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    Sweeten up your front door décor for Valentine’s Day.

    January 30, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, January 30, 2019

    Valentines Day - Front door wreath

    Show your romantic side by greeting your sweetie at the door on Valentine’s Day with a little something special that says, “I love you.”

     

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    We say it all the time – your front door makes an instant first impression. It’s no different on Valentine’s Day, so use it to let loved ones know you remembered. Show your romantic side by greeting your sweetie at the door on Valentine’s Day with a little something special that says, “I love you.” Here are six sweet ways to celebrate. Candy hearts are optional, especially this year.
    Valentine's Day - Floral front door wreath

    Show some love for the front door

    Not ready to put away the wreaths? One reason they’re such a popular front-door decoration is because they’re so versatile – both to individual taste and by season. Get in the holiday mood with bold, bright colors, like this DIY option from Life on Virginia Street. We love how much it will pop on a neutral-colored door. Or get a wreath that “says” something. Hugs and kisses, anyone?

     

    Does your significant other woo you with flowers? Show how much you appreciate their thoughtfulness by incorporating them into a seasonal wreath or, if they’ll survive outdoors in your area, plant some fresh flowers in pots on your porch.

    You had me at hello

    Sure, you can meet your loved one at the door with roses, but how about trying something a little more creative? If your special someone is expecting flowers, make a whimsical bouquet for your entryway. Bonus points if you can coordinate these blooms with those you might have used to decorate outdoors on your front porch.

     

    If you have space in your foyer on a side table, for instance, try incorporating meaningful photographs. Don’t be afraid to take it a step further either by using heart-shaped photo holders. These small, metallic clips are perfect for those with more subtle tastes, and both options are classic enough to be used year-round.

     

    Metallic décor also goes well in neutral-colored rooms if vibrant Valentine reds and pinks aren’t your style. But if you’re ready to break out of a color rut and want to try something bold in a small space, check out Houzz’s top picks for romantic room colors that say, “I love hue.”

    Get smitten on the patio

    Sometimes your main entryway isn’t actually at the front of the house. If that’s the case, don’t be afraid to buck the trend and go all out for a back door or patio. (We’d say the same thing if you’re considering a smart lock or entryway handleset.)

     

    To create a little magic on the back patio, try new lighting. Battery-operated candles, lanterns and twinkle lights are popular and safe options for setting a mood, and not just on Valentine’s Day. You don’t even have to be outside to enjoy the shimmering lights. Place them where you can enjoy the view from inside, like from your romantic dining room table or cozying up to your loved one.

    Find more ways to elevate the look of your home, whether it’s for the holidays or every day, by following Schlage on Pinterest and Instagram.

     

    Step-by-step guide to keeping your 2019 DIY resolutions.

    January 3, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, January 3, 2019

    2019 - DIY resolutions

    Let Schlage help you be successful with that New Year’s resolution. The trick: Break your goal down into smaller steps.

     

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    2019 DIY Resolutions - Schlage

    Let Schlage help you be successful with that New Year’s resolution. The trick: Break your goal down into smaller steps. If you resolved to finally tackle that DIY project this year, here are some simple steps to get you to the finish line.

     

    Your Big Goal: Update the bedroom/bathroom/living room/kitchen …

     

    Whether you’ve moved into a new house or are looking to refresh the home you’ve lived in for years, this is a chance to create your perfect oasis. This might be your master bedroom, or it could be the kids’ room, a bathroom or even a garage.

    Step 1: Find your inspiration

    Once you’ve decided which room gets your personal brand of TLC, find examples of the style you want to create. Pinterest is the obvious choice for this. Chances are that someone has already found what you’re looking for and can point you in the right direction. For door hardware, you can check out our Style Selector to help determine if your look is classic, contemporary or somewhere in between. With a variety of styles and finishes, Schlage door hardware has something to elevate any room.

     

    You can even find inspiration in technology. If smart home hubs and accessories get you excited, consider all the options for making your house intelligent and saving yourself some energy. What’s your inspiration? A refrigerator that can tell you when you’re out of milk? A vacuum you can run even when you’re not home? A video system that shows you who’s at the door? A lock that lets you control access from anywhere?

