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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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Here's What HGTV Doesn't Tell You About Home Renovations

(53) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 2:38 PM

Ask anyone who has left a high powered job about why they decided to move on, and you'll inevitably hear the words "labor of love."

That's certainly the case for Laurel LaBauve, who left her VP position at a big pharmaceutical company to flip houses.

But LaBauve prefers you...

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7 décisions déco qui font paraître votre maison plus en désordre qu'elle ne l'est vraiment

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 1:40 PM

Vous n'êtes pas seuls. Presque tout le monde a du mal à garder son chez-soi aussi rangé qu'il le souhaite. La vie étant ce qu'elle a, nous manquons souvent de temps pour mettre de l'ordre et ajouter les enfants dans l'équation... vous obtiendrez une maison qui a besoin d'un bon...

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The Do's And Don'ts Of Buying A Vacuum

(19) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Vacuuming is a no-brainer. You flip the switch, clean out the filter every now and then, and go to work on that area rug your dog likes better than his bed... right?

Wrong.

We aren't saying buying and using a vacuum is rocket science, but we do want to point...

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There Are Actually 4 Types of Gentrification That Could Change Your City

(14) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 12:53 PM

In 1985, gentrification was as easy to spot as a bottle of New Coke. According to a quiz published by the San Francisco Chronicle (and recently found by UCLA Ph.D. candidate Devin McCutchen), markers of a neighborhood on the cusp of yuppiedom included the introduction of gourmet bakeries,...

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Learn To Hang Wall Art In Less Than 3 Minutes

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2014 | 7:00 AM

Yes, we did just make a pretty convincing case for why you don't need to endure the headache that is trying to hang art again, but hear us out one more time: It doesn't have to be a weekend-long project at all. And, you have to admit, there...

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Here's How You Can Hire A Home Cleaning Service For The First Time

(1) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 10:05 AM

Hiring someone to clean your home is complicated. On one end of the spectrum lies a history of domestic work fraught with racism. On the other end rests the fear of being judged for having a sink full of dishes at the end of a particularly busy week.

But, like...

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14 razones por las que las mejores fiestas son en el jardín (FOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 8:10 AM

Hay montones de razones por las que el verano es la época del año favorita de muchos, gracias a sus días largos, sus noches suaves y la propuesta siempre en el aire de tomar una caña o una copa más. Y mientras aún quedan unos meses para poder disfrutar de...

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10 Reasons To Let Go Of The Granite Obsession Already

(24) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 10:57 AM

Ask house hunters to name their dream kitchen must-haves and you're likely to get a resounding "granite countertops" in response. In 2012, granite was used in about 75 percent of new kitchens, according to MSN. But with those numbers came speculation that the granite trend might be waning....

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5 Ideas To Steal From Fashion Designers' Real Life Homes

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 1:15 PM

Our first takeaway from seeing the homes of fashion designers Tommy Hilfiger and Isaac Mizrahi is that style knows no bounds.

Hilfiger's North Miami Beach home and Mizrahi's New York City Apartment, both featured in the September issue of Architectural Digest, demonstrate how closely fashion and home...

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6 Home Items To Splurge On... And 6 That Are Fine To Buy Cheap

(9) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Everyone loves a bargain and, as we learned from interviewing a few of our favorites, interior designers are no exception. Sure, they might be used to spending more on a sofa than many of us do on rent, but these design pros also know when it's best to seek out...

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Here's How One Family, With 5 Kids, Renovated A Historic Texas Farmhouse... In 6 Months

(4) Comments | Posted August 3, 2014 | 11:35 AM

It takes a special kind of person to be a motivational speaker -- someone with vision and perseverance, no doubt. Coincidentally, it also takes a good dose of those traits to gut renovate a house, which pretty much answers our questions as to why a mom of five would take...

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#PhillyHomePortrait Instagram Project Reminds Us Why We Love Colorful Front Doors

(6) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 2:57 PM

Hometown pride runs deep at stadiums, on college campuses and, naturally, on Instagram. Take the photo project #PhillyHomePortrait, for example.

The Insta-tribute to Philadelphia's colorful landscape is the work of amateur photographers Billy Cress and Austin Hodges. "People have this picture of Philadelphia as a grungy, dirty,...

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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

(2) 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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