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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

All The Shows To Binge Watch On HGTV This Weekend

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2014 | 9:49 AM

It's the weekend, and for the more-than-occasional homebodies among us, that means our to-do lists consists of one of two things: Mixing a cocktail (from our bar cart, of course) and binge-watching renovation shows on HGTV.

Before we get into the love-hate fest that is House...

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The Definitive Guide To Having Sex.. On Furniture

(4) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 4:43 PM

File this under "new uses for old things," even if it isn't your average DIY. Well, the "do it" part holds true, but according to U.K.-based furniture retailer True Interior, who compiled a list of furniture pieces you might consider having sex on, this isn't a project you're going to...

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Here's How Fall Home Decor Is A Lot Like Drinking Wine

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 1:28 PM

You know the drill: The minute summer finally rolls around, someone or something is there to remind you that it's only a matter of days until fall arrives. We don't support the whole Halloween in August phenomenon or, really, the belief that a massive decor overhaul is needed...

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La 'casa más pequeña del mundo' viene con un gran precio

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 10:48 AM

Para los estándares de los hogares diminutos, 188 pies cuadrados es algo espacioso. Aun así, la propiedad en la Avenida Richmond, Islington, Londres, sigue siendo considerada la más pequeña del mundo.

De acuerdo con The Guardian, la "casa" en Barnsbury –un altamente codiciado vecindario en Londres– es en...

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How Often Should You Replace... Shower Curtain + Liner?

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 8:21 AM

Some of our best ideas are born in the shower. And, some of our best questions, too. Like: How often should you replace your shower curtain liner? The short answer: Rarely. But it all depends on how you maintain it and, well, that's the tricky part. So we...

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The 'World's Smallest House' Comes With A Big Price Tag

(5) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 9:38 AM

By tiny home standards, 188-square-feet is rather spacious. And yet, the property at Richmond Avenue, Islington, London N1 is still considered the world's smallest.

According to The Guardian, the "house" in Barnsbury -- a highly sought-after neighborhood in London -- is actually just one room, and it requires...

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The IKEA Paper Shop Has Arrived In The U.S., Folks

(1) Comments | Posted September 14, 2014 | 8:00 AM

If you visit us here at HuffPost Home even on occasion, you know we hold two things in high regard: Our (unapologetic) love for IKEA -- because, well, meatballs -- and our belief that stationery (and, really, actual letter-writing) needs to make a comeback.

There...

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How To Hang Anything (And Banish Those Blank Walls Forever)

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Half the battle of banishing all that blank wall space in a new home is figuring out just what to put up. The other half -- if you opt for something beyond a can of paint -- is how to hang what you've decided to put on display.

There are...

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Everything You Need To Know About Getting Rid Of Pests

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 8:00 AM

If there were ever a more unwelcomed house guest, it would be a mouse... or a colony of ants... or a cockroach. Eek! Who are we kidding? House pests of any kind freak us out. There's the initial moment of terror when one is spotted. Then, there are the thoughts...

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5 Times Orange Decor Was Done Just Right

(2) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 9:29 AM

We've mused on the virtue of decorating with white and filled you in on the the shades of blue and green you need to know right now, but elsewhere on the color wheel lies one particularly underrated hue -- orange.

Yes, it does conjure...

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12 Words Every Decor Lover (And Anyone Who Loves Them) Should Know

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 3:36 PM

We wish we could tell you we've solved the mystery as to why shopping for furniture has such an adverse effect on relationships. We can tell you this: Your problems may have less to do with your conflicting tastes in side chairs and more to do with your ability to...

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Meet The Lady Who Lives In A Museum

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 2:29 PM

There's a fine line between collecting 5,000 pieces of art and hoarding them. For Betsy Alexander, it's all about placement.

"When we buy a piece of art, our friends will say, 'Where are you going to put it?'... But there's always a place -- it's just shocking," says Alexander, who's...

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

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

On television makeover shows, hopeless homes are turned into sparkling renovations in the span of 30 minutes. But, ask anyone who's actually gone through the process, and they'll tell you it's anything but an easy transition.

For Laurel LeBauve, who left her high-powered career to transform houses, it's all...

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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

(24) 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

(15) 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

(2) 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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