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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

10 Cheap Ways To Upgrade Your Floors

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 8:41 AM

Flooring is probably the last thing that comes to mind when you think about inexpensive ways to upgrade your home. And that may be because you're overlooking the obvious -- area rugs.

Like the options you have when it comes to flooring itself, the possibilities are endless. But because rugs...

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10 Things You Never Knew You Could Buy At Lowe's

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 8:00 AM

We always knew we could count on Lowe's in those moments when, against our better judgment, we took on a DIY project we probably shouldn't have even attempted.

But as we wandered bleary-eyed down the "building materials" aisle, we were pleasantly surprised to find some of the...

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5 Mistakes We All Make When Arranging Furniture

(3) Comments | Posted July 26, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Decorating is full of decisions, and the most important one isn't quite as simple as what to buy, but where to put all the stuff you buy. Tough call; we know. But designer and certified staging pro Cathy Hobbs is here to weigh in. Read on for the...

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7 Decor Decisions That Make Your Home Look Like A Mess

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 12:49 PM

Try as we might, even the tidiest among us have a hard time keeping our homes clean. There is, after all, life and kids and everything in between. But not all messy homes are a product of messy people. To the contrary, your decor itself may be to blame.

Not...

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It's National Hammock Day! Here Are 8 Ways To Celebrate

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 8:15 AM

We've always had a thing for hammocks -- even before Anthropologie made it a hashtag and someone else created a national holiday. What other piece of furniture can simultaneously evoke a caribbean vacation, add some whimsy to your backyard and give you a mild workout? (Not to mention,...

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How To Be A Good (Or Better) Neighbor In 5 Easy Steps

(1) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 10:07 AM

Anyone who's ever moved (which pretty much accounts for all of us) knows one thing to be true: We don't ever want to do it again. There's the bidding war, nearly being buried alive under boxes and, let's not forget, the likeness between handing over three months worth of rent...

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14 Reasons Patio Parties Are The Best Parties

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 3:57 PM

There are so many reasons summer is our favorite time of the year, with its long days and balmy nights and subliminal promptings to have another drink. And while we do have a few months to enjoy it, we happily welcome an opportunity to spend one sitting indulging in all...

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Watch This Tiny Studio Transform Into A Two-Bedroom Apartment (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 5:31 PM

The square footage of a home is all relative. 700-square-feet, for example, might as well be a sprawling mansion as far a some tiny house dwellers are concerned. On the "McMansion" scene, 700-square-feet could only be referring to someone's bathroom, right? But for Adam...

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The Best Websites For Getting Designer Furniture At Bargain Prices

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 5:12 PM

Spring has come and gone and the only "refreshing" you managed to get done was finally getting your duvet into the washing machine. We get it -- upgrading your home takes time and, well, money.

And we all approach that refresh differently. For some of us there's the friends and...

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8 Lessons From California On Living The Good Life

(30) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 9:36 AM

It's been years since any true New York-California contest forced us to pledge our allegiance to a team, an artist, a way of life. But like record players and hula lamps, what's old is new again -- rivalries included.

That was the thinking at least when...

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The Obamas' New York City Home Is Stunning (Or So We Imagine)

(21) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 1:18 PM

While the Obamas have roots in places like Hawaii, Chicago and Martha's Vineyard, it seems they're going to be seeking a fresh start come 2016 -- sort of. According to New York magazine, the President might be eyeing a home in the Big Apple when his...

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The Thing 14 Percent Of House Guests Do Will Probably Keep You Up At Night

(7) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 12:15 PM

Summer's synonymous with entertaining, and while we used to think of "entertaining" as, well, the perfect opportunity to mix up a cocktail, try our hand at one of the many recipes we've pinned and show off all the vintage linens we've been hoarding, a new survey by lifestyle...

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$1 Memphis Farmhouse Gets A Makeover You Have To See To Believe (PHOTOS)

(19) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 9:34 AM

For 24 years, Jose Velázquez and his wife, Jennifer, dreamed of opening a bed and breakfast -- something like the 20-room former governor's mansion where they'd spent their honeymoon in Vermont.

And while it took them nearly a quarter century to find just the right property to do...

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One Brooklyn Family Teaches Us Everything We Need To Know About Decorating With Pattern (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 3:54 PM

There's pretty much one rule when it comes to decorating with pattern: Just do it. That's the lesson we gleaned from the colorful home of Cassandra Warner and Jeremy Floto, the Brooklyn family whose Crown Heights home we spotted (and fell in love with) in the Summer 2014 issue of...

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The 5 Coolest Small Space Decor Ideas We've Seen (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted May 25, 2014 | 11:58 AM

The key to small-space living is generally to pare down, but after a look at all things new and innovative at this year's International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), even we -- small-space, New York City dwellers -- are finding it hard to resist picking up a new piece...

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6 Things To Know Before You Even Think About Moving

(4) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 12:39 PM

If we had it our way, moving to a new home would look something like this: Winning the lottery, buying a mansion, and hiring someone to lift up our current home, with all of its contents, and move it to the backyard of our new digs.

We can all dream,...

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How To Buy Grown-Up Art Without Going Broke (Or Setting Foot In A Gallery)

(4) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 9:21 AM

Like many decisions in life, buying art is easier when you're young. After all, no one is seriously going to judge you for that "Keep Calm And Carry On" poster you've got adorning your walls when you're barely able to make rent. But once you become a home owner (or...

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This Site Will Change The Way You Look At Real Estate (Even If You Aren't House Hunting)

(2) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 4:12 PM

There are many places to start your search for a home. While we favor browsing through beautiful real estate photos -- if you haven't noticed -- there are many other factors to consider when buying a house besides curb appeal: How are the schools in a given area? How has...

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5 Lessons From New Motherhood On Living The Good Life

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 5:45 PM

I wouldn't call my pre-baby outlook on life misguided, but like most 20-, er, 30-something-year-old professionals (especially those here in New York), the concept of work-life balance was far-fetched, to say the least. Perhaps I was looking too far away -- like France or back to my

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This Lightbulb Guide Will Finally Tell You The Difference Between CFLs, LEDs & Halogens

(357) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 9:09 AM

It's been four months since the ban on incandescent light bulbs officially went into effect, which means that stash you've been hoarding (if you're a fan of incandescents' warm glow like we are) is probably running low. Before you head to the lighting aisle for a replacement (where...

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