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    Get superb curb appeal with these 4 tips

    June 26, 2017 3:25 PM by emily.bailey

    Monday, June 26, 2017

    Make the first impression count with superb curb appeal. Here are four easy, and affordable steps you can take.

     

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    Superb curb appeal | Schlage
    When it comes to first impressions, your home's curb appeal counts. It's one of the first things people notice and offers a glimpse into your personal style. The good news is, superb curb appeal doesn't always require a major investment. By focusing on these four tips, you can make a first impression that counts.

    1. Update your front door

     

    Great curb appeal starts with the front door. With a fresh coat of paint and new door hardware that matches the style of your home, you're sure to make an impact that will catch everyone's eye.

    2. Highlight your home

     

    Adequate exterior lighting not only lets your home shine, but adds an added layer of security as well. For a polished look, coordinate your lighting finish with your front door handleset.

    3. Refresh your landscape

     

    Adding a few new seasonal blooms to your home's landscaping is a great way to make your home pop. Try swapping your planters with something that coordinates with the color palette of your home or choose a festive look that embraces an upcoming holiday.

    4. Make your home spotless

     

    A fresh and clean exterior is a great way to show how much you care for your home. With little to no monetary investment required, it's a project that is sure to be worth your time.

    Want a home that looks superb from the curb? Let Schlage, The Home Depot and Carmel Phillips from Our Fifth House show you how to master curb appeal. Enter the Superb curb appeal sweepstakes today!

    How to bring summer fun to your entryway

    June 23, 2017 3:12 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, June 23, 2017

    How to bring summer fun to your entryway

    Put a spring in your step with an entry that expresses the relaxed breeziness of summer.

     

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    Coming home to a fresh, inspiring entry with signs of summer on display is a great way to downshift from a busy day or week. Embrace that easy, summery feeling the moment you step through the door by making a few adjustments to your entry. Here are eight ways to do just that.

    1. Set a relaxed, beachy tone

     

    When you walk in the door, what is the first thing you would love to see? Choose one object that represents the essence of summer to you and place it prominently in the entry.

     

    Try this: Prop up a vintage seaside painting; fill glass jars or lamps with sand; stack a few favorite beach reads or books about the sea.

    2. Keep summer essentials on display

     

    Just looking at a row of straw hats on hooks and stacks of colorful beach towels is soothing, so don't keep your beach gear under wraps.

     

    Try this: Keep a beach bag stocked with all of your essentials, from swimsuit to sunscreen, packed and ready by the door. After each trip to the beach, take the time to wash and repack everything, so you'll be ready to go next time.

    3. Pare back and streamline

     

    Summer is all about taking it easy — so why not make things simpler and easier for yourself by doing away with excess stuff? A small tray for mail (emptied regularly), some hidden storage and a few carefully chosen decorative accessories are all you need in your entryway.

     

    Try this: Without thinking about it too much, empty everything that screams "clutter" into a cardboard box. Ratty shoes, old mail, the entire contents of your junk drawer — all of it. If it helps, imagine that a photographer is coming to shoot your entry for a magazine cover. Hide the box if you must, but if you haven't even peeked inside in a month, out it goes.

    4. Find stylish storage solutions

     

    Of course there are things we all need to have access to, though they may be less than magazine shoot–worthy. But that doesn't mean they have to end up sprawled all over the floor. Bring in some extra covered storage, and voilà — problem solved.

     

    Try this: Cover a basic round table or demilune with a floor-length cloth, and use the space underneath for storage. Use a lovely Nantucket-style basket to hide keys or dog leashes.

    5. Lighten up a small space

     

    Go for an airy feel in a small entry with an all-white color scheme. Lack of clutter is key here, so it helps to be vigilant about putting things away immediately.

     

    Try this: Pair a whitewashed mirror with a bracketed wall shelf and add sun-bleached coral and shells for decoration. A few baskets placed on the floor or on wall hooks can contain shoes and other essentials.

    6. Give the stairs a bold new look

     

    An entry that opens into a stairwell can feel a bit boring. Make sure yours puts a smile on your face by employing bold strokes of color and embracing positive memories with a photo wall.

     

    Try this: Paint a runner on your stairs by taping off the middle section and coating with the color of your choice. Match your picture frame color to the runner for a fresh, coordinated look.

