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    Get superb curb appeal with these 4 tips

    June 26, 2017 10:25 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!

    How to bring summer fun to your entryway

    June 23, 2017 10:12 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 1:32 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!

    5 ways to embrace summer with front door decor

    June 21, 2017 1:32 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 12:59 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 7:15 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 1:46 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. 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. The Apple TV app allows you to watch whatever you want – HBO, Showtime, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video – 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, giving you 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™ Smart Deadbolt, when paired with a compatible hub, or the new Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt. 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. The Schlage Connect Zigbee-certified lock works with SmartThings, while the Z-Wave-certified Schlage Connect lock is compatible with SmartThings as well as Wink. Each of those locks can connect with Amazon Alexa-enabled devices through those home automation systems.

     

    Want to skip the smart hubs but still think Dad would love a smart lock? Choose the Schlage Encode deadbolt with built-in WiFi. No additional hubs or accessories are required for remote access, and you still get to enjoy compatibility with other smart devices like Ring Video Doorbell, and Key by Amazon, and voice control with Alexa and Google Assistant.

     

    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 wonder if he locked the door before going to bed. He will be able to control the lock through his phone from anywhere.

    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.
     
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