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    The glamour of Old Hollywood with Schlage and Amy Matthews.

    December 7, 2018 5:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, December 7, 2018

    Hollywood Regency - Dempsey Lever - Schlage Custom Door Hardware

    The Hollywood Regency trend was born to reflect the shimmer, opulence, flamboyance and glamour of the 1930's Hollywood scene, bringing it from the silver screen into America’s homes.

     

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    In the 1930’s, movie sets had to be designed and styled to be able to accommodate – contain – Golden-Age-of-Hollywood Stars like Katharine Hepburn, Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Humphrey Bogart and a veritable constellation of other such luminaries. The personalities were larger than life. The Hollywood scene was larger than life. And the Hollywood Regency trend was born to reflect the shimmer, opulence, flamboyance and glamour of that very special time, bringing it from the silver screen into America’s homes.

     

    Cut to designer-to-the-stars and TV host extraordinaire, Amy Matthews, and her co-stars, Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware and the Dempsey lever. This is the final installment of her four-part series in which she works with Schlage designers to transform rooms around a single piece of Schlage door hardware. For this, she and the Schlage team chose the Dempsey lever for its character, boldness and sumptuous curves. It served as the perfect centerpiece for her big Hollywood ending, a larger-than-life Hollywood Regency blockbuster that showcases the breadth of Schlage’s passion for style.

     

    The Dempsey lever was inspired by the glamour and grace of Old Hollywood. It’s a shining example of the way Schlage door hardware can serve as a focal point for bringing a specific style statement to life. Amy loves the glamour of the lever and the challenge of integrating it into such a space. In fact, of all the rooms she helped design for this special partnership, this turned out to be her favorite.

    Hollywood Regency - Dempsey Lever - Schlage Custom

    The inspiration

    Schlage’s Dempsey lever brings a singular, unmistakable style to settings looking to make a real statement. One look and Amy knew where the design needed to go. She paired the lever with Schlage's Rosewood Trim in a lustrous yet tasteful satin nickel. The combination of the lever's distinctive curves and the scalloped look and finish provided the perfect centerpiece. The final room design featured a luxurious array of bold, contrasting colors, cut glass, lavish fabrics and reflective metals. It was truly a larger-than-life vision worthy of a star like Joan Crawford or Errol Flynn, with the Dempsey lever anchoring the entire concept.

    Hollywood Regency - Mood board - Amy Matthews - Schlage Custom

    The mood board: Unmistakable style

    Amy started with the Dempsey lever paired perfectly with Schlage’s Rosewood trim. In satin nickel, it complemented the overall design without getting in the way. She then assembled the mood board, splashing it with muted greens and reds that popped along with the glitter and luster of cut glass and exotic textures. For this design, she envisioned a sumptuous bedroom suite with a large bed in greens and natural tones dominating the room. Touches like a zebra rug, a crystal chandelier, a mirrored white vanity, period wallpaper and a distinctive green door completed Amy’s vision with panache and sizzle.

    The look: Inspired and opulent

    Amy’s immersion in the world of “lights, camera, action” really explored the true potential of what’s possible when building an entire room around a single piece of Schlage Door Hardware. Motivated by the style, vision and innovation of designers such as Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel, Amy brought a distinctive sexiness to the look, adding sleekness to the design with a black tile floor.

     

    The 1930’s marked the first time that movies began selling themselves based on the styles and fashions that would be worn by the stars that appeared in them. Think of it as early product placement. The lavish styles and fashions depicted were everywhere, selling everything from apparel to furnishings. Amy brought this sensibility to our Hollywood Regency masterpiece, with the Dempsey lever proving itself worthy of the glitz and glamour it inspires.

     

    While Amy generally prefers more simple, clean and organic designs, she really enjoyed stepping out with Schlage’s designers and pushing the envelope with the Dempsey lever and this glorious homage to Old Hollywood glam.

    Premium door locks - Schlage Custom

    The name says it all

    One system. Endless possibilities. Whether replacing outdated or broken locks, remodeling a single room or simply adding new, decorative details, Schlage Custom Door Hardware makes personalizing a single room–or an entire home–as easy as can be. It’s perfect for tailoring door hardware designs to the specific needs of every room.

     

    One screwdriver is all it takes to customize the style, finish and even functionality of Schlage Custom door hardware. A small locking pin lets you tailor the door’s locking function to your needs. And a wide range of designer knobs, levers, complementary trims and long-lasting and lustrous finishes deliver a whole new level of versatility in both style and function.

     

    For more information visit schlage.com. And to see Amy and Allegion Style & Design Chief Ted Roberts in action bringing this concept to life, watch this video. See for yourself. You don’t have to be Amy Matthews to bring a classic yet contemporary look to your home. All it takes is a little imagination and the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.
     

