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    Find the perfect gift for long-distance friends and family.

    December 10, 2020 10:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, December 10, 2020

    Gifts for long-distance friends and family | Schlage

    Try these tips for picking out gifts for long-distance friends and family, along with a few of our favorite suggestions.



    Whether it’s because of COVID or simply because Americans are more mobile than ever before, it’s not uncommon to have family and friends spread across the country or even living abroad. While that could mean you have a free place to stay on vacation, it can also make holidays and birthdays difficult. How do you show them you care when you aren’t nearby? Try these tips for picking out gifts for long-distance friends and family, along with a few of our favorite suggestions.
    Woman sitting on the couch opening package.

    Stay close with technology

    Technology makes it easier than ever to bridge physical distance. When buying the latest electronics for long-distance loved ones, pick gifts they’ll find easy to use. If it doesn’t work with smart devices they already own or are too difficult to incorporate into their current lifestyle, it’s likely to stay in the box or worse. You want your gift to bring joy, not cause headaches. We like these gadgets for staying connected with friends and family.

    Smart photo frame.

    Smart photo frame

    Digital photo frames are nothing new, but this one from Nixplay connects to WiFi. That means you send pictures and videos directly to the frame for easy sharing. Not only do you not need to load the frame before you wrap it up, but you can continue to update it with your latest snapshots securely and in real-time.

    Echo Show

    Echo Show

    Everyone could use an easy way to make video calls these days. What sets the Echo Show apart from your average laptop or tablet, however, is everything else you can do with it. In addition to chats, your loved one can enjoy movies and TV shows, listen to their favorite playlists on Amazon Music and ask Alexa all kinds of questions. The Echo Show is compatible a variety of other smart devices, too, including the Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt with Zigbee technology.

    Make small gestures for lasting impact

    When you don’t see someone every day, reaching out can sometimes feel awkward or like another item on your to-do list. The good news is that staying connected doesn’t have to be a big commitment like a two-hour phone call, plane tickets or expensive trips to the post office. Choose small, heartfelt gifts that keep giving every time your loved one uses it.

    Engraved spoon.

    “Coffee together” engraved spoon

    Good things come in small packages and, if we’re honest, with a bit of caffeine. These engraved spoons are a small gesture that will put a warm smile on someone’s face each morning. We chose “Still having coffee together,” but there are several other messages to choose from.

    Long distance friendship lamp.

    Long distance friendship lamp

    If you live with someone, a smile from across the room can say a lot. If you’re miles apart, it’s a little harder to show in-the-moment affection. This stylish wood friendship lamp can help. A tap on your lamp makes theirs light up. You can even pick different colors for everyone in the family or friend group.

    Remember what brought you together

    Take inspiration from what brings you together in the best of times. For example, what hobbies or movies do you share when you’re not separated? Find creative ways to replicate your favorite experiences, even from a distance.

    Personalized cutting board

    Personalized family recipe cutting board

    When we can’t spend holidays together with family, one of the things we often miss most are homecooked meals. Engrave this customized cutting board with Grandma’s biscuit recipe or Dad’s special sauce blend. It’s not quite the same as cooking side-by-side, but it’s still a nice taste of home.

    Book club box

    Book club box

    This subscription box sends a book your bestie. They also get couple of gifts, each numbered to be opened at specific points in their reading. Get one for yourself too, and we bet you’ve never shared a book quite like this before. There are also boxes for kids, young adults, mystery lovers and travel junkies, to name a few.

    Whether the people on your list live right next door or in another country, use Schlage’s Gift Giving Guides to find the right present for them. New to our guides this year are ideas for self-care gifts, things to make it easier to work from home, gifts that support important causes, sustainable goods and kitchen gadgets.


    Give with purpose: Gift ideas that also support important causes.

    December 7, 2020 10:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, December 7, 2020

    Gifts that give back | Schlage

    This holiday season, consider purchasing goods that support important causes. Here are some of our picks for gifts that give back.



    Perhaps more than ever, we’re asking ourselves how we can positively impact our communities. How can leave a legacy our children will be proud of? How can we protect the environment for generations to come? These are big questions, but the answers can be simple. Small changes in our daily lives can take us a step closer to leaving the world a better place than we found it. As part of those small steps, consider purchasing goods that support important causes. Here are some of our picks for gifts that give back.
    Hoilday presents.

    For those with a soft spot for kids

    Felt mouse ornament.

    Felt mice ornament

    Do you know someone who thinks there’s no such thing as too many Christmas tree ornaments? Or maybe they’re the kind who never says no when the cashier asks, “Would you like to round up your total to donate to …?” Then these felt mice ornaments are perfect. Not only are the ornaments adorable, but West Elm will donate 50% of the purchase price to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Cute for you, life-changing for a child suffering from cancer.

