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    4 for the 4th: Independence Day party ideas that will make a bang.

    June 25, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, June 25, 2019

    4th of July front door decor | Schlage

    Schlage wants you to be holiday-ready with these four ideas for hosting the ultimate Fourth of July.

     

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    Apple pie, fireworks and pool parties. It doesn’t get much more American than that. Schlage wants you to be holiday-ready with these four ideas for hosting the ultimate Fourth of July.

    1. Patriotic porch

    Show your patriotic pride by sprucing up your curb appeal with the stars and stripes. You can’t go wrong with American flags, either flying from your porch or tucked into wreaths and flower pots, like we see at On Sutton Place. Add red, white and blue cushions to porch furniture for a more subtle patriotic flair. Or try Fourth-themed lanterns, which you can make yourself with this tutorial from Frugally Blonde.

    2. BBQ bash

    Get ready to host the perfect Independence Day bash. The Budget Decorator is full of cheap and easy DIY decorating tips, including a patriotic paper chain you can make with the kids. There are also a few ideas to upcycle containers to use at your BBQ.

    And speaking of food, try your hand at some tasty treats from Four Generations One Roof. We especially like the ombre cake and kid-friendly drinks. Looking for July Fourth recipes a bit more on the healthy side? How about My Domaine’s chargrilled corn with chili lime butter and lobster pasta salad? We think these will have your guests’ taste buds exploding in the best way.

     

    If you don’t know where to start or are looking for inspiration on the kind of party you want to host, check out our blog on finding your backyard party personality.

    3. Guest-ready garden

    Whether you’re having friends and family over for that BBQ or you’re heading out of town, make sure your garden is in shape. Have it looking sharp for party guests with some red, white and blue flowers. Now’s also a great time for some yard maintenance that also improves security. Trim bushes that can serve as hiding places for intruders and make sure your pool, garden shed and other backyard features are safe for guests, young and old.

    If you’re taking a long holiday weekend, try some of these tips from The Spruce for watering your plants while you’re on vacation. There are options for every gardener’s taste, from DIY self-watering jugs to high-tech sprinkler timers to asking a neighbor to keep an eye on your greens.

    4. Secure home for the holiday

    With all the holiday excitement, it can be easy to forget important home security practices. If you’re hitting the road for that weekend getaway, you might appreciate having the convenience and peace of mind that comes with a Schlage smart lock. The Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt can each be controlled remotely from anywhere via compatible apps on your smartphone when connected to your home’s wireless network. You can then check the status of your lock from the road – no more wondering if you locked up before you left home – as well as manage access codes for house sitters while you’re away.

    If you have guests coming to stay with you, you can also grant unique access codes to your visitors so they can easily come and go as they please, then set the codes to expire at the end of their visit. You should be enjoying the fireworks, not tracking down spare keys.

     

    Use our Get Help Deciding Tool to find out which lock is right for you and check out more features available through the Schlage Home app.

     

    Above all else, enjoy this Independence Day with friends and family. We’d love to see how you celebrate, so be sure to share your holiday décor and festivities with us on Instagram or Twitter.

     

    Simple, stylish curb appeal to improve your vacation rental bookings.

    June 21, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, June 21, 2019

    Vacation rental curb appeal | Schlage

    You want two things from your vacation rental: lots of bookings and low maintenance. One way to achieve both is with some major curb appeal.

     

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    You want two things from your vacation rental: lots of bookings (which leads to income) and low maintenance. One way to achieve both – whether you’re local to your rental property or live in another state – is with some major curb appeal.

    What’s the big deal about curb appeal?

    Amenities like a well-stocked kitchen and soft sheets are important for a vacation rental. But just like your own home, the front entryway makes a powerful first impression, and you want your guests to feel good immediately about staying with you. Renters make a snap judgement about what they’re their visit will be like, often based on the appearance of the house the moment they see it.

     

    Curb appeal also comes through in photos. A well-maintained yard and attractive door in your booking photos can help sell prospective renters on your property over someone else’s. It says that you take care of the house and that details don’t go overlooked. To many, those are signs that they’ll enjoy their stay, and that means more bookings and more money in your pocket.

