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    10 popular smart home and technology topics you shouldn't have missed in 2017

    December 29, 2017 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, December 29, 2017

    10 popular smart home and technology topics you shouldn't have missed in 2017

    Here's a look back at our top ten smart home articles of 2017 to help you in your search for the right information.

     

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    When it comes to choosing the right smart home technology for your home, the amount of information available can be overwhleming but thorough research is key. Whether you're looking for ways smart locks can simplify your life, want to stay up-to-date on the latest Schlage product developments or are interested in future tech trends, our experts have you covered.

     

    Here's a look back at our top ten smart home articles of 2017 to help you in your search for more information.

    Smart home - Technology - Schlage

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

    Here’s a step-by-step guide for syncing your Schlage Connect compatible smart home hub with Amazon Alexa and controlling your lock with Alexa.

    2. The future of the smart home is accessible

    Learn how advancements in technology –from smart home to everyday living– have become easier to adopt, making daily life more convenient for consumers.

    3. How secure are electronic deadbolts and smart locks?

    Take a look at the security behind Schlage electronic locks. Here’s what you need to know about smart lock hackers, and why you should ditch the spare key.

    4. 11 things to know about the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Android compatibility

    Learn how to set up your Schlage Sense lock with the Android app, how to send virtual keys, edit access codes, and update the smart lock’s firmware.

    5. 3 reasons smart locks are your best move when moving

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

    6. 6 things you must know before purchasing a smart lock

    It's never been easier or more affordable to build your own smart home. Consider these 6 qualities before purchasing a smart lock.

    7. How to choose the best smart lock to protect your home

    When buying a smart lock, look for these 7 features to ensure you choose a keyless lock with the most advanced and secure technology.

    8. Smart and safe home sharing

    Eliminate worrying how your guests will make it through the front door when you home share. See how keyless locks make your Airbnb safe and smart.

    9. Lifehacks for smart locks

    Smart locks are meant to make life easier and more connected. Here are convenient lifehacks to help you use your smart lock to its full potential.

    10. How to build a high tech smart home without sacrificing style

    Adopting smart home tech shouldn’t mean sacrificing personal style. Here are 4 smart home assistants that are high tech and look good doing it.

    What smart home topics would you like to learn more about in 2018? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter. In the mean time, be sure to visit Smart Locks on schlage.com for even more details about our full smart lock line-up.

    Our top 10 home decor and DIY blog posts of 2017

    December 28, 2017 6:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, December 28, 2017

    Our top 10 home decor and DIY blog posts of 2017 | Schlage

    Curb appeal, door hardware installation tips and style trends were hot topics in 2017. Take a look at our top 10 DIY and design blog posts of the year.

     

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    Curb appeal, door hardware installation tips and style trends were hot topics in 2017. Take a look at our top 10 DIY and design blog posts of the year.
    Home Decor - Bowery Knob - Century Trim - Schlage

    1. How to properly install door knobs and levers

    Installing door hardware is a simple project you can easily complete with a few minutes and minimal tools. Here are all the steps you need to follow to properly install a Schlage door knob or door lever in just a few minutes.

    2. How to understand lever and door handing

    Installed your door lever and it doesn't look quite right? Here’s a quick guide that will show you how to determine the handing of your door to ensure you choose the right door hardware and lock for your home.

    3. Get a jump-start on spring cleaning with a bathroom refresh

    Refresh your bathroom the easy way and get a jump-start on spring cleaning with these five bathroom projects you can complete quickly and affordably.

    4. How to understand BHMA lock security grades

    Learn how to tell which lock is best for you by understanding its BHMA grade based on security, durability and finish testing.

    5. 9 most popular home styles and door hardware to match

    Take a look at popular home styles from farmhouse to mid-century modern, Victorian and even Craftsman and view our recommendations for door hardware.

    6. What type of door hardware is best for each room in your home?

    This quick guide to door hardware functions will help you navigate the lock aisle and find just the right knob or lever for each room in your home.

    7. The best hardware pairing for your front door color

    A front door makeover is a quick way to give your curb appeal an affordable upgrade. Check out which finish you should pair with your front door color.

    8. How to choose replacement hinges

    Installing door hinges is an easy project for any skill level to take on as long as you choose the correct hinges first. Here’s what you need to know.

    9. The best door hardware for transitional style homes

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

    10. 7 reasons to consider dutch doors for your home

    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.

    What DIY and style content do you enjoy most and want to see more of in 2018? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

    Why experts like Mike Holmes trust the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

    December 21, 2017 2:30 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, December 22, 2017

    Why experts like Mike Holmes trust the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

    When choosing the best smart home products for your home, quality, security and design all matter.

     

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    Smart home products are quickly being adopted by homeowners everywhere as the appeal for greater convenience and peace of mind takes priority. When choosing the best smart home products for your home, quality, security and design all matter. It's important to choose a product you can depend on to work when you need it from a company you can trust. 