    For those who value health above all

    Hand in hand bar soap.

    Hand in Hand bar soap

    An estimated 5 million children die each year from water-related illnesses, and nearly half of those deaths could have been avoided if the children had had access to clean soap and water. That’s why Hand in Hand is dedicated to providing soap and clean wells to children in Haiti. You can help by gifting these deliciously scented bar soaps. When you buy a bar, Hand in Hand gives a bar. It’s that simple.

    For those who want to empower others



    There are so many reasons to give a subscription box – your loved one keeps getting gifts long after the holiday or birthday, it’s easy for you if the recipient is long-distance and someone else decides what to send (perfect for those hard-to-shop-for folks). Causebox gives you another great reason. Everything Causebox ships is ethically made, sustainably sourced and cruelty free. Plus, the company’s mission is to empower women and create opportunities for marginalized and disadvantaged populations.

    For loved ones who love nature

    Conscious step socks that give back to Habitat for Humanity

    Conscious Step socks

    These socks are serious (and) fun. Each of the dozens of designs corresponds to a different charity. Socks with keys help build houses, the ones with dogs support the Best Friends Animal Society and if they have polar bears on them? They protect endangered animals. Yours truly bought her dad shark socks for Christmas to keep his toes toasty and protect ocean life. Other causes include fighting breast cancer, conserving rainforests, educating kids, planting trees, fighting for equality and supporting mental health.

    See all our picks for gifts that give back, and a host of other gift giving guides, at


    How to make your hollow core doors look expensive when you're on a budget.

    December 3, 2020 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, December 3, 2020

    Hollow core door makeover ideas | Schlage

    Quickly give your home a more elegant and modern touch without breaking the bank when you try one (or more!) of our favorite DIY hollow core makeovers.



    Nearly every home has at least one – boring, flat-panel hollow core doors. Quickly give your home a more elegant and modern touch without breaking the bank when you try one (or more!) of our favorite DIY hollow core makeovers. It will look like you spent a fortune on upgrades, but you’ll know better.

    1. DIY Beadboard doors

    Beadboard doors work for almost any style of home. Get this simple tutorial from The Shanks, who used beadboard wallpaper to achieve the look they wanted. At one-third of the price of actual beadboard, it’s worth thinking about.


    Brittany, the Pretty Handy Girl, used molding and beadboard panels to dress up the hollow, flat doors of a rental property. She opted for panels instead of wallpaper to stand up to the rigors of rentals.

    2. Panel doors for every budget

    This step-by-step tutorial from Jenna Sue Design Company takes a plain slab door and turns it into a five-panel door. It looks like a million bucks but only costs $12! The black paint gives her doors an extra luxurious appeal, too. For a flawless paint job, be sure to check out these door painting tips and tricks.

    Create the illusion of raised panels and banish dull, flat doors with this quick and affordable tutorial from Lowe’s. With just a few supplies and a bit of time, you can create a classic look you'll enjoy for years to come.
    If you’re up for a project that requires a bit more advanced tools and techniques, we have something for you, too. Jenna Sue is at it again over on Remodelaholic. She updated this old, synthetic closet door by adding veneer and authentic details. Say hello to a beautiful, rustic new look.
    You can also check out This Old House’s detailed tutorial on adding panel molding to dress up a hollow core door. We’re talking a transformation from slab door to grand entranceway.
    When an all-new garage entry door proved to be too expensive, Simply Beautiful by Angela used plywood left over from another project to turn a flat door into a three-paneled masterpiece. Add to that a Schlage Accent lever with Camelot trim in Aged Bronze finish, which matches the other hardware and fixtures in the entryway, and this space went from drab to character-filled at very little expense.

    3. Windowed details

    Remodelaholic showcased yet another great way to rejuvenate a hollow core door by adding glass. With some elbow grease, you can not only improve the look of the door but also add some light and beauty to an entire room. It’s the perfect opportunity to incorporate decorative glass into your home.

    4. Dutch doors

    What could make a door feel more different than turning it into two? Angela at Unexpected Elegance gives you a step-by-step guide to turn that slab door into a Dutch door. Be sure to choose the right hardware for your new entryway.

    5. Pet doors

    This one might not make your door look expensive, but it will have Fluffy feeling like a million bucks. Add a pet door, perfect for hiding litter boxes in closets, with this tutorial from First Home Love Life.

