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Home Curator, Style Curator: Gina Ciancio

Morgan Alexander

It’s been two and a half years since Gina Ciancio pursued her passion for style and design to start her blog, Style Curator.

Gina’s keen eye for design has won her many fans, not least on her Style Curator Instagram, where a cool 10,200 followers watch her every move and flat lay. Now Gina prepares to expand as she launches an in-home styling consultancy in Canberra.

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Style Curator began in June 2014 and its pages are a testament to Gina’s love of design, her desire to engage with others about her passion, and the building of her dream home.

She explains that her drive to create allowed her to move from her full-time role as a social media advisor to full-time blogger and stylist.

“I really wanted to find a creative outlet where I could pursue my passion and challenge myself. That’s when I decided to start my own blog,” says Gina.

Gina Ciancio

Gina Ciancio

Since Style Curator began, Gina’s work has developed into a strong force in the Canberra community, and her influence doesn’t stop there. Just this year, Style Curator won the award for ‘Best Australian Interiors Blog’ at the Amara Interior Blog Awards.

Gina’s personal style has developed too as she learns about and explores design as a career. She’s built her confidence as a self-taught stylist, learning from doing, self-evaluation and ‘absorbing the information’ of other professional stylists.

As well as profiling Gina’s unique designs, Style Curator documents evolutions in the local community.

“When I first moved here nine years ago, many of the precincts that are such as strong design force now, like New Acton and Braddon, were just starting out,” Gina reflects. “I feel like [now], Canberra has a really energetic design scene. And I definitely try to help profile that.”

Gina's dining room

Gina’s dining room

Gina shares this evolving “design force” with her international followers by profiling local artists, furniture makers and creatives, and sharing expert tips from professionals in the design industry.

Naturally, many of Style Curator’s regular readers began contacting Gina for help.

“A lot of people just started reaching out and asking if interior decorating and styling was a service that I offered,” she says.

And so, Gina expanded Style Curator with an in-home styling consultancy for design-minded Canberrans.

Gina's master bedroom room reveal

Gina’s master bedroom room reveal

“Now, I’m going around visiting people’s homes in Canberra and helping them with their styling challenges. I’ve also started offering an e-styling service for those outside the Canberra region.”

Gina’s process helps her clients form a colour palette, source furniture and build a space all their own. She calls her style ‘contemporary Australian’, and doesn’t claim to appeal to everyone. Rather, she sticks to her natural design aesthetic: a paired-back yet comforting minimalism with interesting accents to inject colour.

Some of her favourite pieces are bright artworks or bespoke local creations – “beautiful pieces you can treasure.”

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Gina’s home office

Gina then balances these statement items with affordable, commercial pieces. These are easily replaced and contribute to an overall economical high-low design style that is both chic and flexible.

“It’s going to be an ongoing journey, which I’m really excited about,” she says. “I’ve had a lot of styling and interior design experience working on the blog, with renovations over the years and then building and finishing our home,” says Gina. “I guess it’s just a natural step to take it to the next level and offer to other people that same level of help.”

If you are interested in consulting with Style Curator, you can contact Gina through her website, stylecurator.com.au/interior-styling.

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Morgan Alexander

Morgan is passionate about both writing and social and environmental issues. She believes media, by uniting these in a publically accessible way, can be a powerful tool for creating awareness and change. Currently a student at ANU, studying human rights, development studies and international relations, Morgan also works at the ANU Student Media newspaper Woroni. She treasures her family and friends, cooks to relieve stress, and can’t get enough of her pets. When not huddled in a library trying to figure out life, she also enjoys yoga, running, music, reading, and movies. More about the Author