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    3 easy steps to update your bathroom in a single afternoon

    February 20, 2017 4:28 PM by emily.bailey

    Monday, February 20, 2017

    3 easy steps to update your bathroom in a single afternoon | Schlage

    Here are 3 quick and easy steps to give your bathroom in impactful upgrade in a single afternoon.

     

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    You don't have to completely remodel your entire bathroom to make a big impact. Karrie of Happy Money Saver recently helped a friend give a small, downstairs bath a complete makeover in a single afternoon by focusing on three simple steps. See the complete before and after for a simple farmhouse bathroom look over at Happy Money Saver.
    3 easy steps to update your bathroom in a single afternoon | Schlage

    1. Hardware and fixtures

    It's amazing how a few simple details can tie an entire room together. Take a look at your existing bathroom hardware. Is it a mismatch of styles and finishes that fail to coordinate? Is your lighting inadequate for the size of the space? Updating your door hardware, plumbing and lighting to complementing styles can make a major impact and is easy to install in an afternoon.

    2. Paint

    Don't stop at hardware for a complete fresh look. Consider giving your bathroom a fresh coat of paint to liven things up. Even a fresh coat of white on existing trim can make a space feel brand new. Opt for something crisp that coordinates well with your chosen hardware.

    3. Decorate

    Now for the really fun part. Choose a pop of color or theme of accents to add personality to your bathroom. Opt for new open shelving to let the accessories shine and finish the room off with an accent rug that pulls everything together.

    We're teaming up with Lowe's to help you accomplish the little things this season by offering 20% off Schlage door hardware. Visit lowes.com to see participating styles and finishes and be sure to share your before and after photos with us on Facebook and Instagram.

    5 simple ways to decorate your front door for Valentine's Day

    February 9, 2017 3:33 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, February 9, 2017

    5 simple ways to decorate your front door for Valentine's Day | Schlage

    Give your home a little more cheer this winter with these Valentine’s Day front door décor ideas.

     

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    With Valentine's Day right around the corner, give your home an easy cheerful boost with a simply DIY project. Here are five of our favorite ways to easily make your home more festive for the upcoming holiday.

    1. Upgrade a winter wreath

    If it feels like you just caught your breath after the busy holiday season, try adding a touch of Valentine's Day to your existing winter decor. We love how Amy Lou Hawthorne styled her winter wreath by just adding a little pop of pink and red. It's a simple way to feel a little festive without too much effort. Get even more Valentine's Day inspiration from her perfectly styled Instagram feed.

    5 simple ways to decorate your front door for Valentine's Day | Schlage

    2. DIY for multiple seasons

    We can always count on Ann of On Sutton Place to have the perfect tutorial for festive front door decor. This DIY heart wreath is swoonworthy and perfect for both Valentine's Day and the spring season making it worth the effort.

    5 simple ways to decorate your front door for Valentine's Day | Schlage

    3. Don't spend a dime

    In similar fashion to Amy's easy DIY above, take a classic boxwood wreath and add a printable banner. Here's a free printable from Jamie Lyn of I Heart Naptime.

    5 simple ways to decorate your front door for Valentine's Day | Schlage

    4. Make a statement

    Every year, we see this popular wreath sold on Etsy pop up in our social feeds and we can see why. It's an adorable way to spread a little love that will last for many years.

    5 simple ways to decorate your front door for Valentine's Day | Schlage

    5. Go for simple elegance

    We are loving this xo combo made with faux boxwood. Add your favorite bow for a style statement that is all you. After Valentine's Day, take the x away and add a few spring flowers to the o to enjoy even longer.

    5 simple ways to decorate your front door for Valentine's Day | Schlage
    How are you decorating your home and front door for the upcoming holiday? Share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram.

    Get a jump-start on spring cleaning with a bathroom refresh

    January 24, 2017 3:40 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, January 24, 2017

    Get a jump start on spring cleaning with a bathroom refresh | Schlage

    Refresh your bathroom the easy way with these five bathroom projects you can complete quickly and affordably.
     

