There's nothing better than walking into a party to find that the corks have been popped and the bubbly is flowing. It's like a bottle of liquid sparkles, ready to get the party started, whatever the occasion may be. But while you may understand the different flavor profiles involved from sweet Rosé to Brut, do you really know the difference between Champagne and Prosecco? In order to get a definitive answer, we made a call to Melissa Rockwell, direct-to-consumer sales manager for Long Island, NY-based Sparkling Pointe, manufacturer of sparkling wines located on the North Fork of Long Island. "All Champagne is sparking wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne," she told POPSUGAR. To start, Rockwell says, Champagne is made in the Champagne region of France and is made from either a single variety of a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. Prosecco is manufactured in Northern Italy and is mostly made from the Glera grape, although it can also be made from a few other varietals. "In Europe, the wines are named after the region where the grapes are grown. All sorts of environmental factors affect your flavors, and it would be misleading to consumers to put a name on a label that isn't where the grapes grow," she said. And while region is important, she did note that there are some older wineries outside of Champagne, France, like Korbel in Sonoma, CA, that do use the word "Champagne" on the products because they were "grandfathered in before these agreements went into effect." According to Rockwell, however, the main difference between Champagne and Proscecco is the process in which the sparkling drinks are made. She explained that Champagne is made through a process called méthode champenoise in which a base wine is created and then goes through two different fermentation processes - one in a tank, and a second directly in the bottle itself. It can take 10 years or more to produce a bottle of Champagne, allowing it to develop a complex flavor profile. "Most sparkling wine will have méthode champenoise on the label if they use that process because there are easier ways to get bubbles that don't taste as good," she said. It's also worth nothing that Prosecco, too, is fermented twice - using a charmot method. The difference here is that both times it is fermented in the tank. As for flavor profiles, Rockwell explained that Proseccos tend to be lighter and a little less complex as Champagne and that, oftentimes, she finds them to also be a little bit sweeter. Price points differ, too. A bottle of good Champagne - not quite high-end and not quite low-end - will set you back about $40 a bottle, whereas experts note that you can get the same quality Prosecco for $13 a bottle. "There is definitely a value to Prosecco," Rockwell said. And we couldn't agree more.
Quality, stylish baseboards can update your home, add visual interest, and create an added layer of sophistication to your home's style. Not only that, baseboards are inexpensive and they also add value to your home.Functional ArtBaseboards are not just a pretty addition to a home (although, they certainly are that!). They also exist as a functional piece of material. Installed where the floor meets the wall, baseboards cover up uneven flooring and prevent furniture from being pushed too close to the wall. But besides their function, they help to complete the look of a room, making the room look sophisticated and more complete.Learn how to choose the right baseboard for your home.Photo by CWB Architects - Discover bedroom design ideas How Tall Should the Baseboards Be?To determine the height of your baseboards, look to your casings. The casings are the moldings around the doors and windows in your home. Your baseboard should be taller than the width of the casing. You want the baseboards to be noticeable, but not overpowering. A good rule of thumb? If you have an 8-foot wall, keep your baseboard between 3 and 5 inches tall. If you have a 10-foot ceiling, keep the baseboard between 5 to 7 inches.Helpful tip: Baseboards can make a smaller room appear larger when you blend the molding with the colors of the floor or wall.What Material Should You Choose?The material you choose for your baseboards depends on which room the baseboard will be going in. Wood baseboard is great for rooms with wooden floors and for general living areas. Wooden baseboards can be stained, painted, or even left untreated.Plastic molding, on the other hand, often works in a room that gets a lot of moisture, like a bathroom or kitchen.Helpful tip: If you're replacing only some of your baseboard, match the material and style of your new baseboard to what you already have in your home.What Style Baseboard Should You Choose?Photo by LSA Architects - Browse entryway photosWhen it comes to baseboards, your style choices are limited to the style of your home. Baseboard that doesn't match the style of the house will just look off and wrong, so you want to make sure you match your baseboard to your house's character. For example, if you live in a Victorian home, you can choose elaborate molding, while a modern home is better suited to a plain plank.Also think about the other details of your home. Do you have beautiful flooring? Contrast your baseboard molding with the floor and wall to draw the eye to that area of the room.What About Accessories?Photo by RW Anderson Homes - Look for entryway picturesDid you know you can add accessories to your baseboards? Plinth blocks help to join moldings of different widths, like a wider baseboard meeting a narrow door casing. Divider blocks add a decorative touch when the walls meet at a 45-degree angle. While plinth blocks and divider blocks are functional, they also add sophistication to the space.When baseboards are done right, they add beauty and sophistication to a room without overpowering it. The eye almost doesn't even register them. But when they're done wrong, or when they don't even exist? Nothing could be more obvious. That's why it's important to get this detail of your home correct.At New Life Painting, we offer baseboard, crown, and other molding installation. Beautify your home with the right baseboards. Give us a call at (805) 937-9836, or contact us online for an estimate.
