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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 She is also co-founder of the home design blog

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12 Stylish Easter Ideas That Go Beyond The Holiday (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Foodies and patriots and even couples have their days to celebrate. But if ever there were a holiday for the crafty, creative types among us, Easter would be it... and we spotted at least a dozen adorable "Eastergrams" to prove it. What we love most about Easter crafts is that...

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The Weird Thing 43 Percent Of People Do At Home (INFOGRAPHIC)

(9) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 8:54 AM

Whether you're ready to admit it or not, it's pretty safe to say, cell phones are taking over our lives. No surprises there. But while the jury's still out on what exactly that means for our general well-being in the long run, a recent survey has revealed one...

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10 Design Ideas To Steal From Hotels

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 9:30 AM

No matter where we go on vacation, the hotel is admittedly the destination we look forward to most. But all of that four-star luxuriating might be the reason why we often feel less than enthusiastic about returning to the daily grind. (Especially on a Monday. Ugh.) What is...

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9 Things You're Doing To Ruin Your Hardwood Floors Without Even Realizing It

(28) Comments | Posted April 13, 2014 | 10:58 AM

Hardwood floors are basically synonymous with stylish interiors these days -- and you already know that they require special care compared to other flooring choices. (For instance, they're the one thing you can't always clean naturally with a little vinegar and water.) However, there are a few things...

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9 Rooms That Prove Nurseries Can Be The Most Stylish Spot In The House

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 2:39 PM

Of all the decisions new parents have to make, color is rarely ever one of them. There's pink for girls and blue for boys, and yellow if you're interested in something a little less stereotypical. At least that's what society tells us. It might be hard to imagine as you're...

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What Your Christmas Decor Says About You (PHOTOS)

(55) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 4:23 PM

There's nothing like spending the holidays with your mom, dad and your perennially tipsy uncle Eddie, but you don't need another trip home to explain the person you've become. You've got plenty of insight right in your own home, among those ornaments and tinsel and other festive decorations you put...

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2014 Is Going To Be So '80s, According To Pantone's Color Of The Year (PHOTOS)

(4) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 2:58 PM

When Pantone announced its 2014 color of the year, we had a nagging suspicion we'd seen it somewhere before.

"Radiant Orchid" isn't just a warmed up, more vibrant version of the purple color paint brand Sherwin Williams previously named next year's hottest hue, but a color...

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8 Lessons From The French On Living The Good Life (PHOTOS)

(128) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 2:21 PM

We'll be the first to admit, we thought our fancy for French culture had gone over the deep end. (A single spin around the French street-style photos on Pinterest, or a visit to the local hipster hangout that looks straight out of "Amelie," brought us to that place.) But faux-aged...

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5 Rules Everyone Must Follow When Giving A Handmade Gift (PHOTOS)

(55) Comments | Posted November 30, 2013 | 11:47 AM

So you skipped the Black Friday mayhem in favor of some more thoughtful, homespun gifts this year -- and we don't blame you. But before you set your sights on making the Pinterest gods proud (and launching an all-out war against your stay-at-home, mom-of-the-year-earning sister-in-law), there are a...

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Warm Food Is Less Important Than Nice Plates, Dinner Party Survey Reveals

(5) Comments | Posted November 28, 2013 | 8:20 AM

It may be hard to think of your Thanksgiving dinner as a legitimate "dinner party" with your nosy aunt Esther and Instagram-obsessed younger cousin at the table. But if there's any time of the year to polish off those vintage plates you compulsively brought over the summer and...

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Photographer Cara Connell's London House Is A Lesson In Neutral Decor (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 8:05 AM

London is for lovers... of interior design and neutral color palettes, apparently, as photographer Cara Connell reveals in her charming 800-square-foot Holland Park flat. Connell, founder of Lumitrix, an online site that sells affordable photographic prints, is not only a photographer, but a professional home tourist of sorts,...

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Blogger Julie Blanner's House Is The Argument For Living In Kansas (PHOTOS)

(42) Comments | Posted November 17, 2013 | 10:35 AM

On the spectrum of DIY projects, there's the pretty and practical, and there's the purely aspirational (like these 8 Pinterest project we're likely never going to do). Event planner and blogger Julie Blanner's suburban Kansas home takes us to a place somewhere in between, with its neutral palette,...

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Everything You Need To Know About Mixing Prints From One Boston Apartment (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 8:34 AM

Mixing prints isn't instinctual. (Unless, of course, you're the high priestess of prints herself -- Solange Knowles). But it doesn't have to be overly complicated, as Boston-area designer Phoebe Lovejoy Russell shows us in one well-appointed penthouse she created.

The project, like her other work, uses...

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7 Reasons To Bring Back Actual Letter-Writing (On Good Stationery)

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 8:15 AM

It was hard to imagine back in the days of Lisa Frank paper packs and Ann Geddes calendars that there could ever be a time when stationery would be extinct. And while we're not going to say that the art of letter writing is completely dead (for the sake of...

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Ditch Your Tablecloth, And More Tips For Setting The Perfect Holiday Table

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2013 | 8:17 AM

Whether you're among the 63 percent of folks who've already gotten into the holiday spirit or not, there's no denying: Thanksgiving is on the way. You could just go into hibernation until it's over (we recommend these five log cabins). Or, you can embrace the inevitable...

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5 Mistakes Everyone Makes When Choosing A Paint Color (PHOTOS)

(97) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 4:59 PM

Some design rules are meant to be broken. And then there's color. While the vast array of palettes and fabric colorways allow some room for interpretation, too many options means even the pros among us are bound to take an occasional wrong turn around the color wheel.


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AphroChic Debuts New Book 'Remix,' Secrets For Choosing The Best Color For Your Home (PHOTOS, EXCERPT)

(2) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 4:00 PM

On the spectrum of culturally-inspired design, you have Afrocentric and you have AphroChic.

The former has been largely reduced to a "rigid set of themes or exotic styles," historian and college administrator Dr. Vincent Ndoro Vera explained to The New York Times back in 1996. (Think, African...

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Family Lives In A Biodegradable House That Won't Be Around 10 Years From Now (PHOTOS)

(9) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 12:45 PM

When architect Dominic Stevens fled the city of Dublin, Ireland to live in a biodegradable house on the countryside with his wife and kids, Dwell magazine called the project "rural living at its best."

Now, Stevens is undoubtedly using that description to win over potential buyers as he...

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The Biggest Mistake(s) You're Probably Making In Your Bedroom

(171) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 4:28 PM

So now that you've got that big bathroom blunder under control (or have at least added it to your to-do list of things to fix), it's time to put in some work in the bedroom.

No, not that kind of work.

Just like in the bathroom,...

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5 Ways To Redo Your Home Without Renovating This Fall (PHOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 8:51 AM

There's undoubtedly something magical about the big reveal of a new bathroom tile installation or a freshly refinished set of hardwood floors. But if you've ever actually been through a home renovation, you know that the veil of dust and layers of frustration you have to hurdle to get there,...

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