    6 simple yet impactful updates for when you're in a holiday hurry.

    December 4, 2018 11:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, December 5, 2018

    Simple - Holiday Updates - Schlage

    If you hoped to fix up the house before holiday guests arrived this year and haven’t gotten around to it yet, you’re in luck. Focus on these six ares and you'll be ready to host in no time.

     

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    If you hoped to fix up the house before holiday guests arrived this year and haven’t gotten around to it yet, you’re in luck.

     

    In a survey of what it takes to welcome holiday visitors and leave a great first impression, tackling last-minute home improvement projects was among the top 10 ways to make your home guest-ready. Those DIY projects were also on the list of top 10 things that impress guests most.

     

    To help you out, here are six areas of your house, many of which the survey identified as rooms most in need of a pre-holiday remodel, where you can make quick and easy changes that still make a big impact.

    Front porch

    Your entryway is the first thing your visitors will see, so use it to make a good impression immediately. Try updating your house numbers. Not only will they look good, but they’ll also help those guests who don’t typically visit find your home in the first place.

     

    A new Schlage Custom handleset, with a variety of designs and finishes available, can also make your door stand out in the most stylish of ways. With the highest industry ratings for residential security, premium metal construction and easy installation with just a screwdriver, you can also be confident of getting the job done before your guests’ arrival. And as an added bonus, handleset finishes coordinate easily with other home accents like lighting and plumbing fixtures as well as Schlage Custom hardware for interior doors.
     

    Foyer

    Once your guests are inside, you want them to feel welcome. Try some visually interesting coat hooks for some flair and function. If you have a small hallway or foyer, think about hanging a mirror to make the space feel bigger.
     

    Kitchen

    Unless you have the budget and the time for a project like a new backsplash, try focusing on something like your cabinetry. New cabinet pulls are a relatively quick change that can create a new look without a massive overhaul. It’s also the perfect opportunity to mix hardware finishes in a way that makes a big statement with minimal effort. You might choose a cabinet hardware finish that contrasts with a metallic light fixture, or pair a matte finish with a bright and shiny countertop accessory.

     

    Don’t forget inside the cabinets either. Organizers will get the shelves looking tip-top when guests offer to help set the table. These also have the added benefit of you being able to enjoy them long after the holidays. Because no one has ever said, “I wish my cabinets were less organized.”
     

    Living room

    If you have a fireplace, use it to create a beautiful holiday focal point for the room. Replace or decorate the mantel with festive photos, gorgeous greenery and other ornaments that put your holiday spirit on display.

     


    The living room is also a great opportunity for you to repurpose some of your own belongings. Move the furniture around, use pillows from another room on your couch or to create extra seating, or swap out end tables from another area in the house. This is one change that’s both easy in effort and on the wallet.

    Bathroom

    You can flex your DIY muscle by redoing flooring and grout. Or you can make a few cosmetic updates that will get your shower looking and working great for your guests. Change out the shower rod for something a bit more stylish or replace the showerhead. Create a spa-like experience with a relaxing raincan fixture, one with multiple settings or a two-in-one option that also includes a hand shower.
     

    Bedroom

    Aunt Barbara is just hours away. Repainting is out, but you can replace the door hardware. With Schlage Custom door hardware, you choose from a range of knobs and lever styles that instantly elevate any room. You pick the style and finish to match your home décor. And just like our handlesets, these install in minutes with just a screwdriver.

     

    Another easy change is to replace the bedding in a guest room. Something warm and luxuriously soft will always be popular with even the pickiest of guests.

    Find more holiday style inspiration when you follow us on Instagram and Pinterest.
     

    Home security steps you should take during the holidays.

    December 4, 2018 7:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, December 4, 2018

    Holiday - Home Security - Schlage

    With a combination of smart home technology and a little common sense, your holiday season will be as merry as it is worry-free.

     

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    The holidays are here and soon you’ll be traveling to visit family and friends, hosting guests at your home and eagerly anticipating the delivery of your share of the nearly 2 billion packages that are expected to be shipped this holiday season. Take some advice from the pros at Schlage and make sure your home is secure all season long.

     

    With nearly half a million homes burglarized during the holidays and robbery rates rising an average of 20% around this time of year, there’s no time like the present to check home security off your holiday list!

     

    With a combination of smart home technology and a little common sense, your holiday season will be as merry as it is worry-free.

    Install a home security system

    A home security system can decrease your chances of being burglarized by nearly 60%. Options range from 24/7 surveillance by a third party to a DIY setup that you manage and monitor on your own using your smartphone or other connected technologies. Deciding which is best for you depends on your budget and the level of control you wish to have over your system. With most systems going wireless, you can easily install motion and entry detectors around windows and doors and an audible alarm to alert you and your home security provider of a potential breach.

