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    Choosing historically accurate colors for your older home.

    January 24, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, January 24, 2020

    Historic home under renovation | Schlage

    Do you know which hues to use on your historic home?

     

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    Historic home under renovation.

    Your classic beauty deserves to let her true colors come through. Choosing an historically accurate paint color for a traditional home can have its challenges, but when done well, it’s a sight to behold. Do you know which hues to use on your historic home?

     

    Especially if your home is on an historic registry, your hands may be tied when it comes to painting and renovating. Follow the regulations, but if you need help figuring out the right colors for your golden oldie, or if you just want to exactly match the tones that originally graced your walls, you can hire a professional. They’ll take samples and use high-powered microscopes to dig deep into your home’s colorful history.

     

    If you don’t have any restrictions and need inspiration, visit historical homes from the same period as yours and see what they have (or haven’t) done well. Of course, you can also use our tips for picking the perfect palettes for your Georgian, Federalist, Victorian or Craftsman-style house.

    Georgian & Federalist

    The most traditional in the United States, Georgian and Federalist homes date from the 1700s to 1800s. Because this traditional architecture spans so much time, there are slight variations in color palettes, but you’ll also see some common themes.

    Exterior of Georgian style home.

    Earlier Georgian houses tended to have darker bodies, or exterior walls. Softer colors such as white or yellow were used for the trim, window sashes and other details. The bodies of later Federalist homes were most often white or straw colored, although you would have also seen orange, slate and darker “Georgian” colors. Exterior trims were subtler, sometimes being painted the same as the body. Both styles favored dark colored doors – chocolate, black and dark green. HistoricIpswich.org does a great job of breaking down colors by era.

     

    While Georgian and Federalist homes often featured more muted colors, there are instances where you’ll find much brighter hues. Surprising to many is the chrome yellow room at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. As BobVila.com points out, bright colors were more expensive at that time, so while you saw less of them, they did exist. We think this gives you license to expand your color horizons a bit more, even if your home is traditional.

     

    Need door hardware for your 18th-century home? Try a Schlage Andover or Georgian knob or Accent lever with Camelot trim. And a Satin Brass finish will fit right in.

    Victorian

    To many, Victorian homes, from the late 1800s, lacked restraint, and it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. You see lots or ornate woodwork, glasswork and patterns, and colors should be used to accentuate those details. But there’s still a “right” way to paint a Victorian home if you want to maintain historical accuracy.

    Exterior of Victorian style home.

    Three-color schemes were popular with Victorian homes, although it wasn’t uncommon to see some with four or more. This doesn’t give a free pass to go color crazy, though. This Old House recommends sticking to one section of the color spectrum, picking different tones in the green family, for example. Which brings us to the second point. San Francisco’s “Painted Ladies” are famous for their brightness, but Victorian homes historically used nature-inspired colors, not pinks and purples.

     

    Remember that subdued doesn’t have to mean boring, especially with Victorian or Italianate architecture. For example, using what California Paints calls Apache Tan, Sleeper’s Entry, Tyson Taupe, North Gallery and Cherry Cola (that’s five colors if you’re counting), you can showcase your classic beauty while keeping it, well … classic. Just save the darker colors for the architectural details – window sashes, gingerbread, turret banding – to help them stand out. Old House Online has more great tips for figuring out all those colors for a true Victorian home.

     

    When looking for hardware to complement a Victorian home, consider a Schlage Flair lever or glass Alexandria door knob. Polished Nickel and Antique Brass make great Victorian-inspired finishes.

    Craftsman

    Craftsman, or Arts & Crafts, homes became popular in the early 1900s. The style was an attempt to get away from what some saw as overly decorated Victorian architecture. Wood, stonework and similar natural elements are iconic characteristics of Craftsman homes, and earthy color schemes with muted greens, browns and cool blues that mirror streams or stone follow suit.

    Exterior of Craftsman style home.

    Warm colors – orange, red, yellow – work well with the abundance of woodwork. We like Behr’s combination of Mesa, Briquette and Bison Brown for this interior. If you’re looking for more contrast, however, slate gray and blues from the other end of the spectrum complement woodwork quite nicely. Behr’s Scotland Road and Amphibian captures that look on this exterior.

     

    For a Craftsman-style home, we recommend the Schlage Avila lever with Addison trim in Aged Bronze. Or try the Schlage Andover knob. Knob or lever, this multi-tone finish will complement the woodwork in nearly any Arts & Crafts home.

     

    Visit Schlage.com for all the styles of door knobs and levers to help make your mature home the star of the block. You can also learn more tricks for bringing modern design to your charming older home with our Design Guide.

     

    Celebrating 100 years of Schlage and a century of success.

