It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at The Essex Barn thanks to the Home Design Team from the Cambridge branch of John Lewis who created a stunning Christmas tree for us using this year’s ‘enchanted’ theme. I just love the shimmering gold and silver highlights which really sparkle in our rustic 17th century barn!
Incidentally, did you know that most John Lewis branches have a Home Design Service? And that you can book an appointment with one of their Home Design advisors to help you bring out the very best in your home whether you need some key ideas for one room, or a whole new interior scheme?
As I’ve written before, our family history with John Lewis goes back for decades so I was delighted to get the chance to work with the Home Design Team from our local branch in Cambridge to bring a fresh and creative perspective to Christmas at The Barn. Sandra McCall, our advisor, worked closely with me every step of the way to create a look that’s both practical and unique – the perfect look for our first Christmas at our new home!
In this, the first of three posts, I’m sharing the stunning Christmas Tree design that Sandra and her team created using the ‘Enchantment’ theme. Coming soon I’ll also be showing you how they styled our large brick fireplace and transformed our 12-seater dining table (created from the mezzanine we removed in the Summer) into a space fit for a festive banquet.
A consultation at The Essex Barn
The first stage of any project with the Home Design Team is a consultation and Sandra visited me at The Barn to get a real feel for the space and a thorough understanding of our lifestyle, preferences, tastes and budget. I then visited the Cambridge branch myself to see the stunning Christmas themes for this year (you can see my video of them here) and fell in love with the ‘Midwinter’ theme but Sandra advised me to pick a second theme that we could use as a contrast. She then created some mood boards that showcased the themes and gave me a idea of how they could work for us. Great advice!
Interestingly, when I was in-store my favourite theme had been ‘Midwinter’ with it’s twist on a very traditional look but after this presentation from Sandra I become a firm ‘Enchantment’ fan. It makes such a difference to see lots of elements from across departments – crockery, textiles, lighting, rugs – pulled together into one cohesive look.
On the morning of our shoot Sandra and Genevieve arrived at The Barn laden with a stunning tree and lots of goodies and set to work creating the perfect tree.
And here’s the result…
Isn’t it just stunning? Here are Sandra’s top tips to help you create a similar look in your home:
☆ Use plenty of fairy lights to dress the branches of your tree, the more the better (our tree used 4 separate light strands).
☆ Hang mirrored and glitter baubles on the inner branches of the tree to reflect the light.
☆ Select Feature Baubles and purchase in groups of 3 or 5 of each, this enables you to dress the tree in a zig-zag formation.
☆ Hang Feature decorations – like Michelle’s favourite clock – on focal areas of the tree.
☆ Showcase a spectacular tree topper.
And here are some of my favourite pieces from this look – including the clock which I LOVE – which do you like the best?
Top row left to right: Gold clock £6, Blue embellished diamond £5, Glass bauble £4.50, enchantment swirl £6; 2nd row left to right: Owl £, Sun £5, acrylic grapes £6, enchantment glitter drop £4.50; 3rd row left to right: Enchantment embellished finial £6, glitter swirl £3, glass beaded bauble £4.50; silver glitter ball part of 5 pack shatterproof baubles £6; Bottom row left to right: Glitter bauble £3.50, glass ombre finial £3.50, embellished champagne bauble £5, Hourglass £4.
I have to say a huge thank you to Sandra and the Home Design Team from John Lewis Cambridge for such a fun and festive day! Want to see more of our Christmas shoot? Be sure to subscribe below so you don’t miss any posts because coming soon I’ll be sharing how to decorate a Christmas fireplace fit for Santa to pop down and how to style your Christmas table that’s perfect for a festive banquet. For more Christmas inspiration and to purchase the gorgeous decorations used in our shoot visit the John Lewis Christmas page.
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