    Install smart home security devices

    You can take home security to the next level by installing smart home devices that allow you to use your smartphone to monitor and control your front door locks from anywhere. Install programmable smart lighting throughout your house in addition to your front porch and garage. Install security cameras that you can watch remotely. You can even connect these to a smart doorbell to see who is coming and going.

    Home Security - Smart locks - Schlage

    Connect a smart lock to your security system

    Connect smart home security devices to any number of Schlage smart locks that integrate seamlessly into today’s most advanced home automation systems. They provide the convenience of keyless keypad entry and allow you to monitor and control access from your phone. Schlage offers a wide range of connected locks that deliver both security and peace of mind.

    Home Security - Exterior lighting - Schlage

    Keep the exterior lights on

    The best way to deter intruders is to keep the exterior of your home well-lit. Motion sensor lighting can both alert others that someone may be nearby and make the intruder turn away. Projected and architectural lighting can provide a holiday lightscape or a simple highlight as well as a bright, visible deterrent. The best part? According to Ted Roberts, the Style and Design Chief for Allegion, lighting is one of the most affordable ways to provide both security and beauty through the holiday season and beyond.

    Home Security - Tips - Schlage

    Make your home look occupied

    There's nothing more enticing to a home intruder than a home that appears to be vacant. Triggers that signal this include mail piled up by the front door or a house that remains dark during all hours of the day. Ask your Post Office to hold your mail until you return or a nearby friend to collect it each day. If you have installed a keyless lock, you can assign a code that allows a trusted friend or neighbor to place your mail inside and check on any plants or pets. Also consider smart lighting that will turn on and off at different times of the day to give the appearance that someone is home. If it is expected to snow while you're away, arrange for someone to clear your sidewalks and driveway.

    Keep valuables away from windows

    Burglars prefer to get in and out of a house as quickly as possible to avoid being caught. Having a clear view of a valuable item will make your home a target. Keep valuables out of sight and install blinds or curtains for even more protection. The same goes for packages you leave in your car. The few extra seconds you spend to secure your packages in the trunk or to cover them on the floor in the back seat will pay big dividends later.

    Home Security - Package delivery - Schlage

    Keep your package deliveries safe

    Most of us worry this time of year about our packages being stolen. Asking neighbors to retrieve them for you, asking your delivery professionals to leave them in an inconspicuous location, redirecting your packages through the USPS, UPS or FedEx websites ¬– these all offer simple, common-sense solutions that can keep your deliveries secure. Another great option is to use a package delivery lockbox. Remember, thieves are looking for a quick and easy score, so even the smallest deterrent can make a big difference.

    Keep your travel plans off social media

    By all means, let your family, close friends and neighbors know you will be gone so they can keep an eye on things. But as excited as you may be to get away, don’t post your holiday travel plans on Facebook or Twitter and don’t broadcast your adventures on Snapchat or Instagram. Trust us, no matter how much fun you’re having, it can all wait until you return!

    Make a holiday security checklist

    Finally, before you set off on your holiday travels, make a short to-do list so you don’t overlook something.
     

    • Notify your neighbors that you’ll be gone.
    • Pause your regular mail, newspaper and any other scheduled deliveries.
    • Arrange for your packages to be delivered securely or re-directed.
    • If you have a product like a Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt, make sure you assign custom security codes for any family, friends or neighbors to whom you wish to grant access while you are away.
    • Program your home automation system to make sure your lights and other connected systems go on and off when you want them to.


    With a small investment in the latest technologies and a little know-how, you’ll be all set for the holidays. What extra steps do you take to make sure your home is safe and secure? Give us your best tips by sharing with us on Facebook. And make sure you’re ready for the holidays with the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.
     

    Ted talks decorating your front porch for a bright, wonderful winter season.

    November 30, 2018 6:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, November 30, 2018

    Ted Talks - Winter Front Porch Decor - Schlage

    From accent lighting to securing your home for the season, Ted outlines some simple, affordable ways to be the envy of the neighborhood throughout the holidays and beyond.

     

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    Ted Talks - Winter Front Porch Decor - Schlage

    The holiday decorating season is in full swing, so make way for some holiday color and cheer. It won’t be long before the stockings are hung, a holiday wreath adorns your front door, the lights are shining bright and the colors of Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanzaa turn front porches coast to coast into holiday showpieces.

     

    It’s another installment of Schlage’s ongoing series of blogs featuring premium design ideas, we provide ways to bring your home designs to life and how to incorporate the premium style of Schlage into those designs. Ted Roberts, the Style and Design Chief at Allegion, shares some thoughts on creating memorable and inviting winter front porch designs that will make your home stand out. From accent lighting to securing your home for the season, Ted outlines some simple, affordable ways to be the envy of the neighborhood throughout the holidays and beyond.

