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    Be an MVP host with these 100 Super Bowl party ideas.

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

    Thursday, January 23, 2020

    Dad and daughter watching super bowl | Schlage

    It’s the final game of the NFL’s 100th season. Schlage is turning 100 this year. To celebrate both milestones, here are 100 Super Bowl entertaining tips from décor to food and more.

     

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    It’s the final game of the NFL’s 100th season. Schlage is turning 100 this year. To celebrate both milestones, here are 100 Super Bowl entertaining tips from décor to food to ideas that’ll make you ask, “Why didn’t I think of that?” We’re pretty sure they’ll help your bid for the party hosting hall of fame.
    Happy dad and daughter watching football.

    Make it look good

    1. Banners: Make sure everyone knows it’s a party with football banners that show your team spirit or easy DIY pennants.

    2. Tabletop décor: Décor shouldn’t get in the way of food, but you can still be festive with a DIY turf craft or a stadium chip and dip tray to bring utility to your decorations.

    3. DIY goal post: This Super Bowl party décor is fun for kids and adults alike.

    1. Utensil holder: Mason jars and recycled cans make for great utensil holders. All you have to do is cover them with a bit of paint or other crafting supplies to keep them in the theme.

    2. Utensil caddy: If you have some six-pack caddies from beer bottles, repurpose them to hold forks, spoons, napkins and whatever your guests might need to chow down. Extra point for portability, too.

    3. Coasters: If you’re picky about protecting the coffee table but don’t want to look like a nag, offer coasters that look like swatches of field turf. It’s décor and utility in one play.

    4. Placemats: Just like coasters, make your placemats do double-duty by protecting and sprucing up tabletops at the same time.

    5. Tablecloth: It’ll make for easier cleanup if you can just roll up and toss (in the trash or the washer) a game-themed tablecloth rather than scrubbing wayward dip off the counter.

    6. Miami-inspired décor: With the 2020 game in Miami, give your home a tropical vibe. Think palm-like plants, natural materials like bamboo and rattan, and pops of color like coral, yellow and turquoise.

    7. Pom-pom arrangement: Instead of a floral arrangement for the centerpiece, craft these crepe paper pom-poms. Choose team colors or hues that match the rest of your décor.

    8. Front porch décor: Welcome guests by lining your walkway with some football-themed signs. Try a wreath with ribbon in your team’s colors or DIY a doormat with your team’s logo.

    9. Paper lanterns: These would look great for those lucky enough to be able to host an outdoor Super Bowl party. You can find lanterns in football shapes or stick to team colors.

    Make it look good

    1. Preparation: Figure out how much food you’ll need so you don’t come up short of the goal line. Better Homes & Gardens offers these quantity guides for appetizers and drinks.

    2. Potluck assignments: If you’re counting on guests to supply some of the food, assign dishes so you don’t end up with all the chips and none of the dip.

    3. Amazon Alexa: Put the voice assistant in the game by asking her for help in the kitchen. Get recipe suggestions, find ingredient substitutions or set timers.

    4. Stagger: Put the food out in waves to cut down on waste. If you don’t put out all the meat and cheese at once, there won’t be as many questionable leftovers that sat out all night. What wasn’t needed will have stayed in the fridge, safe to munch on the next day.

    5. Bar cart: Stock your bar cart with whatever ingredients your guests might need – alcoholic or otherwise. The added bonus is that you can wheel the drinks or food wherever they’re needed as the party progresses.

    6. Bar cart décor: When the beverages are set, it’s time to make it look good. Use this guide to a perfect seasonal bar cart, swapping out the fall décor for anything game-related.
    1. Coolers: Even if you choose a bar cart, a cooler or two for extra ice or alternative drinks will be appreciated.

    2. Ice: Don’t make someone miss part of the game to go on an ice run. Store it in extra coolers or even the washing machine, although we think that’s a last resort.

    3. Growlers: If your beer-drinking guests have more refined tastes, or if you want to support local breweries, consider growlers instead of the standard six packs from the grocery store.

    4. Non-alcoholic beverages: Water, soda, milk for the little ones, virgin versions of your favorite cocktail.

    5. Hot drinks: Super Bowl 2020 is in Miami, but many of us will be braving the cold. Offer warm drinks – coffee, hot cocoa, mulled wine – and be sure to have suitable glasses for serving.

    6. “Coolers”: They keep ice frozen by keeping the warm air out. That same insulating property can keep hot food warm. Tuck warm snacks in there if you’re holding them back for later or plan on transporting them.

    7. Bottle opener: Don’t let this “obvious” detail slip through the cracks in the excitement of the day.

    8. Drink “labels”: Sharpies, charms or different colored cups can help guests keep track of which drink is theirs.

    9. Can koozies: Koozies also help distinguish one drink from another as well as keep those beverages refreshing and sweat-free on the side table. You can make these turf koozies and coasters yourself.
    1. Plates, cutlery and cups: Take into consideration what you’re serving. Saucy foods need a sturdier plate. Chili, of course, needs bowls. Choose disposable ones for quick clean-up.

    2. Napkins: Serving finger foods? Have a stockpile.

    3. Toothpicks: Have plenty of toothpicks for your lil’ smokies and other spearable snacks. And don’t forget a discard dish for the used ones.

    4. Warming dishes: The Super Bowl lasts more than a few minutes, so keep food warm all night with crockpots or chafing dishes.

    5. Crockpots: If you’re going to keep the food warm in the crockpot, why not cook your dish in there to start with? The smaller ones are great for hot dips.

    6. Food labels: Help people know what’s on the menu with a large chalkboard displaying the table’s offerings or individual labels, especially if someone has a food allergy.

