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    Easy home décor updates for when you can’t rush perfection.

    March 9, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, March 9, 2020

    Yellow front door | Schlage

    Here are nine ways – no perfect 10s here – to make small upgrades to your home while you find your unique personal style.



    We talk a lot about the “perfect fit” for this and the “ideal solution” for that. It’s easy to forget that, for many of us, the perfect room or home is not achieved in a single shot, and to try to pull that off can create more stress than satisfaction. Taking your time and making upgrades over the course of a few months or even years, can be even more fulfilling, and easier on your credit score, than finishing your design in one go.


    As Brittany Anas from Apartment Therapy said, her first home looked straight out of a catalog, but it lacked her personality and rushing the process was hard on her finances. Now, a wiser and more established version of herself realizes that collecting meaningful décor pieces over time makes her home actually feel like a home. Perfection doesn’t need to come immediately.


    Here are nine ways – no perfect 10s here – to make small upgrades to your home while you find your unique personal style. Pick and choose, don’t do them all at once and, most importantly, enjoy the home décor journey.

    9 home decor updates

    1. Plants

    Houseplants make us happier. We also think they go a long way toward making a home feel lived in, especially if your house is still in that sterile, in-progress stage. Some beautiful flowers outside can also liven up your curb appeal while you save up for a new walkway or porch.

    2. Bedroom oasis

    It’s always a good idea to have someplace you can retreat to that doesn’t feel like a construction zone or where you have a constant reminder of your unfinished tasks. This is especially true if you’re living in the middle of a remodel or have just moved in. Focus on creating a bedroom oasis so you have somewhere to relax. Of course, it could also be your living room, a library or a sunroom. Just find somewhere you want to feel most comfortable.

    3. Lighting

    Whether you replace lighting fixtures on the ceiling or add tabletop lamps, you will see a dramatic difference in the vibe of your room. Don’t discount the impact of simply replacing your lampshades either.

    4. Door hardware

    The Spruce said it splendidly. Cheap or outdated hardware will make the rest of your room look that way. Thankfully the opposite goes for updated, high-quality door knobs and levers. You might be surprised what swapping out scratched and dinged builder’s grade knobs can do for your overall look. Explore Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware for some of our best styles and finishes.

    5. Plumbing fixtures

    Bathroom remodels can be tricky with tiling and expensive flooring and who-knows-what under the sink. Keep it simple by replacing the showerhead, faucets and towel rods. They can make a great jumping-off point for a larger project, not to mention they’re easy to coordinate with door hardware for that cohesive look.

    6. Fabrics

    If you haven’t found perfect sectional yet, upgrade your existing couch – or bed, comfy chair, or porch swing – with a gorgeous new throw blanket or pillows. Try tapestry on the wall to add color to a room when you’re still searching for that elusive framed artwork.

    7. Area rugs

    Did we mention flooring can get expensive? Cover carpet stains or soften hardwood floors with area rugs. It can be more cost-effective and lets you inject some new color and pattern to the room.

    8. Accessories

    These can get expensive and you might be wondering about how they’re going to coordinate with the rest of your future décor. If you choose meaningful pieces, you increase the odds that they’ll always match. Focus on photos of family and pets, travel mementos or artwork you create yourself. Frames can be switched out easily later if today’s choices clash with tomorrow’s design.

    9. Gadgets

    Sometimes establishing the “perfect” house is more than just making it beautiful. You’ll enjoy living in your current abode more when you take the time to make it fit your lifestyle. The added convenience of smart locks or lighting, a wall outlet with built-in USB ports or this crumb catcher for easier kitchen cleaning is worth investing in today if it makes your life easier.


    If you aren’t sure where to start, look for inspiration on Schlage’s Instagram or Pinterest accounts. You can also use our Style Selector Tool to help figure out what your favorite look is. You might be surprised what your “perfect” style turns out to be.


    Celebrating the women of Schlage.

    March 5, 2020 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, March 5, 2020

    Women of Schlage Lock Company | Schlage

    In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re taking a look at a mere few of the contributions women have made at Schlage since the company’s founding in 1920.



    In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re taking a look at a mere few of the contributions women have made at Schlage since the company’s founding in 1920. We’re proud of our employees’ impact on manufacturing, design, innovation and security, not to mention the communities in which we work, making the world around us stronger and safer in so many ways.

    Manufacturing mavens

    Research continually shows that the more contributions come from a diverse workforce, the more successful the business. While women are largely underrepresented in the manufacturing industry – early 2020 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that 29.4 percent of manufacturing jobs are held by women – Schlage has employed women in a variety of roles throughout its history.


    Even as a young company 100 years ago when women in the workplace was a rarity, Schlage did not limit women to clerical work. Records and photographs from the 1940s and 50s, for example, show women employed at nearly every stage of the manufacturing process.

    Women working at Schlage Lock Company
    Some worked in the Production Control Office, which scheduled projects and ensured that manufacturing progressed on deadline. Others were more involved in work at the plants. It might even have been the case that women were preferred for lock assembly roles as some believed their smaller hands were more adept at handling fine materials.
    Women assembling Schlage Locks
    Women assembling Schlage Locks
    CBS filmed Schlage as part of a 1959 television series titled, “Woman” and sought to answer the question of whether women were losing their femininity. Members of the Schlage Key Room, Berta Ramos and Rose Erillo, were spotlighted in the series that ultimately showed that “American women are taking a more important part in industrial life to advance the economic welfare of their families.”
    Schlage Lock and Key Newsletter
    Nancy Abris, Schlage Lock Company
    In 2017, Nancy Abris was recognized as a Fearless Frontline Leader after being nominated by colleagues for her integrity and consistent impact during her 20-plus years at Schlage. “A great leader must always gain the trust of their team so they can establish communication, maintain their security and safety, elevate quality and maintain production that guarantees success,” said the production supervisor for Schlage Mexico.

