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    Our Top 10 Home Decor and DIY Blog Posts of 2015

    December 31, 2015 3:43 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

    Looking to prioritize your home remodeling projects for 2016? Take a look at the most popular topics in 2015 to start!

     

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    As we round out the end of 2015, homeowners and designers alike are gearing up to embrace new designs and trends for 2016. Let's take a look back at our ten most popular blog posts when it comes to home decor and DIY projects. Which topic inspired your home renovations most in 2015?
    Our Top 10 Home Decor and DIY Blog Posts of 2015 | Schlage

    1. How to Make Your Hollow Core Doors Look Expensive When You're on a Budget.

     

    Hollow core doors are a common - and often boring - feature in many homes. Instead of replacing these doors for a major cost, try repurposing what you already have.

     

    2. 9 of the Most Stunning Bathroom Remodeling Trends.

     

    Bathrooms are among the highest on many homeowner's to-do lists. Take a look back of the most stunning trends for 2015 to inspire your next project.

     

    3. 7 Things You Must Consider Before Your Next Bathroom Remodel.

     

    Don't dive in to that bathroom remodel too quickly! Consider these seven things to ensure an easy renovation.

     

    4. 11 Small Kitchen Updates That Make a Big Impact.

     

    Don't have the budget for a full kitchen remodel? Try adding one of these small updates to refresh your space instead.

     

    5. A Simple Kitchen Upgrade You Can Start and Finish This Weekend.

     

    Not every kitchen project needs to take weeks or months to finish. Try this simple update that you'll complete in no team.

     

    6. How to Mix Hardware Finishes the Right Way.

     

    Whether you're trying to add an eclectic twist to your home or you want to leverage existing hardware without breaking the bank, mixing finishes is a great way to add unique interest and pull an entire room together. Here's how to do it the right way.

     

    7. 3 Door Painting Tips to Make Your Next Project a Breeze.

     

    Giving your doors a fresh coat of paint is a quick and easy way to give your home a new look. Follow these tips to make sure your next door painting project goes by quickly and smoothly.

     

    8. 4 Unique Ways to Dress Up Your Interior Doors.

     

    Your doors aren't going anywhere anytime soon. Why not use them to make a statement? Here are four unique ways you can dress up your doors and liven up any space.

     

    9. Beat the Winter Blues with Bold Interior Doors.

     

    Don't let the dreariness of a long winter be reflected in your home. Add some colorful cheer with these bold interior doors.

     

    10. 12 DIY Projects You Can Complete in One Afternoon.

     

    Looking for a quick way to freshen up your home's decor? Try one of these twelve projects that you can complete in just a few hours or less.

     

    What projects are you looking to complete in 2016? Comment below to let us know!

    The 5 Keyless Electronic Lock Topics You Shouldn't Have Missed in 2015

    December 30, 2015 3:30 PM by admin

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

    Here's a look back at our top five smart home and keyless electronic deadbolt articles of 2015 to help you in your search for the right information.

     

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    Whether you're a seasoned veteran of smart home technology or just getting started in adding security and convenience to your daily life, thorough research is important before you select your next device. When it comes to keyless technology, you may just be looking for a convenient way to stop losing your house key or need something that will work with other smart devices in your home.

     

    Here's a look back at our top five smart home and keyless electronic deadbolt articles of 2015 to help you in your search for the right information.

    The 5 Keyless Electronic Lock Topics You Shouldn't Have Missed in 2015 | Schlage

    1. How smart home technology increases the security of your home.

     

    Increased security is one of the top reasons homeowners choose to purchase smart home products. Find out the type of devices are essential to achieving greater home security through added protection and 24/7 monitoring capabilities.
     

    2. 7 easy ways to start building your smart home.

     

    Building a smart home doesn't have to cost you a fortune. Find out how taking a step back and making the essential home products work more efficiently can save you the most money.
     

    3. The smart home products you're going to need in 2015.

     

    Each year, new devices enter the market with promises of convenience and greater efficiency. Let's take a look back at the top smart home products for 2015.
     

    4. Are keyless electronic locks right for you?

     

    Choosing the right keyless electronic lock can be a daunting process. Here's a look at a few of the most frequently asked questions to help you decide whether or not you're ready to go keyless.
     

    5. Boost electronic lock security with effective keyless codes.

     

    Whether you already own an electronic lock or are thinking of upgrading to one, it's important to understand the steps you should take to make sure your lock is secure as possible. Here are a few tips for creating the most effective keyless code.
     

    What topics are you hoping to see in 2016 as it relates to keyless technology? Comment below to let us know! In the mean time, be sure to take a look at our keyless offerings to find the right lock for your lifestyle.

    15 DIY Projects for a Glitz & Glam Holiday

    December 22, 2015 8:43 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, December 22, 2015

    15 DIY Projects for a Glitz & Glam Holiday

    Give your home more glitz and glam this holiday season for a look that will carry you from Christmas to New Year's with one of these 15 DIY projects.

     

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    Looking for some last minute holiday decoration projects? Take some inspiration from on of our favorite style trends this year - Glitz & Glam - for a holiday look that will work double duty and serve both Christmas and New Year's.

    1. Add some sparkle.

    Adding glitter to any object is an easy DIY you can accomplish in under an hour. Try this affordable glitter fruit ornament to add some glitz to your tree.

     

    15 DIY Projects for a Glitz & Glam Holiday | Schlage

    Add a little sparkle to your centerpiece with this glitter candle DIY.


    15 DIY Projects for a Glitz & Glam Holiday | Schlage

    Don't forget your front door! A little sparkle can go a long way in welcoming your guests and this DIY wreath is the perfect touch. Check out our other tips for the most welcoming holiday decor

     

    15 DIY Projects for a Glitz & Glam Holiday | Schlage

    Let your tree topper take on a more glamorous look with this glittery star.

     

    15 DIY Projects for a Glitz & Glam Holiday | Schlage

    Add some sparkle to a sentimental memory. Check out our tutorial for this first home glitter key ornament

     

    15 DIY Projects for a Glitz & Glam Holiday

    2. Go for gold.

    Try accessorizing your holiday decor with a few gold accents. To get this look, all you need is a Styrofoam ball, toothpicks, gold paint and glitter.

     

    15 DIY Projects for a Glitz & Glam Holiday | Schlage

    Dress up plain glass votives with a little gold in this easy project. Add a unique touch by coming up with your own creative pattern.

     

    15 DIY Projects for a Glitz & Glam Holiday | Schlage

    Step outside of the traditional holiday decor and pair your gold accents with bright pops of color. We especially love the gold sequin stockings!

     

    15 DIY Projects for a Glitz & Glam Holiday | Schlage

    Add some glitz to your mantel with this stocking holder DIY project

     

    15 DIY Projects for a Glitz & Glam Holiday | Schlage

    Go dark and bold by pairing black with gold. This gift wrap look is simple but makes a big statement. 

     

    15 DIY Projects for a Glitz & Glam Holiday | Schlage

    3. Make it shine.

    Make an ornament wreath out of silver ornaments. For an even more glamorous touch, hang it in front of your most glitzy mirror.

     

    15 DIY Projects for a Glitz & Glam Holiday | Schlage

    Add a few mercury glass ornaments to your tree. This DIY tutorial will teach you how to get the mercury glass look for less.

     

    15 DIY Projects for a Glitz & Glam Holiday | Schlage

    Create a glamorous window treatment with silver and gold ornaments. 

     

    15 DIY Projects for a Glitz & Glam Holiday | Schlage

    You can't have glamour without a few jewels involved! Check out this DIY jeweled ornament tutorial

     

    15 DIY Projects for a Glitz & Glam Holiday | Schlage

    For a simple statement, take your favorite, glamorous ornaments and set them under a glass dish for a look you can pull off in just minutes. Check out more ideas from Better Homes and Gardens.

     

    15 DIY Projects for a Glitz & Glam Holiday | Schlage

    Are you taking inspiration from the glitz and glam trend for your holiday decor this year? Share your photos with us on Facebook!

    10 more first home ornaments you should make this weekend

    December 18, 2015 9:50 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, December 18, 2015

    10 More First Home Ornaments You Should Make This Weekend

    Check out these ten, adorable first home - or apartment, business, etc. - key ornaments for this weekend's craft activity or a last minute gift.

     

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    If you liked the memorable key ornament we shared the other day, here's a collection of our favorite ways to take an ordinary item and make it special. Whether you're scrambling for the perfect gift with meaning, just moved in to a new home or have some downtime for crafting during the holiday break, consider making this sentimental ornament for a small reminder of where you've been so far.

    1. In my own style

    It doesn't take much to make this ornament. With just a piece of cardstock and a couple of embellishments, Diane of In My Own Style created an ornament that will be special for years to come. 
     

    DIY - Christmas Ornament - First House Key

    2. Unoriginal mom

    Here's a unique twist to that idea from Meredith of Unoriginal Mom. We love how her Christmas tree tells a story with each sentimental ornament she's made.

    3. The gilbertson family

    Salt dough ornaments are quick and easy to make and the options for creativity are endless! This is the perfect project you can sit down with your kids to accomplish on a Saturday afternoon. 
     

    DIY - Holiday ornament - First house

    4. This old house

    Maybe you're one of the many families that has moved a LOT through the years. Take some inspiration from this skeleton key DIY and create your own memorable key snowflake ornament. 
     

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    5. That's what we did

    For an even simpler take, try molding your key into your favorite color of clay. Check out this easy tutorial here
     

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    6. One artsy mama

    Here's another variation of the clay molded key from Amy of One Artsy Mama. We're loving her choice of ribbon and metal stamped banner. 
     

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    7. Pleasure in simple things

    Make your key ornament even easier by simply attaching it to something that already exists like this IKEA heart. You don't have to be crafty to make an ordinary key adorable. 
     

    DIY - First home key - Christmas ornament

    8. This idyllic life

    If you enjoy intricate details, try painting a replica of your home on the key. 
     

    DIY ornament - First home - Key ornament

    9. Crafts by Amanda

    It doesn't get much cuter than these snowman keys! If you have kids, let each personalize their own for an even more special touch.
     

    11. Unlock Schlage

    And just in case you missed our tutorial, find out how you can make a glitter key with photo.
     

    Do you have a first home key of your own? Share your photos with us on Facebook

    How to Create a Memorable Holiday Key Ornament

    December 16, 2015 8:41 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, December 16, 2015

    How to Create a Memorable Holiday Key Ornament

    Try a Christmas craft that's both fun and sentimental. Find out how to take one of your most beloved memories and create a holiday key ornament.

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    Can you believe it? Christmas Day is less than 2 weeks away! Whether you’re looking for a meaningful gift for a loved one or trying to get in the holiday spirit with some at-home crafts, this DIY key ornament can add that special touch. Here's how you can create your own in less than 10 minutes.

    Step one.

    First, let's make sure you have all the right supplies. Select a key with meaning. A few ideas include your childhood home, your first apartment, first purchased home, first business location - anything! Just make sure you’ve either made a copy, no longer need it or have a keyless lock in place before using it for your ornament.

    Step two.

    Next, you will need spray adhesive and glitter of your choice. If glitter is not your thing, you could also try painting your key in the color of your choice. Just choose your favorite spray paint and follow the same steps below.
     

    Step three.

    Once you have your supplies, you're ready to get started. Spray your key with the spray adhesive in a well-ventilated area until it’s totally covered. Let it rest a few seconds to get tacky. Then pour on the glitter. Once the first side is dry, repeat on the other side. This shouldn’t take longer than a couple minutes.
     

    Step four.

    While your key is drying, locate a photo of your house, another ornament, beads, ribbon, whatever personalized elements you’d like to include in your key ornament.
     

    Step five.

    Once the key is dry, thread a ribbon through the keyhole and any other details you’ve selected to include. Then hang on the tree! And voila! You’ve captured memories that will be celebrated for years to come!

     

     

     

    What are some of your favorite, personalized holiday DIYs? Comment below to share your best ideas with us! If you're looking for even more holiday inspiration, check out our favorite holiday DIY projects.

    How to Make Your Overnight Holiday Guests Feel Right at Home

    December 11, 2015 10:01 AM by admin

    Friday, December 11, 2015

    How to Make Your Overnight Holiday Guests Feel Right at Home

    Take hosting overnight guests off your list of stressful items this holiday season. Follow our tips to make your overnight guests feel right at home.

     

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    The holidays are upon us and you may be one of many homeowners anxiously awaiting the arrival of out-of-town loved ones for your next family gathering. Make your overnight guests feel comfortable and right at home with a few of our favorite tips.
    How to Make Your Overnight Holiday Guests Feel Right at Home | Schlage

    1. Provide the essentials.

    The first step to making sure your guests feel comfortable is supplying them with the essentials like fresh sheets, towels, and plenty of toiletries. If you have available space, clear off a closet shelf or a couple of drawers so they can keep their belongings organized. They'll likely need to charge cell phones and other devices so make sure there is an outlet available to charge overnight.

     

    Bonus: You can even supply them with books and magazines for some relaxing entertainment. A take-home postcard would also add a nice touch so they can remember their trip.

     

    2. Give them privacy.

    Sleeping in a new environment is hard enough for many people so make sure your guests have adequate privacy to allow them to relax. Add a few window coverings and check that bedrooms and baths are equipped with locking knobs or levers.

    3. Make them feel at home.

    Show your guests where they can find all items they may need like food, drinks, tea and coffee. There's nothing more uncomfortable for a guest than to have to ask every time they need a glass of water. Also make sure there are a few simple snacks for when hunger strikes. Keep things easy for yourself by providing grab-and-go breakfast items like bagels, fruit and granola bars. When it comes time for dinner, let your guests help you with food prep. This is a great time for conversation and makes them feel comfortable and useful rather than a burden.

    4. Make it easy for them to come and go.

    Unless you plan on spending every minute with your guests, it's a good idea to make sure they have access to come and go from your home. Either provide a spare key or consider a keyless solution. With a keyless lock, you can create a unique access code for each of your guests and not worry about anyone losing a spare key or getting locked out. If you're interested in learning more, check out these reviews to determine which Schlage keyless lock is right for you.

     

    5. Leave a list of best local spots.

    If you're not able to give your guests the local tour, be sure to give them a list of your favorite spots for various activities. This gesture is both thoughtful and will help make sure they're having a great time in your city.

    6. Have a list of important numbers and WiFi password.

    You may find yourself needing to head in to the office or can't always be around to help your guests. Leave a handy list of numbers should they need to reach you along with any other information they may need to know like WiFi credentials or device passwords.

