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    How to access your Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt from anywhere

    October 17, 2017 12:57 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    How to access your Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt from anywhere

    If you’re looking for the convenience and peace of mind that comes with being able to access your lock from anywhere, there are multiple options available for doing this.

     

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    Have you ever left the house in a hurry, and later wondered whether you accidentally left the door unlocked behind you? With so many things to juggle in life, it’s happened to us all.

     

    That got us thinking – what if you never had to wonder whether your door was unlocked again? What if you could lock it from wherever you are? And wouldn’t you like to receive smartphone notifications whenever the lock is used, so you can keep track of who’s going in and out and when? 

    Schlage Sense - Smart Lock - Anywhere Access

    So we designed the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt so that users could have this functionality – if they want it. Smart lock beginners who want to benefit from the lock’s basic features can do that out of the box with just a smartphone, no need for a home automation system or other smart accessories.

     

    However, if you’re looking for the convenience and peace of mind that comes with being able to access your lock from anywhere, there are multiple options available for doing this – and it’s easy to choose the right one for you.

     

    Here are the basics:

    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter option: Android smartphones + iOS

    Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter - Anywhere Access

    If you want to use both iOS and Android smartphones with your lock, you’ll want a Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter.

     

    The Adapter is a simple wall plug-in that connects your lock to your Wi-Fi network so you can lock and unlock it from anywhere and receive activity notifications. It’s easy to set up – plug it in within Bluetooth range of the lock (usually about 40 feet), and use the Schlage Sense app to connect the Adapter to your home Wi-Fi network and then pair it with your lock.

     

    As long as your Adapter stays plugged into power, connected to Wi-Fi and within Bluetooth range of the lock, you’ll be able to access it using your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Android smartphone from anywhere.

     

    Keep in mind that while the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter will work with your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, it does not work with Apple HomeKit and is not compatible with features like Siri or the Apple Home app.

    Apple HomeKit option: iOS only

    Schlage Sense - Remote Access - HomeKit Lock

    If you have an Apple TV or use primarily iOS devices in your household, you might prefer the Apple HomeKit setup option. If your lock is up to date with the latest firmware (use the Schlage Sense app to check for updates), it will ask you simple questions at setup to determine whether this Apple HomeKit option is best for you.

     

    If you set up your lock with the Apple HomeKit option, you can pair your lock with your Apple TV and gain anywhere access using Apple HomeKit technology. You’ll still be able to control your lock and manage settings from anywhere with the Schlage Sense app, plus your lock will work in tandem with other HomeKit-enabled devices in your home through the Apple Home app. You’ll also be able to use Siri to lock and unlock your door, and will receive notifications when the lock is used (use the Schlage Sense app to manage your notification settings.)

     

    Keep in mind that this option is intended for Apple HomeKit users and does not work with Android smartphones.

     

    Here are the technical details:

     

    You’ll need an Apple TV 3rd or 4th generation or an iPad with iOS 10.0 or higher. If you decide to use your iPad as your Apple HomeKit hub (a new functionality offered by Apple with iOS 10.0), the iPad must stay at home powered on and connected to Wi-Fi just as an Apple TV would be.

     

    You’ll also want to make sure that the Apple TV/iPad is set up with the same iCloud and iTunes account information as your iPhone.

    If I already have a Schlage Sense lock, how do I update it so that I can use it with Android and/or the Wi-Fi Adapter?
    First, you’ll need to make sure your lock has the latest firmware. Firmware updates are important because they ensure that your Schlage Sense lock has the latest features and capabilities. The lock will notify you of a firmware update through the Schlage Sense app. Firmware updates for the lock must be performed through the app within Bluetooth range of the lock:
    Schlage Sense - Firmware update


    When you're within Bluetooth range of the lock, connect your lock with the app.

    Schlage Sense - Firmware update


    Tap “Begin Update” or go to Lock Settings > Information and tap the firmware version information to request an update.

    Schlage Sense - Firmware update


    The firmware will be updated over the next several minutes.

    Schlage Sense - Firmware update
    Once you’re up to date with the latest firmware, you can change the setup option on your lock so it will work with Android devices and the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter. In the Schlage Sense app, you’ll need to delete the lock from your account and pair it again, choosing the new setup option. This will return your lock to factory default settings and erase any new codes you’ve added, so make sure you record those if you want to add them to the lock again.
    Schlage Sense - Change set up - Schlage System - HomeKit


    If the lock is currently set up with an iOS device, first delete the lock from the account by going to Lock Settings and tapping Delete Lock.

    Schlage Sense - Change set up - Schlage System - HomeKit


    Then, use the Schlage Sense app to pair the lock again. If adding the lock from an iOS device, select “Explore Other Options” and then “Set up with Schlage system.”

     

    A firmware update may be required, after which you will need to restart the “Add a lock” process and select the Schlage system.

     

    Once setup is complete, the lock will be compatible with both Android smartphones and iOS devices and can be paired with the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter.

    Questions about lock setup? You can reach us on Facebook or Twitter or contact Schlage customer service at 888-805-9837.

    The squeaky hinge gets the grease: unusual ways to quiet your hinges

    October 16, 2017 12:13 PM by emily.bailey

    Monday, October 16, 2017

    The squeaky hinge gets the grease: unusual ways to quiet your hinges

    Halloween is almost here - the one time of year that squeaky door hinges are acceptable. However, for those who don’t feel like living in a haunted house, there are plenty of ways to fix your hinges.

     

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    Halloween is almost here - the one time of year that squeaky door hinges are acceptable. If you like getting into the spirit of the holiday by making your house as spooky as possible, put off fixing those squeaky hinges until November.
    Squeak-free Hinges - Schlage
    However, for those who don’t feel like living in a haunted house, there are plenty of ways to fix your hinges.

    WD-40

    There’s a reason dad always kept a can of WD-40 in the garage – it’s perfect for fixing squeaky hinges of all sorts. Rocket Chemical Company created WD-40 to prevent rusting on aerospace technology in the 1950s. “WD” stands for “water displacement,” and it took the three-person team who developed it 40 attempts before finalizing the formula, giving the product its name. Rocket employees started taking the solvent home and using it on a variety of household problems – from lubricating hinges to removing bugs from car windshields to removing road tar from cars. More than 75 years later, WD-40’s original formula still does the trick. Give your hinges some love by attaching the small straw to the canister spout for a more precise application, and enjoy your squeak-free door.

    Household items

    WD-40 isn’t the only option – there are other temporary fixes for your hinges. BrightNest has some great tips on household items that will fix a squeaky door.

    • Bar soap - Just rub it on your hinges until they are coated.
    • Petroleum jelly – Remove the pin from your hinge and cover it in petroleum jelly before reinserting.
    • Paraffin candles – Remove the pin from your hinges and rub hot wax onto it before reinserting.
    • Olive oil – Use a cotton swab to apply a little bit on top of your hinges.

     

    When using these common households products, be sure to concentrate on the hinges and avoid getting it on your doors as much as possible.

    New hinges

    Chances are you probably haven’t thought much about the style or finish of your hinges, but it’s often the small details that make the biggest impact in tying a room together. Replacing your hinges serves a dual purpose: improve the functionality of your door while also adding beauty and consistency throughout your home. If you just updated your door hardware with Matte Black finishes, swapping your Bright Brass hinges for Matte Black is a small and simple project that makes a big difference. Schlage carries hinges in a variety of finishes to match any décor.

    Door hinges - Schlage

    See how easy updating your hinges is in our step-by-step instructions. Or keep the squeak until after Halloween!

     

    For other how-to tips and tricks and decorating ideas, visit our Pinterest page.

    7 fall color palettes to try on your front porch

    October 13, 2017 11:41 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, October 13, 2017

    7 fall color palettes to try on your front porch

    Fall is a time of transition that is marked by the changing colors in the leaves. One of the best ways to embrace this change is by updating some of the décor inside and outside your home.

     

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    Fall is a time of transition that is marked by the changing colors in the leaves. One of the best ways to embrace this change is by updating some of the décor inside and outside your home.
     

    Taking the time to clean off your front porch and refreshing it with a few accents like a seasonal wreath, potted plant and a gourd or two, will help you get in the fall spirit. While traditional fall décor often times comes in hues of orange, there are an abundance of color palette options available today. These are some of our favorites.

    Purple

    While the color purple easily finds its way into spring and summer blooms, it’s also a bold color that can be used to easily transition your front porch from summer to fall. It comes in a variety of shades and its cool and royal feel will leave your porch looking rustic and regal.

    Sage

    Though sage is a subdued hue, when it’s used in fall décor it can act as a neutral backdrop or an accent pop of color. Incorporating sage into your fall décor will leave your porch light and bright, while still on key with the season.

    Brown

    Brown may not be the first color you think of when you want to freshen up your front porch for fall. However, when used properly it can be both rustic and charming. Use dried corn stalks, wooden crates, brown leaf garland and wooden chalkboard signs to create a neutral monochromatic look that lets the brightly colored leaves pop.

    Yellow

    Welcome the fall season with a bright and cheery front porch by incorporating pops of yellow in your décor. From brightly colored mums and painted accents to the leaves falling from the trees in your yard, this golden hue is sure to warm up your porch as the temperatures cool down.

    Red

    Though Red is a shade found naturally throughout the fall season, it’s not necessarily a commonly used color in fall front porch décor as it typically takes a backseat to its sister shade of orange. Using apples, fabrics, florals and painted pumpkins, red can be the star of your fall front porch.

    Black and white

    Black and white are decorating classics. And with a season speckled in color, sometimes it’s the absence of color that makes a scene visually interesting. With white pumpkins, buffalo check rugs and iron accents, black and white can be a palette that works on any front porch.

    Indigo and orange

    Opposites attract. It’s a fact of life. Let your orange pumpkins and copper toned mums pop off a deeply indigo palette.

    Are you experimenting with a new color palette for your fall front porch décor this year? If so, what colors are you featuring? Share your pictures with us on Instagram by tagging us @schlagelocks.

    Sharing access just got easier with the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt

    October 10, 2017 10:02 AM by pooja.katkar

    Tuesday, October 10, 2017

    Sharing access just got easier with the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt

    Sharing access with your smart lock is much safer and more secure than hiding or copying keys.

     

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    If you haven’t already heard, we recently updated our Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt with some exciting new capabilities. Not only does the lock work with both iOS and Android devices, there are also new options that make sharing access easier than ever. Using this smart lock is simple and convenient, from scheduling access codes so the babysitter can have access only when neededand  to making sure the neighbor can get in to water the plants while you’re on vacation. 

     

    Best of all, sharing access with your smart lock is much safer and more secure than hiding or copying keys. You may even save money – you’ll never have to head to the hardware store to copy a key again. No more headaches trying to keep track of the keys you’ve handed out or worrying when one is lost or stolen, and no more keys weighing you down when you take your morning run. Adding an electronic lock to your home is definitely a lifestyle change – for the better.

    Smart lock - Access codes - Virtual keys - Schlage Sense

    Easy access for everyone

    The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt offers multiple ways to share access with those you trust - even if they don't have a smartphone to get in. The lock holds up to 30 access codes which are entered on the lock’s touchscreen, so you can create a personalized code for each person you’d like to allow into your home. The Schlage Sense app makes it easy to add codes in just a few taps, and keeping track of codes is simple because you can name each one according to who it was shared with – so Mom, Dad, and Uncle Jerry can all have their own codes. You can even use the app to send them their code via text or email.

    To add new user codes through the Schlage Sense app:

     

    Smart Lock - User code set up - Schlage Sense

    Tap the “Users” icon in the bottom right of the screen.

    Under the “Access Codes” tab tap the “+” in the upper right of the screen.

     

    Smart Lock - User code set up - Schlage Sense

     

    Enter a name and digits for the access code. Choose between granting All Day Access or schedule the code for a specific time period.

    Tap “Save” in the upper right corner to save the code. You’ll be prompted to share the new access code with your guest through text or email.

    Custom schedules

    The Schlage Sense app gives you even more control over access sharing by allowing you to set schedules for each access code so they only work when you want them to. For example, if you want the babysitter to be able to use her code to enter your home only on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, you can do that. The rest of the week, the code won’t work – so you have greater control over who can access your home and when. It’s also easy to delete codes with the app when you no longer need them – much easier than tracking down a spare key or re-keying your lock because a key has been lost or stolen.

    Here's how to schedule access codes for your Schlage Sense lock:
     

    Smart Lock - Schedule user codes - Schlage Sense


    Tap the “Users” icon in the bottom right of the screen. Select an access code to manage or create a new one.
     

    Smart Lock - Schedule user codes - Schlage Sense

    Under Access Schedule, tap the “All Day Access” slider off to make scheduling options appear.
     

    Smart Lock - Schedule user codes - Schlage Sense

    Select one of the two available schedules to edit. Select the days and times that the access schedule will allow or deny access to that code. Tap Save.

    Virtual keys

    If your guest has a smartphone, you can send them a virtual key through the cloud from wherever you are – even if you don’t have the lock set up for remote access (Learn how to enable remote access for your lock here). Virtual keys are like electronic credentials. Your guest will receive a secure link that expires within 24 hours and leads them to the Schlage Sense app where their virtual key is accepted. When they arrive at the door with their Bluetooth® enabled smartphone, the lock will recognize their secure credentials and allow access. Thanks to the Bluetooth connection between the lock and their phone, they’ll be able to unlock the door right then and there using the Schlage Sense app.

     

    *It's important to note that virtual keys will not work with locks set up using the HomeKit option. If you'd like to take advantage of virtual keys, you will need to reset your lock to factory settings and re-pair it using the Schlage system setup. See our FAQs for Schlage Sense for more information.

    Here's how to send virtual keys:
     

    Smart Lock - Virtual Keys - Schlage Sense


    Open the app and select the lock the invite will be for. Tap the “Users” icon on the bottom right of the screen.
     

    Smart Lock - Virtual Keys - Schlage Sense


    Tap “Virtual Keys.”

    Smart Lock - Virtual Keys - Schlage Sense


    Enter name of invited user and indicate whether you’d like to provide Admin access or Guest access (recommended).

    Smart Lock - Virtual Keys - Schlage Sense

    Select a method to send the invite – email, text, etc. The invitation will be available for 24 hours before it expires. When the user is near the lock with Bluetooth turned on, they will be able to use the Schlage Sense app on their smartphone to lock or unlock the deadbolt.

    Lock history

    Another very cool feature offered by the Schlage Sense app is the lock history, which you can tap to view a log of the last 100 times the lock was used. The history will tell you whether the lock was accessed manually with an access code (and show you which access code it was, so you always know what time the kids got home) or unlocked using the smartphone app.

     

    The great thing about all of these features is that they aren’t just convenient – they offer you a lot of peace of mind when it comes to protecting your home, your possessions and, most importantly, your family.

     

    Questions or comments about the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt? Ask away on our Facebook or Twitter page.

    Ted talks Matte Black: “Style Sitdowns” with Schlage’s Style and Design Chief

    October 2, 2017 3:20 PM by Ted_Roberts

    Monday, October 2, 2017

    Ted talks Matte Black: “Style Sitdowns” with Schlage’s Style and Design Chief

    Matte Black is one of the most popular hardware finishes right now. It’s sleek, modern and can fit into almost any home. But how do you know if it’s right for you and your house?

     

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    Matte Black - Bedroom - Hardware Finishes - Schlage

    Creating a beautiful home requires hundreds of decisions. Flooring, paint, furniture, décor, curtains, wall hangings, lighting – the list goes on and on. Door hardware is probably pretty low on your list of priorities. You might be burnt out from making all of the other décor decisions by the time you get to deciding between levers and knobs and trims and finishes. But door hardware is a finishing touch that is instrumental in tying a house together. Like flooring or trim, you want your door hardware to match throughout your house and fit well with your overall décor theme. So how do you know what will be right for your home?
     

    Matte Black is one of the most popular hardware finishes right now. It’s sleek, modern and can fit into almost any home. But how do you know if it’s right for you and your house? We talked to Ted Roberts, the Style and Design Chief at Allegion, Schlage’s parent company. Who better to talk to about what finish will fit into your home than the design leader in charge of keeping up with new trends and styles? Ted told us how Schlage gets inspiration for products, why Matte Black is so popular and how he would style with Matte Black.

    Ted Roberts - Style & Design Chief - Schlage

    Q&A with Ted Roberts

    What sets Schlage apart as a style leader?

    Walter Schlage’s first patent was in 1909, and he founded the company in 1920, so Schlage has more that 95 years of experience and has seen styles come and go first-hand. The industry is changing with the advent of new technologies and that brings new challenges when determining door hardware’s design and usability. Schlage has the background and experience to tackle these challenges that have never been addressed before.

    Where does Schlage get style inspiration?

    The industrial design team goes to stores, trade shows and furniture shows to see what is currently popular in the market and what is about to come to market. They also look into cultural trends. What’s happening in movies, TV shows, fashion and auto industries to see what styles are developing.

    Matte Black - Home Decor - Latitude lever - Schlage

    Matte Black

    Why do you think Matte Black is so popular right now?

    Matte Black is a highly versatile finish. There are a number of styles, both architectural and home décor, that it works well with. The finish also has a direct tie to technology, which is becoming more integrated with traditional products. For years, technology was black and furniture was not. Matte Black can help blend the two worlds.

    How should someone style around Matte Black hardware?

    Matte Black works with a variety of colors. If you are planning on using Matte Black hardware, keep in mind that if you have dark paint or furniture, a room can get very dark, very quickly, and you’ll find yourself living in a cave.

     

    But if that’s what you’re looking for. Go for it!

    Matte Black  - Technology - Schlage Sense with Century trim - Century Handleset

    What should you avoid with Matte Black?

    Avoid making a room too dark. Dark walls, floors, or cabinets paired with Matte Black can start to make things feel a little cramped.

     

    Bigger rooms and rooms with a lot of windows can sometimes get away with this.

     

    Also watch out when combining blacks. Sometimes black paints have tints or undertones that make it a little more red or blue. It is a very subtle difference that you might not normally notice, but if you put a Matte Black doorknob on a black door with red undertones, you will probably notice.

    Next time you are in the market for new door hardware, and don’t already have black doors or dark rooms, keep your eyes out for Matte Black. It will bring a sleek, modern look to your whole house. If you’re convinced you need Matte Black hardware or you want to learn more, check out all of your options.

     

    Looking for more style information and inspiration? Check out our Pinterest page!

    Getting started with the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt

    September 29, 2017 3:16 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, September 29, 2017

    Getting started with the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt

    Electronic locks have been around for a long time, but there are still many homeowners who haven’t given them a try yet. After all, there are a lot of questions to be answered.

     

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    Electronic locks have been around for a long time, but there are still many homeowners who haven’t given them a try yet. After all, there are a lot of questions to be answered – how difficult is installation? What happens if the power goes out? Will the lock work with other technology you have in the home, or maybe even your smartphone?