    January 21, 2020 7:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, January 21, 2020

    Schlage 100th Anniversary

    As Schlage celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2020, we’re looking back on the countless impacts we’ve made on people’s lives, homes and businesses.

     

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    When Great-Aunt Edna turns 100, you throw a huge birthday bash. You eat cake, but more importantly, you reminisce about the innumerable experiences and moments she witnessed over the last century.

     

    When a company ushers in a new century, the excitement is much the same. As Schlage celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2020, we’re looking back on the countless impacts we’ve made on people’s lives, homes and businesses. We’re also looking toward the future to continue serving you with our reputation for style and innovation for the next 100 years.

    Schlage's 100th anniversary.

    Since pioneering the first push-button lock in 1920 to the high-tech mobile solutions of today, Schlage’s passion for door hardware is what drives us to develop the products that keep you, and what matters most to you, secure. For 100 years, our legacy of continuous improvement, attention to detail and obsession with thoughtful innovation has provided you with peace of mind and solutions for a life and job made simpler.

     

    We have redefined what’s possible and created security solutions for seamless access wherever life takes us. At home, we started with the first lock that didn’t require a key on both sides, dramatically reducing the chances of being locked in a room if the key was lost. Easy-grip handle locksets, never-before-seen levels of style customization and durability allowed Schlage to not only survive chaThisllenging times like World War II, but also thrive and grow internationally. Today we’ve advanced our offerings to include the revolutionary Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, giving you a more secure and simpler way to control access to your home, and Schlage can be found around the world.

    Schlage Encode wifi smart lock on blue front door.
    Innovation flourished in institutional and commercial markets as our products evolved to fulfill customers’ needs at the office, school and beyond. It began with durable mechanical locks and expanded to comprehensive electronic access control solutions. Among their many uses is enabling schools to take greater control over security and keep your students safe. A decade after introducing the first electronic lock with an interchangeable reader and communication modules, today’s wireless access control portfolio delivers a superior level of convenience—while staying true to the strength and level of quality the Schlage brand is built upon.
    Schlage classroom door lever.

    Walter Schlage, our founder and a renowned inventor, sought simple solutions to problems hidden in plain sight. In addition to creating locks, he developed techniques that allowed the Schlage Manufacturing Company, later renamed Schlage Lock Company in 1925, to produce more locks of higher quality in less time. We continue in the same spirit today. As a company of passionate innovators and trailblazers in engineering, technology and design, we will continue to lead in the marketplace, providing superior quality, safety and security for years to come.

     

    With the number of global patents growing annually – Walter Schlage had more than 200 on his own – and an unending commitment to solving modern problems for today’s world, we are proud of our legacy. But as much as we enjoy looking back, we are even more eager to look forward to the next 100 years when we’ll be opening more than just doors. We’ll be opening possibilities.

     

    Learn more about Schlage’s history and help us celebrate our 100th anniversary. There’s more to discover for both home and business at Schlage.

     

    The inventor that started it all: 100 years of Schlage.

    January 21, 2020 6:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, January 21, 2020

    Walter Schlage

    It is with that pride that we gladly present “The Story Behind Schlage: The Inventor and the Businessman.”

     

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    Few things seem more commonplace than door knobs and locks. This wasn’t always the case, though, and Schlage is proud to be among the trailblazers in home security and door hardware design. It is with that pride that we gladly present “The Story Behind Schlage: The Inventor and the Businessman.”

     

    Highlighting the early days of Schlage, the video below shines a light on our namesake, Walter Schlage, and his spirit of innovation. Walter’s motivation – find simple solutions to problems hidden in plain sight – continues to drive what we do today.

     

    Since pioneering the first push-button lock in 1920 to the high-tech mobile solutions of today, our passion for door hardware is why we strive to keep you, and what matters most to you, secure. For 100 years, our legacy of continuous improvement, attention to detail and obsession with thoughtful innovation has provided you with peace of mind and solutions for a life and job made simpler. Some may say a lock is just a lock, but we’ve spent a century unlocking opportunity. Together, we’ll be opening more than just doors in the next 100 years.

     

    Schlage 100th anniversary photos

     

    Find more Schlage history and help celebrate our 100th anniversary at schlage.com/100.

     

    4 house staging tips for selling your house in the winter.

    January 7, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, January 7, 2020

    Winter house for sale | Schlage

    Think you can’t sell your house in the winter? Think again. These house staging tips can help you get full asking price, even when cooler weather moves in.

     

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    Think you can’t sell your house in the winter? Think again. These house staging tips can help you get full asking price, even when cooler weather moves in.
    For sale sign in front of house covered in snow.

    Are people buying houses in the winter?