     

    What are some of your must-have items or tips for overnight guests? Comment below to let us know!

    5 steps to the most welcoming Holiday decor.

    December 9, 2015 10:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, December 9, 2015

    5 Steps to the Most Welcoming Holiday Decor

    Get the perfect holiday look from your front porch to your entryway decor with these five steps.

     

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    The holiday season is often the best and most stressful time of the year. There's much to prepare between buying gifts for loved ones, travelling to numerous events and maybe even preparing your own home for guests. Take decorating your front porch and entryway off your list of stressful things this year with a few of our favorite inspirations.

    1. Make a DIY wreath

    There's no shortage of DIY Christmas wreath inspiration out there. Try this easy, natural holiday wreath for a statement that looks like a hundred bucks.
     

    5 Steps to the Most Welcoming Holiday Decor | Schlage
    Natural Wreath by Rikki Snyder

     

    Tonya from Love of Family and Home took advantage of the holiday sale season to make this adorable burlap wreath. Get her full tutorial and supply cost here.

     

    5 Steps to the Most Welcoming Holiday Decor | Schlage

    This do-it-yourself chalkboard wreath can work overtime and carry you season to season. Simply write a new message and add new accents to switch it up. Check out the full tutorial at The Home Depot.

     

    5 Steps to the Most Welcoming Holiday Decor | Schlage
    Looking for even more DIY inspiration? Here's a list of more of our favorite DIY wreaths for the holidays.

    2. Decorate somewhere new

    Your front door shouldn't get all the attention. Add some holiday flair to other entry points of your home - you likely use them most anyways! We're loving the pop of this cheerful red against the light blue door.

     

    5 Steps to the Most Welcoming Holiday Decor | Schlage

    Your front door doesn't have to be the focal point, either. Adding an oversized wreath to this chimney adds a simple but charming touch.

     

    5 Steps to the Most Welcoming Holiday Decor | Schlage

    Don't forget your door knobs and levers! You interact with them several times a day so why not add a bit of holiday cheer? Simply wrap a bow, bells, ornaments or greenery to make a cute statement.

     

    5 Steps to the Most Welcoming Holiday Decor | Schlage

    3. Add a fresh touch

    Fresh oranges add a fun pop of color to this classic greenery. 

     

    5 Steps to the Most Welcoming Holiday Decor | Schlage

    Real cedar and berries add an affordable but whimsical touch to this front porch.

     

    5 Steps to the Most Welcoming Holiday Decor | Schlage

    4. Continue the holiday welcome indoors

    The holidays don't stop at the front door and neither should your decor! This entryway is simple yet completely festive. Add some fresh greenery and a few jingle bells or ornaments and your look is complete!

     

    5 Steps to the Most Welcoming Holiday Decor | Schlage

    Fresh greenery is often beautiful on its own but consider taking it to the next level with a fun touch like these felt flowers. Better Homes and Gardens explains how to get the look.

     

    5 Steps to the Most Welcoming Holiday Decor | Schlage

    5. Get organized

    Having an organized entryway can make all the difference in enjoying this holiday season. If you live in a cold climate, make sure you have space for coats and boots to avoid tracking through the house. Don't forget to dress it up with some cedar and berries!

     

    5 Steps to the Most Welcoming Holiday Decor | Schlage

    Make sure your guests have a place to set gifts down as they arrive. You can even keep the decor simple and uncluttered by decorating the ceiling instead of your entryway table.

     

    5 Steps to the Most Welcoming Holiday Decor | Schlage
    How are you decorating your home's exterior and entryway this year? We'd love to see photos! Share with us on our Facebook page and be sure to give your best tips for stress-free decorating below.
     

    Home security steps you should take before the holidays.

    December 2, 2015 11:15 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, December 3, 2015

    Home Security Steps You Should Take Before the Holidays

    Don't let holiday travels leave your home vulnerable. Take these steps to increase home security during this busy season.

     

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    The holiday season seems to arrive faster and faster with each passing year. One minute you’re handing out Halloween candy, and the next it’s December and you’re traveling to visit friends and family or hosting guests at your home. Here are a few home security steps you should take this holiday season so you can enjoy carefree time with those you love most.

    Install a home monitoring system

    Home monitoring systems can range from 24/7 surveillance by a third party to a DIY setup that you manage on your own. Deciding which is best for you depends on your budget and the level of control you wish to have over your system. With most systems going wireless, even the newest homeowner can easily install motion and entry detectors around windows and doors and an audible alarm to alert the home security provider of a potential breach.

    Consider smart home devices for surveillance

    You can even take your home monitoring system a step further by installing smart home devices that allow you to check in no matter where you are in the world. Install security cameras that give you the option of seeing what's going on at your home just by looking at your smart phone. There are also smart devices for your front door, garage doors and lights that can all work together to make your home looks occupied or alert you of any unusual activity.

    Go keyless for convenience

    Consider installing a keyless lock to make it easy for guests or house sitters to come and go. Just assign a designated 4-digit code and don't worry about someone losing - or the wrong person finding - a spare key. If you want even more control over access to your home, consider a smart lock that integrates with your home automation system for remote access. See which smart lock is best for you with our Get Help Deciding tool.

    Make your home look occupied

    There's nothing more enticing to a home intruder than a home that appears to be vacant. Triggers that signal this include mail piled up by the front door or a house that remains dark during all hours of the day. Ask your post office to hold your mail until you return or a nearby friend to collect it each day. If you installed a smart lock, you can assign a code so they can place your mail inside and check on any plants or pets. Also consider smart lighting that will turn on and off at different times of the day to give the appearance that someone is home. If it is expected to snow while you're away, arrange for someone to clear your sidewalks and driveway.

    Install motion sensor lighting

    The best way to deter intruders is to keep the exterior of your home well-lit. Motion sensor lighting can both alert others that someone may be nearby and make the intruder turn away. Some lights can even stay on 24/7 but illuminate brighter when someone walks by.

    Keep valuables away from windows

    Burglars prefer to get in and out of a house as quickly as possible to avoid being caught. Having a clear view of a valuable item will make your home a target. Keep valuables out of sight, and install blinds or curtains for even more protection.

    What extra steps do you take to make sure your home is safe and secure? Share your best tips with us on Facebook.

    How to Prep Your Front Door for Winter

    November 30, 2015 9:19 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, November 30, 2015

    How to Prep Your Front Door for Winter

    Here are 5 steps you should take to prepare your front door for winter weather.

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    With the hustle and bustle of the holidays and change in seasons, there are plenty of things to worry about as you wrap up the year. Don't let your front door be one of them. Here are five things you should consider doing before winter settles in.

    1. Install weatherstripping.

    Refreshing or adding new weatherstripping around your exterior doors can help seal out that frigid winter air. It's a project that's easy for even the most beginner-DIYer to accomplish. Here's a great guide from Houzz for checking for drafts around your home and how to seal them back up.

    2. Secure hardware.

    Now is a great time to make sure your door hardware is properly installed and working as it should. Make sure your deadbolt doesn't catch the door jamb when you lock and unlock. You definitely don't want to be stuck outside applying force to unlock your deadbolt in freezing temperatures.

    3. Go keyless.

    Are you hosting guests this holiday season? Make it easy for them to come and go without worrying about spare keys by installing a keyless deadbolt. Simply assign a unique code for each guest and have peace of mind that no one will get locked out or lose a key while they're staying with you.

    4. Fresh coat of paint.

    As winter drags on for months and months, everything around you can feel dull and depressing. Don't let your front door be one of them. Add a fresh coat of paint now and enjoy a new pop of color all winter long. Check out our tips for painting doors to make this project a breeze.

    5. Put a wreath on it.

    Have a little fun with your front door and accessorize it! Choose a seasonal wreath to add a special finishing touch.

     

    What are you doing around your home before another cold winter hits? Comment below to let us know!

    The Smart Home is Not as Complicated as You Think

    November 23, 2015 12:16 PM by admin

    Monday, November 23, 2015

    The Smart Home is Not as Complicated as You Think

    Many homeowners are feeling overwhelmed by the smart home technology. Here are 3 reasons why it’s not as complicated as you may think.

     

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    According to a recent consumer study conducted by Traditional Home Magazine, 4.9 billion connected devices will be in use in 2015 and will reach 25 billion by 2020. The same study also found that nearly one-fourth (24%) of consumers think the technology will be an everyday, common feature in US households. With this expectation of explosive growth in adoption, it pays to understand what it really means to have a smart home.
    The Smart Home is Not as Complicated as You Think | Schlage

    You could live like the Jetsons.

    When many consumers think of a smart home, they often picture a futuristic scene where everything in the home is controlled by a single system - much like an episode of the Jetsons. It's full of bells and whistles that are often over the top, like a self-making bed or a toilet seat that automatically warms up before you sit down. While both of the two examples are features of products that actually exist, this type of set up is often complicated and costly.

    You're already using a major component.

    Many of today's available smart home devices are controlled by something you very likely are already carrying in your pocket - your smart phone. You can control your devices in the home simply by pulling up the device's app and commanding it to do what you want. If you pair a compatible home automation hub, you can gain remote capabilities and control your devices from that same app no matter where you are in the world.

    What a smart home really looks like.

    Today's smart home is actually made up of a series of products created by different manufacturers that are developed to work together. They are often set up and maintained by the homeowner instead of a professional. Many manufacturers provide helpful tutorials through videos, installation guides and even step-by-step app setup and online chats to help even the most beginner-level consumer.

     

    The best way to get started in outfitting your smart home is to consider the products that are used on a daily basis. Think your thermostat, deadbolt and lighting. These items all play a part in keeping your home safe, secure and comfortable and now have the ability to do so more conveniently and efficiently. 

     

    Building a smart home is much easier than you may think. No matter your level of familiarity with smart home technology, there is an ecosystem of products that are easy to install and use. It just takes a little consideration to see which devices would provide the most benefit to your daily life. For more information on getting started, check out this simple method we recommend.

    How to Properly Clean and Care for Your Electronic Touchscreen Deadbolt

    November 20, 2015 12:31 PM by admin

    Friday, November 20, 2015

    How to Properly Clean and Care for Your Electronic Touchscreen Deadbolt

    Keeping your Schlage electronic touchscreen deadbolt free and clear of dirt, oil and other contaminates is easy when you follow these simple steps.

     

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    Keeping your exterior door hardware looking like new while it builds up with dirt, oil and other contaminates can often be accomplished with a little warm water and a damp cloth. But what if your deadbolt is an electronic touchscreen lock? Are there special precautions you need to take to properly care for your hardware?

     

    Whether you own the Schlage Sense™ Smart deadboltSchlage Connect™ Touchscreen deadbolt, or Schlage Touch™ Keyless deadbolt, maintenance is easy as long as you follow these steps below.

    How to Properly Clean and Care for Your Electronic Touchscreen Deadbolt | Schlage
    •  DO rinse the touchscreen with warm water prior to cleaning process.
       
    •  DO follow the application of soap with a damp, lukewarm cloth.
       
    •  DO NOT use abrasives, high alkaline cleaners, or gasoline.
       
    •  DO NOT leave cleaners on touchscreen for long periods - wash immediately.
       
    •  DO NOT apply cleaners in direct sunlight or at elevated temperatures.
       
    •  DO NOT use scrapers, squeegees or razors.

    You may also clean the bolt of your deadbolt with a mild dish soap and warm water. This is a great way to improve the performance of your deadbolt should the bolt begin to slow down or stick.

     

    If you run in to any performance or maintenance issues with your electronic deadbolt, be sure to check the manufacturer's warranty. Here at Schlage, we offer a 3-Year Limited Electronics Warranty and a Limited Lifetime Mechanical Finish Warranty with each of our keyless locks. For more information, please visit schlage.com.

    5 ways to welcome your guests at the front door this Thanksgiving

    November 19, 2015 12:45 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, November 19, 2015

    5 ways to welcome your guests at the front door this Thanksgiving

    Here are five ways you should consider decorating your front door and porch this Thanksgiving.

     

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    With Thanksgiving Day less than a week away, you may be in the midst of creating your to-do list to prepare for the arrival of your closest family and friends. While the table setting and menu are the heart of your Thanksgiving gathering, don't miss an opportunity to make an impression before your guests step through the door. Here are a few of our favorite ways to create a front porch look that will welcome your guests in style.

    1. Go completely festive

    You may already have your front porch decked out for fall but Thanksgiving provides a good excuse to switch things up a bit. If time is not an issue for you, try creating a perfectly styled fall scene like the front porches below.

    2. Choose decor that's easy to transition into winter

    You may be thinking it's not worth the work to decorate your front porch for Thanksgiving when winter and the next wave of holidays are lurking right around the corner. Make the transition from fall to winter easier by trying out one of these decor ideas. Simply add in twinkle lights or replace pumpkins with festive ornaments to take a classic look from season to season.

    3. Keep it simple with a few lanterns or seasonal wreath

    Even the smallest of touches can go a long way in making your guests feel warm and welcome. The perfect fall wreath or a candlelit lantern are all you need to create a cozy atmosphere.

    4. Create a cozy gathering space

    After filling up on a delicious meal, give your guests a little change of scenery by creating a welcoming front porch space. There are few things more relaxing than cozying up outdoors with a hot cup of coffee and good conversation. Simply provide a few pillows and blankets and you'll have a whole new space to entertain.

    5. Place a thankful reminder

    Finally, don't forget the reason for this holiday. Place a reminder to be thankful from the start and enjoy this special time with your closest family and friends.

    How are you decorating your home for Thanksgiving? Show us your photos on Facebook!

    How Smart Home Technology Increases the Security of Your Home

    November 13, 2015 9:39 AM by admin

    Friday, November 13, 2015

    How Smart Home Technology Increases the Security of Your Home

    Smart home technology isn't just for adding convenience or efficiency to your home. Here are 4 ways smart home technology makes your home more secure.

     

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    Smart home technology isn't just for adding convenience or efficiency to your home. There's also the benefit of a greater peace of mind as you step up security and know your home is safe and sound. Here are a few ways smart home technology makes your home more secure.
    How Smart Home Technology Increases the Security of Your Home | Schlage

    1. Deters criminals.

    Smart home technology can often turn criminals away before they even have a chance to breach your home. Visible cameras and motion censored lights deter unwelcome guests that are looking for an easy entry. Keyless locks also ensure there's no spare an intruder could stumble upon to quickly get in the door. Smart indoor lighting and entertainment systems can be programmed to turn on at random times while you're away to appear as though someone is home.