     

    That's why home remodeling experts like Mike Holmes, trust the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt. Whether you're purchasing this smart lock for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, you can rest easy knowing that Schlage put the same attention to security and strength as we have for all our products for the past 95 years. See what Mike and his daughter Sherry have to say about their favorite smart lock purchase in the video below.

     

    Looking for more smart home advice? Be sure to keep an eye on the Technology section of our blog and follow us on Twitter for the latest news.

    How to finish decorating a room

    December 21, 2017 9:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, December 21, 2017

    How to finish decorating a room

    Got a half-finished space begging for a polished look? These solutions can motivate you to take some essential decorating action.

     

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    We've all been there — you want to get a room pulled together, but it's just not happening. When the paint swatches (none of them just right) have been on the wall for months, your pictures are still waiting to be hung or your space just doesn't feel complete, it's time to get to the bottom of the problem so you can finally finish that room. From color quandaries to clutter, we will take a look at five of the most common roadblocks and ways to overcome them once and for all.

    Roadblock 1: Color is all over the map.

    If your space is a hodgepodge of colors and patterns, the good news that is you are probably not afraid of using color. Really, that is good news — many of us hem and haw for months about which shade of white paint to use! The key to finishing your space is to tighten up the color palette in your room, zeroing in on certain shades and tossing (or moving to another room) what doesn't fit.

    Use your camera

    Try taking photos of each item in your room. Then print the pictures and play around with different arrangements on a big bulletin board, or spread them out on a table. Looking at photos will help give you distance, so you can make decisions about what looks best without letting your feelings for your belongings take over your decision-making process.

     

    Focus just on color first. Then, once you've winnowed the pieces down to a color palette you like, note which pieces in your room no longer fit with the new scheme and make a list of things to add. Bonus: You can bring your photos with you when you are out shopping to quickly and easily match colors and prints.

    Roadblock 2: I've lived here for years, but it looks like I just moved in.

    This is such a common problem, and there are as many reasons for it as there are people — perhaps you are waiting to put up art until you've chosen the "perfect" paint color, or you are really busy at work and don't have the time to face decorating decisions, or perhaps this isn't your ideal home and you keep thinking you will wait to decorate when you move.

     

    No matter the reason, it's important to understand that having a warm, welcoming, comfortable home is important to us all, and you deserve to have that now, not at some unknown future time. The first step is to simply acknowledge that you want a "homier" home and commit to doing something about it.

    Design your room in layers

    When you are trying to take your home from bare and empty to warm and inviting, the process can feel a bit overwhelming. Tackling one layer at a time can make the task feel more manageable. And if you get stuck on one decision (like paint color), just move on and come back to it later — don't let it paralyze you.

     

    The layers:

    • Rugs, window coverings and paint
    • Lighting (aim for at least three light sources per room)
    • Furniture
    • Soft stuff: cushions, throws and bedding
    • Finishing touches: art, mirrors, books and plants

    Roadblock 3: My family is so messy, I don't know where to begin.

    It is possible to have a fun, stylish home with kids in the house, but there's no point in tackling any other decorating projects when clutter is spilling out from every corner. Set aside a whole weekend to pare down and donate unwanted items, or do a little bit each day — the important part is to actually get rid of some stuff before you try to organize it. When you are starting with less, the organizing process will be much easier.

    Organize for daily life

    When the clutter is (sort of) in line, try one or more of these strategies for minimizing the mess every day:
     

    • Add hooks behind every door
    • Swap out coffee tables and benches for versions with hidden storage inside
    • Try carpet tiles instead of a rug — you can easily replace individual tiles if they get stained or damaged
    • Choose slipcovered or stain-resistant upholstered pieces
    • Start a 10-minute tidy-up period each evening that the whole family participates in — put on music and try to make it fun, or do it after dinner with the promise of dessert as an incentive

    Roadblock 4: An all-neutral scheme feels boring.

    I count myself among the legions of people who adore neutral or all-white color schemes, because they seem so foolproof — and they are. But sometimes all of that beige and cream begins to feel a little too predictable. If you are ready to shake things up a bit, first take a moment to consider what it is exactly that is bothering you about the room now.

     

    Do you like the neutral hues but want more of a wow factor? A single special piece, like an oversize mirror with an interesting shape or a piece of art you love, could be all you need to add. Or try adding accessories with metallic shimmer. Platinum, gold or silver will add a rich, luxurious quality that elevates the neutrals around it.

    spice up your neutral scheme

    When the clutter is (sort of) in line, try one or more of these strategies for minimizing the mess every day:
     

    • Choose one bright color to add in small doses — a few red pillows, a basket, a vase of flowers. Just enough to wake things up.
    • Paint a single accent wall a fun hue. It's easy enough to paint over one wall if you hate it, and that one wall could inspire you to keep choosing more color.
    • Deepen the neutral scheme with painted walls or a new rug. If it's the pale, washed-out feeling you are trying to avoid, bringing in deeper, richer neutrals like charcoal or espresso could be just the thing. The floors and walls cover the most area, so using color there will make a big impact.