    Spring and summer are the prime seasons for selling homes and moving, but the market doesn’t cool off completely in the winter. Some experts even say the season works to your advantage because there’s less competition for sellers. How many people are actually shopping for new digs in that December to February stretch, though? Consider this:

     

    • Job relocations often happen at the beginning of the year, meaning buyers need a new home and they need it yesterday. Their high motivation and short timeline are good for you.

    • Buyers who have just received year-end bonuses or retirement payouts may finally have the funds to pursue the home of their dreams.

    • Some people are looking to take advantage of tax breaks associated with buying and owning a new home before the new year.

    • September is a big month for bringing home Baby. When fall and winter roll around, those growing families may be looking for larger homes to accommodate their new arrival.

    Are there house-staging tips for winter?

    Absolutely! Some of these tricks work any time of year – people always like bright, airy-feeling spaces – but their importance increases tenfold given the changes in the environment and people’s seasonal mood.

     

    • Shine a light on the potential.

     

    People most often tour homes in the evenings, and when the sun sets earlier in winter, lighting becomes even more important. Clean and repair existing light fixtures, lamps and bulbs. If you notice dark corners inside or around your home’s exterior, consider adding lighting. String lights are a popular choice for both function and style. It not only improves security but can make a small room feel bigger and more refreshing as well.

    • Make them feel warmly welcome.

     

    Pay special attention to the types of things that are on people’s minds in the winter. For starters, a mudroom. Potential buyers are definitely wondering where they’re going to hang their heavy coats and put their snowy boots when they walk in. If you don’t have it in the budget to do a total mudroom makeover, try these tips for creating the perfect space with items you already own.

    Particularly if you live in a colder climate, help buyers literally warm up to the idea of living in your home. Highlight the fireplace, either with décor or by lighting a fire when you expect a showing. Just be sure to open the flue and place a screen in front for safety. If you have winter-friendly architectural features like south-facing windows, show them off to their best advantage as well.
    • Embrace hygge.

     

    Hygge is all about comfort. Help homebuyers envision being comfortable in their new house. Start by decorating for the season. This doesn’t mean Santa statues and blow-up snow globes on the lawn, though. Opt for classic snow themes and more generic winter décor. Indoors, you can try cozy throw blankets, candles, hot chocolate fixings on the bar cart and seasonal music in the background.

    For outdoor curb appeal, plant cold-weather shrubbery. Consider pots or fake shrubs if the ground is frozen. Evergreens, holly and plants with bright berries are always appropriate this time of year. Add a bird feeder to show off the beautiful local wildlife.
    • Put your best foot forward.

     

    Cold weather brings unique maintenance tasks. The need to stay on top of them is even greater when selling your house. Clean autumn’s leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts. And when it snows, break out the shovel often. Clear the driveway, patio, walkways and decks. It not only reduces slipping hazards, but potential homebuyers will be able to see the house better.

     

    Seal off drafty windows and doors with caulking, or if they’re really bad, consider replacing them. Higher energy costs and uncomfortable living spaces are a real turnoff for buyers. Even if you don’t replace the doors and windows, it’s a good idea to give them a good sprucing up. Power wash winter grime away and maybe add a fresh coat of paint. Updated door hardware like these front entry handlesets, house numbers and other porch accessories boost curb appeal while also enhancing functionality that will speak to buyers.

     

    Schlage wants everyone to love where they live, whether it’s new construction or a new-to-you classic home. Find more resources for buying and selling homes, moving and remodeling for resale at Schlage.com.

     

    Natural colors that will bring home style and peace in 2020.

    January 3, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, January 3, 2020

    2020 colors of the year | Schlage

    Whether you’re looking for a new color palette for your home, are hoping to find a better state of mind or both, you might try some of these paints.

     

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    Does the color blue make you feel calm and at peace? Can brown inspire you to go on a hike? Are you energized by green? Color and the outdoors can both affect our moods and mental health, so it’s no surprise that many of the 2020 colors of the year were inspired by the restorative qualities of colors found in nature. Whether you’re looking for a new color palette for your home, are hoping to find a better state of mind or both, you might try some of these paints. We’ll also suggest some door hardware finishes to complete the look and feel.

    Bask in the blues

    • Creates a calming effect
    • Has been found to reduce crime
    • Reminiscent of clear skies and peaceful waters

    PPG named Chinese Porcelain its Color of the Year, while Sherwin-Williams chose Naval SW 6244. Both are deep, rich blues and are a bit more reminiscent of night skies than sunny spring days. They’re ideal for a nautical or coastal vibe, but don’t rule them out for an Art Deco-styled room, either.