    Getting started - Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt - Easy to use smart locks

    Easy installation

    The good news is that the answers to these questions are simpler than you think! Take our latest smart lock, for example: the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt. Because the lock runs on batteries, it’s easy to install yourself in just a few minutes with no hardwiring – all you need is a screwdriver. We’ve even included a special patented feature called Snap ‘n Stay that holds the deadbolt to the door while you reach for your screwdriver, so it’s truly a one-person job.

     

    Instructions for installation are included in packaging, as always, but we’ve also put together an instructional video so you can see exactly how it’s done. As you’ll see in the video, with no hardwiring into your home’s electrical system, if the power goes out at home it’s no problem – you can still enter your access code on the touchscreen to gain access to your home. 

    A smart lock for the whole family

    The Schlage Sense lock was also designed to make life easier by working with both Android smartphones and iOS devices, pairing with them over Bluetooth just like you’d pair your phone with your car. Getting your lock paired with your phone is easy – just download the Schlage Sense app from the App Store or the Google Play Store. The app will walk you through the pairing process, so there’s no guesswork.

    Remote access

    What if you were able to access your front door lock through an app when you’re away from home? This is actually very simple to do, and can make life so much easier – imagine no more worrying about whether the kids have lost the house key, or hiding a spare under a rock and hoping the right person gets to it before anyone else can. Just grab our new Schlage Sense™ Wi-Fi Adapter (sold separately so existing Schlage Sense lock users can pick one up without buying a new lock!) and plug it into a power outlet near your lock. Connect the Adapter to your home Wi-Fi network, and ta-da! Anywhere access directly from your smartphone to your lock – without an existing smart home or alarm system or any subscription fees. Plus, the Schlage Sense app will walk you through the entire process step by step, so you don’t have to worry about a frustrating or complicated setup process.

    Home automation integrations

    How about using the lock with other technologies? We’ve all heard about the rising popularity of smart home gadgets, but figuring out which ones work together can be a headache. The Schlage Sense lock makes it easy by guiding you to the right choice for your home during initial setup, depending on whether or not you are an Apple HomeKit user.

     

    If you love Apple products and have opted primarily for HomeKit-enabled smart devices in your home, you’ll be guided to use the HomeKit setup option. The HomeKit setup option allows you to set up anywhere access through your Apple TV, similar to the Wi-Fi Adapter, and allows you to control your lock alongside your other HomeKit-enabled devices within the Apple Home app. However, this setup option really is ideal for HomeKit users because it will only work with iOS devices and will not pair with Android smartphones or with the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter. If you prefer to be able to use Android smartphones with your lock, or you aren’t interested in an Apple HomeKit-centered experience, the app will guide you to the setup option which works with both iOS and Android smartphones, and allows you to pair the lock with the Wi-Fi Adapter.

    Since we are always working to add new features to our electronic locks, you’ll want to be able to gain access to new functionality without having to buy a new lock each time. That’s why the Schlage Sense app is so important – it allows you to receive firmware updates so you can update your lock easily with no hassle. Check Schlage.com/SensePlatforms to see the latest technologies supported by the Schlage Sense lock, and check back here on the blog often to learn about new features and capabilities being added.

    Why Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt is now perfect for every family

    September 26, 2017 10:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, September 26, 2017

    Why Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt is now perfect for every family

    We know that there are a lot of families that include both Android™ and Apple® users. In fact, more than a quarter of US households own at least one device on each platform.

     

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    Smart Locks - Android - iOS - Schlage Sense
    Coming to a decision that the whole family agrees on can be a difficult process. When your family can’t even agree on what’s for dinner, finding a phone that everyone likes is nearly impossible. We know that there are a lot of families that include both Android™ and Apple® users. In fact, more than a quarter of US households own at least one device on each platform.
    Household Smartphone Device Use - Android - iOS

    What happens when you want to get a smart lock?

    Some smart locks only support one smartphone platform, so how do you choose? Does only half of the family get to have smartphone access? Who gets to decide which family members get to use their phone and the ones who can only use access codes?

     

    With Schlage, you don’t have to choose. The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt is compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones so everyone recieves full access. The Schlage Sense app is now available on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store so your entire family can lock and unlock the front door from their phones.

    Smart lock - Remote access - Wi-fi Adapter - Schlage Sense

    Wi-Fi Adapter

    The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt provides multiple ways to access your home. It stores up to 30 access codes, uses Bluetooth to communicate with your smartphone and has a physical key. But what if you’re away from home? With the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter*, Android and iOS smartphones can control the smart lock and receive notifications of all smart lock activity. Before the adapter, remote access was only available for iOS users through Apple HomeKit. Now, no matter where you are, you can be notified when anyone from your children to the dog walker accesses your home.

     

    The Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter works with both iOS and Android smartphones. Simply plug it into an outlet and use the Schlage Sense app to pair the adapter to your smart lock and connect to your Wi-Fi network. It only takes a moment and utilizes the same app you used to install the smart lock.

     

    Along with notifications, the adapter allows you to lock and unlock your Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt from anywhere. Now you can check to see if you remembered to lock your door, or let someone in without having to send them an access code.

    Discover all of the features available with the free Schlage Sense app by downloading it now from the App Store or Google Play Store.

     

    *The Wi-Fi Adapter is not compatible with Apple HomeKit

    Smart lock pre-installation checklist

    September 25, 2017 9:32 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, September 25, 2017

    5 things you must consider before installing a smart lock

    Make sure your smart lock installation goes as smoothly as possible by following these 5 steps first.

     

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    Smart locks are the perfect way to add a little more convenience and security to your home. With a smart lock from Schlage, you can choose to enter your home with a custom code you define, a mechanical key or your phone (depending on the lock you choose).

     

    Installing a new smart lock is a project that any skill-level can take on with just a screwdriver and a few minutes out of your day. Before you get started, it's important to note these five things to ensure the installation goes as smoothly as possible.

    Smart locks - Installation - Schlage

    Download the app

    If you are installing the Schlage SenseTM Smart Deadbolt, be sure to download the free, Schlage SenseTM app before you begin installing your lock. The app has great step-by-step instructions so you can quickly install the lock and pair your smartphone seamlessly. You can also access other valuable information and helpful resources that allow you to take advantage of all the lock's capabilities and future updates.

     

    Before you download, make sure your smartphone is up-to-date with the latest software version. You can check this by accessing your phone's settings and looking under "General" or "About".

    Make sure your door is properly aligned

    Because the bolt on your smart lock is extended automatically, it's important that the door and jamb are properly aligned. You can check this by testing your current lock. You'll want to answer yes to each of these questions:

    • Can you lock your door without pushing, pulling or lifting the door?
    • Does your door alignment stay the same no matter how hot or cold the weather may get?
    • When the door is closed, is there space for the deadbolt to extend 1" into the frame when locked?

    Check your door measurements

    All of Schlage's smart locks are designed to fit any standard, pre-drilled door. To double-check that your door will be compatible, you can find a quick look at standard door dimensions for deadbolt installation here. If your door is thicker than the standard 1-3/4", you may need to purchase a thick door kit which will extend the lock's capabilities to 2-1/4". You can contact our customer support team at 888.805.9837 for assistance.

    Wait to install the batteries

    To make sure your lock is properly paired to any smart hubs or phones, it's best to wait to install the batteries when instructed to do so. This ensures that nothing interferes with the auto-handing process of the lock and properly initiates the setup sequence that is needed after the lock is installed. If you do make a mistake or miss a step, you can simply perform a factory reset to start over.

    Choose a coordinating handleset

    Don't forget to complete the look by pairing a coordinating handleset, knob or lever. You'll need to consider which function will work best with your lifestyle. Do you want to make sure you can easily come and go without a mechanical key? Choose a Hall & Closet (Passage) function so you're never accidentally locked out. Keep in mind that if you keep a keyed knob or lever, you'll still have to manage mutliple mechanical keys for household members and guests. For handlesets, we offer a lower half, front entry handle that easily suites with the style of your smart lock.

    You can find complete video tutorials for installing each of our smart locks by visiting our How-to-Center.

    10 inviting front door displays for fall

    September 22, 2017 1:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, September 22, 2017

    10 inviting front door displays for fall

    Celebrate fall with new front door décor that embraces the season’s most beautiful natural elements. Here are 10 fall-inspired ideas to get started.

     

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    When it comes to sprucing up your entryway for the season, simple decorations can go a long way. Hang a brightly colored wreath of decorative berries, tuck in bronze-colored foliage to deepen containers, or stack a trio of pumpkins for a cheerful hit of color. Turn to the rich abundance of nature as your source of inspiration, and see just how effective a few well-chosen elements can be at creating a warm entryway.

    1. Go for bright hues

    Crisp white walls and a lemon-yellow door create a fresh entrance to a modern farmhouse-style home. Containers stay clean and green with feathery asparagus fern, chartreuse coral bells (Heuchera), and a mix of golden-yellow and dusty-blue ghost plants (Graptopetalum). Deepen the colors for fall by hanging a wreath rich in plum, bronze and gray-green.

     

    Here, burgundy Leucadendron foliage mixes with orange echeveria flowers and clusters of persimmons. At the base of the wreath, two gnarled ‘Buddha’s Hand’ citrons pick up the door’s yellow paint.

    2. Embrace natural country style

    For a house with wood siding, all that’s needed to create a festive fall display is a pair of jewel-toned wreaths, along with one perfect pumpkin. With such limited decoration on the home, one’s eye is drawn to the surrounding garden’s seasonal changes, including the fern fronds turning bronze at the base of the house, and the canopies of golden leaves beyond.

    3. Plant a vine for fall color

    If your entryway has an overhang, create a stunning entrance with a vine selected for its autumn leaf display. This rambling specimen of California wild grape (Vitis californica‘Roger’s Red’) planted over a doorway turns a brilliant shade of red by midautumn and provides decorative little clusters of grapes for wild birds. In summer, the leaves (still green) provide a natural shade canopy for the front door.

     

    Other vines with a dramatic fall display include black-eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia alata), Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) and American bittersweet (Celastrus scandens). Note: Be sure to look for true American bittersweet, rather than look-alike Oriental bittersweet (C. orbiculatus), which can be invasive. Both species are toxic.

    4. Transition summer containers

    There’s no need to completely rework your summer containers to give them fall flair. Replace tired-looking warm-season annuals with richly colored fall perennials, such as bronze- and golden-leaved coral bells (Heuchera), and rust-colored autumn fern (Dryopteris erythrosora).

     

    Even easier than planting: Simply add a pumpkin for an instant fall container update. ‘Fairytale’ pumpkins (Cucurbita moschata ‘Fairytale’) are particularly stunning with their unusual squat shapes and eye-catching striations.

    5. Keep it minimal

    A single pumpkin placed by the entryway to this Southwest-style home nods to the season while keeping the decor understated. To re-create this minimalistic style, choose a single element to represent autumn — perhaps a bronze jug filled with branches, a crookneck gourd or a bundle of dried wheat — and display it where it can be appreciated for its simplicity.

    6. Hang a wreath

    If you do nothing else this season, pick up a simple fall wreath and tie it on your front door with a decorative bow for a quick upgrade. Here, a ring of whimsical berries stands out against a charcoal door. Wreaths of artificial berries, preserved leaves or dried fall fruits can be used year after year for fall decor.

     

    If you’re feeling a bit more creative, make a wreath with elements foraged from the garden or purchased at your local floral shop.

    7. Set out potted flowers for instant color

    By late August, nurseries are stocked with containers brimming with fall-blooming perennials with flowers in gold, orange, red and deep purple. Chrysanthemums, perhaps the season’s most popular bloomer, keep pumping out flowers for months. To brighten your entryway, pick up potted bedding mums, then place the containers where they’ll receive at least a half-day of sun.

     

    Once blooms begin to fade, bedding mums can be planted in the garden for color year after year. ‘Fireworks’ wrinkleleaf goldenrod (Solidago rugosa‘Fireworks’) lines the driveway.

    8. Use dried foliage for lasting outdoor bouquets

    Flanking a grand entrance of a traditional home, urns brimming with dried foliage lend seasonal interest with minimal effort. If kept out of the elements, dried foliage, seedpods and grasses can be used again and again to create an autumn display. Choose ingredients for your dried bouquet that pick up the paint color of your door or walkway for an integrated look.

     

    To preserve your own garden’s foliage, clip stems of perennial seed heads and ornamental grasses, then hang them upside down to dry. Keep in mind that most untreated, naturally dried leaves and berries will lose their color.

    9. Celebrate the harvest

    For a rustic farm look, gather a bushel or two of dried cornstalks (available at garden and feed stores), tie them with thick ribbon or jute cord, then lean them by the front door. To really play up the farm feeling, add a pitchfork, wooden rake or other garden tools.

    10. Add baskets

    Don’t wait until Halloween night to set out baskets on the front porch. Throughout the fall, baskets can offer rich texture and act as vessels for displaying natural elements like pumpkins, squashes, Indian corn or colorful fall leaves found around the garden.

     

    On Oct. 31, use the ingredients you’ve collected to decorate your doorway, and fill the baskets with candy for eager trick-or-treaters.

    How are you decorating your front door's for fall? Share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram.
    This article first appeared on Houzz on September 5, 2017.

     

    Lauren Dunec | Houzz contributor

    Lauren Dunec Hoang | Houzz contributor



    Landscape designer, former garden editor for Sunset Magazine and in-house designer for Sunset's Editorial Test Garden. Her garden designs have been featured in the Sunset Western Garden Book of Landscaping, Sunset Western Garden Book of Easy-Care Plantings (cover), Inhabitat, and POPSUGAR.

    Your future smart home is already here

    September 18, 2017 2:15 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017

    Your future smart home is already here

    Your home of the future? You could already be living in it.

     

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    Within several hours, it’s possible to renovate your house or apartment into a smart home - one that pulls from the latest technology to make your space more efficient, secure, convenient or just more entertaining to hang out in.

     

    Smart home technology is quickly becoming the next renovation project homeowners are adding to their to-do lists. With many of the devices ranging from $75 to $200 and falling into the Easy DIY-category, apartment dwellers also are starting to embrace smart home technology as a way to quickly update their living spaces. An added bonus? Many smart home products can be uninstalled and packed up with the next move.
     

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    Advantages cited by smart home residents

    Drop the need for keys

    With keyless entry systems, you no longer have to worry about misplacing keys. Assign each person a unique access code for entry; it’s easy to know when someone has made it home because the data is sent to your smartphone. And if an unexpected visitor arrives, you can remotely let them in with your smartphone while you’re stuck in traffic.

    Cut the energy bills

    Smart home thermostats automatically cut down the heat when outdoor temperatures rise, while irrigation systems water your lawn only when Mother Nature decides to take a break.

    Light the way

    Based on your preferences, smart lighting systems can be installed to turn on as you enter a room and turn off when you leave. You can also use your smartphone to control all the lights throughout your home, whether you’re in the bedroom or hundreds of miles away.

    While these are among the most common smart home applications, innovations also have led the way to refrigerators that text you with selfies of their contents, beds that make themselves, and smart toilets that give you a warm seat on cold days.

     

    You may not be quite ready to take a leap toward warm toilet seats, but you can take on several projects to get a head start on transforming your home into a smarter home.
     

    3 steps to building a smart home

    Smart home - Smart locks - Schlage

    1. Understand the basics.

    As with any new innovation, there typically is a slow rate of adoption until people become more familiar with the product. That was the case with the smartphone which first came on the market in 1994 as the IBM Simon Personal Communicator. Priced at about $900 with a two-year contract and weighing in at slightly over a pound, it’s no wonder only about 50,000 were sold in that first wave. About 77 percent of Americans now own a smartphone -- up from only 35 percent in 2011, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. For many of those owners, the survey revealed, it’s now “something they can’t live without.”

     

    Today, the smartphone has been paving the way toward the significantly quicker adoption of smart home technology, especially since it is considered a key component of how a smart home operates. By 2019, about two-thirds of Americans say they expect to have at least one smart home product in their homes, according to a recent survey by the Acquity Group. So, how does the smartphone (and tablets, laptops and computers) figure into the operation of a smart home? Good question.

     

    Here’s one example. The latest smart locks are Bluetooth®-enabled so you can control and program the lock through a simple app on your smartphone. With the click of a button, you can unlock the door or create a new personalized code to share witha trusted friend or service professional, allowing them to access the home without interrupting your day.

     

    In addition to smart locks, your smart home can have lighting systems that automatically turn on and off, surveillance cameras that keep an eye on things, and thermostats that adjust temperatures depending upon how hot and cold it is outside. All these functions, including many others, also can be controlled remotely through your smartphone, tablet or laptop.

    2. Do your research

    While many smart home products can be installed within minutes (yes, minutes), it’s best to research the products available to customize a smart home designed with your priorities in mind. It’s also important to determine if there are products you may want to purchase in the future. By doing so, you can come up with an integrated plan that meets your needs and desires.

     

    Determine what you and the other people in your household want. More security? Lower electric bills? Safety measures for young children or elderly relatives? More conveniences? Or a more dynamic space for entertaining friends? Maybe it’s as simple as not dealing with your teenager losing the keys to the house. Again. As it turns out, there’s a smart home plan to meet all of those objectives, while staying within your budget. Here are a few examples of what you can accomplish:

     

    • Energy-efficient smart home: With a smart thermostat and smart irrigation systems, you can lower bills by using power and water only when you need it. These products automatically adjust to weather patterns or your preferences.

     

    • Convenient smart home: Install smart keyless door systems, blinds, lighting systems and motion sensors that will make daily routines simpler. With a click of a button, you can get the coffee going in the morning or the blinds shut, the doors locked, the alarm activated and the lights turned off at night. All from the comfort of your bed.

     

    • Safe smart home: Your home can be set up with smart cameras, motion sensors and keyless door systems so that you can keep an eye out for the safety of family members. You can also install smart carbon dioxide and smoke detectors that send messages to your smartphone when something is awry.

     

    • Entertaining smart home: If you like the idea of staying at home for movie night, install a smart entertainment system along with smart lighting that pulsates and lights up the room with color along with the action scenes. Your smartphone doubles as the remote control. Your home also can be set up to play your favorite tunes in different parts of the home as you enter a room.

     

    As part of your transition to a smart home, gauge your level of comfort with the technology. For example, if you have an automated garage with a keypad, it may not be a huge transition to install a keyless lock that allows you to enter with a code. A smart thermostat that automatically adjusts temperatures may be equally appealing for a first try. You may decide that you’re ready to take the plunge into all the main components a smart home can offer, including technology that gradually determines your living pattern and adjusts accordingly.

     

    With either approach, it’s important to select products that can effortlessly interact with each other through one central Wi-Fi controlled hub that acts as the brain of it all. You can purchase a hub that works with all your smart home devices. Some companies like AT&T, Xfinity and Vivint offer home automation packages that include a monthly maintenance fee to ensure the products work together. 