    6. Sliding barn door

    In her ongoing adventures of creating a home one project at a time, Christina Maria repurposed the hollow core door in her kitchen in a truly unique way. Using some imagination, careful planning and little know-how, she turned it into a sliding barn door – adding privacy while taking up minimal space.

    7. Easy updates

    If you’re thinking those sound great but more than you want to take on – project burnout is a real thing – then keep it simple. Rain on a Tin Roof shows us how striking a pantry door of all things can look with black paint and new hardware.

    And Dream Green DIY took on an even easier approach. We’d say that Schlage lever is a huge improvement over the scratched and dinged knob originally on the door. How’s that for an elegant upgrade without a major commitment?
    Vintage Revivals shows how a door upgrade doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing commitment. Replacing all the doors in the 80s house wasn’t in their budget, but they wanted a new look to fit their updated bathroom. The final decision? Add faux paneling and go with a bold golden paint just on the door’s interior. That kept the view from looking mismatched in the hallway, but still allowed for a needed style boost.

    No matter how you give new life to your hollow core doors, remember that a refreshed set of door hardware can help complete the look. Visit the Product Selector tool on for help finding the perfect look for your doors. And don’t forget to find us on Pinterest and Instagram for even more inspiration.



    14 quick & easy ways to deck your doors for the holidays.

    December 2, 2020 12:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020

    DIY Holiday door decor | Schlage

    Grab your friends, kids or partner and tackle one of these quick and easy decor ideas this week. You'll be glad you did.



    We know what you're thinking. Winter holidays are right around the corner. If you haven't decorated your doors yet, there’s no point in doing it now. Well, we disagree, especially when you have these easy tricks and tutorials at your disposal. Grab your friends, kids or partner and tackle one this week. You'll be glad you did.
    Country Christmas front porch.


    This beautiful holiday wreath from A Pumpkin & A Princess makes an elegant statement and looks as though you slaved to put it together. In reality, it was done in only two steps. That's not even the best part. If you buy these supplies now, relatively late in the game, you're likely to save money thanks to Christmas décor markdowns at many craft supply stores. Easy and inexpensive make this holiday wreath a win!


    We love the idea of skipping the traditional Christmas wreath to deck your doors with a festive banner instead. Below are two easy tutorials for pulling off this look in no time at all. Pick whatever word you like – joy like Uncommon Designs did, Noel like A Beautiful Mess, peace, snow – to best capture the season’s meaning.


    The only requirement for this wreath is that you choose the wreath and flowers that make you happiest. No special tools are needed, and assembly is a piece of cake! Maynard Made couldn’t have made it any easier.


    If you love the look that fresh wreaths offer but hate the price tag and waste of short-lived décor, this Rikki Snyder tutorial is perfect for you. While this is the most time-consuming project on the list, even DIY beginners can tackle it with this simple tutorial.


    This adorable snowman wreath from On Sutton Place is so easy to create. You can swap out the scarf and mittens for different colors to make him last all winter long or choose different wreath materials like grapevines or wire covered in white lights.


    Ornament wreaths are all the rage this holiday season and for good reason! They're a breeze to make, even easier to maintain and only cost a fraction of similar store-bought décor. It’s a must-try for anyone who has accumulated too many Christmas balls over the years. Find out how from The Happier Homemaker.


    This monogram Christmas wreath from Craftaholics Anonymous requires very little work and, like the snowman wreath above, you can simply swap the ribbon and letter for a different color and keep this wreath up all year-long.

    8. Fall for winter decor

    When you’re looking for quick holiday décor, your best bet might be to use something you already have. If your fall decorations are still going strong, keep them and add a simple wreath to bring it into the colder months. On Sutton Place shows us how beautiful simple and natural can be.


    Similar to reusing fall décor to simplify holiday decorating, try incorporating the same elements indoors and out. That’s just one trip to the craft store and one stunning, coordinated look throughout the home. You can see here how Centsational Girl’s copper bells and Christmas baubles perfectly mirror the metallics inside on the stair bannister’s garland.


    If you’re short on time but still have a lot of porch to cover, don’t fret. These two bold wreaths are real workhorses. You won’t need a lot of décor to make a statement, especially for a classic farmhouse look like this one from Beneath My Heart.

    11. Beautiful Backdrops

    With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, home improvement projects can get placed on hold. But sometimes a simple update is exactly what you need to set off the rest of your front porch décor, today and for the rest of the year. In the tutorials below, you see can how two colors not typically associated with winter – greenish-blue for In Honor of Design and soft rose for Classy Clutter – make gorgeous backdrops for their unique wreaths. The new coats of paint will transition perfectly into warmer seasons, making it a win throughout the year.

