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    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

    February 28, 2017 8:40 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

    Here's a step-by-step guide to help you get started using your Schlage Connect lock with Amazon Alexa.



    The Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen deadbolt just became a little more convenient. Using an Alexa-enabled device customers now have the ability to lock and check the status of their Schlage Connect lock through their Wink or Samsung SmartThings hub. It’s just one more way this smart lock provides added peace of mind.


    Here’s a step-by-step guide to get started.



    How to link your Alexa app with Wink or SmartThings

     1 Select the Amazon Alexa app on your smart phone.


    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

     2 If required, sign in to the Amazon Alexa app.


    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

     3 In the Amazon Alexa app, tap the menu icon.


    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

     4 Select Smart Home.


    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

     5 Scroll down until you see “Get More Smart Home Skills” and select.


    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

     6 Scroll down and find and select either the SmartThings or Wink icon to link the appropriate account (if necessary).


    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

    How to use the Alexa lock functionality

    Once you’ve linked your Wink or SmartThings hub in your Amazon Alexa app, you’re ready to begin using Amazon Alexa to lock and check the status of your Schlage Connect lock.
     1 Repeat steps 1-4 above.



     5 Scroll down in the Amazon Alexa app to find and select “Discover devices”.


    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

     6 Allow the app to find and discover connected devices that use voice commands.


    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

     7 The app will then display devices it can control – including your Schlage Connect lock.


    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

     8 You are now ready to use voice commands with your Schlage Connect deadbolt:
    “Alexa, is my front door locked?”
    Alexa: “The Front Door is unlocked.”
    “Alexa, lock my front door.”


    How to get started using Amazon Alexa with your Schlage Connect™ deadbolt

    Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen deadbolt now works with Amazon Alexa

    February 27, 2017 7:15 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen deadbolt now works with Amazon Alexa | Schlage

    Consumers can now access their Schlage Connect Touchscreen deadbolt via devices with Amazon Alexa. Learn more about this integration here.



    Schlage Connect™ is a sophisticated lock created to provide you with absolute peace of mind each and every time you leave home. With Schlage Connect, you don’t have to worry if the door is locked, or wonder if the babysitter has a back door key—you’ll know because Schlage Connect allows you to be connected, confident, and in control from virtually anywhere you go.
    Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen deadbolt now works with Amazon Alexa
    Schlage is now expanding its innovation footprint within the Internet of Things by integrating the Schlage Connect lock with Wink and Samsung SmartThings, two of the most trusted smart home hubs in the industry. Through these integrations, consumers can now access their Schlage Connect lock via devices with Amazon Alexa
    This new integration comes as an addition to the Schlage Connect™ lock’s compatibility with Z-Wave®, which allows homeowners to secure and manage their home from anywhere using an internet-connected smartphone, tablet or computer. Through multiple smart home platform offerings, the Schlage Connect lock makes it simple and convenient for consumers to join the Internet of Things and create a truly connected home.
    For more information, visit our press release.

    6 Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen deadbolt features you may not know about

    February 24, 2017 2:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, February 24, 2017

    6 features you may not know the Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen deadbolt has6 features you may not know the Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen deadbolt has

    Home access anywhere. Learn more about the Schlage Connect Touchscreen deadbolt.



    The Schlage Connect Touchscreen deadbolt combines advanced features and compatibility with your home automation system, allowing you to control your home from anywhere. This lock frees you from the hassles of lost keys, being locked out, or hiding a spare for friends and family. Check out the infographic below for six features you may not know this advanced electronic deadbolt is capable of.

    Schlage Connect Touchscreen deadbolt
    To learn more about Schlage Connect and to find a retailer, visit schlage.com.

    3 easy steps to update your bathroom in a single afternoon

    February 20, 2017 10:28 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, February 20, 2017

    3 easy steps to update your bathroom in a single afternoon | Schlage

    Here are 3 quick and easy steps to give your bathroom in impactful upgrade in a single afternoon.