    7. Make use of beachcombing finds

     

    Giving driftwood, sea glass, smooth stones and shells a home by the front door is a wonderful way to welcome summer.

     

    Try this: Attach long pieces of driftwood to the wall using L-brackets and screws for a one-of-a-kind display. Borrow a few hurricane lanterns from the deck to ramp up the beachy vibe.

    8. Give floors the summer treatment

     

    Summer can be hard on floors, especially near entrances — be proactive by rolling out a rug that can stand up to traffic. Bare floors are cool and easy to clean, but know that sand will scatter far and wide. If you go for bare floors, keep a sweeper in a closet close by.

     

    Try this: Outdoor rugs are ideal in the entry because you can literally hose them off as needed. Natural-fiber rugs like jute, sisal and sea grass feel great on bare summer feet and are easy to shake out.

    Looking for more entryway inspiration? Follow us on Pinterest for plenty of ideas. And be sure to share your summer entryway photos with us!

     

    This article first appeared on Houzz on June 27, 2014.

     

    Laura Gaskill | Houzz Contributor

    Laura Gaskill | Houzz contributor



    I cover topics ranging from decorating ideas, product picks, Houzz tours, and interviews with designers and architects, to the monthly home maintenance checklist.

    5 ways to embrace summer with front door decor

    June 21, 2017 6:32 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    5 ways to embrace summer with front door decor

    Embrace summer with bright and cheerful door decor you can complete on a budget.

     

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    Now that summer is officially in full swing, it's time to give your curb appeal a cheerful boost. Try one of these five ideas for front door decor and start enjoying your summer!

    1. Succulent wreath

    There's no shortage of DIY summer wreaths across the web but one of our favorite trends recently is the succulent wreath. It's both adorable and chic with just the right amount of personality. Get the look with this DIY wreath from Thistlewood Farms.

    Deadbolt - Keyed Lever - Camelot - Polished Nickel Hardware - Schlage

    2. Address planter

    Create a unique way to display your house number and make it simple to switch up your door decor with the seasons. With this DIY address planter, you can simply swap out the flowers with each changing season and holiday. Try a red, white and blue theme for 4th of July to start!

    Front Door Decor - Summer - DIY Address Planter

    3. Citrus wreath and bright accessories

    We can't decide what we love most about this front porch design from HGTV - the lemon wreath? The most cheerful shade of blue? The bright pops of summery colors? Each detail is perfect.

    Handleset - Addison - Satin Nickel Hardware - Schlage

    4. Front door greeting

    Add a little summer hospitality to your door. We're loving seeing little "hello" decals pop up on front doors or this wreath from Little Vintage Nest is sure to be noticed!

    Front Door Decor - DIY Summer Wreath

    5. fresh and bold paint

    Some doors are simply best left to shine on their own as the focal point of your entry. With just a few accessories surrounding to give a cozy touch, the right paint color and handleset combo can be the perfect welcoming touch. We can't get enough of this summery coral front door from Lolly Jane featuring a Schlage Camelot handleset in Matte Black for just the right amount of contrast.

    Handlesets - Camelot - Matte Black Hardware - Schlage
    Looking for more door decor inspiration? Follow us on Pinterest for plenty of DIY ideas!

    7 reasons to consider dutch doors for your home

    June 15, 2017 5:59 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    7 reasons to consider dutch doors for your home

    Give your home instant charm and embrace the perks of Dutch Doors.

     

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    With the rise of farmhouse design, we're seeing dutch doors pop up more and more in both modern and country decor settings. Dating back to the 17th century, dutch doors are certainly not new but homeowners that value casual style are embracing this trend all over again.

     

    Dutch doors are essentially a single door that is split in the middle to allow the top half to open while the bottom half remains shut. They are secured together with a latch that allows homeowners to keep the door as one when needed. They typically feature a standard door knob or lever on the bottom half and can house a deadbolt on the top half when used as an exterior door when more security is needed. We recommend taking a look at our traditional or transitional styles for the perfect finishing touch.

    Dutch door latch - Door knob - Bright Brass - Schlage

     

    Take a look at the seven reasons we think this design trend is worth considering.