    2. Can check in.

    Whether you're just a few miles away at work or halfway around the world on vacation, smart home devices that are integrated with a central hub allow you to check in remotely. Pull up a live camera feed to see if anyone is lurking around outside or check in on your smart lock to confirm it is safely locked. 

    3. Receive alerts.

    Greater security in the home also means knowing when any unusual activity occurs. With a connected smart lock and motion-activated sensors, you can program your home automation system to send you alerts any time someone attempts to gain access.

    4. Remotely control.

    Did you already arrive at the office only to remember you didn't close the garage door? Smart garage door openers allow you to command your garage door to command the garage door to close no matter where you are. Did you forget to leave a key for the maintenance man to enter? Simply use your smart lock app to create a new access PIN that can be deactivated as soon as he has left the home.

     

    Smart home devices make it easy for homeowners to provide a safe and secure home for their families. No matter your budget or lifestyle, there's an ecosystem of products that will help meet your needs.

    3 Reasons It's the Right Time to Consider Smart Home Technology

    November 11, 2015 10:12 AM by admin

    Wednesday, November 11, 2015

    3 Reasons It's the Right Time to Consider Smart Home Technology

    Here are three reasons you should consider upgrading some of your everyday products to smart home devices.

     

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    Outfitting a fully automated smart home is no longer a distant, complicated dream. Advancements in technology have made smart home products easy and affordable for the average homeowner to install and use. Here are three reasons you should consider upgrading some of your everyday products to smart home devices.
    3 Reasons It's the Right Time to Consider Smart Home Technology | Schlage

    1. Simplicity.

    Smart home devices allow homeowners to simplify their lives by connecting devices that can be automated into sequences that are more convenient and efficient. Imagine the lights in your home automatically turning on as soon as you unlock your door or a coffee maker that begins brewing as soon as your alarm goes off. You can even enjoy greater peace of mind no matter where you are in the world when you're able to check in on your home and ensure everything is safe and sound. Smart home products are all about simplifying your daily tasks so you can start focusing on more important things. 

    2. Trust.

    Many of the same brands you've known and loved for years are entering the smart home space with reliable products. No matter your level of familiarity with technology, you can trust when you purchase a device from an established brand, it's going to work. You can expect the same level of service and quality guarantee you've grown to love but now with the most advanced technology.

    3. Affordability.

    Greater consumer demand and product innovation has made smart home products more affordable than ever. There's no reason to spend thousands of dollars to install a complicated system that requires a professional to set up. Start by upgrading to products you already know and interact with on a daily basis, such as your door locks or lights. It's best to start small and see what features actually suit your lifestyle over others. Here's a simple method to help you get started with smart home technology.

     

    Tell us, what features do you look for in smart home products?

    Why You Should Thank This Hollywood Actress for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

    November 9, 2015 10:24 AM by admin

    Monday, November 9, 2015

    Why You Should Thank This Hollywood Actress for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

    Take a look at the interesting life of Hollywood actess, Hedy Lamarr, and her role in paving the way for Bluetooth and other wireless technology.

     

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    Today's Google Doodle pays tribute to a talented actress on her 101st birthday whose life proved to be full of surprises. Hedy Lamarr would have turned 101 today and, looking back on her life, it's no surprise that Google would choose to honor her with this animated video.

     

    Let's take a look at her life to see why we should thank her for the very technology that has transformed our day-to-day lives, even the way we lock our homes.
     

    According to hedylamarr.com, Hedy Lamarr was born in Austria and began her film career at seventeen years old. After gaining much attention for her controversial roles, she moved to Hollywood in 1938 where she starred in several films alongside actors like Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy. Dubbed one of the most beautiful women in the world, Hedy didn’t feel challenged enough by her career in film making and sought to do much more with her life. She once famously stated, "Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid."

     

    According to a 2011 NPR interview with Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, The Most Beautiful Woman in the World, Hedy was not your typical Hollywood actress.

     

    "Hedy didn't drink. She didn't like to party," he says. "Her idea of a good evening was a quiet dinner party with some intelligent friends where they could discuss ideas — which sounds so un-Hollywood, but Hedy had to find something else to do to occupy her time."

     

    During World War II, Hedy decided to use her ideas to help the war efforts. She had a special interest in science and military technology and used that interest to create a secret communication system to overcome the jamming of Allied radio transmissions by Axis powers. According to CNN, "she teamed with composer George Antheil, a neighbor, to create a frequency-hopping system -- based on the 88 keys in pianos -- that would keep enemies from being able to detect the radio messages." This system became the basis for modern wireless communication, paving the way for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and more.

     

    To learn more about Hedy Lamarr's fascinating life and history, be sure to check out her official website.

    7 Easy Ways to Start Building Your Smart Home

    November 4, 2015 10:48 AM by admin

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

    7 Easy Ways to Start Building Your Smart Home

    There’s no reason to spend thousands of dollars just to outfit your smart home. Here are 7 products you can use to get started for $300 or less.

     

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    If you think you need to spend at least $1,000 to get started with Smart Home devices, you could be doing it wrong. There's no reason to buy a top of the line, fully-integrated home automation system that will leave you overwhelmed and broke. Instead, focus on the items you already use each day and slowly make the right upgrades to add greater convenience and efficiency to your day-to-day life.

     

    Here are seven items you should focus on first that typically cost $300 or less.

    7 Easy Ways to Start Building Your Smart Home | Schlage

    1. Lock.

    It's never a good feeling when you leave home for the day and can't remember whether you locked your front door. Smart locks can provide both peace of mind and convenience.

     

    Get started with a lock like our Bluetooth®-enabled Schlage Sense™ smart deadbolt* that allows you to talk to unlock using voice commands with Siri® or enter a custom 4-8 digit PIN to gain access without a key. When paired with an AppleTV®, you can also gain remote capabilities. This allows you to check in to see whether your home is locked and safe no matter where you are in the world. Learn more about the conveniences of going keyless with connected locks.

    2. Thermostat.

    It's nothing new to be able to set a custom set of temperatures on your thermostat but not everyone has the same schedule every day of the week. With a smart thermostat, you can easily adjust the settings in your home from an app on your phone. This will help ensure you're always saving money and energy when you can. Some devices will even use your daily habits to learn on its own to adjust based on the patterns you've shown. 

    3. Lights.

    Imagine a room where the lights automatically adjust based on the amount of natural light shining in or flashing a specific color to alert you when a family member is calling your phone. Gone are the days of crawling out off your warm, cozy bed to make sure all the lights are out. Just pull up the designated app and turn your lights off without ever getting up. The features are simple but the convenience is hard to refuse and energy savings can quickly add up.

    4. Garage door.

    A wide open garage door is often viewed as a welcoming invitation to thieves and unwelcome guests. With a smart garage system, you can check in on your garage door via a mobile app. In the unfortunate event that you did forget to close the door, simply command the door to close right there in your app without turning back to head home.

    5. Appliances.

    The options are nearly endless with smart appliances so it helps to think about the items you use the most and whether the conveniences of those appliances working smarter are worth the extra investment. From smart refrigerators that alert you when certain products are going bad to coffee makers that automatically start brewing before you crawl out of bed, there's a smart home appliance that will fit your needs.

    6. Cameras.

    There's no reason to be worried about whether the kids made it home safely or your home is safe and sound while you're away. Connected cameras allow you to peak in on what's happening at your home whether you're at the office or halfway around the world.

    7. Plug-in.

    You don't have to purchase all new products and appliances to enjoy the benefits of smart home connectivity. With products like the iDevices Switch, you can take any ordinary product, plug-it in and watch it transform into a connected device enabled by HomeKit™ and Wi-Fi®.

     

    Tell us, what other smart home devices are on your wishlist that make you day-to-day easier?

     

    *The Schlage Sense™ lock should be within 40 feet of an Apple TV® for remote capability and uses Bluetooth® Smart technology to communicate with your iPhone®.

    Go Modern and Luxurious with Black, White and Gold Decor

    October 30, 2015 12:58 PM by admin

    Friday, October 30, 2015

    Go Modern and Luxurious with Black, White and Gold Decor

    Luxurious glamour with minimal style? It's not a contradiction. Black, white and gold decor is the perfect way to take the glam in your home up a notch. Check out our favorite looks.

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    The rich, luxurious look of black and white decor is in! The two opposites contrast perfectly to create a modern look, but done in large doses can leave your home feeling cold and uninviting. That's where soft gold tones - like Schlage's newest finish, Satin Brass - come in to completely transform the look with just a few touches.
    Satin Brass allows you to maintain the traditional elegance of your home without being out of date. Try adding this finish in small doses to transform an entire room. Accessories, door hardware and light fixtures provide the perfect opportunity to create a whole lot of style with minimal effort. Here are a few of our favorite black, white and gold looks to help inspire your decorating project. 
    Go Modern and Luxurious with Black, White and Gold Decor | Schlage
    Transitional Kitchen by Charlotte Appliances Frigidaire®
    Interested in more ways to glam up your home? Be sure to check out our Hollywood Regency design guide to learn how you can bring the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood into your modern home.

    17 spooky front porch styles to get you in the Halloween spirit

    October 28, 2015 1:54 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015

    17 Spooky Front Porch Styles to Get You in the Halloween Spirit

    Welcome (or scare-away) your trick-or-treaters this year with these spooky Halloween front porch and entryway decor ideas!

     

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    Halloween, All Hallows Eve, Hallow-mas, whatever you call it, it calls for fun! From creative costumes and cauldrons of candy to carved pumpkins and spider-web covered porches, Halloween can be fun for the whole family! Few things ignite the Halloween spirit like decorating your home’s entryway, which could welcome (or scare off) trick-or-treaters and goblins alike.

     

    From fun and kid-friendly to frightening and downright garish, each entryway is unique to each home and each family. The key to executing a bewitching entryway is to have a theme and stick to it. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite Halloween entryways.

    Autumn celebrations

    Get ready to celebrate Halloween with a look that will last the entire season. These autumn-inspired front porches will have you ready to take on the season of Pumpkin Spice and Apple flavored everything!

    17 Spooky Front Porch Styles to Get You in the Halloween Spirit | Schlage
    Harvest Entry via Houzz
    17 Spooky Front Porch Styles to Get You in the Halloween Spirit | Schlage
    Owl Night Watchers via Martha Stewart
    17 Spooky Front Porch Styles to Get You in the Halloween Spirit | Schlage
    Halloween Style via Houzz
    17 Spooky Front Porch Styles to Get You in the Halloween Spirit | Schlage
    Halloween Harvest via Houzz

    Fun, festive, kid-friendly

    Add a little Halloween spirit to your front door without scaring off the young kids. These front porches say "Boo" in a fun and festive way.

    17 Spooky Front Porch Styles to Get You in the Halloween Spirit | Schlage
    Spooky Entry via Houzz

    Haunted house scary

    View these front porches at your own risk! Get a front door look that will have the trick-or-treaters working up the courage to knock on your front door.

    How are you decorating your front porch for the holiday? Share your photos with us on Facebook!

    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt

    October 23, 2015 2:47 PM by admin

    Friday, October 23, 2015

    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt

    Thinking about adding security and convenience with a keyless lock? Check out these 9 electronic deadbolt reviews to help you choose.

     

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    There is no shortage of options when choosing the right keyless lock for your lifestyle. We pulled together a few Schlage keyless lock user reviews to help you narrow it down. From installation to daily use and style, find out what these homeowners have to say about going keyless.

    Keypad deadbolt & lever.

    1. Two Twenty One chooses a quick curb appeal refresh with the Keypad Deadbolt with Plymouth trim in Satin Nickel.
    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt
     
    2. Centsational Girl chooses the Keypad Lever with Camelot trim in Aged Bronze for convenient garage apartment access.
    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt | Schlage
    Check out our full lineup of Keypad Deadbolt and Keypad Lever styles and finishes.

    Schlage TouchTM Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt.

    3. Simply Organized adds convenient garage security by installing Schlage Touch™ with Camelot trim in Satin Nickel.
    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt | Schlage
     
    4. Your Home Security Watch offers a detailed review of Schlage Touch™ features and benefits.
    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt | Schlage

    Schlage ConnectTM Touchscreen Deadbolt.

    5. At Home in the Future takes a look at how the Schlage Connect™ stacks up against other connected locks.
    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt | Schlage
    6. Android Guys shares how easy it is to install and use Schlage Connect™ with Century trim in Satin Nickel.
    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt | Schlage9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt | Schlage
     
    7. Living Rich on Less polishes off her front door makeover with Schlage Connect™ with Camelot trim in Aged Bronze.
    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt | Schlage
     
    Get the full details on all the features and benefits you can expect from Schlage Connect.

    Schlage SenseTM Smart Deadbolt.

    8. Tech experts at CNET give a firsthand look at the features and benefits of Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt.
    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt | Schlage
     
    9. Best Smart Lock compares Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt to other smart lock options. 
    9 Keyless Lock Reviews to Help You Choose The Right Electronic Deadbolt | Schlage

    Get the full scoop on the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt including HomeKitTM capabilities and app features at schlage.com.

     

    We want to hear your keyless electronic lock questions. Comment below to tell us what you need to know! In the meantime, check out these frequently asked questions.

    3 Reasons You Should Consider a Keyless Deadbolt Lock

    October 21, 2015 3:46 PM by admin

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    Looking for new features to enhance your lifestyle and add a touch of style? Here are 3 reasons you should consider a keyless electronic deadbolt.

     

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    Mechanical deadbolts have been in use for almost a century. They were invented to create additional security beyond the standard door lock which became too easy for burglars to breach. The deadbolt has come a long way since it was first created with no shortage of options to suit a homeowner's personal design choices and lifestyle. Here are three reasons you should consider a keyless, electronic deadbolt.
    3 Reasons You Should Consider a Keyless Deadbolt Lock | Schlage

    1. Enhance your lifestyle.

    One story almost every member of your family or friend can relate to is being locked out of the house, and usually at the most inconvenient times. Keyless electronic locks allow you to forget about that pesky key and never worry about getting locked out again. 

     

    Each of our keyless options feature a keypad or touchscreen that requires a unique 4-8 digit PIN that you define to unlock the door. They're each powered by batteries so there's no reason to worry about the power going out and feature a backup access option in the unlikely event your batteries go dead before you have a chance to replace them. Check out our full list of common worries you can kiss goodbye when you go keyless here.

    2. New features.

    Keyless convenience is certainly the biggest reason to go keyless but our variety of electronic deadbolts have a variety of features that go way beyond locking and unlocking. Both the Schlage Connect™ and Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt feature built-in alarm technology for added security should a potential intruder apply any sort of pressure to your door. Add remote capabilities to either lock with a compatible home automation hub that will allow you to check in on whether your door is locked or unlocked while your away or set up alerts to be notified when your kids arrive home safely from school.

