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    Digital help for your home décor: 9 apps for smart DIY.

    April 29, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, April 29, 2020

    Woman looking at home decor apps on smartphone | Schlage

    With these apps, you can plan your perfect room, connect with experts who can help or get some DIY tips and tools, all from the comfort of your own home.

     

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    You’ve been staring at the same greige walls for a while now and you’re ready to shake things up. Or maybe you feel like your room is missing that something special. Start making a style change without leaving your couch and wasting money. With these apps, you can plan your perfect room, connect with experts who can help or get some DIY tips and tools, all from the comfort of your own home.
    Woman looking at smartphone next to home design plans.

    Floorplans and furniture layouts

    • MagicPlan
      Use your phone to scan a room and start building 2D and 3D models of your home. With augmented reality and their catalog of furniture and accessories, you can create different layout possibilities for your home. There’s also the option to measure spaces and estimate costs and materials for your remodel. Available for Android and iOS.

    • roOomy
      This interior design app lets you browse furniture and décor from retailers like Amazon, Houzz and West Elm. Then, when you’ve taken a picture of your room and added measurements, you can start seeing how those accessories look in your own space. You’ll get a 3D mockup and, if you like what you see, you can purchase those accessories on the spot. Available for iOS.

    • LIKEtoKNOW.it
      It’s so frustrating when you see something stylish from your favorite Instagram celebrity or home design blogger but can’t find it in real life. If they’re part of the LIKEtoKNOW.it community, you can use the app to find out exactly what couch, table or even dress they showed in their post. And when you screenshot a social media picture with LIKEtoKNOW.it compatibility, it’ll add the details to your app account. Available for Android and iOS.

    Color selectors

    • Benjamin Moore Color Portfolio
      For some, choosing a paint color is a daunting task. What if you do an entire room in what you think is a gorgeous green, only to find out too late that it looks like baby food … or worse? With the Benjamin Moore Color Portfolio app, augmented reality lets you test colors on your room before you buy. Just as cool, there’s a color matching feature. If you see a color you love in real life, the app will search the Benjamin Moore portfolio for a match. Available for Android and iOS.

    DIY and home improvement

    • iHandy Carpenter
      This 5-in-1 digital tool lets you use your phone as a plumb bob, surface level, bubble level, ruler and protractor. You’d be hard-pressed to fit all of those in your pocket if it weren’t for the app. Available for iOS.

    • Hometalk
      Touting more than 140,000 DIY projects and tutorials, this app will keep your honey-do list fresh. You’ll see step-by-step instructions, videos and pictures as well as materials and their estimated costs, time commitment and skill level needed to complete a project. Browse or search DIYs for your home and garden, get party ideas or find crafts for the family. Available for Android and iOS.

    • Houzz
      Much like their website, the Houzz app gives you loads of inspiration for interior décor projects, DIY guides, remodeling tips and tricks, gardening advice and more. You can also shop products for the home, ask experts questions about your DIY projects and watch how-to videos. Available for Android and iOS.

    Find an expert

    • Havenly
      When you aren’t sure how to redecorate your house, get expert advice from Havenly interior designers. The app lets you work directly with a Havenly designer, get shopping lists created just for you and transform a room or your entire home, even when you’re low on inspiration. Available for iOS.

    • Handy
      When a task is too big or outside your skill level, or if you just don’t have the time, you can always call in the professionals. The Handy app can help you research quality contractors, plumbers, electricians, painters and more. Available for Android and iOS.

    Whether using an app on this list or one you find on your own, pay special attention to costs. Some apps are free to download and use, some require in-app purchases depending on how you use it and others require paid subscriptions. You’ll also want to make sure your device’s operating system and version are compatible with the app.

     

    Now that your mind is brimming with ideas for updating your home, try out some of the DIY tips on the Schlage blog. And if that still wasn’t enough, we have tons of inspiration for you on Pinterest.

    DIY home decor apps.

     

    Homes of the Century: 100 years of porches and outdoor living.

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

    Friday, April 24, 2020

    Century of front porches | Schlage

    In this installment of Homes of the Century, we take a look at the many ways porches have impacted our lives in the last 100 years.

     

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    Schlage often talks about how to take advantage of your front porch for maximum curb appeal. Whether you’re trying to entice potential homebuyers or want to welcome guests with a cheery holiday wreath, porches can be things of beauty. It’s strange to think of them, then, as inventions of necessity. In this installment of Homes of the Century, we take a look at the many ways porches have impacted our lives in the last 100 years.
    Craftsman style front porch.

    From their earliest days, dating back to the post-Revolutionary War era, porches served a very clear function: They helped us to escape the heat. Air conditioning wasn’t common in homes until the 1970s, meaning that if you wanted to catch a cool breeze, artificial or otherwise, you needed to head outdoors.

     

    Then as the United States became more urban. The 1920 census showed that, for the first time in history, more than half the nation’s population lived in cities1, so houses were constructed closer together. More people living in closer proximity to each other turned the porch into a gathering place.

     

    “Sitting on the porch gave everyone a bird’s eye view of everything that went on around him or her,” North Carolinian, Glenn Chavis, wrote in the News & Record, recalling his childhood in the 1940s. Kids sat on the porch and listened to the adults talk, you learned the goings on of the neighborhood and you might even have done a bit of romancing. “Those of us older than 50,” said Chavis, “can remember courting on the front porch. … Remember stealing that kiss on the front porch and hoping the neighbors didn’t see you or the light wouldn’t come on?”

    From social porch to sleeping porch

    Popularity of front porches eventually began to decline as more cars took to the road in the 1920s and 30s. Suddenly, traffic made sitting on the stoop a dirtier, noisier endeavor. And as telephones became more common, we no longer relied on porch-to-porch communication. But that didn’t necessarily mean that people were abandoning outdoor living altogether.

     

    As we see in a Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog from 1921, homes often included a sleeping porch. These open-air porches still provided privacy, either because of their location on the second story or on the back of the house, as well as comfort. “In hot stuffy Summer nights it will be pleasant and healthful,” wrote the Sears catalog.

    Homeowners believed that the fresh air from sleeping outdoors not only kept you cooler, but also strengthened your immune system and aided those with tuberculosis and helped prevent the disease from spreading. Some sleeping porches even came with special closets for door-beds, cots attached to the door frame that could swing out when needed.

     

    Sleeping porches fell out of favor once we got electric fans and central air. As with many trends, however, they seem to be regaining popularity, with the addition of screens this time, in certain regions and for more than just catching a few ZZZs. We often see them in coastal and more rustic areas where we can be free of urban traffic and artificial light. Garden rooms are gaining traction nationwide as well, though. HGTV reports that garden room searches are up by more than 100 percent on Pinterest at the start of 2020.

    Outside-in living with the atrium

    Even after we were no longer driven to be outdoors by the heat, many of us tried to re-create the feeling of nature within the confines of our home. Houses with a courtyard, most often seen in Spanish- and Mediterranean-style houses, or an atrium have a lengthy history because of their style and ability to combine privacy with protection and cooler temperatures. Atria, in particular, were desirable mid-century, thanks to the popularity of the famous Eichler homes. The clean, straight lines and large windows of 1950s and 60s homes combined with the desire to connect the house to its surrounding environment. Many of these atria are not only made to feel like comfortable extensions of the house’s interior, but also include relaxing landscaping and water features.

     

    The atrium’s popularity held strong for some time. One 1987 blueprint from an Architectural Designs catalog shows an updated interpretation. Surrounded primarily by bedrooms and with access from the kitchen, it is described as part of a “charmingly unique contemporary-style home” that also drew on nature through a foyer fronted by a large glass wall and private patio off the master suite.2

    Eco-friendly sunrooms

    As we’ve seen, the outdoor living space solved the uncomfortable dilemma of how to stay cool when technology was non-existent. In more modern times, we’re still using these architectural features to naturally cool, and sometimes heat, our homes. Sunrooms and solariums were important rooms for early passive homes, as we see again in Architectural Designs. Its “Smaller Smarter Home With A Twist” is described below, highlighting not only the advantages of the sunroom, but also how its building materials make for an environmentally efficient home.

    “Dramatically angled to maximize the benefits of passive solar technology, this compact one-story home can be adapted to many sites and orientations. South-facing rooms, including sun room/den, absorb and store heat energy in thermal floors for night time radiation. Heavy insulation in exterior walls and ceilings, plus double glazing in windows, keep heat loss to a minimum. During the summer, heat is expelled through an operable celerestory (sic) window and through an automatic vent in the sun room.”3

     

    Passive homes are on the rise today with even greater technology as concern grows about human impact on the climate.

    Returning to our roots

    Despite the variety of outdoor living alternatives, the front porch isn’t completely obsolete. We’ve seen a resurgence of the front stoop, thanks again in part to necessity. If at one time we needed a place for the milkman’s morning delivery, we now need a drop-off point for our Amazon packages and meal deliveries.

     

    We’re even cycling back to porches being a place of social gathering. We might not be fanning ourselves and sipping iced tea like antebellum Southern belles, but homey porch swings, romantic twinkle lights and all-weather televisions are giving rise to a new era of outdoor living. Many communities now host Porchfest, music festivals from coast to coast that also encourage community.

     

    Just as we’ve relied on interior décor to make a personal statement of who we are, we now use these outdoor spaces to do the same. Holiday wreaths, monogramed door décor, even the color of your door and the door hardware you choose can tell people a little something about who lives there.

     

    Next time you have some free time, consider heading out to the front porch. Wave hello to some neighbors, spruce up your front door décor or simply relax and reflect on what outdoor living means to you. Find inspiration for your porch at the Schlage blog or catch up on more home history at Schlage.com/100.

    100 years of porches.

    Kyvig, David E. Daily Life in the United States 1920-1940: How Americans lived through the 'Roaring Twenties' and the Great Depression. Ivan R. Dee, 2004.

    “Built Around An Atrium.” Architectural Designs, April 1987, p. 58.

    “Smaller Smarter Home With A Twist.” Architectural Designs, April 1987, p. 19.

     

    How to boost your mood with a style lift.

    April 9, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, April 9, 2020

    How to boost your mood with a style lift | Schlage

    As we spend more time at home, we may find ourselves looking around and imagining what our house could be. Here are four questions to ask yourself when you’re trying to decide how to redo a room.

     

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    As we spend more time at home, we may find ourselves looking around and imagining what our house could be. Is cabin fever giving you the itch to redecorate? Are you just noticing some things that look “off”? Here are four questions to ask yourself when you’re trying to decide how to redo a room.

    1. How do you want to use the room?

    The purpose of most rooms is usually flexible. You might be using a space as a living room, but could it be a playroom or a dining room instead? What about the spare bedroom? If you rarely have guests, does it make more sense for your lifestyle to turn it into an office, meditation room or home gym? Figure out what you want and what works best for your family, then you can start working out the details to make it happen.

    If you can’t change the room’s function – bathrooms and kitchens are likely to remain what they are – then brainstorm ways you could make them work better for you. Is open countertop space more valuable to you than the collection of small appliances sitting there now? If so, what would it take to declutter? More cabinet space? A better pantry? A heavy-duty garbage bag?

    2. What feeling do you want your room to inspire?

    You can use your own personal style and the room’s purpose to guide you in setting a mood. Take that new meditation room you’re building in your mind, for example. You’ll want a space that inspires calm and relaxation. A new playroom for the kids might be more energetic and whimsical. What does “feeling at home” feel like to you?

    3. What colors will help you create that feeling?

    For a relaxing room – that meditation area or your bedroom, for instance – try blues and purples. Purple might not be the obvious first choice, but shades of lilac are thought to inspire peace. Similarly, brown promotes a sense of security and calm, perhaps because of its link to nature and the idea of being grounded.

    For something with a little more pizzazz, look to yellow to create feelings of happiness and optimism. Many baby nurseries are painted yellow, not just because it’s gender neutral, but also because it can boost creativity. Bright green, with its tie to nature, is all about energy and harmony.
    Don’t think that those colors have to go on the wall, either. You might incorporate your moody hues in the form of fabrics like curtains, rugs or bed comforters, furniture, lamps or other accessories.

    4. What items will help you create that feeling?

    Let psychology guide you here as well. Going back to that meditation room, candles with relaxing scents can help set the mood. So can photos of beaches or other nature scenes. If photos of your family make you feel at peace, surround yourself with those. Choose whatever plants and flowers, art or other tchotchkes that give you the vibe you want.

     

    Don’t forget about your other senses. Sight is the easy one, and those scented candles will help. Consider smart speakers to play your favorite music and textiles that will scintillate your sense of touch as well.

     

    If you need some inspiration for your renovation plan, try the Schlage blog. You’ll find tons of design resources and DIY tips to spark your imagination. We’re also on Pinterest.

     

    How to create a home office.

    March 25, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, March 25, 2020

    Home office in closet | Schlage

    Here are a few ideas for where you can create a home office and the items you’ll need to stay productive while you work your way through coronavirus and social distancing.

     

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    Are you excited when you get to work from home or worried about what it’s going to do to your productivity? Some of us see it as the perfect opportunity to wear sweat pants. All. Day. Long. Others not so much.

     

    Whichever camp you fall in, you might be wondering where you’re going to get your work done if you don’t have a dedicated office. Or, if you suddenly have the kids home for e-learning, you’re trying to figure out where to set up their new “classroom.” Below are a few ideas for where you can create a home office and the items you’ll need to stay productive while you work your way through coronavirus and social distancing.

    How to create a home office.

    Small spaces

    When you don’t have extra room to dedicate to a home office, you might need to get a bit creative. Look for small hideaways that will give you the work space and the privacy you need to stay on top of business.

     

    • Under the stairs: You never knew what to do with that awkward, empty space anyway. Now’s your chance to turn it into the nook of your dreams. If it feels claustrophobic to you, reserve that space for the kids’ homework zone.
    • Under a window: This is ideal if your window sill is at just the right height. Add a plank or something similar to give yourself a larger surface to work on. This setup also has the bonus of extra natural lighting.
    • In the kitchen: The 1990s loved these kitchen/office combos. Now might be a prime time to bring them back.
    • In the closet: We gave this tip for creating a family command center, but it’s equally effective in this situation. If you or your kiddos struggle with distractions, this might be a nice tucked-away option to help stay focused.
    • In a corner: Do you have a room with a random house plant jammed in the corner? Test it out as an office by adding a small table and chair. It’s not fancy and it might not be ideal for the long-term, but you never know until you try.

    Large spaces

    If you’re lucky enough to have more square footage, you have more flexibility. Try these ideas if you need to share workspace with a partner or the kids.

     

    Bedroom office with Schlage Custom door lever
    • Long wall: Line up a couple tables or pull out the buffet you only use for your Super Bowl party. A long and sleek desk can look chic and is ideal if there’s more than one of you trying to get work done at home.
    • Shed: Get out of the house without breaking quarantine by setting up a work station in the backyard. Maybe it’s a she-shed. Maybe it’s the garage. A little extra space and privacy might do everyone some good.

    Storage spaces

    Especially if your new desk doesn’t have drawers or you’re missing the filing cabinet you have in the office, you might need to find some alternative storage solutions. Repurposing items from other areas in the house is a handy option when you can’t get out to buy organizers.

     

    • Overhead shelving: Consider hanging floating shelves. If you’re looking for a bigger DIY project – off the clock, of course – hang crates or boxes for effective storage and some visual interest.
    • Bar cart: Instead of beverages, you’ll have someplace to set your office supplies and files without taking up valuable space on your work surface. This is ideal if your new desk is more on the petite side.

    • Supply caddy: Your home abounds with items you can upcycle to corral your pens, paperclips, earbuds and post-its. It can be as simple as a drinking glass or a bit more elaborate with a spice rack. We think you’ll be surprised how many things from the kitchen in particular will work in your new office.

    Kid spaces

    Do your kids struggle with staying on task? Are you trying to establish a new routine with them home from school? Try including some of these items in their “classroom” to keep it fun and functional.

     

    • Calendar: Help your kids stay on task with a DIY calendar. It could be sticky notes on a board, like HGTV shows us. Or you could turn a picture frame into a DIY dry-erase board. List their chores for the day or an hour-by-hour breakdown of what they should be working on.
    • Small desk: Their paperwork might be more about finger painting or practicing arithmetic, but they’ll need a worktop, too. If you want a pint-sized option just for them, you could try a wall-mounted desk. Place it in their bedroom and it could grow with them as a vanity or trophy shelf with time.
    • Display area: Just because their teacher isn’t there to admire their work doesn’t mean it has to go ignored. Devise a clip or hanger system or clear off some fridge space to show off their effort.
    • Organizers: Do they have work they need to turn in later? Keep track of their finished assignments with bins, file folders or any other number of hacks that will help corral their hard work and keep them from asking, “Mom, have you seen my …?!”

    Make space

    No matter what kind of space you have, consider these hacks for making it more comfortable and yourself more productive.

     

    • Lighting: You don’t need to illuminate your entire “office.” Task lighting will make it easier to complete whatever project you’re working on at the moment. If you have a window in your new office space, take advantage of the natural light to ease the strain on your eyes and your nerves.

    • Comfy chair: It doesn’t have to be a traditional desk chair. It could come from the dining room or be the stool from your vanity as long as it’s comfortable.

    • Binder clip cord organizer: Laptops, phones and lamps all need to be plugged in or charged at some point. Keep the cords under control with this hack from Wired.

    • Something pretty: If you’re stuck inside for extended periods of time, it’s nice to surround yourself with things that make you happy. Artwork, plants, family photos or vacation souvenirs can help lift your mood. Just don’t go overboard and make your space feel cluttered.

    • Privacy screen: If your new office doesn’t have a door but you still need some peace and quiet, use a screen or move a tall bookcase near your desk to create some separation between you and the rest of the house.

    Do you have tips for creating an at-home office or improving your productivity while working from home? Share with us on Facebook and Twitter. And if you’re looking for some project ideas to keep yourself or your kids busy, check out the Schlage blog.

     

    5 routines for a healthier home.

    March 23, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, March 23, 2020

    Mother and son washing hands | Schlage

    When life starts to feel out of control, getting yourself and your family on a routine can go a long way toward maintaining your sanity. Here are five habits to build for a healthier home.

     

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    When life starts to feel out of control, getting yourself and your family on a routine can go a long way toward maintaining your sanity. Here are five habits to build for a healthier home.

    1. Wash your hands

    We all know we should wash up after using the bathroom, but it’s also good to build some sudsy time into other activities. As soon as you walk in the door – from work, the store, school, the gym, wherever – wash your hands. You never know what you touched. Pet your dog, wash your hands. Put the laundry in the washer, wash your hands. Prepping dinner, even if just for yourself, wash your hands.

    2. Wipe as you go

    Crumbs around the toaster, water droplet stains on the faucet handles, splatters on the counter. They’re annoying in the best of times, but when the need for sanitation is at a high, like when family members are sick, this is not the time to just leave it until later. Build the habit of wiping up as you go, possibly using antibacterial cleaners, to keep everyone healthy. Be sure to pay attention to which cleaners are intended for which surfaces, though, so you don’t accidentally damage finishes and other materials with harsh chemicals.

    Woman making bed with dog.

    3. Make your bed

    Trust us when we say that making your bed every morning can help make you healthier. It has a psychological effect that will keep you moving and feeling good. Admiral William H. McRaven wrote in his book Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life … and Maybe the World that making your bed gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment first thing in the morning and sets you up for the rest of the day. A neatly made bed can also improve your mood by making the rest of the room feel tidy and less cluttered. And when you stick with it, you’re setting the stage for building other healthy habits.

    4. Take time to recharge

    This is important for any time, but it might be downright necessary when your stress levels are already on high alert. Recharging can mean something different to everyone. If you’re surrounded by family while working from home all day, you might need to carve out some alone time by meditating, escaping through a novel, listening to music or exercising. If you’ve been isolated, reach out to a friend with a phone call or video chat. Stay connected.

    Dog sitting on couch in bathrobe.

    5. Create a smart Routine

    “Isn’t that what this entire thing is about?” you ask. When you create a Routine – capital R – with your favorite voice assistant, a simple, “Alexa, wind down” will trigger a series of events to help you reclaim some peace. Some of our favorite actions include playing your favorite music or a boring podcast designed to make you drowsy, changing the lighting in the evening to help you wind down and adjusting the temperature on your smart thermostat.

     

    Another option is to create a kid-friendly Routine. Many smart speakers will set a timer and alert you when it’s time for a certain activity. Parents might especially love this. Let Alexa or Google Assistant tell your kids when it’s time for breakfast, homework, play time and more.

    Do you have tips for keeping your home and family healthy? Share them with us on Facebook or Twitter.

     

    5 healthy home routines.

     

    Creating a calm home during stressful times.

    March 19, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, March 19, 2020

    Creating a calm home | Schlage

    If you’re struggling to navigate the changes in your day-to-day life because of coronavirus, anxiety or isolation, we want to help.

     

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    We’re in uncharted territory with almost everyone hunkering down, social distancing and homeschooling their kids with e-learning right now. If you’re struggling to navigate the changes in your day-to-day life because of coronavirus, anxiety or isolation, we want to help. We’ve come up with a short list of things you can do – or not do – that will hopefully bring you some peace and calm while you spend extra time at home.
    Woman sitting in chair next to dog.

    To do …

    • One surefire way to increase anxiety at home is by living amongst the clutter. Use your extra time indoors to remove items you no longer need or want. Recruit your kids to do the same with their toys and clothes. And while you’re at it, remove digital distractions from certain rooms, particularly the bedroom. That will help improve the calm where you need it most. If you’re someone who can’t take their eyes off all the news updates and social media right now, this may be especially helpful.

    • Accessorize with beautiful things that make you happy. It’s hard to be in a bad or anxious mood when you’re surrounded by beauty. It could be artwork – rearrange your favorites from around the house for a fresh perspective or commission your kids to produce something totally originally – flowers or tchotchkes with personal significance. We especially like the idea of vacation photos or souvenirs that trigger happy memories.

    • The right lighting can also go a long way toward lifting your mood and helping you get better sleep, something that’s especially important when we’re stressed out. Blue light exposure in the evening from computer and phone screens can keep us awake when it’s time to sleep, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. On the other hand, warm lighting is ideal for later in the day and can help bring relaxation and calm when you need it. Companies such as Brilli offer “Wind Down” and “Charge Up” lighting options, as well as devices that will do both automatically throughout the day. If you don’t already have a device that controls lighting, check online. Many retailers are still taking orders through their websites and even offering free or reduced shipping. If improving your mood is simply a matter of brightening a room, try borrowing lamps from somewhere else in the house for an extra boost.

    • Get outside and garden. With spring right around the corner, you might be able to get a jumpstart on your outdoor planting. It’ll help with your cabin fever and give a healthy, outdoors activity you can do with your family. No social distancing required. Nature offers loads of psychological benefits, and right now is no exception.

    … or to not do.

    • In normal times, we often don’t allow ourselves time to indulge. Now’s your chance. Apartment Therapy says to go ahead and burn those candles (bonus points for lavender or other calming scents) or snuggle under your favorite blankets with your dog (pups and kitties can’t transmit coronavirus, by the way). Create your own spa day at home with a bubble bath and relaxing music. Or do nothing. The Dutch call it niksen.

    • Sit and observe your home. You might do this from somewhere you never sit to get a fresh perspective, like on the floor in the corner or in front of the television looking out toward the rest of the room. What feeling or vibe does the room give? Is that the kind of vibe you want? How do you and your family use the room? Are there items that you see every day so that you’ve stopped consciously seeing them now? Do those items still serve a purpose? Try not to pass judgement on your home. Just sit back and take it all in.

    • Express gratitude for your home. It can be easy to only ever see the leaky faucet or the wall that just isn’t your favorite paint color anymore. Try to find some positives, then give thanks for the large windows with a view of your garden, a play space for your kids or the mere fact that you have a roof over your head.

    If are you are looking for more active projects to keep busy at home, try the Schlage blog’s DIY Tips section. You’ll find plenty of ideas for inside and out, often using items you might already have.

     

    Green home décor that would make St. Paddy proud.

    March 16, 2020 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, March 16, 2020

    Green home decor | Schlage

    You don’t have to be Irish to love one of the year’s hottest colors. Get inspired by a few of our favorite green spaces.

     

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    You don’t have to be Irish to love one of the year’s hottest colors. Several paint companies picked some shade of green among their colors of the year, and indoor plants are winning over even the brownest of thumbs. Schlage shares some of its favorite green and green-inspired spaces.

    Make room for green

    From the emerald and jewel-tone greens so popular in Art Deco to yellow- and brown-based greens found throughout nature to more whimsical mint greens, there’s something for everyone. Plus, with so many other colors that go with green, a new coat of paint for your walls gives you a picture-perfect backdrop for furniture, accessories and more.

     

    Sit, store and accessorize with green

    An easy way to add pops of green quickly and inexpensively is with green furniture and accessories. Match them to your green walls or make one an accent piece for a striking look either way.

     

    Say hello to gorgeous greens

    Green has many moods – dramatic, rejuvenating, cheerful, calming – making it the perfect opportunity to set the tone for arriving guests. Make a welcoming statement with your green door, and don’t forget the hardware to match.

     

    Plant some green in your heart

    Both real and artificial potted plants are wildly popular in 2020. Whether you favor a few easy-to-care-for succulents on the windowsill or a jungle-inspired bathroom, this one’s for you.

     

    Find more décor inspiration (in a range of colors) when you follow Schlage on Instagram and Pinterest.

     

    Easy home décor updates for when you can’t rush perfection.

    March 9, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, March 9, 2020

    Yellow front door | Schlage

    Here are nine ways – no perfect 10s here – to make small upgrades to your home while you find your unique personal style.

     

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    We talk a lot about the “perfect fit” for this and the “ideal solution” for that. It’s easy to forget that, for many of us, the perfect room or home is not achieved in a single shot, and to try to pull that off can create more stress than satisfaction. Taking your time and making upgrades over the course of a few months or even years, can be even more fulfilling, and easier on your credit score, than finishing your design in one go.

     

    As Brittany Anas from Apartment Therapy said, her first home looked straight out of a catalog, but it lacked her personality and rushing the process was hard on her finances. Now, a wiser and more established version of herself realizes that collecting meaningful décor pieces over time makes her home actually feel like a home. Perfection doesn’t need to come immediately.

     

    Here are nine ways – no perfect 10s here – to make small upgrades to your home while you find your unique personal style. Pick and choose, don’t do them all at once and, most importantly, enjoy the home décor journey.

    9 home decor updates

    1. Plants

    Houseplants make us happier. We also think they go a long way toward making a home feel lived in, especially if your house is still in that sterile, in-progress stage. Some beautiful flowers outside can also liven up your curb appeal while you save up for a new walkway or porch.

    2. Bedroom oasis

    It’s always a good idea to have someplace you can retreat to that doesn’t feel like a construction zone or where you have a constant reminder of your unfinished tasks. This is especially true if you’re living in the middle of a remodel or have just moved in. Focus on creating a bedroom oasis so you have somewhere to relax. Of course, it could also be your living room, a library or a sunroom. Just find somewhere you want to feel most comfortable.

    3. Lighting

    Whether you replace lighting fixtures on the ceiling or add tabletop lamps, you will see a dramatic difference in the vibe of your room. Don’t discount the impact of simply replacing your lampshades either.

    4. Door hardware

    The Spruce said it splendidly. Cheap or outdated hardware will make the rest of your room look that way. Thankfully the opposite goes for updated, high-quality door knobs and levers. You might be surprised what swapping out scratched and dinged builder’s grade knobs can do for your overall look. Explore Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware for some of our best styles and finishes.

    5. Plumbing fixtures

    Bathroom remodels can be tricky with tiling and expensive flooring and who-knows-what under the sink. Keep it simple by replacing the showerhead, faucets and towel rods. They can make a great jumping-off point for a larger project, not to mention they’re easy to coordinate with door hardware for that cohesive look.

    6. Fabrics

    If you haven’t found perfect sectional yet, upgrade your existing couch – or bed, comfy chair, or porch swing – with a gorgeous new throw blanket or pillows. Try tapestry on the wall to add color to a room when you’re still searching for that elusive framed artwork.

    7. Area rugs

    Did we mention flooring can get expensive? Cover carpet stains or soften hardwood floors with area rugs. It can be more cost-effective and lets you inject some new color and pattern to the room.

    8. Accessories

    These can get expensive and you might be wondering about how they’re going to coordinate with the rest of your future décor. If you choose meaningful pieces, you increase the odds that they’ll always match. Focus on photos of family and pets, travel mementos or artwork you create yourself. Frames can be switched out easily later if today’s choices clash with tomorrow’s design.

    9. Gadgets

    Sometimes establishing the “perfect” house is more than just making it beautiful. You’ll enjoy living in your current abode more when you take the time to make it fit your lifestyle. The added convenience of smart locks or lighting, a wall outlet with built-in USB ports or this crumb catcher for easier kitchen cleaning is worth investing in today if it makes your life easier.

     

    If you aren’t sure where to start, look for inspiration on Schlage’s Instagram or Pinterest accounts. You can also use our Style Selector Tool to help figure out what your favorite look is. You might be surprised what your “perfect” style turns out to be.

     

    Celebrating the women of Schlage.

    March 5, 2020 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, March 5, 2020

    Women of Schlage Lock Company | Schlage

    In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re taking a look at a mere few of the contributions women have made at Schlage since the company’s founding in 1920.

     

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    In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re taking a look at a mere few of the contributions women have made at Schlage since the company’s founding in 1920. We’re proud of our employees’ impact on manufacturing, design, innovation and security, not to mention the communities in which we work, making the world around us stronger and safer in so many ways.

    Manufacturing mavens

    Research continually shows that the more contributions come from a diverse workforce, the more successful the business. While women are largely underrepresented in the manufacturing industry – early 2020 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that 29.4 percent of manufacturing jobs are held by women – Schlage has employed women in a variety of roles throughout its history.

     

    Even as a young company 100 years ago when women in the workplace was a rarity, Schlage did not limit women to clerical work. Records and photographs from the 1940s and 50s, for example, show women employed at nearly every stage of the manufacturing process.

    Women working at Schlage Lock Company
    Some worked in the Production Control Office, which scheduled projects and ensured that manufacturing progressed on deadline. Others were more involved in work at the plants. It might even have been the case that women were preferred for lock assembly roles as some believed their smaller hands were more adept at handling fine materials.
    Women assembling Schlage Locks
    Women assembling Schlage Locks
    CBS filmed Schlage as part of a 1959 television series titled, “Woman” and sought to answer the question of whether women were losing their femininity. Members of the Schlage Key Room, Berta Ramos and Rose Erillo, were spotlighted in the series that ultimately showed that “American women are taking a more important part in industrial life to advance the economic welfare of their families.”
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    Nancy Abris, Schlage Lock Company
    In 2017, Nancy Abris was recognized as a Fearless Frontline Leader after being nominated by colleagues for her integrity and consistent impact during her 20-plus years at Schlage. “A great leader must always gain the trust of their team so they can establish communication, maintain their security and safety, elevate quality and maintain production that guarantees success,” said the production supervisor for Schlage Mexico.

    Patents, please

    Schlage depends on its employees’ innovation to help keep your homes and businesses safe. Founder Walter Schlage was a prolific inventor with more than 200 U.S. and global patents, and we continue that legacy a century later.

     

    According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, just 12 percent of patent-earning inventors in 2016, regardless of industry, were women.

    In July 2019, Allegion, Schlage’s parent company, recognized the employees who had received more than 120 patents globally in the previous year. Among the honorees was Lakshmi Santhanakrishnan. Today she’s seeking another patent as part of the team developing WiFi and communications technology for controlling commercial smart locks like Allegion’s Engage™ web and mobile apps.
    Lakshmi Santhanakrishnan, Schlage Lock Company
    Autumn Groleski, Schlage Lock Company
    Industrial designer Autumn Groleski also holds multiple design patents. Her innovative work enables Schlage to adjust its stylish escutcheons to pair flawlessly with electronic products such as the Schlage Control™ door lock and Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Lock. Autumn has at least five other patents currently in review in addition to the 10 already in her name.

    Community and family first

    Employees throughout the years have remarked on Schlage’s welcoming atmosphere, perhaps a result of the company being family-run for so long. Walter Schlage’s son, Ernest, was eventually vice president of the company and director of research, while Marron Kendrick took over company presidency upon the retirement of his own father, Charles, in 1953.

     

    That family atmosphere often inspires lifelong loyalty to Schlage, the company’s values and its commitment to making homes, businesses and communities more secure.

     

    A former employee of nearly 35 years, Elayne Snyder said in a recent interview, “It was so easy to work for them. And everybody was congenial, you know what I mean? Which, again, I think that’s what makes Schlage so unique and why these people after all these years are still bound together as a family.”

    Elayne Snyder and Edna Gregory working at Schlage Lock Company

    Elayne Snyder, left, and Edna Gregory, right, handle the complete servicing of stock warehouse orders.

    Snyder had a rather comprehensive career at Schlage, starting as a file clerk in 1959. Before retiring more than three decades later, her myriad titles also included San Francisco Warehouse Manager, Research and Sales Forecaster Analyst, and Sales Communications Manager. “They gave me opportunities I probably would have never had, had I worked for another company,” she wrote of Schlage in a letter to the company last month. “They were wonderful to work for. I am proud to have been associated with them for so many years.”

     

    Following World War II, even after production returned to door hardware as usual, Schlage continued to support the nation’s soldiers. This support was particularly meaningful to the community as Schlage was still based in San Francisco at the time. The language from this 1946 internal newsletter – “Schlage Girls on Short Cruise” – is admittedly outdated by today’s standards, but it is just one example of Schlage employees’ contributions, however minor, during wartime.

     

    “Who says there’s no patriotism left, now that the war’s over? Schlage Lock Company girls proved differently when twenty of them arose at 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 1, so that they could be aboard the U.S.S. Cavanaugh when she sailed through the Golden Gate at 6:30 a.m.

    “Guests of the U.S. Army, the girls went out to sea to meet four shiploads of veterans returning from the South Pacific. As the Cavanaugh neared the inbound troopships, the girls lined the rail with handkerchiefs fluttering in the breeze, and welcoming smiles on their lovely faces.”

     

    Schlage’s Social Club was incredibly active through the first half of the century, but it wasn’t just fun and games. One late-1940s record tells how the group sold nearly $400 worth of hams to send Christmas gifts to the Mount St. Joseph’s Orphan Asylum in San Francisco. One of the Sisters of the asylum later wrote to Schlage, “We were all so thrilled when the television and High-Fidelity sets arrived and then your most generous check! You may believe me when I assure you that such kindness and thoughtfulness is deeply appreciated by all.”

    Company party at Schlage Lock Company

    Many of today’s Schlage employees annually take part in the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. Allegion Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Shelley Meador was recently published in TechPoint discussing the impact of heart disease on the career success of young women in the technology industry.

     

    Schlage thanks the innovators, the problem-solvers, the providers and the big-thinkers, not just at our own company but among architects, designers and builders as well. For more home history and to help Schlage celebrate its 100th anniversary, visit Schlage.com/100.

     

    Celebrating the women of Schlage Lock Company

     

    Women who made waves in home engineering and architecture.

    March 2, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, March 2, 2020

    Lillian M. Gilbreth Stamp | Schlage

    Engineer Lillian Gilbreth, landscape designer Ellen Shipman and architect Margaret Fielman accomplished more during their lifetimes than anyone else could have imagined of them.

     

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    In the movie The Imitation Game, Alan Turing tells Joan Clarke, the only woman working on solving the German Enigma code machine, “Sometimes it’s the very people who no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine.”

     

    Engineer Lillian Gilbreth, landscape designer Ellen Shipman and architect Margaret Fielman accomplished more during their lifetimes than anyone else could have imagined of them. As Schlage celebrates its 100th anniversary, and as we all recognize Women’s History Month, learn about some of the women who have changed the way we work and live forever.

    Lillian Moller Gilbreth – Engineer (1878-1972)

    No one expected Lillian Moller Gilbreth to become an engineer, not even Gilbreth herself. Initially discouraged by her father to pursue a higher education, Gilbreth persuaded him to let her have a shot. A few years later, she had bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of California, Berkeley … in English and literature.1

     

    It wasn’t until meeting her husband, Frank, in 1904 that her career path irreversibly changed. Despite having already started a doctoral program in literature, Lillian Gilbreth began studying psychology. It would be the perfect field, her new husband reasoned, if she was going to help him with his consulting business. After several years and more than one rejection to have her papers published because she was a woman, she earned her Ph.D. in applied management from Brown University in 1915.

     

    In the midst of these studies, Gilbreth gave birth to not one, two or three, but 12 children in less than 20 years. She also worked at her husband’s side helping other businesses to improve workplace efficiency and productivity. Through it all, often using the production efficiency strategies to run her own child-filled household, she eventually became known as a pioneer in organizational psychology.

     

    When her husband died unexpectedly in 1924, she still had a large family to support, so she took over the Gilbreth and Company business. Many clients balked at taking advice from a woman, but Gilbreth pressed on and the business grew.

     

    Gilbreth was a busy woman following her husband’s passing. During the Great Depression, President Herbert Hoover tapped her for assistance on the “Share the Work” program – she ultimately served as an advisor to at least five U.S. presidents – and consulted for the government during World War II, helping factories to transition for wartime production.

     

    She also worked as an industrial engineer at General Electric, for which she helped design more efficient household appliances that saved American women time and energy. Among Gilbreth’s inventions? Refrigerator doors with shelves, egg keepers and butter trays, and the foot-pedal garbage can. She also filed patents for an improved electric can opener and wastewater hose for clothes washers, and designed kitchen layouts for easier use by disabled homemakers and veterans.

     

    Prior to retiring, Gilbreth taught at a number of institutions, sometimes as a consultant for the family business. Her lecture positions included Purdue University, where she was the first woman to teach in the engineering school, Newark College of Engineering and the University of Wisconsin.

     

    At the time of her death in 1972, at the age of 93, Gilbreth had earned at least 20 honorary degrees. She was also the first woman member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, in 1926. Forty years later, she was the first female recipient of the Hoover Medal of the American Society of Civil Engineers, recognizing her “unselfish application of energy and creative efforts in modifying industrial and home environments for the handicapped.”

    Ellen Biddle Shipman – Landscape Designer (1869-1950)

    Gardening had long been considered a gentlewoman’s hobby, but not until Ellen Biddle Shipman did a woman make a successful go of it as a business venture. With more than 600 gardens to her name at the time of her death in 1950, Shipman filled a need for some of America’s most elite and, at the same time, paved the way for women in landscaping.

     

    Today we fully understand the appeal of planting for curb appeal, but the idea of a home garden for beauty was just taking off in the late 19th century. Shipman was able to take that burgeoning concept and turn it into a reality for her clients, particularly those wealthy enough to pay for their extensive maintenance. A male landscape architecture peers called her “one of the best, if not the very best, flower garden maker in America,” recognizing her for her use of color and texture.

     

    Shipman’s unique quality drew the attention of architect Charles Platt. Working with Platt to serve the wives of the wealthiest families in the Northeast and Midwest, she became, according to the New York Times, “the darling of the garden club members and wives of industrialists who found in their homes and gardens the creative expression they were barred from in a world run by their husbands.” Together, Shipman and Platt combined elegant homes with equally sophisticated gardens designed for the retreat and privacy their clients craved.

     

    When Shipman opened her own office in New York City, somewhere around 1920, she recruited the few women coming out of landscape architecture schools. Woman applicants to these schools, generally considered incapable of managing construction teams, were still required to take stenography classes. Their male counterparts, however, were not. Despite no formal training of her own – Shipman’s education seemed to come from living in picturesque Nevada, Arizona and New Hampshire – she still gave a much-needed lift to other women in the field.

     

    Of all her elaborately designed gardens, only a few remain. Her landscapes eventually were considered too high maintenance for the changing times, but those that survive include the Windsor White garden in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and the garden at Stan Hywet, the former estate of Goodyear tire magnate F.A. Seiberling, in Akron, which is now open to the public.

    Margaret Feilman – Architect (1921-2013)

    Australian architect Margaret Feilman raised towns from the rubble. But first, she had to clear her own obstacles on the way to becoming a town planner.

     

    Ahead of the curve in secondary school, Feilman graduated a year early but was denied admission to the University of Western Australia for being too young. Having to delay further education, she joined the WA (Western Australia) Government’s Principal Architect in 1937, becoming its first and only female architect.

     

    In a stroke of poor luck, Feilman entered the professional world in the lead-up to World War II. If a silver lining can be found, it was in the post-war opportunities for architects like Fielman. Towns bombed during the Second World War needed to be rebuilt, and Feilman had the skill. She began working for The Head Office of the Commonwealth Department of Works and Housing and was soon helping to reconstruct cities like Darwin and New Guinea in the late 1940s.

     

    With that experience, Feilman was finally eligible for a British Council Scholarship to study town planning. The only woman studying town and country planning at the University of Durham, Fielman earned her post-graduate certificate with honors and returned to Australia in 1950. This experience ultimately paved the way for her most noted work.

     

    A new port and industrial facility had been constructed on Cockburn Sound, south of Perth, and the workers, more than 25,000 of them, needed somewhere to live. Enter Fielman, who meticulously studied the environment, at one point convincing planners to move the proposed town of Kwinana based on wind direction so residents wouldn’t be affected by fumes from the facility. She studied the needs of the residents, designing the town’s layout so that community facilities were always within walking distance.

     

    Fielman’s own love of the environment, fostered during childhood in southwest Australia, a region rich in nature reserves and state forests, caused her to design towns that kept residents close to nature. In the 1950s, she helped found the Tree Society, the first natural environment organization in Western Australia. Fielman was never far removed from her love of art or commitment to social causes, either. In addition to serving on boards of a number of charitable organizations, she created the Feilman Foundation, providing grants for environmental, youth-focused, cultural and educational issues.

     

    According to the Australian National Trust, Fielman “was a trailblazer in her professional life and, coupled with her passion for the environment, the arts and making a difference in future generations, her contribution to Western Australia has been truly enormous.”

     

    At the time of her death at age 92, Fielman held an honorary doctorate in architecture from the University of Western Australia. She’d also been named a Life Fellow by the Royal Australia Institute of Architects and a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International.

     

    Find more notable moments in history and help us celebrate the 100th anniversary of Schlage at schlage.com/100. You can also read about more trailblazers we profiled during Black History Month in the Schlage blog archives.

    1Lewis, Anna M. Women of Steel and Stone: 22 Inspirational Architects, Engineers, and Landscape Designers. Chicago Press Review, 2014.

     

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