As I am currently renovating my home, I am beginning to enjoy looking at furniture and other home accessories in shops, on TV programmes and on websites. In fact, it has become almost an obsession! There is such a wide choice that it can be mind boggling – which colours and styles to go for, should you follow or buck the trend. One website that caught my eye is “ Salt And Steel” – it is the home of everything monochrome and textural. It is a site that made me go “all touchy and feely“ – I love textures and metal and most of the pieces on this website I hadn’t seen elsewhere. I caught up with the founder of Salt And Steel, Sarah, to find out more about her brand and her passion of all things monochrome and textural. Hi Sarah!
Hi, I’m Sarah, Founder and owner of Salt and Steel. I live in Oxfordshire with my two children and mad chocolate labrador. In my spare time I can be found at the gym, walking the dog or in the many coffee shops and beautiful restaurants around the county.
What inspired the founding of the brand, Salt And Steel? Why did you decide to specialise in all things monochrome & textural?
I’ve always loved interiors and having worked most of my working life as a business consultant I finally wanted to find something that I’m passionate about. I took the plunge in 2019 to start Salt and Steel and haven’t looked back. I LOVE anything with texture that is a little different and monochrome hues just fit perfectly.
I am particularly fond of the Hammered Metal Side Table – and the unusual Metal Hand Hook. To date, what has been the most popular product from your range?
Oh yes I love them too. Now that’s a very difficult question to answer as I don’t tend to re-stock smaller items as I want to keep the brand fresh and forever moving.
What’s your most favourite item in your collection?
I definitely can’t answer that! I love everything. That’s how I’m building my brand…if I don’t love it then I won’t buy it.
As Salt And Steel is based in the UK, are your products available to purchase and order worldwide?
As it’s a new business my focus is on the UK but of course I’m happy ship overseas on request.
Hypothetically speaking, if you were able to visit any place in the world to get inspiration for a new design collection, where would you go and why?
Probably India. I just love the detail and the craftsmanship that goes into their homeware. I try to source products that are handmade where possible.
As you have an affection for monochrome, do you personally like to accessorise with a shot of bright colour or keep it pale? Which colours?
Interestingly, I can wear colour but I just don’t like to have it in my house. I’m sure a psychologist would have a field day with me! I love wearing coral and electric blue.
Personal now – what outfits and shoes would you normally be found wearing?
I do love a heel…either a kitten or stiletto. Heels always make me feel better. I don’t tend to wear skirts or dresses. I’m usually found in skinny trousers or a jumpsuit.
Do you have any favourite shops or online sites?
Boringly no and for that reason I subscribe to Stitch Fix.
What’s next on your clothes/shoe wish list?
Summer dresses, I’m going to push myself out of my comfort zone.
Boots or Shoes?
Boots. I love a boot. Boots always seem to be easier for some reason.
Links you would like to share e.g. website/facebook etc so that readers can find out more about Salt And Steel.
Thank you Sarah for chatting to me about your brand. The love of kitten heels is another passion we share – don’t you think the curviness of a kitten heel mimics some of the metal textural furniture and shapes?
All photographs have been published with kind permission of Salt & Steel.
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