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.