    7. Buffet table: Have plenty of room for food without clogging the flow of traffic as guests load up their plates throughout the night.

    8. Serving dishes: Do you have enough platters for that amazing food you made?

    9. Serving utensils: Do you have enough spoons/spatulas/pie servers/pizza cutters/ice cream scoops to go around?

    10. Crockpot liners: We love crockpot liners as an easy clean-up solution, but they also let you warm two dips at once.

    11. Leftover food storage: Have enough storage containers for leftovers. You might buy plastic containers to give to departing guests.

    12. Wings: They might be messy, but they’re always delicious. A variety of sauces with a range of heat could be what gets you over the goal line in the hosting drive.

    13. Mini pizzas: Full-sized pizzas are good, but they leave less room – on the table and in your stomach – for all the other treats.

    14. Popcorn: Grab-and-go food is always a win when people are mingling about. Try some fun variations.

    15. Ice cream football sandwiches: It might be February, but we think ice cream is always in season. Make them perfect for the Big Game with a little creative decorating.
    1. Vegetable tray: Some people will be trying to eat healthy. Some just want celery with their wings. Some need an excuse to eat dip. Veggie trays meet all those needs.

    2. Healthy chili: Chili is supremely versatile. Lean turkey and veggies can make it healthier. Swap meat for beans and you have a vegetarian-friendly option. Make it in a crockpot and you just made life easier for yourself.

    3. Chips: More options than a Super Bowl playbook! Tortilla chips, veggie chips, with or without ridges, sour cream and onion, salt and vinegar, pretzels (even if they aren’t technically a chip). If you plan on pairing them with dip, consider their strength and “structural integrity.”

    4. Dip: From guacamole and nacho cheese to vegetable dip and hummus, dipping is always fun and tasty. Editors note: I once attended a Super Bowl party with nothing but dip – cheese dip, spinach dip, dessert dip … and I don’t regret any of it.

    5. Kid-friendly food: When the younger set has picky eaters, consider familiar yet fun food like tater tots and mild boneless chicken wings (AKA nuggets).

    6. Sliders: Small sandwiches mean easy grab-and-go, more options for differing tastes and, if you’re ambitious, the building blocks for an entire stadium.

    7. Condiments: Ketchup, mustard and mayo are the big three, but don’t forget relish, cheese, pickles and salad dressing.

    8. Taco bar: Any food set up as a bar is great for large gatherings, but who doesn’t love tacos? People can create their favorite combinations. A nacho bar is a solid variation.

    9. Desserts: We aren’t turning down any sweets, but individual-portion desserts or those that are scoop-and-eat as opposed to needing to be cut will simplify serving.

    10. Gluten-free snacks: Chex Mix is the simple gluten-free solution, but the ease and tastiness of some alternatives might surprise you. Iowa Girl Eats’ mini corndog muffins and Southwestern black bean dip will be loved by all.

    11. Gluten-free desserts: Feed everyone’s sweet tooth with flourless fudge cookies or espresso chocolate chip shortbread bites.

    12. Keto snacks: If you aren’t used to cooking by keto rules, it can be overwhelming. Try these BBQ bacon-wrapped lil’ smokies. Just about everything is better with bacon.
    1. Keto desserts: Cake, pie, cookies and ice cream can all be done while still sticking to the keto diet. There’s less sugar, but that doesn’t always mean less taste.

    2. Vegetarian snacks: Give your vegetarian guests something other than veggie and fruit trays to munch on. This quesadilla recipe is not only meat-free but also replaces the cheese with guacamole, making it vegan-friendly.

    3. Vegan snacks: With chocolate-covered potato chips, it’s the perfect combination of salty and sweet, regardless of whether you’re vegan. And they’re only two ingredients.

    4. Dairy-free snacks: Dairy-free cake batter pudding parfaits? Yes, please. These look so good, you’ll be making up fake holidays just to eat them more often.

    5. Fruit: It’s not the first food group you think of for a football party, but turn that melon into a helmet and you’re in business. Healthy, vegetarian- and kid-friendly, and theme-appropriate. Check, check and check.

    6. No-bake foods: Whether it’s a no-bake cookie or these beef pretzel poppers, having some make-ahead snack options that don’t require oven or stove space will make your hosting duties simpler.

    7. Pantry purge: If your kids are still hoarding Halloween candy in February, set out a bowl of leftover treats for noshing. Skip the bat-shaped chocolate and your guests will be none the wiser.

    8. Grill: For those in warmer climates or who are immune to single-digit temperatures (Hello, Wisconsin!), fire up the grill for burgers, brats, veggies and even desserts. Editor’s note: You can bake canned cinnamon rolls on the top warming shelf of a closed grill.

    9. Pet-friendly snacks: Be aware of what foods are at pet level, like on the coffee table, that might make them sick. Minimize risk by having pet-friendly snacks and be sure your guests know what’s acceptable for feeding your furry friend.

    Have some fun with it

    1. TV: If what you have seems just a bit too small, now is a good time to invest in something that matches the size of the event. Many stores offer deals on televisions and entertainment systems just in time for this game.

    2. A second TV: Some people are less interested in the actual game, so a second television in another room lets them watch on and off without disturbing others. Put it in the same room as your main TV and you have all the viewing you could ever ask for.

    3. Puppy Bowl: Just make sure it’s on one of those TVs. That is all.
    1. Sound bar: Provide a real game-time experience with great sound. Consumer Reports says January is prime time to buy one.

    2. Cable-less viewing: An over-the-air antenna or streaming are your best bets for watching at home without cable. Hulu, YouTube TV and Sling TV are a few streaming options. Be prepared to pay at least a small fee unless you can find free trial deals. Read more at TechNadu.

    3. Wireless Bluetooth speakers: Stream party music before the game starts if no one wants to listen to yet another hour of pre-game coverage.

    4. Alexa again: Ask her to settle a trivia dispute, get rule clarifications during the game and even request burns for the other team.

    5. Seating: Big couches seat a crowd. Chairs that can be moved easily are also a plus if people like to rearrange themselves according to conversations as the night wears on.
    1. Gathering place: For downtimes in the game or before the action has started, give guests someplace to gather and hang out together.

    2. Commercial ratings: Let guests share their opinions (and rib others’) with friendly rating signs that range from “Change the channel” to “YouTube Sensation.”

    3. Super Bowl bingo cards: Make your own or use this template. Squares could be based on game action or commercials. Do it just for fun or offer prizes at the end.

    4. Friendly wagers: How long will the National Anthem last? What will the first commercial be? Use a dry erase board or simple cards for each guest to track who’s “winning.”

    5. Photo booth: If you really want to commemorate the evening, create a unique photo booth for Instagram-able shots, and don’t forget the football-themed props.
    1. Kid-friendly games: For those who can’t stay focused for the entire game, have some activities on hands to keep them entertained all night long. Try Flick Football or Hot (Potato) Football if you have more room to play with.

    2. Cornhole: Good for adults and kids, cornhole keeps guests entertained without interrupting conversations or snacking.

    3. Flag football: If you take the party outdoors, you might have enough space for a more active game. Pick teams and get a game of flag football going.

    4. Pinata: They come in all shapes and sizes, so why not get a football pinata, fill it with candy and let the fans of the losing team work out some frustration?

    5. Distractions by Alexa: Not really into the game? Trying to distract others from your team losing? Activate the SuperbOwl Alexa skill.

    6. Party favors: Choose something small and round – maybe a delectable chocolate bon bon – and you can turn those favors into penalty flags to-go.

    7. Ladies’ Night: Having a girly girl’s football party? The game-day strategy is the same for any other Super Bowl party but with more pink and glitter.

    Why didn’t I think of that?

    1. Invitations: Make sure guests know when and where to join the fun. Remember to include any assigned potluck dishes or supplies you’d like them to bring. Snail mail it, text it, put it in a Facebook group.

    2. Ring Video Doorbell: See who’s at the door without having to leave your other guests. As a bonus, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 works with the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt for security and convenience year-round.

    3. Alexa … again: Did you lock the door after your last guest arrived? Don’t miss a play. Ask Alexa to check the status of your Schlage smart deadbolt and lock it with a simple voice command.

    4. Schlage Home app: Did you lock the door after the last guest left? Use the Home app on your smartphone to lock your Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt or Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt with the push of a button. No need to get out of bed.

    5. Doormat: For any gathering, especially when the weather might be questionable, help keep your floors clean and dry with a functional and fashionable doormat for people to wipe their feet.

    6. A place for coats and shoes: For most of the country, February means parkas and snowy shoes. Prepare your entryway for hanging cold-weather gear and maybe a boot tray to protect your floors.

    7. Slippers: A nice touch for this gathering or any winter party is to offer guests slippers or warm socks, especially if you’re asking them to remove their shoes when they come in the house.

    8. Electrical multi-outlets: For when you’re short on outlets and guests need to charge their phones.

    9. Pet retreat: If your pet gets nervous around crowds or unknown visitors, or if your guests aren’t animal fans, have a safe place for Fido and Fluffy to retreat to, like a spare bedroom. Give them water, treats and their favorite toys to keep them occupied.

    10. Stain remover: When spills happen, be ready to get that wing sauce/wine/chocolate stain out of the carpet before it’s too late.

    11. Trash cans: Have more than usual available and pull them out of their hiding place under the sink so people don’t have to hunt.

    12. Trash bags: You’ll likely go through more than one over the course of the party. Make replacing them easier by lining your trash can with multiple bags before the festivities even begin.

    13. Cleaning supplies: Make sure you have everything you need to get the home in tip-top shape before and after the game. The right supplies probably won’t motivate you to clean up afterward, but they will make it easier to just get it done and over with quickly.

    14. Bathroom supplies: Lots of eating and drinking plus more people in your home than usual can equal more traffic in the bathroom. Toilet paper, clean towels, hand soap and, yes, a plunger, are required.

    15. WiFi password: If you’re comfortable giving your password to guests, make it easy for them to log in. Create and display a QR code. Not everyone has unlimited data for posting their favorite party pictures or looking up NFL trivia.

    16. Outdoor heaters: Even in more moderate climates, you might need some temperature assistance from outdoor space heaters during the second half.

    17. Guest room: If guests are coming from farther afield or like to experience all that a party has to offer, make sure your guest room is prepared for overnight visitors sleeping off the revelry.

     

    What did we miss? Share your Super Bowl party hacks with us on Facebook and Instagram.

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    How to fix drafty doors and other energy efficient DIYs.

    January 16, 2020 8:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, January 16, 2020

    Energy efficient DIYs | Schlage

    Because nearly half of the average family’s energy bill goes toward heating and cooling, Schlage offers you two key temperature-control DIYs to improve your home.

     

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    When you’re trying to waste less household energy, properly heating and cooling your home is a great place to start. Mother Nature wins and so does your wallet. Because nearly half of the average family’s energy bill goes toward heating and cooling, Schlage offers you two key temperature-control DIYs to improve your home.
    DIY projects to improve energy efficiency.

    How do I fix drafty doors and windows?

    As doors and windows age, or as the weather changes, you might find gaps that let cold air in or out. Check two places for leaks. First, look between the wall and the window frame or door frame. One way to do this is by lighting a candle or a stick of incense near the window. Watch the flame or blow it out and watch the smoke. If the flame flickers or the smoke blows away, you’ve found your leak. To fix the leak, use caulking around the sash or frame on both the interior and exterior. Only calk areas that don’t need to move.

     

    Second, examine those areas that do need to move, like around a window’s rail and sash. With windows, give them a little shake. If you hear it rattling around, the seal is not doing its job and keeping out the draft. To test a door, take a dollar bill or piece of paper and close the door with it underneath. If you can pull the paper out easily, the seal is weak or insufficient. Repeat the test above the door and near the hinges as well.

     

    When it comes to doors, you may be able to stop the leak by fixing the door alignment. This is a great way to also improve your security. Once your door is properly aligned, apply weather stripping to block the remaining draft. On the sides and above the door, use foam tape. Underneath the door, you may need to install a door sweep.

     

    A door sweep is usually a metal strip attached to the bottom of the door with a rubber or bristled strip below that. This second piece is what blocks air, dirt and moisture. Lowe’s offers a handy tutorial and more tips on which kind of weather stripping you might need for your door.

     

    For windows, there are also window insulation kits and insulation film. This film also comes in a kit and can be installed on the window’s interior or exterior. Some people claim bubble wrap is just as effective and costs less, but we like that the film doesn’t obstruct your views. Apartment Therapy’s guide to installing window insulation film shows how simple this DIY task can be.

     

    Be sure to inspect all entryways, including side or garage entry doors, and basement entrances. Once you have the windows in the main living area covered, check those in the basement and attic as well. You’re now ready to check your home’s insulation for better warmth and cooling throughout the year.

    What should I insulate to keep my home warm?

    You can lose a lot of heat in the winter if your home has insulation that’s too thin or of the wrong variety. And it’s not just about insulating the walls. Heat rises, so your attic should be well-insulated to keep the warmth down where you are. Basements and crawl spaces that attract the dank and cold should also be inspected for improvement opportunities. You can add insulation to existing walls and spaces with a spray foam, so don’t be fooled into thinking you need to rip out all the drywall just for some extra warmth.

     

    Home Depot has a helpful guide on the types of insulation used in different areas of your home and the recommended rating for your climate.

     

    Some of your appliances and fixtures might also need an extra layer – just like when you put on an extra sweater. Not only will it help them work more efficiently, but it could also keep them from breaking completely. Water pipes especially can freeze and burst, creating more headaches than just a high energy bill. Pipes on an exterior wall are particularly susceptible to freezing or, at the very least, losing heat and giving you icy showers due to contact with colder surrounding air. Your water heater faces the same challenges when exposed to cold environments.

     

    To insulate water pipes, you can use traditional foam insulation, which looks a bit like a pool noodle and slides easily onto existing pipes. BobVila.com also recommends spray foam insulation or fiberglass pipe covers, depending on how hot you need the pipes to be and the climate where you live. Insulate your water heater with a water heater blanket or pipe insulation to reduce heat loss by around 25 percent.

     

    Paying attention to these key areas for insulation will help to keep the house warmer in winter and cooler in summer without you having to pay the big bucks. Find more smart ways to save you and your home energy in our blog. There’s also plenty of other DIY and home improvement tips at Schlage.com/blog.

     

    15 DIY entryway projects you'll be glad to see each day.

    January 13, 2020 9:31 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, January 13, 2020

    15 DIY Entryway Projects You'll be Glad to See Each Day | Schlage

    Creating the entryway or foyer of your dreams doesn't have to cost a fortune. Check out some of our favorite DIY projects that will help you get the perfect look in no time without a big spend.

     

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    Creating the entryway or foyer of your dreams doesn't have to cost a fortune. Check out some of our favorite DIY projects that will help you get the perfect look in no time without a big spend.

    Lighting

    A new light fixture can go a long way toward revamping your space. Try one of these tutorials that even a beginner can accomplish.

    Landing Strip

    No room for a real entryway? No problem! Add a small landing strip so there's always space to place your things as soon as you step inside.

    Organization

    The best way to avoid clutter is to make sure you already have a place for it before it ends up all over the house. Have an organizer for your mail, keys and other miscellaneous items you use every day.

    Boot Tray

    Stop muddy, snowy shoes in their tracks. Create a boot tray where shoes can dry out without tracking footprints all over your home.

    Storage

    If you have the space, try adding a little extra storage to hide those odds and ends. Baskets and drawers are a stylish way to do just that.

    Seating

    And as always, make sure there's a comfortable seat so you can easily take your shoes on and off. Try a creative twist like the designer below with a fallen walnut tree-turned-bench or go more traditional – and functional – with built-in organization underneath.

    What other entryway projects do you have your eye on? Read up on the six must-have elements for your foyer, then share what inspires you on Instagram and Pinterest.

     

    15 DIY Entryway Projects

     

    3 times of year to save money on items for the home.

    January 10, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, January 10, 2020

    When to save money on items for the home | Schlage

    Whether you’re on a tight budget or just love the thrill of a deal hunt, follow these simple rules for saving money on items for your home.

     

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    Your fridge works fine, but you’ve had your eye on a newer, more energy efficient model for a while. Should you get it now or wait to see if the prices drop? This guide can help answer that question. Whether you’re on a tight budget or just love the thrill of a deal hunt, follow these simple rules for saving money on items for your home.
    Best time of year to buy major home items graphic.

    Buy big at inventory rollover

    When manufacturers come out with a new model, stores need to reduce their inventory from the previous year. To get a great deal on appliances, especially large ones like dishwashers, washers and dryers, and refrigerators, pay attention to when new stock comes out. For most appliances, that means September or October. New refrigerators hit the stores in summer, so look for deals on the previous year’s models in August.

    Purchase out of season

    The best time to buy clothes when you’re looking to save money is when you don’t actually need them. For winter clothes, for example, shop in the spring or even as early as February when stores are preparing to swap out their inventory with the changing seasons.

     

    This general rule extends beyond clothing, though. Air conditioners may be cheapest in the winter, from October until about February. Save on snowblowers and outdoor furniture in October when, again, you’re less likely to need them immediately. Picnic supplies can be picked up on the cheap after the Fourth of July, while wrapping paper and other holiday items go on sale post-Christmas. Need a box of chocolates? Plan your purchase for between Valentine’s Day and Easter.

    Strike a holiday deal

    Some festive seasons are prime shopping time. Don’t just think Black Friday, though, when personal electronics come with some sweet deals. Labor Day tends to be a good day for items like mattresses and laptops. Memorial Day usually offers good sales on outdoor power equipment and other DIY goods like paint and wood stain.

     

    July Fourth (outdoor gear, swimwear) and Presidents’ Day (appliances, furniture) are also worth keeping an eye on. While technically not a holiday, the Super Bowl offers deals on televisions and entertainment systems, especially the day after the Big Game.

    Remember there are always exceptions

    Of course, there are always exceptions to any rule. Sometimes what you need most is on sale exactly when you need it. April is a great time for vacuum cleaners and carpet cleaners, when you have spring cleaning on the brain. You can often find good deals on lawn mowers and pressure washers right before people head outside to spruce up the yard for springtime. In the winter, expect to find good deals on elliptical trainers and treadmills in January when New Year’s resolutions are at a high.

     

    There are also some items that, if you can find a good deal, you should absolutely take advantage of it. But don’t hold off on important goods, like those that keep you and your family secure, just to save a few dollars. Durable locks, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and other safety devices should be purchased and replaced, preferably before you really need them. When you do buy these items, make sure you choose those with superior quality. A deadbolt that protects your home is not an area you want to scrimp on.

     

    Find a month-by-month breakdown on the best time of year to buy items for your home at Schlage.com/blog. You can also find a thorough list with items ranging from coffee makers to sound bars to chainsaws at Consumer Reports.

     

    How to create a family command center and get organized.

    January 9, 2020 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, January 9, 2020

    DIY Family Command Center Ideas | Schlage

    Learn how to create the perfect family command center, then keep reading for a few bonus organizational hacks to make this schoolyear the best one yet.

     

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    Whether it’s the new year, back-to-school season or you just can’t take it anymore (!), most of us could always use some help getting and staying organized. Busy times of year especially mean balancing everyone’s schedules, tracking down homework and meal planning. It’s wrangling backpacks, making sure you have a hostess gift and … where is your left shoe? Learn how to create the perfect family command center. And if you need extra help keeping the kids organized, keep reading for a few bonus hacks to make the schoolyear the best one yet.

    Bobby needs poster board for his science project on Thursday, Susie has basketball practice Tuesday night and you’re scheduled to get coffee with Jen in the morning. Not only will your command center help you manage who needs to be where and when, but with the right pieces, you’ll also remember to buy the science fair supplies ahead of time, turn in the sports waiver, and you’ll be able to find your keys to get to your java date. When everything has its own place, and it’s all in one place, mornings will run smoother and evenings can be dedicated to family time, not panic time.

    What to include

    • Dry-erase board or chalkboard: Perfect for jotting down shopping list items, messages for family members and to-do lists.

    • Post-its: In case you need to leave a message that’s a little more permanent or take it with you. Also ideal for writing encouraging notes to hide in their lunchbox.

    • Writing tools: Pens and pencils, Sharpies, dry-erase markers, chalk to take those all-important notes.

    • Corkboard or magnet board: For pinning important messages where you’ll see them or hanging your kids’ artwork for everyone to enjoy.

    • Calendar: A dry-erase or reusable monthly calendar à la Bless’er House for easy schedule updates or this DIY calendar from Babble that also adds some color.

    • Clock: To stick to your tight schedule mapped out in the command center.

    • Hanging folder system: Permission slips, mail, receipts and coupons stay contained. One slot per child helps them know where their things are.

    • Hooks: For anything and everything – purses, backpacks, coats, dog leashes, keys – so they don’t get buried under other items, never to be seen again.

    • Cubbies or baskets: Great for storing backpacks out of sight, sliding shoes out of the flow of traffic, or hiding any other items you need on hand but don’t want to stare at.

    • Bench: Ideal for entryway command centers so everyone can remove shoes before they track mud through the house.

    Where to build it

    Entryway: Everything you need to get out the door is conveniently by the door.

    Kitchen: You congregate here every day and can keep some of those items stored in a cabinet.
    Closet: Because keeping everything contained is the name of the game.
    Nook: Turn that awkward space into something useful for once.
    Gallery wall: Everyone can see it, so there are no excuses for forgetting a chore.

    Organizational hacks for a smooth and simple schoolyear

    • If you’re like most parents of busy kids, you’re also part shuttle bus driver. Keep your car organized with over-the-seat pockets or bins. We can’t guarantee it will keep the Cheerios out of the seat crannies, but at least the kids will know where to find the snacks and travel games.

    • Especially before the start of the schoolyear, and even throughout, purge clothes and craft supplies. You’ll clear out unnecessary clutter and have a better idea of what you need to buy for the first day.

    • Making healthy meals can be tough when you’re busy. Good Housekeeping suggests a lunchbox cupboard and storing sandwich fixings together for easy meal prep.

    • Designate or build a homework station. It’ll help keep your kids focused and all their supplies will be contained in one convenient location without taking over the dinner table.

    • If you need your little one to stick to a routine but they can’t read yet, create an illustrated schedule. Pictures of a toothbrush, apple and moon can help them learn when to get ready for the day, have lunch and go to bed. Place the pictures on a clock where the numbers would be.

    Find more stylish and convenient solutions from Schlage on Pinterest and Instagram.

     

    Before and after: Our favorite 2019 home remodels in photos.

    December 30, 2019 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, December 30, 2019

    2019 best home remodels | Schlage

    We’re saying goodbye to 2019 with 10 of our favorite porch and room renovations from the last year.

     

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    Rags to riches, beast to beauty, outdated to awesome. Who doesn’t love before-and-after photos of home makeovers? We’re saying goodbye to 2019 with 10 of our favorite porch and room renovations from the last year.

    1. Earthy + Classic = Unbelievable

    Bathroom by Jenna Sue Design Co.

    Goodbye, all white. Hello, all-star bathroom! Jenna Sue’s transformation proves that rich colors are just what the doctor ordered, even in small spaces. The Schlage Custom™ Hobson glass knob is the perfect complement for her vintage floor tile. And the Matte Black finish of the door hardware and faucet play splendidly off the other gold fixtures.

     

    2. Simple updates make all the difference

    Hallway by @malcolmsimmons

    Kitchens and bedrooms get all the attention. Updating a small hallway can have a massive impact, too Take this upgrade by @malcolmsimmons. Just add new flooring, updated door hardware and lighting, and we have a brighter, airier space. It even makes the bathroom look like new!

     

    3. Who doesn’t love a good before and after?

    Bathroom by @vikhousetohome

    We couldn’t be more impressed seeing this bathroom go from outdated striped wallpaper to traditional beauty. And check out that Schlage Georgian door knob with Addison trim. The Antique Pewter finish of the door hardware and gold-toned fixtures on and around the sink show the right way to mix metals.

     

    4. Deliciously amazing

    Kitchen by @prettyhandygirl

    All we can say is, “Oh my!” From a construction-zone before to a polished after, complete with the Schlage Custom Hobson glass door knob and Century trim in Matte Black, this room by @prettyhandygirl has us feeling inspired.

     

    5. Is this even the same room?

    Bathroom by @prettyhandygirl

    You can’t help but stare when a home remodel looks this good. We wouldn’t have wanted to even attempt getting clean in here before, but after? Yes, please! Just like on her kitchen pantry in No. 5, @prettyhandygirl used the Schlage Hobson glass door knob and Century trim in Matte Black to complement the high-contrast tilework.

     

    6. A front portico that never gets old

    Front porch by @elkins.com

    Where should we start? The beachy colors? The new pillars? Those sharp house numbers? The Schlage Century handleset in Matte Black? This transformation is a lesson in bringing your front entryway into modern class. Consider us schooled.

     

    7. It’s amazing what paint and new hardware can do

    Front door by @shealinashley

    When we saw this, we called them liars. There’s no way that’s the same door! But that just goes to show what a massive difference a coat of paint and the Schlage Century handleset can make. The layered doormats that complement the gray door also add a modern touch.

     

    8. Won’t you be my neighbor

    Front porch by @househomemade

    @househomemade certainly made her friend’s porch feel more welcoming. Plants give it a homier vibe. The lighter, more colorful front door helps the other décor pop. And new hardware – lighting and door – provides a finished look that’s both stylish and functional. We love what she’s done with the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt. This is curb appeal done right!

     

    9. Going keyless and gorgeous

    Garage by The DIY Playbook

    Because we often store high-value items in our garages – tools, cars, bikes – it makes sense that you’d want a secure lock like this Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt to protect them. And even though we tend to focus on the functionality of a garage rather than its beauty, there’s no excuse for hardware to be anything but easy on the eyes. Blogger Casey hit the style note with the Schlage Bowery knob with Century trim in Matte Black finish.

     

    10. Style on the side

    Side entrance by Four Generations One Roof

    You’ll stop overlooking that side entrance when you see what Jessica has done here. The improvement from the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt and a few accessories is so significant, we bet she won’t even notice anymore the nicks in the door she mentions. We’d love to come home to that every day.

     

    See more style makeovers when you follow Schlage on Instagram.

     

    10 Before & After Home Remodels

     

    Warm your winter with these upcycled door hardware DIYs.

    December 23, 2019 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, December 23, 2019

    Upcycled glass door knobs | Schlage

    Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, another holiday or simply love the winter season, here are five ways to get your home décor ready for winter.

     

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    “Surely everyone is aware of the divine pleasures which attend a wintry fireside; candles at four o’clock, warm hearth rugs, tea, a fair tea-maker, shutters closed, curtains flowing in ample draperies to the floor, whilst the wind and rain are raging audibly without.” —Thomas De Quincy, Confessions of an English Opium Eater

     

    You don’t need raging wind and rain, or even chilly weather, for these DIY projects using reclaimed door hardware. You don’t need much of a reason at all, if you ask us. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, another holiday or simply love the winter season, here are five ways to get your home décor ready for winter.

    Give an old knob a new look

    Upcycled door knobs, especially those with flat faces, make a great base for a variety of items. Wedding Chicks turned theirs into flower vases. Imagine these with some seasonal flora like sprigs of holly or a Christmas rose. You could also use the same tutorial but use the “vases” as candlestick holders (just make sure the base is stable if you’re going to light the candles). We can envision this DIY décor in a variety of homes, no matter the holiday or time of year.

    If you love getting greeting cards but are never sure how to display them, this one’s for you. Crafty Goodies made photo and card holders from old door knobs, wire and a bit of hot glue. Place them on a side table, fireplace mantel, window sill or all of the above. Don’t feel like you have to pack these away at the end of the season, either. They’re a great option for showing off family photos or birthday cards year-round.
    There are lots of great tutorials out there for turning old door knobs into tree stands for a tiny forest. We love their versatility – they work great on tabletops or mantels, dusted with fake snow or in nontraditional colors with glitter for more whimsy. Another option is this tree made out of glass door knobs and a Styrofoam cone. They also used tiny lights to make it glow from the inside-out, guaranteed to make your winter a shining success.
    Bonus tip: Try this door knob-turned-coat rack tutorial from Turning It Home, but place it on your mantel or mount it wherever you wish you had a fireplace. It’s perfect for hanging those stockings with care.

    Make squeaky hinges sing

    This reclaimed hardware Christmas tree from Kathy at Petticoat Junktion uses door hinges instead of knobs. Part funky, part rustic and totally fun, all you need is some vintage-looking hinges, glue and something to mount it all on. Swap out different hinge styles based on your taste, maybe spray paint them if you’re looking for a certain color scheme and be prepared to tell all your guests about the simple and stylish DIY holiday décor you’ve mastered.

    Find the key to a beautiful season

    Handmade décor opens a world of possibilities when you want to create something with personal meaning. This DIY key ornament is a perfect example. Simply choose a key from your childhood home, the first house you bought or anywhere else with personal significance, pick out some paint and other embellishments, and get crafting. We’re sure it will look great in your own home or as a thoughtful gift for someone else’s.

    There are plenty more ideas where these came from. Follow us on Pinterest for inspiration this holiday season or any time of year, or check out our archives for more ways to transform old door locks into something uniquely new.

     

    6 DIY holiday door décor ideas to make your season bright.

    December 20, 2019 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, December 20, 2019

    DIY holiday door decor | Schlage

    At Schlage, we obviously love door knobs, so here are six door hanger ideas to make a smaller but equally stylish splash this winter.

     

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    Holiday wreaths are always a popular choice for front door décor. But what if you want to shake things up? And what about your interior doors? At Schlage, we obviously love door knobs, so here are six door hanger ideas to make a smaller but equally stylish splash this winter.

    Fresh rosemary wreath » Me and My Insanity

    Craft something that looks as good as it smells with these herby wreaths. Kendra and her daughters used rosemary because of its availability – it’s a great option for warmer climates where you might not be able to find evergreen plants – but you could use other herbs like bay leaves or thyme as well. Even better, their versatility makes them great décor for door handles as well as the backs of chairs, windows or at place settings for the holiday meal.

    Horseshoe happiness » Sjarmerende jul

    All the way from Norway, this idea fits farmhouse and rustic styles to a T. Affix some cranberries – fresh or artificial – to a horseshoe, hang with a ribbon and enjoy your luck throughout the holiday season.

    Jingle bell door hanger » Honey We’re Home

    It would be simple to just string a ribbon through some bells and call it a day. We wouldn’t blame you if you did, and Real Simple shows how great it can look. But for a little extra glitz, pair some shining jingle bells with a matching bangle bracelet that’s both functional and stylish. Looks, and sounds, good to us.

    Popsicle stick snowman door hanger » Happy Home Fairy

    This one’s perfect for the kids. They can craft their snowman, then show off their handywork on their own bedroom door. It does involve a hot glue gun, so adult supervision – think of it as bonding – is a must.

    Evergreen door knob hangers » The Home Depot

    Five ingredient recipes are great. Two-supply holiday crafts are even better. All you absolutely need for this one is ribbon and some tree scraps. You can get more decorative by adding a bell, ornaments or other embellishments, but simple is beautiful as well.

    Pinecone door hanger » HGTV

    This tutorial says to gather six to 18 pinecones, but that would be a bit much to hang from your knob or lever. Stick to fewer, smaller pinecones and a ribbon with a loop at the top for perfect miniature door décor. Imagine how gorgeous it would look, too, if you carried this DIY throughout the house with bundles of varying sizes as front door décor, placed in front of mirrors or hanging from porch railings.

    Find more festive décor inspiration on our Pinterest board or get holiday design ideas for every type of door in our blog archive.

     

    DIY door decor ideas.

     

    Faux mantelpieces that deliver real holiday warmth.

    December 17, 2019 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, December 17, 2019

    Faux mantelpiece ideas | Schlage

    Here is a simple three-step process and tons of inspiration to help you create a faux mantelpiece in your home, whether it’s for the holidays, another season or any random Wednesday.

     

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    Your kids are asking how Santa will deliver presents if you don’t have a chimney. (Answer: Tell them you gave him an access code to your Schlage smart lock.) Your question is where you’re going to hang the stockings with care when you don’t have a mantelpiece. Here is a simple three-step process and tons of inspiration to help you create a faux mantelpiece in your home, whether it’s for the holidays, another season or any random Wednesday.

    Step 1: Choose your frame

    Some common options for a faux mantel are floating shelves, the frame of a traditional fireplace mantelpiece and built-ins cabinets that give the illusion of a hearth. There’s also fabric or an upcycled headboard. See what we’re talking about with some of these examples.

