How To Recreate The Iconic Otis Milburn House From Sex Education – On A Budget

With the help of an interior designer, we have some homeware hacks.

Gillian Anderson at the Wye Valley Otis Milburn House

by Piper Huxley |
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Sex Education may be over – but that doesn’t mean you have to wave goodbye to the iconic dramedy just yet. Recreating the iconic Otis Milburn house may be just the thing to keep the magic of the Netflix show alive. Luckily, we spoke to Rhiannon Johns, interior designer and head of brand at Piglet in Bed, who shared some tips on how to style your home like the Milburn House without breaking the bank.

Ever since it first popped onto the streaming service all the way back in 2019 (can you believe that?), everyone has been dying to know where Sex Education is filmed. And, more importantly, where is that picturesque house owned by sex therapist and icon, Jean Milburn, played by Gillian Anderson?

Much of the show’s filming took place in Wales and the English-Welsh border. And – the house itself is located in the village of Symonds Yat in Wales – but the iconic, quirky but cosy Wes-Anderson-style interior is, in fact, a set.

Sex Education’s final season has been as enchanting as the previous three. Last season, we were left with so many questions. What was going to happen? Aside from the usual progressive sex therapy from Otis and tonnes of teenage hormones bubbling away, there were a few curveballs thrown at us last minute: Joy Milburn’s shocking arrival, Maeve’s America dream and Moordale High’s demise.

Throughout all of this change, we hoped that Gillian Anderson’s wallpaper would remain.

Photo: Sam Taylor / Netflix

And – we’re not the only ones pausing to get a proper look at the décor. Google Trends data reports that the Milburn House is a breakout star of the season, not Bella Maclean.

With soft natural colours, cosy throws and wallpaper that you’d find at your nan’s, this mountaintop villa has been inspired by the 70s, with a gentle splash of “cottage-core cosy,” says Rhiannon, much like Lily Allen’s country kitchen, we think. The Otis Milburn house “captures nature’s essence,” she adds.

Aside from the sex-positive candour and the casually inclusive casting, we praise the show on its confusing timeless (and placeless) setting. What decade is this?

Much of the cast is using iPhones and making space for important and progressive conversations, whereas Gillian Anderson is seen answering a landline phone with a cord. But, she looks fabulous while doing so, of course.

If you’re turned on by kitsch crockery, low-maintenance houseplants, warm wood and leather swivel chairs, here’s how to get the Otis Milburn house look. Scandi, cottage-core cosy and 70s vibes.

Recreate The Otis Milburn House On A Budget

Best Milburn house-inspired bedspread

To keep things fresh in the bedroom, this Sage Green Bedtime Bundle is an inspired choice. To keep you cosy in the winter and cool in the summer, this linen set is perfect for recreating the organic, natural vibe in the Milburn home.

Best Milburn house-inspired lampshade

Designed by Ellen Merchant for Pooky's competition for young, emerging designers, this Empire Printed Cotton Shade in Green 'Poppies' could be the perfect addition to your Milburn living space. Pop it on a gold floor lamp for a gentle, 70s-inspired glow. Or, grab a pair and keep them by your bedside.

Best Milburn house-inspired coffee table

Quilda Two-Tier Vintage Coffee Table
Price: £116 (was £145)

Vintage-style furniture is back. What more Milburn can you get than this Quilda Two-Tier Vintage Coffee Table? We can just imagine Jean spending an hour or so at a time at this table, sipping tea and listening to a sexual health podcast.

Best Milburn house-inspired cushion

Piped with beige cotton, this handsewn Liberty Lanthe Art Noveau Throw Cushion is made with an iconic design. Pop this on your boucle or velvet sofa for a budget-friendly Milburn-inspired spruce. It's earthy and totally late 70s.

Best Milburn house-inspired rug

Fall in love with this whimsical Morris + Co. Blackthorn Forest Green Rug from Ruggable. Inspired by a 19th-century wallpaper, this rich rug is bursting with blossoms, blooms and vines. Playfully-green, this will be a centrepiece.

Best Milburn house-inspired plant

Perfect for those new to plant parenthood, this tropical, fanning Kentia Palm House Plant is often seen in the Milburn's gaff, tolerating the low light and quirky decor. It's pet-friendly - and purifies the air in your home, too.

