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    Choosing historically accurate colors for your older home.

    January 24, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, January 24, 2020

    Historic home under renovation | Schlage

    Do you know which hues to use on your historic home?

     

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    Historic home under renovation.

    Your classic beauty deserves to let her true colors come through. Choosing an historically accurate paint color for a traditional home can have its challenges, but when done well, it’s a sight to behold. Do you know which hues to use on your historic home?

     

    Especially if your home is on an historic registry, your hands may be tied when it comes to painting and renovating. Follow the regulations, but if you need help figuring out the right colors for your golden oldie, or if you just want to exactly match the tones that originally graced your walls, you can hire a professional. They’ll take samples and use high-powered microscopes to dig deep into your home’s colorful history.

     

    If you don’t have any restrictions and need inspiration, visit historical homes from the same period as yours and see what they have (or haven’t) done well. Of course, you can also use our tips for picking the perfect palettes for your Georgian, Federalist, Victorian or Craftsman-style house.

    Georgian & Federalist

    The most traditional in the United States, Georgian and Federalist homes date from the 1700s to 1800s. Because this traditional architecture spans so much time, there are slight variations in color palettes, but you’ll also see some common themes.

    Exterior of Georgian style home.

    Earlier Georgian houses tended to have darker bodies, or exterior walls. Softer colors such as white or yellow were used for the trim, window sashes and other details. The bodies of later Federalist homes were most often white or straw colored, although you would have also seen orange, slate and darker “Georgian” colors. Exterior trims were subtler, sometimes being painted the same as the body. Both styles favored dark colored doors – chocolate, black and dark green. HistoricIpswich.org does a great job of breaking down colors by era.

     

    While Georgian and Federalist homes often featured more muted colors, there are instances where you’ll find much brighter hues. Surprising to many is the chrome yellow room at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. As BobVila.com points out, bright colors were more expensive at that time, so while you saw less of them, they did exist. We think this gives you license to expand your color horizons a bit more, even if your home is traditional.

     

    Need door hardware for your 18th-century home? Try a Schlage Andover or Georgian knob or Accent lever with Camelot trim. And a Satin Brass finish will fit right in.

    Victorian

    To many, Victorian homes, from the late 1800s, lacked restraint, and it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. You see lots or ornate woodwork, glasswork and patterns, and colors should be used to accentuate those details. But there’s still a “right” way to paint a Victorian home if you want to maintain historical accuracy.

    Exterior of Victorian style home.

    Three-color schemes were popular with Victorian homes, although it wasn’t uncommon to see some with four or more. This doesn’t give a free pass to go color crazy, though. This Old House recommends sticking to one section of the color spectrum, picking different tones in the green family, for example. Which brings us to the second point. San Francisco’s “Painted Ladies” are famous for their brightness, but Victorian homes historically used nature-inspired colors, not pinks and purples.

     

    Remember that subdued doesn’t have to mean boring, especially with Victorian or Italianate architecture. For example, using what California Paints calls Apache Tan, Sleeper’s Entry, Tyson Taupe, North Gallery and Cherry Cola (that’s five colors if you’re counting), you can showcase your classic beauty while keeping it, well … classic. Just save the darker colors for the architectural details – window sashes, gingerbread, turret banding – to help them stand out. Old House Online has more great tips for figuring out all those colors for a true Victorian home.

     

    When looking for hardware to complement a Victorian home, consider a Schlage Flair lever or glass Alexandria door knob. Polished Nickel and Antique Brass make great Victorian-inspired finishes.

    Craftsman

    Craftsman, or Arts & Crafts, homes became popular in the early 1900s. The style was an attempt to get away from what some saw as overly decorated Victorian architecture. Wood, stonework and similar natural elements are iconic characteristics of Craftsman homes, and earthy color schemes with muted greens, browns and cool blues that mirror streams or stone follow suit.

    Exterior of Craftsman style home.

    Warm colors – orange, red, yellow – work well with the abundance of woodwork. We like Behr’s combination of Mesa, Briquette and Bison Brown for this interior. If you’re looking for more contrast, however, slate gray and blues from the other end of the spectrum complement woodwork quite nicely. Behr’s Scotland Road and Amphibian captures that look on this exterior.