    3. Installing and connecting it all

    With many of the latest smart home products, DIY installation ranges from ridiculously simple to moderately simple. And installation time can be quick. That new smart lock? Under 15 minutes to install. Smarter thermostat? Home surveillance? Automated lights? Energy-efficient outlets? All about the same – 15 to 30 minutes each with common tools like screwdrivers.

     

    Of course, some smart home products are more complex, and may take longer to install or require the assistance of a professional with experience in the industry. Even with DIY-products, you may feel more secure hiring an expert to help with installation as well as the operation of the system.

     

    According to a poll conducted by Harris Poll and Lowe’s, 50 percent of Americans would prefer to install smart home products themselves with no monthly fees. About 21 percent said they would opt for a professional to install their smart home systems and pay a monthly maintenance fee.
     

    Smart homes in 2022

    With innovations for the smarter home moving at a record pace, futurists and other industry experts are predicting that a significant number of Americans will transform their homes at a record pace. According to the research firm Gartner, the average American household will own 500 smart home or connected devices by 2022.

     

    If you’re already using your smartphone as an integral part of your day-to-day routines, a smart home could become another component of your lifestyle you can’t live without.

    11 things to know about the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Android compatibility

    September 15, 2017 1:07 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, September 15, 2017

    11 things to know about the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Android compatibility

    Now that this smart lock is compatible with Android smartphones and iOS devices, there are a few things you need to know. Check out a few frequently asked questions.

     

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    The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt makes daily life easier and more convenient. Enter an access code on the touchscreen to unlock the door instead of searching your pockets for keys. Pairing the lock with your smartphone over Bluetooth® is as easy as pairing your phone with your car, and the free Schlage Sense app makes setting up and using the lock as simple as checking email. Share access with trusted friends and family with just a few taps – no more keeping track of spare keys.

     

    Now that this smart lock is compatible with Android smartphones and iOS devices, there are a few things you need to know. Check out a few frequently asked questions below.

    Smart lock - Smartphone compatible lock - Schlage Sense

    1. Do I need to create an account to use my Schlage Sense app?

    Both new and existing Schlage Sense lock users will be asked to create an account to use with their Schlage Sense app. Creating an account allows you to take advantage of all the latest features that the lock has to offer. If you’ve already been using the Schlage Sense lock with your smartphone, creating an account will not affect your lock’s settings.

    2. How do you add an access code?

    With the Schlage Sense app, adding and deleting access codes is easy. Simply set up a new code by going to "Add new access code." You can also give the code a name so you always know who should be using that code and even apply an access schedule so the code is only valid during certain days.

    3. How do I receive notifications for my lock's activity?

    If your lock is set up with HomeKit, you’ll need to add a HomeKit-enabled Apple TV 3rd or 4th generation or an iPad with iOS 10.0 or higher to your home Wi-Fi network. Make sure that the Apple TV/iPad is set up with the same iCloud and iTunes account information as your iPhone. Push notifications may need to be enabled from your iPhone as well. You can customize the types of notifications you receive by going to the Lock Settings > Push Notifications menu.

     

    If the lock is set up with the Schlage system option (ideal for Android users or households using both Android and iOS), you’ll need to add a Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter to your home Wi-Fi network. Notifications will be enabled by default from the Schlage Sense app but can always be updated to your preference in lock settings.

    4. Will my current Schlage Sense lock work with the Android app?

    The current Schlage Sense lock can be updated to the latest firmware to support Android smartphones as well as other new features. If you are currently using the iOS app with the lock, open the Schlage Sense app and accept the firmware upgrade, or go to Lock Settings and tap on the firmware version to request an update.

    5. If my lock is already connected to the iOS app, how do I connect it to the Android app as well?

     

    To connect your existing Schlage Sense lock that has already been paired with an iOS device, you will need to complete the firmware update then follow the steps to remove your lock and repair it with the app. You can do this by going to lock settings and tapping "Delete Lock." This will return your lock to factory settings which means you will have to reset your access codes.

     

    After you've removed the lock from your app, use the app to pair the lock again. This time you will be presented with two options for set up - "Setup with HomeKit" or "Set up with Schlage System." For your lock to compatible with both the iOS and Android smartphone app, you will need to select "Set up with the Schlage System."

    6. I'm using an Android smartphone. How do I share access to my lock?

     

    Virtual keys are electronic credentials that allow smartphone users to lock or unlock the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt when in Bluetooth range using the Schlage Sense app. Locks that are paired to your smartphone using the Schlage system setup option support the sharing of virtual keys with other smartphone users – both iOS and Android.

     

    To send a virtual key, open the app and select the lock you want to provide access to. Tap the users icon on the bottom right of the screen then select "Virtual keys." Enter the name of the invited user and indicate whether you'd like to provide admin access or guest access (recommended). You can send the invite via email or text. Note that it will only be valid for 24 hours before it expires.

    7. How do virtual keys work?

     

    When an invited user is within Bluetooth range with Bluetooth on their phone turned on, they will be able to use the Schlage Sense app to lock or unlock the deadbolt.

     

    It's important to note that virtual keys will not work with locks set up using the HomeKit option. If you'd like to take advantage of virtual keys, you will need to reset your lock to factory settings and re-pair it using the Schlage system setup noted in number 5.

    8. How can I share access with someone who doesn't have a smartphone?

     

    The Schlage Sense lock makes it easy to share access to your home with the people who need it. Even if a guest does not have a smartphone or access to the Schlage Sense app, you can provide a unique access code to allow them to unlock the door via the lock's touchscreen.

    9. How do I update my lock's firmware?

     

    Firmware updates are important because they ensure that your lock has the latest features. The lock will notify the user of a lock firmware update through the Schlage Sense app. Firmware updates for the lock must be performed within Bluetooth range of the lock.

    10. How do I update my Schlage Sense lock firmware from Version 3.42 or 3.49?

     

    Some homeowners may have experienced trouble updating from lock firmware version 3.42 or 3.49. There is now a way to work around this issue and update to the latest lock firmware. First, make sure you’ve downloaded the latest Schlage Sense app from the App Store or the Google Play store.

     

    You will need to re-set your lock to factory settings by deleting it from your account in the app. Pair the lock again by tapping the "Add a lock" icon located at the top left of the main screen. Choose "Setup with the Schlage system" then you'll be prompted to update your lock's firmware. After that, complete the Add a lock process again, this time selecting HomeKit if this is the setup you prefer for your iOS device.

    11. I lost my phone. How do I secure my Schlage Sense account?

     

    If your smartphone is lost, you can access your Schlage Sense account on another mobile device to change your password and secure your account.

    We want to know your Schlage Sense questions! Leave us a note on Facebook to let us know.

    How to get your home fit for fall without breaking the bank

    September 12, 2017 9:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, September 12, 2017

    How to get your home fit for fall without breaking the bank

    Whether you’re selling your house and want to impress prospective buyers or just want to spark a healthy amount of jealousy from guests and neighbors, your home’s curb appeal is the place to start this fall.

     

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    It’s almost fall, the days are getting shorter, and it’s time to start swapping out your summer decorations for a look that is more fit for cooler Autumn weather and the season of pumpkin flavored everything. In other words, it’s time to think of fall curb appeal ideas. Redecorating for fall and improving the look of your house doesn’t have to break the bank. There are plenty of budget-friendly ways to make your home stand out.

     

    Whether you’re selling your house and want to impress prospective buyers or just want to spark a healthy amount of jealousy from guests and neighbors, your home’s curb appeal is the place to start this fall.

    Fall Curb Appeal - Handlesets - Schlage

    Landscaping

    Landscaping is the first step in improving your curb appeal. Summer is over and you don’t need to mow as often as you did at the beginning of the year, but the lawn still needs care. Keep up on the mowing and weeding so that your home looks cared for and welcoming to guests.

     

    Fall is also a great time to plant certain year-round plants and trees. Visit your local nurseries to make the most of their year-end sales and spruce up your yard.

     

    Landscaping Inspiration: See HouseBeautiful’s post about fall landscaping to learn more.

    Front door

    You’re probably familiar with the idea of painting your front door to improve your curb appeal as a lot of curb appeal tips revolve around it. And we absolutely agree, in fact, we have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to our love of pretty doors.

     

    But paint isn’t the only thing that can improve the look of your front door. Changing your door hardware can really improve your whole entryway. If you’re unsure what would work best with your house, it’s important to think about the style of your home as well as the color of your front door. Schlage has a wide range of front door products that include touchscreen and “smart” locks, so you can find the door hardware that’s perfect for your home.

     

    Perfect Door Hardware: Check out all of Schlage’s handlesets to see what’s right for your front door.

    Painting

    If you’re interested in painting something to give your home a splash of color, don’t limit yourself to the front door. Check out Country Living’s ideas about how to use paint to update your outdoor living space. Painting your porch can really add some brightness to an otherwise unnoticeable space. Whether you are working with wood or concrete, paint can improve the appearance of your porch or patio. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could do what Bella Tucker did and add a fun pattern to your front porch.

     

    Front Porch Makeover: See what a difference painting can make.

     

    Seasonal plants

    Fall doesn’t have to mean the end of colorful plants. There are plenty of options to keep your house looking bright. Mums and pansies last much longer than most flowers and can keep your porch colorful in the fall. Whitney Curtis over at The Home Depot combined flowers with pumpkins and hay to really make her porch feel welcoming.

    Fall decorating: Combine pumpkins and flowers like Paula Coldiron of Two Ellie did and make planters out of Styrofoam pumpkins.

     

    Check out our Pinterest for more ideas about curb appeal and how to accessorize your front door.

    8 Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt features you need to know

    September 1, 2017 10:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, September 1, 2017

    8 things to know about the Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt

    If you're a homeowner with an active lifestyle, or a busy parent with kids who are always coming and going, then Schlage Touch can help simplify your day by eliminating the hassle of keys entirely.

     

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    If you're a homeowner with an active lifestyle, or a busy parent with kids who are always coming and going, then Schlage Touch can help simplify your day by eliminating the hassle of keys entirely. If you're on the fence about which electronic lock is best for you, here's everything you need to know about the Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt.
    8 things to know about the Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt

    1. Fingerprint-proof touchscreen

    The Schlage Touch lock is equipped with a fingerprint-resistant touchscreen that helps protect privacy of access codes. No matter the weather, you can still use this touchscreen in the rain and while wearing gloves.

    2. 100% pick-proof

    With no key and no cylinder, there's nothing for you to lose and for would-be intruders, nothing to pick. You no longer need to worry about re-keying your lock or cutting new keys. Simply change the code on your lock whenever you need to give or take away access.

    3. 9V battery backup

    You may be wondering, if there's no cylinder, how can you get in your home if the battery dies? The Schlage Touch is powered by a 9V battery and because it is a standard electronic lock, the battery life will last two years with a low-battery warning that will alert you long before the battery is completely drained. In the unlikely event that the battery does die, this lock features a 9V battery backup on the front of the lock that allows you to perform a battery jump. Once the battery jump is complete and a valid credential is entered, you'll then be able to rotate the bolt throw and unlock the deadbolt.

    4. Security grade

    The Schlage Touch deadbolt has the highest industry ratings for residential security, durability and finish (AAA). The Schlage Touch lever Meets residential industry standards for B security rating (C = good, B = better, A = best) and A durability and finish rating (BAA).

    5. Can store up to 19 user codes

    Codes are easy to set up and easy to change through the Schlage Touch touchscreen. You'll need the original programming code which can be found on the product manual or inside the interior housing as a solid backup. Be sure to checkout our tips for creating a secure user code.

    6. Security with options

    The Schlage Touch deadbolt provides a little more security on an exterior door. The Schlage Touch with lever is perfect for interior doors that need a little extra protection but a key would be far too inconvenient, like an office or the door leading to a connected garage.

    7. Warranty

    The Schlage Touch is backed by a 3-year limited electronics warranty and limited lifetime mechanical and finish warranty.

    8. Easy installation

    The Schlage Touch installs easily in just a few minutes with no wiring needed. The only tool you'll need is a screwdriver. Its slim profile fits easily between the front door and screen door and is guaranteed to fit on standard doors.

    The Schlage Touch is perfect for those who want convenient access and a little peace of mind not worrying about lost or stolen keys but aren't interested in the connectivity that smart locks provide. If you decide Schlage Touch is perfect for you, we want to see your makeover photos! Share them with us on Facebook.

    Lifehacks for smart locks

    August 28, 2017 8:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, August 28, 2017

    Lifehacks for smart locks | Schlage

    Smart locks are meant to make life easier and more connected. If you have a smart lock, have you been using it to its full potential?

     

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    Smart locks are meant to make life easier and more connected. If you have a smart lock, have you been using it to its full potential? If you’ve been considering buying one, have you thought about all the ways it could simplify your life? Here are a few examples of how a smart lock could help your day-to-day life.
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    Keyless Convenience

    One of the appeals of smart locks is not having to carry around your house keys. But maybe you’re not sure when that would actually be useful to you. After all, you have to have your car keys, so house keys don’t seem like that much of an inconvenience. From experience, we know having a keyring that is too big to fit in your pocket isn’t particularly enjoyable.

     

    But what about going running or biking from your house? Maybe you make use of the little built in pocket in work-out pants, or tie a house key to your shoes. But with a smart lock, you never have to worry about taking the key off your ring to go exercise, or losing it if do. You also don’t have to worry about hiding a lock under the mat or in your mailbox for visitors. The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt can hold up to 30 access codes so anyone visiting your house can have their own code.

     

    Maybe you have a dog walker that comes to your house regularly. Or a lot of maintenance people coming in and out. You either have to give them a key to your house, or leave one hidden for them if you aren’t able to let them in every time. With a smart lock you’ll never have to worry about that again. Give the dog sitter their own access code so they can get in when they need to, and you can know when their code is used. See when your pets are being taken care of instead of worrying while you’re away.

    Home sharing

    Maybe you have been thinking about listing your home on a site like Airbnb, Home Away, VRBO or something similar. Did you know how useful smart locks can be for home sharing? Because you can set up multiple codes, you can just text your guests their code for their stay. You’ll get extra host points for ease and convenience if you make their access code the last 4 digits of their phone number. That way they know it’s just for them.

     

    You can also set time frames for all of the lock’s access codes. That means you can make sure a guest’s access code only works for the time they have rented your house, and you don’t have any strangers with 24/7 access to your home.

    Smart home living

    Smart locks don’t have to be the extent of your smart home world. The Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt can connect to multiple home automation hubs such as Samsung SmartThings and the Wink Hub. When paired to your home automation hub, the Connect can work with Amazon Alexa devices. Ask Alexa if your front door is locked when you’re getting into bed instead of double checking. Do you live with a child or spouse that leaves the house and never remembers to lock the door behind them? Or maybe you’re the forgetful one. Now you can just ask Alexa to lock the front door.

     

    You can start adding smart products to your home with a home automation hub. Philips Hue lights are an option for smart home lighting that allow you to control color and brightness of your lights through your phone. The Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat is a programmable thermostat that can help you save money on your energy bills and keep your home the perfect temperature. Both of these systems work with the same home automation hubs that the Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt works with. This means that you could set up your home so that the lights and A/C turn on when you unlock your door in the afternoons. Your house will be ready and waiting for you.

     

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    Security is leading reason for homeowner adoption of smart home tech

    August 23, 2017 1:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, August 23, 2017

    Security is leading reason for homeowner adoption of smart home tech

    Nearly half of those surveyed by Houzz are putting smart tech in their homes. Just over half are not. Where do you stand?

     

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    Do you like to check on your home via your cellphone while you’re away? How about monitoring your little one’s nap time from the computer downstairs? If so, you’re part of a growing number of people using smart technology at home.

     

    About 45 percent of renovating homeowners have added or are adding systems and other products that can be controlled with a mobile device or computer, according to the Houzz 2016 U.S. Smart Home Trends Study. Slightly over half are not joining the smart home trend — some citing privacy concerns for their choice.

     

    The study, from the Houzz research team led by principal economist Nino Sitchinava, polled nearly 1,000 Houzz users in the U.S. who own homes and had either completed a home renovation project in the last year or were planning one within the next. Read on, then tell us what you think. Does smart home technology appeal to you?

    We care about being safe

    The most popular area for new smart systems or devices to appear is home security or safety upgrades, the study found. One-fourth of renovating homeowners install smart products for this area. After safety comes entertainment: 18 percent of renovating homeowners put smart technology in their entertainment systems.

    But let’s not break the bank

    Homeowners who choose smart security technology spend more, not surprisingly, than those who choose more conventional alternatives. About one-third of renovating homeowners spend $500 or less on smart security, while another 41 percent spend between $501 and $1,500.

    No intruders here

    The No. 1 reason renovating homeowners choose to upgrade to smart security is to protect their home against intruders. After that, renovators cited the ability to control and monitor their homes, both while inside them and while away.

    This home is protected by smarts

    The most popular safety-related upgrades that use smart technology are alarms and/or fire and carbon monoxide detectors, and cameras; those two types are installed by about 9 percent of renovating homeowners each. About 5 percent of owners opt for smart door locks, which can be connected to Wi-Fi and controlled via a computer or mobile device.*

     

    *Schlage smart locks require pairing with a smart home hub to allow remote access.

    After safety, it’s all about having a good time

    About 8 percent of renovating homeowners install TVs, speakers and video- or music-streaming devices that are smart — meaning they can be controlled with a mobile device or computer. Video-streaming devices — think Apple TV, Roku — and music-streaming devices — for Spotify, Pandora and so on — are more likely to be smart than not.

    It’s hard to say no to a smart TV

    Homeowners who buy entertainment systems shell out in a wide range of cost categories. About 21 percent of renovators who opted for smart entertainment spent more than $5,000, while only 5 percent budgeted for this spending.

    Let’s be comfortable and save energy too

    Renovating homeowners who choose smart climate-control systems or devices — most frequently smart thermostats — say it’s all about improving comfort. A close second is reducing energy consumption, cited by 68 percent of renovating homeowners who choose smart technology. Reducing energy consumption is also a big motivator for owners who choose smart lighting solutions.

    Nontechie, and it’s OK

    Although a growing number of renovators are using smart tech at home, more than half of renovating homeowners choose not to use smart security products, lighting or systems and devices for climate control or entertainment. Among that group, only about one-third considered them as an option. Among those who considered, about 37 percent just weren’t interested. Notably, nearly one-fourth of the entire group of nonadopters shied away because of privacy concerns.

     

    See the complete survey results.

    This article first appeared on Houzz on September 15, 2016.

     

    Erin Carlyle | Houzz editorial staff

    Erin Carlyle | Houzz editorial staff



    Writing about the cost of renovation and what it takes to remodel. Former Forbes real estate reporter. Fascinated by cool homes, watching the bottom line.