     

    Check out VRBO’s tips for taking better photos of your rental property. And don’t forget to update your photos around holiday time. When people are looking for the perfect Christmas getaway, a house decorated for the season can be a tipping point as well.

    Update the front door

    There are plenty of simple and cost-effective ways to update your property’s exterior. In addition to a fresh coat of paint on the door and shutters, remember the small details that make a big style statement as well as make life easier for your guests. Real Property Management has tips for a variety of budgets. Here are some of our favorites.

     

    Unique house numbers can spruce up your look in addition to making it easier for people to find the place. Remember that your guests have likely never been to the area, so anything that helps them arrive smoothly and stress-free earns you major hosting points.

     

    Your door hardware also pulls double duty when you match the style to the rest of the house and make it more secure. Schlage offers a variety of styles and finishes to match virtually any taste. Ranging from traditional to modern and everywhere in between, you’ll be able to find the handlesets that complement your style.

     

    With a smart lock like the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, you also get superior security and keyless convenience that makes managing your rental property even easier. Check out our take on why smart locks are a must-have for rental properties and tip sheets to help your guests use Schlage smart locks easily.

    Beautify the front yard

    When you step back from the front door – make sure your porch railing is solid and steps aren’t cracked, by the way – you want the front yard to get noticed for the right reasons. If you’re looking for big impact, think about updating the landscaping to make a big impact. This can be tricky for rental properties. You want it to look fantastic, but especially if this isn’t your primary job or if you don’t live nearby, you don’t want to invest a lot of time and money in upkeep. For an award-winning lawn without the hassle, experts recommend avoiding tropical and non-native plant species that require extensive watering and replacing a natural grass lawn with artificial turf or other low-maintenance ground cover.

     

    For a floral punch of color, tripping.com provides a list of easy options for any region in the U.S. Rubber mulch also might be an option since it not only comes in a variety of colors, but also can control weeds and maintain moisture around your plants.

     

    Aside from the natural elements, invest in quality pavers and walkways. Existing paths should be free of cracks for a polished look and for safety. Pavers now come in a range of styles or you can design your own unique pattern that is both welcoming and functional.

     

    Remember the lights. Whether on the porch or along the walkways, make it easy for guests arriving at night to make their way to the front door without stumbling. Solar-powered lights are great options. You can also choose lighting that pairs with your smart system so you can turn it on and off in preparation for your guests’ arrival or to deter intruders if the home is vacant.

    Transform the backyard

    Depending on your location and what type of renters you get, you might want to pay special attention to the backyard. Many prospective renters are looking for a place for group gatherings – family reunions, weddings, girls’ getaways – and having plenty of outdoor space with comfortable seating and a splinter-free deck is a huge draw. Make sure the deck is safe for bare feet and has secure railings. It should also look great – paint, stain and seal it regularly – not to mention be clean.

     

    Patio furniture should also be spotless, obviously. Consider providing cleaning supplies to wipe down outdoor furniture, a suggestion that often shows up in renters’ reviews. Installing a shed or some large bins to easily store furniture and cushions will also make your life easier if you have an off-season.

     

    Vacations are fun, so you can afford to be a little creative when designing your curb appeal for a rental property. You might even be able to cash in on your location, like HomeAway recommends with nautical décor for a beach rental. Just remember that it should still appeal to a wide variety of tastes so that you don’t turn off prospective guests with zany style. You might compare it to staging your house when putting it on the market for sale. Neutral, clutter free and clean bring in the most money in the end.

     

    Find more curb appeal tips for any home at the Schlage blog and visit our Pinterest page for inspiration.

     

    Porch puppies: Dog-friendly porch ideas for all your furry friends.

    May 28, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, May 22, 2019

    Dogs at front door | Schlage

    Man’s best friend deserves the ultimate porch this summer. Here are 10 ideas to keep your porch puppies happy, healthy and oh-so-stylish when you’re enjoying your outdoor living space together.

     

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    Man’s best friend deserves the ultimate porch this summer. Here are 10 ideas to keep Fido, Spike and Fluffy happy, healthy and oh-so-stylish when you’re enjoying your outdoor living space together.

