The perfect Christmas fireplace with John Lewis at

Wow I was blown away by the amazing feedback following last week’s Perfect Christmas tree post in collaboration with the John Lewis Cambridge branch! Thank you for your kind comments… but wait, there’s more to come.

This week I’m delighted to share the second in this three-part series – this time Sandra McCall from the John Lewis Home Design Service has created the perfect Christmas fireplace transforming one side of our double sided brick fireplace at The Barn.

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The Home Design Service is available in most John Lewis branches and you can book an appointment with one of their 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 used the same ‘enchantment’ theme as our beautiful tree with golds, whites and silvers but this time with added texture from sumptuous rugs, throws and cushions. I love how the ‘enchantment’ theme pulls the fairytale feel through to our large fireplace and the light colours are a great contrast to the red brick.

Here’s the result…

What do you think?

Here are Sandra’s top tips to help you create a similar look in your home:

☆ Work with a selection of garlands and trims to add depth and colour (invest in wired ribbon)
☆ Use plenty of masking tape or nylon display thread to hold your garlands in place
☆ Battery operated fairy lights are a must
☆ Have a point of interest on the center of the mantel (height and balance are important)
☆ Be inventive with how you display decorations (a storm lantern filled with baubles for example)

And here are some of my favourite pieces from this look…

Some of my favourite items from our Christmas fireplace

Once again I have to say a huge thank you to Sandra and the Home Design Team from John Lewis Cambridge for helping us to create a stunning first Christmas at The Essex Barn. Be sure to subscribe below so you don’t miss any posts because next week I’ll be sharing how to style a 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. Pen December 17, 2015 at 11:02 pm Reply

    Ahhh, lovely fireplace. Unfortunately, I don’t have a fireplace anymore. Santa is going to have to land on the balcony this year and use his magic key to get in the front door. thanks for your post. #sharethejoylinky

  2. Hayley @hayleyfromhome December 17, 2015 at 11:04 am Reply

    Firstly your fireplace is just amazing!!! It would be a dream come true to have a fireplace like that, we don’t even have a small one. What beautiful decorations too, I love the sparkly hurricane jars and the garlands! It looks so festive, you must be thrilled xx #HomeETC

  3. Stephanie December 16, 2015 at 10:25 pm Reply

    That looks great Michelle, so very Christmassy and elegant. I love those stags and the stag cushion – have a fab christmas and lots of joy x #sharethejoy

  4. Morgan Prince December 16, 2015 at 9:46 pm Reply

    What a lovely fireplace! I wish I had a mantel above our fireplace but we don’t. 🙁 I’d love to decorate like this, it’s gorgeous. 🙂

  5. Sarah Christie December 16, 2015 at 9:40 pm Reply

    It looks gorgeous and I love how huge the mantle is, the hurricane lamps look fab, and the sparkly ribbon is not something I would have considered but it looks great x

  6. mummyofboygirltwins December 16, 2015 at 7:32 pm Reply

    Oh I just LOVE it – so stylish and very classic too, the pieces are very striking. Stunning Michelle. Once again you’ve made me say wow! Happy Christmas, thanks for linking up so much this year, and have a superb festive period xx


    Jess xx

  7. Kerry December 16, 2015 at 4:44 pm Reply

    That’s beautiful, I love it! Very tasteful xx #HomeEtc

  8. Ebabee December 16, 2015 at 4:05 pm Reply

    Firstly what a stunning fireplace! Love the decorations too – I am so in to the more subtle colours of Christmas like the golds and whites just like you’ve used. Your fireplace looks beautiful. And now I need to get some of those cosy rugs and cushions for me!

  9. Lux December 16, 2015 at 10:12 am Reply

    That is one fantastic fireplace. Love the colors and the ornaments. Really beautiful. 🙂

  10. Kim (sisterkin) December 16, 2015 at 7:50 am Reply

    Oh this looks just gorgeous. I love the garland and the fur cushions. I wish I could combiine traditional and modern so well (I tell everyine my kids did the decorating to cover my lack of finesse!) #HomeEtc

  11. Mrs Tubbs December 15, 2015 at 11:11 am Reply

    That looks lovely! So beautiful and Christmassy!

  12. Silly Mummy December 15, 2015 at 2:40 am Reply

    That’s beautiful! The fireplace & the decorations! We don’t have a fireplace, but I would definitely decorate it to the hilt if I did! #sharethejoylinky

  13. Ali December 14, 2015 at 11:02 pm Reply

    This is just perfect. I have a rustic beam above our log burner which is the focal point of the room and have run out of inspiration. I love the lantern and the stag heads, so many ideas buzzing now. Bring on the sales! #sharethejoy

  14. Mummy Fever December 14, 2015 at 1:42 pm Reply

    How lovely – I don’t do anything like this with the children being so small. When they are older and can’t pull at things I woul dlove to create something like this. #sharethejoylinky

  15. riddhi December 14, 2015 at 12:52 pm Reply

    wow…its so tastefully festive and cozy!

  16. Mrs TeePot December 14, 2015 at 9:15 am Reply

    oh wow! And I mean, really wow! What a stunning, festive, warm and welcoming home

  17. Fionnuala December 11, 2015 at 12:59 pm Reply

    Lovely job! We don’t have a mantelpiece but I do a similar job with the bannister. Wired ribbon is brilliant, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing this.
    Fionnuala from

  18. Honest mum December 11, 2015 at 11:01 am Reply

    Utterly stunning darling, love dressing the fireplace and yours looks spectacular, we adore gold, in fact one of the lounges at my folks’ has been re done with lots of gold accents. Can’t wait to see you on the 21st, whoop x

  19. Hannah Parker December 10, 2015 at 5:42 pm Reply

    Wow, just wow! This is so great Michelle. I’m now looking at our mantel piece with renewed interest…I thought I was done, but you’ve inspired me to have another go!! I definitely need some of that sparkly ribbon, it really finishes it off 🙂 xxx Love the video, btw and have subscribed xx

    • Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn) December 11, 2015 at 7:24 am Reply

      Thank you Hannah! Ribbon and lots and lots of lights are the big take-outs for me from my recent tree post and this one – it really pays to have an expert on hand! Thanks for subscribing lovely *mwah* x

  20. Babes about Town December 10, 2015 at 11:02 am Reply

    I raced to see this after the Christmas tree! Another gorgeous transformation, but can I just say that your fireplace was already perfect even before they started. Love seeing these glimpses of your beautiful home and very inspired by these magical touches from John Lewis. I’m all over that sparkly fairy and how come the Christmas stockings are so stylish? I wouldn’t feel strange at all rocking those about town myself 😉 Although now all I want to do is snuggle down on the rugs and cushions. Lovely x

    • Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn) December 11, 2015 at 7:22 am Reply

      Yay! Thank you so much for your kind words Uju, we’re so blessed at The Barn, feel like we’re minding a wonderful space for generations to come. I love how Sandra used traditional decorations in a new way and I agree with you the rug and cushions are super snuggly! xx

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