    What every parent ought to know about smart locks

    August 21, 2017 10:29 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, August 21, 2017

    What every parent ought to know about smart locks | Schlage

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

     

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

    Keyless convenience

    No parent wants their kids to be locked out of the house, but maybe you aren’t ready to give them a key yet. They might be too young for a set of keys, or maybe just forgetful. The keys might fall out of their backpack or just never make in into it. With a lock like the Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt, you won’t have to hide keys under doormats or worry that your kids will have to wait outside until you get home from work.

    Scheduling

    Scheduling can become difficult once school starts back up. Once after school activities start, no one gets home at the same time, especially if you have more than one child. When you have people coming in and out of your house at all hours of the day, a smart lock is your best friend. The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt can hold up to 30 access codes, so everyone in the family can have their own code to the front door. If you have an Apple TV or iPad in the home, you can use it to connect your Schlage Sense deadbolt to your iPhone through Apple HomeKit, and use the Schlage Sense app to unlock or lock the door even when you're not at home. Then, if there is ever a time that someone is picking your child up, or gets home before you do, you can let them in with your smartphone.

    Curfew enforcer

    If your kids are old enough to be going out with friends, you’re probably familiar with staying up and worrying about them until they get home. Or maybe you remember how many things you got away with when you were a teenager and are determined to catch your own children in the act. This can lead to many nights sitting on the couch in the dark waiting to surprise your child as they come in late.

     

    When you have the Schlage Sense app installed on your phone, you get notifications when the door is unlocked and which code was used. No more late nights waiting up on the couch worrying about your child, or hoping for that “gotcha” moment. Your deadbolt and smartphone can do all of that for you, and you can get some sleep.

     

    Peace of mind

    Most importantly, a smart lock can offer you peace of mind. Every parent is going to worry about their kids, and Schlage can’t stop that, but we can help make it better. With the Schlage Sense app, your Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt lets you know when your kids get home from school or practice. You’ll never have to worry about whether or not they’re safe at home again.

     

    If you have babysitters or grandparents that come over to watch your kids when you can’t be home immediately after school, Schlage smart locks are perfect for them as well. You can create codes on a schedule that matches when the babysitter is going to be at your house. You also don’t have to worry about making multiple copies of your keys for anyone that might need access. Rest easy knowing your home is safe and easily accessible for your family with Schlage.

     

    Check out our Pinterest for more ideas on how our products can fit in to your home.

    The importance of flexibility when selecting IoT technology

    August 15, 2017 4:21 PM by Rob_Martens

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    The importance of flexibility when selecting IoT technology

    Futurist Rob Martens explains how today's IoT technology must be flexible to be successful.

     

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    In my work, I’m frequently surrounded by experts and people heavily immersed in the latest and greatest technology tools and sciences. That makes talking with people who are not as exposed to the Internet of Things (IoT) a special opportunity. I always tell them, the fact is that the success or failure of IoT oriented solutions is all about being flexible.

    In my experience, these conversations and interactions quickly become a discussion about operating systems. When the term operating system is used, many of us think about our personal computing devices: phones, tablets, perhaps a laptop. But today’s operating systems aren’t necessarily tied to a single piece of hardware or a traditional “technology tool.” They can be ubiquitous, completely cloud-based and interact with devices based on circumstance.

     

    That said, in the more traditional vein we have operating systems for our watches, cars, and I would certainly now argue for our homes. All of these operating systems appear to be on very different paths to maturity, but in reality, they are following a similar map, largely based on the core foundations of their construction.

    To understand these paths, start with the basics. For IoT-oriented solutions, the three core contributors to growth/maturity are:

    • The cost and availability of sensors
    • The decreasing cost of data transport
    • The decreasing cost and increasing efficiency of data cleansing/optimization tools

       

    Sensors are affordable, and becoming more so daily. These sensors are also delivering more data than ever before. The cost of the pipes and transport of this data continue to decrease and become more accessible. All of this unstructured or “dirty” data is now more easily cleansed, sorted and made available through optimization tools. These are foundational, core trends that feed the ability for IoT operating systems to exist. These core components allow for these maturing operating systems to form, evolve and expand at the rapid pace we are witnessing.

     

    I work for a company that makes security and safety products focused on where people work, live and play. My job is challenging and immensely interesting to me, because we are in the process of bridging a divide. On one side are the typically hardened, tough metal objects meant to keep out the people you don’t want coming in, and on the other are newer digital components that are meant to protect but can also enable a higher level of convenience, interoperability and function than ever before.

    So let’s focus on the evolving home or building operating system for a moment. Some call them Smart Homes or Smart Buildings. Here we are finding the fusion of energy management, security and most recently, convenience. Historically, energy management and security are well understood. We manage the costs of lighting, HVAC, etc. We understand why it is important to have locks on our doors and to keep our buildings secure. The seed change of the IoT in this operating system is now appearing. By installing connected, smart or sensor-driven devices, we are effectively bringing the element of convenience to more people. As we witness the fusion of these historically disparate elements of energy management, security and convenience together, we can provide a more tailored and personalized experience to the user. In other words, we can provide flexibility.

     

    Will my watch, car and home be able to support multiple operating systems? What if I want just one? Or will these operating systems themselves demonstrate the type of flexibility that consumers crave and demand as the technology matures? How will these operating systems evolve? If I choose one, am I stuck? 

    Great questions, and early on, operating systems have been very proprietary. History shows us that less proprietary systems are typically faster to evolve and change, allowing them to adopt newer technology to positively impact function, availability and costs. Again, in a word, flexibility.

     

    In addition to the influence of traditional market demand-based innovative design and crave-worthy marketing efforts will be the critical elements of security, privacy and the management of data. These elements are potential game changers if not suitably and continuously addressed. There is no flexibility here.

     

    Operating systems will become broader and more transparent as IoT-oriented devices and tools enter our lives in masse. The growth curve is undeniable, and the opportunities are becoming much more obvious to even the least exposed observers. The measure of adoption and perhaps most importantly, satisfaction that they deliver will be largely dependent on how flexible they are for the user. To learn more, visit Schlage.com/thoughtleadership.

     

    Rob Martens

    Rob Martens | Futurist and VP of Strategy and Partnerships


    Rob Martens uses his unique talent for identifying patterns and associations to look for mega trends in technology, as well as the ways they can be used to improve the average person’s day. 

    12 times a keyless electronic deadbolt looked fantastic on a front door

    August 4, 2017 2:50 PM by radhika.belkhede

    Friday, August 4, 2017

    12 times a keyless electronic deadbolt looked fantastic on a front door

    Let these beautiful front doors inspire you to add a little more tech to your home.

     

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    When choosing and installing keyless locks, ditching the key doesn't mean ditching style, too. Our customers have some of the most beautiful homes so we gathered up real world photos on Instagram to help inspire your next makeover and give you the courage to add a little tech to your front door! Tell us: Which look is your favorite? Be sure to follow us on Instagram for plenty of inspiration!
     

    6 things you must know before purchasing a smart lock

    August 3, 2017 9:22 AM by pooja.katkar

    Thursday, August 3, 2017

    6 things you must know before purchasing a smart lock

    It's never been easier or more affordable to build your own smart home but the wealth of options can also be a little overwhelming. Consider these 6 qualities before investing in a smart lock.

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    With recent advancements in smart home technology and many brands entering the industry, it's never been easier or more affordable to outfit your home with smart technology. By focusing on a few aspects of your home that could benefit from a little more convenience and security, you'll be living like the Jetsons in no time. But with so many available options, the features can become a little overwhelming. Here are six things you need to know about smart locks before you decide to make the investment.
    Smart lock - Schlage Sense - Schlage Connect

    Ease of installation

    Will you need to hire a locksmith to install your new lock or is it a quick and easy DIY project? Be sure to consider available installation manuals and videos before you choose a lock.

     

    With the Schlage SenseTM Smart Deadbolt, installation is easy. Just follow along through the Schlage Sense app for step-by-step instructions. A screwdriver is the only tool you'll need to complete the installation in just a few minutes.

    Ease of use

    A smart lock that becomes confusing to use is going to add more frustration than convenience to your day-to-day. Make sure you understand all modes of access a smart lock allows and how to share access with a family member or service personnel. It may be too confusing for a friend to download an app to take advantage of keyless entry so you'll want a lock that gives you options.

     

    Both the Schlage Sense lock and Schlage ConnectTM Touchscreen Deadbolt allow multiple modes of entry whether it's through an app on your phone, a 4-8 digit PIN or a manual key. Simply create a custom PIN for any guests that need access to your home. No confusing app instructions necessary!

    Proven track record for strength and security

    At the end of the day, it's important that your smart lock stand the test of time when it comes to keeping your home safe and secure. While there are many smart locks on the market that have plenty of cool features to keep you connected, they fall short when it comes to strength and durability. Choosing a smart lock from a company that has a long history of producing quality deadbolts and locks will give you the peace of mind knowing that even if the wi-fi is out or your batteries fail, you'll still have a durable lock built to protect your home.

     

    If you're unsure whether or not a lock passes the strength and durability test, look for locks that are backed by the BHMA certified secure home residential door hardware grade. At Schlage, we put our locks against rigorous testing, such as sledgehammer attacks, attempts to manually pull the lock from the door, and measures of durability that ensure smooth functionality after a lifetime of use. Both the Schlage Sense lock and Schlage Connect lock with built-in alarm received a grade of AAA from the BHMA - the highest rating you can receive in the categories of strength, durability and finish.

    Available features

    Take the time to learn all the available features for your smart lock. A great lock can do more than lock and unlock! With a Schlage smart lock, you can take advantage of extra features like built-in alarm technology that senses the slightest vibrations against the door and responds with an audible alarm and optional auto-lock technology that automatically locks the deadbolt behind you so you never have to worry about someone forgetting to lock the door again.

    Battery life

    Make sure you understand the type of batteries used to power your lock and the expected battery life. You don't want to end up with a lock that uses an obscure battery or needs to be changed every month. Schlage smart locks are powered by 4 double A batteries that only need to be changed once a year.

    Smart device compatibility

    Do you already have other smart devices installed in your home? You'll want to be sure you choose a smart lock that is compatible. Do you have a smart home hub powered by z-wave technology? Then you'll want to choose a z-wave lock, like the Schlage Connect lock. Are you interested in building a smart home within the Apple HomeKit Ecosystem? Then Schlage Sense is right for you.

     

    Have specific questions about your smart lock's features or capabilities? Reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook for help!

    How to build a high tech smart home without sacrificing style

    July 27, 2017 1:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 27, 2017

    How to build a high tech smart home without sacrificing style

    Home assistants can make any house feel more like a smart home, but how do you choose the best fit for your home and personal style? To figure this out, you have to weigh the function and appearance of these high-tech devices.

     

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    It’s likely you’ve used a virtual assistant at least once. Anytime you talked to Siri or said, “OK Google,” to search for information or automate a task on your smartphone, you used a virtual assistant. 

    You can take the virtual assistant a step further by adding one to your house. You may have seen these home assistants in TV ads or on a tech-savvy friend’s kitchen counter. The small speaker-like gadgets are wirelessly connected to a kind of smart online software. Some examples of this software are Alexa and Google Assistant, which you can verbally ask to perform tasks such as telling you what the weather is like, scheduling meetings or playing music. 

    These home assistants can make any house feel more like a smart home, but how do you choose the best fit for your home and personal style? To figure this out, you have to weigh the function and appearance of these high-tech devices. Let’s take a look at four home assistants that work well and look good doing it.

    1. Amazon Echo

    Cost: $179.99

    Smart Home - Stylish Tech - Amazon Alexa;
    The Amazon Echo is an internet-connected device that
    gives you access to Amazon’s virtual assistant, called Alexa. The Echo is capable of playing music and answering miscellaneous questions (“Alexa, what’s the weather like?”), and it can even place shopping orders on Amazon.

    Alexa was primarily designed to make life easier for its users, and users have seen that having the beginnings of a “smart home” isn’t as complicated as they originally thought. 

    Julia Fain of Huntersville, North Carolina, received an Amazon Echo as a Christmas gift from family and has found Alexa to be a convenient virtual helper.

    “We use ‘her’ a lot to play music: upbeat music in the morning before school and classical while our kids do homework,” Fain says. “It’s nice that we can easily say, ‘Alexa next,’ to skip songs, and, ‘Alexa, volume 3,’ to turn music down without touching it. We ask her frequently about the weather, news and what the date is [for writing down it on homework].”

    The Echo resembles a cylindrical speaker. It measures a little over 9 inches tall and about 3⅓ inches in diameter, and it comes in white or black. It’s somewhat more noticeable than the Echo Dot, which we’ll discuss next.

     

    Though it’s one of the taller home assistants out there, it isn’t overly imposing in any room, which was Amazon’s goal: to make the Echo an ambient gadget that doesn’t stick out in your home.

     

    “I don’t mind its appearance,” Fain says. “We have the Echo in our kitchen on the countertop. It’s small enough to move if we had a formal gathering in our home, but we are a pretty casual family.”

    Smart Home - Tech with Style - Amazon Echo

    2. Amazon Echo Dot

    Cost: $49.99

    Smart home - Stylish tech - Amazon Echo Dot;

    The Echo Dot is Amazon’s more compact version of the Echo. It still connects to Alexa and offers the same features, but the home assistant’s hardware is much smaller. A mere 1½ inches tall, it looks something like a small hockey puck. 

    The biggest difference between the Echo and the Echo Dot is the devices’ speakers. The taller Echo has room for a large speaker that wraps around the entire cylinder, providing better sound quality when playing music or replying to questions.

    Matthew Anderson of Lincoln, Nebraska, says he likes the versatility of his Echo Dot. “When I have guests over, I will use it to stream music, either from a specified artist’s ‘station’ or by connecting my phone to it,” Anderson says.

    Anderson also uses his Echo Dot to listen to podcasts and play Jeopardy, which is one of many “skills” you can teach Alexa. 

    “I use the timer-alarm function often when multitasking around the kitchen or tending to various tasks around my condo,” Anderson says. “Heck, I’ll often ask Alexa, ‘What time is it?’ if my hands are busy with kitchen stuff and I don’t want to touch my phone.”

     

    The Echo Dot’s speaker is much smaller and is located on top. While the sound quality is still good (full disclosure: I own one and have no complaints about the sound quality for basic, everyday use), it’s not quite as good as the original Echo’s. 

    To make up for this, the Echo Dot has an audio output jack, so you can attach an external speaker to improve the sound quality of your music. 

    The Echo Dot’s size means that it looks at home in nearly any setting, regardless of the decor. [Browse rustic coffee tables for your Echo Dot.] It is also available in white or black, and its low profile means that unless your guests hear it speak, they probably won’t even know it’s there.

    “I just learned there are fabric-faux wood cases for the Dot now, but the aesthetics aren’t worth [the money] to me,” Anderson says.

    3. Google home

    Cost: $129

    Smart home - Stylish tech - Google Home
    This voice assistant is Google’s first foray into the home assistant market. 

    Google Home
     responds to the same voice commands as your Android phone’s assistant (“OK Google”) and works with the Google infrastructure. 

    “I really like how receptive it is to my voice,” says Google Home owner Sammy Purcell of Mountain View, California, noting that the device is able to pick up her voice if she gives it a command from another room.

    Purcell uses her Google Home for many different tasks around the house, even letting it talk her husband through making French toast with step-by-step instructions.

    “But most often I use it to entertain and educate my 2-year-old son,” she says. “We use it for music a lot, and he’s obsessed with asking Google — or “Googoo,” as he calls it — to make a variety of noises. We started with animal sounds and [have since] evolved to different musical instruments and various vehicles like cars and trains. It makes my life easier because sometimes Mommy doesn’t know what sound a lemur makes, and my imitation of a train horn is not very accurate.”
    Smart home - Stylish tech - Home Assistant - Google Home
    Google Home recently gained the ability to detect different voices, so if you and your spouse each have events scheduled for the day, it will be able to remind each of you about your events by recognizing your voices. 

    Google Home has a single speaker (located around the bottom half of the product) and a customizable base, meaning you can make it match nearly any decor or color scheme you want. There are even third-party services that have started designing skins for the top portion of Google Home devices, so you can give the gadget a wooden, metal or leather look.

    The advanced customization options of Google Home’s aesthetics may make it more desirable than other home assistant products. 

    The device itself isn’t as tall as the Amazon Echo, coming in at about 5⅝ inches, but its base is slightly wider, making it more stable and less likely to fall over. The body of the Google Home is white by default, and the stock base is a slate gray. But you can easily remove the base, which is only attached with magnets, and replace it with whatever color best fits your home.

    Purcell says she really likes the way her Google Home looks. “We just own the standard gray-silver base model, but it looks really clean and sleek in our kitchen,” she says. “It’s pretty subtle and not garish or gaudy one bit, but stands out just enough that people will notice it and ask us about it.”

    4. Lenovo Smart Assistant

    Cost: $129.99

    Smart home - Tech with Style - Lenovo smart assistant

    At first glance, you might think that the Lenovo Smart Assistant is an Amazon Echo clone — its operating system is even powered by Alexa. But some might say it brings together the best of Echo and Home into one neat package. 

    The Lenovo Smart Assistant has been demonstrated at events around the country and is expected to be available in 2017.

    The biggest physical difference between the Lenovo device and other smart assistants is its speakers. According to industry experts, such as CNET, this home assistant has some of the best speakers in the market, making it a good choice for playing music anywhere in your home. 

    Being outfitted with Alexa, it also includes all the same voice command options that you can access with the Echo and Echo Dot. Lenovo Smart Assistant can pick up your voice from more than 16 feet away and cancel out background noise so you aren’t constantly shouting “Alexa!”

    Otherwise, Lenovo Smart Assistant is roughly the same size and shape as Amazon’s Echo. However, the device itself comes in four different colors, something Amazon doesn’t offer. You can get Lenovo Smart Assistant in green, orange, gray or black — making it easy to match to any home decor or color scheme. 

    These Home Assistants Are Just the Beginning

    With major tech companies vying for success in the home assistant market, it’s only a matter of time before we start to see some new options. Expect to see smaller startups popping up in this industry, likely bringing more trendy-looking smart home devices with them. 

    Tech companies have already figured out how to make virtual assistants more practical for everyday consumers. Next, they’ll refine the aesthetics of these gadgets to fit consumer design preferences too. 

    Your turn: Are you using one of these assistants or other “smart home” technologies? Please tell us about it on Facebook or Twitter.

     

    This article first appeared on Houzz on May 30, 2017.

     

    Kayla Matthews | Houzz Contributor

    Kayla Matthews | Houzz contributor



    App junkie and self-improvement enthusiast. I also write for Curbed, Inman, VentureBeat and VICE. You can read more posts from me on my blog, ProductivityBytes.com

    9 most popular home styles and door hardware to match

    July 25, 2017 11:23 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017

    9 most popular home styles and door hardware to match

    Have you considered replacing the door hardware in your home, but were overwhelmed with options? We get it. Once you decide whether you want a knob or lever, you have to choose what style of trim you want and the finish.