    12. Rustic spruce

    Add a little extra charm to your front door décor with a simple, unadorned spruce tree and a few winter necessities. This look from Good Housekeeping is quick and easy to pull off if you're waiting until the last minute to make your home festive. The best part is that the décor can stay all winter long.


    Whether you have large box planters like At Charlotte’s House or a collection of smaller pots, it’s easy to add small seasonal touches. In this case, Charlotte simply added a combination of greenery for a friend’s house and the craft store, tied a big bow on it and called it done.


    Do you have patio furniture going un-sat on since the summer? Add a throw blanket and a pillow or two on benches, porch swings and chairs. You might be surprised how festive your porch looks with the right colors and fabrics. Like we see with Lolly Jane’s Adirondack chair, it doesn’t even have to be red to feel festive. The cozy touches might even encourage you to spend more time snuggled up with a warm drink and a friend.

    Holiday porch décor doesn’t have to be high maintenance or tricky. Find even more simple ideas to spruce up your winter curb appeal at the Schlage blog or follow us on Pinterest.


    How to transform everyday items into gorgeous holiday décor.

    December 1, 2020 12:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020

    DIY Christmas decorations | Schlage

    Here are 10 of our favorite DIY holiday decorations using items from home.



    Sometimes all you want is a simple project with no trips to the craft store, no wasting money on supplies you’ll use once and then forget about in the back of the closet. When that’s the case, you need a project with upcycled materials. Here are 10 of our favorite DIY holiday decorations using items from home.
    DIY Christmas wreath with dried citrus

    1. Holiday card tree

    You’ve been saving up old Christmas cards but can’t possibly display them all. Make a tree shape with your favorites like Country Living. It’ll brighten up a dull wall and remind you of sentimental greetings at the same time.

    2. Wrapped kitchen cabinets

    We often see front doors wrapped like a present to spruce up holiday curb appeal. There’s no rule that says you can’t do the same with cabinet doors. If you have glass-fronted cabinets, you could also line the interior with wrapping paper you already have to bring some holiday spirit to the kitchen.

    3. Citrus-lined candle jars

    House Beautiful shows one of the easiest Christmas tips on this list. Line the candle jars you already own with orange and try a spice-scented candle. One whiff and the nose knows it’s time to celebrate.

    4. Coffee filter garland

    Coffee filters dyed in various colors is all you need for a simple DIY garland. String them together, fluff them up and hang the finished product anywhere that needs a festive touch. It doesn’t have to be on a mantlepiece. Try a stair railing, over an interior door frame or around a hallway mirror.

    5. Popsicle snowflakes

    If you have crafty kids, you probably have some popsicle sticks laying around. A Girl and a Glue Gun turned this into a “crafternoon” with the family, setting the kiddos free to create designs as big and original as their imaginations.

    6. Winterized lantern

    We like this one for repurposing décor from other seasons – in this case, lanterns – and winterizing it. If you don’t have extra Christmas tree bulbs like Dimples and Tangles used or if you want a different look altogether, try adding a string of small lights, evergreen sprigs, faux snow or whatever else puts you in the seasonal spirit. Use the updated lanterns outdoors on porch steps or indoors on a mantle or sideboard.

    7. Plastic spoon Christmas tree

    You bought a multipack of plastic cutlery and somehow ended up with only spoons left. Use them for this DIY Christmas tree. Heathered Nest embellished them with glitter, but how you style your upcycled tree is up to you. We’ve also seen this craft done with all the spoons painted a single, solid color and thought it helped give them more of an artistic touch and look less like cutlery.

    8. Photo paper luminaries

    For just the price of some photo paper, which you might already have from your last scrapbooking project, you can create a personalized luminary. These DIY snowflake luminaries from The Handcrafted Life look just as beautiful when illuminated as in daylight and came in at a fraction of the price as store-bought version.

    9. Snow globe terrarium

    Apothecary jars – perhaps the ones you store cotton balls in – are the perfect base for creating a winter wonderland. Unlike a traditional terrarium with moss and other plants, fill these snow globes with fake snow, a small strand of lights, mini artificial trees, woodland creatures or anything else that sets the perfect, whimsical scene.

    10. Sock snowman

    This tutorial for no-sew snowman from Darkroom & Dearly is the perfect project for those socks who lost their mate in the dryer. With a little more effort, you can also turn your socks into Scandinavian Christmas gnomes.

    There are more DIY crafts for cold afternoons at the Schlage blog, but we’d love to see your creative streaks, too. Share your finished projects with us on social media. We’re on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.


    Design the perfect holiday light show in 6 easy steps.

