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    Don't overlook these 5 interior details

    March 28, 2016 1:47 PM by emily.bailey

    Monday, March 28, 2016

    Don't Overlook These 5 Interior Details | Schlage

    Refreshing your home doesn't have to mean a major remodeling project. Upgrade these 5 overlooked details for a quick style update.

     

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    When it comes to remodeling your home, there are a few details you may be quick to overlook but actually play a major role in tying an entire room together. The good news is, these details can easily and affordably be upgraded in a single day and can make a big impact without a full room remodel. Check them out below and see if your home could benefit from these simple changes.
    Don't Overlook These 5 Interior Details | Schlage

    1. Door hardware

    In the past, door hardware was always seen as a basic necessity that only deserved our attention when it was time to repair and replace. Now that there are so many stylish and affordable options on the market, door hardware has become a reflection of your personal style. From traditional to contemporary and everything in between, it is now easier than ever to purchase the style and finish of your choice. Check out our Style Selector to help you get started.

    2. Hinges

    Depending on the original finish of your door hardware, once you've replaced old knobs and levers with a new style and finish, you may need to upgrade your hinges as well. Matte Black or silver finishes won't take you very far if your hinges are reminiscent of the outdated bright brass knobs you had before. But don't let this project intimidate you. Changing your hinges can be as easy as removing and replacing one at a time. No need to remove your whole door and worry about proper alignment with this one.

    3. Thresholds

    Like many homeowners, your flooring may vary from room to room. Thresholds play an important role in transitioning from one room to the next without looking incomplete. You should always place a threshold when your flooring changes. For example, where the carpet of a bedroom ends but the tile of a bathroom begins. Do not place thresholds when flooring continues from room to room, like the hardwood in a living room that continues into a hallway.

    4. Switch plates

    After many years of wear and tear on your lighting and outlet switch plates, these covers can start to look a bit dingy. Consider a quick cleaning or opt for new cover altogether. They're affordable, easy to install and can make a room look completely refreshed in no time.

    5. Vent covers

    Through the years, your vent covers can collect a lot of dust and hair - especially if you have pets. Take some time to remove these covers and give them a quick wash or consider replacing with a style and finish that better reflects your personal style. You may even consider choosing a look that complements your door hardware and lighting fixtures.

     

    What other details have you updated in your home that completely changed the look and feel? Comment below to let us know and share your photos with us on Facebook or Instagram!

     

    5 ways to keep your mudroom from looking like a mudroom

    March 25, 2016 1:34 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, March 25, 2016

    5 Ways to Keep Your Mudroom from Looking Like a Mudroom | Schlage

    The mudroom doesn't have to be a bland, often dirty room. Here are 5 ways to make the mudroom as stylish as the rest of your home.

     

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    Ah, the mudroom. Or like many homeowners, maybe it's just the back door. Either way, this space is often overlooked and quickly dirtied with constant traffic moving in and out. There's no reason not to make this space feel like it's part of the home and a reflection of your personal style - even if you do have to mop it a bit more frequently. Here are five simple ideas to make your mudroom a stylish part of the home.

    1. Install classic finishes

    We are loving this mudroom makeover shared over on Apartment Therapy. This homeowner took a bland space brought it to life with a trendy light fixture and vibrant accessories. Satin Brass lighting is the perfect touch with the black door and Satin Nickel hardware. For more tips on mixing hardware the right way, check out our guide to mixing finishes.

    5 Ways to Keep Your Mudroom from Looking Like a Mudroom | Schlage

    2. Add unique flooring

    Resist the urge to stick with a boring neutral flooring if you want to give your mudroom a touch of something special. Who knows - having something unique you'll want to show off may motivate you to keep this space even tidier. Sarah M. Dorsey creates the perfect entrance by installing her flooring in a herringbone pattern to mix things up. *Spoiler: This clean space also features the perfect finishing touch with Schlage's Latitude levers in Polished Nickel.

    5 Ways to Keep Your Mudroom from Looking Like a Mudroom | Schlage

    3. Place a cute rug and planter

    You don't have to opt for time consuming projects like new flooring or light fixtures. Simply place a new rug and houseplant to make this space feel homey in no time. We're loving the combination of colors from Not Just a Housewife with Satin Nickel door hardware.