    Patents, please

    Schlage depends on its employees’ innovation to help keep your homes and businesses safe. Founder Walter Schlage was a prolific inventor with more than 200 U.S. and global patents, and we continue that legacy a century later.


    According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, just 12 percent of patent-earning inventors in 2016, regardless of industry, were women.

    In July 2019, Allegion, Schlage’s parent company, recognized the employees who had received more than 120 patents globally in the previous year. Among the honorees was Lakshmi Santhanakrishnan. Today she’s seeking another patent as part of the team developing WiFi and communications technology for controlling commercial smart locks like Allegion’s Engage™ web and mobile apps.
    Lakshmi Santhanakrishnan, Schlage Lock Company
    Autumn Groleski, Schlage Lock Company
    Industrial designer Autumn Groleski also holds multiple design patents. Her innovative work enables Schlage to adjust its stylish escutcheons to pair flawlessly with electronic products such as the Schlage Control™ door lock and Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Lock. Autumn has at least five other patents currently in review in addition to the 10 already in her name.

    Community and family first

    Employees throughout the years have remarked on Schlage’s welcoming atmosphere, perhaps a result of the company being family-run for so long. Walter Schlage’s son, Ernest, was eventually vice president of the company and director of research, while Marron Kendrick took over company presidency upon the retirement of his own father, Charles, in 1953.


    That family atmosphere often inspires lifelong loyalty to Schlage, the company’s values and its commitment to making homes, businesses and communities more secure.


    A former employee of nearly 35 years, Elayne Snyder said in a recent interview, “It was so easy to work for them. And everybody was congenial, you know what I mean? Which, again, I think that’s what makes Schlage so unique and why these people after all these years are still bound together as a family.”

    Elayne Snyder and Edna Gregory working at Schlage Lock Company

    Elayne Snyder, left, and Edna Gregory, right, handle the complete servicing of stock warehouse orders.

    Snyder had a rather comprehensive career at Schlage, starting as a file clerk in 1959. Before retiring more than three decades later, her myriad titles also included San Francisco Warehouse Manager, Research and Sales Forecaster Analyst, and Sales Communications Manager. “They gave me opportunities I probably would have never had, had I worked for another company,” she wrote of Schlage in a letter to the company last month. “They were wonderful to work for. I am proud to have been associated with them for so many years.”


    Following World War II, even after production returned to door hardware as usual, Schlage continued to support the nation’s soldiers. This support was particularly meaningful to the community as Schlage was still based in San Francisco at the time. The language from this 1946 internal newsletter – “Schlage Girls on Short Cruise” – is admittedly outdated by today’s standards, but it is just one example of Schlage employees’ contributions, however minor, during wartime.


    “Who says there’s no patriotism left, now that the war’s over? Schlage Lock Company girls proved differently when twenty of them arose at 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 1, so that they could be aboard the U.S.S. Cavanaugh when she sailed through the Golden Gate at 6:30 a.m.

    “Guests of the U.S. Army, the girls went out to sea to meet four shiploads of veterans returning from the South Pacific. As the Cavanaugh neared the inbound troopships, the girls lined the rail with handkerchiefs fluttering in the breeze, and welcoming smiles on their lovely faces.”


    Schlage’s Social Club was incredibly active through the first half of the century, but it wasn’t just fun and games. One late-1940s record tells how the group sold nearly $400 worth of hams to send Christmas gifts to the Mount St. Joseph’s Orphan Asylum in San Francisco. One of the Sisters of the asylum later wrote to Schlage, “We were all so thrilled when the television and High-Fidelity sets arrived and then your most generous check! You may believe me when I assure you that such kindness and thoughtfulness is deeply appreciated by all.”

    Company party at Schlage Lock Company

    Many of today’s Schlage employees annually take part in the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. Allegion Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Shelley Meador was recently published in TechPoint discussing the impact of heart disease on the career success of young women in the technology industry.


    Schlage thanks the innovators, the problem-solvers, the providers and the big-thinkers, not just at our own company but among architects, designers and builders as well. For more home history and to help Schlage celebrate its 100th anniversary, visit


    Celebrating the women of Schlage Lock Company


    10 essentials for a garage you will actually use.

    March 4, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, March 4, 2020

    Garage Essentials | Schlage

    Treat your garage like any other room by putting in some thought about the elements that will transform it into an area you will actually enjoy.



    Man cave. Storage unit. Auto shop. Garages have many uses and most of them have nothing to do with parking our cars! No matter its primary role, treat your garage like any other room by putting in some thought about the elements that will transform it into an area you will actually enjoy. Use these 10 garage essentials to get you started.
    10 garage essentials

    1. Quality door

    A quality garage door is key to protecting your cool toys and for helping to keep intruders out of your home. It can also do wonders for your curb appeal. The Remodeling 2019 Cost vs. Value Report ( showed that a garage door replacement recouped more money on resale than any other home improvement project.