    November 19, 2020 12:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, November 19, 2020

    Christmas light display | Schlage

    Whether you’re enjoying them as a family or putting on a show for neighbors, here are Schlage’s favorite holiday light show tips worthy of a parade.



    Traditions at Christmastime vary widely from region to region and family to family. One common strand, however, is lights. Whether you’re enjoying them as a family or putting on a show for neighbors, here are Schlage’s favorite holiday light show tips worthy of a parade.
    Christmas light display.

    Shining some light on a bit of holiday history

    Lights have been a part of Christmas tradition, even before electricity. The history of Christmas tree lights started by putting candles directly on branches. The family would then gather round in the parlor, light the wicks and after a few minutes of admiring the candles, blow them out. We’re sure it was beautiful for those few minutes, but it was also a fire hazard.


    Fast forward to the late 19th century when a man named Edward Johnson created the first string of electric lights using large, pear-shaped bulbs. By all accounts, it was stunning, but Americans didn’t quite trust home electricity yet and it was costly. It’s estimated that that single strand of just eight bulbs cost the equivalent of about $80 today.


    Christmas lights became more popular in the 1920s when General Electric’s pre-assembled lights became less expensive. Our only question is if the strands of a century ago still got so frustratingly tangled.

    How to design the perfect holiday light display

    1. Make it big.

    If you want people to admire your display from afar, you need to think big. It isn’t just about the number of lights you use, but the scenes you create. Supersize everything so neighbors can admire it from the street. Lifesize cutouts of Santa and his elves with a spotlight at night, giant outdoor ornaments woven in amongst lights in your landscaping or wireframe woodland creatures are just a few ideas to get you started. Don’t stop at just one or two pieces of décor, either. Who says you can’t have a whole herd of reindeer this year?


    As you make it bigger, don’t forget to still be considerate of others. Frantically flashing lights, for example, have been known to trigger seizures or trouble those with sensory disorders. And be sure any spotlights aren’t shining in anyone’s windows.

    2. Pick a theme.

    The bigger you get, the more tempting it will be to add and add and add more décor. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but to keep your front yard from looking chaotic, pick a theme. It could be as simple as committing to using only one light color and using it on trees, bushes, the house’s façade, porch railings, along your walkways and surrounding the garage. You might also choose to go more complex and create an entire scene that tells a story. Perhaps it’s your version of The Nutcracker with ballerinas and mouse soldiers. Or it could be less expected, re-creating a vision of the tropics with lights.

    3. Think in 3D.

    Consider how you can add depth to your light display. By this, we mean décor at the front porch, out by the street-side mailbox and everywhere in between. Design your light show in a way that admirers’ eyes will linger and find something to delight them in unexpected places. It will also help keep your display from feeling stale and unpredictable when they notice something new each time they pass.

    4. Keep it safe.

    No matter how many lights you include in your display, be sure to practice electrical safety. Inspect wires for damage before you plug anything in. Don’t overload your extension cords and keep them clear of snow and standing water. Electrical cords are rated for certain uses and power needs and should only be used in the authorized way. Also, fasten your lights securely to protect your décor and home from wind damage.


    If you’re a light show veteran but are going more extravagant this year, make sure your electrical system is prepared to handle the extra load. You can find more electrical safety tips from Electrical Safety Foundation International.

    5. Make it smart.

    You want to enjoy your traditions, not be a slave to them. Use a smart plug and timers to turn your lights on and off automatically. There are several benefits to this. For starters, you’ll conserve energy by not burning the lights when you don’t need them. You’ll also be less likely to tip off intruders that you aren’t home. Leaving the lights on all day is a sign that you’ve left town, making your home an easy target. Finally, it’s more convenient. Again, it frees you to do other things, but if you pair your smart plugs to a voice assistant like Alexa, you won’t even have to get off the couch to start the show.

    6. Invite your neighbors.

    Now that your handiwork is on display for all to see, invite your neighbors, family and friends to take in the scene. Follow the tips above and, even if you’re social distancing, everyone will be able to enjoy their favorite holiday traditions safely.

    We love seeing all the festive lights, but they also have the added bonus of helping to keep your home safe. Get holiday home security tips at the Schlage blog or find us on Pinterest for more great Christmas décor inspiration.


    Self-care gift ideas for the healthy people in your life.

    November 18, 2020 12:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020

    Self-care gift ideas | Schlage

    Check out these gift ideas to help your loved ones feel pampered and rejuvenated.