    Unless you love a big statement, accent walls might be more appropriate for these bold blues. You could also pair them with a more neutral wall and make the Chinese Porcelain or Naval really pop with rugs, pillows and other room accessories in those colors. Satin Brass or Satin Nickel door hardware finishes would stand out nicely against the darker, rich paint colors.

     

    Valspar couldn’t be contained to just a single color of the year and instead named 12. Of those, two are from the blue family – Utterly Blue, which definitely has you feeling like a trip to the beach, and Grey Brook, a classic neutral with blue undertones. Matte Black and Satin Chrome finishes play well off the blue and gray tones in this case.

    Get your greens

    • Represents tranquility and health
    • Creates calming and refreshing effects
    • Complements popular plant-inspired designs in wallpapers, pillows and more

    Valspar felt so strongly about the benefits of green that they picked four colors in that family for 2020. Tempered Sage, Secret Moss and Mint Whisper each have a more muted, earthy feel to them, while Secluded Garden offers a jewel-toned option. Behr’s Back to Nature, as its name implies, is closer to the earthy shades. This yellow-green hue is the perfect complement to brown tones in your home. It also brings a level of versatility in that you can easily use it in any room.

    With this range, there’s a green sure to make your neighbors envious, no matter the style of your home. If you have more natural or wood features, consider complementary door hardware and fixtures in an Aged Bronze finish. Secluded Garden calls for bolder metallic accents, especially those in the brass family.

    Balance yourself with browns

    • Creates feelings of warmth and security
    • Earthiness provides a sense of stability
    • Neutral quality of the color brown makes a stunning backdrop for a variety of styles

    Like it did with green, Valspar embraced a range of browns, so there’s a little something for everyone. Its greige Winter Calm and Desert Fortress, with a familiar tan feeling, are updated classics with wide appeal. We recommend Matte Black or Satin Chrome finishes for rooms and doors painted with these browns.

    If you’re looking for some warmer paints in the brown family, look no further than Canyon Earth and Pale Powder. Both hint at the reds, oranges and pinks you might see in desert landscapes and would complement some of the Southwestern patterns popular in fabrics recently. Polished Nickel, Bright Chrome or Matte Black might be the finishes for you if you choose these paint colors or the pinks below.

    Please with pale pinks

    • Associated with kindness and love
    • Promotes feelings of joy, happiness and creativity
    • Coordinates well with blues, greens and greys

    Benjamin Moore’s First Light, HGTV HOME® by Sherwin-Williams’ Romance and Valspar’s Crushed out are all blush pinks. They’ve been described as soft and dreamy, as well as fresh and playful. Their success comes in part from their subtlety rather than an in-your-face brightness, especially when paired with other soft gray, blue or even golden tones.

    Valspar rounded out its list with Bombay Pink, giving a cheerier punch to the list. Whereas the other pinks are more muted, this brighter shade could be for those who like a stronger style statement, especially if they love gold accents, or Bright Brass door hardware, throughout the room.

    No matter what color you choose to paint your walls, doors or even your ceilings – an Utterly Blue ceiling would really be committing to the sky metaphor – the accessories, fixtures and fabrics you select can truly impact the statement you make about your personal style.

     

    Visit our website to see all available Schlage door hardware finishes. And if you’re looking for more style inspiration, there’s our interactive Style Selector at Schlage.com or our Pinterest and Instagram accounts.

     

    20 ways to have a sustainable holiday season.

    December 10, 2019 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, December 10, 2019

    Sustainable holiday ideas | Schlage

    Whether you’ve been working toward reducing waste for years or are starting to teach the little ones about keeping the environment healthy, here are Schlage’s sustainability tips for the winter holidays.

     

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    Holidays are often a time of indulgence, sometimes to the extreme. Sweet treats, spending and even trash can quickly become overwhelming. In fact, the EPA reported in 2015 that Americans create 25 percent more household waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Whether you’ve been working toward reducing waste for years or are starting to teach the little ones about keeping the environment healthy, here are Schlage’s sustainability tips for the winter holidays.
    Chalkboard with words Zero Waste Christmas.

    Green gifting

    • Countless greeting cards are thrown away every year. Keep sending them if you want, but do be conscious about what you’re sending. Choose cards made from recycled or recyclable paper, or consider an e-card for zero waste.

    • Buy greeting cards that make an impact on more than just the recipient’s heart. Good Cause Greetings helps raise awareness and support for a number of charities, including the Environmental Defense Fund.

    • Be thoughtful when giving gifts. First, don’t panic buy. Take time to get them something they’ll really love so they don’t end up just tossing it aside, a sure way to create waste and clutter. Second, focus on quality gifts. One long-lasting impactful present will mean more to the recipient and the environment than several disposable ones. Finally, consider the source. When you handmake gifts, you know where they came from and what materials were used. Shopping local or choosing fair trade gifts can also result in gifts with a smaller carbon footprint.