    Chill spots for hot dogs

    Keep your pup cool when the temperatures rise by making sure she has a shade tree or other cover to keep her out of the sun. A pool also not only keeps her cool but adds some extra playtime as well. Inflatable options are available if you’re short on space or want something less permanent.

     

    Don’t forget the classic doghouse either, which is great for protecting her from summer sun and spring showers. Channel your inner barkitect, check out these unique doghouses and make Snoopy proud.

    Water stops for thirsty dogs

    You know your dog always needs good, fresh water. This is especially important when he’s romping about in the yard during the summer. Make sure you have an easily accessible water station for him to refuel in between play rounds. This flower pot water bowl is so much simpler than sending Timmy down the well to get Lassie a drink.

    Furniture for Fido

    When it’s time to relax, give him someplace comfy to lay. If you choose cushions, make sure fabrics are suitable for the outdoors to avoid mildew and fading. You can even strut your DIY stuff with this homemade option from This Old House. Stylish enough for Lady, comfy enough for the Tramp.

    Doors for doggos

    The original Dutch doors were made for animals. The top half opens to let cooling breezes into the home, while the bottom closes to keep out animals. Those animals were typically livestock in the early days, but it works with doggos, too. Install a Dutch door to keep them out – or in – your home.

     

    Doggy doors are hugely convenient, but it’s important that the they don’t compromise the overall safety of your home. For starters, don’t install your doggy door on an entryway visible from the street, and choose one that’s the smallest possible size for your pet to help deter intruders from squeezing through it themselves. Also, consider a pet door that locks. Some electronic versions are activated to unlock only when a chip in your dog’s collar is nearby. That gives you security and Toto access even when you’re not in Kansas anymore.

    Smart locks for easy walks

    While you’re thinking about doors, consider a smart lock. We don’t expect Fluffy to remember his own user code, but his dog walker certainly can. With Schlage smart locks, you can create multiple user codes and track when those codes are used. It’s the perfect convenient and safe solution when you have to rely on someone else for walks. And don’t forget to tell your dog walker where you keep the Scooby Snacks.

    Gates for good boys

    Do you have an escape artist on your hands? Keeping them fenced in or contained on a deck can be a challenge, but it is possible to keep your dog safe and your yard stylish. If you want your pup to stay on the deck, try this baby gate upgrade that is also customizable to his size and level of sneakiness.

     

    Wooden fences can be a beautiful privacy feature for your yard with the added benefit of making it difficult for your dog to see something enticing on the other side. Also consider options that are hard for her to climb (so no chain link), tall enough to prevent Marmaduke from leaping over and with slats narrow enough to keep tiny Slinky Dog from slipping through. River rocks around the base of the fence can dissuade some dogs from digging, which not only keeps your yard looking sharp, but it might help keep them from burrowing under the fence. (Maybe. That Hairy Houdini is tricky.)

    Safe plants for pups

    If your pup likes to chew and eat everything in sight – Labrador owners know what we’re talking about – then make sure your garden is full of pet-friendly plants. Stick to native plant species in your area, but you can start by looking into daylilies, purple basil, African daisies, snapdragons and other greenery recommended by the ASPCA.

     

    And don’t forget pet-friendly pesticides when keeping your yard lush. Even if you don’t have a chewer, they’ll be walking on the grass and you might not want some of those chemicals on their feet. Rin Tin Tin was all about safety, so you know he’d approve.

    Landscape for paw protection

    When the temperatures heat up, so does the ground. If you have concrete, stones and gravel, that can mean that puppy’s paws will be feeling the heat, too. Grass instead of materials that conduct heat and plenty of shade will help keep toasty toes to a minimum. Petey and all your rascals will be thankful.

    Convenient cleaning for muddy mayhem

    Looking for a bigger project? Install a dog wash – or even just a handy spigot near your door – for cleaning muddy feet. Getting into, and sometimes getting you out of, a bit of trouble can be dirty work, right, Balto?

    We want to hear your pet-friendly patio ideas and see your porch puppies. Share with us on Instagram or Facebook.

     

    9 budget-friendly spring front porch decor ideas.

    April 26, 2019 5:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, April 26, 2019

    8 budget-friendly spring front porch decor ideas | Schlage

    Make the most of your front porch with these budget-friendly decor ideas you can enjoy all spring and summer.