    2. Smart lock

    It’s important to secure your family and belongings at every entry point to your home, including the door from the garage into the house. A Schlage smart lock provides the same keyless convenience and remote access as if you placed it on your front door. Bringing in a load of groceries? Unlock the door before you even get out of the car and fill your arms with bags. Giving garage access to a maintenance person but don’t want them in the house? Make sure the door is locked – and stays that way – from anywhere.


    If you aren’t sure what kind of smart locks is right for you, try our interactive Get Help Deciding Tool.

    3. Workbench

    No matter how you use your garage – gardening, car repair, woodworking – you need a solid work surface. Make sure it’s sturdy enough to hold up to the vibration of power tools and large enough to handle nearly any project. We also recommend adding a bench vise. You might be surprised by how much you use it for projects big and small.

    4. Lighting

    Overhead lighting is important for the big stuff, but consider smaller options as well. Tabletop-style lamps or clamping workbench lights help with detail work like tying flies or repairing small electronics. Outside the garage, consider motion-activated lights to deter intruders and improve your home’s security.

    5. Storage

    You might not be sure what kind of storage you need, but you know you need it. Shelves with and without bins, a peg board, and hooks for hanging tools or outdoor gear like snowsuits are the most common. Also consider magnetic strips for keeping nails and smaller metallic tools close at hand, racks to keep shovels and rakes from falling all over the place, and a ball caddy for sports equipment. Use all your space, including overhead.

    6. Lock-up for chemicals

    We often store cleaning materials, old paint and car fluids like antifreeze in the garage. Choose lockers or other secure cabinets to help keep curious kids and pets safe.

    7. Broom or shop vac

    Even if you just use your garage to park your car, you’ll track in dirt and debris. An outdoor broom or shop vac can reduce mess tracked in the house. It’ll also come in handy if there’s dust swirling around after sanding and refinishing a door or potting soil from working on your container garden.

    8. Stainless flooring

    It seems like everything we do in our garages causes a mess. Make it easier to keep the space looking great with stainless flooring. While this isn’t an absolute must, we’re pretty sure you won’t regret it. Epoxy is a popular choice for this purpose, but you can find more easy-to-clean garage floor options at

    9. Rags

    You need to clean a spill, stain a reclaimed cabinet or wipe down your tools. You can’t have enough rags. They don’t have to be anything fancy. Ripped T-shirts, a sock whose mate got lost in Dryer Land or tattered blankets all work great, and you won’t be heartbroken when they get so gross you have to throw them away.

    10. Emergency supplies

    Accidents happen. Stock your garage with a fire extinguisher – don’t forget to check it regularly to make sure it’s in good working condition – and a first aid kit. Hopefully you’ll only ever need bandages for scraped knuckles. A flame-retardant blanket isn’t a bad idea either.


    Upgrading your garage is not a priority for most when it comes to home improvement projects. But these basics show that you can turn it into the perfect place for any DIY project, hobby or storage unit with minimal time and money. Find more tips for a more organized and secure garage in our blog archives.


    Schlage Encode™ Smart Deadbolt now works with Yonomi

    March 3, 2020 8:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, March 3, 2020

    Schlage Encode Smart Deadbolt works with Yonomi Smart Home Routines

    The Schlage Encode lock is compatible with Google Assistant, Alexa, Ring Doorbell, and now, plays seamlessly with Yonomi.



    The Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt is now part of the Plays with Yonomi device family, joining more than 130 connected products, including the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt. Include your Schlage Encode WiFi lock in new or existing Routines on your Yonomi account. This compatibility is just the beginning when you want the next level in home automation. Learn more about how you can take advantage of Yonomi Routines with the Schlage Encode lock.
    Schlage Encode wifi lock

    Welcome Home Routine

    Run your Welcome Home Routine at the end of the workday and make it even easier on yourself by using voice control to unlock the Schlage Encode deadbolt. It’s especially helpful when your hands are full of groceries, the kids’ sports gear and everything else the day threw at you.


    Your Welcome Home Routine could include the following actions:


    • Turn smart lights warm for all living room lights

    • Set living room temperature to 68 degrees with smart thermostat

    • Set Sonos speakers volume to 15%

    • Unlock the front door’s Schlage Encode deadbolt


    Devices you’ll need: Schlage Encode Lock, ecobee or Honeywell Thermostat, Sonos Speaker

    Leaving Home Routine

    When you’re rushing out the door in the morning, the last thing you want to worry about is if you remembered to lock the door. Automate the morning hustle even more by ensuring your smart lights are turned off as well.


    Your Leaving Home Routine could include the following actions:


    • Turn off all smart lights

    • Turn off Sonos speaker

    • Lock the front door’s Schlage Encode deadbolt


    Devices you’ll need: Schlage Encode Lock, Philips Hue or LIFX Bulb, Sonos Speaker

    Bedtime Routine

    Wind down for the night with this thorough checklist of power-down tasks.


    Your Bedtime Routine could include the following actions:


    • Turn off the TV when you already have the Activity set up on your Logitech Harmony Hub

    • Dim bedroom smart lights

    • Play white noise, a meditation playlist or Sonos “Bedtime” Favorite on your smart speaker

    • Lock the front door’s Schlage Encode deadbolt


    Devices you’ll need: Logitech Harmony Hub, Philips Hue or LIFX Bulb, Sonos Speaker, and Schlage Encode Lock

    Throw a Dinner Party

    Hosting a dinner party already has you juggling cooking, mingling with guests, pouring drinks and more. Let the Schlage Encode lock help automatically welcome friends and family.


    Your Dinner Party Routine could include the following actions:


    • Adjust lights for Dinner Party Lights Routine

    • Adjust smart thermostat to 72 degrees

    • Play your favorite party playlist on Sonos

    • Unlock the front door’s Schlage Encode deadbolt


    Still chopping vegetables in the kitchen when the first guests arrive? Just tell Alexa or Google Assistant to “turn on Dinner Party” and Yonomi will take care of the rest!


    Devices you’ll need: Schlage Encode Lock, Philips Hue or LIFX lights, Sonos Speaker, ecobee or Honeywell Thermostat

    The Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt will add a new layer of convenience to your Routines while keeping you and your family safe and secure. You can even set up smart reorders through Amazon Dash Replenishment so you always have replacement batteries for the lock when needed. Learn more about the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt and find where to buy here.

    This post first appeared on on March 3, 2020.


    Women who made waves in home engineering and architecture.

    March 2, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, March 2, 2020

    Lillian M. Gilbreth Stamp | Schlage

    Engineer Lillian Gilbreth, landscape designer Ellen Shipman and architect Margaret Fielman accomplished more during their lifetimes than anyone else could have imagined of them.



    In the movie The Imitation Game, Alan Turing tells Joan Clarke, the only woman working on solving the German Enigma code machine, “Sometimes it’s the very people who no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine.”


    Engineer Lillian Gilbreth, landscape designer Ellen Shipman and architect Margaret Fielman accomplished more during their lifetimes than anyone else could have imagined of them. As Schlage celebrates its 100th anniversary, and as we all recognize Women’s History Month, learn about some of the women who have changed the way we work and live forever.

    Lillian Moller Gilbreth – Engineer (1878-1972)

    No one expected Lillian Moller Gilbreth to become an engineer, not even Gilbreth herself. Initially discouraged by her father to pursue a higher education, Gilbreth persuaded him to let her have a shot. A few years later, she had bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of California, Berkeley … in English and literature.1


    It wasn’t until meeting her husband, Frank, in 1904 that her career path irreversibly changed. Despite having already started a doctoral program in literature, Lillian Gilbreth began studying psychology. It would be the perfect field, her new husband reasoned, if she was going to help him with his consulting business. After several years and more than one rejection to have her papers published because she was a woman, she earned her Ph.D. in applied management from Brown University in 1915.


    In the midst of these studies, Gilbreth gave birth to not one, two or three, but 12 children in less than 20 years. She also worked at her husband’s side helping other businesses to improve workplace efficiency and productivity. Through it all, often using the production efficiency strategies to run her own child-filled household, she eventually became known as a pioneer in organizational psychology.


    When her husband died unexpectedly in 1924, she still had a large family to support, so she took over the Gilbreth and Company business. Many clients balked at taking advice from a woman, but Gilbreth pressed on and the business grew.


    Gilbreth was a busy woman following her husband’s passing. During the Great Depression, President Herbert Hoover tapped her for assistance on the “Share the Work” program – she ultimately served as an advisor to at least five U.S. presidents – and consulted for the government during World War II, helping factories to transition for wartime production.


    She also worked as an industrial engineer at General Electric, for which she helped design more efficient household appliances that saved American women time and energy. Among Gilbreth’s inventions? Refrigerator doors with shelves, egg keepers and butter trays, and the foot-pedal garbage can. She also filed patents for an improved electric can opener and wastewater hose for clothes washers, and designed kitchen layouts for easier use by disabled homemakers and veterans.


    Prior to retiring, Gilbreth taught at a number of institutions, sometimes as a consultant for the family business. Her lecture positions included Purdue University, where she was the first woman to teach in the engineering school, Newark College of Engineering and the University of Wisconsin.


    At the time of her death in 1972, at the age of 93, Gilbreth had earned at least 20 honorary degrees. She was also the first woman member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, in 1926. Forty years later, she was the first female recipient of the Hoover Medal of the American Society of Civil Engineers, recognizing her “unselfish application of energy and creative efforts in modifying industrial and home environments for the handicapped.”

    Ellen Biddle Shipman – Landscape Designer (1869-1950)

    Gardening had long been considered a gentlewoman’s hobby, but not until Ellen Biddle Shipman did a woman make a successful go of it as a business venture. With more than 600 gardens to her name at the time of her death in 1950, Shipman filled a need for some of America’s most elite and, at the same time, paved the way for women in landscaping.


    Today we fully understand the appeal of planting for curb appeal, but the idea of a home garden for beauty was just taking off in the late 19th century. Shipman was able to take that burgeoning concept and turn it into a reality for her clients, particularly those wealthy enough to pay for their extensive maintenance. A male landscape architecture peers called her “one of the best, if not the very best, flower garden maker in America,” recognizing her for her use of color and texture.


    Shipman’s unique quality drew the attention of architect Charles Platt. Working with Platt to serve the wives of the wealthiest families in the Northeast and Midwest, she became, according to the New York Times, “the darling of the garden club members and wives of industrialists who found in their homes and gardens the creative expression they were barred from in a world run by their husbands.” Together, Shipman and Platt combined elegant homes with equally sophisticated gardens designed for the retreat and privacy their clients craved.


    When Shipman opened her own office in New York City, somewhere around 1920, she recruited the few women coming out of landscape architecture schools. Woman applicants to these schools, generally considered incapable of managing construction teams, were still required to take stenography classes. Their male counterparts, however, were not. Despite no formal training of her own – Shipman’s education seemed to come from living in picturesque Nevada, Arizona and New Hampshire – she still gave a much-needed lift to other women in the field.