     

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    Have you considered replacing the door hardware in your home, but were overwhelmed with options? We get it. Once you decide whether you want a knob or lever, you have to choose what style of trim you want and the finish. But how do you know what to choose, or what will look best with the rest of your house?

     

    This guide goes over the 9 most popular home styles and the best door hardware for those styles, making your life a little easier.

    Popular home styles - Matching door hardware - Schlage

    1. Craftsman

    Craftsman homes are recognizable by their intricate woodwork or stonework, arched doorways and an emphasis on natural materials. They often have a wide front porch, big fireplaces and exposed beams.

     

    Suggested door hardware: Addison trim in Matte Black.

    2. Country/Farmhouse

    Country and Farmhouse styles of home are updates on the classic colonial. These homes have wide front porches, evenly spaced windows with shutters and wood accents and siding.

     

    Suggested door hardware: Camelot trim in Matte Black.

    3. Tudor

    Tudor homes can be recognized by their steep, multi-gabled rooflines. They have large chimneys, decorative entryways and exteriors often made of brick, stone or stucco.

     

    Suggested door hardware: Wakefield trim in Aged Bronze.

    4. Victorian

    Victorian style homes tend to be very narrow but tall, often three stories or more. With their towers and turrets, which lead to their asymmetrical design, and steep rooflines, they are very recognizable.

     

    Suggested door hardware: Brookshire trim in Antique Brass.

    5. Ranch

    Ranch homes are probably the most common home style. They are single floor homes, often in an L or U shape with an attached garage.

     

    Suggested door hardware: Greenwich trim in Satin Brass.

    6. Bauhaus/International/Modern

    These homes feature flat or low sloped roofs, geometric lines, large windows and a lot of steel and concrete. They are very sharp, sleek and minimalist.

     

    Suggested door hardware: Collins trim in Satin Nickel.

    7. Mid-Century Modern

    Mid-Century Modern homes are characterized by use of glass and open floor plans. They use a lot of flat lines throughout the architecture and emphasize nature through the placement of big, wide windows.

     

    Suggested door hardware: Century trim in Chrome or Polished Nickel.

    8. Contemporary

    Contemporary architecture puts a lot of focus on nature. Most of the building materials are natural/sustainable like bamboo flooring or granite counters. There is also a lot of natural light brought into the homes using plenty of windows.

     

    Suggested door hardware: Upland trim in Satin Nickel.

    9. Industrial Modern

    This style of home is named for the industrial style they model themselves after. They have exposed components that most homes hide, such as A/C ducts and indoor brick. They also feature big windows and high ceilings.

     

    Suggested door hardware: Greyson trim in Matte Black.

    Let us help you narrow down the perfect product combination even further. Try our Style Selector tool for help!

    Safer smart homes start with Schlage

    July 21, 2017 2:05 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, July 21, 2017

    Safer smart homes start with Schlage

    Smart homes are quickly becoming the new normal. With countless companies making smart products and home automation systems, it can be hard to know where to start.

     

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    Smart homes are quickly becoming the new normal. With countless companies making smart products and home automation systems, it can be hard to know where to start. When you’re starting your smart home, Schlage believes that safety should be your first priority. There are plenty of smart devices that can help, like cameras, motions sensors and smoke detectors, but none more simple and familiar than your front door deadbolt.
    Safe smart home - Home Security - Smart Lock - Schlage Sense

    A background in safety

    Schlage has been making locks for more than a century, and we put all that knowledge into our electronic deadbolts. The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) sets the industry standard for secure home products. All our door hardware, including our electronic deadbolts, has been tested against their guidelines and many have the highest residential BHMA security rating on the market. You can have peace of mind knowing that your home is well protected.

    Understanding BHMA security grades

    The BHMA has three categories - Security, Durability and Finish - that it grades residential locks on. The three grades they give, “C” for good, “B” for better, “A” for best, are given in each category. The Schlage ConnectTM Touchscreen Deadbolt with Built-In Alarm, Schlage SenseTM Smart Deadbolt, and the Schlage TouchTM Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt and Lever received a rating of AAA from the BHMA.

    Security

    Security measures the lock’s strength by how well the hardware withstands impact and remains secure.

    Durability

    Durability tests how long-lasting and functional the door hardware is. The tests to measure durability include ease of opening the door and long-term use of door hardware.

    Finish

    The finish rating is based on the door hardware not corroding, peeling, etc. over time. Various weather conditions are tested to make sure the product will withstand different climates.

    Ditch your keys

    When you go keyless, not only do you never have to worry about losing your house keys, you also never have to worry about someone stealing them. No more hiding keys under the mat for guests or making a copy and never getting it back. Just give your guests their own access code. The Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt can hold up to 30 codes for anyone that might need to enter your home.

    Never forget to lock up

    With the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, you’ll never again have to go back home and make sure you remembered to lock your door. Using the Schlage Sense app and Apple HomeKit*, you can lock and unlock your door from anywhere. This is also a great capability to have if you have guests coming over. You can let them into your house from the app whether you’re home or not.

    Extra Features

    Both the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt and the Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt come with extra security features including auto-lock and a built-in alarm. By taking advantage of the built-in alarm feature, your deadbolt will activate an alarm when the lock is tampered with or a significant amount of force is applied to the door. Auto-lock allows you to set your deadbolt to automatically lock after a given amount of time. This way, if you forget to lock the door behind you when you get home, you don’t have to worry about locking up before you go to bed. It will already be done.

    Find other home security tips and more on our Pinterest page.

     

    *iPad/Apple TV must stay plugged into power at home, connected to Wi-Fi and in Bluetooth range (about 40 feet) of the lock to enable remote access.

    8 bloggers share their best curb appeal tips

    July 20, 2017 2:44 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

    Curb appeal tips

    Curb appeal makeovers are easy when you focus on a few key details.

     

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    It's no secret that we believe you can make a big impact to the curb appeal of your home by focusing on a few key details. But how do those details play out in real life? We've collected a few of our favorite bloggers and asked them to give their take on easy curb appeal updates. See all their before and afters and project tips for perfect curb appeal below!

    Designer Trapped

    What happens when you already have the perfect front door? Embrace its potential by covering up years of wear and tear with a fresh coat of paint. We love these tips for a dramatic front door update!

    Curb appeal - Front door update - Matte Black - Handleset - Schlage

    The design confidential

    Sometimes, adding your own personal touch can be difficult when you have to play within strict neighborhood and HOA rules. By putting together an organized plan, Rayan of the Design Confidential was able to give her curb appeal an update that reflected the interior of her home.

    Curb Appeal - Smart lock - Schlage Sense - Matte Black

    Brooklyn Limestone

    When budget is a limiting factor to your curb appeal makeover, you'll want to focus on getting the biggest bang for your buck. When you can't install new lighting or buy a new front door, a few tricks will still help you fall in love with your home's curb appeal. We love these three curb appeal ideas from Brooklyn Limestone!

    Curb Appeal - Matte Black Handleset - Modern Door Hardware - Schlage

    Our fifth house

    Even if you don't love the exterior color of your home, choosing the right paint color and hardware combo could make you fall in love after all! That's exactly what happened when Carmel of Our Fifth House decided to update her curb appeal in a day. We have to admit, this shade of pink is the perfect complement to the green of her home!

    Curb Appeal - Pink Front Door - Antique Brass Hardware

    Dream green DIY

    There's nothing wrong with making your curb appeal updates one step at a time. When Carrie of Dream Green DIY set out to up her curb appeal, she knew she'd be making a more permanent update later on. With a home as architecturally interesting as hers, it pays to really know what look you want. Get inspired by her mid-century curb appeal mood board and see which details are worth focusing on.

    Curb Appeal - Mid-Century - Modern - Mood Board

    Yellow brick home

    Sometimes the greatest curb appeal impact is left in black and white. When Kim and Scott of Yellow Brick Home decided to leave their garden apartment doors white, they created a crisp and clean look that offers the perfect reflection of the space beyond the doors. Get their tips for upgrading entry doors and hardware.

    Curb Appeal - Garden Apartment - Matte Black - Handleset

    Honeybear Lane

    Curb appeal isn't always about the style and design of your home. Sometimes a curb appeal upgrade is an added perk when greater convenience and security are the main goals. Get the details on this smart home curb appeal update and see why Heidi of Honeybear Lane can't live without her Schlage Connect!

    Curb Appeal - Smart Lock - Schlage Connect

    Making it in the mountains

    What if your front door is already perfect but you're craving a quick and easy update? Sometimes a few accessories can make all the difference in your curb appeal style. We love these 5 easy tips for getting a farmhouse front porch look this summer.

    Curb Appeal - Farmhouse front porch - Schlage Touch - Keyless lock

    5 steps to perfect curb appeal

    July 13, 2017 12:35 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 13, 2017

    5 steps to perfect curb appeal | Schlage

    If you’ve neglected your curb appeal recently, it’s likely you could benefit from a quick and affordable DIY project this weekend.

     

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    Proper curb appeal is one of the number one ways to improve resale value on your home and elevate the overall design. By prioritizing a few key details, you can make an impact that is easy to accomplish on your own and requires minimal investment. Here are 5 steps you should take for quick and affordable DIY curb appeal projects.
     
    5 steps to perfect curb appeal | Schlage

    Spruce up existing landscaping

    Take some time this weekend to pull weeds, trim any overgrown plants and low-hanging trees and prune any shrubs and bushes into a more appealing shape. Adding new plants and seasonal color help to create dimension and depth. Keep in mind your house, shutter and door colors when selecting new plants.

    Front door makeover

    Your front door is often the first thing guests and potential buyers will notice about your home so it pays to make a good impression here first. If a complete door replacement is out of budget, consider adding a fresh coat of paint to spiff things up in no time. Give the look a polishing touch by choosing a new door hardware style and finish. You can choose to match existing hardware or opt for a unique touch by mixing finishes.

    Add a few planters

    Add a couple of planters with flowers and greenery to really bring your home back to life. If you’re planning on doing this early in the spring and you live in a climate where temperatures are not done fluctuating, be sure to research which types of plants are best when you’re at risk for another overnight freeze.

    Unique house numbers

    Make it easier for guests to find your home by placing a unique house number that will catch their eye. With so many DIY projects across the Web, it’s easy to create something that goes beyond boring numbers and reflects your personal style.

    Spring clean

    Give your home a facelift with a fresh pressure wash and keep your gutters free and clear of weeds and debris. Failing to take care of the smallest details can tip off to potential buyers that the home was not well cared for. Also take the time to clean your windows inside and out, taking note of any screens that need repaired or replaced

    For even more curb appeal inspiration, be sure to follow Schlage on Pinterest.

    How to choose the best smart lock to protect your home

    July 12, 2017 2:57 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, July 12, 2017

    How to choose the best smart lock to protect your home

    7 features you need to consider when shopping for a smart lock.

     

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    There are few things that change faster than technology and while we may not be in the age of flying cars or living on the moon, we can lock and unlock our doors from across the world. That's pretty impressive in and of itself but today's smart lock can do that and so much more. When it comes to choosing a smart lock, look for these 7 features to ensure you choose a lock with the most advanced and secure technology.
    Smart lock - Schlage Connect - Century style - Schlage

    Security features

    When choosing a smart lock that will protect and secure your home, look for the added benefit of extra security features. At Schlage, we have two smart locks that feature a built-in, audible alarm that triggers when someone is tampering with the lock or applying force to your door. Our locks also feature customizable auto-lock technology so you don't have to worry whether or not the door is locked.

    Ease of access

    While locking and unlocking your door with a phone adds major convenience to your life, you'll want a smart lock that gives you options when it comes to securing your home. Don't get locked out when your phone dies or you put off changing the battery to your lock. With our touchscreen or manual key backup, you'll never have to worry about locking yourself out again. Sharing access with guests that are constantly coming and going is also easy when you can create a custom access code instead of purchasing an ekey or having them download an app.

    Remote capabilities

    Installing a smart lock can provide peace of mind in knowing you can check in with your lock at any time, any place. Be sure to understand the remote access capabilities of the lock before you purchase. Most require an additional hub to allow your lock to communicate with your phone via wi-fi and integrate with other smart devices.

    Battery life

    You may be wondering, "Why can't my lock be powered by wi-fi so I can skip the smart hub altogether?" Having constant wi-fi access to your lock would be a major drain on the battery life. At Schlage, we have smart locks powered by Bluetooth® or Zwave technology. This saves on battery power and means the lock will need to communicate with a smart hub that can convert commands to wi-fi and vice versa. All of our locks have a low-battery alert but we recommend changing your batteries each year when you change the batteries in your smoke detector.

    Residential security grade

    For the most secure lock on the market, let the BHMA residential grading system speak for itself. BHMA is a group of industry experts who grade residential door hardware performance in the categories of Security, Durability and Finish. A grade of ‘C’ is good, ‘B’ is better, and ‘A’ is best. A grade of AAA is the best grade possible in all three categories. Both the Schlage SenseTM Smart deadbolt and Schlage ConnectTM Touchscreen deadbolt with alarm received a grade of AAA from the BHMA.

    Manufacturer's warranty

    You'll want to choose a lock that the manufacturer stands behind with a generous warranty. Warranty terms can usually be found on packaging or by viewing the manufacturer's website. At Schlage, we offer a limited lifetime mechanical and finish warranty and a limited three-year electronics warranty to the original user. Contact our customer support team for more information.

    Manufacturer's with a legacy

    If you value quality craftsmanship and purchasing a product that is built to last beyond the latest trends, you'll want to choose a smart lock - and any other smart home device - that is manufactured by a brand with a legacy for strength and durability, has a history of warranty support and can be counted on for ongoing development.

    For more information on our smart lock offerings and a look at which smart home ecosystems our locks are compatible with, visit schlage.com.

    The best hardware pairing for your front door color

    July 6, 2017 10:49 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 6, 2017

    The best door hardware pairing for your front door color

    A front door makeover is a quick and easy way to give your curb appeal an affordable upgrade. 

     

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    There are few curb appeal projects that are easier and more affordable than simply updating your front door. With just an hour or two of your time and minimal tools, adding a fresh coat of paint and complementing hardware could make the perfect impact to your home's curb appeal. Here are our recommended finish pairings based on the color of your front door. Explore your perfect match and maybe try a combo you wouldn't expect.
    Best hardware finish pairings for your front door color

    Blue hues

    Cool blue doors work perfectly with the edgy, cold metal look of Bright Chrome and Satin Chrome. Warmer blue doors take on a formal style in Satin Brass, making for a very rich pairing with high contrast. Satin Nickel, a highly versatile finish, adds a more subtle touch of silver.

    Green hues

    If you're looking for a little more drama, add a dark finish like Matte Black to lighter green doors for striking contrast. Darker green doors pair well with warm finishes like Satin Brass for a modernized version of a classic style.

    Aqua hues

    Pair a glamorous finish like Polished Nickel with darker aqua doors for a sophisticated yet fun look while the neutral tone of Matte Black works perfectly on a variety of lighter aqua hues.

    Yellow hues

    Reflective finishes like Polished Nickel and Bright Chrome punch up the drama on bold yellow doors. Aged Bronze features elegant, coppery tones that work well with dark yellows that have a hint of orange.

    Red hues

    A rich Matte Black lends interest to bold red doors by adding a high contrast element. Fiery red and orange doors work well with Aged Bronze, pulling out subtle coppery accents that peek through the dark finish.

    Grey hues

    Polished Nickel is the perfect choice to add a touch of sophistication to warmer greys. The mirror-like Bright Chrome adds a touch of character to cool greys.

    Black hues

    Combine a matte or satin-coated black door with gleaming Satin Brass to add a touch of classic elegance and warmth. Matte Black hardware on shiny, black-lacquered doors makes for a subtle yet chic combination.

    We want to see what's on your front doors! Share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram!

    5 ways to make your home safer on summer vacation

    July 5, 2017 10:15 AM by pooja.katkar

    Wednesday, July 5, 2017

    5 ways to make your home safer on summer vacation

    It’s the middle of the summer and the perfect time for a vacation. What you might not know is that is also the perfect time for intruders to break into your home.

     

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    It’s the middle of the summer and the perfect time for a vacation. What you might not know is that is also the perfect time for intruders to break into your home. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, household crime rates are higher in the summer than any other time of year, so it’s important to keep your home secure when you go on vacation. Here are some tips to help keep your house safe and your mind at ease so you can enjoy your time away.
    Home security during summer vacation - Schlage

    Put your lights on a timer

    One way that intruders can find out you’re not home is if your lights stay off for days at a time. Light timers are a great way to fix that. You can set different lights in your house to go on and off at scheduled times to make it look like someone is home.

    Hold mail and newspaper delivery

    Another easy way to tell that someone isn’t home is a pile of mail and newspapers on the front porch. You could ask someone to pick it up for you daily, or you could contact the post office and ask them to hold your mail for the duration of your vacation. This way, your mailbox doesn’t start overflowing while you are away.

    Hire someone to take care of your yard

    Depending on how long you plan to be on vacation, your yard might start to look neglected. This may not seem like a big problem, but an overgrown lawn could be a sign to potential intruders that you aren’t home. Ask someone to come mow your lawn while you’re gone or hire a service to avoid any problems.

    Be careful what you post on social media

    We know you want to post pictures of your vacation online, but it may be safer to wait until you’re home before you share. If an intruder sees your pictures online, they will know that your home is empty and may use the opportunity to break in.

    Get a keyless lock for your home

    It’s possible that you are going to need people to stop by your home while you are away. Whether it’s to feed your pets, water your plants, or drop off the mail that you asked them to pick up, they will need a way inside your home. Instead of leaving a key under a mat or in one of your planters where an intruder could find it, get a keyless lock like the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt. You can program codes into the lock for anyone that needs access to your home. You won’t have to worry about hiding a key, and they can simply type their code into the touchscreen. As an added bonus, you can track who has used their codes from the Sense app on your smartphone.

    Do you have any other tips and tricks to keep your home safe while on vacation? Share them on our Facebook page!

    Get superb curb appeal with these 4 tips

    June 26, 2017 11:25 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, June 26, 2017

    Make the first impression count with superb curb appeal. Here are four easy, and affordable steps you can take.

     

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    Superb curb appeal | Schlage
    When it comes to first impressions, your home's curb appeal counts. It's one of the first things people notice and offers a glimpse into your personal style. The good news is, superb curb appeal doesn't always require a major investment. By focusing on these four tips, you can make a first impression that counts.

    1. Update your front door

     

    Great curb appeal starts with the front door. With a fresh coat of paint and new door hardware that matches the style of your home, you're sure to make an impact that will catch everyone's eye.

    2. Highlight your home

     

    Adequate exterior lighting not only lets your home shine, but adds an added layer of security as well. For a polished look, coordinate your lighting finish with your front door handleset.

    3. Refresh your landscape

     

    Adding a few new seasonal blooms to your home's landscaping is a great way to make your home pop. Try swapping your planters with something that coordinates with the color palette of your home or choose a festive look that embraces an upcoming holiday.

    4. Make your home spotless

     

    A fresh and clean exterior is a great way to show how much you care for your home. With little to no monetary investment required, it's a project that is sure to be worth your time.

    Want a home that looks superb from the curb? Follow us on Pinterest for inspiration!

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    How to bring summer fun to your entryway

    June 23, 2017 11:12 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, June 23, 2017

    How to bring summer fun to your entryway

    Put a spring in your step with an entry that expresses the relaxed breeziness of summer.

     

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    Coming home to a fresh, inspiring entry with signs of summer on display is a great way to downshift from a busy day or week. Embrace that easy, summery feeling the moment you step through the door by making a few adjustments to your entry. Here are eight ways to do just that.

    1. Set a relaxed, beachy tone

     

    When you walk in the door, what is the first thing you would love to see? Choose one object that represents the essence of summer to you and place it prominently in the entry.

     

    Try this: Prop up a vintage seaside painting; fill glass jars or lamps with sand; stack a few favorite beach reads or books about the sea.

    2. Keep summer essentials on display

     

    Just looking at a row of straw hats on hooks and stacks of colorful beach towels is soothing, so don't keep your beach gear under wraps.

     

    Try this: Keep a beach bag stocked with all of your essentials, from swimsuit to sunscreen, packed and ready by the door. After each trip to the beach, take the time to wash and repack everything, so you'll be ready to go next time.

    3. Pare back and streamline

     

    Summer is all about taking it easy — so why not make things simpler and easier for yourself by doing away with excess stuff? A small tray for mail (emptied regularly), some hidden storage and a few carefully chosen decorative accessories are all you need in your entryway.

     

    Try this: Without thinking about it too much, empty everything that screams "clutter" into a cardboard box. Ratty shoes, old mail, the entire contents of your junk drawer — all of it. If it helps, imagine that a photographer is coming to shoot your entry for a magazine cover. Hide the box if you must, but if you haven't even peeked inside in a month, out it goes.

    4. Find stylish storage solutions

     

    Of course there are things we all need to have access to, though they may be less than magazine shoot–worthy. But that doesn't mean they have to end up sprawled all over the floor. Bring in some extra covered storage, and voilà — problem solved.

     

    Try this: Cover a basic round table or demilune with a floor-length cloth, and use the space underneath for storage. Use a lovely Nantucket-style basket to hide keys or dog leashes.

    5. Lighten up a small space

     

    Go for an airy feel in a small entry with an all-white color scheme. Lack of clutter is key here, so it helps to be vigilant about putting things away immediately.

     

    Try this: Pair a whitewashed mirror with a bracketed wall shelf and add sun-bleached coral and shells for decoration. A few baskets placed on the floor or on wall hooks can contain shoes and other essentials.

    6. Give the stairs a bold new look

     

    An entry that opens into a stairwell can feel a bit boring. Make sure yours puts a smile on your face by employing bold strokes of color and embracing positive memories with a photo wall.

     

    Try this: Paint a runner on your stairs by taping off the middle section and coating with the color of your choice. Match your picture frame color to the runner for a fresh, coordinated look.

    7. Make use of beachcombing finds

     

    Giving driftwood, sea glass, smooth stones and shells a home by the front door is a wonderful way to welcome summer.

     

    Try this: Attach long pieces of driftwood to the wall using L-brackets and screws for a one-of-a-kind display. Borrow a few hurricane lanterns from the deck to ramp up the beachy vibe.

    8. Give floors the summer treatment

     

    Summer can be hard on floors, especially near entrances — be proactive by rolling out a rug that can stand up to traffic. Bare floors are cool and easy to clean, but know that sand will scatter far and wide. If you go for bare floors, keep a sweeper in a closet close by.

     

    Try this: Outdoor rugs are ideal in the entry because you can literally hose them off as needed. Natural-fiber rugs like jute, sisal and sea grass feel great on bare summer feet and are easy to shake out.

    Looking for more entryway inspiration? Follow us on Pinterest for plenty of ideas. And be sure to share your summer entryway photos with us!

     

    This article first appeared on Houzz on June 27, 2014.

     

    Laura Gaskill | Houzz Contributor

    Laura Gaskill | Houzz contributor



    I cover topics ranging from decorating ideas, product picks, Houzz tours, and interviews with designers and architects, to the monthly home maintenance checklist.

    5 ways to embrace summer with front door decor

    June 21, 2017 2:32 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    5 ways to embrace summer with front door decor

    Embrace summer with bright and cheerful door decor you can complete on a budget.

     

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    Now that summer is officially in full swing, it's time to give your curb appeal a cheerful boost. Try one of these five ideas for front door decor and start enjoying your summer!

    1. Succulent wreath

    There's no shortage of DIY summer wreaths across the web but one of our favorite trends recently is the succulent wreath. It's both adorable and chic with just the right amount of personality. Get the look with this DIY wreath from Thistlewood Farms.

    Deadbolt - Keyed Lever - Camelot - Polished Nickel Hardware - Schlage

    2. Address planter

    Create a unique way to display your house number and make it simple to switch up your door decor with the seasons. With this DIY address planter, you can simply swap out the flowers with each changing season and holiday. Try a red, white and blue theme for 4th of July to start!

    Front Door Decor - Summer - DIY Address Planter

    3. Citrus wreath and bright accessories

    We can't decide what we love most about this front porch design from HGTV - the lemon wreath? The most cheerful shade of blue? The bright pops of summery colors? Each detail is perfect.

    Handleset - Addison - Satin Nickel Hardware - Schlage

    4. Front door greeting

    Add a little summer hospitality to your door. We're loving seeing little "hello" decals pop up on front doors or this wreath from Little Vintage Nest is sure to be noticed!

    Front Door Decor - DIY Summer Wreath

    5. fresh and bold paint

    Some doors are simply best left to shine on their own as the focal point of your entry. With just a few accessories surrounding to give a cozy touch, the right paint color and handleset combo can be the perfect welcoming touch. We can't get enough of this summery coral front door from Lolly Jane featuring a Schlage Camelot handleset in Matte Black for just the right amount of contrast.

    Handlesets - Camelot - Matte Black Hardware - Schlage
    Looking for more door decor inspiration? Follow us on Pinterest for plenty of DIY ideas!

    7 reasons to consider dutch doors for your home

    June 15, 2017 1:59 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    7 reasons to consider dutch doors for your home

    Give your home instant charm and embrace the perks of Dutch Doors.

     

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    With the rise of farmhouse design, we're seeing dutch doors pop up more and more in both modern and country decor settings. Dating back to the 17th century, dutch doors are certainly not new but homeowners that value casual style are embracing this trend all over again.

     

    Dutch doors are essentially a single door that is split in the middle to allow the top half to open while the bottom half remains shut. They are secured together with a latch that allows homeowners to keep the door as one when needed. They typically feature a standard door knob or lever on the bottom half and can house a deadbolt on the top half when used as an exterior door when more security is needed. We recommend taking a look at our traditional or transitional styles for the perfect finishing touch.

    Dutch door latch - Door knob - Bright Brass - Schlage

     

    Take a look at the seven reasons we think this design trend is worth considering.

    1. Add character to your entry

     

    There is certainly something delightful about seeing a dutch door on a home that adds instant personality. Immediately, your guests will see your home as a place that is friendly and welcoming with a touch of relaxed country charm.

    2. Let in more fresh air.

     

    There are few things more relaxing than letting the sunshine and fresh breeze flow through your home. Dutch doors provide an opportunity to let your home breathe when the weather is just right. It's even better when you have a breathtaking view like the home below.

    3. Keeps pets and children in and unwanted creatures out.

     

    And while you're letting the fresh air in, you don't have to worry about anyone sneaking out - or in - when they're not supposed to. It's a little peace of mind that allows you to enjoy the atmosphere to the fullest.

    4. Allows you to easily interact with delivery personnel.

     

    Dutch doors provide the perfect way to greet your delivery person without awkwardly holding a door open and trying to prevent a curious child or pet from escaping.

    5. Can be used as an alternative interior door.

     

    Consider adding a dutch door to a bedroom or office as a way to keep children or pets out while letting extra light in. This also lets you keep tabs on what's going on in the rest of your home. If you're the DIY type, check out this tutorial from HGTV that shows you how to turn an interior door into a dutch door.

    6. Attractive replacement for baby gates.

     

    Much like in number 5, you can use dutch doors as a stylish replacement (albeit not cheap) for ugly baby gates. You can even consider installing a dutch door at the top of your stairs for extra safety.

    Dutch Door - Baby Gate - Schlage
    Image source: Scott Christopher Homes

    7. Options for more privacy when needed.

     

    Dutch doors are available in a variety of styles. You can choose window panes or a solid top half to give you the option for more privacy when the door is not open.

    If you live in a climate where bugs are an issue, then exterior dutch doors may not be for you, but if you're looking for an affordable way to add a little more charm to your home, they're definitely worth considering. Do you have dutch doors in your home? We want to see your photos! Share with us on Facebook and Instagram.

    The best door hardware for transitional style homes

    June 13, 2017 8:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017

    The best door hardware for transtional style homes | Schlage

    From finish to knob and lever style, take a look at the perfect door hardware pairings you should consider for your transitional home.

     

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    Not too old, not too new. Not too ornate, not too restrained. The middle ground doesn’t have to be boring — quite the opposite. By elevating nearly any look, these styles show that flexibility isn’t just functional; it’s beautiful.

     

    Transitional style is adaptable yet ever-evolving, borrowing trends and fashions from design movements throughout history. This design style stems from a movement focused on blending design styles and eras, a concept that became popular in American homes around the mid-1940s and has carried through to present day.

     

    Here are the perfect door hardware pairings you should consider for your transitional home.

    The best door hardware for transitional style homes | Schlage

    Trim

    The subtle details in our trim options establish a profound foundation for your door hardware. Give your home a unique touch by choosing a trim that perfectly reflects your transitional style.

    Camelot Trim

    Camelot trim
    The Camelot trim’s scalloped architectural details can make any room charming and approachable. This trim draws on colonial inspiration, but fits just as well into the transitional category because of its Victorian Era edge detailing.

    Greenwich Trim

    Greenwich trim | Schlage
    The unassuming look of the Greenwich trim is modern and stylish and lends a chic touch of simplicity to any space. With a Californian flair, this trim was inspired by the look and feel of Mid-Century Modern homes.

    Wakefield Trim

    Wakefield trim
    The Wakefield trim is soft and simple, bringing a warm, welcoming style to any room. This style is inspired by classic Federal-style homes made popular in towns like Arlington, Virginia.

    Knobs & levers

    Take your transitional style up a notch by choosing the perfect knob or lever to accentuate your favorite trim above. These classic looks below never go out of style.

    Georgian Knob

    Georgian knob
    The unassuming Georgian knob is symmetrical, with modest detailing throughout to give it an added air of interest. This knob gets both its design and namesake from the traditional Georgian architectural style made popular by homes in New England and Great Britain.

    Plymouth knob

    Plymouth knob
    The charming Plymouth knob is clean and adaptable, bringing a fresh feeling to any space. This knob is extraordinarily simplistic, making it a good fit for a wide range of personal styles.

    Accent lever

    Accent lever
    The Accent lever is widely popular for its elegant wave-like design that effortlessly matches a room’s style without overshadowing it. This lever gets its understated style from the Colonial Revival period of the early 20th century.

    Merano lever

    Merano lever | Contemporary door handle
    The Merano lever has a graceful curve that makes this style as delicate as it is chic. This lever gets its sophisticated style from Italian designs of the 1980s and 1990s. 

    Sacramento lever

    Sacramento lever | Transitional door handle
    The Sacramento lever is polished and playful, with an arched design that lends itself to almost any style. This lever is versatile and can’t be tied to one inspiration because it flows so effortlessly among a large range of style tastes and profiles.

    Finishes

    Complete your transitional door hardware set with a finish that coordinates perfectly. Here are three we'd recommend below.

    Satin nickel

    Satin nickel
    Satin Nickel is a versatile finish, full of brushed silver hues, that offers a tasteful and flattering accent to any project. This classic finish saw its rise to popularity alongside the Victorian and Mid-Century Modern design movements.

    Bright chrome

    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 20s, but is able to seamlessly transition into the minimalist approach of the 1930s and 40s as well.

    Matte black

    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 and looks most stylish with the Addison trim.
    For even more help building the perfect door hardware set for your transitional home, check out our style selector tool.

    The smart Father's Day gift guide

    June 7, 2017 2:46 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, June 9, 2017

    Smart home Father's Day gift guide | Schlage

    Father's Day is just around the corner, but have you found the perfect gift for dad yet? Get him something he will use every day of the year.

     

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    Father’s Day is just around the corner, but have you found the perfect gift for Dad yet? He doesn’t need another tie, and he has plenty of socks. This Father’s Day, get him something he will use every day of the year.

     

    There are two types of dads in the world: the ones who love electronics and the ones who really love electronics. With smart homes becoming more and more popular, why not get your dad a gift he will love and one that will make his life easier?

    Smart Home - Father's Day - Gift Guide - Schlage

    Smart home hubs

    Apple TV®

     

    Apple TV is a great, all-in-one piece of technology for any tech Dad’s home. It is TV customized to you. Apps like Netflix, HBO Now and Hulu allow you to watch whatever you want, whenever you want. You can listen to music, use Siri and play games, too.

     

    Apple TV also connects with HomeKit®, the latest smart home technology from Apple, allowing you to have remote access to HomeKit-enabled devices. Using compatible products, including the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, you can create custom scenes to control your home settings, like locking your door at 9pm every night. And if you have other compatible smart home devices, those custom scenes can include things like turning your thermostat off when you leave for work in the morning and back on before you get home.

    Wink Hub

     

    If Dad wants to have a smart home, but wants the versatility of using either Apple or Android products, the Wink Hub is the perfect choice. It condenses all of your smart home products into one app for easy access. The app also allows you to create shortcuts, so when you unlock your front door, your Wink will know to also turn your lights on and thermostat down.

    Samsung SmartThings®

     

    If you think that Dad is going to love his new smart home and will want to start customizing everything, SmartThings might be the right choice for him. With similar compatibility options as the Wink, SmartThings really stands out with its level of customization. Not only can you set routines (similar to Apple TV’s scenes), you can use SmartApps. SmartApps allows you to create even more customizable scenarios, like Gentle Wakeup, that increases the brightness of your lights over a period of time.

    Amazon Alexa

     

    Amazon Alexa-enabled devices, such as the Amazon Echo and Dot, have voice controlled speakers that act as your own personal assistant. Want to listen to music? Just tell Alexa what you want to hear. Curious what the weather is supposed to be today? Alexa knows. Want to request an Uber or order Dominos? Ask Alexa to do it for you.

     

    Alexa is also compatible with many smart home devices including Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt, when paired with either the Wink Hub or SmartThings. When you’re ready for bed, ask Alexa to turn off the lights and lock your front door. If you start to feel cold, but aren’t anywhere near your thermostat, ask Alexa to turn the temperature up.

    Products

    Smart locks

     

    Schlage has locks that work with all three of the smart home hubs we’ve mentioned. The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt works with Apple HomeKit and the Schlage Connect™ lock works with both the Wink Hub and Samsung SmartThings, and can connect with Amazon Alexa-enabled devices through those home automation systems.

     

    Give your dad the gift of going keyless for Father’s Day. Now he will never have to worry about losing his keys to the house or if he locked the door before going to bed. He will be able to control the lock through his phone.

    Lights

     

    The Philips Hue lights are energy-efficient LED lights that offer a completely new lighting experience. Use these lights to customize the look and feel of your home. You can change the shade and intensity of your lights, automate them to run whether or not you’re home, or sync them to your music. Dad could even set them to a certain color when he is in “do not disturb” mode. This gift will keep Dad in the zone for hours.

    Thermostat

     

    Honeywell has a range of smart thermostats so you can choose the perfect option for your dad this Father’s Day. Our favorite is the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat. It’s full of features that make it perfect for any smart home, like scheduling, smart response and a touch screen, so you are able to control it from both your phone and the unit.

    Do you already have some of these smart home devices? Share your experience on our Facebook page, or check out our Pinterest page for more ideas.

    7 examples that prove door hardware is the ultimate curb appeal finishing touch

    June 2, 2017 10:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, June 2, 2017

    Curb appeal finishing touch

    Your front door is more than just an entrance, it’s also a showpiece. Here are 7 examples that prove door hardware is the ultimate curb appeal finishing touch.

     

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    Your front door is more than just an entrance, it’s also a showpiece – one of the first things a guest sees. That’s why it’s important to choose the right handleset. Schlage offers a wide variety of designs and finishes, from angular to flowing, classic to contemporary, all designed to ensure that your front door is the perfect introduction to your home. Here are seven examples that prove the handleset is the ultimate curb appeal finishing touch.

    1. Century Handlesets

    The Century handleset boasts a tasteful design with clean, rectangular lines that suits contemporary style without losing the imaginative, modern aesthetic that makes it so popular. This handleset looks chic when paired with the Latitude, Northbrook or Merano levers and finished in Matte Black, Bright Chrome or Polished Nickel for a contemporary touch.

    2. Camelot Handlesets

    The Camelot handleset is charming and approachable with scalloped architectural details that add an air of playfulness to any home’s exterior. This handleset draws on traditional Colonial inspiration, but fits into the transitional category because of its subtle ornamentation. Camelot looks best when paired with the Sacramento lever, the Accent lever or the Georgian knob and finished in Satin Brass, Satin Nickel or Aged Bronze.

    3. Addison Handlesets

    The Addison handleset is simple in design, yet sophisticated in the details with a rectangular shape and an easy, appealing allure. While not typically paired together, the Addison handleset is also quite striking when paired with the Avila lever, as both share similar edge detailing. The handleset looks stunning when paired with both the Georgian knob and Birmingham lever and styled in an Aged Bronze, Matte Black or Distressed Nickel finish.

    We want to see your front doors! Show us how you've styled your handlesets by sharing a photo with us on Facebook or Instagram.

    Smart and safe home sharing

    May 30, 2017 4:20 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    Eliminate worrying how your guests will make it through the front door when you home share. 

     

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    Home-sharing sites like Airbnb, VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner) and HomeAway are popular choices for travelers looking for an authentic experience in a new city or something a little more price friendly than a hotel. But as a home-share host, there are a lot of things to take into consideration before opening your home to renters. Most sites provide thorough home-hosting checklists to ensure that you will be comfortable as a host.  A lot of those things revolve around making sure your guests will be comfortable and have all of the amenities they need. When hosting, it is generally smart that you include basics like bed sheets, a wi-fi password and where the extra toilet paper is. But the most important consideration is getting your guests through the front door.