Best Milburn house-inspired cabinet

Jalousie Door Cabinet
Price: £249.99

Lacquereed, ruch and adjustable, this cabinet could be the new addition to your home. To get the Milburn look, embrace darker wood, delve into 70s-inspired Art Deco shapes and lean into multipurpose storage. This H&M Jalousie Door Cabinet can be used as a cabinet, display shelf and more.

Best Milburn house-inspired tableware

Whether hosting guests or wanting to add a little luxury to your dining table, consider this Botanical Green Linen Table Runner. It's the season of green at the Milburn residence - and we're sure Jean would approve of this number.

Best Milburn house-inspired vase

Sculptural in form, the Earl Green Glass Vase has a diagonally ribbed surface creating a textured finish. It's perfect for hosting seasonal flowers in rotation: dried, artificial or real. It's quirky, kitschy and screams Milburn.

Best Milburn house-inspired accent chair

With a classic frame and clean, simple lines, the John Lewis Harp Armchair in Honey Velvet is designed with a soft and comfortable and upholstered full sport. Whether upstairs or downstairs, this piece is a sweet treat.

Best Milburn house-inspired stool

Zara Rattan Stool
Price: £129.99

With a woven seat, this Rattan Stool could work as breakfast bar seating just fine or as a plant stand. In true Milburn style, this stool is organic, nature-inspired and special, breathing new life into a space that is eager for some TLC.

Best Milburn house-inspired trinket

This Livia Sage Green Glass Stacking Storage Pot gives us major Art Deco vibes. We're sure Jean's bedside is littered with trinkets such as these to store her jewellery and such. We adore the opulent, crystal-inspired detailing.

Best Milburn house-inspired blanket

Handmade in Yorkshire from 100% merino sheep's wool, this blanket is a super cosy addition to your home. Consider this versatile Dusk Blue Botanical Wool Blanket to add a touch of abstract elegance to your reimagined space.

Best Milburn house-inspired mirror

Inspired by Italian design, this Judarn Floral Wood Overmantle Mirror from Anthropologie instantly elevates any room with its striking frame and tapestry-inspired upholstery. It's quirky - just like the Milburn house.


Is the Sex Education house for sale?

Owning this piece of TV history doesn't come cheap, as it's been priced at a whopping £1.5 million. So, if you're prepared to dig deep, you could buy it for yourself. Complete with three floors, this property dates back to the 18th century and was originally used as a fishing lodge. However, we wouldn't recommend doing that yourself.

You caught a glimpse of the breathtaking views from this house during the show's run, right? We're very jealous.

Chalet Symonds Yat is for sale and is listed with Knight Frank Properties - if you're feeling up for it.

How do we emulate the Otis Milburn house style?

However, if you'd prefer to emulate the iconic and kitsch interiors, Rhiannon Johns, interior designer and head of brand at Piglet in Bed has three tips for you. Use her advice and our picks to reimagine the iconic Otis Milburn house.

Use Colours That Emulate Nature's Hues

As mentioned above, the Milburn House uses "muted hues like sage green and cove blue throughout its interiors" for that natural look. Rhiannon recommends using this as inspiration when styling your own home.

She adds: "One of the simplest ways to inject colour into your home without having a complete makeover is through your furnishings." Actually - we've done the hard work for you and found some suitable picks above to incorporate.

Think Cosy - Everywhere

Next, consider something cosy as the winter months draw in, making it perfect to "invest in cosy furnishings, something this charming chalet house has done perfectly," says Rhiannon. Much to our delight, the Milburn residence is snug, with rugs and throws galore, effortlessly reflecting "‘cottage-core cosy’ throughout".

Incorporate Greenery Into Your Spaces

Lastly, what would a 70s-inspired quirky interior be without plants? Bring the outdoors in with an Urban Jungle.

After all, the Milburns use plants in "almost every room, bringing a natural, organic feel to their interior and emulating the environment in which their home is situated." So, why not follow in the stead? Choose plants that can take the cold.

Piper Huxley is a Homes, Gardens and Wellness Product Writer, specialising in homeware. When she’s not obsessing over the latest home decor trends, she’s doomscrolling somewhere.

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