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    The best house party ideas of the last century.

    July 28, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, July 28, 2020

    House party ideas | Schlage

    From the Lone Ranger to gender reveals, here are 10 moments that shaped home entertainment history.

     

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    One of the perks of owning a home is inviting others over to celebrate and create memories. Some celebrations are laden with tradition, so our parties have remained similar throughout the century, while others have changed along with our lifestyles. From the Lone Ranger to gender reveals, here are 10 moments that shaped home entertainment history.
    Outdoor family dinner party.

    1. Family radio shows

    During the Great Depression, money for leisure activities simply wasn’t there. Entertaining for the vast majority of Americans in the 1930s tended to be an at-home, family-only affair. Even when money was tight, families invested in radios in greater numbers. Only one-third of U.S. households owned a radio in the late 20s, and that had increased to approximately 60 percent by 1933.A fun evening was a gathering around the radio, listening to shows like The Lone Ranger and Our Gal Sunday.

    2. Cocktail parties

    The first cocktail party was reportedly held in St. Louis in 1917. Prohibition in the 20s likely didn’t do much to create the image we now have of ladies in cocktail dresses and gentlemen sipping their Old Fashioned in someone’s living room. That came later, in the 1950s and 60s, and food like cocktail weenies, cocktail peanuts and Jell-O made the party an all-out event. We still love a good cocktail party today. Google how to throw one and you’ll get tips from everyone from Martha Stewart to Wikihow. Just don’t forget the bar cart.

    3. Grilling

    The idea of outdoor entertaining rose in popularity following World War II. Americans took advantage of the post-war building boom, moved to the suburbs and suddenly found themselves with backyards. With newfound space, time and money, 1950s American families could invite friends over for an open-air meal. For the first time, men did the cooking, although Wife was still preparing the salads and side dishes indoors. Still popular, modern outdoor gatherings may take different forms. In 2018, Pinterest reported a 192 percent increase in searches for stargazing parties.

    4. Fondue parties

    Some at Schlage think this isn’t list-worthy, but if you entertained in the 1960s and 70s, you were a party pooper if you didn’t invite friends over for fondue. The 1964 New York World’s Fair introduced Americans to Swiss fondue. Before we knew it, stores were selling fondue party kits. What started as a cheese dish – the Swiss Cheese Union declared it the official national dish of Switzerland in 1930 – fondue eventually included chocolate for dipping, a fantastically American adaptation.

    5. Dinner parties

    At one time, particularly around the Victorian era, dinner parties were a way to showcase how affluent you were. It proved you could afford a home large enough for a dedicated dining room or great hall, you had all the fancy silverware for very specific purposes – don’t even think about using a pickle fork for the lettuce – and you could serve elaborate multi-course meals to all your guests. Many argue the dinner party is a lost art, but we still see them. They just aren’t formal anymore. Especially among younger generations affected by the Great Recession, it might be a potluck and someone’s probably sitting on an ottoman, but it’s still a party.

    6. Game and movie nights

    Like casual modern dinner parties, other forms of home entertaining have also gotten more relaxed. Having friends over for games or to binge watch Stranger Things/Arrested Development/Cheer has taken over. It’s not so much up to the host to “entertain” as it is to make sure the streaming is cued up and the table is cleared for a board game.

    7. Brunch

    Brunch as we know it is a relatively new phenomenon, but it might simply be a matter of word choice. According to the New York Times, brunch is likely an American version of the English hunt breakfast, enjoyed after a morning of stalking foxes and whatnot. Today, brunch-as-entertainment is largely a girls’ outing with mimosas and a full range of decadent food you wouldn’t normally indulge in without your pals.

    8. New Year’s Eve

    For each of us who wants to go out and ring in the new year with masses of strangers, there are just as many who prefer to stay in for a house party or with a small group of friends. Interestingly, these New Year’s Eve house parties have gone largely unchanged in recent history. We still like to get dressed up, even if the clothes have changed a bit. We still enjoy a libation or two. And while the only way to get the countdown in the 1940s was on the radio, we’re still waiting to set off our noisemakers at the stroke of midnight.

    9. Children’s birthday parties

    In early history – think ancient Egyptians and Romans – only the pharaohs, gods and wealthy had birthday parties. Fast forward to the 18th century, and the Germans finally figured out we want sweet cakes to celebrate. Wealthy Victorians threw the first events that we would recognize as children’s birthday parties, but even they were just excuses to teach their kids etiquette and show off how many servants they had. Around the middle of the 20th century, we finally see more kid-friendly parties, complete with games where children can run amok, paper hats and candles.

    10. Gender reveal parties

    Love ‘em or hate ‘em, gender reveal parties are thought to have been invented in 2008 with the simple cutting of a cake with pink icing. So why are they so popular now? Some credit medical advancements like the ability to find out the baby’s sex before it’s born and more people wanting to celebrate their miracle babies born via IVF. Others say it’s just our love of sharing private moments more publicly, and isn’t that the reason for most parties?

    Find more home entertainment tips at the Schlage blog or get inspired on Pinterest. And if you’re loving the history celebration, check out our anniversary at Schlage.com/100.

