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Dishing It Up With Sharon Insul—Even In Warm California It’s Time For Fall Tablescapes

A vintage box plays host to dried corn, faux wheat, pears and multicolored leaves.

Posted: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 – 12:53 PM

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

The calendar says it’s fall, but the weather here in sunny California says nope, not yet.

Now I have no control over the weather outside, however I do have control over the inside.Yay! People, people, people, before you work yourselves into a tizzy, aka in the dictionary, “as a state of nervous excitement or agitation,” allow me to continue. Now as I was saying, I do have control over what happens inside my little palace, therefore I get to create the atmosphere and the temperature. Behold, my happy tablescapers and feast your eyes on one of many more fall table settings to come.

The patterned table cloth in the first photo is one of my favorites for fall. Take a second to zoom on in to see a theme that is perfect for this upcoming season. Bunches of grapes artistically strewn about this lush landscape of colors also captures rich shades of melons, gourds and wheat still green from the field. To add depth and richness to my setting, I commandeered one of my beautiful vintage boxes to play host to a variety of dried corn, faux wheat, pears and multicolored leaves, all tucked in and around tons of raffia that spills onto the table. To give this table a three dimensional effect, small whole melons, and nuts are tucked here, there, and yes —everywhere.

I love, love, love midnight blue, which brings me to another one of my “favs”— “Moderne” blue dinner plates. In the second photo they’re  layered with a gorgeous leaf shaped plate to be used for cook’s choice. Next came a blue/white patterned soup bowl topped off with a stunning pale blue “moderne” pedestal, to be filled with a unique ceviche to be unveiled next week. Vibrant orange bread and butter plates with my “been doing double napkins for a gazillion years” look in mellow orange, and the second napkin midnight blue.

Looking for a new twist on the same-old, ho-hum table setting? Help is here with Insul’s new book available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and  —a collection of… Tableofferings™ from the go-to expert tablescaper.

For children, I Am Sooo Lucky!!! Books 1, 2, and 3 are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Book1-; Book2-; Book3- Prime Amazon members read for free.

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

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