     

    For a Craftsman-style home, we recommend the Schlage Avila lever with Addison trim in Aged Bronze. Or try the Schlage Andover knob. Knob or lever, this multi-tone finish will complement the woodwork in nearly any Arts & Crafts home.

     

    Visit Schlage.com for all the styles of door knobs and levers to help make your mature home the star of the block. You can also learn more tricks for bringing modern design to your charming older home with our Design Guide.

     

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

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

    Thursday, January 23, 2020

    Dad and daughter watching super bowl | Schlage

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

     

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

    Make it look good

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Make it look good

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Have some fun with it

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Why didn’t I think of that?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

    Super bowl party ideas

     

    Smarten up your home with unique devices for every room.

    January 22, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, January 22, 2020

    Smart devices for every room | Schlage

    Here are some of our favorite smart devices for every room in the house.

     

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    With some high-tech and smart gadgets, it’s obvious why you would want them in your home. But with rapid changes and the onslaught of products straight out of science fiction, there’s still plenty to be surprised about. Here are some of our favorite smart devices for every room in the house.
    Smart devices for each room in your home.

    Bedroom

    We need our bedroom for sleep and that’s why we picked the smart pillow as one of our favorite tech products for our nighttime oasis. There are several to choose from and they address a range of needs so that you and your mate can get a better night’s sleep. Some connect to an app that will report back your breathing and heart rates, while others monitor bedroom conditions like temperature and air quality, and inflate when they detect snoring.

    Kids’ bedroom

    Help your kids sleep better with a device that fends off nightmares. The Lully Sleep Guardian 2 is a pad that you slide under your child’s mattress. When it detects movement from night terrors, it vibrates softly enough to keep them peaceful but not so hard that it wakes them. You’ll get feedback via your smartphone so you can track their sleep habits and keep a journal of how severe the nightmares are when they do occur.

    Bathroom

    Smart toilets do some pretty interesting things like clean themselves, warm your backside and feet, and light up, but they’re still new enough that their price puts them out of reach for many of us. Our next pick is privacy, or switchable, glass. Ideal for bathrooms with large windows that open onto the master suite or with an outdoor shower, the glass goes from transparent to frosted at the flip of a switch. Enjoy views when you want them, privacy when you don’t.

    Kitchen

    Smart ovens, refrigerators and even microwaves are top of mind when talking high-tech cuisine. For something a bit more modest (and maybe ideal as a gift for a loved one), we like Drop Scale. Along with the Drop App, you can receive recipes tailored to your cooking skill level and preferences, sync it to your smart appliances and get substitution suggestions when you realize you’re short an ingredient.

    Living room

    Your honey is sleeping on your shoulder or the cat is on your lap, and you want to turn the ceiling fan on. With a smart overhead fan, you can without disturbing anyone. The Haiku L from Big Ass Fans can be controlled via a remote, smartphone app or voice command. You might end up wanting one for your bedroom, too.

    Home office

    Writing in notebooks just became new-school again. Whether you have a home-based business or work remotely, you can use smart pads to jot down ideas and send them directly to the cloud through a smartphone or other device. One like the Rocketbook Wave is reusable. Just erase by popping it in the microwave.

    Laundry

    Sadly, the clothes-folding robot is not yet available. So in the meantime, we’ll go with a smart leak detector. Regardless of whether your washer and dryer are also smart, the FIBARO Flood Sensor will notify you if it detects water on the floor.

    Garage

    Once you’ve installed a smart garage door opener, expand your horizons to the smart bike lift. This one from Garage Smart holds multiple bikes that you can raise and lower from ceiling-mounted hooks using nothing but your smartphone. It helps to keep your bikes safe and your garage clean and organized.

    Entryway

    We know it’s obvious, but we honestly can’t think of a better smart device for your front door than a smart lock. Improve home security when there are no spare keys to lose. Gain peace of mind by being able to lock and unlock your door remotely through a smartphone app. Add convenience when you know trusted friends and family can come and go as they please by using an access code. It’s great for overnight holiday guests and everyday life.

     

    Schlage offers a variety of smart locks depending on your lifestyle and preferred technology. Find the right lock for you and your family with our Get Help Deciding Tool.

