Lorena Gax­i­ola

At home with

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In­te­rior and home­wares de­signer Lorena Gax­i­ola al­ready had a stel­lar ca­reer in Los An­ge­les when she moved to Sydney for love. She had been com­mut­ing from Amer­ica to Aus­tralia for about 10 years be­fore de­cid­ing it was time to re­lo­cate.

“I mar­ried an Aus­tralian (builder/de­vel­oper Lewis Yazbek) who has a busi­ness here and I had a busi­ness in the US, but when my lit­tle one (daugh­ter Demi) was five and I was think­ing about her ed­u­ca­tion, I de­cided I had to close the busi­ness, which had 12 staff, and re­lo­cate per­ma­nently,” she says.

Not con­tent to sit on her lau­rels, she em­braced her new home­land and re­built her ca­reer and rep­u­ta­tion from scratch, as a creative spark on the other side of the world.

The Mex­i­can-born artist, who stud­ied fine art and in­te­rior de­sign at De­sign In­sti­tute of San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia, has set up home in Millers Point, and while her busi­ness is now thriv­ing, she says it was a hard-fought bat­tle.

“It took me about a year to get set­tled. I didn’t know too many peo­ple and I felt in­se­cure and I was start­ing from scratch.”

Her tenac­ity has paid off, with Lorena well­re­garded in the lo­cal in­dus­try, with an epony­mous home­wares brand to boot.

Her home is a tes­ta­ment to her love of her her­itage dis­play­ing vi­brant art works ranging­ing from vases to ta­pes­tries and hand­made dolls.lls.

“I think I am very colour­ful per­son. I do o very well liv­ing around colour and ap­pre­ci­ateiate hand­made prod­ucts. I love the artistry be­hind hind the ar­ti­san, I see it as such a beau­ti­ful, creative ative process,” says Lorena.

“Cu­ri­ously, I don’t wear colour. I also haveave a neu­tral house, I let the art on the walls orr the rug or the bed spread stand out.”

Ham­burger art

The ham­burger is my favourite meal. If I had to choose a meal as my last ever, I would or­der that. I’m hunt­ing for that greasy Amer­i­can burger in Sydney. I found this in a gallery in Mel­bourne and it’s my lat­est acquisition.

Evil eye plate

Usu­ally you see the evil eye on a bracelet, but I’ve al­ways wanted it on a plate. This plate was made in a 200-year-old fac­tory and was hand painted. It’s a piece of art.

Chakra shot glasses Sake set

I bought th­ese in Ja­pan. When­ever I get to a new town I al­ways bring some­thing back that I con­nect with. It can be an ob­ject or a paint­ing. I fell in love with this set.

Wa­ter jar

It’s made of out of clay and hand­painted in tav­erna style. It’s the most Mex­i­can thing you can imag­ine. Most Mex­i­can peo­ple have cook­ware made out of this in their home.

They’re a con­ver­sa­tion piece on the ta­ble. It’s like colour ther­apy and I’m al­ways cu­ri­ous as to which colour peo­ple will grav­i­tate to­wards. I al­ways give my­self the teal one be­cause it’s the colour of in­tel­li­gence.

Fab­u­lous is my soulmate. My hus­band would like to think he is, but it’s ac­tu­ally my dog. I was mar­ried be­fore and when we broke up I was a mess. I fell in love with this dog and com­pletely for­got about my ex-hus­band

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