    Ted Talks - Winter Front Porch - Lighting - Schlage

    Q&A with Ted Roberts

    Q: It’s that time of the year. What can we do to make this year’s holiday decorating special?

    A: “One of the joys of holidays and winter decorating is the passion that people put into it, trying to outdo themselves year after year. And it shows. This year, you’ll see the wreaths, bows, tinsel and traditional decorations that mark the season, but I also think you’ll see a lot more imaginative lighting displays.”

    Q: A bright outlook then, for the season?

    A: “It’s just that there are so many options in the winter front porch lighting department. It’s the perfect place to start. I really think projected lighting is going to be big this year. It can be truly dramatic, painting a lightscape across the entire front of your house. And, for the budget conscious, these can be particularly useful because you can customize the graphics or colors and light patterns season to season. Another favorite porch design idea of mine is white string lights. They are a great way to celebrate the season but can also stay up all winter long or even all year long. Another simple, affordable year-round solution is white architectural lighting. Talk about adding a distinctive accent to any outdoor space. Any of these can brighten your front porch project with many options available for less than $100.”

    Q: Where do you go from there, when looking at your seasonal porch designs?

    A: “The front door. It can be the perfect centerpiece of your winter front porch showcase. We like to say that your front door and your front patio or porch make the ultimate first impression. That’s as true when you’re greeting holiday visitors as it is when you’re talking year-round curb appeal. Your front door reflects your personality. Your uniqueness. Your own sense of style. From a simple, inexpensive wreath that can be redecorated from season to season to wrapping your front door in bright and shiny wrapping paper and bows, the sky really is the limit. My only caution is: make sure that any door decorations don’t interfere with the operation of your front door and door lock, because you don’t want to compromise your safety and security, no matter how awesome your holiday door looks.”

    Q: And that’s where Schlage comes in?

    A: “That’s where Schlage comes in. This time of year, particularly through the holidays, you’ve got visitors coming and going, more package deliveries than normal, partygoers, people dropping by, holiday carolers at your doorstep – and that’s only the beginning. You’ve also got about a 1 in 35 chance of being a victim of property crime during the holidays, so you’ll want to make sure everything is safe and secure. Schlage offers a range of front door locks – from mechanical locks and deadbolts to convenient keypad locks to connected smart locks – that are as reflective of your own unique sense of style as they are functional. Good locks are a deterrent. Security cameras are a deterrent. Security systems are a deterrent. Schlage makes smart locks too that work with many of today’s most popular home automation and security systems.

    Ted Talks - Winter Front Porch - Security - Schlage

    Q: Any other security tips?

    A: “Another good rule of thumb: when you change your clocks – when you fall back – it’s a great time to change out your batteries in smoke alarms, home safety monitors, electronic locks and the like. All Schlage electronic locks feature a handy low-battery alert, but checking regularly is still a good habit.

    Q: Final thoughts?

    A: “Enjoy the season. There are so many affordable options for making your front porch shine year-round, but especially in the fall and winter. And don’t forget President’s Day, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day – all offer opportunities for you to adapt your porch designs to suit the seasons. Flags are another great addition, showing your patriotism, sense of pride, sense of humor and allegiance to your favorite team.

    For more, visit Schlage.com or check out what your friends are doing to brighten their holidays by visiting Pinterest and Instagram. Make your front porch a true showpiece, with the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.
     

    How Schlage smart locks stand up to Mother Nature.

    November 26, 2018 10:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, November 26, 2018

    Smart locks - Weatherproof - Schlage

    Are smart locks waterproof? What happens when the power goes out? Here’s what you need to know.

     

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    Some of us love winter weather, and others are already counting down the days until spring. When the temperatures drop, and the snow and ice hit your door, you want your lock to be ready, even if you aren’t.

     

    When it comes to holding up to the weather, Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, as well as Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt and Schlage Keypad Deadbolt, are designed to exceed, and have been validated to function, beyond industry certification requirements.

     

    We do not recommend our smart locks be used on outdoor gates or on doors in which the lock’s interior housing is completely exposed to the elements. However, we consistently work to bring you quality products so that you know you’re getting the convenient features and peace of mind, no matter what elements your house faces.

    Tried and tested

    Your electronic lock’s exterior components, which are often exposed to the harshest elements, are tested against:

     

    • Extreme temperatures, including icing or freezing conditions (as low as approximately -22 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the lock) and high heat (up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit)
    • High humidity and condensing humidity
    • Rain
    • Coastal environment conditions

    Peace of mind

    Additional features provide an extra layer of confidence for when the worst weather strikes.