    Kurin, Richard. The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects. Penguin Books, 2016.

     

    Use your leftover paint with these 15 DIY projects.

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

    Monday, July 27, 2020

    Leftover paint ideas | Schlage

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

     

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

    1. Accent wall

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

     

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

    2. Trims

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

    3. Doors

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

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

    4. Cabinets

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

    5. Drawers

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

    6. Furniture

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

    7. Floors

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

    8. Murals

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

    9. Fireplace

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

    10. Fabrics

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

    11. Utensil handles

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

    12. Frames

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

    13. Flower pots

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

    14. Storage containers

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

    15. Base coat for a future job

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

     

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

     

    What every parent needs to know about smart locks.

    July 24, 2020 9:29 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, July 24, 2020

    What every parent ought to know about smart locks | Schlage

    The school year brings all kinds of new situations for families, and a smart lock can help you navigate them.

     

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    It’s that time of year again. The kids are headed back to school, and whether you’re excited or sad about that, Schlage wants to make sure you’re as prepared for the first day as they are. The school year brings all kinds of new situations for families, and a smart lock can help you navigate them.
    Smart locks - Parenting - Schlage

    Keyless convenience

    No parent wants their kids to be locked out of the house, but maybe you aren’t ready to give them a key yet. They might be too young for a set of keys. Maybe they’re just forgetful. The keys, if they make it into your kids’ backpack in the first place, might fall out. With a lock like a Schlage smart lock, you won’t have to hide keys under the mat or worry that your kids are stuck outside until you get home from work.

     

    Keyless convenience is more than just your child using the lock’s keypad at the door, however. When you connect your Schlage smart lock to your home network, you can control your lock remotely from anywhere. Once after-school activities start, it probably seems like no one gets home at the same time. With people coming and going at all hours of the day, you can use your smartphone to unlock the door for trusted friends who might be dropping off your kids. Or if your child does lose a key or forgets their code, you can let them in with your smartphone then, too.

    Scheduling

    If you have babysitters or grandparents who come over to watch your kids after school, Schlage smart locks are perfect for them as well. The Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt holds up to 100 access codes, while the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt each hold up to 30. That means that everyone, from Junior to Grandma to the nanny can have their own unique code and you can track who accessed your home and when. More on that in a minute.

     

    When you assign codes to your kids’ caregivers, you can also set the codes to work on a certain schedule. For example, if you only want the babysitter to have access to your home between 3 and 6 p.m. during the week, you can schedule their code to be active only during those times.

    Peace of mind

    Every parent is going to worry about their kids. Schlage can’t stop that, but we can help make it better. With the Schlage Home app, which works exclusively with the Schlage Encode and Schlage Sense locks, you can monitor who uses their access code and when, right from your smartphone. Get push notifications when the code is used or check the activity log on your own time to see when your kids got home from school or practice. You’ll be thankful for that peace of mind when you don’t have to worry if they’re safe at home.

     

    If your kids are old enough to be going out with friends, you’re probably familiar with staying up until they get home. Or maybe you remember how many you broke curfew as a teenager. The Schlage Home app’s notifications are the perfect way to end those late nights waiting up on the couch worrying about your child or hoping for that “gotcha” moment.

     

    If you’re ready to ditch the keys and quit making copies that will end up in who knows whose hands, if you’re ready to control access to your home more securely and conveniently, what do you do? Start with our Get Help Deciding Tool to see how our smart locks work with the technology you already use at home. Ask us your questions on Twitter and Facebook. Then rest easy knowing your home is safe and easily accessible for your family with Schlage.

     

    10 things you can do with the Schlage Home app.

    July 23, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 23, 2020

    Schlage home app and dog | Schlage

    The free Schlage Home app for Apple iOS and Android is your “remote control”. Here's our list of the top 10 things you can do with it.

     

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    We’re turning 100! Over 10 weeks, Schlage is sharing its favorite top-10 lists. That’s 100 tips, ideas and moments of inspiration so you can enjoy the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage for another 100 years to come.

     

    Remote access from anywhere is many people’s favorite Schlage smart lock feature. To take advantage of that and be able to monitor and control your lock any time of day no matter where you are, you basically need two things: a WiFi connection and a smartphone app like the Schlage Home app.

     

    The free Schlage Home app for Apple iOS and Android is your “remote control” if you have a Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt or Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt. If you have a Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt, you will need to use one of our partners’ apps like the Nexia or Samsung SmartThings app.

     

    Now on to our top-10 list of things you can do with the Schlage Home app.

    Person working in office with dog in lap and looking at Schlage Home app on phone.

    1. Get interactive instructions in the palm of your hand

    Installing a Schlage smart lock is pretty simple, but even we’ll admit that having a step-by-step guide is helpful. The Schlage Home app provides interactive instructions to make adding smart security to your home easier than ever.

