Take a tour of this classic home in Essex

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This two-bedroom, semi-detached Edwardian house in Brentwood, Essex, has an airy feel inside.

1/11 Exterior

brick house exterior

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

2/11 Neutral living room

living room with grey sofa set

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

This neutral scheme has understated elegance but still feels inviting, with its large sofa piled up with lots of cushions and throws. A fireplace filled with dried-out logs adds to the cosy feel.

French mirror
Nicky Cornell

3/11 Elegant dining room

dining area with wooden flooring and white wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

Vintage style furniture and accessories create a timeless scheme in the dining room. The owners had a closed-up doorway turned into a built-in shelving unit. Traditional panelling on the walls lends a New-England feel throughout the downstairs.

Dining table and chairs
Similar paint
Farrow & Ball

4/11 Shaker kitchen

kitchen with white cabinets and wooden worktop and white washbasin

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

White units help to keep this small area feeling light and airy. Every space has been used to maximise on storage potential. The wooden worktops soften the look and give it a country feel, in keeping with the style of the rest of the house.

Similar sink
Plate rack
Tesco direct

5/11 White country kitchen

kitchen with white backdoor

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

The kitchen flooring is a resin stone carpet, which is tough and easy to keep clean – perfect for dog owners. The owners kept the walls and the units white to help the small kitchen feel as spacious as possible.

Similar kitchen units

6/11 Classic utility area

utility room with white wall and cupboard with wooden platform

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

The owners removed a downstairs bathroom and reconfigured the kitchen into an L-shape, creating space for a utility area for sorting laundry.

Tongue and groove panelling
Travis Perkins
Housekeeper's box

7/11 Serene living room

window seat with cushions

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

The window seat makes the most of the extra space created by the bay window and provides additional seating. Shutters complete the traditional scheme.

Premier Shutters
Linen stripe fabric

8/11 Classic living area

armchair with cushions

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

A radiator is hidden behind a wooden cover, which creates another area to display nautical accessories. The upholstered armchair and matching footstool add to the country-style look.

Similar radiator cover
Similar armchair
Maisons du Monde

9/11 French-inspired bedroom

bedroom with double bed with cushions

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

A beautiful upholstered bed is the main focus of the bedroom. The muted colour palette on the walls and floor blends in with the neutral upholstery.

Feather & Black
Bedside tables
Nicky Cornell

10/11 White and grey bedroom

bedroom with double bed with cushions and pillows and bed side table

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

Crisp white bedlinen, striped wallpaper and a butler's tray give the guest bedroom a smart, New-England feel. A combination of grey, taupe and white creates a relaxed bedroom scheme.

Laura Ashley
Similar butler's tray

11/11 Country style bathroom

bathroom with white bathtub and commode

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Giles)

The bathroom is a good place to try out a slightly different look. Here, bare brickwork makes for an eye-catching feature above the roll-top bath.

Victoria Plumb

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