     

    • Battery operated: All of Schlage’s keyless locks run on battery power, so if the power goes out, you’re still protected. You won’t be locked out and those who shouldn’t have access to your home won’t gain it just because ice pulled down a power line.
    • Back-lit numbers: Whether the power goes down or the sun has just set early, you’ll never be left fumbling in the dark to unlock your door.
    • Glove-friendly: No need to remove your mittens. Touchscreens and keypads work even if they’re wet from rain and when you’re wearing gloves.

    Protection beyond the weather

    Of course, not all elements are a result of Mother Nature. We know security depends on your lock working in all kinds of conditions. That’s why we also test our smart locks in construction-based environments, such as pressure washing, fluid spills and dust.

     

    Schlage smart locks are backed by a three-year electronics warranty and a limited lifetime mechanical and finish warranty. With our successful testing, you can be as confident as we are in your security and style year-round, rain or shine, snow or heat.

    To find out if a Schlage smart lock will work well for your home and climate, reach out to us on Facebook or contact our customer support team for help.
     

    5 ways getting smart can save you and your home energy.

    November 15, 2018 10:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, November 15, 2018

    Energy Efficiency - Smart Home - Schlage

    There are several ways you can cash in on smart home technology for energy savings, something that’s on many of our minds as we head into the winter months of high heating bills.

     

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    With smart home automation, you can make your house more energy efficient, saving you money. Home automation can also save you energy, making daily life just a little easier.

     

    There are several ways you can cash in on smart home technology for energy savings, something that’s on many of our minds as we head into the winter months of high heating bills.

    Energy efficiency - Smart Home - Schlage

    Thermostat

    Heating and cooling your house uses more energy than anything else in your home. A programmable or smart thermostat makes it easier to adjust the temperature as the weather changes or based on who’s home. Energy.gov estimates that turning down your thermostat by 7 to 10 degrees for eight hours a day, like when you’re at work, could save you up to 10 percent annually on heating and cooling costs.

     

    Don’t want to come home to a cold house? When you choose a smart thermostat, you can start warming things back up with the push of a smartphone button before you even leave the office. Another option is to program your thermostat to do it automatically.

    Lighting

    Consider taking your energy savings beyond just saying “Alexa, turn off the lamp” or putting your lights on a timer. Try light sensors that turn your lamps on only when someone is in the room. You can also add geo-fencing, which automatically turns lights on and off based on where your smartphone is.

    Kitchen appliances

    Some smart ovens take less time to preheat, allow you to program the cooking process based on what you’re making and can often monitor your dish’s progress using sensors. All of these can translate to less wasted energy.

     

    If you think a refrigerator doesn’t need to be smart, think again. On the most basic level, making sure the door closes properly helps to conserve energy. That means a fridge that notifies you if the door didn’t shut all the way also saves you money. The ability to see inside the refrigerator without opening the door, perfect when trying to decide what to snack on, saves you money. A refrigerator that automatically knows when to reduce its energy consumption during the power grid’s peak hours while still keeping your frozen foods frozen, yes, saves you money.

     

    But what about conserving energy of a different kind? Some smart features or appliances might not reduce your financial expenses quite so obviously, but if they make your life easier, that seems like pretty good savings to us.

    Smart Lock - Zigbee Amazon Lock - Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt

    Smart locks

    Smart locks like the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt make daily life more convenient by allowing you to share access codes with family, friends, handymen, dogwalkers and others you may want to grant temporary access. No more keeping track of spare keys. No more rushing home from work to let someone in.

     

    Amazon Prime members in select areas can pair the Schlage Connect lock, Zigbee certified with the Amazon Key app and Amazon Cloud Cam to have packages securely delivered just inside the front door. You control entry from your smartphone, so you don’t have to provide a code to the delivery driver. You can even choose to block access remotely on delivery day if desired.

     

    Looking for even more convenience? Make your smart lock part of a home automation sequence. Try setting up a Welcome Home routine, for example. When you unlock your door, the lights turn on and your thermostat goes up. Or maybe a Goodnight routine that locks the doors and powers down electronics all at once while you relax in bed.

     

    These smart locks also add convenience with peace of mind. You’ll never have to wonder if you locked the door when you can check its status remotely from your smartphone. You can also be confident in the quality of your locks. All our smart deadbolts earned the highest marks from BHMA, so you know your home is safe and that your lock will continue to function correctly throughout its lifespan and stand up to the elements over time without losing its great style.