    3. Add a touch of style & fun.

    If you opt for a connected keyless lock, the benefits don't stop at security and convenience. With the right home automation ecosystem and plenty of choices for style and finish, you can connect your lock to an experience that is sure to impress all your guests. Create a scene with your connected lights and stereo to kick on as soon as you unlock your door. You can even set your lights to change colors.

     

    Are you already enjoying a keyless lifestyle? Share your favorite feature or benefit with us below!

    12 Home Remodeling Projects You Can Do Without a Professional

    October 16, 2015 8:57 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, October 16, 2015

    12 Home Remodeling Projects You Can Do Without a Professional

    You don’t have to hire a professional for all home remodeling projects. Try one of these twelve to add value and refresh your home in one weekend.

     

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    Taking on a remodeling project can be a huge expense when you have to rely on professionals to get the job done. If you'd like to spruce up the look of your home but don't have the time or money to hire someone else, try finishing one of these twelve home remodeling (or re-decorating) projects to make a big impact in one weekend.

    1. Fresh paint.

    A fresh coat of paint can go a long way in refreshing the look of a room. Your walls can take a lot of abuse over time resulting in chips and scratches. If you're not interested in painting a whole room, try adding a new coat to your trim instead for a polished look.

    2. Backsplash.

    Adding a backsplash above your kitchen counters is an easy way to add an impressive touch to your kitchen. With a steady hand and well planned pattern, installation can be done by even the newest DIYer. Here's a great backsplash tutorial from Houzz to help you get started.

    3. Lighting.

    If you're looking to replace an existing light fixture with a more modern look, you can definitely complete this project on your own. Just be sure to carefully read all the manufacturer's instructions and ensure the power is completely turned off. If you're looking to move a light fixture from one area to another, this would be the time to call in a professional if you are not an experienced electrician.

    4. Cabinet hardware.

    There's no reason to completely replace a set of cabinets in perfect shape. Save some time and money by swapping the outdated knobs and drawer pulls with a design that better reflects your personal style.

    5. Modern door knobs and levers.

    The style and finish of your door hardware can really make or break a room. With just a couple hours and minimal tools, you can easily replace your old door knobs and levers with a sleek new look and finally add the perfect finishing touch.

    6. Trim and crown molding.

    If you're looking for a way to increase the value of your home and add a bit of charm, try installing new crown molding and trim. It's a quick way to make a room feel complete and look more expensive.

    7. Create a gallery wall.

    If you're looking for a less permanent way to refresh your home, consider adding a gallery wall to create visual interest. Gallery walls also give you the flexibility to change up your art work to match the changing seasons or your evolving tastes.

    8. Re-arrange your furniture.

    If you're just not the handy type or don't feel like breaking out the tools this weekend, try re-arranging your existing furniture to create a refreshed look. Consider how you might be able to open a room up more or find a unique use for a statement piece of furniture.
    12 Home Remodeling Projects You Can Do Without a Professional | Schlage

    9. Open shelving for storage.

    Open shelving is a great way to make a style statement while adding extra organization to your home. A simple search on Pinterest will return plenty of ideas for DIY open shelving. Pick your favorite and start showing off your favorite accessories and family heirlooms.

    10. Repair flooring and clean your carpets.

    Whether you have hardwood, tile or carpet flooring, your floors have likely endured a lot of traffic through the years leaving behind scratches and stains that distract from the overall space. There are plenty of tutorials that will teach you easy ways to remove scratches from hardwood and refresh your grout. If you have a whole home full of carpet that needs a deep clean, it may be worth calling in the pros to handle this one. If you just need to focus on a few areas, save some money by renting a carpet cleaner from your local carpet cleaners.
    12 Home Remodeling Projects You Can Do Without a Professional | Schlage

    11. Minimize.

    Simply removing the clutter and items that do not add to your daily life can make a huge impact on your home. Unnecessary clutter can leave your home feeling dark and cramped. Open up your space and remove items you no longer use or serve no purpose.

    12. Create curb appeal.

    Upgrading your curb appeal doesn't have to mean a total exterior renovation. Add a new coat of paint to your front door and pair it with a new handleset to create welcoming exterior. Finish the look with a new wreath and freshly potted flowers and you'll be catching your neighbor's attention in no time. Check out five of our favorite front porch looks for inspiration.
    Do you have plans to tackle a remodeling project this weekend? Tell us about it in the comments below!

    9 Moments You Should Consider Replacing Your Door Hardware

    October 14, 2015 10:13 AM by admin

    Wednesday, October 14, 2015

    9 Moments You Should Consider Replacing Your Door Hardware

    Here are nine moments you should consider adding new door hardware to your next home remodeling project.

     

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    Are you considering a home remodeling project? There's one simple detail that is often overlooked but actually makes a huge impact in the look and feel of your home: your door hardware.

     

    According to a recent survey conducted online by Hanley Wood, 41% of professional home builders and remodelers believe that updating the interior design of a home is the number one reason homeowners begin a remodeling project. Minor kitchen and bath remodels lead the list of most popular projects as well as updating most fixtures or hardware. Here are nine moments you should consider adding new door hardware to your next remodeling project.

    9 Moments You Should Consider Replacing Your Door Hardware | Schlage 9 Moments You Should Consider Replacing Your Door Hardware | Schlage

    1. Design or style update.

    Trends come and go but your personal style stays and grows with you forever. The accents and decor that matched your traditional style twenty years ago may not reflect your style today - including your door hardware. Swapping your outdated door hardware for a new style and finish is an easy project that can give your home a quick refresh.

    2. Repair.

    Are all your levers, knobs and deadbolts functioning as they were intended to? If not, you need to replace. Be sure to check the manufacturer's warranty to see if your product is covered.

    3. New home.

    If you just purchased a new home, don't forget to update all exterior locks and deadbolts. It's also the perfect time to swap your interior door hardware to a look that matches your personal style right off the bat.

    4. Replace old, worn-out model.

    Is the finish on your hardware standing the test of time? Worn-out, discolored door hardware can really drag the look of your home down. Again, check your manufacturer's warranty before you purchase a replacement and follow our tips for caring for your hardware finish.

    5. Larger remodeling project.

    New door hardware can provide the perfect finishing touch to your latest home remodeling project. Whether you remodeled your bath or updated all the cabinets and hardware in your kitchen, now is the perfect time to make a final statement with a coordinating knob or lever.

    6. Reflect your personal style.

    Don't let your door hardware become an eyesore that clashes with your personal style. If your style is contemporary and your door hardware screams traditional, it's time to make a change. Check out our style selector to narrow down the choices and find the right knob or lever for your home.

    7. Refresh an old look.

    Is your current door hardware a builder grade choice you had little or no say in? Is it severely outdated or bland? Check out these before and after door hardware transformations to inspire a simple refresh for your home.

    8. Updated lighting or plumbing.

    Updating your lighting or plumbing is the perfect excuse to update your door hardware as well. Choose to match the finish exactly or try something unique by mixing metals instead.

    9. Changing lifestyle.

    Sometimes, life provides a need to update your existing hardware. Do you have a curious toddler bustling about your home? Replace your levers with knobs to prevent an easy escape. Are your kids often coming and going multiple times a day? Create peace of mind by installing a keyless lock that will notify you when your children arrive. Or maybe with age, your wrists and hands just don't work the same as they used to. Try replacing knobs that require a painful twisting motion with levers that are easily opened with a simple tap. Tip: Look for levers marked ADA compliant.

     

    Have you recently given your door hardware an upgrade? Comment below to let us know and share pictures of your transformation on our Facebook page.

    Home Security Check: 8 Steps You Should Take

    October 8, 2015 10:44 AM by admin

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

    Home Security Check: 8 Steps You Should Take

    Maintaining a safe and secure home requires some due diligence by the homeowner. Here are 8 steps you can take this weekend to improve home security.

     

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    Taking the time to survey your home at least once a year for home security vulnerabilities is a habit that all home owners should adopt. Take some time to ensure all locks, lights and sensors are working properly before an intruder takes advantage of an opportunity. Here are eight steps you can take this weekend to make sure your home is safe and secure.
    Home Security Check: 8 Steps You Should Take | Schlage

    1. Check the grade of your deadbolt.

    When shopping for a new deadbolt, it's important to consider the security grade. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is responsible for developing and maintaining performance standards of builder hardware and assigns a product grade to reflect the quality and durability of that product. For deadbolt locks, the ANSI assigns one of three security grade levels - Grade 1, Grade 2, or Grade 3. Grade 1 is the highest security grade that can be given for optimal security, so it's important to look for locks with a Grade 1 rating.

     

    For more information on door hardware grades and where you can find Grade 1 locks, check out our guide to security grades.

    2. Add more garage security.

    Your garage is one of the most vulnerable entry points for would-be intruders. It's simply too easy to forget to close the garage door while rushing off to work or to lock the interior door that accesses your home.

     

    To give yourself more control, consider adding a smart garage door opener that will allow you to check in via your mobile device to confirm your garage door is closed or to command it to close. Take your garage security up another notch by adding a keyless lock to the interior entry door. You won't have to worry about forgetting the key or getting locked out as you'll just need a 4-digit PIN to unlock the door.

    3. Install a monitored security system.

    A great way to keep your home secure and notified of a security breach is to install a monitored security system. Monitored security systems often include motion sensors and entry detectors as well as 24/7 surveillance for a monthly fee. You can also opt to avoid a monthly fee by choosing a system that allows you to monitor your home on your own remotely.

    4. Move your spare key or opt for a keyless option.

    It's good practice to move the location of your spare key from time to time. If you've used the same spot for several years, you run the risk of someone noticing when you retrieve your key and obtaining easy access to your home.

     

    If you want to take your security up another notch, try getting rid of the spare key altogether and install a keyless electronic lock. We offer a variety of keyless lock options that allow you to have full control in the way you gain access to your home whether it be through a PIN number you set up or even through an app in your phone.

    5. Add more deterrents with built-in alarm technology.

    If you decide that a keyless lock is right for you, consider choosing a lock option that features built-in alarm technology. Both our Schlage ConnectTM and Schlage SenseTM Smart Deadbolt come with a built-in alarm that can be programmed to fit your needs. Built-in alarms in keyless locks can help deter criminals before a breach occurs. Program your alarm to sound any time a significant amount of force is applied to your door or set it to activity mode to hear it beep whenever your door opens. 

    6. Lock your windows.

    After several months of opening your windows to allow a fresh breeze flow through your home, it can be easy to forget to lock those windows back up for the fall and winter. Take some time this weekend to double check that all your window locks are securely fastened.

    7. Install motion sensor lighting.

    If there's one thing a potential intruder does not like, it's having attention drawn to them and the easiest way to do that is with motion sensor lighting. Unless you want to leave your front porch or back door light on 24/7, motion sensors are easy to install and great for energy efficiency.

    8. Change your batteries.

    Finally, when you conduct your home security sweep, get in the habit of changing the locks on your smoke detectors, keyless locks, and motion sensors too. These devices often use very little power so it's unlikely you would use the full life of your batteries in a year's time but it's always best to play it on the safe side and make sure all low battery warnings are functioning properly.

     

    What security tips do you tend to abide by when it comes to increasing the security of your home? Comment below to let us know!

    The best of fall: 6 color choices you should try on your front door

    October 7, 2015 7:58 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

    6 Fall Color Choices You Should Try on Your Front Door

    Take some inspiration from the season itself and try out one of these shades for a fresh look. Here are six of our favorite fall front door colors.

     

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    As temperatures drop and pool parties are replaced with bonfires and hoodies, fall never fails to usher in a beautiful combination of shades just before the leaves begin to fall. The lack of humidity and mild temperatures make it the perfect time of year to paint your front door. Before winter takes claim, why not take inspiration from the season itself and try out one of these shades for a fresh look? Here are six of our favorite fall front door colors.

    1. Yellow

    Yellow is always associated with bright, cheerful feelings. Why not add a splash of cheer before the gloomy days of winter hits? Let your bold choice shine even more by pairing your new front door with a Matte Black handleset.

    2. Mustard yellow

    If you prefer a more rustic vibe for your home, try the next shade of yellow just before it gives way to orange with a more mustard tone. Aged Bronze handlesets and accessories perfectly complement this shade.

    3. Orange

    Orange is the most iconic color of fall. From pumpkins to holiday decor, there's no shortage of variations to this shade. For a look that will last all year long, try a more pastel tone and bring it to life with Matte Black handlesets and light fixtures. If your style is more contemporary, try a bold orange paired with Polished Nickel hardware.

    4. Rustic red

    There's nothing better than a warm, cozy feeling as fall begins to transition to winter. Give your guests a warm welcome this season with this rustic red front door color. Complete the look with our Aged Bronze hardware and accessories.

    5. Red, red

    If you prefer to add more excitement to your curb appeal, try a bold shade of red. A Bright Chrome or Polished Nickel handleset will let this color shine even more while matte black fixtures give the look a more transitional than contemporary vibe.

    6. Brick red

    This classic shade of red will make your guests feel right at home. This inviting color pairs perfectly with Satin Nickel door hardware for a traditional look that is anything but boring. For a unique touch of warmth and a modern flair, try pairing with Satin Brass hardware instead.

    Which color is your favorite? Join us on Facebook to let us know! And don't forget to complete your fall front porch look on a dime with these DIY projects.

    5 Common Household Items That Could Work a Lot Smarter

    October 2, 2015 8:25 AM by admin

    Friday, October 2, 2015

    5 Common Household Items That Could Work a Lot Smarter

    Building a smart home is not as complicated as you might think. Here are 5 common household items you can get started with.

     

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    Turning your home into a smart home is no longer a complicated, expensive endeavor meant only for the most technologically savvy. With advancement in technology and a focus on daily convenience, even the most common household items can work smarter and make your life easier. Here are five items you likely already have that will quickly turn your ordinary home into a smart home.
    5 Common Household Items That Could Work a Lot Smarter | Schlage

    1. Smart thermostat.

    It's already a common feature to set your thermostat to change temperatures based on your schedule, but unless you work a strict 9-5 job five days a week, those settings can be pretty limiting. With a smart thermostat, you can control the climate in your home remotely and allow your thermostat to learn your daily habits so it adjusts automatically. You can also monitor how much you're spending on heating and cooling that month and make adjustments to increase efficiency and help you save money.

    2. Smart lighting.

    It's probably obvious that smart lighting can help you increase the energy efficiency just like with the smart thermostat. Smart lighting systems can be set on schedules or make adjustments on their own based on the amount of available light in the room.