    2. Check the status of your lock from anywhere

    Whether you’re already snug in bed or halfway to work, you might need to know if you remembered to lock the door. With the Schlage Home app, you can check the status of your lock from anywhere. And if you did forget to lock up before you left or settled in for the night …

    3. Lock or unlock your door from anywhere

    … you can lock or unlock your door with the push of a button in the Schlage Home app. Of course it adds major convenience when you’re away from home, but remote ability to lock or unlock the door can also give peace of mind in emergency situations. If you have an elderly relative who has trouble remembering to lock up, you can check the status and then switch the deadbolt from your phone when you’re in your own home miles way. Or if you live alone and take a fall, you can unlock the door for emergency responders, even when you can’t get up to let them in.

    4. Create and manage access codes on your smartphone

    The Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt holds up to 100 unique access codes, and the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt saves up to 30. Using the app is a great way to create those codes for trusted individuals, program when the codes are active – like Wednesday afternoons only for the cleaning lady – and delete them when they’re no longer needed.

    5. Store codes securely

    When you create many access codes for different individuals, it can be difficult to keep track of those codes. The app can help you securely manage them so that you don’t have to write them down and hope no one finds your list.

    6. Check your battery

    All Schlage smart locks are battery operated, which is great during installation because there’s no hardwiring necessary. But how do you know when you need to replace the batteries? There are actually many ways, but one of them is in the app. You’ll receive a notification when your power is running low, so you have plenty of advanced warning.

    7. Know when your lock is used

    You have two ways to track who is using their access codes and when: the history log and push notifications. If you simply need to see a record of whose code was entered and at what time, the log is for you. For a more active approach, you can designate which codes you receive notifications for and receive an alert in the moment. It’s perfect if you want to be notified when the dog walker arrives or when a caregiver heads out for the day.

    8. Choose or update your settings

    When you install your lock for the first time or if you need to make adjustments as your life changes, the Schlage Home app is where you go to choose a variety of settings. Activate your alarm, change the length of time before your deadbolt will automatically lock, turn on one-touch locking and more, all in the app’s Settings menu.

    9. Confirm firmware updates

    You don’t have to replace your entire lock to take advantage of new technological developments. As long as your lock stays connected to your network, Schlage will push firmware updates to your deadbolt. If you want to verify that you have the latest updates or want to manually initiate those updates, you can do so in the Schlage Home app.

    10. Manage multiple locks

    If you love and trust Schlage smart locks enough to put them on multiple doors, the Schlage Home app can help you manage each of those locks all in one place. Enjoy any of the first nine points whether your locks are on the front door, the back, a vacation rental or all of the above.

    Learn more about the Schlage Home app at Schlage.com. If you’re still wondering which lock is right for your family, try out Get Help Deciding Tool. Just answer a few simple questions, and we’ll suggest which lock might the best fit for your lifestyle and the technology you like to use.

     

    How to sample your favorite styles.

    July 22, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020

    Steal from trends | Schlage

    Capture the essence of today’s top design trends in a way that works for you with these tips.

     

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    Throw the rules out the window! The only thing you really need to remember about décor is to choose what you like best. But what if the things you select – a chevroned lampshade, a fuzzy blanket, a curved couch – leads to a hodge-podge of a room? Instead of people saying, “That’s so you!” they’re thinking, “What happened in here?”

     

    This is the risk we run when we find a trend with some elements we like and others we can’t stand. Sometimes it’s that the trend doesn’t work seamlessly with our lifestyle or we can only afford to redo part of a room. Capture the essence of today’s top design trends in a way that works for you with these tips.

    Go Art Deco – or global – with jewel tones

    Art Deco and global styles are both marked by bold colors and generous amounts of pattern and details. Focusing on the jewel tones common in both is a great opportunity to hint at the trend without the lavishness or excess that comes with going all-in.

    To keep your home from looking mismatched, take inspiration from other Art Deco or global elements, but tone them down. True Art Deco called for all the glitz and glam of gold. You might strategically choose other warm metallic finishes for accessories you’d use anyway. Consider lamps with a metal base, brass door hardware or, if you’re redoing a kitchen or bathroom, plumbing and cabinet pulls in a warm or gold-toned finish.
    For the global feel, pick a vibrant rug to brighten up otherwise neutral flooring and coordinate it with some wall art or other accessories with similar colors. The jewel tones you love will take center stage in the best way possible.

    Show maximalist flair in a single piece

    Many homeowners and designers are shifting away from minimalism in favor of showing more personality. If you like the pizzazz of maximalism but it still feels cluttered to you, put all the vibrancy and patterns of the style into a single piece. Apartment Therapy shows how to make a glittered clock on its list of maximalist DIYs.

    So how does a glittery wall clock fit in with a more subdued décor? Coordinate with complementary colors like blue pillows that match the blue in the glitter. Or make it your room’s statement piece. That glittery clock, but supersized to dominate the wall, would certainly be a conversation starter in an otherwise neutral-toned space.
    This living room also hints at maximalism with its color scheme and mixed patterns. Diamond and triangle patterns match across fabrics and coordinating colors on different accessories help you avoid a chaotic feel. Clutter-free shelves and coffee table, as well as the pure white walls, curtains and lampshade, also show restrained maximalism for broader appeal.

    Plant the idea of Bohemian Modern

    Bohemian Modern continues to gather steam in 2020, partly because of its nod to the natural and fun. Think fringe, crochet, burlap and floor seating with oversized pillows. If that all feels too hippy for you, focus on the houseplants. Potted plants on windowsills, coffee tables or hanging over a sink are great indoor options and, chosen wisely, can be low-maintenance.