     

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    The art of porching is quickly coming back in style with many homeowners creating a space that is both an extension of their style and perfect for entertaining or relaxing. Make the most of your front porch with these budget-friendly decor ideas you can enjoy all spring and summer.

    1. Add a comfy seat

    The perfect front porch starts with a comfy place to sit. Although patio furniture can be pricey, there's plenty of DIY inspiration across the web to help you get the perfect look for the right budget. We're especially loving this DIY outdoor daybed for starters.

    DIY outdoor patio furniture
    If you need an even more budget-friendly idea, use your existing furniture – maybe with new cushions – and pay special attention to placement. Group chairs on the same side of the door, for example. One on each side might create a more symmetrical look, but it’s not very practical for conversation seating.

    2. Upcycle unique planters

    Head to your local re-sale store or even your garage or attic to find a unique piece that can act as a new planter. We love this idea from DIY Network that uses an old tricycle to display succulents in this outdoor space.

    Unique planter ideas
    Get in the spring spirit with recycled rubber boot planters. As you can see in this Good Housekeeping gallery, they’re colorful as well as versatile. Set them on the porch, hang them from the door in place of a wreath or decorate an otherwise plain fence.

    3. Create DIY planters

    If the vintage look isn't quite your style, try building your own unique planter instead. We're loving this hexagon planter idea from The Home Depot.

    DIY wood planter
    If you want to be friendly to your bank account and the environment, check out some biodegradable options for planters, especially great for starting seeds, from Preparedness Mama. Then transfer them to one of these repurposed items (a book?!), inspired by The Spruce.

    4. Brighten the front door

    There's no better way to say goodbye to winter than with a fresh coat of bright paint on your front door. This project can be completed in a single afternoon. It's an easy way to give yourself a cheerful welcome every day. Check out our door painting tips to make this project as easy as possible.

    Bright front door paint colors

    If you love the idea of a bright door but are afraid to pull the trigger on something too bold, consider these tips for “colorful neutrals” from the April 2019 issue of Better Homes & Gardens:
     

    • Choose blues with soft gray undertones. Light to medium shades provide a touch of color to escape the dull.

    • Try clay-like colors – terra-cotta for example – to hint at pink without feeling like you’re at a baby shower. Think earth tones with a touch of rosiness.

    • Dark green can be surprisingly neutral. Green in general compliments other colors, so when you go dark, it sets the stage for other elements to pop. Consider a deep green with lighter wood accents, such as those made of pine.

    5. Refresh entry door hardware

    Nothing makes a front door pop better than a fresh handleset or smart lock in the perfect finish. Take some time to clean your hardware or swap an outdated set for a new style that better complements your front door. Check out our Instagram feed for plenty of inspiration.

    Front door deadbolt and handleset

    6. Hang a $25 spring wreath

    A spring wreath that's affordable and easy to make? Sign us up! We love the look of this spring wreath from Life by Anastasia as much as we love the price tag on this project. Be sure to check out our Accessorize Your Door board on Pinterest for plenty of DIY wreath inspiration.

    DIY front door wreath
    If you’re hoping for something other than a wreath, you’re in luck. And if you’re looking for another upcycling project, you’re even luckier. Try Addicted 2 Decorating’s umbrella “basket.” Fill an umbrella – clear or colorful – with some of your favorite tall flowers or branches to liven up your door.

    7. Have fun with fabrics

    Just because you’re outside doesn’t mean you can’t still have plush fabrics. You’ll want to make sure they’ll still hold up to the elements, but adding cushions, rugs and even drapes are an inexpensive way to bring new color and texture to your porch. Get the details on these indoor/outdoor drapes, courtesy of our friends at HGTV.

    Front porch decor ideas

    8. Hang plants somewhere new

    Have a little fun with your plant placement by creating an arrangement that hangs from the ceiling of your porch rather than the perimeter. This hanging basket arrangement from Country Living adds the perfect amount of personality to this front porch retreat.

    Front porch hanging plants
    If you don’t have a covered porch that allows for hanging arrangements, think about adding latticework for climbing plants like ivy, morning glory, Virginia creeper or climbing hydrangea.

