The Road Ahead : August 2013
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 18 LIFESTYLE | QLD LIVING THE ROAD AHEAD AUG/SEP 2013 1. Wall Clock Pluto Gold mintgreen.com.au 2. Vinyl Record Cake Stand vinylcuts.com.au 3. Seven Dandelions Tripod Lamp sevendandelions.com 4. High Back 50s Armchair danskvintage.com.au GIVE YOUR HOME A SPRING MAKEOVER WITH A COLOURFUL BLAST FROM THE PAST Retro furnishings have seen a resurgence in recent years on the back of the popularity of advertising drama Mad Men. Watching the well- suited characters reach towards their afternoon tipple on their office sideboard or recline in an easy chair, it's hard to resist the impulse to mirror their retro style in your home. It can be easier and cheaper than you think. Start by rethinking the way you combine textures, shapes and colours. Retro styling is defined by unique colours -- think burnt orange and avocado green -- bold patterns and a range of almost competing textures from faux fur to durable leather, shag pile rugs, plastic and crushed velvets. A lot of replica retro furniture is available, but for truly unique and original pieces head to thrift and second-hand furniture stores. Antique centres and specialist vintage furniture stores are other great places to get inspiration for your new look. If buying furniture is out of the question, look to add a few unique decorator pieces such as a squatty lamp with a bulky square shade, a bold sculpture, wall hanging or pop art print. ENJOY THIS VEGAN AND GLUTEN- FREE DELIGHT FOR MORNING OR AFTERNOON TEA INGREDIENTS: 60g cashew nuts, 90g rice flour, 45g raw cane sugar, Pinch of salt, 75g dairy-free margarine, 225g dark chocolate, 300ml coconut milk, Toasted coconut. METHOD: Blend the cashews in a food processor until finely chopped. Mix with the rice flour, salt and sugar. Rub in the margarine until it forms a soft dough. Press into a 18cm round cake tin and bake at 170ºC for 20 minutes. Allow to cool. Melt the chocolate with the coconut milk, stirring continuously until well combined. Spoon over the cake base and top with toasted coconut. Allow to cool before refrigerating. titbitscatering.co.uk our favourites 3. 1. 4. 2. retro revival rich chocolate torte TURN TO PAGE 20 TO READ MORE ABOUT THE VEGAN LIFESTYLE.