    One way to mesh a touch of Boho Modern with other décor is to play with the combination of plants and containers. So-called Boho plants include ficus, succulents and hanging spider plants. Neutralize the 1970s vibe with contemporary containers. Or flip it with macramé and woven plant baskets filled with whatever plants speak to you. This bathroom adds a 70s touch with that owl vase and woven basket on the vanity.

    Update your Mid-Century Modern with color

    If you want your room to scream Mid-Century Modern, get an Eames chair. For a more subtle nod to the style that also gives you the flexibility to meld it with your existing décor, you might focus your attention on colors again. Houzz.com shows us some common color palettes for this time period. Like Art Deco’s jewel tones, Mid-Century Modern colors work equally well as wall paint, furniture or accessories.

    Make your retro color scheme work with more modern décor by paying close attention to variable shades. If Mid-Century Modern’s love of orange and brown reminds you too much of that old shag carpet, maybe a golden yellow is a better fit. The colorful island and cabinets without pulls help bring this kitchen into the 21st century.

    Another option is to choose a more vibrant shade of orange as an accent while making the rest of your space a more neutral color. Even with an extra touch of Mid-Century Modern thanks to the low, square couch, we still don’t feel like we’ve been transported to a 60s sitcom in this sunroom.

     

    The possibilities are endless when it comes to making your home on trend yet still personal. All you need to keep it unique is a few simple swaps and a shift in focus. Find more inspiration and tips from Schlage on Pinterest and our blog.

     

    How to sample your favorite styles

     

    How to secure your home during a move.

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

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020

    Moving security checklist | Schlage

    Keeping your family safe in their new home is as important as the home itself. Use this checklist to examine and choose upgrades for your new home's security.

     

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    Moving is one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. There are a lot of things that can be unnerving – not knowing who else might have keys to the home you just purchased, being uncertain about where to go in an emergency – but there are also a lot of things you can do to make this milestone easier. Start by examining and upgrading your security, because keeping your family safe in their new home is as important as the home itself.
    New home security checklist.

    10-Step New Home Security Checklist

    Review our security checklist before and after you move to protect your home and family.

     

    1. Change all of the locks as soon as possible. For superior in-home security, install Schlage deadbolts and front entry handlesets. Nearly all of Schlage’s products are rated Best in Security, Durability and Finish by the BHMA, meaning you can trust your hardware to protect your new home and everything in it.

    2. If the house has a security system, change the access codes immediately and notify any alarm service of the new ownership. The same goes for a smart lock that came with the home as well as your garage keypad. Change their codes ASAP.

    3. Tour your new home and property and look for weak links in your home's defenses such as missing deadbolts on exterior doors, flimsy door and window locks, and lack of outdoor lighting. Every entry door, including the door linking your garage and house, should have a Schlage deadbolt.

    4. As part of your home security audit , check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. You want one in each bedroom, the kitchen and the garage, at a minimum. If they aren’t already installed, add them. If they are old or not functioning properly, replace them. Even if they’re in pristine condition, it can’t hurt to replace the batteries.

    5. Add, service or replace fire extinguishers. Also, learn how to use them. You don’t want to be reading the instructions for the first time when there are flames on the stove.

    6. Consider your perimeter security. Walk around your yard at different times of the day to judge lighting and shadows. Think about how you will enter and exit the home from different doorways and consider upgrades from smart lighting systems and sensors to simply increasing the wattage of existing bulbs.

    7. Locate plumbing, electrical and HVAC valves and controls. Many new-home DIY projects require you to turn off the power or the water before replacing light fixtures or faucets, for example. It’s also good to know where they are in case of unexpected flooding or other malfunctions.

    8. Find out the phone numbers and locations of the emergency services that serve your area.

    9. When you move in, join your local Neighborhood Watch.

    10. Update your insurance coverage. This obviously includes your homeowner’s policy, but see if any adjustments can be made to car insurance, too. Do you have a garage instead of street parking now? Maybe your commute to work is shorter? These things can sometimes lower your premium.

    Your new home deserves the latest technology

    Installing the latest in smart home technology can help improve your home’s security and energy efficiency. Combined, that gives you peace of mind, added everyday convenience and more money in your pocket, always a good thing after buying a new home. When choosing a Schlage smart lock, it’s worth the time to investigate which other devices and smart home hubs they work with so that you can easily and seamlessly control everything from lights to your thermostat, locks and maybe even the coffeemaker.

     

    See which Schlage smart lock is the right fit for your home and the technology you already have with our Get Help Deciding Tool.

     

    It can be easy to overlook details – some of them obvious, others less so – when you’re in the middle of a move. Try our Moving Checklist to make sure you have everything covered, from security to pet and child care to creating a relaxation oasis in the midst of it all.

     

    DIY staycation ideas for the perfect vacation at home.

    July 17, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, July 17, 2020

    Staycation ideas | Schlage

    Opting for a staycation is an ideal way to save money, reduce the spread of coronavirus and stay healthy, or simply reimagine what it means to explore.

