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Gina Ciancio, voice of STYLE CURATOR, shares her home build and styling journey. From an ex-guvvie house to their new architectural home with investment granny flat, she shares all the progress and challenges along the way!

Where I started when designing and building our new home

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The other day I received an email from a reader who was about to start renovating two houses, with different objectives, and described herself...

Construction Update 1: Pre-Demolition

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The demolition date to knock down our ex-guvvie house is locked in — Monday 8 September 2014. After more than a year of design, construction...

Construction Update 4: The Budget is Already Stretched!

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That title should actually read 'Construction Update 4: The Budget is Already Stretched! AND WE HAVEN'T STARTED BUILDING YET!!!' Ha ha, yes, it's sad but...

Construction Update 5: Pouring The Concrete Slab

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Driving up our street yesterday and seeing that huge concrete truck and pump was surreal... It finally hit me that 'THIS IS HAPPENING!' For so...

Construction Update 13: Cold Weather Causing Delays

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I was so optimistic in my last update... I think I even predicted we would have finished painting by now? Well, that hasn't happened,...

Construction Update 9: Taking Shape and The Freakout

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OK so for those of you who have been following my home build, you would know this is our first time building a house......

Construction Update 6: Polishing the Concrete

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It has been a hot and messy few days at the block as we're polishing the concrete in the living / kitchen / dining...

Construction Update 12: More walls, stairs and a light at the...

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It's been over two years since we started this home build journey and I can finally say I see a light at the end...

Construction Update 7: Frames and Trusses

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Now that the holiday season is over, work on our block has started again — and I could not be more excited to see...

Construction Update 2: House Demolition

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They came in like a wrecking baaaaalll... All I could hear in my head as our house crumbled was Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball' song. In one...

Construction Update 8: Bricks and Windows

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It doesn't feel like that long ago that our block was little more than a concrete slab. Since the last construction update, all the windows...

Gina’s Christmas tree and her top Christmas tree styling tips

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Christmas is just 5 weeks away and while most of you will be holding out til 1 December to put up your Christmas trees,...

Baby Style Curator #2, Meet Alexander

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You may have noticed things have been a little quieter on the blog this week — we've all been too busy enjoying newborn snuggles! Last...

Gina’s home: I finally have a driveway!

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Those of you who followed our home build journey would know I completely blew our budget... Although, to be fair, we never...

Hack your own pull-out laundry hamper

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Something I've always wanted in my laundry is a luxe pull-out hamper - you know those fancy German ones that allow you...

Gina’s home: Guest bedroom refresh

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It was just under 3 years ago that I first shared our guest bedroom on the blog. This space remains one of...

Gina’s home: Hidden under-stair cubby (makeshift playroom)

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A little while ago, I became desperate to find a solution to minimise the huge volume of bright, plastic kids toys that...

Alexander’s Australian inspired nursery

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Ok, I'll admit, I totally failed on predicting the gender of my baby! I laugh now when I think...