    9. Re-arrange

    You may already have everything you need for the perfect front porch atmosphere. Try re-arranging your furniture, accessories and decor to give the front of your home a fresh new feel. We love this list of 15 ways to arrange your front porch from How to Decorate.

    Patio furniture
    We want to see your front porch style! Share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram for a chance to be featured in our Instagram feed!

    15 DIY projects for the ultimate spring curb appeal.

    April 22, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, April 22, 2019

    DIY spring curb appeal | Schlage

    Give your home the ultimate curb appeal with these 15 tips, ranging from trimming your hedges to installing crown molding around your door to updating your mailbox.

     

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    Springtime is the perfect time to get outside not just for fun, but also for making your home look as welcoming as you want it to feel. Give your home the ultimate curb appeal with these 15 tips, ranging from trimming your hedges to installing crown molding around your door to updating your mailbox.

    Grow

    1. Tidy up your existing landscaping. This could mean removing yard debris left over from winter. You might trim the hedges, which can have the added bonus of improving the security around your home. Or maybe it’s pruning flowers to make way for new ones or encourage new growth on your perennials.

    2. Fill in the gaps of your landscaping. If there’s a bed that looks particularly bare, add some visually interesting greenery. Don’t be afraid to play with colors, heights and textures.

    3. Keep it contained and colorful with a vibrant window box, container garden near your door or hanging flowers around your porch. Southern Living has some tips for gorgeous pots for your porch.

    Walk

    1. Repair or add pavers leading to your front door. It’s a touch that welcomes every guest. Plus, it benefits you by keeping shoes clean and mud-free in the house. There’s a range of materials to fit your taste and the style of your home – flagstone, brick, wood or even pea gravel and stone.

    2. When replacing a walkway or installing one from scratch, don’t get trapped into thinking it has to be a straight path. Interesting shapes and designs can add a lot to your curb appeal and keep you looking anything but cookie cutter. Find inspiration from these before-and-after shots from HGTV.

    3. If you have a fence you’re thinking of replacing, either along a path or on the perimeter of your yard, consider box hedges or other fence-like plants as an alternative.

    Open

    1. You can always replace your front door or add a screen door. But if an entirely new door isn’t in the budget or your DIY skillset, simply paint it. A new color can transform the look not only of the door itself, but the entire front of your house. Bonus tip: Before you get started, make sure your HOA doesn’t have restrictions on color.

    2. Small in size but big in impact, updating your door hardware can change the look of your entryway in a hurry. Schlage offers a variety of designs and finishes to compliment the style of any home, and with a range of deadbolts from mechanical to electronic, they also fit your family’s security needs. For front doors, check out Schlage’s popular handlesets and smart locks.

    3. Depending on the style of your home, Better Homes & Gardens suggests going a step farther by adding some architectural detail like trim or crown molding. There’s no need to do the entire house either. Simply add this touch at the entryway, and your front door will go from boring to brilliant.

    Live

    1. With new lights, you can change your curb appeal at night, not something we often think about. Strategically placed lighting – along walkways, surrounding your porch, on your garage or driveway – can illuminate your home’s best architectural details. A well-lit home is also an inexpensive way to improve security.

    2. No matter where your mailbox is – at the curb or by your door – a little sprucing might be in order. Paint it to compliment the new style of your front door, redo the house numbers or add a name plaque.

    3. Because of its sheer size, your garage door might be the most eye-catching piece of the curb appeal puzzle. Make sure it’s eye-catching for the right reasons. Whether you opt to paint it or replace it altogether, think about garage doors in a contrasting color to the rest of the house. Take a cue from Remodelaholic. This is your chance to turn them into a legitimate architectural feature, not just have them blend in with their surroundings.

    Relax

    1. If you’re going to relax on your front porch, you better have a comfy place to sit. Rocking chairs, couches, swings and even hammocks are the kind of touches that say to guests, “Come and stay awhile.”

    2. Wreaths work in any season, but if you’re ready to retire them until Christmas, you have other options for decorating your door. Hang a basket with some of your favorite flowers, wood cutouts to match the season or a simple chalkboard that you can change from “Welcome” to “Happy Easter” to “Summer Fun Lives Here” are fun and stunning alternatives.

