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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

What Is That Pink Slime Lurking In Your Shower? (And How Do You Clean It?)

(3) Comments | Posted March 3, 2015 | 3:01 PM

Pink slime means one thing in the food world. But in your home, it's something entirely different -- a bacteria, to be exact.

According to Melissa Maker, the owner of Clean My Space, the pink slime that forms at the bottom edge of your shower curtain...

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6 Household Chores Martha Stewart Says You Should Do Every Day

(4) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 5:45 PM

Getting out of bed in the morning is tough. Making the bed after you get out of it? Totally overachieving. The payoff, however -- a cleaner home, keeping your bedding cleaner for longer and banishing your reputation as the disorganized-messy type -- that's priceless.

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3 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Fabric Scraps

(3) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 6:05 PM

Everyone has that pile of clothes they no longer wear but haven't gotten around to donating. And while it's always good to donate items to, say, Goodwill, there might be a treasure trove of DIY items in there that you can use in your home.

That is, at least according...

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This Budget Bathroom Makeover Proves Little Changes Go A Long Way

(18) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 8:30 AM

Bathroom makeovers can be daunting. There's the plumbing you probably want to leave to a pro, that overhead lighting you'll likely have to rewire, and the tile -- back away from the tile.

Granted, that may not leave much in the way of transformation, but sometimes...

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Inside A Beautiful Connecticut Beach House That Has Us Dreaming Of Summer

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2015 | 7:00 AM

Beaches aren't likely to be the first thing that come to mind when you think of Connecticut. Beach houses, on the other hand, might. Or at least they will once you have a look inside this stunning waterside home that designer Olga Adler says she found in just one day....

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The Best Vases For Your Valentine's Day Flowers

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 7:00 AM

Say what you will about Valentine's Day -- we'll take any excuse to pick up some flowers and pretend like it's spring, even if it is still snowing outside.

But in trying to master an Instagram-worthy, DIY-version of those pricey holiday blooms, we keep running into one problem:...

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8 Things You Didn't Know You Could Spray Paint

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 7:00 AM

If you haven't noticed, we're firm believers in the power of paint. Who wouldn't be once you've experienced what a $3 sample pot can do or witnessed an old piece of furniture take on a whole new life?

But if you aren't entirely...

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Small Bedroom Tricks From A Real-Life Tiny Home

(30) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 7:00 AM

What makes a master bedroom masterful? After a peek inside the tiny apartment of Dustin O'Neal, we know that it isn't the square footage.

In a feature in New York magazine's fall 2014 issue of Design Hunting, O'Neal, a New York-based creative director for the arts and design...

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This Beautiful Catskills Cabin Was Once A Wood-Paneled Mess

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 7:00 AM

When Amanda Bupp finally found her dream weekend retreat, it had a hole in the floor to the ground below, no heating system, and an animal had been calling the 1065-square-foot cabin home. Basically, it was a fixer-upper dream, and the end of a yearlong search for a place that...

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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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