    5 Ways to Keep Your Mudroom from Looking Like a Mudroom | Schlage

    4. Create built--in storage

    The best entryways - whether at the front or back of the house - always remain clean and organized. Add some built-in storage so you can have a place for everything when you step in the door and avoid having shoes and mail all over your home. Get the details on this Cape Cod home from Home Bunch.

    5 Ways to Keep Your Mudroom from Looking Like a Mudroom | Schlage

    5. Add a touch of glam

    Don't let the name "mudroom" fool you into thinking this room doesn't deserve a touch of glam. When it comes to your personal style, anything goes, including a crystal chandelier in an eclectic farmhouse mudroom. See more of this adorable home from Style Me Pretty.

    5 Ways to Keep Your Mudroom from Looking Like a Mudroom | Schlage
    What unique touches have you added to your back entrance or mudroom? Share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram!

    8 overlooked spaces you should decorate

    March 22, 2016 1:06 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, March 22, 2016

    8 Overlooked Spaces You Should Decorate | Schlage

    Looking for new ideas for decorating your home? Try adding decor to these 8 overlooked spaces.



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    Looking for a few ideas to add a unique twist to your decor? Try adding details to a few unexpected places. Here are eight ideas for making the most of the overlooked spaces in your home.

    1. Interior doors

    The doors in your home are often the most overlooked blank canvas. Use them to add a pop of color or tie an entire room together with a new knob or lever. Check out some of our favorite ideas for using your doors as decor here.

    8 Overlooked Spaces You Should Decorate | Schlage

     

    2. Window sill

    Do you have a wide window sill? This is a great place to decorate with accessories or small plants for an extra expression of style.

    8 Overlooked Spaces You Should Decorate | Schlage
     

    3. Cabinets

    If you'd like to add a touch of style to your kitchen but counter space is limited, try utilizing the space between the top of your cabinets and the ceiling. This will let you display some of your favorite pieces while limiting clutter below.

    8 Overlooked Spaces You Should Decorate | Schlage

     

    4. Above the toilet

    The top of your toilet is also a great place to utilize some unused space. Use it for necessities like extra toiletries but also add a touch of your personal style through fresh cut flowers or your favorite accessory.

    5. Unused fireplace

    Whether you have a fireplace that is never used or just cleaned it out for the warm summer months, there's no reason to leave your fireplace empty in the off season. From candles to books and other decor, there are many ideas for using this space to make a style statement.

    8 Overlooked Spaces You Should Decorate | Schlage

     

    6. Across the windows

    If you don't have wide enough window sills and would like to display fresh cut flowers or plants where they will receive the most sunlight, try hanging vases or jars across the window instead.

     

    8 Overlooked Spaces You Should Decorate | Schlage

     

    7. Behind the couch

    If you have a couch along a wall, why not use that empty space you've left between the couch and wall to prevent damage? Always Never Done creates a sofa table wide enough for extra decor for just $20.

    8 Overlooked Spaces You Should Decorate | Schlage
     

    8. Above the washer and dryer

    You can also leverage empty space above your washer or dryer. Add a little shelf for extra storage or just to make the laundry room feel a little more homey. See how Country Girl Home does just that for less than $10.

    8 Overlooked Spaces You Should Decorate | Schlage

     
    What other overlooked places have you decorated in your home? Share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram!

    5 must-have details for hollywood regency style

    March 15, 2016 12:45 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, March 15, 2016

    5 Must-Have Details for Hollywood Regency Style | Schlage

    To get the iconic Hollywood Regency look in your home, be sure to include these five must-have design elements.



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    Hollywood Regency style - or Glitz and Glam - has quickly moved to popularity in the last couple of years. With its nod to classic Hollywood and glamorous details, it's no wonder it has an influence over many home decor brands. If you've been wondering how to pull this iconic look off, the details really do matter. Here are five details you shouldn't skimp for true, Hollywood Regency style.