    • Go ahead and re-gift. We give you permission. Some items, like a favorite book you know your daughter will also love or that vase your friend can’t stop raving about, even ask to be re-gifted.

    • You always remember your reusable grocery bags, so why not use them when holiday shopping, too?

    • Gift an experience – concert tickets or a fancy dinner at that new restaurant – or donate to a cause in your loved one’s name instead of giving stuff. Choosing something especially meaningful to the recipient. Schlage employees have donated to first responders’ emergency funds for firefighter friends or literacy programs for family members who are teachers.

    • Use less gift wrap or choose alternative materials. Instead of the glittery rolls, use fabric, old maps, recycled burlap and even cereal boxes. For step-by-step instructions on how to wrap a present in a scarf, check out these 13 tutorials from Fab Art DIY.
    Furoshiki wrapped gift with beige towel and dried oranges.

    Good-good décor

    • If you love holiday candles with their festive glow and seasonal scents, choose those made of beeswax, soy or vegetable wax rather than paraffin, which doesn’t burn as clean.

    • When replacing your Christmas lights, choose LEDs. They consume less energy and last longer, which results in less waste over the years. You might also consider reducing the size of your light display.

    • Chances are, the only one who will notice you’re using fewer bulbs is Mother Nature.

    • Set holiday lights on a timer so you don’t forget to turn them off before you go to bed or if you’re away overnight.

    • At first glance, an artificial Christmas tree might seem like the environmentally friendly route. However, even though you can use them year after year, you can’t recycle them. A living tree is actually more eco-friendly. Just be sure to purchase from a sustainable tree farm. You can also look for potted trees, which will live year-round. Some farms will even rent trees.

    • Instead of buying new tree ornaments, craft your own. Bonus points for using recycled materials or items you would have tossed in the landfill otherwise. It’s a great crafting project to keep the kids busy when they’re on break from school. Get started with some of these DIY ornament ideas for kids or learn how to make ornaments using house keys, perfect for those first-time homebuyers on your list.
    Real Christmas tree.

    Eco-friendly entertaining

    • We know the convenience of paper plates and plastic forks is temping when hosting large parties, but resist the urge for a green Christmas. You’ll put less in the landfill.

    • What you cook is just as important as the platter you put it on at the end. Not all foods are created equal when it comes to sustainability. If you’re not interested in going vegetarian – plant-based dishes put less strain on the environment during production – look for meats, like poultry, with a smaller carbon footprint.

    • Food waste is an issue year-round, but the indulgence of holidays can make it even more so. Be realistic about how much people will eat, stick to your grocery shopping list and skip the dishes no one really wants to eat anyway. We’re looking at you, fruitcake.

    • Cleaning the house before holiday guests arrive? Choose non-toxic, natural and environmentally friendly cleaning supplies.

    Responsible rambling

    • Unplug unnecessary electronics when you travel whether it’s for a single night or a full week of festivities at Grandma’s. This includes lights, those inflatable lawn decorations, computers and televisions. If you want to make sure your home looks lived in when you’re away and improve your holiday security, set lights on a timer or connect electronics to a smart plug you can control from your smartphone, no matter where you are.

    • When holiday schedules get crazy, it can be easy to let your green efforts slip. Set up smart home routines to help. A “Leaving” routine through your home automation system can trigger a series of events that turns off lights, locks your door and adjusts the thermostat with the single push of a button. You could set up a similar “Vacation” or “Goodnight” routine.

    • Americans often default to their personal car when it comes to transportation. Consider carpooling to parties – also a great option when you need a designated driver – taking public transportation or walking when possible.

    • If you don’t have to travel, don’t. Unwind at home and enjoy quality time with your immediate family. You might just make some great holiday memories over hot cocoa and a board game.

    Looking for tips on going green year-round? Try these eight environmentally friendly home improvement tips that can also save your style and money or learn five ways getting smart can save energy for you and your home. If it’s holiday décor inspiration you’re after, find us on Pinterest.

     

    How to keep pets safe this holiday season.

    December 9, 2019 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, December 9, 2019

    Holiday pet safety | Schlage

    Whether you’re trying to protect your furry friends or your cherished décor, here are some tips to make sure everyone has a happy holiday.

     

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    We’ve all seen the pictures of Christmas trees hung from the ceiling to safeguard them from a climbing cat. Of course it’s funny, but keeping pets healthy during the holidays is no laughing matter. Whether you’re trying to protect your furry friends or your cherished décor, here are some tips to make sure everyone has a happy holiday.
    Cat sitting in Christmas tree.