    1. Add character to your entry

     

    There is certainly something delightful about seeing a dutch door on a home that adds instant personality. Immediately, your guests will see your home as a place that is friendly and welcoming with a touch of relaxed country charm.

    2. Let in more fresh air.

     

    There are few things more relaxing than letting the sunshine and fresh breeze flow through your home. Dutch doors provide an opportunity to let your home breathe when the weather is just right. It's even better when you have a breathtaking view like the home below.

    3. Keeps pets and children in and unwanted creatures out.

     

    And while you're letting the fresh air in, you don't have to worry about anyone sneaking out - or in - when they're not supposed to. It's a little peace of mind that allows you to enjoy the atmosphere to the fullest.

    4. Allows you to easily interact with delivery personnel.

     

    Dutch doors provide the perfect way to greet your delivery person without awkwardly holding a door open and trying to prevent a curious child or pet from escaping.

    5. Can be used as an alternative interior door.

     

    Consider adding a dutch door to a bedroom or office as a way to keep children or pets out while letting extra light in. This also lets you keep tabs on what's going on in the rest of your home. If you're the DIY type, check out this tutorial from HGTV that shows you how to turn an interior door into a dutch door.

    6. Attractive replacement for baby gates.

     

    Much like in number 5, you can use dutch doors as a stylish replacement (albeit not cheap) for ugly baby gates. You can even consider installing a dutch door at the top of your stairs for extra safety.

    Dutch Door - Baby Gate - Schlage
    Image source: Scott Christopher Homes

    7. Options for more privacy when needed.

     

    Dutch doors are available in a variety of styles. You can choose window panes or a solid top half to give you the option for more privacy when the door is not open.

    If you live in a climate where bugs are an issue, then exterior dutch doors may not be for you, but if you're looking for an affordable way to add a little more charm to your home, they're definitely worth considering. Do you have dutch doors in your home? We want to see your photos! Share with us on Facebook and Instagram.

    The best door hardware for transitional style homes

    June 13, 2017 12:15 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017

    The best door hardware for transtional style homes | Schlage

    From finish to knob and lever style, take a look at the perfect door hardware pairings you should consider for your transitional home.

     

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    Not too old, not too new. Not too ornate, not too restrained. The middle ground doesn’t have to be boring — quite the opposite. By elevating nearly any look, these styles show that flexibility isn’t just functional; it’s beautiful.

     

    Transitional style is adaptable yet ever-evolving, borrowing trends and fashions from design movements throughout history. This design style stems from a movement focused on blending design styles and eras, a concept that became popular in American homes around the mid-1940s and has carried through to present day.

     

    Here are the perfect door hardware pairings you should consider for your transitional home.

    The best door hardware for transitional style homes | Schlage

    Trim

    The subtle details in our trim options establish a profound foundation for your door hardware. Give your home a unique touch by choosing a trim that perfectly reflects your transitional style.

    Camelot Trim

    Camelot trim
    The Camelot trim’s scalloped architectural details can make any room charming and approachable. This trim draws on colonial inspiration, but fits just as well into the transitional category because of its Victorian Era edge detailing.

    Greenwich Trim

    Greenwich trim | Schlage
    The unassuming look of the Greenwich trim is modern and stylish and lends a chic touch of simplicity to any space. With a Californian flair, this trim was inspired by the look and feel of Mid-Century Modern homes.

    Wakefield Trim

    Wakefield trim
    The Wakefield trim is soft and simple, bringing a warm, welcoming style to any room. This style is inspired by classic Federal-style homes made popular in towns like Arlington, Virginia.

    Knobs & levers

    Take your transitional style up a notch by choosing the perfect knob or lever to accentuate your favorite trim above. These classic looks below never go out of style.

    Georgian Knob

    Georgian knob
    The unassuming Georgian knob is symmetrical, with modest detailing throughout to give it an added air of interest. This knob gets both its design and namesake from the traditional Georgian architectural style made popular by homes in New England and Great Britain.

    Plymouth knob

    Plymouth knob
    The charming Plymouth knob is clean and adaptable, bringing a fresh feeling to any space. This knob is extraordinarily simplistic, making it a good fit for a wide range of personal styles.

