An interior stylist and editor of award-winning interiors blog, Style Curator, Gina Ciancio is a master in the art of creating luxe looks for less.
With close to 30k followers on Instagram (@stylecuratorau), her goal of helping people create stylish homes has seen her widely celebrated in magazines and making guest appearances on TV.
“Style to us is about unearthing and celebrating your identity through interiors,” says Gina.
With limited space, the project presented numerous challenges. Working with a team of skilled tradies, they maximised every inch of space by removing the garden beds and tiling the 25-square-metre area with blue marble pavers.
“I encouraged them to use natural stone as it doesn’t get as hot underfoot and it’s really beautiful.”
As the property abutted a train line, very high modular fencing was installed with acoustic benefits to help buffer the sound, while also providing plenty of privacy for the home’s residents.
“The goal was to create an outdoor dining space but also have a spot to sit and relax,” explains Gina. “I looked for furniture that would suit these needs while not being too ‘heavy’ and dominate the space. Slim-leg furniture was essential. I love the pieces I found at Early Settler, especially the outdoor table with natural marble top. The 1.5-seater sofa is also ideal as it’s in scale with the space and small enough to be moved about.”
By maximising the usable surface area, introducing a neutral colour scheme and using natural materials, Gina was able to achieve a clever illusion of increased space. The setting was completed with bamboo plants around the perimeter, which offer further privacy and a luscious tropical-villa vibe without taking up too much precious space.
Spilling directly off the kitchen, the courtyard offers an inviting alfresco setting for relaxed outdoor living and weekend entertaining. Featured in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, Gina’s inner-city oasis goes to show that smaller spaces don’t have to be small on style.
“I couldn’t be happier with how this courtyard turned out — and more importantly, neither could the client!”
Absolutely stunning great job