     

    Are you planning on being home to let them in? Will they need you every time they want to come in and out? Will you give them a spare key to your house? That could lead to a lot of problems, like them copying your key, guests waiting at your door, or you losing sleep. Thankfully, Schlage’s keyless locks are the perfect solution for these problems.

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    Don’t worry about being home for check-in

    You won’t ever have to be home for your guests to check-in again. With an electronic lock, you no longer have to give your guest the keys in person. For example, with the Schlage Sense Smart DeadboltTM, you can program a different code for each guest from your smartphone. With their own personal code, your guests can get in and out without you giving them a key or needing a lock box.

     

    Pro Hosting Tip: Using the Schlage Sense iPhone App,you can be in total control of your home using the device that’s already in your pocket.

    No learning curve

    One of the best things about Schlage electronic locks is that there is no learning curve for your guests. You don’t have to ask them to download and familiarize themselves with an app prior to arriving at your house. And you don’t have to teach them any difficult technical skills to interact with your lock. With many of the Schlage locks, like the Schlage ConnectTM, all your guest needs to do to get in the door is enter their code into the illuminated touchscreen.

     

    Pro Hosting Tip: To keep codes organized, memorable and personal, program the guest’s code as the final four digits of their phone number.

    Know your house is safe

    The best part about using an electronic lock when putting your house on Airbnb, or similar house-sharing sites, is the added layer of safety that it brings. Locks like the Schlage TouchTM take electronic locks one step further by eliminating keys entirely. Not only will your guests feel safer in your home, knowing that you created a lock code specifically for them, but you can also feel safer knowing that with no keyhole, there is no lock for intruders to pick. Schlage electronic locks make hosting home-share guests an easy experience.

     

    Pro Hosting Tip: With Schlage locks like the Sense and Connect, you can set time frames for each code so that as guests leave, their code will expire and they cannot get back into your house.

     

    Have you used a wireless lock while hosting with Airbnb before? Share your hosting tips with us on Facebook.

    Let your personality shine through your front entry

    May 25, 2017 4:17 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, May 25, 2017

    How to personalize your front entry

    Set a welcoming tone for your home with stylish updates to your doorway, pathway and porch.

     

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    You can make your front yard a welcoming prelude to your house any number of ways, from simple outdoor decor to architectural features. Potted plants provide bursts of color, outdoor furniture is inviting and neighborly, and a range of landscaping and exterior details can add the personality and privacy you’re after.

    1. Lounge around the porch

     

    A sofa or an armchair on the front porch can sum up your style — in this space here it’s casual and laid back but still style savvy. To inject a little contemporary design into a setup like this, paint the porch a crisp gray and the trim white.

     

    To achieve the perfect color combination, buy paint samples and paint a large sheet of cardboard. Then place it in position to see how the color looks at different times of the day.

    2. Use stones for effect

     

    In home renovations, pathways are often the last thing considered. But it’s worth taking the time to get the front path right, as it is one of the first things guests see and experience. Here geometric slate slabs surrounded by white decorative stones give a nod to Japanese aesthetics. Tropical plants bring a softer element to the architectural design. And pebbles work as a loose ground cover and can also be used in pots.

    3. Create privacy

     

    Well-considered landscaping adds value to your property, but while plants are growing, extra privacy may be required. A stylish white wood screen not only creates privacy but prevents excess sunlight from entering the room behind it. It means that the front room can work effectively as a home office or nursery. When plants reach full height, the screen may be removed.

    4. Try graphic elements

     

    More a delicate sculpture than a gate, this steel piece has a fluid, repetitive design that works as a counterpoint to the solid concrete blocks. The design of the gate draws inspiration from the native trees and birds of the surrounding area. The piece also acts as stylish screening.

    5. Dish out vibrant colors

     

    Color is a powerful tool that can transform your space. Here the fuchsia door leaps out, keeping the citron wall and gray trim in the background.

     

    A full color scheme needs to be devised to create continuity. Color swatches at the paint shop look very different from color painted on the exterior of a home, so collect samples and paint a few large areas of the front wall before you commit to a color.

    6. Have fun with the mailbox

     

    Your mailbox may be the first thing people see from the street, so why not give it some personality? At the same time, it’s important to keep it in line with the design of the house. This contemporary-style mailbox in wood and stainless steel like this would work well with a newly designed home.

    7. Soften the edges

     

    This contemporary country property embraces sharp lines and solid materials, but it’s the soft landscaping that adds warmth and color to the exterior. Although the native plants require minimal watering, a drip irrigation system was added to battle summer heat waves. Earth-toned pots on one side of the gravel driveway add a touch of elegance to this open space.

    8. Illuminate stairs

     

    Minimalism comes into play in this entrance, where the wood paneling and flooring have been seamlessly executed. Each wood board has a slightly different hue, giving the exterior depth and texture. The lighting is a finishing touch — the lights here are directed downward to minimize glare but illuminate each step clearly.

    9. Indulge with red

     

    Neutral colors add sophistication, but a vibrant red door makes a strong statement. Hundreds of shades are available, from rich crimson to dark burgundy, so try a few swatches first to see how they look at different times of the day. Here the white trim adds extra impact to the modern exterior.

    Get more front entry inspiration with these beautiful front doors.

     

    This article first appeared on Houzz on September 27, 2014.

     

    Kerryn Ramsey | Houzz Contributor

    Kerryn Ramsey | Houzz contributor



    Freelance lifestyle journalist and serial renovator, reporting for print and digital articles on architecture, design, travel and business.

    Improve home security while boosting curb appeal

    May 16, 2017 10:39 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    4 easy ways to improve home security while boosting curb appeal

    Making a good first impression is important. Whether it's potential buyers or family and friends, your home's curb appeal is the first thing people will notice about your home.

     

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    Making a good first impression is important. Whether it’s potential buyers or family and friends, your home’s curb appeal is the first thing that people will notice about your home. But just as important ­­­is making sure that your home is safe. So, we’ve put together a list of things that you can do to improve both curb appeal and your home’s security.
     

    Landscape

    Landscaping is probably the first thing on everyone’s list when thinking of ways to improve curb appeal. There are a lot of ways to update your landscape and improve the look of your house ranging from fast and inexpensive to big projects that can take time and possibly require outside help. Some of our favorite, smaller projects to quickly improve your garden area are these Better Homes and Gardens suggestions for re-edging your garden plots and creating a new container garden.

     

    While you’re at it, there are also a couple of things that you can do to your landscape to make your home safer. One of those things is trimming your hedges to make sure that they aren’t blocking the sight line to your windows or door. This removes the possibility of an intruder hiding in plain sight of your home. Another thing you can do, especially if you are planning on going out of town, is to make sure that your lawn is maintained. An unkempt lawn can be an invitation to thieves.

    Garage

    Fixing up your garage may not be the top priority when it comes to updating the exterior of your home, but it is a great way to increase your home’s security. Older garage doors may be easier to break into or open from the outside, and some states have standards for garage doors to make sure that they are able to stand up to the weather. If you haven’t ever replaced your garage door, it may not be up to safety standards. Also consider adding a Schlage Touch to your garage door. The keyless deadbolt adds another layer of security to your home without adding an extra key onto your ring.

     

    There are also some easy and affordable projects that you can do for your garage to give it a whole new, more welcoming look. One of our favorites is this faux wood garage door stain from Domestically Speaking. We also love this DIY arbor project that would definitely up your curb appeal.

    Door

    Having a welcoming entrance may be the most important aspect of your home’s curb appeal. Your front door can make or break someone’s impression of your home, so updating it is a quick way to drastically improve the look of your home. You don’t have to get a new front door to make it feel like new though, a coat of paint can do wonders. We suggest painting the door a contrasting color to your house like Camila Pavone did for her front door. While you’re at it, replacing your house numbers can add some extra personality to your front entrance.

     

    Replacing the hardware on your front door is another way to both improve the look of your home and increase security. The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt is easily installed and not only makes carrying your house keys around unnecessary, it also comes with a built-in alarm to protect your home from any unwanted visitors.

    Lights

    Once you’ve done all the work to improve your home’s curb appeal, it would be a waste if guests could only see it in the daylight. After all, guests tend to come over in the evening. Outdoor lighting can help to highlight all of the best features of your house and yard. Get some outdoor lighting ideas from the DIY Network.

     

    Maybe you don’t have a lot of evening guests or you aren’t all that worried about making sure that people see your landscaping at night. Before dismissing outdoor lighting, consider that a well-lit house is also a deterrent for thieves. Landscape lighting can get rid of the dark areas in your yard that could hide an intruder.

    Have you taken your home’s curb appeal to the next level? Share what you’ve done on our Facebook and Instagram pages for a chance to be featured on our Instagram!

    How to keep your door hardware looking like new

    May 12, 2017 1:22 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, May 12, 2017

    How to keep your door hardware looking like new

    Keep your door hardware looking as good as the day you installed it. Here’s what you need to know to properly care for each unique finish.

     

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    That sheen. That sparkle. That right out of the box and onto your door shine! But what happens when the finish you fell in love with is looking a little worn and no longer has the luster it did when you first intalled your new handleset? The trick is to prevent your hardware from looking old and tarnished.

     

    How do you keep your door knobs and locks looking like new? It's easier than you think, but you need to take note of which finish you have as the cleaning methods are unique to each one.

    How to care for your door hardware finish

    For clear-coated finishes

     

    Initial care for finishes requires only periodic cleaning with mild non-abrasive soap and light buffing with a soft cloth. We also recommend coating most finishes, including chrome finishes, with a non-abrasive car wax to preserve the color and protect it from elements. Particular care should be taken to avoid paint smears, thinners and strong cleaning agents as they will quickly destroy the protective coatings and subject the finish to rapid oxidation and discoloration.

    Bright Brass finish

    Bright Brass

    Polished Nickel finish

    Polished Nickel

    Antique Brass finish

    Antique Brass

    Satin Nickel finish

    Satin Nickel

    Satin Brass finish

    Satin Brass

    Antique Pewter finish

    Antique Pewter

    Aged bronze finish

    Aged Bronze

    Matte Black finish

    Matte Black

    For oil-rubbed bronze finish

     

    Oil Rubbed bronze finish is a living finish that changes over time to give it a constantly evolving presentation. Since it does not have a clear coat, the flat brown coating eventually wears down to a copper penny color.

     

    To care for this finish, wipe with a little vegetable oil on a soft cloth but be careful not to use too much. To much oil may leave residue on your hands with use. Household detergents and mild abrasive powder may be used to restore the high metal color without seriously affecting the original compound of the metal. Finish by rubbing with furniture paste wax.

    Oil-rubbed bronze finish

    Oil-Rubbed Bronze

    For chrome finishes

     

    Simply wipe your chrome hardware with a damp cloth. If needed, a high grade chrome polish may be used according to directions to clean and restore the original shine and satin finish.

    Bright Chrome finish

    Bright Chrome

    Satin Chrome finish

    Satin Chrome

    With minimal cleaning, you too can keep your door knobs and door locks looking like new! To ensure you choose the highest quality finish, look for a grade A in finish as identified by the BHMA Certified Secure Home label on packaging.

    Choosing the right security grade for your exterior deadbolts and locks

    May 10, 2017 1:54 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    Choosing the right security grade for your exterior deadbolt and locks

    Here's what you need to know to choose the most secure, and stylish deadbolt and locks for each entry point of your home.

     

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    When it comes to exterior door hardware, quality matters for both security and aesthetics. You need to choose a lock you can trust to keep your belongings and loved ones safe and secure. A great bonus is if it happens to enhance the curb appeal of your home too! Here's what you need to know to choose the most secure, and stylish deadbolt and locks for each entry point of your home.

    Door hardware grades

    The first step to finding the most secure exterior door hardware for your home is to look for hardware that has been tested against the highest industry standards, like the BHMA residential grading system. BHMA is a group of industry experts who grade residential door hardware performance in the categories of Security, Durability and Finish. A grade of ‘C’ is good, ‘B’ is better, and ‘A’ is best. A grade of AAA is the best grade possible in all three categories.

    Residential door hardware security grades
    Now that you understand how to find the best possible grade (AAA) for deadbolts and locks, let's take a look at some of our recommended considerations when choosing the best exterior door hardware for each of your home's entry points.

    Front door

     

    The front door is your opportunity to make a lasting first impression. To make a great one, the door hardware definitely matters. Greeting your guests with a handleset whose finish has chipped or faded gives the impression that other details in the home will be neglected. You'll want to choose a deadbolt and handleset with the highest finish rating.

     

    This is also a great opportunity to make sure your home is as secure as possible. You may be surprised to learn that most break-ins happen at the front door. Choose a deadbolt that's been tested for quality against bumping, picking and forced entry. At Schlage, all of our mechanical deadbolts and F-series handlesets are graded AAA for best in residential security, durability and finish.

    Back door

     

    Like many homeowners, you may find that your back door is the most frequently used by family and close friends. Finish and security definitely matter here but you may want to choose a more convenient option as well. A keyless lock at the back door ensures that everyone who needs access to the home has it without hiding a spare that can be spotted by intruders.

     

    Both the Schlage ConnectTM Touchscreen deadbolt with alarm and the Schlage SenseTM Smart deadbolt have achieved a AAA grade.

    Interior and exterior garage doors

     

    Convenience definitely matters for garage doors, whether interior or exterior. As we get closer to summer, you may find your list of outdoor projects growing or summer activities increasing. Make it easy to come and go or move tools to and from the garage by choosing a AAA-rated keyless lock that adds convenience and an extra layer of security.

     

    The Schlage TouchTM Keyless Touchscreen deadbolt and lever are perfect for garage doors and are rated best in security, durability and finish (AAA).

    For more information about understanding residential door hardware grading and how the testing is done, visit schlage.com.

    12 reasons why a smart lock may be the perfect Mother's Day gift

    May 5, 2017 6:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, May 5, 2017

    Mother's Day gift ideas

    Give mom the gift of convenience and peace of mind this Mother's Day. Here are 12 ways a smart lock can make her day a little easier.

     

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    We all know that moms deserve so much and more for everything they sacrifice and do for their families. This year, let mom know how much you care by giving her the gift of convenience and peace of mind with a smart, keyless lock. Here are 12 reasons why this could be the perfect gift for Mother's Day.
    Smart Mother's Day gift ideas

    1. For the working mom

    Help mom know exactly when the kids get home from school by setting up alerts that notify her when the door is unlocked. She can even have a custom code for the nanny, dog walker and grandparents so they can easily come and go.

    2. For the mom always juggling a million things at once

    With a smart lock, mom doesn't need to worry about juggling the kids, groceries, shopping bags, mail and fumbling for her keys. With the touch of a button on her smart phone, she can command her deadbolt to lock and unlock. With the Schlage Sense Smart deadbolt, she can even ask Siri to unlock the door as she approaches.

    3. For the mom on the go

    Schlage's connected locks are each equipped with a customizable auto-lock feature. Mom can set her deadbolt to automatically lock after being unlocked for a certain period of time which means she can continue her day without worrying whether or not the last kid out the door locked the deadbolt.

    4. For the tech loving mom

    Help mom get one step closer to a fully automated home. Whether she's a HomeKitTM fanatic or prefers a voice activated smart home with Amazon Alexa, there's a smart lock that's perfect for her.

    5. For the mom with older kids

    Remove mom's worry that one of the kids will lose their key at recess or on the bus and get rid of that spare key that's never hidden really well. With a smart lock, each child can have his/her own access code that's easy for them to remember and gives mom peace of mind.

    6. For the exhausted mom

    There's nothing worse than for an exhausted mom to finally crawl into a warm cozy bed only to worry she may have left the front door unlocked. With a smart lock, she can easily command her door to lock from the comfort of her bed and avoid disturbing any sleeping children at the same time.

    7. For the active mom

    Give your mom the freedom to go for a run or walk without getting weighed down by keys. With Schlage's keyless locks, there's flexibility to choose how you access your home so she can leave the phone behind and use a keyless code instead.

    8. For the mom with a vacation home

    Make it easy for your mom to give access to guests via custom keycodes that can easily be added and removed from the app. She can even apply a schedule to the codes so they automatically become inactive upon checkout.

    9. For the mom who just moved to a new home

    Give mom the peace of mind that comes with a lock graded best in security, durability and finish by the BHMA. Just look for the AAA on the BHMA certified secure home label on packaging.

    10. For the mom with curious toddlers

    With Schlage's built-in alarm technology, mom can set her lock to activity mode to alert her anytime the door is opened. She also never has to worry about accidentally getting locked out - whether the kids are inside or on the outside of the door with her just waiting for the impending meltdown.

    11. For the brand new mom

    Make it easy for friends and family to swing by with food and gifts for the new parents by unlocking and locking the door from anywhere. No need for a recovering mom with a sleeping baby to answer the door.

    12. For the empty-nester mom

    Set up mom's smart home automation so she never walks into a dark home when unlocking her door. She can also assign a custom code for the handyman or other service personnel that may be in and out of her home, freeing her to enjoy the empty-nester life away from the home.

    How are you planning to show mom how much you care this year? Share your gift ideas with us on Twitter and Facebook!

    7 most Instagram-worthy front doors

    May 3, 2017 8:08 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, May 3, 2017

    7 most Instagram-worthy front doors

    Get some real-world inspiration for your front door makeover with a few of our favorite Instagram-worthy looks.

     

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    We love seeing our door hardware out in the real world and think our customers have some of the best style! We gathered up the most Instagram-worthy front door styles to help inspire your front door makeover this spring. Share your front doors with us by tagging us on Instagram or Twitter for a chance to be featured!
     

    3 reasons smart locks are your best move when moving

    April 28, 2017 9:36 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, April 28, 2017

    3 reasons smart locks are your best move when moving

    See how a smart lock can make your home more attractive to potential buyers and add convenience to the home selling process.

     

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    There are a lot of things to think about when putting your house up for sale. But have you considered getting a smart lock? Not only can it make your home more attractive to buyers, it can also provide peace of mind during the stressful process.

    1. People in and out of your home

    When you’re selling a home, people are coming and going constantly. Whether it is the realtor showing prospective buyers around or service providers coming to make repairs or clean, it’s impossible for you to be home every time someone needs to get in. Instead of leaving your door unlocked or leaving a key under a plant, a smart lock can keep your house secure while still allowing access to those you trust. You can use an app to program new access codes into the lock, even setting schedules for when those codes can be used. And because you’re notified when they are used, you can keep a better eye on who is in your house and when.

    Why smart locks are great when moving

    2. What buyers look for

    Smart home devices are becoming more in demand and expected for buyers. In a 2016 report, The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) said that 37% of clients find smart locks very important. Installing a smart lock on your front door is a simple and affordable first step towards making your house “smart.” With 42% of surveyed clients saying they are interested in smart home devices, a smart lock is a great way to spark buyers’ interest in your home.