    3. Want to make a bigger architectural impact? New porch columns – they don’t even have to be load-bearing – could be in your future.

    How do you showcase your home’s curb appeal? Share with us on Instagram or Facebook.

     

    A simple checklist to jump start your exterior spring cleaning projects.

    April 9, 2019 9:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, April 9, 2019

    A Simple Checklist to Jump Start Your Exterior Spring Cleaning Projects | Schlage

    Tackle these DIY spring cleaning projects to get your home working and looking its best in the new season.

     

     

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    Take a deep breath of fresh air, feel the sun on your face and … is that a leaky gutter? The exterior of your house may have taken a hit this winter. Tackle these DIY spring cleaning projects to get your home working and looking its best in the new season.
    Grey garage door with Schlage Touch Keyless Touchscreen Lever

    checkbox Refresh your front door

    The curb appeal of your home can really take a beating during the long winter months. Take a look at your front door. Are there any dings or scrapes that could use a touch up? Any wear and tear that needs to be addressed? Consider giving it a vibrant pop with a fresh coat of paint. HGTV has a fantastic gallery of some of the season’s most popular colors for your front door.

     

    While you’re doctoring up your entryway, think about updating your door hardware, too. This might mean a simple style upgrade with one of Schlage’s handlesets, available in a wide variety of designs and finishes to ensure that your front door is the perfect introduction to your home. Want something high tech? Go for the keyless convenience of a smart lock.

    checkbox Wash off the front porch

    After all the snow and ice from a long winter have melted, you'll often find a mess of dirt, salt and even the last of fall's leaves littering your porch and steps. Make sure none of it tracks in to your home by brushing it off with a broom and spraying it down with a garden hose.

    Colonial style home with large front porch and walkway

    checkbox Repair walkways

    Particularly if you live in a region with extreme weather, your front walkway might need some extra attention. Address any cracked concrete on the patio or sidewalk. Spring is for tiptoeing through the tulips, not tripping on the pavers.

    checkbox Add a new welcome mat and wreath

    Over time, your welcome mat is sure to attract a lot of dirt and grime. Make your front door entry even more welcoming with a fresh new welcome mat. One popular technique is to layer a typical mat over a larger outdoor rug. The extra attention to detail can lift the look of your entire entryway. Tie it all together with a cute new wreath.

    Purple front door with succulent wreath and Schlage deadbolt and keyed lever.

    checkbox Plant flowers

    Nothing says spring like freshly bloomed flowers! Whether it’s beds or pots, start your seedlings or find plant varieties that can survive a late overnight freeze, just to be safe. If cold weather could still be in the forecast, more durable flowers, like pansies, will hold up even when temperatures unexpectedly drop overnight. They're also affordable, leaving you the option to replace with a warm-weather plant when summer arrives.

     

    Need some inspiration? Check out these 10 container garden ideas from our friends at Lowe's. There are also tons of DIY upcycling projects for turning unconventional items into cute planters while also reducing waste.

    checkbox Prepare your yard and flower beds

    Your flower bed can become a magnet for leaves and debris during the winter. Be sure to clear them out so your hard work after planting new greenery can shine. And don’t forget to take a few minutes and a pair of scissors to remove any brown or dead bushes and ornamental grasses that may be lingering from seasons past.

     

    Make sure your irrigation system is ready as well. Check for leaky outdoor faucets or cracked hoses, and make sure your sprinklers are still functioning effectively and efficiently. This is a good chance to take advantage of outdoor home automation with smart sprinklers.

    checkbox Check roof, siding, foundation for signs of wear and tear

    Curb appeal shouldn't be your only concern when spring arrives! Be sure to assess the structure of your roof, siding and foundation for any necessary repairs. Missing slats or bricks are obvious problems for both walls and chimneys, but water stains can also be a sign of bigger issues. Stains might also mean you have water getting into the house somewhere, so be sure to identify the source and solve the problem quickly.

     

    Don’t forget about critter damage. Carpenter ants, termites, and burrowing or nesting wildlife can wreak havoc on your home’s structure as well.