    Roadblock 5: Fear of getting it "wrong."

    This is perhaps the most common fear of all when it comes to decorating. None of us is perfect, and even professionals sometimes make purchases they regret or have a tough time finding just the right piece to complete a space.

     

    The important thing to remember is, this is your home. It does not need to please anyone but you. It feels good to move forward — you can always change things later.

    Have you recently finished a room you're proud of? Share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram.
    This article first appeared on Houzz on December 10, 2012.

     

    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.

    Ted talks Oil-Rubbed Bronze: “Style Sitdowns” with Schlage’s Style and Design Chief

    December 19, 2017 2:20 PM by Ted_Roberts

    Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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

    Oil-Rubbed Bronze is a finish that can fit in many homes, but what sets it apart from all the other finish options for door hardware?

     

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    How to Style Oil-Rubbed Bronze - Hardware Finish - Schlage
    Oil-Rubbed Bronze is a finish that can fit in many homes, but what sets it apart from all the other finish options for door hardware? What style of home will it fit in best, and how is it different than Aged Bronze? We had these questions and more, so we talked to Ted Roberts, the Style and Design Chief at Allegion, Schlage’s parent company. As design leader at Schlage, he is uniquely qualified to explain what Oil-Rubbed Bronze is and how to style it.
    Ted Roberts - Style Design Chief - Schlage

    Q&A with Ted Roberts

    What sets Schlage apart as a style leader?

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

    Where does Schlage get style inspiration?

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

    Oil-Rubbed Bronze - Home Decor - Siena knob with Wakefield trim - Schlage

    Oil-Rubbed Bronze

    What sets Oil-Rubbed Bronze apart?

    Oil-Rubbed Bronze is one of the warmer dark finishes. Because of that, it goes well with beige and yellows. It is a living finish, which means that as the product is used, the finish develops a two-tone look over time, so no two pieces are going to be identical.

    Because Oil-Rubbed Bronze is a living finish, it adds a personal touch to any home. Aged Bronze comes with the two-toned look that Oil-Rubbed Bronze will eventually get, but the difference is that the Oil-Rubbed Bronze two-toned look comes from being used in your home and is unique to you.

    Why do you think it’s popular right now?

    It first started to get popular a few years ago with the rise in arts and crafts (Craftsman) style houses. These homes are hand-crafted and are a rebellion against highly ornamented Victorian homes. The natural color of Oil-Rubbed Bronze and the living finish that evolves as it is used fits right in with this style.

    Oil-Rubbed Bronze  - Home Styles - Craftsman - Southwestern

    What style of home will it fit into?

    It works well with Prairie, Victorian, Southwestern and Craftsman style homes.

    How should someone style their home with Oil-Rubbed Bronze?

    The blackish-brown coloring and highlighted copper edge of the Oil-Rubbed Bronze go well with beige walls and orange tones. It also works well with earth and brown-toned rooms. It fits into the 70s style that is making a resurgence right now with all its natural colors.

    If you are looking to change up your home’s hardware and are interested in Oil-Rubbed Bronze, ask yourself if it will coordinate with what is already in your home. Are you looking for a lot of contrast or something that blends? It is up to you, and Oil-Rubbed Bronze could be a great option in either case.
    Door hardware - Oil-Rubbed Bronze Finish - Schlage
    Looking for more style information and inspiration? Check out our Pinterest page!

    How to create a mood board for your next remodeling project

    December 8, 2017 10:23 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, December 8, 2017

    How to create a mood board for your next remodeling project

    Creating a well-designed space requires an intentional, and focused plan to achieve the look you want in a space. Here are our tips to help you get started.

     

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    Creating a well-designed space requires an intentional, and focused plan to achieve the look you want. A great way to stay focused and narrow your choices is by using a mood board. Check out our tips for building one of your own and the tools to help you get started.
    Mood board - Glam style - Polished Nickel - Schlage

    What is a mood board?

    Mood boards are a collection of ideas that help you organize and plan for the design of a space. When the blank canvas of a room becomes overwhelming, mood boards help you to stay focused by narrowing your options to colors and styles that fit your aesthetic best. Whether you're working with a designer or want to do-it-yourself, this step can help keep your project on track and ensure that your personal style is reflected.

    Must-have elements

    Mood boards are perfect for making sure you're considering the big picture of your space. You'll want to make sure you have a good variety of color and texture to set the right aesthetic. Creating a cohesive look goes beyond the paint color or large furniture pieces so be sure to include the smallest of details like hardware and accessories. It's often the finishing touch that ties an entire space together.

