christmas luncheon

The seating pairs a slipcovered linen banquette and plush velvet pillow with painted dining chairs upholstered in a geometric print from JoJo Home.

When planning a Christmas luncheon at JoJo Home, Marjorie Johnston didn’t need to search long for inspiration. “We set the table using fabrics and furnishings from our inventory,” she explains. “The tablecloth—a Muriel Brandolini design with a metallic-gold floral motif—was the inspiration for the mix of china, crystal, and serving pieces.” The dining table shows off a masterful grouping of more contemporary elements such as the wooden charger plates and marble cheese board joined by formal china and elegant white linens trimmed or monogrammed in gold from Table Matters, one of the designer’s go-to shops.

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Marjorie Johnston of JoJo Home puts the finishing touches on her festive table.

Petite vintage bottlebrush trees and little houses from Johnston’s personal collection add a charming, more humble note to the table sprinkled among the glittering pieces. A favorite beaded tabletop tree was reimagined for the centerpiece. “We hung ornaments on this tree last year, but for this lunch we wired in roses, pinecones, sprigs of rosemary, and greenery for a feminine look,” says Johnston’s daughter, Wendy Barze. “The pinecones will last all season, and you can change out the flowers or other natural elements as you desire.”

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The luncheon started with a toast to the beginning of the holiday season with a celebratory Champagne cocktail.

The team, which also includes Johnston’s associate Katherine Bramlett, created engaging vignettes with florals, wreaths, and other holiday accents on the bar and sideboard with a continuation of the rustic and refined mix. The varied floral arrangements included greenery gathered primarily from Barze’s own garden and placed in an elegant, tall fluted urn next to a small bark container full of ‘Circus’ roses, white Oriental lilies, silver brunia berries, and poppy pods. The shop’s sparkling atmosphere even extended to the signature Champagne cocktail named “Winter’s Kiss.” Its ingredients were cleverly packaged as a holiday gift along with a recipe card that read, “All is Bright”—a fitting phrase for this festive affair.

christmas luncheon

“A lot of people have fine china they never use because it feels so formal, but if you mix it with more rustic pieces, you can create a whole new look. We had metallic elements throughout that tied this table setting together,” says Wendy Barze.

The dining table shows off a masterful grouping of more contemporary elements such as the wooden charger plates and marble cheese board joined by formal china and elegant white linens trimmed or monogrammed in gold from Table Matters, one of the designer’s go-to shops.

christmas luncheon

The metallic-gold Nina Campbell wallpaper in JoJo Home naturally sets the stage for a Christmas occasion.

poppy rose lily bouquet

“When it comes to flower arranging, I find it’s easiest to start with a pretty assortment of fresh floral material, a friendly container, and water. It’s no fail if you keep it simple,” says Johnston.

By Alice Welsh Doyle | Photography by Jean Allsopp

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