     

    Think outside the box by considering unusual materials or uses for everyday products. For example, don’t be afraid to put your exterior locks in unusual places. A smart deadbolt works great on a garage entryway, home office or wine cellar. Just remember that, although Schlage smart locks are designed to withstand weather conditions typically experienced by residential homes, they should not be used on gates or other doors where the portion of the lock that would normally be inside the home may be exposed to the elements.

    2019 Design Trends - Schlage

    Step 2: Start small

    It's time to pick mini projects you can realistically complete to give you the overall look you want.

     

    You now probably have more projects than you can reasonably accomplish. Don’t let that keep you from getting started. Take your priorities, budget, free time and skill set into consideration, and figure out what mini projects work within your restrictions. You might break them into categories – paint, lighting, flooring, furniture, locks and door hardware, décor. There are endless variations on how much time effort and money these will cost.

     

    Remember that some seemingly small projects can actually make a huge impact. If you can’t replace an entire door, consider updating the knobs or levers. If it’s an exterior door, a smart lock like the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt or Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt can make a major difference. Aside from stylish details, Schlage smart locks offer you keyless convenience. Pair your deadbolt with your smartphone to control access from anywhere, view a log of who has entered and exited your home, and program multiple access codes for trusted family and friends, service providers or yourself so there’s no fumbling for keys or running home to let the housekeeper in. You can even integrate your lock with a smart home hub like Amazon Echo Plus or Samsung SmartThings and create routines to make your day smooth and simple.

    2019 DIY goals - Door lock installation - Schlage

    Step 3: Research

    Unless you’re a seasoned DIY pro, you’re going to need some help. Do a little research up front to make sure you know what you’re doing. You’ll save yourself the pain of realizing halfway through that you’re in over your head and stalling out on the project, not to mention wasting time and money, in the process.

     

    In addition to YouTube, many companies have instructional videos to help you install or use their products. Visit Schlage’s How-To Center for tips on installing all our door hardware and deadbolts. Our smart locks also have step-by-step instructions available online.

    Step 4: Start checking DIY projects off the list

    Start tackling that list! There’s no secret to this one. At some point, you just have to get to work. If your research in Step 3 didn’t pan out like you’d hoped, don’t be afraid to consult a professional. We promise not to tell.

    Step 5: Celebrate

    Especially when you have a long to-do list, it can be easy to transition non-stop from one mini project to the next. Take some time to celebrate what you’ve accomplished. If you learned a new skill along the way, celebrate that too.

     

    Share your successful projects with us on Instagram or Facebook.
     

    10 times Schlage made the makeover in 2018.

    December 18, 2018 7:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, December 18, 2018

    Home makeover - Schlage

    Here are 10 projects – from front doors to back porches and everywhere in between – that showed how you can’t miss when you make Schlage part of your next renovation project.

     

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    As 2018 comes to a close, we look back at some of our favorite blogs. Here are 10 projects – from front doors to back porches and everywhere in between – that showed how you can’t miss when you make Schlage part of your next renovation project.

    Modern Ranch Reno: New Front Door and Hardware

    From convenient keyless entry to making an outdated door beautiful again, we love everything about this renovation project. If, like Classy Clutter, your front door is still sporting the original 1980s hardware, this will inspire you to make a few changes to give your house the curb appeal it craves. See how the Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt, paired with a stylish handleset, helped take this ranch house from meh to magnificent.

    Sugar & Cloth Casa: Our Front Door Makeover Before + After

    Sugar & Cloth gives a great example of how you can make a big impact, even when you’re constrained by small spaces or HOA rules. By simply installing a new, eye catching door as well as the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and a few plants, this project epitomizes quick, convenient and easy. You can also see how our matte black finish works well with a variety of materials, paired here with wood and corrugated metal in a variety of colors.

    Back to It: Creating & Inspiring

    Updating your door hardware in a single room can make an unexpected style splash considering the low effort. But if you want to really make a wave, take inspiration from Diane at In My Own Style. Here, new Schlage door knobs were added to both exterior entryways and interior rooms. The best part of this is the style and finish coordination, whether matching the knobs with other door hardware in the house or with other accessories like porch lighting.