    1. Statement furniture

    In Hollywood, its all about making a statement and being the start of the show. You should have one furniture piece that does just that. Look for pieces that will spark a conversation with your guests. The more unique, the better. With a little patience and perseverance, you can find the perfect piece of furniture without the Hollywood budget by browsing thrift stores and consignment shops.

    2. Gorgeous glass

    You won't have to look far to find the perfect fixtures and accessories complete with plenty of shine to add a little Hollywood glamour. Look for lighting or mirrors adorned with crystals to reflect the 1930s chandeliers that were so popular among starlets. When it comes to Hollywood Regency, no amount of shine is too much.

    5 Must-Have Details for Hollywood Regency Style | Schlage
     

    3. Bold colors

    It wouldn't be Hollywood without the drama. This iconic style often pairs bold colors that offer the perfect pop when paired with black, white or grey. It's easy to play around with multiple colors especially when starting with a neutral base but for true Hollywood Regency style, its best to choose one color and stick to it.

    4. Elaborate prints

    Solid colors aren't the only way to add a little drama to your space. Elaborate prints in vintage wallpapers or furniture and throw pillows are great at doing this as well. After choosing your bold color above, find an elaborate print that pairs well like paisley or damask. Hollywood Regency is anything but understated so choose a single print and go big.

    5. Polished metals

    Don't overlook the hardware in your home for a chance to add even more shine and glamour. Our Polished Nickel finish (pictured left) will perfectly match homes with lacquered surfaces and glass accents, but is adaptable enough to coexist with other modern styles. If your home falls into a warmer environment, consider Satin Brass (pictured right), featuring hints of gold for a modern brass alternative.

     

    5 Must-Have Details for Hollywood Regency Style | Schlage 5 Must-Have Details for Hollywood Regency Style | Schlage
     

    Which detail is your favorite when it comes to Hollywood Regency style? Comment below to let us know!

     

    Install door hardware with ease with this door prep checklist

    March 11, 2016 10:25 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, March 11, 2016

    Install Door Hardware With Ease With This Door Prep Checklist

    Before installing new door hardware, be sure to verify your door's holes are properly drilled and alignment is correct with this door prep checklist.

     

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    Installing new door hardware is an easy project that any homeowner can take on. Whether you're a seasoned remodeler or just getting started at tackling these projects on your own, with a little prep work, you can update a whole home in no time. Follow this door prep checklist to make sure your hardware project goes quickly and smoothly.
    Install Door Hardware With Ease With This Door Prep Checklist
     
    Before you start installing your new hardware, you'll need to verify the holes are properly drilled. Be sure to check each of the following items off on your list before you begin installation. If you can't check each one, you'll need to adjust your door or frame to ensure a proper fit. Here are the measurements you should check for both interior and exterior doors.

     Crossbore

     

    - Your lock crossbore diameter must measures 2 1/8".

     

    Lock crossbore measurement

     Backset

     

    - The backset is the distance from the edge of the door to the center line of the prep in the door. This should measure 2 3/8" or 2 3/4" from the door edge to the center of the crossbore.

    Door backset measurement

     Latch bore

     

    - The latch bore should measure 1" in diameter.

     

    Measurement of door latch bore

     Thickness

     

    - The thickness of the door should be between 1 3/8" and 1 3/4"

    Proper door thickness for standard door hardware

     Doorjamb

     

    - The latch bore in the doorjamb should measure at least 7/8" in diameter and a minimum of a 1/2" deep.

    Doorjamb latch bore measurement
    When installing door hardware on exterior doors, also check the door's current alignment by answering these questions:
      Can I lock my door without lifting, pulling or pushing the door?
      Does my door alignment stay the same with the changing seasons?
      When the door is closed, is there space for the deadbolt to extend 1" into the frame when locked?

     

    Once you've verified these important factors, you'll be all set to install in just a few easy steps. For more door prep and installation tutorials, be sure to visit the Schlage YouTube page or the How-to-Center at schlage.com.

     

    10 moments brass hardware looked its best

    March 8, 2016 2:53 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, March 8, 2016

    10 Moments Brass Hardware Looked Its Best | Schlage

    Brass is back with a whole new look! Here are ten times brass hardware looked its best to help inspire a modern upgrade to outdated hardware.

