An Australian House Masters Warm, Minimal Modern Style

published Oct 21, 2019

An Australian House Masters Warm, Minimal Modern Style

published Oct 21, 2019
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Name: Gina Ciancio and family
Location: Canberra, Australia
Years lived in: 4 years, owned

Gina and her her young family live in Canberra and designed and built their house four years ago. She works as an interior stylist and also runs her own interior design website called Style Curator—sharing styling tips, renovation advice, DIYs and hacks and more—so it’s no surprise that Gina’s own home has been thoughtfully designed and styled, suiting the family’s lifestyle. Filled with natural light and featuring an open modern style, local home decor and colorful artwork add excitement to the minimally decorated rooms.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My style: I’d describe my style as contemporary Australian mixed with minimalist. I don’t like the home too cluttered or busy, but when I do introduce artwork or decor, I like to use pieces with color or pattern. When I first started styling my home, I was more into the Scandi style and found pieces from Muuto and similar brands, but over time I’ve come to embrace local artists so it’s definitely taken on a more Australian aesthetic. 

Inspiration: I find inspiration for the home from a range of sources⁠—magazines, Pinterest, Instagram, and other design blogs. But generally, I will find a piece of artwork I love and make that the hero of the space, and then pick out several colors to style the rest of the room through the cushions and decorative pieces.

Favorite element: The favorite spot in my house changes depending on my mood or what area of the home I’ve most recently styled. We’re heading into summer in Australia so I’m excited to start using our front terrace more. It’s got a wall of potted plants for a big dose of greenery, relaxed outdoor furniture, and a BBQ ready for summer entertaining. 

Biggest challenge: The biggest challenge once we finished building our home was styling it. None of our existing furniture suited the more modern style of our home or the scale of the space, but my budget to buy new pieces was non-existent given our build went over budget. So it’s taken a long time, a lot of patience, and some savvy shopping to finally create a home that feels “right.” I’m always finding things to update or change though so chances are it won’t look like this in 12 months time, ha ha.

What friends say: Often they tease me to say it doesn’t look as tidy or stylish as my Instagram feed! But I’m the first to admit that—I have two young kids so there’s a lot of Instagram vs Reality going on behind the scenes. When my friends feel like being nice though, they often say they find ideas or inspiration from how I’ve decorated my home that they’ll translate to their homes.

Biggest embarrassment: At the moment, our downstairs bathroom feels like a hot mess. We’re planning on redoing the space in the new year. When we were building, I fell in love with encaustic (cement) floor tiles but despite sealing these and using proper tile cleaners and after-care products, they constantly look stained or dirty. They’re just not practical for floor tiles in a bathroom. Since we built, I’ve designed many bathrooms for clients and have become much better at space planning and bolder with my selections, so I’m looking forward to rejigging the floor plan to one that’s smarter on space and introducing some new design features. Watch this space!

Proudest DIY: I love to DIY and have made everything from DIY cushions and artwork, pot plant holders and side tables… at the moment, Alexander’s nursery has the most of my DIYs on display. There’s a large canopy hanging over his cot that I made, a DIY crystal artwork, and a large eucalyptus leaf “A” on the wall.

Biggest indulgence: I’m pretty restrained with my purchases as I’m the one who manages our family’s finances, ha ha. But one thing I’m happy to invest in is artwork as I feel it brings so much joy to your home and they appreciate in value over time. The large Annie Everingham artwork in our dining room that I had commissioned several years ago is probably my favorite.

Best advice: Take your time. A home is a constantly evolving space and it’s likely your ideas will change over time. 

Dream sources: I shop all over for the home but if budget weren’t a concern, I’d go crazy at Jardan. It’s an Australian furniture and homewares store where everything is crafted locally—seriously stylish, comfortable, and amazing quality.




  • Bed — Coby single bed from bedsonline or Focus on Furniture
  • Bookshelf — White bookshelf from  Incy Interiors
  • Bedside — Leather strap side table from H and G Designs
  • Rug — Kemi 1154 Silver Grey Modern Tribal Boho rug from Rugs of Beauty
  • Neon sign — Customised neon name light from My Event Decor
  • Bedding — Navy duvet and ‘Pow’ cushion from Pillow Talk, dinosaur quilt cover from  Adairs
  • Artwork — Numbers and swans framed print from Arthaus, dinosaur wall print set from TK Maxx
  • Timber toys — Timber block train set and timber tool set from Wiggles Piggles
  • Wall hook — Paperclip wall hook by Bendo


  • Paint colour — ‘Soothe’ from Haymes
  • Window treatments — White block out honeycomb blinds recessed into frame and soft grey sheer curtains mounted from the ceiling (most similar to ‘Como glitter’ from DIY Blinds)
  • Pendant lights — White metal pendant from Lights2You
  • Bed — No longer available but from Freedom
  • Bedding — Dusty pink linen bedding from MagicLinen / Feature grey cushion from Adairs
  • Side table — Side table from IKEA
  • Decor on side table — Vase from Target / Candle from The Little Flame Co /
  • Selection of interiors books from The Book Depository
  • Shelf — Mosslanda shelf from IKEA
  • Artwork — A1 size peony print from Yorkelee


  • Wall tiles — Handmade white subway tiles from Tile Republic
  • Mirror — Flynn mirror 1m size from Curious Grace
  • Vanity — Custom made
  • Stool — Trit House
  • Towels — L&M home


  • Grey sofa — Osaka sofa from BoConcept Sydney
  • Grey wool rug — Manhattan rug from Rugs of Beauty
  • Artwork — Marnie McKnight original painting from Bluethumb
  • Black side table — Scarborough side table from Zanui
  • Floor lamp — White metal and concrete lamp from Interior Secrets
  • Framed photos — Family photos framed by Format Framing
  • Fur cushions — Tan square hide cushion and round fur cushion from Matt Blatt
  • Grey knit throw — Bliss blanket by Homelea Lass
  • Crystals — Higher + Self
  • Coasters — Agate coasters from Neue Blvd
  • Garment rack — Big W
  • Pink hanging planter — Ethos Living



Thanks Gina and family!

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