(Above right: ph. © Sean Santiago)When Anthony D'Argenzio moved into an outdated apartment in downtown Manhattan, he found it needed more than just a refresh: the former tenant was an elderly woman who favored rose-hued window swags and plastic-covered sofas over a more modern aesthetic. So D'Argenzio, the man behind event styling and consulting firm Zio & Sons, overhauled the place, outfitting it in bright whites and reclaimed wood to bring the space into the present. Those upgrades are perhaps most apparent in the kitchen, where an inviting seat at the one-person bar is a perfect perch from which to admire all the changes. Here are four big design takeaways that caught our eye.
1. The Shelves
D'Argenzio replaced all of the kitchen's original cabinetry with thick open shelving made from weathered planks of reclaimed wood. The new arrangement helps make the space appear bigger and more airy, while the rusticity of the wood contrasts nicely with the gleaming white of the subway-tiled backsplash.
2. The Tiles
Speaking of the tiling, we can't get enough of the creative, slightly askew placement of each piece; gray grout is a punchy alternative to standard white that's also softer than the black variety. The combination imparts a graphic edge without overwhelming the space with too much pattern.
3. The Ceiling
To build on the sense of airiness, D'Argenzio raised the ceiling by two feet and finished it with beadboard paneling in a high-gloss white finish. The unexpected detail further enhances the kitchen's informal feel.
4. The Countertops
D'Argenzio used salvaged Carrara marble on the countertops and added an enamel sink and brass hardware to give the room a feeling of low-key luxury and balances the more rustic textures throughout the space.