Hello, I’m Lisa, known to my nearest and dearest as Lou Lou, and I am the founder of Lou Lou Creates. I began producing my handcrafted beechwood canapé boards out of a passion for the beauty of wooden objects, and the way in which wood has a unique ability to connect us to add warmth and texture to our surroundings.
Throughout my life, my Dad, who is always making something, has shared with me his love for fashioning objects from wood. I too became seduced by the tactile nature of wood and it has become an integral part of my life and memories.
When my partner Paul and I, along with our 2 kids, moved into a 300 year old house in Oxfordshire seven years ago, the vast oak beams of its supporting structure became the guiding principle behind a long and laborious renovation project. We wanted that wood to shine through, to remain a vital part of the home, like a connective tissue, and to enable our house to retain its rustic charm and history. We certainly renovated our home with love which is why we made our house sign saying so! This philosophy and connection is one I have carried through to all the products I make at Lou Lou Creates.
So, with our children growing up, house renovations nearing completion and having always hankered after my own business, I have harnessed a strong work ethic inspired by Dad, and set up Lou Lou Creates in my home studio. To me, it’s a celebration of our connection to all things natural, to family and to the past, using the strength and beauty of wood to create new memories through gathering together.
Our canapé boards are designed to fit together as a stunning centrepiece, or to stand alone as a practical, lightweight platter for buffets and parties with a handy slot for your wine glass or champagne flute. We use ethically sourced materials and natural beeswax to create a gorgeous finish that also supports bee cultivation and benefits the environment.
All my products are personally engraved by me in my studio at home in Oxfordshire, using laser tube technology and done on a machine that is manufactured in nearby Northampton. You can choose to have whatever words you wish engraved on your boards for whatever your occasion demands. Whether you’re celebrating friendship, family or romance, you can create new memories with beautiful boards that will last for years to come.