    Backyard

    Whether you want internet outside for backyard parties or need it for better connectivity with security cameras, garage door openers or smart irrigation, a WiFi extender can save you a lot of headaches. With a range of weather-resistant options available, CNET.com walks you through other considerations like choosing one that’s compatible with your router.

     

    Smart homes go beyond lighting, thermostats and smart speakers. The trick is to find the devices that best complement your lifestyle and add the greatest levels of convenience and security. For more smart home tips and ideas, visit the Technology archives at the Schlage blog.

     

    Celebrating 100 years of Schlage and a century of success.

    January 21, 2020 7:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, January 21, 2020

    Schlage 100th Anniversary

    As Schlage celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2020, we’re looking back on the countless impacts we’ve made on people’s lives, homes and businesses.

     

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    When Great-Aunt Edna turns 100, you throw a huge birthday bash. You eat cake, but more importantly, you reminisce about the innumerable experiences and moments she witnessed over the last century.

     

    When a company ushers in a new century, the excitement is much the same. As Schlage celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2020, we’re looking back on the countless impacts we’ve made on people’s lives, homes and businesses. We’re also looking toward the future to continue serving you with our reputation for style and innovation for the next 100 years.

    Schlage's 100th anniversary.

    Since pioneering the first push-button lock in 1920 to the high-tech mobile solutions of today, Schlage’s passion for door hardware is what drives us to develop the products that keep you, and what matters most to you, secure. For 100 years, our legacy of continuous improvement, attention to detail and obsession with thoughtful innovation has provided you with peace of mind and solutions for a life and job made simpler.

     

    We have redefined what’s possible and created security solutions for seamless access wherever life takes us. At home, we started with the first lock that didn’t require a key on both sides, dramatically reducing the chances of being locked in a room if the key was lost. Easy-grip handle locksets, never-before-seen levels of style customization and durability allowed Schlage to not only survive chaThisllenging times like World War II, but also thrive and grow internationally. Today we’ve advanced our offerings to include the revolutionary Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, giving you a more secure and simpler way to control access to your home, and Schlage can be found around the world.

    Schlage Encode wifi smart lock on blue front door.
    Innovation flourished in institutional and commercial markets as our products evolved to fulfill customers’ needs at the office, school and beyond. It began with durable mechanical locks and expanded to comprehensive electronic access control solutions. Among their many uses is enabling schools to take greater control over security and keep your students safe. A decade after introducing the first electronic lock with an interchangeable reader and communication modules, today’s wireless access control portfolio delivers a superior level of convenience—while staying true to the strength and level of quality the Schlage brand is built upon.
    Schlage classroom door lever.

    Walter Schlage, our founder and a renowned inventor, sought simple solutions to problems hidden in plain sight. In addition to creating locks, he developed techniques that allowed the Schlage Manufacturing Company, later renamed Schlage Lock Company in 1925, to produce more locks of higher quality in less time. We continue in the same spirit today. As a company of passionate innovators and trailblazers in engineering, technology and design, we will continue to lead in the marketplace, providing superior quality, safety and security for years to come.

     

    With the number of global patents growing annually – Walter Schlage had more than 200 on his own – and an unending commitment to solving modern problems for today’s world, we are proud of our legacy. But as much as we enjoy looking back, we are even more eager to look forward to the next 100 years when we’ll be opening more than just doors. We’ll be opening possibilities.

     

    Learn more about Schlage’s history and help us celebrate our 100th anniversary. There’s more to discover for both home and business at Schlage.

     

    The inventor that started it all: 100 years of Schlage.

    January 21, 2020 6:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, January 21, 2020

    Walter Schlage

    It is with that pride that we gladly present “The Story Behind Schlage: The Inventor and the Businessman.”

     

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    Few things seem more commonplace than door knobs and locks. This wasn’t always the case, though, and Schlage is proud to be among the trailblazers in home security and door hardware design. It is with that pride that we gladly present “The Story Behind Schlage: The Inventor and the Businessman.”

     

    Highlighting the early days of Schlage, the video below shines a light on our namesake, Walter Schlage, and his spirit of innovation. Walter’s motivation – find simple solutions to problems hidden in plain sight – continues to drive what we do today.