    Robotic Vacuums

    Make it a clean sweep of convenience with a robotic vacuum. Many can now be scheduled to run using smartphone apps and voice control. There’s even one that will take photos and videos when it senses movement in the room. Consumer Reports cautions that these vacuums don’t have the same suction power as a standard upright vacuum and their effectiveness depends on your type of flooring, but they can definitely help with everyday cleaning maintenance. And that’s an energy saver in our books.

    Adding home automation could be your solution for saving both money and effort. Find more ways Schlage can bring simplicity to your life at Schlage.com or on Twitter and Facebook.
     

    A century-old classic given a new look with Schlage and Amy Matthews.

    November 13, 2018 5:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Vintage door know - Hobson knob - Schlage Custom Door Hardware

    Schlage Custom Door Hardware and the Hobson glass knob are a game changer, according to Amy Matthews, Contractor, Designer and popular TV and YouTube host.

     

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    One of the most budget and design-friendly ways to bring antique fixtures into your home is with door knobs. And to that end, Schlage Custom Door Hardware and the Hobson glass knob are a game changer, according to Amy Matthews, Contractor, Designer and popular TV and YouTube host. From eclectic to transitional, it makes a statement by bringing a traditional look suitable for modern-day applications.

     

    That’s why Amy chose the Hobson knob as her inspiration for creating an entire room look for Schlage designers based around the Hobson knob’s vintage versatility. In this, the third installment of her four-part series in which she works with the Schlage design team to transform rooms around a single piece of Schlage door hardware, Amy embraced Schlage’s unique take on a 100-year-old classic. Together, they explored its application in a more contemporary setting.

     

    The Hobson knob is an ideal statement piece, putting its beveled glass design element inside a sleek, smooth glass exterior that Amy loves. It perfectly complemented the colors, textures and materials she chose for this particular room design.

    Vintage glass knob - Hobson - Schlage Custom

    The inspiration

    Schlage's Hobson knob can bring a touch of bling to a wide assortment of settings, according to Amy. From traditional to even the most modern of styles, it can be paired with a variety of finishes and trims that make the quintessential glass knob the picture of eclectic style. For additional inspiration, Amy looked for photos of various homes and decor from different yet specific eras and then adapted her designs to bring a measure of authenticity to the look she was creating. It's no surprise, then, that one of her favorite fixtures is the glass knob.

    Eclectic, vintage style - Mood board - Amy Matthews - Schlage Custom

    The mood board: A collection of Amy's favorite looks

    Amy started with the Hobson knob, pairing it with a satin brass finish and modern trim. She wanted to take advantage of the versatility of the Hobson to serve as the foundation for a modern, bohemian vibe that also exuded sumptuousness and warmth.

     

    She wanted the Hobson knob, as specified, to complement the natural wood she’d chosen for the door and some of the furnishings. She also chose the glass and satin brass look to work in contrast to some of the blacks and pops of red and gold accent colors she crafted into the board. Neutral grays and flooring completed the picture, with the overall look reflecting Amy’s preference for clean, modern presentations.

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    The look: Classic yet modern

    Amy and the team brought the room to life with rugs, pillows, throws, artwork and other meticulous touches that picked up the gold in the satin brass finish. She wanted the look to radiate warmth and welcome. Again, the word Amy used for what she was going for was “sumptuous.” The flexibility of Schlage Custom and the warmth and glow of the Hobson knob was the perfect centerpiece for Amy’s very particular design expression.

     

    While some of the furnishings were in natural woods to complement the door and the neutral flooring, she also added touches like black accent tables and other, more colorful accessories to provide a nice contrast throughout. Her overall objective: create a room that transforms an ordinary space into an extraordinary home. She certainly succeeded, building this look around the vintage style and design flexibility of Schlage Custom and the Hobson glass knob.

    Vintage glass knob - Hobson - Schlage Custom

    The name says it all

    One system. Endless possibilities. Whether replacing outdated or broken locks, remodeling a single room or simply adding new, decorative details, Schlage Custom Door Hardware makes personalizing a single room–or an entire home–as easy as can be. It’s perfect for tailoring door hardware designs to the specific needs of every room.

     

    One screwdriver is all it takes to customize the style, finish and even functionality of Schlage Custom door hardware. A small locking pin lets you tailor the door’s locking function to your needs. And a wide range of designer knobs, levers, complementary trims and long-lasting and lustrous finishes deliver a whole new level of versatility in both style and function.

     

    For more information visit schlage.com. And to see Amy and Allegion Style & Design Chief Ted Roberts in action bringing this concept to life, watch this video. See for yourself. You don’t have to be Amy Matthews to bring a classic yet contemporary look to your home. All it takes is a little imagination and the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.
     

    5 times you'll wish you had a smart lock this holiday season

    November 1, 2018 5:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, November 1, 2018

    Smart lock - Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

    Make the holiday season a little easier on yourself. Here are five times a smart lock will simplify your life.