     

    Smart lighting can also add convenience to your daily life. Did you forget to turn a light off downstairs when you went to bed? Pull the designated app up on your phone to shut it off. You can even set up smart lighting to sync with notifications on your phone. Is your wife calling while you're in the middle of watching the big game? Set your lights to flash a designated color so you never miss a message.

    3. Smart home surveillance systems.

    Smart home surveillance systems are all about peace-of-mind while you're away. Never worry about whether the dog is getting into the trash can or someone is trying to gain access while you're away on vacation. Install a connected camera that allows you to check in and see that everything is as it should be when you're away.

    4. Smart door locks.

    Keyless smart door locks are all about convenience and security. When you install a Schlage ConnectTM or Schlage SenseTM Smart Deadbolt and connect it to a compatible home automation hub*, you can receive alerts when your kids make it home from school or check in on whether you locked the door on your way to work and command it to lock without turning around. You can even connect your smart lock with compatible smart lighting to set your lights to turn on as soon as you unlock your door. 

     

    Be sure to check out our full list of keyless lock benefits.

    5. Smart garage doors.

    Forgetting to shut your garage door when you leave is often viewed as an invitation for burglars to enter your home. Just like with smart door lock technology, you can always check in to make sure your garage door is shut no matter where you are when you install a smart garage door opener. Simply press a button in your garage door app to command it to close in the unfortunate event that you do forget.

     

    Do you have any smart home technology in your home? Comment below to let us know what you use and your favorite feature.

     

    *The Schlage ConnectTM uses Z-wave technology to communicate with compatibile home automation hubs. The Schlage SenseTM lock should be within 40 feet of an Apple TV® for remote capability and uses Bluetooth® Smart technology to communicate with your iPhone.

    23 DIY Fall Front Porch Decor Ideas You Should Try

    September 30, 2015 9:56 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

    23 DIY Fall Front Porch Decor Ideas You Should Try

    Create the perfect fall front porch and increase curb appeal with these easy and unique front porch decor DIY projects.

     

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    Last week, we showed you the six steps to take to get the perfect fall front porch look. Make those plans a reality with easy, and affordable DIY front porch projects this fall. Here are 23 of our favorites.

    Simple DIY projects for the perfect fall wreath.

    1. Natural fall wreath with wood and burlap » findinghomefarms.com
    23 DIY Fall Front Porch Decor Ideas You Should Try | Schlage
    2. Canning lid and washi tape Halloween wreath » createcraftlove.com
    23 DIY Fall Front Porch Decor Ideas You Should Try | Schlage
    3. Green and ivory wreath » confessionsofaserialdiyer.com
    23 DIY Fall Front Porch Decor Ideas You Should Try | Schlage
    4. Easy fall hydrangea wreath » anightowlblog.com
    23 DIY Fall Front Porch Decor Ideas You Should Try | Schlage
    5. Give thanks wood tags » thatsmyletter.blogspot.com
    23 DIY Fall Front Porch Decor Ideas You Should Try | Schlage

    Try a unique fall planter idea.

    6. DIY welcome pumpkin » bhg.com
    23 DIY Fall Front Porch Decor Ideas You Should Try | Schlage
    7. Antique container for fall planters » livingthecountrylife.com
    23 DIY Fall Front Porch Decor Ideas You Should Try | Schlage
    8. Pumpkin topiary » eclecticallyvintage.com
    23 DIY Fall Front Porch Decor Ideas You Should Try | Schlage
    9. Jack-o plantern » gardentherapy.ca
    23 DIY Fall Front Porch Decor Ideas You Should Try | Schlage
    10. Galvanized wash tub planters » onsuttonplace.com
    23 DIY Fall Front Porch Decor Ideas You Should Try | Schlage

    Welcome the season with a DIY welcome mat.

    11. Herringbone welcome mat » thediyplaybook.com
    23 DIY Fall Front Porch Decor Ideas You Should Try | Schlage
    12. Monogram welcome mat » bhg.com
    23 DIY Fall Front Porch Decor Ideas You Should Try | Schlage

    No-carve pumpkin ideas that will last all season.

    13. House number pumpkin topiary » atthepicketfence.com
    23 DIY Fall Front Porch Decor Ideas You Should Try | Schlage
    14. Easy no-carve pumpkin ideas » abeautifulmess.com
    23 DIY Fall Front Porch Decor Ideas You Should Try | Schlage
    15. Botanical pumpkins » shopterrain.com
    23 DIY Fall Front Porch Decor Ideas You Should Try | Schlage
    16. Mod Podge lace pumpkin » onsuttonplace.com
    23 DIY Fall Front Porch Decor Ideas You Should Try | Schlage

    Top it off with the right accessory.

    17. DIY Pallet Sign » designdiningandiapers.com
    23 DIY Fall Front Porch Decor Ideas You Should Try | Schlage
    18. Glitter Halloween pillows » chapmanplaceblog.com
    23 DIY Fall Front Porch Decor Ideas You Should Try | Schlage
    19. Corn husks and straw » ourvintagehomelove.blogspot.com
    23 DIY Fall Front Porch Decor Ideas You Should Try | Schlage
    20. Printable fall pillows » tidbits-cami.com
    23 DIY Fall Front Porch Decor Ideas You Should Try | Schlage
    21. DIY welcome sign » mccallmanor.com
    23 DIY Fall Front Porch Decor Ideas You Should Try | Schlage
    22. Wood porch pumpkins » hazelandruby.com
    23 DIY Fall Front Porch Decor Ideas You Should Try | Schlage
    23. Pottery Barn-inspired fall wreath pillow » onsuttonplace.com
    23 DIY Fall Front Porch Decor Ideas You Should Try | Schlage
    What projects are you adding to your DIY list this fall? Comment below to let us know and be sure to share your photos with us on Facebook!

    Give Your Home More Glitz & Glam with These 11 DIY Projects

    September 22, 2015 12:09 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, September 22, 2015

    Give Your Home More Glitz & Glam with These 11 DIY Projects

    Adding a little glitz and glamour to your home decor shouldn't require a Hollywood-sized budget. Check out these 11 DIYs to get the look for less.

     

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    Adding a little glitz and glamour to your home decor shouldn't require a Hollywood-sized budget. Here are 11 of our favorite glitz & glam DIY projects to help you live like a celebrity without breaking the bank.

    1. Ikea dresser hack » styleathome.com

    11 DIY Projects that Give Your Home More Glitz & Glam | Schlage

    2. Door mirror upcycle » lilikoijoy.com

    11 DIY Projects that Give Your Home More Glitz & Glam | Schlage

    3. Swarovski crystal towel bar » houzz.com

    11 DIY Projects that Give Your Home More Glitz & Glam | Schlage

    4. Glammed up dresser » houzz.com

    11 DIY Projects that Give Your Home More Glitz & Glam | Schlage

    5. Simple lampshade hack » apartmenttherapy.com

    11 DIY Projects that Give Your Home More Glitz & Glam | Schlage

    6. Dorothy Draper nightstand » marcusdesigninc.com

    11 DIY Projects that Give Your Home More Glitz & Glam | Schlage

    7. Ceiling light revamp » thepaintedhive.net 

    11 DIY Projects that Give Your Home More Glitz & Glam | Schlage

    8. Glam storage » houzz.com

    11 DIY Projects that Give Your Home More Glitz & Glam | Schlage

    9. Vinyl artwork » signedbytina.com

    11 DIY Projects that Give Your Home More Glitz & Glam | Schlage

    10. Mirrored dresser » tamarajewelry.com

    11 DIY Projects that Give Your Home More Glitz & Glam | Schlage

    11. Campaign style side tables » littlegreennotebook.com

    11 DIY Projects that Give Your Home More Glitz & Glam | Schlage
    Want to learn more about the history of Hollywood Regency style and how to get the look in your home? Be sure to check out our Hollywood Regency design guide to bring the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood to your modern home.

    6 steps to the perfect fall front porch look

    September 15, 2015 1:24 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, September 15, 2015

    6 Steps to the Perfect Fall Front Porch Look | Schlage

    Give your curb appeal a fall face-lift. Here are six elements to keep in mind when looking for the perfect fall front porch decor.

     

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    Summer is quickly coming to an end and fall and all its beautiful colors are arriving! Welcome the new season by giving your curb appeal a fall face-lift. Here are six elements to keep in mind when looking for the perfect fall door decor.

    Front door colors

    Painting your front door is a quick weekend project that's best done at the beginning of fall when humidity drops and temperatures just start to fall. Embrace the best of the season by choosing a rich, warm color or add a unique touch with a bold, unlikely shade. Check out these three door painting tips before you get started to make your project even more of a breeze.

    Exterior Lighting

    Is your lighting severely outdated and tarnished from years of wear and tear? Does the finish coordinate well with the color of your front door and handleset? The right fixture can make all the difference in welcoming guests to your home. Before decorating your front porch, make sure the foundation of your curb appeal reflects your personal style.

    Fall-inspired wreath

    Make your newly painted front door pop even more by adding a contrasting wreath! A simple search on Pinterest will turn up several affordable, DIY tutorials for getting just the look you want.

    Welcome mat

    Get rid of that dirty old mat that collected dirt and mud all summer long and add a fresh, new mat this season. This simple change can quickly take your curb appeal from dingy to beautiful.

    Fall flowers

    Mums aren't the only flowers you can decorate with in the fall! Add a little variety to your decor this year by trying out a new color palette like these jewel tones from Centsational Girl.

    Pumpkins

    And finally, don't forget the ol' faithful pumpkin. Mix it up a bit by trying a new color like white or seafoam. Be sure to check out these tips from the Kitchn to make your pumpkins last the whole season.
    What items do you add to your front porch when fall rolls around? Share your photos with us on Instagram!

    6 Small Details that Complete Your Contemporary Home

    September 11, 2015 1:46 PM by radhika.belkhede

    Friday, September 11, 2015

    6 Small Details that Complete Your Contemporary Home | Schlage

    Here are six items you likely haven't thought about yet that will make your Contemporary style dreams come true.

     

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    Furniture, decor and artwork aren't the only ways you can get the perfect Contemporary look in your home. Contemporary styles rely on the simplicity of color and shape to provide their aesthetic appeal, rather than elaborate design, making even the smallest of details have a major impact. Here are six items you likely haven't thought about yet that will make your Contemporary style dreams come true.

    1. Exterior doors.

    Your front door is the first thing your guests will see when they arrive at your home and serves as your first chance to make the best first impression. Make sure your exterior reflects your style by choosing just the right elements that pair perfectly with the interior of your home.

     

    For contemporary style homes, look for doors and handlesets that feature clean lines and basic shapes. Finish the look off with bold colors and metallic finishes like Bright Chrome and Polished Nickel.

    2. Interior doors.

    For interior doors, look for two or three-panel doors to create a clean, modern appeal. A great way to make a beautiful white door pop even more is by pairing with Matte Black finishes.

    3. Door hardware.

    Upgrading door hardware is a quick, affordable and impactful way to express your personal style. Does your door hardware match the other hardware in your home? Do your door knobs fall more in the Traditional category rather than Contemporary? Spend some time this weekend swapping your outdated hardware with something that suits your personal style. Our Bowery knobs and Northbrook levers are perfect for Contemporary homes.
    6 Small Details that Complete Your Contemporary Home | Schlage
    Featured Schlage Product: Bowery Knob with Greyson trim in Bright Chrome
     
    6 Small Details that Complete Your Contemporary Home | Schlage
    Featured Schlage Product: Northbrook Lever with Upland trim in Satin Nickel
     

    4. Lighting.

    A simple search on your favorite channels for home decor inspiration will bring up numerous results for Contemporary lighting. It's the perfect way to add a unique pop to your space with just a few minutes of effort for installation.

    5. Cabinet hardware.

    Now that you've updated your door hardware and lighting, tie the look together even more by bringing your cabinet hardware into the picture. Change out old knobs for clean, minimalist handles. New hardware is a quick and affordable way to transform your kitchen or bath. Use the same technique to transform your dresser, end tables and nightstands.

    6. Plumbing.

    Do your kitchen and bathroom faucets match the style and finish of the rest of your hardware in the home? Changing out an old, tarnished faucet for a more modern model can make your kitchen and bath feel more complete.
    Are you looking to complete your Contemporary home with a tight budget? Be sure to check out these 21 Contemporary DIY projects that will help you finish your home for less.

    17 DIY Projects That Add a Touch of Gold to Your Home

    September 8, 2015 3:18 PM by admin

    Tuesday, September 8, 2015

    17 DIY Projects That Add a Touch of Gold to Your Home | Schlage

    Looking for the perfect touch of brass or gold to add to your home? Try one of these easy DIY gold home accent projects.

     

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    Satin Brass and Gold finishes are quickly becoming one of the most popular choices for the home as a modern update to Bright Brass - especially in furniture and cabinetry trends. From lighting, to plumbing, and door hardware, the matte look of Satin Brass is becoming the star of the show, especially for its ability to resist fingerprints. Find the perfect gold and brass accessories to match this elegant finish with one of these seventeen DIY projects.
    17 DIY Projects That Add a Touch of Gold to Your Home | Schlage
    Featured Schlage Product: Flair Lever in Satin Brass
     

    1. Best gold for DIY projects » howdoesshe.com

    17 DIY Projects That Add a Touch of Gold to Your Home | Schlage

    2. Gold elephant bookends » irresistiblepets.net

    17 DIY Projects That Add a Touch of Gold to Your Home | Schlage

    3. Campaign style nightstand » classyclutter.net 

    17 DIY Projects That Add a Touch of Gold to Your Home | Schlage

    4. Gold leaf brush strokes vase » littlegreennotebook.com

    17 DIY Projects That Add a Touch of Gold to Your Home | Schlage

    5. 5 Minute Gold Mug » poppytalk.com

    17 DIY Projects That Add a Touch of Gold to Your Home | Schlage

    6. Brass urchin » craftandcouture.com

    17 DIY Projects That Add a Touch of Gold to Your Home | Schlage

    7. Gilded wastebasket » mermag.blogspot.com

    17 DIY Projects That Add a Touch of Gold to Your Home | Schlage

    8. Ikea office chair hack » hitherandthither.net

    17 DIY Projects That Add a Touch of Gold to Your Home | Schlage

    9. Pendant lamps » lulus.com 

    17 DIY Projects That Add a Touch of Gold to Your Home | Schlage

    10. Brass corner frames » athoughtfulplaceblog.com

    17 DIY Projects That Add a Touch of Gold to Your Home | Schlage

    11. Brass side table »  athoughtfulplaceblog.com

    17 DIY Projects That Add a Touch of Gold to Your Home | Schlage

    12. Pickle jar upcycling » luziapimpinella.blogspot.ca

    17 DIY Projects That Add a Touch of Gold to Your Home | Schlage

    13. Gold chair » ourfifthhouse.com

    17 DIY Projects That Add a Touch of Gold to Your Home | Schlage

    14. Galvanized pipe to curtain rod » homedepot.com

    17 DIY Projects That Add a Touch of Gold to Your Home | Schlage

    15. Sunburst mount light » simpledetailsblog.blogspot.com

    17 DIY Projects That Add a Touch of Gold to Your Home | Schlage

    16. Faceted gold lamp » dreamalittlebigger.com

    17 DIY Projects That Add a Touch of Gold to Your Home | Schlage

    17. Brass chandelier » onekingslane.com

    17 DIY Projects That Add a Touch of Gold to Your Home | Schlage
    Which DIY project are you most excited to try? Comment below to let us know! Learn more about our Satin Brass finish and which products are best suited for your home.