    It’s been a tough year, and while we can’t promise what 2021 will be like, we can give you some gift ideas to help your loved ones feel pampered and rejuvenated. Staying healthy and balanced is important if we’re going to live our best lives. A few tools can help make that reality. Here are some of our picks for self-care gifts.
    Woman wrapping Christmas presents.

    Gifts for a germ-free home

    Secura premium touchless automatic soap dispenser.

    Is it the new socks and underwear? Maybe. But it is immensely useful. We probably wouldn’t have predicted a touchless soap dispenser could be the next best holiday gift. Stylish and hygienic, the Secura Premium Touchless Automatic Soap Dispenser is one of Amazon’s top-selling soap dispensers. Perfect for the clean-conscious, those with small children who always use too much soap or tech lovers who also have a touchless faucet.


    Also at the Gift Guide: Air purifiers

    Gifts to help them find their center

    Florensi meditation cushion.

    Meditation can help your loved one manage stress, increase creativity and develop patience, and the right cushion or mat can make it easier to stay dedicated to their meditation practice. The Florensi Meditation Cushion supports your loved one’s spine and keeps them comfortable while they “OMMM.” As a bonus, it looks good and is easy to clean, so they’ll love leaving it out even when it’s not in use. Perfect for yogis, those practicing mindfulness and anyone who loves a good floor pillow for eating dinner at the coffee table.


    Also at the Gift Guide: Acupressure mat

    Gifts for convenient physical fitness

    Hiplok Z lok combo.

    Did you and your fitness-loving friends break out the old bikes during quarantine? Maybe they purchased a new bike to stay fit while enjoying the outdoors. Now’s your chance to outfit them with the best accessories. In addition to the all-important helmet, give them the Hiplok Z Lok Combo. Your loved one will still want a traditional lock for overnight storage, but this pocket-sized steel “zip-tie” is ideal for quick stops at the ice cream shop or into the store. Perfect for rookie and veteran cyclists and the loved ones who want to keep them safe.


    Also at the Gift Guide: Fitness subscriptions

    Search for more ideas for nearly everyone on your list with Schlage’s Gift Guides. You’ll find more self-care suggestions, as well as ideas for new homeowners, outdoors afficionados, pet lovers and more.


    30 indoor DIY and home maintenance projects for fall.

    November 6, 2020 12:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, November 6, 2020

    DIY home maintenance projects for fall | Schlage

    With the change in seasons, here are 30 projects you can do inside to get ready for the fall and winter months.



    As the temperatures drop and the weather gets a little less predictable, ‘tis the season for indoor DIY projects. With the change in seasons, here are 30 projects you can do inside to get ready for the fall and winter months.
    Minimalist fall mantle decor.

    Dust it

    1. Clean dust and dirt away from radiators and baseboard heaters. Make it easy by using the vacuum.

    2. Break out the vacuum again and clear accumulated dust from your refrigerator coils. It’ll help the fridge stay colder and use less energy.

    3. Clear out the dryer vents. All that built-up lint from the last time you cleaned the vents – if you’ve ever cleaned the vents – could be hurting your dryer’s efficiency. It might also be creating a fire hazard.

    4. Dust your ceiling fans. Even though you can’t see the dirt, it’s there. Reverse the fan’s direction afterward. It sounds counterintuitive, but running your fan “backwards” in the winter forces hot air back down into the room, saving you on energy costs.
    Clean, minimalist kitchen with grey cabinets and large window above farmhouse sink.

    Deep-clean it

    1. Head to the kitchen and remove grease from the range hood, clean the oven, wash and deodorize trash and recycling bins, and wash the walls and backsplash. You might not notice how dirty everything has gotten because you look at it every day. Plus, a good deep-clean now will save you time and have your kitchen in top working condition come holiday season.

    2. Clean the dishwasher. Most of us don’t do this often enough anyway, and you want it in peak condition for all those messy comfort-food casserole dishes and extra duty from holiday meals.

    3. Maintenance the chimney and fireplace. You’ll want to hire a professional for this one. Trust us when we say you won’t enjoy that first warming fire of the season when you find out too late that a bird has left its nest in there, filling your home with smoke or worse.

    4. Clean carpets and rugs. You might just need a spot clean, or you could call in the professionals to really start the fall with a clean slate.

    5. Unclog the drains. This isn’t exactly related to fall, but with all the buildup your sink and shower drains accumulate – hair, soap scum, hard-water minerals – now’s as good a time as any. The same goes for your garbage disposal.
    Smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm.

    Repair it

    1. Test and replace the batteries in smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and, while you’re at it, smart locks.