    12 Rooms in 12 Months: Master Bedroom Makeover Progress

    We always talk about how a beautiful front entryway is key to making a good impression, but Paper & Stitch showed how the right lever can also welcome you into a cozy bedroom. These blogging DIYers focused on the details for updating their bedroom and the result was a cost-efficient oasis that fit their style perfectly. A Schlage Custom™ lever in matte black worked with their own repurposed furniture, and a new coat of paint and a few accessories had this master bedroom looking like new.

    Home Update: Swapping Doorknobs (+ How-to Video)

    If you like to coordinate your style across rooms but don’t want everything to be identical, here’s some inspiration just for you. We’re big fans of how In Honor of Design carried the Schlage Custom glass knobs throughout the house but kept the look both stylish and interesting by varying trims. Custom is all about giving you quality with the ability to show your unique style. See how In Honor of Design brought that to life.

    Small Bathroom Makeover

    Do you have that neglected space that still needs a makeover? This post is sure to get your creative juices flowing. Refashionably Late said it best: “Beauty is in the details.” They focused on those details to give the bathroom a major facelift, bringing in basic accessories, new lights and light switches, and a stylish new Schlage Georgian door knob with Brookshire trim – one of our more ornate combinations – to elevate this room from eyesore to eye catching.

    How to Refinish an Old Door to Look New Again

    Sometimes you just aren’t in a position to do a major overhaul of a room. Whether you’re short on time, funds or know-how, this post proves that a few small, simple updates can make a big, bold impact. We’re pretty excited about the transformation Jojotastic achieved by simply refinishing the bathroom door and adding some Schlage Custom door knobs. We also love how she was inspired by the matte black finish and stuck with it to other areas of the house, as you’ll see in our next highlight.

    Back door Mini Makeover

    When you talk about welcoming entrances, it doesn’t necessarily mean the front door. In this post, you can see how a backyard oasis got an update that made the current residents and, ideally, vacation renters feel at home. We can’t get enough of the mix of function and style. The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt adds a new level of convenient security for when there are guests, while the matte black handleset pops against the clean white door. Be sure to read to the end to see what Nancy Kerrigan thinks of the makeover.

    12 Rooms in 12 Months: Back Porch Progress

    Starting a renovation project with a blank canvas is the best because your possibilities are nearly limitless. Paper & Stitch took advantage of that to turn their back porch into a space perfect for summer entertaining. By adding some decorative elements, including a stylish Schlage handleset, we can just imagine how inviting this outdoor space will be for guests. And by adding the Schlage Sense Smart deadbolt, they also get the security and convenience ideal for everyday life.

    Chanel’s Bright and Modern Guest House Renovation

    House sharing and rental properties have never been more popular. Camille Styles shows how the right door hardware can provide the security you need to keep your property safe and still be stylish so that guests can stay in luxury. We love how Camille’s combination of a Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt on the exterior door and Schlage Custom door hardware inside make this a desirable place to stay.

    Find even more inspiring makeovers by following us on Instagram or Facebook, and don’t forget to tell us what renovation projects you’re going to tackle in 2019. We’d also like to see what you accomplished in 2018.

     

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

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

    Wednesday, December 5, 2018

    Simple - Holiday Updates - Schlage

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

    Front porch

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

     

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

    Foyer

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

    Kitchen

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

     

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

    Living room

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

     


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

    Bathroom

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

    Bedroom

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

     

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

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

    How to afford Schlage door hardware on a $100, $500 or $1000 budget.

    October 17, 2018 3:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    Door Hardware - Budget - Schlage

    If you're thinking about a single-room update, or even a whole-home renovation, one of the quickest, easiest and most affordable things you can do is update your door hardware.

     

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    According to a recent Houzz survey, home renovations are on the rise, with 2017 yielding significant growth and 2018 expected to be even bigger. If you’re among those who are thinking about a single-room update, or even some manner of whole-home renovation, one of the quickest, easiest and most affordable things you can do is update your door hardware.

     

    Updating your home’s door hardware is a project that can be easily customized to fit your project’s needs, regardless of your design concept or installation preferences. And best of all, it can be done affordably for any budget! With Schlage door hardware, whether you’re replacing a builder-grade doorknob with custom hardware or a keyed entrance door lock with a keyless smart lock, you can tackle this project in your spare time with just a screwdriver.

