracotta glazed tiles imported from Morocco by Clé Tiles in the Bay Area, and the sink is from Zaborski’s in Kingston.

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