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    With each new year, many homeowners feel the need to give their space a fresh start. Whether it's purging items you no longer need or your goal is to fully renovate to update the style of your home, it helps to take baby steps as you strive to reach your goals. 

     

    Here are five bathroom remodels from a few of our favorite designers and bloggers to inspire your next project.

    1. MAKE BUDGET-FRIENDLY UPGRADES

    You don't have to complete a head-to-toe makeover to give your bathroom a little more personality. Designer Nicole Gibbons takes her client's builder-grade guest bath from boring and a little unflattering to polished and stylish by simply updating the bathroom's hardware. A project like this can be completed with ease in a single afternoon.

    Get a jump start on spring cleaning with a bathroom refresh | Schlage

    2. TRY SOMETHING BOLD

    The bathroom is the perfect space to try something new and a little out of your comfort zone. That's exactly what these homeowners did when they opted for a deep green that covered every surface instead of their first choice - white. We love that they painted the trim the same color, making the space look even larger.

    Get a jump start on spring cleaning with a bathroom refresh | Schlage

    3. ADD THE FINISHING TOUCH

    Maybe your bathroom could benefit from one more detail that ties the entire room together. Consider swapping your door hardware for a style and finish that better reflects your personal style. It's an affordable project that any DIY skill level can accomplish. We love Amanda's - from the Fashionable Hostess - choice of door hardware. The Birmingham lever with Wakefield trim gives her bathroom a subtle touch of sophistication that completes her crisp and clean space.

    Get a jump start on spring cleaning with a bathroom refresh | Schlage

    4. CREATE FUNCTIONAL BUT STYLISH STORAGE

    Open shelving isn't just for the kitchen. Show off your cutest bathroom necessities and keep things a little more organized with this trendy update. Get the full details on the entire bathroom remodel from making it in the mountains.

    Get a jump start on spring cleaning with a bathroom refresh | Schlage

    5. FOCUS ON THE DETAILS

    Even the smallest details can take your bathroom style up a notch. We love how Jenny of the Little Green Notebook took inspiration from other architectural details in the home to give a boring vanity a little more character. It's a tiny detail that makes a big impact.

    Get a jump start on spring cleaning with a bathroom refresh | Schlage
    Are you planning a bathroom update anytime soon? Share your favorite inspiring photos and befores and afters with us on Facebook and Instagram.

    Our top 10 home decor and DIY blog posts of 2016

    January 13, 2017 12:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, January 13, 2017

    Our top 10 home decor and DIY blog posts of 2016 | Schlage

    Curb appeal, door hardware installation tips and style trends were hot topics in 2016. Take a look at our top 10 DIY and design blog posts of 2016.

     

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    Curb appeal, door hardware installation tips and style trends were hot topics in 2016. Take a look at our top 10 DIY and design blog posts of 2016.
    Our top 10 home decor and DIY blog posts of 2016 | Schlage

    1. 7 mistakes to avoid when purchasing exterior door hardware

     

    Make sure you do your homework and avoid these seven common mistakes when purchasing exterior door hardware.

    2. Create a designer front door look without the designer price tag

     

    Giving your front door a spring refresh doesn't have to cost a fortune. Follow these tips for a designer front door look without paying the designer price.

    3. 5 simple but gorgeous front door transformations

     

    We've collected a few of our favorite DIY front door makeovers to help you think outside the box and create a look that suits your personal style without breaking the bank.

    4. 10 moments brass hardware looked its best

    Brass is back with a whole new look! Here are ten times brass hardware looked its best to help inspire a modern upgrade to outdated hardware.

    5. 11 budget curb appeal ideas to spruce up your home for less

     

    Here are 11 DIY curb appeal projects that will help you stay in budget but make a big impact in the value and curb appeal of your home.

    6. How to install a handleset on your front door

     

    Installing new handleset is a project can skill level can take on. Here is a detailed breakdown with photos of the steps you'll need to take to install a new Schlage handleset on your front door.

    7. How to choose door hardware for your home

     

    How do you determine which door hardware is best for your needs? Here are a few things you should consider before making your purchase.