    You don't have to completely remodel your entire bathroom to make a big impact. Karrie of Happy Money Saver recently helped a friend give a small, downstairs bath a complete makeover in a single afternoon by focusing on three simple steps. See the complete before and after for a simple farmhouse bathroom look over at Happy Money Saver.
    3 easy steps to update your bathroom in a single afternoon | Schlage

    1. Hardware and fixtures

    It's amazing how a few simple details can tie an entire room together. Take a look at your existing bathroom hardware. Is it a mismatch of styles and finishes that fail to coordinate? Is your lighting inadequate for the size of the space? Updating your door hardware, plumbing and lighting to complementing styles can make a major impact and is easy to install in an afternoon.

    2. Paint

    Don't stop at hardware for a complete fresh look. Consider giving your bathroom a fresh coat of paint to liven things up. Even a fresh coat of white on existing trim can make a space feel brand new. Opt for something crisp that coordinates well with your chosen hardware.

    3. Decorate

    Now for the really fun part. Choose a pop of color or theme of accents to add personality to your bathroom. Opt for new open shelving to let the accessories shine and finish the room off with an accent rug that pulls everything together.

    We're teaming up with Lowe's to help you accomplish the little things this season by offering 20% off Schlage door hardware. Visit lowes.com to see participating styles and finishes and be sure to share your before and after photos with us on Facebook and Instagram.

    The best door hardware for traditional style homes

    February 16, 2017 7:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, February 16, 2017

    The best door hardware for traditional style homes | Schlage

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



    Sometimes, where we've been in the past can light the way forward. What was beautfiul before remains beautiful today. And, in the right hands, a nod to tradtion becomes a thrilling departure from the ordinary. That's what Schlage refers to as traditional style.


    Traditional style is rooted in the past and is focused on familiarity, comfort and romanticism. This style is often sophisticated and luxurious featuring floral patterns, fringe and tassels, and scalloped edges. If that sounds like your personal style, take a look at the perfect door hardware pairings you should consider for your traditional home.

    The best door hardware for traditional style homes | Schlage


    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 traditional style.

    Addison Trim

    Addison trim
    The Addison trim has a distinguished look that incorporates subtle details without losing its classic simplicity. This trim was inspired by Edwardian architecture—particularly the windows and window treatments associated with that style.

    Brookshire Trim

    Brookshire trim
    The elaborate Brookshire trim features ornate details and an opulent design aesthetic. It's reminiscent of styles seen in areas like San Francisco and Cape May, and takes its inspiration from the rich, ornamental look of the Victorian Era.

    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.

    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 traditional 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.

    Andover Knob

    Andover knob
    The Andover knob is traditional but versatile, with delicate details and a subtle hint of elegance. It is reflective of Federal-style homes, like those constructed around the time of the original thirteen colonies and those that continue to be constructed on the East Coast today.

    Siena knob

    Siena knob
    The Siena knob’s eye-catching oval shape gives it a unique and memorable look. Inspired by Federal-style homes found throughout the United States, particularly in the Midwest, the Siena knob is best paired with the Wakefield or Camelot trim.

    Birmingham lever

    Birmingham lever
    The ornately styled Birmingham lever spares no attention to detail, providing a touch of refinement everywhere it goes. This lever draws its inspiration from the Victorian Era—particularly Victorian plumbing that featured delicate flourishes and ornamental touches, making it a perfect match for the Brookshire trim.

    Flair lever

    Flair lever
    The elegant Flair lever’s ornate details are reminiscent of a paper scroll, giving the lever a dramatic bit of – yes, flair. The Flair lever pairs best with the Addison, Brookshire or Camelot trim.


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

    Antique brass

    Antique brass
    Rich brown hues and golden undertones lend a warm, inviting appeal to the Antique Brass finish. This finish closely resembles the look of natural brass and is undeniably Victorian, with hints of Colonial Era style occasionally peeking through.

