How to create the perfect Christmas tree with John Lewis Cambridge

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!

John Lewis Christmas Tree at

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?

Sandra McCall from the Home Design Team John Lewis Cambridge at

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!

John Lewis Christmas mood board presentation at

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.

Getting ready for the shoot at

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?

John Lewis Christmas Baubles at

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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  1. Mrs TeePot December 14, 2015 at 9:17 am Reply

    That is so beautiful I may cry! I’d love to be one of those ‘perfect Christmas tree’ people, but I’m not! I throw tinsel at it and then go a bit nuts with the decorations and bam, it’s done! I really enjoy doing it, but it does look like a child put it together…! lol!

  2. Stephanie December 10, 2015 at 12:08 am Reply

    It looks great and there’s definitely a Christmassy feel right now. Four strands of lights hey, ah what the pros know X #sharethejoy

  3. Sarah Christie December 9, 2015 at 9:15 pm Reply

    I love it, it looks gorgeous and I love the idea of using so many light. I thought I used a lot, but not enough and the result is great. What a great service x

  4. Babes about Town December 9, 2015 at 9:12 pm Reply

    Wowsers. I’m totally blown away by the magnificence of your tree! They did an awesome job, the tree ornaments are eye-wateringly gorgeous and the way it’s all come together is simply breathtaking. Enchantment is the word, can’t wait to see more from this collaboration x

  5. Lisa@intotheglade December 9, 2015 at 7:38 pm Reply

    What a gorgeous tree, I love the clock too, it’s so whimsical. The champagne bauble is beautiful too but actually I love them all. Now why did I not know about this service, I virtually live in my local John Lewis, how could I have missed this? Your tree has set the bar high for the rest of the house now, I can’t wait to see what you do xx

  6. catherine@pushingthemoon December 9, 2015 at 5:22 pm Reply

    What a gorgeous tree! Please can I come and stay at the Barn this Christmas – it looks magical!

    The tips are really helpful, and I will definitely be keeping them in mind when we decorate our tree – I may need to buy a couple more strings of lights! Xxx #HomeEtc

  7. Kerry December 9, 2015 at 3:19 pm Reply

    Your tree looks absolutely beautiful, as does your barn! xx #HomeEtc

  8. Random Musings December 8, 2015 at 2:30 pm Reply

    Gorgeous tree and fab tips 🙂 I think having someone else come and put it up would take the fun out of it, but I like the idea of someone else getting all the bits together and bringing them to me lol! Thanks for hosting #sharethejoy

  9. Silly Mummy December 8, 2015 at 1:51 am Reply

    That is so gorgeous! I want someone to do that for me! I absolutely love Christmas decorations. John Lewis always have beautiful decorations and trees. #sharethejoylinky

  10. Maria December 7, 2015 at 9:41 pm Reply

    This is so STUNNING! I love the color scheme of the ornaments. They complimented the tree very well. It honestly looks like it came out of the enchanted forest. I don’t know about you, but I’ll have a hard time putting the tree away after the Christmas…it’s truly so so pretty!

    Can’t wait for the rest of series! Thanks for sharing this with us, Michelle and for hosting us this week on #Sharethejoy. This was a beautiful way to start the week!

  11. Mrs Tubbs December 7, 2015 at 1:41 pm Reply

    That looks fantastic! Our house looks nothing like that, but it does look Christmassy and that’s what counts 🙂

  12. Lucy@bottlefor2 December 7, 2015 at 12:54 pm Reply

    Lovely tree. I love those decorations. I was really worried about putting up my fabulous tree and favourite decorations with a toddler around but luckily I have managed to teach her that the decorations stay on the tree so I could still have a fab tree!! Simple pleasures #sharethejoy

    • Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn) December 7, 2015 at 1:59 pm Reply

      Thank you! And I completely know what you mean… no idea if our tree will make it to Christmas Day but fingers crossed 🙂

  13. Mummy Fever December 7, 2015 at 12:38 pm Reply

    WOW! very beautiful. Ours won’t look anything like this but it will still be perfect as i let all the children decorate it together and they love it which for me is what it’s all about. #sharethejoylinky

    • Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn) December 7, 2015 at 1:15 pm Reply

      Thank you! And I agree – it’s such a lovely idea and I’ll be doing the same with our second tree in the parlour this weekend x

  14. Mama and More aka Zaz December 7, 2015 at 11:06 am Reply

    Well oh my goodness, if I wasn’t feeling festive enough before! This is absolutely stunning Michelle – I love the video, I love the tree, the decor, everything! What a wonderful and fitting collaboration between the Essex Barn and John Lewis – it makes me want to turn on the Christmas music right away! We’ll be getting our tree this week, and those enchantment swirl baubles have really caught my eye. Wonderful post!

    • Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn) December 7, 2015 at 12:53 pm Reply

      Haha thank you Zaz – I love those baubles too, they’re so luxe as are many of the baubles and accessories from the enchantment theme. Can’t wait to see your tree too honey xx

  15. Lisa Savage December 7, 2015 at 10:03 am Reply

    I absolutely can’t deny its beautiful, but where’s the history? My tree is bonkers and covered in things I’ve collected over the years. But I guess that’s just my style. If this is yours then this is a fantastic way to go 🙂 Thanks for hosting #sharethejoy

    • Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn) December 7, 2015 at 11:54 am Reply

      I do love the history of family baubles too – so I’ve got a second tree in the parlour which is a complete mish-mash of all of them including the ones that the children have made over the years. But it’s nice to have a theme in The Barn and yup this is definitely my style! *sparkles* Thanks for visiting Lisa x

      • Lisa Savage December 8, 2015 at 9:26 am Reply

        Yay! That makes me so happy – wish I had the room for two trees. One day!!! Its the dream 🙂

  16. Katie / Pouting In Heels December 7, 2015 at 7:41 am Reply

    Oh Michelle! What an absolutely beautiful, indeed magical tree! It looks incredible and who knew John Lewis had a home design team?! (I am loving the sound of this). Such a lovely festive post and I adore the video. Well done! X

    • Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn) December 7, 2015 at 12:52 pm Reply

      Thanks so much Katie, it’s really wonderful isn’t it? Watch out for more Christmas posts with the Home Design Team here soon! x

  17. Alexandra @imeverymum December 6, 2015 at 9:46 pm Reply

    This tree is just stunningly beautiful. I didn’t know about the home design service. We’re big John Lewis and Waitrose fans, I used to be really sad that it was always a trek for us to get to John Lewis, but now they deliver next day to Waitrose, it’s just amazing. So easy. I’m going to watch the video now. Beautiful post, and we really must come and visit at some point, the Barn is looking gorgeous xxx

    • Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn) December 7, 2015 at 11:52 am Reply

      Thank you so much. It’s such a great service and they will pull together things from across departments for you so that you can see how a whole look would come together. And I’m with you on the delivery to Waitrose – so convenient! Please do come and visit x

  18. Tinuke December 6, 2015 at 12:57 pm Reply

    Wow! Just how wonderful Michelle! I think enchantment was the right choice as it looks absolutely beautiful. I can’t wait to see how the fireplace and dining area turned out!
    Great time lapse video too. I know you said earlier in the post that John Lewis is dear to your family, well I think you did them proud !

    • Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn) December 6, 2015 at 4:42 pm Reply

      I LOVE the enchantment theme – fits perfectly in The Barn and so sparkly. I’m working on the fireplace and table videos now and they are equally stunning… can’t wait to share them! Thank you for your kind words sweetie xxx

  19. Wow. Just… WOW! This is literally my dream tree. Those lights – stunning!! I HAVE to know how they did it – did they wind four strands around at once? x

    • Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn) December 7, 2015 at 3:22 pm Reply

      Thanks Jacqui! It took quite a while actually and Sandra used four separate strands of John Lewis soft white LED lights to get this effect which I agree is stunning. Glad you liked it 🙂

  20. Honest Mum December 6, 2015 at 9:44 am Reply

    Wow what an exquisite tree, the whole set up is simply magical. The Barn is breathtaking too, must arrange a visit. Loved your video and the post-so festive xx

    • Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn) December 6, 2015 at 4:41 pm Reply

      Thank you Vicki – it’s stunning isn’t it? John Lewis really is my one-stop shop for the home. And you and your lovely family are welcome here any time darling! xx

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