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Dishing It Up With Sharon Insul—Using The ‘Waste Not, Want Not’ Philosophy For Fall Tablescaping

Hand-painted gourds star on a fall table.

Posted: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 – 1:09 PM

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

Waste not, want not. Words that I live by, well most of the time. Pleeeeassse nobody’s perfect.

These wonderful hand- painted gourds seen in the first photo, are hot off last week’s fall table. What was that? You missed it ? No worries, just click http://wp.m/p3E2rZ-5eM and get caught up to speed. The larger of the two gourds, bought several years ago, is a signed piece of art, done by an artist who unfortunately passed away soon after I acquired this gorgeous addition. I took both pears/gourds and began to layer eucalyptus, pumpkins, grape vines, home-grown fallen leaves and more — yes more —smaller dried gourds. Oh come on, you know you can never have enough gourds when doing a fall table.

To give this table a touch or two —mmm —well maybe three touches of accent, I added a bunch of wheat, tied with a strap of leather, a hand-thrown earthenware chalice to hold a pumpkin with grape vines, and earthenware cups. Candles, as always, mixed sizes, keeping them lower than the conversation across the table, and don’t forget the up lights, as in votives and t-lites.

One of my many pleasures in life that I make reference to in my book a collection of . . . Tableofferings™ from the go to expert tablescaper is when I open my storage cabinets. Zap. Wow. Oooow weeee. Be still my heart. Then, oh yes, you guessed it, my pulse kicks into high gear and I am on the best in-house shopping spree imaginable. Seeing all of my collected goodies, some of which are bits and pieces that have no visible mate or companion, just sitting and waiting for me to invite them out to play. And another one of my pleasures in life happens to be the excitement of paring a stray piece of pottery, porcelain, metal etc. with the most unlikely combination and it whispers “ thanks, I like it here.”

Seen in the second photo are two separate colored napkins gathered up into one simple grapevine ring combining the rich variegated hues. Greens, and gold mixed together give it that direct punch of burnt orange and fall green to the dinner, salad and soup-bowl table setting.

Those looking for a new twist on the same-old, ho-hum table setting need look no further. Now available on her  website,, is Insul’s book a collection of . . . Tableofferings™ from the go to expert tablescaper for $19.99 +S&H  Great for hostess gifts or bridal showers, shipping is free for those who buy three. The book is also available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and  in ebook and hardcover—

For children, Insul offers her “I Am Sooo Lucky!!!” trio of books about two adorable sisters Abby and Emily, available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Book1 –, 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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