    Accent lever

    Accent lever
    The Accent lever is widely popular for its elegant wave-like design that effortlessly matches a room’s style without overshadowing it. This lever gets its understated style from the Colonial Revival period of the early 20th century.

    Merano lever

    Merano lever | Contemporary door handle
    The Merano lever has a graceful curve that makes this style as delicate as it is chic. This lever gets its sophisticated style from Italian designs of the 1980s and 1990s. 

    Sacramento lever

    Sacramento lever | Transitional door handle
    The Sacramento lever is polished and playful, with an arched design that lends itself to almost any style. This lever is versatile and can’t be tied to one inspiration because it flows so effortlessly among a large range of style tastes and profiles.

    Finishes

    Complete your transitional door hardware set with a finish that coordinates perfectly. Here are three we'd recommend below.

    Satin nickel

    Satin nickel
    Satin Nickel is a versatile finish, full of brushed silver hues, that offers a tasteful and flattering accent to any project. This classic finish saw its rise to popularity alongside the Victorian and Mid-Century Modern design movements.

    Bright chrome

    Bright chrome
    The smooth, mirror-like finish of Bright Chrome gives it a dramatic allure that never fails to make a statement. Bright Chrome finds its inspiration in the Art Deco movement and the jazzy style of the roaring 20s, but is able to seamlessly transition into the minimalist approach of the 1930s and 40s as well.

    Matte black

    Matte black
    The striking appearance of the Matte Black finish creates an elegant look that’s sure to be noticed in any style setting. Matte Black is unique in its ability to serve as a bridge between the worlds of modern and traditional styles and looks most stylish with the Addison trim.
    For even more help building the perfect door hardware set for your transitional home, check out our style selector tool.

    The smart Father's Day gift guide

    June 7, 2017 6:46 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, June 9, 2017

    Smart home Father's Day gift guide | Schlage

    Father's Day is just around the corner, but have you found the perfect gift for dad yet? Get him something he will use every day of the year.

     

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    Father’s Day is just around the corner, but have you found the perfect gift for Dad yet? He doesn’t need another tie, and he has plenty of socks. This Father’s Day, get him something he will use every day of the year.

     

    There are two types of dads in the world: the ones who love electronics and the ones who really love electronics. With smart homes becoming more and more popular, why not get your dad a gift he will love and one that will make his life easier?

    Smart Home - Father's Day - Gift Guide - Schlage

    Smart home hubs

    Apple TV®

     

    Apple TV is a great, all-in-one piece of technology for any tech Dad’s home. It is TV customized to you. Apps like Netflix, HBO Now and Hulu allow you to watch whatever you want, whenever you want. You can listen to music, use Siri and play games, too.

     

    Apple TV also connects with HomeKit®, the latest smart home technology from Apple, allowing you to have remote access to HomeKit-enabled devices. Using compatible products, including the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, you can create custom scenes to control your home settings, like locking your door at 9pm every night. And if you have other compatible smart home devices, those custom scenes can include things like turning your thermostat off when you leave for work in the morning and back on before you get home.

    Wink Hub

     

    If Dad wants to have a smart home, but wants the versatility of using either Apple or Android products, the Wink Hub is the perfect choice. It condenses all of your smart home products into one app for easy access. The app also allows you to create shortcuts, so when you unlock your front door, your Wink will know to also turn your lights on and thermostat down.

    Samsung SmartThings®

     

    If you think that Dad is going to love his new smart home and will want to start customizing everything, SmartThings might be the right choice for him. With similar compatibility options as the Wink, SmartThings really stands out with its level of customization. Not only can you set routines (similar to Apple TV’s scenes), you can use SmartApps. SmartApps allows you to create even more customizable scenarios, like Gentle Wakeup, that increases the brightness of your lights over a period of time.

    Amazon Alexa

     

    Amazon Alexa-enabled devices, such as the Amazon Echo and Dot, have voice controlled speakers that act as your own personal assistant. Want to listen to music? Just tell Alexa what you want to hear. Curious what the weather is supposed to be today? Alexa knows. Want to request an Uber or order Dominos? Ask Alexa to do it for you.

     

    Alexa is also compatible with many smart home devices including Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt, when paired with either the Wink Hub or SmartThings. When you’re ready for bed, ask Alexa to turn off the lights and lock your front door. If you start to feel cold, but aren’t anywhere near your thermostat, ask Alexa to turn the temperature up.