    Of all her elaborately designed gardens, only a few remain. Her landscapes eventually were considered too high maintenance for the changing times, but those that survive include the Windsor White garden in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and the garden at Stan Hywet, the former estate of Goodyear tire magnate F.A. Seiberling, in Akron, which is now open to the public.

    Margaret Feilman – Architect (1921-2013)

    Australian architect Margaret Feilman raised towns from the rubble. But first, she had to clear her own obstacles on the way to becoming a town planner.


    Ahead of the curve in secondary school, Feilman graduated a year early but was denied admission to the University of Western Australia for being too young. Having to delay further education, she joined the WA (Western Australia) Government’s Principal Architect in 1937, becoming its first and only female architect.


    In a stroke of poor luck, Feilman entered the professional world in the lead-up to World War II. If a silver lining can be found, it was in the post-war opportunities for architects like Fielman. Towns bombed during the Second World War needed to be rebuilt, and Feilman had the skill. She began working for The Head Office of the Commonwealth Department of Works and Housing and was soon helping to reconstruct cities like Darwin and New Guinea in the late 1940s.


    With that experience, Feilman was finally eligible for a British Council Scholarship to study town planning. The only woman studying town and country planning at the University of Durham, Fielman earned her post-graduate certificate with honors and returned to Australia in 1950. This experience ultimately paved the way for her most noted work.


    A new port and industrial facility had been constructed on Cockburn Sound, south of Perth, and the workers, more than 25,000 of them, needed somewhere to live. Enter Fielman, who meticulously studied the environment, at one point convincing planners to move the proposed town of Kwinana based on wind direction so residents wouldn’t be affected by fumes from the facility. She studied the needs of the residents, designing the town’s layout so that community facilities were always within walking distance.


    Fielman’s own love of the environment, fostered during childhood in southwest Australia, a region rich in nature reserves and state forests, caused her to design towns that kept residents close to nature. In the 1950s, she helped found the Tree Society, the first natural environment organization in Western Australia. Fielman was never far removed from her love of art or commitment to social causes, either. In addition to serving on boards of a number of charitable organizations, she created the Feilman Foundation, providing grants for environmental, youth-focused, cultural and educational issues.


    According to the Australian National Trust, Fielman “was a trailblazer in her professional life and, coupled with her passion for the environment, the arts and making a difference in future generations, her contribution to Western Australia has been truly enormous.”


    At the time of her death at age 92, Fielman held an honorary doctorate in architecture from the University of Western Australia. She’d also been named a Life Fellow by the Royal Australia Institute of Architects and a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International.


    Find more notable moments in history and help us celebrate the 100th anniversary of Schlage at You can also read about more trailblazers we profiled during Black History Month in the Schlage blog archives.

    1Lewis, Anna M. Women of Steel and Stone: 22 Inspirational Architects, Engineers, and Landscape Designers. Chicago Press Review, 2014.


    An inspiring guide to French door perfection.

    February 26, 2020 10:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, February 26, 2020

    French doors | Schlage

    Check out our guide to French doors so you can confidently capture the perfect look and feel in your home and get inspired by these 8 makeovers.



    For a timeless, elegant and surprisingly versatile entryway, look no farther than French doors. They’re gorgeous by their own right, but they’re also the perfect canvas for other stylish details, whether you’re updating a traditional home or putting your stamp on a modern one.


    Here are eight makeovers that are fantastique. But first, check out our guide to French doors so you can confidently capture the perfect look and feel in your home.

    Why do they call it a french door?

    Let’s answer the biggest question first. Yes, French doors are French. They became popular in 17th-century France when, because electricity hadn’t been invented yet, lighting a room was a challenge. The glass found in French doors was a practical solution for dark spaces while also letting homeowners show off their wealth.


    What is considered a French door? Double doors that meet in the middle and swing away from each other. They also should have top-to-bottom windows. Traditional French doors can be surrounded by intricate woodwork and often have several panes of glass, sometimes up to 10 per door. These may mirror the transom windows, those small panes framed above the door. Modern French doors tend to have fewer glass panes or even a single, uninterrupted piece of glass.


    The material of the door can also transform its look from traditional to contemporary. Wood often keeps the door more in the classic category, while metals such as aluminum can add a more modern feel.

    Where are french doors used?

    French doors are a popular choice in homes that want to separate two interior spaces but still allow the rooms to feel connected and, like the originals, let light through. They can also be used as exterior patio doors, allowing homeowners to seamlessly extend their personal style to the great outdoors.

    What is the best hardware for French doors?

    Where you install your French doors will help determine what kind of hardware you need. For interior doors, you might be particularly interested in non-turning, also known as dummy or inactive, door knobs or levers. These are purely decorative and won’t lock or latch, an ideal option for transitions between a master suite and a large closet. For exterior doors, you’ll want additional security. Schlage has some helpful tips for choosing the right hardware and locks for your French doors depending on the level of security you’re looking for.


    Once you’ve selected the type of hardware you need, you can focus on style. Schlage offers countless combinations of designs and finishes, so you can coordinate your hardware with the style of your home. Just as the French doors themselves can fit in any style of home, our wide selection of knobs and levers means you’ll find a look that suits your taste, whether it’s traditional, modern or somewhere in between.

