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    How to build a high tech smart home without sacrificing style

    July 27, 2017 12:00 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 10:23 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 Nickel.

    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 1:05 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 1:44 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 11:35 AM 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 1:57 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 9:49 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 9:15 AM by emily.bailey

    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!
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