    Products

    Smart locks

     

    Schlage has locks that work with all three of the smart home hubs we’ve mentioned. The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt works with Apple HomeKit and the Schlage Connect™ lock works with both the Wink Hub and Samsung SmartThings, and can connect with Amazon Alexa-enabled devices through those home automation systems.

     

    Give your dad the gift of going keyless for Father’s Day. Now he will never have to worry about losing his keys to the house or if he locked the door before going to bed. He will be able to control the lock through his phone.

    Lights

     

    The Philips Hue lights are energy-efficient LED lights that offer a completely new lighting experience. Use these lights to customize the look and feel of your home. You can change the shade and intensity of your lights, automate them to run whether or not you’re home, or sync them to your music. Dad could even set them to a certain color when he is in “do not disturb” mode. This gift will keep Dad in the zone for hours.

    Thermostat

     

    Honeywell has a range of smart thermostats so you can choose the perfect option for your dad this Father’s Day. Our favorite is the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat. It’s full of features that make it perfect for any smart home, like scheduling, smart response and a touch screen, so you are able to control it from both your phone and the unit.

    Do you already have some of these smart home devices? Share your experience on our Facebook page, or check out our Pinterest page for more ideas.

    7 examples that prove door hardware is the ultimate curb appeal finishing touch

    June 2, 2017 2:15 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, June 2, 2017

    Curb appeal finishing touch

    Your front door is more than just an entrance, it’s also a showpiece. Here are 7 examples that prove door hardware is the ultimate curb appeal finishing touch.

     

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    Your front door is more than just an entrance, it’s also a showpiece – one of the first things a guest sees. That’s why it’s important to choose the right handleset. Schlage offers a wide variety of designs and finishes, from angular to flowing, classic to contemporary, all designed to ensure that your front door is the perfect introduction to your home. Here are seven examples that prove the handleset is the ultimate curb appeal finishing touch.

    1. Century Handlesets

    The Century handleset boasts a tasteful design with clean, rectangular lines that suits contemporary style without losing the imaginative, modern aesthetic that makes it so popular. This handleset looks chic when paired with the Latitude, Northbrook or Merano levers and finished in Matte Black, Bright Chrome or Polished Nickel for a contemporary touch.

    2. Camelot Handlesets

    The Camelot handleset is charming and approachable with scalloped architectural details that add an air of playfulness to any home’s exterior. This handleset draws on traditional Colonial inspiration, but fits into the transitional category because of its subtle ornamentation. Camelot looks best when paired with the Sacramento lever, the Accent lever or the Georgian knob and finished in Satin Brass, Satin Nickel or Aged Bronze.

    3. Addison Handlesets

    The Addison handleset is simple in design, yet sophisticated in the details with a rectangular shape and an easy, appealing allure. While not typically paired together, the Addison handleset is also quite striking when paired with the Avila lever, as both share similar edge detailing. The handleset looks stunning when paired with both the Georgian knob and Birmingham lever and styled in an Aged Bronze, Matte Black or Distressed Nickel finish.

    We want to see your front doors! Show us how you've styled your handlesets by sharing a photo with us on Facebook or Instagram.

    Smart and safe home sharing

    May 30, 2017 8:20 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    Eliminate worrying how your guests will make it through the front door when you home share. 

     

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    Home-sharing sites like Airbnb, VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner) and HomeAway are popular choices for travelers looking for an authentic experience in a new city or something a little more price friendly than a hotel. But as a home-share host, there are a lot of things to take into consideration before opening your home to renters. Most sites provide thorough home-hosting checklists to ensure that you will be comfortable as a host.  A lot of those things revolve around making sure your guests will be comfortable and have all of the amenities they need. When hosting, it is generally smart that you include basics like bed sheets, a wi-fi password and where the extra toilet paper is. But the most important consideration is getting your guests through the front door.

     

    Are you planning on being home to let them in? Will they need you every time they want to come in and out? Will you give them a spare key to your house? That could lead to a lot of problems, like them copying your key, guests waiting at your door, or you losing sleep. Thankfully, Schlage’s keyless locks are the perfect solution for these problems.

    AirBnb - Smart locks - Schlage;

    Don’t worry about being home for check-in

    You won’t ever have to be home for your guests to check-in again. With an electronic lock, you no longer have to give your guest the keys in person. For example, with the Schlage Sense Smart DeadboltTM, you can program a different code for each guest from your smartphone. With their own personal code, your guests can get in and out without you giving them a key or needing a lock box.

     

    Pro Hosting Tip: Using the Schlage Sense iPhone App,you can be in total control of your home using the device that’s already in your pocket.

    No learning curve

    One of the best things about Schlage electronic locks is that there is no learning curve for your guests. You don’t have to ask them to download and familiarize themselves with an app prior to arriving at your house. And you don’t have to teach them any difficult technical skills to interact with your lock. With many of the Schlage locks, like the Schlage ConnectTM, all your guest needs to do to get in the door is enter their code into the illuminated touchscreen.

     

    Pro Hosting Tip: To keep codes organized, memorable and personal, program the guest’s code as the final four digits of their phone number.

    Know your house is safe

    The best part about using an electronic lock when putting your house on Airbnb, or similar house-sharing sites, is the added layer of safety that it brings. Locks like the Schlage TouchTM take electronic locks one step further by eliminating keys entirely. Not only will your guests feel safer in your home, knowing that you created a lock code specifically for them, but you can also feel safer knowing that with no keyhole, there is no lock for intruders to pick. Schlage electronic locks make hosting home-share guests an easy experience.

     

    Pro Hosting Tip: With Schlage locks like the Sense and Connect, you can set time frames for each code so that as guests leave, their code will expire and they cannot get back into your house.

     

    Have you used a wireless lock while hosting with Airbnb before? Share your hosting tips with us on Facebook.

    Let your personality shine through your front entry

    May 25, 2017 8:17 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, May 25, 2017

    How to personalize your front entry

    Set a welcoming tone for your home with stylish updates to your doorway, pathway and porch.

     

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    You can make your front yard a welcoming prelude to your house any number of ways, from simple outdoor decor to architectural features. Potted plants provide bursts of color, outdoor furniture is inviting and neighborly, and a range of landscaping and exterior details can add the personality and privacy you’re after.

    1. Lounge around the porch

     

    A sofa or an armchair on the front porch can sum up your style — in this space here it’s casual and laid back but still style savvy. To inject a little contemporary design into a setup like this, paint the porch a crisp gray and the trim white.

     

    To achieve the perfect color combination, buy paint samples and paint a large sheet of cardboard. Then place it in position to see how the color looks at different times of the day.

    2. Use stones for effect

     

    In home renovations, pathways are often the last thing considered. But it’s worth taking the time to get the front path right, as it is one of the first things guests see and experience. Here geometric slate slabs surrounded by white decorative stones give a nod to Japanese aesthetics. Tropical plants bring a softer element to the architectural design. And pebbles work as a loose ground cover and can also be used in pots.

    3. Create privacy

     

    Well-considered landscaping adds value to your property, but while plants are growing, extra privacy may be required. A stylish white wood screen not only creates privacy but prevents excess sunlight from entering the room behind it. It means that the front room can work effectively as a home office or nursery. When plants reach full height, the screen may be removed.

    4. Try graphic elements

     

    More a delicate sculpture than a gate, this steel piece has a fluid, repetitive design that works as a counterpoint to the solid concrete blocks. The design of the gate draws inspiration from the native trees and birds of the surrounding area. The piece also acts as stylish screening.

    5. Dish out vibrant colors

     

    Color is a powerful tool that can transform your space. Here the fuchsia door leaps out, keeping the citron wall and gray trim in the background.

     

    A full color scheme needs to be devised to create continuity. Color swatches at the paint shop look very different from color painted on the exterior of a home, so collect samples and paint a few large areas of the front wall before you commit to a color.

    6. Have fun with the mailbox

     

    Your mailbox may be the first thing people see from the street, so why not give it some personality? At the same time, it’s important to keep it in line with the design of the house. This contemporary-style mailbox in wood and stainless steel like this would work well with a newly designed home.

