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Konoc founder Sally Tooth shows us round her mod­ern, eclec­tic Sur­rey abode

Founder of Konoc bags Sally Tooth de­scribes her home as “ever chang­ing, with an eclec­tic mix of fur­ni­ture and tac­tile ma­te­ri­als.” She shares the space with her part­ner Jay and their two young chil­dren, Rocco and Maddi, and their home, along with her busi­ness, is steeped in the mem­o­ries of the cou­ple’s trav­els to­gether.

Af­ter study­ing fash­ion with pho­tog­ra­phy, Sally ven­tured to Thai­land. En­chanted by the trop­i­cal sur­round­ings and sim­ple life­style, she stayed for

al­most a decade, work­ing as a bridal make-up artist. Dur­ing this time she met fel­low cre­ative Jay, who taught her the skills in­volved in mak­ing leather ac­ces­sories. It was there on Chaweng beach, Koh Sa­mui, as they be­gan to de­sign and hand-stitch a line of ac­ces­sories to sell, that their busi­ness, Konoc, was born.

In 2014, they de­cided to re­turn to Eng­land af­ter the birth of their first child, Rocco. It was in Farn­ham, Sally’s home town, that the cou­ple found their semi-de­tached ter­raced house.

“We loved the house and the lo­ca­tion, but the gal­ley kitchen was tiny with steps down into it, which weren’t ideal for a tod­dler. We wanted to have a more mod­ern, open-plan space,” ex­plains Sally. When re­design­ing the house they added a two-storey ex­ten­sion at the back, which gave them a sub­stan­tial din­ing space, and above, a master bed­room with en suite. They brought the back of the house level with the rest of the ground floor, and fin­ished the floors with smooth oak boards from a lo­cal sal­vage yard.

They made savvy choices with their in­te­rior de­sign, opt­ing for a be­spoke, high-end kitchen, but sourc­ing the ma­jor­ity of the fur­ni­ture from eBay and Gumtree. Sally found the din­ing ta­ble at a lo­cal char­ity shop, and painted it to make it the focal point of their din­ing area. She teamed the ta­ble with pea­cock-coloured chairs from Ikea, and hung bright or­ange lamp­shades above.

“We cer­tainly eat well in this house. Jay is an ex­cel­lent cook and loves mak­ing all our favourite tra­di­tional Thai dishes,” says Sally. The kitchen and din­ing area flow seam­lessly through bi­fold­ing doors onto a Zen-in­spired gar­den. This out­door space is rem­i­nis­cent of an ur­ban rooftop gar­den, with its con­crete seat­ing area, plant pots and con­tem­po­rary fur­ni­ture.

Konoc’s range of ac­ces­sories con­firms the im­por­tance of balanc­ing colour and form,

which is also re­flected within their home. In the play­room, Jay cre­ated the wall­pa­per de­sign us­ing paint tester pots. “It took an ex­tremely steady hand and a lot of pa­tience; I couldn’t have done such a good job!” says Sally. A bo­hemian-style pou e, brought home from a trip to Ibiza, also pro­vides a vivid mul­ti­coloured punch to this space. “In terms of colour, I tend to get fix­ated on a par­tic­u­lar one for a while – I’ll use it as an ac­cent colour. Keep­ing our so­fas and walls neu­tral al­lows me to change the whole vibe of the room in this way,” ex­plains Sally.

As a de­signer, she ap­pre­ci­ates con­tem­po­rary mak­ers and takes much of her in­spi­ra­tion from Pin­ter­est, adapt­ing ideas to suit her own style. Her chil­dren ben­e­fit from her nimble fin­gers too – she sewed all the soft fur­nish­ings for Maddi’s doll’s house, which is a minia­ture home not too dis­sim­i­lar to their own. The chil­dren’s bed­rooms are mag­i­cal spa­ces: Maddi’s is filled with de­li­cious pas­tel tones, while Rocco’s room boasts a bold mono­chrome vibe.

Sally’s eye for se­lect­ing punchy art­work gives their home a mod­ern edge. “I’m a huge fan of De­se­nio, which has a great range of Scandi-style posters,” she re­veals. In the kitchen, among fam­ily pho­tos, maps and prints, hangs a pic­ture of the Thai king and queen, homage to Jay’s home­land and a re­minder of the far­away shore where they met, and where their story be­gan.

01 Sally painted the legs of a sim­ple wooden din­ing ta­ble she found in a char­ity shop black, and added two chevrons to the top to up­date it. 02 The cou­ple sal­vaged oak boards from a lo­cal yard to use on the ground floor.

01 The out­door space is slick and sim­ple with a cool ur­ban rooftop. 02 Sally and Jay’s bed­room dis­plays mod­ern el­e­gance, with its pal­ette of soft grey tones and pen­dant lights.

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