     

    Since pioneering the first push-button lock in 1920 to the high-tech mobile solutions of today, our passion for door hardware is why we strive to keep you, and what matters most to you, secure. For 100 years, our legacy of continuous improvement, attention to detail and obsession with thoughtful innovation has provided you with peace of mind and solutions for a life and job made simpler. Some may say a lock is just a lock, but we’ve spent a century unlocking opportunity. Together, we’ll be opening more than just doors in the next 100 years.

     

    Schlage 100th anniversary photos

     

    Find more Schlage history and help celebrate our 100th anniversary at schlage.com/100.

     

    How to fix drafty doors and other energy efficient DIYs.

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

    Thursday, January 16, 2020

    Energy efficient DIYs | Schlage

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

     

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

    How do I fix drafty doors and windows?

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

    What should I insulate to keep my home warm?

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    What you can do with Schlage smart locks and Google Assistant.

    January 14, 2020 9:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, January 14, 2020

    Google Home Mini

    Connecting your devices to a Google Assistant hub has all kinds of benefits, both fun and practical, so why not consider making one of those devices a Schlage smart lock?

     

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    Voice commands, like those you give Google Assistant, are loved by many. You can control electronics without having to get out of bed. You can turn things on and off when your hands are full. In an emergency, you can often call for help even if you can’t reach the phone. Connecting your devices to a Google Assistant hub has all kinds of benefits, both fun and practical, so why not consider making one of those devices a Schlage smart lock?
    Google Home mini

    Which Schlage smart locks work with Google Assistant?

    Google Assistant is compatible with the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt with Z-Wave Plus.

     

    The Schlage Encode deadbolt, because it has built-in WiFi does not need a smart home hub or adapter to work with Google Assistant. However, to pair the Schlage Sense lock with your Google Assistant-enabled device, you will need the Schlage Sense™ WiFi Adapter. If you have the Schlage Connect deadbolt, you will need to sync it with your Nexia Home hub for Google Assistant capabilities.

    What app do I need to control my Schlage smart lock with Google Assistant?

    For all three Schlage locks, you will need to have the Google Home app on your smartphone to sync devices and to add your lock to Google routines. To take advantage of other features like creating and managing access codes remotely or viewing the access history log, you will still use other apps like the Schlage Home app for Schlage Sense and Schlage Encode locks, or the Nexia app for the Schlage Connect lock. Visit our smart locks overview pages for more details on the specific features available.

    What can I ask Google Assistant to do with my Schlage smart lock?

    There are currently two voice commands that allow you to control your Schlage smart lock via Google Assistant. “OK Google, is my door locked?” lets you check the status of your deadbolt. This is particularly handy when lying in bed, cozy with a cat on your lap and you can’t remember if you locked up before turning in.

     

    If you did forget, you still don’t have to disturb Fluffy. “OK Google, lock my door” will secure the deadbolt for you.

    Can I include my Schlage smart lock in a Google routine?

    With Google Assistant, you can create routines that allow you to trigger multiple actions with a single command. For example, “OK Google, go on vacation” can turn off the lights, adjust the thermostat, lock your Schlage smart deadbolt and take care of many other tasks before you hit the road. Unlocking is not supported in Google Routines.

     

    Learn more about Schlage’s smart locks and the home automation systems they’re compatible with at Schlage.com.

     

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

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

    Monday, January 13, 2020

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

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

     

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

    Lighting

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

    Landing Strip

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

    Organization

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

    Boot Tray

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

    Storage

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

    Seating

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

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

     

    15 DIY Entryway Projects

     

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

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

    Friday, January 10, 2020

    When to save money on items for the home | Schlage

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

     

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

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

    Purchase out of season

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

     

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

    Strike a holiday deal

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

     

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

    Remember there are always exceptions

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

     

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

     

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

     

    8 robots you’ll want to bring home in 2020.

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

    Thursday, January 9, 2020

    Home robots | Schlage

    This might not quite be the year that we see full-sized humanoid robots, but there is plenty of other artificial intelligence for the home that could make daily life easier, safer and more fun.