     

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    Are you like the majority of Americans, skipping the traditional vacation this year? Opting for a staycation is an ideal way to save money, reduce the spread of coronavirus and stay healthy, or simply reimagine what it means to explore. Even with these benefits, however, you might be worried about missing out. Here are our tips for making your home the perfect staycation destination.
    Dog laying on bed with sleep mask on.

    Staycation ideas you can DIY

    A few home improvement projects might be in order to help you make the most of your staycation. Tackle some of these tasks before your summer vacation at home even starts or save some of your favorites if you like to stay busy during your time off.

     

    • Install a pool. Many public swimming pools are not operating as usual this summer. You can install your own using a stock tank purchased at most farming supply stores or go for something that’s easier on the budget. A plastic kiddie pool is perfect for letting the little ones splash around or for you to soak your feet with a cool beverage and a book. If you’re up for calling in the pros, sand pools are a hot trend right now.
    • Build the kids a treehouse, sandbox or other play area. We all know that a bored kid has the potential to rain on even the sunniest vacations.

    • Create an outdoor home theater. Sometimes all you need is some PVC pipe and a sheet.
    • Install a fire pit. Perfect for roasting marshmallows, stargazing late into the night or mimicking that camping trip you long for, this is a DIY project you’ll enjoy long after your staycation.

    • Hang a relaxing hammock. If you don’t have a shady tree to anchor it to, try a stand-alone frame or one of Houzz’s suggestions for hanging a hammock on a porch, balcony or indoors.

    • Finish that gardening project around the deck to create the oasis you seek. It’ll be easier to find moments of peace when you’re surrounded by beautiful nature and beautiful greenery.

    Ideas for staying in while staying home

    Not all staycations take place during the sunshine and summer, though. Here are some staycation ideas for wintery and rainy days. Some of them might seem mundane, but you’ll be glad to have your home feeling snug and working well.

     

    • Upgrade your fireplace. Clean the flue and check that everything is in good repair to avoid fire hazards. A faux mantel might be just the ticket if you need a style pick-me-up.
    • Maintenance your HVAC system so you know your home will be nice and cozy for your lazy days in. Your wallet will thank you for the boost in efficiency as well.

    • Host a living room picnic. How elaborate you make it is up to you. Throw down a blanket and grab some take-out. Or surround yourself with potted plants to create the illusion of dinner in a hidden jungle. The kids might like eating in a pillow fort, too.
    Father and son playing and eating inside blanket fort.
    • Create a hot beverage station. Bar carts are great for entertaining, but when it’s just you and the family and the cooler weather has moved in, make sure you’re stocked with all the fixings for hot chocolate, coffee or something a bit stronger. We think your drink station should also be placed for convenience for frequent use, so go ahead and leave everything on the kitchen counter.

    • Make a terrarium to add low-maintenance indoor plants to your décor and, if you have kids, let them create tiny fantasy worlds by adding toys like little plastic dinosaurs, Lego people or miniature farm animals.
    Mother and child building a terrarium.
    • Put your minds to the test by having Alexa or your favorite voice assistant quiz you and the family with trivia.

    • Finally put those photos in an album, finish the scrapbook you’ve been working on since before the kids were born, take up knitting or try your hand at a new craft.

    Year-round staycation ideas

    Some projects are ideal for any time. Try these things to do on a staycation, no matter the season.

     

    Bathtub with candles and green plants.
    • Re-create your favorite holiday spot. If you’re pining way for an annual beach trip that isn’t happening this year, bring the sea to you. Add coastal décor, display photos from past trips, create a play list of ocean sounds and invest in scented candles inspired by the salty sea air. Indulge in a seafood extravaganza, treat yourself to new fluffy towels and, to really go the extra mile, only use tiny shampoos.

    • Create a list of fun staycation activities for kids – scavenger hunt, fishing trip, cookie baking – and draw one from a hat each day. It might take some planning if you’ll need special craft supplies or new gear, but it’ll keep everyone occupied. The element of surprise will keep it from feeling like another chore.

    Better staycations with pre-cleaning

    Some of us at Schlage do a major house cleaning before leaving on vacation. This is even more important when it comes to staycations. Give your home a luxurious, fresh feel from the start. You’ll probably still have a few chores along the way, but no mountains of laundry or stacks of bills.

    Little boy with superhero mask and blanket cape next to washing machine.

    Here are some of our preferred cleaning tasks to help make your staycation feel like a vacation:

     

    • Wash and change the sheets. Everyone likes clean sheets. Go extra lux and buy new ones before your “trip.”

    • Clean the bathrooms, especially if you plan on treating yourself to a spa day.

    • Stock the kitchen. If you’re going to use your time off to try new, grand recipes, make sure you have all the ingredients. Even if you’re going order take-out every night, you’ll need snacks.

    • Ditch the clutter. Pay special attention to your entryway, coffee tables and bedroom where you’ll want to relax.

    • Place fresh flowers in at least one room. The natural pop of color and scent will help you see your space with new eyes.

    • Wash your patio furniture. It’ll be easier to head out and relax whenever the mood strikes if you don’t have to hose everything down first.