    2. Check the expiration date on your fire extinguishers and replace them as necessary. Now’s a good time for a refresher on how to use them, too.
    3. Test your home for radon, a radioactive gas generated by the soil underneath your home. Buy a simple at-home kit or hire a radon tester. If radon levels are too high, you’ll want to install a vent system to draw the radon from under your home to the outside and possibly seal any foundation cracks that might be making the problem worse.

    4. Add weatherstripping around doors and windows. Not only will it make your home feel cozier, but also will help keep your heating bill under control.

    5. Insulate your water heater or replace the insulation if needed. A simple insulation blanket can help it run more efficiently, saving you big throughout the fall and winter.

    6. Scrub the grout in your kitchen and bath, and if there are any places where it comes off or is discolored, replace it with the same color grout. It will look cleaner and seal moisture out better.

    7. Seal natural stone countertops. According to Apartment Therapy, granite should be sealed every three to five years, while marble should be resealed every three to six months. If you take care of it now, spills won’t be such a headache later.

    8. Repaint. If walls or furniture took a beating in the last few months, now’s a great time for touchups.

    9. Change your lightbulbs. We often use our homes differently in the winter months, so think about what each room needs. Will you crave something brighter in the office? Maybe you want more soothing lighting in the living room for relaxing nights in with Netflix.

    10. Repair or upgrade your door hardware. We sometimes see interior door knobs and levers so frequently, we no longer truly see them. If they’re sticking, scratched, drooping or just plain unattractive, make the simple switch to something that works better for your lifestyle.
    Mudroom with storage bench.

    Restock it

    1. Refill emergency kits and first aid kits for your home and car. has a thorough list of everything you’ll need.

    2. Straighten up your mudroom or entryway and make sure it’s stocked with everything you’ll need for chillier weather. That includes an extra-durable mat to collect rain and snow, a boot tray and maybe baskets for those extra hats, scarves and mittens you’ll be donning before too long.

    3. Cooler weather often means more germs and sniffles. Make sure your bathrooms and kitchen are fully stocked with soap and other cleaning materials. Take the extra seasonal step by choosing hand soap with a pleasant scent. Pumpkin cupcake, anyone?

    4. Bring out the throw blankets you’ve had in storage all summer. You might give them a quick wash to freshen them up a bit first. Stock them in an easy-to-grab place like a decorative basket near the couch.

    5. Hang blackout curtains. With the nights getting longer, this might seem unnecessary, but blackout curtains are often made of thick material. That means better insulation – and warmer, quieter rooms.

    6. Organize your pantry and then restock any groceries you might need in the upcoming months. Maybe it’s extra cans of soup for chilly, lazy lunches. Or it could be extra baking supplies for all the cookies you’re about to make.
    Fall mantle decor.

    Decorate it

    1. Set out your decorative pumpkins, real or fake. They aren’t just for Halloween, so go wild to capture the feel of the season. And don’t think they need to live on your porch. Pumpkins are great for mantles, side tables or even tucked underneath a potted plant.

    2. If weatherstripping isn’t cutting it, or if it’s just not cute enough for you, complete this sewing project for a DIY draft stopper. You can place them at the base of the door or on a windowsill.

    3. Hang a fall wreath. The front door is the obvious choice, but don’t discount interior doors or even door knobs with a mini wreath.

    4. Spruce up your fireplace mantel or create a faux mantle to display your favorite seasonal décor.

    5. Your bar cabinet or bar cart could probably use a little fall touch. No matter how it’s stocked or whether you’re serving a group of friends or just yourself, we think it should be beautiful.

    As we hunker down during the cold months, it’s important to feel comfortable in our own homes. Find more tips and inspiration for making your home welcoming to you and visitors at the Schlage blog.


    How to make a vintage door look like new again

    October 23, 2020 7:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, October 23, 2020

    How to make a vintage door look like new again

    Before you replace your vintage door with a fresh new one, consider the possibility of rejuvenating your existing door instead.



    DIY tips - Vintage door makeover - Schlage
    Before you replace your vintage door with a fresh new one, consider the possibility of rejuvenating your existing door instead. A little DIY knowledge is all you need to restyle, refinish or repurpose that old door into something special – without breaking your budget.

    1. RESTYLE

    Updating your door hardware is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to restyle your door. Schlage door hardware comes in a wide variety of styles and finishes so you can personalize and complement your look. Style is in the details, and this small, inexpensive upgrade is sure to make a big impact.


    If your door needs a little more TLC, you can still keep it simple and affordable with a little paint or stain. Life on Southpointe Drive shows how to update your front door with gel stain. While some DIY experts suggest removing your door from the hinges first to limit drips, it’s not always necessary.

