Step Back in Time: The Greenbrier

dorothy draper decor at the greenbrier

Visiting The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV had been on my bucket list for quite sometime.  I’m a  WWII history buff with a fascination with Dorothy Draper decor — i.e., it’s basically heaven.  It was a hospital where WWII soldiers recovered and where the government held German and Japanese spies and officials during the […]

Retro Cocktail Hour Nibbles

vintage apron and stove

Simplicity rules at Senza Tempo, whether it’s your wardrobe or your parties.  A party should be about spending time with friends and family, not slaving away preparing tedious recipes.  Parmesan shortbread is one of our founder’s go-to recipes for any occasion and always a crowdpleaser (don’t be surprised if they spoil your guest’s dinner, though.)  The gin-soaked olives […]

Palm Springs: Hollywood’s Golden Age Playground

palm springs sign

Palm Springs started as Hollywood’s playground in the desert in the 1920s due to the legendary “Two Hour Rule” at most of the studios. Actors had to be available within two hours for last minute film or photo shoots. Marilyn Monroe was discovered there, Elvis and Priscilla honeymooned there, and countless other celebrities from Hollywood’s […]

Pistachio Macarons


Light, delicate and gorgeous. The French Macaron is one of the most elegant desserts one can easily master at home. Using ground pistachios instead of almonds adds an exotic complexity that will brighten any meal. For the macaron: 1/3 c pistachios 3/4 c confectioners’ sugar 2 large egg whites 1 Tbsp sugar For the buttercream: […]

Classic Draper

classic dorothy draper

Want to replicate Dorothy Draper’s classic aesthetic?  Here are a few tips from her classic interior design book Decorating is Fun! 1. Black & White Marble Floor – 18″ Squares, on the diagonal. 2. White-painted Dado & Chair Rail (use the “snowiest” white you can find). 3. Paint the ceilings a ‘Thomas Jefferson’ pale aqua blue. […]

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