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Salter House: An Artfully Old-Fashioned Shop and Tea Room in Brooklyn Heights

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Salter House: An Artfully Old-Fashioned Shop and Tea Room in Brooklyn Heights

April 24, 2019

Sandeep Salter has always been a shopkeeper of the most artful sort: Before she opened Goods for the Study and Picture Room with Sarah McNally of McNally Jackson in New York City, she studied fine art and worked as a bibliographer and archivist, and ran a small bookshop out of the MIT Media Lab. But it was while growing up in London that Sandeep first got the idea for her latest shop, she told Vogue. Here’s a look inside Salter House, now realized on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn Heights, next to Picture Room’s new location and a short walk from Sandeep’s own fairytale apartment. We just might stay for a cup of tea.

Photography courtesy of Salter House.

Sandeep just inside the windows of Salter House.
Above: Sandeep just inside the windows of Salter House.
Inside the shop, with wide-plank wood floors and plenty of southern light.
Above: Inside the shop, with wide-plank wood floors and plenty of southern light.
A detail of tea service, served in a sunny window seat. The shop is also entirely plastic free, and visitors will not find any waste baskets.
Above: A detail of tea service, served in a sunny window seat. The shop is also entirely plastic free, and visitors will not find any waste baskets.
The shop has a small cafe serving tea, coffee, and vegan baked goods, with artists working the espresso machine.
Above: The shop has a small cafe serving tea, coffee, and vegan baked goods, with artists working the espresso machine.
Wares are displayed like they would be in a home; here, Long-Stemmed Double Teaspoons ($65) and Flat Spatulas, made in Brooklyn ($60), are hung on the doors of a wooden hutch. The woven bag is the Abaca Mini Eco Tote ($24).
Above: Wares are displayed like they would be in a home; here, Long-Stemmed Double Teaspoons ($65) and Flat Spatulas, made in Brooklyn ($60), are hung on the doors of a wooden hutch. The woven bag is the Abaca Mini Eco Tote ($24).
Shelves with a slightly gothic air hold Wee Pine Cone Candles ($24 for a box of four).
Above: Shelves with a slightly gothic air hold Wee Pine Cone Candles ($24 for a box of four).
In the cabinet, a slew of enamelware, made in France and Belgium and starting at $6 for a small cup or bowl.
Above: In the cabinet, a slew of enamelware, made in France and Belgium and starting at $6 for a small cup or bowl.
Utilitarian wares include brushes and brooms, hung from Shaker peg rails. Handmade Custodian brooms, also made in Brooklyn, are sometimes among the offerings.
Above: Utilitarian wares include brushes and brooms, hung from Shaker peg rails. Handmade Custodian brooms, also made in Brooklyn, are sometimes among the offerings.
Also on offer: white cotton nightdresses.
Above: Also on offer: white cotton nightdresses.
Above: Sandeep arranging the wares.
Another shelf is fully stocked with Splatterware Canisters (starting at $24), a Kakomi Donabe (the white ceramic vessel at left; $98 but currently out of stock online) and Kakomi Rice Cooker (right; $80), and scissors of all shapes and sizes.
Above: Another shelf is fully stocked with Splatterware Canisters (starting at $24), a Kakomi Donabe (the white ceramic vessel at left; $98 but currently out of stock online) and Kakomi Rice Cooker (right; $80), and scissors of all shapes and sizes.
Above: Sandeep, who has two daughters of her own, also stocks children’s toys and clothes.
In the window, the shop’s logo: “adapted from a woodblock illustration by Cuala Press (an early 1900s women-founded and run printing press) that accompanied The Song of Wandering Aengus by W. B. Yeats. The print hung in my childhood friend’s home, I used to redraw it over and over,” Sandeep wrote on Instagram.
Above: In the window, the shop’s logo: “adapted from a woodblock illustration by Cuala Press (an early 1900s women-founded and run printing press) that accompanied The Song of Wandering Aengus by W. B. Yeats. The print hung in my childhood friend’s home, I used to redraw it over and over,” Sandeep wrote on Instagram.

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