    8. How to choose an exterior paint color

     

    Looking for a new paint color for your front door or home's exterior? Learn how to choose an exterior paint color with our top tips and considerations.

    9. 5 unique interior door makeovers to dress up your home this winter

     

    Giving your interior doors a makeover is an easy winter project that takes little time to complete but makes a big impact. Check out five of our favorite interior door looks.

    10. Trends driving home, interior design industry

     

    From Glitz & Glam to Farmhouse and Industrial Chic decor, here's what's trending in interior design and home decor.

    What DIY and style content do you enjoy most and want to see more of in 2017? Comment below to let us know!

    7 ways to upgrade your curb appeal for the holidays

    December 20, 2016 4:22 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, December 20, 2016

    7 ways to upgrade your curb appeal for the holidays | Schlage

    From simple greenery that will last all winter long to festive looks that are sure to put anyone in a holiday mood, here are a few of our favorite front door looks for perfect holiday curb appeal this season.

     

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    It’s never too late to deck your front door for the holidays. From simple greenery that will last all winter long to festive looks that are sure to put anyone in a holiday mood, here are a few of our favorite front door looks this season.

    1. In honor of design

    With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, most home improvement projects get placed on hold, but adding a fresh coat of paint and a new handleset to your front door is an easy update you can tackle. See the before and after from In Honor of Design. We love her choice of greenery for a look she can enjoy all winter long.

    7 ways to upgrade your curb appeal for the holidays | Schlage

    2. Classy Clutter

    The front door is the perfect place to play with a fun new color. Try adding a non-traditional shade with your holiday decor this year for a look that is sure to make you stand out. Get all the details on how Mallory from Classy Clutter went from a boring white door to modern and festive in no time.

    7 ways to upgrade your curb appeal for the holidays | Schlage

    3. Good Housekeeping

    Add a little extra charm to your front door decor with a simple, unadorned spruce tree and a few winter necessities. This look from Good Housekeeping is quick and easy to pull off if you're waiting to the last minute to make your home festive. The best part is that the decor can stay all winter long.

    7 ways to upgrade your curb appeal for the holidays | Schlage

    4. House Beautiful

    Nothing beats a cozy welcome. We'd love to bundle up and enjoy a hot chocolate under the flannel blankets on this front porch from House Beautiful. The double wreath is a great way to dress up a white door.

    7 ways to upgrade your curb appeal for the holidays | Schlage

    5. On Sutton Place

    We can always count on Ann from On Sutton Place to have seasonal front porch decor we'll want to copy. We love her choice of juniper and pinecones as the star of the show. The best detail is the DIY Pinecone Garland that easily transitions from fall through winter for a project that is worth the effort.

    7 ways to upgrade your curb appeal for the holidays | Schlage

    6. Centsational Girl

    This year, warm metallics are definitely in and Kate of Centsational Girl does a perfect job of using them in her front door look. Have a little fun with your decor by mixing metals and adding a little glam to your holiday curb appeal.

    7 ways to upgrade your curb appeal for the holidays | Schlage

    7. Beneath my Heart

    Sometimes you just can't beat traditional holiday elements. It doesn't take much to give this stunning front porch a farmhouse look. With fresh greenery and statement wreaths, you'll have flawless holiday curb appeal in no time. Get all the details from Traci of Beneath My Heart.

    7 ways to upgrade your curb appeal for the holidays | Schlage
    Looking for even more holiday inspiration? Check out a few of our favorite DIY door decor ideas.

    High impact curb appeal projects you'll be glad you took on

    August 16, 2016 12:04 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, August 16, 2016

    High Impact Curb Appeal Projects You'll Be Glad You Took On | Schlage

    Here are five high impact curb appeal projects that are sure to complete your home.


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    Adding or upgrading the curb appeal of your home is one of the most effective ways to boost market value and make an effective first impression. With improvements in just the right places, you can avoid over spending and make a major impact with a few key projects. Here are five high impact curb appeal projects that are sure to complete your home.