    Time for the makeovers

    While French doors add loads of character to a home, they can quickly feel outdated if the details are neglected. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite makeover moments to inspire your French door updates.

    Window dressing

    We already know French doors let in extra light and make a room feel larger. But what about when you want more privacy? You still have tons of options. Hang draperies on the doors themselves or around them like you would a window. You could also try blinds or shutters. Renovated Faith shares a tutorial for DIY curtains. If you’re dealing with a smaller space – maybe you chose French doors to create a feeling of more openness – hang curtains as high as possible. By drawing the eye up, you’ll create an optical illusion that makes the room feel larger.

    If you’re feeling exceptionally crafty, use a stencil and paint directly on the glass to create an eye-catching design. For something less permanent, take a page from Two Twenty One's book and simply line the panels with some decorative paper. This is especially great if you like to change the décor with the seasons. Think Christmas paper in winter and floral prints in the spring.

    Schlage switch

    We’ve shared this home office refresh many times before, but we’re still in love with the unique way Melissa of Polkadot Chair refreshed her space. Painting the ceiling was a bold but genius move and the hardware she added to her French doors is the icing on the cake. From the outside looking in, this space has instant wow-factor. If you need help choosing the perfect look, try our Style Selector. The Schlage How-To Center can also help with installation.

    Painted beauties

    A great time to paint is when you’re already removing your old knobs and levers. There are two ways you can go with paint – neutral colors that create a subtle transition from one room to the other or bold hues that turn your interior French doors into a can’t-miss statement piece. We love how Katie of Little House of Four chose to paint all of her interior doors, including the French doors found in her basement, a dark, charcoal grey. It adds uniformity and interest throughout the home.

    Heidi of Honeybear Lane also created a gorgeous charcoal look. She added white board and batten to her home’s entryway but needed a little contrast. The French doors leading into her craft room proved to be the perfect place. The dark paint paired with new Bright Brass knobs and hinges quickly made her entryway a style haven.
    If painting French doors with all that glass and framed detail seems daunting, check out this tape-free tip from Bless’er House. Honeybear Lane also has a helpful hack for removing paint from French door window panes when your brush does slip.
    For Tasha from Designer Trapped, adding a new coat of paint and Matte Black Latitude Levers to her French doors took her office doors from plain and uninteresting to professional class.

    Chic on the side

    For those times you’re looking at your French doors and can’t quite put your finger on what looks off, try expanding your view. The problem might be the trim around the doors. Heart Filled Spaces removed their old trim and replaced it with sophisticated molding. The extra detail, either in the woodwork or with an added pop of color, could be the finishing touch that has you feeling like a Parisian native.

    If you need more inspiration, check out our favorite doors on Pinterest. Then head to Instagram and show us how you put a personal touch on your French doors.


    5 unique interior door makeovers to dress up your home.

    February 25, 2020 10:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, February 25, 2020

    Interior door ideas | Schlage

    Looking for a quick project that will transform the look of your home? Try giving one – or more – of your interior doors an easy makeover that makes a big impact.



    Looking for a quick project that will transform the look of your home? Try giving one – or more – of your interior doors an easy makeover that makes a big impact. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for making those boring old doors pop.

    1. Get the modern farmhouse look

    Modern farmhouse style and barn doors remain popular, and there are plenty of ways to add an original twist to the look. Try a double sliding barn door or one that’s “living.” To keep it from looking country kitsch, stick with neutral colors and more modern and industrial hardware.

    2. Add drama with black doors

    A quick way to make a dramatic statement is by painting your doors black. The look is both classic and luxurious and will look like you spent a fortune on expensive doors. Finish the look off with either Satin Brass or Matte Black hardware. Here's one of our favorites from Our Uncluttered House, featuring the Schlage Georgian Knob with Camelot trim in Matte Black.

    3. Coordinate with the trim

    When it comes to painting your home, many homeowners believe the trim is off limits. Why not try something new and coordinate your door with the surrounding trim? We love how the door complements the walls and trim for a look that's anything but bland. You can easily copy this look on plain slab doors with DIY faux panels.

    4. Go bold with color

    Is your home mostly neutral? Give it an elegant splash of color by painting your interior doors a rich shade. This technique adds something fun without being over the top and it can even make a small space feel larger.

    5. Try a DIY herringbone door

    Try this DIY herringbone door for a look that’s even more unique. The project is more time intensive than the ideas above, but the result is worth the effort. Check out this great tutorial from Home Stories A to Z.

    Let us know which is your favorite look on Facebook. And if you're looking for even more door makeover inspiration, check out our Adore Your Doors Pinterest board.


    Clever smart home tricks you might be missing.

    February 21, 2020 6:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, February 21, 2020

    Man holding smartphone | Schlage

    Never miss an opportunity to make your smart home smarter. Here are some features of common smart home devices you might not be using. You’ll wish you knew about them sooner.



    How smart are your smart home devices? These electronics often do more than you realize. Sometimes they can be used in ways you hadn’t before imagined – although still within the limits of the warranty – giving you additional convenience, ease or security.


    Never miss an opportunity to make your smart home smarter. Here are some features of common smart home devices you might not be using. You’ll wish you knew about them sooner.

    Man holding smartphone in kitchen.

    Make smart locks smarter

    There are so many ways a Schlage smart lock can help you secure your home, it can be easy to overlook some of the most convenient and beneficial features. If you have a Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt or the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, try creating a virtual key for guest access. This step-by-step guide shows you how to create a virtual key with the Schlage Home app. Once you send the invite, your guest will receive a link on their smartphone asking them to activate the virtual key. They will then be able to lock and unlock the door using the Schlage Home app on their smartphone.


