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Dishing It Up With Sharon Insul—Change Your Tablecloth, Change Your Life

The table setting here began with a vintage hand-embroidered linen tablecloth as a base.
A raspberry-colored linen napkin compliments both the pink and white roses on the table, as well as the hand-painted center rose in each piece of plate set.

Posted: Friday, August 10, 2018 – 2:52 PM

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

Change your shoes, change your life—amen. Now how about changing your tablecloth? No? Wait. Before you shut me done completely, have a look here. Thanks. Yessss! Oh that sound? No… I didn’t stub my toe. It came from yours truly. Thanks for your concern.

The table covering in the first photo began with a vintage hand-embroidered linen tablecloth as my base. Next came a crushed velvet shawl of burgundy with deep rose overtones. The multi-colored set of dinnerware, in shades of pink, green, and yellow play well with both the multi-toned shawl and embroidered cloth.

The place setting shows-off a pair of antiqued, white porcelain door knobs, used to hold the setting of ivory, antiqued-looking silverware. Antique ebony glass, Victorian lavender, burl wood, hand-painted porcelain, and brass public school knobs are just a part of my treasured antique door knob collection. Ivory-toned crocheted napkins at each setting helps marry the cream and white pops throughout this tablescape.

Using an edited edition of the place setting seen in the sceond photo, without any table covering creates a sleek simplistic table. I will use the largest plate, which normally is a charger, as my main course plate. What is normally a dinner plate will serve as cold first-course presentation.

I opted for a raspberry colored linen napkin to compliment both the pink and white roses from my garden, as well as the hand-painted center rose seen in each piece of this set. Red/pink hand-painted stemware andgreen/yellow blown-glass bowls, with square shaped side dishes that hold colorful mini-bowls for homemade olive tapenade and crusty rustic bread complete this design.

The centerpiece for this clean-line tablescape was a fallen branch found outside. A vintage Reed & Barton Pewter three candle holder was a true OMG moment in time, when found in a second-hand store for five dollars.

Now on Amazon is Sharon Insul’s latest book “A collection of Tableofferings™ from the go-to expert tablescaper.” Available in E-book and hardcover.

For children, Insul offers her “I Am Sooo Lucky” trilogy abou those adorable sisters Emily and Abby. Listen to Insul’s children’s books live radio interview at Available now on Amazon:

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

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