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    Find luxury on a budget with these home improvement hacks.

    September 21, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, September 21, 2020

    Luxury home improvement on a budget | Schlage

    This list should give you some ideas for how you can turn your home into the lap of luxury without tapping out your bank account or energy reserves.



    Is there anything more luxurious than the freedom gained by finishing a job quickly and inexpensively? You can finally focus on what matters most to you. Forget the fancy handbags and expensive cars. To us, true luxury is having a home we love while still being able to live the life we want.


    This list should give you some ideas for how you can turn your home into the lap of luxury without tapping out your bank account or energy reserves.

    Luxury home improvement on a budget.


    Coastal bedroom with tufted headboard and wooden shutters.

    1. Mirrors on closet doors – These aren’t the old mirrored doors of the 70s and 80s. It can be as classy as it is functional. And if your bedroom is on the smaller side, mirrors can help it feel larger.

    2. Headboard – Tufted fabric is super trendy right now thanks to the return of vintage styles like Art Deco. Your new DIY headboard will have your bedroom feeling like a lush resort.

    3. Storage bedframe – Clutter makes your home feel anything but luxurious. Shelving around your headboard or under the frame will have your bedroom feeling sleek and refined.

    4. Footboard bench – Glamorous folks don’t stumble around while trying to put on socks. A simple bench at the end of your bed will help.


    Farmhouse chic bathroom with freestanding bathtub and chandelier.

    1. Reusable bottles – Disposable plastic bottles aren’t sexy. Purchase stylish vessels for your soap, shampoo or mouthwash. You can also try this DIY vase-turned-soap dispenser project.

    2. Shower curtain – Maybe you haven’t noticed how dingy it’s gotten, or maybe you’re just tired of the same look. There’s no easier way to introduce new colors, patterns and brightness in a bathroom.

    3. Mirror frame – When you install a frame around a bathroom mirror, you take your sophistication levels up without knocking your bank balance down.

    4. Showerhead – There are so many showerhead options these days, it’s almost ridiculous. Choose from rain showerheads to jets to fixtures with aromatherapy and Bluetooth.

    5. Bathtub surround – If you’re looking to save time and money, replacing the tub is not the best option. Try covering it with beadboard or stone for a less expensive new look.

    6. Matching towels – Hotel towels always match (and it’s not just because they buy in bulk). A coordinated look definitely says you have your act together.

    7. Lighting upgrade – Because there’s nothing luxurious about doing your makeup or shaving in the dark. Make sure you have the right light to get yourself pulled together in the morning.


    Modern kitchen with herringbone tile rug.

    1. Painted cabinets – It’s a common suggestion but a good one. If you can’t or don’t want to replace cabinets entirely, just paint them. Simplify it even more by painting only the interiors for an unexpected pop of color each time you open the door.

    2. Glass-front cabinets – It’s like testing out open shelving without giving up your cabinets entirely. Replace all your cabinet fronts with glass or just swap things out on a few select units.

    3. New drawer pulls – When replacing cabinets isn’t in the cards, simply swap out the hardware on drawers and cabinets. It’s much friendlier on your budget and time. Like matching bathroom towels and carpet, coordinate the finish of your new pulls with faucets and other fixtures for a lux look.

    4. Food storage – Ditch the plastic takeout containers that are neither pretty nor environmentally friendly. Invest in glass storage containers. They’ll look nicer in your kitchen and keep edibles fresher longer so you can reduce food waste.

    5. Pantry baskets – Whether you opt for see-through plastic bins or chic woven baskets, this tip keeps your pantry organized and looking sharp. And if you tend to lose food in the back of the cabinet only to find it after it’s gone bad, this hack can help you practice more sustainable kitchen habits.

    6. Backsplash – With peel-and-stick options getting better every day, replacing your backsplash is even easier and more affordable. You might be interested in one of the latest trends of extending a backsplash all the way to the ceiling.

    7. Faux countertops – It’s the countertop version of painting your cabinets. When your favorite material is too expensive, try a DIY faux finish of marble, concrete or granite.

    8. New faucet – Especially if you love the mixed-metals look, this is an easy way to upgrade your style. There are also many shapes and no-touch options that will have you feeling fancy.

    9. Pull-out shelves – If you hate squatting down to find that random baking dish, swapping your bottom cabinets to drawers or outfitting them with pull-out shelving is the way to go.

    10. Refinished kitchen island – You love that you have an island but there’s just something off about it? Refinish the area below the countertop with a fresh coat of paint, beadboard, tile or another material to add a splash of style.

    11. Outlets under kitchen cabinets – They’re out of sight, but they’re so convenient, they certainly won’t be out of mind. Perfect for powering up those small appliances you don’t need every day.

    12. Slim roller shelf – Whether storing cans or spices, slim shelving lets you take advantage of underutilized space, keeps things from looking cluttered and makes it easier to find what you’re looking for. This hack also works if you want to slide a bit of shelving between your washer and dryer.

    Living room

    Living room with vase decor on ottoman.

    1. Pillows and throws – A key element of hygge is plush fabrics. Pillows and throws are a great way to achieve that. And when you choose your favorite colors, patterns and styles, it’s an instant facelift for tired-looking couches and chairs.

    2. Fireplace redo – Some people paint the brick, others use stone to give their fireplace an updated look. The most budget-friendly choice might be to add a new mantel or surround.

    3. Sofa cover – While you’re saving up for a new couch, try a slip cover to hide stains and snags. Pet owners know the struggle. Domino also shows how simple and chic it can be to just throw some blankets on for the same effect.

    4. Ottoman – They come in every style, so you’re guaranteed to find something for your unique taste. We mostly love how multipurpose they are – footstool, extra seating, storage bin or coffee table.

    Doors & windows

    Kitchen with Schlage Alexandria glass door knob.

    1. Painted interior doors – Sometimes all it takes is a fresh color to brighten up your day. A vibrant door color can also add beauty in a small space where there’s no room for other décor.

    2. Refreshed front door – Some fresh paint, a new handleset, maybe a wreath or other holiday décor and you might be surprised how much nicer it is to come home every day. It’s also a welcoming statement to guests coming over for game night or dinner party.

    3. Painted trim – There’s no rule that your trim, either around the door or the windows, has to be white.

    4. Garage door makeover – The garage door is a big piece of real estate right out front for a lot of homes. Take advantage of the possibilities with paint, a carriage house-style makeover or install a smart garage door opener for added convenience.

    5. Updated hardware – Updating your knobs and levers can have a surprisingly big impact on the overall look of a room. Styles like the Schlage Custom™ Alexandria or Schlage Custom™ Hobson knob look big-ticket since they’re made of glass. Other styles can also add an air of sophistication, especially in dark finishes like Matte Black. Your guests will never know how quick, simple and affordable this upgrade really was.

    6. Faux door panels – Hollow core doors are the opposite of luxurious. Give them a makeover with faux panels using our favorite tips.

    7. Dutch doorDutch doors are great for keeping everything and everyone where they belong. Kids and pets stay in the house, racoons stay out. Refreshing breezes flow freely, rain puddles don’t. Plus, a DIY Dutch door is easier than you think.
    1. French doors – Indoors or out, French doors are always très chic. Find ideas and tips here.

    2. Barn doors – There’s a reason these have been popular for a while. You can find them in a range of styles, and they fill so many needs. We especially love them in narrow spaces, like for extra privacy in a master suite, to hide a washer and dryer or even on a slim closet where you store your bike.

    3. Murphy door – Who didn’t want a hidden room as a kid? Live out your childhood dreams by installing a Murphy door and create an instant secret hideaway. It’s not the cheapest task on this list, but the cool factor just might be worth it.

    4. Open “door” casings – For those openings without a door – think passthroughs from mudroom to kitchen – add a casing for some architectural detail that will give it a more finished look.

    5. Smart locks – Not carrying keys while you’re out and about, not losing keys, being able to check on your door from anywhere. These are just some of the conveniences that come with a Schlage smart lock. When you feel more secure, it’s easier to enjoy those moments of luxury elsewhere.

    6. Parcel box – Ward off porch pirates with a secure drop box on your front porch. No more fretting about whether your packages will still be there when you get home from work.

    7. Window trim – Do your windows not have any trim at all? Maybe there’s trim but it doesn’t create that wow factor. Add some visual interest by installing or bulking up your interior trim.

    8. Window treatments – Curtains, shades and blinds all offer a refined finishing touch. They’re perfect for a punch of color, making ceilings feel higher and, with blackout curtains, helping you get a better night’s rest.

    entryways & mudrooms

    Minimalist entryway with bench and wall hooks.