    Aged bronze

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

    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 traditional home, check out our style selector tool.

    5 simple ways to decorate your front door for Valentine's Day

    February 9, 2017 9:33 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, February 9, 2017

    5 simple ways to decorate your front door for Valentine's Day | Schlage

    Give your home a little more cheer this winter with these Valentine’s Day front door décor ideas.



    With Valentine's Day right around the corner, give your home an easy cheerful boost with a simply DIY project. Here are five of our favorite ways to easily make your home more festive for the upcoming holiday.

    1. Upgrade a winter wreath

    If it feels like you just caught your breath after the busy holiday season, try adding a touch of Valentine's Day to your existing winter decor. We love how Amy Lou Hawthorne styled her winter wreath by just adding a little pop of pink and red. It's a simple way to feel a little festive without too much effort. Get even more Valentine's Day inspiration from her perfectly styled Instagram feed.

    5 simple ways to decorate your front door for Valentine's Day | Schlage

    2. DIY for multiple seasons

    We can always count on Ann of On Sutton Place to have the perfect tutorial for festive front door decor. This DIY heart wreath is swoonworthy and perfect for both Valentine's Day and the spring season making it worth the effort.

    5 simple ways to decorate your front door for Valentine's Day | Schlage

    3. Don't spend a dime

    In similar fashion to Amy's easy DIY above, take a classic boxwood wreath and add a printable banner. Here's a free printable from Jamie Lyn of I Heart Naptime.

    5 simple ways to decorate your front door for Valentine's Day | Schlage

    4. Make a statement

    Every year, we see this popular wreath sold on Etsy pop up in our social feeds and we can see why. It's an adorable way to spread a little love that will last for many years.

    5 simple ways to decorate your front door for Valentine's Day | Schlage

    5. Go for simple elegance

    We are loving this xo combo made with faux boxwood. Add your favorite bow for a style statement that is all you. After Valentine's Day, take the x away and add a few spring flowers to the o to enjoy even longer.

    5 simple ways to decorate your front door for Valentine's Day | Schlage
    How are you decorating your home and front door for the upcoming holiday? Share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram.

    How brass hardware can boost your bathroom style

    February 2, 2017 7:50 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, February 3, 2017

    How brass hardware can boost your bathroom style | Schlage

    See what to mix with this trendy alloy, how to keep it from showing water spots and more.



    Brass is the biggest home design material trend to emerge (or re-emerge, rather) in recent years. It’s been steadily popping up everywhere, including in the bathroom, where it works wonderfully. But many homeowners fear that the metal might not be a good fit for wet environments. To put your mind at ease about indulging in this coveted look, here are some tips and facts showing that when it comes to bathrooms, brass is full of class.

    What is brass?

    Brass is an alloy (a mix of two metals) made of copper and zinc. The in-demand brass look of the moment is a pale yellowish hue, desired for appearing like a toned-down, demure version of gold. However, the line between brass and copper finishes can be very blurry, as the amount of red can vary depending on the specific mix.


    For comparison, bronze is a mixture of copper with various other metals, like tin or aluminum. It’s a duller gold hue that feels less glam and more earthy.


    Bronze is often “blackened” either by mixing in specific materials or by adding a coating for an almost burnt-coal appearance, but unblackened it can be very close to brass in its metallic brown warmth.

    Ultimately the usage of these alloys is similar, with bronze tending to appeal to more traditional tastes and brass reading as more contemporary.

    Will brass show water spots?

    One of the main concerns homeowners often have about introducing brass into the bathroom is how this material will hold up in a wet space. To avoid water spots, some manufacturers suggest gently patting brass fixtures dry after every use.


    However, it should be noted that many manufacturers actually suggest this for almost all metal finishes, including the more common nickel and chrome, so take it with a grain of salt.


    Maintaining a day-to-day spotless finish on your fixtures takes some work, but brass is not generally tough to take care of — although the look-at-me finish may command a little more scrutiny.

