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Room by Room Makeovers

November 2017

Room by Room Makeovers will help you make the smartest decicions in all of your home purchases. We do the research, testing, and user reliability research to help you make the best decision for all of your household purchases.

United States
Consumer Union
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the home (improvement) team

(PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES)Most of us are all too familiar with the realities of our home’s “before”: the outdated appliances, the drab carpet, the tired paint colors. It’s getting to the “after”—to that beautiful fantasy room—that can seem nearly impossible.But what if you had your very own team of homeimprovement helpers to steer you through all the choices and expenses, along the fastest, easiest route from “before” to “after”? That’s exactly what Consumer Reports provides. Our team of home experts— researchers, engineers, market analysts, editors, and more—is here for you with buying advice, money-saving tips, and, of course, our exclusive product reviews and ratings. You can trust us because we’re nonprofit and independent: We buy all the products we test, and we accept no ads—so we can tell it like it…

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faux marble-ous

White marble is a classic countertop choice, but if you check our ratings on page 65, you’ll see that the stain-prone stone isn’t a great pick for the kitchen. Happily, quartz, our top performer, comes in designs that mimic marble quite convincingly. A new option looks promising, too. We haven’t tested it, but per the manufacturer, Secolo porcelain slabs (walkerzanger.com) look like stone, and are non-porous and similar in price to quartz and marble. ■…

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green beans

If the recently reported health benefits of coffee appeal to you, so may Keurig’s new color collection. Oasis (shown), Black Plum, and Plum Gray were inspired by the antioxidants in fruits and vegetables (and in coffee), and by the colors of nature. Oasis may have additional appeal: The retro minty green shade is almost as popular as the ubiquitous “Millennial Pink,” trending on all types of home goods at this year’s design shows. ■…

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remodeling has gone to the dogs ...

When looking for a new home or updating the one they have, most Americans take their pets’ needs into account, according to a recent report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). More than half of all survey respondents, 52 percent, said they had completed a renovation projectspecifically to accommodate their animal. And realtors surveyed reported that one-third of their pet-owning clients often or very often will refuse to make an offer on a house if it is not ideal for their pet. Among the most popular pet-centric projects are adding fencing, a pet door, andinstalling laminate flooring, reports the NAR. So if you’re tempted to build a feeding station (left) or a bed (see page 109) or a grooming area, don’t worry—you’re not the only one happy to live…

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nate berkus does windows

Nate Berkus, well-known from his appearances on “Oprah” and now from “Nate and Jeremiah by Design,” currently airing on the TLC network, has launched a new collection of roller shade designs, available nationwide at The Shade Store (theshadestore.com). In updating what has typically been the most utilitarian of window dressings with rich patterns in a modern, neutral palette, Berkus turned to his favorite source of inspiration—his travels.“I’m currently on my third passport,” he says. “This collection represents some of the best textiles I’ve found along the way, whether a place mat from Mexico, embroidery from Southeast Asia, printed fabrics from Europe.” ■…

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united shades of america

1. AlabamaCamping Tent2. AlaskaKnighthood3. ArizonaSmoke Bush Rose4. ArkansasPalm Desert5. CaliforniaSwiss Coffee6. ColoradoMoroccan Ruby7. ConnecticutFortune8. DelawareTouch of Class9. FloridaKing Salmon10. GeorgiaMarrakech Brown11. HawaiiLess Traveled12. IdahoVillage Green13. IllinoisAlice White14. Indiana OldAmethyst15. IowaAdventurer16. KansasClassic Bronze17. KentuckyCzarina18. LouisianaSilent Sands19. MaineWinter Shamrock20. MarylandAntique White21. MassachusettsBlue Fir22. MichiganWine Not23. MinnesotaChelsea Garden24. MississippiIn the Woods25. MissouriDebutante Ball26. MontanaEncore27. NebraskaRiver Forest28. NevadaKyoto Pearl29. New HampshireGingko30. New JerseyArt Deco Pink31. New MexicoCamelot32. New YorkLinen White33. North CarolinaVermillion34. North DakotaFarmer’s Market35. OhioVanity36. OklahomaMandarin37. OregonConifer Green38. PennsylvaniaSpiced Potpourri39. Rhode IslandSo Shy40. South CarolinaBall Gown41. South DakotaPiano Brown42. TennesseeLimo Scene43. TexasPark Picnic44. UtahLandmark Brown45. VermontMermaid Sea46. VirginiaMoonlit Mauve47. WashingtonNaturalism48. West VirginiaBrazilian Citrine49. WisconsinBurnished Pewter50. WyomingMission Brown ■…