     

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    With a new year comes exciting possibilities, especially when you’re talking technology. And in 2020, it will be impossible to talk technology without bringing up robots for the smart home. This might not quite be the year that we see full-sized humanoid robots, but there is plenty of other artificial intelligence for the home that could make daily life easier, safer and more fun.
    Roomba in living room.

    Robots “maid” for you

    In a recent poll, more than 70 percent of people said their homes would be cleaner if they had robots to do their chores. Luckily, we already have access to robots that will help with some of our chores. Here are some of our favorites.

    iRobot Bravva Jet 240

    iRobot Bravva jet 240

    Vacuuming can be a never-ending task, especially if you have pets. Robotic vacuums have been making the chore easier for several years now. For those ready to take it to the next level, you’ll see more mopping robots to help tackle more floor – and dirt – types. You’ll definitely want one for those hard-to-reach spaces like around toilets.

    Gladwell Gecko Robot Window Cleaner

    This robot will do the dirty work whether you have expanses of windows or very tall ones like those that span multiple stories in an entryway. No more hauling in a ladder and perching on it perilously or paying someone to clean your windows for you. Suction keeps it attached to the window, while AI helps determine where the windows’ edges are and makes sure all of the glass gets a good scrubbing.

    Worx Landroid robotic mower

    Using much the same technology as robotic vacuums, this robotic lawnmower trims your grass while you stay cool inside or focus on other activities like playing with the kids. The Worx Landroid also has rain sensors that will send it back to the docking station when the weather turns, as well as security features like a pin number to start operation and alerts if it strays from your yard.

    Artificial intelligence, true companionship

    Yes, many people have a fear of robots. While they’re always trying to take over the world in movies, robots can actually bring us all closer together in real life. We already ask Alexa to tell us jokes. We say, “Hey Google, text Mom.” Experts expect 29 percent growth in the market for “social robots” annually over the next few years, so it’s not a far leap to think that some of these companionable robots will soon take up residence in our homes.

    Kids holding BOCCO emo communications robot

    BOCCO emo

    More popular today in Japan, BOCCO is a communication robot that helps send text and voice messages, even if someone is too young for, or otherwise unable to use, a smartphone. Kids can talk to the robot, which will then send you a text with their message, or you can send a message from your phone for BOCCO to deliver to the kids. It’s continuously being developed, so compatibility with other devices in the Internet of Things is on the rise, making it a robot to keep an eye on in the upcoming year. Also, he’s super cute.

    Miko 2

    This adorable little robot can hear, speak and relate to your child using a variety of speakers, algorithms and cues from your child. Miko 2 is also programmed to help them learn, providing knowledge and skills that are right for their age and that you can control. As more research finds that robots can get kids excited about reading, devices like this one will become increasingly popular.

    Walabot HOME fall detecting robot panel set up in bathroom

    Walabot HOME

    Falls are a concern for many, but this robot can help remove some of the worries. Walabot HOME uses radio frequency to tell if someone in the room has fallen. Then, even if they’re conscious, the device will contact a caregiver. It works anywhere in the home but is especially popular in bathrooms both because falls so often happen in that space and because Walabot HOME does not use cameras. There are also no wearables or buttons that need to be pressed to send an alert.

    Robots on the rise … we hope

    Maybe they aren’t real yet and maybe no one knows what exactly they’re capable of, but it’s fun to dream about how some of these space-age robots could improve our daily lives.

    XR-1 Cloud Robot

    Described as a “coffee-serving humanoid machine,” this robot uses 5G connectivity. It’s still under development, but that 5G is what CloudMinds, the company that makes XR-1, says is going to make it revolutionary. Because of the faster connection, the robot will be able to respond to our commands with almost no lag time. Eventually, it could help with household chores and more.

    SpotMini

    This robotic dog is a spinoff of Boston Dynamics’ original Spot. While Spot is better suited for construction and public safety uses, they anticipate SpotMini to be of greater use in homes. It already has figured out how to help with dishes and open doors. What sets SpotMini apart from other household chore robots is that it operates on four legs rather than wheels. That opens possibilities for assisting on uneven ground and stairways.

    Whether for yourself or loved ones, technology can have a lasting and positive impact on lives. Find technology-related gift ideas on our gift giving guide, or learn more about Schlage smart locks work with the technology you already have on our blog.

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