The life of a stylist in New York City is one I consistently envy. Whether they’re sifting through beautiful props or gathering fresh flowers and branches for a shoot, there are so many moments that combine all of the things I love most about interiors and design. But the job involves a lot of hard work and scouting, too- something Anthony D’Argenzio of Zio & Sons knows a lot about. Anthony created Zio and Sons, a New York Creative & Styling brand, and has been wowing people with his work both online and through his incredible Instagram feed, where I discovered him.
I first admired Anthony’s talent through the stunning renovation of his East Village apartment (documented here in Lonny) and started to see his work popping up in the feeds of other photographers, florists and designers I admire around the country. Anthony’s expert mixing of old and new pieces is a skill I always admire and to see a snap shot of his day is such a pleasure. Thanks so much to Anthony for letting us peek inside the daily life of his creative and styling business. You can visit Zio & Sons here online and also check out his recent “InstaMeet” on Conde Nast Traveller Magazine right here. xo, grace
Portrait by Emma Jane Kepley
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[All text below is written by Anthony]
Good morning! I like to start my day bright and early. Meet Sabra, our long hair dachshund, patiently waiting for breakfast to be served. After her breakfast and a quick watering of the plants, we take a quick walk to 9th Street Espresso for coffee. I found this old Ficus tree on the street a few months back.
An unintentional still life moment as I enjoy my hard boiled eggs for breakfast.
Let the work begin! A morning full of emails, client calls, messenger tracking, invoicing, and thank you cards.
As a stylist, you’re always packing and unpacking. Here a few pieces I used on a recent tabletop shoot. I love mixing vintage with modern elements. I picked up most of my favorite pieces at flea markets.
And I am out of the house! A busy day of meetings and sourcing props. Even the little things in New York still inspire me after 5 years of living here.
Pulling props for a still life shoot. Prop Workshop on 25th Street has the most beautiful selection of ceramics. Whites and hints of muted pastels are currently on my mind. I can get lost in a prop house for hours on end….
It’s a beautiful day! I decided to walk back downtown, but got distracted wanderlusting in the West Village.
Made it back to the Bowery just in time for an afternoon pick me up at one of my favorite coffee shops, La Colombe. And I’m always chasing light.
A quick trip to John Derian. Currently crushing over these hand-painted pottery pieces by Brooklyn potter, Amanda Moffat. I am a sucker for anything blue & white.
Visiting my friend and jewelry designer, Anna Sheffield at her LES Atelier. Anna showing off her most recent fragrance collaboration, Nova for Anna Sheffield. Yes, a Rose Gold perfume exists!
Picking up a last min. flower arrangement at my favorite market in Tribeca, All Good Things. Odd confession: I love watching people at work.
They also sell fresh fish. I bought a beautiful whole Snapper to grill at home for dinner for my other half.
Back home just in time to marinate the Snapper. My kitchen is my favorite part of the home. I designed and built it myself, using mostly reclaimed materials and wood. The floating shelves are old beams that came from a church in Brooklyn.
One of my favorite things about living in Alphabet City is living so close to the park. Sabra here, enjoying the sun at Tompkins Square Park.
A quick jog on the East River before happy hour. New York, I Love you.
Last client meeting of the day. Planning a summer shoot in the Hampton’s over a glass of Albarino, at Maiden Lane.
My day has come to an end. Now, catching up on emails in bed with a belly full of fish. Planning for the next…