To prepare their property for winter, many homeowners simply apply new caulking, replace damaged weatherstripping, and install an additional layer of insulation in the attic or basement. In actuality, though, there are a host of tasks and duties you're probably forgetting, which may lead to expensive hassles and time-consuming repairs next spring. Take note of these 10 spots many homeowners forget to winter-proof, and make sure you don't make the same mistake!
In 2016, just over 11 percent of Americans moved, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Whether you are moving around the block or across the country, you may be able to help reduce the waste associated with packing up and relocating. Here are some tips that may help make your move more eco-friendly. Donate Unneeded Items Only pack what you need. Before you start packing for your move, bring old TVs, computers, cellphones and other electronics and household appliances to a center that specializes in recycling those items, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends. Many retailers and local communities will recycle these products. You can find an electronics recycling facility in your area on this ecycling website, which is run by the Telecommunications Industry Association. It's also a good idea to donate your old clothes to charity or sell them at a yard sale, HGTV suggests. Moving? Take Insurance with You.An agent can help you choose protections for your new home.Find a local agent Think Outside the Boxes You may have more packing materials on hand than you realize. Consider packing belongings into suitcases and plastic bins, using pillows to help protect breakable items, HGTV recommends. Ask if your movers have reusable plastic bins and crates that you can rent for the move, St. Edward's University recommends. Reduce Box Waste If you do need boxes, there is no need to buy them new (and create new waste) when you can go to your local market or grocery store to ask for used cardboard boxes, St. Edward's University advises. You can also ask friends, coworkers and family if they have boxes from a recent move. If you don't have time to look for used boxes, your mover may be able to help. When you reach out, HGTV suggests asking if they sell recycled boxes, and whether the movers will be available to help you pack with an eye toward using as few boxes as possible. And, be sure to pass on the boxes once your move is complete, advises HGTV. If you don't know where to take your boxes, the EPA points out that there are organizations and businesses where you can drop off unused boxes for others to use. Go Green With Packing Materials There are eco-friendly alternatives to plastic packaging material, packing peanuts and foam wrap. However, if you need to use packing peanuts, there are corn-based, biodegradable alternatives - and you can also seal your boxes with tape made of biodegradable plant material, St. Edward's University says. After your move, recycle your packing materials. Corn- or wheat-based packing peanuts can be dissolved in water, according to Columbia University's Earth Institute. Be aware that most curbside recycling programs won't take traditional packing peanuts, but if you can't reuse them, there are mail-back programs, or you may be able to donate them to a shipping store, according to Earth911. By following these tips, you may help make your next move a little bit easier on the environment. The post Green Moving Tips: How to 'Eco-Boost' Your Move appeared first on The Allstate Blog.
KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStockTo a new homeowner, painting rooms might seem like theultimate dream. After years of renting white walls thatweren't yours to alter even a smidge, you finally get to slather your home in whichever colors you desire. Freedom! Butif you're gonna do the job right, there's way more to dothan sifting through fan decksand playing with onlinevisualizationtools-there's actually a lot to consider when it comes to painting your home. The wrong move could ruin yourdecor (at least temporarily) and fill you to the brim with regret. So before you pick up that brush, learn the most common painting mistakes homeowners make-and save yourself some heartache. 1. Getting tiny samples When it comes to swatches, size matters.Ask a color expert for an oversize sample or fan deck, and make sure that when you test different shades, you paint swatches that are big enough to evaluate how the color will really look. It's essential to paint large blocks on everywall to see what they look like in eachlight and gloss level, explains Sara McLean, color expert and stylist for Dunn-Edwards Paints.And don't crowd samples, she says. You need room betweenswatches to focus on each color. Next, try not torush the testing process. Live with your color choice to be sure it's the right one for you, urges Kaitlin Willhoit, a Realtor with The Boutique Real Estate Group. 2. Not comparing finishes Photo by AAA ArchitectureDiscover bathroom design inspiration Thefinish you choose should correlate with the room's purpose. Many homeowners are nervous about using shiny semigloss, but it's more durable than flat or matte and more moisture-resistant, which makes it perfect for bathrooms and the kitchen, points out Kristen Chuber, marketing director at Paintzen. On the other hand, flat and matte finishes allow for easy touch-ups, so save thosefor high-trafficspotslikehallways and the kids' rooms, she adds. You should alsoconsiderthe room's undertones. Your color will look off if you pair a pink undertone with a yellow one, so look at the counters, the stone fireplace, and cabinets when choosing paint,saysKaren Gray-Plaisted,a home staging expert withDesign Solutions KGP. And don't forget about your flooring-a warm mahogany hardwood might look off-base when paired with a cool gray paint. 3. Choosing a boring palette
Beige on beige with some white trim? Zzz sorry, we dozed off there for a moment. Some homeowners stick to dull colors so they never have to repaint, but color is a reflection of your personality, McLean says. Plus, using the same color throughout will create a decor scheme that lacks depth. It's important to develop a complementary palette, and it'strendyto mix neutrals, like warm grays, beige, and soft colors, says Dessie Sliekers, an interior designer with Slick Designs. 4.Picking the wrongwhite
If you're new to the world of paint, we've got news for you: You can't just pick white paint and call it a day. Even whitehas different levels and shades,and you need to know what you want before you head to the store. Some whites are cool, others warm, still more are neutral, so the one you pick will depend on the room's finishes and undertones, Gray-Plaisted explains. Another common mistake is using too much white-it makes a room look gray and drab, says Liat Tzoubari, CEO of Sevensmith, a home decor boutique. Instead, choose a white with a slight pink or yellow tint such as cream, she says. 5. Forgetting about the function of the room The psychology of color has a few general rules, according to the experts. Red, for example, has been shown to raise the heart rate and blood pressure, so it's a good choice in a room where you're entertaining, but poorly used in a bedroom, Chuber says. Amy Bly, a home stager with Great Impressions, prefers navy blue in an office and calming shades of green or blue in bedrooms. Also, whatever you do, never paint a bathroom brown or yellow,saysJustin Riordan, founder of Spade and Archer Design Agency. They don't send the right message. Instead, he says, White exudes cleanliness. 6. Skipping the ceiling
Photo by Sroka Design Inc The ceiling is your fifth wall, so treat it with the same TLC as the other four, Chuber says. Whether you pick white or a bright color, painting it properly will give you those sharp edges along the top and can make wall color pop, she says. You don't need to repaint ceilings as often as walls, but ignoring them will make them appear dull and dirty, she adds. 7. Addingan accent wall that's jarring
Photo by Lindye Galloway Interior Accent walls seem to be the go-to solution for homeowners who are afraid of using color,saysLiz Toombs, president of Polka Dots & Rosebuds Interiors. But think carefully about saturated color on one wall. You don't simply want the loudest color you can think of, cautionsBee Heinemann, interior designer with Vant Wall Panels: For an accent wall to work, the bold hueneeds to be within the overall color scheme of the room or house. Plus,going too bright may turn off a potential buyer. Be cautious about where you paint an accent wall, too. Certain rooms are more appropriate than others. Accent walls are supposed to draw attention to a beautiful area, like the dining room-but not the bathroom or toilet area, Willhoit says. 8. Ignoringthe light When you see a color in the paint store, the lighting is often harsh and industrial. But at home, you have softer bulbs with a warm glow, plus some natural light to work with. Test your color swatches in different lighting, or you'll end up with a shade that's all wrong,Chuber recommends. And you'll want to consider the direction your rooms face, Bly adds. North-facing rooms give colors a cool cast, while rooms looking south make colors warmer. 9.Trying trends without professional help