    Importance of smart home devices

    3. Curb appeal

    The first impression is sometimes the only impression when it comes to a potential buyer. While there are plenty of major upgrades that will increase your curb appeal, updating front door hardware is one of the easiest and most noticeable improvements you can make. Use the product selector to find the perfect door hardware for your home and refresh the front of your house in minutes.

    Smart locks increase curb appeal
    Have you already gone keyless or are ready to make the switch? Share with us on Instagram or Facebook why you are going keyless with Schlage or check out our keyless options to see what would work best for your home!

    5 spring cleaning steps for a perfect patio

    April 27, 2017 9:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Patio spring cleaning

    Here are 5 steps that will have your patio ready for spring entertaining in no time.

     

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    Everyone knows spring is the time to deep clean and organize, but many people overlook their outdoor spaces in favor of organizing closets and dusting the tops of the cabinets. Spring marks the time of year when you can start entertaining outdoors and having barbecues, so we think that making sure that your patio is inviting and ready for guests should be at the top of your spring cleaning list.
    Patio spring cleaning

    1. Furniture

    Your patio furniture has been in storage for the winter, and if you’re lucky, there are just a few cobwebs to dust off. More likely, it could use a good deep cleaning. Soon there will be guests sitting on those chairs. They appreciate your attention to detail and remember patio get-togethers as particularly polished when they’re treated to sparkling clean patio furniture. Check out these tips on how to clean your patio furniture and get it ready for entertaining.

    2. Patio

    Chances are, the winter wasn’t too kind to your patio. You can create a much more welcoming space by power washing your patio and cleaning off all of the dirt and grime that has built up over the past year. There are plenty of stores that allow you to rent power washers.

    3. House

    While you have the power washer, don’t neglect your house. A clean patio is great, but pairing it with an entire exterior that’s been freshly scrubbed will make your house truly stand out. Use the power washer on the exterior of the home as a quick and easy way to brighten your outdoor space.

    4. Windows

    Your windows are another easy way to make your space feel cleaner and more put together. The outside of your windows probably don’t get cleaned regularly, especially during the winter. Spend a little bit of time wiping them down to help get the outside and inside of your house ready for warm weather and guests.

    5. Door hardware

    One of the easiest and quickest ways to add some flair to your outdoor area is to make sure all exterior doors are fitted with fresh, up-to-date hardware. Maybe your current hardware is outdated and doesn’t fit the space, or you want to add an extra layer of security to the back entrance. It’s easy to choose the perfect product for your door. Once you’ve decided on the hardware, you can install it on your existing door, even if it doesn’t have the correct pre-existing holes, like Shavonda Gardner did on her doors.

    Do you have a great patio space that’s ready for spring? We want to see it! Share your pictures on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

    Why the old-fashioned vestibule is worth considering

    April 20, 2017 11:26 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, April 21, 2017

    Why the old-fashioned vestibule is worth considering

    This classic entry room, sometimes called a mudroom, offers energy-saving and other comfort-inducing perks.

     

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    A vestibule is a small, enclosed entry chamber that traditionally has served as a buffer in winter between indoors and outdoors, to trap air and minimize heat loss. Vestibules today also help keep air-conditioned air inside and hot air outside in summer. There’s no denying that the old-fashioned vestibule, sometimes called a mudroom, used to be far more popular than it is now, but it remains a charming way to create an inviting and practical entrance to a home.

    Create a place to pause

    Beyond the practical concerns of stabilizing a home’s temperature, the vestibule eases the transition from public to private life. If you’ve ever walked into a home whose front door lands you smack in the middle of the living room, you can probably understand the appeal of bridging the indoor-outdoor gap. A vestibule gives you an extra moment to adjust to the indoor temperature while allowing you to pause and collect yourself before greeting the household.

     

    Combining exterior materials like outdoor siding with indoor materials like a finished ceiling and wood flooring reinforces the in-betweenness of the space.

    Merge indoor and outdoor materials

    Even if you use mostly indoor materials for the walls, you can still opt for brick for the flooring, or concrete for a more industrial vibe. In wet or snowy climates, these materials will hold up better than wood. 

    “A patio even covered with a trellis doesn’t provide the same protection from the elements” as a vestibule, says Jace Levinson, principal at Jace Architecture. “Sure, it costs more. But at the same time, you’re adding square footage to your home that can increase its value.”

    In this vestibule in Calgary, Canada, we see another strategy for blurring the line between indoors and outdoors: The interior doorway’s windowpanes mirror those on the front door. The net effect serves to elongate the transition while preserving sightlines.

    Consider pocket doors

    If you don’t like the look of two sets of doors in a row, how about interior pocket doors? This way you can hide the interior doors when you want to open up the whole space. Additionally, doors inset with glass let the two parts of the home feel connected even when the doors are slid shut. 

    The tile floor here also provides an ideal surface for stamping off muddy boots and bridging the interior and exterior realms.

    Increase intimacy

    The front door doesn’t need to be parallel to the interior door for your space to count as a vestibule. You simply need the ability to close off one room from the other. Here, the antechamber doubles as a full-fledged entry hall. Placing the interior doorway perpendicular to the front door creates a sense of intimacy and privacy.

    Make peace with your property

    A vestibule can also be a terrific way to take advantage of a sloping grade. While a staircase leading to the front door is rarely appreciated when one is fumbling with luggage or groceries in the cold, a vestibule like this allows an entrant to quickly park the groceries inside, and then shuttle everything up the stairs and into the home in relative warmth.

    Pull it all together

    This architect-designed home outside Chicago makes use of several principles of a well-designed vestibule: A covered porch is the first layer of this multitiered entry, while the formal vestibule continues the outdoor materials inside and places the front door perpendicular to the open set of French doors. Visitors can feel warmed and welcome in these public spaces of the home.

    Take it out back

    Creating a vestibule doesn’t always require extensive remodeling and changes to your floor plan. If there’s no feasible way to seal off your entry, you could always add a covered shelter, insulated or not, to serve as a buffer zone against the elements, whether in the front or back of the house.

    Levinson designed this contemporary mudroom for a San Francisco home. “While some people may associate a mudroom or vestibule with more traditional homes, they add the same benefits to a contemporary home and can be every bit as stylish,” he says.

    Cut costs

    A vestibule is a luxury that not every home or budget can pull off. If all you can spare is a little platform inside the front door, a single step can go a long way toward defining the entry space — even if it’s not a true vestibule with two sets of doors.

     

    Get even more entryway inspiration from houzz.com.

     

    This article first appeared on Houzz on January 23, 2017.

     

    Jess McBride | Houzz Contributor

    Jess McBride | Houzz contributor



    Custom decorating professional with a lifelong passion for color, pattern, and texture of every "stripe."

    How the Internet of Things is opening possibilities beyond the smart home

    April 19, 2017 10:15 AM by Rob_Martens

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    The IoT is going beyond the Smart Home

    Futurist Rob Martens explains how the convenience of a smart home is made possible with an open platform.

     

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    By Rob Martens, Futurist and VP of Strategy and Partnerships at Allegion, maker of Schlage.

     

    Most people have heard of the Internet of Things by now, but few are familiar with the possibilities this platform opens for businesses and consumers alike. This platform, that has long been associated with the smart home, offers real and tangible value beyond the cool factor. Consumers and businesses fail to recognize that the Internet of Things acts as a key component to the daily operations of companies in several industries, such as fitness, agriculture and fashion. 

     

    A sensor does not make a product or technology part of the “Internet of Things”, it’s all about creating a holistic experience for the end user. It’s time consumers and businesses drop this notion and realize the positive impacts this technology has or could have. From the clothes we wear to the food we eat, the IoT is creating new conveniences and helping us maximize our resources every day.

    Beyond Fitness Trackers, IoT Taps into Equipment

    Most people are familiar with wearables that track fitness like Fitbit. The IoT is also taking exercise machines a step further into the future by creating realistic and tangible user experiences. The Peloton Cycle Exercise Bike, for example, comes with a screen that allows you to connect to real-life classes hosted by fitness trainers, giving users access to world-class instructors and allowing them to compete with other users from the comfort of home. With the busy schedules many of us keep, it’s easy for self-care to fall to the bottom of the priority list. Connected fitness machines make it easier to prioritize fitness by saving time spent traveling to the gym, and encouraging healthy competition between users all over the world.

     

    Hotels are even catching on, providing Peloton bikes within the room so guests can get their exercise without heading down to the gym. This is a smart idea in that it differentiates those hotels and draws guests away from the competition by offering a premium experience. The bike’s ability to import data from your wearables means you have access to the latest health metrics whether you’re using a hotel’s bike or your own. And perhaps best of all, when Peloton added tech, they didn’t sacrifice good design. The bike is one of the most attractive fitness machines on the market, and sturdily made so it can handle intense exercise sessions.

    IoT Provides Solutions to Farmers and Harvesters

    The IoT is even helping to maximize our agricultural resources. Farmers face immense challenges in creating a steady crop yield year over year – unpredictable weather, water shortages, and limited availability of land can impact the yield significantly. Brilliant IoT innovators have been focusing their expertise in this industry for years to create some pretty amazing resources to help solve those problems, increasing the quality, quantity and sustainability of agricultural production.

     

    Large farms can now use remote sensors to monitor the amount of moisture in the soil and even the amount of growth the crop has achieved. Harvesters can now be controlled from anywhere in the world, provided there’s an Internet connection available. Inventors have even begun using artificial intelligence to analyze metrics about the crop and even weather patterns to make predictions about the future, taking some of the guesswork out of a traditionally unpredictable industry. This is not just great news for farmers – it’s great news for everyone because it increases crop yields to make food more widely available.

    Fashion Meets Technology

    The fashion world is even beginning to catch onto the many benefits of the IoT. Most people today appreciate the ability to customize; we want our clothes, our homes, our cars, everything we own to not only behave in ways that make the day go smoothly and conveniently, but to reflect who we are as people. We live in an increasingly connected world in which we interact with new people more frequently. First impressions are more important than ever, so the ability to express who you are through the clothes you wear has become equally important.

     

    Services like NikeID allow you to customize your product (in their case, shoes) from the ground up. You start with a blank canvas, choose the basic structure of the shoe based on the functionality you want, and then you get to customize the fun stuff – materials used, colors and graphic prints. You can even choose how the bottom of the shoe looks. Another service called Trunk Club behaves as a personal fashion assistant, a luxury typically reserved for the rich and famous that’s becoming available to all thanks to the IoT. The service shows you several style combinations and asks for your opinion, building a profile of your tastes that allows it to make suggestions based on what it knows you like. It even seeks out the clothes that are best for your body type, as well as those that fit within your budget, so you aren’t pressed into spending more than you normally would.

    The reason these innovations work is that they create a holistic experience for the end user. It’s not about the latest gadget or simply adding sensors to everyday items – it’s about integrating technology into your lifestyle in a way that makes sense and creates convenience and efficiency. It’s about creating a beautiful user interface, in terms of both usability and design. It’s about providing you with the essential knowledge you need in order to be as successful as you can. In its simplest terms, the IoT is about making life better, and the opportunities to do that are boundless. Every industry on the planet, and even the planet itself, stands to benefit from technology used in this way.
    To learn more about Schlage’s stance on the tech landscape, please visit schlage.com/thoughtleadership.

     

    Rob Martens

    Rob Martens | Futurist and VP of Strategy and Partnerships


    Rob Martens uses his unique talent for identifying patterns and associations to look for mega trends in technology, as well as the ways they can be used to improve the average person’s day. 

    8 budget-friendly spring front porch decor ideas

    April 18, 2017 4:35 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    8 budget-friendly spring front porch decor ideas | Schlage

    Bring back the art of porching and create the perfect outdoor oasis.

     

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    The art of porching is quickly coming back in style with many homeowners creating a space that is both an extension of their style and perfect for entertaining or relaxing. Make the most of your front porch with these budget-friendly decor ideas you can enjoy all spring and summer.

    1. Add a comfy seat

    The perfect front porch starts with a comfy place to sit. Although patio furniture can be pricey, there's plenty of DIY inspiration across the web to help you get the perfect look for the right budget. We're especially loving this DIY outdoor daybed for starters.

    DIY outdoor patio furniture

    2. Unique planters

    Head to your local re-sale store or even your garage or attic to find a unique piece that can act as a new planter. We love this idea from DIY Network that uses an old tricycle to display succulents in this outdoor space.

    Unique planter ideas

    3. DIY planters

    If the vintage look isn't quite your style, try building your own unique planter instead. We're loving this hexagon planter idea from The Home Depot.

    DIY wood planter

    4. Bright front door

    There's no better way to say goodbye to winter than with a fresh coat of bright paint on your front door. This project can be completed in a single afternoon. It's an easy way to give yourself a cheerful welcome every day. Check out our door painting tips to make this project as easy as possible.

    Bright front door paint colors

    5. Fresh entry door hardware

    Nothing makes a front door pop better than a fresh handleset in the perfect finish. Take some time to clean your hardware or swap an outdated set for a new style that better complements your front door. Check out our Instagram feed for plenty of inspiration.

    Front door deadbolt and handleset

    6. $25 spring wreath

    A spring wreath that's affordable and easy to make? Sign us up! We love the look of this spring wreath from Life by Anastasia as much as we love the price tag on this project. Be sure to check out our Accessorize Your Door board on Pinterest for plenty of DIY wreath inspiration.

    DIY front door wreath

    7. Add some front porch drapes

    This unique and cozy idea comes from our friends at HGTV. Give your front porch a touch of style while creating a relaxing atmosphere you'll want to enjoy all season long. Get the details on these indoor/outdoor drapes.

    Front porch decor ideas

    8. Hang plants somewhere new

    Have a little fun with your plant placement by creating an arrangement that hangs from the ceiling of your porch rather than the perimeter. This hanging basket arrangement from Country Living adds the perfect amount of personality to this front porch retreat.

    Front porch hanging plants

    9. Re-arrange

    You may already have everything you need for the perfect front porch atmosphere. Try re-arranging your furniture, accessories and decor to give the front of your home a fresh new feel. We love this list of 15 ways to arrange your front porch from How to Decorate.

    Patio furniture
    We want to see your front porch style! Share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram for a chance to be featured in our Instagram feed!

    6 must-have elements to unlock your foyer's decor potential

    April 12, 2017 9:07 AM by pooja.katkar

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    Foyer decor ideas

    Get your foyer décor right by focusing on the six most important elements of a perfectly styled entryway.

     

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    Your foyer is the first thing to welcome you home each day and the first introduction to your personal style your guests will see. Make sure it is both welcoming and coordinates with the rest of your home by including these six elements below.

    1. Coordinating door hardware

    If you're still rocking the same door hardware that was installed when you moved in, it may be time to for an update that coordinates well with other style elements in your home. Take a look at existing lighting and fixtures, consider the style of your home and choose a style and finish that adds the perfect finishing touch. You'll be pleasantly surprised by how well door hardware completes the look. Try our style selector tool to help you get started.

    2. Adequate lighting

    There's nothing more welcoming than a vibrant, well-lit space. If your entryway has the tendency to look like a dungeon, consider installing new lighting that brings it to life. You can even opt for smart lighting that illuminates as soon as you unlock your front door with one of our connected smart locks.

    3. Organization

    It's easy to get home and throw your bags, coat, shoes and everything else you're carrying on the floor or nearest table. Tackle the chaos before it starts by adding a little organization right when you walk in. Install hooks for coats and bags, a shoe tray for shoes, and even a decorative crate or bucket to catch miscellaneous accessories.

    4. Landing strip

    The landing strip is also a key component of the organization you need above but is so important, it deserves its own callout. Add a table or even a slim shelf for small entryways to catch keys, mail, your phone, and other small miscellaneous items you may be carrying.

    5. Place to sit

    Give yourself and your guests an easy place to remove shoes by adding a chair or bench to your entryway. You can even save a little room by using the space below to organize shoes and accessories.

    6. Durable rug

    Finally, add the finishing touch with a rug that is both stylish and can stand up against whatever you may track in from outside. Resist the urge to choose something too light that will need replaced after a few weeks of wear and tear but don't be afraid to have a little fun with prints and color.

    Ready to get started? Check out these DIY entryway projects to help you complete a space affordably and with your own personal touch.

    The best modern door hardware for contemporary style homes

    April 7, 2017 9:39 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, April 7, 2017

    Modern, Contemporary bedroom style

    From finish to knob and lever style, take a look at the perfect modern door hardware pairings you should consider for your contemporary home.

     

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    Contemporary spaces rely on the simplicity of color and shape to provide their aesthetic appeal, rather than elaborate design. With a focus on clean lines and basic shapes, Contemporary style was made popular throughout the design movements of the late 20th century. If that sounds like your personal style, take a look at the perfect door hardware pairings you should consider for your contemporary or modern home.
    Modern door hardware

    Trim

    The subtle details in our trim options establish a profound foundation for your door hardware. Give your home a unique touch by choosing a trim that perfectly reflects your modern or contemporary style.

    Century Trim

    Schlage Century style trim
    The Century trim is chic, boasting a delicate, slightly curved shape that is simple yet imaginative. This trim is a Mid-Century Modern design, characterized by homes built between 1945 and 1980 and made popular in Southern Californian cities like Santa Monica.

    Collins Trim

    Modern door hardware styles
    The strong lines and square shape of the Collins trim embody refined elegance and provide this trim with a distinct, minimalist appeal. This trim stems from Northern Europe where styles like Bauhaus and minimalism flourished, giving it a modern, international flair.

    Greenwich Trim

    Greenwich trim | Schlage
    The unassuming look of the Greenwich trim is modern and stylish and lends a chic touch of simplicity to any space. With a Californian flair, this trim was inspired by the look and feel of Mid-Century Modern homes.

    Greyson Trim

    Contemporary door hardware
    The Greyson trim is elegant, with contemporary appeal that adds a tasteful modern touch to any space. This trim has a chic, urban aesthetic, inspired by fast-paced metropolitan spaces like Manhattan.

    Upland Trim

    Modern door hardware styles
    The Upland trim offers a fresh take on simplistic design by focusing on the beauty of its shape alone. It takes significant style cues from the Bauhaus design movement, best known for open floor plans, functional furniture and smooth facades. This style was made popular in Germany and often featured a muted color palette of blacks, whites and greys.

    Knobs & levers

    Take your contemporary style up a notch by choosing the perfect knob or lever to accentuate your favorite trim above. These classic looks below never go out of style.

    Broadway lever

    Broadway Lever | Modern door hardware
    The minimal, tubular design of the Broadway lever offers a tastefully reserved, yet high-style look. This lever is influenced by the urban style found in large metropolitan cities. Its tubular design is a sub-genre of the Bauhaus movement.
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