    Holiday pet safety tips

    Start the visit on the right foot by paying attention to details that make people feel at home.

     

    1. Don’t feed table scraps to your pets and ask guests to follow the rule as well. Many human foods are unhealthy for four-legged family members.

     

    2. Keep an eye on pets around buffet tables, countertops and other areas where they might help themselves. This is especially true if you’re serving chocolate, foods with grapes or raisins, and foods with xylitol, all of which can be toxic to animals. The American Veterinary Medical Association even warns against feeding them turkey and turkey skin.

     

    3. Supervise your pets around lit candles on the mantel where a ledge-walking cat could knock them off or menorahs where a wagging tail could spell disaster. Consider battery-operated candles instead.

     

    4. Poinsettias thankfully they aren’t as poisonous to pets as you might think. Mistletoe, holly and certain varieties of lilies can be very dangerous to your cats and dogs, however. Choose flowers wisely or, better yet, go with artificial bouquets. PetMed has an extensive list of dangerous holiday plants.

     

    5. If you decorate a tree, be strategic with the ornaments. Tinsel is a magnet for cats and popcorn garland is just too tempting for dogs. Hang more delicate or precious ornaments high on the tree as well if you think they’ll be safer.

    Cat looking at Christmas tree.

    6. Think twice about using additives that keep live trees greener longer. You don’t want your curious pet drinking the water and inadvertently consuming the chemicals.

     

    7. Artificial Christmas trees can be better for pet-friendly homes than live trees. You might also get creative with these DIY alternatives from Best Life or find safer places to display your tree, even if it isn’t as extreme as from the ceiling.

     

    8. Take care of electrical cords for holiday lights, train sets and other décor. If you have a chewer, you know about his shocking danger.

     

    9. Reconsider putting presents under the tree before Santa comes. Glittery paper and shiny ribbon can be super enticing to pets. You don’t want them to harm themselves on whatever’s in the package, and we’re sure you don’t want them to destroy the present anyway.

     

    10. Tell guests ahead of time that you have pets so they can prepare if they have allergies or children who might be frightened of the pet. If guests ask to bring their own critter to your home, consider how they might interact with your family. If you aren’t sure your dogs will get along, politely ask them to leave Fido at home.

    Dogs sitting in front of Christmas tree.

    11. Keep an eye on entryways when guests are coming and going. Santa probably won’t let your fur baby escape, but you don’t want Aunt Mildred to unintentionally let your pet out the front door.

     

    12. Give pets an escape room if they get nervous around visitors, especially when you’re hosting holiday parties. A crate or separate room is usually enough if you give them a comfy bed and their favorite toys to keep them occupied.

     

    13. Make sure pets are well cared for even if you’re traveling for the holiday. It’s easy to ask neighbors to check on the cat or have the dog walker take Spot out when they have simple, secure access to your home. With a Schlage smart lock, you can assign a unique access code to trusted humans knowing they’ll take care of your furry friends.

     

    14. Ask your vet what their holiday hours will be and if they have recommendations for where you should go in an emergency if they’ll be closed. Hopefully you won’t need that information, but it’s good to be prepared.

     

    Holidays are meant to be shared with family members, even those with fur, fins and feathers. Get some gift ideas for pets and their owners with our new gift guide. We would also love to see your holiday photos with pets, so share with us on Facebook or Instagram. Seriously. We really want to see them.

    Holiday pet safety tips.

     

    Give guests the perfect stay with this holiday hosting checklist.

    December 5, 2019 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, December 5, 2019

    Holiday hosting checklist | Schlage

    Make holiday hosting stress-free and give your guests exactly what they want and need by following this checklist.

     

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    ‘Tis the season of giving … and hosting family and friends … and maybe feeling overwhelmed by all the planning and festivities. Don’t fret about forgetting something amid all the chaos. Make holiday hosting stress-free and give your guests exactly what they want and need by following this checklist.
    Entryway decorated for Christmas.

    Give them a warm welcome

    Start the visit on the right foot by paying attention to details that make people feel at home.

     

    checkbox Style your front door décor with a gorgeous wreath or green garland for porch railings

     

    checkbox Repair, clear and de-ice walkways, driveways, porch steps and railings

     

    checkbox Prepare a mudroom to receive guests, hang coats and stow shoes and boots

     

    checkbox Light a fire and stock the hearth with extra wood

     

    checkbox Offer cozy blankets for evening hangouts

    Give them their privacy

    Especially if you have overnight guests, give them some room to unwind by themselves and feel at home. It will give you the privacy to unwind in your own space as well.

