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.

A Christmas fireplace at The stunning Christmas fireplace at

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. Wave to Mummy December 21, 2015 at 2:20 am Reply

    This is so gorgeous! I’ve read the other John Lewis posts too and wow, you have such a beautiful Christmas home. It’s a collaboration right up your street, really looks great in your home 🙂 #homeetc

  2. Jackie S December 20, 2015 at 8:20 pm Reply

    What a wonderful fireplace. We have a fireplace but it is gas not wood burning. The decorations are classy and welcoming. Lovely!

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