    • Clean your grill and make sure you have enough propane to get you through the staycation.

     

    When there are so many possibilities, it’s easy to see why staycations are better than your typical trip. Whether you’re planning a vacation at home or merely want to find ways to make your house more peaceful, Schlage can help. Find DIY tips and tricks on our blog or follow us on Pinterest for inspiration.

    Staycation ideas

     

    10 remodeling projects to tackle before selling your house.

    July 15, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020

    House for sale | Schlage

    One of the biggest questions of real estate is what remodeling projects to complete before you sell your house. Here's our top 10.

     

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    We’re turning 100! Over 10 weeks, Schlage is sharing its favorite top-10 lists. That’s 100 tips, ideas and moments of inspiration so you can enjoy the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage for another 100 years to come.

     

    One of the biggest questions of real estate is what remodeling projects to complete before you sell your house. You want to make your home enticing enough for a quick sale, but you don’t want to spend more money than you have to for updates you’ll never get to enjoy. Here is our list of 10 remodeling projects to consider before putting your house on the market.

    House with for sale by owner sign in front.

    1. Landscaping

    Potential homebuyers often make their decision within the first few seconds of seeing a house. If your yard leaves something to be desired, it’ll be an especially hard sell even after you get them inside. Existing plants should be well-maintained, so trim the shrubs, prune unruly trees and try to get the grass looking green. Splashes of color always look beautiful. Consider what you can do with flower beds and even pots or window boxes.

    2. Front door

    Just like with landscaping, your entryway makes an important first impression. Upgrade your front door to give homebuyers a clue of the beautiful home to expect when they cross the threshold. This remodel is one of the easy ones – a new coat of paint for the door, new door hardware and updated accessories like house numbers, door knockers and lighting. You might also consider a Schlage smart lock, which can be a positive draw for homebuyers who love smart home security.

    3. Parking

    Off-street parking is a major selling point and some homebuyers are willing to pay a premium for it. This is a prime time to redo the driveway, show off your garage to its greatest advantage or give it a makeover. According to the Remodeling 2019 Cost vs. Value Report, when you replace a garage door, you can expect to recoup around 97.5 percent of your investment when you sell.

    4. Windows

    Replacing, or even just fixing, windows can impact resale in a few ways. Many homebuyers love natural light, particularly in areas like the living room. Consider new windows that let in the light better. Cracked, warped or drafty windows can be a major turnoff for energy-conscious buyers. Especially if they’re house hunting in the winter, many people will look for windows that let in the cold air, then make a swift exit if they find some.

    5. Lighting

    This tip goes for your home’s interior and exterior. Inside, consider replacing the lighting fixtures in bedrooms and communal areas. Brighter spaces can feel more inviting and may even make a room feel larger. Outside, you may want to add lighting around walkways, the garage or back patios. Well-lit exteriors reduce safety risks such as tripping at night and discourage potential burglars.

    6. Minor kitchen remodel

    Think of a “minor” remodel as one that is primarily cosmetic with no changes to overall layout. Leave the cabinets on the walls and don’t try to relocate the stove. Instead, consider upgrades like painting cabinet facings, replacing the countertops – although probably not with anything as extravagant as marble – and updating the lights, sink and faucets. Replacing the flooring with something resilient to water, stains and scuffs is also a plus in an area as high traffic as the kitchen. The 2019 Cost vs. Value Report indicates that focusing on the kitchen is likely best for return on investment when it comes to interior jobs. Minor kitchen remodels result in 80.5 percent recouped expenses.

    7. Flooring

    Hardwood floors are a major selling point for a lot of people. They can get expensive though, so weigh the pros and cons carefully. True hardwood has its maintenance considerations, but laminate or vinyl can look cheap. If you already have hardwood floors, you might just need to reseal or stain them. If you’re sticking with carpet, make sure you give them a good clean. They’ll look nicer and help to get rid of those odors that you don’t even notice anymore.

    8. Molding

    For a touch of elegance to otherwise plain walls and ceilings, consider architectural molding. Like flooring, this can get expensive depending on the look you’re going for and if you have it done professionally. There’s always the DIY molding route, though. With some time and effort, this is one detail that could pay off huge.

    9. Ceilings

    Most of us notice walls and floors when we look at a room, but the ceiling makes a difference, too. If you have popcorn ceiling, it’s time to remove it. Cracks also need to be repaired before you do anything else. Once the basics are taken care of, a fresh coat of paint might be in order as well. Find tips for painting ceilings in our blog archive.

    10. Faux reno

    A faux renovation – one that gives the illusion of an overhaul without the price tag – is a great option to reduce costs while still making a big impact. Focus on cosmetics like replacing lighting or plumbing fixtures, updating your interior door hardware, sprucing up cabinets with new pulls and choosing wall paint colors that will appeal to a wide audience.

    Visit the Schlage blog for more DIY tips. You can also find moving tips and advice on buying or selling homes at Schlage.com.

     

    How to choose the best hardware when building a new home.

    July 13, 2020 7:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, July 13, 2020

    New home build | Schlage

    When building a new home, the options for materials, fixtures and finishing touches are endless. Here’s what you need to know to select the best door hardware for your new build.

     

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    Are you thinking of building a new home or in the process of working with a builder to create your dream house? Building a new home can be quite a process, filled with paying close attention to details big and small. The options often seem endless, and in many cases it can be a rather stressful situation. We want to shed some light on the door hardware selection process and hopefully make it a little easier for you to find something that looks great and, more importantly, keeps your family secure.
    Farmhouse style white ranch new build.

    Make your custom home secure

    You’ve invested a lot into your new home, but protecting your family is the most important investment you’ll make. When it comes to exterior door hardware, deadbolts are your first line of defense. Schlage mechanical deadbolts and smart locks are rated among the industry’s best in Security, Durability and Finish by the BHMA. Their superior security and quality metal construction provide you with peace of mind, no matter if you put them on your front door, back patio or garage entry. And when you choose one of our smart deadbolts, you gain keyless convenience and remote access from anywhere. We help make your smart home a secure home.

     

    Part of the beauty of building your own home is that you get to bring your unique sense of style to the space – more on that in a minute. For now, know that Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware allows you to choose your decorative door knobs and levers at an affordable price without sacrificing the highest quality of residential security. Because, let's face it. If it doesn't withstand something as everyday as a child hanging from the lever and as vital as a sledgehammer attack, it doesn't really matter how nice your lock looks. We think peace of mind means feeling good about your style choices as well as being confident in your safety.

    Show your style savvy

    Schlage makes decisions easier and you’ll never have to sacrifice style, thanks to a variety of design and finish options. We offer interior and exterior door hardware that perfectly complements every area of your home. It’s the perfect way to capture your personal taste with details that make a statement. And remember that you can choose the same finish for all your hardware, from the front door to the back and everywhere in between. Suiting the finish and design of your door hardware helps you get that cohesive look that makes your home feel complete.

     

    Whether you’re building a home with contemporary architecture or one with a more traditional feel, we have something for you. For example, look to our door locks with a Matte Black finish. The dark hue adds a refined touch to minimalist décor as well as a punch of boldness if you opted for rich, deep paints. For a more traditional feel, consider Schlage’s Aged Bronze knobs with a classic patina feel. The possibilities are endless when you consider our range of finishes.

     

    Don’t forget to ask your builder about additional finishes that may be available only to trade professionals, too. Schlage’s Black Stainless is a stylish alternative to Matte Black and is currently exclusive to builders. It’s a great way to get a unique look ahead of your neighbors.

    Live your perfect life

    When it comes to interior door hardware, the Schlage Custom Combined Interior makes sure your home can grow with you. With privacy and passage functions combined in one lock, you can change your doors from locking to non-locking based on your needs without having to replace the entire lock. Go from an office to a nursery and back again easily and seamlessly. It’s the ideal solution if you plan to stay in your home for years to come.

     

    Schlage products also feature a Limited Lifetime Mechanical and Finish Warranty and a 3-Year Electronics Warranty for smart locks. Why should this be important to you? Because it’s our promise to support you during the lifetime of your lock, even if something breaks or the finish starts to show some wear. You can have confidence in the quality and craftsmanship of every Schlage product, whether it’s a mechanical knob or a smart deadbolt. Our warranties are a commitment to earning your trust.

     

    It’s easy to overlook door hardware amidst all the other decisions you’re making during a home build. But when you consider door knobs, levers and deadbolts early in the process along with other fixtures in the home, like when choosing your doors, kitchen faucets and bathroom hardware, you can be sure that you will have a cohesive design throughout the entire home. Our Style Selector Tool can help you determine what look is right for you and choose products that complement your design taste.

     

    Feel free to drop by our Schlage Facebook page and tell us about the home you’re building or find inspiration on Pinterest.

     

    Simple fixes for common DIY mistakes.

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

    Friday, July 10, 2020

    DIY fixes | Schlage

    When you take on home improvement projects, things don’t always go as planned. The good news is that even the scariest DIY mistakes can be fixed. Here’s how.

     

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    It’s your worst DIY nightmare – the paint color you picked isn’t what you expected, there’s a hole in the wall, all you wanted was to simply replace a door knob but the old one won’t come off. When you take on home improvement projects, things don’t always go as planned. The good news is that even the scariest DIY mistakes can be fixed. Here’s how.
    Golden retriever holding hammer in mouth.

    Paint faux pas

    When we were sheltering at home during coronavirus quarantine, many of us reached for a paint brush to stay busy. It was a great idea! Are you 100% happy with the finished product? Here are some tips for fixing common painting errors.

     

    Challenge #1: You chose the wrong color. It might be too bright or too green. Maybe that Art Deco-inspired jewel tone that’s so popular this year doesn’t match your tastes after all.

     

    How to fix it: Here are a few hacks for fixing your paint job. Add a detail like stripes in a different shade of the same color. A little contrast, lighter or darker depending on what’s needed, can help get the overall look closer to the right hue. You might also consider keeping the original color as an accent wall and updating the others if the shade is right but just a bit overwhelming.

     

    Stow and Tellu has tips for fixing the wrong paint color without repainting. We love how they toned down the yellow tones in their new paint simply by switching up the room’s furniture and wood finishes.