    1. Garage door makeover » younghouselove.com

    High Impact Curb Appeal Projects You'll Be Glad You Took On
     

    2. Modern front door upgrade » thedecorista.com

    High Impact Curb Appeal Projects You'll Be Glad You Took On | Schlage
     

    3. Cement tile look » thedempsterlogbook.com

    High Impact Curb Appeal Projects You'll Be Glad You Took On | Schlage
     

    4. Walkway spruce up » paintspeckledpawprints.net

    High Impact Curb Appeal Projects You'll Be Glad You Took On | Schlage
     

    5. DIY shutters » thehandmadehome.net

    High Impact Curb Appeal Projects You'll Be Glad You Took On | Schlage

     

    Looking for even home curb appeal and home design ideas? Check out our DIY tips section and share your project photos with us on Facebook or Instagram.

    4 Approaches to Stunning Front Door Makeovers

    July 25, 2016 2:09 PM by emily.bailey

    Monday, July 25, 2016

    4 Approaches to Stunning Front Door Makeovers | Schlage

    The front door is your best chance to make a great first impression. Make the most of it with inspiration from one of these four front door makeovers.

     

     

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    The front door is your best chance to make a great first impression. Don't let this part of your home be an area of neglect that distracts from the work you've done to express your personal style. Here are four different approaches to front door makeovers a few of our favorite designers and bloggers have taken to give their curb appeal a much needed boost.

    1. Welcoming front door makeover » sohautestyle.com

    It doesn't take much to create a showstopping front door look when starting with a blank slate like Nicole Gibbons, Interior Designer and founder of So Haute, did with this Brooklyn Brownstone. With a splash of color and a hardware upgrade, this front door instantly transforms from uninviting to eye-catching and welcoming. Get all the details on the inspiration for this look at So Haute.
    4 Approaches to Stunning Front Door Makeovers | Schlage

    2. Simple update, major impact » ourfifthhouse.com

    When Carmel of Our Fifth House decided to give her curb appeal a little attention, she knew it was the smallest of details that could make the biggest impact. With a front door painted in a gorgeous shade of pink, her outdated, worn out handleset was doing her no favors. By simply swapping her handleset for a style that better suited her home, Carmel added the perfect balance of modern design to her traditional home. We're loving how well the Century handleset complements the pink door and front porch accessories. See the full reveal and get tips for installation at Our Fifth House.
    4 Approaches to Stunning Front Door Makeovers | Schlage

    3. Modern front porch transformation » withheart.com

    When it comes to first impressions, your home's curb appeal counts. That's how Jen of with HEART felt about her latest renovation. With a focus on mid-century design on the interior of the home, the quirky exterior needed a full overhaul to complement the clean design inside. See the impressive transformation and get the details on each accessory.
    4 Approaches to Stunning Front Door Makeovers | Schlage

    4. Recipe for perfect curb appeal » sandandsisal.com

    When thinking about how to upgrade your curb appeal, it helps to follow a framework for good design to avoid getting overwhelmed. That's exactly how Kim of Sand & Sisal approached her latest front door makeover and she's sharing her secrets for success over on her blog. Take a look at all of her transformations over the years and hear her tips to inspire your next curb appeal project.
    4 Approaches to Stunning Front Door Makeovers | Schlage

    Which tranformation is your favorite? Comment below to let us know!

     

    5 Easy Ideas for a More Organized and Secure Garage

    July 12, 2016 3:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, July 11, 2016

    5 Easy Ideas for a More Organized and Secure Garage

    Enjoy a more carefree summer by building an organized and secure garage space. Check out these 5 easy garage security and storage solution ideas.

     

     

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    Now that summer is in full swing and schedules are filling up from kid's activities and vacations to home improvement projects and social gatherings, it's a great time to make sure your home is organized, secure and ready to handle whatever the season throws its way. For many, the garage can be a source of stress as tools and toys are in disarray or even anxiety over forgetting to close the garage door. Here are a few of our favorite organization and security tips that you can incorporate in no time and enjoy a worry-free summer.