    Shades of Blue Interiors shows how simple and charming a floating shelf or row of coat hooks can be. Don’t think you have to put those hooks in a foyer, either. They’ll fit wherever you want the holiday joy.
    Whether you build your own fireplace frame or find one in a salvage yard, this option gives you the illusion of a hearth without the maintenance. Rogue Engineer shares full plans to make your own on their website.
    Stylish and functional, Ana White shows you how to make a faux fireplace with hidden built-in cabinets on the side. The mantel is perfect for holiday stockings, but the shelving never goes out of season.
    We love how salvaged wood creates this rustic faux fireplace. It’s definitely a conversational piece.
    More storage? Yes, please. Handmade Haven shows you how to make your own, from the mantel all the way down to that deep drawer.
    A few strips of leather and a branch is all you need for this mantel. Sure, you can’t display your collection of nutcrackers on it, but there’s something attractive about the minimalist and natural look. You can even hang this everything from Command hooks, perfect for when you want something less permanent.

    Step 2: Pick an insert

    When you aren’t burning wood in your “fireplace,” you can put whatever you want in the hearth. It doesn’t have to be an electric fire – unless you’re craving the warmth – so get creative. Stick with a flame theme and display beautiful candles or go earthy with plants.

    This before-and-after mantle bookshelf from Design Sponge is ideal for any time of year. During the holidays, go crazy and display ALL the snow globes. In summer, make it family vacation photos. Or, of course, fill it with books.
    Any time you’re considering rustic or farmhouse décor, you can’t go wrong by consulting Joanna Gaines. This insert of flower baskets is a nice alternative to regular potted plants sitting on the floor. And think how simple it would be to transform the holidays with poinsettias and red ribbons instead of daisies and pink.
    A chalkboard lets you have any kind of fire you want, and you never have to worry about the kids or pets hurting themselves. Caught in Grace perfectly shows how this option lets you have some fun with a hand-drawn holiday “fire” or keep it classic with a literal blank slate.
    Let’s be honest. Liz Marie’s doggo is a highlight here for us. But if you love the vintage or distressed look, especially when capturing the nostalgia of Christmas, this might be the one for you, too.
    A holiday-themed fireplace insert that isn’t greenery or candles? Alice Wingerden turned hers into an Advent calendar with little more than Command hooks, wire and some tiny clothes pins. Stylish, simple and, for many families, meaningful.

    Step 3: Finish with décor

    At holiday time, how to decorate might be obvious: stockings, wreaths, miniature trees, seasonal candles. At other times of the year, or if you don’t celebrate Christmas, this is a great place to show off your beautiful family photos, display unique artwork or give people a taste of your unique style.

    A wreath over the mantel is pretty traditional. We won’t knock it, but From My Front Porch to Yours gives this treatment of wreaths a unique twist.
    Here’s an example of how you can style a floating shelf as a faux mantel. Hooks below hold up the single strand of garland, but the star of the show is really up top. It’s the perfect platform for displaying your favorite holiday décor.
    What makes this mantel decor from Sustain My Craft Habit unique is that everything is homemade. A greeting card holder made out of an old frame, upcycled sweater stockings, wine cork stars, driftwood trees … all handcrafted with love for a rustic look personalized to your family.
    If you were wondering how you were supposed to decorate a piano top as a Christmas mantel, this one’s for you. The dark piano is the perfect backdrop for those white stockings.
    This gold sunburst has more of a modern vibe and complements the colors in the candlesticks and nutcrackers. The accessories Coco Kelley used trend toward minimalism and are accentuated by the monochromatic scheme.

    The holiday season is filled with family tradition. There’s also no better time to use your home to tell the story of who you are. Pay homage to your heritage while also showing what makes you unique with inspiration from Schlage Pinterest.

     

    Faux mantelpiece ideas from Schlage.

     

    How to create a memorable holiday key ornament.

    December 11, 2019 8:41 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, December 11, 2019

    How to Create a Memorable Holiday Key Ornament

    Try a Christmas craft that's both fun and sentimental. Find out how to take one of your most beloved memories and create a holiday key ornament.

     

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    Ready or not, Christmas will be here before we know it. Whether you’re looking for a meaningful gift for a loved one or trying to get in the holiday spirit with some at-home crafts, this DIY key ornament can add that special touch. Here's how you can create your own in less than 10 minutes.

    Step one

    First, let's make sure you have all the right supplies. Select a key with meaning. A few ideas include your childhood home, first apartment or purchased home, first business location - anything! Just make sure you’ve either made a copy, no longer need it or have a smart lock in place before using it for your ornament.

    Step two

    Next, you will need spray adhesive and glitter of your choice. If glitter is not your thing, you could also paint your key. Just choose your favorite color spray paint and follow the same steps below.

     

    Spray adhesive, glitter and key for DIY ornament supplies.

    Step three

    Coat your key with the spray adhesive in a well-ventilated area until it’s totally covered on one side. Let it rest a few seconds to get tacky. Then pour on the glitter. Once the first side is dry, repeat on the other side. This shouldn’t take longer than a couple minutes.
     

    House key painted with glitter.

    Step four

    While your key is drying, locate a photo of your house, another ornament, beads, ribbon, whatever personalized elements you’d like to include in your key ornament.
     

    DIY glitter house key ornament.

    Step five

    Once the key is dry, thread a ribbon through the keyhole and any other elements you’ve selected. Then hang on the tree! You’ve captured memories that will be celebrated for years to come.

     

    DIY glitter house key ornament hanging on tree.

     

     

    What are some of your favorite, personalized holiday DIYs? Share your best ideas with us on Facebook or Instagram. If you're looking for even more holiday inspiration, check out our favorite holiday DIY projects.

     

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