I recently had the pleasure of spending a day with Louisa Canham, owner of organic beauty brand La-Eva, in her Oxfordshire studio. A day of beautiful fragrances, early spring sunlight, joyful music, endless cups of peppermint tea and conversation. I'd been inspired for a while by Louisa's dreamy, evocative Instagram feed; I'm always drawn to creative studio spaces, and as I'm fascinated how we can capture all of our senses through the visual medium of photographs, felt compelled to meet Louisa and find out more about the way in which she explores the idea of synaesthesia and the interplay of the senses.
Located on the edge of a sawmill in the Oxfordshire countryside, Louisa's studio is an inspiring, ever-changing space. Currently, the interior is inspired by Spice, one of her carefully curated range of four scents: 'vitalising ginger blending with amber tones of patchouli and the warming aroma of cinnamon leaf. An enchanting, expressive scent that energises and stimulates the senses'. Painted in warm tones, it's decorated with shelves and tables made from offcuts from the sawmill, nature finds and artisan lighting, as well as work by artists with whom she collaborates.
Louisa's now planning to redecorate her studio with Roseum as her inspiration, a scent based on rose geranium, petitgrain, and clove. I think it's my favourite, and I can't wait to see how she interprets it in her space.