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Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson
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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

6 Home Projects That Are Easier Than You Think (And 10 That Aren't)

(25) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 9:57 AM

It never fails that the weekend DIY projects you expect to be a breeze end up costing you hours of frustration and disillusion and broken nails. (Remember that time you set aside some time to hang those IKEA shelves only to find out that your walls were actually made of...

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The Best Sofas For Different Lifestyles

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2015 | 7:00 AM

Of all the spaces in our homes, the kitchen often gets all the love. But the whole "heart of the home" idea is an equally fitting way to describe another one of our favorite spots -- the sofa.

From sleeping to TV-watching to "working" from home, the...

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These Tried And Tested Appliances Will Add Two Hours To Your Day

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 5:24 PM

God bless the good folks at Consumer Reports. They found a few hours to test out a slew of new appliances that they say could save you more than 2 hours every single day, just so you didn't have to.

While, yes, you would have to buy every.single.product featured in...

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7 Decorating Ideas To Steal From The 2015 HGTV Dream Home

(17) Comments | Posted December 28, 2014 | 7:00 AM

"Dream" homes come in all shapes and sizes. For some of us, it's a sprawling McMansion bursting at the seams with square footage. For others, the appeal lies in paring it all down. For the rest of us, well, we'd be perfectly content with something more...

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WTF Is Mistletoe, Anyway?

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 4:39 PM

Remember when you found out Santa wasn't real, or when you were old enough to realize just how implausible it is for a reindeer to fly? Well, there's more: Mistletoe isn't exactly the romantic symbol of the holidays that you think it is.

Perhaps you already knew this. But if...

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A Definitive List Of Holiday Candles, Ranked

(1) Comments | Posted December 21, 2014 | 1:30 PM

Every season has its definitive, nostalgia-inducing scent. In summer, it's the balmy combination of warm air, sunscreen and barbecue; come spring you're likely to get a whiff of fresh air and fresh laundry. It's harder, though, to pinpoint winter's signature scent. There is that distinct smell of firewood permeating people's...

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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.

(6) 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...

(6) 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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