    The virtual key is a great way to control who can do what with your lock. For example, you may want your spouse to have admin access so they can also manage user codes, but you don’t want your teen to be able to change those codes. A virtual key is ideal for the kids. They can get in the house without a physical key, and you’re still in control of your lock’s other features.


    Note that guest virtual keys can only be used within Bluetooth range the door (about 40 feet) and when the guest has their phone’s Bluetooth turned on. If you’re using the Schlage Sense lock with Apple HomeKit™, you will not be able to use Schlage virtual keys. You can reset your lock to factory settings and re-pair it using the Schlage system setup to use virtual keys. If you have HomeKit, learn how to share access with other iPhone users at Apple Support.


    How about a more basic trick? Try your Schlage smart lock somewhere other than your front door. They’re secure and stylish anywhere on your home, including side doors, the entry leading into the home from your garage or even a home office.

    Keep an eye on the action

    Our favorite alternatives for motion sensors are more about their location than their actual use. Originally intended to be placed near doors and windows, these cameras can also alert you when someone opens your mailbox. Install one inside the postal box and, if it’s compatible with your smartphone, receive a notification when the door opens. You’ll know whenever someone puts something in your mailbox … or takes something out.


    A motion-activated camera can also be placed behind valuables. Burglars will typically look for the big-ticket items in the house first. Focus your camera on those spots and protect whatever that most prized possession in your house is, even if it’s inside a closet or a file cabinet drawer.


    Need to know when a pet has wandered somewhere he shouldn’t? Place your camera near that room or entrance. If it also has two-way speakers, you can to tell Fido to get off the couch, even if you’re still at the office.

    Let your phone locate your lights

    A century ago, Walter Schlage earned a patent for a deadbolt that turned on a light when you unlocked the door. He figured that if you were entering a room, you’d also want to be able to see where you were going when you got in. Unfortunately, this invention didn’t take off, but the idea is alive and well today. One current version is controlling your home’s lights with geofencing.


    With the right compatible devices – smart lights, plugs or switches – you can have the lights turned on when you are within steps of your front door. The location detector in your phone signals that you are home, triggering a reaction that turns on the lights without you having to do a thing. has more details on how to automatically turn on your lights when you get home.

    Plug in to energy management

    Smart plugs are a simple and increasingly cost-effective way to turn a “dumb” device into a smart one. If you’re someone who chooses smart devices to make your home more green, look for a smart plug that also gives feedback about how much energy you’re using. The WeMo Insight Smart Plug works like any other, but it also sends real-time reports to your phone. You’ll receive energy usage data for whatever device is plugged into the WeMo.


    Remember that smart plugs aren’t just for lamps, either. Think outside the box. What devices do you use every day that could benefit from more smarts? What about your coffeemaker? A heated blanket? Something in the bathroom?

    Simplify climate control

    Thermostats tend to be a “set it and forget it” device, at least until the seasons change. For maximum comfort and energy savings, though, you might want to make it part of your smart home automation and routines. There’s the popular “vacation” routine, which can automatically change your home’s temperature, lock the doors and turn on a random light schedule to make the house appear lived in. But have you tried a “party” routine?


    When more people are in the house, for example during a holiday gathering, the guests’ extra body heat will help keep the house at a comfortable temperature, even if you turn down the furnace. So create that party routine and trigger a series of events – adjust the thermostat, start the music and set some mood lighting – with a single voice command or push of a button in an app.


    Different smart thermostats are compatible with different technologies and other smart devices. Be sure to do your research beforehand so that everything will work together as seamlessly as you want.


    If you’re wondering which smart locks are compatible with these devices or with the technology you already have in your home, try our Get Help Deciding Tool. Answer a few simple questions and we’ll recommend the Schlage smart lock that’s right for you and your lifestyle. You can also find more technology tips and tricks at


    Front door essentials: 10 must-haves for security and style.

    February 17, 2020 6:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, February 17, 2020

    Front door security essentials | Schlage

    A door is a door, right? Not so fast. Especially when it’s a front door, you want it to look great for curb appeal and work even better for security.



    A door is a door, right? Not so fast. Especially when it’s a front door, you want it to look great for curb appeal and work even better for security. Here’s our list of 10 must-haves for your front door.
    Front door security and style essentials

    1. Quality construction

    Is this a “thing”? We’re making it one because a quality door is one of the most important considerations for securing your entryway. Even the strongest lock won’t protect you and your belongings if your door and the surrounding frame is warped, crack or weak. Be sure to evaluate your door periodically so you can fix any problems before they compromise your security.

    2. Secure handleset

    Score a double victory with Schlage handlesets for your front door. You get style – we offer a variety of designs and finishes to match nearly any home – and security in one package. Our handlesets are graded Best in Security, Durability and Finish by the BHMA, so you can be confident in your door hardware’s form and function.

    3. Deadbolt or smart lock

    Some handlesets include a deadbolt as either a two-piece or a single 3/4 trim. If you get to choose a separate lock to pair with it, there are a few deadbolt options. Single-cylinder deadbolts require a key on one side and a thumbturn on the other for locking and unlocking. Double-cylinder deadbolts need a key on both sides, which offers great security but also can pose risks in an emergency situation if you need to exit the locked door quickly. These are regulated in some areas, so be sure to check with your local codes before choosing a double-cylinder lock.