     

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    With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season upon us, many homeowners are looking for solutions that help make life easier and more convenient. Take one more worry off your list and opt for a keyless lifestyle. Here are five moments you’ll wish you had a smart lock.
    Smart lock - Holidays - Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

    1. Keep your online orders safe

    This holiday season, online sales are expected to make up 57 percent of all purchases. If you’re one of these people, you’re likely receiving packages while at work or travelling. Don’t stress over whether these packages will be safe on your front porch. With a smart deadbolt, you can easily set up a code for a friend or family member to come over and drop your packages inside.

     

    For Amazon Prime members that live in participating areas, you can even take advantage of Amazon Key. With a compatible smart lock, like the Zigbee-certified Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt, and the Amazon Cloud Cam, you can have your online orders delivered safely inside your home.

    2. Easy access for guests

    Don’t worry about hiding a spare key or having new copies made that could easily be lost. Make coming and going easy for your extended stay guests by giving them a custom code to unlock the door. You can even assign a period of time for that code to be active or simply disable it when they leave.

    3. No more fumbling for keys

    It seems like there’s always something to weigh you down during the holiday seasons whether it’s coming home with a car full of gifts or simply trying to juggle the groceries and the kids at the same time. Stop fumbling for your keys at the door and eliminate one more hassle by opting for a keyless lock solution. With the Schlage Sense™ Smart Ddeadbolt, you can easily use the Schlage Sense appc to lock and unlock your door when you are within Bluetooth® range (about 40 feet), or easily punch in a 4-8 digit code on any of our smart lock offerings.

    4. Peace of mind

    By choosing a Z-Wave, Zigbee or Bluetooth smart lock, you can add a compatible smart home hub – such as Samsung’s SmartThings for Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt – that allows you to check in on the status of your lock and control it no matter where you are. To access your Schlage Sense™ lock remotely, you’ll need an Apple TV® or iPad® for HomeKit or the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter. So enjoy that holiday dinner at your grandmother’s house in another state, confident that your doors are locked and your home is secure.

    5. Late night convenience

    A connected smart home hub will also allow you to take advantage of other whole home features from the minute you unlock your door. Don’t stumble around for a light switch or adjust the thermostat when you arrive home. Simply set your smart home hub to do those things for you as soon as your door is unlocked.

     

    Stop worrying about the little things that are easy to fix. This holiday season, you deserve more peace of mind so you can focus on the things that truly matter. To find the right smart lock for you, visit our Get Help Deciding tool to find your perfect match.

    Treat your hardware like a coffeemaker – Learn to spot quality door locks.

    October 29, 2018 7:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, October 29, 2018

    Quality Door Locks - Schlage Custom

    When shopping for new home good items, it pays to understand when it’s worth saving and when it’s worth the splurge.

     

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    When shopping for new home good items, it pays to understand when it’s worth saving and when it’s worth the splurge. Take coffeemakers for example. If we use them every day, it might be worth paying a little extra for a model that not only is going to last but also will save you time and money in the long run. If your coffeemaker turns out to be sub-par, you’ll ultimately end up spending more on a replacement or by heading to the coffee shop. So much for savings.

     

    What does this have to do with door hardware?

     

    You won’t want to give up coffee cold turkey because your at-home maker isn’t up to snuff, nor will you stop wanting to lock your doors for the same reason. Do your research and think about the following factors when considering the move up to the next tier of locks and door hardware. They might make you re-think defaulting to the lowest price.

    Quality door locks - Eller Lever - Schlage Custom

    Durability

    You’re going to use your locks every day, and it’s important that they work every time. With Schlage, you can be assured that not only will your locks and door hardware last for years to come - reducing the need for frequent replacements - but they’ll also help protect your home throughout their lifespan.

     

    Nearly all of Schlage’s mechanical hardware and electronic deadbolts, levers and knobs are rated best in security, durability and finish by BHMA. Testing shows that our hardware is resistant to the toughest environmental and weather conditions, and levers hold up under heavy weight, so you know you’re covered when a child hangs on them. Premium metal construction also provides a quality you can actually feel.

     

    Our smart locks also feature the same type of encryption used in online purchases and built-in alarm technology to consistently protect what’s most important to you.

     

    Similar products: Toilet plungers and car tires. You probably won’t find out that they aren’t working until it’s already a problem. And you definitely don’t want that.

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    Style

    You’re going to look at your door hardware every day. Front-door locks and hardware are some of the first things guests will see, so you might want something visually appealing that also matches the style of your home. Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware features architecturally-inspired designs that reflect your unique taste. With our collection of styles and finishes, the possibilities offer a whole new dimension of personal style to your home.