     

    Still not sure where to begin? Start with something you are certain will be used in the space. Do you already have a large furniture piece - like a couch or bedroom suit? Maybe you have a family heirloom that you want to be sure to showcase. Use that as your start and begin adding other elements that catch your eye - paint colors, throw pillows, lighting, etc.

    Create your own

    You may be thinking - "I'm not a creative. There's no way I could create a mood board." - but with so many tools available today, it's easier than ever to go beyond catalog cut-outs taped to the mirror in your room. Below are the tools we recommend checking out to get started. We wouldn't be surprised if you're already using a few.

    Canva

    Canva makes it easy to create a fully custom mood board that fits your style by eliminating the need for advanced design software. Simply choose the type of layout you'd like to use with your canvas and upload images of items that inspire. You can even browse through hundreds of free images or choose a premium image for $1 each. Here's a great tutorial to help you get started.
     

    Interior design - Mood board tool - Canva

    Pinterest

    With over 100 billion Pins on Pinterest, there's no shortage of inspiration within the tool. If you aren't familiar with Pinterest, think of it as a catalog of ideas stored from across the web. It's a great place to collect ideas and scroll for something new. Try creating boards for each room in your house and saving ideas that appeal to you. Over time, you'll begin to notice a common theme or pattern for the basis of your mood board.

    Instagram

    Last year, Instagram launched a new feature that allowed users to bookmark posts they were inspired by. A few months later, they launched Instagram Collections making this feature much more useful by allowing users to organize ideas by folders. Similar to Pinterest, you could use Instagram Collections as the first-step to creating a mood board by saving the images that are inspiring to you to identify the style you'd most prefer.
     

    Interior design - Mood board tools - Instagram Collections

    Olioboard

    Olioboard is a mood board tool specifically made for interior design. You can choose between 2D and 3D models and select actual products to get a visual of your room before you purchase furniture, textiles or accessories. It's a great tool for experimenting with the overall mood of your space and features a large community of designers so you can browse for inspiration before you get started.

    Interior design - Mood board tools - Olioboard

    Photograph

    Sometimes, you simply cannot beat a good old fashioned photograph of various textiles, paint swatches and hardware you'd like to use in your space. This practice helps you take a step back and see what the details look like in the real world. Check out a few of our favorites from DreamGreen DIY.

     

    Mood boards - Hardware finish - Satin Brass - Schlage

    Now that you are equipped with the tools that make creating mood boards easy, we want to see your projects as they come to life! Share them with us on Instagram and tag @schlagelocks.
     

    4 steps to the best holiday curb appeal

    December 1, 2017 9:29 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    4 steps to the best holiday curb appeal

    It’s the holiday season and that often means you will have guests at your house pretty regularly. How do you make sure the outside of your house looks welcoming?

     

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    Holiday - Curb Appeal - Schlage
    It’s the holiday season and that often means you will have guests at your house pretty regularly. How do you make sure the outside of your house looks welcoming? Below are some tips to boost your curb appeal for the holiday season.

    Greenery

    Even in the middle of winter, there are a few plants like boxwood and spruce trees that can add a pop of color to your entryway. If you are looking for winter-friendly plants, check out HGTV’s post. If you want to do something a little simpler, garland is a great go-to. Hang it around your front door or windows to add color. While you’re getting the greenery, consider also getting pinecones to add to the pots or the garland for a crisp, fresh smell.

    Lights

    There is a limited amount of time you can have lights up on your house during the year. Take advantage of the long winter nights where you can show them off. Adding lights to your roofline and windows can highlight your home’s architecture. Check out the dos and don’ts of outdoor lighting from Hallmark.

    Holiday curb appeal - Outdoor lighting - Schlage

    Front door décor

    Every guest that comes to your home is going to see your front door, so it’s important to make sure it is welcoming. Wreaths are a popular choice for door hangings and come in all styles, from traditional green branches and berries to bright colored ribbon. If you’re looking for something a little different, this DIY holiday door frame from Modern Masters can add a fun, festive touch to your entry.

     

    Door mats are another great touch you can add to bring your decor together. There are all kinds of options:, phrases, reindeer, snowmen and more. There is sure to be a doormat that will fit perfectly with your home and delight your guests before they even enter the house.

    Holiday curb appeal - Front door decor - Schlage

    Smart lock

    Spending time with family and friends is one of the best parts of the holiday season, but hosting for the holidays can quickly become stressful. Make it easier on yourself and your guests by installing a smart lock so you can give each guest a code instead of hiding a key under a rock. The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt holds up to 30 access codes, so everyone that needs access can have it.

    Holiday curb appeal - Smart lock - Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt
    For more holiday decoration ideas, check out our Pinterest!
     
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