    1. Updated coat closet – Add extra shelving, organizational bins or lower hooks for the short people in your life. Remove the door and turn the closet into an entry nook if you’re looking for a more extreme transformation.

    2. Bench – Like the footboard bench in your bedroom, a mudroom bench makes getting out the door easier and less clumsy. Choosing one with storage will help reduce the un-glamorous clutter build-up in your entry, too.

    3. Storage – You don’t need built-in cabinets in your entryway to make it feel high-class. Doctor up a plain cabinet with paint or faux paneling, much like you would a hollow core door, or upcycle crates for a space with extra personality.

    4. Hamper – What’s so luxurious about a laundry hamper? A stylish basket for muddy clothes, sweaty gym equipment and other items you don’t want tracked through the house will help corral the chaos.

    5. Large mirror – Entryways tend to be small and narrow. Avoid that claustrophobic feeling without knocking out a wall and hang a large mirror instead. The reflected light will make it feel more open. This tip works in any room, by the way.


    Bright dining room console with geometric wallpaper.

    1. Paint – Whether it’s the same boring color as when you moved in or you realized too late what gamboge actually is, painting a room is a surefire way to switch up the look. Luxury Lifestyle Magazine shares it picks for the most luxurious paint colors.

    2. Accent wall – Why limit yourself to just painting that one wall a different color? Try adding shiplap or other material instead to create a modern and eye-catching accent wall.

    3. Temporary wallpaper – Easier to adhere and remove, temporary wallpaper can give any space a style boost with bold patterns. And when you’re ready for a new look, there’s little to no wall damage to repair. Think outside the box and apply removable wallpaper to furniture or appliances, too.

    4. Half walls – If you need to break up an open floorplan or maybe hide an unsightly appliance or litter box, a half wall could be your solution. It’s going to take some skills, but DIY Network walks you through the process.

    5. Paneling – Wainscoting, beadboard, faux panels and the like add a traditional touch of sophistication to nearly any room. Try a white finish to keep the space feeling bright and airy, or go darker for a bold moody feel.

    6. Chair rails – Similar to wall paneling, chair rails are an architectural feature that adds just a hint of elegance without a lot of sweat. You can easily get this done, from stocking up at the home improvement store to having a finished product, in an afternoon.


    Black ceiling fan on beadboard ceiling.

    1. Popcorn removal – If we made a list of features sure to make a home feel dated, popcorn ceilings would be on it. Use HTGV’s tips to remove the texture and prep for a new, classier ceiling.

    2. Faux beams – Especially if you’re into the Farmhouse Modern or rustic looks, faux beams are the home improvement project for you.

    3. Beadboard – Most common on walls, cabinets and kitchen islands, beadboard might just be the answer to a unique ceiling. House Updated offers a step-by-step guide for installing beadboard overhead.

    4. Ceiling fan – If you don’t have one, installing a ceiling fan is easier than you think. If you already have a fan but don’t love it, painting the components, reshaping the blades or replacing the shades can be a gamechanger. See how Sawdust 2 Stitches did theirs.


    Entryway with wooden stairway and modern railing.

    1. Peel-and-stick tile – All you need is a measuring tape, knife and straightedge to install peel-and-stick tile flooring. There’s no grout involved, so it’s much less time consuming and messing, not to mention cheaper.

    2. Stairs – The steps often get overlooked in floor makeovers. Removing carpet will create a very different look and eliminate the need to wrestle with the vacuum on the stairs every week. You might also paint or stencil the risers. And don’t forget about railings and banisters.

    3. New grout – Gray grout when it’s supposed to be white will always be a downer. If a hardy cleaning doesn’t do the trick, try re-grouting. And consider different colors while you’re at it.

    4. New finish – Rather than replacing your flooring, try staining or painting it. Of course, this depends on the kind of flooring you have. If you’re looking at carpet every day, the equivalent might be a thorough steam cleaning or area rugs.

    5. Garage flooring – When you spend a lot of time in the garage, you want even that space to feel luxurious. Choose a flooring surface that works with how you use your garage.


    Dining room with brass sputnik lighting.

    1. Circadian lighting – Bulbs that automatically adjust according to the time of day can help you get to sleep more quickly and rise feeling more refreshed. Philips Hue is one option.

    2. Overhead light fixtures – Sometimes it’s an outdated chandelier. Sometimes it’s the dreaded “boob lights.” Replace them with something more to your taste. It might be worth it to hire an electrician if you need to do any electrical work, like getting wiring up to code, first.

    3. String lights – More common on the porch, string lights can set either a relaxing or festive mood for any outdoor gathering. But don’t discount using them indoors, too. This headboard is one of our favorite ideas.

    4. DIY lamp – Lamps can get expensive, so try refurbishing your own knock-off from the thrift store. And don’t be afraid to mix and match different lampshades and bases.

    5. Lampshades – If the lamp still works but you want a fresh look, try swapping out the shade or painting an existing one. Both options are easy on the wallet.

    6. Under-cabinet lighting – If overhead cabinets block the light when you’re trying to meal prep in the kitchen or tie flies in the garage, install lighting under those cabinets. It could be as intensive as running wiring or as simple as a few battery-powered stick-on lights.


    Dog dressed for spa day with pink towel.

    1. Dog shower – There is nothing luxurious about muddy paw prints. A pet washing station where you can tidy Fido up before coming back in the house will help. Modern Dog has more ways to keep your pet and your house clean at the same time.

    2. Fancy pet bed – Your furry family members want the luxurious life as much as you do. We love these Mid-Century Modern beds. Try this DIY bed for a larger dog … or a whole pile of puppies.

    3. Self-cleaning litter box – Keep your hands clean and your time free for less odious tasks.

    4. Pet cams – Just because you’re on the move doesn’t mean you have to abandon your furry friends. Cameras with audio are the perfect way to keep an eye on your pet, tell them what a good boy they are and maybe throw a treat or two remotely.

    5. Food station – Let your pets dine in style without ruining your own. Build a DIY food station that coordinate with the rest of the room. Pull-out bowls are a good way to hide them when not in use.

    6. DIY bowlsUpcycle some old bowls for a chic way to feed Fluffy. They’ll be happy – they’re being fed, after all – and you’ll be doing a good deed for the planet.


    Porch swing with blue cushions.

    1. Porch rugs – Luxury doesn’t have to be serious and classy all the time. When you want to have a little fun, doormats and porch rugs are a fantastic way to go. You’ll find tons online, or you can make your own, with humorous sayings, exciting colors and patterns, and fun holiday themes.

    2. Window boxes – Anyone can stick flowers in the ground, but a window box of beautiful blooms is next-level curb appeal. Here’s a DIY flower box you can try.

    3. Porch bed – Feel like lazing about on the porch like a southern belle? You’ll need something to laze on. A DIY porch bed is large enough for all your friends or just you to spread out in comfort.

    4. Mailbox – Does your mailbox match the style of your house? A mailbox makeover could be as simple as a coat of paint or a brick or concrete surround. Mail slots are becoming popular in traditional houses again, too.

    5. House numbers – You can find nearly any font and finish to coordinate with the rest of your porch décor. And when they can be seen clearly from the street, you’ll be doing guests and even emergency personnel a favor by making it easier to find the house.
    1. Lighting – A well-lit walkway, porch and garage look inviting to wanted guests and uninviting to would-be thieves. Tall lamp posts, subtle solar-powered path lighting or motion-activated spotlights are all good options depending on your needs.

    2. Fire pit – If you like to have friends over for summer fun, this one will pay off. If you like to relax in solitude with a glass of wine, this one will pay off. Basically, you can’t go wrong with a DIY fire pit.

    3. Decorative fence posts – It’s hard to relax or throw a fantastic backyard party when your fence is a mess. For those of us whose fences are in good shape but not very exciting to look at, consider adding decorative touches such as these post caps.

    4. Water feature – Spas and luxury often go hand-in-hand. What do many spas have in common? A bubbling water feature for Zen-like vibes and soothing sounds. A few flower pots and a pump, and you’re well on your way to making your own fountain.

    5. Fancy foundation – Your home’s exterior sends a clear message about who lives there and what we’ll find inside the house. Send the right message, especially if you’re planning to sell your home, with some upgrades to your home’s foundation.


    Gallery wall of plant prints.

    1. Clutter – It’s impossible to enjoy a life of luxury when you’re surrounded by debris and unnecessary items. Clutter covers up the things you do love about your house, keeps you tied to the house, making it more difficult to travel and take advantage of other opportunities, or causes general anxiety. Who wants that?

    2. Rearranged furniture – Forget luxury on a dime. When you use the pieces you already own, that’s luxury for free. Move a pillow from your bed to the couch, maybe adding a new case. Rearrange your lamps to finally illuminate that dark corner. Shift your favorite reading chair closer to the window for refreshing natural light.

    3. Updated furniture – End tables and some chairs are primed for this hack. Give new life to your furniture with a new color or hardware on drawers. The right kind of paint can help you create a new finish or textured effect. We like milk paint, which can help you create an antique or distressed feel.

    4. Artwork – Paintings can be expensive, but the richest pieces are the ones with personal significance. It could be art you picked up on a vacation, a custom piece designed by a friend or something from a local artisan that speaks to you. Once you find something you love, put it on display.

    5. Gallery walls and shelves – If you have several pieces you love, what better way to show them off than with a gallery wall? For the ultimate eclectic look, don’t match your frames. When you’re afraid of putting a bunch of holes in the wall or if you have physical art rather than pictures, try gallery shelves.
    1. Picture frames – Whether you have a gallery wall or a few photos on the coffee table, freshen up the look with new picture frames. If you’re feeling creative, buy some cheap frames at a garage sale or thrift store and customize them yourself.

    2. Mood board – When you’re working toward a big goal – a dream vacation, your beautiful wedding, that Corvette – it can be nice to have a reminder of why you’re making sacrifices. Create a mood board or collection of photos to keep the motivation high. Peter Jones, author of How to Do Everything and Be Happy, calls it a “Live Life Now List.” If you’ve already achieved your goal, make it a display of your accomplishments.

    3. Area rug – Area rugs aren’t just for the eyes. Yes, they can make a space feel larger when you scale them to the room. But if you have high ceilings or lots of hard surfaces, the right area rug can also change the way your home sounds.

    4. Architectural interest – Crown molding, either along ceilings or at the tops of cabinets, columns on a porch, curved entryways or new shutters are all ways to create extra visual interest through the shape of the house itself.

    5. Under-stairs nook – Many homes have an awkward space under the stairs. Instead of wasting it, transform it into whatever fits your needs best. It could be a small home office, a secret reading nook for you or the kids, shelving or even a spot for Spot.
    1. Plants – Indoor plants offer a range of physical as well as mental health benefits. They clean the indoor air of toxins, reduce stress and, quite simply, their beauty can lift our spirits. Add enough of them and pretty soon you have a lush oasis right at home.

    2. Shelves – Displaying art? Use a shelf. Got books? You’re going to need shelves. Collectibles? Shelf again. Built-ins will give your home an air of sophistication. Bless’er House gives us a budget-friendly faux built-in guide using IKEA shelves.

    3. Basement pole covers – You’ve finished your basement and it looks fabulous … except for that random pole in the middle of the room. Hide it with these pole cover tutorials from The Cozy Home Chronicles.

    4. Laundry room work surface – Laundry rooms are often an afterthought. Stop feeling like Cinderella by giving yourself a better work surface and proper storage space.

    5. Smart appliances – Smart thermostats, lighting and water monitors are just a few examples of smart devices that can make your life easier and eco-friendly. Imagine not having to mess with the temperature of your house while you’re at work or fretting about a burst pipe while way for the holidays. These are great ways to be more socially responsible and care-free at the same time.

    6. Upgraded appliances – Cursing at your dryer because everything is still wet after two rounds isn’t cute or classy. It’s also hard on energy efficiency. Consider upgrading your major appliances, particularly those in the kitchen and laundry room, and you’ll likely find luxury hiding in some unexpected places.


    In case these 100 tips don’t already have you feeling like $100, you can find more inspiration at the Schlage blog or on our Pinterest boards.


    Need a bit of privacy? Your home décor can help.

    September 17, 2020 9:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

    DIY privacy ideas | Schlage

    You don’t always need to head off to a remote locale when you’re craving a bit of solitude. Here are some of our favorite ways to create a sense of privacy right where you live.



    Do you wish you could get a little time for yourself? Maybe your neighbor’s deck feels right on top of yours. You don’t always need to head off to a remote locale when you’re craving a bit of solitude. Here are some of our favorite ways to create a sense of privacy right where you live.
    Creating privacy with home decor.


    All of us need a bit of alone time occasionally. Unfortunately, our home’s layout doesn’t always lend itself to seclusion. Try these stylish tips for creating privacy in your home’s interior so you can focus, recharge and relax, even if you have an open floorplan.


    Standing screens are a traditional way to add privacy to any room, but how you style it –vibrant color, chalkboard paint, decorative fabric, lit-up tree branches – is where you can really add your personal touch.

    Larger furniture

    Bookshelves may be the most common furniture-turned-room divider, but a headboard or cabinet that’s finished on both sides can be just as effective.

    Shipping pallets

    Ideal for lovers of upcycling and DIY projects, reusing raw materials like shipping pallets can help break up spaces of an industrial size or style.


    If you have the space to build upward, a loft creates the perfect cozy hideaway.


    That unused corner or unexplained notch under the stairs can be turned into the semi-secluded reading nook or small office you need to focus.

    French doors

    Block sound but not light from a passageway by installing French doors.


    Just because you head out on your front porch doesn’t mean you have to be on display for the whole neighborhood. Create the illusion of space between you and your neighbors with these outdoor privacy hacks. You’ll find they may also provide a bit of extra shade.

    Deck privacy wall

    Perfect for when your neighbors are really close, a wall like this one from Handmade Haven adds privacy and possibilities for additional decor.

    Porch curtains

    Just as you would hang curtains to block the intense sun or your neighbors’ view of your bedroom, you can use curtains for shade and privacy on your porch.


    If you’re going to work in the garden anyway, make your plants do a bit of work for you, too. Trees and tall shrubs make excellent screens.


    Latticework around a patio or along your property’s border can be a beautiful alternative to the standard fence. Hang potted flowers or let climbing plants create extra privacy with a splash of color.

    At Schlage, we believe any house can be transformed into your perfect home. Find more ideas for putting your personal touch on your home and making it work for your lifestyle at the Schlage blog or Pinterest.


    23 DIY fall front porch decor ideas you should try.

    September 10, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, September 9, 2020

    Fall front porch decor | Schlage

    No matter what fall looks like to you, Schlage wants to help you usher the season in with style. Try these 23 fall front porch ideas you can DIY today.



    The arrival of fall signals more than just cooler temperatures and rustling leaves. For many of us, it’s the start of the holiday season. It might be cozy gatherings, even if it’s just with one other person in front of a fire pit or movie. Or maybe that autumnal vibe only comes with costumes and candy for the kids. No matter what fall looks like to you, Schlage wants to help you usher the season in with style. Try these 23 fall front porch ideas you can DIY today.

    Natural fall wreath » Finding Home Farms

    All you need is a trip to the craft store, or even just your backyard depending on where you live, to pull this natural fall wreath together. Its understated style is just what you need if you gravitate toward rustic or farmhouse design.

    A wreath for all seasons » Cribbs Style

    Not all fall décor has to be orange, yellow and rusty reds. This more subtle approach may be more to your liking, especially if you live in a warmer climate. It has the added benefit of transitioning well into winter. Simply swap out the blooms, sunflowers in this case, for something in the bright red or ice blue family, and you’re set for the next season.

    Warm-weather fall wreath » Living Green Design on Houzz

    What can you do if you live in a warmer climate but still want to enjoy all that fall has to offer? Try sticking with traditional fall colors to start. Then put a regional twist on your favorite fall wreath ideas. Here they used fruit, still in the oranges, yellows and reds we expect, but more appropriate for sunny California, especially against that vibrant door.

    Veteran’s Day porch decor » Tatertots & Jello

    It’s easy to zoom straight from Halloween to Thanksgiving, but don’t forget about Veteran’s Day in early November. Get inspired by Fourth of July décor and tweak it for the season. We like this neutral-colored patriotic wreath that still shows national pride but without the vibrant red, white and blue that might look amiss in the fall.

    Not-a-wreath door decor » Jaime Costiglio

    Shake up the front door décor by skipping the wreath and opting instead for giant tags. Their “give thanks” message, honestly, works year-round, but you really can’t go wrong with them as the holiday season approaches. Feel free to branch out, though. Choose your own message to welcome guests in your unique way and make this DIY fall project your own.

    Fresh, fall-friendly door » HGTV

    If you’ve been thinking about a new coat of paint for the front door, maybe this is the ideal time to go for it. Don’t be afraid of rich colors that will serve as the perfect backdrop for your fall porch décor and beyond. Remember that switching out accessories, from your wreath to the door hardware, can give that entryway a fresh look.

    DIY pumpkin doormat » Better Homes & Gardens

    Is it really a porch without a doormat? Plenty of stores, online and in person, have pre-made mats for any time of year. But you can put your personal touch on a basic coir mat with some paint and stencils, making this one of the simpler DIY fall projects to try.

    Front porch chalkboard » Ella Claire & Co.

    Maybe the best part about this fall porch sign is its versatility. The message is entirely up to you. Change it daily, weekly or with the seasons. Paint it to match your door or house, or pick a contrasting color for an extra pop. It’s entirely up to you.

    Pallet sign for fall front porches » Taryn Whiteaker

    We’ve all seen the signs made of a single board with something seasonal stenciled or painted on them. Those are great, especially if your porch is on the small or narrow side. For something less common, though, try a pallet sign. It can still be painted, stenciled or embellished any which way you choose, but more real estate might mean more design options.

    House number pumpkin stack » At the Picket Fence

    We love décor that pulls extra duty. This pumpkin topiary would be festive enough on its own, but add the house numbers and you have something that’s as functional as it is fun. Use faux pumpkins so they hold up well beyond Halloween. We think a fourth pumpkin with “welcome” painted on it would be a nice touch here as well.

    No-carve pumpkins » A Beautiful Mess

    This writer might be one of the few people who loves the feeling of pumpkin guts on her hands, but carving your pumpkin shortens its shelf (or porch) life. Try no-carve decorating options like painting, stenciling and gluing leaves or other embellishments instead. This technique is often more kid-friendly, too.

    Fall patio pillows » Tidbits

    A low-investment way to update your front porch for the season is to switch out the cushions on your patio furniture or add textiles like blankets to create the cozy vibe. This DIY fall project involves printing designs onto pillows. If sewing is more up your alley, you can always make yourself some new pillowcases or slipcovers that match your fall color scheme.

    Customized garland » Southern Living

    Don’t wait until Christmas to hang garland. Use fall foliage – these look like magnolia leaves – or, if you can’t find something exactly to your taste, buy a basic garland and spice it up with pumpkins and other accessories you love.

    Crafty kids’ windchime » The Benson Street

    Let the kids get in on the fall décor action by helping them craft a new windchime for the front porch. This one uses a mix of store-bought items and those found in the yard. The key is to let their creativity run free so they can put their own stamp on the home you share.

    Feeder for fall birds » The Garden Roof Coop

    Feeding local birds through the fall is a great way to help them store up energy for migration or supplement their diet when food sources run low. Stock it with black oil sunflower seed, suet, nuts, cracked corn and other foods that are best for birds in the fall.

    Seasonal vegetable window box » Driven by Décor

    Use the season’s bounty with any of your plantings. We especially love this unique take on a fall window box that uses just a single flower. The rest is peppers, gourds and ornamental cabbage. Kale is another common fall-foliage vegetable to try for curb appeal.

    Fall container gardens » Houzz

    Potted plants are always in season. The greenery – or in the case of fall, orangery? – can be switched out easily. Even the containers themselves can help create that seasonal festive look. Consider different materials. A wooden crate lends itself to an apple-picking, PSL-sipping ambience. Make your best fall planter ideas a reality and place your containers along your front porch and walkway or even out by the mailbox.

    Black cat decor » HGTV

    Line your walkway with some not-too-spooky Halloween décor. Black cat cut-outs are cute and seasonal, but HGTV also has tutorials for giant rats, crows and owls, if that’s more your style.

    Metallic accents » HGTV

    Copper accessories add just enough glitz to offset natural, matte finishes like wood and foliage commonly seen in fall décor. Because copper is in the gold family, it will still complement other fall elements seamlessly. Incorporate copper in fixtures like lighting or paint for pumpkins, flower pots and more.

    Cozy fall porch lighting » Better Homes & Gardens

    The night might be crisper, but with a blanket and some warm company, you can still hang out on the porch after dark. String lights, lanterns or candles can help keep the mood bright.

    Pet doors can be decor » Houzz

    If you have a screened-in porch and a pup, fall is the perfect season for installing a pet door. When the weather gets muddy and the early-morning temperatures drop, you’ll appreciate having a buffer zone where you can wipe down your dog’s paws before letting them in the house and where you can wait in the semi-warmth while they take care of business. To keep your home secure, install the pet door on the screen door, not your main entryway.

    Fall decor on every level » Country Living

    Take your favorite DIY fall project ideas and take them vertically. If you have a second-story porch, balcony or simply a façade that craves some décor, take advantage of it.

    A little bit of everything » Jenna Sue Design

    It is possible to choose all of your favorite fall décor without your porch looking overcrowded. Stick with a single color palette – classic fall tones offset with neutral whites in this case – for a more cohesive look. The yellow mums play nicely with the warm glow of the lanterns, the detailing on the flower pots gets new life next to the orange pumpkins and the white gourds complement the rocking chair to lighten the entire scene.

    Show us how you’re celebrating the fall season by sharing your front porch décor projects with us on Facebook or Instagram. And if all this has you thinking about holiday time – Thanksgiving will be here before you know it – try the Schlage blog for helpful tips on hosting and preparing for the coming festivities.


    Stuck inside? Try these fun fall crafts for kids of all ages.

    September 8, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020

    DIY monster Halloween crafts | Schlage

    Looking for indoor activities for kids to keep them busy this fall? Try some (or all) of these seasonal projects you can do inside or out when the weather is just right.



    Looking for indoor activities for kids to keep them busy this fall? Try some (or all) of these seasonal projects you can do inside or out when the weather is just right. Whether they’re into pumpkins, monsters or the fun colors of changing leaves, these fall crafts for kids are sure to keep them happy.
    Two kids making fall crafts from leaves.

    Don’t “leaf” them to their own devices

    • Suncatchers – Don’t fret about overcast fall days. These leafy suncatchers can add some color. Cut leaf patterns out of coffee filters and dye them before affixing them to your windows or help the kiddos press their favorite leaves between contact paper for a stained-glass effect.

    • Pressed-leaf bookmark – Start this one early in the fall by collecting leaves or small flowers. Press them in a large book, then use stock paper and contact paper to make personalized autumn bookmarks.

    • Leaf rubbings – No special equipment needed here. Grab some paper, crayons and interesting leaves and make a rubbing. You might also do a leaf print with paint. For an extra educational component, research the leaf and the tree it came from with your child.

    • Leaf people – These are some of the cutest (and easiest) leaf projects around. Have your kiddo paste them to sheets of paper and draw a funny face for a leaf creature they’ll love. It’s a great fall craft for preschoolers.

    • Q-tip tree – Bring fall foliage inside by helping your little one paint a tree. Simply grab some paint – reds, oranges, yellows and browns, of course – and dab on the “leaves” with the end of the Q-tip.
    Freshly picked apples in baskets.

    Get to the (apple) core of the fun

    • Apple banners – It’s time to break out the paint again. Cut an apple in half for your youngster, then let them use the cut side as a stamp. This tutorial uses pieces of burlap for the banner, but you could easily use cardstock or other paper. Don’t forget to cut up another apple for a healthy fall snack.

    • Pumpkin-shaped stamps – Follow the same steps above, but opt for orange paint instead. Add a face, perhaps with googly eyes, and a green stem for the cutest little apple/pumpkins ever.

    • Felt pencil topper – Part fall fun, part back-to-school. Try these DIY pencil toppers with your child. Who knows? It might be the perfect pick-me-up if school days have them down or you’re struggling with e-learning.

    • Lacing craft – Let your little one test their hand at weaving with a paper plate lacing craft. Red yarn gives you the apple look, but feel free to branch out to other fall favorites like pumpkins.
    Children carving pumpkins.

    Carve out some family time with your little pumpkins

    • Melted crayon pumpkins – Skip the carving and painting and try this colorful pumpkin hack instead. Use up the last of the crayon stubs by melting them on top of the pumpkin and letting the colors drip down the sides. We especially like this on a white pumpkin so the colors really stand out.

    • Seed art – Save the seeds when you carve pumpkins. After they dry out, paint the seeds and use them to create all kinds of art. Your kiddos can glue them to paper in various designs, as the leaves for a tree or kernels for a colorful corn cob, or in letters to practice the alphabet.

    • Geoboard – We bet your kids won’t even know they’re learning with this DIY pumpkin geoboard. The exact supplies depend on their age, but in the end, you’re looking for a pumpkin stuck full of push pins, golf tees or other pegs. When they connect the pegs with rubber bands and string, they’ll be learning motor skills, geometric shapes and generally flexing their creative muscle.

    • Paint chip pumpkins – Snag some orange paint sample cards at the hardware store and a marker and you’re all set for an easy DIY pumpkin or jack-o-lantern. Choose other colors – red for apples, green or purple for monsters – and make whatever creatures and fall-themed paper crafts your kid desires.

    • Dog treats – Have a furry “kid,” too? They probably won’t be able to help you bake these dog-friendly pumpkin treats, but they’ll certainly appreciate your effort.
    Hedgehog made of sunflower seeds and clay.

    Plant a seed for creativity

    • Pinecone wreath – Collect pinecones and affix them to a store-bought wreath form. Hot glue works best, so either provide plenty of supervision or save this project for older crafters. Add some color by mixing in leaves and other fall plants and ribbon.

    • Forest friends – There’s seemingly no end to the number of critters your child can create using a pinecone as the base. Try rabbits and hedgehogs, owls and turkeys. Extra credit if they make a whole forest scene like the autumnal version of a nativity.

    • Birdfeeder – We at Schlage remember this classic from our own childhood. Slather a pinecone – big ones work best – with peanut butter and roll it in bird seed. Hang it from a tree and get ready to play eye-spy with the neighborhood’s feathered friends … and probably a few squirrels.

    • Painted pinecones – Just because pinecones are most plentiful during the fall doesn’t mean you have to paint them fall colors. If your tiny tike is more into pink or loves a brilliant green, we say let them go for it. Metallic paint, and glitter if you’re brave, gives the pinecones extra pizzazz.
    Halloween Monsters made from toilet paper rolls.

    Scare up some monster crafts for fall

    • Paper bag puppets – Keep your kids busy this fall with these paper bag monster puppets. Not only will they be occupied painting and pasting the bags in the first place, but you could get some extra entertainment by having them plan and perform a puppet show at the end.

    • Cheesecloth ghosts – Here’s another classic. Help your kids make their own Casper using cheesecloth, fabric stiffener and glue. They can stand on their own as a centerpiece or hang them under the porch for some front door Halloween décor.

    • Cardboard box spider – Still have some Amazon boxes laying around? This DIY project for kids uses the all-stars of crafting – paint, pipe cleaners, craft paper and glue, and googly eyes – for some adorable arachnids.

    • Tell monster stories – Encourage your kids to spin an autumnal yarn by having them write or tell stories. Monster and ghost tales are great for fall. You can also prompt them with something less spooky and have them tell you about the adventures of some woodland creatures. See if they’d like to draw pictures to illustrate the stories they tell.

    • Monster slime – Help your little one practice their numbers with a craft that combines counting with the ooey-gooey. Monster slime + number cards = fun for all.

    Keeping everyone in the family busy and learning can be challenging but extremely rewarding. Visit the Schlage blog for ways to help your kids build home improvement skills, garden ideas to help them grow and DIY projects to teach them about garden bugs and birds.


    DIY fall crafts for kids.


    11 home remodeling projects you can do without a professional.

    August 27, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, August 27, 2020

    Dog with paint brush | Schlage

    If you'd like to spruce up the look of your home but don't have the time or money to hire someone else, try one of these 11 home remodeling (or re-decorating) projects to make a big impact in one weekend.



    Taking on a remodeling project can be a huge expense when you have to rely on professionals to get the job done. If you'd like to spruce up the look of your home but don't have the time or money to hire someone else, try one of these 11 home remodeling (or re-decorating) projects to make a big impact in one weekend.
    Dog with newspaper hat holding paint brush in mouth.

    1. Fresh paint

    Your walls take a lot of abuse, resulting in chips and scratches, but a fresh coat of paint can help reverse that wear and tear. If you're not interested in painting a whole room, try adding a new coat to your trim instead for a polished look. Or try painting an accent wall. Get inspired by PPG Paint’s 2020 Color of the Year, Chinese Porcelain, or Behr’s earthy 2020 Color Trends Palette.

    2. Backsplash

    Adding a backsplash above your kitchen counters is an easy way to add an impressive touch to your kitchen. With a steady hand and well-planned pattern, installation can be done by even the newest DIYer. Here's a great backsplash tutorial from Houzz to help you get started. It doesn’t have to be traditional tile, either. Try beadboard, tin ceiling tiles or stainless steel.

    3. Faucets and showerheads

    Bathrooms are often where inspiration goes to die. What can you do with a room full of hard-to-paint tile and susceptible to dampness? Switch up your look by replacing the showerhead and faucets with something more suitable to your tastes.

    4. Lighting

    Replacing an existing light fixture with something more modern is definitely a project you can complete on your own. Just be sure to carefully read all the manufacturer's instructions and turn the power completely off. If you're looking to move a light fixture from one area to another and you aren’t an experienced electrician, this would be the time to call in a professional.

    5. Cabinet hardware

    There's no reason to completely replace a perfectly good set of cabinets. Save some time and money by swapping the outdated knobs and drawer pulls with a design that better reflects your personal style. This is also a prime opportunity to create a cohesive look throughout the home, matching your light fixtures, cabinet hardware and door hardware style and finish.

    6. Modern door knobs and levers

    The style and finish of your door hardware can really make or break a room. With just a bit of time and minimal tools, you can easily replace your old door knobs and levers with a sleek new look and finally add the perfect finishing touch.

    7. Stair runner

    If your stairs are slippery or you just want to add some color, try a DIY stair runner. This Old House’s tutorial results in a look that’s both gorgeous and budget-friendly.

    8. Furniture shift

    You don’t have to be the handy type or break out the tools to rearrange your existing furniture. Refresh your look, make the room feel more open or find a unique use for a statement piece of furniture just by shifting things around. You can also try trading furniture between rooms. Maybe the dining room’s sideboard would make a nice touch in the foyer instead.

    9. Window treatments

    Curtains, blinds or shutters? Any of these can really transform a room. Choose breezy curtains to soften a room’s overall décor or blackout curtains for a sleep-inducing bedroom. We love these top-down blinds for combining light and privacy, especially in bathrooms. And interior shutters add architectural detail. Window treatments are a double-win too when they deter prying eyes and improve your home’s security.

    10. Flooring repair and carpet cleaning

    Whether you have hardwood, tile or carpet, your floors have likely endured a lot of traffic through the years, leaving behind scratches and stains. There are plenty of tutorials that will teach you easy ways to remove scratches from hardwood and refresh your grout. If you have carpet that needs a deep clean, it may be worth calling in the pros to handle this one. But if you just need to focus on a few areas, save some money by renting a carpet cleaner, available from most hardware stores for not much money.

    11. Curb appeal

    Upgrading your curb appeal doesn't have to entail a total exterior renovation. Paint your front door and pair it with a new handleset to create a welcoming exterior. Finish the look with a new wreath, freshly potted flowers or inviting patio furniture and you'll be catching your neighbors’ attention in no time.

    What if I need a pro?

    Like we said before, some jobs, like electrical work, are best left to the professionals. What if need a pro but are worried about letting strangers into your home during the coronavirus pandemic? Here are six questions you might ask before hiring someone for the job.

    1. Will the technician or service provider be wearing a mask? Will they wear gloves?

    2. Am I expected to wear a mask and/or gloves?

    3. Do I need to be home while the work is being done? If you don’t need to be present, this could help limit exposure to germs. You might consider providing the technician with a smart lock code for contactless access if you trust the company you’re hiring.

    4. Can I sign contracts and other documents digitally to avoid exchanging papers and pens that might be contaminated? For the same reason, can I pay and tip the worker by phone?

    5. Do you screen your employees daily for temperatures and other COVID symptoms?

    6. Do you clean tools and other materials regularly? This may be particularly important for any item they bring into your home.

    There’s more you can do help keep your family healthy even when service personnel come to your home. Consumer Reports offers a detailed list of actions you can take before, during and after the visit.


    What DIY projects are you taking on for yourself? Tell us about it on Facebook or Twitter and be sure to show us pictures.


    11 home remodeling projects you can do without a pro.


    Do you know when to save and when to splurge on home décor?

    August 14, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, August 11, 2020

    Home decor | Schlage

    Whether you’re remodeling after years of waiting or moving into your starter home, these tips will help you decide where to save your money and where to splurge.



    Making your house a home can be an expensive endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether you’re remodeling after years of waiting or moving into your starter home, these tips will help you decide where to save your money and where to splurge.
    Modern living room with global decor.

    Front porch

    Save: Doormat

    Plain and simple, you’re going to walk all over it. For something that’s going to get dirty, why not save your hard-earned money? Choosing inexpensive options makes it less painful when daily grime dulls its initial beauty or when you want to change it with the seasons and holidays.

    Splurge: Door and door hardware

    Skimping on your door and locks puts your home security at risk. An exterior deadbolt is your first line of defense, so this is not the time to choose the cheapest thing in the aisle. Look for one with exceptional quality and that fits your lifestyle. Schlage locks have among the highest ratings in security and durability from the Builder’s Hardware Manufacturers Association and are trusted in more than 40 million homes. Visit to see our full offering of front door locks, and if you’re looking for a smart lock, try our Get Help Deciding Tool to find the one that’s right for you.


    No matter how strong your deadbolt is, if your door is weak or damaged, you have a problem. Door material and quality matter. Steel and wood doors generally hold up well under a variety of conditions. Research the pros and cons of different door materials before you buy.



    Save: Hardware and drawer pulls

    Cabinet and drawer hardware is an easy and inexpensive way to upgrade your kitchen, especially compared to replacing all your cabinets. Choose hardware that complements other kitchen features – faucets, lighting, door hardware and countertops – and you might be surprised by this big impact with a small price tag.

    Splurge: Energy-efficient dishwasher

    This one’s tough because we all use our kitchens differently. The baker will want to splurge on a stand mixer, the drink enthusiast on a kegerator or wine fridge. Everyone, however, has dirty dishes. A good-quality dishwasher will keep you from having to pre- or re-wash your dishes, a convenience whether you’re making five-star banquets or another bowl of cereal. Choose energy-efficient appliances to conserve water, money and the environment.


    Living room

    Save: Throw pillows and blankets

    We love inexpensive throws because of their versatility. They add color and texture to a room, and you can change them with the seasons. They can get pricey, but like any accessory, the important thing is that you buy something you love. If that means a $10 pillow that reminds you of Grandma, then that’s the perfect accent for your space.

    Splurge: Couch

    Is there anything worse than an uncomfortable sofa that can’t hold the entire family or is just plain ugly? You’ll use your couch daily, so you need it to hold up. Its size also means that it likely dominates the sightline in your living room, so you want it to be attractive. Save up if you have to. You won’t regret a bit of patience when it comes to having the perfect couch for snuggling with loved ones in front of a movie.



    Save: Nightstands

    The key here is to find nightstands or side tables that match your style, and that doesn’t mean they have to be expensive. They won’t take an everyday beating like a dining table would, so while you don’t want your nightstand tipping over while you snooze, sturdiness doesn’t have to be your top consideration.

    Splurge: Mattress

    When you sleep well, you reduce stress and improve your immune system, lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease, and even have better odds of maintaining a healthy weight. With so much riding on your ZZZs, don’t cut corners on your mattress. Go ahead and test drive in the store as many as it takes and get the best one you can afford.



    Save: Mirror

    A builder’s grade mirror can be spruced up easily. Save on the mirror itself and find the perfect frame for the look you want. You might find that a DIY mirror frame gives you more options in terms of size and shape.

    Splurge: Shower fixtures

    Even if you don’t choose fancy jets or showerheads with aromatherapy, the quality of your fixtures matters if you want them to last. You won’t want the knob to come off in your hand with no way to change the temperature when you’re being blasted with cold water. And you won’t want your finishes to start peeling off before you’re ready for an upgrade.


    Whether you’re looking for DIY tips or design inspiration as you personalize your home, Schlage has you covered. Find more on our blog or Pinterest.


    5 steps for moving in and getting settled in your new home

    August 10, 2020 8:22 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, August 10, 2020

    Moving - New home checklist - Schlage

    In this, the second of our two-part post on preparing your current home for sale and moving into your new one, we've outlined 5 steps to make the most of your move with a number of easy, DIY solutions.



    Moving - New Home Checklist - Schlage
    You’ve worked for this moment and have earned all the opportunity and rewards coming your way in your new home. The possibilities are virtually limitless now that you’re starting to settle in. In this, the second of our two-part post on preparing your current home for sale and moving into your new one, we have outlined five steps to make the most of your move with a number of easy, DIY solutions.
    Moving - New door hardware - Schlage

    Step 1: Secure

    There are a number of things you should do first thing to make your new home as secure as possible.

    • Make sure your insurance coverages and information are up to date. If you need new home, property or flood insurance, now’s the time to find out.

    • Create a new, easily accessible emergency contact list, especially if you’ve moved some distance from your old home.

    • Replace the batteries (if applicable) in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and make sure all of these systems are in good working order.

    • Replace fire extinguishers, making sure you have enough strategically placed so you can access them easily from all corners of the house.

    • Activate the home security system if there is one installed or install a new one (a home without a security system is more than three times more likely to be broken into.)

    • Change all the locks in your home, as there’s no telling how many sets of old keys are floating around out there. Options range from re-keying current locks to replacing your exterior locks with the latest keyless smart locks. Some of these can even be controlled from anywhere on your smartphone.

    Step 2: Assess

    Did everything arrive – and arrive intact? Is your new home clean and ready for you to move in? Is everything working as it should be?

    • Check all appliances, boxes and furniture for moving damage and don’t hesitate to file a claim with your mover if anything is amiss.

    • Clean before you unpack. This is the perfect time to deep clean, including getting vents and ductwork professionally cleaned.

    • Plan where you want all your furnishings to go before you start moving things around.

    • Organize drawers, closets and storage now, before you actually start packing them full.

    • Check all home systems – from HVAC to electric service to utilities – to make sure everything has been hooked up, set up and is operating to your liking.

    Step 3: Settle In

    It’s time to unpack, unwind and start enjoying the fruits of your labor. The end is in sight. According to our friends at The Spruce, organization is the key.

    • Determine your color scheme and decorating needs before you settle in and do as much of your painting and staining as possible before moving day.

    • Develop a plan for unpacking and decide where you want things to go before you open that first box.

    • Apply that same thinking to setting your furnishings, creating vignettes on your shelves and decorating.

    • Unpack one room at a time, starting with the kitchen before moving on to bedrooms, bathrooms and larger, multi-use rooms (in that order).

    • Make sure you’re getting your mail. This isn’t something you want to discover was overlooked a week into your new home.

    Step 4: Connect

    Do friends and family know where to find you (well, the ones you want to find you, anyway)? Do you know who to call should you need anything? Make a list!

    • Don’t hesitate to ask your realtor for their list of contacts. He or she is a great resource for everything from plumbers and painters to local take-out.

    • Update your own contact lists, from family and friends to those all-important emergency numbers to local services.

    • Get the lay of the land. Where is the nearest good pizza? How about the nearest pharmacy? Your nearest Lowe’s or The Home Depot? Scope it out.

    • Reach out to your immediate neighbors and introduce yourself if they haven’t already taken the initiative.
    Moving - Smart locks - Schlage

    Step 5: Celebrate

    It’s time to celebrate by giving yourself a well-deserved house warming party. Here’s how, from Better Homes and Gardens.

    Welcome home

    For people selling their home, very often the best investment is to just switch out their entryway door hardware incorporating convenience, security and curb appeal. For new home owners, however, an investment in all new door hardware, indoors and out, will continue to pay returns right up to and including when you’re in the market for your next new home.


    From all of us at Schlage, congratulations. We’re here to help you make your new home as secure as can be with our innovative, high performance and stylish mechanical and electronic door hardware.


    The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt are perfect for home automation and making your home smarter. These are but a few of the products Schlage offers to open possibilities for you and your new home. Share with friends and family who are looking to make a move and help open possibilities for them, too.


    Empty nest no more? What to do when your college kid moves back.

    August 3, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, August 3, 2020

    College kid at home | Schlage

    Here are five common challenges families like yours are facing, plus a few ways your home can help maintain peace and peace of mind in your new living situation.



    College in the time of coronavirus. Your 20-something is facing a lot of anxiety about whether they’ll return to campus in the fall or live at home, take some or all of their classes virtually or defer their education until we’ve established a new normal. Last spring’s graduates might be struggling with their next steps. Because you’re a parent, their uncertainty is probably also affecting your own life. And if they’ve moved back home, you have even more challenges to navigate as a family.


    According to Zillow, more than two million of the record 32 million adults living with their parents last spring were 18 to 25 years old, so if you find your nest is no longer empty, you aren’t alone. Here are five common challenges families like yours are facing, plus a few ways your home can help maintain peace and peace of mind in your new living situation.

    College student laying on bed with notebooks and computer.

    Challenge #1: Lack of independence

    One of the most common worries of an adult child moving back home is losing their sense of independence. They’ve grown accustomed to a certain level of autonomy while living on their own at school. Many parents worry about their own level of independence as well since, when their kids moved out the first time, they found a new equilibrium. Now that you’re used to a new way of doing things, will your balance be thrown off yet again?


    One solution is a smart lock. When you install a Schlage smart lock, it’s easier to give your adult child the freedom to come and go based on their own schedule, whether it’s to get to work or late night meetings with friends. Unique access codes can be made quickly and easily, so no matter when your kids show up, they’ll be covered. There’s no more mad dash to make a spare key and hoping they remember to carry it with them if they’re out of the habit.


    If curfew is a point of contention – they think they’re too old for one but you still worry – try setting up notifications on your smartphone so you know when a code has been used. With a compatible app, you’ll know they made it home safely without feeling like you’re hovering.


    Life Lesson: Set your expectations from the beginning to avoid conflict down the road. Make it a two-way conversation and be prepared to negotiate. Maybe you agree not to set a curfew, but you do ask that they tell you when they’re leaving and when they’ve returned.

    Challenge #2: Lack of privacy

    If you’ve had an entire house to yourself for a few years, things might feel a bit tight with another body or three. Get creative about how you divvy up the space in your home. Rework your space as necessary to make sure everyone have a place to study, sleep and socialize without crawling on top of each other.


    There are lots of options for creating the perfect guest room/office, so don’t fret if you’ve already converted their old bedroom. Many of these tips, like choosing multipurpose furniture, work for any combination room or small space. You might also try some simple décor solutions like decorative screens, curtains or French doors can create a sense of privacy even in close quarters.


    Since we love door hardware, we also recommend adding Schlage Custom Combined Interior to your home. The unique design of these knobs and levers lets you switch easily between locking and non-locking functions without replacing the entire lock. So if your craft room is now their bedroom, you can simply switch functions and then back again when they’ve moved out at the end of their stay so everyone gets the privacy they need.


    Lastly, consider how you can adjust your home’s layout if you need to quarantine. Your young adult may have different views on social distancing than the older members of your household. Give them their own basement “apartment,” for example, if you’re concerned about them bringing the virus into your home.


    Life Lesson: Decide upfront how you’re going to handle each other’s social lives. Do they have to ask before inviting friends over? Will significant others be welcome to spend the night? Is your adult child invited to your own gatherings?

    Challenge #3: Needing everyone to contribute

    As much as everyone wants to maintain their independence, it can be easy to fall into old habits with your kids expecting you to manage all the meals, laundry and cleaning for them. You can ask them to handle chores like doing their own washing up and keeping their room reasonably clean. Or agree to divide and conquer. On days that you cook, ask them to do the dishes, for example.


    This phase could be the perfect opportunity to take on some larger DIY tasks. At the most practical level, your adult child is an extra set of hands for holding a ladder while cleaning the gutter, carrying heavy furniture you’re refinishing or relocating, or making yardwork go faster. By taking on projects or learning new DIY skills together, you may find that you can bond with your child more easily and get to know them as an adult.


    Life Lesson: Asking your adult child to contribute to the home’s daily upkeep can be a generous alternative to them paying rent.

    Challenge #4: Worrying about feeling stuck

    For some adult children, moving back in with their parents or grandparents can feel depressingly like they’ve stopped making progress toward their ambitions. One way to beat this malaise is to redecorate. Let them update their childhood bedroom to suit their more mature tastes or, at the very least, make it feel different from when they were still wearing braces and pigtails. If you’re worried about them not matching your own style and don’t want to re-redecorate when they move out again, try some of these temporary décor ideas.


    Life Lesson: Seek balance between being supportive and giving your college student their space. You want to do your part to help them avoid any anxiety associated with moving back home but you also want them feeling capable when it’s time for the next stage. “Safety, security and familiarity can be a powerful thing for a young adult looking for a base to regroup, reassess and plan for the future,” writes Community for Accredited Online Schools.

    Challenge #5: Being on different schedules

    The college student who is just starting their day at 10 p.m. and makes nachos after midnight is a cliché for a reason. If you’re turning in for the night when they’re turning up the TV, trouble can ensue. Install adjustable lighting so the brightness doesn’t wake you up in the middle of the night. Dimmer switches, directional lighting around cabinets and even old-fashioned plug-in nightlights can help them see their way around without causing a disruption. If they’re a little too noisy, you can soundproof your bedroom with sound-dampening panels, soundproof wallpaper or sealing gaps around your door.


    If your smart home voice assistant seems to be yelling at all hours of the day and night, switch Amazon Alexa to Whisper Mode or Google Home to Night Mode. Alexa’s Whisper Mode, as you’d expect, makes her quietly issue her responses without waking up the entire house. Google’s Night Mode lets you turn down your assistant’s volume and LED screen’s brightness as well as keep your devices from speaking at all.


    Finally, try a command center, especially if you feel like ships passing in the night. We often suggest these for parents of younger school-aged children, but you can adapt them to your current needs. Instead of cubbies for a kindergartener’s crayons and toys, consider baskets for each family member’s car keys and sunglasses. A bulletin board is great for chore reminders, giving others a heads-up about when they’ll be holed up studying for an exam or asking someone to pick up more milk at the store … again.


    Life Lesson: Join them from time to time. You don’t have to regularly binge Netflix until 2 a.m., but you might find that you enjoy the occasional late night. Time Magazine’s David French discovered he liked playing World of Warcraft with his Boomerang son. Now’s your chance to relive some of your college glory days.

    Touchless access on college campuses

    If your child is going back to campus, know that many universities are taking extra precautions to keep everyone safe. That includes installing touchless access solutions on dining halls, libraries and other buildings. They might be as high tech as Schlage’s contactless mobile student IDs or as simple as a foot pull produced by Ives, another Allegion brand. Schlage is most often recognized for the safety and style its door hardware brings to homes, but we are equally proud of our work in the commercial sector, making the places where you work and play just as secure.


    While you may find yourself in an unexpected parenting position this year, we hope these tips make it easier to enjoy your time together and build stronger intergenerational bonds. If you’re also planning for back-to-school with younger kids, check out our recent blog about using household routines to keep your family safe and sane this fall. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter to share your ideas with us.


    Healthy home routines for returning to school after COVID.

    July 30, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 30, 2020

    Little girl on first day of school | Schlage

    Try incorporating these actions into your daily schedule to help keep everyone healthy this fall.



    Your biggest back-to-school concern a year ago might have been getting the right supplies or organizing the carpool schedule. This year will likely be a bit different, and maybe more stressful than usual, if you’re planning to return to school after COVID. The key to making the transition easier is establishing the right routines. Try incorporating these actions into your daily schedule to help keep everyone healthy this fall.
    Little girl smiling at front door on first day of school.

    How can I help my child get ready for school?

    One way to give everyone peace of mind is to practice your routines before the school year even begins. Start getting everyone back on a regular bedtime schedule – being well-rested is a good way to strengthen your immune system anyway – and have your kids start doing things like picking out their clothes and packing a backpack the night before.


    You can also have them pack their lunches the night before, even if they’re just going to eat them at the kitchen table later. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has lunchtime recommendations to help schools to mitigate risk, including having students provide their own meals each day, when possible. If your kids can practice prepping their own lunch, it might help them stay healthier when school is in session, not to mention make your daily task list a bit shorter.


    If your school allows it, see if you can visit before the first day. There may be new drop-off and pick-up procedures, classrooms may have moved to accommodate for social distancing and hallways may be one-way. It may help your student’s anxiety to know the protocols beforehand.


    Start figuring out what your child does and doesn’t need at school. It’s now believed that the main way the coronavirus is transmitted is through droplets from respiration or saliva. However, it can still survive on surfaces that, when touched, can infect us when we then rub our eyes, mouth or nose. If your child doesn’t need a game or graphic novel in the classroom, make sure it stays home to reduce the chance of contamination.


    You might be able to put house keys on that stay-at-home list, too. With a Schlage smart lock, you can give your child their own access code. Then, when they return home, there’s no wondering if they’ve lost the key or where it’s been during the day. They can simply enter their code on the touchscreen. Find out what else parents need to know about smart locks here.

    How do I keep my family healthy when kids go back at school?

    Step one of your back-to-school routine should be washing your hands regularly. You can’t control what your kids do at school, but you can make sure they wash up when they walk in the door after school. Try these entryway ideas for a healthy home, which include rethinking your point of entry so that you’re near a sink the minute you cross the threshold and creating a “shoe quarantine” area.


    In addition to leaving shoes at the door to limit the dirt and germs tracked throughout the home, you may want to have kids change their clothes immediately after school. That way, if a classmate sneezed or coughed on your child’s back at some point, you can quickly confine the shirt to the hamper.


    Part of your back-to-school COVID routine might also include disinfecting your child’s belongings – their backpack and other school supplies, lunch box, face masks – when they get home. It’s best to follow the CDC’s and manufacturers’ suggestions for disinfecting so that you successfully kill as many germs as possible without damaging anything. If you’re running a carpool, throw some extra disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer in the car for everyone to do an initial wipe-down before you even make it out of the drive.


    When you’re disinfecting their supplies, you can also check to see if they’re running low on anything they need. Check if you need to restock pens, pencils, paper, art supplies or tissues, for example. This way they’ll be less likely to have to share items, including cooties, with their friends.


    At the end of the day, it’s important to connect with your child, perhaps even more so during times of high stress. Talk to them about their day. See if they have any questions or concerns about what’s happening. Ask them how they’re feeling now that they’re back to school but having new, sometimes difficult, experiences.


    Build in time to play outside and get some exercise every day. Like sleep, this helps boost everyone’s immune system. The physical activity can also go a long way toward helping your child release stress and, because they might be spending more time at a desk throughout the day, burn off some extra energy. Go for a walk or bike ride together – and leave the keys at home – break out the lawn darts or simply run around the yard.

    How can routines help with e-learning?

    No one is quite sure how the return to school will fare, and different regions have different policies. That means you could still be doing e-learning, either from Day One or in the event of another outbreak. Your child might also be splitting their time, spending a few days a week at school and the others at home. Staggered start times, full-time homeschooling and fewer after-school activities are all possibilities in these uncertain times.


    But don’t let that scare you. We can manage this with a consistent routine and a bit of planning. Even when they don’t have to get on the bus, wake them up at the same time each morning and get ready as if they were going to school. Have lunch at the same time each day. Keep them working during “school hours,” but don’t forget to work in periodic breaks, too.


    Particularly if you have multiple children on different schedules, you’ll need a command center to keep everything straight. We recommended these for back-to-school in the best of times, but a single location to manage paperwork, calendars, school supplies, announcements and whatever else your family needs could become even more important this fall.


    When your kids are e-learning, make sure they have a designated place free of distractions to work. They’ll be more productive and, with luck, so will you. What that work station looks like depends on your child’s needs and how much supervision they require, but you won’t regret giving them a spot of their own.


    If you’re feeling overwhelmed during this time of change, we don’t blame you. Among the things you can do ease some of the strain is to make your home welcoming and comfortable. Try these tips for creating a center of calm during stressful times and more at the Schlage blog.

    Healthy routines for returning to school after COVID.


    Use your leftover paint with these 15 DIY projects.

    July 27, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, July 27, 2020

    Leftover paint ideas | Schlage

    If you're looking for creative ways to use up your leftover paint, these 15 DIY projects are sure to inspire you.



    You’ve read a lot about DIY painting projects lately and probably took on a few of your own. Now you have samples or leftovers just hanging around. Of course you can always store the remnants and save them for future touchups, but what if you’re still feeling crafty? Here are 15 creative projects to use up leftover paint.
    Leftover paint cans and brushes.

    1. Accent wall

    If you have a large amount of paint left over but still not enough to do an entire room, now’s your chance to try an accent wall. Remember that not all accent walls have to be bright blue or daring red. That soft green you just used for the living room might look lovely in the bedroom. Try it behind your headboard if it complements other, darker walls.


    When you have smaller amounts but like the idea of an accent wall, consider designs instead of a solid color. Tape off stripes like Organized*ish – she painted between two strips of tape for minimal paint use – or go freehand like My Style Vita.

    2. Trims

    Baseboards don’t have to be white, and neither do your window frames. Door frames don’t have to match the color of the door, either. Use your smaller amounts of paint to spice up the details. This can be especially fun in a child’s room or eclectic powder room.

    3. Doors

    When painting, we often think of entire rooms or artwork. And if we do think about painting our doors, it’s usually just touchups after our kids have done a number on them. But having leftover paint is the perfect opportunity to switch the color from builder’s grade white, paint just the inset for some sophisticated detail (or to fake sophisticated detail on a hollow core door) or really think outside of the box with an “accent door.” Need more ideas? Paint just one side of the door, give each side (or each door) a different color or sneak in a new color by painting the edges.

    Try this DIY painting project especially if you have a smaller room and are struggling to decorate without adding clutter. It introduces visual interest and color without taking up valuable space.

    4. Cabinets

    Replacing cabinets are expensive and time-consuming. Giving them a new look by painting isn’t revolutionary advice. But when even that job seems a bit too much right now, try freshening up parts of your cabinets with leftover paint. Maybe it’s painting the trim. It could be a new hue for just the upper or lower cabinets for a two-tone look. Maybe it’s the backs of the cabinets and shelves for an unexpected pop of color when you open them. In addition to the kitchen, don’t forget the cabinets in your bathrooms, laundry rooms and other storage areas.

    5. Drawers

    Like our cabinet tip above, you can paint drawers in unexpected ways with small quantities of paint. A Girl and a Glue Gun shows how painting the sides can reveals a touch of unexpected fun when you open the drawers.

    6. Furniture

    There are so many options for updating furniture with leftover paint, we don’t even know where to start. Chairs and tables are always prime candidates, and remember that you don’t have to paint the whole thing. Apply a coat just to the legs or the top of that end table/nightstand/occasional table/kid’s workstation/desk/coffee table … We said you had options, right? Don’t forget about lamp bases, book cases and dog beds.

    7. Floors

    There are special considerations when painting a floor, but don’t let it scare you. If redoing the entire floor is out of your comfort zone or budget, consider a stenciled pattern. Faux rugs can be very stylish, not to mention easy to clean.

    8. Murals

    Show your artistic streak by painting a mural, either right on the wall or on a canvas. The best home accessories are the ones that have special meaning, and often that means a piece of artwork that you created yourself. Give your kids a paint brush and canvas and see what they can do. You might have the next Picasso on your hands and not even know it.

    9. Fireplace

    It’s summertime, so the fireplace might not be top of mind. Think of it as getting a jump on the busy holiday season. Or maybe you want to brighten it up for the warmer months. Depending on the size of your fireplace and the amount of paint you have, you can paint the face and surround. For a smaller job, focus on the mantel.

    10. Fabrics

    For some of us, fabrics aren’t the first place our mind goes when thinking about paint jobs. But this can be your go-to solution, especially if you want to use up leftover spray paint. Outdoor rugs and doormats often take well to paint jobs. Indoors, consider curtains, including shower curtains, pillows and lampshades.

    11. Utensil handles

    Wooden spoons are useful but boring. Dip or paint the handles of kitchen utensils and they can instantly match any décor.

    12. Frames

    Whether they surround a mirror or a picture, painting frames is a quick way to add color and use up the last dribs and drabs of paint. If you have a gallery wall, use the same paint to give all the frames a uniform look. But if you have a collection of leftovers or samples (it is hard to make up your mind sometimes), painting each frame a different color can take your artwork to new levels of vibrancy and interest.

    13. Flower pots

    Paint flower pots to help give your garden that extra personal touch. This is a great craft for kids. It might give them a greater sense of ownership over those herbs you’re helping them grow this season, or they might want to decorate it as a gift for someone.

    14. Storage containers

    Plastic bins are great for organizing but not always pretty to look at. Coat them in a solid layer of paint or go to town with the design of your choice. The same applies to vases, jars, baskets and any other storage container.

    15. Base coat for a future job

    When you make a dramatic switch from dark to light paint, it can take a lot of work to cover up the old color. You might be able to use your leftovers as a base coat or primer for a future job.


    A bit of sweat equity can be incredibly rewarding when it comes to making your home uniquely you, even more so when you’re able to upcycle materials. Find more DIY projects at the Schlage blog or get inspired on our Pinterest board.



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