    8 common worries you can kiss goodbye with keyless convenience

    September 3, 2015 7:28 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, September 3, 2015

    8 Common Worries You Can Kiss Goodbye with Keyless Convenience

    Locked out of your house? Recently lost your key? Here are eight common worries you can say goodbye to when you embrace a keyless lifestyle.

     

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    Picture this. You're running behind for work. In a rush, you lock your door from the inside, shut the door behind you and suddenly that sinking feeling takes over. You've locked your keys inside. Your only options are to hope you left a window open, kick the door in or call a locksmith and foot an expensive bill. This scenario is one every homeowner is all too familiar with.

     

    That small little key can add more frustration and anxiety to your day than you realize. Here are eight common worries you can say goodbye to when you embrace a keyless lifestyle.

    8 Common Worries You Can Kiss Goodbye with Keyless Convenience | Schlage

    1. Locked out

    What's the best way to gain access to your home when you've been locked out? Keyless electronic locks let you come and go easily without worrying about what you’re forgetting or what you’ve misplaced. Simply press a button on the exterior side to lock the deadbolt when you go. When you return, enter your 4-to-8-digit user code to unlock. Keyless convenience allows you to say farewell to the key and have one less thing to worry about.

    2. Lost house key

    How often have you sent your child off to school with their own spare key for them to return without it? Or maybe you lost yours while out and about. With keyless locks, you no longer have to worry about that. With the ability to assign a unique code to each household member, you can rest easy that your kids will not be stranded when they get off the bus.
    8 Common Worries You Can Kiss Goodbye with Keyless Convenience | Schlage

    3. Forgot to leave a key for a family member

    You don’t have to create copies of keys, or wonder where those copies end up—just provide house guests with their own numeric code. With Schlage's variety of keyless locks, you can create (and delete) multiple user codes so each person has one that is unique to him or her.
    8 Common Worries You Can Kiss Goodbye with Keyless Convenience | Schlage

    4. Did you lock the door?

    Welcome to peace of mind. When select Schlage locks are paired with a home automation system, you always know when the kids made it home—or that the doors are locked when you’re on vacation. When the Bluetooth®-enabled Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt is placed near an Apple TV®, you gain the ability to communicate with your lock via iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch®—anywhere, anytime*. The Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt also combines advanced features and compatibility when connected with Z-Wave®.

    5. Keep unwelcome guests out

    Both the Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt and Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt feature built-in alarm technology that senses potential door attacks. Set your alarm to sound depending on the level of force applied to your door. You can even set your electronic deadbolt to beep anytime someone opens the door so you always know when someone is coming or going.
     
    The Schlage Touch™ is 100% keyless, meaning there is no key or cylinder of any kind and nothing for intruders to bump or pick. The numeric touchscreen is all you need.
    8 Common Worries You Can Kiss Goodbye with Keyless Convenience | Schlage

    6. Go out without getting weighed down by keys

    Keyless electronic locks are the perfect fitness companion—go for a run without having to carry a key in your sock or worrying that someone saw you hide the spare under that rock.
    8 Common Worries You Can Kiss Goodbye with Keyless Convenience | Schlage

    7. Fumbling for your keys at night

    Each of our keyless locks feature illuminated touchscreens or LED downlight that work in the rain and with gloves on. Whether you're juggling your groceries or you're arriving home late at night, get in the door with ease just by entering your unique user code.
    8 Common Worries You Can Kiss Goodbye with Keyless Convenience | Schlage

    8. Stumbling around for a light switch

    When your electronic lock is connected to your home automation system, you can program other connected devices in your home to take action automatically when you unlock your door—cue the lights, adjust your thermostat, and more.

     

    It's time to stop worrying about that pesky little key and start focusing on more important things in life. If you're already a keyless customer, be sure to increase your security even more with these effective keyless codes.

     

    *For best results, lock should be within 40 feet of an Apple TV® for remote capability.

     

    Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod touch and Siri are registered trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. HomeKit is a trademark of Apple Inc. The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetook SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Schlage Lock Company, LLC is under license.

    12 DIY Projects You Can Complete in One Afternoon

    August 31, 2015 2:19 PM by admin

    Monday, August 31, 2015

    12 DIY Projects You Can Complete in One Afternoon | Schlage

    Try out one of these 12 DIY home remodeling projects you can complete in an afternoon and add resale value to your home.

     

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    Like many homeowners, you may often feel overwhelmed with the number of improvements you need to make to your home. It's hard to see the progress when you're focused on large projects that take months to finish. This week, try focusing on the little improvements that take no more than an afternoon to accomplish and still make a big impact on the resale value of your home. Here are 12 DIY projects you can add to your to-do list and check off in no time.

    1. Paint an accent.

    If you're looking for a way to liven up a room and don't want to spend a whole weekend painting, try adding an accent wall or spruce up an interior door. It's a small effort that's sure to make a big impact on the look and feel of the room. It's even easier to paint it back to a neutral color if you decide to sell your home in the future. Here's a list of our favorite bold interior doors and a few stylish ideas to accent a wall you likely haven't thought of yet.

    2. Update your door hardware.

    Replacing your outdated door hardware for a new style and finish is a great way to add a finishing touch to the decor in your home. If your home is full of an outdated finish like bright brass, try updating to something more classic like Satin Nickel or Aged Bronze. Maybe your style is more contemporary and your current door hardware screams traditional. Take the afternoon to get rid of the contradiction and finally bring your home decor together. If you're not sure where to begin when choosing door hardware, our style selector tool is a great place to start your process.

    3. Install new lighting.

    Just like the hardware in your home, the type of lighting you have installed can make or break a room. Replacing a light fixture may sound intimidating at first, but it's a job any do-it-yourself homeowner can accomplish. Just be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions and follow one of many tutorials available online.

    4. Add crown molding.

    Adding crown molding and trim is a simple way to make your home appear more expensive. Crown molding creates a polished look that can take any mediocre room to wow-status in no time. Try prioritizing one room at a time, starting with the most trafficked spaces, for a quick afternoon project. Here's a great tutorial for installing crown molding from DIY Network to help you get started. 

    5. Create open shelving.

    Open shelving allows you to both stay organized and make a stylish statement without taking up too much space in the room. Show off some of your unique items like family heirlooms and flea market finds while also making it easier to access the items you use on a regular basis. Here's one of our favorite step-by-step tutorials for creating open shelving in a small bathroom.

    6. Refresh your grout.

    Overtime, the grout in your bathroom and around the tiles in your floors can build up with too much dirt, mildew, or even mold and become a stained mess. Cleaning up and refreshing your grout so it looks brand new is a great way to make your house appear more polished and taken care of. A simple search on Pinterest will turn up numerous tutorials full of tried and true grout cleaning methods.

    7. Spruce up your hollow core doors.

    Is your home full of cheap, hollow core doors? Replacing all the doors in your home is expensive and requires a lot of time to accomplish. Try sprucing up your hollow core doors with one of these budget-friendly projects. You'll be surprised at the end result!

    8. Clean the unnoticed.

    There are several items in your home that tend to collect dust over the years that unless you make a point to take a look, you may never notice. If you're listing your home for sale, these forgotten places could cause potential buyers to think you didn't care for your home as well as they'd like. Take some time this weekend to seek out and clean those often ignored spots like vents, outlets, hardware, back doors, gutters, fence, and lighting fixtures.

    9. Upgrade your front door.

    The front door is your chance to make the best first impression whether you have guests coming over or just listed your home on the market. According to this year's Cost vs. Value Report from Hanley Wood, replacing your front door has an ROI of 101.8% - the greatest return when compared to many common home remodeling projects. Try adding a splash of color to liven things up or choose a new energy-efficient model for a quick project that is sure to pay off. Don't forget to add a wow-factor with a stylish new handleset. Check out five of our favorite front door looks for inspiration.

    10. Repair sidewalk and driveway cracks.

    Take some time to identify problem areas before they become a major headache. A crack in your sidewalk or driveway can easily be repaired with a little concrete sealer. If you let them go unattended for too long, you could end up with a bigger and more expensive project.

    11. Install new cabinet hardware.

    Just like with your interior doors, updating cabinet hardware can take your kitchen or bath from outdated to modern in a matter of 30 minutes or less. If you're not sure how to choose the right hardware for your home, try matching the finish with existing lighting and plumbing or follow our guide to mixing finishes and create a more unique look.

    12. Revamp your bathroom or kitchen tile.

    If you're bored with the look of your kitchen or bathroom tile, try adding a unique touch with removable vinyl tile decals like Tile Tattoos®. This is an affordable way to try something new that will take no time at all to install and is easy to remove when you want to try something new.

    What other projects can you complete in an afternoon? Comment below to let us know!

    Get the Look: Big Glamour and Hollywood Regency Style

    August 24, 2015 4:13 PM by admin

    Monday, August 24, 2015

    Learn the major elements of Hollywood Regency Style with this ideabook from Houzz.

     

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    What goes around comes around is an expression that is true in both fashion and home decor. Hollywood Regency is quickly resurging as a popular design choice among homeowners. This style originated during the 1930's and is all about making a statement in a big way and this time around, it's not just for the rich and famous. Even young, first-time homeowners are tapping in on this trend to bring modern glamour to their personal style.

    "Consumers are looking beyond conventional style categories today."

     

    – Judd Lord, Director of Industrial Design, Brizo

    Are you looking for the right inspiration to bring this style in to your home? Check out this ideabook from Houzz to choose the perfect elements for your home. For even more ideas in bringing the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood into your modern home, be sure to check out our Hollywood Regency design guide.
    What are your favorite elements of Hollywood Regency designs? Comment below to let us know and share your own statement pieces on our Facebook page.

    What Designers Really Think of Door Hardware

    August 24, 2015 3:55 PM by admin

    Monday, August 24, 2015

    What Designers Really Think of Door Hardware | Schlage

    We spoke with a two interior designers to get the scoop on what the pros think of door hardware as it relates to a home’s overall style.

     

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    Locks, door handles, levers, knobs, whatever you call them, are high-impact details that are often overlooked in a home. We spoke with a two interior designers, J.D. Dick of Cabinetry Ideas and Tom Korecki of Thomas & Jayne Interior Design, to get the scoop on what the pros think of door hardware as it relates to a home’s overall style. Here’s what we learned:

    On overall styling in a room or home - 

    J.D.: I pay close attention to the client and their character. I like to encourage the growth of their style and their home’s design. I’m not afraid to push a client a little out of their comfort zone, as long as I maintain a core connection to who they are.
    What Designers Really Think of Door Hardware | Schlage
    Basement Bar by J.D. Dick featuring Camelot Schlage Touch with Accent Lever in Aged Bronze
     
    Tom: Every client is different; design is about reading the client well and then executing on what is right for them. I believe good design is timeless. Classic doesn’t always mean stodgy and old.

    On mixing styles - 

    J.D.: I often think about reinterpreting some of the looks from the past. There’s never really an original idea – things get recycled and revamped. A mix of contemporary and traditional finishes allows you to live in a space and develop your style without feeling that everything has to be perfectly matched. It’s more approachable.

     

    Tom: I think when you mix it up, it gives everything a little more timeless feel. To me, a well-composed room, even if it was all done in one day, should look like it was done over time and acquired pieces. Having the same finish throughout can make it look more like one era only.

    What Designers Really Think of Door Hardware | Schlage
    Master Bedroom by Tom Korecki featuring Accent Lever with Camelot Style trim in Aged Bronze

    On selecting hardware as a finishing touch - 

    J.D.: Door hardware can be the jewelry of the room. Too under-scale doesn’t allow the room to be all that it can be, while overstepping the boundaries can distract from the overall harmony in the room. It’s a pet peeve that often selections like door hardware are easily put on the backburner. A well-thought-out hardware selection is going to be worth the time because it’s a piece that’s could last for the life of your home.

     

    Tom: I tell all my clients this: invest in good hardware, it’s the jewelry in the room. Matte Black, Polished Nickel, and Satin Nickel are three finishes that I use most often. Oil-Rubbed Bronze is also fairly timeless.

    What Designers Really Think of Door Hardware | Schlage
    Mixed Finishes Bathroom by Tom Korecki featuring Accent Lever with Camelot Style trim in Aged Bronze

    How door hardware completes a room's style - 

    J.D.: Manufacturers like Schlage are important, because they look at the trends and offer designs that can work with those trends to create a cohesive statement. A dark finish is a great way to have a subtle pop against a classic white; sometimes that simple statement is so timeless.

     

    Tom: I coordinated the hardware in the master bathroom because I think the nickel is complementary to the spa feel of the room.

     

    If you're thinking of upgrading the locks in your home, now is the perfect time! To help you decide which finish is best for your home, be sure to check out our ultimate guide to door hardware finishes.

    Contemporary vs. Modern: Rooms We're Swooning Over

    August 17, 2015 6:05 PM by admin

    Monday, August 17, 2015

    Contemporary vs. Modern: Rooms We're Swooning Over | Schlage

    Contemporary vs. Modern. What’s the difference? Here's a breakdown of two styles and a few of our favorite rooms to help you define them.

     

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    Is your style Contemporary? Or Modern? While often used interchangeably, each term represents different elements of design. Here's a breakdown of their key differences as well as a few of our favorite rooms.

    Contemporary.