     

    1. Avoid leaning items against the wall.

    When it comes to storing rakes, shovels, brooms and more, it's easy to lean these items against the wall and walk away. It becomes a pain when one wrong move causes a domino effect and they all come crashing down. Assign a designated, secure location for each of these items by hanging hooks or try this DIY storage solution using old pallets. Get the full tutorial from HomeTalk.
    5 Easy Ideas for a More Organized and Secure Garage | Schlage

     

    2. Create a workspace.

    If you're the type of homeowner that likes to create and build things, then an exterior workspace is a definite need for you. Unfortunately, many homeowners tend to store way too much in the garage, making valuable real estate for working hard to come by. That's why we love this idea from Home-Dzine for a worktable that easily folds down to make room for vehicles or anything else you need to store when the workspace is not in use. Check out how simple it is to build your own fold-down worktable with this complete tutorial that saves time and money by recycling an old hollow-core door.
    5 Easy Ideas for a More Organized and Secure Garage | Schlage

     

    3. Place barely used items out of sight.

    Remove the stress of digging through piles of unused items looking for the one you actually need by keeping this clutter out of sight. Use the space near the ceiling in your garage to build shelving and store these items in bins. Take it another step and include a label to tell you what's inside without having to remove the bin to find out. We're big fans of this suspended shelving idea from The Family Handyman.
    5 Easy Ideas for a More Organized and Secure Garage | Schlage

    4. Keep toys and sporting equipment organized.

    Scrambling to find the kid's sports gear while running late to practice is a scene many parents know too well. Create a designated space for these items to help reduce the likelihood they could be misplaced and avoid having toys and gear strewn about. If your garage has exposed studs, use them to your advantage like Wendy of Designed to Dwell and create this easy storage system for gear and toys.
    5 Easy Ideas for a More Organized and Secure Garage | Schlage
     

    5. Upgrade your garage security.

    How many times have you left the house and wondered if you remembered to close the garage door? Even worse, you also forgot to lock the door leading from the interior of your home. With a smart garage device, you can check the status of the garage door and even command it to close remotely. Take security up another notch by installing a keyless electronic lock. This will ensure you and the kids will always have easy access but with features like auto-lock or even smart solutions, you can rest easy knowing your door is always locked.
    5 Easy Ideas for a More Organized and Secure Garage | Schlage

     

    What other storage solutions or security tips do you have for the garage? Comment below to let us know!

     

    How to install a handleset on your front door

    July 6, 2016 7:56 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, July 6, 2016

    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage

    Here is a detailed breakdown with photos of the steps you'll need to take to install a new Schlage handleset on your front door.

     

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    Updating the door hardware on your front door is a quick and easy project that enhances the curb appeal of your home. With minimal investment and few tools, we'll show you all the steps you'll need to take to tackle this project in a few minutes. Go ahead and grab your #2 Phillips Head screwdriver and tape measure and learn how to install a new handleset on your front door below. Be sure to review the deadbolt installation steps first if you'll be installing a new deadbolt as well.

     

    Handleset Parts Checklist

    Once you've gathered your tools, make sure all the parts of your handleset are accounted for. This step will ensure that the installation process goes as smoothly as possible. Here's a checklist and photo to help:
    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage
     Outside handle assembly: This is the exterior grip of your handleset.
     Inside lever: This is the lever that will be on the interior side of the door. You can also choose a handleset with knob on interior side instead.
     Strike plate: The strike plate is the metal plate that will be affixed to the door frame.
     Latch: The latch is a spring operated bolt with a beveled face to permit a latching action when the door closes
     Round drive-in faceplate: This is an optional faceplate that may replace the rectangular faceplate already attached to the latch if your door calls for it.
     Pin tool
     Screw cover, screw and washer: These will be placed on the interior side of the throughbolt hole to secure the bottom of the handleset.
     Short screws: These will be used to secure the latch in place. 
     Long screws