    7. Soften the edges

     

    This contemporary country property embraces sharp lines and solid materials, but it’s the soft landscaping that adds warmth and color to the exterior. Although the native plants require minimal watering, a drip irrigation system was added to battle summer heat waves. Earth-toned pots on one side of the gravel driveway add a touch of elegance to this open space.

    8. Illuminate stairs

     

    Minimalism comes into play in this entrance, where the wood paneling and flooring have been seamlessly executed. Each wood board has a slightly different hue, giving the exterior depth and texture. The lighting is a finishing touch — the lights here are directed downward to minimize glare but illuminate each step clearly.

    9. Indulge with red

     

    Neutral colors add sophistication, but a vibrant red door makes a strong statement. Hundreds of shades are available, from rich crimson to dark burgundy, so try a few swatches first to see how they look at different times of the day. Here the white trim adds extra impact to the modern exterior.

    Get more front entry inspiration with these beautiful front doors.

     

    This article first appeared on Houzz on September 27, 2014.

     

    Kerryn Ramsey | Houzz Contributor

    Kerryn Ramsey | Houzz contributor



    Freelance lifestyle journalist and serial renovator, reporting for print and digital articles on architecture, design, travel and business.

    Improve home security while boosting curb appeal

    May 16, 2017 2:39 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    4 easy ways to improve home security while boosting curb appeal

    Making a good first impression is important. Whether it's potential buyers or family and friends, your home's curb appeal is the first thing people will notice about your home.

     

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    Making a good first impression is important. Whether it’s potential buyers or family and friends, your home’s curb appeal is the first thing that people will notice about your home. But just as important ­­­is making sure that your home is safe. So, we’ve put together a list of things that you can do to improve both curb appeal and your home’s security.
     

    Landscape

    Landscaping is probably the first thing on everyone’s list when thinking of ways to improve curb appeal. There are a lot of ways to update your landscape and improve the look of your house ranging from fast and inexpensive to big projects that can take time and possibly require outside help. Some of our favorite, smaller projects to quickly improve your garden area are these Better Homes and Gardens suggestions for re-edging your garden plots and creating a new container garden.

     

    While you’re at it, there are also a couple of things that you can do to your landscape to make your home safer. One of those things is trimming your hedges to make sure that they aren’t blocking the sight line to your windows or door. This removes the possibility of an intruder hiding in plain sight of your home. Another thing you can do, especially if you are planning on going out of town, is to make sure that your lawn is maintained. An unkempt lawn can be an invitation to thieves.

    Garage

    Fixing up your garage may not be the top priority when it comes to updating the exterior of your home, but it is a great way to increase your home’s security. Older garage doors may be easier to break into or open from the outside, and some states have standards for garage doors to make sure that they are able to stand up to the weather. If you haven’t ever replaced your garage door, it may not be up to safety standards. Also consider adding a Schlage Touch to your garage door. The keyless deadbolt adds another layer of security to your home without adding an extra key onto your ring.

     

    There are also some easy and affordable projects that you can do for your garage to give it a whole new, more welcoming look. One of our favorites is this faux wood garage door stain from Domestically Speaking. We also love this DIY arbor project that would definitely up your curb appeal.

    Door

    Having a welcoming entrance may be the most important aspect of your home’s curb appeal. Your front door can make or break someone’s impression of your home, so updating it is a quick way to drastically improve the look of your home. You don’t have to get a new front door to make it feel like new though, a coat of paint can do wonders. We suggest painting the door a contrasting color to your house like Camila Pavone did for her front door. While you’re at it, replacing your house numbers can add some extra personality to your front entrance.

     

    Replacing the hardware on your front door is another way to both improve the look of your home and increase security. The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt is easily installed and not only makes carrying your house keys around unnecessary, it also comes with a built-in alarm to protect your home from any unwanted visitors.

    Lights

    Once you’ve done all the work to improve your home’s curb appeal, it would be a waste if guests could only see it in the daylight. After all, guests tend to come over in the evening. Outdoor lighting can help to highlight all of the best features of your house and yard. Get some outdoor lighting ideas from the DIY Network.

     

    Maybe you don’t have a lot of evening guests or you aren’t all that worried about making sure that people see your landscaping at night. Before dismissing outdoor lighting, consider that a well-lit house is also a deterrent for thieves. Landscape lighting can get rid of the dark areas in your yard that could hide an intruder.

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