    Challenge #2: The color is perfect, but you see all kinds of imperfections, blobs and drips.

     

    How to fix it: Gently scrape the dried drips with a paint scraper, sand and repaint. Blend the new coat in carefully, making sure to remove excess paint from your brush or roller as that’s likely what caused the problem in the first place.

     

    Challenge #3: You really committed to giving your home a new look and painted more than one room, each in a different color. Unfortunately, now it looks like a patchwork quilt.

     

    How to fix it: If you need to reclaim some cohesive design, you could repaint. But who has the time, budget or inclination? Instead, try using other décor elements to tie everything together. Neutral accessories like a beige bedding, gray sofa cover or natural-wood furniture will help tone down the overzealous color palette without buying more paint supplies.

     

    Challenge #4: The new color is dramatically different than the old and you can still see the previous paint, even after all your best efforts.

     

    How to fix it: Instead of layering on coat after coat of the new color, try a latex primer instead. One, maybe two coats of the primer if the original color was particularly deep, will give you a truer new color when you do paint.

    Horrible holes

    Challenge: One of the great things about owning your own home is being able to decorate the walls however you want. There’s no landlord to throw a fit over holes from hanging pictures or shelving, but you don’t want to look at those holes every day, either. Depending on how many imperfections you’re dealing with – those who discontinued their gallery wall know what we’re talking about – this should be a fairly quick fix.

     

    How to fix it: If you’re just dealing with nail punctures, all you’ll need is to fill the hole with some spackling. Use a putty knife to get an even, flat application. Then sand the area lightly and finish with paint touch-ups. Larger holes will need a mesh or bridging material before applying the spackling. Kits are available to help with bigger jobs.

    Door disappointments

    Updating doors and door hardware is a stylish and relatively inexpensive way to enhance the look of your home. These DIY projects sometimes present unique challenges, though.

     

    Challenge #1: You don’t have to remove hinges before painting a door. There are ways to protect your door hardware, but sometimes even our best efforts can’t prevent paint dripping onto hinges, knobs and latches.

     

    How to fix it: Some DIYers have suggested using a Magic Eraser and plastic scraper, which lets you leave the hinges on the jamb, but you’ll need some muscle to get results. For a less labor-intensive option, remove the hinges, then treat them with a paint stripper, boil them in water or use a heat gun. Pretty Handy Girl shares the steps for each of these methods. Before doing any cleaning, however, be sure to refer to manufacturers’ cleaning suggestions. Some finishes may be damaged by certain cleaning solutions.

     

    Challenge #2: You can’t get that stubborn door hardware off. Antique door knobs were manufactured differently. Sometimes they just don’t want to let go if they’ve been painted repeatedly over the decades.

     

    How to fix it: To remove old hardware with hidden screws on the interior, look for a small slot on the side of the door handle. Insert a flathead screwdriver into that slot and pull the handle away. You should then be able to unscrew the escutcheon. The rest should be pretty straightforward, and you can unscrew the strikeplate on the door’s edge to complete the removal.

     

    If layers of paint are keeping the escutcheon “glued” to the door, use a utility knife to score around the edge of the hardware. If there’s caked-on paint covering the screwheads, use a screwdriver and a hammer to gently tap to clear out the grooves. Take your time to avoid injury to your hands, the hardware or the door.

     

    Challenge #3: Gouged doors: If you had to fight to get your old door hardware off, or if you have rambunctious kids, you might be dealing with some dings in your door.

     

    How to fix it: To repair small scratches or gouges in a wooden door, simply sand the affected area and fill with wood putty. For larger gouges, try an epoxy wood filler. If you have a fiberglass or metal door, take a lesson – and supplies – from auto repair. Home Tips gives the details.

    Challenge #4: All Schlage door hardware is guaranteed to fit standard door preparation. We know, however, that doors on traditional homes might not come with standard doors.

     

    How to fix it: You may need to drill larger or new bore holes. These instructions for installing a Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Lock apply for nearly any kind of door hardware, not just the smart deadbolt.

     

    Challenge #5: Doors that stick, rub or don’t shut properly are often caused by a problem with their alignment. We most often see this problem when the weather changes and materials around the door shrink or expand with the moisture in the air. Sometimes it’s because the house has begun to settle on its foundation. And sometimes it’s because we updated the door’s frame or flooring below it.

     

    How to fix it: There are a few ways to fix your door alignment, depending on why it’s rubbing. First, check the screws of your hinges. They might just need a simple tightening. Use a screwdriver instead of a power drill for better control and to avoid causing damage. If you still need to make a larger adjustment, try driving a long screw into the door jamb to “move” the hinge closer to the frame. If none of these does the trick, you may need to use a belt sander to plane the door, essentially creating more space so it doesn’t rub. Family Handyman can help with each of these methods.

     

    DIY projects can be extremely rewarding and let you put your own stamp on your home. Now that you know how to fix some of the most common home improvement mistakes, there’s little to keep you from tackling that project you’ve always wanted to do. Find inspiration for your next handy venture at the Schlage blog or follow us on Pinterest.

     

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