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

    June 2, 2017 9:15 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.



    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 3:20 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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



    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.

    AirBnb - Smart locks - Schlage;

    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 3:17 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.



    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 9:39 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.



    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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 12:22 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.



    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 12:54 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.



    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 5:15 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.



    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 7:08 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.



    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!

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