     

    Going for a coordinated interior? Looking to blend a number of complementary styles? Are you exploring split finishes, giving each room its own, singular look? Whatever your preference, Schlage offers a wide range of simple, secure, stylish and affordable hardware options to fit your budget. With a little know-how, you’ll be on your way to a door hardware makeover that you can appreciate for years to come.

    Door hardware - $100 Budget - Schlage

    SOLUTIONS IN THE $100 PRICE RANGE

    For nearly a century, Schlage has been perfecting the door lock, offering an assortment of both mechanical and electronic door locks that have set industry standards for performance and style.

    Exterior

    For around $100, you can replace your entry door lock choosing from a wide selection of deadbolts, knobs, levers and complete handlesets. In this price range, you can also upgrade a mechanical deadbolt, replacing it with a stylish, keyless electronic keypad lock or deadbolt to enjoy the industry’s highest residential security rating with the convenience of keyless access.

    Interior

    As for your interior doors, that same $100 or so can replace upwards of 4 interior traditional door knobs or levers, depending upon function and the specific styles and finishes you choose.

     

    When shopping for interior door hardware, it’s important to take things like trim, knob or lever style and finish into consideration. Premium decorative trims and styles could drive up the price of your interior hardware.

     

    Another important consideration when shopping for interior hardware is the warranty. Because you will touch your interior door hardware several times per day, it’s important to look for quality hardware from a company that offers a warranty of some kind. Schlage offers a limited lifetime mechanical & finish warranty and limited 3-year electronics warranty.

    Door hardware - $500 Budget - Schlage

    SOLUTIONS IN THE $500 PRICE RANGE

    For around $500, you can coordinate the door hardware throughout your home, from your front door to your back door and pretty much any door in between.

     

    If you’re really looking to take advantage of the wide range of styles, trims, finishes and value for which Schlage is known, this is the place to start.

    Exterior

    Considering joining the growing number of homeowners investing in smart home living? Schlage smart locks are a great place to start building your smart home and they make an ideal addition to an existing one without breaking the bank. Schlage brings you an assortment of smart lock options from which to choose, including the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt. They both set industry standards for keyless entry, as well as remote access management and monitoring from your smartphone. As an added bonus, each deadbolt fits standard door preps, installs with just a screwdriver, and is battery-operated, making them more accessible more than ever!

     

    In the $500 price range, you can easily select and install a smart lock, matching handleset grip and accessories (like house numbers and kickplates).

     

    According to Ted Roberts, Style & Design Chief for Allegion, maker of Schlage locks, “Your front door is not just for wreaths anymore. It’s a space where you can make a statement. Perhaps the easiest and most cost-efficient way to update your look is with new door hardware. And with so many styles available, you can complement everything from traditional to farmhouse to modern decor. Your front door can set the tone of your home, whatever your style. Quickly. Easily. Affordably.”

    Interior

    In this same price range, you can upgrade all of the interior door hardware in your home. Replacing all of the door hardware throughout your home is an easy and affordable project that can tie all of your rooms together, giving them a more custom look.

     

    This price range will allow you to select from the Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware collection, which puts you in control of your hardware’s style. With Schlage Custom™, you can create a door hardware look that’s unique to your home’s style. This collection allows you to easily match your interior door hardware with exterior Schlage Custom handlesets. Coordinate a complete look- inside and out- with a large selection of designer knobs, levers and trim in lustrous, long-lasting finishes. You can also customize the locking function of interior doors quickly and easily; no tools required.

    Door hardware - $1000 Budget - Schlage

    SOLUTIONS IN THE $1000 PRICE RANGE

    For around $1,000, you can expect to give your entire home a door hardware makeover, from the front door to the back door and everything in between!

     

    In this price range, you’ll be able to choose from the full array of styles, trims and finishes available to you, including designer hardware from the Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware collection.

     

    You’ll also be able to incorporate a smart lock or two into your makeover! Gone are the days when smart locks were merely for front doors. Installing one on a back door, home office or a garage door adds an additional layer of security and keyless convenience for the entire family.

     

    Schlage offers a wide range of keyless locks to fit your smart home needs. Each of our locks has different benefits for different users, allowing you to select the smart lock that’s right for you and your home. Do you prefer a Bluetooth or Z-wave enabled lock? Are you an Apple device household? These smart lock comparisons will help you select the right lock for your home and your family’s access needs.

     

    Matching styles throughout. The versatility and style of split finishes. The blending of a variety of styles. At this budget, you’re only limited by your imagination. You might even have enough left over in your budget for a nice dinner out to celebrate!

    THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS

    Whatever your budget, and whether you’re tackling your entire home or just one room at a time, you owe it to yourself to explore the range of possibilities open to you with Schlage door hardware. Also know that your quest may not end with your selection of knobs, levers and appropriate systems, finishes or trims. You can also easily upgrade your hinges to a matching finish to really put an exclamation point on your project.

     

    For more information, visit Schlage.com for the latest on affordable, premium door hardware. How much will it cost? Find purchase information here to see just how far you can make your budget go with the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.

    Tips to transform your front porch for fall and beyond

    October 15, 2018 12:36 PM by reference-adjustment-service

    Monday, October 15, 2018

    Fall - Front Porch - Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

    It’s time to spruce-up your front porch to prepare for the holidays. Get our tips for the best fall front porch that will easily transition to winter.

     

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    Summer is out and fall is in. It’s time to give your front porch the spruce-up it’s been waiting for to prepare for the holidays. From simple home improvement to creative home décor, the opportunities to make a welcoming statement with your entryway are endless.

    Fall - Front Porch - Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt


    Image from Lark & Linen featuring Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt paired with Century front entry handle in Matte Black

    The first impression

    With temperatures still relatively warm, yet no longer sweltering hot, it’s a great time to take on some outdoor projects. Consider giving your front door a fresh coat of paint. Pick from bright colors to give it an extra punch for the season. Vibrant reds, oranges and blues are among Pantone’s favorite hues for the fall and winter.

     

    While you’re at it, update your door’s style with new accessories, including house numbers and coat hooks. Because when was the last time you hosted a cool-weather get-together and said, “I have too many coat hooks”?

    Cold weather hospitality

    Don’t leave your guests standing out in bad weather, either. By installing a smart lock, you can give each guest a code instead of hiding a key under the mat. The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt can be programmed with up to 30 different access codes and work with a variety of smart home systems like Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

    Fall classics

    Showcase your fall creativity with home décor, too. Incorporating pumpkins on your porch is always a winner, regardless of whether you leave them orange for an extra pop of color, paint them to match a monochromatic design or let the family carve them for a touch of fun.

     

    HGTV.com highlights metallic elements as an increasingly popular way to catch the eye of passers-by. A copper jug, either brand new and shiny or with an aged patina, can add a touch of glitter as well as hold your favorite fall foliage. It’s a great way to mix and match textures as well as color.

    Cozy details

    Continue playing with textures by replacing the cushions on your patio furniture or adding an outdoor rug. Think outside the box and hang with some outdoor curtains to create a cozy nook, perfect for a private cup of tea and leaf peeping from the porch.

     

    Of course, the sun is setting earlier, so don’t forget the lights. Set, or create, the mood with a new outdoor lighting system. Houzz suggests flameless candles for creating a safe and relaxing escape, while a strand of twinkle lights will seamlessly carry you into the winter.

    Budget-friendly curb appeal

    If time and budget are concerns, especially with the holidays approaching, consider options that will let you change your porch’s look with minimal investment. Choose a wreath that can switch from Thanksgiving to winter by simply swapping out a few floral elements. Containers with your typical garden plants can go from Halloween to winter wonderland by replacing the pumpkin next to the regular plantings with an artificial snowman. Follow Schlage on Pinterest for plenty of inspiration.

    No matter how you choose to update your curb appeal for fall, remember that it’s also a time to enjoy family, friends and festivity. Trying some of these simple tips will help make it an attractive, and stress-free, season for all.

    A fresh take on farmhouse style with Schlage and Amy Matthews.

    September 14, 2018 9:58 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, September 14, 2018

    Farmhouse Style - Schlage Custom - Amy Matthews

    Imagine what would happen if you designed an entire room around a single piece of Schlage door hardware? Amy Matthews, DIY Designer extraordinaire and TV host, set out to do just that.

     

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    Farmhouse Style - Amy Matthews - Schlage Custom
    Designers find inspiration for their work in nature, art, specific time periods, exotic locales and in a truly limitless number of other places. Inspiration fuels imagination. So imagine what would happen if you designed an entire room around a single piece of Schlage door hardware? Amy Matthews, DIY Designer extraordinaire and TV host, set out to do just that. In this, the first of a four-part series on Amy’s adventure, she uses the Schlage Custom Whitney lever as inspiration to bring an authentic touch of traditional style to a rustic farmhouse room design.
    Farmhouse Door Hardware - Whitney Lever - Schlage Custom

    The inspiration

    The Schlage Custom Whitney lever brings an unmistakable old-world, New Orleans/Spanish Colonial style to Amy’s farmhouse look. The goal: bring quintessential elements such as wrought iron together with the rustic colors and textures one would find in an old but stylish farmhouse and then add modern touches.

    Farmhouse Style - Amy Matthews - Schlage Custom

     

    Farmhouse Style - Mood Board - Amy Matthews

    The mood board: a unique pairing of traditional and contemporary

    Amy’s ideas took the character, look and feel of rough-hewn wood and combined them with more modern fixtures, lighting, furnishings and accessories. She contrasted the look of a modern door with a more traditional take on wood flooring. The Whitney lever in matte black served as the inspiration for the entire room design, its look of vintage wrought iron the foundation of a decor that could be both versatile and stylish.

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    The look : timeless and distinctive

    The mood board meticulously reflected Amy’s thinking, from the flooring to furnishings to the smallest accessory, and was used by Schlage designers as a cornerstone for finishing out the above room design. Unique for her, she built the entire vision upon a door lever, the Whitney lever, which she described as both challenging and fun. Amy ultimately deciding to pair the Schlage Custom lever with a white door (a change from the mood board), allowing the dark richness and character of the lever to “pop.” She then layered in other features and touches with similar finishes to bring everything together in one cohesive look.

    Schlage Custom Door Hardware - Whitney Lever - Farmhouse Style

    The name says it all

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

    Farmhouse Door Hardware - Whitney Lever - Schlage Custom

    One screwdriver is all it takes to customize the style, finish and even functionality of Schlage Custom door hardware. A wide range of designer knobs, levers, complementary trims and long-lasting and lustrous finishes afford a whole new level of versatility in both style and function.

     

    For more information visit schlage.com. And to see Amy and Allegion Style & Design Chief Ted Roberts in action bringing this room to life, check out this video. Explore the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.
     

    A magical front porch that won't make your money disappear.

    August 24, 2018 9:32 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, August 24, 2018

    Budget front porch decor - Schlage

    From creative touch-up painting and stylish yet affordable furniture ideas to easy, colorful porch decorations and new door hardware, here are ten ways to turn your front porch into something pretty special.

     

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    Ted Roberts, the Style and Design Chief at Allegion, is fond of saying that [your front porch] is the “ultimate first impression.” So we’ve scoured Pinterest for DIY ideas that can help make that first impression a great one. We are delighted to present this magical list of 10 simple, DIY tips for transforming your front porch that, all together, would only cost between $500 - $1,000, total. Abracadabra!

     

    From creative touch-up painting and stylish yet affordable furniture ideas to easy, colorful porch decorations and new door hardware, here are ten ways to turn your front porch into something pretty special. For a lot less than you think.

    Budget front porch makeover - Schlage

    1. Think color

    From a quick touchup of trim and little details to repainting your front door or bringing some patterned color to those wooden floors, there’s a lot you can do with a quart or two of indoor/outdoor paint. Around $20 a quart.

    2. Knock Knock

    Replacing your front door hardware with Schlage door hardware opens a world of possibilities, both practically and aesthetically. Enjoy a range of products, styles and finishes that reflect your unique taste. All for $100 - $300!

    Budget curb appeal - Door hardware - Schlage

    3. A Breath of Fresh Air

    An outdoor ceiling fan is a classic fixture that will also help you beat the heat. It can add comfort, style and enhance curb appeal – all for less than $200.

    4. Welcome

    Provide a personal greeting with the quintessential welcome mat. Explore, express your unique sense of style, personalize your space and help make your guests feel at home. Between $10 and $50.

    5. Have A Seat

    Wicker chairs and accent tables. The classic rocking chair. The timeless porch swing. Invite folks to come sit a spell and enjoy some hospitality. Spend a little on seating. Spend a little more time together.

    6. One To Grow On

    Colorful, easy-to-maintain potted plants are a quick and convenient way to transform your front porch in an instant. For around $50, you’re covered for the season in beautiful, fragrant flora.

    Budget-friendly front porches - Schlage

    7. A Flash of Inspiration

    Brighten your porch with hanging fixtures, string lights, lanterns and more. There’s nothing quite like the warm, welcoming glow of a porch light on a summer night. And it can be yours for less than $100.

    8. Simple touches

    Look around, from your pantry and your basement to your closet or your garage, and uncover little touches that can liven up your front porch. A wooden bowl of lemons or a rose floating in a water goblet are free yet priceless.

    9. Details, Details, Details

    When was the last time you replaced your mailbox? Your house numbers? Your door knocker? It’s amazing how many simple style additions you can make. And for less than $50. Presto, change-o!

    10. Something Up Your Sleeve

    Don’t forget those little landscaping touches. Increase your curb appeal with path lighting, easy-to-care-for perennials, simple lawn ornamentation, a bird feeder or bird bath. Small investments can bring a big return.

    Budget front porches - Schlage
    A little imagination, some spare time and some spare cash. When it comes to turning your front porch into a neighborhood showplace, that’ll pretty much do the trick. Your front porch sets the tone for your entire home. Make a statement with the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.
     

    DIY dutch doors on a budget

    June 26, 2018 9:32 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, June 26, 2018

    DIY dutch doors

    We want to help you achieve the dutch door look for less! Here are some of our favorite DIY projects.

     

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    It's no surprise that dutch doors are a popular design choice for traditional and modern styles alike. They offer a charming way to add a little more character to your home while maintaining utility and providing lots of value. You can read more about the benefits of dutch door styles here. If you want to add a dutch door to your home but are strapped for cash, we want to help you achieve the look for less! Here are some of our favorite dutch door DIYs and a few tips for getting the look just right.

    DIY dutch door

    Taking an existing interior door and adding a little DIY sweat and skill is a great way to save several hundred dollars on this interior upgrade. HGTV put together a thorough tutorial to help you get the look and functionality for way less.

    Exterior dutch door

    Just like with interior doors, you can take an existing front door and give it new life as a dutch door. Would you believe this project from This Old House only cost $63 to complete?! By adding a few details where the door is halved, you can keep this project from looking like you just...you know...sliced a door in half.

    DIY dutch barn door

    Feeling like putting your carpentry skills to use? Check out this DIY from Remodelaholic and get all the steps you need to create your own rustic, dutch barn door.

    Add a shelf

    Don't forget the charming shelf on the lower half of your dutch door. Get all the tips and tricks from Skaie of HomeJelly. If this is a project you'd rather not DIY, she has wonderful advice for working with a professional (and still saving a little dough!).

    INSTALL a screen

    If the fear of bugs and other unwanted pests are keeping you from your dutch door dreams. consider adding a retractable screen. They are often secured by magnets and can retract from top to bottom or side-to-side for taller doors. When not in use, they are obscure enough to not detract from the look of your dutch door, unlike most bulky screen doors.

    Get creative with paint

    Don't be afraid to get a little creative with your paint choice for your dutch doors. Consider painting the exterior a different color to add an interesting pop when the door swings inward. This can be a great way to create a cohesive look between two spaces as you consider a shade that complements both.

    DIY Summer

    Follow along with us on Facebook for plenty of DIY tips and tricks to make the most of your summer to-do list!

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

    June 15, 2018 8:22 AM by reference-adjustment-service

    Friday, June 15, 2018

    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.

     

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    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, your friends at Schlage have outlined 5 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 electronic locks. Some of these can even be controlled from your smartphone from anywhere.

    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 out 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 efforts. 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, populating 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 the convenience, security and curb appeal it affords. 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 and the Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen 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.

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