By Houston CityBook Magazine / Photography by Steve Visneau
Interior designer Lucinda Loya might be as noted for her age-defying beauty — she can’t be 55! — and her contributions to nonprofits such as CAMH and the March of Dimes as her whimsical way with décor. From the violet-lacquered walls of a library in a Memorial mansion, to the brocaded bullfighting suit in the corner of a church-turned-penthouse in Manhattan — the latter her own pied-à-terre — Loya’s rooms make statements. She’s been interested in design since growing up poor in Indiana, dreaming of beautiful things and “a better life out there,” she says. She’s now working on the H-Town home of a celeb athlete — shhh, she can’t say who it is — and an 18,000-square-foot ranch near Fredericksburg. And she’ll soon be featured at a Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS event in New York, a spectacle that marries her passion for design with giving back.