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Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson is the Editor of HuffPost Home, previously serving as Lifestyle Editor for HuffPost Black Voices. She has more than ten years of experience covering women's lifestyle, home design, health and wellness, and travel content. Her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Parenting, Essence, IN New York and Where New York magazines, and websites including ShelterPop, HGTV, The Nest and ELLEDecor.com. She is also co-founder of the home design blog PatternPalette.com.

Entries by Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

Floating Homes (And The Future, Apparently) Are Here

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 8:00 AM

When UK design firm Baca Architects submitted their plans for a floating home on a small island in the River Thames, the response they got was, understandably, confusion.

"The local planning authority and the Environment Agency had never seen or heard of an amphibious house before," Ruth...

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This Decorating Mistake Is Costing You Precious Storage Space

(7) Comments | Posted October 25, 2014 | 9:58 AM

Decorating your living room is somewhat of a no-brainer: You pick the longest wall, push your sofa up against it and set your table lamps at each end, right?

Wrong. Especially if you're short on places to stash things.

Check out the video above for one of...

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'CraftFail' Is Where Pinterest Dreams Come To Die

(3) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 11:16 AM

Crafting has never been the same since Pinterest came along. On one hand, it's brought out a creative side that some of us never even knew we had. For others, it's acted as an ego-crushing conduit of one-time DIY dreams.

So where do all those never-to-be-duplicated Pinterest projects go to...

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5 Rooms Inspired By Your Favorite '90s Halloween Films

(3) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 4:37 PM

Home inspiration can come from the unlikeliest places. From Rihanna-themed tablescapes to Tumblr-inspired gallery walls, we've certainly seen our share at HuffPost Home. The latest: Rooms inspired by some of our favorite 1990s Halloween heroes.

We know what you're thinking, given the decade's rep for things...

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This Couple Turned An Old Bank Into Their Dream Home

(2) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 8:45 AM

Curb appeal has its merits, but there's something equally lovable about a building facade that belies the grandeur of what's inside.

Case in point: 300 West 14th Street in New York City. The former New York County Bank building isn't exactly an eyesore, with its ornate, limestone exterior...

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John Legend, Chrissy Teigen's Home Is For Sale, And There's A Music Video To Go With It

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 2:55 PM

It was a little more than a year ago that we were gushing over the Thai-temple-inspired home of John Legend and Chrissy Teigen when it was featured in the pages of Architectural Digest magazine. Now, though, it's agents from Sotheby's International Realty who are doing the gushing as...

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5 Very Real Questions To Ask Before Moving In Together

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 8:00 AM

So you're ready to take the plunge -- shacking up, co-habitating, cuffing -- however you refer to it, moving in together is a big deal. (It sure beats living alone.) And while that may seem obvious, what may not be are the questions you should be...

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The West Coast Is Still The Best Coast For Trick Or Treating

(5) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 5:06 PM

Life on the West Coast has some advantages.

Okay, who are we kidding? It's pretty much perfect by these standards. And, according to the results of Zillow's annual trick-or-treat ranking, it's also the best place for kids to score copious amounts of sweets this Halloween.

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This Stain Removal Database Will Change Your Life. Trust Us.

(3) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 1:45 PM

We gave you the secret to removing red wine stains from your upholstery, but as you gear up to spend more time indoors, there are a number of other things bound to meet an unfortunate end on your beloved sofa.

Lucky for you, the textile experts at...

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Forget What Your Contractor Said, This Is How Long Renovations Really Take

(2) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 4:52 PM

If you've ever taken on a home renovation project, you know one thing to be true: They can be wildly unpredictable.

Rarely do you end up making just one trip to Home Depot; rarely does your plan not get derailed by things like weak support beams and mold behind...

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This Couple Ditched Their 2-Bedroom Home To Live In A Friend's Backyard

(18) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 4:23 PM

From dumpsters to shipping containers, we've seen our share of tiny homes. And while we're intrigued by the actual structures, we're even more interested in the homeowners behind them.

Meet Kathleen Morton and Greg Laudenslager. One month ago, the couple ditched their two-bedroom apartment in...

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5 Reasons You May Not Be Able To Afford A New House

(15) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 2:09 PM

As the debate over renting versus buying rages on, we couldn't help but think back to that time when we all looked on with judgement as Carrie Bradshaw declared that she'd amassed $40,000 worth of shoes, even though she had nowhere to live. But if personal...

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The 'Elements Of Style' Can Be Found In This One Instagram Account

(1) Comments | Posted October 4, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Style is subjective, but the elements of style are pretty universal. Few people know this better than blogger-turned-interior designer and author Erin Gates. She wrote the book on it -- literally. And while she navigates the new terrain of publishing, we're taking notes from her work titled, like her blog,...

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WTF Is Paint Primer, Anyway?

(15) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 9:37 AM

Some home chores become second nature. Take painting, for example: You throw down a drop cloth, grab a brush and get to it, right? You might even be able to quickly tally up how many gallons of paint and primer you'll need to cover your in-need-of-a-refresh living room....

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Here's Why You Should Start Decorating Your Entire Home With The Living Room

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 9:32 AM

Whether you spend a ton of money on a down payment or a security deposit, you probably want your new home to feel like it belongs in a magazine, even if that means dropping more cash. You have been working on that "New Home" Pinterest board before you even found...

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7 Things We Can All Learn From The Homes Of Food Network Stars

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 4:24 PM

We love the kitchens of our favorite Food Network hosts. We practically know them -- in all their airy, high-tech, perfectly-organized glory -- inside out. But that hasn't stopped us from wondering what the rest of their homes look like.

So when the network offered up house tours in...

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What Really Happens To Leftover Food In Your Dishwasher?

(3) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 9:44 AM

File this under the more you know.

Thanks to the geniuses who put a GoPro camera inside a dishwasher, we now know the magic that happens when we head off to bed and leave our dinnerware to be cleaned. But there was one thing that still left us...

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Your Next House Could Be Made Of...Styrofoam?

(26) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Environmentalists have long opposed the use of Styrofoam in the food service sector, going as far as banning it in cities like New York. But the virtually-indestructible material may be cropping up in a much bigger way in the coming years. And, as contradictory as it sounds, Styrofoam's...

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What's Your Favorite Fall Tradition? 5 Bloggers Weigh In

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 4:13 PM

We love summer (if you couldn't tell by our constant musings on entertaining outdoors). That means there's only one word to describe our emotional state this time of year -- panic -- as the temperature cools down, the leaves begin to fall and Mother Nature nudges us to...

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All The Shows To Binge Watch On HGTV This Weekend

(1) Comments | Posted September 20, 2014 | 9:49 AM

It's the weekend, and for the more-than-occasional homebodies among us, that means our to-do lists consists of one of two things: Mixing a cocktail (from our bar cart, of course) and binge-watching renovation shows on HGTV.

Before we get into the love-hate fest that is House...

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