Laura Hamilton self-funded her first house purchase at the tender age of 19 and has been buying, renovating and selling properties ever since. When we meet in her beautiful South London home, it’s clear that this experience has been put to good use. The property has been beautifully renovated and decorated in an elegant, timeless style with (you guessed it!) a wonderful mix of new furnishings and vintage pieces.
As a presenter on Channel 4’s A Place in the Sun, a former competitor on Dancing on Ice and The Jump and a blogger-in-residence for Hello! magazine, Laura is a familiar face to many. We joined her and her two children, Tahlia and Rocco, at home and chatted about her passion for property, her interest in preloved objects and her ultimate interior inspirations.
How long have you lived here?
We’ve lived here since last July, but we’ve owned the property for over two years as we had to do a huge seven month renovation project! The room we’re sitting in right now used to be the garage, so you can see the transformation.
So, you’re obviously not phased by big projects?
This is the tenth house I’ve renovated in twelve years! I bought my first house at nineteen and I’ve been buying and renovating ever since. This will be the house I’ve lived in for the longest out of all of the projects and I think that this could be a forever home, there’s just no reason for us to move. There’s still so much finish here but for the first time, I don’t feel like everything has to be done at once. We’re taking our time with some things to make sure we get it right.
We’re taking our time to find the right pieces of furniture for each space and looking for artwork that really means something.
How would you describe your style when it comes to decorating your home?
I’d say it’s boutique luxury. I stick to the same colour palette of greys, muted gold and taupe. Even in the children’s bedrooms I wanted to avoid too many bright colours!
When did you become interested in objects with a history?
When I renovated my second house in Cheam, I was doing pantomime in Brighton at the same time. There’s so many interesting and quirky shops around there and I found an old wooden trunk in one of them and just thought it looked so cool. I was about 21 at the time and since then I’ve been interested in mixing timeworn pieces into my home.
Tell us some more about your vintage treasure we’ve seen around the home?
I’ve sourced my antique and vintage pieces from all over the place. The stone plinth that I use to display a tall vase of flowers is from Lassco in Vauxhall, the French antique wooden horse was from a trader who is also a friend of mine called Louisa Grace Interiors and the old cow bell is from India when my husband and I visited for a wedding. One of my most treasured pieces is the vintage curling rock which is a real memento from my time on The Jump.
Laura Hamilton presents A Place in the Sun – Winter Sun every weekday afternoon and on Monday nights at 9pm on More 4.
If you fancy coming to meet Laura or any of the other presenters of A Place in the Sun at one of the exhibitions this year, we have some complimentary tickets to offer you! You can check out the details below:
A Place in the Sun Live at Manchester Central 11th – 13th March 2016.
A Place in the Sun Live at London Olympia 6th – 8th May 2016.