     

    Smart locks like Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt come in a variety of styles and finishes as well, making it easier than ever to coordinate your hardware from your front door to the back porch and everywhere in between.

     

    Similar products: A good blazer and hair dye. Just like quality door hardware, these are simple ways to elevate your style by changing what people see first and most.

    Simplicity

    Installing your door hardware and locks, not to mention using them on a regular basis, should be easy. Most of our door hardware requires just a screwdriver for installation, and with our patented Snap & Stay technology, there’s no need to juggle components and tools at the same time.

     

    Schlage smart locks are also battery-operated, eliminating the need for hardwiring or calling an electrician during installation.

     

    Using your lock should be easy, too. Storing multiple access codes, locking and unlocking your door remotely from anywhere, and monitoring access through an app are just some of the hallmarks of Schlage simplicity. If ease is a high priority for you, this might be one reason to increase your investment.

     

    Similar product: Home delivery. How often have you paid a little extra for the pizza or groceries to be brought directly to your front door, just for the ease and convenience?

    Support

    When you have a question about your locks or door hardware, you shouldn’t have to go on a wild goose chase for answers. We put solutions at your fingertips with online support ranging from frequently asked questions to installation and user guides, templates and more.

     

    Similar product: Food service. When wait staff is attentive, friendly and knowledgeable, you know you’ll get the dining experience you deserve.

     

    “You get what you pay for” is cliché for a reason. Confidence in getting what you want from your locks and door hardware might be worth the investment to you, particularly when it comes to the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage. For continued help and support in your door lock buying journey, be sure to reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook for help.
     

    Schlage Connect™ smart lock features you can take advantage of with Wink.

    October 26, 2018 7:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, October 26, 2018

    Schlage Connect - Wink

    With easy installation and programming right at your fingertips, this smart lock provides utility out of the box but when paired with a compatible smart home hub, you can unlock even more convenient and advanced security features.

     

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    Powered by Z-Wave® technology, the Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt is a versatile smart lock that works with most smart home and alarm systems, including Wink. With easy installation and programming right at your fingertips, this smart lock provides utility out of the box but when paired with a compatible smart home hub, you can unlock even more convenient and advanced security features. Here are eight features you can expect when you pair your Schlage Connect lock with a Wink smart home hub.

    1. Remote access

    Lock or unlock your door no matter where you are in the world. Because the Schlage Connect is powered by Z-wave, you need to pair it with a smart home hub, like Wink, to extend communication with your home’s wi-fi. This allows you to communicate with your lock via the Wink app when you are remote.

    2. Receive alerts

    Get instant notifications whenever the door is unlocked. Whether it’s peace of mind knowing your kids arrived home on time or keeping tabs on your housekeeper, alerts keep you in-the-know on who’s coming and going from your home throughout the day.

    3. Control built-in alarm

    Enable or disable the Schlage Connect’s built-in alarm when activity is detected at the door . Instead of changing your alarm settings through the lock itself, Wink makes it even easier to have full control of all the features Schlage Connect has to offer.

    4. Easy programming

    Add, delete and name user codes from the Wink app. Instead of manually keeping track of all the codes you’ve activated for your lock, Wink makes it simple to get a glimpse of all programmed access codes and allows you to deactivate or change them as needed.

    5. Set reminders

    Wink can also give you a reminder to remove codes when they are no longer needed . You will still need to go through the steps to delete the access code through the app but reminders give you peace of mind that you won’t forget a code that is no longer needed after a certain period of time making it even easier to manage and maintain multiple codes.

    6. Connect your smart lock with other products

    Smart homes are most convenient when all your products are working together. If you have other devices connected to your Wink hub, you can set up a Robot so that one action triggers a series of others – like unlocking your front door after 6pm turns the light in your entryway on. Just note that for optimal security, you cannot use the Robot to unlock your deadbolt. Follow the Wink blog to stay up-to-date with added features and get inspired for new smart home routines.

    7. Create shortcuts

    Both iOS and Android users can enable Wink widgets on their phone to access smart home scenes through the notification center (iPhone) or home screen (Android). This makes it easy to trigger an automation series you use often, like a Goodnight shortcut to power down all your smart devices and lock your doors.

    8. Pair your Schlage Connect with Amazon Alexa

    Command your Schlage Connect to lock or unlock or check the status of your lock when you pair your Schlage Connect with Amazon Alexa via Wink. Get all the details on what Schlage Connect and Amazon Alexa can do here.

    To make this all work, you’ll just need a Wink Hub or Wink Hub 2, Wi-Fi connection and an iOS or Android smartphone device. Visit wink.com to learn how to pair your smart lock with the Wink smart home hub and be sure to reach out to use on Facebook or Twitter with any questions.
     
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