My space: Laura Hamilton

My husband Alex and I bought this house in Purley, Croydon nine months ago. It needed a lot of work. As it was my 10th renovation, it didn’t faze me, but it was a mental time. A month before, I had given birth to my son Rocco. Then, the day after completing, I started on the Channel 4 ski show The Jump.

The place was uninhabitable. My mum says it now feels like a boutique hotel. My husband and I both love interior design. I buy things when I’m abroad for work. I once brought back a lantern from Marrakesh in the cockpit of an easyJet plane.

I fell into property developing by chance. I bought my first home at 19, having saved up the deposit from a part-time job. I had a huge mortgage. I got a job in television, but the channel went bust so I had to move back home. I rented out the property. Buying, renovating and selling houses became addictive.

Everyone says we’ll move in two years because I get restless. But we’ve got Rocco now. I really believe this is our forever home.

I saw this cowbell when I was in India for a wedding with my husband and his parents. My in-laws bought it for us and had planned to surprise us with it when we were back home. On the return journey, the alarm went off in customs. They were quite embarrassed when they had to get it out of their luggage and explain what it was


I went into my local DFS store recently to look at furniture and a guy came running up to me, saying he recognised me from television. He asked whether I’d like to visit the DFS factory. At the time, I was a bit puzzled, but I had one of the best afternoons. I watched my sofa being made from start to finish, and even helped put the buttons in. I was really impressed

Coffee table

This is from an antiques shop in Merstham, Reigate that has now closed down. It looks like a treasure chest, but we had a sheet of glass cut for the top of it so that we could use it as a coffee table

Buddha picture

This is our only real piece of art. It’s from Spain – we have a house in San Pedro – and is by an artist called Alejandro Hermann. It belongs to Alex, my husband, and means a lot to him. Rocco, our son, loves looking at it, too

Laura Hamilton presents ‘A Place in the Sun’ on Channel 4

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