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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10 Things Not to Keep in Your Basement

If you don’t have room for it, stick it in the basement, right? Well, maybe not. Basements are prone to dampness, mold, and temperature swings, which can adversely affect many of the item...

America’s Most Beautiful... Cemeteries

It’s not only ghosts who haunt cemeteries. You, too, can spend time in some of our nation’s most beautiful and storied burial grounds, dating back to the Civil War and earlier. Fall is th...

These Are the U.S. Towns Where People Live the Longest

Location, location, location: We’ve crunched new research from 24/7 Wall St, Best Life Magazine, Livability, and the Health Inequality Project on the link between where you live and how l...

AUGUST 27, 2018 | MONDAY
10 Secrets for a Stress-Free Trip to IKEA

Those blue-and-yellow IKEA signs have become synonymous with Swedish chic, good deals—and a dose of frustration. Whether it’s the crowds, DIY furniture, or enormous inventory, IKEA shoppe...

AUGUST 24, 2018 | FRIDAY
13 All-But-Forgotten Company Towns Around the Country

The late 1800s witnessed a boom in American company towns, fueled by corporations eager to extract and process natural resources like lumber, coal, and precious metals. The towns were typ...

14 Things Your Mail Carrier Wishes You Knew

You may be familiar with famous TV mailmen like Cliff on "Cheers" or Mr. McFeely on "Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood." But what do you know about your own mail carrier? We’ve delved into the ...

JULY 27, 2018 | FRIDAY
18 Times a House Listing Drove the Internet Crazy

It is always fascinating to peek inside other people's lives, and there is no better way to do it than by seeing the inside of their home. That is why real estate listings can be so fun t...

JULY 12, 2018 | THURSDAY
8 Appliances that Cost You a Fortune in Energy Bills

Households gobble up more than 30 percent of the electricity consumed in the United States. Sure, efficiency has improved over the years, but consumers continue to buy increasing numbers ...

JUNE 26, 2018 | TUESDAY
10 Real Estate Negotiation Tactics That Can Really Backfire

On the lookout for a new home? First, peruse our list of negotiation dos and don’ts, culled from the advice of industry professionals. The bottom line? As you embark on the process, be yo...

12 Things Never to Leave in a Hot Car

Common sense dictates that you not leave babies, pets, and expensive gadgets in hot cars. But did you know that some everyday objects, from sunscreen to art supplies, can get damaged in s...