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.
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.”
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.
By Alice Welsh Doyle | Photography by Jean Allsopp