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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.”
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.
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