     

    checkbox Prepare the guest room with fresh linens and plenty of cozy touches, or convert another room just for visitors

     

    checkbox Clean out a drawer, closet space and bathroom shelf for guests’ belongings during a long stay

     

    checkbox Update door knobs and levers with Schlage Custom™ Combined Interior Door Hardware so guests can lock their door if they need additional privacy

     

    checkbox Hang blackout drapes for privacy from the neighbors and the sun when sleeping in

    Give them access

    A study by OnePoll found that having the ability to come and go with ease was one of the leading ways to make guests feel at home.

     

    checkbox Give guests their own Schlage smart lock access code. Send it before their arrival so they won’t be locked out, even if you aren’t home yet

     

    checkbox Provide the WiFi password

     

    checkbox Offer a cheat sheet with tips for using your smart home devices like lamps or speakers

    Give them some refreshments

    Holiday calories do count unfortunately, so the least you can do is make them worth it.

     

    checkbox Set up a self-serve drink station or bar cart with fixings for delicious coffee, hot chocolate or cocktails

     

    checkbox Provide simple grab-and-go snacks and quick breakfast items like bagels and fruit

     

    checkbox Place a tray with bottled water and your guests’ favorite treats in the guest room before arrival

    Give them some entertainment

    Whether going out or staying in, make it easy to enjoy each other’s company.

     

    checkbox Set out a selection of board games

     

    checkbox Pull out your favorite holiday movies or add some to your Netflix queue for easy searching

     

    checkbox Share a list of local attractions, shops and restaurants to explore

     

    checkbox Provide books and magazines for guests who want a quiet night in

    Give them a gift

    Homemade and heartfelt, a gift for the holiday or as a party favor can show how much you care.

     

    checkbox Visit the new Schlage gift giving guides for inspiration, no matter who you’re shopping for

    Every family’s traditions are different, but you can’t go wrong by following this simple holiday hosting checklist. Make guests feel welcome while giving yourself the chance to enjoy the season as well.

     

    Need more hacks for getting your home ready to host for the holidays? Check out our blog archive for simple updates you can tackle when you’re in a holiday hurry, tips for decorating your front porch and ways to improve your security for the holiday season.

    Holiday hosting checklist.

     

    5 ways to heat up your outdoor winter party.

    December 3, 2019 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, December 3, 2019

    Winter party ideas | Schlage

    You don’t have to quit having backyard parties and outdoor dinners just because the temperatures drop.

     

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    Summer is over, so it’s time to pack up the grill, stow away the patio furniture and bid farewell to outdoor fun for the next few months. Or is it? You don’t have to quit having backyard parties and outdoor dinners just because the temperatures drop. Keep the outdoor entertaining hot with these five tips.
    Outdoor winter party ideas

    1. Set the stage for a grand soiree.

    Get your deck or patio ready for winter by fixing any protruding nails and lose boards. You can also weather-seal your deck to protect it from impending snow and rain.

    Once you’re structurally sound, get the décor in order. Potted plants like evergreens or winter rose that do well in low temperatures, holiday garland and haybales that double as seating are just a few outdoor party decoration ideas. And consider updating your door hardware while you’re at it to spruce up the entryway, even if it’s for the back deck.

    2. Warm your guests from the outside-in...

    If you can safely install a firepit in your yard, this is the perfect opportunity to do so. Not only will it help keep guests warm, but you have the perfect opportunity to roast hotdogs or make s’mores for warm eats. Few things are more welcoming than a toasty roundup of your closest friends around the fire.

    If a firepit isn’t in your future, investigate outdoor space heaters like you often see on restaurant patios.

    3. … and the inside-out.

    If you can safely install a firepit in your yard, this is the perfect opportunity to do so. Not only will it help keep guests warm, but you have the perfect opportunity to roast hotdogs or make s’mores for warm eats. Few things are more welcoming than a toasty roundup of your closest friends around the fire.

     

    • Be prepared to use extra fuel. Your grill will use more in cold temperatures, regardless of whether it’s charcoal or gas.

    • Keep the grill lid closed or prepare to wait a very long time to eat. Get a meat thermometer that you can run from inside the grill to where you can see it without letting heat escape.

    • Tuck scarves inside your coat so the ends don’t get caught in the flame. And use grilling gloves instead of fuzzy mittens for safety.
    Help guests wet their whistle with some warm drinks as well. Hot chocolate, warm ciders or mulled wines are always popular. You can always create a self-service bar for partygoers to mix their own concoction, much the way you would lemonade and cocktails in the summer.

    4. Set a moonlit mood

    Because it gets darker earlier, winter backyard parties are perfect for playing with dramatic lighting. Twinkle or string lights are always gorgeous mood-setters as are candles. For something a little different and perfect for the season, try a DIY ice lantern.