     

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    You may be one of many homeowners living in an older home that was built and decorated when bright brass hardware was in its prime. It was an easy choice as it coordinated with most home decor of that time. Fast forward to 2016 and depending on your personal style, bright brass may not be the most appealing choice.
    Try this modern upgrade for your outdated brass hardware.
     
    But, what would you say if we told you that brass is back? It's true. Brass hardware is trending again but not the same brass you may remember from the 80's. This brass has a much more modern appeal and suits many styles from traditional to contemporary. We're talking about Satin Brass and you'll be hard pressed to walk in to any home decor or fixture shop and not find this popular finish on the showroom floor. You can thank its rise to popularity due to the flexibility of this finish - allowing homeowners to update their hardware without clashing with their current style.
    Get the look.
    Satin Brass is often found accompanied by more natural elements like wood, plants and stone. It's a finish that is easily glamorous or can add just the right amount of interest to your minimalist style. Here are a few of our favorite Satin Brass looks to help inspire an elegant update to any outdated brass hardware in your home.
    Mix it up.
    What if you already have other finishes in your home? Satin Brass is the perfect choice if you're interested in mixing finishes. This trend allows you to express your flair for understated style by adding subtle hints of gold to add a touch of drama to any room in your home. From Satin Nickel to Matte Black, here are a few of our favorite rooms that managed to mix Satin Brass with other hardware finishes.
    Are you planning to update any outdated bright brass fixtures in your home? Be sure to share your before and after photos with us on Facebook or Instagram.

    6 things you didn't know the Schlage Sense app can do

    March 1, 2016 2:32 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, March 1, 2016

    6 Things You Didn't Know the Schlage Sense App Can Do | Schlage

    Did you know the Schlage Sense™ app contains features and benefits to help you get the most out of your smart lock? Here 6 six things you need to know.

     

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    Did you know the Schlage Sense™ app contains extra features and benefits to help you get the most out of your smart lock? From firmware updates to custom schedules, the Schlage Sense™ app makes it easier to customize your lock to fit your needs. Here are six things you need to know.
    6 Things You Didn't Know the Schlage Sense App Can Do | Schlage
     

    1. Update your firmware

    Firmware updates provide new features and enhancements to your Schlage Sense™ lock that make it even easier to keep your home safe. To make sure your lock has the latest firmware for enhancements and bug fixes, regularly use your Schlage Sense™ app to check for updates. 

    To complete the update, your iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch® device must be connected to your lock over Bluetooth® for the duration of the update – usually about 15 minutes. When the lock has completed the update, the lock will flash red LEDs and beep to inform you the process is complete.

    2. Share access to your home

    The Schlage Sense™ app makes it easy to share and manage access to your home. The most convenient way to share access is to create an access code. Your guest can use that code on the lock’s touchscreen without worrying about having a compatible phone or app. As the homeowner, you’ll be able to see when your guest’s access code is used. Here’s how to add and remove access codes:

    3. View lock activity

    Would you like to know who has accessed your lock and when? Checking your lock activity is easy in the Schlage Sense™ app where you can view up to the last 100 events.

    4. Create custom schedules

    You may not want to give every guest 24/7 access to your lock. You can easily create a custom schedule that only allows a certain access code to be active during designated hours of the day or days of the week. This is perfect for housekeepers, dog walkers or any service personnel that may need repeat access.

    5. Change auto-lock settings

    Your Schlage Sense™ lock is equipped with an Auto- Lock feature that relocks the deadbolt after being unlocked for a certain period of time. With the Schlage Sense™ app, you can increase or decrease the Auto-Lock time to suit your preference or turn it off altogether. Here's how.

    6. Add another administrator

    You can give administrative control of your lock, and all the other HomeKit™-enabled accessories in your home, to other trusted members of your household. As long as they have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch (latest version of iOS recommended) and an iCloud account, set-up is easy and allows them to manage access codes, see activity history, and manage all the features of the Schlage Sense™ lock. Here are the steps to invite someone to control the HomeKit-enabled accessories in your home:

     

    To find out where you can buy the Schlage Sense lock from local retailers or online, visit schlage.com.

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