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Dishing It Up With Sharon Insul—Enjoying The ‘Flight of The Flames’

Extra-tall candelabras make a big impact.
A Marrakech-inspired tablescape.

Posted Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 1:02 pm

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

Whether in Marrakech, Los Angeles, or Timbuktu, the draw to sit and share is palpable with each flicker, flare, twist and shimmer that culminates in the hypnotic dance of what I affectionately call “the flight of the flames.”

In the first picture, the impact of extra-tall candelabras with the backdrop of three-story tall banyans and palm trees, can be seen sitting regally on dining tables in Marrakech. Can you hear it? Shhh. Listen again. The whispers of the flames are saying, “come sit with me for awhile.and see what I’m bringing to the table.”

Moths are not the only species drawn to the light. We humans are also the seekers of light, as well as the glow that beckons us to immerse ourselves in the circle of warmth and conversation.

Candles strategically placed, as seen in the second photo, create an invisible thread that just begs guests to sit back and bask in the joy of the gathering.

The setting in the second photo was done in L.A. as a send off to my Marrakech trip. Moroccan pattern cloth sits atop a yellow brocade table cloth. Cobalt blue glass dinner plates, pops of orange accented hand-painted salad plates share space with yellow napkins, and pops of alternating yellow- and rose-colored stemware.

Those looking for a new twist on the same-old, ho-hum table setting need look no further than Sharon Insul’s latest book, “a collection of… Tableofferings from the go-to expert tablescaper,” now on Amazon  and available in e-book and hardcover.

For the children in your life, there’s the “I Am Soo Lucky!!!” series, available on Amazon. Book1-; Book2 –; Book3 –

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

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