    Lacquered vs. Unlacquered

    Like other metals, brass can come in various physical finishes that give the metal a different appearance. The most common variations (for less or more shine) are brushed, satin, matte and polished, as well as faux aging for an antiqued look.

    However, the biggest determiner of how brass will change over time is whether the material is lacquered or has been left unlacquered. Lacquer is a separate finishing coat that can be applied to any metal finish.

    Lacquered brass

    Quality lacquered brass is effectively sealed and won’t age significantly (at least in your lifetime), while unlacquered brass will age naturally, developing spots and uneven tones.


    As brass is still a growing trend, items with a lacquer finish are usually made to order rather than stocked, so this option will typically add to the price and the turnaround time (often by four to eight weeks). So keep this in mind when shopping for brass, because you’ll want to have ordered your fixtures well before any serious construction begins.


    Also note that a lacquer finish does not make any material magic; fingerprints can still show on a shiny surface, so if you’re fussy about that, a matte finish may bring more peace of mind.

    Unlacquered brass

    The natural tendency of brass to show some imperfections can be a welcome characteristic for some people, so going unlacquered is not necessarily the lesser option; it all depends on your taste. Unlacquered brass is often said to have a “living finish,” and the aging process can bring out a very organic quality despite its being a manufactured material. For this reason, people often introduce unlacquered brass and bronze in an already-aged finish that can grow even more character over time, giving a room a sense of life and history.


    Ultimately these worn-in finishes can work in both traditional and contemporary spaces, depending on whether you apply them to clean modern shapes or scrolling traditional fixtures.

    Perfect pairings for brass.

    If you’re ready to be bold with a little brass, try one of these styling strategies.


    Warm brass and cool navy are opposites on the color wheel, but they’re both neutral. So instead of putting each other on edge, they simply bring out the best in each other.

    Try a navy blue vanity with brass hardware, or highlight a set of sunny shower fixtures with a navy accent tile.

    Vintage meets modern

    Want the best of old and new? Try mixing more traditional or vintage pieces in a brass finish with crisp silvery modern fixtures, like this elaborate mirror and airy vanity. Keep the rest of the finishes neutral to let the interplay of old and new be the center of attention.


    Concrete is a favorite material for designers, but some homeowners find it a little chilly. In a bathroom, a combination of concrete and warm brass makes it welcoming and packed with personality while still feeling clean, crisp and spa-like.

    Try a one-piece vanity and sink formed in concrete with a wall-mounted polished brass faucet, or simply add some concrete accessories, like a block soap dish and vase, to contrast a brassy mirror frame.

    Rich grey

    Similar to concrete, a simple gray paint job (or tile color) will beautifully offset the warmth and shine of a brass finish. Try rounding this palette out with stark whites and some warm wood to get oodles of interest without introducing a single flash-in-the-pan trend color.


    Want just a little splash of brass? Don’t be scared to introduce just one or two elements of brass, copper or bronze and contrast them against classic silvery fixture finishes.

    Lights make for a natural place to add some spice, while functional fixtures will never feel out of place in cool metals, so you don’t have to feel pressured to change all your metal finishes at once.

    Farmhouse elements

    Conversely, try using brass for just your plumbing fixtures, and go for a surprisingly traditional style with farmhouse or cottage inspirations (like this decidedly low-tech shower set with exposed piping). The quirky look is perfect for contemporary spaces that aren’t shy about mixing periods, and makes even the starkest shower look welcoming.

    Get more inspiration for incorporating brass hardware in your home by checking out these moments where brass hardware looked its best. Where would you love to see a little more brass in your home? Comment below to let us know.

    This article first appeared on Houzz on May 23, 2016.


    Yanic Simard | Houzz Contributor

    Yanic Simard | Houzz contributor

    Principal designer at the award-winning Toronto Interior Design Group and it’s talented team of designers.


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