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Dishing It Up With Sharon Insul —It’s All About The Embellishments

A garden angel sits atop a vintage shawl.

Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 – 1:30 PM

Come sit with me for awhile and see what I’m bringing to the table…

Who doesn’t love the beach? I know, I know … not all of you have the beach at your doorstep. Me neither. Granted it’s a half hour away as the crow flies. Excuse me. Have you ever driven in L.A. traffic? This is a town where a few simple miles turns into an overnight sojourn. I kid you not. Like I said …. it’s not in my backyard. Hmmmm— let’s recap , no backyard beach; sooo what’s a person to do?

How about I start with my garden angel, as gentle as an evening breeze. Featured in the first photo, sitting on top of a hand crocheted tablecloth. What was that? Okay, sooo it’s not really a tablecloth; it’s more of an extremely large vintage shawl doing double duty. Geeeeez! Haven’t we been over this before? Flexibility, creativity, playing out of the box … people pllllleeeeease, a little help here. Pheww! Thanks. With my angel holding court over vases filled with fresh picked flowers, mother-of-pearl-like silverware, and vintage dishes it’s time to embellish. Don’t you just love the word embellish?

Speaking of embellishing … let’s talk eye candy, as seen in the second photo. Think of it as jewelry for the table, your eyes and more importantly your soul. For the visual interest etc., I added sea shells, and strands of pearls, sitting next to a vintage glass pedestal dish layered with soft pink/yellow rose printed doilies. Hang on we’re almost there … all that’s left to do is put out tons of candles, and votives … everywhere.

For those looking for a new twist on the same-old, ho-hum table setting help is here. Now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, is Sharon Insul’s a collection of… Tableofferings™ from the go-to expert tablescaper. Available in E-book and hardcover at

For the children in your life, Sharon Insul’s I Am Sooo Lucky!!! Books 1, 2, & 3 are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book1  –; Lucky Book2 –; Book3 - Prime Amazon members can read for free.

Sharon Insul is the former owner of the Beverly Hills boutique Candle light and…



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