    Another unique option? Milk paint. It’s a water-based paint that creates an antique, distressed look. With a variety of colors and techniques available, you can transform a tired door you don’t want guests to notice into a shabby chic statement piece worth talking about. Find more advice for painting doors and trims in DIY Tips.


    2. Refinish

    Who better than our friends at This Old House to offer up a few professional secrets for bringing a beautiful, vintage exterior door back to life? Check out their step-by-step guide that covers removing door hardware, sanding and scraping tips, hanging and finishing, and re-installing the original door hardware.

    Sometimes, it’s just nice to sit back and look at all the possibilities and get some inspiration. For that, you can always count on Houzz to provide a house full of DIY tips and success stories. Interested in adding a salvaged barn door? Enamored by the original doors from a 19th Century row home? Or is shabby chic your style? The sky’s the limit.

    3. Repurpose

    If you do decide to replace that old door, there are lots of ways you can repurpose it. Turn it into a bookshelf, a knickknack shelf, a strikingly unique picture frame or a host of other imaginative and useful items. Don’t just think of it as an old door when it can be so much more.

    Show us your vintage door upgrades on Facebook and Instagram.


    Halloween entryway and porch décor to die for.

    October 20, 2020 12:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020

    Halloween entryway decor | Schlage

    If you’re looking to scare up some new ideas for decorating your front porch or entryway for Halloween, let us help.



    When it comes to Halloween décor, most of us don’t go for understated. It’s a holiday that screams for bold. If you’re looking to scare up some new ideas for decorating your front porch or entryway for Halloween, let us help.
    Mini pumpkin and skull Halloween wreath.

    Halloween décor for your front door

    Whether you’re just decorating the door or creating an entire scene for passersby, use these ideas to get you started. Then try out our Halloween party décor ideas for your front door.

    This is not the time for pretty flower wreaths. Try a creepy twig Halloween wreath instead. You can DIY this Halloween décor with just some sticks, a glue gun and, if you want, black spray paint.
    If you’re looking for low effort or minimalist design, this one is for you. A store-bought web attached to your house numbers lets everyone know your house celebrates the spooky. Merriment Design added their own glittery spider for extra effect.
    A covered porch offers the perfect opportunity to literally raise your Halloween décor game. Martha Stewart shows how to do hanging bats, but witches’ hats and ghosts are spooktacular alternatives as well.
    Personalizing a door mat for Halloween is one of the simplest holiday DIY projects you can do. Buy a plain mat, paint and some foam brushes. Whether or not you use a stencil is up to you and your artistic abilities. DIY Network used a bat stencil in this tutorial, but we also like the idea of freehanded ghosts. They’re mostly just blobs anyway.
    Skip to my Lou turns the idea of a jack-o-lantern on its head with this DIY Halloween luminary. Instead of carving pumpkins, try punching holes in a recycled tin can. Paint adds to the look. You can place these on your porch, lining the stairs up to your front door, in your entryway or all of the above. Light them with battery powered votives for extra safety.

    Halloween decorations for your entryway

    Keep the ghoulish décor going beyond the front door with these ideas for your foyer.

    Do you have entryway seating? This monster makeover is a great way to Halloween-ify your foyer without sacrificing functionality. We’d be lying if we said we didn’t also love this idea for kids’ rooms at any time of year.
    Don’t forget your stairs and railings. Cute bats are a good option if you have little ones who scare easily. You can also use fake cobwebs or adorable ghosts.
    Do you usually have a nice floral arrangement in your entryway? Fresh flowers on a sideboard or landing strip is an inviting touch for when you come home each day. But for Halloween, switch it up with some dark, moody dried flowers like Cheetah is the New Black did for a holiday party.
    Don’t have much Halloween décor? Maybe it’s a small space or you’re worried your decorations look kind of random just sitting out. Group them on a tray like Made in a Day. Check out their entire blog and you’ll see they didn’t go for subtle, but this trick works no matter what your tastes are.
    Whether on your front porch or an entryway side table, a sign can literally make any statement you want. Halloween is the perfect time to either keep it fun and lighthearted or go a bit spookier as you welcome guests to your home.

    Bless’er House shows what’s possible when you want to celebrate Halloween but you’re not one of those people who feels the need to invest in a fog machine just for October. The bats, framed skull print and potion jars definitely have the Halloween vibe, but the rest of the décor will easily transition into the rest of fall without a total overhaul. It’s spooky, classy and easy.


    We didn’t talk much about pumpkins here, but never fear. You can find DIY pumpkin ideas on the Schlage blog along with even more tricks to treat yourself with gorgeous front porch décor.


    Halloween entryway decor.



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