Andréana Lefton


Andréana Lefton is a writer and educator, focusing on human rights and creating spaces of refuge—in our homes and communities. As a documentary researcher, she has freelanced with The Guardian as well as NPR- and BBC-affiliates. She’s written for On Being, the United Nations, and many non-profit clients in the US, UK, Europe, and Middle East. All that she knows of garden care and interior design she learned from her artistic mother, Jacqueline. She now applies these skills to her life in Chattanooga, TN, where home is an urban art studio with books piled everywhere. Read more at and follow her on Twitter.

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APRIL 22, 2019 | MONDAY
15 Old Houses That Are Now Museums

House museums are an intimate, at times breathtaking, way to experience history. If your next vacation takes you near any of these 15 architectural and historical gems, drop in for some a...

APRIL 16, 2019 | TUESDAY
These Bugs Are Your Garden's Biggest Threat This Spring

Spring has sprung, and your garden is about to burst into bloom. But wait! What are those holes in your rose leaves? For a happy, healthy garden, keep an eye out for the telltale damage c...

10 Home Trends That People Either Love or Hate

When a design trend catches fire, controversy is sure to follow. Sometimes the debate is purely aesthetic, but occasionally the objections run deeper, touching on environmental or cultura...

APRIL 1, 2019 | MONDAY
Do These Things to Keep from Overspending on Regular Shopping Trips

Temptations are pesky little things. They sneak up on us when we're at our weakest, when we’re hungry, tired, or stressed. Resist the lure of overspending on your next shopping trip by fo...

The Best Weed Wackers for Every Size of Yard

If your lawn features a lot of “interruptions”—trees, shrubbery, pavers, and pathways—odds are that you struggle with a bulky lawnmower to maneuver some of the landscaping highlights. A p...

20 Big, Beautiful Airbnbs for Planning a Trip with the Whole Family

“Home away from home” has a whole new meaning, thanks to Airbnb. The company connects people all over the world, opening amazing homes for holiday (or business travel) rental. So, go ahea...

MARCH 26, 2019 | TUESDAY
These Questionable Home Trends Used to Represent Wealth and Luxury

They used to be the trappings of wealth, but today these ostentatious, at times unethical, luxury goods have fallen from grace. Here are 9 home trends that used to be posh, but now seem t...

Buyer's Guide: Painter’s Tape

For a pro-quality paint job, you’ve got to focus on the areas you don’t want to receive paint as well as the ones you do—and that’s where painter’s tape comes in. A special kind of maskin...

8 Surprising Reasons You Should Stop Using Plastic in Your Kitchen

The first plastics were invented in the 1860s and were initially touted as substitutes for natural materials like ivory and tortoiseshell. Celluloid, for instance, invented in 1869, was p...

25 Things Your Local Thrift Store Doesn’t Want You to Donate

Decluttering is hot right now, and thrift stores are experiencing a boom in donations. But not all trash can be resold as treasure. Scan our handy list for items that most thrift stores w...