    5. Snuggle up

    Take a cue from those carriage rides and provide your guests with plenty of warm, snuggle-worthy blankets. HGTV.com also suggests layered rugs to protect feet from the cold seeping up from the ground. And if you want to go a step further, combine cozy with generous by gifting guests with slippers, mittens or handwarmers they can use at the party and take home as a party favor.

    Want more? Find backyard entertaining ideas based on your party style on our blog. Then share your winter partyscapes with us on Instagram.

     

    Unwrap a new idea with this gift guide for a simple holiday.

    November 26, 2019 10:01 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, November 26, 2019

    Holiday gift guide | Schlage

    These 11 gift ideas will help you choose the perfect present for the special people in your life.

     

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    Red presents wrapped with green ribbon with gold ornaments and greenery.
    Lucky are the people whose love language is gift giving. They always know exactly what to get others for the holidays, birthdays or “just because.” For the rest of us, here’s a guide to help choose the perfect present for the special people in your life. For more ideas, check out our complete gift giving guide at Schlage.com.

    Smart lock bundle

    Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt + Brilliant

    Schlage’s latest integration pairs our only lock featuring built-in WiFi with Brilliant Smart Home Control. The wall-mounted control from Brilliant allows your loved one to control their lock, lights, music and more from one spot. There’s also a Brilliant app so they can manage those remotely for the ideal bundle of convenience and peace of mind. Perfect for those early adopters who like to try the newest tech as it comes out and anyone building a smart home.

    Technology

    Bluetooth shower mirror and speaker

    The obvious solution when trying to get ready in a hurry in the morning, this Bluetooth speaker lets your loved one answer a phone call even when they’re still soapy. But think about the spa-like treatment that also comes with hours of music in a fog-free, water-resistant device like this one. Perfect for multitaskers and those who sing in the shower.

    Tools

    Screwdriver

    Your favorite DIYer needs a lot of tools. We recommend a good screwdriver, and not just because that’s the only thing they’ll need to install Schlage door hardware. This Klein Tools Stubby Screwdriver and Nut Driver includes multiple tips to tackle different jobs, and its short length will help them work in tight spaces. Perfect for do-it-yourselfers, handymen and -women, and new homeowners.

    Curb Appeal

    Schlage Handlesets

    A front entry handleset is one way you can help your friend or family member smarten up their porch. Schlage offers handlesets in a variety of styles and finishes to match their home’s architectural style or existing lighting, house numbers or other accessories. Perfect for homeowners who want to make a welcoming statement without a major remodel or who enjoy the combination of superior style and security.

    Outdoors

    Bike Lift Hoist

    They love to bike and you wish you had more room to park your car in the garage. Make everyone happy with this lift hoist that lets you store the bike on the ceiling. Perfect for cyclists and those who need better garage storage.

    For the family

    Echo Dot Kids

    Maybe your own little one is asking for a smart device. Maybe your friends have adopted an older child and you want to welcome them to the family. This Echo Dot is designed specifically for kids so they can still ask Alexa to play music, call approved family and friends, and have fun with select skills. And parents have peace of mind with additional privacy protection and controls. Perfect for pint-sized techies.

    Housewarming

    Personalized Memento

    Whether your loved one has moved into their first home or upsized to accommodate their growing family, they might appreciate personalized décor like a framed map of their old neighborhood or a cutting board in the shape of their home state. Perfect for new homeowners or those who have relocated long distances.

    Travel

    Kinetic Power Bank

    Charging a phone is tough when you’re always on the move. Your loved one can use their own body energy to keep their devices powered up with this wearable motion charger. Perfect for backpackers or city explorers, cyclists and runners.

    Pets

    Stylish Bed

    Everyone will look good when you gift a stylish pet bed for Fido and Fluffy to sleep on. Try something like this Mid-Century Modern-inspired furniture for canine companions or this cave for feline friends. Perfect for sleepy pets and style-conscious humans.

    Budget (under $30)

    Home Spa

    Not everyone can afford a day at the spa or even a gift card to help them get there. If that’s the case, try creating an at-home spa basket with bath oils, bubbles and a candle in their favorite relaxing scent. Perfect for overworked parents, new homeowners with sore “box-lifting” muscles and the luxury-on-a-dime set.

    Just for Fun

    Silicone Wedding Ring

    DIY projects, remodeling, car repair and gardening can be rough on the hands (and sometimes a marriage). Silicone wedding bands won’t bend, break or scratch, no matter how rugged the task. Perfect for married couples who like to get their hands dirty.

    Need more holiday inspiration? Find all our best ideas for gifts and décor at Pinterest.

    11 Holiday gift ideas.

     

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