    Schlage handlesets also pair beautifully with smart locks like the new Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt. Regardless of which electronic lock you choose, you’ll get keyless convenience and, in most cases, the option to manage access remotely via your smartphone or home automation system. Use our Get Help Deciding Tool to learn which smart deadbolt is best for you and your family.

    4. Video doorbell

    Video doorbells are gaining popularity because they let you see who’s on your porch even when you’re away from home. Keep an eye on packages, see when the kids get home or decide if it’s worth getting off the couch for the magazine salesman, all from your smartphone. Your Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt pairs with the Ring Video Doorbell 2 for additional convenience and security.

    5. Peephole

    It’s old-school, but they’re still around because they work. If you already have a traditional door viewer, consider upgrading to a video version. The Ring Door View Cam attaches to your existing peephole without the need for wiring and offers a live feed of your porch.

    6. Lighting

    Lighting is another opportunity to combine style with security. Fixtures can easily be matched to your home’s architectural style. No matter what they look like, a well-lit home is less likely to be targeted by intruders. You’re also less likely to stumble in your entryway if you can see where you’re going. Consider solar-powered lights for energy conservation and motion-activated lighting for even greater convenience and security.

    7. House numbers

    It’s hard for guests to feel welcome at your home if they can’t find it. Likewise, delivery people and emergency responders, should you need them, will appreciate you making their jobs easier. Large, clear house numbers are both helpful and gorgeous. HGTV offers a variety of style ideas to choose from.

    8. Welcome mat

    Don’t drag in all the dirt and damp from the outdoors. They don’t have to be flashy, but if you’re looking to make a style statement with a doormat, try layering one with a larger outdoor rug or DIY a mat with your favorite welcome message.

    9. Personal statement

    Your front door makes a first impression on anyone who comes to your home or even just drives by. It’s your chance to say something about who you are. Consider a wreath, a welcome sign, a hanging basket with flowers or even your family’s initials stenciled directly onto the door.

    10. Eye-catching color

    Painting your door can be trickier than you think. We suggest choosing a color that complements the rest of your home’s exterior and highlights architectural details. Once you’ve picked the hue that makes you happy, update your door hardware in a finish that keeps the gorgeous style going.


    If we were creating a list of don’t-haves, the number one item would be a fake rock. It won’t fool anyone and you’re putting your home’s security at risk. Here are better options for when you need to hide a spare.


    Whether you’re looking for electronic solutions or design tips for your front door, Schlage has it all. You can also ask us for tips, advice and inspiration on social media. Find us on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.


    5 easy projects for instant (installation) gratification.

    February 14, 2020 10:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, February 14, 2020

    Easy installation projects | Schlage

    These five DIY installation projects aren’t as tricky or time consuming as you think. Tackle them with confidence for the near-instant gratification of a job well done.



    Do your hands get clammy when you hear “install”? Does the word fill you with dreaded anticipation of spending your entire weekend making multiple trips to the hardware store? These five DIY installation projects aren’t as tricky or time consuming as you think. Tackle them with confidence for the near-instant gratification of a job well done.
    Easy DIY installation projects

    Door hardware

    A door knob or lever that just isn’t up to snuff can bother you more than you’re willing to admit. Maybe it’s just not the style or finish of your choice. Maybe it sticks or pops off in your hand. If that’s the case, why are you living with those frustrations? It’s so easy to change them out. Whether you’re installing a smart lock or mechanical interior door hardware, all you need is a screwdriver and a few minutes. The most important rule here is to NOT use a power drill. You’ll strip the screws and, unfortunately, void your warranty.


    You can find complete installation instructions for all Schlage door hardware and smart locks in our How-To Center. Interactive instructions are also available for the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt in the Schlage Home app.

    Door hinges

    Installing door hinges is a breeze, too. Tip #1: Leave your door in place. Just replace the hinges one at a time. To do that, grab your screwdriver again. If you want to use a cordless drill, you can do that here (but not when installing your lock). Use this step-by-step guide to learn how to install door hinges.


    Some people blanche at the mere thought of a plumbing project. Family Handyman takes you through replacing your kitchen faucet. Don’t be intimidated by the number of steps. About half of those are simply getting you ready for your new look, shutting off the water supply and removing the old fixtures.


    Like door hardware, a new faucet can do wonders for the overall look of the room. Choose styles and finishes for both that complement each other, and you’re well on your way to a kitchen that’ll be almost too pretty to cook in.

    Soft-closing drawers

    Have people saying, “Nice kitchen!” instead of “Ouch! My fingers!” when you install soft-closing drawers. You can find soft-close side-mount drawer glides at most home improvement stores. Everything else – a drill, screwdriver, tape measure and level – you probably already have. Check out Better Homes & Gardens for a simple five-step installation guide. We’re willing to bet that you’ll love these so much, you’ll want to add them in the bathroom, home office and everywhere else before you know it.

    Medicine cabinet

    Whether your family has grown or your makeup collection has, storage in the bathroom is often in short supply. To install a medicine cabinet, simply find a small wall-mounted cupboard and collect the rest of your supplies: bolts, drywall anchors, a stud finder and a drill. You might also want a measuring tape and level to make sure you get it perfect. It’s an inexpensive project and relatively low on the skill-level scale. Find the full tutorial at


    With these guides, choosing the perfect look for your door hardware and other fixtures might end up being the most difficult task on your to-do list. But never fear. Find design inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram.



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