    Measurement Checklist

    You'll also want to be sure your door meets standard door prep measurements and is properly aligned to ensure your handleset operates as intended. You'll first want to follow the measurement steps we showed you for the deadbolt installation but for a handleset, there are a couple more measurements you'll need to pay attention to.
     Throughbolt
    - The throughbolt hole is for the bottom of the outside handle assembly. This hole needs to be 3/8" in diameter.
    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage
     Handleset Crossbore
    - The handleset crossbore is the bottom bore opening on a standard drilled door. It should measure 8 1/2" from the center of the handleset crossbore to the throughbolt.
    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage
     Doorjamb
    - The hole in the doorjamb should measure at least 7/8" in diameter and a minimum of a 1/2" deep.
    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage

    Installation Instructions

    1. You'll begin installing your handleset by placing the latch first.*
    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage
    *The latch comes with a pre-attached rectangular faceplate. If your door calls for a round drive-in faceplate, complete steps a-c before proceeding. You'll also need to add a flat head screwdriver, hammer and block of wood to your tool set.

    a. Remove faceplate with a flat head screwdriver

     

    b. Twist and remove remaining support plate

     

    c. Install round drive-in faceplate with just a snap

    2. If you're using the rectangular faceplate, simply slide the latch into place with the bevel facing the doorjamb and secure with the two short screws.
    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage
    If you're using the round drive-in faceplate, slide the latch into the hole with the bevel facing the doorjamb. Gently tap into place until flush with the door edge, using a small block of wood to protect the latch.
    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage
    3. Next, you'll install the outside handle assembly. Align the spindle on the back of the assembly with the throughbolt and the slot in the latch. Slide the adjustable throughbolt up or down as needed and press the handleset onto the door. The handle will stay in place leaving your hands free to secure the interior trim.
    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage
    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage
    4. Begin installing the inside lever by orienting the lever to point away from the edge of the door with the screw holes aligned vertically.
    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage
    5. Align the square spindle with the square hole on the back of the lever and secure with the two screws provided.
    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage
    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage
    6. Now you're ready to place the washer, screw and screw cover to secure the bottom of the handleset.
    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage
    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage
    7. Finally, install the strike plate on the doorjamb using the last two small screws.
    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage

     

    For even more detailed steps to installing your new handleset, be sure to watch the installation video.

    Let Freedom Ring: 5 Front Porch Decor Ideas to Celebrate the 4th of July

    July 2, 2016 3:07 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, July 1, 2016

    5 Front Porch Decor Ideas to Celebrate the 4th of July

    Don't let the 4th of July pass by without a patriotic display on your front porch. Here are 5 simple patriotic front porch decor ideas you should try.

     

     

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    It's hard to believe the 4th of July weekend is upon us. You may be feeling like the summer is flying by and when that happens, the holidays have a way of sneaking up on you. If you haven't thought about how you're going to celebrate yet, we put together 5 easy ideas for making sure your front porch is looking the part and ready to celebrate in style.

    1. Keep it simple.

    Keep your existing front porch decor and simply add an American flag or two for a patriotic look that's quick and easy to pull off. Ann from On Sutton Place does just that with a cute display on her existing wreath.

    2. Plant patriotic flowers.

    Whether you opt for red, white, blue or a combination of the three, fresh flowers are a great way to add a pop of patriotic color to your front porch. Consider refreshing your planters or adding to existing arrangements to get your front porch ready to celebrate the long weekend in no time. Here's some inspiration from On Blueberry Hill.

    3. Try a DIY project.

    The long holiday weekend is the perfect time to put your skills to the test and try out a new craft. Homeowners with kids can even get them involved and create something adorable to celebrate the 4th of July. This patriotic wreath from Home Crafts by Ali is the perfect place to start.

    4. Get creative.

    Take some inspiration from the holiday itself and create something unique for your porch decor. Here's how Hoosier Homemade took a few wooden fence posts and made them into wooden firecrackers, perfect for any 4th of July inspired space!

     

    5. Spare no detail.

    Of course, we love when each and every detail is carefully curated to complete a look. This patriotic front porch from Home Goods is exactly where we'd want to spend our long weekend! Grab a few red, white and blue pillows, blankets and accessories and create a space where you can enjoy some relaxation and good company.

     

    Are you planning on decorating your home for the 4th of July weekend? Be sure to share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram!