Renowned for her ‘no-nonsense’ attitude and uncanny ability to be nearly always right, Sarah Beeny is probably most commonly known for ‘Property Ladder’, ‘Help! My house is falling down’ and most recently BBC’s Village SOS. Super-busy, just as you’d expect from a lady with so many strings to her bow, we managed to catch up with her and steal just enough time for some quick-fire questions. Who knew the circus was her first love?

When I was little I dreamt of being…

lots of things but after a circus performer I think an author – although I always wanted to work with houses.

The style of my work is…

mix and match.

The inspiration behind my work is…

what looks OK and is very practical.

My design icons are…

the Crace family.

Has my job influenced my home?

The TV has definitely, I get to see so many amazing properties of all different styles.

A home should be…

your castle! Seriously, where you feel safe and secure and relaxed.

Every home should have…

a bath, I hate showers.

I couldn’t live without…

sad to say but with 4 kids the washing machine.

My favourite design piece is…

a beautiful antique sideboard my mother-in-law gave us for a wedding present. Or any of my kids’ drawings!

My favourite style era is…

tricky but probably Regency.

I wish I owned…

a teleportation unit.

My biggest influence…

my husband.

The new designers I’m watching are…

I’ve never really been influenced by new designers, I’m a traditional sort of girl.

My greatest achievement was…

apart from the kids, I don’t know whether to choose restoring Rise Hall or my two websites: My Single Friend.com and Tepilo.com

The most expensive thing I have bought is…

a house.

My best bargain…

two fab candelabras we found at an antique market in Rural France we paid about £45 and in London saw some really similar ones for £ 2000, but it was in a really swanky shop!

I’d save my last dance for…

always my husband, too many kids to single one out.

My pet hate is…

goats cheese.

My top treat is…

oysters.

My guilty pleasure is…

dairy lea triangles.

Save or spend?

At the moment try and spend if you can afford to, it will help the struggling economy

My favourite place is…

my bed full of my children.

My favourite date in my diary is…

Christmas.

In 10 years time, I will be…

I wish I knew!