    At its most basic meaning, contemporary refers to styles that are currently produced today. They're often defined by clean lines and basic shapes without historical cues or ornate pieces. Some designers classify modern designs as living under the umbrella of contemporary style simply because that style is current now.
    Bedrooms.
    Contemporary vs. Modern: Rooms We're Swooning Over
    Contemporary Bedroom featuring Upland Style Northbrook Lever in Satin Nickel
    Living rooms.
    Contemporary vs. Modern: Rooms We're Swooning Over
    Contemporary Living Room featuring Collins Deadbolt with Upland Style Northbrook Lever in Satin Nickel
    Kitchens.
    Contemporary vs. Modern: Rooms We're Swooning Over
    Contemporary Kitchen featuring Greyson Style Bowery Knob in Polished Nickel
    Dining rooms.
    Bathrooms.

    Modern.

    Modern style was sparked by the Bauhaus design movement of the 1920s and 30s. This movement began with the goal of uniting art and design to focus on function as much as form to reunite creativity and manufacturing. Other styles that fit within the Modern umbrella include Mid-Century Modern, Art Deco and Bauhaus.
    Bedrooms.
    Living rooms.
    Kitchens.
    Dining rooms.
    Contemporary vs. Modern: Rooms We're Swooning Over | Schlage
    Modern Dining Room featuring Upland Style Northbrook Lever in Satin Nickel
    Bathrooms.
    Which style do you relate to most? Comment below to let us know! After that, check out this guide to learn how to add a unique touch to your contemporary or modern style.

    21 DIY Projects That Will Help You Finish Your Contemporary Home for Less

    August 12, 2015 9:08 PM by admin

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

    21 DIY Projects That Will Help You Finish Your Contemporary Home for Less | Schlage

    Here are 21 of our favorite DIY projects that will help you complete your contemporary style home for a fraction of the cost.

     

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    Are you drawn to contemporary styles but not contemporary price tags? There's no rule that says in order to look like a million bucks, you have to spend a million bucks! Here are 21 of our favorite DIY projects that will help you complete your contemporary home for a fraction of the cost.
    21 DIY Projects That Will Help You Finish Your Contemporary Home for Less | Schlage
    Featured Schlage Products: Collins Deadbolt paired with Upland Style Northbrook Lever
     

    Lighting.

    1. Copper and wood light fixture » vintagerevivals.com

     

    21 DIY Projects That Will Help You Finish Your Contemporary Home for Less | Schlage

    2. Openwork cube pendant light » vintagerevivals.com

     

    21 DIY Projects That Will Help You Finish Your Contemporary Home for Less | Schlage

    3. Concrete lamp » brit.co

     

    21 DIY Projects That Will Help You Finish Your Contemporary Home for Less | Schlage

    4. Glass bubble chandelier » smallnotebook.org

     

    21 DIY Projects That Will Help You Finish Your Contemporary Home for Less | Schlage

    5. Mod chandelier » curbly.com

     

    21 DIY Projects That Will Help You Finish Your Contemporary Home for Less | Schlage

    End tables.

    6. Copper pipe side table » brittanymakes.com

     

    21 DIY Projects That Will Help You Finish Your Contemporary Home for Less | Schlage

    7. Nightstand Ikea hack » almostmakesperfect.com

     

    21 DIY Projects That Will Help You Finish Your Contemporary Home for Less | Schlage

    Kitchen.

    8. Concrete countertop » abeautifulmess.com

     

    21 DIY Projects That Will Help You Finish Your Contemporary Home for Less | Schlage

    9. One-step at a time kitchen remodel » apartmenttherapy.com

     

    21 DIY Projects That Will Help You Finish Your Contemporary Home for Less | Schlage

    Artwork.

    10. Paint sample art » ellementaryhome.blogspot.com

     

    21 DIY Projects That Will Help You Finish Your Contemporary Home for Less | Schlage

    11. Mix tape artwork » bhg.com

     

    21 DIY Projects That Will Help You Finish Your Contemporary Home for Less | Schlage

    12. Confetti art » mintlovessocialclub.com

     

    21 DIY Projects That Will Help You Finish Your Contemporary Home for Less | Schlage

    Bedroom.

    13. Tufted headboard » thriftyandchic.com

     

    21 DIY Projects That Will Help You Finish Your Contemporary Home for Less | Schlage

    14. DIY platform bed » mid-century-modern.net

     

    21 DIY Projects That Will Help You Finish Your Contemporary Home for Less | Schlage

    Dressers.

    15. Copper pipe drawer pulls » upcycledtreasures.com

     

    21 DIY Projects That Will Help You Finish Your Contemporary Home for Less | Schlage

    16. Kitchen sideboard Ikea hack » allthingsgd.com

     

    21 DIY Projects That Will Help You Finish Your Contemporary Home for Less | Schlage

    Coffee tables.

    17. Stacked coffee table » lowes.com

     

    21 DIY Projects That Will Help You Finish Your Contemporary Home for Less | Schlage

    18. Metal base coffee table » almostmakesperfect.com

     

    21 DIY Projects That Will Help You Finish Your Contemporary Home for Less | Schlage

    Rugs.

    19. Faux fur rug » viewalongtheway.com

     

    21 DIY Projects That Will Help You Finish Your Contemporary Home for Less | Schlage

    20. Painted drop cloth rug » welivedhappilyeverafter.com

     

    21 DIY Projects That Will Help You Finish Your Contemporary Home for Less | Schlage

    21. Sharpie rug » upcycledtreasures.com

     

    21 DIY Projects That Will Help You Finish Your Contemporary Home for Less | Schlage

    Which contemporary project are you most excited to try? Comment below to let us know and share your finished photos on our Facebook page! In the meantime, check out this guide to help you add a unique touch to your personal contemporary style.

    Complete Your Modern Home With a Bauhaus-inspired Finishing Touch

    August 7, 2015 11:07 AM by admin

    Friday, August 7, 2015

    Complete Your Modern Home With a Bauhaus-inspired Finishing Touch

    Inspired by the Bauhaus design movement, Northbrook lever, Upland trim and Collins deadbolt are the perfect finishing touch for the contemporary home. Find out how to get the look in your home.

     

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    Minimalist home decor features like right angles, clean geometric shapes, and flat surfaces are beginning to peak in the modern home decor space. These popular features are rooted in the 1920s through 1930s Bauhaus style that was sparked by the Bauhaus art school in Germany - the most influential modernist art school of the 20th century. The Bauhaus design movement began with the goal of uniting art and design to focus on function as much as form to reunite creativity and manufacturing.

     

    Here at Schlage, our designers have worked to create the perfect finishing touch for design purists that are interested in the modern look. Introducing: Upland Trim, Northbrook Lever and Collins Deadbolt.

    Northbrook lever.

    Northbrook | Contemporary Door Lever

    The Northbrook lever is imaginative and refined, offering a new view on minimalist design. This lever packs a punch of style with its unique detailing and inventive transition from square handle to round shank, illustrating a fresh interpretation of true Bauhaus design.

    Upland trim.

    Upland Style Bowery Knob | Contemporary Door Knob Styles

    The Upland trim offers a fresh take on simplistic design by focusing on the beauty of its shape alone. The Upland trim was specifically designed to work with the Northbrook lever, but also pairs nicely with the Century handleset.

    Northbrook by Upland.

    Upland Style Northbrook Lever | Contemporary Door Hardware

    Northbrook by Upland is inspired by the clean lines and sharp corners of the Bauhaus design movement, making a strong, simplistic statement. This combo suites well with highly contemporary furniture and modern décor and allows homeowners to extend the modern styling of their home to their door hardware without paying the price premium that usually comes with such niche styles.

    Collins deadbolt.

    Collins Style Deadbolt | Contemporary Door Hardware

    The Collins deadbolt stems from Northern Europe where styles like Bauhaus and minimalism flourished, giving it a modern, international flair. The strong lines and square shape of the Collins deadbolt embody refined elegance and provide this trim with a distinct, minimalist appeal. When paired with the Northbrook lever with Upland Trim in a Satin Nickel finish (featured below), the Collins trim takes on a modern, contemporary style.

    Which design movement influences your contemporary style most? Comment below to let us know! And if Northbrook by Upland and the Collins Deadbolt are the perfect finishing touch for your home, be sure to share your photos with us on Facebook!

    Your Complete Guide to Contemporary Style

    August 3, 2015 1:50 PM by admin

    Monday, August 3, 2015

    Your Complete Guide to Contemporary Style | Schlage

    Here are some characteristics of contemporary style and design that just might surprise you.

     

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    What is contemporary style, exactly? Contemporary spaces rely on the simplicity of color and shape to provide their aesthetic appeal, rather than elaborate design. The style is focused on clean lines and basic shapes that are often coordinated with smooth surfaces and metallic finishes.

     

    Often thought of as a strict style with hard and fast rules to follow, you may be surprised to learn that contemporary style is actually very fluid and welcomes rule breaking. With so many different forms of contemporary style, you just might find that you identify with more than one aesthetic. This ideabook featured on Houzz will give you the right style cues and inspiration to fully define your personal contemporary style.

    Which contemporary styles are you drawn to most? Comment below to let us know or share photos of your own contemporary space on our Facebook page!

    Welcome Your Guests In Style: 5 Front Door Looks You Should Try

    July 27, 2015 2:01 PM by emily.bailey

    Monday, July 27, 2015

    Welcome Your Guests In Style: 5 Front Door Looks You Should Try | Schlage

    Here are 5 stylish front door color schemes, door hardware and lighting combinations that will help you welcome each of your guests in style.

     

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    Are you considering updating your front door and adding a little more curb appeal? According to this year's Hanley Wood Cost vs. Value report, a little curb appeal can go a long way in adding value to your home. One of the simplest and impactful ways to upgrade your curb appeal is simply through a fresh coat of paint and the right hardware to make it pop even more.

     

    Here are a few of our favorite front door color schemes and hardware combinations that will help you welcome each of your guests in style.

    1. Transitional refresh.

    If you tend to incorporate pieces that span across different styles, you likely relate more to a transitional category. Transitional style became popular in the mid-1940s and has carried through to present day. It's a style that is both classic and timeless.

     

    This transitional home with modern decor and a nod to nature with exposed wood ceiling pairs perfectly with the shade of blue-grey on this front door. It is polished off with a Camelot Style Keypad Lock and Handleset in Satin Nickel and accented by modern exterior lighting.
     

    2. Unique pop.

    Another way to bring your transitional style to life is to show your personality through a bold color and complementing accessories. The bright green succulents in this wreath pair well with the blue undertones of this bold purple door. The Camelot Style Deadbolt with Accent Lever in Satin Nickel looks stunning against this dark shade. It's an edgy, unconventional look for this traditional beige home but becomes refined once all the pieces come together.
     

    3. Classic craftsman.

    This front door look may be simple but is definitely not understated. Rectangular features in the door are carried through with the Century Style Schlage Touch Deadbolt in Satin Nickel and provides an exciting, modern edge that guests can expect to be carried throughout the style of the home. Clean lines and crisp white trim create curb appeal that is both modern and elegant.
     

    4. Modern twist.

    For a look that brings your traditional home in to the 21st century, try pairing Satin Brass hardware and accents with bright, bold colors. The Satin Brass finish is quickly becoming one of the more popular choices for the home as a modern update to Bright Brass. The Satin Brass lighting and handleset are carried through in the home by the modern accents in the entryway. The royal blue front door allows the subtle hints of gold in the hardware to be bold but not over the top.
     

    5. Chic escape.

    For a look that is both classic and unique, try pairing a popular hue with a mix of classic finishes. Color trends are shifting towards dustier, chalky tones that create an earthy feel. The soft, pale mint green door and satin nickel handleset is a feminine look that crosses style boundaries effortlessly when paired with the masculine, matte black lighting. It's a look that is both chic and refined.
     
    We want to see some of your favorite front door looks. Comment below to let us know or share your own photos on our Facebook page.

    Easy Home Renovation Projects Under $500

    July 23, 2015 2:38 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 23, 2015

    Not all home renovations need to cost a fortune. Here are our favorite low-cost, high-impact projects that will add value to your home for under $500.

     

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    Easy Home Renovation Projects Under $500 | Schlage
    Renovating your home is often a financial and emotionally taxing process that can take months of stress to complete. If you dread the thought of taking on another costly project, you are not alone. The good news is - not all remodeling projects need to cost a fortune to add more value to your home. There are several low-cost, high-impact projects that even a beginner could conquer for under $500. Here are a few of our favorites.

    1. Update the hardware.

    Your personal tastes change over the years and are reflected in your home's style. Whether it's to change out tired bright brass fixtures with a more updated finish, complete a room's styled look with a designer knob or lever, or add a new level of convenience and efficiency to your life by replacing mechanical locks with keyless deadbolts, door hardware can easily be replaced and makes an impact on your home's overall style and function.

    2. Replace builder-grade lighting with custom lighting.

    The style and function of your lighting can make or break a room. Replacing a light fixture might seem intimidating, but it's a job any DIYer can complete. Just be sure you take the proper precautions by following the manufacturer's installation instructions. A simple Google search will bring up many videos and tutorials that walk you through how to change a light fixture as well.

    3. Add crown molding and trim.

    Crown molding and trim can really add value and architectural detail to your home. Many rooms that lack crown molding tend to feel like something is missing. It's a small detail that makes a big impact on the room's overall style. 

     

    Pangea Interior Design suggests"for ceilings 10 feet tall or higher, consider a rule of thumb allowing 1" of width for each foot of ceiling height. This isn't a hard and fast rule, and it doesn't work for lower ceilings. You wouldn't use an 8" wide molding in a room with 8' tall ceilings, for example."

    4. Install a backsplash.

    A tile backsplash not only adds a pop of visual interest, but it also protects your walls. Backsplash works perfectly in kitchens and bathrooms, above counters, in between molding, above tubs and in showers.

     

    One of the great things about backsplash tile, is they come in a variety of colors and materials. Take a quick glance at home improvement online outlets and you're bound to find something that fits your space and wallet.

    Which inexpensive DIY remodel is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook!

    How to Future-Proof Your Next Bedroom Remodel

    July 21, 2015 3:52 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, July 21, 2015

    How to Future-Proof Your Next Bedroom Remodel | Schlage

    Here are a few things to keep in mind on your next bedroom remodel to future-proof the design and ensure your hard work lasts for many years to come.

     

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    Remodeling a new space can be both exciting and a huge burden. Unless you're the kind of person that loves to switch things up, frequent remodels can become a drain on both your energy and your budget. If you relate more to the latter, here are a few things to keep in mind on your next bedroom remodel to future-proof the design and ensure your hard work lasts for many years to come.

