Cartier Masthead Final Weeks

Style Curating and winning at life

Emma Macdonald

Why bite off a small slice of life when you can try chew through numerous major milestones all at once?

This seems to be the mantra for Gina Ciancio who combined a newborn, knock-down and rebuild and move out of the Public Service into a new career as an interior stylist and blogger  – all within a very busy two-year window.

Now that the dust has settled – both figuratively and literally – Gina could not imagine being happier with her choices.

For one thing, she and her husband Bruno are besotted with one-year-old Patrick, who has put all the hard work in perspective and made the house a home.


The living is easy in this Scandi-style new build in Hughes. Photo credit: Martin Ollman

And the rebuild was a stunning success as these photos clearly attest.

Along the way, Gina has cemented her reputation for having a stylish and fastidious eye for detail, as well as a natural bent for a good DIY project.

Her blog Stylecurator reaches 30,000 readers a month, and she has almost 13,000 Instagram followers. But most recently, Gina has been selected as Foxtel’s Lifestyle Home Influencer – signing up to deliver content to a 2-million-plus audience.


A fully-covered but massive balcony adds another room off the living areas with tree-house views. Photo credit: Martin Ollman

Meanwhile, her sponsor base has grown and she works with Canningvale bedding and towels, Life Instyle and Monsta paints. She also has a growing private client list reliant on her for inspired design ideas – from freshening up a room to styling an entirely blank canvas.

Of these, Gina never seems to run out. She is immersed in a world of colour, pattern and shapes, and spends time observing lifestyle trends around the world.


Gina’s uncanny ability to mix and match has earned her a legion of fans. Photo credit: Martin Ollman

Her DIY ideas meanwhile have reached an international audience.

A DIY kids teepee/clothing rack she put together one afternoon has had over 10,000 repins while a DIY concrete Kmart hack side table has had over 5,000 repins.

Gina’s approachable writing style and canny eye for a bargain has seen her article “13 ways to achieve a Scandinavian style interior” repinned over 54,000 times.

This is not bad for a former social media officer in the APS who decided to take the leap into style blogging in mid-2014.


Her best qualification has been the hands-on experience of knocking down a boxy old house in Hughes and erecting a modern and view-capturing brick and Colorbond edifice in its place.

With Bruno working as the project manager, the pair got the house built in a year. The inside is testament to Gina’s meticulous eye for a vignette and bold use of black – in the kitchen cabinetry, living room shelving feature and beautiful bathroom, where the black and white feature tiling was lovingly supplied by Bruno who now operates Tile Republic in Fyshwick.


Bold and beautiful tiles from Tile Republic in Fyshwick. Photo credit: Martin Ollman

“I did a few controversial things, such as the bathroom floors, which are a definite statement tile, but I am so happy with the look, I will never get sick of it,” says Gina.

A rose gold kitchen tap is also a beloved addition and much commented upon when it makes regular appearances in her Instagram feed.

“I am not a fan of chrome so this was a must-have.”


A no-chrome-zone is enforced in the kitchen. Instead a rose gold tap provides a beautiful point of focus. Photo credit: Martin Ollman

The couple spend afternoons enjoying the breeze off an incredible covered balcony which is quite literally an outdoor room, complete with sofas and a rug.

The only problem with that is if you look down you can see an unfinished garden. Gina is quite clearly frustrated with the lack of landscaping at this end of the house. For someone who loves order and perfectly arranged scenes of domestic bliss, the unfinished landscaping is irritating in the extreme.

She laughs and says she tries not to look. One day soon it will be complete, and you can expect some beautiful imagery to filter out on social media just as soon as it is.

You can follow Gina on Instagram

All images by Martin Ollman


Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald has been writing about Canberra and its people for more than 20 years, winning numerous awards for her journalism - including a Walkley or two - along the way. Canberra born and bred, she’s fiercely loyal to the city, tribally inner-north, and relieved the rest of the country is finally recognising Canberra’s cool and creative credentials. More about the Author

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