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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.

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Your Guide To Avoiding 6 (Inevitable) Awkward Holiday Moments

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 2:00 PM

Ah, family time. It's fertile ground for awkward moments (like when uncle Henry insists on unbuckling his pants after Christmas dinner to "make room for seconds"). But for the most part, we're used to it... until some new friend or family is thrown into the mix. Or, worse yet, until...

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How To Wrap A Present In 12 Seconds -- Seriously.

(4) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 4:33 PM

It's ironic that the first thing we notice about a present (besides its size, of course) is usually the last thing to get our attention during the frenzied gift-giving rush. But wrapping a gift won't ever be the same after you watch this 28-second video in which a Japanese department...

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8 Holiday Gifts Anyone With A Home Will Love

(7) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 4:30 PM

It may be true that there's no place like home for the holidays, but we happen to think the adage rings true pretty much any time of year. And so, we asked 8 homemakers we love (read: designers and bloggers with impeccable taste) to share with us the things that...

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The Big Decorating Mistake We All Make

(2) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 9:13 AM

Between arranging furniture, choosing the right paint colors, and making sure you position your lighting just right, decorating is never quite as easy as it seems. There are, after all, people earning degrees in this stuff.

Luckily, though, there's YouTube. And with it, access...

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Meet The People Who Celebrate The Holidays Year-Round

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 8:45 AM

Roger Crowley has always been a collector, you could say. As a kid, he inherited a group of miniature horse statuettes that his father had collected when he was a child. Now, he's on to more "sophisticated" things, curating groupings of art and housewares in the only way one truly...

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WTF Is A Self-Cleaning Oven, Anyway?

(4) Comments | Posted November 29, 2014 | 7:00 AM

Unless you've mastered the clean-as-you-go approach to hosting, the aftermath of a dinner party can feel a lot like the hangover that comes with it -- fond memories of a great time overshadowed by the stomach-churning odor of dirty dishes in your kitchen sink. And let's not talk about that...

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5 Pinterest-Perfect, HuffPost-Tested Napkin Folding Ideas For Your Holiday Table

(2) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 9:30 AM

It's beginning to look a lot like the holidays -- if not in real life, then certainly on Pinterest, where we've been stockpiling both inspiration and intentions of actually pulling off a fabulous holiday table once and for all.

Alas, Pinterest projects aren't always what they seem,...

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The Skeptics Guide To Buying And Hanging Wallpaper

(1) Comments | Posted November 23, 2014 | 8:00 AM

In case you missed the memo, wallpaper is making a comeback, resurging from a place where it had been banished for being too flowery, too hard to take down, and grossly overused alongside pouffy couches and other '80s decor.

With an emphasis on modern designs and sophisticated patterns,...

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Sherwin-Williams' 2015 Color Of The Year Is...

(5) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 6:00 PM

Which color will dominate everything from runways to room walls come 2015? Well, it depends who you ask. According to Benjamin Moore, "a neutral that's natural" will dominate, as in the sage-meets-chartreuse hue called Guilford Green that the brand named its pick for 2015. Over at Pantone, color...

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보드카를 활용하는 끝내주는 방법 3(동영상)

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 2:19 AM

보드카를 집에서 활용하는 방법 3가지를 소개한다. 만약 책장이나 부엌 찬장에 먹다 남은 보드카가 있다면 더욱 유용한 정보가 될 것이다.


첫 번째, 보드카를 집안의 공기 청정제로 사용한다. 보드카를 분무기 통에 가득 부은 후 아로마 오일을 섞는다. 그리고 공중에 뿌리면 상쾌한 실내공기를 유지할 수 있다.


두 번째, 보드카를...

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What The Heck Are Tea Towels, Anyway?

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Like their dining room doppelgänger the cloth napkin, tea towels are a workhorse if we've ever seen one. And while their uses around the house are varied, so is their history -- a lesson we learned when we set out to answer the question: WTF is a tea...

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'Snail Mail My Email' Is Back And Reminding Us To Put Down Our Phones

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 5:15 PM

No matter how cute the stationery, bringing back actual letter writing can be a hard sell. There's remembering how to actually write legibly, for starters, and then hoping all your handwritten hard work actually reaches its recipients some time this year. But if there...

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3 Things You Never Knew You Could Do With Vodka At Home

(19) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 8:45 AM

It's probably considered sacrilege in some circles to do anything with a bottle of vodka besides popping it into the freezer, mixing up a classic martini and saying cheers to the freakin' weekend. Elsewhere, however, vodka is known to be quite versatile.

Did you know, for instance, that the...

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5 Genius Decor Ideas For Those Books You'll Never Read Again

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Remember when home decor wasn't complete without a full set of encyclopedias in the living room or a stack of overdue library books on the entryway console? You know, a generation ago or so, when actual books abounded and decorating with them wasn't just a prop styling trick...

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Athena Calderone Tells Us What Instagram Doesn't About Being A Full-Time Blogger

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Many of the lifestyle mavens we meet are in somewhat of a second act, banishing corporate career paths in favor of more Instagram-worthy pursuits.

Yet you could say that Althena Calderone has always lived somewhat of a dream life. Before launching her blog, Eye Swoon,...

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Floating Homes (And The Future, Apparently) Are Here

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 9:00 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 | 10:58 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 | 12:16 PM

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 | 5:37 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

(3) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 9:45 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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