    White front door with Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt.

    checkbox Clear debris from gutters

    Before spring showers start taking their toll, be sure to clear your gutters of any leaves or debris to ensure proper drainage. Backed up gutters can cause unnecessary damage to your home.

    checkbox Repair windows

    Go beyond just washing your windows with this spring cleaning. Check for leaks and gaps in the framework. Your air conditioner and energy bill will thank you. You’re not paying to cool the whole neighborhood, are you?!

    checkbox Bring out the grill, patio furniture and enjoy!

    If deck boards are warped or splintered, or if nails are sticking up, replace them to keep feet healthy and happy during warm-weather fun. Once that’s done, a good power wash might be in order. If you have a wood deck, you probably won’t regret staining and resealing it, too.

     

    A deck is so much more than just a bunch of boards, though. Wash your outdoor furniture, maybe replace some chair cushions and make sure your grill is ready to go. Before you get cooking, make sure the grill is clean and, if it’s gas, check for clogs and leaks in the hoses. You’ll be ready for outdoor entertaining before you know it.

     

    For more ways to make your home smart, stylish and spring-ready, visit Schlage.com. And if the inside of your house needs some TLC, say goodbye to winter with this interior spring cleaning checklist. Be sure to share what spring projects you’re prioritizing on Facebook and Twitter.

     

    Simple French door makeovers that say “Ooh la la!”

    March 11, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, March 11, 2019

    Bedroom with traditional french doors

    Whether you’re looking for easy painting or décor ideas, these tips will bring your French Doors to life.

     

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    Traditional bedroom french doors with multi-window panes and ornate door hardware.

    French doors. They’re timeless and elegant. They can also be surprisingly versatile, working on interior and exterior entryways, in all types of homes and with any design taste. They’re the perfect canvas for stylish details, whether you’re updating existing interior French doors or considering adding new ones to your home. Here are some tips to help you capture your unique style with an easy door makeover.

     

    If you think French doors are just for traditional homes, think again. Yes, they go great in homes that have an antique flair, transom windows – those small panes framed above the door – and intricate woodwork. But they can also work well in more modern homes. If you’re looking for a more contemporary or minimalist look, try French doors with a single, uninterrupted pane of glass.

    Window dressing

    All French doors have top-to-bottom windows. It’s their defining characteristic and what makes them “French.” What you do with that glass can really change the look of a room.

     

    French doors let in extra light and make a room feel larger, which is a major appeal. For times when you want a bit more privacy, especially on interior doors, you still have tons of options. Hang draperies on the doors themselves or around them like you would a window, blinds or even shutters. If you’re feeling exceptionally crafty, use a stencil and paint directly on the glass to create an eye-catching design. For something less permanent, take a page from Two Twenty One's book and simply line the panels with some decorative paper. This is especially great if you like to change the décor with the seasons. Think Christmas paper in winter and floral prints in the spring.

    Modern office with french doors leading to outdoor patio.

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    While you’re adding decoration to the door, how about switching out your door hardware? Schlage has some helpful tips for choosing the right hardware and locks for your French doors depending on the level of security you’re looking for. For interior doors, you might be particularly interested in non-turning, also known as dummy or inactive, door knobs or levers. These are purely decorative and won’t lock or latch, an ideal option for transitions between a master suite and a large closet.

     

    Schlage offers countless combinations of styles and finishes, so you can coordinate your hardware to the style of your home. Just as the French doors themselves can fit in any style of home, our wide selection of knobs and levers means you’ll find a look that suits your style.

    Kitchen with multi-pane french doors.

    Painted beauty

    When you remove your old knobs and levers is a great time to paint. There are two ways you can go – neutral colors that create a subtle transition from one room to the other or bold hues that turn your interior French doors into a can’t-miss statement piece.

     

    If painting French doors with all that glass and framed detail seems daunting, check out this tape-free tip from Bless’er House.

     

    French doors can have a major impact on the overall look of a room. To make the biggest statement, don’t forget the details. Something as simple as stylish curtains or a new door knob can take your look to the next level and have you feeling elegant and sophisticated in no time.

     

    If you need more inspiration, check out some of these budget-friendly French door makeovers from our blogger friends . Then show us how you put your personal touch on your French doors on Instagram or Pinterest.

     

    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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    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

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    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.

     

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