    1. Know what your bedroom must do.

    Do you need your bedroom to become a relaxing retreat you can escape to after a long hectic day? Maybe space is limited in the rest of your home so you need a bedroom that serves dual purpose. Will it also become your at-home office? A space to work on hobbies like crafts or writing? Decide what you must be able to do within your bedroom to ensure each decision you make during the remodel leaves you with a satisfying and functional oasis.

    2. Start with a neutral base.

    With grey and neutral palettes holding on to the lead for color trends, it's easier than ever to choose a color scheme that gives you some flexibility for changing aesthetics. Opt to create pops of color through accessories and other decor instead of choosing bright, trendy wall colors and bed linens.

     

    If bright colors and trendy patterns are a must have for you, try purchasing a duvet where you can switch out patterns and colors more easily than an expensive comforter.

    3. Choose furniture with options.

    It's important to keep the dimensions of your bedroom in mind when shopping for new furniture. Try to resist the urge to purchase furniture that only works in one spot of the room and leave some flexibility for rearranging. A great way to do this is by purchasing pieces of furniture that serve multiple purposes, like a nightstand that is also a dresser or a bed with built-in storage below. You've now chosen pieces that are functional and give you the space to do something different in the future.

    4. Understand less is more.

    Again, don't fill your room full of furniture and accessories that make it impossible to rearrange and switch things up. The quickest way to get bored with your bedroom design is to eliminate any possibility of using what you already have. Start with your basic necessities then slowly add accessories as time goes on.

    5. Avoid expensive, trendy items.

    Graphic wallpaper is in, but for how long? Unless you want to makeover your room again in a few years, avoid choosing trends that require labor and time to switch up. Instead, look for less permanent details like artwork, peel-able wallpaper, curtains and/or graphic pillow covers to get the look you want. 

    6. Look to the future.

    If you know you'll need to replace your current bedroom suit in a couple of years, don't buy that expensive comforter set just because it matches the suit perfectly. Invest in thoughtful pieces you know you'll keep for many years to come, even as your style evolves.
    What bedroom items have remained a constant for you throughout the years? Comment below to let us know!

    How to Decorate Your New Home While on a Budget

    July 16, 2015 10:34 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 16, 2015

    How to Decorate Your New Home While on a Budget | Schlage

    Before you get in over your head purchasing new furniture and decor, check out how you can decorate your new home while on a budget.

     

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    Purchasing a new home is an exciting investment. It's fun to picture how your daily life will be different when you have the right space to accommodate your lifestyle. But, it doesn't take long for that overwhelming feeling to sink in as you start to consider how to make your new house a home.

     

    Before you feel like you're in over your head, here are a few tips that will help you decorate and furnish your new home while on a tight budget.

    1. Don't buy everything right away.

    There is no reason to have every corner of your living room occupied with furniture or for each wall in your home to have an interesting piece of art. That vintage chair you just had to have may have looked really cool in the store but only gets in the way as traffic flows through your home. It's best to start with the basics, live with it, and then decide what items you need most to fit your lifestyle and needs.

    2. Prioritize.

    Once you understand what missing pieces are keeping you from enjoying each day in your new home, then you can start to prioritize your purchases. For example, your dining room walls can remain a blank slate while you organize books and movies in your living room that were once hidden away and hard to access. Or maybe you've started to entertain more than you originally thought you would. Investing in a large kitchen island that friends can gather around or more seating in the living room may become a higher priority.

    3. Find your inspiration.

    While you live with your home as is for a while, use that time to define the look and feel you want to achieve. Start collecting images that inspire and appeal to your personal style. Identify one or two elements they all have in common and start selecting what you need from there. This is a great exercise to narrow your focus and make sure you only purchase what you really need.

    4. Re-purpose.

    Think about the items you already own. Are any of them in good shape but just don't meet your design tastes? Try to breathe new life in to those pieces by adding your own creative, DIY touch. A slightly outdated couch could look brand new with a new slipcover and a few decorative pillows.

    5. Take your time.

    While you take the time to prioritize what you need, be patient and search for the best deals. Take some time to browse thrift stores and garage sales for great finds. There are many hidden treasures that  - with a little love and attention - could be re-purposed into the perfect conversation piece for your new home. Also, keep an eye on your favorite home furnishing and decor retailers. Throughout the year, they often run special promotions on certain items. This is a great way to save big on the more expensive items like couches or rugs.

    6. Leave room for evolving tastes.

    The latest trends always provide a fun way to switch up your look. Just be careful to not purchase too many trendy pieces. A bright, colorful couch may look great now but you'll likely wish you'd gone with a more timeless style. That way, you can play around with trendy accessories like artwork and throw pillows to switch your look up as your tastes and style evolve.
    Have you recently moved to a new home? Leave your tips below to let us know how you approach decorating while on a budget!

    The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Hardware Finish for Your Home

    July 15, 2015 2:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

    The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Hardware Finish for Your Home | Schlage

    Choosing the right hardware finish for your home is often overwhelming. Here’s what you need to know to choose the right finish for your home’s style.

     

     

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    Giving your hardware a fresh upgrade is a simple way to refresh the look of your home with a lasting finishing touch. Whether you want to mix the finishes you currently have to create a unique look or want to tie the whole look of your home together, here's the ultimate guide you need to understand which finish would fit your personal style best.

    Aged Bronze

    1. Aged Bronze

    Aged Bronze is an elegant and sophisticated finish with warm copper tones that break through its darker, aged exterior. It's a traditionally inspired finish that finds its style rooted in the Victorian Era, but also heavily in the Arts & Crafts movement. Aged Bronze works exceptionally well with ornate, handmade, craftsmen-style furnishings.

     

    Antique Brass

    2. Antique Brass

    Antique Brass is rich with brown hues and golden undertones that lend a warm, inviting appeal. This finish closely resembles the look of natural brass and is undeniably Victorian, with hints of Colonial Era style occasionally peeking through. The high-gloss finish gives it a touch of the modern world.

     

    Bright Brass

    3. Bright Brass

    The Bright Brass finish is highly reflective, with a warm golden sheen that lends the finish a certain vintage appeal. This finish is commonly found in older, colonial homes - particularly those styled in the 1990's. The widespread availability of Bright Brass makes it easy to find and, therefore, easy to match with other hardware, fixtures and accessories.

     

    Bright Chrome

    4. Bright Chrome

    The smooth-mirror like finish of Bright Chrome gives it a dramatic allure that never fails to make a statement. Bright Chrome finds its inspiration in the Art Deco movement and the jazzy style of the roaring 20's, but is able to seamlessly transition into the minimalist approach of the 1930's and 40's as well.

     

    Distressed Nickel

    5. Distressed Nickel

    Distressed Nickel is a textured finish, full of character. It boasts refined silver hues and dark undertones that thrive in a refurbished industrial space with a rustic vibe that is reminiscent of the Old World. Today, the finish is growing increasingly popular and can be seen in urban lofts in cities across the globe.

     

    Matte Black

    6. Matte Black

    The striking appearance of the Matte Black finish creates an elegant look that’s sure to be noticed in any style setting. Matte Black is unique in its ability to serve as a bridge between the worlds of modern and traditional styles. It's a fashionable finish that caters to a modern look. Matte Black takes style cues from Bauhaus homes, wrought iron fences and fixtures made by blacksmiths in the Colonial Era.

     

    Oil-Rubbed Bronze

    7. Oil-Rubbed Bronze

    The Oil-Rubbed Bronze finish is the perfect finish for rustic, down-to-earth living spaces that need a touch of Old World character. This finish is suited for a specific look and feel—blending seamlessly into Mediterranean and Tuscan settings. Its living finish changes over time giving it a constantly evolving presentation.

     

    Polished Nickel

    8. Polished Nickel

    The Polished Nickel finish is a glamorous designer finish that’s adaptability allows it to blend into nearly any décor without being overlooked. It was inspired by the timeless sophistication of the Victorian Era. Because this finish is made from solid nickel, its color and appearance can change with a simple change of lighting. It's also one of the easiest finishes to clean with its polished, lacquered look.

     

    Satin Brass

    9. Satin Brass

    Satin Brass is the epitome of modern elegance. With subtle hints of gold that are bold without being over the top, this finish has the perfect amount of understated style. The Satin Brass finish is quickly becoming one of the most popular choices for the home as a modern upgrade to Bright Brass—especially evident in furniture and cabinetry trends, where the matte look of the Satin Brass finish won’t show fingerprints or tarnish easily.

     

    Satin Chrome

    10. Satin Chrome

    Satin Chrome has a moderately contemporary look and feel that takes its origins from the Bauhaus style movement. The subtle luster is edgy and alluring but never grandiose. It is considered to be a highly amenable finish and is typically used in commercial applications

     

    Satin Nickel

    11. Satin Nickel

    Satin Nickel is a versatile finish, full of brushed silver hues, that offers a tasteful and flattering accent to any project. This finish saw its rise to popularity alongside the Victorian and Mid-Century Modern design movements. Satin Nickel looks stunning against dark colors like black, navy blue or grey. Its Mid-Century Modern design roots mean it prefers to live among bold, geometric shapes and patterns, bright solid colors and edgy, unconventional furniture.

     

     

    Which finish is your favorite? Comment below to let us know. If you're thinking of upgrading the locks in your home, now is the perfect time! When you buy four Schlage products in-store at Menards or online at Amazon, you'll receive one of equal or lesser value free. Visit your local Menards in-store or Amazon.com for more details.

     

    5 Retired Home Design Trends That Are Making a Comeback

    July 9, 2015 2:36 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 9, 2015

    Many homeowners are shifting to past home design trends for elegance and style. Check out these five retired trends that are making a comeback.

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    Just as in the fashion industry, old - sort of retired - designs come back around with new life and a contemporary twist. Thanks to many designers and homeowners shifting to the past for elegance and style, many of our old favorites that we once abandoned have made a comeback with a whole new look. Take a walk down memory lane and check out these top interior design trends.

    Bold Wallpaper

    In the early 2000's, homeowners began drifting from printed wallpapers, opting for solid paints instead. In the last couple of years, wallpaper began to make a comeback in a whole new way sporting large geometric prints and bold colors. Try adding a creative pop to an accent wall, a small bathroom or even in unexpected places like the back of a bookcase or the front of your steps. The key to making this look work is pairing the prints with complementing - not matching - accessories.
    5 Retired Home Design Trends That Are Making a Comeback | Schlage 5 Retired Home Design Trends That Are Making a Comeback | Schlage
    Image Source: Flickr                                  Image Source: South East Interior Designers & Decorators

    Wood Panels

    While the dark wood panels you remember from the 60's may still haunt your dreams, wood paneling has become a popular design choice but not in the way you may remember it. Say goodbye to dark and dreary and hello to whole new level of warmth and depth. Whether you're motivated by sustainable design elements or are more drawn to a retro-cool vibe, wood paneling can add just the right amount of rustic to your modern home. 

    Brass

    Soft gold tones have quickly made their way back in with jewelry and furniture but don't forget your hardware and fixtures! Homeowners are choosing to modernize the bright brass accents in their homes by replacing outdated hardware with new finishes that take a softer tone to brass, such as Schlage's Satin Brass. Whether you’re looking to match brass lighting and plumbing, or just accentuate a traditionally elegant home while keeping it up-to-date, Satin Brass is an ideal finishing touch to a current project—or an intriguing first step in a new one.
    5 Retired Home Design Trends That Are Making a Comeback | Schlage 5 Retired Home Design Trends That Are Making a Comeback | Schlage
      Image Source: Schlage, Bright Brass                          Image Source: Schlage, Satin Brass

    Tin Ceilings

    For this trend, we're going way back to the 1880s! During that time tin ceilings were chosen for both aesthetic appeal as well as safety. When cooking, heating and lighting were often accomplished with open flames, homeowners sought out tin ceilings as added fire protection. Many years after its prime, homeowners are still drawn to the old historic patterns that could be found in tin ceilings in the early 1900s along with a wider array of colors and DIY installations.

    Standalone Bathtubs

    The days of large garden tubs are over and standalone tubs are in. Thanks to a renewed love for claw-foot tubs, standalone bathtubs are quickly becoming a popular choice as homeowners remodel their bathrooms. Whether you choose claw-foot or a more modern pedestal style, these tubs add both charm and a sense of luxury in a variety of interiors from modern to traditional.
    5 Retired Home Design Trends That Are Making a Comeback | Schlage
    Image Source: Steffano Francis Webb                                Image Source: How to Decorate

    What home remodeling trends have you seen make a comeback? Comment below to let us know!

     

     

    How to mix hardware finishes the right way

    July 1, 2015 3:42 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    How to Mix Hardware Finishes the Right Way | Schlage

    Mixing metals and finishes can create visual interest that is both refined and intriguing. Here's how to get the look right.

     

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    Looking for a unique way to give your kitchen and bath more personality? Try mixing finishes to create visual interest that is both refined and intriguing. In the past, home owners thought very little about plumbing and hardware and sought only to purchase a functional item that blends in to the rest of the home. Today, home owners can express their personal style through the smallest of details. Here's how to get the look just right.

    Find inspiration in something that already exists

    Do you have a polished nickel faucet you absolutely love? Brass fixtures you can't afford to completely upgrade? When mixing metals, it's best to start with these pieces as a guide for the rest of the hardware in the room. If you're doing a complete makeover, create a foundation by choosing door hardware or a lighting fixture you know you want in your space.

    Create a match

    The most important thing to remember when mixing finishes is to not go overboard. The magic number is right around 2-4 finishes. Otherwise, you could create more chaos than style. An easy way to ensure that doesn't happen is to choose a matching element. If you have satin brass hardware, consider lighting or decorative accessories in the same finish. Notice how the bathroom faucet matches the sconces in the bathroom image below while the aged bronze door hardware provides the perfect contrast.

    Choose a complementing contrast

    The next step is to choose a finish that complements but does not match an existing finish. The best rule of thumb is to consider an opposite finish. For matte or brass tones, look to chrome or other bright metals. Below are a few combinations we love to help inspire your perfect combo:
    Polished Nickel Shower Head + Satin Brass Door Knob
    Oil Rubbed Bronze Cabinet Pulls + Antique Brass Lighting + Satin Nickel Faucet
    Aged Bronze Hardware + Polished Nickel Faucet & Lighting
    Copper Pendants + Nickel Cabinet Pulls

    Pull it all together

    Once you've created just the right amount of balance and interest, it's time to put the final finishing touch on the room. If you're trying to add a little glitz and glam to your traditional space, Lucite accessories and sparkling chandeliers are the perfect way to tie it all together. If your room already sparkles enough, consider a linen shade or softer accessories to tone it down.
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