ISSUE 7  |  Equine Accents

Shopper’s Diary: Steed Fine Hoarding and Tack in St. Helena

February 14, 2011 5:00 PM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

Steed Fine Hoarding and Tack, located in an old barn behind an auto body shop near the railway tracks, might not be St. Helena's most glamorous address, but owner Dione Carston is already catching the attention of San Francisco designers with her compelling mix of goods (think American Rag meets Tack Shop with a splash of 1st Dibs). Carston, who worked as creative director and buyer for local designer Erin Martin, has an unnerving facility for taking quotidian objects (used horse bits, for instance) and presenting them in a way that is instantly covetable. Her clients include design aficionados searching for unexpected pieces for the home as well as local equestrians decked out in jodhpurs. Steed Fine Hoarding and Tack is open from Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 3 pm. Go to Steed Fine Hoarding and Tack for more information.

Above: Horse halters and bridles (from $14 to $150) displayed on wall-mounted paint tins (brushes can be placed inside).

Above: Custom chair made with stirrup leathers.

Above: African stools, small: $800, larger: $900.

Above: Vintage clothing, a mix of dressage wear and western style, hang from a repurposed ladder.

Above: Driftwood sculpture animal head made by a local artist.

Above: Bridle bits

Above: Nautical flags and a vintage bike with copper fenders.

Above: Photography by Nicole McIntosh Bruce of I Heart Napa.